PAPILLION, Nebr. - Memphis allowed a franchise-record 29 hits on Wednesday afternoon, as Omaha jumped on the Redbirds with eight runs in the first inning on their way to a 20-3 rout. The Storm Chasers scored in six of the eight possible innings, handing the 'Birds their worst loss since August 18, 2005, when they fell 21-4 to Oklahoma.
In what is becoming a repeated theme, Memphis got on the scoreboard first for the seventh consecutive game. After Ed Easley, hitting second for the first time this season, walked in the first inning, Oscar Taveras got a hold of one that found its way over the right field wall. It was Taveras' second home run of the season and helped bump his RBI total to six.
Omaha would not be outdone in the first frame this afternoon though. The Storm Chasers sent 11 batters to the plate, grabbed six hits and secured eight runs in a whirlwind of an inning. The eight runs in one inning were the most that the Redbirds gave up dating back to the 2013 season. At the end of the third inning, Omaha had posted 10 runs and 11 hits on the scoreboard, leading the 'Birds by eight.
The Redbirds grabbed another run in the fifth when Easley smoked a one-out double and Stephen Piscotty drove him in with a two-out bloop single to center. The hit extended Piscotty's streak to six games to begin the season, while also stretching his RBI streak to four.
The Storm Chasers buried the Redbirds though with another big inning in the sixth. For the second time in the game, Omaha batted around in an inning on their way to six more runs and a 16-3 advantage. After adding three more in the seventh when Brett Eibner hit a bases-clearing double, Omaha notched another in the eighth to make it 20-3. Eibner was a perfect 5-for-5, with two home runs and nine RBIs, a new Werner Park record. The center fielder set the opponents' single-game record against Memphis for runs batted in and is now tied with Nelson Cruz for total bases (12) as well. Omaha had only hit two home runs on the season coming into the game, but saw four balls leave the yard. Before it was all finished, every starter on the home team had at least a hit and a run. In total, Omaha outhit Memphis by a mark of 29-6.
Chris Dwyer (1-1, 5.40) posted the win for Omaha, going five innings and allowing three runs on four hits, including the two-run shot to Taveras. Angel Castro (1-1, 7.88) suffered the loss for the Redbirds, surrendering 10 runs, seven earned, on 11 hits in three innings.
Memphis will look to rebound tomorrow in an attempt to even the series against Omaha. Tim Cooney (1-0, 0.00) will be opposed by John Lamb (0-1, 3.60). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 pm (CST).