The Omaha Storm Chasers offense exploded to the tune of 21 hits and 11 runs in an 11-5 rout of the Round Rock Express on Friday night. Salvador Perez had a perfect night at the dish, lacing five hits in five at-bats. Friday marked the first time a Storm Chaser slapped five hits in a game since Johnny Giavotella did it on April 28 against Memphis.
Rehabbing Kansas City Royal Jonathan Sanchez (1-1) picked up his first win as a Chaser as he pitched five innings and allowed three earned runs. Doug Davis provided three innings in relief of Sanchez and gave up two runs while Jeremy Jeffress worked a perfect final frame to close out the contest.
A Julio Borbon two-run home run in the second off of Sanchez quickly put the good guys in a 2-0 hole. Omaha (37-25) answered right back in the next half inning as a Salvador Perez single was followed two batters later with a two-run blast by Anthony Seratelli.
The Express (27-35) took a 3-2 lead in the third on a solo homer but the Storm Chasers responded again in the next half inning when Chris Getz tripled in Derrick Robinson and Wil Myers singled to push Getz across the plate to jump ahead 4-3. Max Ramirez doubled in the fourth, advanced to third on a ground out by Robinson and scored on a bunt single by Getz to push their lead to 5-3. A two-run single to right field in the fifth by Irving Falu plated Perez and Tony Abreu. In the sixth inning, Round Rock’s Tommy Mendonca hit a two run shot to bring the Express within two but Omaha struck back in the next half inning when Myers tripled and then scored on an RBI single by Perez. Perez then moved to third on a single by Abreu and came in to score when Round Rock’s Mark Hamburger uncorked a wild pitch to extend Omaha’s lead to 9-5.
The Storm Chasers added two final runs in the bottom of the eighth when Falu singled to left, with the bases loaded, to score Perez and Abreu.
Omaha and Round Rock will square off in game three of their four-game series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.