PBL Scores, 7/11/15

Who’s hotter right now: the East’s first-place team or the West’s last-place team?  It may be closer than you think!  Read on below the fold…

Silver City OutlawsMilwaukee Bear ClawsSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 3, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 2 (10 INNINGS)

Milwaukee Bear Claws 1B Felipe Mateo and Silver City Outlaws RF Nathaniel Wason entered this series tied for the league lead in home runs with 34.  They remained tied after both went deep in today’s game.  Mateo’s blast padded his league lead in RBI and provided all of Milwaukee’s runs.  But Wason’s drive broke an extra-inning deadlock and provided the Outlaws with a 3-2 victory.

“I would rather win a championship than the Triple Crown,” said Mateo.  “Nathaniel’s homer won the game, and I tip my hat to him for that.”

Mateo’s round-tripper came in the 6th inning, and was the only blemish on the record of Outlaws starter Pedro Rodriguez (8-5).  The 19-year-old lefty starter, whose numbered have tailed off a bit lately, reverted to his early-season form today, pitching 9 innings, allowing eight hits and striking out six.

“Pedro’s figuring out how to be a pitcher now,” said Silver City manager John Jarha.  “He’s got himself a hell of a long way on his talent, but now he’s rounding out his game.  And that’s real bad news for the rest of the league.”

Despite Rodriguez’s excellent performance, he might still have been tagged with the loss.  Bear Claws starter Zack Perriman was brilliant through the first 6 innings, allowing only two hits and a lone run.  But he fell apart in the 7th, allowing a one-out homer to Outlaws SS Carrol Burt to tie it up, and then loading the bases on a hit batter, a single, and a walk.  Reliever Olen Abernathy had to get Milwaukee out of the jam, freezing Wason with a beautiful slider for a strikeout.

The Outlaws went down in order through the 8th and the 9th against righty Timmy Almon (8-4).  He set down the first two batters in the 10th in order as well, until Wason strode to the plate.  He didn’t bite on Almon’s sinker, and when the righty tried to sneak a high fastball by him, Wason made him pay.  He crushed the pitch deep into the right-field bleachers, stunning the crowd at High Life Field into silence.

“It was like somebody flipped a switch,” said Silver City 3B Rusty Brewmaker.  “One minute, they were all whooping and hollering, thinking the momentum was on their side.  Then Nat went yard, and the whole place just went dead.  You could hear a beer cup drop.”

Closer Go Matsumoto took care of business in the bottom of the inning, setting the Bear Claws down in order for his 19th save.

The Outlaws (43-39), who snapped a five-game losing skid with the win, will hope that right-hander Linus Pauling can keep the good times going tomorrow.  The Bear Claws (58-26) will rely on the right arm of “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman in tomorrow’s game.

 

7/11/2015, SCO15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Outlaws           0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  1     3  5  1     7  1
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0     2  8  0     7  0
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Brewmaker         3b  4  1  1  0  .270    Petitt            ss  5  0  0  0  .316
Cardona           cf  4  0  1  1  .223    Iddings           2b  5  1  1  0  .272
Wason             rf  4  1  1  1  .301    Mateo             1b  5  1  2  2  .368
Elliott           1b  5  0  0  0  .283    Suzuki            3b  4  0  1  0  .317
Whittier          dh  4  0  1  0  .276    Mealey            lf  4  0  2  0  .301
Ivey              lf  4  0  0  0  .268    Raine             dh  3  0  0  0  .239
Burt              ss  3  1  1  1  .212    Trumbauer         rf  4  0  2  0  .249
Hintz             2b  4  0  0  0  .183    McGuigan          c   3  0  0  0  .282
Jeffreys          c   3  0  0  0  .238    Maxwell           cf  4  0  0  0  .307
                     35  3  5  3                               37  2  8  2
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rodriguez        W 8-5           9.0  8  2  2  2  6 137  85  2.09
Matsumoto        S 19            1.0  0  0  0  0  1  17  10  2.65
                                10.0  8  2  2  2  7 154  95 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Perriman                         6.2  4  2  2  4  5 111  61  3.24
Abernathy                        0.1  0  0  0  0  1   4   4  3.74
Almon            L 8-4           3.0  1  1  1  0  4  34  27  2.32
                                10.0  5  3  3  4 10 149  92 
 
E-Burt. 2B-Cardona(15), Mateo(21), Trumbauer 2(22). HR-Wason(35), Burt(3), 
Mateo(35). RBI-Cardona(42), Wason(74), Burt(25), Mateo 2(102). CS-Suzuki. 
K-Brewmaker, Wason 2, Elliott, Whittier, Burt, Hintz 2, Jeffreys 2, 
Iddings 2, Mateo 2, Trumbauer 2, McGuigan. BB-Brewmaker, Cardona, Wason, 
Burt, Raine, McGuigan. HBP-Jeffreys. HB-Perriman. 
GWRBI: Wason
Temperature: 81, Sky: clear, Wind: in from center at 16 MPH.

 

Salt Lake SamuraiCalifornia SharksSALT LAKE SAMURAI 7, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 6

If you made a list of the Patriot League catchers most likely to make an impact with the bat, DeAndre Turnbull of the Salt Lake Samurai would probably be at the bottom of the list, as his .158 average would attest.  But as the Samurai have gone on their unlikely second-half surge, Turnbull has been one of the key contributors.  In this game, he broke up a no-hitter with a grand slam, which helped propel Salt Lake to a 7-6 win over the California Sharks.

“Somebody must have switched bodies with De over the break,” joked Samurai 1B Neal Thomas.  “Ever since then, he’s turned into Joe DiMaggio.”

Turnbull’s big moment occurred in the 4th inning, with Salt Lake trailing 3-0.  California starter Brian Goreman (7-4) was working on a no-hitter at the time, but he had also walked the bases loaded.  (The Sharks righty issued five walks in the game.)  When Turnbull went ahead in the count 2-1, he had one pitch on his mind.

“I was sitting dead red,” the catcher said after the game.  “I knew he wasn’t gonna want to risk walking in a run, so I figured he wanted a strike at all cost.  So I looked middle-middle and waited.”

Goreman delivered the center-cut fastball that Turnbull expected, and the catcher met it squarely.  The ball went soaring into the left-field stands, the Samurai took a 4-3 lead, and Goreman came out of the game.

“That’s what I get for allowing a hit,” quipped the Sharks starter.

The Samurai weren’t finished, either.  In the 5th, they added three runs with a good deal of help from poor Sharks fielding.  Salt Lake loaded the bases against reliever Ty Shive on two singles and a walk.  California then brought in their closer, Eugene Grace.  RF Romeo Martinez rolled an RBI groundout to first to make it 5-3.  Thomas then hit a squibber to the mound, and Grace tried to grab it quickly and fire home.  But he initially missed the ball when he went to pick it up, and when he finally did grab it, his rushed throw pulled C Thaddeus Lockley off the plate.  LF Chip Sparks then hit a bouncer to first; Sharks 1B Jamal Gerke snared it, but when he threw to Grace covering, the pitcher missed the bag.

“I’m pretty disgusted with myself, to be honest,” said Grace.  “From a pitching perspective, I did my job.  But apparently I need to spend more time in fielding practice.”

Those three additional runs would loom large later, as the Sharks mounted a strong late rally.  In the 6th, 2B Johnie Oller walloped a massive blast to left against Samurai starter Toshiie Maeda (5-10).  In the 7th, RF Jessie Corona laced a triple off of Maeda, and then scored on a sac fly.  In the 8th, Lockley launched a solo shot against reliever Norman Sater.  But that was as far as they’d get, with Samurai closer Dean Gamble recording the final four outs for his 16th save.

“We bent but we didn’t break,” said Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.  “Another big step forward for our guys.  This was a big win!”

The Samurai (24-62) have now won six of eight in the second half.  They’ll send southpaw Grant Fore to the hill tomorrow, while the Sharks (48-32) will start their ace, Pierre LaRue.

 

7/11/2015, CAL15-SLC15, Desert Edge Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            3  0  0  0  0  1  1  1  0     6  9  2     5  0
2015 Samurai           0  0  0  4  3  0  0  0  x     7  5  0     5  0
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  5  1  1  0  .292    Motonari          ss  4  1  1  0  .248
Suarez            cf  4  1  2  1  .237    Whitworth         dh  4  1  1  0  .280
Smyth             ss  3  1  0  0  .350    Cosgrove          cf  3  1  0  0  .280
Mader             lf  4  0  0  0  .333    Martinez          rf  3  1  0  1  .284
Nix               dh  3  1  1  0  .325    Thomas            1b  3  1  1  0  .227
Oller             2b  4  1  3  2  .293    Sparks            lf  3  1  0  1  .257
Lockley           c   4  1  2  3  .282    Turnbull          c   3  1  1  4  .158
Gerke             1b  4  0  0  0  .218    Gaytan            2b  3  0  1  0  .232
Puffer            3b  3  0  0  0  .161    Davidson          3b  4  0  0  0  .192
 Gonzalez         ph  1  0  0  0  .217                         30  7  5  6
                     35  6  9  6
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Goreman          L 7-4           3.1  1  4  4  5  1  66  34  3.83
Shive                            0.2  3  3  1  1  0  22  12  5.24
Grace                            1.0  0  0  0  0  0  13   9  4.45
Moret                            2.0  1  0  0  0  1  28  19  0.00
Bond                             1.0  0  0  0  0  0   7   6  5.21
                                 8.0  5  7  5  6  2 136  80 
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Maeda            W 5-10          6.0  8  5  5  2  3  92  60  5.22
Bautista         H 2             1.0  0  0  0  0  1  14   8  3.60
Sater            H 1             0.2  1  1  1  0  0  10   7  6.75
Gamble           S 16            1.1  0  0  0  0  0  11   8  4.93
                                 9.0  9  6  6  2  4 127  83 
 
CAL: Gonzalez batted for Puffer in the 9th
 
E-Grace 2. 3B-Corona(16). HR-Oller(15), Lockley(8), Turnbull(3). 
RBI-Suarez(53), Oller 2(58), Lockley 3(29), Martinez(33), Sparks(29), 
Turnbull 4(16). SB-Suarez 2(14), Smyth(9), Motonari(9), Whitworth(1). 
CS-Gaytan. K-Mader 3, Lockley, Cosgrove, Martinez. BB-Smyth, Nix, Cosgrove, 
Martinez, Thomas, Sparks, Turnbull, Gaytan. SF-Suarez. 
GWRBI: Turnbull
Temperature: 99, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 6 MPH.

 

Jacksonville DragonsOrlando CalrissiansJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 5, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 4

When Jacksonville Dragons 1B Jake Kapoor left today’s game with flu-like symptoms, the Dragons took it as bad news.  Kapoor has been the Dragons’ best and most consistent hitter, while replacement Berry Canez had lost his starting job due to his poor offense.  But the change turned out to be a lucky break for Jacksonville, as Canez smacked a pair of homers to spark a comeback 5-4 win over the Orlando Calrissians.

“Well, I’ve had plenty of time on my hands,” said Canez, “so I’ve been spending a lot of it in the batting cage.  My timing’s better than it’s been all year.”

Canez’s heroics transformed a game that originally looked like another Dragons flop.  An error by SS Alan Herdt in the 1st inning opened the door for Calrissians 2B Erasmo Crofoot to launch a three-run homer, his 31st of the season, putting Jacksonville in an early hole.

When Canez first came to the plate in the 3rd, the Dragons still trailed by a 3-1 margin.  Orlando starter Nathan Nunb fired Canez a low fastball, and he clobbered it.  The ball curled inside the left-field foul pole for a solo homer.

“That got everybody’s attention in the dugout,” said Dragons LF Rob Hartley.  “We felt like we might have something going.”

Canez next strode to the dish in the 5th with CF Alfonso Leon on first and no one out.  Nunb (8-7) got ahead 0-2 and tried to finish Canez with a slider over the outside corner.  The pitch hung a bit, and Canez made the Orlando ace pay, belting it out to left to give the Dragons their first lead of the game.

“Now everybody was running up and down the dugout high-fiving each other,” said Hartley.  “It was like, ‘Where did this come from?  Why has he been riding the pine?’”

Meanwhile, Dragons starter Randy Cannon (6-7) didn’t allow another run after the 1st, pitching 7 strong innings and striking out nine to secure the win.

Dragons manager Harlan Davidson praised the performances of Canez and Cannon, but added with a sigh, “If they’d been giving us this all season, I probably wouldn’t feel the need to drink my lunch so often.”

The teams traded runs in the 8th.  2B Alexis Popejoy hit an RBI groundout for Jacksonville in the top of the inning, while pinch-hitter Jose Buendia launched a solo shot for Orlando in the latter half of the frame.

Buendia, who has been vocally unhappy about his playing time, came close to requesting a trade in his postgame remarks.  “I don’t understand it,” said Buendia.  “We have a team-wide problem with offense.  I’m one of our best hitters, and I have to fight for playing time with guys who barely hit their weight?  It makes no sense.”  When asked if he felt the Calrissians were misusing him, Buendia replied, “I just want to be somewhere that I can get the playing time I deserve.  If that’s not here, then so be it.”

Dragons closer Blueberry Jackson had a bit of a bumpy ride in the 9th, but held on for his fifth save.

The Dragons (34-46) will try to make it two in a row tomorrow behind right-hander Tony Harris.   The Calrissians (23-58) will counter with right-hander Chuck Weaver.

 

7/11/2015, JAX15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Dragons           0  1  1  0  2  0  0  1  0     5  9  1     9  1
2015 Calrissians       3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0     4  5  1     5  0
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Leon              cf  4  1  1  0  .253    Gilmartin         ss  2  1  1  0  .255
Kapoor            1b  1  0  1  0  .313     Buendia          ph  1  1  1  1  .286
 Canez            pr  4  2  2  3  .220    Hartl             lf  4  0  0  0  .281
Teachout          c   4  0  0  0  .343    Law               dh  4  1  1  0  .274
Hopps             rf  5  0  0  0  .282    Larson            rf  3  0  0  0  .291
Hartley           lf  5  0  0  0  .249    Crofoot           2b  4  1  1  3  .201
 Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .206    Defoor            1b  4  0  0  0  .235
Esquivel          dh  4  1  1  0  .256    Figeroa           3b  3  0  1  0  .252
Herdt             ss  3  1  2  1  .228    Lesher            c   3  0  0  0  .207
Taliaferro        3b  2  0  2  0  .237    Elias             cf  4  0  0  0  .192
Popejoy           2b  3  0  0  1  .229                         32  4  5  4
                     35  5  9  5
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Cannon           W 6-7           7.0  3  3  0  3  9 128  76  4.13
Avallone         H 3             1.0  1  1  1  0  0  11   5  5.22
Jackson          S 5             1.0  1  0  0  1  0  18   9  3.27
                                 9.0  5  4  1  4  9 157  90 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Numb             L 8-7           8.0  9  5  5  3  2 115  70  4.54
Quesara                          1.0  0  0  0  1  1  14   7  6.05
                                 9.0  9  5  5  4  3 129  77 
 
JAX: Canez ran for Kapoor in the 1st
     Canez moved to 1b in the 1st
     Parker inserted at lf in the 9th
ORL: Buendia batted for Gilmartin in the 8th
     Buendia moved to ss in the 9th
 
E-Herdt, Figeroa. 2B-Esquivel(11). HR-Canez 2(7), Crofoot(31), Buendia(9). 
RBI-Herdt(30), Popejoy(14), Canez 3(21), Crofoot 3(75), Buendia(46). 
K-Teachout, Hopps, Canez, Hartl 2, Larson, Crofoot, Defoor, Figeroa 2, 
Elias 2. BB-Leon, Teachout, Herdt, Popejoy, Gilmartin, Larson, Figeroa, 
Lesher. SH-Taliaferro. HBP-Taliaferro. HB-Numb. WP-Numb. 
GWRBI: Canez
Jake Kapoor was injured for this game only
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

Knoxville SmokiesJackson HammerheadsKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 13, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 7

Knoxville Smokies 1B Eddie Battin insists that he holds no grudge against the Jackson Hammerheads, the team that traded him away.  “Why would I?” said Battin.  “I’m in first place and I’m killing the ball.  What’s there to be mad about?”

Nonetheless, Battin seems to have a particular yen for playing his old team.  In today’s game, he went 3-for-5 and drove in seven runs to lead the way in the Smokies’ 13-7 pasting of the Hammerheads.

“It sure is nice to come back to town and see everybody,” said Battin over the strains of “My Kind of Night” by Luke Bryan in the Knoxville clubhouse.  “It’s real nice when you come back and win!”

Battin got the party started for Knoxville in the 4th inning with a grand slam that chased Hammerheads starter Jason Wallace (4-9).  He struck again in the 5th with an RBI single off lefty Eric Seeman that was part of a four-run inning that put the Smokies ahead 9-0.  And in the 8th, he put the game on ice with a two-run double against reliever Bradley Slinger.

“I hardly recognize the guy,” said Hammerheads 2B Homer Righter of Battin.  “He was a nice guy and a good teammate with us, but now that he’s over there, suddenly he’s the best hitter in the league.  Kind of pisses you off a little.”

The game was a dispiriting start in a pivotal series for the Hammerheads, who are anxious to make up ground against the first-place Smokies in the East.  The Hammerheads had a good night on offense – every Jackson hitter except RF Erin Arispe got a hit – but it was swamped by the disastrous performance of their pitching staff.

Not only were the Jackson pitchers beaten like a drum, but they had to cycle through their entire bullpen in the game.  “The guy who’s pitching tomorrow better get a complete game,” said Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes.  “If he gets in trouble, I’m not sure who’s gonna be available to bail him out.  We might have to run up the white flag.”

Ever-loquacious Smokies manager Snuff Wallace didn’t hesitate to crow about his team’s big win.  “I know we ain’t gonna clinch anything this far into the season,” said the Knoxville skipper, “but I think we can just about finish these boys off over here with a big series.  If we come in to their yard and sweep, or take three of four… that about ought to break their backs, don’t you think?”

The Smokies (51-31) have their ace, Elicio Santana, on tap for tomorrow.  The Hammerheads (48-35) will go with a former Knoxville pitcher, southpaw Yu Chen.

 

7/11/2015, KNX15-JCK15, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           0  0  0  5  4  0  0  4  0    13 18  1     9  1
2015 Hammerheads       0  0  0  0  2  0  4  0  1     7 15  1    10  1
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  6  0  1  0  .300    Deason            cf  5  1  1  0  .310
Campo             2b  4  2  3  1  .313    Westerberg        ss  5  2  4  1  .360
Bryant            dh  6  2  3  0  .313    Fleitas           3b  4  1  2  1  .303
Campo             rf  5  3  2  1  .293    Walcott           dh  4  1  2  2  .243
Moriarty          ss  3  3  1  1  .279     Cianciarulo      ph  1  1  1  0  .191
Battin            1b  5  2  3  7  .311    Doyle             c   5  0  1  1  .323
Bossard           c   5  0  2  2  .271    Righter           2b  5  0  1  1  .349
 Carlo            c   0  0  0  0  .165    Wilczynski        1b  4  0  2  1  .250
Aceuedo           3b  4  0  2  0  .297    Johnson           lf  5  1  1  0  .330
Sisco             lf  5  1  1  0  .297    Arispe            rf  4  0  0  0  .259
                     43 13 18 12                               42  7 15  7
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jacques          W 9-4           6.1 12  6  6  1  3  95  66  4.17
Wilkins                          2.2  3  1  0  1  2  39  24  3.25
                                 9.0 15  7  6  2  5 134  90 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Wallace          L 4-9           3.0  6  5  5  0  2  49  32  5.01
Seeman                           1.1  4  4  4  1  1  39  22  6.26
Sircy                            1.1  2  0  0  1  2  29  16  1.42
Turnbull                         0.1  0  0  0  0  0   4   3  4.03
Sheen                            1.0  0  0  0  0  1  15  10  4.13
Silcox                           0.2  2  4  4  2  0  22  10  8.38
Slinger                          1.1  4  0  0  0  0  18  15  2.92
                                 9.0 18 13 13  4  6 176 108 
 
KNX: Carlo inserted at c in the 8th
JCK: Cianciarulo batted for Walcott in the 9th
 
E-Campo, Deason. 2B-Battin(18), Sisco(14), Westerberg 2(25), Walcott(6). 
HR-Battin(16). RBI-Campo(28), Campo(72), Moriarty(52), Battin 7(63), 
Bossard 2(29), Westerberg(57), Fleitas(80), Walcott 2(15), Doyle(38), 
Righter(36), Wilczynski(36). K-Bryant 2, Campo, Moriarty, Bossard, Sisco, 
Fleitas 2, Walcott, Doyle 2. BB-Campo, Campo, Moriarty 2, Fleitas, 
Wilczynski. SF-Campo. HBP-Aceuedo. HB-Slinger. WP-Seeman, Sircy. 
GWRBI: Moriarty
Temperature: 108, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: out to left at 8 MPH.

 

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