Storm Chasers left-fielder David Lough scored from first on a high pop up to shallow right field to put Omaha in front and give them a 3-2 victory over Sacramento Tuesday night. The win gave Omaha a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five Pacific Coast League Championship Series.
With the game tied 2-2 and two outs in the seventh and Lough on first, Lorenzo Cain popped one high in the air toward shallow right field. Grant Green raced in from his position in deep right-center while second baseman Wes Timmons turned and ran toward the line, but neither player found himself in position and the ball kicked off Green’s glove and rolled away. Lough sprinted home all the way from first on the Cain single, giving Omaha the lead for good.
By scoring in the seventh, Omaha starter Luis Mendoza (2-0 postseason) was given an opportunity to win for the second time in the playoffs and the 14th time this season. He closed the year with victories in his final four starts and has run that streak to six-straight counting the postseason. Mendoza is 14-5 with a 2.10 ERA overall this year, including 13-2 with a 1.33 ERA in 128.2 innings since May 26.