September 20, 2014

Storm Chasers pound out 16 hits in 14-1 drubbing of Express

chasersThe Omaha Storm Chasers (7-7) totaled 16 hits, their second highest output of the 2014 season, as they drubbed the Round Rock Express (8-6) by a score of 14-1. Omaha has the two largest wins in the Pacific Coast League this season with a 13-run win tonight and a 17-run win on April 9 vs Memphis (20-3).

Six of the nine Omaha starters notched multi-hit games, and four of the nine drove in multiple runs, as the Chasers scored four runs and sent at least nine batters to the plate in the first, third and fifth innings. Catcher Jesus Flores was a triple shy of the cycle as he hit a two-run shot, his first homer as a Storm Chaser, in the third inning blew the game wide open at 8-1. Flores has only appeared in five games this season, but in those five games he has totaled nine hits for a .500 average (9-for-18) as well as five RBI.

Matt Fields drove in two runs as part of the four-run first inning, and collected two hits on the night to extend his career best hitting streak to 14 games. The string of 14 games is the longest active hitting streak in all of Triple-A baseball, and tied for the longest active in all of Minor League Baseball with Dariel Alvarez of the Bowie Baysox (Double-A for Baltimore Orioles). It was only the fourth multi-hit game for Fields during the 14-game stretch. Brian Fletcher drove in three runs on the night, and has recorded a RBI in eight of his last nine starts.

Storm Chasers starter Sugar Ray Marimon allowed a first inning run but settled down to allow just five hits and that lone run in his four innings of work while striking out seven, which is tied for the most punch-outs by an Omaha pitcher this season (with John Lamb on April 5 vs Nashville). The bullpen of Ramon Troncoso, Donnie Joseph and Spencer Patton did not allow a single hit in the final five innings to keep the Express from mounting a comeback.

The Storm Chasers will look to earn their first series win of the 2014 season as they send out right-hander Brett Tomko (1-1, 3.27 ERA) to face off with Round Rock righty Justin Germano (0-1, 5.00 ERA). First pitch for the series finale is set for 7:05 p.m.