Gorkys Hernandez’ three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning completed both an improbable 7-6 comeback win as well as a series sweep of the American Conference Championship for the Omaha Storm Chasers over the Oklahoma City RedHawks. Omaha has advanced to the Pacific Coast League Championship Series for a third consecutive season, joining the Sacramento River Cats (2007-2009) as the only teams to pull off the feat since the PCL became a 16-team league in 1998.
Omaha dug itself a 5-0 early hole to the RedHawks led by a pair of two-run homers, in the first inning by centerfielder George Springer and in the third inning by designated hitter Japhet Amador, both off Storm Chasers starter Justin Marks. The lead reached 6-2 after Oklahoma City leftfielder Eric Thames smacked a solo homer in the fifth to knock Marks out of the game.
Hernandez’s game-winning homer in the eighth inning was set up by two-out walks by Paulo Orlando and Mitch Canham. In 34 games with Omaha this season Gorkys hit just two home runs. The five-run comeback win was the largest for Omaha this season.
The Pacific Coast League Championship will pit the Storm Chasers against either the Salt Lake Bees or the Las Vegas 51s, and will begin Tuesday at Werner Park with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Game 2 of the series will take place Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. with the final three games played on the road to decide the PCL crown.