PBL Scores, 4/14/15

Today in Patriot League action, we saw four tight games, another amazing Jackson comeback, an epic pitcher’s duel in Milwaukee, and an extra-inning affair in Orlando.  Scores below:

Jackson HammerheadsKnoxville SmokiesJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 7, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 6

It’s becoming a routine for the suddenly hot Jackson Hammerheads: fall behind early, storm back late, and find a way to snatch an improbable win.  This one may be the most unlikely of all, however, as the Hammerheads capitalized on an error to complete a 4-run rally in the bottom of the ninth to stun the first-place Knoxville Smokies, 7-6.

“I’m going to have to tell these guys that it’s okay to score at the start of the game too,” said Jackson manager Lou Hayes.

The Hammerheads mounted their rally against Smokies closer Charlie Pasternak, who was called on to protect Knoxville’s 6-3 lead.  Jackson DH Erasmo Crofoot, who was responsible for two of the Hammerheads’ earlier runs via a 4th-inning homer, started things off with a single.  He was erased at second on a fielder’s choice by C Clarence Doyle, who then scored on 2B Homer Righter’s triple to make it 6-4.  An RBI groundout from 3B Kim Fleitas brought Jackson within one run, and also within one out of defeat with the bases empty.

“I thought I’d blown it when my ball didn’t go through,” said Fleitas.  “I thought, ‘Well, good try.  We’ll get them tomorrow.'”

But the Hammerheads weren’t done.  Pasternak issued a four-pitch walk to LF Track Johnson, who was immediately pulled for pinch runner Lacy Wilczynski.  CF Damian Deason hit was could have been a game-ending grounder, but the ball was just beyond the reach of Knoxville 2B Jeremiah Campo, putting runners on the corners.  SS Octavio Westerberg scalded a single to right center, tying the game and putting the winning run on third.

That brought up Hammerheads RF Erin Arispe, eager to atone for his slow start to the season.  Perhaps a little too eager.  He swung at the first pitch, a sharp slider from Pasternak, and hit what should have been an inning-ending grounder to Smokies 3B Ronnie Aceuedo.  But Aceuedo, who was traded from Jackson to Knoxville during spring training, got his feet tangled and allowed the ball to skip past him, allowing Deason to score and touching off another dogpile at home plate to celebrate another come-from-behind win.

After the game, both Aceuedo and Pasternak took the blame for the loss.  “I let down my team,” said Aceuedo of his game-losing error.  “It was right there for me, and I could not make the basic play.”  Countered Pasternak, “This is my loss, not Ronnie’s.  I dug us a big hole, and he fell into it.”

The Smokies wasted a strong performance from knuckleballer Todd Warrant, who allowed only 1 earned run over 7 innings and struck out 4.  Campo starred on offense, going 2-for-5 with a double and 4 RBI.

The Smokies (6-3), who remain in first place in the East despite the loss, will see if rookie Woody Flowers can get over the nerves that plagued his first start.  The Hammerheads (4-5) will send righty Jordan Bergman to the hill.

 

4/14/2015, KNX15-JCK15, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           0  0  1  0  0  2  2  1  0     6 10  2     5  2
2015 Hammerheads       0  0  0  2  0  0  1  0  4     7 11  1     6  2
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  3  1  2  1  .385    Deason            cf  5  1  2  0  .317
Campo             2b  5  0  2  4  .333    Westerberg        ss  5  0  1  1  .278
Bryant            1b  3  0  0  0  .278    Arispe            rf  5  0  1  0  .209
Campo             rf  3  1  0  0  .263    Battin            1b  4  1  0  0  .189
Moriarty          ss  4  0  2  0  .265    Crofoot           dh  3  1  2  2  .250
Jaramillo         dh  4  0  0  0  .375    Doyle             c   4  1  1  0  .308
Carlo             c   4  0  1  0  .211    Righter           2b  4  2  2  1  .314
Aceuedo           3b  4  1  0  0  .278    Fleitas           3b  4  0  2  2  .368
Sisco             lf  4  3  3  0  .278    Johnson           lf  3  0  0  0  .270
                     34  6 10  5           Wilczynski       pr  0  1  0  0  .000
                                                               37  7 11  6
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Warrant                          7.0  6  3  1  1  4 112  72  2.57
Dennis           H 2             0.2  1  0  0  0  0   4   3  0.00
Pasternak        BS 1, L 1-1     1.0  4  4  3  1  1  23  14  7.71
Follis                           0.0  0  0  0  0  0   1   1  0.00
                                 8.2 11  7  4  2  5 140  90 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Danton                           6.0  5  3  3  2  3  97  60  2.76
Pollan                           0.2  0  0  0  0  0   7   4 15.19
Sheen                            0.0  1  2  0  0  0   2   2  4.50
Lighty                           0.1  3  1  1  1  0  27  13  7.36
Silcox           W 1-1           2.0  1  0  0  1  0  21  13  5.40
                                 9.0 10  6  4  4  3 154  92 
 
JCK: Wilczynski ran for Johnson in the 9th
 
E-Blair, Aceuedo, Westerberg. 2B-Blair(2), Campo(3), Moriarty(4), Sisco(1). 
3B-Righter(2). HR-Crofoot(6). RBI-Blair(9), Campo 4(8), Westerberg(3), 
Crofoot 2(10), Righter(4), Fleitas 2(12). K-Campo, Jaramillo 2, Arispe, 
Battin 2, Crofoot, Doyle. BB-Blair 2, Bryant, Campo, Crofoot, Johnson. 
WP-Warrant. 
Temperature: 67, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: none.

 

Silver City OutlawsMilwaukee Bear ClawsSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 2, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 1

The Milwaukee Bear Claws and Silver City Outlaws knew that runs would be a premium today.  With a game-time temperature of 40 degrees and a stiff wind blowing straight in from left, neither of their powerful offenses were going to be able to slug their way to a win.  Instead, it was a night where pitching ruled, and Silver City’s Cloyce “Hoss” Benson outdueled Milwaukee’s “Stormin'” Patrick McNorman for the 2-1 win.

“I thought we were going to have to get the brewery going again to keep us warm,” joked Bear Claws manager Poss Horton, referring to the former Pabst brewery that abuts the left-field fence at High Life Field.

Milwaukee got on the board first, as SS Red Petitt opened the game with a double and SS Richard Iddings singled him in on a broken-bat looper over the infield.  “Most painful RBI I’ve ever had,” Iddings said.  “When the bat broke, I felt like I had wasps stinging my hands.”

For quite a while, it looked like Petitt’s run was going to the the only one of the contest.  Petitt was the last Bear Claws runner that Benson allowed past first base.  McNorman was even stronger, retiring the first 11 batters of the game in order.  A native of Syracuse, New York, McNorman didn’t mind the weather.  “I’m like a polar bear,” he said.  “I’m built for the cold.”

McNorman finally blinked in the 6th.  He allowed a leadoff double to Outlaws LF Brant “Poison” Ivey.  2B Dominique Barkan grounded out to the right side, moving Ivey to third, which allowed SS Arlen Ginder’s single to plate the game-tying run.  Then, by his own admission, McNorman let the speedy Ginter get into his head.  “I knew they would try to manufacture a run, so I figured [Ginder] would try for second,” McNorman said.  “I wanted to keep him close.”  A distracted McNorman fell behind 3B Rusty Brewmaker 2-0.  Then he tried to snap a pickoff throw to first, but the ball got away and Ginder wound up on second.  On the next pitch. McNorman grooved a fastball that Brewmaker deposited into right field, scoring Ginder and putting the Outlaws ahead.

After the game, McNorman blamed himself for the loss.  “This one is all on me,” McNorman said.  “Like an idiot, I got hung up on the runner instead of concentrating on my pitches.  I’m a big stubborn donkey sometimes, and it cost me.”  Horton had a gentler assessment.  “You hate to lose one like that,” the Bear Claws skipper said.  “But Pat pitched great, and that was just a fluke.  I know he’ll bounce back.”

The Bear Claws still had time for a rally, but Benson snuffed Milwaukee’s hitters out over his last 3 innings, yielding only a pair of flimsy singles.  Outlaws closer Go Matsumoto worked around a leadoff walk in the 9th for his third save.

The Outlaws (6-3), who moved into a first-place tie with the victory, will turn to Linus Pauling tomorrow, while the Bear Claws (6-4) will counter with ace Lou Mallory as they try to avoid their first losing streak of the year.

 

4/14/2015, SCO15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0     2  7  0     6  1
2015 Bear Claws        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     1  6  1     5  0
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Barkan            2b  4  0  1  0  .256    Petitt            ss  4  1  2  0  .316
Ginder            ss  4  1  1  1  .206    Iddings           2b  4  0  1  1  .211
 Burt             ss  0  0  0  0  .000    Mateo             1b  3  0  1  0  .211
Brewmaker         3b  3  0  2  1  .353    Suzuki            3b  4  0  0  0  .341
Wason             rf  4  0  1  0  .321    Mealey            lf  4  0  0  0  .300
Elliott           1b  4  0  0  0  .257    Fleitas           dh  4  0  0  0  .132
Cardona           cf  4  0  0  0  .114    Trumbauer         rf  3  0  1  0  .270
Watson            c   4  0  1  0  .200    McGuigan          c   3  0  1  0  .282
Hintz             dh  4  0  0  0  .179    Maxwell           cf  3  0  0  0  .171
Ivey              lf  3  1  1  0  .167                         32  1  6  1
 Cipolla          lf  0  0  0  0  .000
                     34  2  7  2
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Benson           W 2-0           8.0  6  1  1  0  2  92  63  3.95
Matsumoto        S 3             1.0  0  0  0  1  0  16  10  0.00
                                 9.0  6  1  1  1  2 108  73 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNorman         L 1-1           8.0  7  2  2  1  4 116  77  3.45
Juens                            1.0  0  0  0  0  1  10   6  0.00
                                 9.0  7  2  2  1  5 126  83 
 
SCO: Burt inserted at ss in the 8th
     Cipolla inserted at lf in the 9th
 
E-McNorman. 2B-Ivey(1), Petitt(3). RBI-Ginder(2), Brewmaker(9), Iddings(3). 
SB-Watson(2). K-Wason, Elliott, Watson, Hintz, Ivey, Iddings 2. BB-Brewmaker, 
Mateo. 
GWRBI: Brewmaker
Temperature: 40, Sky: clear, Wind: in from left at 23 MPH.      

 

Orlando CalrissiansJacksonville DragonsORLANDO CALRISSIANS 8, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 7 (11 INNINGS)

The Orlando Calrissians have struggled to put runs on the board this season.  Their .221 team batting average is second-worst in the league, barely ahead of Salt Lake.  Coming into this game, they had plated only 22 runs, by far the league’s worst mark.  So when starter Rick Tomblin and long reliever Chuck Weaver combined to allow 6 runs through the first 7 innings, it appeared Orlando was finished.  But the Calrissians erupted for a 5-run 7th, and then held on until 3B Curt Figueroa’s bases-loaded single could deliver an 8-7 win for the home team in 11 wild innings.

“With their goofy uniforms, they look like a rec league softball team,” sneered Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.   “Today, they decided to hit like it.”

Jacksonville’s high-powered offense appeared set to roll to another win, as they peppered Tomblin with a stream of singles and doubles.  “We don’t just hit longballs,” said SS Alan Herdt, who had a pair of RBI singles.  “We’ve got a lot of ways to beat you.”  Tomblin lasted just 3 2/3 innings, departing after giving up four straight singles and a bases-loaded walk, all with two outs.  They dinged up Weaver for a run each in the 6th and 7th, building a 6-2 edge as the crowd at Bespin fell into an all-too-common despairing silence.

But the Calrissians struck back in the bottom of the 7th, finally solving Dragons starter Samir Khan.  DH Bart Law led off with a single, and then 2B Jose Buendia deposited a hanging 1-0 curveball off the awning over the Cantina in right field, cutting the deficit in half with one swing.  After LF Lauren Hartl got a hard single on the next pitch, Khan departed in favor of lefty Elias Rosado.  On the reliever’s first pitch, Hartl bolted for second.  Dragons C Jan Equivel air-mailed the throw, and Hartl wound up on third.  Figueroa drove him in on the next pitch, bringing the Calrissians within 6-5.  Two outs later, 1B Brooks Defoor crushed a home run even farther than Buendia’s, over the Cantina, and the Calrissians had their first lead of the game.

“I can’t let a little guy like Jose show me up in the dinger department,” Defoor said.  “I had to represent.”

Unfortunately, no sooner had Orlando claimed the lead than it was gone.  Calrissians reliever Ruben Quesara surrendered a double to CF Alfonso Leon and a single to 2B Will Mount, and Jacksonville had tied the game back at 7.  “We’re so unaccustomed to having a lead that Ruben didn’t know what to do with it,” said Orlando manager Logan Bothan.

But Quesara buckled down and got out of the rest of the inning, and the two that followed, without allowing a run.  Dragons closer Razor Corridon, roughed up in his last couple of outings, matched Quesara with 3 scoreless innings of his own, and the teams headed into the 11th still knotted up.

Orlando closer Caddington Smith allowed a leadoff single, but still managed a 1-2-3 inning thanks to a sharp double play behind him.  Jacksonville turned the ball over to long man Jack Jacques for the bottom of the 11th, which proved to be a mistake.  He allowed back-to-back one-out singles, putting the winning run on third.  After an intentional walk to Hartl, Figueroa had the chance to be the hero again.  And he came through, punching a game-winning single through the right side.

“As far as we’d come, I wasn’t going to let us lose,” Figueroa said.  “You don’t get any credit for a good effort.  As a wise man once said: Do, or do not.  There is no try.”

The Calrissians (3-5) will try to clinch their first series win tomorrow behind righty Nate McGowan.  The Dragons (4-4), who suddenly find themselves on a three-game losing streak, will counter with flame-throwing lefty Juan Sarmiento.

 

4/14/2015, JAX15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Dragons           0  1  0  3  0  1  1  1  0  0  0     7 16  2     9  2
2015 Calrissians       0  1  0  0  0  1  5  0  0  0  1     8 15  0     9  3
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Mount             2b  5  0  3  2  .222    Buendia           2b  6  1  3  2  .297
Kapoor            dh  5  0  2  2  .517    Hartl             lf  5  1  2  0  .281
Esquivel          c   6  0  1  0  .263    Figeroa           3b  5  2  3  2  .235
Hartley           lf  5  2  2  0  .300    Larson            rf  5  0  0  0  .179
Hopps             rf  5  1  1  0  .303    Lesher            c   5  0  1  0  .233
Taliaferro        3b  5  0  0  0  .156    Defoor            1b  4  1  2  3  .200
Herdt             ss  5  1  3  3  .286    Barnes            ss  4  1  0  0  .143
Canez             1b  4  1  1  0  .267    Carquinez         cf  5  0  1  0  .143
Leon              cf  5  2  3  0  .375    Law               dh  5  2  3  1  .429
                     45  7 16  7                               44  8 15  8
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Khan                             6.0 10  5  5  3  3  91  63  4.50
Rosado           BS 1            1.0  2  2  2  0  1  17  10  7.71
Corridon                         3.0  0  0  0  0  2  25  19  2.57
Jacques          L 0-1           0.1  3  1  1  1  0  17  10 18.56
                                10.1 15  8  8  4  6 150 102 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tomblin                          3.2  9  4  4  2  0  89  51 12.71
Weaver                           3.1  4  2  2  0  2  46  29  3.38
Quesara          BS 1            3.0  3  1  1  1  2  50  34  3.18
Smith            W 1-0           1.0  0  0  0  0  1   7   5  3.86
                                11.0 16  7  7  3  5 192 119 
 
E-Esquivel, Herdt. 2B-Kapoor(6), Hartley 2(5), Hopps(1), Leon(2), Defoor(1). 
HR-Buendia(2), Defoor(2). RBI-Mount 2(5), Kapoor 2(6), Herdt 3(6), 
Buendia 2(4), Figeroa 2(8), Defoor 3(4), Law(4). SB-Mount(4), Hartl(2), 
Figeroa(1). CS-Mount. K-Esquivel, Hartley, Hopps, Taliaferro, Canez, 
Larson 2, Lesher 2, Barnes, Law. BB-Mount, Kapoor, Canez, Hartl, Figeroa, 
Defoor, Barnes. HBP-Hartley. HB-Weaver. 
GWRBI: Figeroa
Temperature: 84, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 13 MPH.

 

California SharksSalt Lake SamuraiCALIFORNIA SHARKS 3, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 1

The Salt Lake Samurai, fresh off their first victory of the season yesterday, were hoping to turn the corner and jump-start their stalled offense.  Instead, they ran into a buzzsaw in the form of righty Deke Slater and the California Sharks, who gave up only a single extra-base hit and a single run en route to a 3-1 win.

Slater, who had a poor outing in 104-degree heat against Silver City in his last start, was in command today.  “It’s a lot easier to pitch good when it’s not 800 degrees outside,” Slater said.  “I’m feeling good today.  We won and the surf’s up at Zuma, so everything’s copacetic.”

The only rough patch for Slater came in the second inning.  RF Romeo Martinez led off with a double for Salt Lake, and 1B Neal Thomas singled him home.  The next batter, DH Olin Backus, singled to put runners on the corners with nobody out, opening up the possibility of a big inning for the Samurai.  Unfortunately, CF Lee Cosgrove hit a line drive directly at California 3B Karl Mote, who caught it and stepped on third for a double play.  “Karl saved my bacon there,” said Slater.  “I owe him a beer next time we’re out.”  Slater escaped the inning without further damage and allowed only one hit the rest of the way, striking out 8.  Closer Eugene Grace worked the 9th for his third save.

The Sharks, meanwhile, got production from unexpected sources.  Backup catcher Corky Carpenter launched a two-out homer in the 5th to get California on the board.  Then in the 8th, the Sharks had an uprising from the bottom of the order.  2B Palmer Strachan, hitting eighth, led off with a double.  Next up was Melian Gonzalez, pinch-hitting for Carpenter over the latter’s objections.  (“I know I had another tater in me,” Carpenter said.)  It was Gonzalez’s first appearance since being called up from the minors last week.  Gonzalez cracked a double to score Strachan and put the Sharks in the lead.  “I am so grateful to God for this opportunity,” said Gonzalez.

RF Jessie Corona followed Gonzalez’s drive with a single that chased Samurai starter Logan Morris (0-2).  Reliever Rene Cruzado got the next two outs, but then gave up back-to-back walks to force in the third and final Sharks run.

“We made a good effort, but ran into a great pitcher at the top of his game,” Samurai manager Johnny Dugan said,  “No shame in that.  But we really need to start winning a few.”

The Samurai (1-9) will count on ace Toshiie Maeda to right the ship tomorrow.  The Sharks (6-3) will aim to remain in first place behind right Brian Goreman, who tossed 8 strong innings in his last start.

 

4/14/2015, CAL15-SLC15, Desert Edge Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            0  0  0  0  1  0  0  2  0     3  7  0     6  2
2015 Samurai           0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     1  6  0     6  2
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  2  0  1  0  .286    Motonari          ss  3  0  0  0  .243
Suarez            cf  4  0  1  0  .250    Poncilar          3b  1  0  0  0  .077
Smyth             ss  4  0  0  0  .417     Norden           ph  1  0  0  0  .000
Mader             lf  3  0  0  0  .382     Whitworth        3b  0  0  0  0  .000
Nix               dh  2  0  1  1  .400    Sparks            lf  4  0  1  0  .238
Mote              3b  4  0  1  0  .278    Martinez          rf  4  1  2  0  .375
 Lockley          c   0  0  0  0  .286    Thomas            1b  4  0  1  1  .310
Lassen            1b  4  0  0  0  .250    Backus            dh  4  0  1  0  .189
Strachan          2b  4  1  1  0  .313    Cosgrove          cf  4  0  0  0  .282
Carpenter         c   2  1  1  1  .300    Regner            c   3  0  1  0  .162
 Gonzalez         ph  1  1  1  1 1.000    Gaytan            2b  3  0  0  0  .235
 Oller            3b  1  0  0  0  .438                         31  1  6  1
                     31  3  7  3
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Slater           W 1-1           8.0  5  1  1  3  8 112  70  3.38
Grace            S 3             1.0  1  0  0  0  0  14  10  2.84
                                 9.0  6  1  1  3  8 126  80 
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morris           L 0-2           7.0  7  3  3  2  4 111  69  6.55
Cruzado                          2.0  0  0  0  2  0  28  13 16.50
                                 9.0  7  3  3  4  4 139  82 
 
CAL: Gonzalez batted for Carpenter in the 8th
     Oller inserted at 3b in the 8th
     Lockley inserted at c in the 8th
SLC: Norden batted for Poncilar in the 8th
     Whitworth inserted at 3b in the 9th
 
2B-Mote(2), Strachan(1), Gonzalez(1), Martinez(3). HR-Carpenter(1). 
RBI-Nix(3), Carpenter(4), Gonzalez(1), Thomas(11). CS-Suarez. K-Corona, 
Smyth, Mader, Lassen, Poncilar, Sparks 2, Martinez, Backus, Regner, Gaytan, 
Norden. BB-Corona, Mader, Nix 2, Motonari, Poncilar 2. HBP-Corona. HB-Morris. 
GWRBI: Gonzalez
Temperature: 82, Sky: clear, Wind: in from right at 7 MPH.

 

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