Floodgates open for Storm Chasers in 12th inning of win over Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY — The top of Omaha’s lineup delivered twice when needed, and the Storm Chasers rallied to beat Oklahoma City 8-5 in 12 innings Sunday afternoon to finish a five-game series.

With Corey Toups placed on second base to start the 12th inning, No. 2 hitter Adalberto Mondesi drove him home with a one-out triple and scored on Frank Schwindel’s single. Terrance Gore added a two-out triple to give the Chasers (24-32) an 8-4 lead.

Omaha closer Luis Vasquez — who blew a save in the 11th inning on a third-strike wild pitch that otherwise would have ended the game — put himself in a one-out, bases-loaded jam by walking and hitting batters, but he allowed one run on a sacrifice fly, then forced Angelo Mora to pop out to shortstop for his first win of the season.

In the seventh inning, leadoff hitter Billy Burns singled, advanced to third on Mondesi’s single and scored on Schwindel’s sacrifice fly to tie the game at 3-3. Both teams scored one run in the 11th inning.

With both teams scheduled for bullpen days, the teams used a combined 14 pitchers in a 4 hour, 10 minute marathon. Burns finished 3 for 6 with two runs scored, Parker Morin went 3 for 5, and Paulo Orlando had a leadoff home run in the second inning, his fifth homer of the season.

The Chasers open a seven-game homestand at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday against El Paso.

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