PBL Scores, 8/4/15

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Milwaukee Bear ClawsOrlando CalrissiansMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 2, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 1

“It’s kind of like Groundhog Day,” said Orlando Calrissians starter Nate McGowan.  “Story of my season, it seems like.”

McGowan was referring to today’s game against the Milwaukee Bear Claws, which replayed a scene that the pitcher has seen too many times already.  McGowan pitched an excellent game; in fact, he carried a no-hitter into the 5th inning.  But because his teammates could muster only a single run of support, McGowan wound up with his 12th loss of the season, this time by a 2-1 margin.

“I mean, I know run support is a matter of luck most of the time,” said McGowan, who now sports a 4-12 record despite a 4.21 ERA.  “But you get to the point I’m at, you start to wonder if God or your team or somebody has it in for you.”

The first hit that McGowan allowed – a two-out double by Bear Claws SS Red Petitt – wound up becoming Milwaukee’s first run when 2B Richard Iddings singled Petitt home.  The following inning, 1B Felipe Mateo led off with a double and came around to score on DH Rodolfo Raine’s sac fly.  Those were the only runs McGowan would give up.  They were enough.

“I totally get why Nate is so frustrated,” said Calrissians manager Logan Bothan.  “It’s hard to go out there and pitch so many strong games and see that not get rewarded.  I almost hope he’ll get traded by the deadline, just so that he can maybe pick up a few more wins down the stretch.”

In the game, McGowan was outdueled by Bear Claws starter “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman (11-7).  Over 7 innings, the Milwaukee righty limited Orlando to three hits and a single run, which came on a homer by RF Bart Law.

“Patty gave us the game we needed,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “[McGowan] wasn’t giving us much, so we needed Patty to give them even less.  He sure did that.  Plus, he got us deep into the game, and gave our pen a break, which was a plus.”

“Hey, I could have gone longer,” said McNorman, who was only at 70 pitches when he departed.  “If Poss wants to ride me like a rented mule, go ahead.  I can take it.”

After a brief appearance by lefty Owen Pellegrin, closer Oscar Buenaventura recorded the final five outs to secure his 28th save.

The rubber match between the Bear Claws (67-38) and the Calrissians (35-69) is tomorrow.  The matchup will pit Milwaukee ace Lou Mallory against Orlando lefty Oscar Morton.

 

8/4/2015, ORL15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0     1  7  0     5  0
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  x     2  5  0     6  1
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Crofoot           2b  4  0  0  0  .215    Petitt            ss  4  1  1  0  .316
Defoor            1b  4  0  2  0  .239    Iddings           2b  4  0  1  1  .251
Buendia           ss  4  0  1  0  .288    Mateo             1b  4  1  1  0  .351
Law               rf  4  1  1  1  .280    Suzuki            3b  3  0  1  0  .303
Figeroa           3b  4  0  1  0  .267    Mealey            lf  4  0  1  0  .300
Nabors            dh  4  0  0  0  .196    Raine             dh  0  0  0  1  .248
Elias             cf  3  0  1  0  .189    Trumbauer         rf  3  0  0  0  .245
 Carquinez        pr  0  0  0  0  .198    McGuigan          c   3  0  0  0  .294
McCormack         c   3  0  1  0  .178    Maxwell           cf  2  0  0  0  .307
Madden            lf  3  0  0  0  .186                         27  2  5  2
                     33  1  7  1
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGowan          L 4-12          8.0  5  2  2  4  5 122  75  4.21
                                 8.0  5  2  2  4  5 122  75 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNorman         W 11-7          7.0  3  1  1  0  2  70  46  3.85
Pellegrin        H 2             0.1  1  0  0  0  0   6   4  0.87
Buenaventura     S 28            1.2  3  0  0  0  3  30  23  1.63
                                 9.0  7  1  1  0  5 106  73 
 
ORL: Carquinez ran for Elias in the 8th
     Carquinez moved to cf in the 8th
 
2B-Petitt(34), Mateo(31), Suzuki(15). HR-Law(17). RBI-Law(43), Iddings(57), 
Raine(50). SB-Suzuki(8). CS-Iddings. K-Crofoot, Law, Figeroa, Madden 2, 
Petitt, Mateo 2, Trumbauer, McGuigan. BB-Suzuki, Raine 2, Maxwell. SF-Raine. 
GWRBI: Iddings
Temperature: 65, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: in from right at 12 MPH.

 

Knoxville SmokiesCalifornia SharksKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 6, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 5

The California Sharks regard this game against the Knoxville Smokies as one that got away.  “There’s no excuse for blowing this one,” said LF Kenneth Mader.  “We had them beat, and we let them off the hook.”

The Sharks pounded Smokies starter Todd Warrant, chasing him in the 5th inning on the strength of a pair of homers, including a 4th-inning grand slam by C Thaddeus Lockley.  But the California bullpen let the lead slip away, and wound up on the short end of a 6-5 loss.  Not only that, they lost one of their more promising relievers to injury.

“This is one of my favorite kind of games,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “A big 10-run victory is a good way to swing your [expletive] around and tell everyone how great you are.  But a comeback like this really demoralizes the other guys.  We’re in their head now.  I bet they don’t beat us again this year.”

After yesterday’s 8-1 loss, the Sharks were hoping to bounce back strong with a win to even the series.  After chasing Warrant, they felt their odds were good.  “We absolutely believed we were in position to win the game,” said California manager Eduardo Aponte.

But Smokies reliever Jerry Tile (4-0) came through in a pinch, as he has so often this season.  He delivered 3 1/3 scoreless innings to stop the bleeding.

Meanwhile, Aponte pulled starter Stu Palmeiro after 6 strong innings with a 5-3 lead.  Aponte has been making greater use of his bullpen in the second half, and he noted that Palmeiro had had a couple of long outings recently.  “Stu was prepared to continue,” said Aponte.  “But I do not want to overtax him as we head into the pennant chase.”

Instead, he gave the ball to reliever Herman Moret, who has excelled this season but had his second straight rough outing against Knoxville.  CF Joe Blair and DH Malcolm Bryant both homered off of Moret in the 7th to tie the game.

“I don’t know if they just hit me well or if I’m tipping my pitches or what,” said Moret.  “But they sure seem to have my number.”

Aponte called on lefty Luke Bond to pitch the 8th.  He allowed a leadoff single to Smokies LF Ezra Sisco, then recorded two quick outs.  After the second out, though, Bond (3-3) doubled over in pain.  His manager came out to check on his reliever, and they wound up returning to the dugout together.  Bond was diagnosed with a groin strain and placed on the DL.

Veteran southpaw Boss Walker replaced Bond, and wound up allowing a single to Bryant that scored the winning run.

Smokies closer Charlie Pasternak recorded the final four outs for his 22nd save.

The Smokies (64-41) can sweep tomorrow behind lefty Woody Flowers.  The Sharks (61-42) turn to right-hander Deke Slater to salvage the final game.

 

8/4/2015, KNX15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           0  0  3  0  0  0  2  1  0     6 11  1    11  0
2015 Sharks            1  0  0  4  0  0  0  0  0     5  8  0     7  0
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  5  1  1  1  .286    Corona            rf  5  1  2  1  .305
Campo             2b  5  1  1  0  .292    Suarez            cf  5  0  0  0  .231
Bryant            1b  5  2  4  2  .306    Smyth             ss  3  1  1  0  .359
Campo             rf  3  0  0  0  .295    Mader             lf  4  1  1  0  .330
Moriarty          ss  5  1  2  2  .287    Mote              3b  3  0  0  0  .205
Battin            dh  3  0  1  0  .303     Gonzalez         ph  1  0  0  0  .235
Carlo             c   3  0  1  1  .179    Oller             2b  3  1  0  0  .284
 Gomez            ph  0  0  0  0  .219    Lockley           c   4  1  2  4  .296
 Bossard          c   1  0  0  0  .219    Gerke             1b  4  0  0  0  .186
Aceuedo           3b  3  0  0  0  .282    Carpenter         dh  4  0  2  0  .247
Sisco             lf  4  1  1  0  .297     Novick           pr  0  0  0  0  .217
                     37  6 11  6                               36  5  8  5
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Warrant                          4.1  5  5  5  3  2  79  47  2.76
Tile             W 4-0           3.1  2  0  0  0  2  35  28  1.66
Pasternak        S 22            1.1  1  0  0  0  0   9   8  3.05
                                 9.0  8  5  5  3  4 123  83 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmeiro                         6.0  6  3  3  3  3 100  57  4.09
Moret            BS 1            0.2  3  2  2  0  0  11   9  5.19
Shive                            0.1  0  0  0  2  0  12   4  5.37
Bond             L 3-3           0.2  1  1  1  0  0   9   6  5.84
Walker                           1.1  1  0  0  1  1  19  11  5.31
                                 9.0 11  6  6  6  4 151  87 
 
KNX: Gomez batted for Carlo in the 7th
     Bossard inserted at c in the 7th
CAL: Gonzalez batted for Mote in the 8th
     Gonzalez moved to 3b in the 9th
     Novick ran for Carpenter in the 9th
 
E-Campo. 2B-Moriarty 2(27), Battin(24). HR-Blair(18), Bryant(23), Corona(9), 
Lockley(11). RBI-Blair(67), Bryant 2(69), Moriarty 2(73), Carlo(18), 
Corona(51), Lockley 4(39). SB-Sisco(17). K-Blair, Moriarty, Sisco 2, 
Suarez 2, Smyth, Mader. BB-Campo, Battin 2, Aceuedo 2, Gomez, Smyth 2, Oller. 
SH-Campo. 
GWRBI: Bryant
Luke Bond was injured for this game and 13 more days
Temperature: 69, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 5 MPH.

 

Jacksonville DragonsSilver City OutlawsJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 7, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 5

When Jacksonville Dragons starter Juan Sarmiento walked off the mound complaining of shoulder pain, the team held its collective breath.  The raw but highly promising Sarmiento is expected to be a future anchor in the Dragons’ rotation, and the team was concerned that he might have suffered a serious injury.  More immediately, Sarmiento’s exit meant that the Dragons had to put the game in the shaky hands of their relief corps.

Happily for the Dragons, it all turned out for the best.  An MRI revealed no structural damage to Sarmiento’s shoulder, and the Jacksonville offense turned on the power to turn back the Silver City Outlaws, 7-5.

“I’m so unaccustomed to getting the breaks, I don’t know what to do,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  He wasn’t certain whether Sarmiento would make his next start, but “what I really care about right now is that he’s not gone for the season.”

The Dragons used a bucket brigade of relievers to finish the game after Sarmiento departed.  Carrol Avallone, Razor Corridon, Juan Pascos, Whitney Winslow, and Emilio Abbas combined to work the final 7 1/3 innings.  They were far from perfect, but they got the job done, particularly Winslow (2-0), who tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the win, and Abbas, who recorded his first major-league save after getting the final out.

“I’ve hit the bullpen pretty hard all year, so credit where it’s due,” said Davidson.  “They weren’t great, but they were as good as they had to be.  And the offense got it going, which helped a lot.”

A trio of homers propelled the Dragons to victory.  After largely shooting blanks against Outlaws starter Rob Tildon over the first several innings, 1B Jake Kapoor launched a solo shot with two outs in the 5th.  In the 6th, DH Berry Canez launched a game-tying two-run blast, again with two outs.  A thunderstorm delayed the game for over an hour in the bottom of the 6th, leading to Tildon’s departure.  But he left with a lead, as Pascos had allowed an RBI double to Silver City CF Juan Cardona just before the deluge hit.

“I wish I could have kept going,” said Tildon.  “But as the delay kept going and going, I could just feel my arm stiffening, and there was no way I could go back out there by the time we started again.”

Lefty Cliff Humphrey came in to start the 7th for the Outlaws, but after allowing a one-out single to Jacksonville CF Alfonso Leon, he was replaced by righty Jamaal Sapp.  Leon’s speed appeared to be a distraction for Sapp, and the reliever wound up walking Kapoor, bringing up C Judson Teachout.  Sapp (5-3) hung a 1-0 curveball, and Teachout sent it soaring out to right-center, a three-run homer that gave the Dragons their first lead of the game.

The Dragons (48-55) put it in the hands of fireballer Juan Sarmiento for tomorrow’s game, while the Outlaws (51-54) turn to lefty Rob Tildon.

 

8/4/2015, JAX15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Dragons           0  0  1  0  1  2  3  0  0     7  8  1     5  0
2015 Outlaws           0  1  2  0  1  1  0  0  0     5  3  1     6  0
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Leon              cf  5  1  2  0  .238    Barkan            2b  4  0  0  0  .268
Kapoor            1b  4  2  2  2  .305    Brewmaker         3b  4  2  1  1  .254
Teachout          c   5  1  1  3  .336    Jeffreys          c   4  0  0  0  .174
Hopps             rf  3  0  0  0  .280    Wason             rf  3  0  0  0  .289
Hartley           lf  3  0  0  0  .238    Elliott           1b  3  0  0  1  .283
 Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .206    Whittier          lf  2  2  0  0  .249
Taliaferro        3b  3  1  0  0  .264    Hintz             dh  4  0  1  1  .193
Canez             dh  4  1  1  2  .215    Cardona           cf  4  0  1  1  .228
Herdt             ss  4  0  1  0  .222    Burt              ss  2  1  0  0  .205
Mount             2b  4  1  1  0  .206                         30  5  3  4
                     35  7  8  7
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sarmiento                        1.2  0  1  1  1  0  28  16  5.08
Avallone                         1.0  1  2  1  4  1  40  17  5.72
Corridon                         2.1  1  1  1  0  2  30  19  4.79
Pascos                           0.1  1  1  1  1  0  13   6  5.87
Winslow          W 2-0           3.1  0  0  0  2  3  55  31  9.53
Abbas            S 1             0.1  0  0  0  0  0   2   2  5.27
                                 9.0  3  5  4  8  6 168  91 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tildon                           6.0  5  4  4  2  8 102  63  3.69
Humphrey         H 5             0.1  1  1  1  0  0   5   2  4.99
Sapp             BS 3, L 5-3     0.0  1  2  2  2  0  16   7  5.96
Menard                           2.2  1  0  0  0  0  23  15  2.38
                                 9.0  8  7  7  4  8 146  87 
 
JAX: Parker inserted at lf in the 9th
 
E-Avallone, Burt. 2B-Hintz(4), Cardona(18). HR-Kapoor(17), Teachout(4), 
Canez(11), Brewmaker(20). RBI-Kapoor 2(66), Teachout 3(44), Canez 2(28), 
Brewmaker(65), Elliott(76), Hintz(14), Cardona(56). SB-Leon(12), 
Taliaferro(5), Mount(7), Whittier(5), Burt(9). CS-Mount, Cardona. K-Leon, 
Kapoor, Teachout 2, Hopps 2, Hartley, Mount, Jeffreys, Wason, Elliott, 
Cardona 2, Burt. BB-Kapoor, Hopps, Hartley, Taliaferro, Barkan, Brewmaker, 
Wason, Elliott, Whittier 2, Burt 2. WP-Tildon. 
GWRBI: Teachout
Juan Sarmiento was injured for this game and 5 more days
Juan Pascos was removed after a rain delay
Rob Tildon was removed after a rain delay
Temperature: 95, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: none, Rain Delays: 76
 and 39 minutes.

 

Jackson HammerheadsSalt Lake SamuraiJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 12, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 5

After suffering a painful walkoff loss to the Salt Lake Samurai yesterday, the Jackson Hammerheads were looking for a big rebound win.  “I’ve had it with this nickel-and-dime stuff,” said Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes.  “I want a big, no-doubt win today.”  He got it, as his team took an early lead and kept building on it in a 12-5 drubbing of the Samurai.

“That’s what I’m talking about!” exulted Jackson SS Octavio Westerberg, who went 3-for-5 with a double and a homer.  “That’s what this team can do.”

The Hammerheads knocked Samurai ace Toshiie Maeda (6-13) out of the game after only 1 1/3 inning, with back-to-back homers from Westerberg and 3B Kim Fleitas sending Maeda off with a 6-2 deficit.  But Jackson had a large lead early in the game yesterday, too, and couldn’t hold it.

They didn’t make that mistake again today, piling on six more runs against Salt Lake relievers Lucas Henderson, Jimmy Okamura, and Norman Sater.  “We weren’t leaving anything up to chance,” said Hammerheads LF Track Johnson, who smacked a two-run triple in the 6th.  “We wanted to make sure this one ended up a W for us.”

The beneficiary of all this offensive largesse: right-hander Jordan Bergman (13-2), the self-proclaimed “luckiest pitcher on earth.”  Bergman didn’t have an especially impressive start, allowing five runs (three earned) and 11 hits over 6 1/3 innings, but he managed to drive his winning percentage, already the league’s best, even higher.”

“I don’t know why, but it seems like they always score a ton when I’m on the mound,” said Bergman.  “Some of our other pitchers, before they pitch, they’ll come rub my head or ask for me to pass some of my luck on to them.  But it appears that the luck is non-transferrable.”

A number of Samurai hitters had strong days at the plate, especially SS Mori Motonari, who went 4-for-5 with a double and a homer, and CF Lee Cosgrove, who went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

“I felt good about what we got out of our offense today,” said Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.  “I wish we hadn’t stranded so many guys.  But my bigger worry is about Toshiie.  He’s made so many strides forward this season, but these last couple starts it seems like he’s taken a step back.  We’ll work with him and get him straightened out.”

The Hammerheads (60-45) will turn to ace Henry Jones to capture the series tomorrow.   The Samurai (32-74) will counter with left-hander Grant Fore.

 

8/4/2015, JCK15-SLC15, Desert Edge Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       2  4  0  1  1  2  1  1  0    12 15  1     9  0
2015 Samurai           2  0  1  0  0  0  2  0  0     5 14  1    13  1
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  5  2  2  1  .307    Motonari          ss  5  1  4  1  .261
Westerberg        ss  5  2  3  3  .349    Whitworth         dh  5  1  2  0  .282
Fleitas           3b  5  1  2  1  .283    Cosgrove          cf  5  2  3  0  .284
Jaramillo         dh  5  1  1  3  .263    Martinez          rf  5  0  1  0  .277
Doyle             c   5  1  2  1  .325    Thomas            1b  3  1  1  2  .225
Righter           2b  3  1  0  0  .359    Sparks            lf  4  0  0  0  .243
Wilczynski        1b  4  1  2  2  .242    Turnbull          c   4  0  0  0  .157
Johnson           lf  4  1  0  0  .320    Gaytan            2b  4  0  3  1  .260
Arispe            rf  5  2  3  1  .261    Davidson          3b  5  0  0  0  .195
                     41 12 15 12                               40  5 14  4
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Bergman          W 13-2          6.1 11  5  3  3  4 123  69  4.23
Seeman                           0.2  1  0  0  0  0  11  10  6.00
Turnbull                         1.0  1  0  0  0  1  18  13  3.42
Sheen                            0.2  1  0  0  1  1  14   8  4.03
Silcox                           0.1  0  0  0  0  0   2   2  8.18
                                 9.0 14  5  3  4  6 168 102 
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Maeda            L 6-13          1.1  6  6  5  1  1  48  28  5.62
Henderson                        3.0  2  2  2  2  1  40  24  4.10
Cruzado                          0.2  2  0  0  0  0  21  11  8.10
Okamura                          0.2  1  1  1  1  0  13   6  4.65
Sater                            3.0  4  3  3  2  1  64  40  5.11
Gamble                           0.1  0  0  0  0  0   2   2  5.32
                                 9.0 15 12 11  6  3 188 111 
 
E-Fleitas, Thomas. 2B-Deason(47), Westerberg(29), Arispe 2(20), Motonari(17), 
Cosgrove 2(25), Thomas(10). 3B-Wilczynski(2). HR-Westerberg(2), Fleitas(14), 
Jaramillo(18), Motonari(6). RBI-Deason(71), Westerberg 3(66), Fleitas(97), 
Jaramillo 3(59), Doyle(45), Wilczynski 2(44), Arispe(61), Motonari(38), 
Thomas 2(70), Gaytan(26). SB-Deason(29). CS-Motonari. K-Doyle 2, Wilczynski, 
Whitworth, Martinez, Sparks 2, Turnbull, Davidson. BB-Deason, Fleitas, 
Righter 2, Wilczynski, Johnson, Thomas, Sparks, Turnbull, Gaytan. 
SH-Westerberg. SF-Thomas. 
GWRBI: Arispe
Temperature: 100, Sky: clear, Wind: out to left at 2 MPH.

 

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