June 17, 2013 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Omaha Storm Chasers
YESTERDAY'S WIN: Yordano Ventura tossed five solid innings, including four scoreless innings to finish his outing, to earn his first Triple-A win. The bullpen provided four scoreless innings in relief to preserve Omaha's 3-1 decision over Iowa Sunday afternoon at Principal Park. The Storm Chasers improved to 30-37 and moved to within three games of Memphis in the American Conference North Division.
SAY HAYES KID: Brett Hayes extended his on-base streak to 21 games with a third inning solo shot, his third long ball of the roadtrip, and this streak is the longest active streak in the PCL (tied for 12th longest overall) while also being the longest streak this season for a Storm Chaser (Anthony Seratelli had a 20-game streak from May 10 to June 1). The last game Hayes did not reach base was May 8 at Reno. Last season the longest streak for Omaha was Clint Robinson's 24-gamer from May 6 to May 31.
RAMIREZ TO THE MAX: Max Ramirez has totaled seven hits during his modest five-game hit streak, after he had totaled seven hits in his previous 15 games. Ramirez had one hit in his previous seven road games before the streak during this roadtrip.
NO STARTER SUPPORT: Chasers starter Justin Marks has lost four consecutive starts (Mike Montgomery was the last Omaha pitcher to lose four straight starts last year from 6/17 to 7/3), but in those four losses Omaha has combined to put up seven runs of support. In his eight starts Marks has received 17 runs, the worst run support average on the Chasers at 2.1 per game. No Omaha pitcher last season with multiple starts received average run support of less than three runs.
BERRY BERRY SNEAKY: Quintin Berry notched his fifth stolen base in only seven games with Omaha since being acquired from Detroit, to go along with his game- deciding two-out, two-run single in the 4th. Combined with 15 steals with Toledo earlier this season, Berry is one of only seven Triple-A players with at least 20 steals.
All four teams in the American Conference Northern have
losing records, the only division in Minor League Baseball without a team with at
least a .500 record (Texas League North, the division the Royals AA affiliate Northwest
Arkansas plays in is the only other division in MiLB without a winning record team
as the Tulsa Drillers lead that division with a 34-34 record). Last year the American
Northern was the only Triple-A division with only one team with a winning record.