PBL Scores, 4/24/15

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Knoxville SmokiesCalifornia SharksKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 3, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 2

Stu Palmeiro of the California Sharks and Grant Fore of the Knoxville Smokies have had mirror seasons to date.  Both are highly regarded lefties who have turned in underwhelming seasons to date.  In this game, both turned in strong performances that were more in line with their reputations.  But Fore and the Smokies were a little better than Palmeiro and the Sharks, taking home a 3-2 win that marked Knoxville’s sixth straight victory and California’s third straight loss.

“This is the kind of performance I expect from myself,” said Fore (1-0), who allowed 2 runs on 6 hits over 7 innings.  According to team sources, there has been some consideration of moving Fore out of the rotation; this performance should quiet that talk for the time being.

Knoxville did its damage against Palmeiro (1-0) early.  1B Malcolm Bryant’s sac fly in the 1st plated a run, and DH Alex Jaramillo’s 2-run homer in the 2nd put the Smokies up 3-0.  But Palmeiro tightened up after that, scattering 3 singles over the remainder of his complete-game effort.  “I didn’t want to let it get out of hand,” Palmeiro said.  “I knew I had to keep us in it.”

California finally got on the board in the 5th on DH Johnie Oller’s solo shot.  In the 6th, back-to-back doubles by SS Rubin Smyth and LF Kenneth Mader got the Sharks within 1.  But that was as close as they would come.  Mader was stranded at third to end the 6th.  The Sharks had two runners in scoring position in the 7th, but Fore struck out CF Santiago Suarez to end the threat.  Reliever Sheldon Follis allowed a single but nothing else in the 8th, and closer Charlie Pasternak pitched around a 9th-inning walk for his fourth save of the season.

“We made ourselves a mountain to climb at the start,” said Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte.  “And we nearly did, but we stopped just short of the summit.  We had our chances, but we ran just shy of oxygen.”

The Sharks (9-9) will hope that right-hander Deke Slater can avert a sweep.  The Smokies (13-5) will rely on knuckleballer Todd Warrant.

 

4/24/2015, CAL15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0     2  7  1     7  2
2015 Smokies           1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  x     3  6  0     5  2
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  0  0  0  .235    Blair             cf  4  1  1  0  .346
Suarez            cf  4  0  0  0  .200    Campo             2b  4  0  2  0  .291
Smyth             ss  4  1  3  0  .397    Bryant            1b  2  0  0  1  .209
Mader             lf  4  0  1  1  .324    Campo             rf  3  0  0  0  .264
Mote              3b  2  0  0  0  .246    Moriarty          ss  3  1  0  0  .362
 Gonzalez         ph  1  0  1  0  .500    Jaramillo         dh  3  1  1  2  .328
Lockley           c   4  0  0  0  .264    Carlo             c   2  0  0  0  .179
Oller             dh  3  1  2  1  .364    Aceuedo           3b  3  0  2  0  .282
Lassen            1b  3  0  0  0  .188    Sisco             lf  3  0  0  0  .239
 Novick           pr  0  0  0  0  .000                         27  3  6  3
Puffer            2b  3  0  0  0  .000
                     32  2  7  2
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmeiro         L 1-2           8.0  6  3  3  3  6 118  67  5.19
                                 8.0  6  3  3  3  6 118  67 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fore             W 1-0           7.0  6  2  2  3  4 103  62  5.79
Follis           H 4             0.2  1  0  0  0  0   5   5  0.69
Pasternak        S 4             1.1  0  0  0  1  1  19  12  4.35
                                 9.0  7  2  2  4  5 127  79 
 
CAL: Gonzalez batted for Mote in the 8th
     Gonzalez moved to 3b in the 8th
     Novick ran for Lassen in the 9th
 
E-Lockley. 2B-Smyth 2(6), Mader(3). HR-Oller(2), Jaramillo(5). RBI-Mader(13), 
Oller(8), Bryant(11), Jaramillo 2(11). CS-Campo. K-Corona, Suarez, Mader, 
Lockley, Puffer, Campo, Moriarty, Jaramillo 2, Carlo, Sisco. BB-Mote, Oller, 
Lassen, Puffer, Bryant, Moriarty, Carlo. SF-Bryant. HBP-Campo. HB-Palmeiro. 
WP-Fore. 
GWRBI: Bryant
Temperature: 65, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: in from left at 7 MPH.

 

Jackson HammerheadsSalt Lake SamuraiJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 15, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 9

The Jackson Hammerheads have demonstrated a penchant for winning ugly this season, while the Salt Lake Samurai have shown an unfortunate flair for heartbreaking losses.  Both teams played up to form in this game, as the Hammerheads fell behind the bottom-feeding Samurai early, before dropping a shocking 9-run 8th inning that turned a likely loss into a 15-9 blowout win.

“Well, this is football country, so we try to give our fans as many football scores as we can,” joked Jackson reliever Hal Gilreath (1-0), who wound up with the win after pitching 2 scoreless innings to finish the wild contest.

Luke Danton should have started this game for the Hammerheads.  But with the veteran southpaw on the DL with a strained rotator cuff, Jackson gave the start to reliever Sylvester Lighty.  The right-hander was not up to the challenge, yielding 5 runs over 1 2/3 innings, including a 2-run homer to Salt Lake SS Mori Motonari.  Relievers Eric Seeman and Butch Turnbull each making his first appearance of the season, followed Lighty.   Unfortunately, both showed the effects of their rust, allowing 2 runs apiece.

Fortunately for Jackson, Samurai starter Logan Morris was also off his game.  The Hammerheads battered the right-hander for 6 runs over 5+ innings.  However, young lefty Oliver Jones came in and doused the fire, and it appeared that Salt Lake was on its way to its third win of the season.

At least until the disastrous 8th.  Even though Jones has already pitched 2 innings, the Samurai sent him back out for a third, a decision they would later regret.  Jones allowed a single to C Clarence Doyle, followed by three straight walks to force in a run.  Manager Johnny Dugan came out to the mound to visit Jones, but ultimately decided to leave him in.  Hammerheads RF Lacy Wilczynski promptly cleared the bases with a double, putting the Hammerheads in front.  “Look, this one is on me,” said Dugan.  “I should have taken Ollie out before then.  He’s pitched great for us, but I tried to carry it too far with him.”

Belatedly, Salt Lake workhorse Rene Cruzado entered the game, but provided little relief.  He allowed RBI singles to CF Damian Deason and 3B Kim Fleitas and a 3-run bomb to 2B Homer Righter, turning a close contest into a one-sided laugher.

“You know the old Bugs Bunny cartoon where Yosemite Sam went into a shed and lit a match and then realized the shed was full of dynamite?  That’s what that inning was like,” said Righter.

The Hammerheads (12-7) won their fifth straight, but still cannot close the stubborn gap with Knoxville.  They will trot out right-hander Jordan Bergman in tomorrow’s game.  The Samurai (2-18) will counter with ace Toshiie Maeda.

 

4/24/2015, SLC15-JCK15, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           2  3  0  1  2  1  0  0  0     9 17  0    14  0
2015 Hammerheads       1  2  1  0  0  2  0  9  x    15 14  0     5  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Gaytan            2b  4  3  2  0  .246    Deason            cf  5  1  1  1  .306
Motonari          ss  5  1  1  2  .228    Westerberg        ss  4  1  1  0  .329
Martinez          rf  5  2  3  2  .349    Fleitas           3b  5  2  2  2  .365
Thomas            1b  6  1  2  0  .262    Crofoot           dh  4  1  1  0  .259
Sparks            lf  6  0  3  2  .268    Doyle             c   3  3  2  1  .359
Backus            dh  4  1  3  0  .243    Righter           2b  4  3  2  4  .315
Cosgrove          cf  4  0  2  3  .303    Battin            1b  4  2  3  0  .270
Turnbull          c   4  0  0  0  .125    Johnson           lf  4  1  0  3  .297
Davidson          3b  4  1  1  0  .140    Wilczynski        rf  4  1  2  4  .375
                     42  9 17  9                               37 15 14 15
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morris                           5.0  8  6  6  0  3  80  56  6.55
Jones            BS 1, L 0-1     2.0  2  5  5  4  1  48  20  6.07
Cruzado                          0.2  3  4  4  1  0  17   7 15.19
Humphrey                         0.1  1  0  0  0  1   9   7  0.00
                                 8.0 14 15 15  5  5 154  90 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lighty                           1.2  8  5  5  1  0  52  31 10.24
Seeman                           2.2  4  2  2  2  0  50  27  6.75
Turnbull                         2.0  3  2  2  3  1  47  22  9.00
Pollan                           0.2  0  0  0  0  1  14   8 10.13
Gilreath         W 1-0           2.0  2  0  0  1  1  32  19 12.27
                                 9.0 17  9  9  7  3 195 107 
 
2B-Thomas(2), Sparks(5), Battin(6), Wilczynski(2). 3B-Backus(1), Righter(4). 
HR-Motonari(2), Fleitas(4), Righter(2). RBI-Motonari 2(12), Martinez 2(7), 
Sparks 2(5), Cosgrove 3(7), Deason(10), Fleitas 2(20), Doyle(5), 
Righter 4(11), Johnson 3(12), Wilczynski 4(6). SB-Deason(7). K-Sparks 2, 
Davidson, Fleitas, Crofoot, Righter, Battin, Johnson. BB-Gaytan 2, Motonari, 
Martinez, Backus, Turnbull, Davidson, Westerberg, Crofoot, Righter, Battin, 
Johnson. SF-Cosgrove, Doyle. HBP-Doyle. HB-Morris. WP-Cruzado. 
GWRBI: Wilczynski
Temperature: 76, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: right to left at 6 MPH.

 

Orlando CalrissiansMilwaukee Bear ClawsORLANDO CALRISSIANS 3, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 0

The Orlando Calrissians have been struggling to generate offense.  Given that, by far their best chance to win when they can get a strong outing from one of their starters.  Unfortunately, their rotation has been a constant headache, with the exception of ace left-hander Nathan Nunb.  Their #1 starter came through again today when they needed him most, tossing a complete-game three-hitter to stifle the Milwaukee Bear Claws, 3-0, and snap the Calrissians’ three-game losing streak.

“Nathan would want to start every other day if I let him,” said Calrissians manager Logan Bothan.  “But I told him, ‘Patience you must have, my young padawan.  Every fifth day you will pitch.”

Nunb (2-2) made short work of the fearsome Milwaukee lineup, requiring only 113 pitches to set down the Bear Claws, including 8 strikeouts.  He actually carried a perfect game into the 7th, before allowing a two-out single to 1B Felipe Mateo.  The Bear Claws mounted a small threat in the 9th, when 2B Richard Iddings’ double gave them runners on the corners with 2 out.  But Nunb intentionally walked Mateo — his only free pass of the game — and then got 3B Ikaru Suzuki to fly out to end the game.  His masterful performance caused even the easily-diverted fans at Bespin to forsake the video slot machines and the cigar bar for an evening, in order to watch the unfolding action on the mound.

“That funny-looking fella put on a clinic out there,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “Fire-breathing fastball, sharp curves, sliders breaking everywhere, paint the corners like Picasso.  We didn’t stand a chance.”

Milwaukee lefty Zack Perriman (2-2) battled through 6 1/3 innings, allowing plenty of baserunners but few runs.  He surrendered an RBI double to Orlando 1B Brooks Defoor in the 1st, and a passed ball by backup C Paris Champney allowed another run to score.  After that, though, Perriman pitched out of repeated jams until the 7th, when the Calrissians tacked on an insurance run courtesy of a Herschel Lesher sac fly.  Lesher’s ball turned into a double play when Milwaukee caught 3B Curt Figueroa wandering between first and second.

“Boy, that made me feel dumb,” said Figueroa.  “I’m just glad it didn’t cost us a run.”

The Calrissians (5-11) will try for two in a row tomorrow behind right-hander Chuck Weaver, making his first start of the season.  The Bear Claws (11-8) will give the ball to “Stormin'” Patrick McNorman.

 

4/24/2015, MIL15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  3  1     4  2
2015 Calrissians       2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  x     3 10  0     9  0
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  4  0  0  0  .263    Hartl             lf  4  1  2  0  .258
Iddings           2b  4  0  1  0  .270    Defoor            1b  3  1  1  1  .241
Mateo             1b  3  0  1  0  .247    Law               dh  4  0  0  0  .302
Suzuki            3b  4  0  0  0  .299    Larson            rf  3  1  2  0  .217
Mealey            lf  3  0  0  0  .342    Figeroa           3b  3  0  3  0  .258
Raine             dh  3  0  0  0  .000    Lesher            c   2  0  0  1  .211
Trumbauer         rf  3  0  0  0  .289    Gilmartin         ss  4  0  1  0  .250
Maxwell           cf  3  0  1  0  .275    Buendia           2b  4  0  0  0  .236
Champney          c   3  0  0  0  .000    Madden            cf  4  0  1  0  .250
                     30  0  3  0                               31  3 10  2
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Perriman         L 2-2           6.1 10  3  3  4  4 115  65  3.42
Almon                            1.2  0  0  0  0  0   9   9  0.60
                                 8.0 10  3  3  4  4 124  74 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Numb             W 2-2           9.0  3  0  0  1  8 113  74  3.71
                                 9.0  3  0  0  1  8 113  74 
 
E-Trumbauer. 2B-Iddings(4), Defoor(3). RBI-Defoor(6), Lesher(5). K-Petitt, 
Iddings, Mateo 2, Suzuki, Mealey, Maxwell, Champney, Hartl, Defoor, Law, 
Lesher. BB-Mateo, Defoor, Larson, Figeroa, Lesher. SF-Lesher. PB-Champney. 
GWRBI: Defoor
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

Silver City OutlawsJacksonville DragonsSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 4, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 1

It was a warm and humid day in Jacksonville, 86 degrees at game time.  It might have been too warm, but fortunately, there was a natural cooling effect at Tesla Field: a great breeze stirred up by swinging bats missing balls again and again.  Young Outlaws lefty sensation Pedro Rodriguez and Dragons righty Kyle Palmer seemed to be locked up in a strikeout contest, blowing fierce fastballs and nasty breaking pitches past baffled hitters.  The strikeout contest ended in a tie — each man struck out 11 — but in the score that mattered, Silver City came out ahead by a 4-1 margin.

“What you saw out there today was a classic shootout,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “Two gunslingers who were quick off the draw.  In the end, ours beat theirs.  But it was just fun to watch.”

The difference in the game came down to what happened when the two hurlers didn’t miss bats.  Rodriguez (3-1) gave up only 4 hits in 8 innings, his lone run allowed being a solo shot by Dragons RF Roderick Hopps, his 7th of the year.  He also issued 3 walks, but in Rodriguez’s words, his flashes of wildness had a purpose: to strike fear into the Jacksonville hitters.  “I wanted them hitting a little scared,” he said.

Palmer (1-2) yielded 11 hits, including home runs to 1B Muzz Elliott and DH Teddy Olivas and an RBI triple to RF Nathaniel Wason which almost went out to right center, but struck just below the yellow line.  “I feel good about my performance,” said Palmer.  “That other guy [Rodriguez] is on another planet.”

Closer Go Matsumoto pitched a perfect 9th for his 7th save, but he didn’t strike anyone out.  “It was kind of anticlimactic, to be honest,” joked Jarha.

The Outlaws (13-4) pushed their winning streak to seven with the win.  Tomorrow, they will see if right-hander Juan Carlos Lopez can match Rodriguez’s outing.  The Dragons (6-9), now losers of 5 in a row, will turn to young lefty Juan Sarmiento.

 

4/24/2015, SCO15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Outlaws           0  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  1     4 11  0     5  1
2015 Dragons           0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0     1  4  0     5  0
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Barkan            2b  4  0  0  0  .289    Leon              cf  4  0  0  0  .344
Burt              ss  4  1  2  0  .192    Kapoor            dh  2  0  0  0  .375
Brewmaker         3b  4  0  1  0  .302    Esquivel          c   4  0  0  0  .235
Wason             rf  4  0  1  1  .328    Hopps             rf  4  1  2  1  .262
Elliott           1b  3  2  1  1  .288    Canez             1b  4  0  0  0  .250
Cardona           cf  4  0  1  0  .206    Hartley           lf  3  0  0  0  .207
Watson            c   4  0  1  0  .259    Perez             3b  3  0  1  0  .333
Olivas            dh  4  1  1  1  .278    Herdt             ss  3  0  0  0  .220
Ivey              lf  4  0  3  1  .262    Mount             2b  3  0  1  0  .180
 Cipolla          lf  0  0  0  0  .118                         30  1  4  1
                     35  4 11  4
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rodriguez        W 3-1           8.0  4  1  1  3 11 136  79  0.51
Matsumoto        S 7             1.0  0  0  0  0  0   9   6  1.13
                                 9.0  4  1  1  3 11 145  85 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmer           L 1-2           9.0 11  4  4  1 11 132  83  3.82
                                 9.0 11  4  4  1 11 132  83 
 
SCO: Cipolla inserted at lf in the 9th
 
2B-Watson(5). 3B-Wason(2). HR-Elliott(7), Olivas(4), Hopps(7). RBI-Wason(21), 
Elliott(14), Olivas(6), Ivey(3), Hopps(13). K-Brewmaker 2, Wason 2, 
Elliott 2, Cardona, Watson 2, Olivas 2, Leon 2, Kapoor, Esquivel, Canez, 
Hartley 2, Perez 2, Herdt 2. BB-Elliott, Kapoor 2, Hartley. 
GWRBI: Ivey
Temperature: 86, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 9 MPH.

 

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