The longer-than-usual delay before suspending Game 1 of the PCL championship series was based on the unfavorable option of playing nearly two full playoff games in one day and the unavailability of Thursday as a potential makeup date.
As with all PCL teams, Omaha and Salt Lake fly commercially when air travel is required and have flights scheduled for Thursday's off day. The series resumes with Game 3 Friday in Salt Lake City.
“(Playing Thursday in Omaha) wasn't an option,” Omaha General Manager Martie Cordaro said.
So Tuesday and Wednesday represented the only days for Games 1 and 2 to be played in Omaha.
This meant that, when the rain delay started at 7:36 p.m. Tuesday, everyone waited.
“There's no curfew in the PCL playoffs,” Cordaro said.
Cordaro said that the late-night rain that eventually hit was expected, but he was hoping to avoid the rain that led to the in-game delay.
After a 2-hour, 35-minute delay, the game was finally suspended. Game 1 will pick up 1-1 heading into the bottom of the second inning at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Game 2 is scheduled to start at its previously scheduled time 7:05 p.m.
Fans with Game 1 tickets can enter for the 1 p.m. game. The 7:05 p.m. is a separate admission.
Pitchers are familiar foes
Before Tuesday, Chris Dwyer's other career postseason start was for Northwest Arkansas in the Class AA Texas League playoffs on Sept. 7, 2011, against Arkansas.
Pitching for Arkansas that night was Matt Shoemaker, who started Tuesday for Salt Lake against Dwyer and Omaha.
In the first postseason meeting, Dwyer gave up one unearned run on two hits while walking three and striking out seven in six innings. Shoemaker went seven innings, allowing one run on two hits while walking two and striking out seven.
In the Northwest lineup that night and the Omaha lineup Tuesday were Christian Colon, Anthony Seratelli and Paulo Orlando.
It's probably no surprise that Dwyer and Shoemaker would meet once in a while. They were the only two pitchers in the PCL this season to start at least 28 games (Shoemaker started 29) and work at least 150 innings. Shoemaker led all minor leaguers with 1841⁄3 innings pitched.
Field playing different levels
Salt Lake shortstop Tommy Field had to make a pit stop in between Saturday's Pacific Conference championship clinching win in Las Vegas and Tuesday's Game 1 of the PCL finals.
Field went to Minneapolis and started at third base Monday night for the Angels in a 6-3 loss to the Twins. He went 1 for 4 at the plate.
He was back leading off and playing shortstop for the Bees on Tuesday night.
Bits and pieces
Omaha is the seventh team to play in three straight PCL championship series, joining the Sacramento River Cats (2007-09), the Albuquerque Dukes (1980-83), the Hawaii Islanders (1975-77), the Oakland Oaks (1946-48), the San Francisco Seals (1943-46) and the Seattle Rainiers (1940-42). Only the Dukes and Seals, with four straight, reached the finals in more than three consecutive seasons. ... Since the PCL expanded to 16 teams in 1998, the winner of Game 1 of the championship series has gone on to win the title every season but one and for the past 10 years in a row. ... As expected, Omaha activated pitcher Everett Teaford (hand) and outfielder Brian Fletcher (wrist) from the disabled list.