PBL Scores, 6/24/15

Topping today’s slate is perhaps the best pitcher’s duel the league has ever seen.  Read about that and more below!

Milwaukee Bear ClawsSilver City OutlawsMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 2, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 0 (10 INNINGS)

Today’s game between the Milwaukee Bear Claws and the Silver City Outlaws had something that has never occurred before in Patriot League history: after 9 innings, the game was a scoreless tie.  Both starters were in top form, and it seemed like the game might last forever if the teams could survive under the broiling New Mexico sun.   In the end, Milwaukee found a way, as they’ve done so often this season, and emerged with a 2-0 victory in 10 innings.

“Couldn’t have picked a worse day for extra innings,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton, referring to the 111-degree game time temperature.  “I felt like a piece of beef jerky after roasting out there all day.  It’s worth it when you win, though.”

Aside from the heat, Silver City’s Rob Tildon and Milwaukee’s Herculez Mendoza were the stars of the day.  Tildon, who is the Outlaws’ nominal ace but doesn’t always pitch like it, was in top form today.  He struck out 11 Bear Claws while shutting them out on six hits through the first 9 innings.

“Honestly, on a day like today, pitching well is a form of self-defense,” said Tildon.  “The more hits you allow, the longer you’re out there.”

Mendoza’s performance was perhaps even more remarkable.  The journeyman righty lacks Tildon’s swing-and-miss stuff, but he still managed to rack up 8 Ks while allowing only three hits through 9.

Although both teams had precious few runners, they each blew a potential scoring opportunity.  In the 3rd, the Outlaws drew two walks against Mendoza and then pulled off an audacious double steal to put them both in scoring position.  But 2B Marlon Hintz fouled out to end the threat.  In the 9th, Milwaukee loaded the bases on two walks and a single, but C Paris Champney grounded out and kept it a scoreless game.

Tildon (7-6) came back out for the 10th, but after allowing a single to SS Red Petitt and a walk to 2B Richard Iddings he was lifted for closer Go Matsumoto.  Bear Claws 1B Felipe Mateo bunted the runners over into scoring position.  3B Ikaru Suzuki smoked a liner back up the middle, but Matsumoto speared it.  He nearly turned an inning-ending double play, but Iddings scrambled back to the bag just in time.  That kept the inning alive for LF Arthur Mealey, who punched a single through the left side to score both Petitt and Iddings.

Although Milwaukee closer Oscar Buenaventura was ready to close it out in the bottom of the 10th, Mendoza insisted on coming back out.  With one out, he allowed back-to-back singles, and Horton came to the mound to insert his closer.  Mendoza had other ideas.

“He told me, ‘Let me finish,’” Horton recounted.  “I said, ‘You’ve pitched a hell of a game, Bunny’s warm.   Have a seat.’  He said, ‘No, this is my game.  I finish.’  I looked in his eye, and I saw the determination.  So I gave him a pat and went back.”

Mendoza (4-3) retired the last two hitters on flyouts to complete one of the most impressive wins the league has seen.  He was unavailable for comment after the game, as he was reportedly taking an ice bath to cool down.

The win came at a price for Milwaukee: CF DeAndre Maxwell pulled up lame after stroking a single in the 5th.  The team suspected he was suffering from heat-related cramps, but he was later diagnosed with a strained quad.  He will likely land on the DL as a result, though the team has not yet announced a roster move.

The Bear Claws (53-20) have lefty Zack Perriman ready to go tomorrow.  The Outlaws (40-31) will tap their young stud, Pedro Rodriguez.

 

6/24/2015, MIL15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2     2  8  0    10  1
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  5  0     7  0
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  5  1  3  0  .329    Brewmaker         3b  5  0  1  0  .280
Iddings           2b  4  1  1  0  .280    Cardona           cf  4  0  0  0  .228
Mateo             1b  4  0  0  0  .361    Wason             rf  3  0  0  0  .296
Suzuki            3b  5  0  0  0  .300    Elliott           1b  4  0  1  0  .293
Mealey            lf  4  0  1  2  .307    Whittier          dh  4  0  0  0  .247
Raine             dh  4  0  0  0  .238    Ivey              lf  3  0  0  0  .264
Trumbauer         rf  4  0  1  0  .252    Burt              ss  3  0  1  0  .229
Maxwell           cf  2  0  1  0  .309    Hintz             2b  4  0  1  0  .178
 Dipalma          pr  1  0  1  0  .375    Jeffreys          c   4  0  1  0  .277
Champney          c   3  0  0  0  .180                         34  0  5  0
                     36  2  8  2
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mendoza          W 4-3          10.0  5  0  0  3  8 126  76  4.52
                                10.0  5  0  0  3  8 126  76 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tildon           L 7-6           9.0  7  2  2  5 11 128  73  3.47
Matsumoto                        1.0  1  0  0  0  0   9   7  2.30
                                10.0  8  2  2  5 11 137  80 
 
MIL: Dipalma ran for Maxwell in the 5th
     Dipalma moved to cf in the 5th
 
2B-Elliott(25). RBI-Mealey 2(36). SB-Ivey 2(8), Burt(6). CS-Dipalma. 
K-Petitt, Iddings 2, Mateo, Suzuki, Raine, Trumbauer 3, Maxwell, Champney, 
Cardona 3, Elliott 2, Whittier 2, Burt. BB-Iddings, Mealey, Raine, Champney, 
Dipalma, Wason, Ivey, Burt. SH-Mateo. WP-Tildon. 
GWRBI: Mealey
DeRonde Maxwell was injured for this game and 9 more days
Temperature: 111, Sky: clear, Wind: in from right at 12 MPH.

 

Knoxville SmokiesJackson HammerheadsKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 7, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 2

This final four-game series before the All-Star Break has major ramifications for the Eastern division.  The second-place Jackson Hammerheads are hoping to dislodge the Knoxville Smokies from the top perch with a strong series.  But today, the Smokies battered Hammerheads starter Kiko Walton and took the first round of their battle by a 7-2 margin.

Walton (7-3), who has struggled with inconsistency all season but has been good recently, landed with a thud today.  The Smokies chased him after only 2 1/3 innings, with 3B Ronnie Aceuedo and RF Jackson Campo having already gone deep against him.  When lefty Eric Seeman followed Walton, Knoxville DH Eddie Battin greeted him with a two-run homer that made the score 7-2.

“I sucked, basically,” was Walton’s assessment of his performance.  “Might as well have put it on a tee.”

Smokies starter Jack Jacques (7-4) cruised to a complete-game win, limiting the Hammerheads to five hits and striking out four.  After a slightly bumpy beginning, Jacques got stronger as the game went on, allowing only a pair of weak singles over the final 6 innings.

“I can’t believe we got this kid so cheap,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace, referring to the early-season trade that brought Jacques to Knoxville from the Jacksonville Dragons.  “All we gave up was that guy, what’s his name?  Strawberry?  Raspberry?  [actually Blueberry Jackson, lefty reliever]  Anyway, another heist for us.”

The only runs that Jackson could muster came on an RBI single by C Clarence Doyle in the 1st and another by 3B Kim Fleitas in the 3rd.

Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes was deeply disappointed by his team’s poor offensive performance in a must-win game.  “We may run like Mays, but we hit like [expletive],” said the Jackson skipper.

One player who is particularly struggling for the Hammerheads is 1B Lacy Wilczynski.  The 24-year-old utility man thrived in right field during Erin Arispe’s injury, but has fallen into a slump since taking over the first sack after Battin was dealt to Knoxville.  Wilczynski had three weak grounders on the day, and Hayes sent journeyman Pete Cianciarulo up to pinch-hit for him in the 9th.  Although some Jackson fans have called for Wilczynski’s benching, Hayes said that he is not contemplating a move at this time.

The Smokies (45-27) will send ace Elicio Santana to the bump tomorrow, while the Hammerheads (41-31) will counter with veteran right-hander Jason Wallace.

 

6/24/2015, JCK15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0     2  5  1     6  1
2015 Smokies           1  1  5  0  0  0  0  0  x     7  9  1     8  1
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  4  1  1  0  .298    Blair             cf  3  2  0  0  .287
Westerberg        ss  3  1  1  0  .341    Kurland           2b  5  0  2  0  .308
Fleitas           3b  4  0  1  1  .307    Bryant            1b  3  1  1  1  .295
Walcott           dh  3  0  0  0  .220    Campo             rf  3  1  1  3  .284
Doyle             c   4  0  1  1  .317    Moriarty          ss  4  1  1  0  .273
Righter           2b  3  0  1  0  .341    Battin            dh  3  1  1  2  .285
Wilczynski        1b  3  0  0  0  .260    Bossard           c   4  0  1  0  .299
 Cianciarulo      ph  1  0  0  0  .143    Aceuedo           3b  4  1  1  1  .291
Johnson           lf  4  0  0  0  .326    Sisco             lf  4  0  1  0  .300
Arispe            rf  3  0  0  0  .248                         33  7  9  7
                     32  2  5  2
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Walton           L 7-3           2.1  4  6  6  3  1  57  30  5.36
Seeman                           2.1  4  1  1  2  1  46  23  4.97
Sircy                            3.1  1  0  0  1  1  35  19  1.38
                                 8.0  9  7  7  6  3 138  72 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jacques          W 7-4           9.0  5  2  2  3  4 120  79  3.74
                                 9.0  5  2  2  3  4 120  79 
 
JCK: Cianciarulo batted for Wilczynski in the 9th
 
E-Westerberg, Bryant. 2B-Bossard(6). HR-Campo(18), Battin(13), Aceuedo(10). 
RBI-Fleitas(69), Doyle(28), Bryant(47), Campo 3(63), Battin 2(46), 
Aceuedo(30). SB-Deason(20). K-Fleitas, Walcott, Doyle 2, Blair, Kurland, 
Moriarty. BB-Westerberg, Walcott, Righter, Blair 2, Bryant 2, Campo, Battin. 
WP-Walton. 
GWRBI: Campo
Temperature: 81, Sky: clear, Wind: in from right at 7 MPH.

 

California SharksSalt Lake SamuraiCALIFORNIA SHARKS 7, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 0

Throughout the early part of the season, California Sharks starter Deke Slater was a disappointment, the biggest underachiever in a rotation full of them.  The combination of his poor performance and seemingly blasé attitude led some in the organization to want to write him off as a head case.

But something has clicked for Slater in recent weeks.  He has gone from an anchor dragging the Sharks down to a rotation mainstay.  He turned in his best performance to date in today’s 7-0 win over the Salt Lake Samurai.

“Free your mind and your arm will follow,” said Slater.  “I’ve freed myself from the negativity and doubt that weighed me down.  And the good times are rolling, dude.”

Slater (6-8) tossed a five-hit shutout, striking out eight.  He pushed his ERA below 5 for the first time in months.  And he did it all with the nonchalant ease of a surfer riding a wave at Waikiki.

“If Deke keeps this up, he will become our stopper,” said California manager Eduardo Aponte.  “Do not let his relaxed persona fool you: he has worked hard to get himself on track, and he is reaping the rewards of that.”

Meanwhile, the Sharks hitters pounded Samurai starter Jonathan Fernandez (0-9).  California strung together singles in the 4th and turned them into three runs with the help of a walk and a poorly-timed error.  In the 7th, Sharks 1B Jamal Gerke launched a three-run homer that drove Fernandez from the game.

“Not really a lot of positives out of this game,” said Salt Lake manager Johnny Dugan.  “We didn’t do well with hitting, pitching, or fielding.  We’ve had a good run lately that showed our potential, but games like this remind us that we’ve still got a ways to go.”

The Sharks dugout suffered a moment of panic when LF Kenneth Mader came limping out of the game in the 2nd inning.  He had fouled a ball off of his foot during batting practice and was still feeling the effects.  Fortunately, X-rays were negative and the California medical staff believe that it’s just a bruise.  Mader is considered day-to-day.

The Sharks (40-29) hope that right-hander Brian Goreman can keep the good times rolling tomorrow.  The Samurai (18-57) will hand the ball to their ace, Toshiie Maeda.

 

6/24/2015, SLC15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  5  3     5  1
2015 Sharks            0  0  0  3  0  0  3  1  x     7  9  0     5  2
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  4  0  0  0  .239    Corona            rf  4  0  0  0  .306
Whitworth         dh  3  0  0  0  .283    Suarez            cf  4  0  1  0  .239
Cosgrove          cf  4  0  2  0  .277    Smyth             ss  3  1  1  0  .372
Martinez          rf  4  0  0  0  .286    Mader             lf  1  0  0  0  .343
Thomas            1b  3  0  0  0  .228     Novick           lf  3  1  2  0  .286
Sparks            lf  3  0  0  0  .269    Mote              3b  4  2  1  1  .229
Montalvo          2b  3  0  1  0  .111    Lockley           c   4  1  2  2  .269
Turnbull          c   3  0  0  0  .115    Oller             2b  3  1  1  1  .286
Davidson          3b  3  0  2  0  .194     Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .170
                     30  0  5  0          Nix               dh  3  0  0  0  .329
                                          Gerke             1b  4  1  1  3  .216
                                                               33  7  9  7
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fernandez        L 0-9           6.1  7  6  5  2  6  92  55  6.19
Henderson                        1.2  2  1  0  1  2  27  17  5.11
                                 8.0  9  7  5  3  8 119  72 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Slater           W 6-8           9.0  5  0  0  2  8 121  72  4.99
                                 9.0  5  0  0  2  8 121  72 
 
CAL: Novick inserted at lf in the 2nd
     Puffer inserted at 2b in the 9th
 
E-Martinez, Montalvo, Davidson. 2B-Smyth(17), Lockley 2(15). HR-Gerke(2). 
RBI-Mote(49), Lockley 2(21), Oller(44), Gerke 3(6). SB-Montalvo(1), 
Suarez(9). K-Whitworth, Cosgrove, Martinez 3, Sparks 2, Turnbull, Corona 2, 
Suarez 2, Smyth 2, Oller, Gerke. BB-Whitworth, Thomas, Smyth, Oller, Nix. 
GWRBI: Mote
Keneth Mader was injured for this game and 1 more days
Temperature: 64, Sky: clear, Wind: out to center at 8 MPH.

 

Jacksonville DragonsOrlando CalrissiansJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 10, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 2

If you squint at the Jacksonville Dragons, you can see the outlines of a contender peeking through the mess.  They have a strong middle of the order and their starters, though inconsistent, show significant upside.  Both were on display today as the Dragons romped over the Orlando Calrissians, 10-2.

“Every day was supposed to be like this,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “If it was, we’d be up there with Jackson and Knoxville, and I’d have more of my hair.”

Juan Sarmiento (5-5) is perhaps the most intriguing yet frustrating of Jacksonville’s starters.  The flame-throwing 23-year-old often suffers from a maddening lack of control with both his pitches and his emotions.  When he is able to keep it together, however, he’s virtually unhittable.

In today’s game, Sarmiento allowed more walks (three) than hits (two).  The two Orlando players that did hit him, RF Magnus Larson and C Herschel Lesher, both launched solo shots.  But the rest of the Calrissians flailed away helplessly, as evidenced by Sarmiento’s 11 strikeouts.

“I want to be great,” said Sarmiento.  “When it doesn’t happen, I get frustrated and everything goes wrong.  But I hope that today’s game will become the norm, not the exception.”

Orlando starter Oscar Morton (2-6) turned in a dismal performance in which his control utterly abandoned him.  He allowed an astounding eight walks in only 2 1/3 innings.  He allowed five free passes in the 1st and walked in two runs.

“I can’t explain that,” said Morton.  “I was wilder than a bush hog.”

After Morton’s early departure, the Calrissians cycled through their entire bullpen.  The only reliever to emerge with any glory were lefties Ian Grazier (who threw 1 2/3 scoreless frames) and Erik Geis (who pitched to the last batter of the game and got him out on a fly ball to center.)

“This was basically a failure on every level,” said Calrissians manager Logan Bothan.

The Dragons (29-39) will start southpaw Randy Cannon tomorrow.  The Calrissians (20-50) counter with their ace, Nathan Nunb.

 

6/24/2015, ORL15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0     2  2  0     3  2
2015 Dragons           3  1  0  0  2  3  0  1  x    10 10  0     8  0
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Gilmartin         ss  3  0  0  0  .245    Leon              cf  4  2  1  0  .266
 Buendia          ph  1  0  0  0  .293    Kapoor            1b  3  1  0  0  .314
Hartl             lf  4  0  0  0  .274    Teachout          c   3  3  3  2  .357
Law               dh  3  0  0  0  .274    Hopps             rf  4  2  3  3  .297
Larson            rf  4  1  1  1  .291    Hartley           lf  4  1  2  3  .256
Crofoot           2b  3  0  0  0  .206     Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .206
Defoor            1b  3  0  0  0  .234    Esquivel          dh  4  0  1  0  .261
Figeroa           3b  2  0  0  0  .257    Herdt             ss  2  0  0  1  .235
Lesher            c   3  1  1  1  .230    Taliaferro        3b  2  1  0  1  .179
Elias             cf  3  0  0  0  .196    Popejoy           2b  4  0  0  0  .223
                     29  2  2  2                               30 10 10 10
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morton           L 2-6           2.1  2  4  4  8  1  82  34  7.32
Grazier                          1.2  0  0  0  0  0  16  11  8.12
Filippi                          1.0  3  2  2  0  0   9   7  2.62
Quesara                          0.1  1  2  2  1  1  11   6  6.68
Turbeville                       0.0  1  1  1  1  0   7   2  7.00
Smith                            2.1  3  1  1  2  3  52  27  7.02
Geis                             0.1  0  0  0  0  0   3   1  7.50
                                 8.0 10 10 10 12  5 180  88 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sarmiento        W 5-5           9.0  2  2  2  3 11 112  70  4.56
                                 9.0  2  2  2  3 11 112  70 
 
ORL: Buendia batted for Gilmartin in the 8th
     Buendia moved to ss in the 8th
JAX: Parker inserted at lf in the 9th
 
HR-Larson(16), Lesher(10), Hopps(16). RBI-Larson(34), Lesher(17), 
Teachout 2(34), Hopps 3(53), Hartley 3(54), Herdt(27), Taliaferro(6). 
K-Hartl, Law 3, Larson, Crofoot, Defoor 3, Figeroa, Lesher, Leon, Kapoor 2, 
Esquivel, Popejoy. BB-Law, Crofoot, Figeroa, Leon, Kapoor 2, Teachout 2, 
Hopps, Hartley, Esquivel, Herdt 2, Taliaferro 2. 
GWRBI: Hartley
Temperature: 89, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 18 MPH.

 

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