Myers, Omaha break out the bats

Team takes run at PCL hits record with 33 in rout of Tucson

By Jonathan Raymond / Special to | August 12, 2012 11:12 PM ET

Wil Myers matched a career high in hits Sunday when he collected five. And that lofty number represented fewer than one-sixth of his team's total for the night.

Triple-A Omaha fell just four hits shy of the Pacific Coast League record, cranking out 33 to score 20 runs as the Storm Chasers trounced the Tucson Padres, 20-3.

Kansas City's No. 2 prospect led the way, going 5-for-7 with a home run, a double, four runs scored and three RBIs. It was his first five-hit game since Sept. 7, 2009 with Rookie-level Idaho Falls.

Every member of the Omaha lineup had at least two hits and a run scored as the team set a season high with 20 runs. The 33 hits were the most hits in the PCL since 2004, with the Storm Chasers threatening the 1924 PCL team hits record of 37 set by the San Francisco Seals against Salt Lake.

"It was one of the craziest things I've ever been a part of," said Myers. "We couldn't get out. Everything was hit hard, there weren't really any bloop hits. And one of the craziest things was we had only one walk as a team. Everybody was ready to hit. It was a good team effort, a good team win."

Batting fifth and sixth behind Myers in the lineup, Clint Robinson and David Lough did much of the rest of the damage. Robinson also went 5-for-7, with a triple, a double, three runs scored and two RBIs. Lough homered, doubled and plated five runs.

"It's good to have those two guys, middle of the order guys, have a big game. Good for them to build off of going forward," said Myers.

No. 10 Royals prospect Christian Colon, Irving Falu, Johnny Giavotella and Jason Bourgeois supplied four hits apiece for the Storm Chasers. Mitch Maier and Giavotella had three RBIs apiece.

For Myers, it was an especially memorable day, because he brought his Triple-A average back above .300 for the first time since July 20. The outfielder is hitting .302 with a .380 on-base percentage and a .580 slugging percentage with Omaha.

During the at-bat in which he homered, Myers said a pitch was thrown behind his head, leading to the ejection of Tucson pitcher Alexis Lara and manager Terry Kennedy. Facing Chris Franklin with a 3-2 count,'s No. 14 prospect uncorked a three-run shot to left, his 21st in the PCL and 34th overall this year.

"What happened was our dugouts were mouthing a bit back and forth. Our dugout's getting excited and being kind of loud, and that obviously caused some turmoil," said Myers. "The pitcher threw at me, he was ejected and then the new pitcher came in and left a fastball up in the zone. I put good wood on it. Obviously, it felt great."

With one night, Myers turned around what had been a slumping August, going from a .256 average before Sunday to a .326 mark on the month afterward. It was a banner night for the rest of the team as well.

"Everybody in there was just having fun, a good fun time. The offense had been struggling and that's something good to build off of," he said.

Doug Davis (7-2) picked up the win for the Storm Chasers, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two over six innings.

Jonathan Raymond is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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