PBL Scores, 5/8/15

Only one game on the schedule for today, as most of the league enjoys a welcome day off.  Today’s score awaits below…

Orlando CalrissiansCalifornia SharksORLANDO CALRISSIANS 7, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 0

Orlando Calrissians starter Nate McGowan has had a rough season.  Although he has generally pitched pretty well – and at times, very well – he had yet to record a victory coming into today’s game.  In large part, this has been due to the Calrissians’ weak offense.  Other times, the bullpen has failed to hold leads for him.

“I’ve started to wonder a little about what it was going to take for me to get a win,” said McGowan.  “Was I going to have to throw a complete-game shutout?”

Today, McGowan (1-5) did exactly that, scattering six singles in a 114-pitch gem.  And for once, the offense backed him up, allowing him to enjoy a 7-0 laugher over the California Sharks.

As McGowan celebrated his win after the game, he struggled to contain his disbelief that his ordeal was over.  “I really started to think that maybe God just hated me,” McGowan said.  “I was trying to figure out what I’d done wrong.  Did I not go to confession enough?  Have I been taking His name in vain?”

But McGowan’s win wasn’t just crucial for him; it was a much-needed relief for his team.  The Calrissians snapped their five-game losing skid with the win.   McGowan also ended a particularly painful three-game stretch in which the Calrissians were outscored 40-10.  “We’ve been getting our [expletive] kicked,” said Calrissians 1B Brooks Defoor.  “We needed someone to come in and right the ship.  Nate did that for us.”

McGowan dominated the Sharks throughout the contest.  Only twice did California even get a runner into scoring position, and in only one inning (the 6th) did they get more than one hit.  “He didn’t just beat us,” said Sharks SS Rubin Smyth.  “We weren’t even close to figuring him out.  We never had one of those moments where it felt like, ‘If only this ball fell in, or I’d hit that one more squarely, we’d  beat him.’  We weren’t getting a lot of solid contact at all.”

While McGowan handcuffed the Sharks, Orlando’s hitters had a rare field day, teeing off on California starter Deke Slater (2-4).  3B Curt Figueroa got the Calrissians on the board with a two-run homer in the 4th, but Orlando really broke the game open in the 5th, scoring four runs.  LF Lauren Hartl’s two-run triple was the big blow; 2B Jose Buendia brought in another run with a single and Figueroa added an RBI groundout.

“Today, I was the piñata, and they were all stepping up to take a whack at me,” said Slater, who lasted just 4 1/3 innings.  The middle innings have been a major problem for Slater in this disappointing campaign.  “I’ve got to get some positive energy flowing my way, man.  This year’s just sucked.”

One bright spot for the Sharks was the performance of reliever Ty Shive, who allowed only 1 run over his 3 2/3 innings of work.  After getting off to a terrible start, Shive has had several strong outings recently.  “I’m not going to go around blowing my trumpet on a day we got killed,” said Shive.  “But I’ve had a much better feel for my pitches lately.  If I can be the reliable long option that the team needs me to be, I think that will make us a lot stronger.”

The Calrissians (9-20) are off to Salt Lake for a series with the Samurai.  The Sharks (17-12) will be hosting the Jacksonville Dragons.

 

5/8/2015, CAL15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       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  6  1     5  0
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  2  4  1  0  0  x     7 11  0     6  1
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  0  3  0  .316    Hartl             lf  4  1  3  3  .270
Suarez            cf  4  0  0  0  .217    Defoor            1b  3  1  0  0  .236
Smyth             ss  4  0  1  0  .392    Buendia           2b  4  1  2  1  .262
Mader             lf  4  0  0  0  .318    Law               rf  3  0  1  0  .257
Nix               dh  4  0  2  0  .333    Figeroa           3b  3  1  1  3  .255
Mote              3b  3  0  0  0  .270    McCormack         c   4  0  0  0  .171
Lassen            1b  3  0  0  0  .163    Gilmartin         ss  4  1  1  0  .255
Lockley           c   3  0  0  0  .268    Nabors            dh  4  1  2  0  .179
Strachan          2b  2  0  0  0  .280    Madden            cf  4  1  1  0  .220
                     31  0  6  0                               33  7 11  7
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Slater           L 2-4           4.1  7  6  6  2  2  80  45  6.89
Shive                            3.2  4  1  1  1  0  60  35  7.06
                                 8.0 11  7  7  3  2 140  80 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGowan          W 1-5           9.0  6  0  0  1  4 114  76  4.10
                                 9.0  6  0  0  1  4 114  76 
 
E-Smyth. 3B-Hartl(1). HR-Figeroa(4). RBI-Hartl 3(8), Buendia(13), 
Figeroa 3(23). CS-Hartl. K-Suarez, Smyth, Mote 2, Hartl, Nabors. BB-Strachan, 
Defoor, Law, Figeroa. SF-Hartl. 
GWRBI: Figeroa
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

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