PBL Scores, 4/22/15

A lot of close and exciting games today, so let’s get right to the scores!

Milwaukee Bear ClawsCalifornia SharksMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 4, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 3 (11 INNINGS)

The California Sharks did almost everything right today.  They finally got a solid performance out of a starter other than Brian Goreman.  They staged a late-inning rally against a previously unbeatable closer.  The one thing they couldn’t do was win, as the Milwaukee Bear Claws hung on to prevail 4-3 in 11 innings.

“This is a game that should have been a tie,” said Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte.  “Both teams were very even.  But someone has to win, and unfortunately, we blinked first.”

The hero of the day for Milwaukee was RF Wally Trumbauer.  He scored the Bear Claws’ first run of the day, on a 2nd-inning solo homer, and their last run, smacking a double in the 11th and trotting home on C Frances McGuigan’s single.  Trumbauer went 3-for-5 on the day to raise his average to .301 for the season.  The veteran outfielder is quickly becoming a fan favorite in Milwaukee; fans in the right-field corner waved signed reading “Trumbauer Power” and “Wally World.”  Trumbauer delights in the affection.  “These are my kind of people,” he said.  “Blue-collar folks, two-fisted drinkers who know how to have a good time.  I was born to play here.”

For California, the high point of the day was their 9th-inning rally off Milwaukee closer Oscar Buenaventura.  To this point in the season, Buenaventura had been perfect.  He was 5-for-5 in save opportunities and had yet to allow a run.  Until today.  With one out, Sharks RF Jessie Corona drew a walk.  Aponte sent in fleet-footed Darren Novick as a pinch runner.  Despite Buenaventura making several pickoff throws to keep Novick close, the swift outfielder bolted for second on a 1-1 curveball and made it ahead of McGuigan’s throw.  Sharks CF Santiago Suarez then lined a laser beam over 1B Felipe Mateo’s head into right, allowing Novick to score the tying run as the California dugout exploded.

The run got California ace Pierre LaRue off the hook, a fair reward for a strong outing in which he allowed only 3 runs over 9 innings.  But the Sharks couldn’t get the go-ahead run home, at the game went into extra innings.  That matchup decidedly favored Milwaukee, as the Bear Claws bullpen has been lights-out, which the Sharks’ pen has struggled badly.

Therefore, it was no surprise that Buenaventura and young righty Avery Lavine (1-0) combined to silence the Sharks over the last two innings, while 19-year-old California lefty Luke Bond (1-1) had another wobbly outing.  He needed a double play to escape a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 10th, and Trumbauer and McGuigan burned him in the 11th.

“I’m getting a little tired of all these extra-inning games,” joked Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “They’re keeping me up past my bedtime.”

The Bear Claws (11-7) now get to enjoy their first off-day of the season.  The Sharks (9-7) travel to Knoxville for their first inter-division game of the season, against the Knoxville Smokies.

 

4/22/2015, CAL15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0     3  6  0    10  2
2015 Bear Claws        0  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1     4 12  0     9  0
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  1  1  0  0  .262    Petitt            ss  5  0  1  0  .278
 Novick           pr  1  1  0  0  .000    Iddings           2b  4  0  1  0  .271
Suarez            cf  5  0  2  1  .222    Mateo             1b  4  0  2  0  .243
Smyth             ss  5  0  1  1  .369    Suzuki            3b  3  1  1  1  .315
Mader             lf  4  0  0  0  .333    Mealey            lf  5  0  2  0  .357
Nix               dh  4  0  0  0  .324    Fleitas           dh  5  0  0  0  .105
Mote              3b  3  1  1  0  .270    Trumbauer         rf  5  2  3  1  .301
 Gonzalez         ph  1  0  0  0  .333    McGuigan          c   5  0  1  1  .243
 Palmeiro         pr  0  0  0  0  .000    Maxwell           cf  4  1  1  0  .273
 Oller            3b  0  0  0  0  .385                         40  4 12  3
Lassen            1b  4  0  1  0  .207
Lockley           c   5  0  1  1  .261
Strachan          2b  5  0  0  0  .296
                     38  3  6  3
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
La Rue                           9.0  9  3  3  3  3 121  81  4.55
Bond             L 1-1           1.1  3  1  1  0  0  22  16  6.43
                                10.1 12  4  4  3  3 143  97 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mendoza                          6.0  5  2  2  4  5 117  64  4.18
Pellegrin        H 1             1.0  0  0  0  1  0  16   8  2.45
Almon            H 1             1.0  0  0  0  0  0   8   6  0.67
Buenaventura     BS 1            1.2  1  1  1  2  1  35  21  0.93
Lavine           W 1-0           1.1  0  0  0  0  1  15   9  4.50
                                11.0  6  3  3  7  7 191 108 
 
CAL: Gonzalez batted for Mote in the 8th
     Gonzalez moved to 3b in the 8th
     Novick ran for Corona in the 9th
     Novick moved to rf in the 9th
     Palmeiro ran for Gonzalez in the 10th
     Oller inserted at 3b in the 10th
 
2B-Lockley(3), Petitt(6), Trumbauer(3). 3B-Smyth(3). HR-Trumbauer(3). 
RBI-Suarez(6), Smyth(11), Lockley(6), Suzuki(12), Trumbauer(6), McGuigan(9). 
SB-Corona(1), Suarez(2), Novick(1). K-Suarez, Smyth, Mader, Mote 2, Lassen, 
Lockley, Petitt, Mateo, Maxwell. BB-Corona 4, Nix, Lassen, Gonzalez, Iddings, 
Mateo, Suzuki. SF-Suzuki. HBP-Mader. HB-Pellegrin. WP-Mendoza. 
GWRBI: McGuigan
Temperature: 41, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: right to left at 9 MPH.

 

Knoxville SmokiesOrlando CalrissiansKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 9, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 8 (10 INNINGS)

The Knoxville Smokies have established a formula for victory this season, one that has propelled them to first place in the East.  Use their deep, powerful lineup to pile up runs, and then use their very strong bullpen to slam the door.  This game defied that formula.  The Smokies fell behind early to the light-hitting Orlando Calrissians.  The vaunted relief corps blew multiple leads.  And yet, thanks to those big bats, the Smokies managed to come out on top anyway in a wild 9-8 victory.

Knoxville appeared to be sticking to the formula early on, hanging a 3-spot on Orlando starter Tom Trane in the 2nd, in an inning highlighted by DH Alex Jaramillo’s double and 3B Ronnie Aceuedo’s 2-run homer.  But Smokies starter Yu Chen, who has been battling back stiffness, ran into trouble in the 3rd.  Manager Snuff Wallace pulled Chen from the game after Calrissians RF Magnus Larson took him deep for a grand slam, staking Orlando to a 5-3 lead.

“He’s still not feeling right,” said Wallace of his starter.  “We’ll get him one of those Chinese ladies who walks on your back to get him straightened out.  Or if he keeps pitching like this, maybe I’ll walk on his back.”

Fortunately for Knoxville, Trane was unable to keep the Calrissians in front.  He allowed a solo home run to SS Armand Moriarty in the 6th, and then was taken out after an Aceuedo double and an error by 3B Curt Figueroa to open the 7th.  Charged with preserving the Calrissians’ 5-4 edge, lefty Ruben Quesada couldn’t do it, allowing RBI singles to CF Joe Blair and 1B Malcolm Bryant, and Orlando left the inning down 7-5.

With the Smokies turning a lead over to their bullpen, that should have been game over.  But the Knoxville relievers made a rare misstep.  Left-hander Tobias Dennis allowed an RBI double to CF Monte Carquinez.  Right-hander Sheldon Follis allowed a homer to Figueroa.  And suddenly, the score was tied.  The Smokies surged back ahead in the top of the 9th when Moriarty doubled off Orlando closer Caddington Smith, plating Blair.  But closer Charlie Pasternak blew the save in the bottom of the inning, surrendering a leadoff double to 1B Brooks Defoor and an RBI single to Carquinez.

“Man, that was painful,” said Wallace.  “Now I know how Jacksonville and California and all them teams with crappy bullpens must feel. “

Fortunately for Wallace and the Smokies, though, their offense would not be denied.  Aceuedo hit his second longball of the day off Smith (1-1) to open the 10th, and Pasternak (2-1) redeemed himself in the bottom of the inning, setting the Calrissians down in order for the win.

“Somebody has to save our skins,” said Calrissians manager Logan Botham.  “We can’t keep playing this way.”

The Smokies (11-5) now prepare to host the California Sharks.  The Calrissians (4-11), meanwhile, get a badly needed day off.

 

4/22/2015, KNX15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           0  3  0  0  0  1  3  0  1  1     9 12  1    10  3
2015 Calrissians       0  0  5  0  0  0  1  1  1  0     8 11  1     2  0
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  3  2  2  1  .333    Buendia           2b  5  1  1  1  .250
Campo             2b  6  0  0  0  .257    Hartl             lf  5  1  1  0  .241
Bryant            1b  5  0  1  2  .211    Figeroa           3b  5  1  1  1  .220
Campo             rf  6  1  2  0  .277    Larson            rf  5  1  2  4  .193
Moriarty          ss  5  1  2  2  .377    Lesher            c   4  0  0  0  .218
Jaramillo         dh  4  1  2  0  .333    Defoor            1b  3  1  1  0  .235
Carlo             c   4  0  0  1  .196     Elias            pr  0  1  0  0  .000
 Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .111    Barnes            ss  4  0  1  0  .189
 Bossard          c   0  0  0  0  .385    Carquinez         cf  4  1  2  2  .154
Aceuedo           3b  5  3  3  3  .262    Law               dh  3  1  2  0  .327
Sisco             lf  4  1  0  0  .250                         38  8 11  8
                     43  9 12  9
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Chen                             2.2  6  5  5  0  1  42  28  5.40
Tile                             3.1  1  0  0  0  0  33  22  1.20
Dennis           H 3             1.0  1  1  1  0  0  18  10  0.82
Follis           BS 1            1.0  1  1  1  0  0   8   7  0.73
Pasternak        BS 2, W 2-1     2.0  2  1  1  1  0  27  16  5.00
                                10.0 11  8  8  1  1 128  83 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Trane                            6.0  7  6  5  1  3 105  69  9.42
Quesara          BS 2            2.1  3  2  2  2  2  47  24  4.50
Smith            L 1-1           1.2  2  1  1  3  2  48  26  3.68
                                10.0 12  9  8  6  7 200 119 
 
KNX: Gomez batted for Carlo in the 9th
     Bossard inserted at c in the 9th
ORL: Elias ran for Defoor in the 9th
     Elias moved to 1b in the 10th
 
E-Moriarty, Figeroa. 2B-Moriarty(8), Jaramillo(3), Aceuedo(4), Defoor(2), 
Carquinez(2). HR-Moriarty(5), Aceuedo 2(4), Figeroa(2), Larson(3). 
RBI-Blair(14), Bryant 2(8), Moriarty 2(20), Carlo(6), Aceuedo 3(9), 
Buendia(7), Figeroa(13), Larson 4(12), Carquinez 2(3). SB-Carquinez(1). 
K-Campo, Bryant, Campo, Moriarty, Jaramillo, Sisco, Gomez, Figeroa. 
BB-Blair 3, Bryant, Jaramillo, Sisco, Law. HBP-Defoor. HB-Dennis. WP-Quesara. 
GWRBI: Aceuedo
Temperature: 94, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 23 MPH.

 

Silver City OutlawsSalt Lake SamuraiSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 4, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 3

This one’s going to sting.  The Salt Lake Samurai have already lost enough games this season that they’re starting to run together.  But this one stands out, because they had a chance.  The Samurai actually got an early lead on the red-hot Silver City Outlaws and their ace starter.  But the lead didn’t last, and Salt Lake fell into a hole.  Not a huge one, but just deep enough that they couldn’t quite climb out of it.  After squandering a couple late chances, the Samurai wound up in a familiar place, on the short end of a 4-3 loss.

“Man, this could have been the game that turned it around for us,” said Samurai 1B Neal Thomas.  “This is the kind of win you could build on.  And we should have won it.  But we couldn’t make it happen.”

Coming into the game, it seemed like the Samurai hopes were slim.  The Outlaws are riding a five-game winning streak, and starter Rob Tildon (2-1) has been excellent.  But in the very first inning, Salt Lake made Tildon look vulnerable.  SS Mori Motonari started things off with a single.  Then Thomas, who has cooled off since a hot start, crushed a home run to left-center.  Suddenly, the Samurai had a 2-0 lead, and the day held possibilities.

“It was like a light bulb went on in the dugout, like, ‘Hey, we can beat this guy!’” said Thomas.

Unfortunately, Samurai starter Davey Skargard (0-3) switched that bulb right off in the bottom of the inning.  He allowed a double to Outlaws 2B Dominique Barkan and a walk to SS Carrol Burt.  Then 3B Rusty Brewmaker took Skargard deep to center.  Three batters in, and the Samurai lead had disappeared.  “That took a lot of wind out of our sails,” said Thomas.

Skargard allowed a homer to Silver City DH Teddy Olivas in the 2nd to make it 4-2.  But 2B Quincy Gaytan made a nifty stop to start a double play to get out of the inning, a play that seemed to turn the light back on.  That double play started a string of 14 consecutive outs for the Samurai, as Skargard settled in and battled through 7 1/3 strong innings.

Meanwhile, Salt Lake tried to find a way to come back against Tildon.  RF Romeo Martinez’s solo shot drew the Samurai within one.  “I could feel the momentum shifting our way,” said Martinez.

In the 7th, Gaytan singled and Motonari walked, giving Salt Lake a runner in scoring position for the first time since the 3rd.  Tildon became strangely obsessed with the speedy Gaytan at second, making several pickoff throws and looking him back repeatedly.  The Outlaws hurler then wound up bouncing a curve that got past C Toby Watson, allowing the runners to advance.  With two runners in scoring position and the slugging Thomas at the plate with a 2-0 count, things looked good for the Samurai.  But Thomas grounded out to third, ending the threat.

Despite this adverse turn, Salt Lake still had hope.  They snuffed out an Outlaw attempt to tack on an insurance run, nailing Brewmaker at the plate on a failed squeeze play.  The visitors then had one more chance in the 9th, as normally reliable Silver City closer Go Matsumoto was off his game.  With one out, pinch hitter Trey Norden walked and Motonari singled, giving the Samurai the same two-on situation they had in the 7th.  And again, Matsumoto bounced a curve, getting the runners moving.  But Watson found the ball quicker this time, and gunned down Norden at third.  The hitter, Martinez, would up walking, which gave Thomas one more try to be a hero.  But his fly ball to right died at the warning track, and the Outlaws escaped with their sixth win in a row.

“I’m not taking anything away from the hombres in the other dugout,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “They played a good game.  But we’re not going to go down without a fight.”

The Outlaws (12-4) roll into their off-day on a high note.  The Samurai (2-16), who have yet to see a day off this season, fly into Mississippi to take on another hot team, the Jackson Hammerheads.

 

4/22/2015, SLC15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           2  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0     3 10  0    10  1
2015 Outlaws           3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  x     4  5  0     5  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Gaytan            2b  4  0  1  0  .213    Barkan            2b  4  1  2  0  .306
 Norden           ph  0  0  0  0  .000    Burt              ss  3  1  0  0  .136
Motonari          ss  5  1  2  0  .243    Brewmaker         3b  3  1  1  3  .305
Martinez          rf  3  1  2  1  .333    Wason             rf  4  0  1  0  .333
Thomas            1b  4  1  1  2  .254    Elliott           1b  4  0  0  0  .286
Sparks            lf  4  0  2  0  .233    Cardona           cf  3  0  0  0  .203
Backus            dh  4  0  0  0  .215    Watson            c   3  0  0  0  .259
Cosgrove          cf  4  0  1  0  .294    Olivas            dh  3  1  1  1  .286
Turnbull          c   4  0  1  0  .250    Cipolla           lf  1  0  0  0  .118
Davidson          3b  4  0  0  0  .147                         28  4  5  4
                     36  3 10  3
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Skargard         L 0-3           7.1  4  4  4  5  8 127  72  4.66
Jones                            0.2  1  0  0  0  0   7   4  3.18
                                 8.0  5  4  4  5  8 134  76 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tildon           W 2-1           8.0  9  3  3  2 11 130  86  1.91
Matsumoto        S 6             1.0  1  0  0  2  0  22  11  1.29
                                 9.0 10  3  3  4 11 152  97 
 
SLC: Norden batted for Gaytan in the 9th
 
2B-Barkan(1). HR-Martinez(3), Thomas(8), Brewmaker(4), Olivas(3). 
RBI-Martinez(5), Thomas 2(16), Brewmaker 3(14), Olivas(5). K-Gaytan 2, 
Motonari 2, Sparks 2, Backus 2, Cosgrove, Turnbull, Davidson, Burt, Wason, 
Elliott 2, Cardona, Watson, Olivas, Cipolla. BB-Martinez 2, Thomas, Norden, 
Burt, Brewmaker, Cardona, Cipolla 2. WP-Skargard, Tildon 2. 
GWRBI: Brewmaker
Temperature: 79, Sky: clear, Wind: in from left at 10 MPH.

 

Jackson HammerheadsJacksonville DragonsJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 7, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 4

The Jackson Hammerheads had two goals going into today’s game.  First, come away with the win to finish a sweep on the road.  Second, make sure they beat Jacksonville Dragons ace Biggs McGee, the big-talking Texan who has been announcing his greatness to the league all season.  They achieved both goals, battering McGee and surviving a 9th-inning scare to take home a 7-4 win.

“Boy, it feels good to shut up the Mouth of the South,” said Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes, referring to McGee.

The Hammerheads were loaded for bear against McGee, coming out firing in the 1st.  DH Erasmo Crofoot emerged from a brief dry spell by launching his 11th homer of the season, a 3-run job into the upper deck at Tesla Field.  “Just went up looking for a pitch I could hit,” Crofoot said.  “Then gave it everything I had.”

In the 5th, Jackson added on when Dragons LF Rob Hartley dropped a fly ball, allowing two Hammerheads runs to score and chasing McGee.  The Jacksonville ace wound up with an uncharacteristic line: 4 2/3 innings, 5 runs (3 earned), 6 hits, 3 strikeouts, 2 walks.  “Aw, I can’t be perfect every time out,” said McGee (2-1).  “It wouldn’t be fair to the rest of the league.”

With a large lead to work with, Hammerheads starter Kiko Walton (2-1) kept the Dragons in check.  The inconsistent lefty had one of his better efforts today, pitching to contact and finding a way to work out of trouble.  In the 5th, Jacksonville loaded the bases, but Walton got DH Jake Kapoor to swing at a high fastball, lofting a lazy fly to right.  Dragons 1B Berry Canez went yard in the 7th, but it was a solo shot.  With the Hammerheads adding late runs off reliever Emilio Abbas and Whitney Winslow, they remained firmly in charge.

Things got more interesting than Jackson might have liked in the 9th.  With a 7-1 lead, Walton got the first two outs but also allowed two hard singles.  With his starter tiring, Hayes called on lefty Brett Pollan, who walked 2B Will Mount to load the bases.

Hayes then summoned his closer, Rick Sheen.  The two have been feuding, with Sheen complaining about his lack of save opportunities.  He didn’t make the greatest case for himself, allowing a single and a double that brought in all three inherited runners.  But he did get Hartley to ground out and end the game.

The Hammerheads (11-7) are on their way back home for a series with the Salt Lake Samurai.  The Dragons (6-8) have a day off to try and shake off their four-game losing skid.

 

4/22/2015, JCK15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       3  0  0  0  2  0  1  1  0     7 10  0     8  0
2015 Dragons           0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  3     4  9  1     9  1
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  5  1  2  0  .316    Mount             2b  3  1  0  0  .172
Westerberg        ss  4  2  3  0  .338    Kapoor            dh  4  0  1  2  .389
Doyle             c   4  1  1  0  .329    Esquivel          c   5  0  2  1  .267
Battin            1b  3  0  0  1  .239    Hartley           lf  5  0  1  0  .218
Crofoot           dh  5  1  1  3  .263    Hopps             rf  4  0  1  0  .246
Righter           2b  5  0  1  0  .318    Taliaferro        3b  4  0  0  0  .176
Fleitas           3b  3  1  0  0  .338    Herdt             ss  3  1  1  0  .234
Johnson           lf  4  0  2  0  .313    Canez             1b  4  1  1  1  .271
Wilczynski        rf  3  1  0  1  .250    Leon              cf  4  1  2  0  .393
                     36  7 10  5                               36  4  9  4
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Walton           W 2-1           8.2  7  3  3  3  1 132  74  7.61
Pollan                           0.0  0  1  1  1  0   5   1 11.42
Sheen                            0.1  2  0  0  0  0  16  10  5.27
                                 9.0  9  4  4  4  1 153  85 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGee            L 2-1           4.2  6  5  3  2  3  72  44  3.38
Abbas                            1.1  2  1  1  0  0  16  11  6.75
Winslow                          3.0  2  1  1  3  1  50  27  8.44
                                 9.0 10  7  5  5  4 138  82 
 
E-Hartley. 2B-Deason(7), Johnson(3), Esquivel 2(3), Hartley(7), Hopps(3). 
HR-Crofoot(11), Canez(3). RBI-Battin(13), Crofoot 3(24), Wilczynski(1), 
Kapoor 2(12), Esquivel(3), Canez(6). SB-Westerberg(2), Righter(2). K-Doyle, 
Battin, Righter, Wilczynski, Leon. BB-Westerberg, Doyle, Battin, Fleitas, 
Wilczynski, Mount 2, Kapoor, Herdt. SF-Battin. 
GWRBI: Crofoot
Temperature: 71, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 18 MPH.

 

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