Three Tacoma hitters homered, including a three-run blast from LF Dario Pizzano and a two-run longball from designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach , while Storm Chasers second baseman Ramon Torres extended his hit streak to a team season-high 11 games in the Rainiers' 7-2 victory in game one of a day/night doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Werner Park.
Vogelbach got the scoring started early with his two-run shot to the opposite field in the opening frame to put Tacoma (24-12) ahead 2-0. That margin was extended to five courtesy of Pizzano's three-run roundtripper to right in the fourth. The Rainiers completed their trio of longballs in the seventh via CF Leonys Martin 's solo shot to center.
Omaha (18-18) got on the board in the fifth when DH Dean Anna singled to right before coming across on 3B Corey Toups' run-scoring triple to center to cut the deficit to 6-1. The Chasers would plate their other tally in the subsequent frame on Torres' RBI base knock to left.
Torres (2-3, RBI) was one of two Omaha batters to collect a multi-hit effort to extend his hit streak to 11 contests, with Toups (2-3, 2B, 3B, RBI) joining Torres in recording two hits. Torres has also recorded a hit in 30 of the 34 matchups in which he has recorded an official plate appearance. Vogelbach (2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI) and Martin (2-4, 2 R, HR, RBI) each tallied a pair of knocks for Tacoma.
Rainiers starter Kyle Hunter (5.0 IP, 5 H, R, ER, 0 BB, K) earned his first victory of the season, with reliever Nick Hagadone (2.0 IP, 2 H, R, ER, BB, 3 K) finishing the job. Omaha right-hander Yender Caramo (4.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, BB, 2 K) suffered the defeat to fall to 0-3.
The two teams are set to face off again later this evening in the nightcap of their day/night doubleheader on Wednesday. Like the first contest, the second matchup is scheduled to last seven innings in regulation. First pitch for tonight's contest is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Fans who attended this afternoon's first game will need a separate ticket to attend the nightcap. The Storm Chasers are anticipated to send LHP Eric Skoglund (1-3, 5.16) to the hill, with Tacoma expected to give the ball to RHP Chris Heston (2-1, 3.25).
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