PBL Scores, 6/25/15

The All-Star Break is getting closer.  Who’s in position to compete in the second half, and who’s seeing their chances slip away?  Find out below…

Orlando CalrissiansJacksonville DragonsORLANDO CALRISSIANS 4, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 3

The Orlando Calrissians have had a disappointing season so far.  The team has struggled in many areas, but perhaps none more so than in starting pitching.  The Calrissians have used more starters this season than anyone else in the league.  In fact, only two of their starters have been in the rotation since Opening Day.  One of them is their ace, Nathan Nunb, who has been their most dependable pitcher by far.

“When Nathan’s on the hill, we always know we’ve got a shot to win,” said Calrissians 3B Curt Figueroa.

Today, their ace came through again, giving the beleaguered bullpen a break with a complete game in Orlando’s 4-3 win over the Jacksonville Dragons.

Nunb (8-5) allowed three runs on six hits.  Half of those hits came in the 9th inning, when the Orlando ace tired and Jacksonville mounted a furious rally.  But when Calrissians manager Logan Bothan considered going to his pen, Nunb insisted on staying in.

“I knew the relief corps needed a break after yesterday,” said Nunb.  “So I reached inside myself and found enough strength to finish it out.”

Apart from Nunb, the other hero of the day was SS Jose Buendia.  The diminutive middle infielder has had a curious season.  Despite being one of Orlando’s best hitters, he was bumped from his starting second-base job by the acquisition of Erasmo Crofoot from Jackson.  After reportedly clashing with Bothan over the decision, he’s now been relegated to part-time duty.

But when starting SS Sean Gilmartin went down with back tightness, Buendia stepped in and didn’t miss a beat.  In the 9th, he smoked a two-out, two-run single against Dragons reliever Blueberry Jackson to give the Calrissians the insurance runs they would need.

“It’s my job to be ready whenever,” said Buendia.  “If I get the hits when it matters, I hope that will lead to more opportunities.”

Calrissians RF Magnus Larson provided Orlando’s other runs with his 17th homer of the year in the 6th inning.

Dragons starter Randy Cannon (4-7) was the hard-luck loser.  Like Nunb, he allowed three runs on six hits.  CF Alfonso Leon led off the game with a homer, but that was the only run Jacksonville would score until their 9th-inning rally.

“I knew it was too good to last,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “God forbid we start a winning streak that might lift us into contention.”

Game three of the four-game set between the Calrissians (21-50) and the Dragons (29-40) is tomorrow, with Orlando’s Chuck Weaver matching up against Jacksonville’s Tony Harris.

 

6/25/2015, ORL15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  2     4  7  1     7  1
2015 Dragons           1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2     3  6  0     6  0
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Gilmartin         ss  2  0  0  0  .240    Leon              cf  4  1  1  1  .266
 Buendia          ss  3  0  1  2  .294    Kapoor            1b  3  0  2  0  .318
Hartl             lf  5  0  2  0  .276    Teachout          c   4  0  0  0  .350
Law               dh  2  1  1  0  .276    Hopps             rf  4  0  0  0  .292
Larson            rf  4  1  1  2  .290    Hartley           lf  4  1  1  0  .256
Crofoot           2b  4  0  1  0  .206    Esquivel          dh  4  1  1  0  .261
Defoor            1b  4  1  1  0  .234    Herdt             ss  4  0  1  1  .235
Figeroa           3b  3  1  0  0  .255    Taliaferro        3b  2  0  0  1  .174
Lesher            c   4  0  0  0  .223    Popejoy           2b  3  0  0  0  .217
Elias             cf  2  0  0  0  .193                         32  3  6  3
                     33  4  7  4
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Numb             W 8-5           9.0  6  3  3  3  3 122  71  4.31
                                 9.0  6  3  3  3  3 122  71 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Cannon           L 4-7           8.0  6  3  3  3  4 126  74  4.65
Jackson                          1.0  1  1  1  2  0  18   8  2.61
                                 9.0  7  4  4  5  4 144  82 
 
ORL: Buendia inserted at ss in the 3rd
 
E-Gilmartin. 2B-Kapoor(26), Hartley(20). HR-Larson(17), Leon(9). 
RBI-Larson 2(36), Buendia 2(42), Leon(32), Herdt(28), Taliaferro(7). 
K-Crofoot, Figeroa, Lesher, Elias, Leon, Hopps, Esquivel. BB-Law 2, Figeroa, 
Elias 2, Kapoor, Taliaferro, Popejoy. SF-Taliaferro. 
GWRBI: Larson
Sean Gilmartin was injured for this game only
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

Knoxville SmokiesJackson HammerheadsKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 7, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 3

A day after being knocked out early by the Knoxville Smokies, the Jackson Hammerheads came back strong and took the early edge.  But things fell apart in a disastrous 6th inning, and the Hammerheads stumbled to a 7-3 loss.

“We were standing on the tracks when the train came through,” said Hammerheads 2B Homer Righter.

The first 5 innings went exactly according to script for Jackson.  C Clarence Doyle launched a three-run homer in the 3rd against Knoxville ace Elicio Santana.  Meanwhile, Hammerheads righty Jason Wallace was shutting down the Smokies, scattering three singles and working on a shutout.

But then the wheels came off in the 6th.  Smokies CF Joe Blair led the inning off with a single, but Hammerheads RF Erin Arispe let the ball skip under his glove for an error as Blair wound up on second.  The plan seemed to shake the normally unflappable Wallace.  He then gave up a walk and two singles, although a terrific throw to the plate by CF Damian Deason kept the shutout intact.  The play offered only a temporary reprieve, though, as Wallace (4-7) walked in a run and then allowed a two-run single to former teammate Eddie Battin to tie it up.

Battin has thrived in Knoxville, hitting over .400 for the Smokies, and he’s done particular damage against the Hammerheads.  He denied that he has a vendetta against his former team, however.  “Why would I be mad at them?” said Battin.  “I’m having a great time over here!  And in this park, you can see the fences without using binoculars, so that’s helped my power stroke.  It’s a win-win for me.”

After Battin’s blast, Jackson manager Lou Hayes quickly brought in reliever Butch Turnbull, only to see C Ricky Bossard annihilate his second pitch to left for a three-run homer.

“It all happened so fast,” said Hammerheads LF Track Johnson.  “Bam bam bam, and it was gone.”

Meanwhile, Santana (11-1) allowed only one single after the 3rd, choking off any possibility of a Jackson comeback.  Reliever Oliver Jones and Charlie Pasternak combined to work the 9th.

Tomorrow’s game will feature a pair of starters facing their old teams.  The Smokies (46-27) will start right-hander Sylvester Lighty , while the Hammerheads (41-32) counter Korean lefty Yu Chen.

 

6/25/2015, JCK15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       0  0  3  0  0  0  0  0  0     3  6  2     8  3
2015 Smokies           0  0  0  0  0  6  1  0  x     7 13  0     6  0
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  5  0  0  0  .293    Blair             cf  4  0  2  0  .290
Westerberg        ss  3  1  0  0  .338    Kurland           2b  3  1  0  0  .276
Fleitas           3b  4  0  1  0  .306    Bryant            dh  3  2  1  0  .295
Walcott           dh  3  1  1  0  .226    Campo             rf  4  1  2  0  .287
Doyle             c   4  1  2  3  .320    Moriarty          ss  3  1  1  1  .274
Righter           2b  4  0  1  0  .339    Battin            1b  4  1  3  3  .292
Wilczynski        1b  4  0  0  0  .256    Bossard           c   4  1  1  3  .297
Johnson           lf  2  0  0  0  .323     Carlo            c   0  0  0  0  .167
Arispe            rf  4  0  1  0  .248    Aceuedo           3b  4  0  1  0  .290
                     33  3  6  3          Sisco             lf  4  0  2  0  .304
                                                               33  7 13  7
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Wallace          L 4-7           5.1  7  5  5  2  2  94  60  4.70
Turnbull                         0.0  3  1  1  0  0   6   5  3.94
Sircy                            0.2  0  0  0  1  0   7   3  1.35
Seeman                           0.0  0  1  1  1  0   4   0  5.33
Sheen                            2.0  3  0  0  0  0  22  16  4.11
                                 8.0 13  7  7  4  2 133  84 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Santana          W 11-1          8.0  5  3  3  5  5 135  78  2.15
Jones                            0.1  1  0  0  0  0   8   5  6.09
Pasternak                        0.2  0  0  0  0  0   5   4  2.79
                                 9.0  6  3  3  5  5 148  87 
 
KNX: Carlo inserted at c in the 8th
 
E-Deason, Arispe. 2B-Aceuedo(16). HR-Doyle(4), Bossard(8). RBI-Doyle 3(31), 
Moriarty(46), Battin 3(49), Bossard 3(22). K-Walcott, Doyle 2, Righter, 
Wilczynski, Kurland, Sisco. BB-Westerberg 2, Walcott, Johnson 2, Blair, 
Kurland, Bryant, Moriarty. 
GWRBI: Bossard
Temperature: 82, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 18 MPH.

 

California SharksSalt Lake SamuraiCALIFORNIA SHARKS 4, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 2

California Sharks 3B Karl Mote has had an up-and-down season.  The Louisville native has cycled between sizzling hot streaks and agonizing slumps.  Despite his struggles, though, Mote is beloved by his teammates, and manager Eduardo Aponte has not considered benching him.

There are two reasons for Mote’s enduring popularity.  First, he is a tremendous locker-room leader, a welcome presence on a team full of quiet, introverted personalities.  Second, when he’s on, Mote is frequently willing to throw the team on his back and carry them to victory.

Today was an example of the latter quality, as the third baseman drove in all of the Sharks’ runs to lead a 4-2 win over the Salt Lake Samurai.

“Feels good to be pulling my weight for a change,” said Mote.

He struck first in the 1st inning.  With two outs and a runner on second, Samurai ace Toshiie Maeda (4-9) intentionally walked DH Eddie Nix to get to Mote.

“As soon as I saw that, I chuckled to myself and said, ‘I’ve got you now, fool,’” said Mote.  “I mean, Eddie’s a hell of a great hitter, and I totally get walking him.  But when you skip someone to get to me, it’s like waving a red cape in front of a bull.”

Mote swung at Maeda’s second pitch, a fastball, and knifed it into the stands for a three-run homer.  He and Nix flexed their arms and bumped chests at home plate after circling the bases, a move that drew some objections from the Salt Lake bench.  Mote said that he meant no harm.

“Aw, I wasn’t showing nobody up,” said Mote.  “Me and Eddie are a couple of country boys, and we were just hulking it up.  It’s not like I pointed at the mound and shouted ‘Nanny nanny boo boo, you suck’ or anything.  Just having a little fun.”

In the 8th, with Salt Lake having closed the gap to 3-2, Mote came up again with two outs and a runner on second.  This time, Mote slapped Maeda’s first pitch back up the middle for a single, plating the run and giving California a cushion.

“Karl is a team-first player always,” said Aponte, the Sharks skipper.  “He is always looking for ways to help us win, whether with his bat or by keeping the locker room loose or by mentoring a young player.  I believe he will be a fine manager someday.”

While Mote supplied the offense, California starter Brian Goreman (7-3) provided the pitching.  He limited the Samurai to four hits and a pair of unearned runs over 8 innings.  Closer Eugene Grace worked the 9th to secure his 14th save.

The Sharks (41-29) have ace Pierre LaRue ready to go tomorrow.  The Samurai (18-58) will send left-hander Grant Fore to the hill.

 

6/25/2015, 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  2  0     2  5  1     7  0
2015 Sharks            3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  x     4  7  1     5  1
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  4  1  1  0  .239    Corona            rf  4  1  1  0  .305
Whitworth         dh  3  0  0  0  .279    Suarez            cf  4  1  1  0  .239
Cosgrove          cf  4  0  0  1  .274    Smyth             ss  4  0  0  0  .367
Martinez          rf  3  0  1  1  .287    Nix               dh  2  1  0  0  .326
Thomas            1b  4  0  0  0  .224    Mote              3b  4  1  3  4  .237
Sparks            lf  3  0  0  0  .266    Oller             2b  4  0  0  0  .281
Montalvo          2b  4  0  2  0  .182     Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .170
Turnbull          c   3  0  1  0  .120    Lockley           c   1  0  0  0  .267
Davidson          3b  4  1  0  0  .190     Carpenter        c   2  0  1  0  .226
                     32  2  5  2          Gerke             1b  3  0  0  0  .200
                                          Novick            lf  3  0  1  0  .294
                                                               31  4  7  4
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Maeda            L 4-9           8.0  7  4  4  2  4 110  71  4.95
                                 8.0  7  4  4  2  4 110  71 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Goreman          W 7-3           8.0  4  2  0  4  2 117  66  3.54
Grace            S 14            1.0  1  0  0  0  1  12   8  4.13
                                 9.0  5  2  0  4  3 129  74 
 
CAL: Carpenter inserted at c in the 3rd
     Puffer inserted at 2b in the 9th
 
E-Sparks, Mote. HR-Mote(17). RBI-Cosgrove(28), Martinez(25), Mote 4(53). 
SB-Suarez(10). K-Motonari, Thomas, Sparks, Suarez, Smyth 2, Oller. 
BB-Whitworth, Martinez, Sparks, Turnbull, Nix 2. 
GWRBI: Mote
Thaddeus Lockley was injured for this game only
Temperature: 82, Sky: cloudy, Wind: in from left at 12 MPH.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsSilver City OutlawsMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 11, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 6

One day after engaging in one of the Patriot League’s greatest pitching duels ever, the Milwaukee Bear Claws and Silver City Outlaws engaged in a slugfest in today’s game.  The result, however, was the same: a Milwuakee victory, as the Bear Claws bludgeoned the Outlaws by an 11-6 margin.

“You can’t beat these hombres with pitching, and you can’t beat ‘em with hitting,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “I don’t know how the hell you beat ‘em.”

LF Arthur Mealey led the way for the Bear Claws with a career day, going 3-for-5 with 6 RBIs and falling a single short of the cycle.  His performance included a titanic two-run homer that was part of a 5-run 6th for Milwaukee.

“Some days, you just show up and you’re locked in,” said Mealey.  “I had that feeling today during BP.  My swing was nice and easy, and the ball was just flying off the bat.”

Mealey nearly completed his cycle in the 9th with a sharp grounder to the right side.  But Outlaws 1B Muzz Elliott made a diving stop to deny Mealey his bid at history.

The offensive assault from Mealey and his teammates backed starter Zack Perriman (10-3), who pitched 7 innings and gave up 3 runs.

Silver City starter Pedro Rodriguez (7-5) had one of the worst outings of his young career, lasting only 3 1/3 innings and surrendering 5 runs on 8 hits.  Rodriguez has scuffled a bit in recent starts, and some in the organization worry that a heavy workload is taking a toll on the 19-year-old lefty.  Jarha dismissed those concerns in his postgame press conference, saying, “Pedro’s made of rawhide.  He’ll be fine.  Even talented players have slumps.”

The Bear Claws (54-20) will try to extend their five-game winning streak tomorrow behind righty “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman.  The Outlaws (40-32) will hope that veteran right-hander Linus Pauling can halt Milwaukee’s momentum.

 

6/25/2015, MIL15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        2  0  3  0  0  5  0  0  1    11 14  0     6  0
2015 Outlaws           2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  3     6  9  1     9  1
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  5  1  1  1  .327    Brewmaker         3b  5  2  2  2  .283
Iddings           2b  4  1  2  1  .283    Cardona           cf  5  1  2  3  .231
Mateo             1b  2  2  1  1  .362    Wason             rf  3  0  0  0  .292
Suzuki            3b  5  2  1  0  .299    Elliott           1b  3  0  2  1  .297
Mealey            lf  5  2  3  6  .313    Whittier          dh  5  0  0  0  .231
Raine             dh  4  1  2  2  .243    Ivey              lf  5  0  0  0  .258
Trumbauer         rf  5  0  2  0  .254    Burt              ss  4  1  1  0  .229
McGuigan          c   5  1  1  0  .284    Hintz             2b  2  1  1  0  .191
Dipalma           cf  4  1  1  0  .333    Jeffreys          c   4  1  1  0  .275
                     39 11 14 11                               36  6  9  6
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Perriman         W 10-3          7.0  5  3  3  3  5 117  74  3.52
Karnik                           1.1  4  3  3  1  0  36  19  5.36
Almon                            0.0  0  0  0  1  0   8   4  1.85
Buenaventura                     0.2  0  0  0  1  0  11   6  1.87
                                 9.0  9  6  6  6  5 172 103 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rodriguez        L 7-5           3.1  8  5  5  1  4  62  41  1.96
Sapp                             2.2  4  5  2  3  0  49  24  3.77
Foster                           2.1  2  1  1  0  0  27  19  9.35
Matsumoto                        0.2  0  0  0  0  0   1   1  2.25
                                 9.0 14 11  8  4  4 139  85 
 
E-Sapp. 2B-Iddings(17), Mealey(13), McGuigan(11), Dipalma(2), Brewmaker(13), 
Elliott(26). 3B-Mealey(3). HR-Mealey(6), Raine(5), Cardona(14). 
RBI-Petitt(37), Iddings(43), Mateo(90), Mealey 6(42), Raine 2(36), 
Brewmaker 2(51), Cardona 3(40), Elliott(54). SB-Burt(7), Hintz(2). 
CS-Trumbauer. K-Iddings, Trumbauer, McGuigan, Dipalma, Brewmaker, Wason, 
Whittier, Ivey 2. BB-Iddings, Mateo 2, Raine, Wason 2, Elliott 2, Hintz 2. 
SF-Mateo. 
GWRBI: Mealey
Temperature: 105, Sky: clear, Wind: none.

 

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