PBL Scores, 8/6/15

A lot of very tight games today.  Click on to see how they turned out!

Milwaukee Bear ClawsJacksonville DragonsMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 2, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 1

Yesterday, the Jacksonville Dragons were involved in a pitcher’s duel, an unlikely scenario for a team known for its power hitting and shaky pitching.  The odds that they’d be involved in two straight low-scoring battles verge on the astronomical.  But today, substitute Dragons starter Samir Khan hooked up in a matchup against Benicio Torrenueva of the Milwaukee Bear Claws.  This time, the teams traded zeroes for the first 7 innings.

Like yesterday, the Dragons were the team that scored first.  Unlike yesterday, however, Jacksonville came out on the losing end, as Bear Claws 1B Felipe Mateo’s 40th homer of the season sealed a 2-1 victory for the home team.

“We were the team that specialized in football scores,” said Jacksonville manager Harlan Davidson.  “Suddenly, we’re putting up soccer scores.  I don’t get it.”

A cool evening in Milwaukee (59 degrees at game time) meant that High Life Field was playing bigger than usual, but Khan and Torrenueva both turned in the kind of performance that would have played in any weather.

As usual, Torrenueva (10-5) led with his exceptional fastball, his high-90s offerings blowing the Jacksonville hitters away.  “Strength responds to strength,” said Torreneuva.  “This team hits hard, so I pitch hard.  The harder they charge, the deeper my blade lands in their side.”

Through the first 7 innings, Torrenueva had yielded only a pair of weak singles.  He used the aggressiveness of Dragons hitters to his advantage, getting them to swing at tough pitches early in the count and keeping his own pitch count down.

“Everyone thinks Torre runs all on passion and pride,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton, “but he’s a lot smarter than people give him credit for.  With the stuff he had today, he could have run up double-digit strikeouts easy.  Instead, he let them get themselves out and stayed in longer.”

Khan (7-4) doesn’t have a smoldering fastball like Torrenueva’s.  He tends to rely on control, but today, he struggled to manage even that, walking four and striking out no one.  In spite of that, he was able to keep up with Torrenueva, allowing only three hits and no runs through 7.

“That was an underrated great performance,” said Dragons C Judson Teachout.  “[Khan] was fighting his control all day; he hates cold weather.  But he kept mixing up his pitches.  Even the ones that weren’t strikes, he kept throwing them, keeping the hitters off balance.  That was a guts performance.”

It was Torrenueva and Milwaukee that blinked first.  The left-hander’s excellent control slipped in the 8th, and he opened the inning by issuing back-to-back walks to Dragons 3B Emerson Taliaferro and 1B Berry Canez.  He got SS Alan Herdt to hit into a double play, but Taliaferro moved over to third.  That allowed light-hitting 2B Will Mount to drive in the first run of the day, sneaking a single past Bear Claws 2B Richard Iddings.  Although Torrenueva struck out CF Alfonso Leon to end the inning, he stomped to the dugout cursing and pounding his glove.

“I felt I had been stabbed with my own sword,” said Torrenueva.

But with one out in the bottom of the inning, Iddings redeemed himself by drawing a four-pitch walk, bringing Mateo to the plate.  The Milwaukee first baseman had one goal in mind.

“Usually, I just want to get a hit how I can, keep the line moving,” said Mateo.  “But I knew for this one I wanted a home run.”

The previous time Mateo had come up in the 6th, Khan had walked him intentionally.  But this time the Jacksonville righty went after him.  Khan threw an inside fastball on 1-1, and Mateo was ready for it, crushing it out to the deepest part of the park for the game-winning blast.  “I got full extension,” said Mateo.

Bear Claws closer Oscar Buenaventura slammed the door in the 9th for his 29th save.

The Bear Claws (68-39) send right-hander Herculez Mendoza to the mound tomorrow.  The Dragons (50-56) will offer up ace Biggs McGee.

 

8/6/2015, JAX15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Dragons           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0     1  3  0     3  0
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  x     2  5  1     7  2
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Leon              cf  4  0  1  0  .239    Petitt            ss  3  0  0  0  .313
Kapoor            1b  2  0  1  0  .305    Iddings           2b  3  1  0  0  .249
 Khan             p   2  0  0  0  .000    Mateo             1b  3  1  1  2  .353
Teachout          c   4  0  0  0  .330    Suzuki            3b  4  0  0  0  .299
Hopps             rf  4  0  0  0  .276    Mealey            lf  4  0  3  0  .304
Hartley           lf  3  0  0  0  .234    Raine             dh  4  0  0  0  .242
Taliaferro        3b  2  1  0  0  .258    Trumbauer         rf  1  0  0  0  .249
Canez             dh  2  0  0  0  .211    McGuigan          c   3  0  0  0  .291
Herdt             ss  3  0  0  0  .221    Maxwell           cf  3  0  1  0  .304
Mount             2b  3  0  1  1  .205                         28  2  5  2
                     29  1  3  1
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Khan             L 7-4           8.0  5  2  2  4  0 111  62  5.02
                                 8.0  5  2  2  4  0 111  62 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Torrenueva       W 10-5          8.0  3  1  1  2  4  93  60  3.79
Buenaventura     S 29            1.0  0  0  0  0  1  10   6  1.60
                                 9.0  3  1  1  2  5 103  66 
 
JAX: Canez moved to 1b in the 3rd
 
E-Petitt. HR-Mateo(40). RBI-Mount(17), Mateo 2(118). SB-Mealey(1). K-Leon, 
Hopps, Canez, Herdt, Khan. BB-Taliaferro, Canez, Iddings, Mateo, Trumbauer 2. 
SH-Petitt. 
GWRBI: Mateo
Jake Kapoor was injured for this game only
Temperature: 59, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 1 MPH.

 

Jackson HammerheadsSilver City OutlawsJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 6, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 5

Today turned out to be a good day for the Jackson Hammerheads, although it was a bit of a bumpy ride along the way.  With starter Kiko Walton out injured, the Hammerheads turned to seldom-used reliever Bradley Slinger to take the ball.

Slinger surprised everyone with a strong start, good enough that he might find himself with a long-term spot in the rotation.  Then the Hammerheads’ perpetually questionable bullpen nearly threw the game away, but managed to escape with a 6-5 win over the Silver City Outlaws, who have now lost five in a row.

“We’ve been ignoring this guy all season?” said Jackson manager Lou Hayes.  “Damn!  If he keeps going like this, he might just solve a lot of problems for us.”

Slinger (3-0) tossed 8 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits.  He relied primarily on his fastball and changeup, sprinkling in an occasional slider.  “I’m not too smart,” said Slinger, “so I’ve got to keep it simple.  Two pitches, three at the most.”

He allowed an unearned run in the 5th when 3B Kim Fleitas bobbled a grounder, allowing Outlaws DH Marlon Hintz to score from third.  In the 7th, he got SS Carrol Burt to hit into a double play that let another run in.  But that was as far as it went for Slinger.

“We didn’t have a book on the guy,” admitted Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “Hell, he’s hardly played, so we barely even had any film on him.  We had a lot of guys going up there and praying.”

The Hammerheads certainly appeared to have a book on Silver City starter Linus Pauling (8-9).  Jackson got to Pauling for three runs in the 1st inning, highlighted by DH Alex Jaramillo’s two-run tater.  In the 4th, RF Erin Arispe launched a solo shot off of the Outlaws righty.

“In the first inning, I was just floating the ball in there,” said Pauling.  “I’m not blowing it by guys, so if I’m not keeping it low, it’s usually gonna be a hard day for me.  I tightened it up after that, but the damage was done.”

In the 9th inning, Jackson tacked on two more runs against reliever Cliff Humphrey.  At the time, it seemed like these were just a cushion.  But it turned out that those runs were badly needed later on.

With closer Rick Sheen unavailable due to an undisclosed illness, Hayes turned to lefty Eric Seeman to protect Jackson’s 6-2 lead.  But Seeman was a mess.  He allowed a leadoff single to Outlaws 1B Muzz Elliott.  LF Tex Whittier got on base after Jackson 1B Lacy Wilczynski let a ball skip between his legs for an error.  Then CF Javier Cardona jackknifed a pitch into the stands for a three-run homer.  Suddenly, Jackson’s lead was down to one, and Hayes was scrambling for alternatives.

With the assistance of mound visits from C Clarence Doyle and pitching coach Eddie Harris, the Hammerheads were able to stall long enough to get right-hander Hilton Sircy warm.  It was clear when Sircy entered the game, though, that he wasn’t quite ready, as he walked Burt on five pitches.

“We were kind of looking up and down the dugout like, ‘Aw, [expletive].  We’re screwed,” said Hayes.

But Sircy recovered and got 2B Dominique Barkan to hit into a double play, ending the game and securing his third save of the season.

The Hammerheads (62-45) have left-hander Luke Danton set to start tomorrow.   The Outlaws (51-57) had the ball to righty Juan Carlos Lopez.

 

8/6/2015, JCK15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       3  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  2     6 10  2     7  3
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  3     5  8  0     5  0
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  4  2  2  0  .310    Barkan            2b  4  0  0  0  .263
Westerberg        ss  4  0  1  1  .349    Brewmaker         3b  4  0  2  0  .259
Fleitas           3b  4  1  2  2  .288    Jeffreys          c   4  0  0  0  .172
Jaramillo         dh  5  1  1  2  .261    Wason             rf  2  0  0  0  .285
Doyle             c   4  0  2  0  .328     Watson           rf  1  0  0  0  .188
Righter           2b  4  0  0  0  .354    Elliott           1b  4  1  1  0  .280
Wilczynski        1b  3  0  0  0  .242    Whittier          lf  4  1  0  0  .241
Johnson           lf  3  0  0  0  .317    Hintz             dh  3  2  2  0  .197
Arispe            rf  3  2  2  1  .266    Cardona           cf  4  1  3  3  .234
                     34  6 10  6          Burt              ss  3  0  0  0  .203
                                                               33  5  8  3
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Slinger          W 3-0           8.0  6  2  1  3  1 103  61  1.99
Seeman                           0.1  2  3  2  0  1  19  12  6.69
Sircy            S 3             0.2  0  0  0  1  0  10   4  2.52
                                 9.0  8  5  3  4  2 132  77 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Pauling          L 8-9           8.0  8  4  4  3  5 116  77  3.38
Humphrey                         1.0  2  2  2  0  1  16  11  5.40
                                 9.0 10  6  6  3  6 132  88 
 
SCO: Watson inserted at rf in the 7th
 
E-Fleitas, Wilczynski. 2B-Fleitas(22), Hintz(5). HR-Jaramillo(19), 
Arispe(13), Cardona(18). RBI-Westerberg(68), Fleitas 2(102), Jaramillo 2(62), 
Arispe(65), Cardona 3(59). SB-Deason(30). K-Fleitas, Jaramillo 2, Doyle, 
Wilczynski, Johnson, Jeffreys, Hintz. BB-Deason, Wilczynski, Johnson, Barkan, 
Wason, Hintz, Burt. SH-Westerberg. SF-Fleitas. HBP-Arispe. HB-Humphrey. 
WP-Slinger. 
GWRBI: Fleitas
Nathaniel Wason was injured for this game only
Temperature: 100, Sky: clear, Wind: in from center at 1 MPH.

 

Orlando CalrissiansCalifornia SharksORLANDO CALRISSIANS 4, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 2

California Sharks starter Brian Goreman held his fingers about three inches apart.  “That’s it,” said Goreman.  “I only missed it by that much.  But that was enough.”

Goreman was referring to the pitch he threw to 1B Brooks Defoor in the 3rd inning of today’s game against the Orlando Calrissians.  Goreman had two on and two out with a 1-0 lead and Defoor at the plate with a 1-2 count.  Defoor is a powerful hitter, but also a man with significant holes in his swing.

Goreman knew that Defoor is vulnerable to pitches on the outside corner.  So when C Thaddeus Lockley called for a changeup and set up on that corner, Goreman nodded.  “If I hit my spot, he takes a big swing, strikes out, and probably falls over trying,” said the California righty.  “Worst case, I miss the corner and it’s 2-2.”

But when Goreman released the pitch, it snapped back toward the middle of the plate rather than to the corner.  “As soon as he swung, I knew,” said the pitcher.

Instead of moving toward the hole in Defoor’s swing, the pitch drifted into his power zone.  The Orlando first baseman met it hard and sent it soaring.  As the ball rocketed toward the fence, the only question was whether Defoor had gotten too much of it and pulled it foul.

But the ball curled inside the right-field foul pole, fair by a foot or less.  As Goreman stared at the sky, Defoor pumped his fist as he rounded the bases.  He’d launched a three-run homer, a shot that proved to be the difference in Orlando’s 4-2 win.

“It hurts when the difference between winning and losing is that narrow,” said Goreman (7-6), who pitched 7 1/3 innings.  “But that’s baseball.  You’re sitting on top of a knife edge, praying you don’t fall off.”

Goreman’s mistake wound up beating him thanks to the strong outing by Calrissians ace Nathan Nunb (9-10).  Like Goreman, Nunb has struggled quite a bit in recent outings, but he returned to top form in this game, striking out seven Sharks and snuffing out multiple California threats.  Five times in this game, California had a runner on third base, and only scored one of them, when DH Darren Novick’s 7th-inning groundout scored Lockley.

“We had many, many opportunities in this game,” said Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte, whose team has now lost five straight.  “There is no one to blame but ourselves.”

California’s final blown opportunity came in the 9th, when Calrissians closer Caddington Smith had runners on the corners with two out.  But Novick grounded out to third to end the game and cap Smith’s 16th save.

The Calrissians (37-69) trot out right-hander Chuck Weaver tomorrow.  The Sharks (61-44) counter with their ace, Pierre LaRue.

 

8/6/2015, ORL15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0  0  3  0  0  0  0  1  0     4  7  1     5  1
2015 Sharks            0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0     2  7  0     7  1
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Nabors            dh  2  2  1  0  .210    Corona            rf  4  0  0  0  .304
Defoor            1b  4  1  1  3  .241    Suarez            cf  4  0  2  0  .233
Buendia           ss  4  0  2  0  .292    Smyth             ss  3  0  0  0  .355
Law               rf  4  0  2  1  .282    Mader             lf  4  1  1  1  .328
Figeroa           3b  4  0  0  0  .262    Mote              3b  3  0  0  0  .204
Crofoot           2b  4  0  1  0  .216    Lockley           c   4  1  2  0  .296
Elias             cf  4  0  0  0  .187    Oller             2b  4  0  0  0  .284
McCormack         c   3  1  0  0  .172    Gerke             1b  4  0  2  0  .190
Madden            lf  4  0  0  0  .179    Novick            dh  4  0  0  1  .172
                     33  4  7  4                               34  2  7  2
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Numb             W 9-10          8.0  6  2  2  1  7 106  66  4.81
Smith            S 16            1.0  1  0  0  1  1  14   8  4.42
                                 9.0  7  2  2  2  8 120  74 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Goreman          L 7-6           7.1  6  4  4  3  3 115  66  4.63
Walker                           0.2  0  0  0  0  0   1   1  5.14
Shive                            1.0  1  0  0  0  2  13   9  5.30
                                 9.0  7  4  4  3  5 129  76 
 
E-Figeroa. 2B-Crofoot(3), Gerke(3). 3B-Suarez(12). HR-Defoor(22), Mader(21). 
RBI-Defoor 3(64), Law(45), Mader(80), Novick(3). SB-Smyth(13). K-Defoor, Law, 
Crofoot, Elias, Madden, Corona, Mader, Mote 2, Oller 2, Gerke, Novick. 
BB-Nabors 2, McCormack, Smyth, Mote. 
GWRBI: Defoor
Temperature: 67, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: none.

 

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