SALT LAKE CITY - The Omaha Storm Chasers claimed the 2013 Pacific Coast League Championship with a 10-5 win over the Salt Lake Bees on Saturday night as the Chasers take the series three-games-to-one. The 2013 season ends for the Bees following a 78-66 regular season record, the Pacific Northern Division title and the Pacific Conference title.
"I just wish these guys could have finished this thing off, but it is what it is," said Bees manager Keith Johnson. "That is a good ball club over there, regardless of their record. They played hard, they played well, and they got themselves on a really nice run and got all the way to the championship. I wish them luck in that next game. But for my club, these guys fought hard for me all year. A lot of good things happened over the course of the year. A lot of guys got better, a lot of guys produced at the major league level, so that's what it's all about."
Omaha jumped in front with three runs in the first inning off Bees starter Matt Shoemaker. Efren Navarro belted a two-run home run to right field in the fifth inning to get Salt Lake back to within one, but that was as close as the Bees would get the rest of the way. In the sixth, Rey Navarro delivered a one-out double and then scored on a single to center by Brian Fletcher.
In the eighth, Omaha loaded the bases with no outs. After Roberto Coello walked in a run, Lane Adams hit a grounder up the third base line. The umpire signaled foul, but then let the play continue. Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson argued, but to no avail, as it ended up as a three-run triple. Omaha would add two more runs in the inning to take a 10-2 lead.
The Bees would get two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth, but Omaha's celebration began when Scott Cousins grounded out to second for the final out. Shoemaker took the loss as he went five and two-thirds innings and allowed four runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
Efren Navarro led the Bees with three hits, including a triple and a home run, and two runs batted in. Navarro was the only Salt Lake player to hit safely in all eight postseason games. Luis Rodriguez added two hits and two RBI.