PBL Scores, 5/11/15

It was a day of key hits and costly errors in the Patriot League today.  Who came out on top?  Read on to find out!

Milwaukee Bear ClawsKnoxville SmokiesMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 3, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 1

The Knoxville Smokies have generally had their way with the opposition so far this season, with one exception: they have yet to defeat the Milwaukee Bear Claws.  In today’s game, despite a strong outing from starter Woody Flowers, the Smokies wound up on the short end again, as the Bear Claws surged late for a 3-1 win.

“What we do to everybody else, Milwaukee does to us,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “Now I know how the rest of the league feels.  Man, that doesn’t feel good.”

The game was a pitcher’s duel from the start.  The teams traded zeroes for the first 5 innings.  Flowers and Bear Claws starter Zack Perriman were both in a stingy mood.  Perriman pitched to contact – he didn’t strike out a single batter – but relied on excellent control and pitch placement to keep Knoxville’s hitters off balance.  Flowers relied more on power, but the results were the same: each allowed only one hit through 5.

Perriman actually blinked first.  In the 6th, the Smokies strung together three singles to put a run on the board.  “I was cursing myself for being the first one to [give up a run],” said Perriman.  “I was determined to hold them there.”

In the top of the 7th, the Bear Claws finally got to Flowers.  LF Arthur Mealey and DH Rodolfo Raine led off the inning with walks on controversial full-count pitches.  The calls seemed to rattle Flowers, and he left an 0-1 pitch up to the next hitter, RF Wally Trumbauer.  The Bear Claws veteran slapped a single to left that tied the game.

“I shouldn’t have let those calls get in my head,” said Flowers (3-3).  “I’ve still got a lot to learn, and dealing with bad breaks is part of that.”

Wallace immediately replaced Flowers with reliever Sheldon Follis, who allowed a sac fly to CF DeAndre Maxwell that scored Raine and put Milwaukee up for good.

Perriman (4-2) shut down the Smokies in the 7th before turning it over to the Bear Claws’ fabulous bullpen.  Timmy Almon worked the 8th, and Olen Abernathy pitched the 9th for his second save.

“I think we’ve finally got Knoxville taking us seriously,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “They might have to come to terms with the fact that there’s a team as good as they are.”

Tomorrow, the Bear Claws (23-11) will start “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman, who threw a perfect game against Orlando in his last start.  The Smokies (22-11) will counter with knuckleballer Todd Warrant.

 

5/11/2015, MIL15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  1     3  5  0     6  1
2015 Smokies           0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0     1  7  1     5  0
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  3  0  0  0  .319    Blair             cf  4  0  0  0  .303
Iddings           2b  4  0  1  0  .268    Campo             2b  4  0  2  0  .305
Mateo             1b  4  0  1  0  .315    Bryant            1b  4  0  2  1  .313
Suzuki            3b  4  0  0  0  .283    Moriarty          ss  4  0  0  0  .295
Mealey            lf  2  1  0  0  .319    Campo             rf  4  0  1  0  .244
Raine             dh  3  2  1  0  .262    Jaramillo         dh  4  0  1  0  .316
Trumbauer         rf  4  0  1  1  .289    Aceuedo           3b  3  0  0  0  .302
Maxwell           cf  2  0  0  2  .320    Sisco             lf  3  1  1  0  .283
Champney          c   4  0  1  0  .290    Carlo             c   2  0  0  0  .163
                     30  3  5  3           Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .171
                                           Bossard          c   0  0  0  0  .357
                                                               33  1  7  1
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Perriman         W 4-2           7.0  5  1  1  0  0  70  51  2.86
Almon            H 3             0.2  1  0  0  0  0  13   9  1.46
Abernathy        S 2             1.1  1  0  0  0  0  14   8  1.80
                                 9.0  7  1  1  0  0  97  68 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Flowers          L 3-3           6.0  3  2  2  4  4  90  52  2.98
Follis                           3.0  2  1  0  0  0  27  21  1.02
                                 9.0  5  3  2  4  4 117  73 
 
KNX: Gomez batted for Carlo in the 8th
     Bossard inserted at c in the 9th
 
E-Campo. 2B-Mateo(5). RBI-Trumbauer(16), Maxwell 2(16), Bryant(25). 
K-Mateo 2, Suzuki, Champney. BB-Petitt, Mealey, Raine, Maxwell. SF-Maxwell. 
HBP-Mealey. HB-Flowers. 
GWRBI: Maxwell
Temperature: 82, Sky: clear, Wind: in from right at 8 MPH.

 

Orlando CalrissiansSilver City OutlawsORLANDO CALRISSIANS 8, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 7

Today, Silver City Outlaws SS Carrol Burt had the kind of game that nightmares are made of.  At the plate, he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.  He was even worse in the field, committing a mind-boggling four errors, including two in one inning.  All in all, Burt’s disastrous outing was likely the largest factor in converting a 6-1 Outlaws lead into an 8-7 Calrissians win.

“I can’t explain it,” said Burt, staring glumly into his locker.  “I’ve never been that bad in my life.  Plays that Little Leaguers could make, I missed.  I feel like the paper on the bottom of a bird cage.”

Outlaws manager John Jarha winced when asked about Burt’s play.  “You really hate to see a game like that,” said Jarha.  “Everything just goes wrong and the roof caves in on you.  But he’s been good this season, and I’m not going to come down on him for one game from hell.”

Perhaps the most distressing part of Burt’s calamity is that it seemingly came out of nowhere.  In the middle of the 4th inning, Outlaws DH Teddy Olivas had just hit his second homer of the game, a three-run job that put Silver City ahead 6-1 and drove Orlando starter Chuck Weaver from the game.  It looked like a romp in progress.

Then came the bottom of the 4th.  It started innocently enough, as Calrissians RF Bart Law hit a routine grounder to short.  But Burt bobbled the ball, then corralled it only to see it slip out of his glove on the transfer.  Law was safe at first easily.

“That play really bugged me,” said Burt.  “It seemed like a simple play, and I just botched it.  That’s not like me.”

A single and a wild pitch later, the Calrissians had two runners in scoring position with one out.  The next batter, DH Arnoldo Nabors, hit a two-hopper right to Burt.  The shortstop had plenty of time to throw home and nail the none-too-swift Law, who had unwisely broken on contact.  But Burt froze, and by the time he readied himself to throw, his only play was at first as Law scored to make it 6-2.

The Calrissians then loaded the bases on a walk and a single.  1B Brooks Defoor rolled another grounder to short that could have ended the inning, but Burt let it roll between his legs.  The run scored to make it a 6-3 game.

“I could tell something was wrong,” said Outlaws 2B Dominique Barkan.  “That’s the kind of play he can normally make in his sleep.  I should have gone to [Jarha] and asked him to give Carrol the rest of the day off, but I didn’t.”

With the inning extended for Orlando, SS Jose Buendia smacked a two-run single to make it 6-5.  Jarha removed start Juan Carlos Lopez from the game.  The starter glared at Burt as he stalked off the mound.

“I feel real bad about that,” said Lopez.  “He was already feeling bad, I know.  He didn’t need me showing him up.”

Silver City escaped the inning without further damage, but in the 6th, Burt threw away another ground ball just ahead of Defoor’s two-run homer off reliever Aurelio Menard (0-3).  Defoor’s bomb put Orlando ahead to stay.

“I wanted the ground to open and swallow me up,” said Burt.  “I felt like everyone was staring at me.”

In the 7th, Burt made a fourth error, although this one didn’t lead to a run.  “Well, at least I’ll get me name in the history books,” said Burt with a half-smile.

Despite the horror show in the field (RF Nathaniel Wason and LF Brant Ivey also made errors, for a total of six), Silver City still had a chance to win the game.  CF Javier Cardona led off the 9th with a homer off of Orlando reliever Ruben Quesara, getting the Outlaws within a run.  But they weren’t able to get the tying run home, leaving the team with a tough-to-swallow defeat.

“I don’t want this to be a pile-on-Carrol thing,” said Jarha.  “We had a 6-1 lead and we couldn’t hold it.  This was a total team failure.”

Calrissians reliever Aron Filippi (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings for the win.

The Calrissians (11-21) have newly-signed Charles McNally making his debut tomorrow.   The Outlaws (19-14), now riding a four-game losing streak, will rely on right-hander Cloyce Benson.

 

5/11/2015, SCO15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Outlaws           2  1  0  3  0  0  0  0  1     7 11  6     5  1
2015 Calrissians       0  1  0  4  0  2  0  1  x     8  8  0     8  0
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Barkan            2b  5  0  1  0  .296    Hartl             lf  4  3  2  0  .271
Burt              ss  4  0  0  0  .264    Defoor            1b  4  1  1  3  .231
 Jeffreys         ph  0  0  0  0  .176    Buendia           ss  4  0  1  2  .259
 Ginder           pr  0  0  0  0  .190    Crofoot           2b  5  0  0  0  .211
Brewmaker         3b  5  1  3  0  .292    Law               rf  4  2  2  1  .291
Wason             rf  2  1  0  0  .324    Figeroa           3b  3  1  1  0  .275
Elliott           1b  4  0  2  2  .283    McCormack         c   4  0  1  0  .163
Ivey              lf  4  1  1  0  .271    Nabors            dh  4  0  0  1  .189
Watson            c   4  1  1  0  .227    Carquinez         cf  3  1  0  0  .145
Olivas            dh  4  2  2  4  .176                         35  8  8  7
Cardona           cf  4  1  1  1  .197
                     36  7 11  7
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lopez                            3.2  4  5  1  2  4  90  54  5.09
Menard           L 0-3           3.1  3  2  1  1  1  50  34  4.02
Sapp                             1.0  1  1  0  0  0  20  12  1.50
                                 8.0  8  8  2  3  5 160 100 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Weaver                           3.0  8  6  6  1  0  50  35  6.21
Filippi          W 1-0           3.0  2  0  0  0  3  37  25  0.00
Quesara          S 1             3.0  1  1  1  1  4  46  29  5.14
                                 9.0 11  7  7  2  7 133  89 
 
SCO: Jeffreys batted for Burt in the 9th
     Ginder ran for Jeffreys in the 9th
 
E-Burt 4, Wason, Ivey. 2B-Brewmaker(5), Elliott(8), Hartl(5). 
HR-Olivas 2(10), Cardona(6), Defoor(7), Law(5). RBI-Elliott 2(27), 
Olivas 4(16), Cardona(14), Defoor 3(17), Buendia 2(17), Law(13), Nabors(3). 
CS-Ginder. K-Burt, Brewmaker, Wason, Ivey, Watson, Olivas 2, Hartl, Defoor, 
Buendia, Crofoot, Law. BB-Wason 2, Buendia, Figeroa, Carquinez. SF-Defoor. 
HBP-Jeffreys, Hartl. HB-Lopez, Quesara. WP-Lopez. BALK-Weaver. 
GWRBI: Defoor
Temperature: 89, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 8 MPH.

 

Salt Lake SamuraiJacksonville DragonsSALT LAKE SAMURAI 4, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 2

Carrol Burt wasn’t the only fielder to have a bad day.  Jacksonville Dragons 3B Jake Kapoor made only one error, unlike Burt.  But that error proved to be disastrously timed, opening the door for a four-run inning that propelled the Salt Lake Samurai to a 4-2 win.

“This team makes me want to stab myself,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “I don’t expect us to win all of them.  But when you can’t make the basic plays right, it drives me straight up the damn wall.”

Kapoor’s error came at the start of the 6th inning, with the Dragons ahead 1-0 on RF Roderick Hopps’ round-tripper.  Kapoor couldn’t come up with a grounder from Samurai 3B Luis Poncilar, which meant Salt Lake had its leadoff man on for the first time all game.  Dragons starter Kyle Palmer (1-5) then allowed a double to Samurai SS Mori Motonari that moved Poncilar to third, from where he scored on DH Jamar Whitworth’s groundout.

After Salt Lake RF Trey Norden walked, CF Lee Cosgrove hit a potential double-play ball.  Jacksonville recorded the out at second, but couldn’t quite turn two.  But for Kapoor’s error, the inning would have ended there.

Instead, Samurai 1B Neal Thomas came to the plate and crushed a three-run homer out to left to put Sale Lake in the lead.  As Thomas circled the bases with his 11th homer of the season, the boos rained down on Palmer and the Dragons.

“I feel terrible,” said Kapoor.  “It wasn’t an easy play, but it’s one I should have made.”

Palmer wouldn’t let Kapoor take all the blame.  “Hey, this loss wasn’t Jake’s fault,” Palmer said.  “He didn’t throw that gopher ball to Thomas or hang a slider to Motonari.  I did.  Those runs might technically unearned, but they’re the fault of my crappy pitching.”

Sale Lake’s big inning put the game out of reach, as the Dragons hitters were helpless against Samurai starter Logan Morris (3-2).  The right-hander tossed 8 innings of 2-hit ball with 6 strikeouts.

“Logan’s really getting the job done for us,” said Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.  “He’s been consistently solid for us, and he’s showing signs of giving us more than that.  He’s a keeper.”

Samurai closer Dean Gamble struggled again, giving up two doubles and a single in the 9th inning, but held on for his fourth save.

The Samurai (7-28) will try to deliver ace Toshiie Maeda his first win of the season tomorrow.  The Dragons (10-19) will turn to right-hander Juan Sarmiento.

 

5/11/2015, SLC15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  0  0  0  0  4  0  0  0     4  8  1     7  2
2015 Dragons           0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1     2  5  1     7  1
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  5  1  2  0  .262    Leon              cf  3  0  0  0  .263
Whitworth         dh  5  0  0  1  .229    Kapoor            3b  3  0  0  0  .311
Norden            rf  3  0  0  0  .158    Teachout          c   3  0  0  0  .364
Cosgrove          cf  4  1  2  0  .294    Hopps             rf  4  1  1  1  .250
Thomas            1b  4  1  2  3  .265    Hartley           dh  4  1  1  0  .230
Sparks            lf  4  0  1  0  .277    Herdt             ss  4  0  1  0  .275
Turnbull          c   2  0  0  0  .140    Canez             1b  3  0  0  0  .212
Gaytan            2b  4  0  0  0  .215    Parker            lf  4  0  1  0  .222
Poncilar          3b  4  1  1  0  .085    Mount             2b  3  0  1  0  .204
                     35  4  8  4                               31  2  5  1
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morris           W 3-2           8.0  2  1  1  5  6 107  63  4.11
Gamble           S 4             1.0  3  1  1  0  0  10   7  5.14
                                 9.0  5  2  2  5  6 117  70 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmer           L 1-5           5.2  5  4  0  2  3  79  47  5.44
Khan                             3.1  3  0  0  1  0  40  24  3.78
                                 9.0  8  4  0  3  3 119  71 
 
E-Gaytan, Kapoor. 2B-Motonari(8), Hartley(11), Parker(1). HR-Thomas(11), 
Hopps(9). RBI-Whitworth(4), Thomas 3(25), Hopps(20). SB-Cosgrove(1). 
K-Whitworth, Sparks, Poncilar, Kapoor, Hartley, Herdt, Canez, Parker 2. 
BB-Norden, Turnbull 2, Leon, Kapoor, Teachout, Canez, Mount. 
GWRBI: Thomas
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

California SharksJackson HammerheadsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 8, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 2

In the battle for the prestigious Chum Bucket, the California Sharks have definitely gained a fin up.  Today, they gave the Jackson Hammerheads a taste of their own medicine, dropping a five-run 9th inning to turn a close game into a laugher en route to an 8-2 win.

“Mmm, the sushi tastes so good,” said Sharks starter Pierre LaRue, who has now gutted the Hammerheads twice this season.

LaRue (5-0) made the Hammerheads look like a school of guppies, allowing only two runs and seven hits and striking out seven.

“Pierre is a cold-blooded creature,” said Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte.  “He lets nothing get to him.”

California got on the board in the 1st inning on LF Kenneth Mader’s two-run blast, his seventh of the season.  DH Eddie Nix added a solo shot in the 6th to give the visiting team all the reads they would need.

But Sharks are predators, and California was hungry for more.  Nix led off the 9th with another homer off Hammerheads starter Jason Wallace (2-3).  The Jackson righty recorded two outs in the innings, but they were sandwiched between three singles that led to another California run.

“They’re relentless, man,” said Wallace of the Sharks attack.  “Fins to the left, fins to the right, and you’re the only bait in town.”

Jackson manager Lou Hayes called on lefty Eric Seeman to get the final out.  He couldn’t do it.  He allowed an RBI single to CF Santiago Suarez, then walked three straight California hitters to force in two more runs.  It took another reliever, Hal Gilreath, to come in and record the final out.  Eleven California hitters came to the plate in the inning.

“It feels like they swallowed us whole,” said Hayes.  “We’re not going to get the prestigious Chum Bucket until we figure out how to beat those guys.”

The Sharks (19-12) will try for another two-game sweep behind righty Kevin Conner.  The Hammerheads (19-14) will throw veteran Sylvester Lighty into the shark tank.

 

5/11/2015, CAL15-JCK15, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            2  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  5     8 11  0     7  1
2015 Hammerheads       0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0     2  7  1     7  0
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  1  2  1  .320    Deason            cf  4  0  1  0  .267
Suarez            cf  4  1  1  1  .211    Westerberg        ss  3  0  1  1  .321
Smyth             ss  3  1  1  0  .389    Fleitas           3b  4  0  2  1  .346
Mader             lf  4  1  1  3  .314    Arispe            dh  3  0  0  0  .222
Nix               dh  4  2  2  3  .351    Doyle             c   4  0  0  0  .305
Mote              3b  5  1  2  0  .277    Righter           2b  4  0  0  0  .264
Oller             1b  4  0  0  0  .321    Battin            1b  4  0  1  0  .264
 Lassen           1b  0  0  0  0  .163    Johnson           lf  3  0  0  0  .280
Lockley           c   4  1  2  0  .270    Wilczynski        rf  4  2  2  0  .338
Strachan          2b  4  0  0  0  .270                         33  2  7  2
                     36  8 11  8
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
La Rue           W 5-0           9.0  7  2  2  3  7 119  74  3.05
                                 9.0  7  2  2  3  7 119  74 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Wallace          L 2-3           8.2 10  7  7  2  3 120  81  4.27
Seeman                           0.0  1  1  1  3  0  20   6  5.87
Gilreath                         0.1  0  0  0  0  0   5   2  9.72
                                 9.0 11  8  8  5  3 145  89 
 
CAL: Lassen inserted at 1b in the 9th
 
E-Deason. 2B-Fleitas(9). HR-Mader(7), Nix 2(5). RBI-Corona(13), Suarez(15), 
Mader 3(24), Nix 3(15), Westerberg(19), Fleitas(35). K-Corona, Mote, Lockley, 
Westerberg, Fleitas, Doyle 2, Righter, Battin, Wilczynski. BB-Corona, 
Smyth 2, Mader, Nix, Westerberg, Arispe, Johnson. SH-Suarez. 
GWRBI: Mader
Temperature: 79, Sky: clear, Wind: none.

 

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