OKLAHOMA CITY — Max Ramirez singled in the game-winning run in the seventh inning to lift Omaha to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory against Oklahoma City in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday at Bricktown Ballpark. The Storm Chasers couldn’t hold on to a 5-1 lead and dropped the opener 6-5 in 10 innings.
Oklahoma City struck first in the nightcap in the second inning on a Brian Sanches wild pitch that allowed Jonathan Singleton, who had reached on an error, to score and a two-out RBI hit by Robbie Grossman.
Omaha finally dented Brady Rodgers — making his first Class AAA start — in the fifth when Chase Lambin doubled and scored on a two-out double by Willy Taveras.
In the sixth, RedHawks reliever Eric Berger issued two walks around an infield hit by Ramirez to load the bases with two outs for Lambin, who doubled in two runs to put Omaha ahead 3-2.
Sanches lasted five innings but was not involved in the decision after yielding two unearned runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Donnie Joseph relieved in the sixth and gave up a two-out single to Grossman that produced the tying run.
Taveras started Omaha’s winning rally with a leadoff single in the seventh, then advanced to second on an Irving Falu sacrifice. After Christian Colon lined out, Johnny Giavotella was intentionally walked to get to Ramirez, who spoiled the strategy with his decisive base hit to center.
Joseph exited in the bottom of the inning with two on and two out. He gave way to Buddy Baumann, who earned his first save.
Falu opened game one with a walk, stole second and scored on a Giavotella hit. Xavier Nady followed with a double to push Giavotella to third base before Anthony Seratelli was walked intentionally to load the bases. Ramirez flied out deep enough to score Giavotella, however, Oklahoma City successfully appealed that he had left third base too early, so the run was wiped off.
The Chasers took advantage of a couple of defensive miscues to add three runs in the fourth, all with two outs, on a run-scoring double by Colon and a two-run single by Nady to push their advantage to 5-1.
Brandon Laird’s two-run home run brought the RedHawks within one in the sixth before Dwyer got out of the inning without further damage. Omaha’s starter allowed three earned runs on six hits and a pair of walks while fanning four and was followed by Will Smith, who gave up back-to-back doubles to Grossman and Jonathan Villar that got the game knotted at five to send it into extra innings. It was the first run allowed in seven relief outings for Smith covering 10 innings.
The Chasers stranded a runner in scoring position in the eighth through 10th innings before the hosts ended the game on a two-out double by Laird that scored Jimmy Paredes, who had singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Francisley Bueno, who took the loss after yielding the deciding run in 223 innings of relief.
Kansas City made two roster moves affecting Omaha on Sunday, as it claimed hard-throwing pitcher Maikel Cleto on waivers from St. Louis and optioned him to Omaha while designated Omaha outfielder Quintin Berry, claimed on waivers earlier this month, for assignment.