PBL Scores, 9/4/15

Another getaway day in the PBL, with both division races hanging in the balance.  Read on to see who’s up and who’s down…

Salt Lake SamuraiCalifornia SharksSALT LAKE SAMURAI 4, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 2

If the California Sharks wind up losing the division by a couple of games, they’ll likely look back at their recent series against the Salt Lake Samurai with regret. The Samurai have the Patriot League’s worst record, and the Sharks have owned them all season.  In their last two series, though, the Samurai have won four of six games.

“In honesty, they were probably due to win some against us,” said California manager Eduardo Aponte.  “But for it to happen now, with the division at stake, that is very painful.”

In today’s game, Samurai RF Romeo Martinez launched an amazing three homers to single-handedly defeat the Sharks, 4-2.

“I had the game of my life today,” Martinez said.  “I surprised even myself with this.”

The first time Martinez faced Sharks starter Deke Slater, he was leading off in the 2nd inning with the Samurai trailing 1-0.  Slater got to a 1-2 count and tried to finish Martinez with a slider over the outside corner, but Martinez got a hold of it and put it out to right center, tying the game.

The next time Martinez came up, he was leading off the 4th with the score still tied.  That time, he got a 3-1 fastball from Slater and jumped on it.  The ball landed in virtually the same spot as his previous blast.

When Martinez came up for a third time in the 6th, C Thaddeus Lockley jogged out to the mound to give Slater some advice.

“I told Deke we’d seen this movie already, and just to drill him,” said Lockley.  “But Deke said he was a pacifist and doesn’t believe in hitting guys on purpose.  I told him he’d be sorry.”

Sure enough, Slater fired an 0-1 fastball toward the inner half, and Martinez met it squarely.  This time the ball sailed far deeper than either of his prior bombs.  It cleared the center-field wall at Blue Note Stadium, and splashed down in Queensway Bay.  The distance of his final blast was estimated at 479 feet.

As Martinez circled the bases, Lockley yelled out to the mound, “Told ya you should have drilled him!”

Samurai 1B Neal Thomas followed Martinez’s third longball with a blast of his own to right for back-to-back jacks.

“I have to tip my cap to Romeo,” said Slater (10-11).  “He’s a terrific competitor, and I certainly wasn’t fooling him.”

Samurai starter Jonathan Fernandez (4-13) turned in one of his best starts of the seasons, going 8 innings and allowing five hits.  The only run he surrendered came on a 1st-inning solo shot by LF Kenneth Mader.  Salt Lake closer Dean Gamble allowed a solo shot to Sharks 2B Johnie Oller, but held on to record his 27th save.

“These are the kind of games we can’t lose if we’re going to catch Milwaukee,” said Lockley.  “We’re not taking care of business.”

The Samurai (42-93) enjoy their final off-day of the season tomorrow.  The Sharks (80-54) travel to New Mexico to face the Silver City Outlaws.

 

9/4/2015, SLC15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  1  0  1  0  2  0  0  0     4 11  1     7  3
2015 Sharks            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1     2  6  0     5  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  5  0  1  0  .256    Corona            rf  4  0  0  0  .321
Whitworth         dh  5  0  0  0  .266    Smyth             ss  4  0  0  0  .364
Cosgrove          cf  4  0  0  0  .278    Mader             lf  4  1  2  1  .323
Martinez          rf  4  3  3  3  .259    Oller             2b  4  1  1  1  .278
Thomas            1b  4  1  2  1  .224    Nix               dh  2  0  0  0  .335
Sparks            lf  4  0  2  0  .252    Lockley           c   3  0  1  0  .293
Turnbull          c   4  0  0  0  .159    Mote              3b  3  0  1  0  .208
Gaytan            2b  4  0  3  0  .265     Gonzalez         ph  1  0  0  0  .205
Davidson          3b  3  0  0  0  .196    Suarez            cf  3  0  1  0  .233
                     37  4 11  4          Ortiz             1b  3  0  0  0  .250
                                                               31  2  6  2
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fernandez        W 4-13          8.0  5  1  1  2  5 130  79  5.51
Gamble           S 27            1.0  1  1  1  1  0  12   5  5.20
                                 9.0  6  2  2  3  5 142  84 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Slater           L 10-11         8.0 10  4  4  0  4 123  79  4.94
Lopez                            1.0  1  0  0  0  1  13   9  2.89
                                 9.0 11  4  4  0  5 136  88 
 
CAL: Gonzalez batted for Mote in the 9th
 
E-Gaytan. HR-Martinez 3(18), Thomas(36), Mader(25), Oller(34). 
RBI-Martinez 3(65), Thomas(86), Mader(108), Oller(94). SB-Suarez(23). 
CS-Gaytan. K-Motonari, Whitworth 2, Thomas, Turnbull, Corona, Mader 2, Oller, 
Suarez. BB-Nix 2, Lockley. HBP-Davidson. HB-Slater. 
GWRBI: Martinez
Temperature: 61, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: none.

 

Knoxville SmokiesJackson HammerheadsKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 7, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 2

“Game, set, match,” said Knoxville Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “It’s over, baby!  We’ve got this in the bag.”

Mathematically speaking, the Smokies skipper is a bit premature; the Smokies have yet to clinch the Eastern division.  However, Wallace’s statement was a fair assessment of the triumphant mood in the Knoxville locker room after the Smokies recorded a decisive 7-2 win to claim a pivotal three-game series from the Jackson Hammerheads.

“Let’s get real, folks,” said Wallace.  “Jackson needed to sweep this series if they’re gonna have a prayer of catching us.  They didn’t do it.  They didn’t even win two.  So let’s cut the chit-chat and hand over the title already.”

The Smokies broke the game open in the 5th inning, when Hammerheads start Jordan Bergman (15-5) came unglued.  He allowed four walks and two hits in that inning alone, a tally that included a two-run single off the bat of Knoxville 2B Jeremiah Campo and a bases-loaded walk to 3B Ronnie Aceuedo.  By the time the inning was finished, the Smokies had pushed their 2-0 lead to 6-0.

“I don’t know what happened to my control,” said Bergman (15-5).  “The ball was kind of jumping around on me even in warmups, but in that inning, it just all went kind of haywire.”

Smokies starter Woody Flowers (8-10) turned in a strong performance over 7 innings.  He carried a shutout into the 7th before Hammerheads C Clarence Doyle launched a solo homer to break it up.  The Hammerheads tacked on another run with an 8th-inning sac fly, but that was as far as they got.

“For me, it really feels great to come through with a clutch performance at this part of the season,” said Flowers.  “I’ve been flailing a little lately, but when my team really needed me to deliver, I came through.  I’m hoping that sets me up for a strong finish.”

Hammerheads interim manager Eddie Harris, while refusing to concede the division, regarded this series as a lost opportunity.  “I’m still mad about the rain and that mess from yesterday,” said Harris.  “But the bottom line is that we had a chance to really put the fear of God into those guys in the other dugout, and we couldn’t get it done.  Now we’ve put ourselves in the position where we’ve got to more or less win out.”

While Harris fumed, Wallace lit a victory cigar for reporters.  “It tastes so good,” the Knoxville skipper said.  “Winning is the best taste there is.”

The Smokies (82-52) head down to Jacksonville to face the Dragons next.  The Hammerheads (75-60) open a series against the Orlando Calrissians.

 

9/4/2015, 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  1  0     2 10  0     9  2
2015 Smokies           1  0  0  1  4  0  1  0  x     7  9  0     6  0
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  5  0  2  0  .304    Blair             cf  5  1  2  0  .302
Westerberg        ss  5  1  1  0  .339    Campo             2b  3  1  1  2  .306
Sisco             lf  4  0  2  0  .314    Bryant            dh  4  1  1  1  .281
Fleitas           3b  3  0  1  1  .286    Campo             rf  3  2  2  0  .287
Jaramillo         dh  4  0  0  0  .265    Moriarty          ss  4  1  1  1  .279
Doyle             c   4  1  1  1  .323    Battin            1b  2  0  0  0  .302
Lassen            1b  3  0  1  0  .217    Aceuedo           3b  2  0  0  2  .270
Arispe            rf  3  0  0  0  .283    Carlo             c   4  0  1  1  .211
 Cianciarulo      ph  1  0  0  0  .230    Johnson           lf  3  1  1  0  .323
Righter           2b  3  0  2  0  .351                         30  7  9  7
                     35  2 10  2
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Bergman          L 15-5          4.2  6  6  6  6  1  97  45  4.04
Seeman                           0.0  1  0  0  0  0   4   4  6.85
Sircy                            3.1  2  1  1  0  2  32  20  3.11
                                 8.0  9  7  7  6  3 133  69 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Flowers          W 8-10          7.0  7  2  1  1  4 118  79  4.54
Tile                             1.2  3  0  0  0  2  26  21  2.17
Pasternak                        0.1  0  0  0  0  0   2   2  2.77
                                 9.0 10  2  1  1  6 146 102 
 
JCK: Cianciarulo batted for Arispe in the 9th
 
2B-Blair(30), Campo(22), Moriarty(33). 3B-Campo(7). HR-Doyle(8), Bryant(29). 
RBI-Fleitas(116), Doyle(55), Campo 2(59), Bryant(90), Moriarty(88), 
Aceuedo 2(57), Carlo(30). CS-Righter. K-Westerberg, Sisco, Jaramillo 2, 
Righter, Cianciarulo, Aceuedo 2, Johnson. BB-Lassen, Campo, Campo, Battin 2, 
Aceuedo, Johnson. SF-Fleitas, Aceuedo. HBP-Righter. PB-Carlo. HB-Flowers. 
GWRBI: Bryant
Temperature: 69, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: out to left at 11 MPH.

 

Milwaukee Bear ClawsSilver City OutlawsMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 16, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 6

For the second straight day, the Milwaukee Bear Claws showed their muscle, victimizing the helpless Silver City Outlaws.  This time, 3B Ikaru Suzuki and DH Rodolfo Raine led the way in a 16-6 pasting of the Outlaws.

“I’m real glad to see Zuk and Rainey get a turn in the spotlight,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “They’ve both been solid for us, but it’s usually Felipe [Mateo] or Red [Petitt] getting the headlines.  Everyone on the team deserves credit for what we’ve done.”

Suzuki went 4-for-6 with a double, a triple, and 4 RBI.  Raine went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a homer.  As Horton said, both of them are steady performers who have been essential parts in the Milwaukee lineup, but they rarely produce big games or colorful quotes.

“They’re both lunchpail guys,” said Mateo of Suzuki and Raine.  “They come in and do their work, but they’re both low-key guys.  They’re the glue that keeps us together.”

The Bear Claws mauled Outlaws starter Juan Carlos Lopez (10-11), touching him for six runs over 4 2/3 innings.  But Milwaukee didn’t truly put the game out of reach until final 3 innings, when they scored nine runs against an unlikely pair of Silver City hurlers.

After having cycled through his typical bullpen options by the 7th, Outlaws manager John Jarha turned to his closer, Go Matsumoto, in hopes of holding the fort.  That turned out to be a poor choice, as Matsumoto surrendered four runs over 1 1/3 innings, a tally that included Raine’s homer and an RBI double by CF DeRonde Maxwell.

“There’s always a risk bringing your closer into a non-close situation,” admitted Jarha.  “I know Go has trouble focusing sometimes when the game’s not on the line.  But I was pretty much at the end of my rope.  Everybody else was already used or they’ve been ridden like a rented mule.”

With Matsumoto failing to stem the bleeding and having no other options, Jarha brought in Cloyce “Hoss” Benson, tomorrow’s scheduled starter, to mop up the final 2 innings.  Benson allowed 5 runs, including a three-run homer to RF Wally Trumbauer and an RBI single and double to Petitt.

“If we could have just waved the white flag instead of playing the 8th and 9th, I’d have done it,” said Jarha.  “Everything just kind of went up in smoke over those last couple frames.”

Milwaukee starter “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman (15-9) picked up the win despite allowing five runs over 5 2/3 innings.  “I’m glad I got this game out of my system on a day when our bats went gonzo,” joked McNorman.

The Bear Claws (86-49) have an off-day tomorrow.  The Outlaws (60-74) host the California Sharks in a three-game set.

 

9/4/2015, MIL15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        1  0  0  2  3  1  3  4  2    16 19  1    13  2
2015 Outlaws           0  1  0  2  0  2  0  1  0     6 13  1    11  0
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  6  1  3  3  .326    Barkan            2b  4  1  1  1  .251
Iddings           2b  6  1  2  0  .268    Brewmaker         3b  5  0  3  1  .257
 Anthony          ph  1  0  0  0  .222    Jeffreys          c   4  0  1  1  .180
Mateo             1b  2  1  0  0  .336    Wason             rf  3  1  1  0  .278
Suzuki            3b  6  2  4  4  .294    Elliott           1b  5  0  0  0  .279
Mealey            lf  3  3  1  1  .303    Whittier          lf  5  1  3  0  .227
Raine             dh  5  3  4  2  .264    Hintz             dh  4  2  2  1  .204
Trumbauer         rf  4  1  1  3  .251    Cardona           cf  5  0  2  0  .233
McGuigan          c   6  1  2  1  .297    Burt              ss  3  1  0  1  .204
Maxwell           cf  4  3  2  1  .305                         38  6 13  5
                     43 16 19 15
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNorman         W 15-9          5.2 10  5  5  4  1  95  57  4.15
Abernathy        H 15            0.1  0  0  0  0  1   5   3  4.03
Lavine           H 5             1.0  1  0  0  0  0  19  11  3.66
Pellegrin                        2.0  2  1  1  1  2  32  21  4.50
                                 9.0 13  6  6  5  4 151  92 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lopez            L 10-11         4.2  6  6  6  4  4  86  45  4.20
Humphrey                         0.0  1  0  0  2  0  12   3  4.91
Menard                           0.1  0  0  0  0  0   3   2  2.78
Sapp                             0.2  1  1  1  1  0  12   5  8.11
Foster                           0.0  1  0  0  0  0   3   2  4.93
Matsumoto                        1.1  4  4  3  2  2  41  23  2.58
Benson                           2.0  6  5  5  3  0  44  22  5.49
                                 9.0 19 16 15 12  6 201 102 
 
MIL: Anthony batted for Iddings in the 9th
     Anthony moved to 2b in the 9th
 
E-Petitt, Jeffreys. 2B-Petitt(45), Iddings(30), Suzuki(21), Raine 2(27), 
McGuigan(21), Maxwell(27), Wason(12). 3B-Suzuki(19), Whittier(6). 
HR-Raine(10), Trumbauer(13). RBI-Petitt 3(70), Suzuki 4(104), Mealey(72), 
Raine 2(68), Trumbauer 3(69), McGuigan(53), Maxwell(54), Barkan(24), 
Brewmaker(80), Jeffreys(22), Hintz(18), Burt(36). SB-Petitt 2(38), 
Whittier(8), Hintz(4). CS-Trumbauer. K-Petitt, Iddings 2, Suzuki, Trumbauer, 
McGuigan, Jeffreys, Wason 2, Hintz. BB-Mateo 4, Mealey 3, Raine, Trumbauer 2, 
Maxwell 2, Barkan, Wason 2, Hintz, Burt. SH-Petitt. HBP-Jeffreys. 
HB-McNorman. 
GWRBI: Suzuki
Temperature: 97, Sky: cloudy, Wind: none.

 

Jacksonville DragonsOrlando CalrissiansJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 13, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 4

The Jacksonville Dragons finished their series against the Orlando Calrissians on a high note, with RF Roderick Hopps and LF Rob Hartley launching massive homers and the Dragons rolling to a 13-4 rout.

“We really put an exclamation point on this one!” shouted Hartley.  “And it feels damn good.”

Hopps and Hartley got their big flies in the middle innings.  Jacksonville had already chased Calrissians spot starter Ian Grazier (2-3), who lasted only 1 2/3 innings and allowed four runs, including back-to-back RBI doubles by DH Berry Canez and SS Alan Herdt and a two-run single by C Judson Teachout.

“Clearly, Ian’s not really cut out for starting,” said Calrissians C Herschel Lesher.  “Which means he fits right in with the rest of our rotation.”

In the 5th inning, Hopps came to bat against Orlando reliever Ruben Quesara with the bases already loaded courtesy of two walks and an error.  Hopps proceeded to crush the first pitch he saw into the upper deck in left center for a grand slam, upping Jacksonville’s lead from 4-2 to 8-2.

The following inning, Hartley came up with two runners on facing righty Barrett Turbeville.  He belted a 1-1 slider just inside the left-field foul pole for a three-run blast, giving the Dragons a 13-2 lead.

“I grew up in Oakland, and my dad always told me about watching the Bash Brothers,” said Hopps, referring to the Athletics tandem of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco.   “We had some vintage Bash Brothers action going on out there today.”

Young fireballer Juan Sarmiento (9-10) hurled 7 solid innings to pick up the win for the Dragons.  As is typical for him, he threw it hard but not always accurately, striking out eight and walking five.

“Juan is a force of nature,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “And like most forces of nature, he’s impossible to control and sometimes he destroys your house.  Not today, though.”

Calrissians 2B Erasmo Crofoot launched a towering solo shot, his 46th homer of the season, in a losing effort.

The Dragons (66-68) now prepare to host the Knoxville Smokies.  The Calrissians (47-88) open a series against the Jackson Hammerheads.

 

9/4/2015, ORL15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  2  0  0  1  1  0     4  6  2     7  0
2015 Dragons           0  4  0  0  4  5  0  0  x    13  9  1     2  1
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Gilmartin         ss  3  0  0  0  .240    Teachout          c   5  2  2  3  .316
 Buendia          ph  2  0  1  0  .293    Kapoor            1b  3  2  0  0  .310
Defoor            1b  2  1  0  1  .241    Hopps             rf  4  1  1  5  .272
Law               dh  4  1  1  0  .291    Hartley           lf  4  1  1  3  .259
Larson            rf  3  0  1  0  .295     Parker           lf  0  0  0  0  .201
Crofoot           2b  4  1  2  3  .205    Taliaferro        3b  4  0  1  0  .249
Figeroa           3b  3  0  0  0  .258    Leon              cf  4  1  1  0  .241
Lesher            c   4  0  0  0  .229    Canez             dh  4  1  1  1  .242
Elias             cf  3  1  0  0  .201    Herdt             ss  4  2  2  1  .238
Maben             lf  4  0  1  0  .241    Mount             2b  2  3  0  0  .240
                     32  4  6  4                               34 13  9 13
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Grazier          L 2-3           1.2  4  4  2  0  0  27  17  8.12
Filippi                          2.1  0  0  0  0  0  26  12  3.18
Quesara                          1.0  2  4  3  2  2  35  19  5.63
Turbeville                       0.1  3  5  5  2  0  23  13  7.75
Smith                            2.2  0  0  0  0  2  27  16  3.55
                                 8.0  9 13 10  4  4 138  77 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sarmiento        W 9-10          7.0  4  3  2  5  8 124  73  5.44
Abbas                            2.0  2  1  1  0  1  30  20  4.24
                                 9.0  6  4  3  5  9 154  93 
 
ORL: Buendia batted for Gilmartin in the 7th
     Buendia moved to ss in the 7th
JAX: Parker inserted at lf in the 9th
 
E-Defoor, Crofoot, Sarmiento. 2B-Law(6), Teachout(23), Canez(10), Herdt(21). 
HR-Crofoot(46), Hopps(34), Hartley(35). RBI-Defoor(77), Crofoot 3(110), 
Teachout 3(65), Hopps 5(102), Hartley 3(109), Canez(45), Herdt(55). 
SB-Mount 2(17). K-Gilmartin, Defoor, Law, Larson, Crofoot, Lesher 2, Elias, 
Maben, Hopps, Leon 2, Canez. BB-Defoor 2, Larson, Figeroa, Elias, Kapoor 2, 
Mount 2. SF-Defoor, Hopps. 
GWRBI: Canez
Temperature: 91, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: left to right at 11 MPH.

 

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