PBL Scores, 8/17/15

Getaway day again, with several series at stake.  Who came out on top?  Find out below…

Milwaukee Bear ClawsSilver City OutlawsMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 1, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 0

Though he didn’t know it at the time, one batter was all it took for Silver City Outlaws starter Linus Pauling to lose today’s game.  Pauling fell behind the game’s first hitter, Milwaukee Bear Claws SS Red Petitt, by a 2-0 count.  He tried to sneak a strike past Petitt, but the Bear Claws shortstop pounced, blasting the pitch out to right.

As Petitt circled the bases, Pauling calmly asked for another ball and went back to work.  Unfortunately for him, it was already too late.  Thanks to a dominating performance by Bear Claws starter Herculez Mendoza, Pauling and the Outlaws were doomed to a 1-0 loss.

“Man, that stings,” said Silver City manager John Jarha.  “Linus pitched a hell of a game, and he deserved the W.  But our damn offense couldn’t get it done for him.  If our offense was a horse, you’d shoot it.”

Pauling (8-11) only allowed two more hits after the Petitt homer.  He needed a great throw from Outlaws CF Javier Cardona to erase a Milwaukee scoring threat in the 5th, but otherwise wasn’t seriously threatened.  It took an hour-plus rain delay to knock Pauling out of the game after 8 innings.

“I just work here,” said Pauling when asked if he was frustrated with the results.  “I can only do what I can do.  I pitched a good game, and the other guy pitched a better one.  That’s life.”

Mendoza (8-5) pitched his strongest game of the season by far.  He allowed only a pair of singles, never allowing a runner past second base, and struck out an astounding 12 hitters.  “They were looking awful saddle-sore after facing him for three hours,” laughed Milwaukee manager Poss Horton of the Outlaw hitters.

Even after the rain delay, Mendoza insisted on coming back out for the 9th.  He did and finished the game in dominant fashion, setting down the Outlaws in order, including a pair of strikeouts.

The Bear Claws (75-43) head back home to take on the Salt Lake Samurai next.  The Outlaws (55-63) will try to right the ship against the California Sharks.

 

8/17/2015, MIL15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     1  3  1     4  0
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  2  1     5  1
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  3  1  1  1  .315    Barkan            2b  3  0  0  0  .256
Iddings           2b  4  0  0  0  .245    Brewmaker         3b  4  0  0  0  .258
Mateo             1b  4  0  0  0  .344    Jeffreys          c   4  0  1  0  .181
Suzuki            3b  3  0  0  0  .297    Wason             rf  3  0  1  0  .282
Mealey            lf  4  0  1  0  .306    Elliott           1b  4  0  0  0  .277
Raine             dh  1  0  0  0  .253    Whittier          lf  3  0  0  0  .230
Trumbauer         rf  3  0  0  0  .244    Hintz             dh  2  0  0  0  .210
McGuigan          c   3  0  0  0  .290    Cardona           cf  3  0  0  0  .233
Maxwell           cf  2  0  1  0  .300    Burt              ss  3  0  0  0  .200
                     27  1  3  1                               29  0  2  0
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mendoza          W 8-5           9.0  2  0  0  3 12 133  76  4.58
                                 9.0  2  0  0  3 12 133  76 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Pauling          L 8-11          8.0  3  1  1  3  3  92  54  3.38
Menard                           1.0  0  0  0  1  0  15   5  2.09
                                 9.0  3  1  1  4  3 107  59 
 
E-Mendoza, Elliott. 2B-Mealey(22). HR-Petitt(13). RBI-Petitt(57). 
SB-Barkan(16). CS-Suzuki. K-Mateo 2, Mealey, Barkan 2, Brewmaker, Jeffreys 2, 
Wason 2, Elliott, Whittier, Cardona 2, Burt. BB-Suzuki, Raine 2, Maxwell, 
Barkan, Wason, Hintz. SH-Petitt. 
GWRBI: Petitt
Linus Pauling was removed after a rain delay
Temperature: 112, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: none, Rain Delays: 69
 minutes.

 

Jackson HammerheadsKnoxville SmokiesJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 6, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 3

Revenge is sweet.  Just ask Jackson Hammerheads starter Todd Warrant.  The knuckleballer was traded away from the Knoxville Smokies at the deadline.  Despite having the lowest ERA among Knoxville starters and a solid 9-5 record, Smokies owner Jeremy Mills reportedly felt that Warrant was expendable, and wasn’t as good as his numbers indicated.

“I thought I was doing a pretty good job,” said Warrant, “but [the Smokies] sure didn’t seem to have a problem getting rid of me.”

In his first start as a Hammerhead, Warrant (10-5) delighted in tormenting his ex-teammates, stranding eight runners over 7 innings and leading his new team to a 6-3 win and a victory in the three-game series.

“Guess I wasn’t so bad after all,” said Warrant with a chuckle.

Smokies manager Snuff Wallace shook his head when asked about Warrant.  “I should have known he’d come back and shove it up our [expletive],” said Wallace.  “When he was with us, we’d watch him throw those sickly little flutterballs and make the hitters look silly, and we’d laugh.  Then he comes back and does it to us, and it drives me right up the damn wall.”

Rookie righty Nico Library, acquired in the Warrant deal, had a less pleasant maiden voyage with his new team.  Library (0-1) allowed five runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out nobody.  C Clarence Doyle (4-for-5 with a triple) and 2B Homer Righter (2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI) led the charge for Jackson.

When asked if Library would get future starts with the Smokies, Wallace snapped, “What do I look like, a Magic 8 Ball?  Outlook hazy; ask again later.”

The Hammerheads (67-51) now head down to Orlando to open a series with the Calrissians.  The Smokies (70-46) take their show on the road against the Jacksonville Dragons.

 

8/17/2015, JCK15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       0  1  0  3  1  0  0  1  0     6 12  2    10  2
2015 Smokies           1  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0     3 11  0     9  1
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  3  0  1  1  .304    Blair             cf  3  1  1  0  .297
Westerberg        ss  5  0  2  1  .349    Campo             2b  4  0  2  0  .296
Sisco             lf  3  0  0  0  .305    Bryant            dh  5  0  1  1  .293
Fleitas           3b  4  0  0  0  .281    Campo             rf  1  0  0  0  .286
Jaramillo         dh  5  1  2  0  .264     Gomez            rf  3  0  1  0  .222
Doyle             c   5  2  4  1  .325    Johnson           lf  3  1  1  0  .316
Lassen            1b  5  0  0  1  .157    Battin            1b  4  0  1  0  .304
Arispe            rf  4  1  1  0  .279    Moriarty          ss  4  1  2  0  .277
Righter           2b  3  2  2  2  .353    Aceuedo           3b  4  0  2  1  .273
                     37  6 12  6          Carlo             c   3  0  0  1  .206
                                                               34  3 11  3
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Warrant          W 10-5          7.0 10  3  3  3  2 110  64  2.71
Sircy            H 11            0.1  0  0  0  0  1   7   4  3.15
Sheen            S 20            1.2  1  0  0  0  2  19  14  4.00
                                 9.0 11  3  3  3  5 136  82 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Library          L 0-1           4.1  9  5  5  2  0  82  50 10.38
Tile                             4.2  3  1  1  2  2  53  34  1.80
                                 9.0 12  6  6  4  2 135  84 
 
KNX: Gomez inserted at rf in the 2nd
 
E-Deason, Fleitas. 2B-Deason(48), Jaramillo(17), Arispe(24), Righter(14). 
3B-Doyle(3). RBI-Deason(80), Westerberg(71), Doyle(47), Lassen(13), 
Righter 2(45), Bryant(79), Aceuedo(48), Carlo(19). SB-Righter(21). K-Fleitas, 
Arispe, Bryant 3, Johnson, Battin. BB-Deason, Sisco 2, Fleitas, Blair 2, 
Johnson. SH-Deason. SF-Carlo. HBP-Righter, Campo. HB-Sheen, Tile. 
GWRBI: Righter
Jackson Campo was injured for this game only
Temperature: 75, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 6 MPH.

 

California SharksSalt Lake SamuraiCALIFORNIA SHARKS 4, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 2

Today’s rubber match between the California Smokies and Salt Lake Samurai remained deadlocked into the 8th inning.  Sharks LF Kenneth Mader is rarely a vocal leader, but he sent a clear message to his teammates as they came to bat in that frame.

“Let’s get serious!” barked Mader.  “We can’t lose the series at home to these guys.  Come on, let’s go!”

The Sharks heeded Mader’s instructions, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to secure a 4-2 win.

“I was pleased to see Kenny challenge the team in this way,” said California manager Eduardo Aponte.  “He usually leads by example, but today a little extra was called for, and he delivered.”

Sharks SS Rubin Smyth broke the tie with a solo shot off of Samurai starter Logan Morris (6-14).  Mader followed with a single, and DH Eddie Nix then doubled him home, knocking Morris out and giving the Sharks some insurance.

“This is how champions play,” said Aponte.  “I am encouraged by what I am seeing.”

The Sharks’ rally came too late to help starter Pierre LaRue, who allowed five hits over 7 innings but departed with a tie score.  Lefty Boss Walker and righty Jan Arzola (1-2) combined to get California through the 8th with a series of grounders.  Closer Eugene Grace pitched around a leadoff single in the 9th to nail down his 26th save.

Though his team fell short in the series, Samurai manager Johnny Dugan praised his team’s effort.  “That’s a darn good team over there,” said Dugan, “and we battled them all the way through.  There’s nothing to be ashamed of in the way we played.  We’re going to be a team to watch next year.”

The Sharks (67-49) now depart for the desert and a series with the Silver City Outlaws.  The Samurai (35-83) are off to Milwaukee and a three-game set with the first-place Bear Claws.

 

8/17/2015, SLC15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0     2  6  0     9  0
2015 Sharks            2  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  x     4  9  2     5  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  5  0  0  0  .251    Corona            rf  4  1  1  0  .310
Whitworth         dh  4  0  1  1  .282    Smyth             ss  4  1  2  1  .354
Cosgrove          cf  4  0  0  0  .276    Mader             lf  4  2  2  1  .330
Martinez          rf  4  0  0  0  .251    Nix               dh  3  0  1  2  .334
Thomas            1b  4  0  1  0  .227    Oller             1b  4  0  1  0  .283
Sparks            lf  3  1  1  1  .242    Mote              3b  4  0  0  0  .217
Regner            c   4  0  0  0  .181    Suarez            cf  3  0  0  0  .235
Gaytan            2b  3  1  2  0  .269    Strachan          2b  3  0  2  0  .259
Davidson          3b  4  0  1  0  .191    Carpenter         c   3  0  0  0  .261
                     35  2  6  2                               32  4  9  4
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morris           L 6-14          7.1  9  4  4  0  3 101  66  4.81
Bautista                         0.2  0  0  0  0  0   6   5  3.30
                                 8.0  9  4  4  0  3 107  71 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
La Rue                           7.0  5  2  2  2  4 101  66  3.80
Walker                           0.1  0  0  0  0  0   4   3  5.48
Arzola           W 1-2           0.2  0  0  0  1  0  13   7  1.76
Grace            S 26            1.0  1  0  0  0  0  10   6  4.19
                                 9.0  6  2  2  3  4 128  82 
 
E-Smyth, La Rue. 2B-Whitworth(14), Nix(21). 3B-Mader(6). HR-Sparks(7), 
Smyth(17). RBI-Whitworth(43), Sparks(39), Smyth(84), Mader(89), Nix 2(59). 
K-Cosgrove, Martinez, Thomas, Gaytan, Oller, Mote 2. BB-Whitworth, Sparks, 
Gaytan. SF-Nix. 
GWRBI: Smyth
Temperature: 67, Sky: clear, Wind: in from center at 5 MPH.

 

Jacksonville DragonsOrlando CalrissiansJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 11, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 1

This series between the Patriot League’s two Florida teams has seen some wild swings.  In the opener, both teams turned up the offense, and the Jacksonville Dragons prevailed 10-9 in 13 innings.  Yesterday, the Orlando Calrissians got a great start from their ace, and handed the Dragons an 8-0 loss.  Today, the Dragons returned the favor, with ace Biggs McGee shutting down the Calrissians in an 11-1 laugher.

“When you need someone to stand and deliver, you know who to call!” bellowed McGee after the game.  “Your big-game boy comes through in the clutch once again.”

For once, McGee (9-10) had the performance to back up his boasts.  The Jacksonville ace flung a complete-game four-hitter, striking out five and keeping the Calrissians in check throughout.  His lone blemish came in the 7th, when Orlando SS Jose Buendia led off with a double and came around to score on a pair of groundouts.

“There’s good pitching, there’s great pitching, and then there’s Biggs pitching,” said McGee.  “Next season, I’m challenging the rest of the team to perform up to my standard.  That’s not really possible, but it’ll be good for them to try.”

The results in this series have swung on the longball.  In the series opener, Jacksonville went deep six times en route to their victory.  In the second game, Orlando launched three bombs and took the win.  Today, it was the Dragons who drilled three homers, all against Calrissians starter Chuck Weaver (5-9).  LF Rob Hartley smacked a three-run dinger in the 1st, and 1B Jake Kapoor and RF Roderick Hopps knocked back-to-back jacks in the 3rd to chase Weaver.

Although the homer show ended after Weaver’s departure, the Dragons kept the offense rolling, racking up six more runs against Calrissians relievers Aron Filippi, Ian Grazier, and Barrett Turbeville.

“Let’s not forget about the positives in this game,” said Orlando manager Logan Bothan.  “Wait, there were no positives.  This game sucked.”

The Dragons (57-60) will host the East’s top dog, the Knoxville Smokies, starting tomorrow.  The Calrissians (41-76) are going home to battle the Jackson Hammerheads.

 

8/17/2015, ORL15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0     1  4  0     3  3
2015 Dragons           3  0  2  0  2  3  1  0  x    11 13  0     4  0
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hartl             lf  4  0  1  0  .292    Teachout          c   4  1  1  1  .317
Defoor            1b  4  0  0  0  .245     Esquivel         ph  1  0  0  0  .264
Buendia           ss  4  1  1  0  .286    Kapoor            1b  4  3  3  2  .299
Law               rf  4  0  0  0  .277    Hopps             rf  3  2  2  1  .274
Figeroa           3b  3  0  0  1  .260     McEwan           ph  1  0  0  0  .000
Crofoot           2b  3  0  1  0  .215    Hartley           lf  3  2  2  4  .242
Nabors            dh  3  0  0  0  .224     Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .205
Elias             cf  2  0  0  0  .183    Taliaferro        3b  3  1  2  1  .259
 Maben            ph  1  0  0  0  .121    Leon              cf  4  0  0  0  .240
 Carquinez        cf  0  0  0  0  .196    Canez             dh  3  0  1  1  .224
McCormack         c   3  0  1  0  .179    Herdt             ss  3  1  1  0  .232
                     31  1  4  1          Mount             2b  4  1  1  0  .233
                                                               33 11 13 10
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Weaver           L 5-9           2.0  4  5  5  2  1  49  23  6.45
Filippi                          2.2  1  2  2  3  1  47  24  3.03
Grazier                          1.0  5  3  3  0  0  14   8  7.86
Turbeville                       2.1  3  1  1  0  0  33  22  7.29
                                 8.0 13 11 11  5  2 143  77 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGee            W 9-10          9.0  4  1  1  0  5 114  76  3.34
                                 9.0  4  1  1  0  5 114  76 
 
ORL: Maben batted for Elias in the 8th
     Carquinez inserted at cf in the 8th
JAX: Esquivel batted for Teachout in the 8th
     McEwan batted for Hopps in the 8th
     Parker inserted at lf in the 9th
     McEwan moved to rf in the 9th
     Esquivel moved to c in the 9th
 
2B-Buendia(14), Taliaferro 2(15), Canez(7). HR-Kapoor(21), Hopps(30), 
Hartley(27). RBI-Figeroa(67), Teachout(48), Kapoor 2(74), Hopps(84), 
Hartley 4(81), Taliaferro(24), Canez(34). K-Hartl, Figeroa, Crofoot, Nabors, 
Elias, Teachout 2. BB-Kapoor, Hartley, Taliaferro, Canez, Herdt. HBP-Hopps. 
HB-Weaver. WP-Filippi, Grazier. 
GWRBI: Hartley
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

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