October 25, 2014

Omaha will be missing big bats as they start their playoff series tonight.

The Omaha Storm Chasers (76-67) ended the season with a five-game sweep of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (53-91), the first five-gamer for Omaha in over ten years, as they pulled it off against Iowa in August of 2004, and propelled the Chasers to the American Conference North Division crown.

Omaha will now 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.

Tim Cooney, who won a franchise-record 14 games for Memphis, starts Wednesday in Omaha.

Memphis was the hottest team in the league going 40-20 since the beginning of July. Omaha was the only team to feature three players with 27 or more home runs, but two of them are with the Royals as they make their push for the postseason in the majors.

Chasers take over first place knocking off the Iowa Cubs

With a second straight win over the Iowa Cubs by a score of 7-5, the Omaha Storm Chasers (60-54) took over first place in the American Conference North Division from the Cubs (61-56) at Werner Park Sunday.  Carlos Peguero helped Omaha build a 7-1 lead in the first five innings with two homers, giving him four in his last four games.  Peguero has 11 homers in his 23 career games as a Storm Chaser.

Aaron Brooks earned his team-leading eighth win of the season with 5.2 innings of work, allowing three runs with five strikeouts. He allowed two homers to Cubs prospect Javy Baez, who is tied with Chasers catcher Francisco Pena for the second most homers in the PCL at 23.

Omaha will look to build on their new division lead as they send out LHP John Lamb (6-8, 3.56 ERA), who has not allowed an earned run in his last three starts at Werner Park over 20.0 innings. He will face off with LHP Eric Jokisch (7-8, 3.80 ERA) in game three of this four game series.

Brett Eibner’s nine RBIs sets a record day at Werner Park for the Stormchasers

Brett Eibner set a Werner Park record with nine RBI, which included two, three-run homers and a bases-clearing double, as the Omaha Storm Chasers (4-3) set new records for hits and runs in a game at Werner Park in a 20-3 win over the Memphis Redbirds (4-3) Wednesday afternoon.

The nine RBI are a new park record for Omaha, passing the seven RBI Brett Hayes put up on April 14, 2013. It was also the most RBI in a game for Omaha since Mike Moustakas put up 11 RBI during the final homestand at Rosenblatt Stadium, which is the modern PCL record.

The Storm Chasers as a team racked up 29 hits, the most ever recorded by one team at Werner Park, with seven of the nine starters collecting three hits or more.

The 20 runs put up by Omaha were the second most in the history of the park, and the most by Omaha, as the New Orleans Zephyrs hold the record with 22 runs on June 2, 2011 during the Storm Chasers first season at Werner Park. The previous high for runs by Omaha at Werner Park was 18 on June 30, 2011 against Albuquerque. It was the most runs in a game for Omaha since they also had 20 runs on August 12, 2012 at Tucson and the most hits since they put up 33 hits in that same game.

Three run blast lifts Stormchasers past Round Rock (AUDIO)

Max Ramirez hit a lead off homer to start the seventh inning and Anthony Seratelli’s two run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Omaha Stormchasers a 6-3 win over Round Rock in the first of four games at Werner Park.

AUDIO Stormchasers recap from Josh Odson

The 29 year old second baseman is hoping to make a name for himself on the AAA level after having success in the Royals’ organization at AA ball. Seratellia was the Northwest Arkansas Player of the Year in 2011 after ranking second in the Texas League in walks, third in runs scored and stolen bases, fourth in on-base percentage and triples. He was also named MiLB.com’s Texas League Player of the Posteason in 2010 after going 10-for-22 with five homers during NW Arkansas’ championship run.

Ethan Hollingsworth picked up the win, despite giving up the tying run in the seventh on a homer by Express centerfielder, Leonys Martin. Hollingsworth pitched three innings of relief in place of starter Mike Montgomery who went 4.1 innings, giving up seven hits and three walks.

Omaha uses 9th inning rally to down Iowa

Omaha rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to complete an 8-6 come-from-behind win over Iowa Tuesday night in the last of a four-game set at Principal Park. The Storm Chasers earned a series split to improve to 33-26 on the season and maintain their 4 1/2 game lead on Memphis in the American Conference North Division. The Cubs ended the series right where they started, six games out, heading into another meeting with the division pace-setters next week in Omaha.

Trailing 6-5 going into the ninth inning, the Storm Chasers received a leadoff double from Jarrod Dyson, who advanced to third on a base hit by Johnny Giavotella that chased Marcos Mateo from the hill. Left-hander Scott Maine took over and struck out David Lough before Mike Moustakas doubled to knock in the tying run. Clint Robinson was intentionally passed to load the bases for Kila Ka’aihue, who walked to force in Giavotella with the go-ahead run. Maine then walked Joaquin Arias to push across another run and was removed from the game after issuing the last of seven free passes by four different relievers.

Blake Johnson (3-1) tossed two scoreless innings to earn the win in relief after Robinson Tejeda threw 1 1/3 shutout frames behind starter Kevin Pucetas.