The Omaha Storm Chasers etched a series win in their home stand with the Memphis Redbirds last week.
After finishing a disappointing series with the Iowa Cubs, and losing 7-1 against the Redbirds on Tuesday, I didn’t think the Chasers were going to finish the series the way that they did. The Chasers outscored the Redbirds 30-10 in the last three games of the series. Maybe this is a sign that last week’s three-game skid was nothing to worry about? (Although, how much does one worry about Triple-A baseball?)
The three-game losing streak ended on Wednesday and there’s at least three Storm Chasers, if not more, that fans have to thank for that. Here’s this week’s three stars:
Brett Eibner, CF: In Thursday’s 15-5 rout of the Redbirds, Eibner smashed three home runs — two were part of a ten-run fifth inning. Eibner became the 21st player in Pacific Coast League history to slam two home runs in one inning. He’s hit seven long balls this season and knocked in 21 runs. He sits at a .305 batting average (BA) and a .401 on base percentage (OBP).
Jorge Bonifacio, RF: In Friday’s victory over the Memphis Redbirds, Jorge Bonifacio knocked a Pacific Coast leading 29th and 30th RBI. His first RBI of the night was a triple to center, which put the Chasers up 2-1 in the fifth. Bonifacio leads his team in triples (3). His bat has earned him recognition within the Pacific Coast League, as well. He leads the league in runs scored and RBIs — 30 of each. Bonifacio has played in 35 games this season with a batting average of .321.
Miguel Almonte, RHP: Miguel Almonte recorded a win in his last outing, which was a 7-1 win Friday against the Memphis Redbirds. In five innings, Almonte allowed three hits and one run. His biggest accomplishment of the night was striking out a season-high eight batters. Almonte earned his second win Friday night. So far, Almonte has earned two wins and three losses, and an ERA of 5.34 over 28 innings pitched. (His first start in April was an atrocious one, but he’s found his groove since then.)
The Chasers complete their series in Tacoma on Tuesday before heading to Reno for a four-game series, which starts Thursday evening. Omaha is currently in second place, a half-game back from Oklahoma City in the Pacific Coast League.
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