PBL Scores, 7/3/15

The second half begins with a full slate of action!  Click on to see who started things off right…

Milwaukee Bear ClawsSalt Lake SamuraiMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 5, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 4

The Milwaukee Bear Claws open the second half with an enormous lead in the West.  If their first game back from the break is any indication, Poss Horton’s boys have no intention of resting on their laurels.  The Bear Claws spotted the Salt Lake Samurai an early lead, but then rallied steadily until SS Red Petitt’s 8th-inning single plated the winning run in a 5-4 victory.

“Everybody in this locker room is focused on one goal,” said Petitt.  “We all want to end this season drinking champagne together.  So we’re going to stay focused and keep winning.”

Perhaps suffering a bit of All-Star Break hangover, Milwaukee came out a little flat to start the game.  Starter Benicio Torrenueva struggled to locate his fastball, and the Samurai took advantage.

“That break sure seemed like more than a week,” said Horton, the Bear Claws skipper.  “It took Torre a bit to shake the cobwebs out.”

SS Mori Motonari got Salt Lake on the board first with an RBI groundout in the 3rd, a run that was made possible by a pair of Torrenueva walks and a passed ball.  In the next inning, Torrenueva issued another walk, then fired a fastball down the middle to Samurai 1B Neal Thomas, who deposited it in the left-field seats for a two-run homer, his 21st of the year.

After the inning, Bear Claws pitching coach Zane Stafford pulled Torrenueva aside for a pep talk.  “I told him he needed to use his breaking stuff more,” Stafford said.  “Benicio’s a proud guy, and he’s a fastballer first and always.  But I told him to forget his damn pride for a minute and mix it up a little bit.  You can keep banging your head against the wall, or you can figure a workaround.”

Stafford’s advice paid off, as Torrenueva (6-5) went more to his slider and cutter and worked a solid 8-inning outing, allowing only one more run the rest of the way.

As Torrenueva started tightening up, Milwaukee’s bats started warming up against Samurai starter Davey Skargard.  The Bear Claws plated two in the 4th, one in the 6th on 1B Felipe Mateo’s 31st homer of the season, and another in the 7th.  The Samurai tied it in the top of the 8th before handing the ball to reliever Miguel Bautista.

The Salt Lake righty set down the first two Bear Claws hitters in order, and then got RF Wally Trumbauer to hit a slow roller back to the mound.  Bautista came over, fielded the ball, and fired to first… only to see Trumbauer beat it out for a single.

“God, did you see Wally run?” cackled Horton.  “Normally, he runs like he’s got a piano strapped to his back.  But he busted it up the line this time.  His legs were pumping.  I expected to hear ‘Chariots of Fire’ playing in the background.”

C Frances McGuigan slapped a single through the right side, moving Trumbauer around to third.  That brought Petitt to the plate.

“Before Red went up, I smacked him on the back and said, ‘You’re my guy.  Go win us a ballgame,’” Horton said.

Petitt did as his manager asked, jumping on the first pitch from Bautista (0-2) and lining a single to right to bring Trumbauer home.

Milwaukee closer Oscar Buenaventura made quick work of the Samurai in the 9th for his 22nd save.

The Bear Claws (56-21) will try to keep the wins coming tomorrow behind right-hander Herculez Mendoza.  The Samurai (18-61) will counter with lefty Jonathan Fernandez.

 

7/3/2015, SLC15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  0  1  2  0  0  0  1  0     4  6  0     6  0
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  2  0  1  1  1  x     5 11  0     9  1
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  5  0  1  1  .244    Petitt            ss  3  1  1  1  .323
Whitworth         dh  4  0  0  0  .268    Iddings           2b  5  0  0  0  .274
Cosgrove          cf  3  1  0  0  .280    Mateo             1b  4  1  3  1  .361
Martinez          rf  3  1  0  0  .286    Suzuki            3b  4  1  3  1  .310
Thomas            1b  4  1  2  3  .221    Mealey            lf  4  1  2  1  .311
Sparks            lf  4  0  1  0  .266    Raine             dh  3  0  0  1  .254
Turnbull          c   2  1  0  0  .119    Dipalma           cf  4  0  0  0  .182
Gaytan            2b  3  0  1  0  .236    Trumbauer         rf  4  1  1  0  .257
Davidson          3b  3  0  1  0  .196    McGuigan          c   4  0  1  0  .282
                     31  4  6  4                               35  5 11  5
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Skargard                         7.0  8  4  4  3  5 130  74  4.90
Bautista         L 0-2           1.0  3  1  1  0  0  20  12  3.32
                                 8.0 11  5  5  3  5 150  86 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Torrenueva       W 6-5           8.0  6  4  3  5  2 122  68  4.31
Buenaventura     S 22            1.0  0  0  0  0  0   9   7  1.79
                                 9.0  6  4  3  5  2 131  75 
 
2B-Gaytan(8), Suzuki 2(10). 3B-Mateo(10), Mealey(4). HR-Thomas(21), 
Mateo(31). RBI-Motonari(29), Thomas 3(51), Petitt(38), Mateo(93), Suzuki(62), 
Mealey(43), Raine(41). K-Whitworth, Thomas, Iddings, Dipalma 2, Trumbauer 2. 
BB-Cosgrove, Martinez, Turnbull 2, Davidson, Petitt 2, Raine. SH-Gaytan. 
PB-McGuigan. WP-Skargard, Torrenueva. 
GWRBI: Petitt
Oscar Buenaventura was injured for this game only
Temperature: 67, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 4 MPH.

 

Jackson HammerheadsOrlando CalrissiansJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 3, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 2

With his team mired in last place and contention growing increasingly unlikely, Orlando Calrissians manager Logan Bothan set two goals for his team in the second half: to get more consistent at hitting, and to avoid fundamental mistakes.  “I know that a title is a long shot for us this year,” said Bothan.  “But we can at least work on developing good habits.  If we can start stringing hits together and stop beating ourselves with dumb mistakes, we’ll be a lot more dangerous.”

Unfortunately for Bothan, the Calrissians opened the second half in much the same fashion as they spent the first.  Their offense remained as anemic as ever, and an ugly, error-plagued 7th doomed them to a 3-2 defeat against the Jackson Hammerheads.

Hammerheads starter Jordan Bergman (9-2) is determined to prove that his surprising first half was no fluke, and he turned in a strong performance against Orlando, tossing 6 innings and allowing two runs on four hits.  Bergman thrived despite less-than-imposing stuff by avoiding hard contact.  Orlando SS Jose Buendia’s homer was the only hard-hit ball that Bergman allowed.

“I know I’m not going to be able to overpower people,” said Bergman, “but at least I can try to outsmart ‘em.”

Despite the Calrissians’ weak offensive showing, it looked for a while as though starter Nate McGowan might make that small lead stand up.  The right-hander battled through the first 6 innings yielding a single run against Jackson’s high-octane lineup.

Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes theorized that the All-Star layoff might have affected his team’s timing.  “It’s the longest damn week I’ve ever seen,” said Hayes.  “No wonder our bats were asleep.”

Then came the 7th.  Hammerheads 1B Lacy Wilczynski led off with a routine grounder to first, but the ball clanked off Brooks Defoor’s mitt and Wilczynski reached base safely.  A couple pitches later, Wilczynski bolted for second and made it easily.  An irritated McGowan then tried to pick Wilczynski off second, only to throw the ball away, with the runner moving to third.  McGowan grooved the next pitch to the hitter, LF Track Johnson, who smoked a ground past Defoor for a game-tying double.

A visibly flustered McGowan then balked Johnson to third, then argued vigorously with home-plate umpire Steve Nelson.  Bothan rushed out and removed McGowan from the game before Nelson could eject him.

“This season is just a nightmare that won’t end,” said McGowan (1-10).  “I don’t know what the hell we’re doing out here.  We can’t hit, we can’t field, our bullpen sucks, and the umps hate us.  I don’t how we’re going to survive another half of this [expletive].”

Left-hander Ruben Quesara, who followed McGowan, nearly got the Calrissians out of the inning with the tie intact, but SS Octavio Westerberg’s two-out single brought Johnson home with what proved to be the winning run.

Hammerheads relievers Hilton Sircy and Rick Sheen combined to shovel dirt on Orlando for the final 3 innings, with Sheen collecting his 11th save.

The Hammerheads (43-32) have their ace, Henry Jones, ready to go for tomorrow.  The Calrissians (22-52) will offer up Australian lefty Oscar Morton.

 

7/3/2015, JCK15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       0  1  0  0  0  0  2  0  0     3 11  0     9  1
2015 Calrissians       0  0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0     2  4  2     7  1
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  5  0  1  0  .292    Hartl             lf  2  0  0  0  .277
Westerberg        ss  5  0  3  1  .341    Defoor            1b  3  0  1  1  .242
Fleitas           3b  2  0  0  0  .306    Buendia           ss  4  1  1  1  .293
 Cianciarulo      3b  3  0  1  0  .156    Law               rf  3  0  1  0  .277
Walcott           dh  4  0  0  0  .239    Figeroa           3b  3  0  0  0  .250
Doyle             c   4  0  1  0  .319    Crofoot           2b  4  0  1  0  .202
Righter           2b  3  1  2  0  .345    Nabors            dh  3  0  0  0  .174
Wilczynski        1b  3  1  1  1  .257    Elias             cf  3  0  0  0  .187
 Jaramillo        ph  1  0  0  0  .249    McCormack         c   4  1  0  0  .207
 Thomasson        1b  0  0  0  0  .083                         29  2  4  2
Johnson           lf  3  1  1  1  .319
Arispe            rf  4  0  1  0  .244
                     37  3 11  3
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Bergman          W 9-2           6.0  4  2  2  4  2 101  52  4.72
Sircy            H 5             1.2  0  0  0  1  3  24  13  1.27
Sheen            S 11            1.1  0  0  0  0  1  11   7  3.94
                                 9.0  4  2  2  5  6 136  72 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGowan          L 1-10          6.0  7  3  1  1  1  91  56  5.13
Quesara                          3.0  4  0  0  0  3  42  29  6.14
                                 9.0 11  3  1  1  4 133  85 
 
JCK: Cianciarulo inserted at 3b in the 3rd
     Jaramillo batted for Wilczynski in the 8th
     Thomasson inserted at 1b in the 8th
 
E-Defoor, McGowan. 2B-Wilczynski(9), Johnson(15). HR-Buendia(8). 
RBI-Westerberg(44), Wilczynski(33), Johnson(50), Defoor(45), Buendia(44). 
SB-Righter(14), Wilczynski(4). K-Walcott, Johnson, Arispe, Cianciarulo, 
Hartl, Buendia, Law, Figeroa, Crofoot, McCormack. BB-Johnson, Hartl 2, Law, 
Nabors, Elias. SH-Righter, Figeroa. HBP-Defoor. HB-Sircy. BALK-McGowan. 
GWRBI: Westerberg
Kim Fleitas was injured for this game only
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

California SharksSilver City OutlawsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 8, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 1

The California Sharks brought their bats with them after the All-Star hiatus.  The Sharks’ hitters were even hotter than the mercury at The Corral, battering Outlaws starter Cloyce Benson and cruising to an 8-1 victory to open the second half in style.

“This is what I want all of our games to be like from now on,” said California manager Eduardo Aponte with a smile.  “This will save me a great deal of worrying.”

The Sharks got to Benson in the 3rd inning, with RF Jesse Corona’s bases-clearing triple highlighted a three-run inning for California.  C Thaddeus Lockley’s three-run bomb in the 4th drove Benson (5-9) out of the game, with CF Santiago Suarez adding an RBI triple to put California ahead 7-0 by inning’s end.

“The midseason break is great for healing those bumps and bruises you get playing every day,” said Lockley.  “But you’re always worried about rust, losing your timing.  I know for me, the break felt like it was taking forever.  So I’m glad we came back and didn’t miss a beat.”

Sharks lefty Stu Palmeiro (9-3) looked fresh as a daisy on the hill, reeling off 8 strong innings and striking out 10 to collect the win.  Palmeiro looked poised for a shutout until Silver City 1B Muzz Elliott spoiled it with a solo shot in the 8th.

“I did my best to forget about the game during the break,” said Palmeiro.  “For me, by this point in the year, you need a mental vacation as much as a physical one.  I used the time to catch up on my reading.  I finished Teddy Roosevelt’s biography.”

Sharks LF Kenneth Mader, fresh off of an All-Star appearance, launched a solo homer against Outlaws reliever Aurelio Menard in the 7th to cap California’s scoring.

“We know that we’ve got a long way to go if we’re going to catch Milwaukee,” said Mader.  “So we’re not about to miss any opportunities if we can help it.”

The Sharks (44-29) will look for right-hander Deke Slater to continue his recent resurgence in tomorrow’s game.  The Outlaws (41-34) will hand the ball to their ace, lefty Rob Tildon.

 

7/3/2015, CAL15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            0  0  3  4  0  0  1  0  0     8 11  0     4  1
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0     1 10  0    11  0
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  2  1  2  .302    Brewmaker         3b  4  0  0  0  .273
Suarez            cf  5  0  1  2  .239    Cardona           cf  5  0  3  0  .231
Smyth             ss  5  0  0  0  .368    Wason             rf  5  0  1  0  .289
Mader             lf  4  1  1  1  .336    Elliott           1b  4  1  1  1  .302
Nix               dh  3  1  1  0  .326    Whittier          dh  4  0  2  0  .258
Mote              3b  4  0  2  0  .240    Ivey              lf  3  0  2  0  .263
Oller             2b  4  1  0  0  .278    Burt              ss  3  0  0  0  .227
 Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .170    Hintz             2b  4  0  0  0  .207
Lockley           c   4  2  2  3  .273    Jeffreys          c   4  0  1  0  .262
Gerke             1b  4  1  3  0  .240                         36  1 10  1
                     37  8 11  8
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmeiro         W 9-3           8.0  9  1  1  2 10 129  80  4.53
Shive                            1.0  1  0  0  0  1  10   6  5.28
                                 9.0 10  1  1  2 11 139  86 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Benson           L 5-9           3.1  7  6  6  0  2  61  39  5.69
Foster                           2.1  3  1  1  1  2  39  21  7.62
Menard                           3.1  1  1  1  1  0  43  22  2.61
                                 9.0 11  8  8  2  4 143  82 
 
CAL: Puffer inserted at 2b in the 8th
 
2B-Whittier(6). 3B-Corona(14), Suarez(10). HR-Mader(17), Lockley(7), 
Elliott(17). RBI-Corona 2(37), Suarez 2(48), Mader(62), Lockley 3(25), 
Elliott(56). SB-Cardona(6), Wason(1). CS-Gerke. K-Suarez, Mader, Oller, 
Lockley, Cardona, Wason 4, Elliott, Ivey, Hintz 3, Jeffreys. BB-Corona, Nix, 
Brewmaker, Burt. HBP-Ivey. HB-Palmeiro. 
GWRBI: Corona
Temperature: 105, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: none.

 

Knoxville SmokiesJacksonville DragonsKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 15, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 1

The Knoxville Smokies are determined to make good on the high expectations of manager Snuff Wallace in the second half.  “I’m not saying we’re gonna go undefeated,” said Wallace.  “But this is the time of year that separates the men from the boys, and we’re gonna establish that separation as quick as we can.”

The Smokies certainly looked like men against boys in this game, pounding the Jacksonville Dragons relentlessly on the way to a 15-1 rout.

“Man, I didn’t think they were gonna take me that serious,” said Wallace.

Dragons ace Biggs McGee, who finished the first half on a roll and then turned in two perfect innings in the All-Star Game, planned to open the second half with a bang.  He did, although not in the way he intended.  McGee (6-6) lasted only 1 2/3 innings, surrendering five runs on seven hits.

“Typical,” muttered Jacksonville manager Harlan Davidson.  “He lights them up in an exhibition game, and then he gets hammered in the one that counts.  This is why our season is going down the commode.”

The Smokies didn’t let up after chasing McGee, either.  They lit up reliever Samir Khan for eight runs and 10 hits over 2 2/3 innings, highlighted by three-run homers from SS Armand Moriarty and RF Jackson Campo.  C Ricky Bossard got in on the action too, launching a two-run blast against reliever Emilio Abbas.

The Dragons’ hitters fared no better than their pitchers, looking utterly helpless against the fluttering knuckleballs of Knoxville starter Todd Warrant (6-4).  The Smokies righty authored a complete-game three-hitters, racking up eight strikeouts.  Only 3B Emerson Taliaferro’s 5th-inning sac fly saved the Dragons from the indignity of a home shutout.

“It’s not fair going against a knuckleballer your first game back from the break,” said RF Roderick Hopps, who went 0-for-3 against Warrant.  “It’s like trying to hit when you’re drunk.”

Davidson was deeply unimpressed with his team’s performance.  “You’d think we were off for a month instead of a week,” said the Dragons manager.  “I don’t know what the hell they were doing with their time off, but it sure as hell didn’t have anything to do with baseball.  This better be a wake-up call for these jokers, because if we don’t start seeing a real effort, I’m bringing a firehose into the clubhouse and cleaning things out.”

The Smokies (47-28) will send rookie lefty Woody Flowers to the bump tomorrow, while the Dragons (30-42) will tap right-hander Kyle Palmer.

 

7/3/2015, KNX15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           1  4  0  5  5  0  0  0  0    15 22  0     7  2
2015 Dragons           0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0     1  3  1     3  3
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  6  1  2  1  .296    Leon              cf  4  0  1  0  .267
Campo             2b  5  3  4  0  .312    Kapoor            1b  3  0  0  0  .314
Bryant            dh  5  2  3  1  .303     Canez            ph  1  0  0  0  .214
 Kurland          ph  1  0  0  0  .267    Teachout          c   3  0  0  0  .353
Campo             rf  4  3  3  3  .289    Hopps             rf  3  0  0  0  .289
 Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .230     McEwan           ph  1  0  0  0  .000
Moriarty          ss  5  1  2  4  .278    Hartley           lf  1  1  0  0  .255
Battin            1b  4  2  3  1  .300    Esquivel          dh  3  0  1  0  .262
Bossard           c   5  1  2  2  .294    Herdt             ss  3  0  1  0  .229
 Carlo            c   0  0  0  0  .166    Taliaferro        3b  2  0  0  1  .179
Aceuedo           3b  5  1  2  2  .293    Popejoy           2b  3  0  0  0  .209
Sisco             lf  5  1  1  0  .305                         27  1  3  1
                     46 15 22 14
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Warrant          W 6-4           9.0  3  1  1  3  8 114  69  2.81
                                 9.0  3  1  1  3  8 114  69 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGee            L 6-6           1.2  7  5  5  3  0  60  30  3.24
Khan                             2.2 10  8  7  0  0  49  34  5.34
Abbas                            4.2  5  2  2  0  1  44  32  3.43
                                 9.0 22 15 14  3  1 153  96 
 
KNX: Carlo inserted at c in the 8th
     Kurland batted for Bryant in the 9th
     Gomez batted for Campo in the 9th
     Gomez moved to rf in the 9th
JAX: Canez batted for Kapoor in the 9th
     McEwan batted for Hopps in the 9th
 
E-Popejoy. 2B-Blair(9), Bryant(4), Battin(16), Esquivel(10), Herdt(12). 
HR-Campo(19), Moriarty(10), Bossard(9), Aceuedo(11). RBI-Blair(49), 
Bryant(50), Campo 3(66), Moriarty 4(50), Battin(50), Bossard 2(24), 
Aceuedo 2(32), Taliaferro(10). SB-Sisco(11). K-Blair, Leon 2, Kapoor, Hopps, 
Esquivel, Herdt, Taliaferro, McEwan. BB-Campo, Campo, Battin, Teachout, 
Hartley 2. SF-Taliaferro. PB-Teachout. BALK-Warrant. 
GWRBI: Moriarty
Temperature: 92, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 11 MPH.
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