PBL Scores, 7/8/15

A couple of thrilling late comebacks highlight today’s action.  You won’t want to miss this!

Salt Lake SamuraiSilver City OutlawsSALT LAKE SAMURAI 6, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 5

“How the hell are these guys in last place?” said Silver City Outlaws RF Nathaniel Wason.  That’s a question a lot of people have asked lately about the Salt Lake Samurai, whose winning percentage lingers around that of the ’62 Mets but whose recent play suggests a much brighter future.

Today’s game may have been their most impressive yet.  The Samurai took an early lead, lost it in a late-game collapse, then staged a stunning 9th-inning rally to walk off with a 6-5 win over the Outlaws.

“I’ve been telling you guys that things are coming together for us,” said Salt Lake manager Johnny Dugan.  “Every time I’ve said it, you all look at me like I’ve got two heads.  But I bet you’re starting to believe now!”

The Outlaws certainly have reason to believe it.  After the Samurai scraped together a couple runs in the 1st against starter Juan Carlos Lopez, the righty proceeded to smother the Salt Lake hitters over the next 7 innings.  Meanwhile, Samurai righty Logan Morris was shutting down the Outlaws with equal effectiveness.

“We’ve got to work on getting Logan a little more consistent,” said Dugan.  “But when he’s on, he’s tough.  I see him as a middle-of-the-rotation innings-eater for us down the road.”

After limiting Silver City to three weak singles over the first 6 innings, Morris allowed a one-out double to 2B Marlon Hintz in the 7th.  That led Dugan to yank him, a decision he would come to regret.

“It wasn’t a lack of faith in Logan,” said Dugan.  “But his pitch count was starting to climb [120 pitches], and I wanted to protect his arm.”

Normally reliable reliever Miguel Bautista imploded, allowing a walk and two hits, the most damaging of which was a three-run homer by Wason that put Silver City ahead 4-2.  In the 8th, the Outlaws tacked on another run against righty Norman Sater, making his first appearance in a Salt Lake uniform.

Things looked bleak for the home team heading into the bottom of the final inning, down by three with the Outlaws’ fearsome closer, Go Matsumoto, on the hill.  Samurai 1B Neal Thomas felt differently, however.

“That’s one advantage to being as far down as we are,” said Thomas.  “There’s no pressure.  If we can’t come back, what’s one more loss?  So I went up there pretending it was a tie game.”

It worked, as Thomas pounded a 1-2 pitch off the wall in right-center for a double.  One out late, C DeAndre Turnbull’s single brought him in to make it 5-3.  2B Quincy Gaytan hit a potential game-ending double-play grounder to short, but used his blazing speed to beat the relay to first.  That brought up 3B Chris Davidson, who waited out a full-count and then took a borderline pitch for ball four.

Outlaws manager John Jarha went out to retrieve his visibly annoyed closer.  “I knew Go didn’t like the call,” said Jarha, “and I didn’t want him pitching mad.  I figured I’d turn things over to the Dirt Hogs and let them finish the ride.”

Unfortunately for Jarha and the Outlaws, left-hander Aurelio Menard (1-4) wasn’t up to the job, as Salt Lake proceeded to hit three straight singles to win the game.  CF Lee Cosgrove, who got the game-winning blow, was mobbed at first by his ecstatic teammates as the fans at Desert Edge Stadium offered a standing ovation.  Cosgrove’s hit made a winner of Sater (1-0), who pitched the last two innings.

“I know everyone thinks we should be mailing it in right now,” said Dugan.  “But don’t tell that to anyone around here.  We’re just hitting our stride.”

The Samurai (21-62) will try for a rare three-game winning streak behind righty Davey Skargard.  The Outlaws (42-37) will turn to right-hander Cloyce “Hoss” Benson to halt Salt Lake’s momentum.

 

7/8/2015, SCO15-SLC15, Desert Edge Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  0  4  1  0     5  7  1     6  1
2015 Samurai           2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  4     6 11  1     7  0
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Brewmaker         3b  4  0  0  0  .270    Motonari          ss  5  2  3  1  .246
Cardona           cf  5  1  1  1  .225    Whitworth         dh  5  0  1  1  .281
Wason             rf  3  1  2  3  .292    Cosgrove          cf  5  1  2  1  .278
Elliott           1b  4  0  0  0  .294    Martinez          rf  4  0  1  1  .292
Whittier          dh  4  1  1  0  .271    Thomas            1b  4  1  2  1  .228
Ivey              lf  4  0  1  0  .267    Sparks            lf  3  0  0  0  .259
Burt              ss  3  0  0  1  .216    Turnbull          c   4  0  2  1  .132
Hintz             2b  4  1  1  0  .208    Gaytan            2b  4  1  0  0  .234
Jeffreys          c   2  1  1  0  .267    Davidson          3b  3  1  0  0  .197
                     33  5  7  5                               37  6 11  6
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lopez                            8.0  6  2  1  1  5  98  66  3.54
Matsumoto        H 1             0.2  2  3  3  1  0  19  10  2.73
Menard           BS 1, L 1-4     0.0  3  1  1  0  0   9   5  2.66
                                 8.2 11  6  5  2  5 126  81 
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morris                           6.1  4  1  1  3  6 120  70  5.02
Bautista         BS 2            0.2  2  3  3  1  1  28  14  3.74
Sater            W 1-0           2.0  1  1  1  0  3  22  17  4.50
                                 9.0  7  5  5  4 10 170 101 
 
E-Elliott, Davidson. 2B-Whittier(7), Hintz(3), Motonari(12), Cosgrove(20), 
Thomas(7). HR-Wason(34). RBI-Cardona(41), Wason 3(73), Burt(23), 
Motonari(30), Whitworth(22), Cosgrove(31), Martinez(31), Thomas(55), 
Turnbull(9). SB-Ivey(9), Motonari(8). K-Cardona, Elliott 4, Whittier, Ivey, 
Hintz 2, Jeffreys, Cosgrove, Martinez, Thomas 2, Turnbull. BB-Brewmaker, 
Wason, Jeffreys 2, Sparks, Davidson. SH-Burt. WP-Sater. 
GWRBI: Cosgrove
Temperature: 98, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 3 MPH.

 

Jacksonville DragonsJackson HammerheadsJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 9, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 8

Early in the season, the Jackson Hammerheads developed a reputation for getting into wild see-saw slugfests, with their top-notch hitting balanced against their shaky pitching.  Today’s game had some of that early-season flavor, with the Hammerheads taking the lead, losing it, getting it back again, and then blowing it again in a 9-8 loss to the Jacksonville Dragons.

The back-and-forth was tough on Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes.  “I’m too old for this,” growled Hayes.  “Games like this make me wish I was back at Tire World.”

Jackson got its first break in the game when a 3rd-inning thunderstorm forced an hour-plus delay, forcing Dragons ace Biggs McGee out of the game.  The Hammerheads scored twice against reliever Samir Khan for a 3-1 lead.  They added another in the 5th on SS Octavio Westerberg’s single.

The Dragons cut into Jackson’s lead in the 7th with a two-run blast by 1B Jake Kapoor, driving Hammerheads starter Jordan Bergman out of the game.  But CF Damian Deason launched a solo shot in the bottom of the inning against Dragons lefty Blueberry Jackson to push their edge back to 5-3.

“I bulked up the break,” said Deason of his uncharacteristic display of power.

In the 8th, Hammerheads reliever Butch Turnbull wobbled, allowing two hits, a walk, and a sac fly to bring Jacksonville back within one.  Hayes turned to closer Rick Sheen to get out of the mess, but he proved no more effective.  Just like Turnbull, he allowed two hits, a walk, and a sac fly.  By the time the inning was over, the Hammerheads trailed 7-5.  It might have gotten even uglier if C Clarence Doyle hadn’t thrown out Jake Kapoor trying to steal for the final out.

The Dragons called on their former closer, Razor Corridon, for a two-inning save.  But Hammerheads 2B Homer Righter ripped Corridon for a one-out triple, the first of four straight hits that put Jackson back in the lead, 8-7.

“We thought that was it,” said Righter.  “That was our big stirring comeback.  Cue the victory montage.”

But things weren’t about to unfold according to script.  Hayes stuck with his closer in the 9th, but Sheen (1-4) fumbled his second chance.  Dragons C Judson Teachout led off the inning with a single, bringing RF Roderick Hopps to the plate.  Sheen got careless and caught too much of the plate with his 1-0 fastball, and Hopps smacked a towering fly to left.

“I would’ve needed a visa to catch that one,” said Hammerheads LF Track Johnson.  “It was out of here, and there was nothing left but a vapor trail.”

Boos rained down as Hopps and Teachout circled the bases.  It was Sheen’s seventh blown save of the year.

Unlike Sheen, Corridon (2-3) made the most of his second chance, setting down the Hammerheads in order in the bottom of the 9th to preserve his win.

The Dragons (33-44) will look to Kyle Palmer to continue his recent turnaround.   The Hammerheads (46-34) will try to regroup behind their ace, Henry Jones.

 

7/8/2015, JAX15-JCK15, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Dragons           0  1  0  0  0  0  2  4  2     9 12  1     7  0
2015 Hammerheads       0  0  3  0  1  0  1  3  0     8 12  1     6  1
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Leon              cf  4  0  1  2  .257    Deason            cf  4  3  3  3  .308
Kapoor            1b  5  1  2  3  .311    Westerberg        ss  5  0  2  2  .349
Teachout          c   4  1  2  0  .353    Fleitas           3b  4  0  0  0  .302
Hopps             rf  5  2  3  2  .288    Walcott           dh  4  0  0  0  .211
Hartley           lf  5  1  1  0  .251    Doyle             c   5  0  0  0  .332
 Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .206    Righter           2b  4  1  2  0  .344
Esquivel          dh  4  0  1  1  .250    Wilczynski        1b  2  0  0  0  .250
Herdt             ss  3  1  0  0  .229     Cianciarulo      ph  1  1  1  1  .174
Taliaferro        3b  2  3  1  0  .202    Johnson           lf  4  2  2  0  .326
Popejoy           2b  4  0  1  1  .227    Arispe            rf  4  1  2  2  .256
 Mount            2b  0  0  0  0  .213                         37  8 12  8
                     36  9 12  9
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGee                            2.1  0  1  1  1  0  34  19  3.25
Khan                             0.0  3  2  2  0  0   7   3  5.57
Abbas                            2.2  2  1  1  2  0  39  22  3.28
Avallone                         1.0  2  0  0  0  1  13   8  4.61
Jackson                          1.0  1  1  1  0  0  18  14  3.35
Corridon         BS 5, W 2-3     2.0  4  3  3  0  2  41  27  6.18
                                 9.0 12  8  8  3  3 152  93 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Bergman                          6.2  6  3  3  3  2 108  66  4.67
Turnbull         H 6             0.2  2  3  3  1  0  17  10  4.29
Sheen            BS 7, L 1-4     1.2  4  3  3  1  1  32  16  4.35
                                 9.0 12  9  9  5  3 157  92 
 
JAX: Mount inserted at 2b in the 8th
     Parker inserted at lf in the 9th
JCK: Cianciarulo batted for Wilczynski in the 8th
     Cianciarulo moved to 1b in the 9th
 
E-Teachout, Wilczynski. 2B-Taliaferro(5), Deason 2(35), Arispe(15). 
3B-Righter(8). HR-Kapoor(10), Hopps(17), Deason(6). RBI-Leon 2(35), 
Kapoor 3(50), Hopps 2(56), Esquivel(24), Popejoy(13), Deason 3(56), 
Westerberg 2(54), Arispe 2(44), Cianciarulo(5). CS-Kapoor, Righter, Arispe. 
K-Teachout, Hartley 2, Fleitas, Doyle, Wilczynski. BB-Teachout, Herdt 2, 
Taliaferro 2, Fleitas, Walcott, Wilczynski. SF-Leon, Esquivel, Deason. 
GWRBI: Hopps
Biggs McGee was removed after a rain delay
Temperature: 90, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: left to right at 10 MPH, 
Rain Delays: 71 minutes.

 

Knoxville SmokiesOrlando CalrissiansKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 6, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 3

After the Jackson Hammerheads made hay against the Orlando Calrissians, taking three of four, the Knoxville Smokies knew they needed to do the same if they wanted to stay in front in the East.  They got off to a good start today, scoring early and often in a 6-3 win over the Calrissians.

“That’s what I’m talking about!” crowed Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “I don’t think these Orlando boys are gonna give us too much trouble.  They’re a fly, and we’re the windshield of a semi.”

The Smokies had an easy time with Calrissians starter Charles McNally (2-7), knocking him around for five runs in 5 2/3 innings.  CF Joe Blair and 1B Eddie Battin both took McNally deep.  The 37-year-old righty, whose ERA now sits at 9.35, reacted angrily to questions about whether he was washed up.

“Hey, look, I was sitting at home for months, okay?” snapped McNally.  “Because the [expletive] Dragons dumped me at the end of camp and no one picked me up.  So I came here in midseason, and excuse me if I’m not in midseason form.  Besides, I’d like to see you fat [expletive] put down your recorders and your potato chips and take the ball every fifth day.  Maybe you’d see it wasn’t so easy then.  Piss off and find someone’s grave to dance on.”  He then stormed off to the showers, still in uniform.

Although McNally has struggled with alcoholism, witnesses said that alcohol played no role in McNally’s rant.  “Charles wasn’t drunk,” said Calrissians 1B Brooks Defoor.  “Just pissed off.”  Some speculated that McNally could be concerned about losing his place in the rotation, but Calrissians manager Logan Bothan said that the team plans no changes at this time.

Meanwhile, an error in the 5th cost Smokies starter Sylvester Lighty a shot at a win, but didn’t cost Knoxville the game.  With a runner on first and no one out, Calrissians 2B Erasmo Crofoot hit a nubber in front of the plate.  Smokies C Ricky Bossard darted from behind the plate and plucked the ball, but his throw sailed over Battin’s head, allowing Crofoot to make it all the way to second.

It was a rainy day in Knoxville, and Bossard blamed that for his error.  “The damn grass was still wet,” said Bossard.  “When I went to plant my feet and throw, I slipped and it sailed on me.”

After the error, Lighty faltered; the Calrissians scored three unearned runs in the inning, and Wallace had to pull his pitcher.  But reliever Jerry Tile (3-0) put up 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Lighty to claim the win.

“We won, which is what counts,” said Lighty.  “I’m not getting my feelings hurt over who gets credit.  But I still say Jerry owes me a steak dinner.  Maybe one for Ricky, too.”

After righty Rick Wilkins blanked Orlando in the 8th, closer Charlie Pasternak finished the job for his 19th save.

The Smokies (49-30) hand the ball to Todd Warrant for tomorrow’s start.  The Calrissians (23-55) counter with hard-luck righty Nate McGowan.

 

7/8/2015, ORL15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0     3  9  0     6  0
2015 Smokies           0  2  0  0  2  1  0  1  x     6 13  1    13  0
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hartl             lf  4  0  2  0  .288    Blair             cf  3  2  1  1  .294
Defoor            1b  4  0  1  1  .237    Campo             2b  5  1  3  1  .318
Buendia           ss  4  0  1  0  .287    Bryant            dh  3  0  2  0  .303
Law               rf  4  0  0  0  .273    Campo             rf  5  0  2  1  .289
Figeroa           3b  4  1  2  0  .254    Moriarty          ss  5  1  2  1  .279
Crofoot           2b  4  1  0  0  .196    Battin            1b  3  1  1  2  .306
Nabors            dh  4  0  2  1  .182    Bossard           c   4  0  0  0  .270
Elias             cf  4  1  1  1  .193     Carlo            c   1  0  0  0  .165
McCormack         c   4  0  0  0  .193    Aceuedo           3b  3  0  0  0  .297
                     36  3  9  3          Sisco             lf  4  1  2  0  .302
                                                               36  6 13  6
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNally          L 2-7           5.2 11  5  5  3  3 103  60  9.35
Filippi                          0.1  0  0  0  0  0   4   2  3.08
Quesara                          1.0  2  1  1  3  0  36  16  6.21
Turbeville                       1.0  0  0  0  1  0  18   8  7.23
                                 8.0 13  6  6  7  3 161  86 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lighty                           4.2  5  3  0  0  3  78  52  3.87
Tile             W 3-0           2.1  2  0  0  0  2  25  21  1.68
Wilkins          H 5             1.0  1  0  0  0  1  13  11  3.51
Pasternak        S 19            1.0  1  0  0  0  1  12   9  2.61
                                 9.0  9  3  0  0  7 128  93 
 
KNX: Carlo inserted at c in the 8th
 
E-Bossard. 2B-Defoor(15), Buendia(10), Campo(16), Sisco(13). HR-Blair(15), 
Battin(14). RBI-Defoor(47), Nabors(10), Elias(8), Blair(52), Campo(27), 
Campo(67), Moriarty(51), Battin 2(54). CS-Sisco. K-Hartl 2, Defoor, Law, 
Crofoot, McCormack 2, Blair, Bossard, Aceuedo. BB-Blair 2, Bryant 2, 
Battin 2, Aceuedo. BALK-Wilkins. 
GWRBI: Campo
Temperature: 98, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: left to right at 9 MPH, 
Rain Delays: 21 minutes.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsCalifornia SharksMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 7, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 4

Milwaukee Bear Claws 1B Felipe Mateo is the Patriot League’s most feared hitter, and with good reason.  He is the only batter with a shot at the Triple Crown.  “Felipe’s a one-man rally,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “A lot of days, he’s all the offense we need.”

Horton couldn’t have been more right about today’s game.  Mateo crushed three home runs and drove in five, carrying the load in Milwaukee’s 7-4 win over the California Sharks.

“I am thankful to God for the good health and the ability to play as well as I do,” said Mateo.  “I do not know the secrets to my success, except that I am very blessed.”

Mateo’s three longballs brought him to 34 for the season, bringing him back into a tie with Silver City’s Nathaniel Wason for the league lead.  His 5 RBI make him the first player to reach triple digits for the year.  In addition to his homers, Mateo added a double for a 4-for-5 day, raising his league-leading average to the .366 mark.

“Felipe’s just a force of nature,” said Bear Claws RF Wally Trumbauer.  “He’s playing the game at a higher level than the rest of us.  I don’t know why MLB hasn’t scooped him up, but thank God he’s with us.”

Mateo racked up a double and a homer against Sharks starter Stu Palmeiro (9-4), who lasted only 3 innings.  The slugging first sacker went yard twice more against reliever Ty Shive.

“There’s no shame in getting beat by that guy,” said Palmeiro.  “As a pitcher, you hate to face him.  But as a fan, you kind of enjoy watching him, especially when he’s not crushing you.”

Benicio Torrenueva (7-5) pitched 8 strong innings to get the win, in spite of issuing seven walks.  “I actually think his wildness helps,” said Horton.  “When a guy who throws that hard doesn’t quite know where it’s going, you’re not digging in too deep against him.  It’s the old Nuke LaLoosh effect.  Plus, Torre’s got a mean streak, and that helps, too.  He might just put one between your eyes and not care that much.”

Oscar Buenaventura set California down in order in the 9th for his 24th save of the season.

The rubber match of the between the Bear Claws (57-25) and the Sharks (47-31) is tomorrow, with Milwaukee’s Herculez Mendoza matched up against California’s Deke Slater.

 

7/8/2015, MIL15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        2  1  1  0  2  0  1  0  0     7  9  1     5  1
2015 Sharks            0  0  0  0  0  2  0  2  0     4  5  1     8  1
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  3  1  0  0  .322    Corona            rf  1  0  1  0  .294
Iddings           2b  5  2  2  0  .274     Novick           pr  3  0  0  0  .250
Mateo             1b  5  3  4  5  .366    Suarez            cf  5  0  0  0  .233
Suzuki            3b  4  0  0  0  .311    Smyth             ss  4  1  0  0  .358
Mealey            lf  2  0  1  1  .299    Mader             lf  2  1  1  0  .336
Raine             dh  4  0  0  0  .246    Lockley           c   3  1  1  0  .278
Trumbauer         rf  3  0  0  0  .246    Oller             2b  4  1  1  1  .281
McGuigan          c   4  0  0  0  .279    Nix               dh  3  0  0  1  .327
Maxwell           cf  4  1  2  1  .316    Gerke             1b  4  0  1  1  .229
                     34  7  9  7          Gonzalez          3b  3  0  0  0  .227
                                                               32  4  5  3
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Torrenueva       W 7-5           8.0  5  4  2  7  5 125  67  4.16
Buenaventura     S 24            1.0  0  0  0  0  0  15  10  1.71
                                 9.0  5  4  2  7  5 140  77 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmeiro         L 9-4           3.0  4  4  4  2  2  59  33  4.74
Shive                            4.0  5  3  3  2  2  58  31  5.20
Walker                           1.0  0  0  0  0  0   5   4  6.61
Arzola                           1.0  0  0  0  0  0   3   3  0.79
                                 9.0  9  7  7  4  4 125  71 
 
CAL: Novick ran for Corona in the 1st
     Novick moved to rf in the 2nd
 
E-Iddings, Oller. 2B-Mateo(20), Corona(12). 3B-Oller(2). HR-Mateo 3(34), 
Maxwell(3). RBI-Mateo 5(100), Mealey(44), Maxwell(33), Oller(53), Nix(39), 
Gerke(11). CS-Trumbauer. K-Petitt 2, Iddings 2, Suarez, Mader, Oller 2, 
Novick. BB-Petitt 2, Mealey, Trumbauer, Smyth, Mader 2, Lockley, Nix, 
Gonzalez, Novick. SF-Mealey. PB-McGuigan. 
GWRBI: Mateo
Jessie Corona was injured for this game only
Temperature: 67, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: in from left at 5 MPH.

 

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