PBL Scores, 6/23/15

The latest round for inter-division play draws to a close.  Who finishes it off with a win?  The answer lies below!

Jacksonville DragonsSalt Lake SamuraiJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 5, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 1

If the Jacksonville Dragons are going to climb back into contention in the East, they’re going to need a number of players to raise their games.  Perhaps most crucially, they’ll need Kyle Palmer to pitch like the #2 starter they expected him to be.

Palmer started off the year in underwhelming fashion, and then landed on the disabled list.  In his second start back from the DL, Palmer finally showed the form that the Dragons have been seeking, leading his team to a 5-1 win and a sweep of the Salt Lake Samurai.

“This is one of the first times all year that I’ve really felt like myself,” said Palmer.  “Too often, I’ve felt like my mind knew what to do and it was trying to get my body to play along.  But today, mind and body were working together, and I felt much more natural out there.”

Palmer (2-7) pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out five.  The lone run came on Samurai CF Lee Cosgrove’s RBI single in the 6th.  Dragons manager Harlan Davidson pulled Palmer in the 9th not for performance reason, but because of his mounting pitch count.  Closer Blueberry Jackson got the final two outs for his second save.

“I wasn’t about to risk him getting another damn injury and going back on the DL,” said Davidson.  “Just when he’s getting it together.”

Salt Lake starter Davey Skargard (2-9) was able to record a complete game, although he had far less success than Palmer.  Skargard allowed five runs on seven hits.  His problem inning was the 6th, just after Cosgrove’s single had tied it up for the Samurai.  Jacksonville scored four runs in that inning, capped off by a three-run blast from Jan Esquivel, the backup catcher who’s been slotted in at DH to get his bat into the lineup.  Skargard also allowed a towering solo shot to LF Rob Hartley, his 17th dinger of the year.

“I don’t know why anyone thinks they can’t contend,” said Skargard of the Dragons.  “They’ve got a strong, deep lineup, and they can hurt you in a lot of ways.  I know their pitching has been an issue, but if they start getting performances like they’ve had the last couple days, I think they can be dangerous.”

The Dragons (28-39) now prepare to host their cross-state rivals, the Orlando Calrissians.  The Samurai (18-56) are heading to the opposite cost to face the California Sharks.

 

6/23/2015, 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  4  0     7  0
2015 Dragons           0  1  0  0  0  4  0  0  x     5  7  1     3  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  3  1  2  0  .242    Leon              cf  4  1  2  0  .266
Whitworth         dh  3  0  0  0  .287    Kapoor            1b  4  1  1  1  .318
Cosgrove          cf  4  0  1  1  .274    Teachout          c   4  0  1  0  .348
Martinez          rf  3  0  0  0  .293    Hopps             rf  4  0  0  0  .290
Thomas            1b  4  0  0  0  .230    Hartley           lf  3  2  1  1  .252
Sparks            lf  4  0  1  0  .272     Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .206
Montalvo          2b  4  0  0  0  .067    Esquivel          dh  3  1  1  3  .261
Turnbull          c   4  0  0  0  .118    Herdt             ss  3  0  0  0  .237
Davidson          3b  2  0  0  0  .186    Taliaferro        3b  2  0  1  0  .183
                     31  1  4  1          Popejoy           2b  3  0  0  0  .232
                                           Mount            2b  0  0  0  0  .208
                                                               30  5  7  5
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Skargard         L 2-9           8.0  7  5  5  2  5 112  74  4.88
                                 8.0  7  5  5  2  5 112  74 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmer           W 2-7           8.1  4  1  1  4  5 136  79  4.64
Jackson          S 2             0.2  0  0  0  0  0   5   3  2.43
                                 9.0  4  1  1  4  5 141  82 
 
JAX: Mount inserted at 2b in the 8th
     Parker inserted at lf in the 9th
 
E-Popejoy. 2B-Kapoor(25), Teachout(15). HR-Hartley(17), Esquivel(4). 
RBI-Cosgrove(27), Kapoor(46), Hartley(51), Esquivel 3(17). SB-Cosgrove(5). 
CS-Davidson, Taliaferro. K-Cosgrove, Thomas, Sparks, Turnbull 2, Kapoor, 
Teachout, Hopps, Esquivel 2. BB-Motonari, Whitworth, Martinez, Davidson, 
Hartley, Taliaferro. WP-Palmer. 
GWRBI: Kapoor
Temperature: 93, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: out to left at 12 MPH.

 

Jackson HammerheadsCalifornia SharksJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 6, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 4

“The prestigious Chum Bucket belongs to us.  Don’t forget.  And if California wants it, they’re going to have to pry it out of our cold, dead hands!”

Those were the words of Jackson Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes before today’s game against the California Sharks.  And the Hamerheads heeded their manager’s words, devouring Sharks starter Stu Palmeiro and hanging on for a 6-4 win and a sweep of the two-game series.

After the game, Hayes had a few choice words for the journalists who’d been predicting that the Hammerheads were sunk in the Eastern division race.  “This proves that you wealthy college boys don’t have the education to admit that you’re wrong,” said Hayes.

The Hammerheads chewed up Palmeiro (8-3) and spit him out after only 3 2/3 innings.  CF Damian Deason led off the game with a home run, and it only went downhill from there for Palmeiro.

“They’ve got lifeless eyes,” said Palmeiro of the Jackson hitters.  “Black eyes, like a doll’s eyes.  When they come at you, they don’t seem to be living… until they bite you.”

California closer Eugene Grace did a solid job in relief, allowing only one run the rest of the way, but the damage was done.

“Mako no mistake,” said Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte, “that’s a dangerous bunch over there.”

Jackson ace Henry Jones (7-5) ripped the Sharks to pieces, pitching 8 innings and allowing only 4 hits while racking up 6 strikeouts.

“Back home, we have a taxidermy man,” said Jones, flashing his pearly whites.  “He’s gonna have a heart attack when he sees what I brung him.”

Closer Rick Sheen gave up a homer to California SS Rubin Smyth in the 9th, but held on for his tenth save.

“I don’t know if we’re gonna be the champions this year,” said Hayes.  “But if we can hold on to the highly prestigious Chum Bucket, I consider the season a success.”

The Hammerheads (41-30) now swim off to Knoxville, where the Smokies are lying in wait.  The Sharks (39-29) head for the friendlier waters of home and the Salt Lake Samurai.

 

6/23/2015, CAL15-JCK15, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            0  0  3  0  0  0  0  0  1     4  5  0     1  0
2015 Hammerheads       1  0  2  2  0  0  0  1  x     6 12  0     7  0
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  0  0  0  .310    Deason            cf  5  2  3  3  .299
Suarez            cf  4  1  1  2  .239    Westerberg        ss  4  0  1  1  .341
Smyth             ss  4  1  2  2  .372    Fleitas           3b  4  0  3  0  .308
Mader             lf  4  0  0  0  .345    Walcott           dh  4  0  0  0  .232
Nix               dh  4  0  1  0  .333    Doyle             c   3  1  0  0  .318
Mote              3b  3  0  0  0  .228    Righter           2b  3  1  1  0  .341
Oller             2b  3  0  0  0  .286    Wilczynski        1b  3  1  1  0  .264
Lockley           c   3  1  1  0  .264    Johnson           lf  2  1  2  0  .331
Gerke             1b  2  1  0  0  .212    Arispe            rf  4  0  1  2  .251
                     31  4  5  4                               32  6 12  6
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmeiro         L 8-3           3.2  6  5  5  3  3  70  41  4.81
Grace                            4.0  5  1  1  0  2  55  38  4.21
Arzola                           0.1  1  0  0  0  0   6   4  0.98
                                 8.0 12  6  6  3  5 131  83 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jones            W 7-5           8.0  4  3  3  1  6 102  65  4.20
Sheen            S 10            1.0  1  1  1  0  1  11   8  4.30
                                 9.0  5  4  4  1  7 113  73 
 
2B-Lockley(13), Deason(29). 3B-Suarez(9). HR-Smyth(13), Deason(5). 
RBI-Suarez 2(46), Smyth 2(61), Deason 3(53), Westerberg(43), Arispe 2(37). 
SB-Fleitas(9). CS-Fleitas. K-Corona, Suarez, Mader 2, Nix, Mote, Lockley, 
Westerberg, Walcott 2, Doyle, Wilczynski. BB-Gerke, Doyle, Johnson 2. 
SH-Wilczynski. HBP-Righter. HB-Grace. 
GWRBI: Arispe
Temperature: 88, Sky: clear, Wind: out to center at 10 MPH.

 

Silver City OutlawsOrlando CalrissiansSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 13, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 7

The Orlando Calrissians had a shot at victory in today’s game.  They chased the Silver City Outlaws’ starter in the 4th and building a 6-3 lead.  The rest of the game got ugly, though, as the Outlaws battered the Calrissians into submission for a 13-7 win.

“I feel like we got blasted by the Death Star,” said Calrissians manager Logan Bothan.  “Silver City just turned their superlaser on us, and we were toast.”

Orlando got off to an encouraging start against the Outlaws’ Cloyce “Hoss” Benson, tagging him for six runs.  Better yet, for an offense that’s been heavily reliant on homers to generate runs, the Calrissians amassed their total by stringing together singles and doubles.

“We were actually playing like a real offense for once,” said Orlando 1B Brooks Defoor.  “It was nice.”

Unfortunately, Calrissians starter Nate McGowan, handed a rare lead, couldn’t hold onto it.  “Nate’s gotten so little run support this year,” said Defoor.  “I think when he finally got it, he didn’t know what to do.”

McGowan departed without recording an out in the 5th, and reliever Ruben Quesara (0-4) couldn’t stop the bleeding.  Outlaws LF Brant “Poison” Ivey roped an RBI single to give Silver City a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Things went from bad to worse for Orlando in the subsequent innings.  Outlaws CF Javier Cardona smacked a two-run dinger off of Quesara in the 6th.  In the 9th, C Marlon Jeffreys blasted a three-run bomb against Calrissians closer Caddington Smith.  The fans at Bespin, at least those who hadn’t wandered off to the casino, showered the home team with boos.

“That was hard to hear,” admitted Defoor.  “But it’s not like we didn’t deserve it.  And at least they cared enough to react.”

Outlaws reliever Aurelio Menard (1-3) who tossed 5 inning of one-run ball in relief of Benson, picked up the win.

“Nice to see Aurelio get a W,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “He’s had a hell of a year and gotten no glory for it.  Not that he’s looking for any.  We’ve got a bullpen full of blue-collar dirt hogs, just the way I like it.”

The Outlaws (40-30) now return to The Corral to take on the Milwaukee Bear Claws.  The Calrissians (20-49) prepare to do battle with the Jacksonville Dragons.

 

6/23/2015, SCO15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Outlaws           2  1  0  0  4  2  1  0  3    13 14  0     6  1
2015 Calrissians       3  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  1     7 11  0     6  0
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Brewmaker         3b  2  3  0  0  .282    Hartl             lf  4  1  1  1  .277
Cardona           cf  5  2  3  3  .231    Defoor            1b  5  1  3  1  .237
Wason             rf  5  1  1  2  .300    Buendia           ss  4  1  1  1  .294
Elliott           1b  5  1  1  2  .293    Law               rf  5  0  1  0  .278
Whittier          dh  4  1  1  0  .261    Figeroa           3b  4  1  1  1  .259
Ivey              lf  5  2  3  1  .267    Crofoot           2b  4  0  1  2  .208
Burt              ss  3  1  1  0  .227    Nabors            dh  3  1  0  0  .189
Hintz             2b  5  0  2  2  .171    Elias             cf  3  1  1  0  .202
Jeffreys          c   5  2  2  3  .279    McCormack         c   3  1  2  1  .210
                     39 13 14 13                               35  7 11  7
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Benson                           3.1  8  6  6  1  3  66  42  5.30
Menard           W 1-3           5.0  3  1  1  2  1  74  40  2.68
Foster                           0.2  0  0  0  0  1   9   5 11.37
                                 9.0 11  7  7  3  5 149  87 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGowan                          4.0  6  6  6  3  3  72  41  5.36
Quesara          L 0-4           2.0  3  3  3  1  2  44  29  6.21
Turbeville                       2.1  4  3  3  2  3  56  31  6.75
Smith                            0.2  1  1  1  0  2  15   9  7.26
                                 9.0 14 13 13  6 10 187 110 
 
2B-Whittier(5), Figeroa(6), Elias(5), McCormack 2(4). HR-Cardona(13), 
Elliott(15), Jeffreys(1). RBI-Cardona 3(37), Wason 2(64), Elliott 2(53), 
Ivey(24), Hintz 2(5), Jeffreys 3(4), Hartl(20), Defoor(43), Buendia(40), 
Figeroa(44), Crofoot 2(68), McCormack(8). SB-Cardona(5), Ivey(6), Hintz(1), 
Hartl(9). CS-Burt. K-Brewmaker, Cardona, Wason, Elliott 2, Burt 2, Hintz 2, 
Jeffreys, Law 3, Crofoot, Nabors. BB-Brewmaker 4, Whittier, Burt, Hartl, 
Nabors, Elias. SH-Burt. SF-Buendia, McCormack. PB-Jeffreys. 
GWRBI: Ivey
Temperature: 86, Sky: clear, Wind: out to right at 16 MPH.

 

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