The K Zone

September 14, 2013

Omaha’s title run hits speedbump

Storm Chasers lose 9-0 at Salt Lake and miss chance to clinch Pacific Coast League championship.

The K Zone

Andy McCullough blogs about the Royals and baseball

Class AAA Omaha didn’t sweep its way to a Pacific Coast League title.

A 9-0 loss at Salt Lake on Friday night in game three of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series snapped the Storm Chasers’ eight-game winning streak. Omaha ended August needing to win its final two regular-season games and have Memphis lose twice.

That’s what happened, and the Storm Chasers then swept Oklahoma City 3-0 in the first round of the playoffs. They kept up the momentum with a pair of one-run wins in the first two games of the championship series.

However, the Bees struck back with Friday’s lopsided victory in Salt Lake. The Storm Chasers were outhit 17-2 and committed the game’s only two errors.

Justin Marks gave up four runs (three earned) on nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings with four strikeouts. Everett Teaford allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning and Spencer Patton gave up three runs while getting one out in the seventh inning.

Christian Colon’s single and Brian Fletcher’s double were the only hits for the Storm Chasers.

Omaha, which has a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, will look to close out the championship today in Salt Lake.

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