PBL Scores, 4/25/15

The bats were active in the Patriot League today, as there were several high-scoring contests.  Read on to find out more!

Jackson HammerheadsSalt Lake SamuraiJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 6, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 4

Jordan Bergman wasn’t expected to be a major factor for the Jackson Hammerheads this year.  The journeyman right-hander signed with Jackson for the league minimum, and he was considered a long shot even to make the active roster.  But Bergman made the team, and he’s turned out to be arguably the Hammerheads’ most reliable starter.  Today, he turned in another strong performance to lead his team to a 6-4 victory over the Salt Lake Samurai.

“Damn, I love that guy,” said Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes.  “Reminds me of my old coworkers at Tire World.  Nothing flashy, just goes about his business and gets the job done.  He’d fit right in at the service bay, installing a set of whitewalls.”

Bergman (3-0) didn’t turn in his strongest performance of the year; he allowed 4 runs on 7 hits in 7 2/3 innings.  But he was effective when he needed to be, allowing only one extra-base hit, a double to LF Chip Sparks.  “I figure I’ve got two jobs out there,” Bergman said.  “One, give up fewer runs than my guys score.  And two, go deep into games and give the bullpen a rest.  Today, I did both my jobs, so I feel good.”

Closer Rick Sheen, who has been used primary as a long reliever this season, finally got a chance to finish a game out.  It wound up being a bit of a wild ride.  After finishing the 8th without incident, he opened the 9th by retiring Salt Lake 3B Chris Davidson on a popup to first.  2B Quincy Gaytan, the next batter, hit a dribbler back to the mound.  Sheen fielded it alertly, but had a bit of trouble getting it out of his glove, and the speedy Gaytan beat the throw to the bag for a single.  Sheen struck out SS Mori Motonari for the second out, but then RF Romeo Martinez roped a double to right center, bringing Gaytan around to third and putting the tying runs on base.  The Jackson closer intentionally walked the dangerous Neal Thomas, and then got Sparks to fly out to left, securing Sheen’s first save of the season.

On the other side, Samurai ace Toshiie Maeda (0-3) took a step back after a couple recent encouraging starts.  He was battered for 5 runs and 9 hits over 6+ innings.  After posting a double-digit strikeout total in his last outing, Maeda struck out only 1 and walked 4.  “I have failed in every aspect of my game,” said Maeda, whose ERA stands at 6.21 for the year.  “I am an embarrassment to myself, my team, and my family.”

Among the Hammerheads who did the most damage against Maeda were SS Octavio Westerberg (3-for-4 with a double), 1B Eddie Battin (also 3-for-4 with a double, raising his average to .295 after a slow start), and 3B Kim Fleitas (2-for-5, including his 5th homer of the season).

The Hammerheads (13-7) will take their six-game winning streak to Silver City for a tough showdown with the Outlaws, while the Samurai (2-19) will hope for a reversal of fortune at home against the Knoxville Smokies.

 

4/25/2015, SLC15-JCK15, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           1  0  0  0  0  1  0  2  0     4  9  1    10  1
2015 Hammerheads       0  1  0  2  1  0  1  1  x     6 12  1     9  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Gaytan            2b  5  0  1  0  .243    Deason            cf  4  0  0  1  .292
Motonari          ss  5  3  2  0  .238    Westerberg        ss  4  1  3  1  .350
Martinez          rf  4  1  1  0  .343    Fleitas           3b  5  1  2  1  .367
Thomas            1b  4  0  2  1  .274    Crofoot           dh  4  0  0  0  .247
Sparks            lf  4  0  1  2  .267    Doyle             c   4  0  0  0  .341
Backus            dh  2  0  1  0  .250    Righter           2b  3  1  1  0  .316
Cosgrove          cf  4  0  1  1  .300    Battin            1b  4  2  3  0  .295
Turnbull          c   2  0  0  0  .100    Johnson           lf  3  1  1  1  .299
 Norden           ph  1  0  0  0  .000    Wilczynski        rf  3  0  2  1  .421
 Regner           c   1  0  0  0  .119                         34  6 12  5
Davidson          3b  4  0  0  0  .128
                     36  4  9  4
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Maeda            L 0-3           6.0  9  5  4  4  1  87  56  6.21
Cruzado                          2.0  3  1  1  0  0  29  16 13.50
                                 8.0 12  6  5  4  1 116  72 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Bergman          W 3-0           7.2  7  4  2  2  1 111  61  3.67
Sheen            S 1             1.1  2  0  0  1  1  22  13  4.80
                                 9.0  9  4  2  3  2 133  74 
 
SLC: Norden batted for Turnbull in the 7th
     Regner inserted at c in the 7th
 
E-Martinez, Westerberg. 2B-Martinez(4), Sparks(6), Westerberg(4), Battin(7). 
HR-Fleitas(5). RBI-Thomas(17), Sparks 2(7), Cosgrove(8), Deason(11), 
Westerberg(11), Fleitas(21), Johnson(13), Wilczynski(7). K-Motonari, 
Cosgrove, Doyle. BB-Martinez, Thomas, Backus, Deason, Righter, Johnson, 
Wilczynski. SH-Westerberg. SF-Sparks. HBP-Backus. HB-Bergman. 
GWRBI: Wilczynski
Temperature: 93, Sky: clear, Wind: out to center at 10 MPH.

 

Silver City OutlawsJacksonville DragonsSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 17, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 8

Yesterday at Tesla Field, the retractable roof was open, and both teams piled up strikeouts on a humid night.  Today, the roof was closed and the balls went flying.  In a game that turned into a slugfest between two potent offenses, the Outlaws’ red-hot crew came out on top in a 17-8 romp over a struggling Jacksonville Dragons team.

“We can win with our arms and we can win with our bats,” said Outlaws 3B Rusty Brewmaker.  “I don’t know who the hell’s going to beat us right now.”

It didn’t look initially like the game was going to be the offensive showcase it became.  Dragons starter Juan Sarmiento (1-2) breezed through the first 3 innings, including a stretch where he struck out six out of seven Outlaw hitters.  He ran into a bit of trouble in the 4th, when Silver City bunched together a couple singles and a walk, loading the bases for LF Brant “Poison” Ivey’s 2-run single.  In the 5th, with Sarmiento’s pitch count climbing past the century mark, the Outlaws pounced.  C Toby Watson’s 3-run tater drove the Jacksonville starter from the game.  “My pitches lost their magic,” Sarmiento said.

With the game still within the Dragons’ reach, the situation presented a test for the newly reconstructed Jacksonville bullpen.  The test was a resounding failure.  Newly-signed right-hander Mike Manigault began with a strikeout of Silver City DH Teddy Olivas, but then allowed 4 singles to the next 5 batters, followed by a 3-run homer from 1B Muzz Elliott.  Manigault was charged with 6 runs and 7 hits over an inning and a third.

After Manigault departed at the start of the 7th, 20-year-old lefty John Longroofan entered the game.  The boisterous rookie known as “Roofie” did little better than Manigault.  2B Dominique Barkan greeted him with a double, followed by SS Carrol Burt’s sac fly.  Longroofan also allowed a single and a wild pitch in the inning.  He escaped the 8th with no damage, but ran into trouble in the 9th.  He allowed a single to Olivas, followed by back-to-back triples to Ivey and Barkan, and then an RBI single to Burt that ended the rookie’s night.  His final line: 4 runs and 6 hits over 2 innings.  Longroofan left the mound to boos from the Dragons faithful; he responded by saluting the crowd with extended middle fingers.

Veteran southpaw Blueberry Jackson, recently acquired from Knoxville, followed Longroofan to the mound.  He made it through the 9th, but not without uncorking a wild pitch and allowing a 2-run dinger to RF Nathaniel Wason.

“This does not constitute improvement,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson of his new relievers’ performance.

Silver City starter Juan Carlos Lopez (3-1) came away with the win despite giving up 6 runs and 9 hits over 5 1/3 innings.  He surrendered a double to Dragons DH Jake Kapoor and a triple to C Judson Teachout to open the 5th, by far the hardest-hit balls off of him all day.  Closer Go Matsumoto protected the Outlaws’ 9-run lead for his 8th save, no doubt the easiest one he will get all season.

The Outlaws (14-4), winners of eight straight, now head home to face the similarly hot Jackson Hammerheads.  The Dragons (6-10) have an off day to ponder their sixth straight loss.

 

4/25/2015, SCO15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  2  4  5  1  0  5    17 22  0     7  0
2015 Dragons           0  0  1  0  2  3  0  2  0     8 13  0    12  0
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Barkan            2b  6  1  4  1  .317    Leon              cf  6  1  2  1  .342
Burt              ss  4  3  1  2  .200    Kapoor            dh  5  2  2  1  .377
Brewmaker         3b  6  2  3  2  .319    Teachout          c   4  2  4  3  .382
Wason             rf  6  4  4  3  .359    Hopps             rf  4  0  1  1  .262
Elliott           1b  5  1  1  3  .282    Canez             1b  3  0  1  2  .255
 Jeffreys         ph  1  0  0  0  .222    Hartley           lf  5  0  0  0  .190
Cardona           cf  5  0  0  0  .192    Perez             3b  4  1  0  0  .143
Watson            c   5  2  3  3  .286    Herdt             ss  5  0  2  0  .236
Olivas            dh  4  1  1  0  .273    Mount             2b  2  2  1  0  .190
Ivey              lf  5  3  5  3  .340                         38  8 13  8
 Cipolla          lf  0  0  0  0  .118
                     47 17 22 17
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lopez            W 3-1           5.1  9  6  6  4  1  87  49  5.53
Spradlin         H 2             2.0  3  2  2  1  0  35  19  8.10
Sapp                             0.1  0  0  0  1  0   8   4  0.00
Matsumoto        S 8             1.1  1  0  0  1  0  17   9  0.96
                                 9.0 13  8  8  7  1 147  81 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sarmiento        L 1-2           4.2  8  6  6  3  7 115  64  5.79
Manigault                        1.1  7  6  6  0  3  44  28 40.50
Longroofan                       2.0  6  4  4  0  0  38  24 18.00
Jackson                          1.0  1  1  1  0  1  20  13  4.50
                                 9.0 22 17 17  3 11 217 129 
 
SCO: Jeffreys batted for Elliott in the 9th
     Cipolla inserted at lf in the 9th
     Jeffreys moved to 1b in the 9th
 
2B-Barkan(2), Kapoor(8), Mount(3). 3B-Barkan(2), Ivey(1), Teachout 2(2). 
HR-Wason(10), Elliott(8), Watson(4). RBI-Barkan(5), Burt 2(2), 
Brewmaker 2(16), Wason 3(24), Elliott 3(17), Watson 3(12), Ivey 3(6), 
Leon(4), Kapoor(13), Teachout 3(6), Hopps(14), Canez 2(8). SB-Burt(1). 
K-Burt, Brewmaker, Wason, Elliott, Cardona 3, Watson, Olivas 3, Perez. 
BB-Burt, Cardona, Olivas, Kapoor, Teachout, Canez, Perez, Mount 3. SF-Burt, 
Hopps, Canez. WP-Longroofan, Jackson. 
GWRBI: Ivey
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsOrlando CalrissiansMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 19, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 2

The Milwaukee Bear Claws came to Orlando expecting a fairly easy time with the basement-dwelling Calrissians.  Yesterday confounded the Bear Claws’ expectations, though, as they were shut out by Orlando ace Nathan Nunb.  It seems Milwaukee took this defeat personally, as they exacted revenge in a big way today in a 19-2 pummeling.

“Yesterday, we did not get hits,” said Bear Claws 1B Felipe Mateo.  “So today, we had all of our stored-up hits from yesterday.”

Milwaukee’s new DH led the way in the attack.  Rodolfo Raine, now platooning with the struggling Gilberto Fleitas, went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, a triple, and a 6th-inning grand slam that capped the Bear Claws’ scoring.  “I am grateful for the opportunity,” said Raine.  “I will show everyone what I can do.”

All told, the Bear Claws crushed Orlando pitching for 5 home runs, including Raine’s blast.  SS Red Petitt went deep in the 2nd inning.  And CF DeRonde Maxwell, 2B Richard Iddings, and 3B Ikaru Suzuki each hit 2-run blasts as part of a 7-run 5th that saw the Calrissians go through three different relievers.

“I couldn’t tell the difference between batting practice and the game,” joked Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.

With Milwaukee’s offense clicking on all cylinders, Bear Claws starter “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman (2-1) had an easy time of it.  He cruised through a complete-game four-hitter, requiring only 107 pitches.  The long blemish on his outing was a 4th-inning homer by Calrissians 1B Brooks Defoor.  “He’ll do,” said Horton of McNorman, laughing.

Former reliever Chuck Weaver made his first start of the year for Orlando, part of a team-wide shakeup designed to jump-start the team.  Weaver left without recording an out in the third, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits.  “Obviously not the performance I was hoping for,” said Weaver (0-1).  “But I’m confident I’ll do better as I get stretched out over my next few starts.”

The pitchers that followed Weaver had no better luck with the Bear Claws juggernaut.  Young lefty Ian Grazier was torched for 7 runs over his 2 innings of work.  Former starter Tom Trane, demoted to the pen as part of the Orlando shakeup, was yanked after allowing a single to the only batter he faced.  Right-hander Barrett Turbeville allowed 6 runs over 2 1/3 innings, although only 2 of the runs were earned thanks to a two-out error by Calrissians 2B Jose Buendia prior to Raine’s grand slam.

It was a rare poor day in the field for Buendia, who made two costly errors.  “As one of the team captains, I should be leading by example,” said Buendia.  “Today, I led nothing.”

After their series split, the Bear Claws (12-8) and Calrissians (5-12) both have the day off tomorrow.

 

4/25/2015, MIL15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        0  4  4  0  7  4  0  0  0    19 19  1     9  0
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0     2  4  3     6  1
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  4  2  2  2  .275    Hartl             lf  3  0  0  0  .246
 Anthony          ph  1  0  0  0  .000    Defoor            1b  4  1  2  1  .259
Iddings           2b  5  1  1  2  .266    Buendia           2b  4  0  1  1  .237
Mateo             1b  6  3  3  0  .266    Law               rf  4  0  0  0  .281
Suzuki            3b  6  3  3  3  .313    Figeroa           3b  4  0  0  0  .242
Mealey            lf  3  3  1  0  .342    McCormack         c   3  0  1  0  .333
 Dipalma          ph  1  0  0  0  .500    Gilmartin         ss  4  0  0  0  .125
Raine             dh  4  4  4  6  .571    Nabors            dh  4  0  0  0  .000
 McGuigan         ph  1  0  0  0  .240    Madden            cf  2  1  0  0  .167
Champney          c   6  0  2  2  .222                         32  2  4  2
Trumbauer         rf  6  2  1  2  .280
Maxwell           cf  5  1  2  2  .284
                     48 19 19 19
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNorman         W 2-1           9.0  4  2  1  3  5 107  68  3.72
                                 9.0  4  2  1  3  5 107  68 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Weaver           L 0-1           2.0  5  5  5  1  1  44  27  5.48
Grazier                          2.0  7  7  6  2  0  53  32  8.76
Trane                            0.0  1  1  1  0  0   2   1 10.05
Turbeville                       2.1  5  6  2  2  0  47  26  2.08
Sircy                            2.2  1  0  0  0  3  37  24  0.00
                                 9.0 19 19 14  5  4 183 110 
 
MIL: Dipalma batted for Mealey in the 8th
     McGuigan batted for Raine in the 8th
     Dipalma moved to lf in the 8th
     Anthony batted for Petitt in the 9th
     Anthony moved to ss in the 9th
 
E-McNorman, Hartl, Buendia 2. 2B-Raine 2(2). 3B-Mateo(2), Raine(1). 
HR-Petitt(2), Iddings(2), Suzuki(3), Raine(1), Maxwell(1), Defoor(4). 
RBI-Petitt 2(7), Iddings 2(8), Suzuki 3(15), Raine 6(6), Champney 2(2), 
Trumbauer 2(8), Maxwell 2(6), Defoor(7), Buendia(8). SB-Petitt(6). K-Petitt, 
Iddings, Mateo, Anthony, Buendia, Law 2, Figeroa, Madden. BB-Petitt 2, 
Mealey, Raine, Maxwell, Hartl, McCormack, Madden. HBP-Iddings, Mealey. 
HB-Grazier, Sircy. WP-Grazier. 
GWRBI: Champney
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

Knoxville SmokiesCalifornia SharksKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 7, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 0

The Knoxville Smokies are quickly establishing themselves as the team to beat in the East.  With a roster in flux due to owner/GM Jeremiah Mills’  penchant for trading, manager Snuff Wallace has maintained a loose tone and a sense of consistency in the locker room, and the team is succeeding on both sides of the ball.  Knoxville’s pitching and hitting were both on display in a 7-0 stomping of the California Sharks.

“I don’t really do nothing around here,” said Wallace about his role in the team’s success.  “I’m only here ‘cause they need someone to hand the lineup card to the umps.  It’s the players that are doing stuff.”

In this game, knuckleballer Todd Warrant was the star for the Smokies.  With his knuckler fluttering on a breezy day at Rocky Top Park, the Sharks found Warrant hard to hit.  The Sharks mustered only three singles against Warrant, none struck particularly hard.  The Knoxville starter did walk five, a consequence of the knuckler’s unpredictability.  “I walked anyone I thought might hit me hard,” Warrant joked.

The only serious challenge Warrant (3-0) faced came in the third, with the game still scoreless.  A single by backup C Corky Carpenter and two walks loaded the bases with two away and California SS Rubin Smyth, a dangerous hitter, coming up.  But Warrant struck out Smyth with a beautiful diving knuckleball, and ended what would be the Sharks’ only threat of the evening.

For a while, California starter Deke Slater (1-3) looked like he would be able to match Warrant’s performance.  He worked out of a first-inning jam when an error by 3B Karl Mote loaded the bases, and made it through the next three innings without a problem.  In the 5th, Knoxville got on the board when LF Ezra Sisco doubled and 2B Jeremiah Campo brought him home with a single.

But it was the 6th where Slater ran into trouble.  The Smokies didn’t hit the ball hard; instead, they kept finding holes.  RF Jackson Campo and SS Armand Moriarty beat out infield rollers to start the parade.  Then DH Alex Jaramillo dumped a Texas leaguer over short, scoring Campo.  C Prince Carlo punched a single through the right side to load the bases.  3B Ronnie Aceuedo snuck one up the middle to score Moriarty.  Then LF Ezra Sisco dropped a soft liner into right, and Slater found himself headed for the showers.

“Just bad vibes out there, I guess,” said Slater.  “I made my pitches, but somehow they just kept finding grass.  Not much I can do there.”

The Smokies (14-5) now travel to Salt Lake to start a series with the Samurai.  The reeling Sharks (9-10), who fell below .500 for the first time this season, have the day off.  Slater said he hopes to spend the day “enjoying some quality time with my longboard.”

 

4/25/2015, 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  0  0  0  0  0     0  3  1     6  0
2015 Smokies           0  0  0  0  1  6  0  0  x     7 12  0     7  1
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  3  0  0  0  .225    Blair             cf  4  1  0  1  .329
Suarez            cf  2  0  0  0  .195    Campo             2b  5  0  2  1  .298
 Gonzalez         ph  1  0  0  0  .400    Bryant            1b  3  0  1  1  .217
Smyth             ss  4  0  0  0  .377    Campo             rf  4  1  1  0  .263
Mader             lf  2  0  0  0  .314    Moriarty          ss  4  1  1  0  .356
Nix               dh  4  0  1  0  .317    Jaramillo         dh  4  1  3  1  .355
Mote              3b  3  0  0  0  .236    Carlo             c   4  1  1  0  .183
Lassen            1b  3  0  0  0  .179    Aceuedo           3b  4  1  1  1  .280
Strachan          2b  3  0  1  0  .283    Sisco             lf  4  1  2  2  .254
Carpenter         c   3  0  1  0  .267                         36  7 12  7
                     28  0  3  0
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Slater           L 1-3           5.0 10  7  7  1  3  91  58  7.45
Grace                            3.0  2  0  0  0  0  35  21  4.11
                                 8.0 12  7  7  1  3 126  79 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Warrant          W 3-0           9.0  3  0  0  5  5 118  64  2.45
                                 9.0  3  0  0  5  5 118  64 
 
CAL: Gonzalez batted for Suarez in the 9th
 
E-Mote. 2B-Jaramillo(4), Sisco(2). RBI-Blair(17), Campo(11), Bryant(12), 
Jaramillo(12), Aceuedo(10), Sisco 2(7). K-Smyth 2, Mader, Mote 2, Blair, 
Campo, Jaramillo. BB-Corona, Suarez, Mader 2, Mote, Blair. SF-Bryant. 
WP-Grace. 
GWRBI: Campo
Temperature: 73, Sky: cloudy, Wind: right to left at 10 MPH.

 

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