PBL Scores, 4/11/15

All the Patriot League’s teams were back in action today.  Read on to see what happened!

Jacksonville DragonsJackson HammerheadsJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 6, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 5

The Hammerheads’ home opener was a wild one.  The home team built an early lead, blew it, rallied back, and then watched it slip away at the end.  The result is another one-run loss that raised further questions about the status of closer Rick Sheen, as well as skipper Lou Hayes’ bullpen management.

The game started out well for the fans at Cash Carter Downs, as Jackson pounced on an error by Dragons 1B Berry Canez and turned it into a 3-run rally.  It might have been more, but Jacksonville RF Roderick Hopps threw out 3B Kim Fleitas at the plate.  Hammerheads third base coach Duke Temple was criticized for what many viewed as an over-aggressive send, especially given Hopps’ strong arm.  It wasn’t the last time in the game Temple’s judgment would come into question.

Due to the error, only one of the three runs was charged to Dragons starter Biggs McGee, who allowed only one more hit and no more runs over his 7-inning start.  “Another top-shelf performance by me,” said McGee.  “I know we don’t have the Cy Young Award in this league, but they’ll have to start one and call it the Biggs McGee Award.”

While McGee was clamping down on the Hammerheads, Jackson starter Henry Jones was facing some choppy seas.  In the 3rd, Jones gave up three straight singles to the bottom third of the Dragon lineup, followed by a 2-run double from 2B Will Mount.  Jacksonville tied it up in the 6th on a Hopps solo shot.  Then in the next inning, DH Jake Kapoor put the Dragons ahead with a 2-run blast.  This was good not only for his team, but for Syrian refugees, who will receive a $1,000 donation for every homer Kapoor hits this season.  This was his first of the year.  “It means so much more,” said Kapoor, “knowing that every home run helps both my team and people in need.”

Just when it appeared Jacksonville had the game in hand, along came the wild 8th inning.  Dragons manager Harlan Davidson decided to replace McGee with lefty Elias Rosado.  (“There’s a lesson here,” said McGee.  “Never take me out.”)  Rosado gave up a one-out double to SS Octavio Westerberg, and was promptly yanked for young righty Whitney Winslow.  Winslow battled RF Erin Arispe through a 7-pitch at-bat, which ended when Arispe dropped a single into center, scoring Westerberg to make it 5-4.  Winslow then became obsessed with Arispe, who kept feinting toward second.  Winslow’s inattention led to him throwing a fat fastball to 1B Eddie Battin, who slapped a single through the left side.  Winslow managed to strike out DH Erasmo Crofoot, despite several long fouls.  But then he locked up in another long duel with C Clarence Doyle, who smacked a full-count change-up down the third-base line for a double.  Arispe scored to tie the game, but Temple also waved home Battin, not an especially fast runner.  A strong relay throw from Jacksonville SS Alan Herdt gunned down Battin, and the Jackson rally came to an end.

With a tie score going into the ninth, Hayes surprisingly sent Jones back out for another inning, even though righty Butch Turnbull and closer Rick Sheen were already warm.   “It’s his game,” Hayes said of Jones.  “I wanted to let him try to finish it up.”

After a leadoff single by Canez, though, Hayes pulled his starter.  Oddly, he decided to bring in Sheen, despite it being a tie game and the closer having struggled so far this season.  Turnbull, who has yet to appear in a game this season, was still ready.  “A situation like that, where one run beats you,” said Hayes, “I think it’s like a closing situation.”

But Sheen stumbled again.  He gave up a single to CF Pick Goodwin, and then a pair of sac flies allowed the Dragons to score the go-ahead run.  Sheen, who punched a hole in the clubhouse door after the game, declined to comment on his performance.

Game over?  Far from it.  The Dragons summoned closer Jimmy “Razor” Corridon, who’s had some struggles of his own, for the bottom of the 9th.  He gave up a one-out double to Fleitas, then retired LF Track Johnson on a fly to left.  That left it up to CF Damian Deason, who lined a 1-0 single to left field.  Temple – again – decided to wave Fleitas home from second.  LF Willis Parker came up firing, and Fleitas was – once again – thrown out at home, this time by several feet.  Angry Hammerheads fans booed Temple off the field.

“Hell, I’d do it again,” said Temple of his controversial decisions, which may have cost the Hammerheads three runs.  “I’d rather go down with guns blazing than leave my bullets in the chamber.”

After all that, the Dragons (4-1) and Hammerheads (1-5) get to do it all again tomorrow, with Jacksonville righty Kyle Palmer facing Jackson lefty Kiko Walton.

 

4/11/2015, JAX15-JCK15, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Dragons           0  0  2  0  0  1  2  0  1     6 10  1     6  1
2015 Hammerheads       0  3  0  0  0  0  0  2  0     5 10  0     5  0
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Mount             2b  5  1  1  2  .158    Deason            cf  5  0  2  1  .154
Kapoor            dh  3  1  1  3  .529    Westerberg        ss  3  1  1  0  .304
Teachout          c   5  0  1  0  .308    Arispe            rf  4  1  1  1  .179
Hartley           lf  4  0  0  0  .278    Battin            1b  4  0  2  0  .231
 Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .000    Crofoot           dh  3  1  0  0  .214
Hopps             rf  4  1  1  1  .278    Doyle             c   4  1  2  1  .370
Taliaferro        3b  4  0  1  0  .200    Righter           2b  4  1  0  0  .250
Herdt             ss  4  1  1  0  .200    Fleitas           3b  3  0  2  2  .320
Canez             1b  3  2  2  0  .375    Johnson           lf  4  0  0  0  .240
Goodwin           cf  4  0  2  0  .182                         34  5 10  5
                     36  6 10  6
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGee                            7.0  4  3  1  3  4 112  65  1.93
Rosado           H 2             0.1  1  1  1  0  0   6   4  6.75
Winslow          BS 1, W 1-0     0.2  3  1  1  0  1  22  15 13.50
Corridon         S 3             1.0  2  0  0  0  0  14   9  3.00
                                 9.0 10  5  3  3  5 154  93 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jones            L 0-1           8.0  9  6  6  2  5 130  74  6.32
Sheen                            1.0  1  0  0  0  0  13   8  4.15
                                 9.0 10  6  6  2  5 143  82 
 
JAX: Parker inserted at lf in the 8th
 
E-Canez. 2B-Mount(1), Westerberg(1), Doyle(2), Fleitas(2). 3B-Battin(1). 
HR-Kapoor(1), Hopps(4). RBI-Mount 2(3), Kapoor 3(4), Hopps(6), Deason(1), 
Arispe(5), Doyle(1), Fleitas 2(5). SB-Fleitas(1). K-Mount, Kapoor, 
Taliaferro, Herdt 2, Westerberg, Battin, Crofoot 2, Fleitas. BB-Kapoor, 
Canez, Westerberg, Crofoot, Fleitas. SF-Kapoor. 
GWRBI: Kapoor
Temperature: 79, Sky: clear, Wind: out to right at 11 MPH.

 

Silver City OutlawsSalt Lake SamuraiSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 12, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 2

The Salt Lake Samurai were hoping for the comforts of home.  After opening the season with six straight losses on the road, the Samurai thought that their debut at Desert Edge Stadium might bring a better result.  But alas, it was more of the same, as the home team experienced a 12-2 drubbing at the hands of the Silver City Outlaws.

After the game, Samurai manager Johnny Dugan held a 35-minute closed-door meeting.  “Not a lecture or a chew-out,” Dugan said.  “I just wanted to give the guys a little pep talk and a chance to let loose a bit.”

There wasn’t a lot of good news for Salt Lake in this game.  Starter Jonathan Fernandez had another poor outing, giving up 6 runs and 7 hits over 6 1/3 innings, walking 5 and only striking out 1.  “My mechanics are all over the place,” Fernandez said.  “I’m going to spend some time in the video room and see if I can get straightened out.”  The relievers got knocked around again; lefty Rene Cruzado surrendered two walks and two hits without recording an out, while closer Dean Gamble gave up yet another homer.  Even the normally reliable Miguel Bautista gave up a walk and a triple.  The offense fizzled again, producing only five singles.  The team’s defensive woes popped up again, producing three ugly errors.

Even the weather refused to cooperate, as the opener was spoiled by a 55-minute rain delay in the 4th inning.  The rain succeeded in driving Outlaws ace Rob Tildon from the game, but the Samurai fared no better against Silver City’s pen, managing only 3 hits and a single unearned run in 5 2/3 innings against righty Jon Spradlin and lefty Aurelio Menard.

“It’s the kind of game you just try to forget about,” said Salt Lake 1B Neal Thomas.

On the Silver City side, 1B Muzz Elliott led the charge, going 3-for-4 with 4 RBI, including 2 of the 4 homers hit by the Outlaws.  RF Nathaniel Wason went deep for his fifth dinger of the season.  Even light-hitting 2B Dominique Barkan hit one out.

“Maybe we gave them a bit of a rough ride,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “But I’m running a baseball team, not a charity.  No time for mercy here.”

The Samurai (0-7) will have to hope the eighth time is the charm, sending Davey Skargard against young southpaw sensation Pedro Rodriguez for the Outlaws (4-2).

 

4/11/2015, SCO15-SLC15, Desert Edge Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Outlaws           0  1  2  0  1  1  2  5  0    12 11  2     7  1
2015 Samurai           0  0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0     2  5  3     6  1
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Barkan            2b  5  2  1  1  .296    Motonari          ss  3  0  0  1  .250
Ginder            ss  2  2  0  0  .130    Poncilar          3b  4  0  0  0  .067
 Cipolla          lf  0  0  0  0  .000    Sparks            lf  4  1  1  0  .300
Brewmaker         3b  5  2  2  2  .320    Martinez          rf  3  0  1  0  .462
Wason             rf  3  2  1  3  .350    Thomas            1b  4  0  1  0  .323
Elliott           1b  4  3  3  4  .348    Backus            dh  1  0  0  0  .222
Cardona           cf  5  0  1  2  .130     Norden           ph  1  0  0  0  .000
Watson            c   3  0  0  0  .211    Cosgrove          cf  4  0  0  0  .379
 Jeffreys         ph  1  0  0  0  .000    Regner            c   4  1  1  0  .179
Hintz             dh  3  0  1  0  .250    Gaytan            2b  3  0  1  0  .231
 Baynes           ph  1  0  0  0  .000                         31  2  5  1
Ivey              lf  5  1  2  0  .200
 Burt             ss  0  0  0  0  .000
                     37 12 11 12
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tildon                           3.1  2  1  0  1  2  53  38  1.46
Spradlin         W 1-0           2.1  3  1  0  1  1  40  24 10.13
Menard           S 1             3.1  0  0  0  0  0  40  26  0.00
                                 9.0  5  2  0  2  3 133  88 
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fernandez        L 0-2           6.1  7  6  6  5  1 108  59  8.53
Bautista                         0.2  1  1  1  1  1  21  13  2.84
Cruzado                          0.0  2  4  4  2  0  18   8 27.00
Gamble                           1.0  1  1  1  0  1  15  12  6.75
Jones                            1.0  0  0  0  0  2  15   9  0.00
                                 9.0 11 12 12  8  5 177 101 
 
SCO: Jeffreys batted for Watson in the 8th
     Jeffreys moved to c in the 8th
     Baynes batted for Hintz in the 9th
     Cipolla inserted at lf in the 9th
     Burt inserted at ss in the 9th
SLC: Norden batted for Backus in the 6th
 
E-Ginder, Wason, Martinez, Thomas, Regner. 2B-Brewmaker(1). 3B-Cardona(1). 
HR-Barkan(1), Wason(5), Elliott 2(4). RBI-Barkan(1), Brewmaker 2(6), 
Wason 3(11), Elliott 4(7), Cardona 2(2), Motonari(3). SB-Watson(1). K-Barkan, 
Brewmaker, Watson, Jeffreys, Baynes, Poncilar, Sparks, Cosgrove. BB-Barkan, 
Ginder 2, Wason 2, Elliott, Watson, Hintz, Martinez, Norden. SH-Ginder. 
SF-Motonari. HBP-Backus. HB-Spradlin. 
GWRBI: Elliott
Rob Tildon was removed after a rain delay
Temperature: 63, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: out to left at 11 MPH, 
Rain Delays: 55 minutes.

 

Knoxville SmokiesOrlando CalrissiansKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 8, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 3

One day after suffering their first defeat of the season, the Knoxville Smokies bounced right back with another offensive onslaught, getting back to their winning ways with an 8-3 pounding of the Orlando Calrissians.

The Smokies jumped on Orlando starter Tom Trane from the outset, scoring 3 runs in the 1st courtesy of a double by RF Jackson Campo and a sac fly by DH Alex Jaramillo, then tacking on another in the 2nd.  Trane lasted 5 innings, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits.

CF Joe Blair was the offensive star for Knoxville, going 3-for-4 with a homer, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored.  “I’m seeing the ball huge right now,” said Blair, who’s hitting .393 for the season to date.  “It looks like they’re throwing grapefruits up there.”

One note of concern for the Smokies was the performance of ace Grant Fore, who struggled with his control and was unable to last the 5 innings necessary for a win, despite Knoxville’s early lead.  He wound up allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks in only 4 2/3 innings.  Reliever Jerry Tile pitched a perfect inning and a third for the win.

“I’m not worried about Grant,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “Way too soon to panic.  Especially when we keep winning like this.”

The Smokies (5-1) send Korean lefty Yu Chen to the bump tomorrow, while the Calrissians (1-4) counter with their ace, Nathan Nunb.

 

4/11/2015, ORL15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0     3  6  1     9  1
2015 Smokies           3  1  0  0  0  1  0  3  x     8 10  0     7  1
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Buendia           2b  5  1  2  0  .261    Blair             cf  4  2  3  3  .393
Hartl             lf  3  1  1  0  .278    Campo             2b  3  1  0  0  .261
Figeroa           3b  4  0  0  1  .200    Bryant            1b  4  1  0  0  .364
Larson            rf  4  0  1  1  .176    Campo             rf  4  0  2  2  .250
Lesher            c   3  0  0  0  .278    Moriarty          ss  3  0  0  0  .261
Defoor            1b  4  0  0  0  .100    Jaramillo         dh  3  1  1  1  .524
Barnes            ss  3  0  0  0  .167    Carlo             c   4  0  1  0  .250
Carquinez         cf  3  0  1  0  .118    Aceuedo           3b  4  2  2  0  .360
Law               dh  3  1  1  1  .467    Sisco             lf  3  1  1  0  .200
                     32  3  6  3                               32  8 10  6
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Trane            L 0-1           5.0  7  5  4  3  3  76  45  7.20
Weaver                           2.1  3  3  3  1  1  41  21  2.70
Smith                            0.2  0  0  0  0  1   6   6  6.75
                                 8.0 10  8  7  4  5 123  72 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fore                             4.2  4  3  3  5  3  88  47  6.57
Tile             W 1-0           1.1  0  0  0  0  1  13  10  0.00
Dennis           H 1             1.0  0  0  0  1  0  19  12  0.00
Follis           H 1             1.1  1  0  0  1  1  26  14  0.00
Pasternak                        0.2  1  0  0  0  0  11   5  0.00
                                 9.0  6  3  3  7  5 157  88 
 
E-Buendia. 2B-Larson(1), Campo 2(2). HR-Law(2), Blair(2). RBI-Figeroa(6), 
Larson(2), Law(2), Blair 3(7), Campo 2(6), Jaramillo(6). SB-Hartl(1). 
K-Buendia, Lesher, Defoor, Barnes 2, Bryant, Campo, Jaramillo 2, Aceuedo. 
BB-Hartl 2, Figeroa, Lesher, Barnes, Carquinez, Law, Blair, Campo 2, Bryant. 
SF-Jaramillo. HBP-Moriarty, Sisco. PB-Carlo. HB-Trane, Weaver. 
GWRBI: Campo
Temperature: 64, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 7 MPH.

 

California SharksMilwaukee Bear ClawsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 9, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 3

Seeking to right the ship after being swept by Silver City, the California Sharks found their groove in the friendly confines of Blue Note Stadium.  Ace starter Pierre LaRue bounced back from his shaky opening day start with a complete-game performance as the Sharks rolled over the Milwaukee Bear Claws, 9-3.

“I still haven’t found my A game,” said La Rue, who gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and struck out 4.  “I’d call that a B-level performance.  But it’s moving in the right direction.”

Milwaukee starter Benicio Torreneuva also saw a reversal of fortune from his first performance, although that wasn’t a good thing in his case.  After pitching a complete-game shutout against Silver City in his first start, the big lefty was bounced around for 6 runs and 6 hits in 2 1/3 innings, although all but one of the California hits were singles.  “I was pecked to death by hummingbirds,” said Torreneuva.   “Not one hard-hit ball off of me, and still I lost.”

Sharks DH Johnie Oller continued his torrid hitting, going 3-for-5 with 4 RBI, including a towering homer off Milwaukee reliever Owen Pellegrin in the 5th inning.  Oller, who is batting .600 for the year, is currently sharing the DH slot with Eddie Nix, who is providing some fireworks of his own.  “If they keep this up,” said California manager Eduardo Aponte, “I may need to find more room for them both.”  California SS Rubin Smyth fell a homer short of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with 2 doubles and a triple, raising his average to .440 for the season.

On the Milwaukee side, 2B Richard Iddings hit a solo shot, his first of the season, in the 3rd inning.  DH Gilberto Fleitas added a pair of sac flies, raising his RBI total to 9, among the league leaders in that category despite a .154 average.

The Bear Claws (5-2), who remain in first place in the West by a half-game, will start right-hander Herculez Mendoza; the Sharks (4-2) will tap righty Kevin Conner to oppose him.

 

4/11/2015, MIL15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        0  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0     3  7  0     6  0
2015 Sharks            3  0  3  0  1  0  2  0  x     9 13  1    12  1
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  4  0  0  0  .320    Corona            rf  3  2  0  0  .308
Iddings           2b  4  2  2  1  .200    Suarez            cf  5  0  0  0  .185
Mateo             1b  3  0  0  0  .250    Smyth             ss  5  1  4  2  .440
Suzuki            3b  3  1  1  0  .357    Mader             lf  4  2  2  1  .348
Mealey            lf  4  0  2  0  .357    Mote              3b  4  0  0  0  .261
Fleitas           dh  2  0  0  2  .154    Lockley           c   3  1  0  0  .286
Trumbauer         rf  4  0  1  0  .231    Oller             dh  5  2  3  4  .600
McGuigan          c   4  0  1  0  .241    Lassen            1b  4  0  2  0  .350
Maxwell           cf  4  0  0  0  .160    Strachan          2b  4  1  2  2  .333
                     32  3  7  3                               37  9 13  9
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Torrenueva       L 1-1           2.1  6  6  6  3  1  68  38  4.76
Pellegrin                        2.2  4  1  1  0  2  42  28  3.38
Lavine                           2.2  3  2  2  4  1  48  21  6.75
Juens                            0.1  0  0  0  0  1   7   4  0.00
                                 8.0 13  9  9  7  5 165  91 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
La Rue           W 1-0           9.0  7  3  3  2  4 106  69  5.68
                                 9.0  7  3  3  2  4 106  69 
 
E-Smyth. 2B-Smyth 2(2), Mader(1). 3B-Smyth(1). HR-Iddings(1), Oller(1). 
RBI-Iddings(1), Fleitas 2(9), Smyth 2(5), Mader(5), Oller 4(5), 
Strachan 2(5). K-Mateo 2, Mealey, Trumbauer, Corona, Suarez 2, Mote, 
Strachan. BB-Mateo, Suzuki, Corona 2, Mader, Mote, Lockley, Lassen, Strachan. 
SF-Fleitas 2. HBP-Lockley. HB-Torrenueva. 
GWRBI: Mader
Temperature: 66, Sky: clear, Wind: none.

 

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