Some of Omaha’s top hitters are now with the parent Kansas City Royals for their September playoff push, but the Storm Chasers still pounded the ball and got a dominating pitching performance in a 7-0 victory in game one over the Memphis Redbirds.
The Storm Chasers (1-0), we backed by a dominant start from wins leader Aaron Brooks in the opener of the American Conference Championship Series. It was the biggest playoff shutout win in Omaha’s 46-year franchise history.
Brooks threw eight shutout innings, matching a career high with ten strikeouts in his first career postseason game. With the eight scoreless innings, Brooks has thrown 20 consecutive shutout innings. He has also allowed only six runs in 37.0 innings (1.46 ERA) in five straight wins.
Omaha got three home runs from players making their Triple-A postseason debut. Matt Fields had a three-run shot with two outs in the fifth, his 29th on the year. Cheslor Cuthbert hit a solo homer and Whit Merrifield finished off the scoring with a two-run shot in the seventh.
The Chasers look to take a commanding 2-0 lead as they send out LHP John Lamb (8-10, 3.97 ERA) in Game 2 of the Best-of-Five Series. He will face off with Redbirds RHP Zach Petrick (7-6, 4.62 ERA).