Anthony Seratelli was in the on-deck circle and realized that he had a chance to deliver a walk-off hit in both ends of a doubleheader.
“Especially when (the count) went 3-0,” Seratelli said.
But Irving Falu beat him to it.
Falu didn’t walk and instead delivered a game-ending two-run double into the left-field corner that gave Omaha a sweep of Oklahoma City before 4,133 Tuesday night at Werner Park.
Seratelli’s 11th-inning RBI single made the Storm Chasers 4-3 winners in the opener, which was actually the completion of a June 8 game that had been suspended by rain in the first inning.
Falu then gave Omaha a 3-2 victory in the second game, scheduled — by league rule because it followed the completion of a suspended game — for seven innings.
“These guys are getting more confident and are playing better when the game is close,” Omaha manager Mike Jirschele said.
Despite a 49-55 overall record, the Chasers’ two wins allowed them to inch within one game of first-place Iowa in the PCL’s American Conference North.
Omaha, tied for second with Memphis, would have had a share of first place if not for Iowa’s 1-0 walk-off win Tuesday against New Orleans.
“It’s funny because a month ago, we were losing a lot of games,” Falu said. “But everything is coming back together now. When everybody is together, we win games.”
Omaha started the season 14-8, and is now 14-8 in its last 22 games — although, technically, Tuesday’s opener counts as having been played June 8. In between, the Chasers struggled at 21-39.
But things appear to have changed.
“Any time you get a couple walk-off wins in a week, let alone a couple in one day, you start feeling good,” Seratelli said. “It doesn’t matter how deep it is in a game or how far you’re down. You still have a chance.”
Omaha mounted its game-winning rally in the nightcap against Rhiner Cruz (0-2).
After Christian Colon was caught stealing for the second out, Willy Taveras drew a two-out walk and moved to second on a pinch-hit single by Max Ramirez. Brett Hayes ran for Ramirez, and both runners moved up on a wild pitch.
Then Falu lifted an opposite-field fly ball into the left-field corner, over the head of a retreating Robbie Grossman. Grossman tried to make the catch while crashing into the wall, but couldn’t come up with it and both runners scored easily.
“I was just thinking about swinging down,” Falu said. “I’m struggling, but I’m doing my best to keep my team winning.”
Chris Dwyer had started the game June 8 by striking out the side, and Danny Duffy picked it up from there, extending a no-hit bid into the fifth inning.
Veteran Brian Sanches (7-2) went the distance in the second game — it was the long-time reliever’s first complete game since 2000 — allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits. Sanches has given up just four earned runs in his last 311⁄3 innings, for a 1.15 ERA.
Omaha tied the opener in the ninth. Quintin Berry drew his third walk of the game to lead off the inning, moved to second on Pedro Ciriaco’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Colon’s single to center.
In the 11th, Ciriaco led off with a single, went to second on a Taveras sacrifice and scored on Seratelli’s single down the left field line.
Fate appeared to be smiling on Seratelli again in the second game. Falu just got there first.
“That would have been pretty neat,” Seratelli said. “But it doesn’t matter who gets it. We won.”
STORM TRACKING: Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez is expected to be activated Wednesday, Jirschele said, with catcher Mitch Canham returning to Class AA Northwest Arkansas. ... Jirschele said center fielder Paulo Orlando sprained an ankle on a bizarre sixth-inning infield fly rule play, in which Orlando actually dropped the ball and two runners on base advanced safely. ... Omaha is 8-2 in games started by Sanches.