PBL Scores, 6/19/15

As the Patriot League season heads toward the midpoint, who soared and who stumbled in today’s games?   The answer lies below…

Salt Lake SamuraiOrlando CalrissiansSALT LAKE SAMURAI 4, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 2

This season has been a difficult and frustrating one for Grant Fore.  He began the year as the projected ace for the Knoxville Smokies.  However, he got off to a rough start and soon found himself out of the top slot.  As his struggles deepened, the young lefty dropped out of the Smokies’ rotation and then out of Knoxville entirely, as he was traded to the Knoxville Smokies.

Throughout this odyssey, Fore has not sulked or complained.  But he has worked hard to get his season back on track.  Today, those efforts bore fruit, as Fore pitched one of his best games of the season to lead the Samurai to a 4-2 win over the Orlando Calrissians. The win allowed Salt Lake to enjoy its first series sweep of the year.

“It feels wonderful,” said Fore.  “When you go as bad as I’ve been lately, you start looking at yourself in the mirror, doubting yourself and whether you really have what it takes.  But this shows that I can do it.  I hope I can build on this.”

Fore (2-3) pitched 8 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and striking out 4.  He did allow a pair of homers to Calrissians LF Lauren Hartl and RF Magnus Larson, but overall he appeared more confident on the mound and his pitches showed life and movement.

“This is the guy we traded for!” said Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.  “We got great performances back-to-back from Toshiie [Maeda] and Grant.  We see them as the 1-2 punch of our future.”

Just like yesterday’s game, Samurai closer Dean Gamble pitched a 1-2-3 9th to nail down the save; he now has 11 for the year.  And just like yesterday, Salt Lake 1B Neal Thomas and DH Jamar Whitworth hit home runs that fueled the Samurai’s win.

“I’m glad I’m helping us win again,” said Thomas, who is hitting only .236 for the year but has launched 20 homers.  “Nobody likes to feel like dead weight, especially at my age.”

Orlando right-hander Chuck Weaver (1-6) was the tough-luck loser, despite throwing 8 solid innings that included five strikeouts.

“That’s the kind of year it’s been,” said Weaver.  “And I’ve certainly had enough games where I was awful and blew it for us, so I can’t really complain.”

The Samurai (18-54) and the Calrissians (20-47) now get to enjoy a day off.

 

6/19/2015, SLC15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  0  0  0  0  2  0  1  1     4  8  0     6  1
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0     2  6  2     4  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  5  0  0  0  .240    Gilmartin         ss  3  0  2  0  .253
Whitworth         dh  4  1  1  1  .298     Buendia          ph  1  0  0  0  .292
Cosgrove          cf  4  0  1  0  .277    Hartl             lf  4  1  1  1  .276
Martinez          rf  4  1  2  0  .298    Law               dh  4  0  0  0  .274
Thomas            1b  4  1  2  2  .236    Larson            rf  3  1  1  1  .292
Sparks            lf  3  1  1  0  .276    Crofoot           2b  4  0  0  0  .210
Montalvo          2b  4  0  0  0  .125    Defoor            1b  3  0  1  0  .230
Turnbull          c   4  0  0  0  .117    Figeroa           3b  3  0  1  0  .260
Davidson          3b  4  0  1  1  .190    Lesher            c   3  0  0  0  .227
                     36  4  8  4          Elias             cf  3  0  0  0  .196
                                                               31  2  6  2
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fore             W 2-3           8.0  6  2  2  2  4 108  63  8.06
Gamble           S 12            1.0  0  0  0  0  0  10   8  5.35
                                 9.0  6  2  2  2  4 118  71 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Weaver           L 1-6           8.0  6  3  3  1  5  96  64  6.21
Grazier                          1.0  2  1  1  0  1  20  11  8.62
                                 9.0  8  4  4  1  6 116  75 
 
ORL: Buendia batted for Gilmartin in the 8th
     Buendia moved to ss in the 9th
 
E-Hartl, Larson. 2B-Martinez(9), Sparks(16), Defoor(13). HR-Whitworth(5), 
Thomas(20), Hartl(4), Larson(15). RBI-Whitworth(19), Thomas 2(48), 
Davidson(15), Hartl(18), Larson(33). K-Motonari, Whitworth, Cosgrove, 
Thomas 2, Sparks, Law 2, Crofoot, Elias. BB-Sparks, Larson, Defoor. 
GWRBI: Whitworth
Temperature: 77, Sky: clear, Wind: out to right at 16 MPH.

 

California SharksJacksonville DragonsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 7, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 4

RF Jessie Corona is the California Sharks’ leadoff hitter, a duty he takes seriously.

“It’s my job to set the table,” said Corona.  “Every time I come up, I’m looking to get on base however I can.  A hit, a walk, taking one in the ribs… whatever it takes.”

Corona did his job excellently today, going 3-for-5 with a triple and a homer, and sparked the Sharks’ 7-4 win over the Dragons to salvage a split of the two-game series.

“I always feel comfortable putting Jessie first on the lineup card,” said California manager Eduardo Aponte.  “He has so many weapons for helping us out.  He is a disruptive force at the top of our order.”

Corona certainly succeeded in disrupting Dragons starter Tony Harris (1-4), who lasted only 4 1/3 innings in this game.  In addition to allowing Corona’s triple, Harris surrendered dingers to Sharks LF Kenneth Mader and 3B Karl Mote.

“When you’ve been around as long as I have,” said Harris, “you learn that you can’t dwell on a bad game.  You make a note of what you can improve, and file it away.  Based on this game, what I need to improve is throwing strikes that aren’t right over the plate.”

With his team providing plenty of offense, California ace Pierre LaRue (9-2) cruised through 7 1/3 innings to collect the win.  Closer Eugene Grace set Jacksonville down in order in the 9th to secure his 13th save.

Tomorrow is an off day for both the Sharks (39-27) and the Dragons (26-39).  Jacksonville manager Harlan Davidson has scheduled an extra practice for his struggling team in order to “get back to the basics, since we clearly need remedial instruction around here.”

 

6/19/2015, CAL15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            0  0  1  3  2  0  0  0  1     7 13  2     7  2
2015 Dragons           0  2  0  0  0  0  0  2  0     4  8  0     5  0
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  5  1  3  2  .316    Leon              cf  4  1  2  0  .263
Suarez            cf  5  0  1  0  .240    Kapoor            1b  4  1  1  1  .312
Smyth             ss  5  2  2  0  .372    Teachout          c   4  0  0  0  .357
Mader             lf  4  2  2  3  .350    Hopps             rf  3  1  2  1  .295
Nix               dh  5  0  2  1  .341    Hartley           lf  4  1  1  0  .246
Mote              3b  4  1  1  1  .234    Esquivel          dh  4  0  1  1  .269
Oller             2b  4  0  0  0  .295    Herdt             ss  4  0  0  0  .239
 Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .170    Taliaferro        3b  3  0  0  1  .182
Gerke             1b  3  1  1  0  .250    Popejoy           2b  4  0  1  0  .226
Carpenter         c   4  0  1  0  .232                         34  4  8  4
                     39  7 13  7
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
La Rue           W 9-2           7.1  8  4  4  1  5 100  62  4.09
Arzola           H 5             0.2  0  0  0  0  1   5   4  0.99
Grace            S 13            1.0  0  0  0  0  0   7   6  4.40
                                 9.0  8  4  4  1  6 112  72 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Harris           L 1-4           4.1  9  6  6  1  2  72  42  5.88
Abbas                            2.2  3  0  0  0  2  36  22  3.31
Avallone                         1.0  0  0  0  0  1  15   7  4.88
Jackson                          1.0  1  1  1  1  0  17   8  2.55
                                 9.0 13  7  7  2  5 140  79 
 
CAL: Puffer inserted at 2b in the 8th
 
E-Oller, Gerke. 2B-Nix(10), Gerke(1), Carpenter(1), Kapoor(22), Popejoy(3). 
3B-Corona(12). HR-Corona(6), Mader(15), Mote(16). RBI-Corona 2(34), 
Mader 3(58), Nix(37), Mote(48), Kapoor(43), Hopps(49), Esquivel(14), 
Taliaferro(5). SB-Smyth(6). CS-Suarez. K-Mader, Mote 2, Gerke, Carpenter, 
Leon 2, Kapoor, Esquivel, Taliaferro 2. BB-Mader, Gerke, Hopps. 
SH-Taliaferro. 
GWRBI: Mader
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

Knoxville SmokiesSilver City OutlawsKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 4, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 0

If you had asked people around the Patriot League to name the league’s best pitcher before the start of the season, they might have chosen Pierre LaRue or Toshiie Maeda or Rob Tildon.  Most likely, none of them would have picked Elicio Santana of the Knoxville Smokies.  The left-hander generally wasn’t even regarded as the best pitcher on his own team.

But with the All-Star Break approaching, Santana is making a case for himself as the league’s best.  Today, he ran his record to 10-1 by throwing a shutout as the Smokies downed the Silver City Outlaws, 4-0.

“I gave the kid a hard time at the beginning of the season,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “’Cause I knew he had the talent to be special, but he was also a little bit of a knucklehead.  I got him straightened out, but I didn’t know he was gonna be this great.”

Santana tossed a six-hitter and fanned seven during his 125-pitch triumph.  “I just go with the feel,” said Santana of his performance.  “If I have a pitch that isn’t working, I throw it away for the day.  If I got one that’s really good, I throw it a lot.  No big secrets here.”

The closest that Silver City came to scoring was in the 7th inning.  Outlaws 1B Muzz Elliott roped a 2-2 fastball for a two-out double.  The next batter, DH Tex Whittier, dropped a shallow single to left.  Elliott tried to score, but Knoxville LF Ezra Sisco made an excellent strike to the plate to nail him by several feet.

“No regrets,” said Elliott of his dash for home.  “We always go hell for leather.  Besides, someone had to take some risks if we were gonna beat [Santana].  He had us in the palm of his hand.”

Outlaws starter Pedro Rodriguez (7-4) pitched a decent game, allowing four runs on eight hits over his 8 innings, but it wasn’t enough to stop Santana.  Rodriguez was also hurt by Silver City’s sloppy fielding; the Outlaws committed three errors behind him.

“I got no complaints with Pedro,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “Not his fault that we ran into a buzzsaw today.  He can keep doing what he’s doing.”

The Smokies (43-25) will try to complete the sweep tomorrow behind veteran right-hander Sylvester Lighty.  The Outlaws (38-29) will counter with their own righty, Linus Pauling.

 

6/19/2015, SCO15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  6  3     5  2
2015 Smokies           2  0  0  1  0  0  1  0  x     4  8  0     3  2
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Barkan            2b  3  0  1  0  .284    Blair             cf  4  0  0  0  .287
Cardona           cf  4  0  0  0  .230    Kurland           2b  4  0  1  0  .222
Brewmaker         3b  4  0  1  0  .281    Campo             rf  3  1  0  0  .280
Wason             rf  4  0  1  0  .306    Battin            dh  4  1  1  0  .280
Elliott           1b  4  0  1  0  .292    Moriarty          ss  3  0  2  1  .276
Whittier          dh  2  0  1  0  .250    Ortiz             1b  3  0  1  1  .263
Ivey              lf  2  0  0  0  .257    Bossard           c   3  1  1  1  .313
 Jeffreys         ph  1  0  1  0  .278    Aceuedo           3b  3  1  1  0  .294
 Cipolla          lf  0  0  0  0  .148    Sisco             lf  2  0  1  1  .305
Burt              ss  3  0  0  0  .225                         29  4  8  4
Watson            c   3  0  0  0  .185
                     30  0  6  0
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rodriguez        L 7-4           8.0  8  4  3  1  5  99  64  1.60
                                 8.0  8  4  3  1  5  99  64 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Santana          W 10-1          9.0  6  0  0  2  7 125  84  2.06
                                 9.0  6  0  0  2  7 125  84 
 
SCO: Jeffreys batted for Ivey in the 8th
     Cipolla inserted at lf in the 8th
 
E-Cardona, Ivey, Burt. 2B-Elliott(23), Jeffreys(4). 3B-Aceuedo(3). 
HR-Bossard(6). RBI-Moriarty(42), Ortiz(1), Bossard(17), Sisco(22). CS-Sisco. 
K-Barkan, Wason, Elliott 2, Watson 3, Blair 2, Kurland, Battin, Bossard. 
BB-Barkan, Whittier, Campo. SF-Sisco. 
GWRBI: Moriarty
Temperature: 85, Sky: clear, Wind: in from center at 9 MPH.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsJackson HammerheadsMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 5, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 3

Last time out, Yu Chen made his debut start for the Jackson Hammerheads and had one of his best starts of the year.  His performance left the Hammerheads hopeful that a fresh start with a new team was all that the left-hander needed.  Today’s start suggested that those hopes might be in vain, as Chen lasted a mere 2 1/3 innings and Jackson lost to the Milwaukee Bear Claws, 5-3.

Chen (2-5) had a disastrous outing on virtually every level.  In his brief time in the game, he surrendered 4 runs on 7 hits.  He also walked a pair, and even forced in a run by hitting a batter.  Even a sterling performance from the Jackson bullpen couldn’t pull the team out of the hole that Chen left them in.

“Teammates bicker.  Coaches complain.  Everyone blames Yu,” said Chen of his performance.  “I have no… peace of brain.”

Once Milwaukee took the lead, starter “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman (9-2) made sure it stood up.  He threw 7 innings, collected five strikeouts and gave up five hits.  The three runs he allowed were all unearned, thanks to an unusually poor defensive performance by the Bear Claws.  They committed four errors, including two by normally reliable SS Red Petitt.

“I don’t really think this was a great game for us,” said Milwaukee Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “I never like seeing us make errors like that.  I know it was a sauna out there, but they were acting like the ball was dipped in Crisco.  A win’s a win, but we’re not going to win too many making that many mistakes.”

Horton was considerably happier with the performance of the bullpen.  Lefty Olen Abernathy set the Hammerheads down in order in the 8th, and closer Oscar Buenaventura worked a scoreless 9th for his league-leading 18th save of the season.

With the win, the Bear Claws (50-20) wound up splitting the two-game series with the Hammerheads (39-30).  The teams now have a mutual off-day.

 

6/19/2015, MIL15-JCK15, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        0  3  1  0  0  0  0  0  1     5 13  4    12  0
2015 Hammerheads       0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0     3  6  0     5  2
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  3  0  1  0  .317    Deason            cf  4  0  1  0  .294
Iddings           2b  4  0  1  1  .278    Westerberg        ss  4  0  0  0  .346
Mateo             1b  3  1  1  1  .375    Fleitas           3b  4  0  0  0  .306
Suzuki            3b  3  0  0  0  .302    Walcott           dh  4  1  0  0  .271
Mealey            lf  3  0  0  0  .296    Doyle             c   4  0  0  0  .323
Raine             dh  5  0  2  0  .241    Righter           2b  4  1  1  0  .343
Trumbauer         rf  5  2  3  1  .252    Wilczynski        1b  4  1  0  0  .263
McGuigan          c   5  1  3  1  .283    Johnson           lf  4  0  2  2  .325
Maxwell           cf  3  1  2  1  .311    Arispe            rf  3  0  2  0  .251
                     34  5 13  5                               35  3  6  2
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNorman         W 9-2           7.0  5  3  0  0  5  97  65  3.20
Abernathy        H 8             1.0  0  0  0  0  0   9   6  2.60
Buenaventura     S 18            1.0  1  0  0  0  1  26  17  1.79
                                 9.0  6  3  0  0  6 132  88 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Chen             L 2-5           2.1  7  4  4  2  0  57  35  6.07
Seeman                           2.0  3  0  0  0  1  21  14  5.09
Turnbull                         2.0  0  0  0  3  4  43  23  3.90
Sircy                            1.2  1  1  1  1  1  22  12  1.53
Sheen                            1.0  2  0  0  0  0   7   7  4.29
                                 9.0 13  5  5  6  6 150  91 
 
E-Petitt 2, Suzuki, Mealey. 2B-Trumbauer 3(19), Maxwell(16). RBI-Iddings(40), 
Mateo(88), Trumbauer(34), McGuigan(28), Maxwell(31), Johnson 2(49). 
SB-Deason(18), Righter(13), Wilczynski(3). CS-Petitt, Deason. K-Iddings 2, 
Mateo, Suzuki, Trumbauer, Maxwell, Fleitas, Walcott, Doyle, Righter, 
Wilczynski 2. BB-Petitt 2, Mateo, Suzuki, Mealey 2. SH-Suzuki, Maxwell. 
SF-Mateo. HBP-Iddings. HB-Chen. 
GWRBI: Maxwell
Temperature: 97, Sky: clear, Wind: in from left at 7 MPH.

 

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