PBL Scores, 7/15/15

We’ve made it to the middle of July.  Who turned in a midsummer night’s dream performance  today?  Read on and see…

Jacksonville DragonsKnoxville SmokiesJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 5, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 4

“He’s still a rookie,” said Knoxville Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “You gotta remember that.”

The rookie in question is Smokies starter Woody Flowers.  The 22-year-old lefty began the season plagued by attacks of nerves, which tended to manifest themselves in bouts of wildness.  Flowers got this tendency under control pretty early in the season, but it reappeared with a vengeance in the 3rd inning of this game, dooming him and the Smokies to a 5-4 loss.

Flowers (4-7) set the Dragons down in order in the first two innings.  But SS Alan Herdt led off the 3rd with a double that eluded 1B Malcolm Bryant and made it down into the corner.  Flowers then walked 3B Emerson Taliaferro.  He got 2B Alexis Popejoy to hit a slow roller to short, but the speedy Popejoy beat the throw to the bag, loading the bases.

Popejoy’s infield single seemed to shake Flowers.  “After that, it looked like his heart was about to jump out of his chest,” said one Dragons player.  Flowers walked CF Alfonso Leon and 1B Jake Kapoor to force in a pair of runs before Wallace came to get his starter.  Reliever Oliver Jones got Knoxville out of the inning, but not before allowing a pair of inherited runners to score, giving Jacksonville a 4-0 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“I let the situation get the better of me,” said Flowers after the game.  “I thought [Popejoy’s] ball might be a double play at first.  Then when we didn’t even get one out of it, I panicked.  I kinda forgot to breathe.”

Wallace didn’t judge Flowers too harshly for his freakout.  “Especially for young players, it’s easy to get your heart racing in tough situations, and you aren’t thinking clearly and making your best pitches.  We just want to make sure it doesn’t snowball on him.”

Dragons starter Juan Sarmiento (6-7) didn’t have a top-notch game, but he hung in long enough to get credit for the win.  He allowed a solo shot to Bryant to lead off the 3rd, and then surrendered a three-run bomb to DH Eddie Battin in the 6th.

“Juan is one of those guys that makes you shake your head,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “He’s got an incredible fastball.  If he had even the vaguest idea where it was going when he threw it, he’d be almost unhittable.”

Righty Carrol Avallone took over for Sarmiento and held the lead through the end of the 7th, before Razor Corridon came in and worked the final 2 innings for his 10th save.

Jacksonville’s win came with a tough downside, though.  C Judson Teachout, who has been exceptional both at the plate and behind it, departed the game in the 5th after feeling a twinge in his side on a fly ball.  He was diagnosed with a strained oblique and will be placed on the 15-day DL.  Backup C Jan Esquivel will see a good deal of playing time in Teachout’s absence.

“It’s tough to see Jud go down,” said Dragons 1B Jake Kapoor.  “He’s been  probably our best and most consistent hitter all year.  But Esky’s good, too, and he deserves a shot.  This is his chance to shine.”

The Dragons (36-48) will look to make it three in a row tomorrow behind lefty Randy Cannon.   The Smokies (53-33) will start former Dragon Jack Jacques against his old club.

 

7/15/2015, JAX15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Dragons           0  0  4  0  1  0  0  0  0     5  6  1     4  0
2015 Smokies           0  0  0  1  0  3  0  0  0     4 11  0    10  1
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Leon              cf  2  2  1  1  .252    Blair             cf  4  0  1  0  .296
Kapoor            1b  3  0  1  1  .306     Maben            pr  0  0  0  0  .097
Teachout          c   2  0  0  1  .335    Campo             2b  5  0  2  0  .307
 Sarmiento        p   0  0  0  0  .000    Bryant            1b  5  1  2  1  .302
 Avallone         p   1  0  0  0  .000    Campo             rf  5  1  1  0  .285
 Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .203    Moriarty          ss  4  1  1  0  .277
Hopps             rf  4  0  2  1  .286    Battin            dh  4  1  2  3  .311
Hartley           lf  4  0  0  0  .245    Bossard           c   4  0  0  0  .250
 Corridon         p   0  0  0  0  .000    Aceuedo           3b  4  0  2  0  .292
Esquivel          dh  4  0  0  0  .253    Sisco             lf  4  0  0  0  .288
Herdt             ss  4  1  1  0  .225                         39  4 11  4
Taliaferro        3b  3  1  0  0  .238
Popejoy           2b  4  1  1  0  .217
                     31  5  6  4
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sarmiento        W 6-7           5.1  8  4  4  1  1  78  43  5.32
Avallone         H 4             1.2  1  0  0  1  2  33  21  4.94
Corridon         S 10            2.0  2  0  0  0  1  24  16  5.40
                                 9.0 11  4  4  2  4 135  80 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Flowers          L 4-7           2.0  2  4  4  3  2  47  25  4.63
Jones                            3.0  2  1  1  1  0  37  20  5.74
Tile                             4.0  2  0  0  0  2  36  26  1.71
                                 9.0  6  5  5  4  4 120  71 
 
JAX: Esquivel moved to c in the 5th
     Parker inserted at lf in the 8th
KNX: Maben ran for Blair in the 9th
 
E-Sarmiento. 2B-Hopps(14), Herdt(13), Battin(20), Aceuedo(19). HR-Bryant(17), 
Battin(19). RBI-Leon(38), Kapoor(51), Teachout(39), Hopps(59), Bryant(54), 
Battin 3(69). K-Leon, Kapoor, Popejoy, Avallone, Campo, Campo 2, Battin. 
BB-Leon 2, Kapoor, Taliaferro, Blair, Moriarty. SF-Teachout. 
GWRBI: Leon
Judson Teachout was injured for this game and 14 more days
Temperature: 84, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 24 MPH.

 

Salt Lake SamuraiMilwaukee Bear ClawsSALT LAKE SAMURAI 6, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 4

The Salt Lake Samurai are determined to show that their second-half surge is no mirage.  “We believe we’ve really turned a corner here,” said manager Johnny Dugan.  “This is a different team than we started the season with.”  The manager’s confidence is well justified based on recent results.  Today, the Samurai built an early lead against the mighty Milwaukee Bear Claws, frittered it away, only for LF Chip Sparks’ 8th-inning homer to propel Salt Lake to a 6-4 win.

“Look out, world!” crowed Sparks after the game.  “The Salt Lake Samurai are coming for you.  We’re champions in the making!”

The Samurai set an unusually fiery tone early in the game.  Home plate umpire Trent Capps rung up Salt Lake 3B Chris Davidson on a pitch that appeared outside on replays.  Davidson protested vociferously, and when he slammed his bat to the ground in protest, Capps ejected him.

Davidson was a bit sheepish after the game.  “I’m a competitive guy, and I’ve got a temper,” the third baseman admitted.  “I just boiled over.  I think I was right about the call, but I can’t get myself run, especially not that early.”

Dugan, meanwhile, defended his player.  “I think Chris was right to be upset,” said the Samurai skipper.  “We may be a last-place team, but the strike zone should be the same for everybody.  I’m glad that Chris stood up and wouldn’t let himself get pushed around.”

The inning after Davidson’s ejection, the Samurai got on the board first against Bear Claws starter Herculez Mendoza, as Sparks hit a sac fly to plate DH Jamar Whitworth.  “I give Chris credit for that,” said Dugan.  “He got our dugout fired up.”

In the 5th, Milwaukee scored a pair to take the lead.  SS Red Petitt lead off the inning with a double, and scored on 2B Richard Iddings’ single.  Iddings then stole second, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch.

“That’s why I’ve got those two at the top of my lineup,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton of Petitt and Iddings.  “They go all out to get us runs.  They’re pepper and vinegar out there.”

The Samurai reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the inning with a three-run outburst.  CF Lee Cosgrove’s triple drove in two, and RF Romeo Martinez scored Cosgrove with a single.

Petitt cut Milwaukee’s deficit in half with a homer off of Salt Lake starter Davey Skargard to lead off the 7th.  Reliever Miguel Bautista cost Skargard a shot at a win by allowing the Bear Claws to tie it up in the 8th, as RF Wally Trumbauer singled in LF Arthur Mealey.

“It was a shame that Davey didn’t get the win,” said Dugan.  “He’s been solid for us all year, and we haven’t been able to bring it home for him often enough.”

Bear Claws reliever Olen Abernathy (3-4) came on to relieve Mendoza in the bottom of the 8th.  He retired the first two Samurai, but 1B Neal Thomas knocked a double to right center to keep the inning alive.  That brought Sparks to the plate.

“I just came up sitting dead red,” said Sparks.  “Really, all I wanted was a single to bring Neal home.”

But when Abernathy started him with a center-cut fastball, Sparks jolted it into the left-field stands for a two-run homer.  The Samurai poured out of the dugout to pound Sparks on the back and rub his head.  “I thought I was gonna be bald by the time they finished,” quipped the outfielder.

The blast made a winner of Bautista (1-2).  Closer Dean Gamble worked a perfect 9th for his 17th save.

The Samurai (25-64) will send lefty Jonathan Fernandez to the bump tomorrow, while the Bear Claws (60-28) will counter with lefty Zack Perriman.

 

7/15/2015, MIL15-SLC15, Desert Edge Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  0  2  0  1  1  0     4  9  0     9  0
2015 Samurai           0  0  0  1  3  0  0  2  x     6  6  1     4  1
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  5  2  2  1  .318    Motonari          ss  3  1  0  0  .248
Iddings           2b  4  1  2  1  .272    Whitworth         dh  4  1  1  0  .274
Mateo             1b  5  0  0  0  .358    Cosgrove          cf  3  1  1  2  .282
Suzuki            3b  5  0  0  0  .310    Martinez          rf  4  0  1  1  .274
Mealey            lf  4  1  1  0  .295    Thomas            1b  3  1  1  0  .225
Raine             dh  3  0  2  0  .239    Sparks            lf  2  1  1  3  .255
Champney          c   2  0  0  0  .167    Turnbull          c   4  0  0  0  .153
Trumbauer         rf  4  0  1  1  .252    Gaytan            2b  3  0  0  0  .237
Maxwell           cf  4  0  1  0  .315    Davidson          3b  1  0  0  0  .189
                     36  4  9  3           Rains            3b  2  1  1  0  .111
                                                               29  6  6  6
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mendoza                          7.0  4  4  4  3  8 116  68  4.82
Abernathy        L 3-4           1.0  2  2  2  0  1  14  12  4.15
                                 8.0  6  6  6  3  9 130  80 
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Skargard                         7.0  6  3  3  4  3 120  69  4.63
Bautista         BS 3, W 1-2     1.0  3  1  1  0  0  29  17  3.72
Gamble           S 17            1.0  0  0  0  0  0  10   7  4.81
                                 9.0  9  4  4  4  3 159  93 
 
SLC: Rains inserted at 3b in the 4th
 
E-Skargard. 2B-Petitt(28), Mealey(15), Raine(12), Thomas(8). 3B-Cosgrove(3). 
HR-Petitt(10), Sparks(4). RBI-Petitt(44), Iddings(49), Trumbauer(40), 
Cosgrove 2(34), Martinez(35), Sparks 3(34). SB-Iddings(7). K-Mealey, 
Champney, Trumbauer, Whitworth 3, Cosgrove, Martinez 2, Thomas, Turnbull, 
Davidson. BB-Iddings, Raine, Champney 2, Motonari, Cosgrove, Sparks. 
SF-Sparks. HBP-Thomas. HB-Mendoza. WP-Skargard. 
GWRBI: Sparks
Chris Davidson was ejected from this game
Temperature: 106, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 8 MPH.

 

California SharksSilver City OutlawsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 3, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 0

California Sharks left-hander Stu Palmeiro is widely regarded in the clubhouse as a little off-center.  “You remember the old line about how California’s like a bowl of cereal because it’s filled with flakes and nuts?” said Sharks C Thaddeus Lockley.  “They probably had Stu in mind when they said that.”  From his pre-start rituals, which involve emitting primal screams while blasting Tiny Tim at top volume, to his penchant for conducting post-game interviews in a gorilla mask, Palmeiro is a distinctive character.

“On the days he starts, I’m not sure if this is a clubhouse or a mental ward,” said Lockley.

Pameiro’s teammates may roll their eyes at his antics, but they’re willing to tolerate them as long as he wins, which he usually does.  Today, Palmeiro had perhaps his best start of the season, firing a three-hit shutout.  The Sharks backed him up with offense early and late to complete a 3-0 win over the Silver City Outlaws.

“Put up another win for the Apeman,” said Palmeiro (10-4) from behind his mask.  “Those mere humans don’t stand a chance.”

The Sharks southpaw said that the pre-start screaming helps to clear his mind.  “There’s so much noise and nonsense in the world,” said Palmeiro.  “I prefer to pitch with an empty mind.  This is my method for emptying the tanks and preparing myself for the mound.”

It may be unorthodox, but it was extremely effective today.  Palmeiro had the Outlaws off-balance all day long; his curveball was particularly devastating, helping him rack up nine strikeouts.

“Stuart was at the peak of his game today,” said California manager Eduardo Aponte.  “It’s a rare pitcher who can maintain command of five pitches consistently, but he did it.”  As for the screaming, Aponte quipped, “This is why I had them soundproof my office.”

Silver City starter Rob Tildon (7-8) also has a strong performance, collecting nine whiffs himself in a complete-game performance, but he couldn’t quite match Palmeiro’s brilliance.  In the 1st, Sharks CF Santiago Suarez smacked a one-out single, and use his sheer speed to avoid a potential double play when SS Rubin Smyth hit a dribbler back to the mound.  Suarez then scored from second on a single by LF Kenneth Mader.

“That was Santiago’s run entirely,” said Aponte.  “He made that happen with his legs and his intelligent base running.”

For a long time, it appeared as though Suarez’s tally might be the only run of the game.  But Mader clubbed a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th to give California a little extra breathing room.

“After Kenny went deep,” said Lockley, “Stu told me he wanted to pitch the 9th underhand, just to see what it would be like.  Fortunately, I talked him out of it.”

The Sharks (51-32) will send another unique hurler, right-hander Deke Slater, to the mound tomorrow. The Outlaws (44-42) will put the ball in the hands of young southpaw Pedro Rodriguez.

 

7/15/2015, SCO15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  3  0     5  0
2015 Sharks            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  x     3  6  0     5  1
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Brewmaker         3b  4  0  0  0  .261    Corona            rf  4  0  0  0  .287
Cardona           cf  3  0  1  0  .230    Suarez            cf  4  1  1  0  .235
Wason             rf  4  0  0  0  .294    Smyth             ss  4  1  2  0  .361
Elliott           1b  4  0  2  0  .293    Mader             lf  4  1  2  3  .326
Whittier          dh  3  0  0  0  .277    Mote              3b  4  0  0  0  .223
Ivey              lf  3  0  0  0  .264    Lockley           c   2  0  0  0  .279
Burt              ss  3  0  0  0  .205    Oller             2b  1  0  0  0  .295
Barkan            2b  2  0  0  0  .279     Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .161
Jeffreys          c   2  0  0  0  .221    Nix               dh  3  0  0  0  .324
                     28  0  3  0          Gerke             1b  3  0  1  0  .225
                                                               29  3  6  3
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tildon           L 7-8           8.0  6  3  3  1  9 131  82  3.44
                                 8.0  6  3  3  1  9 131  82 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmeiro         W 10-4          9.0  3  0  0  1  9 115  78  4.37
                                 9.0  3  0  0  1  9 115  78 
 
CAL: Puffer inserted at 2b in the 8th
 
2B-Cardona(16), Smyth(20). HR-Mader(19). RBI-Mader 3(66). CS-Whittier. 
K-Brewmaker 4, Cardona, Whittier, Burt, Barkan, Jeffreys, Smyth, Mader, 
Mote 4, Oller, Nix, Gerke. BB-Barkan, Oller. SH-Oller. HBP-Cardona, Whittier, 
Jeffreys, Lockley. HB-Tildon, Palmeiro 3. 
GWRBI: Mader
Temperature: 70, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: none.

 

Jackson HammerheadsOrlando CalrissiansJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 7, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 3

The Jackson Hammerheads had a rare opportunity to pick up ground in the East today after the Knoxville Smokies stumbled.  They took advantage, using a four-run 4th inning to break open a tie game and cruise to a 7-3 victory over the Orlando Calrissians.

“We needed this one,” said Hammerheads 2B Homer Righter.  “We don’t want to let Knoxville get too far out in front.”

Entering the bottom of the 4th, Jackson and Orlando were deadlocked at 2.  The Hammerheads had been hitting Calrissians starter Oscar Morton (2-8) pretty consistently, but they had yet to land the knockout blow.  After loading the bases with one out on two singles and a walk, it looked like Jackson was about to let Morton off the hook yet again when SS Octavio Westerberg hit a potential double-play grounder to second.

But the swift shortstop beat the relay to first, scoring a run and keeping the inning alive.  The Hammerheads quickly took advantage, as 3B Kim Fleitas dropped in an RBI single and DH Alex Jaramillo ripped a two-run double.  Instead of the game remaining tied, Jackson had a 6-2 edge and Morton was out of the game.

“That was huge for us,” said Westerberg.  “Too many times this season, we’ve had a chance to put guys away and we don’t cash in.  If we can keep taking advantage, we’ll be tough to beat.”

Jackson start Kiko Walton (9-3) turned in a shaky performance, but he got the job done.  The left-hander allowed 12 hits against a weak Orlando lineup, but all of them were singles save for RF Magnus Larson’s solo homer, and Walton did a good job stranding those runners.  His defense bailed him out early, turning key double plays in the 2nd and 3rd to help Walton escaped bases-loaded jams.

“This game really turned on defense,” said Calrissians 1B Brooks Defoor.  “When [the Hammerheads] needed DPs, they got ‘em.  When we needed one, we didn’t.  Simple as that.”

The Hammerheads (50-37) will try to take care of business again tomorrow behind right-hander Jason Wallace.  The Calrissians (25-60) have ace Nathan Nunb ready to go.

 

7/15/2015, ORL15-JCK15, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0  0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0     3 12  1     8  0
2015 Hammerheads       0  0  2  4  0  0  0  1  x     7 12  0     9  2
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Gilmartin         ss  3  1  1  0  .257    Deason            cf  2  2  0  0  .308
 Buendia          ph  2  0  0  0  .286    Westerberg        ss  5  2  2  1  .364
Hartl             lf  4  1  1  0  .274    Fleitas           3b  4  1  2  3  .297
Law               dh  4  0  2  0  .276    Jaramillo         dh  4  0  2  3  .259
Larson            rf  4  1  2  2  .295    Doyle             c   4  0  0  0  .318
Crofoot           2b  4  0  2  1  .204    Righter           2b  4  0  3  0  .350
Defoor            1b  4  0  0  0  .228    Wilczynski        1b  2  1  1  0  .247
Figeroa           3b  4  0  3  0  .257    Johnson           lf  4  1  1  0  .326
Lesher            c   4  0  1  0  .208    Arispe            rf  3  0  1  0  .253
Elias             cf  3  0  0  0  .189                         32  7 12  7
                     36  3 12  3
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morton           L 2-8           3.2  8  6  6  2  3  75  45  7.71
Filippi                          2.1  2  0  0  0  1  30  20  3.14
Grazier                          2.0  2  1  1  1  0  35  18  8.25
                                 8.0 12  7  7  3  4 140  83 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Walton           W 9-3           9.0 12  3  3  2  5 126  80  4.81
                                 9.0 12  3  3  2  5 126  80 
 
ORL: Buendia batted for Gilmartin in the 7th
     Buendia moved to ss in the 7th
 
E-Figeroa. 2B-Westerberg(26), Jaramillo(11), Arispe(17). HR-Larson(19). 
RBI-Larson 2(40), Crofoot(77), Westerberg(58), Fleitas 3(84), 
Jaramillo 3(43). CS-Figeroa, Righter. K-Crofoot 2, Figeroa, Lesher, Buendia, 
Doyle 3, Righter. BB-Hartl, Elias, Deason 2, Arispe. SH-Deason, Wilczynski. 
SF-Fleitas, Jaramillo. HBP-Wilczynski. HB-Grazier. 
GWRBI: Westerberg
Temperature: 99, Sky: clear, Wind: none.

 

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