PBL Scores, 6/10/15

A lot of close contests today, and one… not so close.  Read on for all the details!

Jacksonville DragonsSalt Lake SamuraiJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 6, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 5

Today’s game between the Jacksonville Dragons and the Salt Lake Samurai was a tense, competitive contest.  The teams traded runs throughout the game, with neither side establishing a clear upper hand.  The Samurai finally struck with what looked like a game-winning rally in the bottom of the 8th, but the Dragons struck back in the 9th to steal a 6-5 win.

“Nice to see the team rise to the occasion for a change,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “Although when you beat Salt Lake, they should put an asterisk on it.”

Both teams got solid performances out of their starters.  Jacksonville’s Samir Khan went 7 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and striking out 4.  With injured starter Kyle Palmer (for whom Khan has been filling in) due to return soon, the right-hander made a strong bid to remain in the rotation with his performance.

“There’s definitely going to be a place for Samir on our staff,” said Davidson.  “He’s earned it.  He’s definitely capable of starting, although our bullpen is such a dumpster fire that we might need him there, just to have another reliable arm.  We’ll see how it shakes out.”

Meanwhile, Salt Lake’s Davey Skargard posted 8 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, including a 7th-inning home run to Dragons 1B Berry Canez.

“Davey’s all heart,” said Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.  “He doesn’t have overwhelming stuff, but he goes out there and competes with everything he has.  It’s inspiring to watch.”

Skargard has been the Samurai’s most consistent starter this season, although given the team’s offensive struggles, that’s often meant pitching just well enough to lose.  It looked like that would be the case again today, as he left the game trailing 4-3.

But Salt Lake rallied in the bottom of the 8th against the Dragons’ most reliable reliever, lefty Blueberry Jackson.  The southpaw’s normally excellent command was off, as he walked a pair.  Samurai 2B Quincy Gaytan’s two-out triple was the big blow, one that put the home team up 5-4.

“I didn’t even hit the ball that hard,” said Gaytan.  “Originally, I was thinking single.  But the ball kept going, and as soon as I saw it split the outfielders, I decided to go for three.  Run ‘til they tag you, right?”

With a narrow lead going into the 9th, Dugan put the ball in the shaky hands of closer Dean Gamble.  The crowd at Desert Edge Stadium held its breath as they hoped Gamble wouldn’t go bust again.

An audible groan echoed through the stadium as Gamble allowed a leadoff double to Dragons SS Alan Herdt.  But spirits rose as he got the next two hitters to ground out, bringing the Samurai within one out of victory.

The next hitter, CF Alfonso Leon, hit a hard grounder to first, and Samurai 1B Neal Thomas made a terrific diving stop.  But Gamble forgot to cover first base, and Leon proceeded to beat Thomas to the bag for an infield single as the tying run scored.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Gamble.  “Just brainlock.  They teach you in Little League to get over to the bag, but I forgot.  When Neal made the stop, I was like ‘All right!’  Then it dawned on me, and I said, ‘Oh, crap.’”

Gamble (1-6) then deepened the misery for himself and the fans by allowing two more singles to bring in the go-ahead run.  He is now 8-for-13 on save chances this season.  Dugan said that he has no plans to remove Gamble from his role.

As a result of the rally, Jackson (5-1) went from goat to winner for Jacksonville.  Closer Razor Corridon got the final two outs for his ninth save.

The Dragons (24-34) and the Samurai (13-51) both have an off day tomorrow.

 

6/10/2015, JAX15-SLC15, Desert Edge Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Dragons           1  0  1  0  1  0  1  0  2     6 12  1     7  0
2015 Samurai           1  0  0  1  0  0  1  2  0     5  8  0     7  2
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Leon              cf  4  2  2  1  .267    Motonari          ss  5  0  0  0  .247
Kapoor            3b  5  1  3  1  .326    Whitworth         dh  4  1  2  1  .286
 Taliaferro       3b  0  0  0  0  .185     Backus           pr  0  0  0  0  .255
Teachout          c   4  0  2  2  .376    Cosgrove          cf  5  0  2  0  .267
Hopps             rf  5  0  1  1  .292    Martinez          rf  3  1  1  1  .268
Hartley           dh  3  0  1  0  .252    Thomas            1b  4  0  0  0  .238
Parker            lf  4  0  0  0  .206    Sparks            lf  3  1  1  0  .257
Herdt             ss  3  1  1  0  .249    Regner            c   4  1  0  0  .163
Canez             1b  4  1  1  1  .213    Gaytan            2b  3  1  2  3  .246
Popejoy           2b  4  1  1  0  .224    Davidson          3b  3  0  0  0  .199
 Mount            2b  0  0  0  0  .208                         34  5  8  5
                     36  6 12  6
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Khan                             7.0  6  3  2  2  4  92  59  5.09
Jackson          BS 1, W 5-1     1.1  2  2  2  2  1  34  21  2.43
Corridon         S 9             0.2  0  0  0  0  0   6   3  5.61
                                 9.0  8  5  4  4  5 132  83 
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Skargard                         8.0  8  4  4  3  3 105  65  4.43
Gamble           BS 5, L 1-6     1.0  4  2  2  0  0  18  13  5.58
                                 9.0 12  6  6  3  3 123  78 
 
JAX: Mount inserted at 2b in the 9th
     Taliaferro inserted at 3b in the 9th
SLC: Backus ran for Whitworth in the 9th
 
E-Popejoy. 2B-Herdt(11), Popejoy(2), Cosgrove(16). 3B-Kapoor(2), Sparks(3), 
Gaytan(1). HR-Canez(5). RBI-Leon(28), Kapoor(39), Teachout 2(30), Hopps(44), 
Canez(18), Whitworth(12), Martinez(19), Gaytan 3(18). SB-Leon(5). CS-Backus. 
K-Hopps, Herdt, Canez, Martinez 2, Thomas, Regner, Davidson. BB-Teachout, 
Hartley, Herdt, Martinez, Sparks, Gaytan, Davidson. SH-Leon. SF-Whitworth. 
WP-Skargard. 
GWRBI: Teachout
Temperature: 87, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 9 MPH.

 

Silver City OutlawsOrlando CalrissiansSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 4, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 3

Silver City Outlaws manager John Jarha doesn’t believe in managing by the book.  He prefers to look in a player’s eye, searching for players who want to take on difficult situations.

“I don’t give a damn about pedigree or past performance,” said Jarha.  “I’m looking for the gunslinger that wants the fight.”

So when little-used pinch hitter Marlon Jeffreys went to Jarha and asked to bat in the 9th inning of a tie game, Jarha didn’t hesitate.  He didn’t care if it meant sending Jeffreys in for a player who was already 2-for-3 on the day.  “Marlon wanted the fight,” said Jarha, “so I let him have it.”

Jeffreys made the most of his opportunity, hitting a walkoff double to secure a 4-3 victory over the Orlando Calrissians.

“I’d been watching [Calrissians reliever Ruben] Quesara, and I felt like I could hit him,” said Jeffreys.  “His fastballs were right in my turbo zone.  Sure enough, he started me off with a fastball, and I crushed it.”

Jeffreys’ walkoff shot rescued the Outlaws, who had seen starter Rob Tildon blow a 3-1 lead in the 8th inning by allowing homers to 1B Brooks Defoor and C Hershel Lesher.

“I was just leaving everything up today,” said Tildon, who also allowed a homer to SS Sean Gilmartin in the 4th.  “My slider wasn’t diving the way it usually does, and this place is a launching pad anyway.  I’m lucky that they didn’t hit some more off me.”  Off the four hits Tildon allowed on the day, three were home runs.

Reliever Jamaal Sapp (3-0) followed Tildon and pitched a scoreless 9th to receive the win.

Orlando’s 8th-inning rally got starter Oscar Morton off the hook.  The Australian lefty threw 7 1/3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and striking out 7.  He had a bit of trouble in the middle innings.  Outlaws CF Javier Cardona  smacked a two-out, two-run double in the 4th.  DH Tex Whittier, the man that Jeffreys would later replace, led off the 5th with a home run.

“Not a bad day’s work,” said Morton.  “I know everyone thought I didn’t stand Buckley’s chance against these blokes, but I did all right.”

Quesara (0-3) relieved Morton in the 8th and wound up surrendering the game-losing run.

The Outlaws (37-24) and Calrissians (17-43) both have tomorrow off.

 

6/10/2015, ORL15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  1  0  0  0  2  0     3  4  1     1  1
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  2  1  0  0  0  1     4  7  0     7  1
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Gilmartin         ss  4  1  1  1  .247    Barkan            2b  4  0  1  0  .286
Hartl             lf  3  0  0  0  .278    Burt              ss  4  0  0  0  .233
Law               dh  4  0  0  0  .287    Brewmaker         3b  2  1  0  0  .285
Larson            rf  4  0  1  0  .280    Wason             rf  3  1  1  0  .303
Crofoot           2b  3  0  0  0  .213    Elliott           1b  4  0  0  0  .307
Defoor            1b  3  1  1  1  .235    Ivey              lf  3  1  1  0  .270
Figeroa           3b  3  0  0  0  .261    Cardona           cf  3  0  1  2  .243
Lesher            c   3  1  1  1  .227    Watson            c   4  0  0  0  .193
Elias             cf  3  0  0  0  .195    Whittier          dh  3  1  2  1  .289
                     30  3  4  3           Jeffreys         ph  1  0  1  1  .273
                                                               31  4  7  4
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morton                           7.1  6  3  3  3  7 118  72  6.29
Quesara          L 0-3           1.0  1  1  1  2  1  23  11  5.86
                                 8.1  7  4  4  5  8 141  83 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tildon                           8.0  4  3  3  0  6  94  63  3.17
Sapp             W 3-0           1.0  0  0  0  1  0   8   4  3.60
                                 9.0  4  3  3  1  6 102  67 
 
SCO: Jeffreys batted for Whittier in the 9th
 
E-Gilmartin. 2B-Larson(10), Cardona(13), Whittier(3), Jeffreys(3). 
HR-Gilmartin(2), Defoor(15), Lesher(8), Whittier(2). RBI-Gilmartin(7), 
Defoor(42), Lesher(13), Cardona 2(32), Whittier(5), Jeffreys(1). 
SB-Barkan(10). CS-Wason. K-Hartl, Law, Crofoot 2, Defoor, Figeroa, Brewmaker, 
Wason, Elliott, Ivey, Watson 3, Whittier. BB-Hartl, Brewmaker 2, Wason, Ivey, 
Cardona. 
GWRBI: Jeffreys
Temperature: 99, Sky: clear, Wind: none.

 

California SharksJackson HammerheadsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 8, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 7

The Jackson Hammerheads had every chance to win today’s game, snap their losing streak and gain ground in the race for the prestigious Chum Bucket.  They racked up 19 hits against the California Sharks.  They staged a furious late rally and had the go-ahead run in scoring position in the 9th inning.  But they couldn’t quite clamp their jaws down on it, and the Sharks swam away with an 8-7 win.

“Jackson’s submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side,” said Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte.  “But we delivered the bomb.”

The Hammerheads are taking on water fast in the Eastern division race.  They’ve now lost nine in a row, and rumors are swirling that manager Lou Hayes’ job may be in jeopardy.

Well aware of the rumors, the Jackson skipper opened his postgame press conference by singing, “Farewell and adieu to you, you fair Spanish ladies.  Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain!”

California’s hitters treated Hammerheads starter Henry Jones (5-5) the way a great white treats a slow swimmer.  By the time Jones departed after 3 2/3 innings, the Sharks had devoured him for 6 runs on 8 hits, including a pair of homers by RF Jessie Corona and SS Rubin Smyth.

“They chewed me up and spit me out,” said Jones of his performance.

But the Hammerheads weren’t about to go belly up that easily.  California starter Kevin Conner encountered some rough waters of his own; he also lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing 4 runs and 11 hits.  This was the latest in a string of poor outings for Conner, although Aponte chalked up his performance to a recent illness.

“He’s been looking a little green around the gills,” said Aponte.

Reliever Ty Shive (3-0) bailed out Conner and the Sharks with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

But just when the fans at Blue Note Stadium thought it was safe, the Hammerheads came circling back.  Jackson CF Damian Deason hit a solo shot off of reliever Boss Walker in the 8th to make it 8-5.  Then closer Eugene Grace got California into dangerous waters in the 9th.

Jackson opened up the inning with four straight hits, including a double, that brought in two runs.  Aponte called on righty Jan Arzola, who found himself staring into the teeth of a tough situation: runners on first and second, no one out, and no room for error.

“That’ll get your blood pumping quick, I’ll tell you that,” said Arzola.

Jackson 1B Lacy Wilczynski laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position.  You could hear a pin drop as Arzola battled LF Track Johnson, working the count to 2-2.  C Thaddeus Lockley called for a fastball on the inside corner, but Arzola shook him off.

“Based on his swings, I know Johnson wanted to hit one out and be the hero,” Arzola explained.  “So I figured a change-up would get him out front.”

The reliever’s plan worked.  Johnson hit a weak dribbler that died in front of the plate.  Lockley grabbed it and tossed him out easily at first as the crowd roared.

That left pinch hitter Pete Cianciarulo as Jackson’s last hope.  Arzola fell behind 2-0, but got him to hit a lazy fly to right to end the game.  It was Arzola’s second save of the season, as his ERA dropped to 1.14 for the year.

“That Chum Bucket is ours, baby!” crowed Sharks 1B Johnie Oller, who went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.  “That shiny, shiny metal is within our grasp.”

The Sharks (36-21) will try to finish the sweep tomorrow behind left-hander Stu Palmeiro.  The Hammerheads (35-26) will hope that lefty Kiko Walton can bite back.

 

6/10/2015, JCK15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       1  0  2  1  0  0  0  1  2     7 19  0    11  2
2015 Sharks            0  1  3  2  1  0  1  0  x     8 14  2     6  1
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  5  4  4  1  .311    Corona            rf  5  2  2  1  .320
Westerberg        ss  4  1  3  1  .351    Suarez            cf  5  0  0  0  .254
Fleitas           3b  4  1  3  2  .312    Smyth             ss  4  2  2  1  .381
Walcott           dh  5  1  2  0  .250    Mader             lf  3  2  3  1  .357
Doyle             c   5  0  2  1  .328    Nix               dh  4  1  2  1  .328
 Johnson          pr  0  0  0  0  .000    Mote              3b  3  1  2  1  .237
Righter           2b  5  0  3  0  .345    Oller             1b  4  0  3  2  .314
Wilczynski        1b  4  0  1  0  .264     Lassen           1b  0  0  0  0  .160
Johnson           lf  5  0  1  0  .314    Lockley           c   3  0  0  0  .265
Arispe            rf  4  0  0  0  .246    Strachan          2b  4  0  0  0  .258
 Cianciarulo      ph  1  0  0  0  .150                         35  8 14  7
                     42  7 19  5
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jones            L 5-5           3.2  8  6  6  2  4  74  46  4.20
Seeman                           0.1  2  1  1  0  0   9   7  5.60
Turnbull                         1.0  1  0  0  0  1  10   6  4.05
Sheen                            1.0  0  0  0  0  0   8   5  4.10
Slinger                          2.0  3  1  1  0  0  13   9  3.27
                                 8.0 14  8  8  2  5 114  73 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Conner                           3.2 11  4  4  0  2  74  56  5.74
Shive            W 3-0           2.1  3  0  0  0  1  29  16  5.01
Walker           H 3             1.2  1  1  1  0  0  17  13  6.97
Grace            H 1             0.1  4  2  2  0  1  20  13  5.25
Arzola           S 2             1.0  0  0  0  0  0  10   6  1.14
                                 9.0 19  7  7  0  4 150 104 
 
JCK: Johnson ran for Doyle in the 9th
     Cianciarulo batted for Arispe in the 9th
CAL: Lassen inserted at 1b in the 8th
 
E-Corona, Smyth. 2B-Deason(27), Walcott 2(2), Corona(9), Oller 2(10). 
3B-Mader(3). HR-Deason(4), Corona(5), Smyth(12). RBI-Deason(45), 
Westerberg(38), Fleitas 2(66), Doyle(21), Corona(26), Smyth(57), Mader(53), 
Nix(32), Mote(46), Oller 2(39). SB-Deason(17). K-Westerberg, Fleitas, Doyle, 
Johnson, Suarez 2, Lockley, Strachan 2. BB-Mote, Lockley. SH-Westerberg, 
Wilczynski. SF-Fleitas, Mader. PB-Lockley 2. 
GWRBI: Corona
Temperature: 83, Sky: cloudy, Wind: none.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsKnoxville SmokiesMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 14, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 0

Some games are so one-sided, so ugly, so brutal that they defy description.  After watching his team get manhandled 14-0 by the Milwaukee Bear Claws, Knoxville Smokies manager Snuff Wallace seemed at a loss for words.  It’s hard to imagine the loquacious skipper ever being silent, but he seemed to struggle for a way to summarize the game.

“We got folded, spindled, and mutilated,” Wallace finally said.  “They took us out back of the woodshed and paddled our behinds.  That’s it.”

The Smokies swaggered into this game with an eye on grabbing sole possession of first place.  But the Bear Claws reminded everybody why they have the best record in the league, as they thoroughly, ruthlessly, and professionally dismembered the visiting team.

“You mean we actually got Snuff to shut up for once?” Bear Claws manager Poss Horton quipped.  “Hell, that’s the biggest achievement we’ve had all year.”

There was no phase of the game that Milwaukee didn’t dominate.  They outhit the Smokies 18-4.  Every Bear Claws starter had at least one hit, while seven of the nine starting Smokies went hitless.  The Bear Claws also played perfectly in the field, while Knoxville made three errors.

Milwaukee mauled Smokies starter Sylvester Lighty (5-3), who lasted only 3 innings and allowed 6 runs on seven hits.  Then they pounded reliever Jerry Tile, who has been virtually unhittable for Knoxville this season, but was tagged for 5 runs over 3 innings in this one.  Finally, young lefty Oliver Jones surrendered a three-run homer to Bear Claws 1B Felipe Mateo in the 7th inning.

The list of Milwaukee hitters who had great days is almost too long to list.  2B Richard Iddings went a perfect 4-for-4, and LF Arthur Mealey went 3-for-3.  Mateo went 2-for-4 including that homer, his 26th of the season.  SS Red Petitt went 2-for-5 with a double.  3B Ikaru Suzuki went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI.  Even rarely-used reserve Jarred Dipalma got in on the fun, stroking a double in his pinch-hit appearance in the 8th.

Meanwhile, Bear Claws starter Benicio Torrenueva (5-5) had his most efficient and effective game of the season.  The big left-hander tossed a complete-game four-hit shutout, striking out four and needing only 105 pitches to complete his work.

“Today, the bull felt my steel,” said Torrenueva.  “I believe this performance earned me both ears and the tail.”

Tomorrow’s game will decide the series, with right-hander Herculez Mendoza going for the Bear Claws (45-17) and righty Todd Warrant going for the Smokies (34-25).

 

6/10/2015, KNX15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  4  3     4  1
2015 Bear Claws        4  0  0  5  0  2  3  0  x    14 18  0     6  1
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  3  0  0  0  .288    Petitt            ss  5  2  2  1  .330
 Carranza         ph  1  0  0  0  .000    Iddings           2b  4  4  4  1  .263
Campo             2b  4  0  1  0  .288    Mateo             1b  4  3  2  3  .357
Bryant            1b  3  0  0  0  .289    Suzuki            3b  5  1  2  3  .312
 Ortiz            ph  1  0  1  0  .333    Mealey            lf  3  2  3  2  .316
Campo             rf  3  0  0  0  .281     Dipalma          ph  1  0  1  0  .286
 Maben            ph  1  0  0  0  .100    Raine             dh  3  0  1  3  .231
Moriarty          ss  3  0  0  0  .262     Fleitas          ph  1  0  0  0  .098
Battin            dh  3  0  0  0  .271    Trumbauer         rf  5  0  1  1  .244
Bossard           c   3  0  2  0  .365    McGuigan          c   5  1  1  0  .262
Aceuedo           3b  2  0  0  0  .302    Maxwell           cf  4  1  1  0  .306
Sisco             lf  3  0  0  0  .294                         40 14 18 14
                     30  0  4  0
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lighty           L 5-3           3.0  7  6  3  1  0  52  33  3.79
Tile                             3.0  7  5  5  0  2  52  39  2.22
Jones                            2.0  4  3  3  0  2  38  22  6.91
                                 8.0 18 14 11  1  4 142  94 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Torrenueva       W 5-5           9.0  4  0  0  1  4 105  66  4.09
                                 9.0  4  0  0  1  4 105  66 
 
KNX: Carranza batted for Blair in the 9th
     Ortiz batted for Bryant in the 9th
     Maben batted for Campo in the 9th
MIL: Dipalma batted for Mealey in the 8th
     Fleitas batted for Raine in the 8th
     Dipalma moved to lf in the 9th
 
E-Moriarty, Sisco, Lighty. 2B-Petitt(23), Raine(9), Trumbauer(12), 
Dipalma(1). HR-Mateo(26). RBI-Petitt(35), Iddings(32), Mateo 3(77), 
Suzuki 3(52), Mealey 2(31), Raine 3(26), Trumbauer(31). K-Bryant, Campo, 
Moriarty, Battin, Mateo, Raine, Trumbauer, Fleitas. BB-Aceuedo, Mateo. 
SH-Iddings. SF-Mealey, Raine. 
GWRBI: Suzuki
Temperature: 64, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 11 MPH.

 

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