Omaha returned home Tuesday and put on its biggest offensive performance of the spring.
The Storm Chasers clubbed six home runs, including three in a four-batter span of the seventh inning, while reaching season highs for runs and hits in their 14-3 drubbing of Albuquerque at Werner Park.
Third baseman Humberto Arteaga paced Omaha’s 21-hit attack with three singles and a two-run homer while Bubba Starling and Nick Dini each recorded three hits. Jorge Bonifacio launched solo blasts in the first and seventh innings as the Chasers led throughout their first game with a Pacific Conference team.
Omaha began a 14-game stretch against the Pacific on Tuesday and led 4-0 four batters in. Rehabbing Kansas City first baseman Lucas Duda followed consecutive singles by Arteaga and Erick Mejia in the first with a drive to the wall in deep center field that Isotopes outfielder Yonathan Daza couldn’t come up with.
Arteaga scored on the double, and then Albuquerque threw the ball away twice. Mejia and Duda also raced home on the play, and then Bonifacio drilled an offering from Pat Dean (1-5) out of the park to left field.
The Chasers piled on to their lead from there. Brett Phillips and Duda homered in a three-run second, and Phillips drove in two with a triple in the third. Arteaga, Samir Duenez and Bonifacio all went deep in the seventh, giving Omaha its first six-homer game since a 13-6 win over Albuquerque in June 2014.
Chasers starter Foster Griffin (6-2) rebounded from a rough outing in his last start at Werner to limit the Isotopes to a run on six hits through six innings. He had allowed 12 runs against Oklahoma City last week.