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Storm Chasers clinch series at Iowa | KTIC Radio

Storm Chasers clinch series at Iowa

Storm Chasers clinch series at Iowa

Storm Chasers right fielder Brett Phillips and first baseman Samir Duenez each drove in three runs, including a longball from Phillips, as Omaha scored five runs in the first inning to earn their sixth straight road victory in an 11-5 triumph over the Iowa Cubs on Monday afternoon at Principal Park.

Following CF Bubba Starling ‘s sacrifice fly, Duenez drove in his first two runs with a double to center. He later came across via DH Elier Hernandez ‘s RBI single prior to C Nick Dini capping the five-run outburst via a run-scoring two-bagger to left. After Iowa scored a single tally in the bottom of the first, Duenez sent in his third run on a single to right as part of a two-run second that push the Storm Chasers ahead 7-1. Phillips mashed his third homer of the year, a three-run shot, in the seventh to extend the Omaha advantage to 11-4.

Duenez (2-4, R, 2B, 3 RBI, BB), Dini (2-4, R, RBI, BB), Hernandez (2-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB) and 2B Erick Mejia (2-6, R) paced the Storm Chasers order with two hits apiece. Iowa C Victor Caratini (3-5, 2B, RBI) collected a game-high three knocks, with DH Phillip Evans (2-5, R, 2 RBI), 3B Robel Garcia (2-5) and 2B Trent Giambrone (2-5, R) adding multi-hit efforts.

Omaha starter Heath Fillmyer (5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 5 K) earned the win to improve to 2-1 on the season, while reliever Ben Lively (3.0 IP, 3 H, R, ER, 3 K) notched a three-inning save. Cubs starter Trevor Clifton (0.2 IP, H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB) suffered the defeat.

The two teams are set to conclude their four-game series on Tuesday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 12:08pm CT. LHP Brian Flynn (0-2, 5.25) is anticipated to get the nod for the Storm Chasers as part of his Major League Rehab Assignment, while Iowa is expected to send RHP Duane Underwood Jr. (2-3, 5.29) to the hill.

Following their nine-game road trip, Omaha returns to Werner Park on Tuesday, May 21 to begin a nine-game homestand. First pitch of the series opener versus the Iowa Cubs that evening is set for 6:35pm CT.

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