PBL Scores, 6/17/15

Another set of series comes to a close today.  Who left town smiling, and who just got out of town?  The answer lies below the fold…

Knoxville SmokiesSalt Lake SamuraiKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 4, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 3 (10 INNINGS)

In their last series, the Salt Lake Samurai took two of three from the Jackson Hammerheads.  For much of today’s game, it looked like they were about to do the same to the Knoxville Smokies.  But they couldn’t quite pull off this stunner, as their bullpen collapsed in the late innings and the Samurai fell 4-3 in 10 innings to the Smokies.

“There are two ways you can look at this game,” said Samurai 1B Neal Thomas.  “It was a gut punch, and it proved that we’ve still got work to do.  But these last two series have proved that we can hang with anybody now.  We’re not the same patsies we were in April.”

Samurai starter Jonathan Fernandez continued his recent resurgence with 7 1/3 strong innings of four-hit ball, carrying a shutout into the 8th inning.  And while manager Johnny Dugan has often waited too long to pull Fernandez, in this game he got the left-hander out at the first sign of trouble.

Unfortunately, Salt Lake closer Dean Gamble squandered yet another opportunity for the home team.  Working with a 3-1 lead in the 9th, Gamble allowed three straight singles and then walked SS Armand Moriarty to force in a run.  Knoxville 1B Eddie Battin then lofted a sac fly to bring in the tying run.

“I love the never-say-die attitude!” crowed Battin.  “That’s why we’re on top, because we never give up.”

In the 10th, Samurai RF Romeo Martinez dropped a routine fly ball, allowing Knoxville LF Ezra Sisco to reach base.  That error would prove fatal, as Sisco wound up scoring the winning run on 2B Jeremiah Campo’s single against Salt Lake reliever Miguel Bautista (0-1).

Unfortunately, that game-winning drive came at a price, as the oft-injured Campo pulled a muscle in his ribcage.  He is expected to miss at least a week, although the Smokies hope to avoid placing him on the DL.

Smokies starter Woody Flowers had one of his longer outings of the season, tossing 8 innings and allowing 3 runs on 10 hits.  Closer Charlie Pasternak (3-3) followed Flowers, and notched a pair of scoreless innings for the win.

The Smokies (41-25) finally head home tomorrow after their two-week road trip to face the Silver City Outlaws.  The Samurai (16-54) are off to Orlando to take on the Calrissians.

 

6/17/2015, KNX15-SLC15, Desert Edge Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  2  1     4  8  2     5  0
2015 Samurai           0  1  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0     3 12  1    12  3
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  5  0  0  0  .291    Motonari          ss  4  0  2  1  .247
Campo             2b  5  1  2  1  .301    Whitworth         dh  5  0  0  0  .294
 Maben            pr  0  0  0  0  .083    Cosgrove          cf  5  0  2  0  .278
Campo             rf  4  1  1  0  .280    Martinez          rf  5  0  3  0  .295
Ortiz             1b  4  0  1  0  .258    Thomas            1b  5  0  0  0  .232
Moriarty          ss  3  0  0  1  .271    Sparks            lf  5  2  4  1  .272
Battin            dh  2  1  0  1  .280    Regner            c   4  0  1  0  .167
Bossard           c   3  0  1  0  .312    Davidson          2b  5  1  0  0  .187
 Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .241    Rains             3b  5  0  0  1  .000
 Carlo            c   0  0  0  0  .169                         43  3 12  3
Aceuedo           3b  4  0  0  0  .293
Sisco             lf  4  1  3  1  .299
                     35  4  8  4
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Flowers                          8.0 10  3  3  0  3 110  73  3.35
Pasternak        W 3-3           2.0  2  0  0  1  1  38  21  2.96
                                10.0 12  3  3  1  4 148  94 
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fernandez                        7.1  4  1  1  1  0  67  42  6.11
Gamble           H 1             0.2  3  2  2  1  0  13   7  5.66
Bautista         BS 1, L 0-1     2.0  1  1  0  0  0  18  13  3.26
                                10.0  8  4  3  2  0  98  62 
 
KNX: Gomez batted for Bossard in the 9th
     Carlo inserted at c in the 9th
     Maben ran for Campo in the 10th
     Maben moved to 2b in the 10th
 
E-Ortiz, Flowers, Martinez. 2B-Sisco(11). HR-Sparks(2). RBI-Campo(23), 
Moriarty(41), Battin(40), Sisco(20), Motonari(27), Sparks(26), Rains(1). 
SB-Sisco(10). K-Whitworth, Martinez, Regner, Davidson. BB-Moriarty, Battin, 
Motonari. SH-Regner. SF-Battin. HBP-Campo. HB-Fernandez. WP-Pasternak. 
GWRBI: Campo
Jeremiah Campo was injured for this game and 8 more days
Temperature: 95, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: in from center at 3 MPH.

 

California SharksOrlando CalrissiansCALIFORNIA SHARKS 7, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 3

California Sharks starter Deke Slater seems to have pulled himself together.  After a rough first couple of months that left the normally easygoing righty confused and depressed, he has turned things around in his last several starts.  Today, Slater authored a complete-game 7-3 win over the Orlando Calrissians that halted the Sharks’ five-game slide.

“Everything’s copacetic, man,” said Slater.  “It’s nice to be the stopper when your team needs you, instead of being the one who drags everything down.”

Slater (5-8) didn’t pitch his best game of the year: he allowed 10 hits, including a pair of homers to Orlando SS Jose Buendia and 2B Erasmo Crofoot.  But Slater’s command was excellent, as he struck out six without allowing a walk, and he showed a resilience in the face of adversity that has been lacking at times this season.

“I’m finally learning not to fight the waves,” said Slater, an avid surfer.  “Instead I’m riding them, and it’s bodacious.”

Slater’s effort was backed by RF Jessie Corona and 2B Johnie Oller, who led California’s offense.  Corona went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, and 4 RBI.  Oller went 2-for-4 and launched a three-run homer in the 5th inning, his tenth longball of the season.

“Thank God for Johnnie Oller,” said Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte.  “He has been a great blessing to me.  He has bounced from position to position, and he always produces and never complains.  He is an example for all of us.”

Calrissians starter Oscar Morton (2-5) took a pounding, allowing all 7 Sharks runs in only 4 1/3 innings.  He struggled badly with his control, issuing five free passes in this game.

“My pitches all went wobbly on me,” said Morton.  “It looked like I was bombed out.”

The Sharks (38-26) and the Calrissians (20-45) both have a cross-country flight ahead of them. California heads to Jacksonville to face the Dragons, while Orlando returns home to Bespin to battle the Salt Lake Samurai.

 

6/17/2015, ORL15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       1  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0     3 10  0     6  0
2015 Sharks            0  2  0  2  3  0  0  0  x     7  8  0     7  1
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hartl             lf  4  0  2  0  .276    Corona            rf  5  0  3  4  .313
Defoor            1b  4  0  0  0  .229    Suarez            cf  5  0  1  0  .240
Buendia           ss  4  1  1  1  .296    Smyth             ss  3  0  0  0  .377
Law               rf  4  1  2  0  .284    Mader             lf  4  0  0  0  .353
Figeroa           3b  4  0  1  0  .262    Mote              3b  3  1  0  0  .229
Crofoot           2b  3  1  1  2  .216    Lockley           c   3  2  2  0  .263
Nabors            dh  4  0  1  0  .206    Oller             2b  4  2  2  3  .302
Elias             cf  4  0  1  0  .189     Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .170
McCormack         c   4  0  1  0  .198    Nix               dh  2  2  0  0  .335
                     35  3 10  3          Gerke             1b  3  0  0  0  .143
                                                               32  7  8  7
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morton           L 2-5           4.1  6  7  7  5  3  93  50  6.96
Filippi                          1.2  1  0  0  0  0  22  14  2.10
Grazier                          2.0  1  0  0  0  0  19  13  8.61
                                 8.0  8  7  7  5  3 134  77 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Slater           W 5-8           9.0 10  3  3  0  6 130  87  5.53
                                 9.0 10  3  3  0  6 130  87 
 
CAL: Puffer inserted at 2b in the 8th
 
2B-Corona(11), Lockley(12). 3B-Corona(11). HR-Buendia(7), Crofoot(28), 
Oller(10). RBI-Buendia(37), Crofoot 2(66), Corona 4(32), Oller 3(43). K-Law, 
Figeroa 2, Nabors, Elias, McCormack, Suarez, Mader, Mote. BB-Mote, Lockley, 
Nix 2, Gerke. SF-Crofoot. HBP-Smyth. HB-Morton. 
GWRBI: Corona
Temperature: 70, Sky: clear, Wind: in from right at 5 MPH.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsJacksonville DragonsMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 12, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 4

After dropping an unaccustomed three out of five against Knoxville and Orlando, the Milwaukee Bear Claws were looking to set things straight against the Jacksonville Dragons.

“We weren’t exactly panicking,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “But we knew we weren’t playing our best ball, and I don’t want to see us slacking off halfway through the season.”

After a pair of one-run wins in the first two games of this series, the Bear Claws romped in the finale, demolishing the Dragons pitching staff in a 12-4 rout.

The assault was led by Milwaukee 1B Felipe Mateo, who has gotten red-hot lately and is threatening to mount a bid for the Triple Crown.  Mateo went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .379 (nosing ahead of California’s Rubin Smyth), launched a pair of homers to bring his season total to 29 (snatching the lead from Orlando’s Erasmo Crofoot and Silver City’s Nathaniel Wason), and drove in three runs for a total of 86 RBI on the season.

“I am not interested in awards for myself,” said Mateo.  “The only award I care about is a championship for our team, and that is what my focus is.”

The Bear Claws’ bats drove Dragons starter Juan Sarmiento (4-5) from the game after only 1 2/3 innings, having surrendered six runs, including homers by Mateo and C Frances McGuigan.  Reliever Jamel Janke, making his major-league debut, received a rude welcome from Milwaukee: he recorded only a single out and allowed three runs.  Right-hander Samir Khan finally settled things down for Jacksonville, but not before the Bear Claws touched him for three more runs, one of which was Mateo’s second homer.

“I can’t understand why our pitching staff hates getting outs,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “Are they allergic to outs?  Is it a religious objection?  It’s a mystery for the ages.”

Milwaukee starter Herculez Mendoza (3-3) pitched 7 solid innings for the win, allowing 4 runs.  Jacksonville’s hit-or-miss offense had only one good inning, the 4th.  In that innings, the Dragons scored all of their runs and racked up four hits, including three doubles.  In the other 8 innings, Mendoza and reliever Stu Juens limited Jacksonville to four paltry singles.

“We all know we’ve got to do better,” said Dragons C Judson Teachout.  “This is supposed to be a hitting-first team, and our offense isn’t getting it done on a consistent basis.  Everybody’s working hard and practicing hard, but the results just haven’t been there.”

The Bear Claws (49-19) are going to Jackson tomorrow to open a series with the Hammerheads.  The Dragons (25-38) will host the California Sharks for a two-game set.

 

6/17/2015, JAX15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Dragons           0  0  4  0  0  0  0  0  0     4  8  1     8  2
2015 Bear Claws        1  5  3  2  1  0  0  0  x    12 16  0     6  2
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Leon              cf  4  1  0  0  .255    Petitt            ss  5  1  1  0  .313
Kapoor            1b  4  1  1  2  .316    Iddings           2b  3  1  0  0  .269
Teachout          c   4  0  1  0  .361    Mateo             1b  5  2  3  3  .379
Hopps             rf  3  0  0  0  .291    Suzuki            3b  4  1  1  1  .306
Hartley           lf  4  1  1  1  .245    Mealey            lf  5  2  2  0  .308
Esquivel          dh  3  0  2  1  .281    Raine             dh  4  2  3  3  .244
Herdt             ss  3  0  0  0  .243    Trumbauer         rf  4  2  2  0  .248
Taliaferro        3b  2  0  0  0  .171    McGuigan          c   4  1  3  2  .277
 Canez            3b  2  0  1  0  .215    Maxwell           cf  4  0  1  1  .304
Popejoy           2b  4  1  2  0  .200                         38 12 16 10
                     33  4  8  4
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sarmiento        L 4-5           1.2  5  6  6  1  1  25  17  4.90
Janke                            0.1  4  3  3  0  0  18  10 81.00
Khan                             5.0  6  3  3  2  2  67  40  4.96
Abbas                            1.0  1  0  0  0  0  13  10  3.95
                                 8.0 16 12 12  3  3 123  77 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mendoza          W 3-3           7.0  6  4  4  5  3 132  69  5.07
Juens                            2.0  2  0  0  1  0  22   9  1.69
                                 9.0  8  4  4  6  3 154  78 
 
JAX: Canez inserted at 3b in the 4th
 
E-Hopps. 2B-Kapoor(21), Hartley(19), Esquivel(9), Suzuki(7). HR-Mateo 2(29), 
Raine(4), McGuigan(4). RBI-Kapoor 2(41), Hartley(49), Esquivel(13), 
Mateo 3(86), Suzuki(54), Raine 3(31), McGuigan 2(27), Maxwell(29). K-Leon, 
Hopps, Hartley, Iddings, Mateo 2. BB-Leon, Kapoor, Teachout, Hopps, Esquivel, 
Herdt, Iddings 2, Suzuki. HBP-Raine. HB-Sarmiento. 
GWRBI: Suzuki
Emerson Taliaferro was injured for this game only
Temperature: 58, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 4 MPH.

 

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