PBL Scores, 7/30/15

A light schedule today, with only two games on the docket.  But both contested featured some excellent mound work.  If you love a good pitcher’s duel, click on…

Silver City OutlawsKnoxville SmokiesSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 2, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 1

Today’s game was unfolding according to script for the Knoxville Smokies.  They got a strong outing from their starter, as they so often do.  They struck late to take the lead, as they have repeatedly done, to the eternal frustration of their opponents.  But the Silver City Outlaws flipped the script, mounting their own late rally to steal a 2-1 win and thwart the Smokies’ hope of a sweep on the road.

“They boys in orange are stiff competition, make no mistake,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “But we couldn’t let ‘em come into our saloon and rob us blind.  We had to shoot ‘em down on their way out of town.”

Today’s game was a pitcher’s duel between a pair of hurlers who haven’t always lived up to their reputations.  Silver City lefty Rob Tildon broke camp as the team’s ace, but has struggled to live up to that billing, plagued by control issues and struggling for run support.  Knoxville southpaw Woody Flowers has blossomed and matured quite a bit since the beginning of the season, but the rookie still suffers occasional outbreaks of nerves and can’t always pitch deep into games.

On this day, though, both Tildon and Flowers were operating at a high level.  Tildon was a bit wild in the middle innings, but escaped bases-loaded jams in the 3rd and 4th.  Flowers was even stronger, allowing only one hit through the first 7 innings.

“That’s the future for Woody,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “He’s got the stuff to miss bats left and right.  To tell the truth, he’s the only one who can stop himself from being an ace someday.  He’s got the arm to succeed; he just needs to work on building up his mental toughness a bit.”

Tildon was the first to crack, as Smokies LF Ezra Sisco went deep against him to lead off the 7th.  Jarha noted that he was proud of his team’s reaction.  “When the ball made it over the fence, I kind of expected everyone’s shoulders to sag a bit,” said Jarha.  “A ‘Here we go again’ type reaction.  But instead, it seemed to piss ‘em off.  When they came back to the dugout after the inning, they were all fired out.  ‘Time to snuff out those bastards!’”

Outlaws CF Javier Cardona smacked a single off of Flowers to open the 8th, generating some excitement in the home dugout.  After SS Carrol Burt struck out and 2B Dominique Barkan’s flyball died at the warning track, it looked like it might be another futile inning for Silver City.  But the players weren’t discouraged, clapping and urging on 3B Rusty Brewmaker.  “We were telling him, ‘This sucker’s going down!  You own him!’” said RF Nathaniel Wason.

Brewmaker waited patiently until he went up 3-1 in the count.  Flowers fired a strike down the middle, and Brewmaker crushed it to the gap in right center.  By the time the Smokies got the ball back to the infield, Brewmaker was sliding into third and the game was tied, as the Outlaws and the fans went crazy.

“I thought I heard someone firing off a pistol in the stands,” said Jarha.  “Wouldn’t put it past our fans.”

C Marlon Jeffreys came up next.  Flowers (5-8) went ahead on him 0-2, then bounced two straight curveballs.  He came back with another fastball, and Jeffreys smoked it up the right-field line for a double, with Brewmaker scoring what would be the winning run.

The Outlaws’ rally got Tildon (8-10) off the hook.  All that remained was for closer Go Matsumoto to collect his 21st save, which he did.

The Outlaws (50-51) host the Orlando Calrissians next.  The Smokies (61-40) enjoy a rare day off.

 

7/30/2015, KNX15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0     1  6  0    10  1
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  x     2  4  1     6  1
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  4  0  1  0  .283    Barkan            2b  4  0  0  0  .271
 Maben            pr  0  0  0  0  .097    Brewmaker         3b  4  1  1  1  .251
Campo             2b  3  0  0  0  .296    Jeffreys          c   3  0  1  1  .194
Bryant            1b  2  0  0  0  .299    Wason             rf  3  0  1  0  .296
Campo             rf  4  0  0  0  .291    Elliott           1b  3  0  0  0  .286
Moriarty          ss  4  0  1  0  .287    Whittier          lf  2  0  0  0  .255
Battin            dh  4  0  1  0  .304    Hintz             dh  2  0  0  0  .195
Bossard           c   3  0  0  0  .221    Cardona           cf  3  1  1  0  .227
Aceuedo           3b  3  0  0  0  .285    Burt              ss  3  0  0  0  .210
Sisco             lf  4  1  3  1  .293                         27  2  4  2
                     31  1  6  1
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Flowers          L 5-8           7.2  4  2  2  3  4 113  68  4.33
Wilkins                          0.1  0  0  0  1  0   6   1  2.62
                                 8.0  4  2  2  4  4 119  69 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tildon           W 8-10          8.0  5  1  1  6  5 119  69  3.60
Matsumoto        S 21            1.0  1  0  0  0  0  17  10  2.23
                                 9.0  6  1  1  6  5 136  79 
 
KNX: Maben ran for Blair in the 9th
 
E-Wason. 2B-Jeffreys(6). 3B-Brewmaker(4). HR-Sisco(1). RBI-Sisco(32), 
Brewmaker(62), Jeffreys(9). SB-Campo(11), Maben(1). CS-Campo. K-Campo, Campo, 
Moriarty 3, Whittier, Cardona 2, Burt. BB-Blair, Campo, Bryant 2, Bossard, 
Aceuedo, Wason, Elliott, Whittier, Hintz. SH-Campo. HBP-Jeffreys. HB-Flowers. 
WP-Flowers. 
GWRBI: Jeffreys
Temperature: 103, Sky: cloudy, Wind: in from center at 1 MPH.

 

California SharksJacksonville DragonsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 4, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 0

It was an unseasonably cool night in Long Beach, as the mercury registered only 59 degrees at game time.  California Sharks left-hander Stu Palmeiro did his best to keep everyone warm, throwing a gem of a game that gave the fans plenty of reasons to cheer and jump around.  It was the visiting Jacksonville Dragons who went cold, falling 4-0 to complete a three-game sweep.

“Stu has picked the ideal time to lift his game to the next level,” said Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte.  “These are the kinds of starts we will need if we are to catch Milwaukee atop the division.”

Palmeiro (12-5) said that he’d been inspired by fellow starter Kevin Conner, who’d limited the Dragons to a single run in his complete-game victory the previous night.  “As soon as Kevin came in the clubhouse, I told him, ‘Bet you 100 bucks I pitch even better than you did.’  He said, ‘You’re on, screwball.’  Looks like somebody owes me some cash!”

The California lefty allowed only three hits in a complete-game shutout effort.  He didn’t allow a Jacksonville runner to get past second base until the 9th inning.  He thrived by aiming at the corners, a strategy that led to the Dragons getting more walks (four) than hits.

“Stu likes to live on the edge,” said Sharks C Thaddeus Lockley.  “He was struggling sometimes to hit his spots, but since he was wild out of the zone and not down the middle, I just stayed out there with him and decided to ride it as far as we could.  God knows they weren’t getting any good licks off him.”

Dragons manager Harlan Davidson was deeply frustrated by his team’s offensive performance during the series.  Across all three games, Jacksonville managed only 15 hits and five runs, four of them in the series opener.

“We should have just slapped a blindfold on our guys before we sent them up there,” said Davidson.  “Couldn’t have done much worse.  Today, half of ‘em were bailing out before the pitches even left [Palmeiro’s] hand.  Might as well have run the white flag up and been done with it.”

Dragons start Juan Sarmiento (7-9) pitched a solid game, although his team’s lack of offense left him with no shot at a win.  Sarmiento was aided early on by some over-aggressive California baserunning.  In the 1st, CF Santiago Suarez was gunned out trying to steal second, preventing him from scoring on SS Rubin Smyth’s triple.  In the 3rd, Smyth was trying to stretch a double into a triple and was erased.  But in between those gaffes, RF Jessie Corona belted a two-run single to get on the board.  DH Eddie Nix added another run in the 4th on a sac fly.  And Lockley tacked on an unearned run in the 8th with a single.

“Sarmiento put us in a place where we could win,” said Davidson.  “Or at least he would have if we had a functional offense.”

The Sharks (60-38) resume the battle for the highly prestigious Chum Bucket against the Jackson Hammerheads tomorrow.  The Dragons (45-54) head over to Salt Lake to face the Samurai.

 

7/30/2015, JAX15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Dragons           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  3  1     6  0
2015 Sharks            0  2  0  1  0  0  0  1  x     4  8  0     6  1
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Leon              cf  3  0  0  0  .243    Corona            rf  3  0  2  2  .306
Kapoor            1b  3  0  0  0  .306    Suarez            cf  3  0  1  0  .237
Hopps             rf  3  0  0  0  .289    Smyth             ss  4  1  2  0  .364
Hartley           lf  4  0  0  0  .239    Mader             lf  4  0  0  0  .326
Esquivel          c   4  0  1  0  .260    Mote              3b  4  0  0  0  .211
Canez             dh  3  0  0  0  .214    Lockley           c   4  1  2  1  .290
Herdt             ss  3  0  1  0  .223    Oller             2b  2  1  0  0  .293
Taliaferro        3b  3  0  0  0  .260     Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .134
Popejoy           2b  3  0  1  0  .217    Nix               dh  2  1  1  1  .341
                     29  0  3  0          Gerke             1b  2  0  0  0  .188
                                                               28  4  8  4
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sarmiento        L 7-9           8.0  8  4  3  3  4 118  73  5.08
                                 8.0  8  4  3  3  4 118  73 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmeiro         W 12-5          9.0  3  0  0  4  3 118  65  4.08
                                 9.0  3  0  0  4  3 118  65 
 
CAL: Puffer inserted at 2b in the 9th
 
E-Popejoy. 2B-Smyth(23), Lockley(20). 3B-Smyth(12). RBI-Corona 2(48), 
Lockley(35), Nix(53). SB-Smyth(12). CS-Suarez. K-Hartley, Esquivel, Herdt, 
Suarez, Lockley, Nix, Gerke. BB-Leon, Kapoor, Hopps, Canez, Corona, Oller, 
Gerke. SH-Suarez, Oller. SF-Nix. 
GWRBI: Corona
Temperature: 59, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 6 MPH.

 

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