ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Dee Gordon drove in the game-winning run in the sixth inning and the Albuquerque bullpen provided four innings of shutout relief Thursday in a 3-2 victory over Omaha that snapped the Storm Chasers’ four-game winning streak and wrapped up a season-opening eight-game road trip.
Omaha, which finished the road trip 4-4, faces Nashville in Friday’s 7:05 p.m. home opener at Werner Park.
The Chasers struck first in the second inning after Matt Magill walked the bases loaded. Paulo Orlando and David Lough each singled in a run before Magill escaped with strikeouts of Christian Colon and Johnny Giavotella to end the inning. Magill was solid from there, retiring the final 11 batters he faced.
Omaha starter Ryan Verdugo stranded runners at second and third in the second inning, runners at the corners in the third and seemed poised to get out of more trouble in the fourth with runners at second and third until Gordon doubled with two outs to tie the game. Verdugo worked four innings, allowing two unearned runs on four hits while walking three and fanning six.
Omaha’s Dan Wheeler (1-1) tossed a scoreless fifth and was lifted with a runner at third and one out in the sixth and replaced by left-hander Everett Teaford with two left-handed hitters coming up. The strategy worked when Matt Angle was retired on a ground out, but was spoiled when the speedy Gordon legged out an infield hit to push across the go-ahead run.
Gordon had all three Albuquerque RBIs.
Peter Moylan, the first of four Isotopes relievers, pitched 123 innings for the win, while Shawn Tolleson pitched the ninth and earned his second save.