The Salt Lake Bees lost to the Omaha Storm Chasers on Saturday, Sept. 14, by a final score of 10-5, ending their 2013 Pacific Coast League title run. Lagging in the championship series one game to two, the Bees faced a must-win situation in game four, but couldn’t come back from Omaha’s six-run surge in the eighth inning.
Bees starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker lasted just five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs. Bees’ manager Keith Johnson went to the bullpen early, using six more pitchers for the rest of the game. The Bees’ achilles heel was their inability to bring home runners in scoring position. They got 14 hits (H), but only 3 with runners in scoring position (RISP) and left 10 men on-base (LOB). Omaha, on the other hand, came up with hits at the right time, with 19 H, 8 RISP, 9 LOB.
The series-ending defeat was particularly hard felt, after the Bees had been buoyed up by their game three victory the previous night—a pitching masterpiece provided by Salt Lake starting pitcher Jarrett Grube. Grube went the full nine innings and threw a complete-game shutout, the first in franchise history. Grube’s 11 strikeouts tied a franchise record, and seemed to wake up Salt Lake’s bats as well. Matt Long, Roberto Lopez, Efren Navarro, Scott Cousins and Drew Heid each had multiple hits in the game. The 9-0 game was the Bees' only win in the best-of-five series.
The Storm Chasers celebrated their PCL Championship victory briefly in Salt Lake City before packing their bags for Allentown, PA, for the 2013 Triple-A Championship game. This year’s one-game title match will be hosted by the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, at Coca-Cola Park, on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The Storm Chasers will be facing the International League (IL) champions, Durham Bulls for the Triple-A baseball crown.