Ball Star

Omaha, Idaho Falls win championships

Updated: 2013-09-18T04:24:23Z


The Kansas City Star

Left-hander Chris Dwyer was sensational Tuesday night as Omaha beat Durham 2-1 in the Triple-A Championship Game in Allentown, Pa.

Dwyer, who retired the first 20 batters he faced, allowed just one hit in seven innings with no walks and eight strikeouts.

The Storm Chasers opened the scoring in the second inning when Lane Adams doubled with two outs and scored on Manny Pina’s single.

In the sixth inning, Omaha put together another two-out rally. Pina walked and moved to second on Manny Pina’s single. Paulo Orlando’s single made it 2-0.

Durham, which is Tampa Bay’s affiliate, got a solo home run from Leslie Anderson in the eighth inning. The Bulls put two runners on in the ninth, but Zach Jackson came into the game and struck out the only batter he faced.

The Bulls’ Jake Odorizzi, who was part of the seven-player deal with the Rays that brought James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals, allowed one runs on five hits in four innings with eight strikeouts and one walk.


Catcher Frank Schwindel had four RBIs, including a three-run homer, as the Chukars won the Pioneer League Championship Series with a 6-0 win at Helena.

Schwindel’s two-out, three-run homer in the fourth inning opened the scoring for Idaho Falls in the pivotal third game of the series.

Schwindel, an 18th-round pick in this year’s draft out of St. John’s, also had an RBI groundout in that scored Daniel Rockett and made it 4-0 in the sixth inning.

Cody Stubbs’ two-out RBI single in the seventh inning scored Carlos Garcia to make it 5-0. Later in the inning, Elier Hernandez’s single scored Stubbs.

Starter Jake Junis gave up three hits in five scoreless innings. Junis, who turned 21 on Monday, struck out eight and walked two. He was a 29th-round pick in the 2011 draft.

Kyle Bartsch took over for Junis and struck out six in there innings. He allowed one hit and no walks. Glenn Sparkmann gave up a hit and a walk in the ninth, but he still nailed down the win.

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