Kila Ka’aihue’s walk off home run in the bottom of the 10th clinched the Omaha Storm Chasers best of five series over Round Rock with a 4-2 win to advance to the PCL championship series.
Starter Sean O’Sullivan carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and a no-hitter into the eighth, with the Chasers clinging to a 2-0 lead.
However, with just six outs to go, O’Sullivan served up a two-run home run to Luis Cruz, tying the game at 2-2 and giving Round Rock its first hit of the day. O’Sullivan finished his day with eight innings pitched, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits, with one walk and seven strikeouts.
After each team got two runners on in the ninth but couldn’t score, Kevin Pucetas (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 top of the 10th to set up the game-winning sequence.
With one out, Clint Robinson drew a five-pitch walk, bringing Ka’aihue to the plate. He worked the count to 1-1 before connecting off Round Rock’s Tanner Scheppers (0-1) to end the game, setting off a celebration at home plate and an even more wild party in the clubhouse moments later. Josh Odson has this report.