PBL Scores, 6/26/15

A slate of close games in today’s action!  Read about all the excitement below the fold…

Jackson HammerheadsKnoxville SmokiesJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 6, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 5

After suffering a pair of painful defeats at the hands of the Knoxville Smokies to open their four-game series, the Jackson Hammerheads were determined to get avoid a sweep.  “We sure as hell can’t afford to lose more ground to these guys,” said manager Lou Hayes.

Today’s game wasn’t exactly textbook: both starters got knocked out early, and both teams left a ton of runners on base.  But Jackson came through when it counted, pushing across a run in the 9th to squeeze out a 6-5 win.

The starters in today’s game, Jackson’s Yu Chen and Knoxville’s Sylvester Lighty, were traded for each other last month.  Neither one had a particularly successful outing against his former team.  Lighty went 4+ innings and surrendered 5 runs on 8 hits, while Chen lasted 5+ and allowed 5 runs on 10 hits.

“I guess neither of us had any secrets,” said Lighty.  “Our old teams knew exactly how to hit us.”

After the starters departed, the game became a battle of bullpens, with the Smokies’ Oliver Jones and Rick Wilkins trading zeroes with the Hammerheads’ Butch Turnbull (1-2).  In the 9th, Jackson DH Monty Walcott led off with a double against Wilkins (1-1).  A wild pitch moved him to third, allowing him to score the winning run on C Clarence Doyle’s sac fly.

Jackson closer Rick Sheen got the first two outs in the bottom of the 9th but also allowed two walks, forcing Hayes to bring in righty Hilton Sircy to collect the final out for his second save.  The move reflected Hayes’ still-shaky trust in his closer.

The Hammerheads (42-32) head into the break trailing the Smokies (46-28) by 4 games in the Eastern division.

 

6/26/2015, JCK15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       0  1  2  1  1  0  0  0  1     6 11  1    10  2
2015 Smokies           1  0  0  1  1  2  0  0  0     5 11  2    11  1
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  3  0  1  0  .294    Blair             cf  5  1  3  1  .295
Westerberg        ss  4  1  1  0  .337    Campo             2b  3  0  1  1  .302
Fleitas           3b  5  2  2  0  .308    Bryant            1b  3  1  1  2  .296
Walcott           dh  5  1  3  2  .254    Campo             rf  5  0  0  0  .282
Doyle             c   3  0  1  2  .320    Moriarty          ss  5  0  2  0  .276
Righter           2b  4  1  2  0  .342    Battin            dh  2  1  1  0  .293
Wilczynski        1b  4  1  1  1  .256    Bossard           c   3  0  0  0  .288
Johnson           lf  4  0  0  0  .318     Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .233
Arispe            rf  4  0  0  1  .244     Carlo            c   1  0  0  0  .166
                     36  6 11  6          Aceuedo           3b  3  1  1  0  .291
                                          Sisco             lf  4  1  2  1  .307
                                                               35  5 11  5
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Chen                             5.0 10  5  5  3  1 102  61  6.31
Turnbull         BS 3, W 1-2     3.0  1  0  0  1  1  31  18  3.60
Sheen            H 3             0.2  0  0  0  2  1  20   9  4.05
Sircy            S 2             0.1  0  0  0  0  0   5   3  1.34
                                 9.0 11  5  5  6  3 158  91 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lighty                           4.0  8  5  3  1  1  66  43  4.13
Jones                            2.0  0  0  0  3  0  36  18  5.75
Wilkins          L 1-1           3.0  3  1  1  1  1  41  25  3.62
                                 9.0 11  6  4  5  2 143  86 
 
KNX: Gomez batted for Bossard in the 7th
     Carlo inserted at c in the 8th
 
E-Fleitas, Moriarty, Aceuedo. 2B-Deason(30), Fleitas 2(20), Walcott(4), 
Wilczynski(8), Blair(8), Aceuedo(17), Sisco(12). 3B-Righter(7). 
HR-Bryant(15). RBI-Walcott 2(9), Doyle 2(33), Wilczynski(32), Arispe(38), 
Blair(48), Campo(24), Bryant 2(49), Sisco(23). CS-Wilczynski. K-Doyle, 
Johnson, Campo, Moriarty, Sisco. BB-Deason 2, Westerberg, Doyle, Righter, 
Campo, Bryant, Battin 3, Aceuedo. SH-Campo. SF-Doyle, Wilczynski, Bryant. 
WP-Sircy, Lighty, Wilkins. 
GWRBI: Doyle
Temperature: 94, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 7 MPH.

 

California SharksSalt Lake SamuraiCALIFORNIA SHARKS 1, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 0

Salt Lake Samurai starter Grant Fore had an excellent outing today, the kind of start that suggests the 20-year-old lefty may be able to turn around his lost season in the second half. Unfortunately, he was facing someone even better, as the Samurai fell 1-0 to the California Sharks.

Fore (2-4) had his best outing of the season, a complete-game effort in which he surrendered only seven hits, striking out seven and walking only two.  Despite taking the loss, Fore was in good spirits about his performance.

“Wins and losses, that’s out of my control,” said Fore.  “The other guy pitched a great game, and I tip my cap.  But I also pitched a great game, and that’s what matters.  If I can keep putting up games like this, the wins will follow eventually.”

The other guy was Sharks ace Pierre LaRue (10-2), who also turned is his strongest performance of the season, firing a six-hit shutout.  His trademark pinpoint control was on display as he didn’t yield any walks and racked up six strikeouts in a tidy 119-pitch masterpiece.

“It’s really amazing to watch Pierre work,” said fellow California starter Brian Goreman.  “He’s a total fanatic in getting ready, practicing like a madman and studying tape.  But when he’s out there during game, he looks like a kid in the sandlot.”

Sharks C Thaddeus Lockley pushed across the game’s only run in the 4th inning on a one-out single to left.

The Sharks (42-29) will turn to struggling righty Kevin Conner to complete the sweep.  The Samurai (18-59) will hope that righty Logan Morris can salvage the final game.

 

6/26/2015, 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  6  0     6  1
2015 Sharks            0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  x     1  7  0     6  1
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  4  0  2  0  .242    Corona            rf  3  0  1  0  .306
Whitworth         dh  3  0  0  0  .275    Suarez            cf  4  0  1  0  .240
Cosgrove          cf  4  0  2  0  .277    Smyth             ss  4  1  3  0  .372
Martinez          rf  4  0  1  0  .286    Mader             lf  4  0  0  0  .338
Thomas            1b  4  0  0  0  .221    Mote              3b  2  0  0  0  .235
Sparks            lf  4  0  0  0  .263    Lockley           c   3  0  1  1  .268
Montalvo          2b  3  0  0  0  .160    Oller             2b  3  0  0  0  .277
Turnbull          c   3  0  0  0  .117     Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .170
Davidson          3b  3  0  1  0  .193    Nix               dh  3  0  1  0  .326
                     32  0  6  0          Gerke             1b  2  0  0  0  .190
                                                               28  1  7  1
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fore             L 2-4           8.0  7  1  1  2  7 116  73  7.07
                                 8.0  7  1  1  2  7 116  73 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
La Rue           W 10-2          9.0  6  0  0  0  6 119  77  3.75
                                 9.0  6  0  0  0  6 119  77 
 
CAL: Puffer inserted at 2b in the 8th
 
2B-Cosgrove(18). RBI-Lockley(22). SB-Motonari(6). K-Cosgrove, Martinez 2, 
Sparks, Montalvo, Turnbull, Corona, Mader 2, Mote 2, Oller, Gerke. BB-Mote, 
Gerke. SH-Corona. HBP-Whitworth. HB-La Rue. 
GWRBI: Lockley
Temperature: 79, Sky: clear, Wind: in from right at 6 MPH.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsSilver City OutlawsMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 6, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 5

It was another scorcher at the Corral today and the ball was flying, as the Milwaukee Bear Claws and Silver City Outlaws combined to hit seven home runs.  In the end, the Bear Claws prevailed in the slugfest, claiming a 6-5 margin for their sixth straight win.

Outlaws starter Linus Pauling (6-6) closed out his first half on a down note, surrendering four homers to Milwaukee’s menacing bats in 7 1/3 innings.  Bear Claws 3B Ikaru Suzuki launched a pair of solo shots, while 1B Felipe Mateo clouted a two-run bomb in the 6th and DH Rodolfo Raine smacked a two-run job in the 8th.

“With the thin air here, you don’t have a big margin for error,” said Pauling.  “And when it’s this hot [114 degrees at game time], that margin basically shrinks to zero.  And I didn’t have it today.”

Bear Claws starter “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman (10-2) put up 7 strong innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits.  The game nearly came unraveled for Milwaukee in the 8th, as relievers Olen Abernathy and Timmy Almon opened the inning by allowing back-to-back homers to Outlaws RF Nathaniel Wason and 1B Muzz Elliott.  But Almon got through the rest of the inning with no further damage, and closer Oscar Buenaventura slammed the door in the 9th for his 21st save.

“It was a home-run derby out there today,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton with a laugh.  “I’m just glad we came out on top.”

The Bear Claws (55-20) can sweep the series tomorrow behind ace Lou Mallory.  The Outlaws (40-33) turn to righty Juan Carlos Lopez.

 

6/26/2015, MIL15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        0  1  0  1  0  2  0  2  0     6 10  0     5  2
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  2  1  0  0  2  0     5  9  0     5  0
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  5  0  1  0  .325    Brewmaker         3b  5  0  0  0  .278
Iddings           2b  5  1  1  0  .282    Cardona           cf  4  0  0  0  .227
Mateo             1b  4  1  1  2  .361    Wason             rf  4  1  1  1  .291
Suzuki            3b  4  2  3  2  .304    Elliott           1b  4  2  2  1  .300
Mealey            lf  4  1  0  0  .308    Whittier          dh  3  1  1  0  .235
Raine             dh  3  1  2  2  .249    Ivey              lf  4  0  2  2  .262
Trumbauer         rf  4  0  1  0  .254    Burt              ss  4  0  0  0  .225
McGuigan          c   4  0  1  0  .283    Hintz             2b  3  1  2  1  .220
Dipalma           cf  2  0  0  0  .286    Jeffreys          c   3  0  1  0  .278
                     35  6 10  6                               34  5  9  5
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNorman         W 10-2          7.0  7  3  3  3  5 109  70  3.25
Abernathy                        0.0  1  1  1  0  0   6   3  2.93
Almon            H 6             1.0  1  1  1  0  1  12   8  1.99
Buenaventura     S 21            1.0  0  0  0  0  1   7   5  1.83
                                 9.0  9  5  5  3  7 134  86 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Pauling          L 6-6           7.2 10  6  6  3  3 120  69  2.94
Humphrey                         1.1  0  0  0  0  1  14  10  4.05
                                 9.0 10  6  6  3  4 134  79 
 
2B-Ivey(6). HR-Mateo(30), Suzuki 2(11), Raine(6), Wason(31), Elliott(16), 
Hintz(2). RBI-Mateo 2(92), Suzuki 2(60), Raine 2(38), Wason(65), Elliott(55), 
Ivey 2(26), Hintz(6). SB-Dipalma(1). CS-Petitt, Dipalma. K-Petitt, Iddings, 
Mateo 2, Brewmaker, Cardona, Wason, Elliott 2, Burt, Jeffreys. BB-Raine, 
Dipalma 2, Whittier, Hintz, Jeffreys. 
GWRBI: Mateo
Temperature: 114, Sky: clear, Wind: none.

 

Jacksonville DragonsOrlando CalrissiansJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 7, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 5

Today’s game opened on a strong note for the Orlando Calrissians, as they built an early 5-1 lead.  But the Jacksonville Dragons came storming back, rallying in the later innings for a 7-5 win.

“Hey, a come-from-behind victory,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “We might just be able to make something of this season after all.”

Orlando looked like they were going to roll early on, chasing Jacksonville starter Tony Harris after only 3 2/3 innings.  Calrissians LF Lauren Hartl and 3B Curt Figueroa both went deep in a four-run 1st, and Harris wasn’t able to rebound from it.

Fortunately, reliever Samir “King” Khan (4-3) was able to take the baton, posting 3 2/3 scoreless innings to keep the Dragons in the game.

Starting in the 5th, Jacksonville mounted a rally against Calrissians starter Chuck Weaver.  The Dragons pounded out a pair of RBI singles in that inning, and then 3B Emerson Taliaferro hit a massive two-run tater in the 6th to tie the game up.

Reliever Barrett Turbeville (0-1) got Orlando out of the 6th, but he fell apart in the 7th, surrendering four straight hits.  LF Rob Hartley’s two-run double proved to be the decisive blow.

Dragons closer Blueberry Jackson collected the final five outs for his third save.

The Dragons (30-40) will try to take three or four on the right arm of ace Biggs McGee.  The Calrissians (21-51) will hope that right-hander Charles McNally can deliver a split of the series.

 

6/26/2015, ORL15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0     5  9  0     4  1
2015 Dragons           1  0  0  0  2  2  2  0  x     7 13  0     6  0
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hartl             lf  4  1  2  1  .279    Leon              cf  5  1  1  1  .265
Defoor            1b  1  0  1  0  .237    Kapoor            1b  4  2  2  0  .321
 Madden           pr  0  1  0  0  .208    Teachout          c   4  1  4  2  .362
 Carquinez        cf  3  1  1  0  .198    Hopps             rf  4  0  2  0  .295
Buendia           ss  3  0  1  0  .294    Hartley           lf  4  1  2  2  .259
Law               rf  3  1  1  1  .277     Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .206
Figeroa           3b  3  1  1  3  .255    Esquivel          dh  4  0  0  0  .252
Crofoot           2b  4  0  0  0  .204    Herdt             ss  4  0  0  0  .231
Nabors            dh  4  0  0  0  .183    Taliaferro        3b  3  2  1  2  .180
Elias             cf  4  0  1  0  .195    Popejoy           2b  4  0  1  0  .218
McCormack         c   4  0  1  0  .211     Mount            2b  0  0  0  0  .208
                     33  5  9  5                               36  7 13  7
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Weaver                           5.2  9  5  5  1  5 109  73  6.34
Turbeville       L 0-1           0.1  4  2  2  0  0  17  11  7.43
Filippi                          1.0  0  0  0  0  0   5   3  2.55
Smith                            1.0  0  0  0  0  2  11   7  6.82
                                 8.0 13  7  7  1  7 142  94 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Harris                           3.2  7  5  5  0  2  63  40  6.51
Khan             W 4-3           3.2  2  0  0  0  2  37  24  4.74
Jackson          S 3             1.2  0  0  0  1  2  21  10  2.50
                                 9.0  9  5  5  1  6 121  74 
 
ORL: Madden ran for Defoor in the 1st
     Carquinez inserted at cf in the 1st
     Elias moved to 1b in the 1st
JAX: Parker inserted at lf in the 8th
     Mount inserted at 2b in the 9th
 
2B-Carquinez(3), Kapoor(27), Hartley(21), Popejoy(4). HR-Hartl(5), 
Figeroa(12), Taliaferro(1). RBI-Hartl(21), Law(23), Figeroa 3(47), Leon(33), 
Teachout 2(36), Hartley 2(56), Taliaferro 2(9). SB-Leon(9). CS-Hartl. 
K-Law 2, Crofoot, Nabors, Elias, McCormack, Leon 2, Hopps, Esquivel, Herdt, 
Taliaferro, Popejoy. BB-Figeroa, Taliaferro. SH-Buendia. SF-Law. 
GWRBI: Hartley
Brooks Defoor was injured for this game only
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

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