PAPILLION, Neb. - The Tacoma Rainiers (24-12) won the first game of a split doubleheader against the Omaha Storm Chasers (18-18) by a final score of 7-2 on Wednesday morning at Werner Park.
Center fielder Leonys Martin (2x4, 2 R, HR, RBI) and designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach (2x4, R, HR, 2 RBI) both logged multiple hits in the first half of the twin bill. Left fielder Dario Pizzano also checked in with a three-run home run, extending his hitting streak to six games.
Tacoma starting pitcher Kyle Hunter (1-0) limited the Storm Chasers to just one run on five hits over 5.0 innings of work. He struck out one and earned his first win of the year.
Vogelbach rocketed the Rainiers out to an early 2-0 lead with a deep two-run home run to left center field in the top of the first inning. It marked Vogelbach's third consecutive game with a homer.
Pizzano tacked on to the lead with a home run of his own in the top of the fourth inning - the three-run blast to right field was the third hit by Pizzano during his current six-game hitting streak, and increased the Rainiers advantage to 5-0.
Both clubs snagged a single run in the fifth inning - Tacoma extended their lead to 6-0 on an RBI fielder's choice in the top half of the frame, while Omaha notched their first run of the contest on an RBI triple, cutting the Rainiers edge to 6-1.
Back-to-back base knocks to open the bottom of the sixth inning scored another run for the Storm Chasers, bringing them within four runs of the Rainiers at 6-2.
Martin provided the final run of the game in the top of the seventh with a solo home run launched to center field, creating the final score of 7-2 in favor of Tacoma.
The Rainiers and Storm Chasers wrap up their doubleheader tonight, with first pitch of game two set for 4:35 p.m. PT. Tacoma is scheduled to start right-hander Chris Heston (2-1, 3.25) against Omaha lefty Eric Skoglund (1-3, 5.16).
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