• Box Score: Colorado Springs 10, Omaha 3
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Former Nebraska star Andrew Brown launched a first-inning homer and scored the tying run in the fourth before Colorado Springs took the lead for good Sunday night against the Omaha Storm Chasers.
The Sky Sox struck for five fifth-inning runs to give previously struggling Nick Schmidt more help than he needed in a 10-3 victory Sunday night before another near-capacity crowd of 8,276 at Werner Park.
The homer came in Brown's second game since returning from the major leagues, where he went 5 for 24 (.208) while appearing in 11 games. For the Sky Sox this season, the 27-year-old is hitting .314 with 21 homers. He's second in the PCL with 85 RBIs.
Schmidt (4-2) had struggled with an 8.02 ERA in seven PCL games, six of them starts. But he pitched seven innings, allowing three runs — one earned — on eight hits while striking out seven without allowing a walk. Schmidt, who had walked 21 in 36 Class AAA innings, had gone 5-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 14 starts with Class AA Tulsa to earn a promotion.
The 23rd overall pick in the 2007 draft by San Diego, the 26-year-old Schmidt was traded for Huston Street in the offseason.
Omaha starter Chris Dwyer (2-3) allowed seven runs — six earned — on five hits and four walks in 423 innings. The left-hander has a 7.53 ERA in five Class AAA starts since switching places with struggling Mike Montgomery and is a combined 5-9 with a 5.83 ERA between Omaha and Class AA Northwest Arkansas.
Hernan Iribarren had three hits and Chad Tracy drove in three for the Sky Sox, who handed Omaha its third straight loss. The Storm Chasers have lost eight of their last 10 home games.
Omaha took a 2-1 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Maier and an RBI single by Irving Falu. Falu also drove in a run with a seventh-inning triple, one of his three hits.
The series continues Monday at 7:05 p.m. as Sky Sox right-hander Guillermo Moscoso (8-5, 6.12 ERA) faces Omaha lefty Doug Davis (6-2, 3.60).
STORM TRACKING: Falu was back at shortstop as Kansas City designated veteran Yuniesky Betancourt for assignment and called up Tony Abreu from Omaha. Abreu was hitting .322 with nine homers and 73 RBIs. He was ranked fifth in the league in RBIs, tied for second in doubles (36), fourth in extra-base hits (50) and total bases (211), and tied for fourth in hits (138). Over his last eight games, the switch-hitter had gone 15 for 33 (.455) with 13 RBIs. His doubles total is one shy of Omaha's single-season record of 37, set by Steve Hammond in 1983. Abreu, 27, has played in the majors with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, hitting .251 in 146 games.