Omaha in PCL Championship for fourth straight year

NEW YORK -- As the Royals make their September playoff push, their Triple-A affiliate, the Omaha Storm Chasers, continued their own playoff dominance Saturday night.

Omaha became the third franchise in the 111-year history of the Pacific Coast League to advance to the PCL Championship Series in four consecutive seasons after a clinching 6-2 victory over Memphis.

The Storm Chasers join the San Francisco Seals (1943-46) and Albuquerque Dukes (1980-83) with four straight Championship Series appearances. They have won two of the last three titles in 2011 and '13.

In their American Conference Championship victory, they set a franchise record by allowing only six runs in four games, the fewest allowed in any playoff series, while the Storm Chasers' bullpen surrendered just one run in 13 innings.

Game 1 of the 2014 Pacific Coast League Championship Series will be hosted by the Reno Aces and will kick off Tuesday at Aces Ballpark. Game 2 will take place on Wednesday.

Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.