PBL Scores, 6/22/15

We’re back to a full slate of games today.  Enjoy the smorgasbord of action below!

Jackson HammerheadsCalifornia SharksJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 3, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 2 (10 INNINGS)

The Jackson Hammerheads have a gift for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.  After letting the California Sharks off the hook in the late innings, the Hammerheads were in danger of falling far behind in the quest for the highly prestigious Chum Bucket.  But a walkoff triple by CF Damian Deason allowed Jackson to escape with a 3-2 win in 10 innings.

“We’ve shown that our success is no fluke,” said Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes.  “But we’ve got to keep moving if we’re going to catch the Smokies.”

The game featured a surprisingly strong matchup between a pair of pitcher who have been taking on water lately.  Sharks starter Kevin Conner put up 7 strong innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits.  He credited his performance to the rediscovery of his breaking pitches.

“My slider’s been flatter than a sand dab lately,” said Conner.  “But today, my breaking stuff had its bite again.“

But Jackson starter Jordan Bergman was even stronger.  The righty has floundered in recent weeks since getting off to an 8-0 start.  But through the first 7 innings today, he was back in early-season form.  Bergman allowed only two hits through those 7 frames, and the only run he gave up came on a solo shot by California LF Kenneth Mader in the 4th.

“My deal with the devil hasn’t expired just yet,” joked Bergman.  “Looks like he picked up his option.”

But in the 8th, Bergman’s luck ran out.  He plunked leadoff hitter Jessie Corona and allowed a double to CF Santiago Suarez.  Reliever Butch Turnbull got Jackson out of the inning, but not before allowing the tying run to score on Mader’s RBI groundout.

“My heart just sank,” said Jackson C Clarence Doyle.  “We were trying to nurse that lead to the end, and we couldn’t do it.”

The mood in the home dugout grew gloomier in the 9th, as the Hammerheads’ attempted rally was snuffed out when 1B Lacy Wilczynski grounded into a double play.

But embattled Jackson closer Rick Sheen put up a scoreless 10th, giving the Heads another shot at redemption against Sharks lefty Boss Walker.  LF Track Johnson led off with a walk, and then RF Erin Arispe made a bid for a walkoff homer, but the ball died at the warning track.

That brought Deason to the dish.  The center fielder had grounded out against Walker in the 8th, and he was hungry for revenge.

“I wanted a pitch I could sink my teeth into,” said Deason.

He ran the count to 2-2, and then Walker (0-3) tried to finish him with a sinker on the outside corner.  Deason reached down and swatted it to center field.  It landed just beyond Suarez’s diving reach and rolled to the wall.  Johnson stormed home with the winning run as Cash Carter Downs went wild.

“They thought they had us, but not this time!” exulted Deason.  “They best get their hands off the prestigious Chum Bucket.  It ain’t theirs yet!”

The Hammerheads (40-30) will try for a sequel tomorrow behind ace Henry Jones.  The Sharks (39-28) hope that lefty Stu Palmeiro can write a different script.

 

6/22/2015, CAL15-JCK15, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0     2  4  2     9  1
2015 Hammerheads       1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1     3  5  1     6  1
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  1  1  0  .315    Deason            cf  4  1  1  1  .294
Suarez            cf  5  0  1  0  .239    Westerberg        ss  3  0  0  0  .343
Smyth             ss  4  0  1  0  .371    Fleitas           3b  4  0  0  1  .302
Mader             lf  3  1  1  2  .350    Walcott           dh  4  0  0  0  .250
Nix               dh  4  0  0  0  .335    Doyle             c   4  0  1  0  .322
Mote              3b  3  0  0  0  .231    Righter           2b  2  1  0  0  .341
Oller             2b  3  0  0  0  .290    Wilczynski        1b  4  0  1  0  .263
Gerke             1b  3  0  0  0  .226    Johnson           lf  3  1  1  0  .325
Carpenter         c   4  0  0  0  .217    Arispe            rf  4  0  1  1  .251
                     33  2  4  2                               32  3  5  3
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Conner                           7.0  3  2  2  2  3 104  71  5.46
Walker           L 0-3           2.1  2  1  1  2  0  37  20  7.20
                                 9.1  5  3  3  4  3 141  91 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Bergman                          7.0  3  2  2  4  3  96  52  4.83
Turnbull         BS 2            2.0  0  0  0  2  1  20  11  3.66
Sheen            W 1-3           1.0  1  0  0  0  0  13   9  4.19
                                10.0  4  2  2  6  4 129  72 
 
E-Oller, Conner, Westerberg. 2B-Suarez(9). 3B-Corona(13), Deason(9). 
HR-Mader(16). RBI-Mader 2(60), Deason(50), Fleitas(68), Arispe(35). 
SB-Smyth(7), Deason(19). K-Corona, Mote 2, Carpenter, Doyle 2, Wilczynski. 
BB-Smyth, Mader 2, Nix, Mote, Oller, Deason, Righter 2, Johnson. SH-Gerke, 
Westerberg. HBP-Corona. HB-Bergman. 
GWRBI: Deason
Temperature: 96, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: left to right at 2 MPH.

 

Jacksonville DragonsSalt Lake SamuraiJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 4, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 1

Jacksonville Dragons ace Biggs McGee has a message for the rest of the league.  The brash Texan has been telling the world how great he is all season long.  But lately, his pitching has started to catch up to his mouth.  And after pitching 8 innings of two-hit ball in the Dragons’ 4-1 win against the Salt Lake Samurai, McGee is openly campaigning for inclusion in the All-Star Game.

“Ain’t no All-Star Game worth the name without me,” said McGee.  “I understand if the league don’t want to face me, but I’m the starriest star there is, and everybody knows it.”

McGee (6-5) was more than a little wild; he issued five walks and bounced a couple breaking pitches that were credited as passed balls.  But when he was on target, the Samurai were all but helpless against him.  C DeAndre Turnbull snuck a single through the middle in the 3rd, and RF Romeo Martinez dropped a single into right in the 6th to score Salt Lake’s lone run.  That was it for the Samurai.

“Oh Jesus,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “He was insufferable when he was mediocre.  Can you imagine all the bragging he’s gonna do now that he’s actually good?  Better stock up on Excedrin.”

The Dragons got on the board early against Samurai starter Logan Morris (4-8).  DH Jake Kapoor had a pair of RBI doubles in the first 2 innings, part of a 3-for-4 day.

“Logan really battled today,” said Salt Lake manager Johnny Dugan.  “He didn’t have his best stuff, but he really tightened it up, especially after the first inning.  We couldn’t get him a win, but that’s not on him.”

After being touched for three runs and six hits over the first two frames, Morris settled in and gave up only four more hits over the next five, including a solo homer by 2B Alexis Popejoy in the 6th.  It was Popejoy’s 3rd homer of the season.

New Jacksonville closer Blueberry Jackson, having recently supplanted Razor Corridon, worked the 9th inning and collected his first save.

The Dragons (27-39) will rely on right-hander Kyle Palmer for tomorrow’s start.  The Samurai (18-55) will counter with righty Davey Skargard.

 

6/22/2015, SLC15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0     1  2  0     7  1
2015 Dragons           2  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  x     4 10  0     6  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  3  0  0  0  .237    Leon              cf  4  1  1  0  .263
Whitworth         dh  4  0  0  0  .292    Kapoor            1b  4  1  3  2  .319
Cosgrove          cf  3  0  0  0  .275    Teachout          c   4  0  0  0  .350
Martinez          rf  4  0  1  1  .297    Hopps             rf  4  0  1  1  .294
Thomas            1b  3  0  0  0  .233    Hartley           lf  3  0  2  0  .251
Sparks            lf  4  0  0  0  .272     Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .206
Montalvo          2b  3  0  0  0  .091    Esquivel          dh  4  0  0  0  .259
Turnbull          c   4  0  1  0  .121    Herdt             ss  4  0  1  0  .240
Davidson          3b  1  1  0  0  .189    Taliaferro        3b  3  0  0  0  .175
                     29  1  2  1          Popejoy           2b  3  2  2  1  .240
                                           Mount            2b  0  0  0  0  .208
                                                               33  4 10  4
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morris           L 4-8           7.0 10  4  4  0  3 112  78  5.04
Okamura                          0.0  0  0  0  1  0   4   0 14.21
Bautista                         1.0  0  0  0  0  0   6   5  3.18
                                 8.0 10  4  4  1  3 122  83 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGee            W 6-5           8.0  2  1  1  5  7 130  76  3.04
Jackson          S 1             1.0  0  0  0  1  0  13   7  2.48
                                 9.0  2  1  1  6  7 143  83 
 
JAX: Mount inserted at 2b in the 9th
     Parker inserted at lf in the 9th
 
2B-Leon(8), Kapoor 2(24). HR-Popejoy(3). RBI-Martinez(24), Kapoor 2(45), 
Hopps(50), Popejoy(9). K-Motonari, Whitworth, Cosgrove 2, Martinez, Montalvo, 
Turnbull, Hopps, Esquivel, Herdt. BB-Motonari, Cosgrove, Thomas, Montalvo, 
Davidson 2, Hartley. PB-Teachout 2. 
GWRBI: Kapoor
Jimmy Okamura was injured for this game only
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsKnoxville SmokiesMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 9, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 7

The Milwaukee Bear Claws are making a mockery of the competition in the Patriot League so far this season.  At the All-Star Break, they’ve all but clinched the Western division, leaving all of their competitors behind by double digits.  And in a potential championship preview against the Knoxville Smokies, they ambushed the competition early and survived a late rally to claim a 9-7 win and a sweep of the two-game series.

“I think all that talk is premature,” said Milwaukee manager Poss Horton.  “Last time I checked, they don’t hand out trophies for being first halfway through the season.  We’re gonna keep playing our game.”

One day after pounding the Smokies’ Todd Warrant, the Bear Claws had their way with another Knoxville starter.  This time, rookie lefty Woody Flowers (4-5) departed without retiring a batter in the 3rd, having allowed five runs on seven hits.

20-year-old reliever Jose Mariata followed Flowers and made his major league debut.  Unfortunately for him, it was a game to forget: Mariata allowed four runs on two hits and two walks while recording only two outs.  By the time the Milwaukee half of the 3rd was complete, the Bear Claws were ahead 9-2.

“Everything was moving so fast,” said Mariata of his debut.  “By the time I could breathe, I was already out of the game.  Everybody talks about how the game slows down when you’re good.  I hope that happens to me.”

But the Smokies weren’t about to give in.  They chased Milwaukee starter Benicio Torreneuva in the 5th after touching him for five runs on six hits.  Reliever Chris Karnik worked a couple scoreless innings, but then left at the end of the 6th after developing a blister on his throwing hand.

Knoxville proceeded to score two more runs against Bear Claws reliever Timmy Almon and closer Oscar Buenaventura.   The Smokies even got the tying run to the plate with no one out in the 9th.  But Buenaventura finished Knoxville off to secure his 20th save of the season.

Despite being swept at home by the Bear Claws, Smokies manager Snuff Wallace remains confident in his team’s prospects.  “This is a prime-time club,” said Wallace.  “By the time the championship rolls around, nobody’s gonna be thinking about what happened in June.  The whole Etch-A-Sketch might be shook up by then.  All I know is that we’re in it to win it.”

The Bear Claws (52-20) and the Smokies (44-27) now enjoy a day off.

 

6/22/2015, MIL15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        3  0  6  0  0  0  0  0  0     9 12  0     9  1
2015 Smokies           0  2  1  1  1  0  0  1  1     7 11  2     9  0
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  3  2  1  0  .325    Blair             cf  4  0  2  2  .290
Iddings           2b  5  2  2  2  .280    Kurland           2b  4  1  0  0  .286
Mateo             1b  4  1  1  1  .367    Campo             rf  4  2  3  0  .284
Suzuki            3b  4  1  1  2  .305    Battin            dh  3  0  1  1  .284
Mealey            lf  4  1  2  2  .308    Moriarty          ss  5  1  2  1  .274
Raine             dh  5  0  2  1  .243    Ortiz             1b  4  0  0  1  .238
Trumbauer         rf  4  1  1  1  .252    Bossard           c   3  1  1  2  .301
McGuigan          c   5  1  2  0  .286     Gomez            ph  0  1  0  0  .237
Maxwell           cf  5  0  0  0  .307     Carlo            c   1  0  0  0  .167
                     39  9 12  9          Aceuedo           3b  4  1  1  0  .291
                                          Sisco             lf  3  0  1  0  .301
                                                               35  7 11  7
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Torrenueva                       4.0  6  5  5  4  1  92  40  4.39
Karnik           W 3-1           2.0  1  0  0  0  0  16  12  4.91
Almon            H 5             1.2  1  1  1  2  1  24  12  1.85
Buenaventura     S 20            1.1  3  1  1  0  0  24  15  1.90
                                 9.0 11  7  7  6  2 156  79 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Flowers          L 4-5           2.0  7  5  3  2  1  54  32  3.59
Mariata                          0.2  2  4  4  2  0  17   5 54.00
Dennis                           3.1  2  0  0  2  0  53  30  4.94
Wilkins                          3.0  1  0  0  0  2  28  19  3.68
                                 9.0 12  9  7  6  3 152  86 
 
KNX: Gomez batted for Bossard in the 8th
     Carlo inserted at c in the 9th
 
E-Kurland, Moriarty. 2B-Petitt(24), Iddings(16), Suzuki(8), Mealey(12), 
Campo(7), Battin(15), Aceuedo(15). HR-Bossard(7). RBI-Iddings 2(42), 
Mateo(89), Suzuki 2(58), Mealey 2(34), Raine(34), Trumbauer(35), Blair 2(47), 
Battin(44), Moriarty(45), Ortiz(2), Bossard 2(19). K-Petitt, Mateo, McGuigan, 
Kurland, Moriarty. BB-Petitt 2, Mateo, Suzuki, Mealey, Trumbauer, Blair, 
Kurland, Campo, Battin, Sisco, Gomez. SF-Battin, Ortiz. WP-Dennis. 
GWRBI: Mateo
Chris Karnik was injured for this game only
Temperature: 90, Sky: clear, Wind: in from center at 13 MPH.

 

Silver City OutlawsOrlando CalrissiansSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 10, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 4

The Silver City Outlaws rode into today’s game on a five-game losing streak.  First-place Milwaukee had already left the Outlaws in the dust; now second-place California was threatening to pull away as well.  If ever Silver City needed a strong start from inconsistent righty Juan Carlos Lopez, it was today.  Lopez delivered with 8 strong innings, and the Outlaws’ bats went wild in a 10-4 demolition of the Orlando Calrissians.

“Before today’s game, I stopped by J.C.’s locker,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “I put my hands on his shoulders and said, ‘We need to see Good J.C. today.  If Bad J.C. shows up, we’re finished.’  He looked at me, smiled, and said, ‘Only Good J.C. today.’  And he was good to his word.”

Truth be told, the Outlaws have been seeing a lot of Good J.C. lately.  Lopez ran his record to 8-3 and lowered his ERA to 3.36 with today’s performance, in which he went 8 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits while piling up 7 whiffs.

Lopez’s recent success has correlated with an increase in movement on his pitches.  “I put the ball on a string,” joked Lopez.  “The hitter sees the ball and his eyes get big, then I pull the string and he misses.”

While Lopez was cruising, the Outlaws batters had a field day against Calrissians starter Charles McNally (1-6).  The veteran right-hander had been doing better recently, but he regressed badly in this game, lasting only 2 2/3 innings and allowing a pair of homers to Outlaws RF Nathaniel Wason and DH Tex Whittier.

“Usually after games like this, I’d be talking to y’all through the bottom of a bottle,” said McNally, whose struggles with alcoholism are well-known.  “But I’m learning to deal with it.  I know if I’m going to stick around in the league, I’ve got to hang on to being sober.”

Although McNally is staying on the wagon for now, it’s not clear whether the Calrissians will keep offering him opportunities.  His ERA ballooned to 12.46 after today’s outing, and with Orlando reportedly focused on rebuilding around younger players, it’s not clear whether the 37-year-old has a future with the club.  On the other hand, his trade value is virtually zero at this point, and it’s possible the Calrissians will keep him around to mentor younger players.  If he can stay sober, at least.

The Outlaws (39-30) will aim for a sweep of the two-game series behind righty Cloyce “Hoss “ Benson.  The Calrissians (20-48) will hope that righty Nate McGowan can deliver a split.

 

6/22/2015, SCO15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Outlaws           3  0  3  0  1  0  0  2  1    10 11  0     7  1
2015 Calrissians       0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  2     4  9  2    10  1
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Brewmaker         3b  4  2  2  1  .284    Hartl             lf  5  0  2  1  .278
Cardona           cf  5  1  0  0  .224    Defoor            1b  5  1  1  0  .230
Wason             rf  3  2  1  3  .302    Buendia           ss  4  0  2  1  .295
Elliott           1b  4  2  2  0  .295    Law               rf  3  0  2  1  .279
Whittier          dh  5  1  2  4  .262    Figeroa           3b  4  0  1  1  .260
Ivey              lf  5  1  3  0  .260    Crofoot           2b  4  0  0  0  .207
Burt              ss  4  0  0  0  .226    Nabors            dh  3  1  0  0  .194
Hintz             2b  3  1  0  0  .139    Elias             cf  4  1  1  0  .198
Jeffreys          c   2  0  0  0  .263    McCormack         c   3  1  0  0  .198
 Watson           c   1  0  1  0  .190                         35  4  9  4
                     36 10 11  8
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lopez            W 8-3           8.0  6  2  2  3  7 128  81  3.35
Foster                           0.1  2  2  2  1  0  19   7 12.71
Menard                           0.1  1  0  0  1  0   8   3  2.81
Matsumoto                        0.1  0  0  0  0  0   6   3  2.39
                                 9.0  9  4  4  5  7 161  94 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNally          L 1-6           2.2  4  6  5  1  1  54  37 12.41
Filippi                          3.1  3  1  1  3  1  46  26  2.16
Grazier                          3.0  4  3  2  3  1  59  34  8.44
                                 9.0 11 10  8  7  3 159  97 
 
SCO: Watson inserted at c in the 6th
 
E-Hartl, McCormack. 2B-Elliott(24), Whittier(4), Buendia(8), Figeroa(5). 
HR-Wason(30), Whittier(3). RBI-Brewmaker(49), Wason 3(62), Whittier 4(9), 
Hartl(19), Buendia(39), Law(22), Figeroa(43). K-Wason, Hintz, Jeffreys, 
Hartl, Crofoot 3, Elias 3. BB-Brewmaker, Wason 2, Burt, Hintz 2, Jeffreys, 
Buendia, Law 2, Figeroa, Nabors. SH-Elliott. HBP-McCormack. HB-Lopez. 
WP-Filippi, Grazier. 
GWRBI: Wason
Marlon Jeffreys was injured for this game only
Temperature: 86, Sky: cloudy, Wind: out to left at 19 MPH.

 

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