Storm Chasers Claim 2nd Straight Triple-A National Championship
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Omaha Storm Chasers defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox 4-2 tonight at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina to capture their second straight Triple-A National Championship, and third Triple-A Championship overall. It is the first back-to-back Triple-A Championships in franchise history. Brett Hayes was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
The Storm Chasers led 2-1 through four and a half innings on two RBI by Cheslor Cuthbert, but then the game was halted for one hour and 45 minutes due to thunderstorms. After the delay the PawSox tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth, but then Brett Hayes hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the seventh with two outs to put the Chasers ahead for good. After the Hayes round-tripper, the Omaha bullpen retired nine of the final ten Pawtucket batters to clinch the title and finished a postseason where they only let in one earned run in 35.0 combined innings.
Omaha is the third team to win the Triple-A Championship in back-to-back years and second Pacific Coast League team, as the Sacramento River Cats did so in 2007 and 2008 and the Columbus Clippers did so in 2010 and 2011. The Pacific Coast League has now won three straight Triple-A National Championships, and have won six of the nine Triple-A National Championships overall.