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.