PBL Scores, 8/15/15

The trading deadline is now past, and the stretch drive is here.  Who took a step toward the title today?  Read on and find out…

Jacksonville DragonsOrlando CalrissiansJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 10, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 9 (13 INNINGS)

The new-look Orlando Calrissians made their debut at Tesla Field today.  Their newest acquisitions, outfielder Titus Maben and reliever Oliver Jones, both made appearances.  The Calrissians rolled out a new starting pitcher as well, with journeyman lefty Erik Geis starting in place of Aussie southpaw Oscar Morton.

Unfortunately for the Calrissians, despite the new faces, the results were all too familiar.  Geis stumbled and didn’t make it out of the third, the bullpen was strafed and coughed up multiple leads, and the Calrissians wound up suffering a painful walk-off loss to the Jacksonville Dragons, 10-9 in 13 innings.

“The more things change, the more they stay the same,” said Calrissians manager Logan Bothan.  “I know we’re all about Star Wars here, but this feels more like Groundhog Day.”

For Geis, who had been a seldom-used long man for Orlando, this wasn’t the impression he wanted to make in his debut start.  He struggled mightily with his control, walking seven batters in only 2 2/3 innings.  Of his 78 pitches, only 33 were strikes.

“I was just lost from the beginning,” admitted Geis.  “Even warming up, I was having trouble with location.  And as soon as I got out there to start the game, it was all shot to hell.  But in fairness, I was rusty since I’ve hardly pitched lately.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get locked in for my next start.”

Fortunately for Geis, the Calrissians bats were able to bail him out.  They battered Dragons starter Randy Cannon, scoring five runs against him in 4 2/3 innings.  2B Erasmo Crofoot got things started with his 42nd homer of the season, a solo shot.  RF Magnus Larson added a two-run double in the 3rd.  And a pair of RBI singles in the 5th wound up chasing Cannon.  When CF Fritz Elias singled in another run off of Jacksonville reliever Emilio Abbas in the 6th, Orlando had a seemingly comfortable 6-3 lead.

But relief pitching issues have haunted the Calrissians all season, and they struck again in this game.  Righty Barrett Turbeville came in to pitch the 7th and promptly coughed up Orlando’s lead, allowing a pair of homers: a towering solo shot by LF Rob Hartley, and a two-run bomb from SS Alan Herdt.  Those were two of an astounding six homers the Dragons hit in the game.

“Six homers and it took us 13 damn innings to win the game,” said Jacksonville manager Harlan Davidson.  “Jesus, this team makes me crazy.”

The teams remained tied into the 9th, when Calrissians 1B Brooks Defoor singled home the go-ahead run against Dragons reliever Razor Corridon.  But Orlando closer Caddington Smith couldn’t hold the lead, allowing a solo shot to 3B Berry Canez in the bottom of the inning to tie the game and send it to extras.

In the 12th, the Calrissians reclaimed the lead against Jacksonville righty Tony Harris, making his return from injury.  This gave Jones a chance to earn a save in his debut with Orlando, but he allowed a two-run double to 2B Will Mount to tie it up yet again.

Jones (1-5) wound up taking his first loss in an Orlando uniform when he gave up a walk-off homer to Dragons RF Roderick Hopps in the 13th.  Harris (2-2) wound up receiving the win.

The Dragons (56-59) hand the ball to righty Samir Khan tomorrow.  The Calrissians (40-75) turn to their ace, Nathan Nunb.

 

8/15/2015, ORL15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12
2015 Calrissians       0  1  2  0  2  1  0  0  1  0  0  2
2015 Dragons           1  0  1  1  0  0  3  0  1  0  0  2
 
                      13     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0     9 16  0    11  3
2015 Dragons           1    10 14  0    11  1
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Gilmartin         ss  7  0  1  0  .250    Teachout          c   6  0  1  0  .321
Hartl             lf  6  3  3  1  .289    Kapoor            1b  6  2  2  2  .295
Law               dh  4  1  3  0  .280    Hopps             rf  7  1  2  1  .269
Larson            rf  7  0  2  3  .306    Hartley           lf  4  1  1  1  .240
Crofoot           2b  7  1  1  1  .212    Canez             3b  4  1  1  1  .225
Defoor            1b  5  2  2  1  .245    Esquivel          dh  3  2  0  0  .265
Figeroa           3b  6  1  1  0  .262    Leon              cf  6  2  3  0  .244
Lesher            c   5  1  2  1  .230    Herdt             ss  5  1  3  3  .233
Elias             cf  3  0  1  1  .188    Mount             2b  5  0  1  2  .230
 Maben            ph  0  0  0  0  .125                         46 10 14 10
 Carquinez        cf  1  0  0  1  .196
                     51  9 16  9
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Geis                             2.2  3  2  2  7  2  78  33  7.59
Filippi                          1.1  2  1  1  0  0  20  11  2.87
Grazier          H 1             2.0  1  0  0  1  1  24  12  7.55
Turbeville       BS 3            0.2  3  3  3  0  0  15   8  7.44
Quesara                          0.1  0  0  0  0  1   4   3  5.23
Smith                            4.0  2  1  1  0  4  49  31  4.02
Jones            BS 3, L 1-5     1.0  3  3  3  2  0  26  12  5.43
                                12.0 14 10 10 10  8 216 110 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Cannon                           4.2  7  5  5  2  3  78  46  4.15
Abbas                            1.0  3  1  1  0  0  26  18  4.79
Corridon                         3.0  3  1  1  2  3  55  32  4.53
Pascos                           1.1  1  0  0  1  0  21  13  5.93
Jackson                          1.0  0  0  0  0  1   8   6  2.62
Harris           W 2-6           2.0  2  2  2  2  1  32  18  6.33
                                13.0 16  9  9  7  8 220 133 
 
ORL: Maben batted for Elias in the 8th
     Carquinez inserted at cf in the 8th
 
2B-Law(4), Larson(17), Lesher(6), Hopps(19), Leon(11), Mount(6). 
HR-Crofoot(42), Kapoor 2(20), Hopps(29), Hartley(26), Canez(14), Herdt(5). 
RBI-Hartl(26), Larson 3(54), Crofoot(99), Defoor(66), Lesher(24), Elias(18), 
Carquinez(7), Kapoor 2(72), Hopps(83), Hartley(77), Canez(33), Herdt 3(43), 
Mount 2(24). SB-Hartl(19), Maben(2). CS-Hartl. K-Law, Larson 3, Crofoot 2, 
Lesher, Elias, Teachout, Kapoor, Hopps, Canez 2, Esquivel 2, Mount. BB-Hartl, 
Law 3, Defoor, Lesher, Maben, Teachout, Kapoor, Hartley 2, Canez 2, 
Esquivel 3, Mount. SF-Carquinez. HBP-Herdt. HB-Grazier. WP-Abbas. 
BALK-Grazier. 
GWRBI: Hopps
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsSilver City OutlawsMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 5, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 4

There was a flurry of activity at the trading deadline, as three of the four contending teams (Knoxville, Jackson, and California) all made multiple deals.  But the other contender, the Milwaukee Bear Claws, stood pat.  According to Bear Claws manager Poss Horton, that was by design.

“Why the hell should we be trying to fix what ain’t broke?” said Horton.  “As far as I’m concerned, we’ve got the horses to win here already.  I’ll dance with the ones that brung me.”

Horton’s vote of confidence seemed to pay off, as the familiar faces in Milwaukee’s dugout broke out early and held on for a 5-4 win over the Silver City Outlaws.

“I’m not gonna lie, it feels good,” said Bear Claws starter Lou Mallory, who remains the team’s ace despite his recent struggles.  “To know that Poss and the front office have our backs, that they think we’re good enough… it pumps you up.  Now we’re gonna prove that they were right to trust us.”

Mallory (10-6) showed signs of returning to his old form today, racking up seven strikeouts in as many innings for the victory.  He struggled a bit with the longball, allowing bombs to Outlaws 3B Rusty Brewmaker and RF Nathaniel Wason, but hung in well enough to keep his team in front.

“I was never worried about Lou,” said Horton.  “He’s my guy, and I knew he’d get himself together soon enough.  I love our rotation; any of these guys, I can give him the ball and not have to spend the whole game praying.”

The Bear Claws mauled Silver City ace Rob Tildon (9-11), knocking him out after only 3 2/3 innings.  Wildness plagued Tildon in his start; he allowed six walks and a wild pitch, and many of those led to Milwaukee runs.  The Bear Claws’ biggest inning was the 3rd, when they managed to manufacture three runs on a pair of singles, three walks, the aforementioned wild pitch, and a double steal by SS Red Petitt and 1B Felipe Mateo.  Horton claimed that the double steal was Petitt’s idea.

“That was all Red,” said the Milwaukee skipper.  “Hell, most of the time, his double steals are his idea.  He’ll flash a sign to the other runner like, ‘Hey, let’s go,’ and they’ll be off to the races.  He’s fast enough that he can get away with it.”

The Bear Claws didn’t score again after Tildon’s departure in the 4th, but it was enough.  The Outlaws had a shot to tie it up in the 8th against reliever Olen Abernathy, but when Wason tried to score from second on a Tex Whittier single, Bear Claws RF Wally Trumbauer’s perfect throw nailed him at the plate.  After that, Milwaukee closer Oscar Buenaventura made quick work of the 9th for his 31st save.

The Bear Claws (73-43) hand the ball to southpaw Benicio Torrenueva tomorrow.  The Outlaws (55-61) hope that young lefty Pedro Rodriguez can stop the bleeding.

 

8/15/2015, MIL15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        0  1  3  1  0  0  0  0  0     5  8  0    12  1
2015 Outlaws           2  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0     4  7  1     6  0
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  5  2  2  0  .317    Barkan            2b  3  1  1  0  .260
Iddings           2b  5  0  1  0  .247    Brewmaker         3b  4  1  1  3  .261
 Anthony          2b  0  0  0  0  .333    Jeffreys          c   4  0  1  0  .183
Mateo             1b  1  1  0  0  .342    Wason             rf  3  1  1  1  .282
Suzuki            3b  3  2  1  1  .298    Elliott           1b  3  0  0  0  .277
Mealey            lf  5  0  1  0  .309    Whittier          lf  4  0  1  0  .236
Raine             dh  4  0  1  0  .251    Hintz             dh  4  1  1  0  .211
Trumbauer         rf  5  0  2  2  .244    Cardona           cf  3  0  1  0  .234
Maxwell           cf  3  0  0  0  .299    Burt              ss  4  0  0  0  .201
Champney          c   4  0  0  0  .149                         32  4  7  4
                     35  5  8  3
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mallory          W 10-6          7.0  6  4  4  3  7 104  64  4.11
Abernathy        H 12            1.0  1  0  0  1  0  24  15  4.04
Buenaventura     S 31            1.0  0  0  0  0  2  15   8  1.51
                                 9.0  7  4  4  4  9 143  87 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tildon           L 9-11          3.2  5  5  4  6  5  83  43  3.70
Sapp                             2.1  1  0  0  1  1  31  16  5.43
Humphrey                         2.0  1  0  0  2  0  33  18  5.03
Matsumoto                        1.0  1  0  0  0  0  21  13  2.00
                                 9.0  8  5  4  9  6 168  90 
 
MIL: Anthony inserted at 2b in the 8th
 
E-Wason. 2B-Trumbauer(27). HR-Brewmaker(24), Wason(44). RBI-Suzuki(87), 
Trumbauer 2(53), Brewmaker 3(72), Wason(93). SB-Petitt(27), Mateo(6). 
K-Petitt, Iddings 2, Mealey, Trumbauer, Maxwell, Jeffreys 3, Wason 2, 
Elliott, Cardona, Burt 2. BB-Mateo 4, Suzuki 2, Raine, Maxwell 2, Barkan 2, 
Wason, Cardona. SH-Elliott. PB-Champney. WP-Tildon. 
GWRBI: Trumbauer
Richard Iddings was injured for this game only
Temperature: 110, Sky: clear, Wind: out to left at 12 MPH.

 

Jackson HammerheadsKnoxville SmokiesJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 5, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 2

The two teams that made the most changes at the deadline went head-to-head today.  Coincidentally, they’re the two teams chasing the Eastern division title.  Both teams got some help from their new additions, but it was the Hammerheads that took the win by a 5-2 margin.

“Hell, we got so many new faces in here I ain’t learned their names yet,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “It’s all, ‘Hey, you, tall guy, grab a bat!  Tell the fat guy in the pen to warm up.’”

It was a good day for ex-Smokies seeking revenge against their old team.  Jackson DH Alex Jaramillo, shipped out of Knoxville in the Eddie Battin deal in May, opened the scoring with a solo homer in the 2nd off of Smokies starter Woody Flowers.  Hammerheads 2B Homer Righter, batting ninth in the revamped Jackson lineup, smacked a two-run triple later in the inning to triple the lead.  LF Ezra Sisco, swapped from the Smokies to the Hammerheads at the deadline, went 3-for-5 with a double.  He led off the 3rd with a single and wound up scoring on Jaramillo’s sac fly.

Flowers (6-10) wound up departing without recording an out in the 4th, with the Hammerheads already on their way to a win.  “I don’t feel great about a start like this, especially with so many new pitchers on the team,” said Flowers.  “You can’t help thinking that if you go into a slump, someone’s going to take your spot.  You’ve got to try to block that out and make your pitches, but it’s hard not to think about.”

If it turns out that Flowers’ rotation slot is up for grabs, new hand Tom Trane made a strong audition for it.  The lefty, freshly acquired from Orlando, came on in the 6th and worked 4 shutout innings, scattering four hits.  For Trane, who hasn’t appeared in the Patriot League since May, it was just good to be back in action.

“It feels right, being back in the majors,” said Trane.  “I was just throwing free and easy, no injury problems, it was great.”  Asked if he was gunning for a starting spot, Trane said, “I’m not even thinking about that.  I’m just trying to go out and do a good job.  Those decisions are way above my pay grade.”]

For his part, Wallace was mum on the status of Flowers or his other starters.  “Obviously, I’m still feeling out what I got after all those trades,” said the Knoxville manager.  “It’s still a work in progress.  I’ve got probably six, seven, eight guys who could start for us now.  Let’s just say it’s a good problem to have.”

Hammerheads ace Henry Jones (13-6) continued his recent run of impressive pitching, tossing 8 innings of four-hit ball and fanning six.  He carried a shutout bid into the 7th, when Smokies SS Armand Moriarty launched a two-out, two-run bomb to spoil it.

“I’m not in it for glory,” said Jones.  “I’m in it for wins.  We got the W and shaved a game off Knoxville’s lead, and that’s the only thing I give a damn about.”

Hammerheads closer Rick Sheen worked a blessedly drama-free 9th to pick up his 19th save.

The Hammerheads (66-50) will hope that fill-in starter Bradley Slinger can keep the good times rolling.  The Smokies (69-45) turn to ex-Hammerhead Sylvester Lighty to halt Jackson’s momentum.

 

8/15/2015, JCK15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       0  3  1  0  1  0  0  0  0     5 14  0    13  1
2015 Smokies           0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0     2  4  2     4  0
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  2  0  0  0  .303    Blair             cf  4  0  1  0  .293
Westerberg        ss  4  0  1  0  .348    Campo             2b  4  0  1  0  .293
Sisco             lf  5  1  3  0  .307    Bryant            dh  4  0  0  0  .296
Fleitas           3b  5  0  0  0  .286    Campo             rf  4  0  1  0  .285
Jaramillo         dh  4  1  1  2  .265    Johnson           lf  3  0  0  0  .319
Doyle             c   5  1  2  0  .318    Battin            1b  3  1  0  0  .305
Wilczynski        1b  5  1  2  0  .249    Moriarty          ss  3  1  1  2  .275
Arispe            rf  5  1  2  0  .279    Aceuedo           3b  3  0  0  0  .269
Righter           2b  5  0  3  2  .351    Carlo             c   2  0  0  0  .208
                     40  5 14  4           Gomez            ph  0  0  0  0  .217
                                           Bossard          c   0  0  0  0  .222
                                                               30  2  4  2
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jones            W 13-6          8.0  4  2  2  3  6 123  71  3.31
Sheen            S 19            1.0  0  0  0  0  0  16   8  4.09
                                 9.0  4  2  2  3  6 139  79 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Flowers          L 6-10          3.0  7  4  3  2  1  59  31  4.75
Tile                             2.0  3  1  0  0  3  28  22  1.79
Trane                            4.0  4  0  0  1  2  65  40  8.31
                                 9.0 14  5  3  3  6 152  93 
 
KNX: Gomez batted for Carlo in the 8th
     Bossard inserted at c in the 9th
 
E-Campo 2. 2B-Sisco(17), Righter(13). 3B-Righter(11). HR-Jaramillo(20), 
Moriarty(14). RBI-Jaramillo 2(68), Righter 2(43), Moriarty 2(77). K-Sisco 2, 
Jaramillo, Doyle 2, Wilczynski, Blair, Bryant 2, Battin, Moriarty, Carlo. 
BB-Deason 3, Johnson, Battin, Gomez. SH-Westerberg. SF-Jaramillo. WP-Jones. 
GWRBI: Jaramillo
Temperature: 82, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 10 MPH.

 

California SharksSalt Lake SamuraiCALIFORNIA SHARKS 10, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 3

New Sharks infielder Max Ortiz, having just arrived from Knoxville, made a point of going around the clubhouse and introducing himself to his new teammates before today’s game.  All of them were friendly and welcoming, save starter Deke Slater.  When Ortiz introduced himself, Slater said nothing.  When Ortiz stuck out his hand to shake, Slater didn’t acknowledge it.  The starter simply stared into the distance, not moving a muscle.

Slater’s teammates quickly assured Ortiz that the starter wasn’t trying to be rude.  Slater was simply engaging in his usual pre-start ritual, which involves controlled breathing and putting himself in a trance-like state.

“If I can head into my start with a clear mind, that’s the key to my success,” said the offbeat right-hander.  “I keep my mind clear so that I can receive the vibes from my catcher and the hitter.  The rest of it’s just a distraction.  The mind rules the body, dude.  Simple as that.”

Slater’s approach may be unusual, but it’s effective.  Today, it allowed him to throw a complete game and stifle the Salt Lake Samurai in a 10-3 laugher.

California manager Eduardo Aponte, who’s used to Slater’s routine by now, shrugged when asked about it.  “I do not question the methods of any of my players, as long as it brings them success,” said Aponte.  “Besides, at least when Deke starts, it is peaceful.  On the days when Stu [Palmeiro] starts, it is always loud music and primal screams.  I prefer the quiet.”

It took a little bit for Slater (9-10) to get locked in.  In the 1st inning, the Samurai took an early lead when C Winston Regner smacked a flat slider for a two-run homer, his first of the year.  After the inning, Slater disappeared down the tunnel, leading teammates to worry that he’d injured himself.  But as the hurler explained later, “I was just finding my center again.”

From that point forward, Slater pitched with confidence and rhythm, making quick work of the Salt Lake hitters.  The Samurai squeezed out one more run in the 5th on a sac fly, but that was all they could manage.

Meanwhile, Samurai ace Toshiie Maeda (6-15) continued his recent free fall.  Sharks CF Santiago Suarez tied the game up with a double in the bottom of the 2nd, and scored on RF Jessie Corona’s sac fly to give California the lead.  In the 4th, the Sharks pounced after Samurai 2B Quincy Gaytan threw away a ground to open the inning.  They proceeded to string together three singles that knocked Maeda out of the game.  Sharks C Thaddeus Lockey greeted Salt Lake reliever Lucas Henderson with a two-run double, and the rout was on.

“If we’re going to win this division, we’re going to have to take care of our own business,” said Sharks LF Kenneth Mader.  “We can’t worry about what Milwaukee’s doing.  Win our games and go from there.”

As soon as Slater bounded off the field after his victory, the first thing he did was seek out Ortiz to shake hands and apologize.  But Ortiz said no apology was needed.  “We are here to win,” the infielder said.  “Whatever helps with that, I want to do.”

The Sharks (67-47) give the ball to right-hander Brian Goreman in tomorrow’s game.  The Samurai (35-81) counter with left-hander Grant Fore.

 

8/15/2015, SLC15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           2  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0     3  8  2     7  0
2015 Sharks            0  3  0  4  1  1  1  0  x    10 13  1     6  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  5  0  1  0  .256    Corona            rf  4  1  2  2  .311
Whitworth         dh  3  0  1  1  .284    Smyth             ss  4  1  2  0  .355
Martinez          rf  4  1  0  0  .255    Mader             lf  5  1  0  0  .326
Regner            c   4  1  1  2  .174    Nix               dh  4  1  2  2  .338
Thomas            1b  3  0  0  0  .229    Lockley           c   4  0  2  2  .294
Sparks            lf  4  0  2  0  .243    Oller             1b  4  2  3  1  .284
Rains             cf  4  0  0  0  .243    Mote              3b  3  2  1  0  .219
Gaytan            2b  4  1  1  0  .266    Suarez            cf  4  2  1  3  .238
Davidson          3b  4  0  2  0  .189    Strachan          2b  4  0  0  0  .252
                     35  3  8  3                               36 10 13 10
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Maeda            L 6-15          3.2  8  7  3  2  0  65  41  5.66
Henderson                        4.1  5  3  3  1  1  62  44  4.12
                                 8.0 13 10  6  3  1 127  85 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Slater           W 9-10          9.0  8  3  3  0  6 123  88  4.86
                                 9.0  8  3  3  0  6 123  88 
 
E-Thomas, Gaytan, Smyth. 2B-Lockley(21), Oller 2(21), Suarez(13). 3B-Nix(7), 
Mote(2). HR-Regner(1), Oller(26). RBI-Whitworth(42), Regner 2(13), 
Corona 2(57), Nix 2(57), Lockley 2(44), Oller(82), Suarez 3(72). 
SB-Martinez(5). K-Martinez, Regner, Thomas, Rains 2, Davidson, Mote. 
BB-Smyth, Nix, Mote. SF-Whitworth, Corona. HBP-Thomas. HB-Slater. BALK-Maeda. 
GWRBI: Corona
Temperature: 76, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 5 MPH.

 

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