The Omaha Storm Chasers scored eight runs over the first three innings and belted four home runs in a 12-3 victory over the Reno Aces Thursday night at Greater Nevada Field. Hunter Dozier led the visitors with two home runs as part of a three-hit performance, snapping the Aces’ winning streak at three games.
Omaha (22-17) jumped on Aces starter Edwin Escobar from the very beginning, bringing home its first run on a triple by Jorge Bonifacio and double from Angel Franco. Escobar retired the next batter, but Dozier hit his first homer of the night into the right-field bullpen, pushing the Storm Chasers’ lead to three.
Both teams traded single runs in the second. Bonifacio hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0 in the top half, and Carlos Rivero (@Carlos_Rivero3) put the Aces (18-21) on the board in the bottom half, bringing home Zach Borenstein from third with a fielder’s choice to short.
The Storm Chasers hung four more runs on Escobar and the Aces in the third. Tony Cruz extended Omaha’s advantage to 5-1 with a sacrifice fly and Travis Snider doubled home another run, setting up Balbino Fuenmayor who hit a two-run homer inside the right-field foul pole.
Trailing 8-1 after four, Reno’s deficit worsened. Dozier opened the fifth with a solo shot for his 12th minor league home run of 2016. The Storm Chasers added two more runs later in the frame, and a two-out blast by Brett Eibner in the sixth closed Omaha’s scoring.
Rivero hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, his third of the season.
Miguel Almonte (3-3) picked up the win for Omaha after allowing one earned run on three hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out three. Escobar (1-1) was handed the loss after setting season highs for hits (11), runs (11) and earned runs (9) allowed by an Aces starter.
Jack Reinheimer (@Reinheimer_08) collected three of Reno’s eight hits. He also barehanded a slow grounder off the bat of Carlos Diaz to end the third, and his leaping grab of an Eibner liner ended the top of the ninth.
Entering play, the Aces had allowed a Pacific Coast League-low 19 home runs as a staff – they allowed four in Omaha’s rout.
Reno continues its eight-game, nine-day homestand Friday with game two of a four-game series against the Storm Chasers. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. PT. Reno will send right-hander Matt Buschmann (0-4, 5.83) to the mound, opposite Omaha left-hander Mike Minor (0-0, -.--) who will be making a Major League rehab start.