Omaha needed until the final game of the regular season, but they clinched the American Northern Division title of the Pacific Coast League with an 8-4 win over Round Rock. That coupled with a Memphis loss earlier gives the Storm Chasers their third straight division title.
John Lamb made the start (back from strep throat) and struggled early, but ended up picking up the win. He allowed four runs on four hits and three walks over five innings. Maikel Cleto followed with two hitless innings of relief before Michael Mariot picked up his 11th save of the season with two scoreless innings.
The Storm Chasers now head to OKC to begin their quest for a PCL title (The RedHawks are the PCL’s best team). The American Division series begins on Wednesday night. Yordano Ventura will get the start in Game 1, followed by Clayton Mortensen, Justin Marks, and Chris Dwyer.
NW Arkansas lost their season finale to Arkansas by a 5-0 final.
The Naturals collected just four hits, two by Brett Eibner.
Wilmington lost their series final to Winston-Salem, 5-4 in ten innings. The Dash scored the go ahead run on a wild pitch.
It was a wild game with some crazy plays and poor base running. Angel Baez allowed a three-run blast in the 5th inning that gave the Dash the lead. Kellen Moen followed with three scoreless innings of relief before Cody Fassold took the loss.
The Blue Rocks had the leadoff runner on base over the final five innings, but only once did they score.
Manager Vance Wilson talked after the game about his team’s season:
Lexington lost seven in a row to end the season, as they lost to West Virginia, 5-3.
Daniel Stumpf took the loss, as he allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and four walks over four innings. After Ben Tomchick allowed two more runs in just one inning, Aroni Nina and Clayton Schulz pitched the final four scoreless innings. Nina allowed the only base runner (via a hit).
*Bubba Starling was hit by a pitch and left the game. Hopefully it is not something serious.