PBL Scores, 8/9/15

Interdivision play continues, with the action coming back to the east.  You won’t want to miss the action below the fold…

Salt Lake SamuraiOrlando CalrissiansSALT LAKE SAMURAI 5, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 4

Today’s game between the Salt Lake Samurai and the Orlando Calrissians ultimately boiled down to a battle between two sluggers.  In one corner, you had Orlando’s Magnus Larson, the 26-year-old right fielder who’s built like a Norse god.  He’s earned the nickname “Thor” from his teammates, both for his flowing blond locks and the mighty power of his bat.  In the other corner stood Salt Lake’s Neal Thomas, the 37-year-old first baseman who is approaching the end of the line but remains a strong power threat.  He has been nicknamed “Pops”, a reference to his graying beard but also to the respect he engenders in his young teammates.

Today, Larson and Thomas powered their team’s offense.  Each man hit two home runs in the game.  But the old-timer had the upper hand today, as Thomas’ three-run blast in the 8th inning lifted the Samurai to a 5-4 win over the Calrissians.

“That’s exactly why everyone in here loves Pops,” said Samurai RF Romeo Martinez.  “When we need him, he’s not afraid to put the team on his back and carry us.”

Larson and Thomas first traded blows in the 4th, each hitting a solo shot.  Thomas tied the game by socking a 1-2 fastball from Orlando righty Nate McGowan down the left-field line.  Larson then put the Calrissians back in front by crushing a 2-2 slider from Samurai start Jonathan Fernandez over the Cantina in right field.

“When Magnus gets a hold of one, it kind of sucks all the oxygen out of the stadium,” said Calrissians 1B Brooks Defoor.  “It’s hard to believe that a man can hit a ball that far.”

Larson came up again in the 6th with one out and DH Bart Law on first.  Fernandez worked Larson to a 2-2 count once again.  Remembering the previous experience, Fernandez tried to blow a fastball by the Orlando slugger this time.  But Larson buried the pitch even farther in the upper deck in right center; observers said that he nearly scraped the roof at Bespin.

Larson’s mammoth moonshot put the Calrissians ahead 4-1, and it looked like McGowan was set to extend his recent winning streak.  But he ran out of gas in the 8th, and Calrissians manager Logan Bothan didn’t get him out of the game soon enough.

“I blame this loss on myself,” said Bothan.  “I’ve been showing faith in Nate and letting him get deeper into games, but he had obviously hit the wall.  I should’ve got him out of there.”

With one out in the 8th, McGowan walked Samurai LF Chip Sparks on four pitches.  He then allowed back-to-back singles to DH Jamar Whitworth and CF Lee Cosgrove to load the bases.  Martinez’s sac fly plated Sparks to make the score 4-2, bringing Thomas to the plate.

Bothan argued that he should have taken McGowan out at that point.  “Thomas had already gone deep off him in the game,” said the Orlando skipper.  “I shouldn’t have subjected Nate to that.”

McGowan (4-13) disagreed with his manager.  “I don’t think I was fatigued at that point, honestly,” said the Calrissians starter.  “They’d nicked me for a couple singles, but they weren’t hard hit; they just found grass.  I was one out from getting through the inning.”

McGowan got to a 1-2 count on Thomas.  Just as in the 4th, he tried to freeze the veteran first sacker with a fastball on the inner half.  Just as in the 4th, the pitch drifted back toward the middle.  And just as in the 4th, Thomas hit it hard and drilled it into the left-field stands.

As Thomas crossed home plate and headed back toward the dugout, his teammates poured out to hug him and pound him on the back.

“Pops is the man!” said Martinez.  “We may not be a good team, but we have good guys.”

Samurai reliever Miguel Bautista (2-2) worked 2 scoreless innings to pick up the victory.  Closer Dean Gamble allowed a pair of singles, but worked out of the jam to collect his 23rd save.

The Samurai (34-76) send ace Toshiie Maeda to the hill tomorrow.  The Calrissians (37-72) counter with southpaw Oscar Morton.

 

8/9/2015, SLC15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  0  0  1  0  0  0  4  0     5  7  0     4  0
2015 Calrissians       0  0  1  1  0  2  0  0  0     4  8  0     6  1
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Sparks            lf  2  1  0  0  .244    Gilmartin         ss  5  0  0  0  .248
Whitworth         dh  4  1  3  0  .287    Figeroa           3b  4  0  0  0  .259
Cosgrove          cf  4  1  1  0  .278    Law               dh  3  1  0  0  .276
Martinez          rf  3  0  0  1  .265    Larson            rf  4  2  2  3  .301
Thomas            1b  4  2  3  4  .235    Crofoot           2b  3  0  0  0  .213
Rains             ss  4  0  0  0  .071    Defoor            1b  4  0  2  0  .243
Turnbull          c   4  0  0  0  .156    Lesher            c   4  0  2  0  .229
Gaytan            2b  3  0  0  0  .257    Elias             cf  4  1  2  0  .187
Davidson          3b  4  0  0  0  .187    Madden            lf  3  0  0  1  .160
                     32  5  7  5                               34  4  8  4
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fernandez                        6.0  6  4  4  2  4  99  62  5.66
Bautista         W 2-2           2.0  0  0  0  0  2  25  17  3.14
Gamble           S 23            1.0  2  0  0  0  0  15  11  5.07
                                 9.0  8  4  4  2  6 139  90 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGowan          L 4-13          7.2  7  5  5  3  4 109  66  4.29
Quesara                          1.1  0  0  0  0  2  19  13  5.55
                                 9.0  7  5  5  3  6 128  79 
 
2B-Elias(9). 3B-Elias(2). HR-Thomas 2(30), Larson 2(25). RBI-Martinez(51), 
Thomas 4(76), Larson 3(51), Madden(6). K-Martinez, Rains, Turnbull 3, 
Davidson, Figeroa, Crofoot, Defoor, Elias, Madden 2. BB-Sparks 2, Gaytan, 
Law, Crofoot. SF-Martinez, Madden. 
GWRBI: Thomas
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

California SharksJacksonville DragonsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 6, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 4

Jacksonville Dragons starter Juan Pascos didn’t expect to wind up here.  The journeyman righty has bounced around various levels of the minors for the past decade.  Last season, he found himself playing in the Mexican League.  When he wasn’t signed by anyone at the start of this season, Pascos began making plans for life after baseball.  He settled down with his wife and daughter and made tentative plans to begin teaching in the fall.

“I felt like I’d had plenty of time for having fun and chasing my dreams,” said Pascos.  “Now it was time for me to grow up and take care of my family.”

But when the Dragons extended a minor-league offer in midseason, Pascos couldn’t resist giving it one more shot.  After getting his family’s blessing, he resigned his teaching position and headed down to Florida.  The ongoing churn in the Dragons’ bullpen meant that Pascos soon got a shot at the majors.  And an injury to young flamethrower Juan Sarmiento provided Pascos with an opportunity for a spot start.

“I thought it was too late for me,” said Pascos.  “I kept pinching myself in the dugout to make sure it was real.”

Unfortunately, the tale didn’t have a storybook ending for Pascos.  He was roughed up by the California Sharks, exiting after 4 2/3 innings and being tagged with a 6-4 loss.

“This is probably the only game I’ve ever pitched that I didn’t care whether I won or lost,” said Pascos (0-1).  “I was just happy to be out there.”

Dragons manager Harlan Davidson, predictably, had a less sentimental assessment.  “Would have been nice for him to get deeper into the game,” said the Jacksonville boss.  “God knows our pen needs all the rest it can get.”

Sharks starter Stu Palmeiro (13-5) breezed through 7 innings, limiting the Dragons to five hits and fanning seven.  Dragons C Judson Teachout launched his fifth homer of the year to lead off the 3rd inning.  Reliever Jan Arzola allowed a two-run blast to Jacksonville RF Roderick Hopps in the 8th, but closer Eugene Grace came on to get the final four outs and record his 24th save.

The Dragons lost not only the game, but reliever Carrol Avallone as well.  The young righty left the game in the 6th inning with elbow soreness.  It’s not clear whether the Dragons will place him on the DL.

“We’ll give it a day, run an MRI and see where we are,” said Davidson.  “Then we’ll decide whether we need to call up another crappy reliever, or if we can muddle through with the crappy relievers we already have.  Or maybe I’ll just get a gun and shoot myself.”

The Sharks (64-44) hand the ball to right-hander Deke Slater tomorrow.  The Dragons (51-58) rely on lefty Randy Cannon.

 

8/9/2015, CAL15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            1  1  1  1  1  0  1  0  0     6 13  1    11  0
2015 Dragons           1  0  1  0  0  0  0  2  0     4  9  1     8  1
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  1  2  0  .313    Teachout          c   5  1  1  1  .324
Suarez            cf  4  1  2  2  .235    Kapoor            1b  3  1  1  0  .302
Smyth             ss  5  0  1  0  .351    Hopps             rf  5  2  1  2  .273
Mader             lf  5  1  1  1  .325    Hartley           lf  4  0  1  0  .233
Mote              3b  4  1  0  0  .207    Esquivel          dh  4  0  1  1  .260
Oller             2b  5  1  3  1  .292    Canez             3b  4  0  2  0  .216
 Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .134    Leon              cf  4  0  1  0  .237
Lockley           c   4  0  1  0  .295    Herdt             ss  4  0  0  0  .220
Carpenter         dh  4  1  2  2  .267    Mount             2b  4  0  1  0  .206
Gerke             1b  4  0  1  0  .190                         37  4  9  4
                     39  6 13  6
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmeiro         W 13-5          7.0  5  2  1  1  7  92  66  3.97
Arzola                           0.2  3  2  2  0  1  20  11  1.74
Grace            S 24            1.1  1  0  0  1  1  22  12  3.70
                                 9.0  9  4  3  2  9 134  89 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Pascos           L 0-1           4.2  8  5  4  3  4  93  58  6.57
Abbas                            0.1  0  0  0  0  0   2   2  5.23
Avallone                         0.2  1  0  0  1  0  12   7  5.63
Corridon                         3.1  4  1  1  0  5  46  31  4.63
                                 9.0 13  6  5  4  9 153  98 
 
CAL: Puffer inserted at 2b in the 9th
 
E-Smyth, Canez. 2B-Mader(19), Oller(19), Kapoor(35), Esquivel(13). 
HR-Suarez(11), Oller(25), Teachout(5), Hopps(27). RBI-Suarez 2(68), 
Mader(83), Oller(81), Carpenter 2(17), Teachout(45), Hopps 2(80), 
Esquivel(32). SB-Suarez(17), Carpenter(1). K-Suarez 2, Mader 2, Mote, Oller, 
Lockley 2, Carpenter, Teachout 2, Kapoor, Hopps, Hartley, Esquivel 2, Leon, 
Herdt. BB-Corona, Suarez, Mote, Lockley, Kapoor 2. SH-Carpenter. WP-Avallone. 
GWRBI: Carpenter
Carrol Avallone was injured for this game and 7 more days
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsJackson HammerheadsMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 7, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 2

Maybe the laws of baseball gravity apply to Jackson Hammerheads starter Jordan Bergman after all.  The righty has run up a gaudy record despite a string of less-than-impressive pitching performances.  Even on days when Bergman pitched terribly, he seemed to find a way to pick up a win, or at least avoid the loss.

But today, Bergman pitched a strong game, but found himself outdueled by Milwaukee Bear Claws righty “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman, and then watched his bullpen turn a close contest into a 7-2 blowout.

“I guess I really can’t complain,” said Bergman (13-3).  “Of all the pitchers in the league, I’m the one least entitled to complain about a bad beat.”

Asked if he had a theory about the loss, Bergman shrugged and said, “I guess the horseshoe fell out.”

Bergman actually pitched one of his better games of the year.  He went 8 innings, scattering five hits.  For a pitcher that has struggled with control at times, he was unusually efficient, allowing no walks and throwing strikes on two-thirds of his 90 pitches.  If anything, he got stronger as the game went on; three of his four strikeouts came in the 7th and 8th.

“I probably could have gone back out there for the 9th,” said Bergman.  “But it wouldn’t have helped anything, really.”

Bergman was touched for a pair of runs in the 1st.  Milwaukee SS Red Petitt and LF Arthur Mealey both knocked doubles, and a throwing error by Jackson LF Track Johnson allowed the Bear Claws to pick up an unearned run.  In the 4th, the Bear Claws struck back-to-back singles,  and then scraped out a run thanks to a sac fly and an RBI groundout by RF Wally Trumbauer.

“Jordan pitched a hell of a game,” said Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes.  “Shame it got wasted.”

McNorman (12-7) was far from his sharpest in this game, allowing eight hits and four walks over 6 1/3 innings.  But he managed to wiggle out of trouble again and again, getting a double play or a big out to strand multiple runners on base.  The Hammerheads stranded 10 men in the game.

“Patty got it done when he needed to,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “With a heavy-hitting team like Jackson, you’ve gotta figure they’ll get theirs.  But he kept them in the park and kept frustrating them in big spots.”

Reliever Avery Lavine and Olen Abernathy helped get Milwaukee through the 7th and 8th with the lead intact.  Then came the 9th.  Bergman departed for Jackson and righty Hilton Sircy came in.  He fizzled quickly, allowing back-to-back jacks to 1B Felipe Mateo and 3B Ikaru Suzuki.  Hayes yanked Sircy without recording a single out and brought in lefty Eric Seeman.  The veteran southpaw got Jackson out of the inning, but not before allowing a two-run single to Petitt.  Suddenly, a one-run lead had turned into five.

Milwaukee closer Oscar Buenaventura, who had recorded the last out in the 8th, sailed through the 9th and got credit for his 30th save.

The Bear Claws (70-40) have ace Lou Mallory ready to go for tomorrow.  The Hammerheads (63-47) counter with their own ace, Henry Jones.

 

8/9/2015, MIL15-JCK15, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        2  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  4     7 10  0     4  3
2015 Hammerheads       0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0     2 10  1    10  0
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  5  1  2  2  .313    Deason            cf  5  0  1  0  .306
Iddings           2b  5  0  0  0  .244    Westerberg        ss  3  0  1  0  .348
Mateo             1b  4  1  1  1  .352    Fleitas           3b  5  0  1  0  .287
Suzuki            3b  4  3  3  2  .299    Jaramillo         dh  4  1  1  0  .261
Mealey            lf  4  1  3  1  .312    Doyle             c   3  0  2  0  .329
Raine             dh  4  1  1  0  .248    Righter           2b  4  0  1  0  .352
Trumbauer         rf  3  0  0  1  .245    Wilczynski        1b  2  0  1  1  .244
Maxwell           cf  3  0  0  0  .302     Walcott          ph  1  0  1  0  .250
Champney          c   4  0  0  0  .157     Thomasson        1b  0  0  0  0  .238
                     36  7 10  7          Johnson           lf  2  1  0  0  .310
                                          Arispe            rf  4  0  1  1  .274
                                                               33  2 10  2
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNorman         W 12-7          6.1  8  2  2  4  4 117  67  3.81
Lavine           H 4             0.2  0  0  0  0  0   7   4  4.03
Abernathy        H 11            0.2  2  0  0  0  0   7   7  4.26
Buenaventura     S 30            1.1  0  0  0  1  2  23  13  1.56
                                 9.0 10  2  2  5  6 154  91 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Bergman          L 13-3          8.0  5  3  2  0  4  90  60  4.12
Sircy                            0.0  3  3  3  0  0   6   4  3.02
Seeman                           1.0  2  1  1  1  1  22  13  6.75
                                 9.0 10  7  6  1  5 118  77 
 
JCK: Walcott batted for Wilczynski in the 8th
     Thomasson inserted at 1b in the 9th
 
E-Johnson. 2B-Petitt(35), Mealey(21), Fleitas(23), Arispe(21). HR-Mateo(41), 
Suzuki(16). RBI-Petitt 2(55), Mateo(121), Suzuki 2(84), Mealey(59), 
Trumbauer(51), Wilczynski(46), Arispe(66). SB-Deason 2(32), Westerberg(6). 
CS-Westerberg. K-Mateo, Trumbauer, Maxwell, Champney 2, Deason, Westerberg, 
Fleitas, Jaramillo, Arispe 2. BB-Maxwell, Westerberg, Doyle, Wilczynski, 
Johnson 2. SH-Trumbauer. HBP-Westerberg. PB-Champney. HB-McNorman. 
BALK-Buenaventura. 
GWRBI: Suzuki
Temperature: 98, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: right to left at 11 MPH.

 

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