PBL Scores, 8/7/15

It’s a good day to be a pitcher, unless your team is from Florida.  See why below…

Silver City OutlawsJackson HammerheadsSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 2, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 0

Jackson Hammerheads DH Alex Jaramillo symbolized the frustrations of his entire team today.  When Jaramillo grounded into a double play in the 8th inning that snuffed out the Hammerheads’ best scoring chance, he returned to the dugout and spiked his helmet against the wall.  As his teammates scattered, Jaramillo grabbed his bat and smashed his helmet to smithereens, then took a swing at a water cooler before heading down the tunnel to scream furious curses at the top of his lungs.

“I was just so mad,” said Jaramillo later.  “We could have won this game lots of times, but we blew it.”

Jaramillo’s teammates echoed that sentiment in their postgame comments.  Despite pounding out nine hits, the Hammerheads couldn’t cash in on numerous opportunities, and wound up suffering an aggravating 2-0 loss to the Silver City Outlaws.

“This is the kind of loss that give you heartburn,” said Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes.  “If we wind up losing the division by a game or two, we’re gonna look back at games like this and kick ourselves.”

It’s safe to say that Outlaws starter Juan Carlos Lopez (9-8) wasn’t fooling the Jackson hitters, allowing nine hits over the course of the game.  However, the Silver City righty managed to wriggle free from his predicaments again and again, leaving the Hammerheads gnashing their teeth in frustration.

“I’m a lucky guy,” grinned Lopez.  “The baseball gods smiled on me.  What can I say?”

The Hammerheads had men on base in every inning except the 2nd and 6th, and their missed chances were legion.  SS Octavio Westerberg smacked a one-out double in the 1st, then found himself stranded there.  In the 4th, they had runners on first and third with no one out, but were unable to push a run across: C Clarence Doyle struck out, 2B Homer Righter popped out to second, and 1B Lacy Wilczynski grounded out to end the inning.

Then came the 8th.  A Westerberg single sandwiched between a pair of walks loaded the bases with one out, putting things in the hands of Jackson’s cleanup hitter.  Jaramillo has hit game-winning homers in similar spots this season, but even a double would put the Hammerheads ahead, and a single would likely tie the game.  Instead, Jaramillo swung at Lopez’s first pitch, a slider, and started a rally-killing double play.

“I swung too early,” said Jaramillo.  “At least I should have made him throw a strike.”

Jackson starter Luke Danton (2-4) was the tough-luck loser.   He opened the game by walking Outlaws 2B Dominique Barkan, then surrendered a double to 3B Rusty Brewmaker.  The next hitter, C Marlon Jeffreys, rolled a single back through the middle, scoring both runs.  Danton didn’t allow another hit to Silver City over the remainder of his 7 1/3 innings, but the damage was done.

“I feel bad for Luke,” said Hayes.  “He pitched a hell of a game, but we couldn’t help him out.  If he keeps pitching like that, though, nine times out of ten he’s gonna get a win.”

The Outlaws (52-57), who snapped a five-game losing streak, will hope that right-hander Cloyce “Hoss” Benson can deliver a series win tomorrow.  The Hammerheads (62-46) will send Korean lefty Yu Chen to the hill.

 

8/7/2015, JCK15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  9  0     8  1
2015 Outlaws           2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x     2  2  1     4  1
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  4  0  0  0  .307    Barkan            2b  1  1  0  0  .262
Westerberg        ss  4  0  2  0  .350    Brewmaker         3b  4  1  1  0  .259
Fleitas           3b  3  0  1  0  .289    Jeffreys          c   4  0  1  2  .174
Jaramillo         dh  4  0  1  0  .261    Wason             rf  2  0  0  0  .284
Doyle             c   4  0  1  0  .327    Elliott           1b  2  0  0  0  .278
Righter           2b  4  0  1  0  .353    Whittier          lf  3  0  0  0  .237
Wilczynski        1b  3  0  0  0  .240    Hintz             dh  3  0  0  0  .194
 Cianciarulo      ph  1  0  0  0  .204    Cardona           cf  2  0  0  0  .232
Johnson           lf  4  0  0  0  .314    Burt              ss  3  0  0  0  .201
Arispe            rf  3  0  3  0  .272                         24  2  2  2
                     34  0  9  0
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Danton           L 2-4           7.1  2  2  2  5  3 117  62  3.86
Sircy                            0.2  0  0  0  0  0   8   6  2.49
                                 8.0  2  2  2  5  3 125  68 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lopez            W 9-8           9.0  9  0  0  1  3 112  76  3.90
                                 9.0  9  0  0  1  3 112  76 
 
JCK: Cianciarulo batted for Wilczynski in the 9th
 
E-Brewmaker. 2B-Westerberg(30), Brewmaker(18). RBI-Jeffreys 2(11). 
SB-Arispe(2). CS-Righter. K-Doyle 3, Wason, Elliott, Whittier. BB-Fleitas, 
Barkan 3, Wason, Cardona. SH-Elliott. 
GWRBI: Jeffreys
Temperature: 107, Sky: clear, Wind: out to left at 3 MPH.

 

Salt Lake SamuraiKnoxville SmokiesSALT LAKE SAMURAI 3, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 1

During yesterday’s off day, Knoxville Smokies manager Snuff Wallace was asked what the keys to victory were in his team’s upcoming series with the Salt Lake Samurai.  “Um, show up?” said Wallace.  “I mean, let’s get real, folks, this team ain’t at our level.  I mean, no one is, but especially not these guys.  They’re cute and they try hard, but that’s it.”

Wallace may want to reconsider his words.  The Smokies did show up for today’s game with the Samurai, only to find themselves shut down by Salt Lake starter Logan Morris and handed a humbling 3-1 loss courtesy of a late Samurai rally.

“Hope Snuff likes the taste of shoe leather,” said Samurai 1B Neal Thomas.  “Because that what he’s eating tonight.”

The game began according to plan for Knoxville, as CF Joe Blair led off with a home run.  But things quickly took an unexpected turn, as Morris was able to keep the Smokies off the board after that.  C Prince Carlo smoked a two-out double in the second, but Morris retired 3B Ronnie Aceuedo to end the inning.  In the 5th, the Smokies led off with back-to-back singles.  But Morris (6-12) proceeded to retire the next 11 hitters in a row before heading to the showers after the 8th.

“I bet ol’ Snuff didn’t see that coming,” said Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.  “But everyone in this clubhouse knows that Logan is capable of delivering a top-notch performance on any given day.  I’m sure that Snuff’s pregame prediction added a little fuel to the fire for him.”

“Obviously, when a guy runs down your team like that, there’s a natural impulse to defend your honor,” said Morris.  “I imagine he and the Smokies will have to take us a little more seriously now.”

Smokies start Jack Jacques (11-6) also pitched a strong game, but the Samurai managed to get to him late.  C DeAndre Turnbull’s bases-loaded single in the 2nd tied the game up, but Jacques clamped down after that, amassing his own string of 10 straight out in the middle innings.

Unfortunately for Knoxville, Jacques hit the wall in the 8th.  Samurai SS Mori Motonari and DH Jamar Whitworth opened the inning with back-to-back singles.  Jacques coaxed a pair of groundball outs and nearly managed to get out of the jam, but Thomas grounded a double down the left-field line that allowed the winning runs to score.

“For a while there, we were thinking this might be one of those games that just goes on and on,” said Samurai CF Lee Cosgrove.  “But fortunately, Neal was there with the clutch hit to get us the W.”

Samurai closer Dean Gamble pitched around a two-out single in the 9th and recorded his 22nd save.

Wallace was unavailable for comment after the game.

The Samurai (33-75) will try to sweep the short series tomorrow behind righty Davey Skargard.  The Smokies (65-42) will look to left-hander Elicio Santana to secure a split.

 

8/7/2015, KNX15-SLC15, Desert Edge Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     1  5  0     3  0
2015 Samurai           0  1  0  0  0  0  0  2  x     3  8  0     7  2
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  4  1  1  1  .290    Motonari          ss  4  0  2  0  .261
Campo             2b  4  0  0  0  .291    Whitworth         dh  4  1  1  0  .281
Bryant            dh  3  0  0  0  .307    Cosgrove          cf  4  1  0  0  .281
 Maben            ph  1  0  1  0  .125    Martinez          rf  3  1  0  0  .271
Campo             rf  4  0  0  0  .294    Thomas            1b  3  0  2  2  .229
Moriarty          ss  3  0  0  0  .284    Sparks            lf  3  0  1  0  .244
Battin            1b  3  0  1  0  .307    Turnbull          c   4  0  1  1  .160
Carlo             c   2  0  2  0  .194    Gaytan            2b  3  0  1  0  .258
 Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .215    Davidson          3b  3  0  0  0  .192
 Bossard          c   0  0  0  0  .219                         31  3  8  3
Aceuedo           3b  3  0  0  0  .277
Sisco             lf  2  0  0  0  .297
                     30  1  5  1
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jacques          L 11-6          8.0  8  3  3  2  6 128  73  4.30
                                 8.0  8  3  3  2  6 128  73 
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morris           W 6-12          8.0  4  1  1  0  2  88  57  4.81
Gamble           S 22            1.0  1  0  0  0  0  10   6  5.18
                                 9.0  5  1  1  0  2  98  63 
 
KNX: Gomez batted for Carlo in the 8th
     Bossard inserted at c in the 8th
     Maben batted for Bryant in the 9th
 
2B-Carlo(8), Thomas(11). HR-Blair(19). RBI-Blair(68), Thomas 2(72), 
Turnbull(19). SB-Battin(3). K-Blair, Campo, Motonari, Martinez, Thomas, 
Sparks, Turnbull, Davidson. BB-Martinez, Sparks. HBP-Sisco, Thomas. 
HB-Jacques, Morris. 
GWRBI: Thomas
Malcolm Bryant was injured for this game only
Temperature: 113, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 8 MPH.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsJacksonville DragonsMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 8, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 2

“I don’t know what’s going on,” said Jacksonville Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “They’re shooting blanks all of a sudden.  Do they make Viagra for bats?”

For the third straight game, the powerful Dragons attack was muzzled.  Milwaukee Bear Claws starter Herculez Mendoza carried a no-hitter into the 9th inning, in fact.  Unlike the previous two games, however, the Jacksonville pitching couldn’t hold up its end, and the Dragons wound up suffering an 8-2 blowout loss.

“I know that nobody in here is satisfied with the kind of offense we’ve been producing the last few games,” said Dragons 1B Jake Kapoor.  “We’ve faced some good pitchers, but we’ve been making them look like Hall of Famers.  If we’re going to be contenders, we’re going to have to recover our stroke.”

Mendoza (6-5) found success today with high-speed, swing-and-miss pitching.  “Herc isn’t really one for pitching to contact,” said Bear Claws pitching coach Zane Stafford.  “And he definitely wasn’t in that frame of mind today.  He just reared back and let it go.”

The result: a lot of strikeouts (8), a lot of walks (6), and no hits.  “To be honest, a lot of guys weren’t digging in there too deep against him,” said Dragons C Judson Teachout.  “When he released the ball, you weren’t really sure where it was going, but you knew it was going to be hard and fast.  I don’t know how he made it through the game without hitting anybody, except maybe that we were all ready to hit the deck if it came near us.”

For 8 innings, it appeared that Mendoza might be joining his teammate “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman as the only Patriot League pitchers to throw a no-hitter.  (McNorman tossed a perfect game against Orlando back in May.)  But when Teachout drew a walk after a drawn-out battle with Mendoza, it was clear that the Milwaukee starter was tiring.  That fact wasn’t lost on the next hitter, Dragons RF Roderick Hopps.

“I figured after all that he just went through, he really wanted to start me with a strike,” said Hopps.  “So I came up looking dead red, right down the middle.”

Mendoza started off with the fastball Hopps was looking for, and the Dragons outfielder crushed it.  The ball sailed out to left for a two-run homer, spoiling Mendoza’s bid for a no-hitter and a shutout at the same time.

“I was glad we could at least do that,” Hopps said.  “It was important for our pride not to get shut out, and definitely not no-hit.”

Bear Claws manager Poss Horton tried to let the weary Mendoza finish the game, but after he allowed a double to 3B Emerson Taliaferro and a single to SS Alan Herdt, Horton turned to reliever Timmy Almon to record the final out.

“Herc was sensational out there today,” said Horton.  “That’s the kind of game I’d buy a ticket to watch.  He was just firing ‘em in there all over the place.  Got a few guys diving into foxholes, but that’s okay, too.  Can’t let ‘em get too comfortable in there.”

Meanwhile, the Bear Claws mauled Dragons starter Biggs McGee (7-10), lighting him up for six runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings.  The famously boastful McGee declined to comment on his performance after the game.

“Man, if we managed to shut up the Mouth of the South, we must have had a hell of a game,” said Horton.

The Bear Claws (69-39) will attempt to complete the sweep tomorrow behind fill-in starter Chris Karnik.  The Dragons (50-57) will hand the ball to righty Kyle Palmer.

 

8/7/2015, 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  0  2     2  3  1     7  1
2015 Bear Claws        0  1  3  0  2  1  1  0  x     8 10  1     6  0
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Leon              cf  3  0  0  0  .237    Petitt            ss  5  1  1  0  .312
Kapoor            1b  3  0  0  0  .303    Iddings           2b  4  0  1  1  .249
Teachout          c   3  1  0  0  .327    Mateo             1b  3  2  1  0  .353
Hopps             rf  4  1  1  2  .276    Suzuki            3b  3  2  0  0  .297
Hartley           lf  4  0  0  0  .232    Mealey            lf  3  2  2  2  .307
Taliaferro        3b  4  0  1  0  .257    Raine             dh  4  0  3  4  .249
Goodwin           dh  3  0  0  0  .171    Trumbauer         rf  4  0  1  1  .249
Herdt             ss  4  0  1  0  .221    McGuigan          c   4  1  1  0  .291
Mount             2b  2  0  0  0  .202    Maxwell           cf  4  0  0  0  .301
                     30  2  3  2                               34  8 10  8
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGee            L 7-10          4.2  6  6  5  3  2  82  48  3.58
Abbas                            3.1  4  2  2  1  1  45  32  5.28
                                 8.0 10  8  7  4  3 127  80 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mendoza          W 6-5           8.2  3  2  2  6  8 145  82  4.90
Almon                            0.1  0  0  0  0  0   5   3  3.86
                                 9.0  3  2  2  6  8 150  85 
 
E-Mount, McGuigan. 2B-Taliaferro(13). 3B-Mealey 2(7). HR-Hopps(26). 
RBI-Hopps 2(78), Iddings(59), Mealey 2(58), Raine 4(54), Trumbauer(50). 
SB-Mount(8). K-Leon, Kapoor 2, Teachout, Hopps 2, Taliaferro, Herdt, Petitt, 
Iddings, McGuigan. BB-Leon, Kapoor, Teachout, Goodwin, Mount 2, Iddings, 
Mateo, Suzuki, Mealey. PB-Teachout. 
GWRBI: Trumbauer
Temperature: 74, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 8 MPH.

 

California SharksOrlando CalrissiansCALIFORNIA SHARKS 14, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 3

The California Sharks came into today’s game eager to snap their five-game losing streak.  The Sharks feel strongly that they’re capable of catching Milwaukee atop the Western division, but their recent skid has dropped them to 6 games back.

“We are a very good team, but they are as well,” said Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte of the Bear Claws.  “We cannot allow them to get too far away from us.”

The Sharks were quite irritated after dropping the opener of their series against the Orlando Calrissians, the East’s last-place team.  Today, with a somewhat unlikely tandem leading the way, they unleashed their frustrations in a 14-3 blowout.

“This was definitely a cathartic game for us,” said Sharks LF Kenneth Mader, who went 2-for-4.  “We needed a game like this to remind ourselves of how good we are.”

California’s offensive explosion in this game was keyed by two hitters.  One was no surprise: 2B Johnie Oller, the veteran who has moved through multiple positions throughout the season while maintaining a solid batting record, went 3-for-3 with a double, two homers, and 5 RBI.

“Johnie Oller is the consummate professional,” said Aponte.  “He comes in every day with the same hard-working, dedicated approach, and he puts up strong results.  He is a leader on and off the field.”

The other star of the game was a bit more of a surprise.  Corky Carpenter, the Sharks’ goofy, energetic backup catcher, wasn’t supposed to play in this game.  But with the team scrambling to fill the DH spot with Eddie Nix out injured, Aponte penciled in Carpenter’s name and hoped for the best.

“I think he just did it to get me out of the dugout,” quipped Carpenter.  “I’m always in there jabbering about this and that, and it drives Eduardo nuts.  He was making a bid to save his sanity.”

Carpenter did much more than that, going 2-for-5 with a pair of homers and 4 RBI.  “I am always grateful for Corky’s willingness to do what it takes to help the team,” said Aponte.  “Today, he came through in the best way.”

The Sharks got started with a bang, pummeling Orlando starter Chuck Weaver (5-8) for four runs in the 1st inning, with Oller’s three-run homer being the big blow.  Carpenter went deep to open the 2nd, knocking Weaver out of the game.  California erupted for six more runs in the 4th; this time, it was Carpenter with the three-run blast.  In the 5th, Oller put a cap on the scoring with a two-run shot off of Calrissians reliever Barrett Turbeville.

“It’s kind of funny that the quietest guy and the loudest guy on our team both had good days at the same time,” said Sharks 3B Karl Mote.  “They’re like the Odd Couple.”

Sharks ace Pierre LaRue (14-4) cruised through 8 innings for the win, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out seven.   “I appreciate the team taking all the pressure off of me early on,” said LaRue.  “It was kind of like a mental vacation day for me.”

The deciding game of the series occurs tomorrow.  The Sharks (62-44) will start right-hander Kevin Conner, while the Calrissians (37-70) will give the start to veteran Charles McNally.

 

8/7/2015, ORL15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0  0  1  1  0  0  0  1  0     3  5  2     3  0
2015 Sharks            4  2  0  6  2  0  0  0  x    14 15  0     7  0
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Nabors            dh  4  0  1  1  .211    Corona            rf  5  2  3  0  .308
Defoor            1b  4  1  1  1  .241    Suarez            cf  5  1  2  0  .235
Buendia           ss  4  1  1  0  .291    Smyth             ss  5  1  1  1  .353
Law               rf  4  0  0  0  .279    Mader             lf  4  3  2  2  .330
Figeroa           3b  4  0  1  1  .262    Mote              3b  5  1  1  1  .204
Crofoot           2b  4  0  0  0  .214    Oller             2b  3  3  3  5  .290
Elias             cf  3  0  0  0  .184     Gonzalez         ph  1  0  0  0  .229
McCormack         c   2  1  1  0  .175     Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .134
Madden            lf  3  0  0  0  .171    Lockley           c   3  0  1  1  .296
                     32  3  5  3           La Rue           p   0  0  0  0  .000
                                           Watts            p   0  0  0  0  .000
                                          Gerke             1b  3  1  0  0  .187
                                          Carpenter         dh  5  2  2  4  .255
                                                               39 14 15 14
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Weaver           L 5-8           1.0  5  5  5  1  0  18  11  6.06
Filippi                          1.1  2  1  1  2  1  32  15  2.95
Grazier                          1.0  4  4  4  0  0  21  12  8.21
Turbeville                       4.2  4  4  2  1  0  67  38  7.11
                                 8.0 15 14 12  4  1 138  76 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
La Rue           W 14-4          8.0  5  3  3  1  7 133  86  3.91
Watts                            1.0  0  0  0  0  0  11   7 13.50
                                 9.0  5  3  3  1  7 144  93 
 
CAL: Carpenter moved to c in the 6th
     Gonzalez batted for Oller in the 8th
     Puffer inserted at 2b in the 9th
 
E-Crofoot, Madden. 2B-Nabors(9), Figeroa(8), McCormack(8), Corona(21), 
Oller(18). 3B-Buendia(5), Smyth(13). HR-Defoor(23), Oller 2(24), 
Carpenter 2(3). RBI-Nabors(19), Defoor(65), Figeroa(57), Smyth(80), 
Mader 2(82), Mote(61), Oller 5(80), Lockley(40), Carpenter 4(15). K-Defoor, 
Buendia, Law 2, Crofoot, Elias, Madden, Lockley. BB-McCormack, Mader, Oller, 
Gerke 2. SH-La Rue. SF-Lockley. WP-Turbeville. 
GWRBI: Mote
Thaddeus Lockley was injured for this game only
Temperature: 65, Sky: clear, Wind: in from left at 11 MPH.

 

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