PAPILLION, Neb. — Omaha used three home runs Thursday night to beat Oklahoma City 6-3 in Pacific Coast League baseball before 6,337 fans at Werner Park.
Justin Maxwell’s two-run homer gave the Storm Chasers a 2-0 lead after one inning, and Matt Fields made it 3-zip in the second inning with a solo shot. Former RedHawk Jimmy Paredes, who this week was sent to Omaha by the Kansas City Royals, added a homer in the fourth inning to give the Storm Chasers a 4-1 advantage.
The Storm Chasers’ power surge came against an Oklahoma City team that had not surrendered a home run in 11 consecutive games and just one in the previous 15 contests.
Maxwell and Fields added run-scoring hits later in the game, helping Omaha (32-28) counter single tallies by Oklahoma City (32-29) in the third, sixth and eighth innings. One of Oklahoma City’s runs came off Erik Castro’s solo homer in the third inning, his second of the season.
Omaha pitcher Aaron Brooks improved to 5-1, allowing two runs on four hits in 52/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three. Relievers Casey Coleman and Spencer Patton combined for six strikeouts over the 31/3 innings.
Brett Oberholtzer (1-2) took the loss for the RedHawks. He gave up five runs on eight hits. Oberholtzer walked one and struck out six — but he also gave up all three of Omaha’s homers.
The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Right-hander David Martinez (5-3, 4.22) is the scheduled starter for the RedHawks. Lefy John Lamb (2-5, 4.06) will pitch for Omaha.