A two-run home run by Brett Eibner and three runs in the ninth gave the Omaha Storm Chasers a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Reno Aces Friday night at Greater Nevada Field, spoiling Matt Buschmann’s bid at his first victory of the season. The Aces stranded eight runners on the night, including seven over the final three innings.
Kyle Jensen hit a two-run single and Carlos Rivero (@Carlos_Rivero3) doubled and scored a run to back Buschmann’s strong start. Jensen and Rivero – who both celebrated their 28th birthdays today – extended their personal hitting streaks to five and seven games on their shared birthday, respectively.
After getting blitzed by the Storm Chasers 12-3 in the series opener Thursday night, the Aces (18-22) watched Omaha (23-17) brew another rally as their four-run lead vanished.
Omaha left two runners on in the second, fourth and sixth. The visitors finally broke through against Buschmann (@Busch26) in the eighth with the Aces’ right-hander over the century mark in pitches. Buschmann, who had to settle for a no-decision, walked Jorge Bonifacio to start the inning, and Eibner quickly made him pay, belting an opposite-field home run to right, cutting Omaha’s deficit to two. The home run was Eibner’s ninth of the season.
A two-out single by Travis Snider later in the frame chased Buschmann. Dominic Leone (@DLeone54) entered in relief and after a walk, induced a groundout to strand two more Storm Chasers on the bases.
Rivero bounced into an inning-ending double play in the home half, leaving the door open for Omaha to complete the rally. And the visitors did just that.
Aces closer Silvino Bracho (0-1) came on in the ninth seeking his eighth save in eight opportunities. Consecutive bunt singles preceded a swinging-bunt single which loaded the bases with no outs for Eibner. He promptly lined a single to center, bringing Omaha within one. Hunter Dozier followed suit, drilling the game-tying single to left. One out later, Snider completed the comeback with a sacrifice fly to right.
The Aces had the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth, but Malcom Culver (3-1) struck out Ed Lucas (@ELuke21) and Peter O’Brien to end the game.
Jensen clubbed his two-run knock in the fourth off Storm Chasers lefty Mike Minor – making a Major League rehab start – giving the Aces a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, Rivero doubled and Sean Jamieson (@SeanJay04) walked to ignite another rally. Following a wild pitch by Minor, Todd Glaesmann (@toddglaesmann22) grounded a two-run single into center, doubling Reno’s lead to four.
Reno continues its eight-game, nine-day homestand Saturday with game three of a four-game series against the Storm Chasers. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. PT. Reno will send right-hander Archie Bradley (4-1, 2.48) to the mound, opposite Omaha left-hander Jonathan Dziedzic (1-4, 4.42).