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Omaha Storm Chasers Fail To Defend Pacific Coast League Title

Unable to force a fifth and final game to defend their Triple-A crown, the Omaha Storm Chasers were eliminated by the Reno Aces in Game 4 of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series on Saturday to officially end their 2012 campaign.

Kansas City's affiliate at the Triple-A level, Omaha simply could not figure out how to beat a dominant Reno (the Arizona Diamondbacks' affiliate) pitching staff over the brief series. Even if the Chasers had been victorious on Saturday, a Game 5 showdown against Trevor Bauer, the No. 9 overall prospect in the sport according to Baseball America, would have proved quite difficult on Sunday afternoon.

With their first minor league title since moving to Reno, the Aces will now go on to face the Pawtucket Red Sox on Tuesday in the Triple-A National Championship game. As a nice consolation prize to fans however, a handful of Storm Chasers players, including prized right-hander Jake Odorizzi, were promptly added to the Royals' big-league roster on Monday afternoon.

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