PBL Scores, 4/30/15

A lot of late rallies and close games in today’s Patriot League action.  Read on to see what happened…

Knoxville SmokiesSilver City OutlawsKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 6, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 3

Yesterday, the Knoxville Smokies managed to muster only one run against the Silver City Outlaws and their young star, Pedro Rodriguez.  Today, for most of the game it appeared as though they were headed for the same fate against right-hander Juan Carlos Lopez.  But the Smokies erupted for five runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to secure a 6-3 win and even their series with the Outlaws.

“Hallelujah!” exulted Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “We finally figured out how to score against these guys.  Good thing, too; I didn’t want us waiting until the championship series.”

Prior to the 8th, it appeared as though an early Knoxville error would be decisive, costing the Smokies and recently-acquired Jack Jacques a shot at a win.  In the 2nd inning, with two outs, Knoxville SS Armand Moriarty allowed a routine grounder from Outlaws C Toby Watson to clank off his glove.  Given a chance to extend the inning, Silver City made the Smokies pay.  DH Teddy Olivas drove an 0-2 sinker from Jacques (1-1) out of the park, a 2-run blast that give the visiting Outlaws a 3-1 edge.

“I was cursing myself all game long,” said Moriarty.  “It’s the kind of play I make in my sleep, but I mistimed it.  And it really looked like that was going to beat us.”

The reason that Moriarty’s error loomed so large is that Lopez (3-2) was utterly silencing Knoxville’s bats.  After yielding 3 singles that led to a run in the 1st, Lopez allowed only three hits through the next six innings, striking out five Smokies over that stretch.  “J.C. has been up and down this year,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “But he was on today.  And he showed us all what he can do when he’s on.  I just left him in too long.”

Coming into the 8th, Lopez was sitting close to the 90-pitch mark, and seemed comfortably in command.  But he began the inning with a 9-pitch battle with Smokies LF Ezra Sisco, which resulted in Sisco drawing a walk.  That battle appeared to exhaust Lopez; suddenly, over the next three batters, he allowed two singles and a bases-loaded walk, drawing the Smokies within one run and igniting the crowd at Rocky Top Park.

Jarha brought in rookie reliever Jamaal Sapp, a decision which proved disastrous.  Sapp bounced a 2-1 curve to RF Jackson Campo that skipped up high over Watson’s head, allowing the tying run to score.  Then Sapp’s full-count fastball to Campo swung back over the plate, and Campo crushed it over the left-center-field fence.  In the space of one batter, Sapp turned Silver City’s 3-2 lead into a 6-3 loss.

“I let everybody down today,” said Sapp.  “They needed me to come up big in the clutch and I didn’t do it.  When you’re playing a strong team like [the Smokies], there’s no room for error.  But I’ll just have to dust off and be ready the next time they need me.”

The Smokies (17-7), who reclaimed the league’s best record with the win, have not announced their starter for tomorrow’s rubber match.  The Outlaws (16-7) will start right-hander Cloyce “Hoss” Benson.

 

4/30/2015, SCO15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Outlaws           1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     3  5  0     7  0
2015 Smokies           1  0  0  0  0  0  0  5  x     6  9  1     5  0
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Barkan            2b  4  0  1  0  .320    Blair             cf  4  1  1  0  .340
 Jeffreys         ph  1  0  0  0  .250    Campo             2b  4  2  2  0  .308
Burt              ss  2  0  1  0  .265    Bryant            1b  3  1  2  1  .288
Brewmaker         3b  4  1  1  1  .278    Campo             rf  4  1  1  3  .271
Wason             rf  2  0  0  0  .359    Moriarty          ss  3  0  1  1  .330
Elliott           1b  3  0  0  0  .297    Jaramillo         dh  4  0  0  0  .325
Cardona           cf  4  0  1  0  .187    Carlo             c   2  0  0  0  .192
Watson            c   4  1  0  0  .253     Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .133
Olivas            dh  4  1  1  2  .220     Bossard          c   1  0  0  0  .316
Ivey              lf  4  0  0  0  .297    Aceuedo           3b  4  0  2  0  .313
                     32  3  5  3          Sisco             lf  2  1  0  0  .281
                                                               32  6  9  5
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lopez            L 3-2           7.0  8  5  5  2  6 108  71  5.71
Sapp             BS 1            1.0  1  1  1  1  0  22  12  6.75
                                 8.0  9  6  6  3  6 130  83 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jacques          W 1-1           8.0  5  3  1  4  6 118  65  8.10
Pasternak        S 5             1.0  0  0  0  0  2  16  12  3.97
                                 9.0  5  3  1  4  8 134  77 
 
SCO: Jeffreys batted for Barkan in the 9th
KNX: Gomez batted for Carlo in the 7th
     Bossard inserted at c in the 8th
 
E-Moriarty. 2B-Aceuedo(6). HR-Brewmaker(5), Olivas(7), Campo(5). 
RBI-Brewmaker(18), Olivas 2(11), Bryant(19), Campo 3(23), Moriarty(23). 
CS-Sisco. K-Brewmaker, Elliott, Watson 2, Olivas, Ivey 2, Jeffreys, Blair, 
Campo 2, Moriarty, Jaramillo 2. BB-Burt, Wason 2, Elliott, Bryant, Moriarty, 
Sisco. SH-Burt. WP-Sapp. 
GWRBI: Campo
Temperature: 68, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 15 MPH.

 

Jackson HammerheadsMilwaukee Bear ClawsJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 4, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 3

Yesterday’s 9-7 loss was agonizing for the Jackson Hammerheads.  Not only was it a painfully long, 13-inning game in the bitter Milwaukee cold, but it cost the Hammerheads a chance to gain a game on the first-place Knoxville Smokies.  With the Smokies staging a late rally against Silver City today, the pressure was on Jackson to keep pace.  They did so in much the same fashion as their rivals, staging a three-run rally in the bottom of the 9th for a 4-3 win over the Bear Claws.

“We needed this one,” said Hammerheads manager Lou Brown.  “Knoxville’s not making this easy on us, and Milwaukee’s no slouch.  But we pulled it out.”

The Hammerheads got virtually nothing over the first 8 innings off of Milwaukee starter Zack Perriman.  The Bear Claws lefty limited Jackson to 5 hits and 1 run, that being scored on a 6th-inning single by DH Erasmo Crofoot.  “I really love what Zack gave us today,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “Worked them in and out, up and down, firing it in there nice and easy.  I just wish we could have held onto it for him.”

When the 9th inning rolled around, Milwaukee had a 3-1 lead and a dilemma.  Their typical closer, Oscar Buenaventura, has been used heavily over the last few days and was unavailable for this game.  Horton opted to use lefty Olen Abernathy, who has been highly effective this season.  C Clarence Doyle led off for Jackson, and he hit a grounder to 1B Felipe Mateo.  The Bear Claws first sacker couldn’t come up with it, and Doyle reached base.  Abernathy walked the next two Hammerheads, loading the bases.  One out later, RF Lacy Wilczynski stroked a single that scored two and tied the game.

“It was a tight zone,” said Abernathy.  “That meant that I had to hit my spots or get beat.  I didn’t hit my spots, obviously.”

Horton replaced Abernathy with Owen Pellegrin, who intentionally walked CF Damian Deason.  The next batter, SS Octavio Westerberg, lofted a fly ball to right.  The ball wasn’t too deep, but Hammerheads third base coach Duke Temple gambled, sending Eddie Battin home.  The Hammerheads runner slid in just ahead of Milwaukee RF Wally Trumbauer’s throw, as Cash Carter Downs went crazy.

“Duke’s a crazy man,” laughed Battin.  “When I saw the replay after, I said, ‘There’s no way I would have sent me.’  But Duke’s always aggressive, and it paid off.”

Battin’s mad dash made a winner of starter Jordan Bergman (4-0), who had another strong outing, tossing a complete game and allowing 3 runs on 8 hits.  “I don’t know how I’m doing it,” said Bergman, who is sporting a 3.50 ERA on the season.  “I’m just going out there and doing the best I can, and it’s just coming together for me somehow.”

The Hammerheads (16-9) will send out ace Henry Jones tomorrow with the goal of capturing the series.  The Bear Claws (14-10) will counter with righty “Stormin'” Patrick McNorman.

 

4/30/2015, MIL15-JCK15, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  0  0  1  0  1  1     3  8  3     5  1
2015 Hammerheads       0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  3     4  6  0     8  1
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  3  0  0  1  .276    Deason            cf  4  0  0  0  .273
Iddings           2b  4  0  1  1  .247    Westerberg        ss  3  1  1  1  .303
Mateo             1b  4  0  1  0  .263    Fleitas           3b  3  0  3  0  .364
Suzuki            3b  4  0  2  0  .313    Crofoot           dh  3  0  1  1  .236
Mealey            lf  4  1  1  0  .358    Doyle             c   4  1  0  0  .321
Raine             dh  3  0  0  0  .308    Righter           2b  3  1  0  0  .284
Trumbauer         rf  4  0  1  1  .273    Battin            1b  3  1  0  0  .286
McGuigan          c   4  1  1  0  .250    Johnson           lf  4  0  0  0  .296
Maxwell           cf  2  1  1  0  .303    Wilczynski        rf  4  0  1  2  .306
                     32  3  8  3                               31  4  6  4
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Perriman                         8.0  5  1  1  1  4  99  65  2.88
Abernathy        BS 1, L 1-1     0.1  1  3  1  2  0  23  13  0.71
Pellegrin                        0.1  0  0  0  1  0   5   1  2.25
                                 8.2  6  4  2  4  4 127  79 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Bergman          W 4-0           9.0  8  3  3  2  3 112  64  3.50
                                 9.0  8  3  3  2  3 112  64 
 
E-Petitt 2, Mateo. 2B-Iddings(5). 3B-McGuigan(1). RBI-Petitt(8), Iddings(10), 
Trumbauer(10), Westerberg(13), Crofoot(32), Wilczynski 2(12). SB-Fleitas(2). 
K-Petitt, Mateo 2, Westerberg, Doyle, Battin, Johnson. BB-Raine, Maxwell, 
Deason, Westerberg, Righter, Battin. SH-Petitt, Fleitas. SF-Westerberg. 
HBP-Crofoot. HB-Perriman. 
GWRBI: Westerberg
Temperature: 91, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 7 MPH.

 

Orlando CalrissiansSalt Lake SamuraiORLANDO CALRISSIANS 6, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 5

The Orlando Calrissians have struggled mightily to put runs on the board this season.  The team recently shuffled its lineup in hopes of finding a spark, to little avail.  But today, the Calrissians finally got some offensive production, especially from the bottom half of the lineup, in a come-from-behind 6-5 win over the Salt Lake Samurai.

“Everything is under control,” said Calrissians manager Logan Bothan.  “Situation normal.  Everything’s perfectly all right now.  We’re fine.”

The stars of the game for Orlando were all players inserted in the recent lineup change.  SS Sean Gilmartin went 2-for-4 with a double.  CF Glen Madden had a double and a triple.  C Amos McCormack went 3-for-5 with a double, and drove in the game-winning run with his 9th-inning single.

“This win was for the scrubs,” joked McCormack.  “It was time for us to step up and get something done.”

The Calrissians won despite a rough performance from their ace, left-hander Nathan Nunb (3-2), who surrendered 5 runs on 5 hits.  He allowed homers to Samurai 1B Neal Thomas, RF Romeo Martinez, and C DeAndre Turnbull.

“There was plenty for us to like in this game,” said Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.  “Neal and Romeo going deep is always good, and it was really great to see DeAndre get in on it too.  But we really need to post some Ws, and that starts with holding leads.”

Dugan’s words may have been a veiled shot at Salt Lake’s struggling ace, Toshiie Maeda, who failed to preserve a 5-2 lead and lasted only 5 1/3 innings.  “My pitching is an embarrassment,” said Maeda.  “I am completely mystified by my performance.”

Maeda fell victim to an uprising from the bottom half of the Orlando order in the 6th.  3B Curt Figueroa led off the inning with a walk.  After that, McCormack doubled, Gilmartin singled in Figueroa, DH Arnoldo Nabors hit an RBI groundout to score McCormack, and Madden roped a double to bring home Gilmartin.  By the time leadoff hitter Lauren Hartl stepped in, Maeda was out and the game was tied.

Samurai reliever Oliver Jones (0-2), who allowed a single to Calrissians 2B Jose Buendia to start the 9th, was charged with the loss.  Lefty Rene Cruzado allowed McCormack’s game-ending hit.

The Calrissians (6-15) will look to take the series behind right-hander Chuck Weaver.  The Samurai (4-22) are scheduled to start lefty Jonathan Fernandez.

 

4/30/2015, SLC15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           2  0  0  0  2  1  0  0  0     5  5  0     0  0
2015 Calrissians       0  0  1  1  0  3  0  0  1     6 12  0    11  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Gaytan            2b  4  1  1  0  .232    Hartl             lf  5  0  2  1  .277
Motonari          ss  3  0  0  0  .240    Defoor            1b  3  0  0  0  .230
Martinez          rf  4  1  1  1  .291    Buendia           2b  5  1  1  0  .247
Thomas            1b  4  1  1  2  .245    Law               rf  5  0  1  0  .260
Sparks            lf  4  0  0  0  .257    Figeroa           3b  4  2  1  0  .262
Backus            dh  3  0  0  0  .245    McCormack         c   5  1  3  1  .250
Cosgrove          cf  3  1  1  0  .286    Gilmartin         ss  4  1  2  2  .217
Turnbull          c   3  1  1  2  .167    Nabors            dh  2  0  0  1  .133
Davidson          3b  3  0  0  0  .177    Madden            cf  3  1  2  1  .158
                     31  5  5  5                               36  6 12  6
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Maeda                            5.1  8  5  5  4  2  92  56  6.52
Jones            L 0-2           2.2  2  1  1  2  2  47  29  5.63
Cruzado                          0.1  2  0  0  0  1  12   9 11.66
                                 8.1 12  6  6  6  5 151  94 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Numb             W 3-2           9.0  5  5  5  0  5 103  69  4.04
                                 9.0  5  5  5  0  5 103  69 
 
2B-Hartl(4), McCormack(1), Gilmartin(2), Madden(1). 3B-Madden(1). 
HR-Martinez(5), Thomas(9), Turnbull(1). RBI-Martinez(10), Thomas 2(20), 
Turnbull 2(5), Hartl(5), McCormack(2), Gilmartin 2(2), Nabors(1), Madden(1). 
CS-Defoor. K-Gaytan 2, Martinez, Sparks, Backus, Hartl, Buendia, Law, 
Figeroa, Nabors. BB-Defoor 2, Figeroa, Nabors 2, Madden. SH-Motonari. 
GWRBI: McCormack
Temperature: 81, Sky: clear, Wind: in from center at 12 MPH.

 

California SharksJacksonville DragonsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 9, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 4

The California Sharks have proven to be a very streaky team so far this season.  The Sharks started the year 8-3, then dropped 7 of their next 8 games to fall below the .500 mark.  Now, they seem to be getting hot again.  After destroying the Jacksonville Dragons 25-11 in yesterday’s series opener, the Sharks broke out early to send the Dragons to a 9-4 loss.  This was California’s fourth straight win.

“We’re getting to be pretty dangerous,” said Sharks 3B Karl Mote.  “The confidence level in this locker room is going through the roof.  We’re planning the way that we know we can, and we want to keep this momentum rolling.”

The Sharks broke the game open in the 3rd inning.  RF Jessie Corona had led off the game with a triple and scored on C Thaddeus Lockley’s single, and had retaken the lead in the 2nd on Mote’s solo shot.  Corona opened the 3rd with a four-pitch walk against Dragons starter Juan Sarmiento (1-3).  Next, Lockley hit a 2-0 grounder that scooted between the legs of Jacksonville 2B Will Mount.  California SS Rubin Smyth jumped on Sarmiento’s next pitch and drove home both runners with a triple.  Sarmiento was then replaced by reliever  Mike Manigault, but the Sharks kept firing.  LF Kenneth Mader smoked a single back up the middle, driving in Smyth.  DH Johnie Oller doubled Mader over to third, where he scored on 1B John Lassen’s RBI groundout.  By the time the inning was over, California led 6-1 and the rout was on.

“It’s important for us to take advantage of big innings like that,” said Mader, who also hit a 2-run homer in the 7th.  “When we cash in on those opportunities, that leads us to victory.”

Given a big lead, California left-hander Stu Palmeiro (2-2) made it stand up.  He pitched a complete game, allowing 4 runs on 11 hits and striking out 6.  He struggled a bit with the longball, as Jacksonville CF Alfonso Leon took him deep to start the game and LF Rob Hartley crushed a two-run bomb to left in the 8th.   “It wasn’t my best performance,” said Palmeiro, “but I was as good as I had to be.  We got the W.”

The Dragons made a move after the game, releasing the struggling Manigault, who compiled a 22.74 ERA in his 3 disastrous relief appearances with Jacksonville.  “I’m sick and goddamn tired of our so-called bullpen,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “If it doesn’t get better, my next option is homicide.”

The Sharks (13-10) will try to finish the sweep tomorrow with righty Deke Slater on the hill.  The Dragons (7-13) are still deciding who will start.

 

4/30/2015, CAL15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            1  1  4  0  1  0  2  0  0     9 12  0     7  1
2015 Dragons           1  0  0  0  0  1  0  2  0     4 11  2     7  2
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  2  3  0  .303    Leon              cf  5  1  1  1  .286
Lockley           c   4  1  0  1  .266    Kapoor            dh  5  0  1  0  .333
Smyth             ss  4  2  2  2  .394    Esquivel          c   4  0  1  0  .244
Mader             lf  5  3  3  3  .322    Hopps             rf  4  1  2  0  .275
Mote              3b  4  1  2  1  .267    Canez             1b  4  1  0  0  .246
Oller             dh  4  0  1  0  .342    Hartley           lf  4  1  2  2  .228
Lassen            1b  4  0  0  2  .169    Perez             3b  3  0  1  1  .227
Puffer            2b  4  0  0  0  .222    Herdt             ss  4  0  1  0  .225
Novick            cf  4  0  1  0  .200    Mount             2b  4  0  2  0  .208
                     37  9 12  9                               37  4 11  4
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmeiro         W 2-2           9.0 11  4  4  1  6 144  89  4.89
                                 9.0 11  4  4  1  6 144  89 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sarmiento        L 1-3           2.0  3  5  4  1  0  49  26  6.97
Manigault                        4.0  5  2  2  1  2  49  29 22.74
Jackson                          3.0  4  2  2  2  0  50  27  5.14
                                 9.0 12  9  8  4  2 148  82 
 
E-Perez, Mount. 2B-Oller(3). 3B-Corona 2(4), Smyth(4). HR-Mader(5), Mote(7), 
Leon(2), Hartley(4). RBI-Lockley(9), Smyth 2(21), Mader 3(18), Mote(21), 
Lassen 2(9), Leon(5), Hartley 2(17), Perez(6). SB-Perez(1). K-Smyth, Puffer, 
Leon 2, Esquivel, Canez, Herdt, Mount. BB-Corona, Smyth, Mote, Oller, Perez. 
SF-Lockley, Lassen. WP-Manigault. 
GWRBI: Mote
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

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