Chris Dwyer is Omaha's rain man.
For the third time this season, one of Dwyer's starts was suspended because of rain before even two innings had been completed.
This time it was Tuesday night in Game 1 of the PCL championship series.
Omaha and Salt Lake were tied 1-1 in the middle of the second inning at Werner Park before rain, which had come down on and off for about an hour in the area, hit full force.
It rarely stopped again during a 2-hour, 35-minute delay before the decision was finally made to suspend the game, resume it at 1 p.m. Wednesday, then play the regularly scheduled Game 2 at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.
Both games are scheduled for nine innings.
“It's out of your control, frustrating,” Dwyer said.
As rain-shortened Dwyer starts goes, Tuesday's was a marathon.
Dwyer, 10-11 with a 3.55 ERA during the regular season, started May 1 in New Orleans and made four pitches in the bottom of the first inning before the game was stopped — it was eventually suspended and completed on May 25.
And Dwyer had a dominant first inning June 8 at Werner Park against Oklahoma City, striking out the side on 16 pitches before the rain hit. That game was completed July 23.
Tuesday's numbers for Dwyer: two innings, three hits, one earned run, one strikeout.
After giving up a leadoff single to Efren Navarro in the second, Dwyer appeared to have escaped the inning while stranding Navarro at third. But his curveball to Rusty Ryal, which some believed was strike three, was called a ball — and Ryal rolled the next pitch down the third-base line for an infield hit to score Navarro.
“I felt awesome,” Dwyer said. “I was ready to go.”
Dwyer had been scheduled to start Game 1 and, if necessary, Game 5. Now he'll likely be unavailable for at least a couple of days.
“We'll see, because he didn't throw much (36 pitches),” Omaha manager Mike Jirschele said. “We might be able to move him up.”
The story is the same for Salt Lake, which had planned to use Matt Shoemaker for Games 1 and 5. Shoemaker, who led all minor leaguers with 1841⁄3 innings during the regular season, went one inning.
“Obviously you don't want to burn your No. 1 guy after just one inning — that throws a monkey wrench in things,” said Salt Lake's Keith Johnson, the PCL's manager of the year. “We haven't ironed everything out yet, but with him only throwing 18 pitches in the game — and obviously there are warmups and other things that go into it — there's a chance we could slot him back in there somewhere.”
Omaha scored its run as Christian Colon was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a wild pitch, then scored on Ben Broussard's two-out single up the middle.
Clayton Mortensen, who started and won Game 2 for Omaha in its first-round sweep of Oklahoma City but was scheduled to work out of the bullpen in this series, will take the mound for Omaha.
Salt Lake will go with veteran Barry Enright.
“Mother Nature 1, Omaha and Salt Lake 0,” Johnson said. “Our bullpen has done a great job for us all year, and hopefully they'll step up for us and we'll see where that leaves us.”