PBL Scores, 5/14/15

Today was full of late rallies.  Read on to find out who came through when it counts!

Jackson HammerheadsKnoxville SmokiesJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 4, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 3

The two closers in today’s game, Rick Sheen of the Jackson Hammerheads and Charlie Pasternak of the Knoxville Smokies, have had bumps in the road this season.  Neither closer has entirely live up to his top-shelf reputation so far.  In fact, it is rumored that the teams explored a swap of their disappointing firemen earlier in the season.  Today, the Hammerheads were probably glad they didn’t make that deal, as Sheen came through while Pasternak faltered, paving the way for a 4-3 Jackson win.

Sheen attributes his recent success to a willingness to rely more on his fastball, a pitch he calls the Terminator.  “Now that I know I can rear back and throw the Terminator for strikes, that’s what I’m doing,” said Sheen.  “It makes the game a lot easier.”

Before Pasternak’s 9th-inning stumble, it appeared that the story of the game would be a costly error by Hammerheads CF Damian Deason.  In the 7th inning, Jackson had taken a 2-1 lead against Knoxville start Elicio Santana on LF Track Johnson’s sacrifice fly.  In the bottom of the inning, the Smokies mounted a two-out rally on Hammerheads ace Henry Jones (3-3).  3B Ronnie Aceuedo got things started by lofting a single over the head of Jackson 1B Eddie Battin.  Pinch-hitter Victor Gomez followed with a double, putting two runners in scoring position.  The next hitter, C Prince Carlo, lofted a fly ball to deep center field.  Deason tracked the ball down and made the catch, but immediately collided with the fence.  As he crumbled to the ground, he let go of the ball, allowing both runs to score.

“I should have tried for a basket catch, Willie Mays style,” said Deason.  “That wall hurts when it hits you.  But I can’t drop the ball in that situation.”

The score remained 3-2 Knoxville into the 9th, when Pasternak (2-2) came on to close it out for the Smokies.  C Clarence Doyle led it off with a single through the right side.  The Hammerheads inserted pitcher Kiko Walton in to run for Doyle.  2B Homer Righter followed up with a slow roller to second that he beat out for a hit.  1B Eddie Battin followed up with a flyout to right, too shallow to advance the runners.  Johnson followed up with a sharp liner that bounced past Aceuedo for a single, with Walton scoring from second to tie the game.  Pasternak fanned RF Lacy Wilczynski for the second out, which brought Deason to the plate, looking for redemption.  He hit a roller to third.  Aceuedo took a step in, fielded the ball, and fired to first.  But Deason beat the throw, which allowed Righter to score the winning run.

Sheen came on in the bottom of the 9th, pitching a 1-2-3 inning for his fifth save.

The Hammerheads (22-14) will send Walton to the hill tomorrow to try for the sweep.  The Smokies (22-14) will try to hold on to first place behind righty Jack Jacques.

 

5/14/2015, JCK15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  2     4 10  1     7  1
2015 Smokies           0  0  1  0  0  0  2  0  0     3  6  1     4  0
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  5  1  2  1  .273    Blair             cf  4  1  1  1  .286
Westerberg        ss  4  0  1  1  .320    Campo             2b  3  0  1  0  .307
Fleitas           3b  4  0  2  0  .345    Bryant            1b  4  0  0  0  .306
Arispe            dh  4  0  0  0  .204    Moriarty          ss  4  0  1  0  .293
Doyle             c   4  0  1  0  .308    Campo             rf  4  0  0  0  .231
 Walton           pr  0  1  0  0  .000    Jaramillo         dh  4  0  0  0  .296
 Thomasson        c   0  0  0  0  .143    Aceuedo           3b  4  1  1  0  .307
Righter           2b  4  2  2  0  .281    Sisco             lf  2  0  1  0  .287
Battin            1b  4  0  0  0  .246     Gomez            ph  1  1  1  0  .189
Johnson           lf  3  0  2  2  .284     Maben            lf  0  0  0  0  .000
Wilczynski        rf  4  0  0  0  .329    Carlo             c   3  0  0  0  .152
                     36  4 10  4                               33  3  6  1
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jones            W 3-3           8.0  6  3  1  1  4 106  70  4.30
Sheen            S 5             1.0  0  0  0  0  1  17  10  4.32
                                 9.0  6  3  1  1  5 123  80 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Santana                          8.0  6  2  2  1  5 101  62  2.31
Pasternak        BS 3, L 2-2     1.0  4  2  2  0  1  21  13  3.78
                                 9.0 10  4  4  1  6 122  75 
 
JCK: Walton ran for Doyle in the 9th
     Thomasson inserted at c in the 9th
KNX: Gomez batted for Sisco in the 7th
     Maben inserted at lf in the 8th
 
E-Deason, Moriarty. 2B-Fleitas(10), Moriarty(13), Gomez(3). 3B-Deason(4). 
HR-Blair(7). RBI-Deason(25), Westerberg(20), Johnson 2(21), Blair(25). 
SB-Righter 2(9), Johnson(2). K-Westerberg, Doyle, Battin, Wilczynski 3, 
Moriarty, Campo, Jaramillo 2, Carlo. BB-Westerberg, Campo. SF-Johnson. 
GWRBI: Deason
Temperature: 83, Sky: clear, Wind: in from center at 13 MPH.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsSilver City OutlawsMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 2, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 1

The Milwaukee Bear Claws and Silver City Outlaws locked up in a tense pitcher’s duel on a hot night in the desert.  For much of the game, the contest was a scoreless draw.  And while the Outlaws struck first, the Bear Claws landed the final blow, eking out a 2-1 win  for their 12th victory in the last 13 games.

“We’re firing on all cylinders right now,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “I love it!  We take whatever out competitors dish out and give it right back.”

Through the first 6 innings of the game, Silver City’s Rob Tildon and Milwaukee’s Benicio Torrenueva were dealing.  Torrenueva scatted a mere 5 singles, while Tildon yielded only three hits.  Each team had an opportunity to score, only to see it snuffed out.  In the 4th, the Bear Claws loaded the bases with one out, but Tildon got C Frances McGuigan to hit into a double play.  In the 5th, a passed ball gave the Outlaws two runners in scoring position, but Torrenueva struck out SS Carrol Burt to end the threat.

The Outlaws finally broke through in the 7th.  LF Brant “Poison” Ivey led off with a single, and stole second on the next pitch.  DH Teddy Olivas brought home the first run of the game with a double, although he cost Silver City the chance at a big inning by getting himself thrown out at third.

“I didn’t even care at that point,” said Olivas.  “We all figured that Rob was rolling, so one run was going to win it.  Obviously, that came back to burn us in the end.”

In the 8th, Milwaukee manufactured the tying run.  “With the way Tildon was throwing, we knew we just needed to get a run any way we could,” said Bear Claws 1B Felipe Mateo.  2B Richard Iddings opened the inning with a double.  Rather than have Mateo swing away and possibly put the Bear Claws up with one swing, Horton ordered him to bunt.  It wasn’t a great bunt, as it went right back to the mound.  But Iddings’ speed saved Milwaukee from a potentially disastrous double play.  3B Ikaru Suzuki then lofted a fly ball to right that was deep enough to score Iddings and tie the game.

In the 9th, with Tildon still in the game, the Bear Claws struck again.  With one out, RF Wally Trumbauer laced a single to left.  The next hitter, McGuigan, fell behind 0-2.  Tildon tried to finish him off with a curveball, but McGuigan dug it out and drove it for a double, as Trumbauer lumbered home with the go-ahead run.

“No complaints,” said Tildon (4-3).  “He hit a good pitch.  All you can do in that situation is tip your cap.”

Bear Claws reliever Timmy Almon (4-1), who pitched a perfect 8th, wound up with the win.  Closer Oscar Buenaventura finished it off for his tenth save.

The Bear Claws (26-11) go for the sweep tomorrow with righty Herculez Mendoza.  The Outlaws (20-16) will lean on their fabulous kid lefty, Pedro Rodriguez.

 

5/14/2015, MIL15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1     2  6  0     8  2
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0     1  7  1     6  2
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  5  0  0  0  .310    Barkan            2b  4  0  2  0  .299
Iddings           2b  1  1  1  0  .261    Burt              ss  4  0  0  0  .253
Mateo             1b  3  0  0  0  .322    Brewmaker         3b  4  0  0  0  .280
Suzuki            3b  3  0  0  1  .293    Wason             rf  2  0  1  0  .319
Mealey            lf  3  0  0  0  .297     Ginder           pr  0  0  0  0  .190
Raine             dh  3  0  1  0  .280    Elliott           1b  4  0  1  0  .290
Trumbauer         rf  4  1  2  0  .286    Ivey              lf  3  1  1  0  .259
McGuigan          c   4  0  2  1  .286     Whittier         lf  0  0  0  0  .000
Maxwell           cf  4  0  0  0  .301     Jeffreys         ph  0  0  0  0  .167
                     30  2  6  2           Pauling          pr  0  0  0  0  .000
                                          Watson            c   4  0  0  0  .208
                                          Olivas            dh  3  0  1  1  .205
                                          Cardona           cf  3  0  1  0  .206
                                                               31  1  7  1
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Torrenueva                       7.0  7  1  1  1  5  90  54  3.40
Almon            W 4-1           1.0  0  0  0  0  0   9   7  1.38
Buenaventura     S 10            1.0  0  0  0  1  1  18   9  1.23
                                 9.0  7  1  1  2  6 117  70 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tildon           L 4-3           9.0  6  2  2  4  3 120  74  3.03
                                 9.0  6  2  2  4  3 120  74 
 
SCO: Whittier inserted at lf in the 8th
     Ginder ran for Wason in the 9th
     Jeffreys batted for Whittier in the 9th
     Pauling ran for Jeffreys in the 9th
 
E-Ivey. 2B-Iddings(9), McGuigan 2(9), Olivas(3). RBI-Suzuki(27), 
McGuigan(16), Olivas(19). SB-Ivey(4). K-Petitt, Mateo, McGuigan, Burt, 
Brewmaker, Watson 2, Olivas 2. BB-Iddings 2, Mealey, Raine, Wason 2. 
SH-Mateo. SF-Suzuki. HBP-Iddings, Jeffreys. PB-McGuigan. HB-Buenaventura, 
Tildon. 
GWRBI: McGuigan
Temperature: 96, Sky: clear, Wind: none.

 

Jacksonville DragonsOrlando CalrissiansJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 10, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 6

It was a strange game for the Jacksonville Dragons.  They had a big inning early to take the lead.  Their ace starter couldn’t hold the advantage.  But the Dragons used a late barrage to salvage a crazy 10-6 win over the Orlando Calrissians.

“It was a sloppier game than it should have been,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson, “but at least we pulled it out.”

Jacksonville started off strong in the 2nd inning, overturning an early Orlando lead.  CF Alfonso Leon’s three-run homer, his fourth of the season, was part of a four-run inning for the Dragons.

“My game is not big about power,” said Leon, “but on this team, everyone has to hit the home runs.”

In theory, those runs should have been enough for Dragons ace Biggs McGee.  The brash Texan never tires of boasting about his pitching prowess.  But once again, his arm proved unable to back up his mouth.  He allowed solo shots to Calrissians 3B Curt Figueroa and 2B Erasmo Crofoot to tie the game, and then back-to-back RBI singles by 1B Brooks Defoor and SS Jose Buendia put Orlando ahead.

“Obviously, God is testing me,” said McGee.  “I know He gives his biggest tests to the people He loves the most.  I know that I’m going to emerge from His test and be an even greater pitcher.”

Fortunately for McGee, the Dragons hitters were able to bail him out, with some help from the Calrissians.  Jacksonville tied things up in the bottom of the 7th against reliever Barrett Turbeville when LF Willis Parket singled and Orlando RF Bart Law airmailed the throw to the plate, allowing two runs to score.  In the 8th, Calrissians closer Caddington Smith (2-3), coughing up four runs.  The Dragons smoked two doubles and a single, and Smith added a hit batter and a wild pitch.

“That’s the problem when you’re a closer,” said Smith.  “You’re always getting thrown to the gators.  If you haven’t got your good stuff, you get eaten alive.  I didn’t have my good stuff.  I didn’t even have my OK stuff.”

Dragons reliever Blueberry Jackson (2-0) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.

The Dragons (13-19) aim to complete the sweep tomorrow on the right arm of Kyle Palmer.  The Calrissians (11-24) hope to salvage a game beind the portly port-sider, Nathan Nunb.

 

5/14/2015, ORL15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       2  0  0  1  0  1  2  0  0     6 14  1     7  0
2015 Dragons           0  4  0  0  0  0  2  4  x    10 11  1    10  2
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hartl             lf  5  1  1  0  .273    Leon              cf  3  2  1  3  .274
Defoor            1b  3  2  1  0  .223    Kapoor            3b  2  1  0  0  .313
Buendia           ss  5  0  3  2  .289     Taliaferro       3b  0  0  0  0  .173
Crofoot           2b  5  1  2  2  .230    Esquivel          c   5  1  2  0  .288
Law               rf  4  0  1  0  .277     Teachout         c   0  0  0  0  .369
Figeroa           3b  4  1  1  1  .260    Hopps             rf  4  1  3  2  .258
McCormack         c   4  0  2  0  .216    Hartley           dh  5  1  1  1  .238
Nabors            dh  4  0  1  0  .227    Herdt             ss  5  1  1  0  .263
Carquinez         cf  4  1  2  0  .164    Canez             1b  2  2  1  1  .213
                     38  6 14  5          Parker            lf  5  0  1  1  .300
                                          Mount             2b  3  1  1  0  .203
                                                               34 10 11  8
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morton                           2.2  5  4  4  4  1  63  32  5.11
Filippi                          2.1  0  0  0  0  0  28  17  0.00
Quesara                          0.2  0  0  0  2  0  22  10  4.91
Turbeville                       1.0  3  2  1  0  0  21  16  6.46
Smith            L 2-3           0.2  3  4  4  1  1  28  12  6.46
Geis                             0.2  0  0  0  0  0   6   4  0.00
                                 8.0 11 10  9  7  2 168  91 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGee                            6.1 10  6  5  2  3  92  57  4.03
Jackson          W 2-0           2.1  4  0  0  0  2  32  24  2.84
Corridon                         0.1  0  0  0  0  1   4   3  4.61
                                 9.0 14  6  5  2  6 128  84 
 
JAX: Taliaferro inserted at 3b in the 9th
     Teachout inserted at c in the 9th
 
E-Law, Hopps. 2B-Esquivel 2(7), Hopps(5), Hartley(13). HR-Crofoot(17), 
Figeroa(5), Leon(4). RBI-Buendia 2(21), Crofoot 2(43), Figeroa(24), 
Leon 3(15), Hopps 2(23), Hartley(24), Canez(11), Parker(4). SB-Carquinez(2). 
K-Hartl, Defoor, Crofoot 2, Law, Nabors, Hartley, Mount. BB-Defoor 2, Leon 2, 
Kapoor 2, Hopps, Canez, Mount. SF-Canez. HBP-Kapoor, Canez. HB-Morton, Smith. 
WP-Filippi, Smith, Jackson. 
GWRBI: Hopps
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

California SharksSalt Lake SamuraiCALIFORNIA SHARKS 6, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 1

Salt Lake Samurai starter Lucas Henderson faced the California Sharks for the first time since they traded him away last month.  Henderson insisted that he didn’t have revenge on his mind.

“That’s not the way I’m wired,” said Henderson.  “Besides, coming here gave me a chance to play, so really, [the Sharks] did me a favor.”

While he may not have been looking to get even, Henderson surely wanted to have a good outing against his former.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t in the cards, as the Sharks hit Henderson hard on the way to a 6-1 victory.

“I guess they’re not exactly sorry they got rid of me after a performance like that,” joked Henderson (0-2).

The Samurai actually scored first in the game, with 1B Neal Thomas stroking an RBI single against California lefty Stu Palmeiro.  But that was the last run Palmeiro (4-2) would allow over his complete-game eight-hitter.  striking out nine Salt Lake hitters.  It was Palmeiro’s strongest start of the season to date.

“I am very pleased to see Stuart pitching well,” said Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte.  “I feel that our pitching is beginning to round into proper form, which is a very good sign for us.”

The Sharks took the lead in the 2nd inning on an RBI groundout by 1B Johnie Oller and a triple by C Thaddeus Lockley.  The California catcher singled in another run in the 6th, and the Sharks put the game away with a three-run 7th.

“I don’t really put this game on Lucas,” said Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.  “California’s a good-hitting team, and they could put this kind of performance up against anybody.  I hope our guys were watching and learning.  If we can put up that kind of offense consistently, that’s when we’ll start being dangerous.”

The Sharks (20-13) will send right-hander Deke Slater out tomorrow.  The Samurai (7-30) will counter with righty Davey Skargard.

 

5/14/2015, SLC15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     1  8  3     7  1
2015 Sharks            0  2  0  0  0  1  3  0  x     6 10  1     8  2
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  4  1  1  0  .255    Corona            rf  4  1  1  0  .318
Whitworth         dh  4  0  1  0  .256    Suarez            cf  4  1  0  0  .197
Cosgrove          cf  4  0  2  0  .299    Smyth             ss  2  0  0  1  .376
Thomas            1b  4  0  1  1  .266    Mader             lf  4  2  3  1  .339
Sparks            lf  4  0  0  0  .262    Nix               dh  3  1  1  0  .358
Norden            rf  4  0  1  0  .148    Mote              3b  4  0  0  0  .262
Turnbull          c   4  0  0  0  .138    Oller             1b  4  1  2  2  .311
Gaytan            2b  4  0  2  0  .232     Lassen           1b  0  0  0  0  .163
Poncilar          3b  2  0  0  0  .078    Lockley           c   4  0  3  2  .290
 Davidson         ph  0  0  0  0  .202    Strachan          2b  4  0  0  0  .247
                     34  1  8  1                               33  6 10  6
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Henderson        L 0-2           6.1  9  6  5  3  5 127  78  7.56
Bautista                         1.2  1  0  0  1  2  38  23  3.18
                                 8.0 10  6  5  4  7 165 101 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmeiro         W 4-2           9.0  8  1  1  1  9 125  87  4.38
                                 9.0  8  1  1  1  9 125  87 
 
SLC: Davidson batted for Poncilar in the 7th
     Davidson moved to 3b in the 7th
CAL: Lassen inserted at 1b in the 8th
 
E-Sparks, Turnbull, Gaytan, Smyth. 2B-Cosgrove(10). 3B-Corona(6), Lockley(1). 
RBI-Thomas(26), Smyth(31), Mader(26), Oller 2(18), Lockley 2(15). 
SB-Cosgrove(2), Gaytan(1), Suarez(5). K-Motonari 2, Thomas 2, Norden 3, 
Gaytan, Poncilar, Corona, Suarez, Mader, Mote 3, Oller. BB-Davidson, Corona, 
Suarez, Smyth, Nix. SF-Smyth. 
GWRBI: Lockley
Temperature: 55, Sky: clear, Wind: none.

 

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