PBL Scores, 5/10/15

A couple of tight games, a blowout and a rainout on today’s schedule.  Find out all about it below the fold…

Salt Lake SamuraiOrlando CalrissiansSALT LAKE SAMURAI 6, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 5 (10 INNINGS)

Today’s game was well outside the norm for the Salt Lake Samurai.  It was a see-saw, back-and-forth contest, but the Samurai didn’t fold under pressure, as they have so often this season.  After losing their cleanup hitter in yesterday’s game, the offense didn’t miss a beat.  They got some late heroics from an unlikely source.  Their closer blew the save and held on for the win.  The end result was a wild 6-5 win over the Orlando Calrissians.

“I don’t think you could even draw up a script for a game like this,” said Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.  “No one would buy it.”

Salt Lake survived an early assault from the newest member of the Calrissians, 2B Erasmo Crofoot.  In the 1st inning, Crofoot got Orlando on the board with an RBI single.  In the 3rd, he helped the Calrissians retake the lead with his 15th homer of the season, a 2-run shot off Salt Lake lefty Greg Horton.

“He was a one-man wrecking crew against me,” said Horton.  “The rest of them I could handle.  I didn’t want to let him beat me.”

The teams traded runs in the 6th, and the home team went into the 8th down 4-3.  They led off with back-to-back singles by 1B Neal Thomas and LF Olin Backus, but then RF Trey Norden struck out and C Winston Regner hit an apparent double-play ball.  But the Calrissians were slow on the relay, and Regner managed to beat the throw to first.  The Samurai made the most of their second chance, as 2B Quincy Gaytan hit a double to score both runners and put Salt Lake ahead.

Samurai closer Dean Gamble had a rare shot at a save opportunity, only to watch it slip through his fingers.  He retired the first two batters in order, but then walked 1B Brooks Defoor.  The next hitter, RF Bart Law, belted a ball to the left-field corner.  Backus, playing in left for the first time this season, misread the carom and saw the ball bound past him back to the infield.  Defoor scored, and Law wound up on third.

“That was completely on me,” said Backus.  “If I’d managed to corral that, the run doesn’t score and we win.  I apologize to Dean and the team.”

But Gamble and Salt Lake held the line there, preventing Law from scoring.  And in the 10th inning, the Samurai struck against Orlando closer Caddington Smith (2-2).  With one out, Norden worked a walk.  The next batter, Regner, then clouted a double to left, in very similar fashion to Law’s ball in the 9th.  But Calrissians LF Lauren Hartl pounced on the ball quickly, and Norden held at third.  But Gaytan lined a ball over the infield to bring Norden home and win the game.

“It’s great to be the hero for once!” said Gaytan, a player with a glove-first reputation who is hitting only .222 for the season.  “It just lined up for me to have the chance in the 8th and the 10th, and I made the most of it.”

Gamble (1-4), who pitched a scoreless 10th, got the win for the Samurai.  “I’m glad Quincy and the guys bailed me out,” Gamble said.  “We needed to win one of these.”

Orlando lost not only the game, but also CF Glen Madden, who stumbled on first base in the 2nd inning and limped off the field.  He was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and is expected to land on the disabled list.  Salt Lake LF Chip Sparks also left the game in the 6th, although the team said this was a precautionary move, and he is expected to play tomorrow.

The Samurai (6-28) are going down to Jacksonville next for a series with the Dragons.  The Calrissians (10-21) will open a series at home with the Silver City Outlaws tomorrow.

 

5/10/2015, ORL15-SLC15, Desert Edge Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       1  0  2  0  0  1  0  0  1  0     5 12  0     8  0
2015 Samurai           2  0  0  0  0  1  0  2  0  1     6 12  2    10  3
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hartl             lf  5  1  1  0  .264    Motonari          ss  5  1  2  0  .257
Defoor            1b  4  1  0  0  .230    Whitworth         dh  3  1  1  0  .267
Law               dh  5  1  3  0  .283    Cosgrove          cf  5  0  1  0  .288
Crofoot           2b  5  1  2  3  .218    Thomas            1b  5  1  1  1  .258
Figeroa           3b  4  0  3  0  .274    Sparks            lf  3  0  2  1  .277
Larson            rf  4  0  0  0  .244     Backus           pr  2  1  1  0  .250
Lesher            c   5  0  1  0  .192    Norden            rf  4  1  1  0  .188
Buendia           ss  4  1  0  0  .259    Turnbull          c   1  0  0  0  .146
Madden            cf  1  0  0  0  .208     Davidson         ph  1  0  0  1  .207
 Elias            pr  3  0  2  1  .667     Regner           c   2  1  1  0  .130
                     40  5 12  4          Gaytan            2b  5  0  2  3  .222
                                          Poncilar          3b  4  0  0  0  .070
                                                               40  6 12  6
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Numb                             8.2 10  5  5  3  5 127  78  4.71
Smith            L 2-2           0.2  2  1  1  1  0  20  10  4.97
                                 9.1 12  6  6  4  5 147  88 
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Horton                           8.0 10  4  4  2  4 138  81  8.77
Gamble           BS 3, W 1-4     2.0  2  1  0  1  0  31  20  4.95
                                10.0 12  5  4  3  4 169 101 
 
ORL: Elias ran for Madden in the 2nd
     Elias moved to cf in the 2nd
SLC: Backus ran for Sparks in the 6th
     Davidson batted for Turnbull in the 6th
     Regner inserted at c in the 7th
     Backus moved to lf in the 7th
 
E-Thomas, Backus. 2B-Law(3), Motonari 2(7), Norden(1), Gaytan(4), Regner(2). 
HR-Crofoot(15). RBI-Crofoot 3(39), Elias(1), Thomas(22), Sparks(12), 
Gaytan 3(9), Davidson(9). SB-Buendia(1). K-Crofoot, Larson, Lesher 2, 
Cosgrove, Norden 3, Poncilar. BB-Defoor, Figeroa, Larson, Whitworth 2, 
Norden, Turnbull. PB-Regner. WP-Horton. 
GWRBI: Gaytan
Glen Madden was injured for this game and 11 more days
Chip Sparks was injured for this game only
Temperature: 83, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 11 MPH.

 

Knoxville SmokiesSilver City OutlawsKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 2, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 1

When the Knoxville Smokies acquired pitcher Jack Jacques from the Jacksonville Dragons last month, they believed they’d found a hidden treasure.  While Jacques struggled out of the bullpen for Jacksonville, the Smokies believed he had potential as a starter.  Thus far, he has vindicated Knoxville’s confidence and then some.  Today, he turned in his most brilliant performance yet, tossing 8 innings of two-hit ball to shut down the Silver City Outlaws, 2-1.

“Isn’t Jackie a beauty?” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “I mean, we’re already a great team.  When other teams just hand us great players for cheap, that’s gravy.  Keep ‘em coming, everybody.”

Jacques (3-1) put on a masterful performance, striking out 7 and walking only 1.  In the 4th, he allowed a two-out double to 1B Muzz Elliott.  In the 5th, he yielded a solo shot to DH Teddy Olivas.  Those were the only hits that the Outlaws would get on this day.

“Jack was killing it out there,” said Smokies C Ricky Bossard.  “He had the velocity, he had the control.  Mostly I just had to stick my glove out and enjoy the ride.  We needed a big day on the mound today, and he gave it.”

Jack’s incredible performance enabled Knoxville to beat Silver City’s kid wonder, Pedro Rodriguez (5-2).  The young lefty pitched 8 strong innings himself, striking out 7 and walking only 2.  Like Jacques, Rodriguez allowed a home, to Smokies RF Jackson Campo in the 2nd.  But it was the 6th inning that made the difference in the game.

Knoxville LF Ezra Sisco led off the inning with a walk.  Bossard followed up with a single.  Knoxville had a promising start.  But Rodriguez had snuffed out similar rallies earlier in the game.  So the Smokies decided to execute an audacious double steal.

“You have to get lucky and steal a win off a kid like Rodriguez,” said Wallace.  “So I figured, why not steal one, literally?”

The ploy caught Silver City napping; Sisco and Bossard both wound up in scoring position.  This meant that when CF Joe Blair rolled what would have been a double-play grounder to second, Outlaws 2B Dominique Barkan had to throw home instead, and all hands were safe.

“That turned the tide for us,” said Bossard of the double steal.  “Thank God for Snuff having the guts to try it.  And thank God that I could hustle my lardbutt down to second ahead of the throw.”

Next up, the Smokies (22-10) will host the Milwaukee Bear Claws, who swept them the last time the two teams played.  The Outlaws (19-13) are off to Bespin for a series with the Orlando Calrissians.

 

5/10/2015, KNX15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0     2  8  1     7  0
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0     1  2  0     3  2
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  4  0  1  1  .312    Barkan            2b  4  0  0  0  .299
Campo             2b  3  0  0  0  .298    Burt              ss  4  0  0  0  .277
Bryant            1b  4  0  1  0  .305    Brewmaker         3b  4  0  0  0  .280
Moriarty          ss  4  0  1  0  .304    Wason             rf  2  0  0  0  .330
Campo             rf  4  1  1  1  .244     Ginder           pr  0  0  0  0  .190
Jaramillo         dh  4  0  1  0  .318    Elliott           1b  3  0  1  0  .276
Aceuedo           3b  4  0  1  0  .309    Ivey              lf  3  0  0  0  .272
Sisco             lf  3  1  0  0  .282    Watson            c   3  0  0  0  .226
Bossard           c   4  0  2  0  .357    Olivas            dh  3  1  1  1  .157
                     34  2  8  2          Cardona           cf  3  0  0  0  .195
                                                               29  1  2  1
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jacques          W 3-1           8.0  2  1  1  1  7  94  62  4.02
Pasternak        S 9             1.0  0  0  0  1  1  17  11  2.87
                                 9.0  2  1  1  2  8 111  73 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rodriguez        L 5-2           9.0  8  2  2  2  7 134  81  1.05
                                 9.0  8  2  2  2  7 134  81 
 
SCO: Ginder ran for Wason in the 9th
 
E-Bryant. 2B-Elliott(7). HR-Campo(7), Olivas(8). RBI-Blair(24), Campo(27), 
Olivas(12). SB-Sisco(5), Bossard(1). CS-Ginder. K-Moriarty, Campo 2, 
Jaramillo 2, Aceuedo, Sisco, Burt, Brewmaker, Ivey, Watson 2, Olivas 2, 
Cardona. BB-Campo, Sisco, Wason 2. 
GWRBI: Blair
Temperature: 112, Sky: clear, Wind: in from center at 16 MPH.

 

Jackson HammerheadsMilwaukee Bear ClawsJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 12, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 6

Nobody in the Patriot League is better at late-inning lightning than the Jackson Hammerheads.  This time, they used a four-run 6th inning to break open a tight game, and then kept the pedal to the metal, fighting off a late rally from the Milwaukee Bear Claws for a 12-6 win.  They snapped the Bear Claws’ eight-game winning streak in the process.

Before the game, Hammerheads CF Damian Deason set a confident tone for the game, telling his teammates, “Don’t you guys go anywhere.  I plan to put on a hitting display.”  He proceeded to do exactly that, going 3-for-6 with a double and a triple.  That triple, which came with the bases loaded, was the key to Jackson’s big 6th inning against Bear Claws starter Herculez Mendoza (1-2).

“Damian likes to talk and he backs it up,” said Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes.  “I like that kind of spirit in a player.”

Deason’s double led off another big inning, the 3rd, in which Jackson capitalized on some rare defensive miscues by Milwaukee.  Deason scored on 3B Kim Fleitas’ single.  The next batter, DH Erin Arispe, hit a hard grounder that Milwaukee 3B Ikaru Suzuki misplayed, allowing Fleitas to score and putting Arispe on second base.  C Clarence Doyle got a reprieve when Bear Claws SS Red Petitt dropped a foul ball; he responded with a single that scored Arispe.

“That’s not like us,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “We play smart, heads-up ball.  This time we didn’t, and they made us pay for it.”

The Hammerheads also struck hard in the 9th, putting up four runs against reliever Avery Lavine, highlighter by 2B Homer Righter’s three-run tater, his third of the season.

Jackson’s offensive romp made a winner of starter Kiko Walton (3-1), who cruised through the first 7 innings (despite yielding five walks) before running aground in the 8th.  He gave up three runs in that inning, punctuated by C Frances McGuigan’s two-run homer.  However, the runs were unearned thanks to an error by Fleitas.

Reliever Butch Turnbull had a bit of a rough ride himself, giving up a two-run bomb to 2B Richard Iddings, but the Hammerheads’ margin was so large at that point that it didn’t matter.

“There’s no style points in this game,” said Turnbull.  “We got the W and that’s what counts.”

The Hammerheads (19-13) now prepare to host the California Sharks in Round 2 of the battle for the prestigious Chum Bucket.  The Bear Claws (22-11) will be in Knoxville to take on the Smokies.

 

5/12/2015, MIL15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        0  1  0  0  2  0  0  0  0     3  9  1     9  2
2015 Smokies           0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0     2  9  1     7  0
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  5  0  2  1  .322    Blair             cf  4  0  0  0  .295
Iddings           2b  5  1  1  0  .265    Campo             2b  2  1  2  0  .315
Mateo             1b  5  0  2  0  .319    Bryant            1b  4  0  1  1  .311
Suzuki            3b  4  1  2  0  .289    Moriarty          ss  4  0  1  0  .293
Mealey            lf  3  0  0  0  .312    Campo             rf  4  0  1  1  .244
Raine             dh  4  1  2  2  .275    Jaramillo         dh  4  0  1  0  .314
Trumbauer         rf  4  0  0  0  .281    Aceuedo           3b  4  0  2  0  .308
McGuigan          c   4  0  0  0  .280    Sisco             lf  4  0  0  0  .274
Maxwell           cf  3  0  0  0  .313    Bossard           c   2  1  1  0  .367
                     37  3  9  3           Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .167
                                           Carlo            c   1  0  0  0  .161
                                                               34  2  9  2
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNorman         W 5-1           8.0  9  2  2  2  2 119  75  2.83
Buenaventura     S 9             1.0  0  0  0  0  1  17  10  1.29
                                 9.0  9  2  2  2  3 136  85 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Warrant          L 3-2           8.1  9  3  3  2  9 122  79  2.86
Dennis                           0.2  0  0  0  0  0   8   4  4.60
                                 9.0  9  3  3  2  9 130  83 
 
KNX: Gomez batted for Bossard in the 7th
     Carlo inserted at c in the 8th
 
E-Trumbauer, Moriarty. 2B-Mateo(6), Campo(7), Aceuedo(8). RBI-Petitt(17), 
Raine 2(12), Bryant(26), Campo(28). K-Petitt, Iddings, Mateo 2, Trumbauer 2, 
McGuigan 2, Maxwell, Blair, Aceuedo, Carlo. BB-Mealey, Maxwell, Campo 2. 
GWRBI: Raine
Temperature: 69, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 5 MPH.

 

Jacksonville DragonsCalifornia SharksJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS VS. CALIFORNIA SHARKS — POSTPONED

The scheduled game between the Jacksonville Dragons and the California Sharks was rained out.  They say it never rains in Southern California, but this proves otherwise.  A makeup date for the game has not yet been announced.

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