PBL Scores, 4/21/15

Read on for a tour of today’s action around the league:

Knoxville SmokiesOrlando CalrissiansKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 2, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 1

It all came together today Knoxville Smokies starter Woody Flowers.  Plagued by nerves in his first two professional starts, the rookie southpaw has struggled to live up to the potential he showed as a college standout at Maryland State.  In this game, though, Flowers finally harnessed his control and showed everyone what he can do in a 2-1 win over the Orlando Calrissians.

“God, this kid is something, isn’t he?” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace of Flowers.  “When he throws strikes, he’s gold.  When he came off the mound today, I wanted to give him a big kiss.”

Flowers (1-2) pitched 8 innings, allowing only 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4.  He was in command from the start, retiring the first 10 Orlando hitters in a row before yielding his first walk of the day.

His only stumble came in the middle innings.  With two out in the 4th, Calrissians RF Magnus Larson hit a sharp grounder out of the reach of Smokies 3B Ronnie Aceuedo, winding up with a double.  On the next pitch, C Herschel Lesher smoked a single to left.  Knoxville got a temporary reprieve thanks to a brilliant throw from LF Ezra Sisco to nail Larson at the plate.  But in the 5th, Flowers gave up a towering home run to 1B Brooks Defoor, followed by a Lucky Barnes double.

With the game in danger of unraveling, Smokies C Ricky Bossard came out to the mound to calm Flowers down.  “Go for a walk,” Bossard told him.  “You can get these guys.”  Flowers did as instructed, and used his trip around the mound to take a few relaxing breaths.

“I reminded myself not to rush, and to trust my ability,” Flowers said.  “When I’ve gotten into trouble this year, it’s because I start hyperventilating and rush and make bad pitches.”

Having settled himself down, Flowers went back to work, and didn’t allow a hit the rest of the game.  Closer Charlie Pasternak, who’s had a rough ride of his own this year, pitched a perfect 9th for the save.

Despite Flowers’ excellent game, he might still have come up short, because Calrissians starter Nate McGowan (0-3) was dealing.  Through 7 shutout innings, McGowan struck out 5 Smokies and kept the home team in front.  But then came the heartbreaking 8th.

With two outs, McGowan issued only his second walk of the game to Knoxville 2B Jeremiah Campo.  Next, 1B Malcolm Bryant leaned into an inside fastball and took it off his hip, putting two runners on.On the following pitch, RF Jackson Campo laced a single through the right side.  His twin brother decided to gamble and try to score.  Larson snapped up the ball quickly and gunned in home in time to nail the speedy Campo, but Lesher couldn’t hang on to the throw, and the tying run scored.

“I wish they could credit me with the loss,” said Lesher.  “If I make that play, and I’ve made it hundreds of times in my career, we win.”

Then, on an 0-2 count, Knoxville SS Armand Moriarty reached out on an attempted waste pitch and dropped it into right, scoring Bryant and completing McGowan’s agony.

“Look, I’m not about to go pointing fingers,” McGowan said.  “It was a run of fluke bad breaks that came together at once.  I’m not crying; that’s baseball.  What I know is that we need wins more than anything right now, and I couldn’t deliver.”

The Smokies (10-5) will try for the sweep tomorrow behind lefty Yu Chen.  The Calrissians (4-10) will send out  left-hander Tom Trane.

 

4/21/2015, KNX15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0     2  7  1     7  0
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0     1  4  1     4  0
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  4  0  1  0  .318    Buendia           2b  4  0  0  0  .254
Campo             2b  3  1  0  0  .281    Hartl             lf  3  0  0  0  .245
Bryant            1b  3  1  0  0  .212    Figeroa           3b  4  0  0  0  .222
Campo             rf  4  0  1  0  .271    Larson            rf  4  0  1  0  .173
Moriarty          ss  4  0  2  1  .375    Lesher            c   4  0  1  0  .235
Jaramillo         dh  4  0  1  0  .319    Defoor            1b  2  1  1  1  .229
Aceuedo           3b  3  0  0  0  .233    Barnes            ss  3  0  1  0  .184
Sisco             lf  2  0  0  0  .268    Carquinez         cf  3  0  0  0  .125
 Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .115    Law               dh  3  0  0  0  .304
 Maben            lf  1  0  0  0  .000                         30  1  4  1
Bossard           c   4  0  2  0  .385
                     33  2  7  1
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Flowers          W 1-2           8.0  4  1  1  2  4  99  62  2.95
Pasternak        S 3             1.0  0  0  0  0  1   8   5  5.14
                                 9.0  4  1  1  2  5 107  67 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGowan          L 0-3           9.0  7  2  0  2  7 138  85  4.00
                                 9.0  7  2  0  2  7 138  85 
 
KNX: Gomez batted for Sisco in the 7th
     Maben inserted at lf in the 7th
 
E-Campo, Lesher. 2B-Moriarty(7), Jaramillo(2), Larson(4), Barnes(1). 
HR-Defoor(3). RBI-Moriarty(18), Defoor(5). CS-Bossard, Hartl. K-Blair, 
Bryant, Jaramillo 3, Bossard, Maben, Figeroa, Larson, Lesher, Barnes, Law. 
BB-Campo, Aceuedo, Hartl, Defoor. HBP-Bryant. HB-McGowan. 
GWRBI: Moriarty
Temperature: 84, Sky: clear, Wind: in from left at 7 MPH.

 

California SharksMilwaukee Bear ClawsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 3, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 2

In the midst of a perplexing year for the California Sharks, perhaps it’s only fitting that their projected fifth starter has been their best so far.  Right-hander Brian Goreman, who was involved in some preseason trade talk, has come through in every opportunity for the Sharks so far.  With his team in a three-game losing skid, Goreman delivered again with a strong performance to key California’s 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Bear Claws.

Goreman (2-1) muzzled Milwaukee’s offense, striking out 6 Bear Claws in 8 2/3 innings and scattering 7 hits, mostly singles.  Asked if he felt pressure to stop the Sharks’ slump, Goreman replied, “I don’t think that way.  I don’t think about the standings at all.  I just go out and pitch as good as I can.”

The only runs allowed by Goreman were unearned, but  were part of a 9th-inning rally that nearly cost California the game.  Sharks SS Rubin Smyth muffed Ikaru Suzuki’s grounder, putting the Milwaukee third sacker on first.  Goreman then walked LF Arthur Mealey, the first time since the 4th that the Bear Claws had multiple runners on base.  Overeager DH Gilberto Fleitas swung and Goreman’s first pitch and popped it to center for the first out.  Milwaukee RF Wally Trumbauer then hit a potential game-ending double play ball, but Sharks 2B Palmer Strachan double-clutched on the transfer, allowing Trumbauer to beat it out and keep Milwaukee’s hopes alive.  C Frances McGuigan’s double cleared the bases and forced Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte to yank his starter.  Closer Eugene Grace recorded the last out for his sixth save.

“Brian has been manna from heaven for us,” said Aponte afterward.  “He is my horse, and I will ride him as far as possible.”

Bear Claws lefty Benicio Torrenueva (1-3) turned in a solid performance, but a few long hits early cost him.  Sharks RF Jessie Corona launched a big fly to right-center to open the game, and 1B John Lassen took one even farther to lead off the 3rd.  SS Rubin Smyth nearly smacked his own longball to start the 4th, but the ball struck the top of the fence.  Smyth turned it into a triple, and scored on LF Kenneth Mader’s sac fly.

“Some days, you get the bull,” said Torrenueva.  “Some days, the bull gets you.  Today I felt the horns.”

The rubber match of the series occurs tomorrow.  The Sharks (9-6), who slipped back into second with the win, will start their nominal #1, Pierre LaRue.  The Bear Claws (10-7) will counter with right-hander Herculez Mendoza.

 

4/21/2015, CAL15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            1  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0     3  4  1     3  1
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2     2  7  0     7  0
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  1  1  1  .267    Petitt            ss  4  0  1  0  .284
Suarez            cf  4  0  0  0  .209    Iddings           2b  4  0  2  0  .273
Smyth             ss  4  1  1  0  .383    Mateo             1b  4  0  0  0  .227
Mader             lf  3  0  0  1  .357    Suzuki            3b  4  1  1  0  .314
Mote              3b  3  0  0  0  .267    Mealey            lf  3  0  1  0  .354
Lockley           c   3  0  0  0  .268    Fleitas           dh  4  0  0  0  .113
Oller             dh  3  0  0  0  .385    Trumbauer         rf  4  1  1  0  .279
Lassen            1b  3  1  1  1  .204    McGuigan          c   4  0  1  2  .246
Strachan          2b  3  0  1  0  .327    Maxwell           cf  3  0  0  0  .274
                     30  3  4  3                               34  2  7  2
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Goreman          W 2-1           8.2  7  2  0  2  6 104  65  0.75
Grace            S 6             0.1  0  0  0  0  0   6   3  5.11
                                 9.0  7  2  0  2  6 110  68 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Torrenueva       L 1-3           8.0  4  3  3  2  5 100  60  4.33
Karnik                           1.0  0  0  0  0  0   8   4  9.45
                                 9.0  4  3  3  2  5 108  64 
 
E-Smyth. 2B-Petitt(5), McGuigan(4). 3B-Smyth(2). HR-Corona(2), Lassen(2). 
RBI-Corona(5), Mader(12), Lassen(5), McGuigan 2(8). K-Corona 2, Mote 2, 
Oller, Iddings, Mateo 2, McGuigan 3. BB-Mote, Lockley, Mealey, Maxwell. 
SF-Mader. 
GWRBI: Corona
Temperature: 48, Sky: clear, Wind: in from left at 8 MPH.

 

Jackson HammerheadsJacksonville DragonsJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 7, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 1

Jackson Hammerheads ace Henry Jones got his season back on track today with a dominant performance, striking out 7 Jacksonville Dragons in a complete-game 3-hitter, leading the way in the Hammerheads’ 7-1 romp.

“Glory to God in the highest,” said Jones after the game.  “I let the Spirit flow through me today.”

Whatever the cause, Jones pitched with an assurance and command he had not shown this season.  A 7th-inning homer by Dragons 1B Berry Canez was the only blemish on Jones’ masterful outing.  “If he keeps pitching like this, he makes my job a lot easier,” said Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes.  “I just hand him the ball and say, ‘You’re my man. Go get ‘em, kid.’”

With Jones shutting down the Jacksonville offense, the Hammerheads hitters had a field day against Dragons starter Samir Khan (1-1).  RF Erin Arispe, C Clarence Doyle, and 2B Homer Righter all hit their first home runs of the season off Khan.  (“I wonder if that’s some sort of record,” Khan grumbled.)  Khan departed after 5 innings, having allowed 5 runs on 9 hits.  Forgotten long man Carrol Avallone and righty Whitney Winslow were left to mop up the mess over the last four innings.

“This game was a total wipeout,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “Nobody on our team deserves a gold star in this one.  The only thing we did right was show up, and I’m not even sure that was a good idea.”

The only concern for the Hammerheads involves Arispe, who left in the 5th inning after aggravating the hamstring he tweaked last week against Orlando.  The team plans to sit Arispe for a few days to heal.  “We want to be careful with him,” said Hayes, “make sure this doesn’t become a problem all season long.”  He added that he does not anticipate placing Arispe on the disabled list.

The Hammerheads (9-7) will ask lefty Kiko Walton to deliver the knockout punch tomorrow.  The Dragons (6-7) will turn to Biggs McGee to snap their three-game slide.

 

4/21/2015, JCK15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       1  0  1  2  0  1  0  1  1     7 13  0     7  0
2015 Dragons           0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0     1  3  0     6  0
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  5  0  1  1  .310    Mount             2b  4  0  0  0  .182
Westerberg        ss  4  1  0  0  .313    Kapoor            dh  4  0  0  0  .400
Arispe            rf  3  2  2  1  .209    Teachout          c   3  0  1  0  .300
 Wilczynski       rf  2  0  0  0  .400    Hartley           lf  4  0  0  0  .220
Battin            1b  5  0  3  2  .250    Hopps             rf  4  0  1  0  .245
Crofoot           dh  5  0  1  0  .268    Taliaferro        3b  3  0  0  0  .191
Doyle             c   4  1  2  1  .333    Herdt             ss  4  0  0  0  .227
Righter           2b  3  3  3  1  .328    Canez             1b  2  1  1  1  .273
Fleitas           3b  3  0  1  1  .355    Goodwin           cf  2  0  0  0  .208
Johnson           lf  3  0  0  0  .302                         30  1  3  1
                     37  7 13  7
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jones            W 1-2           9.0  3  1  1  4  7 130  73  5.34
                                 9.0  3  1  1  4  7 130  73 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Khan             L 1-1           5.0  9  5  5  2  2  76  52  5.68
Avallone                         3.1  3  2  2  1  2  53  31  5.40
Winslow                          0.2  1  0  0  0  1  10   7 15.43
                                 9.0 13  7  7  3  5 139  90 
 
JCK: Wilczynski inserted at rf in the 5th
 
2B-Battin 2(5), Righter(2), Hopps(2). 3B-Battin(2). HR-Arispe(1), Doyle(1), 
Righter(1), Canez(2). RBI-Deason(9), Arispe(11), Battin 2(12), Doyle(3), 
Righter(7), Fleitas(16), Canez(5). CS-Deason. K-Westerberg, Battin, Doyle, 
Johnson, Wilczynski, Mount, Kapoor, Hartley 3, Hopps, Taliaferro. 
BB-Westerberg, Righter, Fleitas, Teachout, Taliaferro, Canez, Goodwin. 
SH-Johnson. BALK-Jones. 
GWRBI: Battin
Erin Arispe was injured for this game and 4 more days
Temperature: 77, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 9 MPH.

 

Silver City OutlawsSalt Lake SamuraiSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 9, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 1

Silver City Outlaws starter Linus Pauling may look more like a scientist than a ballplayer.  He certainly has the name to match.  But when he takes the mound, he’s one of the most fearsome figures the Patriot League has to offer.  In this game, the only thing that could stop the bespectacled righty was a pair of rain delays.  In between, he tore through the Salt Lake Samurai on the way to a 9-1 slaughter.

“Yeah, he looks like he should be doing my taxes,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “But he pitches like Cy Young.  And that’s all I care about.”

Pauling raced through 7 innings, fanning 4 and allowing only a double to Samurai CF Lee Cosgrove.  When the first rain delay hit after the 5th, with Silver City comfortably in front, Jarha asked Pauling if he wanted to sit down and turn it over to the bullpen.  “I can’t repeat the words he said here with ladies present,” said Jarha.  “But he made it very clear that he wasn’t interested in that.”

Even after another 52-minute delay struck in the bottom of the 7th, Pauling still argued to remain in the game.  “But he didn’t have a no-hitter going, so I shut him down,” Jarha said.  “I’m not going to take a chance screwing up his arm so he can be He-Man out there.”  Reliever Jon Spradlin entered instead and gave up a meaningless 8th-inning run, spoiling the shutout.  “Linus let me hear about that,” Jarha said.

Samurai starter Jonathan Fernandez (0-4) continued his season-long stumbled.  He allowed back-to-back jacks to 1B Muzz Elliott and CF Javier Cardona in the 2nd, and a 2-run bomb to DH Teddy Olivas in the 4th.  “Jonathan’s kind of in the wilderness right now,” said Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.  “But then, he’s not the only one.”

Reliever Boss Walker, whose appearance was affected by the second delay, was tagged for a pair of homers by 3B Rusty Brewmaker and C Toby Watson.  “Our offense is getting into high gear,” said Brewmaker.  “I don’t think there are gonna be a lot of teams wanting to play us right now.

The streaking Outlaws (11-4) will try to make it six in a row tomorrow behind lefty Rob Tildon.  The Samurai (2-15) will count on righty Davey Skargard.

 

4/21/2015, SLC15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0     1  3  1     3  0
2015 Outlaws           0  2  0  0  2  1  2  2  x     9 12  0     4  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  4  0  0  0  .231    Barkan            2b  5  0  2  0  .294
Davidson          3b  3  0  0  0  .167    Burt              ss  4  1  1  0  .158
Sparks            lf  4  0  0  0  .217    Brewmaker         3b  4  1  1  2  .304
Martinez          rf  4  0  0  0  .314    Wason             rf  4  1  1  0  .340
Thomas            1b  3  0  0  0  .254    Elliott           1b  4  1  1  1  .305
Backus            dh  3  0  0  0  .230    Cardona           cf  4  2  2  1  .213
Cosgrove          cf  3  1  2  0  .297    Watson            c   4  2  3  3  .275
Regner            c   3  0  1  1  .127    Olivas            dh  2  1  1  2  .273
Gaytan            2b  3  0  0  0  .211    Cipolla           lf  4  0  0  0  .125
                     30  1  3  1                               35  9 12  9
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fernandez        L 0-4           6.1  9  6  6  1  3  97  66  8.20
Walker                           1.2  3  3  3  1  0  29  16 16.20
                                 8.0 12  9  9  2  3 126  82 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Pauling          W 2-0           7.0  1  0  0  0  4  70  45  0.73
Spradlin                         2.0  2  1  1  1  2  34  21  7.71
                                 9.0  3  1  1  1  6 104  66 
 
E-Sparks. 2B-Cosgrove 2(5), Wason(1). 3B-Cardona(3). HR-Brewmaker(3), 
Elliott(6), Cardona(3), Watson(3), Olivas(2). RBI-Regner(4), Brewmaker 2(11), 
Elliott(13), Cardona(7), Watson 3(9), Olivas 2(4). CS-Barkan. K-Sparks, 
Thomas 2, Backus, Regner, Gaytan, Brewmaker, Wason, Cardona. BB-Davidson, 
Olivas 2. 
GWRBI: Elliott
Linus Pauling was removed after a rain delay
Temperature: 90, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: in from left at 1 MPH, 
Rain Delays: 47 and 52 minutes.

 

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