METAIRIE – Ryan O’Hearn homered and doubled for the Omaha Storm Chasers, who had Josh Staumont and three relievers combine on a two-hitter in a 4-2 win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Sunday afternoon.
Omaha plated three runs in the second inning against New Orleans starter Vance Worley (1-2), who had entered the game without allowing a run in 12 innings at home this season. The Storm Chasers’ rally began with a bloop single to left by Bubba Starling, and Dean Anna reached when ‘Cakes second baseman Steve Lombardozzi was unable to complete a play in the hole on a ground ball.
After a walk to Corey Toups loaded the bases, Parker Morin drove in a run on a seeing-eye single to right. Ramon Torres then drove in a run on a fielder’s choice, and Lombardozzi’s throwing error while attempting to complete a double play allowed a second run to score on the play.
Staumont (2-1) worked around five walks in five innings by limiting the ‘Cakes to one hit – a leadoff single by Moises Sierra in the fifth inning. New Orleans scored twice in the inning after loading the bases with no outs, as Ryan Jackson walked and Lombardozzi was hit by a pitch.
Staumont unleashed a wild pitch to score Sierra, and Tomas Telis drove in a run with a grounder. Destin Hood then launched a fly ball deep to left, but a 20 mph wind blowing in knocked the ball down at the wall to end the rally.
With one out an inning later, O’Hearn launched his fifth home run of the year to take Omaha’s lead back to two runs.
Bobby Parnell pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Malcom Culver worked the eighth before Al Albuquerque retired the side in order in the ninth for his first save.
Omaha evened the series at one game apiece heading into Monday’s 7 p.m. contest.