PBL Scores, 8/16/15

A lot of one-sided games today, but we start our action with a tight one.  Read on!

Salt Lake SamuraiCalifornia SharksSALT LAKE SAMURAI 3, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 2

It’s been a lost season for Salt Lake Samurai starter Grant Fore.  The 20-year-old lefty started the season as the ace of Knoxville’s rotation, only to fall out of favor after a rough string of starts.  Fore was eventually demoted to the bullpen, then banished to Salt Lake in one of Smokies owner Jeremy Mills’ frequent trades.  With Salt Lake, Fore has at least had the chance to work on his game outside the glare of a pennant race.  Unfortunately for him, that hasn’t translated to better results.

Every once in a while, though, Fore produces a game that shows hints of his tremendous talent.  This was one of those games, as Fore shut down the powerful California Sharks lineup in a 3-2 win.

“This is the Grant you’ve all heard about,” beamed Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.  “This is why we’ve been patient with him.  We know that he’s capable of being a top-of-the-rotation guy.  I’m confident that once he’s able to put the struggles of this season behind him, we’ll see a lot more games like this in the future.”

Fore (3-8) pitched 7 2/3 innings and looked like the ace Salt Lake needs him to be.  His fastball had a speed and life it has often lacked this season, and it set up his devastatingly effective change-up and slider.  He generated an astonishing number of California swings and misses, piling up eight strikeouts.  The only two hard-hit balls he allowed led to the Sharks’ only runs: a 3rd-inning triple from SS Rubin Smyth and a 4th-inning double by C Thaddeus Lockley.

“I wish I could explain it,” said Fore.  “A lot of times, I have this kind of stuff in warm-ups, and then I get into the game and it all just evaporates.  It’s like tuning a radio to a distant station: sometimes it comes in loud and clear, but a lot of times it’s nothing but static.  I’m getting in my own way somehow, but I haven’t figured out what I’m doing wrong.”

Sharks starter Brian Goreman (7-8), who has been slumping lately, bounced back with a strong start.  Unfortunately, a couple of rough innings and Fore’s strong performance doomed him to defeat.  Goreman’s control deserted him in the 2nd inning, as he walked four batters to force in a run.  “That’s the one I really want back,” said Goreman.  “If you knock the ball around and beat me, I accept that.  If I’m dealing out free passes and handing out runs, that makes me crazy.”

Goreman regained his control in the 3rd, but the Samurai strung together three singles to plate another run.  In the 4th, CF Edmund Rains singled, stole second, then scored on a Chris Davidson single to tally what would prove to be the winning run.  The Sharks righty wound up pitching 8 innings without allowing any more runs, but his teammates were unable to get him off the hook.

“I am satisfied with Brian’s performance today,” said Sharks skipper Eduardo Aponte.  “He put us in a position to win.  The fact that we could not do so is not his fault.”

Samurai closer Dean Gamble recorded the final four outs, including a game-ending double play, to capture his 25th save of the season.

The Samurai (35-82) will hope to capture the series tomorrow behind right-hander Logan Morris.  The Sharks (67-48) put their trust in their ace, Pierre LaRue.

 

8/16/2015, SLC15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0     3  7  1     9  1
2015 Sharks            0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0     2  9  0     9  1
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  4  0  0  0  .254    Corona            rf  4  0  1  0  .310
Whitworth         dh  5  1  1  0  .283     Novick           pr  0  0  0  0  .167
Martinez          rf  5  0  1  0  .254    Smyth             ss  5  1  1  0  .353
Thomas            1b  4  0  0  0  .227    Mader             lf  1  0  1  1  .328
Regner            c   2  1  2  1  .187    Oller             2b  4  0  1  0  .283
Sparks            lf  4  0  0  0  .241    Nix               dh  4  0  0  0  .334
Rains             cf  2  1  1  0  .256    Lockley           c   4  1  2  0  .297
Gaytan            2b  3  0  1  0  .266    Mote              3b  4  0  1  0  .219
Davidson          3b  3  0  1  2  .191    Suarez            cf  4  0  0  0  .236
                     32  3  7  3          Ortiz             1b  4  0  2  1  .231
                                                               34  2  9  2
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fore             W 3-8           7.2  8  2  2  3  8 132  80  6.50
Gamble           S 25            1.1  1  0  0  0  0  16  12  4.85
                                 9.0  9  2  2  3  8 148  92 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Goreman          L 7-8           8.0  7  3  3  6  1 128  70  4.52
Arzola                           1.0  0  0  0  1  1  15   9  1.79
                                 9.0  7  3  3  7  2 143  79 
 
CAL: Novick ran for Corona in the 9th
 
E-Martinez. 2B-Lockley(22). 3B-Smyth(15). RBI-Regner(14), Davidson 2(28), 
Mader(88), Ortiz(3). SB-Motonari(12), Regner(3), Rains(1). CS-Regner. 
K-Whitworth, Martinez, Corona 2, Oller, Nix 2, Lockley, Mote, Suarez. 
BB-Motonari, Regner 2, Rains 2, Gaytan, Davidson, Corona, Mader 2. SF-Mader. 
GWRBI: Davidson
Temperature: 78, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: out to left at 3 MPH.

 

Knoxville SmokiesJackson HammerheadsKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 5, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 1

After this game, the Jackson Hammerheads’ locker room was deathly silent.  The only sounds you could hear were the hissing of the showers, the scrape of a stool against the floor, the occasional sound of quiet cursing.

“We should have won this [expletive] thing,” said Hammerheads C Clarence Doyle.  “We needed this game, and we could have won it, but we blew it.  We can’t afford that at this point in the season.”

The Hammerheads had no problem racking up hits against the Knoxville Smokies and ex-teammate Sylvester Lighty, but time and again, they couldn’t convert those hits into runs.  Substitute starter Bradley Slinger looked ready to match Lighty pitch-for-pitch, but he exited early after suffering a devastating injury, and Jackson’s bullpen crumbled, leading to a grueling 5-1 loss.  The Hammerheads lost crucial ground against their Eastern rivals at the worst possible time.

Meanwhile, in the victor’s clubhouse, Smokies manager Snuff Wallace lit a cigar and laughed.  “God, that’s my favorite kind of game,” the manager said with a smirk.  “We didn’t just beat ‘em, we got in their heads.  They’re gonna be chewing on this one a while.  We’re like herpes: you might not like us, but you can’t get rid of us.”

The Hammerheads seemed equally upset with the outcome of the game and the loss of Slinger.  “Bradley’s been a real stud for us,” said Jackson 2B Homer Righter.  “He’s come through big for us, taking the ball when Kiko [Walton] went down.  We’re all praying he’ll be able to come back strong.”

Slinger (4-2) was in excellent form throughout the first 5 innings, limiting the Smokies to five singles and a lone run.  But Doyle noticed that throughout the 5th inning, Slinger started looking down at his pitching arm and flexing it while grimacing.  After the inning, Slinger told pitching coach Eddie Harris that he was experiencing pain in his shoulder.

“As soon as he said that, my heart sank,” said Doyle.  “Slinger’s a great big farm boy, one of those guys who doesn’t feel pain.  You could jab an icepick into his leg and he wouldn’t complain.  So if he’s saying he’s hurting, you know it’s got to be bad.”

Slinger was diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff.  The Hammerheads hope that he can avoid surgery, but he is likely out for the remainder of the season.

Hammerheads manager Lou Hayes seems stricken when describing Slinger’s condition.  “This is tragic stuff,” Hayes said.  “Bradley’s been a rock for us.  I hate seeing him go down like this.”

After Slinger’s departure, Jackson called on veteran left-hander Eric Seeman, who was not up to the job.  In the 6th, he allowed a single and a walk, moved the runners up on a wild pitch, then allowed a sac fly to score a run.  The Smokies chased Seeman in the 7th after pounding out four straight singles that yielded two more runs.  Righty Butch Turnbull then walked back-to-back hitters to force yet another run home.

“I’m pissed as hell,” said Seeman.  “I let Slinger down, and I let the team down.  I sucked at the worst possible time.”

Meanwhile, Lighty (10-7) seemed to delight in torturing his former teammates.  He set the tone for the game in the 1st inning.  He allowed back-to-back one-out singles, and then 3B Kim Fleitas hit a slow roller to put them both in scoring position.  But DH Alex Jaramillo struck out to end the inning, leaving the runners stranded.

It went on like that again and again, as Jackson left runners on base in almost every inning, often in scoring position.  Lighty carried a shutout into the 7th, when SS Octavio Westerberg finally doubled in the Hammerheads’ only run.  The veteran righty wound up pitching a complete-game 11-hitter for an unlikely win.

“I could see ‘em getting madder and madder as the game went on, and I wanted to giggle,” said Lighty.  “They know I don’t have the speed to overpower them; instead, I was throwing slop and letting ‘em get themselves out.  It was beautiful.”

The Smokies (70-45) hand the ball to another former Hammerhead, Nico Library, for tomorrow’s rubber match.  The Hammerheads (66-51) counter with newly-acquired ex-Smokie Todd Warrant.

 

8/16/2015, JCK15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0     1 11  1    11  1
2015 Smokies           0  0  0  0  1  1  3  0  x     5 10  0     6  0
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  5  1  2  0  .304    Blair             cf  4  1  3  1  .297
Westerberg        ss  5  0  2  1  .348    Campo             2b  3  1  1  1  .294
Sisco             lf  5  0  2  0  .308    Bryant            dh  2  0  0  0  .295
Fleitas           3b  4  0  0  0  .283    Campo             rf  2  0  1  2  .286
Jaramillo         dh  4  0  0  0  .262    Johnson           lf  4  0  0  0  .316
Doyle             c   4  0  2  0  .320    Battin            1b  4  1  1  0  .305
Lassen            1b  4  0  1  0  .164    Moriarty          ss  4  0  1  0  .275
Arispe            rf  3  0  1  0  .280    Aceuedo           3b  4  1  2  0  .271
 Cianciarulo      ph  1  0  0  0  .214    Carlo             c   3  1  1  0  .209
Righter           2b  3  0  1  0  .351                         30  5 10  4
                     38  1 11  1
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Slinger          L 4-2           5.0  5  1  1  1  3  60  37  3.16
Seeman                           1.2  5  4  4  1  0  32  18  7.24
Turnbull                         1.1  0  0  0  2  2  37  21  3.47
                                 8.0 10  5  5  4  5 129  76 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lighty           W 10-7          9.0 11  1  1  0  4 115  80  3.41
                                 9.0 11  1  1  0  4 115  80 
 
JCK: Cianciarulo batted for Arispe in the 9th
 
E-Westerberg. 2B-Westerberg(35), Doyle(28). RBI-Westerberg(70), Blair(75), 
Campo(45), Campo 2(94). CS-Campo. K-Jaramillo 2, Doyle, Righter, Bryant, 
Campo, Johnson, Battin, Moriarty. BB-Campo, Bryant 2, Campo. SF-Campo. 
HBP-Righter. HB-Lighty. WP-Seeman, Lighty. 
Bradley Slinger was injured for this game and 30 more days
Temperature: 84, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 7 MPH.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsSilver City OutlawsMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 8, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 1

The Milwaukee Bear Claws are finding their feet again.  After a stretch of mediocre ball to open the second half, the Western division leaders are starting to reassert themselves as the team to beat.  Today, the Bear Claws used the left arm of starter Benicio Torrenueva and some late offense to turn a tight contest with the Silver City Outlaws into an 8-1 blowout.

“This is the kind of game I can get behind,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton with a laugh.  “Next time, maybe they can get the runs early so I don’t have to worry about it at all.”

The first half of the game was a tense pitcher’s duel between Torrenueva and star Silver City rookie Pedro Rodriguez.  The hard-throwing, demonstrative lefties piled up strikeouts as the game went on.  The Bear Claws broke through first, when C Frances McGuigan pushed home a run in the 2nd on an RBI groundout.  The Outlaws evened it in the bottom of the inning on 1B Muzz Elliott’s homer.  After that, though, both pitchers kept putting zeroes on the scoreboard under the sizzling sun at The Corral.  The extreme desert conditions in Silver City have often bothered visiting teams, but not Torrenueva.

“Where I’m from in Mexico, we have this weather all the time,” said the Milwaukee lefty.  “No problem for me.”

The Bear Claws got to Rodriguez (9-8) in the 6th.  1B Felipe Mateo launched his 44th homer of the season to break the tie.  3B Ikaru Suzuki followed with a triple, and after DH Rodolfo Raine walked, RF Wally Trumbauer doubled both runs home.

“They are a very good-hitting team,” said Rodriguez, who hung in through the end of the 8th.  “I am not ashamed to lose to them.”

Milwaukee put an exclamation point on their victory in the 9th, pounding reliever Jamaal Sapp for four runs, highlighted by a three-run homer from 2B Richard Iddings.

Meanwhile, Torrenueva (12-5) kept plowing through the Outlaws lineup, finishing with a complete-game seven-hitter with eight strikeouts.

The Bear Claws (74-43) go for the sweep tomorrow behind right-hander Herculez Mondoza.  The Outlaws (55-62) hope that righty Linus Pauling can salvage the finale.

 

8/16/2015, MIL15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        0  1  0  0  0  3  0  0  4     8 12  0     8  0
2015 Outlaws           0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     1  7  0     8  1
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  4  1  0  0  .315    Barkan            2b  4  0  0  0  .258
Iddings           2b  5  1  1  3  .247    Brewmaker         3b  4  0  1  0  .260
Mateo             1b  3  2  3  1  .347    Jeffreys          c   3  0  0  0  .180
Suzuki            3b  5  1  2  0  .299    Wason             rf  3  0  1  0  .282
Mealey            lf  4  0  0  0  .306    Elliott           1b  4  1  2  1  .279
Raine             dh  3  2  2  1  .254    Whittier          lf  3  0  0  0  .233
Trumbauer         rf  5  0  2  2  .246    Hintz             dh  4  0  1  0  .212
McGuigan          c   4  0  1  1  .292    Cardona           cf  4  0  1  0  .234
Maxwell           cf  4  1  1  0  .299    Burt              ss  4  0  1  0  .201
                     37  8 12  8                               33  1  7  1
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Torrenueva       W 12-5          9.0  7  1  1  2  8 119  77  3.67
                                 9.0  7  1  1  2  8 119  77 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rodriguez        L 9-8           8.0  9  4  4  2  9 130  79  2.84
Sapp                             0.0  2  4  4  2  0  18   8  6.11
Foster                           1.0  1  0  0  0  0  10   7  4.72
                                 9.0 12  8  8  4  9 158  94 
 
2B-Mateo(33), Trumbauer 2(29). 3B-Suzuki(15). HR-Iddings(12), Mateo(44), 
Elliott(25). RBI-Iddings 3(68), Mateo(128), Raine(61), Trumbauer 2(55), 
McGuigan(43), Elliott(81). CS-Whittier. K-Petitt 3, Iddings, Mealey 4, 
Trumbauer, Barkan, Jeffreys, Wason, Elliott, Hintz 2, Cardona, Burt. 
BB-Petitt, Mateo 2, Raine, Wason, Whittier. SF-Raine. HBP-Mealey, Jeffreys. 
HB-Torrenueva, Foster. 
GWRBI: Mateo
Temperature: 102, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: out to left at 2 MPH.

 

Orlando CalrissiansJacksonville DragonsORLANDO CALRISSIANS 8, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 0

A day after watching their bullpen stumble repeatedly in an excruciating 13-inning loss, the Orlando Calrissians got their revenge today.  Ace Nathan Nunb tossed a four-hit shutout, and the Orlando bats shelled the Jacksonville Dragons in an 8-0 slaughter.

“Treading water again,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “That’s all we do.  We just keep treading, and drowning bit by bit.”

Yesterday, Jacksonville hitters combined to launch six home runs.  Today, the most they could manage was a pair of doubles by 1B Jake Kapoor and 2B Will Mount.

“It’s frustrating, sure,” said Kapoor.  “I mean, Nunb is a really good pitcher, and sometimes you run into those.  But we pride ourselves on being a hitting club, and we can’t let ourselves get shut out like this.  It’s embarrassing.”

It was the Calrissians who mastered the longball, mashing three of them in the game, all two-run shots.  3B Curt Figueroa and 2B Erasmo Crofoot went deep against starter Samir Khan (8-5), who allowed five runs over 6 2/3 innings.  Crofoot’s 43rd longball kept him near the top of the league leaderboard in that category.  DH Arnoldo Nabors launched one off of reliever Juan Pascos, who mopped up after Khan’s departure.

From Davidson’s perspective, the best thing about the game was that he only had to use two pitchers.  “Kudos to Samir for sticking with it,” said Davidson.  “After yesterday, our pen was gassed.  If we’d have had to go to them early again, God knows what would have happened.  Samir and Juan at least let me give the other guys a rest.  We got killed, yeah, but at least we got killed efficiently.”

The Calrissians (41-75) will try to take two of three behind righty Chuck Weaver.  The Dragons (56-60) rely on their big-talking ace, Biggs McGee.

 

8/16/2015, ORL15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0  2  0  2  0  0  1  2  1     8 13  0     9  2
2015 Dragons           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  4  2     5  0
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hartl             lf  5  1  3  0  .292    Teachout          c   4  0  0  0  .318
Defoor            1b  4  0  2  1  .247    Kapoor            1b  4  0  1  0  .295
Buendia           ss  4  1  1  0  .286    Hopps             rf  4  0  2  0  .271
Law               rf  4  2  1  0  .279    Hartley           lf  3  0  0  0  .239
Figeroa           3b  5  1  1  2  .261    Taliaferro        3b  4  0  0  0  .254
Crofoot           2b  5  2  2  2  .214    Leon              cf  3  0  0  0  .242
Nabors            dh  5  1  2  3  .227    Canez             dh  2  0  0  0  .223
Elias             cf  5  0  0  0  .185    Herdt             ss  3  0  0  0  .231
McCormack         c   4  0  1  0  .177    Mount             2b  2  0  1  0  .233
                     41  8 13  8                               29  0  4  0
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Numb             W 11-10         9.0  4  0  0  3  4 107  61  4.43
                                 9.0  4  0  0  3  4 107  61 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Khan             L 8-5           6.2  7  5  5  3  1 103  63  4.94
Pascos                           2.1  6  3  2  0  1  48  27  6.19
                                 9.0 13  8  7  3  2 151  90 
 
E-Hartley, Herdt. 2B-Hartl(16), Crofoot(4), Kapoor(36), Mount(7). 
HR-Figeroa(22), Crofoot(43), Nabors(6). RBI-Defoor(67), Figeroa 2(66), 
Crofoot 2(101), Nabors 3(22). CS-Hartl. K-Law, Crofoot, Hartley 2, Leon, 
Canez. BB-Defoor, Buendia, Law, Hartley, Canez, Mount. 
GWRBI: Figeroa
Temperature: 83, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 15 MPH.

 

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