PBL Scores, 7/21/15

An epic struggle between Salt Lake and Silver City highlights today’s action.  Check it out!

Silver City OutlawsSalt Lake SamuraiSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 2, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 1 (16 INNINGS)

The Silver City Outlaws and Salt Lake Samurai had the rubber match of their series today, but the duel lasted longer than anyone expected.  The teams traded runs in the 7th inning and then settled into a deadlock that lasted deep into the evening.  “Technically it was getaway day, but it seemed like neither of us were in a hurry to get away,” said Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.

In the end, a bases-loaded walk-off walk allowed the Outlaws to escape with a 2-1 win.

“That’s about as exciting as this game gets,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “You spend 9 innings sitting on the edge of a knife, waiting to see who blinks.”

The respective starters, Davey Skargard of Salt Lake and Pedro Rodriguez of Silver City, had long ago faded into memory by the time the game was decided.  But they set the game on its deadlocked course with nearly identical pitching performances.  Both pitchers allowed one run on five hits.  Rodriguez lasted longer than Skargard (8 innings vs. 7) and had more strikeouts (8 vs. 4), but the Samurai righty issued fewer walks (4 vs. 6).

Salt Lake got on the board first, as 2B Quincy Gaytan led off the 7th inning with a single and 3B Chris Davidson tripled him home.  But Rodriguez proceeded to strike out the side, stranding Davidson at third.  And in the bottom of the inning, Outlaws SS Carrol Burt rapped a one-out single, and came around to score on 3B Rusty Brewmaker’s double.  Outlaws C Marlon Jeffreys smoked a line drive that looked set to break the tie, but Davidson flagged it down to end the inning.

“Pedro and I have very different styles, and we look a lot different,” said Skargard, who is a good 8 inches shorter than Rodriguez.  “But we’re both competitors, and we both did what we needed to do today.”

Salt Lake had a chance to push the winning run across in the 9th against Outlaws closer Go Matsumoto.  Gaytan opened the inning with a single, and Davidson followed with a walk.  SS Mori Motonari then bunted both runners into scoring position.  But DH Jamar Whitworth flied out to right, on a ball too shallow to score Gaytan, and CF Lee Cosgrove grounded out to first to end the threat.

“That was our big chance,” said Dugan.  “Once that fizzled, I think we all figured we were gonna be here a while.”

As the innings wore on and neither team could score, tension began to rise in both dugouts.  “At some level, you kind of want someone to score so you can all go home,” said Outlaws RF Nathaniel Wason.  “But on the other hand, you don’t want to get that far in and lose.”

The Samurai got the go-ahead run as far as third in the top of the 15th.  But C DeAndre Turnbull grounded out to short to end that inning with yet another zero.

In the 16th, Samurai reliever Jimmy Okamura (1-1), with his pitch count mounting, walked Outlaws LF Tex Whittier to lead off.  Dugan immediately went for long reliever Lucas Henderson, and Jarha had an off-the-wall idea.

“I knew Henderson was slower than molasses to the plate,” said the Silver City skipper.  “So I figured, why not have our guys start running?  I told my bench coach, and he looked at me like I was nuts.  ‘Our guys can barely walk, never mind run!’  But I decided to give it a try.”

The plan worked to perfection.  Whittier bolted for second, catching the Samurai napping as he slid in without a throw.  Henderson decided to walk DH Marlon Hintz intentionally, only to see Whittier and Hintz pull off a double steal on the next pitch.

“I totally didn’t see that coming,” said Henderson.  “Kudos to them for being able to pull off all those steals that deep into the game.”

Henderson struck out Outlaws CF Javier Cardona and intentionally walked Burt to set up the double play again.  Unfortunately, Henderson couldn’t dial his control back in, and he wound up walking 2B Dominique Barkan to end it.

Outlaws lefty Aurelio Menard (2-4) worked 5 scoreless innings to get the win for Silver City.

The Outlaws (47-45) now head to Jacksonville to take on the Dragons.  The Samurai (28-66) get to enjoy an off day.

 

7/21/2015, SLC15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12
2015 Samurai           0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0
 
                      13 14 15 16     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  0  0  0     1 10  0    15  3
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  1     2 10  1    16  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  6  0  1  0  .249    Barkan            2b  6  0  0  1  .268
Whitworth         dh  6  0  2  0  .273    Brewmaker         3b  7  0  2  1  .260
Cosgrove          cf  7  0  1  0  .280    Jeffreys          c   5  0  1  0  .221
Martinez          rf  5  0  0  0  .265    Wason             rf  6  0  2  0  .298
Thomas            1b  5  0  0  0  .222    Elliott           1b  5  0  0  0  .284
Sparks            lf  7  0  0  0  .257    Whittier          lf  6  1  1  0  .258
Turnbull          c   7  0  1  0  .157    Hintz             dh  5  0  1  0  .202
Gaytan            2b  7  1  3  0  .249    Cardona           cf  7  0  2  0  .229
Davidson          3b  5  0  2  1  .188    Burt              ss  5  1  1  0  .217
                     55  1 10  1                               52  2 10  2
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Skargard                         7.0  5  1  1  4  4 122  69  4.45
Cruzado                          1.0  1  0  0  0  1  18  10  8.17
Sater                            4.0  3  0  0  1  2  44  28  3.86
Okamura          L 1-1           3.0  1  1  1  3  1  35  14  5.12
Henderson                        0.1  0  0  0  3  1  18   5  4.13
                                15.1 10  2  2 11  9 237 126 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rodriguez                        8.0  5  1  1  6  8 136  81  2.41
Matsumoto                        2.0  1  0  0  1  0  27  15  2.29
Humphrey                         1.0  2  0  0  0  0  20  12  3.58
Menard           W 2-4           5.0  2  0  0  1  0  67  41  2.10
                                16.0 10  1  1  8  8 250 149 
 
E-Jeffreys. 2B-Brewmaker(16), Whittier(10). 3B-Davidson(2). RBI-Davidson(18), 
Barkan(17), Brewmaker(56). SB-Martinez(3), Gaytan(5), Whittier 2(4), 
Hintz(3). CS-Turnbull, Cardona. K-Motonari, Cosgrove, Martinez, Thomas, 
Sparks 2, Turnbull 2, Jeffreys, Wason, Elliott 2, Hintz 3, Cardona, Burt. 
BB-Motonari, Whitworth, Martinez 2, Thomas 2, Davidson 2, Barkan 2, 
Jeffreys 2, Wason, Elliott 2, Whittier, Hintz 2, Burt. SH-Motonari. HBP-Burt. 
HB-Skargard. 
GWRBI: Barkan
Temperature: 102, Sky: clear, Wind: in from center at 9 MPH.

 

Jacksonville DragonsJackson HammerheadsJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 6, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 4

“I don’t believe what I’m seeing,” said Jacksonville Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “I keep thinking I’m going to wake up and discover it was a dream.  That’s my only explanation for this.”

“This” is the Dragons’ astounding winning streak.  For a team that’s struggled to establish itself as a consistent winner, much to their manager’s frustration, the Dragons seem to be putting it together at last.  They made it eight in a row by completed their second straight series sweep with a 6-4 win over the Jackson Hammerheads.

Dragons starter Randy Cannon (8-7) couldn’t quite match the brilliance of Biggs McGee, Kyle Palmer, and Juan Sarmiento before him.  But after a shaky 1st in which he allowed a pair of runs, Cannon settled in for a solid 7-inning performance in which he struck out six.

“Randy’s been a rock for us,” said Dragons 1B Jake Kapoor.  “Every time he goes out there, he gives us a solid performance that gives us a shot to win.”

While Cannon was taking care of business on the mound, Jacksonville’s bats stayed hot against Hammerheads starter Jason Wallace (4-10), who remains in a slump.  The Jackson righty pitched only 5 1/3 innings, surrendering six runs on 10 hits.  Kapoor continued his recent homer streak, notching his 14th longball in the 3rd inning to overturn a 2-1 deficit and give Jacksonville a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

“I don’t know what’s got me going wrong lately,” said Wallace.  “Something feels out of whack, but I haven’t identified it yet, and [pitching coach] Eddie [Harris] says he hasn’t spotted it either.  I guess we’ll have to study the film and try to tweak my delivery.”

Davidson appears to be juggling the closer role between Blueberry Jackson and Razor Corridon lately.  This time, he called on Corridon to finish things off in relief of Cannon.  Corridon wasn’t exactly bulletproof in his 2 innings, allowing a run and leaving two others in scoring position, but he held on for his 11th save.

“I want to give the fans their money’s worth for their entertainment dollar,” joked Corridon.  “If I came in and set everybody down in order, how boring would that be?”

The Dragons (42-48) will see if they can keep the good times rolling against the Silver City Outlaws.  The Hammerheads (51-42) have a day off to regroup.

 

7/21/2015, JCK15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       2  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  1     4 10  0    11  1
2015 Dragons           0  1  2  0  1  2  0  0  x     6 12  1     9  2
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  4  0  0  0  .303    Leon              cf  4  2  1  0  .244
Westerberg        ss  3  1  0  0  .358    Kapoor            1b  5  1  2  2  .312
Righter           2b  4  1  3  0  .354    Hopps             rf  4  1  2  0  .288
Jaramillo         dh  4  1  0  0  .249    Hartley           lf  3  1  1  2  .244
Doyle             c   5  0  2  1  .322     Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .203
Thomasson         3b  4  1  2  1  .200    Esquivel          c   3  0  1  0  .255
Wilczynski        1b  2  0  1  0  .243    Canez             dh  4  0  1  1  .221
 Cianciarulo      ph  0  0  0  0  .208    Herdt             ss  4  0  1  1  .222
Johnson           lf  4  0  1  0  .324    Taliaferro        3b  4  0  2  0  .255
Arispe            rf  4  0  1  1  .257    Popejoy           2b  4  1  1  0  .229
                     34  4 10  3           Mount            2b  0  0  0  0  .213
                                                               35  6 12  6
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Wallace          L 4-10          5.1 10  6  6  3  1  85  50  5.33
Turnbull                         1.2  1  0  0  1  1  25  15  4.25
Sircy                            1.0  1  0  0  0  0  16   9  2.36
                                 8.0 12  6  6  4  2 126  74 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Cannon           W 8-7           7.0  8  3  3  3  6 130  75  3.96
Corridon         S 11            2.0  2  1  1  2  1  37  21  5.35
                                 9.0 10  4  4  5  7 167  96 
 
JCK: Cianciarulo batted for Wilczynski in the 8th
     Cianciarulo moved to 1b in the 8th
JAX: Parker inserted at lf in the 9th
     Mount inserted at 2b in the 9th
 
E-Corridon. 2B-Doyle(23), Hopps(17), Canez(5), Popejoy(6). HR-Kapoor(14). 
RBI-Doyle(40), Thomasson(2), Arispe(51), Kapoor 2(59), Hartley 2(67), 
Canez(24), Herdt(32). SB-Righter(16), Hartley(3). K-Deason, Jaramillo, Doyle, 
Thomasson, Wilczynski, Johnson, Arispe, Esquivel, Herdt. BB-Deason, 
Westerberg 2, Jaramillo, Cianciarulo, Leon, Hopps, Hartley, Esquivel. 
SH-Righter, Wilczynski. HBP-Thomasson. HB-Cannon. 
GWRBI: Kapoor
Temperature: 94, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 10 MPH.

 

California SharksMilwaukee Bear ClawsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 10, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 3

After slicing their deficit in the West from 10 games to 5, the California Sharks came into this three-game series looking to put a scare into the first-place Milwaukee Bear Claws for the first time in months.  The Bear Claws took the first two games of the series to re-establish their supremacy in the division.  But the Sharks let out their frustrations in this game, battering their way to a 10-3 win that foiled the Bear Claws’ hopes of a sweep.

“We needed this game,” said Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte.  “Milwaukee is an excellent team, and there is no shame in losing this series.  But to be swept, that would be quite the blow.”

Sharks righty Deke Slater (7-8) showed the poise and command that has helped him turn his season around.  Slater went 7 innings, allowing five hits and fanning six.  He struck out the side in the 1st inning, setting the stage for what was to come.  Milwaukee 3B Ikaru Suzuki took him deep for a two-run shot in the 4th, and the Bear Claws tacked on an unearned run in the 7th, but the Bear Claws never seriously threatened.

“I’ve finally achieved the peace I’ve been seeking all season,” said Slater.  “When things are going really awesome for me, I don’t even see the hitters, man.  It’s just me and Thad [Lockley] playing catch.  Everything else just dissolves to the sound of the surf in my ears.”

Even an hour-plus rain delay in the 4th didn’t put Slater off his game.  “You ever sit in the dugout with your eyes closed and listen to the rain just drumming against the roof?” said the California hurler.  “That’s what I did.  It’s a totally soothing sound.  It was like getting a nap in the middle of the game.  Muy relaxing.”

The Sharks relied on the longball for most of their runs in this game.  Lockley got things going with a three-run blast in the 4th against Bear Claws starter Herculez Mendoza (4-4).  In the 7th, LF Kenneth Mader belted his 20th homer of the season, a two-run job against reliever Olen Abernathy.  In the 9th, DH Eddie Nix put an exclamation point on the game with a grand slam off of Milwaukee’s Timmy Almon.  After Nix circled the bases and accepted the hugs, high-fives, and chest-bumps of his teammates, he capped off his celebration by signaling for the beer man to come to the California dugout.  Nix proceeded to order a High Life for each hand and chugged them down as the game finished up.

“Why the hell not?” said Nix, who went 4-for-4 on the day.  “My job was done, and I felt like celebrating.  Everybody tells me this is Beertown USA, so why not enjoy the bounty of the county?”

Sharks closer Eugene Grace recorded the final five outs for his 20th save.

The Sharks (55-35) fly off to Knoxville to face off with the Smokies.  The Bear Claws (61-31) head down to Orlando for a series with the Calrissians.

 

7/21/2015, CAL15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            0  0  0  3  0  1  2  0  4    10 12  2     5  1
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  2  0  0  1  0  0     3  7  0     8  0
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  5  2  2  0  .294    Petitt            ss  5  0  0  1  .310
Suarez            cf  5  0  1  0  .232    Iddings           2b  5  0  0  0  .261
Mader             lf  4  3  2  2  .333    Mateo             1b  4  1  2  0  .359
Nix               dh  4  2  4  4  .338    Suzuki            3b  4  1  3  2  .306
Mote              3b  5  0  0  0  .224    Mealey            lf  3  0  1  0  .304
Oller             2b  5  1  2  0  .297    Raine             dh  3  0  0  0  .236
Lockley           c   2  1  1  3  .293    Trumbauer         rf  3  1  0  0  .243
Gerke             1b  4  0  0  0  .179    McGuigan          c   4  0  0  0  .289
Puffer            ss  3  1  0  0  .150    Maxwell           cf  4  0  1  0  .314
                     37 10 12  9                               35  3  7  3
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Slater           W 7-8           7.0  5  3  2  3  6 111  62  4.98
Bond             H 4             0.1  2  0  0  0  1  16   9  5.91
Grace            S 20            1.2  0  0  0  0  0  18  12  3.94
                                 9.0  7  3  2  3  7 145  83 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mendoza          L 4-4           4.0  5  3  3  1  1  65  38  4.89
Karnik                           2.0  2  1  1  1  1  32  17  4.94
Abernathy                        2.0  3  2  2  1  1  30  22  4.34
Almon                            1.0  2  4  4  2  0  20  10  2.93
                                 9.0 12 10 10  5  3 147  87 
 
E-Mote 2. 2B-Mateo(24), Maxwell(22). HR-Mader(20), Nix(15), Lockley(9), 
Suzuki(15). RBI-Mader 2(72), Nix 4(49), Lockley 3(33), Petitt(48), 
Suzuki 2(76). CS-Suarez. K-Mote 2, Puffer, Petitt 2, Iddings 2, Mateo, 
Suzuki, Trumbauer. BB-Mader, Nix, Lockley 2, Puffer, Mealey, Raine, 
Trumbauer. WP-Slater, Karnik. 
GWRBI: Lockley
Herculez Mendoza was removed after a rain delay
Temperature: 63, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: left to right at 4 MPH, 
Rain Delays: 76 minutes.

 

Knoxville SmokiesOrlando CalrissiansKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 10, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 4

Faced with the deciding game of their series against the last-place Orlando Calrissians, the Knoxville Smokies turned on the jets.  They pounded the Calrissians early and often, and didn’t let up on their way to a 10-4 romp.

“10-4, over and out, Orlando,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “I always wanted to say that.”

The Smokies jumped all over Calrissians ace Nathan Nunb (8-8), knocking the lefty out without recording an out in the 3rd.  Knoxville DH Eddie Battin launched a three-run tater, part of a four-run 1st for the Smokies.

“We wanted to make it real clear from the jump that this was our game,” said Wallace.  “Eddie’s dinger was exactly what we needed.”

Orlando wasn’t about to roll over and go quietly, though.  Calrissians 2B Erasmo Crofoot hit his 35th round-tripper of the year, a solo shot off of Knoxville start Jack Jacques.  Then in the 3rd, Orlando pounded out four hits and a walk to put three more runs on the board.

But Jacques (10-5) got a double play to escape that jam, and he was virtually untouchable the rest of the way, scattering three singles over the final 6 innings for a complete game win.

“Jack is a cold-blooded SOB,” said Wallace.  “Nothing fazes him.  He could be 10 runs up or 10 runs down, and he’d have the same expression on his face.  I’d never play poker against that guy.”

While Jacques was shutting off the flow of runs for Orlando, the Smokies kept on hacking away, piling up five more runs against the overwhelmed Calrissians bullpen.

“We’re just lost in space,” said Calrissians manager Logan Bothan.  “If we’re going to become a contender in the future, I think we’re going to need a complete overhaul of the pitching staff.  Too many holes.”

The Smokies (55-37) now prepare to host the California Sharks.  The Calrissians (28-63) welcome the Milwaukee Bear Claws to Bespin for a three-game set.

 

7/21/2015, KNX15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           4  0  1  0  2  0  1  2  0    10 11  0     7  1
2015 Calrissians       0  1  3  0  0  0  0  0  0     4  8  3     4  1
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  5  0  1  0  .286    Hartl             lf  4  1  1  0  .274
Campo             2b  4  3  2  1  .305    Defoor            1b  3  1  1  0  .235
Bryant            1b  3  4  2  0  .305    Buendia           ss  4  0  1  2  .280
Campo             rf  5  1  3  2  .292    Law               rf  4  0  2  1  .281
Moriarty          ss  3  1  1  1  .281    Figeroa           3b  4  0  0  0  .262
Battin            dh  3  1  1  4  .302    Crofoot           2b  4  1  1  1  .213
Bossard           c   5  0  1  1  .242    Nabors            dh  4  0  0  0  .190
Aceuedo           3b  5  0  0  0  .286    Elias             cf  4  0  0  0  .181
Sisco             lf  4  0  0  0  .283    McCormack         c   3  1  2  0  .187
                     37 10 11  9                               34  4  8  4
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jacques          W 10-5          9.0  8  4  4  1  5 121  76  4.33
                                 9.0  8  4  4  1  5 121  76 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Numb             L 8-8           2.0  6  5  5  1  3  49  30  4.92
Grazier                          2.0  1  1  1  1  0  28  16  7.98
Quesara                          1.0  1  1  1  2  0  19  10  5.93
Turbeville                       1.0  0  0  0  0  0  11   9  7.51
Smith                            1.0  1  1  0  1  1  17   9  5.40
Geis                             2.0  2  2  2  1  0  28  17  7.88
                                 9.0 11 10  9  6  4 152  91 
 
E-Hartl, Defoor, Smith. 2B-Campo(10). HR-Campo(3), Battin(20), Crofoot(35). 
RBI-Campo(32), Campo 2(76), Moriarty(59), Battin 4(76), Bossard(31), 
Buendia 2(52), Law(33), Crofoot(83). CS-Campo. K-Campo, Bossard, Aceuedo, 
Sisco, Hartl, Law, Crofoot, Nabors, Elias. BB-Campo, Bryant 2, Moriarty 2, 
Battin, Defoor. SF-Battin. WP-Jacques, Smith. 
GWRBI: Campo
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

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