After being shocked on Saturday night by Albuquerque’s nine run late comeback, Omaha made sure to make their runs count on Sunday. The Storm Chasers took the deciding Game 5 by a 16-7 score. They scored in every inning but the sixth.
Every Omaha starter had at least one hit. Four of them collected multi-hit games. I was saying all along that for Omaha to have a chance in the Pacific Coast League playoffs, outfielder Wil Myers would have to step up (he had been ice cold). Myers broke out in Game 5, as he went 3-for-5 with a 2nd inning two out, two-run homerun. Mitch Maier hit the Storm Chasers other homerun, a two out, two-run shot in the fourth. He also went 5-for-5. Irving Falu only went 1-for-2 in the leadoff spot, but walked four times and scored three runs.
Omaha starter Justin Marks wasn’t great, but he gave them enough and it was much better than his first Triple-A start against the Isotopes. He allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out four.
The Storm Chasers advanced to the PCL Finals and continue to look for back-to-back titles. The best-of-five series will begin on Tuesday, September 11th in Reno. The Aces shocked Sacramento (who had the PCL’s best record) in five games. Jake Odorizzi will face Reno’s Trevor Bauer.