Because the PCL Championship Series opener on Tuesday was suspended in the second inning due to rain, we had what amounted to a doubleheader yesterday to start the series.
Omaha took full advantage of the twinbill, winning both games by one run to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Today is a travel day. with the series resuming in Salt Lake City on Friday night.
Omaha 3, Salt Lake 2. Former Mariners first baseman Ben Broussard singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Omaha pulled off a come-from behind victory.
This was the completion of Tuesday’s suspended game, which was halted by rain in the second inning with the score tied, 1-1. Former Gonzaga Bulldog Clayton Mortensen picked up the pitching for Omaha and turned in a very good outing.
Omaha 2, Salt Lake 1. Omaha’s Brian Fletcher snapped a 1-1 tie by leading off the bottom of the ninth inning with a game-winning home run, giving the Storm Chasers the sweep. This one was a great pitcher’s duel between Tommy Hanson and Yordano Ventura before Fletcher ended it.
Crazy fact: Omaha hit into seven double plays during the two games, yet emerged with two victories.
Omaha has won seven straight games at the most important time of the year: the final two regular-season games to stave off elimination, all three games against Oklahoma City in the American Conference playoffs, and now the first two games of the Championship Series. That’s quite a run!
- The Omaha newspaper has coverage of the PCL Finals: a game story, and a notebook.
- The Mariners lost again and were swept at home by Houston.
- Geoff Baker writes that series like the one the Mariners just played get people fired.
- Dave Cameron has an interesting post about scapegoating by the Mariners GM.
- Brendan Ryan reported to the Yankees.
- Former Rainiers slugger Mike Carp hit a tenth-inning, pinch-hit grand slam to give the Red Sox a win last night.
- Taijuan Walker made the second team of baseball America’s annual Minor League All-Star team.