PBL Scores, 5/16/15

The Patriot League is back in action!  Some big numbers on the scoreboard today.  Find out who scored them below the fold…

Jacksonville DragonsKnoxville SmokiesJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 7, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 6

After getting knocked around by the division-leading Milwaukee Bear Claws and Jackson Hammerheads, the Knoxville Smokies were hoping for a better reception against the struggling Jacksonville Dragons.  Instead, though, they suffered one of their more painful losses yet, blowing a four-run lead in the 8th inning, then regaining it, only to fail again in the bottom of the 9th.  The end result was a 7-6 Dragons win, and Knoxville’s sixth loss in a row.

“Losing to good teams is one thing,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “Losing to sucky teams is something else.  This is like losing a tug-of-war to a bunch of Girl Scouts.”

The Smokies entered the bottom of the 8th with a 5-1 lead and their once-invincible bullpen lined up to finish the job.  Right-hander Sheldon Follis opened the inning with a walk, so Wallace called on lefty Tobias Dennis.  The southpaw plunked 2B Will Mount, and then hung a 1-2 slider to CF Alfonso Leon, who sailed a 3-run homer to left-center.

“Just a terrible pitch on my part,” said Dennis.  “I’m just horrified with the way I’ve been pitching lately.”

Wallace then brought in Grant Fore, the 20-year-old who’s been bouncing between the rotation and the pen and hasn’t found success in either place.  He got out of the inning, but not before allowing three singles and the tying run.

The Smokies got a reprieve when CF Joe Blair clubbed a solo shot in the top of the 9th, putting them back in front.  Wallace waved in his closer, Charlie Pasternak (2-3), to nail the game down.  Unfortunately, he was off course too.  He allowed a single to 1B Berry Canez, followed by a walk to Mount.  Leon rolled a grounder to the right side to move the winning run into scoring position.  Pasternak walked 3B Jake Kapoor to set up a potential double play, but C Judson Teachout belted a single to right-center, bringing the tying and winning runs home.

The Smokies wasted a fine start from rookie lefty Woody Flowers , who allowed one run on six hits over his 6 innings of work.  Knoxville chased Dragons starter Juan Sarmiento after 4 innings, having plated four unearned runs off of him.  Reliever Samir Khan (3-1) pitched the last 5 innings to get the win for Jacksonville.

While the Smokies cursed a bitter defeat, the Dragons celebrated a big win.  They poured out of the dugout to mob Teachout after his game-winning single, and had a raucous celebration in the locker room afterward.

“We’re starting to turn this season around!” exulted Teachout.  “We’re starting to get it together here.  We’re playing good ball and believing in ourselves.  We’re gonna be dangerous.  Soon, everybody’s gonna be chasing the Dragon!”

The Dragons (14-20) will send lefty Randy Cannon to the hill tomorrow.  The Smokies (22-16) will counter with knuckleballer Todd Warrant.

 

5/16/2015, KNX15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           0  0  4  0  0  0  0  1  1     6  9  1     7  0
2015 Dragons           1  0  0  0  0  0  0  4  2     7 13  1    16  0
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  5  1  3  1  .305    Leon              cf  6  1  1  3  .265
Campo             2b  5  0  0  0  .295    Kapoor            3b  3  1  1  1  .318
Campo             rf  5  1  1  0  .235    Teachout          c   6  1  2  2  .367
Bryant            1b  4  1  1  1  .297    Hopps             rf  4  0  4  0  .270
Moriarty          ss  2  1  0  0  .281    Hartley           dh  4  0  0  0  .233
Jaramillo         dh  4  1  2  3  .293    Parker            lf  5  0  2  1  .310
Aceuedo           3b  4  0  1  1  .310    Herdt             ss  4  0  0  0  .254
Sisco             lf  4  0  0  0  .285    Canez             1b  4  1  2  0  .216
Carlo             c   2  1  1  0  .152     Taliaferro       pr  0  1  0  0  .173
 Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .184    Mount             2b  3  2  1  0  .211
 Bossard          c   0  0  0  0  .367                         39  7 13  7
                     36  6  9  6
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Flowers                          6.0  6  1  1  5  4 112  69  2.82
Follis           H 6             1.0  1  1  1  1  1  14   7  1.45
Dennis                           0.0  1  2  2  0  0   6   4  6.11
Fore             BS 2            1.0  3  1  1  0  1  16  10  7.80
Pasternak        BS 4, L 2-3     0.1  2  2  2  2  0  18   8  4.76
                                 8.1 13  7  7  8  6 166  98 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sarmiento                        4.0  6  4  0  3  3  88  46  4.42
Khan             W 3-1           5.0  3  2  2  1  2  61  41  3.76
                                 9.0  9  6  2  4  5 149  87 
 
KNX: Gomez batted for Carlo in the 9th
     Bossard inserted at c in the 9th
JAX: Taliaferro ran for Canez in the 9th
 
E-Campo, Herdt. 2B-Blair(5), Aceuedo(9), Hopps(6). HR-Blair(9), Jaramillo(8), 
Leon(5), Kapoor(5). RBI-Blair(27), Bryant(27), Jaramillo 3(27), Aceuedo(18), 
Leon 3(18), Kapoor(25), Teachout 2(15), Parker(5). K-Campo, Bryant, 
Jaramillo 2, Aceuedo, Leon 2, Hartley, Parker, Herdt, Canez. BB-Bryant, 
Moriarty 2, Carlo, Kapoor 3, Hopps, Hartley, Herdt, Canez, Mount. HBP-Mount. 
HB-Dennis. 
GWRBI: Teachout
Temperature: 92, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: out to right at 17 MPH.

 

California SharksSilver City OutlawsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 14, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 0

The California Sharks finally won a game against the Silver City Outlaws.  After being swept in their first two series against the gang from New Mexico, the Sharks arrived at The Corral determined to write a different script.  They did it in dramatic fashion, pummeling the Outlaws pitching staff over the first 5 innings and then breezing to a 14-0 victory.

“We like to do things big,” laughed California 1B Johnie Oller, who went 3-for-4 with a double.  “These guys have been a thorn in our side all season.  So we figured: why not end that with a bang?”

The big inning for the Sharks arrived in the 4th.  They came into the inning having built a 3-0 lead again Silver City starter Juan Carlos Lopez (3-3), and they proceeded to put the game away, pounding Lopez and reliever Trip Hawkins for eight runs.  There were no homers in the inning, either.  They sent 12 men to the plate, and came away with four singles, three doubles, and a walk.  Outlaws SS Carrol Burt also committed an error.

“It was like a Ferris wheel, just watching our guys go round and round the bases,” said Sharks 3B Karl Mote.

California hung three more runs on the board in the 5th before taking their foot off the gas.  “We figured a two-touchdown lead was safe,” said Mote.

Sharks starter Brian Goreman (4-1) made all those runs unnecessary, cruising through the game to complete a magnificent six-hit shutout.

“As a pitcher, you always try to pretend it’s 1-0 so you don’t lose your edge,” said Goreman.  “But at some point, it’s impossible.  When we broke out in the 4th, I just said to myself, ‘Don’t do anything stupid and get hurt to cost yourself the win.’  Once I’d gotten through 5 [innings], it was just a matter of finishing it out as quick as possible.”  Goreman did exactly that, allowing only two hits and two walks over those final 4 innings, and retiring the last nine hitters in a row to finish with a flourish.

There weren’t a lot of positives for the Outlaws, who extended their recent collapse to 12 losses in their last 16.  “It was a total thrashing,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “We got beat in every way.”  He indicated that he planned to run extra practice in the morning, despite daytime highs expected to soar above 100 degrees.  “If they don’t like it, they can start playing better,” said Jarha.

The Sharks (21-14) will start their ace Pierre LaRue tomorrow.  The Outlaws (20-18) will turn to right-hander Cloyce “Hoss” Benson.

 

5/16/2015, CAL15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            1  0  2  8  3  0  0  0  0    14 16  0     7  0
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  6  2     8  1
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  4  2  1  .321    Barkan            2b  4  0  0  0  .293
 Novick           ph  1  0  0  0  .125    Burt              ss  4  0  0  0  .243
Suarez            cf  6  3  3  3  .204    Brewmaker         3b  4  0  2  0  .278
Smyth             ss  5  1  2  2  .373    Wason             rf  3  0  0  0  .325
 Puffer           ph  1  0  0  0  .158    Elliott           1b  4  0  1  0  .286
Mader             lf  4  2  1  2  .333    Ivey              lf  4  0  2  0  .267
Nix               dh  5  1  3  2  .367    Cardona           cf  2  0  0  0  .203
Mote              3b  4  0  0  0  .250     Jeffreys         ph  1  0  1  0  .200
Oller             1b  4  1  3  3  .338     Whittier         cf  1  0  0  0  .000
 Lassen           ph  1  0  0  0  .162    Watson            c   3  0  0  0  .197
Lockley           c   4  1  2  1  .293    Olivas            dh  3  0  0  0  .198
 Carpenter        ph  1  0  0  0  .241                         33  0  6  0
Strachan          2b  4  1  0  0  .231
                     44 14 16 14
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Goreman          W 4-1           9.0  6  0  0  2  5 115  73  2.74
                                 9.0  6  0  0  2  5 115  73 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lopez            L 3-3           3.1  8  7  6  1  1  74  54  5.84
Hawkins                          1.0  6  7  7  1  0  36  20 42.43
Menard                           4.2  2  0  0  1  0  55  33  3.80
                                 9.0 16 14 13  3  1 165 107 
 
CAL: Lassen batted for Oller in the 8th
     Carpenter batted for Lockley in the 8th
     Carpenter moved to c in the 8th
     Lassen moved to 1b in the 8th
     Novick batted for Corona in the 9th
     Puffer batted for Smyth in the 9th
     Puffer moved to ss in the 9th
     Novick moved to rf in the 9th
SCO: Jeffreys batted for Cardona in the 7th
     Whittier inserted at cf in the 8th
 
E-Burt, Brewmaker. 2B-Smyth 2(11), Oller(5), Lockley(5). 3B-Corona(7). 
HR-Corona(4). RBI-Corona(14), Suarez 3(18), Smyth 2(33), Mader 2(30), 
Nix 2(18), Oller 3(21), Lockley(16). K-Mader, Burt 2, Elliott, Watson, 
Olivas. BB-Mader, Mote, Strachan, Wason, Watson. HBP-Corona. HB-Hawkins. 
WP-Hawkins 2. 
GWRBI: Corona
Temperature: 95, Sky: cloudy, Wind: left to right at 2 MPH.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsSalt Lake SamuraiMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 8, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 2

The Milwaukee Bear Claws are hot right now.  They entered this series having won five in a row and 15 of their last 16.  They’re threatening to run away with the division a quarter of the way into the season.  So it comes as no surprise that the last-place Salt Lake Samurai offered little resistance, bowing 8-2 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated.

The Bear Claws got going in the 5th inning, chasing Samurai starter Greg Horton (2-5) with four runs, helped along by a key error from 3B Luis Poncilar.  The inning unfolded without any big blows, just a series of singles and walks.

“I couldn’t quite get to the third out,” said Horton.  “I was making good pitches, but they just kept finding holes.  Add it up and it looks like I came unglued, but it was more of a drip-drip-drip that added up.  Lord, that’s a hard team to beat.”

Milwaukee tacked on four more runs over the 7th and 8th against reliever Rene Cruzado in much the same fashion, a steady but relentless flow of walks and singles, along with some heads-up base-running moves.

“We actually weren’t hitting that great today, but we kept the line moving,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “We were grinding it out.  It was a blue-collar kind of win.”

The Bear Claws’ steady offense was backed by a fine pitching performance from Zack Perriman (5-2).  Admittedly, he was pitching against a none-too-dangerous Salt Lake offense that’s missing its cleanup hitter, Romeo Martinez.  But Perriman posted 8 impressive innings, scattering 8 hits.  He allowed a solo shot to Martinez’s replacement, Trey Norden, and allowed the Samurai another run on three singles after tiring in the 8th.  But Milwaukee had the game well in hand by that point.

The Bear Claws did suffer a blow in the game, when LF Arthur Mealey departed in the 8th after hyperextending his right knee running the bases.  Mealey could miss up to a week with the injury, but the team does not anticipate placing him on the DL.

The Bear Claws (28-11) have right-hander “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman ready to go for tomorrow.  The Samurai (8-31) will send out their most effective pitcher of late, righty Logan Morris.

 

5/16/2015, SLC15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0     2  8  1     8  1
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  0  4  0  1  3  x     8 14  0    13  1
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  5  0  2  0  .258    Petitt            ss  5  1  0  0  .300
Whitworth         dh  4  1  1  0  .245    Iddings           2b  5  1  1  0  .259
Cosgrove          cf  4  0  1  0  .294    Mateo             1b  2  2  1  0  .325
Thomas            1b  2  0  0  0  .253    Suzuki            3b  5  1  1  1  .289
Sparks            lf  4  0  1  1  .256    Mealey            lf  5  2  4  2  .314
Norden            rf  4  1  2  1  .235     Dipalma          pr  0  0  0  0  .500
Turnbull          c   4  0  0  0  .152    Raine             dh  2  1  1  0  .301
Gaytan            2b  3  0  1  0  .234    Trumbauer         rf  4  0  2  1  .287
Poncilar          3b  2  0  0  0  .088    McGuigan          c   5  0  1  2  .272
 Davidson         ph  2  0  0  0  .204    Maxwell           cf  5  0  3  1  .313
                     34  2  8  2                               38  8 14  7
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Horton           L 2-5           4.2  7  4  0  4  2  96  50  7.83
Bautista                         1.1  1  0  0  1  1  15   8  3.00
Cruzado                          1.2  6  4  4  2  0  44  23  9.53
Wilkins                          0.1  0  0  0  0  0   1   1  5.68
                                 8.0 14  8  4  7  3 156  82 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Perriman         W 5-2           8.0  8  2  2  3  3 117  74  2.78
Karnik                           1.0  0  0  0  0  0   9   5  6.28
                                 9.0  8  2  2  3  3 126  79 
 
SLC: Davidson batted for Poncilar in the 7th
     Davidson moved to 3b in the 7th
MIL: Dipalma ran for Mealey in the 8th
     Dipalma moved to lf in the 9th
 
E-Poncilar. 2B-Mealey(8), Maxwell(12). HR-Norden(1). RBI-Sparks(13), 
Norden(1), Suzuki(28), Mealey 2(27), Trumbauer(18), McGuigan 2(18), 
Maxwell(20). K-Motonari, Cosgrove, Poncilar, Petitt 2, Iddings. BB-Thomas 2, 
Gaytan, Mateo 3, Raine 3, Trumbauer. WP-Horton. 
GWRBI: Suzuki
Arthur Mealey was injured for this game and 7 more days
Temperature: 53, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 11 MPH.

 

Jackson HammerheadsOrlando CalrissiansJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 8, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 0

The Jackson Hammerheads celebrated their first day in sole possession of first place in style.  Facing a matchup with the cellar-dwelling Orlando Calrissians, the Hammerheads brought the thunder early and then rolled to an 8-0 laugher.

“Why can’t all our games be this easy?” said Jackson SS Octavio Westerberg.  “Usually, we wait until the last couple innings.  It’s more fun this way.”

The Hammerheads set the tone for the game right from the 1st inning, batting around against Calrissians starter Chuck Weaver (0-2) and scoring five runs.  Orlando had a chance to cut Jackson’s big inning short halfway through.  With runners on second and third, Hammerheads 2B Homer Righter slapped a single to left.  Third-base coach Duke Temple gambled and sent Fleitas home from second.  Orlando LF Lauren Hartl’s throw beat Fleitas to the plate – for what would have been the third out – but C Amos McCormack couldn’t handle the throw.  The Hammerheads proceeded to pile on two additional runs after that.

“It’s on me to pick Amos up and get that third out,” said Weaver.  “We gave up those runs because of the way I pitched, not because of Amos.”

The Hammerheads piled on three more runs in the 3rd on CF Damian Deason’s bases-loaded double.  It was the second two-bagger of the game for the Black Hammer, and it gave Jackson an 8-run cushion.

“Really, the only thing I did right today was keep the ball in the park,” said Weaver of his performance, which lasted 5 1/3 innings.  “But I’m definitely not missing enough bats.”

On the other side, Hammerheads starter Jason Wallace (3-3) did a fine job missing Orlando bats, as he tossed a six-hit complete-game shutout.  Wallace recorded five strikeouts and didn’t allow a Calrissians runner past first base until the 9th inning.

“I don’t like to overcomplicate things out there,” said Wallace.  “When your team gives you a big lead, just throw the ball over the plate and don’t give up any big bombs.  I’m not trying to throw a perfect game or strike out 20 guys.  I just want to get us the W.”

The Hammerheads (24-14) plan to start Sylvester Lighty tomorrow.  The Calrissians (12-25) will hope that veteran Charles McNally can recover from his underwhelming debut start last week.

 

5/16/2015, JCK15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       5  0  3  0  0  0  0  0  0     8 11  1     7  0
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  6  1     7  0
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  4  1  3  3  .276    Hartl             lf  4  0  1  0  .273
Westerberg        ss  5  1  1  1  .310    Defoor            1b  4  0  0  0  .226
Fleitas           3b  4  1  0  0  .338    Buendia           ss  4  0  2  0  .294
Wilczynski        rf  5  0  0  0  .307    Crofoot           2b  4  0  1  0  .231
Doyle             c   5  1  1  0  .296    Law               rf  4  0  1  0  .275
Righter           2b  5  2  3  1  .285    Figeroa           3b  4  0  1  0  .252
Battin            1b  4  1  1  1  .241    McCormack         c   4  0  0  0  .186
Johnson           lf  2  1  1  0  .295    Nabors            dh  3  0  0  0  .200
Arispe            dh  4  0  1  1  .208    Carquinez         cf  3  0  0  0  .162
                     38  8 11  7                               34  0  6  0
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Wallace          W 3-3           9.0  6  0  0  0  5 118  84  3.65
                                 9.0  6  0  0  0  5 118  84 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Weaver           L 0-2           5.1 10  8  5  2  4  94  55  6.55
Filippi                          1.2  1  0  0  1  0  28  17  0.00
Quesara                          2.0  0  0  0  1  2  35  19  4.32
                                 9.0 11  8  5  4  6 157  91 
 
E-Fleitas, McCormack. 2B-Deason 2(14), Westerberg(7), Doyle(8). 
RBI-Deason 3(28), Westerberg(21), Righter(19), Battin(20), Arispe(15). 
K-Westerberg, Fleitas, Doyle, Battin, Arispe 2, Defoor, Law, McCormack, 
Nabors 2. BB-Deason, Fleitas, Johnson 2. 
GWRBI: Westerberg
Temperature: 94, Sky: clear, Wind: in from center at 17 MPH.

 

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