The Omaha Storm Chasers set new team park records for hits (29) and runs (20) at Werner Park last Wednesday in a 20-3 drubbing of the Memphis Redbirds (that included an 8-run first inning).
The Chasers were 29-for-51 and they hit four home runs.
All of this made me wonder how the performance compared to some of the other offensive explosions in Pacific Coast League history. So I grabbed my trusty PCL media guide and here's what I found:
- Most runs in one game by one club = 35 by Vernon vs. Salt Lake City on May 11, 1923.
Vernon Tigers outfielder Pete Schneider hit five home runs that day and drove in 14 runs a 35-11 win. In his final at-bat, he lined a double off the center field wall, barely missing his sixth home run of the day.
- Most runs in one inning by one club = 16 by Salt Lake City vs. Vernon on August 18, 1923.
- Most hits in one game by one club = 37 by San Francisco vs. Salt Lake on May 24, 1924.
- Most home runs in one game by one club = 10 by Phoenix vs. Sacramento on July 6, 1974 (in a seven-inning game).
Comparing the old PCL to the modern version probably isn't fair, but any reason to dig into a baseball media guide is a good one.