Ryan Budde hit two of Reno’s five home runs and Trevor Bauer overcame a rocky start to lead the Aces to 13-1 blowout over the Omaha Storm Chasers, Tuesday night in game one of Pacific Coast League Championship Series at Aces Ballpark.
Irving Falu’s ground out in the second inning allowed for the Storm Chasers first run to score. Omaha has scored first in all six of their post-season games. However, Reno responded with four runs in the bottom of the second on a throwing error by Rey Navarro that allowed a run to score, a wild pitch by Jake Odorizzi that brought Taylor Harbin home and a two-run blast by Budde, who hit only one long ball in 56 regular season games.
The Aces put the game out of reach in the fourth with a three home runs off Odorizzi, including another one from Budde that hit the left field foul pole. Tyler Kuhn smashed a two-run homer and Mike Jacobs launched a solo shot to push their advantage to 9-1 and knock Odorizzi out of the game. The right-hander was charged with eight earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three over 3 2/3 innings in his second shortest Triple-A start.
After walking five of the first 11 hitters he faced in the first two innings, Bauer settled in and gave up just two singles over his final 4.2 innings.
The Storm Chasers face a series deficit for the first time in the playoffs heading into a crucial Game 2 of the best-of-five series on Wednesday night after suffering their worst defeat of the 2012 season.