Omaha Wins PCL Title

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.

One Response to Omaha Wins PCL Title

  1. J says:

    Great job this weekend Mike!! It was great hearing you doing Mariners games. . .best thing next to Rick Rizzs this season.

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