Storm Chasers second baseman Humberto Arteaga recorded his fifth consecutive multi-hit game, catcher Cam Gallagher recorded three hits and designated hitter Frank Schwindel homered, while starting pitcher Trevor Oaks threw seven solid frames of work in Omaha's 11-1 bashing of the Round Rock Express on Friday night at Werner Park.
With three more hits on Friday evening, including a two-run double that was part of a six-run sixth inning, Arteaga has now recorded knocks in 13 of his last 19 at-bats over a five-game span. In that period he has raised his 2018 batting average a total of 68 points from a .236 mark to a .304 clip. Omaha batters continued their hot-hitting ways as well, totaling 17 hits for the second consecutive evening en route to their fourth consecutive victory.
Arteaga's two-run two-bagger was bookended by Schwindel's two-run blast and LF Logan Moon 's RBI single to right in the sixth that opened the floodgates for Omaha and extended the lead to 10-1. The Storm Chasers struck first in the opening frame courtesy of SS Adalberto Mondesi 's run-scoring double to center. RF Paulo Orlando would then drive in a run in each of the third and fifth frames with a single and safety squeeze bunt, respectively.
In addition to Arteaga (3-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI) and Gallagher (3-4, 2 R, RBI, BB), Schwindel (2-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI), Orlando (2-4, R, 2 RBI), Moon (2-5, 2 RBI) and 3B Jack Lopez (2-5, R, 3B) all posted two or more hits in the victory. Express C Tony Sanchez (2-3) was the lone batter from his side to record a multi-hit effort. It marked the second straight night and third time in four games that all nine hitters in the Storm Chasers' starting lineup accrued at least one knock.
Omaha provided plenty of run support for Oaks (7.0 IP, 6 H, R, ER, 0 BB, 4 K), who yielded a lone earned run while scattering six hits in seven innings of work to earn his third victory, tying him for the club lead. The bullpen duo of Luis Vasquez (1.0 IP, H, 2 K) and Josh Staumont (1.0 IP) joined forces for the final two frames. Round Rock starter David Hurlbut (5.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, BB, 4 K) suffered the defeat to fall to 1-4 on the year.
The two teams are set to face off in the second game of their series on Saturday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT. LHP Jonathan Dziedzic (1-5, 3.66) is anticipated to get the nod for the Storm Chasers, with the Express set to counter with LHP Yohander Mendez (0-4, 5.73).
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