The Omaha Storm Chasers (41-31) won their season-high seventh straight game powered by six homers, the most for Omaha in Werner Park history, in a 13-6 series opener win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (32-40). Omaha has won 21 of their last 27 games, and are tied for the best record in the PCL at 41-31.
Jesus Flores led the way for Omaha with two homers, his first game with multiple long balls since 2006 and the sixth multi-homer game of the season by a Storm Chaser. The game was tied at 4-4 after four innings but homers by Brett Eibner, Flores, Danny Valencia (with Omaha on MLB Rehab) and Jimmy Paredes blew open the game as Omaha scored nine runs in their final four innings. The six homers tied a season high which was set on May 18 at Memphis, and were tied for the second most ever by any team in Werner Park history as the New Orleans Zephyrs hit seven homers on June 2, 2011.
The offense totaled 19 hits in the game, their third highest hit total of the season, as six of the nine players had multi-hit games. Omaha has totaled 97 hits during the seven game win streak, a .361 team clip. Flores and Paulo Orlando both notched four hit games, and Orlando has a team-leading 88 hits on the season after totaling 81 hits all of last year. Paredes and Flores lead four players with multi-RBI games with four runs driven in apiece.
The 41-31 mark for Omaha is their third highest win total at the halfway point of the season in their PCL history, only bested by the 45 wins in 2012 and the 44 wins during the 1999 season. Omaha starter John Lamb allowed only three earned runs in 5.2 innings, his tenth straight start allowing three earned runs or fewer, and the southpaw has not lost a start since the beginning of May (lost all five April starts).
Omaha will put their league-best record on the line as they send out LHP Bruce Chen (0-1, 12.86 ERA), who will make his fourth start as part of his MLB Rehab Assignment. He will face off with Isotopes RHP Jeff Bennett (4-1, 3.44 ERA), with first pitch on 1180 Zone 2 The Deuce and MiLB.TV scheduled for 12:05 p.m.