METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans got 5 1/3 scoreless innings from its bullpen to hold off Omaha for a 2-1 victory in PCL action Tuesday.
Jordan Smith allowed five hits in 2 1/3 innings but kept the Storm Chasers scoreless. Then veterans David Aardsma and Chris Hatcher followed with three innings of one-hit ball as the Zephyrs took a second straight game to open the four-game series.
Hatcher pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save — he's saved the first two games of the series.
Bryan Petersen's RBI single in the first inning gave New Orleans a 1-0 lead, but Omaha tied it in the third on a sacrifice fly by David Lough. The Zephyrs went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by former Omaha Royal Ed Lucas, and then the pitchers took over.
Chaser left-hander Justin Marks, making his first Class AAA start of the season after winning both his starts for Class AA Northwest Arkansas, allowed two runs in four innings. He gave up five hits and walked four while striking out three. Francisley Bueno (two innings), Everett Teaford (one) and Michael Mariot (one) combined for four scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Omaha outhit New Orleans 10-6.
Lough went 1 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Johnny Giavotella and Willy Taveras each had to hits for the Chasers. Giavotella has seven multihit games in his last 11 starts, boosting his average from .239 to .326. Taveras has a seven-game hitting streak, during which he's hitting .393 (11 for 28) to raise his average from .080 to .245.
STORM TRACKING: Omaha pitcher Brian Sanches went on the temporary inactive list (his wife is expected to deliver a baby), creating the roster opening for Marks.