SALT LAKE CITY - The 2013 Pacific Coast League Championship Series begins tonight as the Salt Lake Bees are at Omaha to take on the Storm Chasers at 6:05 p.m. MT. Game 2 of the best-of-five series, also at Omaha, will begin at 6:05 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11. After an off-day on Thursday, September 12, the series moves to Salt Lake for Games 3-5. Game 3 will be played Friday, September 13 at Spring Mobile Ballpark with the first pitch at 6:35 p.m. and a postgame fireworks show to follow. If necessary, Game 4 will be at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, September 14 with Game 5 scheduled to begin at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, September 15.
"We congratulate the team on winning the 2013 Pacific Conference Championship and are extremely excited to have them competing for the league title," said General Manager Marc Amicone. "It is a testament to all of the hard work and dedication put in by the players and coaching staff all season long."
Tonight marks Salt Lake's first appearance in the PCL Finals since 2002, when the Salt Lake Stingers fell to the Edmonton Trappers three-games-to-one. Current Bees manager Keith Johnson was the starting third baseman for the 2002 runner-up squad, finishing third on the team with 15 home runs while hitting .281 in his penultimate season as a player. Salt Lake also competed for the league championship in 1995 and 2000. For Omaha, this marks the team's third consecutive appearance in the PCL Finals while the Storm Chasers captured the league crown in 2011.
The winner of the PCL Finals will face off against the champions of the International League on Tuesday, September 17 in Allentown, Pa. in the 2013 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game.
Tickets for the PCL Finals games in Salt Lake City will only be sold for games that are guaranteed to be played. For ticket information, call (801) 325-BEES or visit slbees.com with no online fees.