PBL Scores, 9/2/15

The Eastern contenders open a crucial three-game series today.  You won’t want to miss this!

Jackson HammerheadsKnoxville SmokiesJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 12, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 2

With less than three weeks left in the season and the Jackson Hammerheads still trailing in the East by a significant margin, head-to-head matchups with the first-place Knoxville Smokies are practically must-win affairs.  The Hammerheads got off to a good start in their three-game series today, stomping the Smokies by a 12-2 margin on a rainy night in Knoxville.

“That’s what I like,” said Hammerheads 2B Homer Righter, “a nice close win.”

Jackson solved Smokies starter Jack Jacques (11-9), who had a rare second straight rough start.  They didn’t hit Jacques hard, but they did hit him consistently, going down in order in only one inning, the 5th.

“Not sure what’s up with Jack lately,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “He doesn’t seem to have that same killer instinct he did earlier on.  But I’m sure he’ll get it back in time for the championship.”

Perhaps more concerning for Wallace and the Smokies was the failure of their bullpen to keep it close.  Jacques departed in the 6th with two on and nobody out, replaced by normally unbeatable long man Jerry Tile.  Before Tile could get out of the inning, he surrendered four hits, including two doubles, and turned a 3-0 deficit into 7-0.

“Maybe my deal with the devil is up for renewal,” joked Tile.  “I don’t know, I was probably due for some rough sledding.”

Lefty Tom Trane took things from bad to worse in the 8th, coughing up five runs on three hits and four walks without even making it out of the inning.  It probably would have been worse, if not for a tremendous leaping grab by 3B Ronnie Aceuedo on an Octavio Westerberg liner, which he turned into a double play.

Meanwhile, Jackson starter Todd Warrant (12-6) stuck it to his former team, firing 7 innings of four-hit ball.  Knoxville C Prince Carlo’s 7th-inning single broke up Warrant’s shutout, but the game was already comfortably out of reach by that point.

“I don’t think I’m really looking to show them up or anything,” said Warrant of the Smokies.  “But I’m hoping that they miss me at least a little bit down the stretch.”

The Hammerheads called off the dogs in the 8th, resting three starters and calling on mop-up lefty Eric Seeman to finish things out.  The Smokies tacked on one more run courtesy of a Carlo sac fly, but that was as far as I got.

“Talk about a good news-bad news story,” said Carlo, who lost the Smokies’ starting catching job to Ricky Bossard earlier in the year.  “You drive in all your team’s runs in a game, but it’s a game your team loses by 10.  That’s a pretty good summary of my season right there.”

The Hammerheads (75-58) will try for two in a row behind lefty Luke Danton tomorrow.  The Smokies (80-52) will hand the ball to their ace, Elicio Santana.

 

9/2/2015, JCK15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       1  0  1  1  0  4  5  0  0    12 20  1    10  0
2015 Smokies           0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  1     2  6  0     8  2
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  4  3  3  2  .305    Blair             cf  4  0  1  0  .303
 Wilczynski       ph  1  0  1  0  .252    Campo             2b  4  0  0  0  .305
Westerberg        ss  6  1  1  1  .343    Bryant            dh  4  0  0  0  .283
Sisco             lf  3  2  2  1  .313    Campo             rf  4  0  0  0  .286
Fleitas           3b  6  1  4  4  .286    Moriarty          ss  4  2  2  0  .279
Jaramillo         dh  5  0  2  4  .267    Battin            1b  4  0  1  0  .303
Doyle             c   5  0  2  0  .325    Aceuedo           3b  2  0  1  0  .271
Lassen            1b  3  1  0  0  .213    Carlo             c   3  0  1  2  .213
 Thomasson        ph  1  0  0  0  .250    Johnson           lf  3  0  0  0  .323
Arispe            rf  2  2  2  0  .284                         32  2  6  2
 Walcott          ph  1  0  0  0  .262
Righter           2b  5  2  3  0  .349
                     42 12 20 12
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Warrant          W 12-6          7.0  4  1  1  3  5 107  62  2.77
Seeman                           2.0  2  1  1  0  0  25  13  6.85
                                 9.0  6  2  2  3  5 132  75 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jacques          L 11-9          5.0 10  5  5  2  1 100  52  4.54
Tile                             1.0  4  2  2  0  0  14  11  2.20
Trane                            0.2  3  5  5  4  0  37  15  8.72
Wilkins                          2.1  3  0  0  0  1  25  17  3.36
                                 9.0 20 12 12  6  2 176  95 
 
JCK: Thomasson batted for Lassen in the 8th
     Walcott batted for Arispe in the 8th
     Wilczynski batted for Deason in the 8th
     Wilczynski moved to cf in the 8th
     Walcott moved to rf in the 8th
     Thomasson moved to 1b in the 8th
 
E-Deason. 2B-Deason(52), Fleitas(26), Jaramillo(23), Arispe(28), Aceuedo(27). 
RBI-Deason 2(91), Westerberg(80), Sisco(44), Fleitas 4(115), Jaramillo 4(81), 
Carlo 2(29). SB-Sisco(22). K-Doyle 2, Campo, Moriarty, Battin, Aceuedo, 
Carlo. BB-Deason, Sisco 2, Lassen, Arispe 2, Blair, Aceuedo, Johnson. 
SF-Carlo. HBP-Sisco, Aceuedo. HB-Seeman, Jacques. 
GWRBI: Fleitas
Temperature: 80, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: right to left at 9 MPH, 
Rain Delays: 42 minutes.

 

California SharksSalt Lake SamuraiCALIFORNIA SHARKS 9, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 2

It’s not often you see a player miss the cycle for lack of a single.  But that’s what happened to California Sharks RF Jessie Corona today.  The California outfielder has been an underrated gem as the Sharks’ leadoff hitter this season, and he’s stepped up his game even further in recent weeks.  In today’s game, Corona went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, two homers, and 4 RBIs to lead the Sharks to a 9-2 win over the Salt Lake Samurai.

“Wow, I didn’t even realize I had a shot at the cycle,” said Corona after the game.  “Maybe I would have tried harder to get on my last time up.”

The Samurai put the Sharks in an early hole, scoring a pair in the top of the 1st against California starter Kevin Conner.  But Corona and his mates took it from there.  Corona doubled to open the bottom of the 1st, coming around to score on C Thaddeus Lockley’s game-tying two-bagger late in the inning.

The next time Corona came to bat in the bottom of the 2nd, there were two outs and a runner on first.  He fouled off three different tough pitches from Salt Lake starter Logan Morris, and then scalded a triple to the gap in right-center to give his club the lead.

Corona next came up in the 4th, again with a runner on and two outs.  This time, he jumped on the first pitch from Morris and belted it out to right for a two-run homer.  Sharks SS Rubin Smyth followed to make it back-to-back jacks, knocking Morris (6-16) out of the game.

Corona then stepped up to lead off in the 6th against reliever Jimmy Okamura, and took a hanging slider over the wall in center for his second tater of the day.

“Jessie does so many wonderful things for us,” said Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte.  “I know that he is not the kind of player who gets as much attention as some of the stars in the league, but he is just as valuable as they are.  He is capable of getting on base and hitting for power, he is a fine fielder and an excellent runner.  He is a well-rounded and exceptional player.  You do not have to hit 50 home runs to be great.”

Meanwhile, Conner (13-8) settled in after his shaky 1st and fired 6 shutout innings afterward.  “Kevin has really stepped up for us when we needed him to,” said Aponte.  “At times this season, I considered moving him down in the rotation or even sending him to the bullpen.  But instead I left him in place and trusted that he would rise to the occasional.  I am most gratified that he has.”

With the win, the Sharks move within 3 1/2 games of the idle Milwaukee Bear Claws for first place in the West.  “I am optimistic, but we cannot allow ourselves to fall back at this point,” said Aponte.  “It feel like we are racing greyhounds chasing the mechanical rabbit.  Every time we think we are getting closer, they just move a little farther beyond our reach.”

The Sharks (80-52) will send lefty Stu Palmeiro to the hill tomorrow.  The Samurai (40-93) will counter with right-hander Davey Skargard.

 

9/2/2015, 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  0  0  0  0  0     2  9  0     9  1
2015 Sharks            2  1  0  3  1  2  0  0  x     9 15  1     8  1
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  5  0  1  0  .256    Corona            rf  5  3  4  4  .323
Whitworth         dh  5  0  1  0  .269    Smyth             ss  5  1  1  1  .369
Cosgrove          cf  3  1  0  0  .275    Mader             lf  5  1  2  0  .324
Martinez          rf  3  1  2  1  .255    Nix               dh  4  1  2  0  .335
Thomas            1b  4  0  2  0  .223    Lockley           c   4  0  1  3  .295
Sparks            lf  4  0  3  1  .250    Oller             1b  3  1  1  1  .278
Turnbull          c   4  0  0  0  .163    Mote              3b  3  0  0  0  .208
Gaytan            2b  3  0  0  0  .259    Suarez            cf  4  1  2  0  .234
Davidson          3b  4  0  0  0  .197    Strachan          2b  4  1  2  0  .274
                     35  2  9  2                               37  9 15  9
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Morris           L 6-16          3.2  8  6  6  1  3  76  50  5.26
Okamura                          2.2  6  3  3  2  2  67  34  5.76
Henderson                        1.2  1  0  0  0  1  16  10  4.61
                                 8.0 15  9  9  3  6 159  94 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Conner           W 13-8          7.0  8  2  2  2  4 110  72  4.20
Grace                            2.0  1  0  0  1  2  29  17  3.69
                                 9.0  9  2  2  3  6 139  89 
 
E-Conner. 2B-Martinez(17), Corona(24), Nix 2(29), Lockley(27), Suarez(15). 
3B-Corona(23), Mader(10). HR-Corona 2(15), Smyth(19), Oller(33). 
RBI-Martinez(62), Sparks(44), Corona 4(78), Smyth(95), Lockley 3(55), 
Oller(93). CS-Thomas. K-Whitworth, Cosgrove, Sparks, Turnbull, Gaytan, 
Davidson, Smyth 3, Lockley, Mote, Strachan. BB-Cosgrove, Martinez, Gaytan, 
Nix, Oller, Mote. SF-Lockley. 
GWRBI: Corona
Temperature: 76, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 1 MPH.

 

Jacksonville DragonsOrlando CalrissiansJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 9, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 4

“I love it when our guys bust out the whooping stick!” shouted Jacksonville Dragons ace Biggs McGee after today’s game.

He was referring to the bottom of the 5th inning, when the Dragons scored six runs to break open a close game and defeat ex-teammate Charles McNally on their way to a 9-4 win over the Orlando Calrissians.

“I know this ain’t been the year we all expected,” said McGee.  “But damn!  We’ve got more big-inning combustibility than any other team in this league.”

When the bottom of the 5th began, Jacksonville trailed 2-1 and McNally had kept the Dragons’ bats largely in checked.  That changed quickly.  2B Will Mount opened the inning by singling and then swiping second.  C Judson Teachout promptly singled Mount home, and 1B Jake Kapoor followed with a double to score Teachout and give the Dragons the lead.

“When Jake stepped up and drilled it to the gap, we all felt the momentum coming our way,” said LF Rob Hartley.  “We felt like we might have a big inning coming.”

A single and a groundout put a pair of runners in scoring position, and then 3B Emerson Taliaferro lined a double to the gap that scored them both and knocked McNally (6-13).

“The ground crumbled under me real fast,” said McNally.  “One minute I was hanging in pretty good, and the next minute I’m in the showers.  I wasn’t making bad pitches, just having bad luck.  A couple damn inches here and there did me in.”

Dragons DH Berry Canez capped off the scoring in the inning with a two-run homer off of reliever Aron Filippi.  By the time it was done, the Dragons had batted around, and were on their way to an easy win.

“That’s the kind of inning I wish we’d seen a lot more of this season,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.

McGee (11-11) wasn’t at his sharpest, but he didn’t have to be.  He allowed four runs on 11 hits over 8 innings, while striking out seven.

“Always nice when my boys take care of business so I don’t have to bring the thunder,” said McGee.

Taliaferro and CF Alfonso Leon hit back-to-back jacks in the 7th against Orlando reliever Barrett Turbevile, putting the game out of reach.

The Dragons (65-67) come out behind right-hander Kyle Palmer tomorrow.  The Calrissians (46-87) send out right-hander Nate McGowan.

 

9/2/2015, ORL15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  0  2  0  0  2  0     4 11  0    11  1
2015 Dragons           0  0  0  1  6  0  2  0  x     9 13  1     6  0
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hartl             lf  5  1  3  0  .291    Teachout          c   5  1  3  1  .316
Defoor            1b  4  0  0  0  .243    Kapoor            1b  4  1  3  1  .314
Buendia           ss  3  0  3  1  .290    Hopps             rf  4  1  1  0  .273
Law               rf  5  0  1  0  .290    Hartley           lf  4  1  1  0  .259
Figeroa           3b  5  0  1  0  .259     Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .201
Crofoot           2b  5  0  0  0  .202    Taliaferro        3b  3  2  2  3  .253
Nabors            dh  4  1  1  0  .243    Leon              cf  4  1  1  2  .243
Elias             cf  2  1  1  1  .201    Canez             dh  3  1  1  2  .241
 Maben            ph  1  1  1  1  .217    Herdt             ss  4  0  0  0  .235
 Carquinez        cf  0  0  0  0  .220    Mount             2b  4  1  1  0  .240
McCormack         c   4  0  0  1  .191                         35  9 13  9
                     38  4 11  4
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNally          L 6-13          4.1  9  6  6  2  0  82  43  6.87
Filippi                          1.0  2  1  1  0  0  16   9  3.27
Grazier                          0.0  0  0  0  1  0   4   0  8.06
Turbeville                       2.2  2  2  2  0  1  31  20  7.14
                                 8.0 13  9  9  3  1 133  72 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGee            W 11-11         8.0 11  4  4  3  7 141  87  3.43
Avallone                         0.0  0  0  0  1  0  12   6  4.59
Jackson                          1.0  0  0  0  0  1  15   9  2.82
                                 9.0 11  4  4  4  8 168 102 
 
ORL: Maben batted for Elias in the 8th
     Carquinez inserted at cf in the 8th
JAX: Parker inserted at lf in the 9th
 
E-Herdt. 2B-Hartl 2(23), Nabors(11), Kapoor(44), Hartley(36), Taliaferro(19). 
3B-Maben(2). HR-Elias(2), Taliaferro(3), Leon(11), Canez(16). 
RBI-Buendia(66), Elias(23), McCormack(14), Maben(5), Teachout(61), 
Kapoor(86), Taliaferro 3(36), Leon 2(52), Canez 2(44). SB-Mount(13). 
CS-Hartl. K-Defoor, Law 4, Crofoot 2, Nabors, Hopps. BB-Defoor, Buendia 2, 
Elias, Kapoor, Hopps, Canez. SH-Taliaferro. WP-McNally, Turbeville. 
GWRBI: Kapoor
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

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