The Omaha Storm Chasers (1-0) scored all their runs in the first two innings and got a great pitching effort from Aaron Brooks to take the 2014 Pacific Coast League Championship Series opener against the Reno Aces in a 6-2 final. Omaha is now 12-3 in road games over the last four postseasons.
Omaha jumped all over Reno in the first inning for three runs, chasing Reno starter Clayton Richard. The Chasers added another three runs in the second inning, which would prove to be enough offense to take a 1-0 series lead. Cheslor Cuthbert provided the major blow in the first inning with a two-out, two-RBI single while Brett Hayes collected a RBI single in both the first and second innings. Omaha has outscored opponents 24-8 in the playoffs.
Brooks allowed just two runs for his sixth win in as many starts and 14th win counting the regular season and the playoffs. Brooks’ only blemish was a two-out, two-run shot to Andy Marte in the sixth, snapping his 25 inning scoreless streak.
During the last four years in the playoffs, Omaha has won Game 1 in seven out of eight series. The Storm Chasers have never lost a series during the four years when winning the opener.
Omaha has now won nine of their last ten games dating back to the final five games of the regular season.
The Chasers will look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead tomorrow night as they send out LHP John Lamb (8-10, 3.97 ERA) in Game 2. He will face off with Aces RHP Bradin Hagens (1-1, 2.55 ERA) from Aces Ballpark in Reno.