PBL Scores, 7/20/15

A couple of late rallies in today’s action, but it’s the red-hot Dragons getting top billing.  All the details below the fold!

Jacksonville DragonsJackson HammerheadsJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 4, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 2

One of the things that has held the Jacksonville Dragons back this year is the inconsistent performance of their starting rotation.  They’ve been unable to string together a bunch of good starts, which has kept them from putting together winning streaks.  Things are starting to change, though.  After excellent starts from Biggs McGee and Kyle Palmer, young fireballer Juan Sarmiento followed with his own strong outing as the Dragons ran their winning streak to seven with a 4-2 win over the Jackson Hammerheads.

“We’ve believed all year that we had a good run like this in us,” said Dragons LF Rob Hartley.  “But now we’re finally showing it.”

Sarmiento (7-7) has shown flashes of tremendous potential all year, but his wildness has prevented him from harnessing it.  In this game, the flame-throwing righty was a couple MPH slower on his fastball, opting for better control over raw power.  While he was still wild, issuing four free passes, he was more willing to pitch to contact, limiting the Hammerheads to five hits and a lone run over 7 1/3 innings.

“If Juan can harness his fastball a little batter, he has the ability to dominate in this league,” said fellow starter Palmer.  “Today was a step i nthe right direction.  I think this young man has a bright future.”

Reliever Carrol Avallone followed Sarmiento and survived a wobbly 9th to collect his first save.

Jackson starter Kiko Walton (9-4) had a decent outing, but he fell victim to the gopher ball.  Backup Dragons C Raleigh Gajewski, filling in for the injured Judson Teachout, launched a two-run bomb in the 2nd to get Jacksonville on the board.  In the 6th, RF Roderick Hopps and DH Berry Canez went deep to double the Dragons’ run total.

“We’re a team that thrives on the longball,” said Canez.  “We’re playing our kind of game today.”

The Dragons (41-48) will aim for their second straight series sweep behind lefty Randy Cannon tomorrow.  The Hammerheads (51-41) will hope that righty Jason Wallace can salvage the final game.

 

7/20/2015, JCK15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1     2  6  0     8  1
2015 Dragons           0  2  0  0  0  2  0  0  x     4  6  0     3  2
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  4  0  1  0  .306    Leon              cf  4  0  0  0  .244
Westerberg        ss  4  0  1  0  .360    Kapoor            1b  3  0  0  0  .311
Fleitas           3b  2  0  0  0  .290    Hopps             rf  4  1  2  1  .286
 Thomasson        3b  1  0  0  0  .125    Hartley           lf  3  0  0  0  .243
Jaramillo         dh  3  0  1  0  .253     Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .203
Doyle             c   3  0  0  0  .321    Canez             dh  3  1  1  1  .221
Righter           2b  4  0  1  0  .350    Herdt             ss  3  0  1  0  .221
Wilczynski        1b  2  0  0  0  .241    Taliaferro        3b  3  1  1  0  .248
 Walcott          ph  0  0  0  0  .243    Popejoy           2b  3  0  0  0  .229
 Cianciarulo      1b  1  1  1  0  .208    Gajewski          c   3  1  1  2  .333
Johnson           lf  2  1  0  0  .325                         29  4  6  4
Arispe            rf  4  0  1  1  .257
                     30  2  6  1
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Walton           L 9-4           8.0  6  4  4  2  5 102  64  4.79
                                 8.0  6  4  4  2  5 102  64 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sarmiento        W 7-7           7.1  5  1  1  4  3 127  72  5.02
Avallone         S 1             1.2  1  1  1  2  0  36  19  5.03
                                 9.0  6  2  2  6  3 163  91 
 
JCK: Thomasson inserted at 3b in the 4th
     Walcott batted for Wilczynski in the 7th
     Cianciarulo inserted at 1b in the 7th
JAX: Parker inserted at lf in the 9th
 
2B-Cianciarulo(2), Hopps(16). 3B-Arispe(3). HR-Hopps(19), Canez(9), 
Gajewski(1). RBI-Arispe(50), Hopps(63), Canez(23), Gajewski 2(2). 
SB-Deason(26), Righter(15). CS-Righter. K-Westerberg, Doyle, Wilczynski, 
Leon 2, Hopps, Canez, Popejoy. BB-Deason, Jaramillo, Doyle, Johnson 2, 
Walcott, Kapoor, Hartley. HBP-Thomasson. PB-Gajewski. HB-Sarmiento. 
WP-Avallone. 
GWRBI: Gajewski
Kim Fleitas was injured for this game and 1 more days
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

Knoxville SmokiesOrlando CalrissiansKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 8, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 6

Today’s game wasn’t too pretty for the Knoxville Smokies.  Their starting pitcher couldn’t get out of the 5th inning, an ugly frame in which the Smokies coughed up five runs and allowed the weak-hitting Orlando Calrissians to bat around.  But the Smokies didn’t get their heads down, mounting a steady rally and coming back for an 8-6 win.

“Not exactly the way we drew it up,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace, “but hell, I’ll take it.”

In the top of the 5th, the Smokies broke open a tie game with back-to-back jacks by RF Jackson Campo and SS Armand Moriarty against Calrissians starter Oscar Morton.  “My breaking balls were flat white today, fair dinkum,” said Morton.  “Bodgy job today.”

But in the bottom of the inning, starter Woody Flowers stumbled badly, with an assist from Moriarty, who botched a routine grounder.  Orlando RF Magnus Larson and CF Fritz Elias both clouted two-run doubles in the inning and 3B Curt Figueroa added an RBI single as the Calrissians turned a 4-1 deficit to a 6-4 lead.

“I don’t know what’s happened with me,” said Flowers.  “I’ve got to get back to pitching up to my ability if we’re going to stay on top.”

Knoxville didn’t panic, though.  They drew four walks in the 6th to force in a run.  2B Jeremiah Campo and C Ricky Bossard hit RBI doubles against Orlando reliever Barrett Turbeville (0-2) to take the lead back.  In the 9th, Campo added another RBI single to give the Smokies insurance.

“What I like about our guys, we don’t panic when we get in a hole,” said Wallace.  “It helps that we know we’re better than anybody else, so we know we’ve always got the ability to win.”

Smokies reliever Rick Wilkins (2-1) worked 2 scoreless innings for the win.  Closer Charlie Pasternak finished the job to collect his 21st save.

The Smokies (54-37) and Calrissians (28-62) have the rubber match of their series tomorrow, with Knoxville’s Jack Jacques facing Orlando’s Nathan Nunb.

 

7/20/2015, KNX15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           1  0  0  0  3  1  1  1  1     8 11  2    13  1
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  1  5  0  0  0  0     6 12  2     9  1
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  5  2  1  0  .287    Gilmartin         ss  4  1  1  0  .264
Campo             2b  5  2  3  2  .302    Hartl             lf  5  1  1  0  .274
Bryant            1b  4  1  1  0  .302    Law               dh  5  0  0  0  .278
Campo             rf  3  1  1  2  .287    Larson            rf  5  2  3  3  .306
Moriarty          ss  5  1  2  2  .280    Crofoot           2b  5  0  1  0  .212
Battin            dh  2  1  0  1  .302    Defoor            1b  4  1  0  0  .234
Bossard           c   4  0  1  1  .244    Figeroa           3b  4  1  3  1  .265
Aceuedo           3b  5  0  0  0  .291    Lesher            c   4  0  1  0  .216
Sisco             lf  5  0  2  0  .287    Elias             cf  3  0  2  2  .185
                     38  8 11  8           Buendia          ph  1  0  0  0  .281
                                           Carquinez        cf  0  0  0  0  .198
                                                               40  6 12  6
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Flowers                          4.1  7  5  3  1  1  71  45  4.70
Jones                            1.2  3  1  1  1  1  33  17  5.56
Wilkins          W 2-1           2.0  2  0  0  0  1  23  16  2.97
Pasternak        S 21            1.0  0  0  0  0  0   7   5  2.31
                                 9.0 12  6  4  2  3 134  83 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morton                           4.0  6  4  4  4  2 104  51  7.78
Filippi                          1.1  0  1  1  3  1  31  14  3.28
Quesara          H 6             0.2  0  0  0  2  2  23  10  5.86
Turbeville       BS 2, L 0-2     2.0  3  2  2  1  0  41  26  7.68
Grazier                          1.0  2  1  0  0  0  13   9  8.12
                                 9.0 11  8  7 10  5 212 110 
 
ORL: Buendia batted for Elias in the 8th
     Carquinez inserted at cf in the 9th
 
E-Campo, Moriarty, Gilmartin, Carquinez. 2B-Campo(17), Bossard(8), Sisco(15), 
Larson(13), Elias(6). HR-Campo(21), Moriarty(11), Larson(21). 
RBI-Campo 2(31), Campo 2(74), Moriarty 2(58), Battin(72), Bossard(30), 
Larson 3(46), Figeroa(53), Elias 2(12). SB-Hartl(11). K-Campo, Moriarty, 
Battin 2, Bossard, Hartl 2, Law. BB-Blair, Campo, Bryant 2, Campo 2, 
Battin 3, Bossard, Gilmartin, Defoor. 
GWRBI: Bossard
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsCalifornia SharksMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 5, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 3

1B Felipe Mateo’s 6th-inning single broke a tense tie, and the Milwaukee Bear Claws widened the gap between themselves and the second-place California Sharks with a 5-3 victory.

“Glad to see the boys responding,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “We came out of the gate after the break a little too lackadaisical, but now we’re locked in and getting the wins that count.”

Sharks starter Stu Palmeiro, who pitched a complete-game shutout in his last start, was off course to start the day.  He walked Bear Claws SS Red Petitt with the bases-loaded in the 2nd to force in the game’s first run.  In the 3rd, Milwaukee C Frances McGuigan smacked a two-run double to put the Bear Claws up 3-0.

Palmeiro (10-5) tightened up after that, retiring the next nine batters in a row and hanging in for 7 innings.  Meanwhile, Sharks 2B Johnie Oller erased California’s deficit with a three-run homer in the 5th.  Horton wasted no time yanking starter Benicio Torrenueva and going to his bullpen.  The proud Milwaukee lefty was furious at the early hook, firing his glove into the dugout and kicking a Gatorade cooler on his way out.  The Bear Claws skipper stood by his decision.

“I know Torre took it hard,” said Horton.  “He’s a battler, so I expected that.  But I didn’t like what I was seeing out there, and I took the opportunity to send a message.  I think everybody got it.”

Reliever Chris Karnik (4-2) worked three crucial scoreless innings and was rewarded with the win.  After Mateo’s tie-breaking single against Palmeiro, 2B Richard Iddings lofted a sac fly against California reliever Herman Moret in the 8th to account for the final margin of victory.

Bear Claws closer Oscar Buenaventura struggled a bit in the 9th.  Milwaukee 3B Ikaru Suzuki booted a grounder to open the inning, and Buenaventura then allowed a walk.  The Bear Claws infield turned a key double play, but Buenaventura then issued another walk, putting the tying run on base.  DH Eddie Nix hit a one-hopper back to the mound to end it, with Buenaventura gernering his 26th save.

The Bear Claws (61-30) aim for the sweep tomorrow behind righty Herculez Mendoza, while the Sharks (53-35) send right-hander Deke Slater out in hope or averting the sweep.

 

7/20/2015, CAL15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            0  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0     3  7  2     4  0
2015 Bear Claws        0  1  2  0  0  1  0  1  x     5  9  1    11  3
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  0  2  0  .293    Petitt            ss  3  0  1  1  .314
Suarez            cf  4  0  0  0  .233    Iddings           2b  4  0  0  1  .264
Mader             lf  4  0  1  0  .331    Mateo             1b  4  0  1  1  .357
Mote              3b  3  1  2  0  .227    Suzuki            3b  5  0  1  0  .302
Lockley           c   4  1  1  0  .291    Mealey            lf  3  1  1  0  .304
Oller             2b  3  1  1  3  .295    Raine             dh  4  0  0  0  .238
 Novick           pr  0  0  0  0  .250    Trumbauer         rf  4  2  1  0  .245
Nix               dh  4  0  0  0  .329    McGuigan          c   4  1  3  2  .292
Gerke             1b  3  0  0  0  .185    Maxwell           cf  3  1  1  0  .315
Gonzalez          ss  3  0  0  0  .192                         34  5  9  5
                     32  3  7  3
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmeiro         L 10-5          7.0  8  5  4  4  2 123  79  4.42
Moret                            1.0  1  0  0  1  0  21  13  1.29
                                 8.0  9  5  4  5  2 144  92 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Torrenueva                       4.0  5  3  3  0  1  47  31  4.01
Karnik           W 4-2           3.0  1  0  0  0  1  24  18  4.95
Abernathy        H 10            0.2  1  0  0  0  0  17  13  4.08
Buenaventura     S 26            1.1  0  0  0  2  0  21  10  1.63
                                 9.0  7  3  3  2  2 109  72 
 
CAL: Novick ran for Oller in the 9th
 
E-Lockley, Oller, Suzuki. 2B-Petitt(30), McGuigan(14). HR-Oller(18). 
RBI-Oller 3(67), Petitt(47), Iddings(50), Mateo(103), McGuigan 2(35). 
K-Suarez, Mote, Petitt, Mateo. BB-Mote, Oller, Petitt 2, Mateo, Mealey, 
Maxwell. SF-Iddings. 
GWRBI: Mateo
Temperature: 84, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: in from center at 12 MPH.

 

Salt Lake SamuraiSilver City OutlawsSALT LAKE SAMURAI 6, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 3

A day after suffering a heartbreaking walk-off loss to the Silver City Outlaws yesterday, the Salt Lake Samurai bounced back in fine fashion today, with starter Logan Morris having a solid outing and veteran 1B Neal Thomas bopping a pair of homers to lead the Samurai to a 6-3 triumph over the Outlaws.

“Another step forward for our guys,” said Salt Lake manager Johnny Dugan.  “We had a heck of a tough one yesterday, but we shook it off and went out and won today.  We’re watching this team grow before our eyes.”

Morris (5-10) put up 6 2/3 innings, striking out 7 and allowing only three runs (two earned).  “Logan is really maturing into a solid mid-rotation guy,” said Dugan.  “He’s getting us deeper into games and showing more of his swing-and-miss stuff.  He’s proving himself to be a building block for us for the future.”

Meanwhile, Thomas continued his midseason longball barrage, this time against Outlaws lefty Rob Tildon (7-9).  In the 4th, with the Samurai already up 3-2, Thomas crushed a Tildon fastball to left center for a solo shot.  In the 6th, Thomas pummeled a high Tildon slider even farther to center, clearing the scoreboard at The Corral with room to spare, a blow that knocked Tildon out of the game.  Preliminary estimates suggested the homer might have traveled over 500 feet.  It was a two-run shot, and it would have been a three-run job had CF Lee Cosgrove not been throwing out attempting to steal second just before Thomas’ clout.

“Good thing that run didn’t come back to haunt us,” said Cosgrove.  “I should have known to stay put and trust Neal.”

Salt Lake’s bullpen came through in relief of Morris, with righty Miguel Bautista putting up a scoreless 1 1/3 innings, and closer Dean Gamble bouncing back from yesterday’s pratfall with a solid 9th to earn his 20th save.

“That’s the key with being a closer; you have to forget about yesterday and just go out there and do your thing,” said Gamble.  “I do my best not to think about anything.  That’s my key to success.”

The Samurai (28-65) and the Outlaws (46-45) will play the deciding game tomorrow, matching Salt Lake’s Davey Skargard against Silver City’s Pedro Rodriguez.

7/20/2015, SLC15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           1  2  0  1  0  2  0  0  0     6 10  1     3  1
2015 Outlaws           0  1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0     3  8  0    11  1
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  4  1  2  0  .251    Barkan            2b  4  1  1  0  .273
Whitworth         dh  4  0  0  0  .271    Brewmaker         3b  4  0  1  0  .260
Cosgrove          cf  4  0  2  1  .282    Jeffreys          c   5  0  0  0  .222
Martinez          rf  3  1  0  0  .271    Wason             rf  3  1  1  0  .297
Thomas            1b  4  2  2  3  .225    Elliott           1b  5  1  1  1  .288
Sparks            lf  4  0  1  0  .262    Whittier          lf  4  0  0  0  .262
Turnbull          c   4  1  1  0  .158    Hintz             dh  4  0  3  1  .202
Gaytan            2b  4  1  2  1  .245    Cardona           cf  1  0  0  0  .228
Davidson          3b  4  0  0  0  .183    Burt              ss  4  0  1  0  .217
                     35  6 10  5                               34  3  8  2
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morris           W 5-10          6.2  6  3  2  6  7 124  70  5.06
Bautista         H 4             1.1  1  0  0  1  0  22  12  3.67
Gamble           S 20            1.0  1  0  0  0  0  12   8  5.48
                                 9.0  8  3  2  7  7 158  90 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tildon           L 7-9           5.2  6  6  6  0  4  78  49  3.69
Menard                           0.1  0  0  0  0  0   2   1  2.31
Sapp                             1.0  0  0  0  0  0  10   5  5.05
Matsumoto                        1.1  3  0  0  0  2  22  14  2.41
Spradlin                         0.2  1  0  0  0  0  11   7  4.86
                                 9.0 10  6  6  0  6 123  76 
 
E-Davidson. 2B-Motonari(14), Brewmaker(15), Wason(10). 3B-Gaytan(2). 
HR-Thomas 2(25), Elliott(20). RBI-Cosgrove(35), Thomas 3(60), Gaytan(23), 
Elliott(63), Hintz(10). SB-Barkan(12). CS-Cosgrove, Wason. K-Whitworth, 
Martinez 2, Thomas, Sparks, Gaytan, Jeffreys 3, Wason, Elliott, Whittier, 
Burt. BB-Barkan, Brewmaker, Wason 2, Cardona 3. HBP-Martinez. HB-Tildon. 
WP-Tildon. 
GWRBI: Cosgrove
Temperature: 102, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 11 MPH.
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