PBL Scores, 6/13/15

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Jackson HammerheadsSalt Lake SamuraiJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 3, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 1

The losing streak is finally dead. After suffering through a painful, mystifying, embarrassing 11-game slide, the Jackson Hammerheads finally came through and recorded a victory, defeating the Salt Lake Samurai 3-1.

“We did it!” exulted Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes. “I knew we’d have to win one of these eventually.”

Perhaps it’s only fitting that the winning pitcher in today’s game was new to the Hammerheads. Left-hander Yu Chen (2-4) was acquired from the Knoxville Smokies two weeks ago, but this was his first start in a Jackson uniform. He’s been working with Hammerheads pitching coach Eddie Harris to get his mechanics straightened out after a miserable run in Knoxville.

Whatever Harris did with Chen, it appears to have worked, as the hurler threw his best game of the season. Chen tossed a complete game, allowing only seven singles and striking out four. He had a shutout going through most of the game, until Samurai C Winston Regner spoiled it with a two-out RBI single in the 9th.

“I am happy to be pitching again and to get another chance,” said Chen. “Coach Harris and everyone on the team has been most gracious in helping me to be ready.”

Chen started in place of veteran lefty Luke Danton, who has struggled to find consistency since returning from an early-season rotator cuff injury. Given Chen’s performance, there’s a good chance the switch will be permanent, and Danton will likely be relegated to bullpen duty while he works with Harris to get his performance back up to snuff.

“Everything has a way of working out,” said Hayes. “If Luke can right the ship, he’ll be back. He’s one of the guys who got us here.”

Samurai starter Toshiie Maeda (3-8) continued his recent run of strong pitching, although the loss snapped his personal three-game winning streak. Although Maeda lacked his usual swing-and-miss stuff – he didn’t strike out anyone in this game – he used pinpoint control to keep the Hammerheads from making solid contact. Like Chen, Maeda allowed only seven singles. The only difference was that Jackson was better at manufacturing runs.

The Hammerheads opened the 2nd inning with back-to-back singles. 1B Lacy Wilczynski bunted the runners over, and then LF Track Johnson’s groundout got the Hammerheads on the board.

“When you’re in the kind of slide we’ve been in,” said Wilczynski, “you’ve got to make your own luck. A lot of team wouldn’t have gone small ball that early. But a lot of teams wouldn’t have got that run in, either.”

In the 6th, Jackson knocked three straight singles, which brought in a run. 2B Homer Righter followed with a sac fly that plated the third and final Hammerheads tally of the day.

“Obviously, our team was not successful today,” said Maeda. “But I was not unhappy with my performance. I am pitching more as I am capable of doing.”

The Hammerheads (36-28) and the Samurai (14-52) will play the rubber match of the series tomorrow, with Jackson’s Jordan Bergman facing off against Salt Lake’s Grant Fore.

 

6/13/2015, JCK15-SLC15, Desert Edge Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       0  1  0  0  0  2  0  0  0     3  7  0     4  2
2015 Samurai           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1     1  7  0     7  0
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  4  0  0  0  .303    Motonari          ss  4  0  1  0  .247
Westerberg        ss  4  0  1  0  .349    Whitworth         dh  4  0  1  0  .296
Fleitas           3b  4  1  1  0  .315    Cosgrove          cf  4  0  1  0  .273
Walcott           dh  4  1  1  0  .250    Martinez          rf  4  1  2  0  .280
Doyle             c   4  1  3  1  .324    Thomas            1b  2  0  0  0  .236
Righter           2b  3  0  1  1  .337    Sparks            lf  4  0  1  0  .257
Wilczynski        1b  3  0  0  0  .255    Regner            c   4  0  1  1  .170
Johnson           lf  3  0  0  1  .315    Gaytan            2b  4  0  0  0  .237
Arispe            rf  3  0  0  0  .252    Davidson          3b  2  0  0  0  .197
                     32  3  7  3                               32  1  7  1
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Chen             W 2-4           9.0  7  1  1  3  4 109  69  5.67
                                 9.0  7  1  1  3  4 109  69 
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Maeda            L 3-8           9.0  7  3  3  0  0 102  67  5.12
                                 9.0  7  3  3  0  0 102  67 
 
RBI-Doyle(22), Righter(31), Johnson(38), Regner(9). K-Motonari, Martinez, 
Sparks, Davidson. BB-Thomas 2, Davidson. SH-Wilczynski. SF-Righter. 
GWRBI: Johnson
Temperature: 104, Sky: clear, Wind: out to right at 6 MPH.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsOrlando CalrissiansMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 8, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 6

Today, the Milwaukee Bear Claws were not at the top of their game. Starter Zack Perriman, who has been a workhorse for Milwaukee, lasted only 5 2/3 innings. Closer Oscar Buenaventura was not his usual sharp self. The Bear Claws’ typically airtight defense made a pair of costly errors. Despite all of this, though, the Bear Claws used their highly effective offense to squeak out an 8-6 win over the Orlando Calrissians.

“Sometimes you’re almost trying to lose and you still can’t do it,” said Milwaukee manager Poss Horton. “No wonder they say baseball is a funny game.”

The Bear Claws bats came through in a big way against Calrissians ace Nathan Nunb. 1B Felipe Mateo got things started with his 27th homer of the season, a two-run blast in the first inning. Then in the 4th, Milwaukee posted five hits and four runs to drive the Orlando ace from the game, with 2B Richard Iddings’ two-RBI double being the fatal blow. The final line for Nunb (7-4): 3 2/3 innings, 6 runs, 10 hits, 2 strikeouts, 1 walk.

“I’m a gambler at heart,” said Nunb. “But with a lineup like this, you can’t gamble. They’ll beat you every time.”

Milwaukee’s offense didn’t stop there, either, scoring a couple more runs that would later prove critical: a solo homer by C Frances McGuigan off Orlando reliever Aron Filippi in the 5th, and a sac fly by CF DeRonde Maxwell against lefty Ian Grazier in the 7th.

Normally, with an offensive explosion like that and Perriman on the hill, the Bear Claws would cruise to victory. But Perriman (9-2) was less than sharp; he wound up falling behind Calrissians hitters all too often, and having to fight back.

What ultimately did the Milwaukee lefty in was a three-run 6th, one that was aided and abetted by a costly two-out error from SS Red Petitt. Perriman, though, was quick to absolve his teammate of blame.

“Let’s not fool around; those runs scored because of my pitching,” said Perriman. “Yeah, technically a couple of them were unearned because of Red. But even if he’d made that play, I’d have just got knocked out in the next inning. I didn’t have it today.”

Reliever Chris Karnik and Olen Abernathy, though shaky, managed to get Milwaukee through the 7th and 8th without allowing any additional runs. That set the stage for Buenaventura, who is just about as close to a sure thing as there is in the league.

Not on this day, though. Buenaventura allowed a two-run homer to Calrissians 2B Erasmo Crofoot, the 25th blast of the year for him. After a single from 3B Curt Figueroa, Orlando brought the tying run to the plate with only one out. But C Herschel Lesher bounced into a game-ending double play, with Iddings and Petitt redeeming their earlier miscues with a crisp relay to end it as secure Buenaventura’s 15th save of the season.

“We weren’t going to let Bunny down,” said Petitt. “He’s been so good for us, so we were glad to pick him up for a change.

The Bear Claws (46-18) will try for a sweep of the short series tomorrow behind righty “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman. The Calrissians (17-44) will hope to salvage a split behind righty Chuck Weaver.

 

6/13/2015, ORL15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0  0  1  0  0  3  0  0  2     6 14  0    11  1
2015 Bear Claws        2  0  0  4  1  0  1  0  x     8 15  2     8  2
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Gilmartin         ss  3  0  1  0  .250    Petitt            ss  5  0  0  0  .323
 Buendia          ph  2  0  2  1  .293    Iddings           2b  5  1  3  2  .269
Hartl             lf  5  0  2  1  .280    Mateo             1b  4  1  3  2  .361
Law               dh  4  0  0  0  .281    Suzuki            3b  4  0  2  0  .310
Larson            rf  3  2  2  0  .288    Mealey            lf  4  0  0  0  .314
Crofoot           2b  5  1  2  2  .217    Raine             dh  4  1  1  0  .226
Defoor            1b  5  1  1  0  .234    Trumbauer         rf  4  2  3  0  .252
Figeroa           3b  5  0  1  0  .260    McGuigan          c   3  2  2  3  .268
Lesher            c   5  1  1  1  .226    Maxwell           cf  2  1  1  1  .304
Elias             cf  4  1  2  0  .210                         35  8 15  8
                     41  6 14  5
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Numb             L 7-4           3.2 10  6  6  1  2  76  45  4.29
Filippi                          2.1  4  1  1  2  0  43  23  2.22
Grazier                          2.0  1  1  1  0  0  25  18  9.08
                                 8.0 15  8  8  3  2 144  86 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Perriman         W 9-2           5.2  8  4  2  2  3  90  60  3.10
Karnik           H 4             0.2  1  0  0  0  0  16  10  5.55
Abernathy        H 7             1.1  2  0  0  0  0  14  13  2.36
Buenaventura     S 15            1.1  3  2  2  0  1  24  14  1.93
                                 9.0 14  6  4  2  4 144  97 
 
ORL: Buendia batted for Gilmartin in the 6th
     Buendia moved to ss in the 6th
 
E-Petitt, Iddings. 2B-Larson(11), Lesher(4), Elias(4), Iddings 2(15), 
Trumbauer 3(16). HR-Crofoot(25), Mateo(27), McGuigan(3). RBI-Hartl(17), 
Crofoot 2(59), Lesher(14), Buendia(31), Iddings 2(35), Mateo 2(81), 
McGuigan 3(24), Maxwell(27). SB-Hartl(8), Iddings(3). CS-Suzuki. K-Law 2, 
Defoor, Figeroa, Mealey, Raine. BB-Law, Larson, Mateo, Suzuki, Maxwell. 
SH-McGuigan. SF-Maxwell. HBP-Larson. HB-Karnik. 
GWRBI: Mateo
Temperature: 74, Sky: cloudy, Wind: out to right at 13 MPH.

 

Knoxville SmokiesCalifornia SharksKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 6, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 2

Watching starter Jack Jacques was warming up for this game, Knoxville Smokies manager Snuff Wallace had a good feeling. He saw that Jacques’ fastball seemed quicker than usual, that his changeup was especially devastating, and that his slider had tremendous late break.

“I said to myself, ‘If the kid’s as good in the game as he is warming up, he’s gonna throw a no-hitter today,’” Wallace told reporters.

The manager’s prediction turned out to be overblown; Jacques didn’t throw a no-hitter or even come close. But he did fool plenty of hitters, racking up 11 strikeouts on his way to a 6-2 win over the California Sharks.

“My goal is always to help the team win,” said Jacques. “I am pleased that I could pitch well enough to bring us victory.”

Jacques’ array of pitches seemed to be particularly baffling to certain California hitters. 2B Johnie Oller went 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 3B Karl Mote went 0-for-3 with a pair of whiffs. And CF Santiago Suarez was worst of all, striking out an astounding 5 times against Jacques.

“If four strikeouts in a game is the golden sombrero,” joked Mote, “then what’s five? The platinum sombrero?”

Meanwhile, other Sharks had far more success against Jacques. SS Rubin Smyth had a 2-for-4 day. LF Kenneth Mader went 3-for-4 with a double. But the king for the day was 1B Jamal Gerke. The 35-year-old was called up from the minors earlier this week, and had played in two games without recording a hit. Today, while most of his teammates were struggling, Gerke was raking. He went 3-for-3 on the day and launched his first Patriot League homer in the 9th inning.

“Honestly, I don’t know how I did it,” said Gerke. “I don’t know if I was just seeing him really well, or if he was taking it easy on me, or what. But I just felt like I was in a rhythm, and I just wanted to keep it going.”

Unfortunately for the Sharks, starter Brian Goreman was out of rhythm from the start. Goreman (6-2) had a rare clunker of a game, allowing six runs over 7 1/3 innings, including home runs by Smokies DH Malcolm Bryant and C Ricky Bossard.

“Y’all know I like to keep things simple,” said Goreman with a smile. “Today, my stuff wasn’t working, and I got killed. Simple enough?”

The Smokies (37-25) maintained their two-game lead over the Jackson Hammerheads with the win. They’ll hope to keep the good times rolling behind left-hander Elicio Santana tomorrow. The Sharks (37-23) will hope that ace Pierre LaRue can stave off a sweep.

 

6/13/2015, KNX15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           1  1  0  1  1  0  0  2  0     6  9  1     6  1
2015 Sharks            0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1     2 10  0     9  0
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Campo             2b  4  1  1  0  .306    Corona            rf  5  0  1  0  .310
Maben             rf  5  0  1  1  .133    Suarez            cf  5  0  0  0  .245
Battin            1b  4  0  0  0  .262    Smyth             ss  4  0  2  0  .375
Bryant            dh  4  1  1  1  .282    Mader             lf  4  1  3  0  .364
Moriarty          ss  3  2  2  0  .266    Nix               dh  4  0  1  1  .335
Ortiz             3b  4  1  1  0  .316    Mote              3b  3  0  0  0  .239
Carranza          cf  3  0  2  1  .333     Gonzalez         ph  1  0  0  0  .176
Sisco             lf  3  0  0  2  .284    Oller             2b  4  0  0  0  .309
Bossard           c   4  1  1  1  .333    Gerke             1b  3  1  3  1  .375
 Carlo            c   0  0  0  0  .164    Carpenter         c   4  0  0  0  .231
                     34  6  9  6                               37  2 10  2
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jacques          W 5-4           9.0 10  2  2  0 11 127  86  4.30
                                 9.0 10  2  2  0 11 127  86 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Goreman          L 6-2           7.1  8  6  6  4  2 123  69  3.64
Grace                            1.2  1  0  0  0  1  18  11  5.02
                                 9.0  9  6  6  4  3 141  80 
 
KNX: Carlo inserted at c in the 8th
CAL: Gonzalez batted for Mote in the 8th
     Gonzalez moved to 3b in the 9th
 
E-Campo. 2B-Campo(14), Maben(1), Moriarty(18), Ortiz(2), Mader(13). 
3B-Carranza(1). HR-Bryant(11), Bossard(4), Gerke(1). RBI-Maben(1), 
Bryant(39), Carranza(1), Sisco 2(18), Bossard(11), Nix(36), Gerke(2). 
K-Maben, Battin, Bossard, Corona 2, Suarez 5, Mote 2, Oller 2. BB-Campo, 
Battin, Moriarty, Carranza. SF-Sisco. HBP-Gerke. HB-Jacques. WP-Goreman 2. 
GWRBI: Maben
Temperature: 82, Sky: cloudy, Wind: none.

 

Silver City OutlawsJacksonville DragonsSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 7, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 0

Silver City Outlaws starter Juan Carlos Lopez is not generally regarded as one of the league’s top starters. He can be maddeningly inconsistent, both in terms of his on-field results and in his approach to the game.

“That’s what makes me crazy about J.C.,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha. “He’s got the mind of a three-year-old. If a plane flies over the stadium, he’ll stop throwing just to watch it. His focus just gets shot. And if there’s a pretty girl in the stands, forget it.”

But when Lopez is locked in and throwing up to his potential, he can rival the best the league has to offer. And on a day when his team needed him to come through, Lopez was brilliant, tossing a four-hit shutout to stop the Jacksonville Dragons, 7-0.

Lopez (7-3) was all business on the mound today. His usual animated gestures, such as blowing smoke off of an invisible pistol after striking out a hitter, were more subdued today.

“When J.C. keeps his head in the game and isn’t playing to the crowd, he’s tough to beat,” said Jarha.

In anything, Lopez got better as the game went on. He finished by retiring the last 11 Jacksonville hitters in a row, while his teammates piled up enough runs to put the game on ice.

“Mr. Jarha is always telling me to stick to business during the game, and celebrate after,” said Lopez, clutching a bottle of beer in each hand. “So today, I was all business during the game. Now, I celebrate!”

While Lopez was taking care of business on the mound, the Outlaws were teeing off against Dragons starter Randy Cannon (3-6). The left-hander was tagged for six runs over 6 2/3 innings, including a two-homer by Outlaws CF Javier Cardona. He was plagued by wildness throughout the game, surrendering six walks.

“You never know whether you’re going to get Good Randy or Bad Randy,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson. “I wish he’d at least give me a heads-up beforehand, so I’d know whether I needed to stock up on Zantac. Of course, with our pitching staff, Zantac is pretty much always a requirement.”

There was a scare for Outlaws fans when RF Nathaniel Wason left the game in the 3rd inning. Wason is Silver City’s most dangerous hitter, and losing him would be a huge blow to the middle of their lineup. But Jarha said that Wason was suffering from flu-like symptoms and had not sustained an injury. He is expected to be back tomorrow.

The Outlaws (38-25) and the Dragons (25-35) both have the day off tomorrow.

 

6/13/2015, JAX15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Dragons           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  4  0     6  1
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  2  0  1  3  1  x     7  9  0     7  0
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Leon              cf  2  0  0  0  .261    Barkan            2b  3  1  2  1  .288
Kapoor            1b  4  0  0  0  .322    Cardona           cf  5  1  1  2  .243
Teachout          c   4  0  0  0  .365    Brewmaker         3b  1  3  0  0  .287
Hopps             rf  4  0  2  0  .299    Wason             rf  1  0  0  0  .302
Hartley           lf  4  0  0  0  .248     Cipolla          rf  2  1  2  1  .148
Esquivel          dh  4  0  2  0  .279    Elliott           1b  3  0  1  2  .307
Herdt             ss  3  0  0  0  .241    Whittier          dh  4  0  2  0  .289
Taliaferro        3b  3  0  0  0  .164    Ivey              lf  4  0  0  0  .261
Popejoy           2b  3  0  0  0  .203    Burt              ss  4  1  1  0  .230
                     31  0  4  0          Watson            c   4  0  0  0  .186
                                                               31  7  9  6
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Cannon           L 3-6           6.2  6  6  6  6  2 122  66  5.09
Abbas                            1.1  3  1  1  0  2  26  17  4.26
                                 8.0  9  7  7  6  4 148  83 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lopez            W 7-3           9.0  4  0  0  1  7 124  83  3.45
                                 9.0  4  0  0  1  7 124  83 
 
SCO: Cipolla inserted at rf in the 3rd
 
3B-Cipolla(1). HR-Cardona(12). RBI-Barkan(13), Cardona 2(34), Elliott 2(50), 
Cipolla(3). SB-Leon(6). K-Leon, Kapoor 2, Teachout, Hartley, Esquivel, 
Popejoy, Cardona 2, Whittier, Watson. BB-Leon, Barkan 2, Brewmaker 3, 
Cipolla. SF-Elliott. HBP-Leon. HB-Lopez. WP-Cannon. 
GWRBI: Cipolla
Nathaniel Wason was injured for this game only
Temperature: 101, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: none.

 

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