July 25, 2014

Sugar Ray pitches Storm Chasers to victory over OKC. Hottest pitcher on the staff

The Omaha Storm Chasers (13-16) picked up their second straight win against the Oklahoma City RedHawks (16-15) winning 4-1, behind another solid performance from Triple-A newcomer Sugar Ray Marimon. It was Omaha’s first back-to-back wins since April 17 and 18 against Round Rock.

Marimon went seven innings allowing just one run, 6.2 scoreless innings before allowing a solo homer in the seventh. The right-hander has made three career starts at Werner Park, and has given up only three total runs in 17.1 innings (1.56 ERA) while registering 18 strikeouts.

The seven innings were his longest career Triple-A start, and tied for the longest start by an Omaha pitcher this season. Marimon has accounted for three of the four wins by Omaha starters since April 9.

Storm Chasers bounce back to gain a split with first place Iowa Cubs

The Omaha Storm Chasers (11-15) erased a 6-2 deficit in an 8-6 win over the Iowa Cubs (15-10), their largest comeback win of the season, snapping their six-game losing streak in Game 2 of the Doubleheader at Principal Park. Omaha also snapped their eight-game road losing streak, which was tied for the longest in their Pacific Coast League history.

After tying the game at 2-2 in the third, Omaha starter P.J. Walters let in four runs with two outs to build a 6-2 I-Cubs lead. The Storm Chasers responded in the next half inning with three runs in the fourth including a RBI single by Christian Colon, tying him with Brett Eibner for the team lead at 13 RBI. The Chasers took the lead two innings later on back-to-back run-scoring hits in the sixth by Colon and Johnny Giavotella, giving each a team-leading eighth multi-hit game on the season.

Omaha (10-15) dropped the first game of the doubleheader with the Iowa Cubs (15-9) by a score of 1-0, the third time they have been shutout this season. It was their eighth straight road game loss, tying a team record during their time in the Pacific Coast League. The Storm Chasers had the tying run at second base when the final out was recorded.

Omaha shutout for the first time in 2014

The Omaha Storm Chasers (9-9) were shut out for the first time in the 2014 season and were held to only two hits by the Nashville Sounds (9-9), tying the lowest hit total for the Omaha in the history of Werner Park. The Chasers have lost four of their last five meetings with Nashville.

The Sounds were led the Milwaukee Brewers’ number one prospect Jimmy Nelson, who tossed seven scoreless innings allowing just three Omaha baserunners (two hits and a walk) while striking out nine. The right-hander has faced the Storm Chasers twice this season at Werner Park, and has only allowed five total hits and one run in 13.0 innings.  The Storm Chasers came in to the game with the second best batting average in the league at .310 and were tied for the best hits per game average in the PCL at 10.5 with Oklahoma City.

Omaha starter John Lamb suffered his fourth loss in as many starts, giving up four runs (two earned) in his shortest outing of the season at 4.1 innings. In his four starts in 2014 Lamb has only received four total runs of support, and in his seven career Triple-A starts he has received one run or less of support in five games.

Omaha Storm Chasers win Triple A championship

The Omaha Storm Chasers are the 2013 Triple-A National Champions, by defeating the Durham Bulls by a score of 2-1. This is the first Triple-A National Championship that Omaha has captured as a member of the Pacific Coast League, and second Triple-A Championship overall in team history.

Storm Chasers starter Chris Dwyer retired the first 20 Bulls batters he faced in the game, going 6.2 scoreless innings before allowing a base hit to Tim Beckham with two outs in the seventh. Dwyer went seven innings allowing just the one hit to Beckham and struck out eight.

The Omaha offense scored both of their runs in the game as part of two-out rallies scoring the first run of the game off former Royals propsect Jake Odorizzi in the second, who has not allowed any runs in his 14.0 innings in the 2013 postseason, as Lane Adams doubled and Manuel Pina singled him home. The Chasers added a much need insurance run in the sixth as Pina drew a two-out walk followed by singles by Paulo Orlando and Irving Falu, who singled in the decisive run in his 25th career postseason game as a Storm Chaser. Falu is the only player who has appeared in all of the last three postseasons for Omaha.

With the win by the Chasers, the Pacific Coast League improves to 5-3 in winner-take-all Championships against the International League since 2006. Omaha finished the season with a 77-75 record, including going 7-1 in the postseason. The only other Triple-A Championship in team history came when the Omaha Royals defeated the Rochester Red Wings in the 1990 Triple-A Classic 4-1 in the best-of-seven series.

AUDIO Game recap from Jake Ryan (1:00)

Storm Chasers claim PCL baseball championship

The Omaha Storm Chasers defeated the Salt Lake Bees 10-5 in Game 4 of the Pacific Coast League Championship, clinching a 3-1 series win and the second PCL Championship in franchise history. Omaha is the tenth team since 1963 to win two PCL Championships in the span of three seasons.

After suffering a 9-0 shutout loss Friday night, the Storm Chasers responded with one of the best offensive outputs of not only the postseason but the entire season with ten runs and 19 hits.

Storm Chasers starter Brian Sanches finished off a remarkable season for Omaha by tossing five innings allowing just two runs to pick up his second win of the postseason, and team-leading 12th win overall including the regular season and postseason.

With a 70-74 regular season record the Storm Chasers have the second fewest regular season wins of any PCL champion since 1963, when playoffs began consistently, and the champ with the fewest wins was the 1984 Edmonton Trappers with 69 wins when the PCL still used the half system for playoff qualifying. Omaha won six of seven games in the postseason, and eight of their final nine games overall to qualify for the postseason and claim the title.

The Storm Chasers will face the champion of the International League, the Durham Bulls, in the Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday night. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. CDT, and the game will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.