Congratulations to the Omaha Storm Chasers, who swept their way to the Pacific Coast League Championship with an 11-6 win at Sacramento on Friday night.
Omaha was leading 2-0 after four innings, and then the Storm Chasers scored four runs in the fifth, followed by two more in the sixth to take an 8-0 lead. It was all over from there.
Lance Zawadzki led Omaha’s 14-hit attack by going 4-for-5 with three RBI. David Lough knocked a two-run homer, and Clint Robinson hit a pair of doubles.
Omaha starting pitcher Mike Montgomery went five scoreless innings to earn the win. Omaha’s bullpen was a little shaky, but the team had such a big lead that it didn’t matter.
Omaha moves on to the Triple-A Championship Game, against the back-to-back International League champion Columbus Clippers. You may remember the Clippers – the Cleveland Indians affiliate, which beat Tacoma in last year’s Triple-A Championship Game.
The Triple-A Championship Game will be on Tuesday night in Albuquerque, and it will be televised nationally on the Versus channel.
Omaha is obviously a deserving PCL champion, as anyone who saw them sweep the Rainiers at Cheney Stadium August 16-19 can attest. During that series the Omaha staff limited a strong Tacoma lineup to just nine runs in four games.
- The PCL Championship story from Omaha, and from Sacramento. Plus we have a photo gallery from the Sacramento Bee.
- I watched Blake Beavan absolutely deal on Friday night – his curveball was terrific in a 4-0 shutout of the Texas Rangers.
- The Mariners unveiled the Dave Niehaus statue, and it’s awesome. It’s on the concourse in right-center field; walk below the “Hit It Here Cafe” and out towards center and you can’t miss it. Make sure you check out his scorebook!
- Thanks to the Seattle Times, we have a Niehaus statue photo gallery.
- Geoff Baker wrote one of his excellent in-depth profiles on Mariners rookie outfielder (and Rainier-for-three-days) Trayvon Robinson.
- It’s cool that former Rainiers and Mariners pitcher Doug Fister earned the win as the Detroit Tigers clinched the AL Central.
- Non-baseball: everybody I know is giving me grief because my Cal Bears are playing football against Presbyterian (which happens to be where I went to pre-school). Here is the reason why. You gotta love Presbyterian’s nickname: the Blue Hose.
Now for a not-so-humble brag: I’ll be calling Mariners baseball Saturday and Sunday with Rick Rizzs. That’s 710 AM in Seattle and elsewhere on the dial throughout the Mariners Radio Network.