In a sensational turn of events, the Omaha Storm Chasers extended their winning streak to five games, defeating the Iowa Cubs 4-2 on a crisp Friday night at Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa. The game was marked by nail-biting moments and capped off by ninth-inning home runs from CJ Alexander and Samad Taylor.
Early Game Highlights
The scoring was initiated in the third inning by Samad Taylor, who knocked an RBI single to center, signaling Omaha’s early dominance. Max Castillo, the Chasers’ starting pitcher, pulled off a Houdini act in the fourth inning, escaping a bases-loaded jam by inducing a crucial double-play. He exited the game after an impressive 6.1 innings, giving up just a single run.
Iowa’s Brief Surge
Iowa managed to pull even in the fifth inning thanks to a solo home run from Jared Young. Relief pitcher Evan Sisk momentarily found himself in hot water in the seventh inning, giving up three consecutive singles and allowing Iowa to seize the lead.
Late Inning Drama
Joe Barlow steadied the ship in the eighth inning for the Chasers with a scoreless frame that included two strikeouts. However, the real fireworks were reserved for the top of the ninth. With one out and the scoreboard showing a one-run deficit, CJ Alexander stepped up to the plate and unleashed a 377-foot solo home run, tying the game in dramatic fashion.
Samad Taylor returned to the spotlight moments later, with Angelo Castellano on base following a single. Taylor blasted a two-run homer to centerfield, tipping the scales definitively in Omaha’s favor.
Sealing the Deal
In the bottom of the ninth, Dylan Coleman was handed the ball with a two-run cushion. Coleman was unyielding, facing four batters and surrendering just one walk before securing the save and giving the Chasers their much-deserved fifth consecutive victory.
Samad Taylor had an outstanding night, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs, including the game-deciding two-run homer. Angelo Castellano also shined, going 3-for-4, while Max Castillo turned in another quality start with six strikeouts.
The Omaha Storm Chasers will seek to extend their winning spree to six games, with left-hander Anthony Veneziano scheduled to take the mound on Saturday night at 6:08 p.m. CT in Des Moines.
Don’t miss this thrilling continuation of the Chasers’ current hot streak—there’s nothing like September baseball to keep fans on the edge of their seats!