Insurance runs prove important as Storm Chasers fend off Baby Cakes

METAIRIE, La. — The Storm Chasers scored two insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning Sunday, then hung on for a 4-2 victory over New Orleans.

The first four Omaha batters reached in the ninth.

Frank Schwindel doubled, Ryan O’Hearn singled and Cam Gallagher was safe at first on an error to score Schwindel. After Paulo Orlando singled, Humberto Arteaga grounded into a double play that got Gallagher home for a 4-1 lead.

Arteaga also had a productive out in the fifth, when his sacrifice fly gave the Chasers a 1-0 lead. Terrance Gore followed with an RBI infield single.

After reliever Josh Staumont loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Eric Stout allowed a sacrifice fly. But Stout struck out the next batter to earn his first save of the season.

Right-hander Glenn Sparkman earned the victory in his first start for the Chasers. He gave up one run on four hits and two walks in six innings, striking out four.

Gallagher, Gore and Billy Burns all had two hits for Omaha, which had lost eight of nine games.

The Chasers and Baby Cakes continue their four-game series at 7 p.m. Monday.

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