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Omaha clinches playoff berth on last day of season

Updated: 2013-09-03T03:27:04Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Carlos Pena’s four RBIs helped Class AAA Omaha beat Round Rock 8-4 on Monday as the Storm Chasers clinched a playoff spot.

Memphis lost 2-1 at Oklahoma City in a game that ended while Omaha was still playing. The Storm Chasers needed to win and the Redbirds to lose to make the playoffs. Omaha won the Pacific Coast League’s American North Division title despite finishing with a 70-74 record.

Pena hit a two-run home run in the first, had an RBI single as part of a four-run fifth inning and added another RBI single in the seventh.

Christian Colon had two hits, including an RBI single that broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning. Colon also scored three times. Paulo Orlando added three hits.

Starter John Lamb, 1-2, gave up four runs on four hits in five-plus innings. He walked three and struck out four. Lamb, who pitched to two batters in the sixth, threw 87 pitchings, including 54 for strikes.

Maikel Cleto and Michael Mariot each pitched two innings of scoreless relief.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

The Naturals were held to four hits in a 5-0 loss at Arkansas in their season finale.

Starter Aaron Brooks allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings. Malcom Culver, who was promoted from Class A-Advanced Wilmington, tossed two shutout innings.

Jason Bergmann threw a scoreless eighth.

Center fielder Brett Eibner had two hits, including a double.

It was the second straight game Northwest Arkansas was shut out. In their final five games, they scored seven runs total.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

Cody Fassold’s wild pitch allowed the go-ahead run to score in the top of the 10th inning as the Blue Rocks lost 5-4 to Winston-Salem.

Wilmington had 10 hits and drew eight walks, but it was three for 17 with runners in scoring position in its final game of 2013.

Jack Lopez’s two-run single highlighted a three-run second inning as the Blue Rocks grabbed a 3-1 lead. Winston-Salem went back ahead on a three-run homer off Angel Baez in the fifth.

However, in the sixth inning, Tim Ferguson singled home Justin Trapp to tie the game.

Sam Bates and Micah Gibbs each had two hits for the Blue Rocks.

Kellen Moen pitched three shutout innings, giving up three hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Class A Lexington

Daniel Stumpf gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits and four walks as the Legends ended their season with a 5-3 loss to West Virginia.

Stumpf, 10-10, struck out three and was relieved by Ben Tomchick, who allowed two runs on three hits in his one-plus inning of work. He did strike out three.

Fred Ford doubled and had two RBIs, while Mark Threlkeld had two hits and scored a run.

Bubba Starling reached base twice without an official at-bat: he walked and was hit by a pitch.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Every Chukars starter had at least one hit in a 9-6 win at Orem as Idaho Falls opened up a 2 1/2-game lead over the Owlz in the Pioneer League South Division.

Daniel Rockett had two hits, including a three-run homer, and finished with four RBIs. Humberto Arteaga collected three hits, scored three runs and knocked in a pair of runs. Elier Hernandez had a hit, knocked in a run and walked three times.

Matt Tenuta, 1-0, gave up three runs on four hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked three.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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