November 30, 2015

Fast start helps Storm Chasers to opening win in PCL Championship game

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.

Storm Chasers advance to fourth straight PCL Championship

The Omaha Storm Chasers beat the Memphis Redbirds 6-2 to take the American Conference Championship 3-1 and advanc to the Pacific Coast League Championship Series for a fourth straight year. Omaha becomes the third team in league history to advance to four straight Championship Rounds.

Omaha set a franchise record by allowing only six total runs in the four games, the fewest runs given up in any playoff series. The previous record was nine runs that Omaha allowed to the Indianapolis Indians in the 1978 American Association Championship Series. The Storm Chasers bullpen let in only one unearned run in 13.0 innings against Memphis.

Game 1 of the 2014 Pacific Coast League Championship will be hosted by Reno, and will kick off Tuesday, September 9th at Aces Ballpark. Game 2 will take place on Wednesday, September 10th.

Storm Chasers take game one of their PCL playoff series with a shutout over the Redbirds

Some of Omaha’s top hitters are now with the parent Kansas City Royals for their September playoff push, but the Storm Chasers still pounded the ball and got a dominating pitching performance in a 7-0 victory in game one over the Memphis Redbirds.

The Storm Chasers (1-0), we backed by a dominant start from wins leader Aaron Brooks in the opener of the American Conference Championship Series. It was the biggest playoff shutout win in Omaha’s 46-year franchise history.

Brooks threw eight shutout innings, matching a career high with ten strikeouts in his first career postseason game. With the eight scoreless innings, Brooks has thrown 20 consecutive shutout innings.   He has also allowed only six runs in 37.0 innings (1.46 ERA) in five straight wins.

Omaha got three home runs from players making their Triple-A postseason debut. Matt Fields had a three-run shot with two outs in the fifth, his 29th on the year. Cheslor Cuthbert hit a solo homer and Whit Merrifield finished off the scoring with a two-run shot in the seventh.

The Chasers look to take a commanding 2-0 lead as they send out LHP John Lamb (8-10, 3.97 ERA) in Game 2 of the Best-of-Five Series. He will face off with Redbirds RHP Zach Petrick (7-6, 4.62 ERA).

Omaha Storm Chasers win their fourth straight division title

The Omaha Storm Chasers (75-67) clinched a franchise record fourth straight division title, eliminating the Oklahoma City RedHawks with a 13-8 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to win the American Conference North. The Storm Chasers will face the Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A affiliate) in the American Conference Championship at Werner Park.

Omaha will host Games 1 and 2 of the series this Wednesday and Thursday, with both days having start times of 7:05 p.m., while Games 3-5 will be played at AutoZone Park in Memphis. During the 2014 season, the Storm Chasers and Redbirds split their 16 games at 8-8.

Omaha entered their final series of the season trailing Oklahoma City by 2.0 games, but reeled off four straight wins over the Sky Sox while the RedHawks suffered three straight losses to the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines to help them capture the crown. The Chasers are the only team in the Pacific Coast League to qualify for the playoffs in each of the last four seasons.


Storm Chasers lose but close on first place

Justin Bour had three hits, and drove in four runs to lead a 13-hit attack as New Orleans beat Omaha, 8-5 on Sunday afternoon at Zephyr Field. The Storm Chasers have lost two in a row to fall to 55-52 but gained a half-game in the standings to move to within a half-game of first place Iowa, which was swept for a second straight day in a doubleheader, in the American Conference North Division.

The Zephyrs grabbed a three-run lead in the first inning on a home run by Bour. New Orleans added on a run in the second on a double play grounder, one more in the third on a sacrifice fly by Juan Diaz, and another pair in the fifth on an error and another sac fly ball to extend the lead to 7-1.

Christian Colon started the climb back for the Chasers in the sixth with a homer, his second in 10 days against NOLA starter Andrew Heaney, to trim the margin to five.  In the seventh, Omaha closed the game to 7-4 and then in the eighth, Carlos Peguero homered to cut it to 7-5.  The Zephyrs added an insurance run in their half of the eighth inning for their 11th win in 15 games against Omaha this season.

The series and road trip wrap up Monday night with Omaha left-hander Joe Saunders taking the mound against NOLA right-hander Anthony DeSclafani.