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Samir Duenez's solo home run gives Storm Chasers walk-off victory over San Antonio

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Omaha’s regularly scheduled series finale with San Antonio on Monday started later than expected after it took extra innings to complete their suspended game from Sunday. Then it, too, nearly needed extras.

Samir Duenez kept that from happening.

The first baseman’s solo home run off reliever Luke Barker gave the Storm Chasers a 3-2 walk-off victory in a seven-inning contest at Werner Park that followed a 13-inning marathon that started on Sunday. The Missions, the PCL’s top team, claimed that one 12-9.

Omaha had only two hits in the series finale. It scored two runs without one in the first inning of that game, thanks to a pair of San Antonio errors. The Missions tied the game when Lucas Erceg took Jake Kalish deep for a two-run blast in the second. It remained 2-2 until the Duenez game-winner.

Erceg had already homered in the game that concluded on Monday. The Chasers and Missions resumed play in the bottom of the fifth inning with a 7-7 score. Omaha had trailed San Antonio 6-0 on Sunday before rallying to pull even on a Duenez RBI single that preceded a rainstorm that forced play to stop.

Neither team moved in front on Monday until Cory Spangenberg singled in a run for the Missions in the top of the 11th. Kelvin Gutierrez responded for Omaha in the bottom half to keep the game going as he drove in the tying run with a single.

San Antonio catcher David Freitas struck the decisive blow in the 13th when he hit a grand slam off Josh Staumont, the sixth of seven pitchers used by the Chasers in the game over the two days. Omaha got the tying run to the plate in the bottom half, but reliever Jay Jackson fanned two straight to close it out.

Jonathan Dziedzic got the win for the Chasers in the game that followed, tossing only five pitches after replacing Kalish in the seventh. Kalish allowed six hits and struck out five while throwing 95 pitches. Barker threw just nine pitches but suffered the loss in the series finale.

The Chasers will begin a four-game series at Iowa at 7:08 p.m. Tuesday.

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