PBL Scores, 7/27/15

Another getaway day, with three teams aimed for series sweeps.  Time to break out the brooms?  Find the answer below…

Jackson HammerheadsSilver City OutlawsJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 6, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 4

It was a good day for the Jackson Hammerheads.  Left-hander Luke Danton made a smooth re-entry into the rotation, and a back-and-forth battle ended with DH Alex Jaramillo’s walk-off two-run homer, allowing the Hammerheads to claim a 6-4 victory over the Silver City Outlaws and taking two out of three games in the series.

“Big knock, Alex!” crowed Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes after the game.  “Big knock, baby!”

On a steamy, stormy day at Cash Carter Downs, Jaramillo’s blast capped off a wild day that began with the return of Danton, the veteran southpaw who lost his rotation slot when Yu Chen was acquired from Knoxville only to gain it back due to right-hander Jason Wallace’s recent decline.

The lefty was solid in his return to starting.  Danton pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing two hits, striking out five and walking three.  The only inning that gave him trouble was the 4th, a sloppy frame in which the Outlaws plated three unearned runs, with the help of three Jackson errors.

“It felt really good to be out there,” said Danton.  “Ever since I got taken out of the rotation, it’s sort of like I went into suspended animation.  I kind of thought they might have forgotten about me.  But now I’m back, and I plan to prove I should stay.”

When Danton came out in the 6th, it wasn’t due to his pitching, but due to a nasty thunderstorm that delayed the game for 51 minutes.  He had thrown 89 pitches by that time

“I’m sure Luke could have gone longer if I’d asked him to,” said Hayes.  “He looked good out there, and he’s been pretty durable.  But since this is first start back, and he’s had injury issues before, we decided not to push it.  This way, he’ll be good and fresh for his next start.”

When Danton departed, the game was a 3-3 tie.  Hammerheads 1B Lacy Wilczynski and LF Track Johnson knocked back-to-back RBI hits to get Jackson on the board in the 2nd, and RF Erin Arispe tied it with a run-scoring single in the 4th, all against Silver City starter Linus Pauling.  The right-hander battled through 6 innings, allowing 10 hits but only three runs.

“I got no complaints with the job Linus did today,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “He wasn’t at his best today, but he worked hard and kept ‘em from breaking it open.”

In the 8th, the Hammerheads grabbed the lead on an RBI double by CF Damian Deason against reliever Jamaal Sapp.  Hayes had hoped that closer Rick Sheen, who had worked a scoreless 8th, would be able to turn in a two-inning stint.  But Sheen complained of arm fatigue, so Hayes went to lefty Eric Seeman.  After CF Javier Cardona stroked a single, the skipper went to rarely-used Marquis Silcox.  Outlaws SS Carrol Burt laid down a bunt to advance Cardona, but actually beat the throw to the bag when neither Silcox nor C Clarence Doyle initially moved to pick up the ball.  2B Dominique Barkan then sacrificed both runners over, allowing Cardona to score the tying run on 3B Rusty Brewmaker’s groundout.

With the game tied going into the bottom of the 9th, Jarha stuck with Sapp (5-2), even though the reliever had already worked the 7th and the 8th.  He battled Hammerheads 3B Kim Fleitas through an eight-pitch at-bat that ended in a walk.  That brought up Jaramillo, the slugger who has come through with several key hits recently.  But Sapp seemed more concerned with the threat of Fleitas stealing second than with Jaramillo at the plate.  After several feints and pickoff throws, Sapp tried to steal a strike on the inside, but Jaramillo was ready.  He drove the pitch over the wall as Outlaws LF Tex Whittier wached helplessly.

“There was no doubt,” said Jaramillo. “The second it left my bat, I knew I got all of it.”

Silcox (2-1) laughed at receiving a win he called “completely undeserved.  Thanks for bailing me out, Alex!”

The Hammerheads (55-43) now travel to the friendly confines of High Life Field to face off against the Milwaukee Bear Claws.  The Outlaws (49-49) head back to the Corral to host the Knoxville Smokies.

 

7/27/2015, SCO15-JCK15, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  1     4  5  0     8  2
2015 Hammerheads       0  2  0  1  0  0  0  1  2     6 14  3    10  0
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Barkan            2b  3  0  0  0  .273    Deason            cf  5  0  1  1  .306
Brewmaker         3b  4  0  0  1  .251    Westerberg        ss  4  0  1  0  .355
Jeffreys          c   4  1  0  0  .196    Fleitas           3b  4  1  2  0  .285
Wason             rf  4  1  1  0  .300    Jaramillo         dh  5  1  3  2  .245
Elliott           1b  3  1  1  1  .285    Doyle             c   3  1  2  0  .324
Whittier          lf  4  0  1  0  .261    Righter           2b  2  0  0  0  .355
Hintz             dh  3  0  0  0  .195    Wilczynski        1b  4  1  1  1  .246
Cardona           cf  4  1  1  0  .230    Johnson           lf  4  1  2  1  .327
Burt              ss  4  0  1  0  .211    Arispe            rf  4  1  2  1  .257
                     33  4  5  2                               35  6 14  6
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Pauling                          6.0 10  3  3  2  1  97  54  3.44
Humphrey                         0.1  0  0  0  0  1   4   3  3.81
Sapp             L 5-2           1.2  4  3  3  2  0  43  22  5.44
                                 8.0 14  6  6  4  2 144  79 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Danton                           5.1  2  3  0  3  5  89  53  4.57
Turnbull                         0.2  1  0  0  0  1   9   6  3.86
Sircy                            1.0  0  0  0  2  1  22   9  2.20
Sheen                            1.0  0  0  0  0  2  15   8  4.01
Seeman                           0.0  1  1  1  0  0   1   1  6.25
Silcox           BS 2, W 2-1     1.0  1  0  0  0  0   6   6  7.59
                                 9.0  5  4  1  5  9 142  83 
 
E-Fleitas, Wilczynski, Danton. 2B-Elliott(32), Deason(44), Doyle 2(26), 
Wilczynski(12), Johnson(20). HR-Jaramillo(14). RBI-Brewmaker(60), 
Elliott(68), Deason(63), Jaramillo 2(50), Wilczynski(40), Johnson(70), 
Arispe(54). K-Brewmaker, Jeffreys 2, Wason 2, Elliott, Whittier, Cardona 2, 
Westerberg, Jaramillo. BB-Barkan, Brewmaker, Jeffreys, Elliott, Hintz, 
Westerberg, Fleitas, Doyle, Righter. SH-Barkan, Righter. WP-Sircy. 
GWRBI: Jaramillo
Luke Danton was removed after a rain delay
Temperature: 101, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: 
right to left at 18 MPH, Rain Delays: 51 minutes.

 

Orlando CalrissiansCalifornia SharksORLANDO CALRISSIANS 6, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 4

The California Sharks seemed to be on track for a sweep of their series against the Orlando Calrissians.  They’d built a 4-1 lead and starter Brian Goreman was sailing along.  But Goreman stumbled in the 6th inning, and a three-run homer from Calrissians DH Arnoldo Nabors doomed the Sharks to a 6-4 loss.

“I’ve been in a rough patch lately,” admitted Goreman.  “It sucks, because I know we need to win every game we can if we’re going to track down Milwaukee, and I haven’t been doing my share.  I’m really looking in the mirror, and I know I’ve got to straighten it out.  [Manager] Eduardo [Aponte] has been really patient with me, but I know that won’t last forever if I don’t improve.”

Goreman, California’s fifth starter, was a frequent bright spot early in the season when much of the rotation was struggling.  But as the Sharks’ other starters have gotten things together recently, Goreman has gone in the other direction.

“It’s no secret that Brian’s been having a hard time,” said Aponte.  “But I remain behind him 100%.  He’s a talented, hard-working guy, and I’m confident that he will work his way out of this.”

Through the first 5 innings, Goreman (7-5) allowed only four hits and one run on a homer by Orlando 3B Curt Figueroa.  He looked set to make it through the 6th as well, allowing a single sandwiched between two outs.  But a lengthy at-bat against Figueroa, which ultimately resulted in a walk, seemed to be the righty’s undoing.  After the walk, Calrissians 2B Erasmo Crofoot slammed a single on the next pitch to score a run.  After that, Goreman couldn’t quite finish off Nabors, as his 2-2 slider wound up halfway to the casino in right.

“I knew I just had to stay patient and wait for my pitch,” said Nabors, who is hitting only .191 but has hit multiple game-winning homers for Orlando.  “I was fouling them off until I got the one I wanted, and I jumped on it.”

The tater from Nabors made a winner of Calrissians starter Chuck Weaver (4-7), who settled in after a shaky start and struck out five over 8 innings.  The turning point came for Weaver in the 5th.  He opened the inning by allowing back-to-back doubles to RF Jessie Corona and CF Santiago Suarez, bringing in a run to make it 4-1.  Weaver’s start, and the Calrissians’ hopes, were on the ropes.  But then Suarez tried to steal third, only to be gunned down by C Amos McCormack.  On the next pitch, Weaver got SS Rubin Smyth to fly out to center, changing the complexion of the game.

“Once that happened, a voice in my head said, ‘Okay, I got this,’” said Weaver.  “It was all gravy after that.”

The Calrissians (31-66) head out to Salt Lake for a series with the Samurai.   The Sharks (57-38) return to the Golden State to host the Jacksonville Dragons.

 

7/27/2015, CAL15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            2  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0     4  9  1     5  0
2015 Calrissians       0  1  0  0  0  4  1  0  x     6 10  0     8  1
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  3  2  1  0  .298    Hartl             lf  5  0  2  0  .283
Suarez            cf  4  1  2  1  .234    Defoor            1b  5  0  1  0  .232
Smyth             ss  4  1  2  1  .367    Buendia           ss  4  1  3  1  .287
Mader             lf  4  0  1  1  .330    Law               rf  4  0  0  0  .285
Nix               dh  4  0  1  1  .333    Figeroa           3b  3  2  1  1  .270
Mote              3b  4  0  0  0  .218    Crofoot           2b  4  1  1  1  .208
Oller             2b  3  0  0  0  .293    Nabors            dh  3  1  1  3  .191
Gerke             1b  4  0  2  0  .198    Elias             cf  3  0  0  0  .180
Carpenter         c   4  0  0  0  .238    McCormack         c   3  1  1  0  .180
                     34  4  9  4                               34  6 10  6
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Goreman          L 7-5           6.0  7  5  5  2  4  93  59  4.46
Bond                             2.0  3  1  1  2  3  47  27  5.79
                                 8.0 10  6  6  4  7 140  86 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Weaver           W 4-7           8.0  8  4  4  2  5 109  66  6.21
Smith            S 12            1.0  1  0  0  0  0   6   4  4.96
                                 9.0  9  4  4  2  5 115  70 
 
E-Mote. 2B-Corona(16), Suarez(12), Defoor(20), McCormack(5). 3B-Smyth(11). 
HR-Figeroa(16), Nabors(5). RBI-Suarez(63), Smyth(76), Mader(75), Nix(52), 
Buendia(55), Figeroa(55), Crofoot(86), Nabors 3(17). SB-Smyth(11). CS-Suarez, 
Hartl. K-Corona, Mader 2, Mote, Oller, Hartl, Defoor, Law 2, Crofoot 2, 
Elias. BB-Corona, Oller, Figeroa, Nabors, Elias, McCormack. 
GWRBI: Nabors
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

Jacksonville DragonsMilwaukee Bear ClawsJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 5, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 4

Today’s game was a painful one for the Milwaukee Bear Claws.  Not only did they lose a lead and blow their chance at a sweep, they lost one a key contributor at a position where they’re crucially lacking in depth.  Even normally cheerful Bear Claws manager Poss Horton was despondent after his team’s 5-4 loss to the Jacksonville Dragons, pondering the loss of starting pitcher Zack Perriman.

“Zack’s been so good for us all year,” said Horton.  “He’s technically our #4 starter, but he could have easily been in the two slot.  He’s such a competitor.  I sure hope he gets back soon.”

To compound the agony, Perriman had been pitching excellently prior to his departure.  He no-hit the Dragons through the first 4 innings.  Although he loaded the bases with no outs on three straight singles in the 5th, he managed to work out of it allowing only a single run, with the help of a well-timed double play.

As he walked off the mound, though, Perriman began flexing his hand and looking down at his pitching elbow with a frown.  “As soon as I saw that, my heart sank to my shoes,” said Bear Claws pitching coach Zane Stafford.  “Zack’s not the kind of guy to complain or cry about a little strain or day-to-day soreness.  If he’s making faces, you know it’s got to be bad.”

Post-game examination revealed that Perriman was suffering from elbow tendinitis, not the ligament tear that the Milwaukee brain trust had feared.  Horton said that Perriman will be placed on the 15-day DL, but “we’re hoping it will be a minimum stay.”

Perriman’s absence presents a real quandary for the Bear Claws, as none of their relievers or reserve pitchers has prior starting experience.  “I wish we’d have got somebody stretched out at least, just in case,” said Horton.  “We’ll just have to find a way through it.”

Reliever Chris Karnik, who is expected to fill in for Perriman initially, didn’t acquit himself very well in the starter’s stead today.  In just 1 1/3 innings, Karnik (4-3) was tagged for three runs and four hits.  Agains Karnik and lefty Olen Abernathy, the Dragons turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 lead.

“I’m not happy with the way I pitched,” said Karnik.  “But right now, what we’re all worried about is Zack.  I want him to get back as soon as possible.”  Asked if he viewed the starting role as an opportunity, Karnik snapped, “No way.  I view it as a chance to help the team by plugging a gap until Zack gets back.  I’m not auditioning for anything.”

Dragons starter Samir Khan (6-3), who is himself filling in for injured starter Tony Harris, pitched 7 strong innings for the win.  Apart from a two-run homer by 2B Richard Iddings in the 3rd, Khan did a fine job holding the Milwaukee bats at bay.

“Khan’s been our Swiss Army Knife,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “He’s plugged into whatever role we’ve needed him in and done a solid job.  He’d probably play center field if we asked him to.  I wish we had a dozen more just like him.”

Lefty Blueberry Jackson followed Khan and worked the last 2 innings, allowing a run but holding on for his seventh save.

The Dragons (45-51) take a cross-country trip to do battle with the California Sharks.  The Bear Claws (65-34) host a short series against the Jackson Hammerheads next.

 

7/27/2015, MIL15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        1  0  2  0  0  0  0  1  0     4 11  1     5  2
2015 Dragons           0  0  0  0  1  2  2  0  x     5  9  1     5  2
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  4  1  3  0  .315    Leon              cf  4  2  2  1  .247
Iddings           2b  4  1  1  2  .254    Kapoor            1b  4  1  2  2  .310
Mateo             1b  3  1  1  0  .358    Hopps             rf  3  0  0  0  .289
Suzuki            3b  3  1  1  0  .306    Hartley           lf  4  0  0  0  .247
Mealey            lf  4  0  1  2  .295     Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .206
Raine             dh  4  0  1  0  .239    Esquivel          c   4  1  2  1  .270
Trumbauer         rf  4  0  1  0  .246    Canez             dh  4  0  1  0  .215
McGuigan          c   4  0  2  0  .298    Herdt             ss  3  0  1  0  .220
Maxwell           cf  4  0  0  0  .309    Taliaferro        3b  2  1  1  1  .260
                     34  4 11  4          Popejoy           2b  2  0  0  0  .219
                                           Gajewski         ph  1  0  0  0  .182
                                           Mount            2b  0  0  0  0  .212
                                                               31  5  9  5
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Perriman                         5.0  3  1  1  1  0  69  40  3.21
Karnik           BS 1, L 4-3     1.1  4  3  3  0  0  20  13  5.16
Abernathy                        1.2  2  1  1  1  0  27  16  4.38
                                 8.0  9  5  5  2  0 116  69 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Khan             W 6-3           7.0 10  3  3  2  1  91  56  5.35
Jackson          S 7             2.0  1  1  0  0  0  26  20  2.98
                                 9.0 11  4  3  2  1 117  76 
 
JAX: Gajewski batted for Popejoy in the 7th
     Mount inserted at 2b in the 8th
     Parker inserted at lf in the 8th
 
E-Perriman, Leon. 2B-Petitt(32), Suzuki(13), Raine(15), McGuigan(15), 
Kapoor 2(33), Taliaferro(11). HR-Iddings(9). RBI-Iddings 2(53), Mealey 2(52), 
Leon(40), Kapoor 2(62), Esquivel(31), Taliaferro(19). CS-Trumbauer. 
K-Maxwell. BB-Mateo, Suzuki, Hopps, Herdt. SF-Taliaferro. 
GWRBI: Leon
Zack Perriman was injured for this game and 15 more days
Temperature: 92, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 3 MPH.

 

Salt Lake SamuraiKnoxville SmokiesSALT LAKE SAMURAI 7, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 2

Is something wrong with Knoxville Smokies ace Elicio Santana?  The left-hander was one of the league’s most pleasant surprises in the first half, running up an 11-1 record.  He got knocked around a bit in the All-Star Game, however, and he’s been far more mortal since, compiling a 1-3 second-half record to date.  He lasted only 3 2/3 innings in today’s 7-2 loss to the Salt Lake Samurai, costing the Smokies their shot at a sweep.

“Aw, that’s [expletive],” said Knoxville manager Snuff Wallace in response to rumors that Santana was hiding an injury.  “Elicio was pitching out of his mind in the first half, and he’s come back to earth a little bit.  So what?  He’s still our ace, and last I checked, we’re still in first.  So why should I give a rat’s [expletive]?”

Santana, whose fastball was as strong as ever and who struck out five during his start, also denied that he was hurting.  “No injury,” said Santana.  “Just bad pitching.”

Santana (12-4) allowed a homer to Samurai 1B Neal Thomas and a triple to LF Chip Sparks in a two-run 2nd.  The next inning, RF Romeo Martinez took him deep with a three-run shot.  Wallace yanked him after he gave up a double to light-hitting 2B Quincy Gaytan.

“Believe me, if I thought he was reverting to his knucklehead ways from the start of the season, I wouldn’t hesitate to put my boot up his [expletive],” said Wallace.  “But he’s throwing strikes.  It’s just more of ‘em are getting hit.  He’ll straighten up.”

Meanwhile, diminutive Samurai righty Davey Skargard (4-9) turned in a stellar performance.  He was roughed up a bit in the 1st inning, allowing a two-run double to Smokies SS Armand Moriarty.  But he allowed only one more hit for the rest of his 8 innings, and fanned six along the way.

“Davey’s been undercover great for us,” said Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.  “Nobody’s noticed, but he’s been pitching deep into games, always giving us a chance to win, never giving up even though we’re not going to contend.  I hope he sticks around and pitches for us a long time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a smart contender scoops him up before the deadline.”

The Samurai (29-70) now head back to Desert Edge Stadium to host the Orlando Calrissians.  The Smokies (59-39) have a series against the Silver City Outlaws up next.

 

7/27/2015, SLC15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  2  3  1  0  0  0  0  1     7 11  1     8  0
2015 Smokies           2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     2  4  1     7  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  4  0  1  1  .249    Blair             cf  4  1  1  0  .282
Whitworth         dh  5  1  1  0  .272    Campo             2b  2  0  0  0  .304
Cosgrove          cf  5  2  2  0  .273    Bryant            dh  4  0  0  0  .299
Martinez          rf  5  1  3  4  .271    Campo             rf  3  1  1  0  .290
Thomas            1b  4  1  2  1  .223    Moriarty          ss  3  0  1  2  .283
Sparks            lf  4  1  1  0  .251    Battin            1b  3  0  1  0  .300
Turnbull          c   3  0  0  1  .153    Bossard           c   2  0  0  0  .223
Gaytan            2b  2  1  1  0  .245     Carranza         ph  1  0  0  0  .182
Davidson          3b  4  0  0  0  .195     Carlo            c   1  0  0  0  .160
                     36  7 11  7          Aceuedo           3b  4  0  0  0  .285
                                          Sisco             lf  4  0  0  0  .286
                                                               31  2  4  2
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Skargard         W 4-9           8.0  3  2  2  4  6 126  74  4.33
Okamura                          1.0  1  0  0  0  0  16  10  4.07
                                 9.0  4  2  2  4  6 142  84 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Santana          L 12-4          3.2  6  6  5  2  5  64  38  2.82
Tile                             5.0  4  1  1  2  4  84  60  1.74
Jones                            0.1  1  0  0  1  0  10   5  5.52
                                 9.0 11  7  6  5  9 158 103 
 
KNX: Carranza batted for Bossard in the 6th
     Carlo inserted at c in the 7th
 
E-Davidson, Campo. 2B-Martinez(12), Gaytan(11), Moriarty(24). 3B-Sparks(5). 
HR-Martinez(11), Thomas(27). RBI-Motonari(33), Martinez 4(43), Thomas(63), 
Turnbull(18), Moriarty 2(67). CS-Sparks. K-Cosgrove 3, Martinez, Thomas 2, 
Sparks, Gaytan, Davidson, Blair, Campo, Moriarty, Bossard, Aceuedo, Sisco. 
BB-Motonari, Thomas, Sparks, Gaytan 2, Campo, Campo, Moriarty, Battin. 
SH-Campo. SF-Turnbull. 
GWRBI: Martinez
Temperature: 79, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 3 MPH.

 

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