Congratulations to the Omaha Storm Chasers, who stunned the Oklahoma City RedHawks by completing a three-game sweep in the American Conference playoffs last night.
Omaha – the first PCL team to reach the playoffs with an under-.500 record since the current system was implemented in 1998 – won three straight against the league’s best team. The Storm Chasers will host games one and two of the PCL Championship Series starting on Tuesday. This is becoming routine for Omaha: it’s the third straight year they have reached the PCL finals.
In the Pacific Conference, Las Vegas fended off elimination by edging Salt Lake.
at Omaha 7, Oklahoma City 6
Omaha got into a big 5-0 hole early, but staged a major comeback and moved ahead on a three-run homer by Gorkys Hernandez in the eighth inning.
According to the game story from the Omaha World-Herald, Omaha is the seventh team in history to reach the PCL Championship Series three straight seasons.
Omaha wins the series, 3-0.
at Las Vegas 3, Salt Lake 2
With their backs against the wall, the Las Vegas 51s escaped big-time jams in both the eighth and ninth innings to hold on and beat the Bees. Las Vegas reliever Cory Wade was the escape artist, nailing down a very difficult save.
This has been an intense series: all three games have been one-run games, with two walk-off wins. Here is the game story from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Game Four is a day game today at 12:05. Salt Lake leads the series, 2-1.
- Mariners game to watch tonight at 6:10: James Paxton makes his Major League debut.
- Justin Smoak had the big hit as the Mariners beat the Rays on Friday night, 6-4.
- Former Rainiers pitcher Yusmeiro Petit came one out away from a perfect game last night, pitching for San Francisco against Arizona.
- Down in rookie ball, the Pulaski Mariners won the Appalachian League championship.
Come out to the park for the beer festival today – it should be a lot of fun!