PBL Scores, 7/5/15

Another exciting day of action in the Patriot League!  The action awaits just below the fold…

Milwaukee Bear ClawsSalt Lake SamuraiMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 3, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 0

After suffering a stunning late defeat against the Salt Lake Samurai yesterday, the Milwaukee Bear Claws were eager to avoid a losing streak that might start the second half in the wrong direction.  Fortunately, left-hander Zack Perriman was ready to turn in another strong start, leading the Bear Claws to a 3-0 win over the Samurai.

“You don’t hear a lot of talk about Zack being a great pitcher,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “But damn if he isn’t consistent.  He might not be flashy and he doesn’t throw triple digits, but he takes the ball every turn, he pitches deep into games, and he always gives us a good shot to win.  He’s undercover great.”

Perriman (11-3) went 7 2/3 innings and scattered five hits.  Samurai CF Lee Cosgrove’s double was the only hard-hit ball that the southpaw allowed.

“[Pitching coach] Zane [Stafford] is gonna love this one,” said Perriman.  “He’s always telling us you don’t have to miss bats to win.  Avoid the meat of the bat, and let the fielders do the work.  That was my mantra today.”

Reliever Olen Abernathy rebounded from yesterday’s disastrous outing by coming on to get the last out of the 8th.  Closer Oscar Buenaventura finished the job in the 9th for his 23rd save.

Milwaukee got all the runs that Perriman would need in the first two innings against Samurai ace Toshiie Maeda (4-10).  3B Ikaru Suzuki got the Bear Claws on the board in the opening frame with a run-scoring double, and DH Rodolfo Raine added an RBI groundout before the inning ended.  SS Red Petitt launched a two-out, two-strike solo shot in the 2nd to pad the Milwaukee lead.

In a shocking twist, the normally mild-mannered Maeda was ejected in the 3rd inning.  Home plate umpire Trent Capps, who has a prior history with the Salt Lake ace, was calling what the Samurai felt was an unreasonably tight strike zone.  Maeda surrendered a pair of walks or borderline calls in the 1st that were essential to the Bear Claws’ two runs in that inning.

Milwaukee 1B Felipe Mateo walked to lead off the 3rd, although replays indicated that the last two called balls were actually strikes.  Maeda responded by throwing up his hands in frustration, and Capps immediately ejected him from the game.  Manager Johnny Dugan came roaring out of the dugout to complain, and he was also ejected.

After the game, Maeda apologized for his show of emotion.  “I am deeply embarrassed for my actions in today’s game,” said the Salt Lake ace.  “I have nothing but the highest respect for the umpires, and I apologize for my disrespectful behavior.  It will not happen again.”

Dugan defended his ace and argued that it was Capps who was in the wrong.  “That guy has a hair trigger, and there’s no excuse for him running Toshiie like he did,” Dugan said.  “Toshiie was understandably frustrated with the tight zone and mad at himself.  I’ve been encouraging him to show a little fire out there.  He finally does, and he gets ejected?  Ridiculous.  And the zone was ridiculous too.”

Horton agreed that Maeda’s actions did not justify ejection, although he noted that Capps’ strike zone was equally tight for both sides.  (Perriman issued five walks in the game.)  “It was an equal-opportunity strike zone,” said Horton.

The Bear Claws (57-22) will try to take the four-game series behind right-hander “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman.  The Samurai (19-62) will try to salvage a split behind lefty Grant Fore.

 

7/5/2015, SLC15-MIL15, High Life 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  0     6  1
2015 Bear Claws        2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  x     3  6  0     9  3
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  4  0  0  0  .245    Petitt            ss  2  1  1  1  .323
Whitworth         dh  4  0  1  0  .281    Iddings           2b  4  1  1  0  .270
Cosgrove          cf  3  0  1  0  .280    Mateo             1b  2  1  0  0  .364
Martinez          rf  3  0  0  0  .284    Suzuki            3b  4  0  3  1  .315
Thomas            1b  4  0  1  0  .222    Mealey            lf  2  0  0  0  .308
Sparks            lf  3  0  0  0  .262    Raine             dh  3  0  1  1  .255
Turnbull          c   3  0  0  0  .113    Trumbauer         rf  3  0  0  0  .252
Gaytan            2b  2  0  0  0  .237    McGuigan          c   4  0  0  0  .278
Davidson          3b  2  0  2  0  .199    Maxwell           cf  4  0  0  0  .301
                     28  0  5  0                               28  3  6  3
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Maeda            L 4-10          2.0  3  3  3  3  0  46  27  5.10
Okamura                          5.0  2  0  0  4  1  71  37  5.51
Bautista                         1.0  1  0  0  0  0  12   8  3.16
                                 8.0  6  3  3  7  1 129  72 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Perriman         W 11-3          7.2  5  0  0  5  4 122  69  3.27
Abernathy        H 9             0.1  0  0  0  0  0   5   4  3.77
Buenaventura     S 23            1.0  0  0  0  0  1  16  10  1.75
                                 9.0  5  0  0  5  5 143  83 
 
2B-Cosgrove(19), Suzuki(11). HR-Petitt(9). RBI-Petitt(40), Suzuki(64), 
Raine(42). CS-Thomas, Gaytan, Petitt. K-Motonari, Martinez 2, Thomas, Sparks, 
Iddings. BB-Cosgrove, Martinez, Sparks, Gaytan, Davidson, Petitt, Mateo 2, 
Mealey 2, Raine, Trumbauer. HBP-Petitt. HB-Okamura. WP-Okamura, Perriman. 
GWRBI: Suzuki
Toshiie Maeda was ejected from this game
Temperature: 60, Sky: clear, Wind: in from left at 18 MPH.

 

California SharksSilver City OutlawsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 7, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 5

They say it never rains in the desert, but it did today, much to the chagrin of the Silver City Outlaws.
A nasty thunderstorm forced a delay of over an hour, which ultimately doomed the Outlaws to a 7-5 defeat at the hands of the California Sharks.

“The weather usually works to our advantage around here,” said Silver City manager John Jarha.  “You’d think those Hollywood boys wouldn’t like the rain either, but they handled it better than we did.”

The skies were threatening from the game’s beginning.  Many fans at The Corral, especially in the upper deck, seemed as interested in the cracks of lightning in the sky as they did in the action on the field.

“It was pretty crazy,” said Outlaws RF Nathaniel Wason.  “The fans would start cheering and going crazy, and we’d be like, ‘What the hell?  We didn’t do anything!’  Eventually, we realized they were cheering the lightning.”

The heavens opened up in the top of the 6th, with the score tied 4-4.  Both teams tore for the clubhouse, but many fans stayed in the stands to watch the storm.  “The people here are crazy,” said Sharks 3B Karl Mote.  “They were soaked to the bone, and they could have been fried by lightning at any minute.  But they wanted to see the show.”

When the game finally restarted 79 minutes later, Jarha was forced to pull starter Pedro Rodriguez.  “Pedro wanted to go back out there, but I wasn’t gonna do that after he’d been sitting for so long,” said Jarha.  “That kid’s arm is worth more to this team than me, you, and everyone else put together.”

Jarha turned instead to reliever Jamaal Sapp.  Unfortunately, Sapp hadn’t been warming during the delay, and he wasn’t ready when the game restarted.  Sapp (4-1) allowed three hits, a walk, and two runs while recording only one out.  Those runs ended up providing California’s winning margin.

“It’s my job to be ready when I’m called on,” said Sapp.  “I didn’t come through when the team needed me, and I hate that.”

The ball was flying at The Corral today, and the California hitters took advantage.  Sharks LF Kenneth Mader, 2B Johnie Oller, and DH Eddie Nix all hit home runs, and RF Jessie Corona and SS Rubin Smyth smacked triples.  Outlaws CF Javier Cardona also hit a triple, although he got thrown out trying to steal home.

The bats bailed out the Sharks after a shaky performance from their pitching staff.  Starter Brian Goreman was uncharacteristically wild, surrendering 5 walks and 3 runs over 3 2/3 innings.  Reliever Ty Shive (4-0) followed Goreman and pitched 1 2/3 innings to get credit for the win.  Lefties Luke Bond and Boss Walker managed to preserve the Sharks’ lead through a wobbly 6th and 7th, before closer Eugene Grace took control and finished things off for his 16th save.

The Sharks (45-30) will rely on ace Pierre LaRue as they aim to take three of four.  The Outlaws (42-35) will hope that veteran righty Linus Pauling can deliver a split.

 

7/5/2015, CAL15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            0  2  0  1  0  3  1  0  0     7 11  2    12  2
2015 Outlaws           1  0  2  0  1  0  1  0  0     5  9  1    12  0
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  2  1  0  .296    Brewmaker         3b  5  0  0  0  .277
Suarez            cf  4  0  1  1  .237    Cardona           cf  3  0  1  0  .228
Smyth             ss  4  0  2  2  .371    Wason             rf  3  2  1  0  .287
Mader             lf  5  1  2  1  .334    Elliott           1b  4  1  2  1  .298
Mote              3b  4  0  0  0  .230    Whittier          dh  4  2  2  1  .283
Lockley           c   4  0  1  0  .268    Ivey              lf  3  0  0  0  .263
Oller             2b  5  2  1  1  .278    Burt              ss  4  0  1  1  .222
 Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .170    Hintz             2b  5  0  1  1  .200
Nix               dh  3  1  1  1  .325    Jeffreys          c   3  0  1  0  .257
Gerke             1b  4  1  2  0  .233                         34  5  9  4
                     37  7 11  6
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Goreman                          3.2  5  3  2  5  1  84  45  3.59
Shive            W 4-0           1.2  2  1  1  1  2  31  18  5.29
Bond             H 2             1.2  1  1  0  3  0  34  16  6.32
Walker           H 4             0.1  1  0  0  0  0   8   5  7.04
Grace            S 16            1.2  0  0  0  0  0  14  10  4.09
                                 9.0  9  5  3  9  3 171  94 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rodriguez                        5.1  6  4  3  3  7  87  54  2.10
Sapp             L 4-1           0.1  3  2  2  1  0  15   6  4.06
Humphrey                         0.1  0  0  0  0  1   6   3  3.33
Spradlin                         3.0  2  1  1  3  0  52  27  5.06
                                 9.0 11  7  6  7  8 160  90 
 
CAL: Puffer inserted at 2b in the 9th
 
E-Smyth, Mote, Ivey. 2B-Elliott(28). 3B-Corona(15), Smyth(8), Cardona(6). 
HR-Mader(18), Oller(11), Nix(13). RBI-Suarez(49), Smyth 2(64), Mader(63), 
Oller(46), Nix(38), Elliott(57), Whittier(11), Burt(22), Hintz(9). 
SB-Suarez(11), Whittier(2). CS-Lockley, Cardona. K-Corona 2, Smyth 2, Mader, 
Mote 2, Gerke, Ivey, Burt, Hintz. BB-Corona 2, Smyth, Lockley, Nix 2, Gerke, 
Cardona 2, Wason 2, Elliott, Whittier, Ivey 2, Jeffreys. SH-Suarez, Burt. 
HBP-Mote. PB-Jeffreys. HB-Rodriguez. 
GWRBI: Smyth
Pedro Rodriguez was removed after a rain delay
Temperature: 106, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: 
left to right at 12 MPH, Rain Delays: 79 minutes.

 

Jackson HammerheadsOrlando CalrissiansJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 6, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 1

The Jackson Hammerheads know that if they’re going to catch the Knoxville Smokies atop the East, they’ll need to take advantage of every opportunity.  In particular, they’ll need to clean up against the league bottom-feeders.  The Hammerheads have done that against the hapless Orlando Calrissians, getting another excellent performance on both sides of the ball to secure a 6-1 win.

Hammerheads left-hander Kiko Walton (8-3) put Jackson in a great position to win with his complete-game performance, scattering nine hits, striking out four and walking none.  Walton has been plagued by inconsistency throughout the season, but when he’s on, he’s wickedly tough to hit.

“Jesus Christ couldn’t hit his curveball,” said Jackson pitching coach Eddie Harris.  Neither could the struggling Orlando lineup, with five members hitting under the.250 mark.  Walton followed up on Henry Jones’ masterful work in yesterday’s game by again carrying a shutout into the 8th, before Calrissians RF Magnus Larsson hit a sac fly to spoil it.

“We can’t let ourselves be satisfied with not getting shut out,” said Calrissians manager Logan Bothan.  “We’ve got to start winning some of these.”

Typically, Calrissians ace Nathan Nunb (8-6) pitches well enough to keep their feeble offense in the game.  In this game, however, the Hammerheads feasted on him.  3B Kim Fleitas plated the first Jackson run in the 3rd with a surprise bunt single that caught the Orlando infield napping.

“Skip always says he’ll never punish us for being aggressive,” said Fleitas.  “I saw them playing back and I took my opportunity.”

In the 6th, C Clarence Doyle launched a solo shot, his 5th of the year, part of a 3-for-5 day at the plate.  2B Homer Righter followed with a double, and RF Erin Arispe then singled him home to make it 3-0.  In the 9th, as the Orlando ace tired, the Hammerheads pounced for three insurance runs, highlighted by SS Octavio Westerberg’s two-run double.

“We weren’t about to take out foot off the gas until the game was over,” said Westerberg.  “Knoxville’s not going to go easy on us, so we can’t go easy on anybody.”

The Hammerheads (45-32) will send right-hander Jason Wallace to mound tomorrow in search of the sweep.  The Calrissians (22-54) counter with righty Chuck Weaver.

 

7/5/2015, JCK15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       0  0  1  0  0  2  0  0  3     6 14  0     8  1
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0     1  9  0     7  2
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  4  1  1  0  .292    Gilmartin         ss  3  0  1  0  .243
Westerberg        ss  4  1  1  2  .337     Buendia          ph  1  0  0  0  .291
Fleitas           3b  5  0  1  1  .305    Hartl             lf  4  1  2  0  .282
Walcott           dh  5  0  1  1  .244    Law               dh  4  0  1  0  .276
Doyle             c   5  1  3  1  .329    Larson            rf  3  0  2  1  .297
Righter           2b  4  1  3  0  .348    Crofoot           2b  4  0  0  0  .197
Wilczynski        1b  4  0  0  0  .255    Defoor            1b  4  0  0  0  .237
Johnson           lf  3  0  1  0  .325    Figeroa           3b  4  0  2  0  .251
Arispe            rf  4  2  3  1  .252    Lesher            c   4  0  0  0  .217
                     38  6 14  6          Elias             cf  3  0  1  0  .188
                                                               34  1  9  1
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Walton           W 8-3           9.0  9  1  1  0  4 127  85  4.97
                                 9.0  9  1  1  0  4 127  85 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Numb             L 8-6           8.1 13  6  6  3  3 123  78  4.46
Filippi                          0.2  1  0  0  0  1   7   6  3.11
                                 9.0 14  6  6  3  4 130  84 
 
ORL: Buendia batted for Gilmartin in the 7th
     Buendia moved to ss in the 8th
 
2B-Westerberg(20), Righter(7), Arispe 2(14), Hartl(10), Larson(12). 
HR-Doyle(5). RBI-Westerberg 2(48), Fleitas(75), Walcott(10), Doyle(35), 
Arispe(42), Larson(37). K-Westerberg, Doyle, Wilczynski, Johnson, Law, 
Crofoot, Lesher, Elias. BB-Deason, Westerberg, Johnson. SF-Larson. 
GWRBI: Fleitas
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

Knoxville SmokiesJacksonville DragonsKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 8, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 5

“We’re the king of this hill, and ain’t nobody better forget it,” said Knoxville Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.

With the second-place Jackson Hammerheads riding a hot streak to start the second half, Wallace wants to make it clear that his club won’t go down without a fight.  They demonstrated that fight today against the Jacksonville Dragons, breaking the game open in the 4th inning and surviving a late rally for an 8-5 triumph.

“The kings is still the kings,” said Wallace with a grin.

The Smokies opened the scoring in the 1st inning, when 2B Jeremiah Campo launched his first homer of the year.  “My brother gets so many of them,” said Campo, referring to his twin Jackson, the Smokies’ right fielder.  “I thought maybe I should get one for myself too.”

But it was the 4th inning when the Smokies really went to work against Dragons starter Juan Sarmiento (5-6).  The Smokies’ attack in the inning was reminiscent of their rivals in Jackson.  They didn’t have any big blows, but used a steady and relentless stream of hits to pile up runs.  Sarmiento allowed five hits and a walk in the inning before departing; thanks to another walk and a wild pitch by reliever Emilio Abbas, the score was 6-0 by the time the smoke cleared.

“I don’t understand why we can’t get two good outing in a row from our starters,” grumbled Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “Oh, wait, I do understand: because our starters aren’t that good.”

To Jacksonville’s credit, they didn’t let the deficit discourage them.  LF Rob Hartley crushed a mammoth homer in the 5th to get the Dragons on the board.  Then in the 7th, they staged a big rally against their former teammate, Smokies starter Jack Jacques.  1B Jake Kapoor and 3B Emerson Taliaferro bookended the inning with a pair of doubles, with three singles in between that resulted in four runs.  It wasn’t quite enough, though.  Jacques (8-4) stayed in through the 8th before giving way to closer Charlie Pasternak, who shut the Dragons down for his 18th save.

The Smokies (48-29) can take three of four tomorrow with their ace Elicio Santana on the mound.  The Dragons (31-43) have their hopes for a split resting on the left arm of Randy Cannon.

 

7/5/2015, KNX15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           1  0  0  5  0  1  0  1  0     8 14  0    15  2
2015 Dragons           0  0  0  0  1  0  4  0  0     5  7  0     2  0
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  5  1  2  1  .297    Leon              cf  3  0  0  0  .264
Campo             2b  6  2  3  2  .316    Kapoor            1b  4  1  1  0  .309
Bryant            1b  5  0  1  0  .300    Teachout          c   3  0  0  0  .351
Campo             rf  4  2  1  0  .284    Hopps             rf  4  0  0  0  .285
Moriarty          ss  6  1  1  0  .276    Hartley           lf  4  2  2  1  .259
Battin            dh  3  0  2  2  .303    Esquivel          dh  4  1  1  1  .263
Bossard           c   3  1  1  1  .289    Herdt             ss  4  1  2  1  .230
Aceuedo           3b  3  1  2  1  .297    Taliaferro        3b  3  0  1  2  .188
Sisco             lf  5  0  1  0  .303    Popejoy           2b  3  0  0  0  .198
                     40  8 14  7                               32  5  7  5
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jacques          W 8-4           8.0  7  5  5  2  6 112  71  3.90
Pasternak        S 18            1.0  0  0  0  0  2  14   8  2.70
                                 9.0  7  5  5  2  8 126  79 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sarmiento        L 5-6           3.2  7  6  6  2  3  69  42  5.02
Abbas                            1.0  2  0  0  1  1  21  13  3.27
Khan                             1.1  3  1  1  2  1  36  18  5.36
Avallone                         2.0  1  1  1  4  1  41  18  4.78
Janke                            1.0  1  0  0  0  2  21  13 20.25
                                 9.0 14  8  8  9  8 188 104 
 
2B-Blair(10), Campo(15), Battin(17), Aceuedo(18), Kapoor(28), Taliaferro(4). 
HR-Campo(1), Hartley(19). RBI-Blair(51), Campo 2(26), Battin 2(52), 
Bossard(25), Aceuedo(33), Hartley(59), Esquivel(22), Herdt(29), 
Taliaferro 2(12). SB-Bryant(3), Campo(5). K-Campo 2, Bryant, Campo, 
Moriarty 3, Sisco, Leon, Kapoor 2, Hopps 2, Hartley, Herdt 2. BB-Blair, 
Bryant, Campo 2, Battin, Bossard 2, Aceuedo 2, Leon, Teachout. SF-Battin. 
WP-Abbas. 
GWRBI: Campo
Samir Khan was injured for this game only
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

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