Every batter in the Tucson Padres lineup as the T'Pads pounded out 14 hits Wednesday in a 7-5, come-from-behind win over Omaha. With the victory, the Padres move to four games over .500 and into a second-place tie with Sacramento.
The Storm Chasers jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning on consecutive sacrifice flies from Max Ramirez and Xavier Nady. Jesus Merchan got one run back in the top of the second with a two-out RBI single. After Omaha responded in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single from Brett Hayes, Cody Decker hit a game-tying two-run double. The Padres did not hit any home runs in the game but bounced five hits off the left field wall.
The former San Diego Padre Nady lead off the bottom of the fourth with his seventh home run of the year, putting the Storm Chasers in front, 4-3. After Omaha added a run in the fifth, the Padres scored one in the sixth off Justin Miller's RBI groundout. Tucson took its first lead of the game in the seventh when Rene Rivera lined a two-run single to center with two outs. The Padres scored once more in the eighth on Gregorio Petit's RBI double, the team's eighth extra-base hit of the game.
Nick Vincent earned his fourth win of the season, while Miles Mikolas converted his eighth save. The two relievers along with Daniel Stange combined to throw 4.1 scoreless innings. Francisley Bueno lost his first game for Omaha after allowing three runs on five hits.
Next Game: Thursday, 4:35 pm at Omaha (Royals affiliate) – Tucson RHP Sean O'Sullivan (3-2, 3.96) vs. Omaha LHP Chris Dwyer (3-2, 3.10). Game coverage begins at 4:25 pm on 1290 AM The Source and tucsonpadres.com.
Next Home Game: Friday, 7:05 pm vs. Sacramento (A's affiliate). Frosty Friday, $2.00 Budweiser, margaritas and tacos until 9:00 pm.
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