Squandered early opportunities came back to cost Omaha in 4-3 loss to New Orleans on Monday.
The Storm Chasers (6-5) left 12 runners on base in dropping the final game of their PCL series, including nine in the first five innings. The Baby Cakes (5-6) scored a run in the first inning and led the entire way.
Omaha starter Jonathan Dziedzic (0-1), who has excelled in April in each of his four Triple-seasons, took the loss in his second start of the homestand. He allowed only four hits during his five innings of work.
New Orleans moved in front on an RBI double by Gabriel Guerrero in the first, then added a run on Yadiel Rivera’s single in the fourth. The Baby Cakes recorded three consecutive extra-base hits off reliever Kevin McCarthy in the sixth to double the lead to 4-0 before Omaha rallied behind two homers.
Andrew Susac’s 442-foot, two-run blast off winning pitcher Jose Quijada (1-0) in the sixth cut the advantage to 4-2. Jorge Bonifacio added a solo homer in the seventh to get the Chasers within a run.
But Bonifacio also struck out against Quijada with the bases loaded in the fifth. It was the fourth time in the early going that Omaha left runners on in scoring position. It stranded another one in the seventh.
Shortstop Jecksson Flores had two of the six Chaser hits, four of which went for extra bases.