Storm Chasin

Heather Avi HeaderThe rain ruined my Storm Chasin’ plans to return to Werner Park to attend another Omaha game this season. Maybe it was a blessing; maybe God unleashed a rain storm to wash away the terrible season the Chasers have had.

There hasn’t been much to celebrate this season. And when I asked my sister — who doesn’t cover the Storm Chasers like I do — if she wanted to come to a game with me, this was her reply:

“But the Storm Chasers keep losing. They’re terrible.”

Hmm. I didn’t realize that the casual fan noticed or cared. But, in an attempt to keep this end-of-season post somewhat happy, I decided to recall 10 of the best moments from this season. (Yes, they were a bit difficult to recall)

1. April = best month for the Chasers
I don’t have an answer for why this is other than the fact that the Storm Chasers put up one of their best (monthly) records in April. They finished 14-8 and even went on a five-game winning streak. Yup, you head that right. (They took a series from Round Rock and New Orleans the week of May 10) Other than July (16-13) the Chasers posted a losing record each month.

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2. Cheslor Cuthbert promoted 5/6
There were plenty of promotions amidst the horrid season. Cuthbert replaced Mike Moustakas (DL) in the Kansas City Royals lineup. In Triple-A, Cuthbert was completely dominating — batting .333, four doubles, seven home runs, .624 slugging. Since joining KC, he’s been quite the replacement for Moose. He’s batting .290 with 24 doubles and 10 home runs.

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3. Salute to KC Royals Night (5/23)
How could the Omaha Storm Chasers not include a World Series trophy night at Werner Park? The 2015 World Series trophy was on display for fans to snap a selfie with — and Slugerrr was even there, too. In typical Chasers’ fashion, the home team posted a loss that night. But that’s beside the point.

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4. 1st place in American Northern (5/26)
Somehow, the Storm Chasers claimed first place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division. Still not sure how that happened. (They’re now last place, yes.)

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5. Alex Gordon Night (6/23 & 6/24)
The Royals All Star and Cornhusker alum joined the Storm Chasers in June during a rehab assignment. He played two games in Omaha — one in front of a Friday night sell out crowd. The Storm Chasers at least won once while he was in town.

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6. Jorge Bonifacio & Hunter Dozier selected for futures game (6/28)
The two prospects represented the World and USA team in the futures game, which was played during All Star Weekend in San Diego. Neither did anything in the game of note, but the World Team won 11-3, if you were wondering a whole month later.

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7. Raul A. Mondesi recalled to KC (7/26)
In 14 games with Omaha, he hit .304 with nine runs, two doubles, four triples, and one home run. The 20-year-old has been a force in Kansas City. (I blame everything on the Rally Mantis.) He’s hitting .191 with one double, three triples, a home run, and 10 RBI.

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8. Bonifacio’s bat
Bonifacio still leads the team in runs, HR and RBI this season. He’s hitting .270 with 22 doubles, six triples and 18 home runs. He’s batted in 84 runs. The 23-year-old outfielder has been a consistent piece of the Storm Chasers offense. He’s often helped earn the Chasers a win. He’s currently No. 3 on the Royals prospect list. What a guy.

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Here’s how the Omaha Storm Chasers have done this season (through Aug 29):

Record: 57 – 76

April: 14-8

May: 12-15

June: 6-23

July: 16-13

August: 9-17 — with two to play

Final series:
Round Rock Express — Aug. 30 & Sept. 1
OKC Dodgers — Sept. 2 – 5

Heather’s Storm Chasers coverage has ended for the season, but be sure to check in for her KU basketball articles that start this week!

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