PBL Scores, 9/6/15

A lot of tight, tense games today.  The season may be winding down, but the action’s heating up!

Milwaukee Bear ClawsSalt Lake SamuraiMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 9, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 8 (10 INNINGS)

Today’s game between the Patriot League’s best team and its worst was, to say the least, a see-saw affair.  The Milwaukee Bear Claws fell into a big hole, rallied to take the lead, gave it away, took it back, lost it again, and then finally walked off the Salt Lake Samurai by a 9-8 margin in 10 innings.

“Man, I got whiplash just watching this one,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “I wasn’t sure it was ever gonna end.  But in the end, we got the W, and that’s what counts.”

Early on, the odds of the Bear Claws “getting the W” seemed slim, as they fell behind 5-0 after another rough outing by ace Lou Mallory.  “I know everybody’s freaking out about Lou,” said Horton.  “But I think he’ll be right when we need him to come through.”

But Milwaukee roared back to score six runs in the 5th inning, chasing Samurai ace Toshiie Maeda.  3B Ikaru Suzuki’s three-run homer was the biggest blow, allowing the Bear Claws to claim the lead.

“I know when you think of high-octane offenses in this league, everyone thinks of Jackson or California,” said Bear Claws SS Red Petitt.  “But ours is pretty potent, too.”

Milwaukee’s big 5th began a sequence of four straight innings in which the lead changed hands.  Samurai DH Jamar Whitworth slammed a two-run tater off of Bear Claws reliever Stu Juens in the 6th to put Salt Lake back in front.  Milwaukee retook the lead in the 7th courtesy of a two-run double by DH Rodolfo Raine against Salt Lake reliever Miguel Bautista.  In the 8th, Samurai CF Lee Cosgrove launched a solo shot to tie it up.

The score remained deadlocked at 8 until the bottom of the 10th, when Bear Claws CF DeRonde Maxwell lined a walkoff single up the middle off of Samurai closer Dean Gamble.  The run was charged to Bautista (3-4), who wound up working 3 1/3 innings.

Milwaukee closer Oscar Buenaventura (6-0) worked 1 2/3 scoreless frames to get the win.

The Bear Claws (87-49) look to finish their second straight series sweep tomorrow behind lefty Benicio Torrenueva.  The Samurai (42-94) will look to Grant Fore to salvage a split.

 

9/6/2015, SLC15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  4  0  1  0  2  0  1  0  0     8 16  0    16  1
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  0  6  0  2  0  0  1     9 11  2     8  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  6  1  3  1  .258    Petitt            ss  5  1  2  0  .327
Whitworth         dh  6  1  2  2  .267    Iddings           2b  4  1  2  2  .270
Cosgrove          cf  5  1  2  1  .279    Mateo             1b  4  2  0  0  .333
Martinez          rf  5  0  2  0  .261    Suzuki            3b  4  1  1  3  .294
Thomas            1b  4  0  1  0  .224    Mealey            lf  5  1  1  0  .302
Sparks            lf  6  1  4  0  .257    Raine             dh  4  1  2  2  .267
Turnbull          c   4  1  1  0  .160    Trumbauer         rf  4  1  0  0  .250
Gaytan            2b  4  1  0  0  .262    McGuigan          c   4  1  2  0  .299
Davidson          3b  5  2  1  3  .196    Maxwell           cf  3  0  1  2  .306
                     45  8 16  7                               37  9 11  9
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Maeda                            4.2  5  6  6  3  2  81  47  5.44
Okamura                          1.1  2  1  1  1  1  19  12  5.79
Bautista         BS 4, L 3-4     3.1  3  2  2  2  0  54  29  2.90
Gamble                           0.0  1  0  0  0  0   5   4  5.20
                                 9.1 11  9  9  6  3 159  92 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mallory                          4.0  5  5  4  3  2  89  50  4.27
Juens                            1.1  3  2  2  3  2  39  22  5.72
Almon                            2.0  1  1  1  0  2  24  16  4.10
Abernathy                        1.0  5  0  0  0  0  29  18  3.97
Buenaventura     W 6-0           1.2  2  0  0  1  2  24  15  1.27
                                10.0 16  8  7  7  8 205 121 
 
E-Iddings, Trumbauer. 2B-Iddings 2(32), Raine(28), McGuigan(22). 
3B-Davidson(4). HR-Whitworth(15), Cosgrove(5), Suzuki(19). RBI-Motonari(42), 
Whitworth 2(54), Cosgrove(54), Davidson 3(36), Iddings 2(89), Suzuki 3(107), 
Raine 2(70), Maxwell 2(56). SB-Cosgrove(7), Sparks(3), Trumbauer(7). 
K-Cosgrove, Martinez 2, Thomas, Sparks, Gaytan, Davidson 2, Petitt 2, Mateo. 
BB-Cosgrove, Martinez, Thomas 2, Turnbull, Gaytan 2, Iddings, Mateo, Suzuki, 
Raine, Trumbauer, McGuigan. SH-Turnbull. SF-Maxwell. HBP-Davidson, Maxwell. 
HB-Okamura, Mallory. 
GWRBI: Maxwell
Temperature: 47, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: in from left at 11 MPH.

 

Silver City OutlawsCalifornia SharksSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 6, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 5

“We aren’t dead yet,” said California Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte, “but the undertaker is coming by to take our measurements.”

The Sharks continued their stretch-drive swoon today, blowing a lead in the 8th to suffer a 6-5 loss to the Silver City Outlaws.

“There’s really no excuse for this,” said California closer Eugene Grace, who picked a terrible time to suffer his first blown save of the season.  “Are we choking?  It kind of feels that way.”

The Sharks were desperately hoping for a happy ending in this one after they rallied from an early deficit to chase Outlaws lefty Rob Tildon and take a 5-3 lead.  But California ace Pierre LaRue, who had been rolling, suddenly ran into trouble in the 8th.  He allowed a homer to Outlaws DH Marlon Hintz to open the inning, narrowing the Sharks’ lead to one.  He got two outs in the inning, but they were sandwiched between a bunt single and a walk.

Aponte went to his closer, Grace, hoping to press on to the 9th with the lead intact.  But Grace allowed a bases-clearing double to C Marlon Jeffreys to give Silver City the lead.

“Eugene Grace has been incredible for us,” said Aponte.  “He has played virtually every role in our bullpen, and done it without complaint.  He has been essential to us in so many situations.  I know he may dwell on this, because it is the nature of the game.  But I hope that in the end, he remembers his many successes, and not this failure.”

For the second straight game, the Sharks failed to take advantage of the Outlaws’ struggling, exhausted bullpen.  Five Silver City relievers combined to throw 3 2/3 scoreless innings.  Closer Go Matsumoto (2-3) worked the 8th to pick up the win.  Forgotten man Jon Spradlin allowed two hits in the 9th, but survived to pick up his second save.

“To me, our failure to get any runs after Tildon left is a bigger concern than what happened in the 8th,” said Aponte.  “We had opportunities to make our lead safe, and we did not.”

The Outlaws (62-74) try for the sweep behind young stud Pedro Rodriguez tomorrow.  The Sharks (80-56) send right-hander Kevin Conner to the hill.

 

9/6/2015, CAL15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            0  0  1  1  3  0  0  0  0     5  8  3     5  0
2015 Outlaws           2  0  1  0  0  0  0  3  x     6  9  1    10  1
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  1  0  0  .320    Barkan            2b  4  1  1  0  .248
Smyth             ss  3  1  2  2  .363    Brewmaker         3b  3  1  0  0  .259
Mader             lf  3  0  1  1  .324    Jeffreys          c   5  0  2  2  .182
Oller             2b  4  0  0  0  .275    Wason             rf  4  1  1  0  .281
 Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .130    Elliott           1b  4  1  2  2  .279
Nix               dh  4  1  1  0  .335    Whittier          lf  4  0  1  1  .229
Lockley           c   3  0  0  1  .290    Hintz             dh  3  1  1  1  .208
Mote              3b  4  0  1  0  .210    Cardona           cf  4  0  0  0  .231
 Novick           pr  0  0  0  0  .184    Burt              ss  4  1  1  0  .207
Suarez            cf  4  1  0  0  .232                         35  6  9  6
Ortiz             1b  4  1  3  1  .275
                     33  5  8  5
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
La Rue           L 17-5          7.2  8  6  6  5  3 135  76  3.99
Grace            BS 1            0.1  1  0  0  0  0   2   2  3.66
                                 8.0  9  6  6  5  3 137  78 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tildon                           5.1  5  5  4  2  4 101  62  4.07
Foster                           0.2  0  0  0  0  1   8   6  4.82
Sapp                             0.2  1  0  0  0  0  10   8  8.03
Menard                           0.1  0  0  0  0  0   5   2  2.73
Matsumoto        W 2-3           1.0  0  0  0  0  2  15   9  2.53
Spradlin         S 2             1.0  2  0  0  0  0  11   7  4.58
                                 9.0  8  5  4  2  7 150  94 
 
CAL: Puffer inserted at 2b in the 8th
     Novick ran for Mote in the 9th
 
E-Oller 2, La Rue, Burt. 2B-Ortiz(4), Jeffreys(9). 3B-Smyth(19), Mader(12), 
Nix(10). HR-Elliott(27), Hintz(6). RBI-Smyth 2(97), Mader(109), Lockley(56), 
Ortiz(7), Jeffreys 2(25), Elliott 2(91), Whittier(35), Hintz(19). 
SB-Smyth(20), Suarez(24). K-Corona, Oller 3, Nix, Lockley, Suarez, Barkan, 
Jeffreys, Whittier. BB-Corona, Smyth, Barkan, Brewmaker 2, Wason, Hintz. 
SF-Mader. HBP-Lockley. HB-Tildon. WP-Tildon. 
GWRBI: Jeffreys
Temperature: 99, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 6 MPH.

 

Jackson HammerheadsOrlando CalrissiansJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 6, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 4

Jackson Hammerheads owner/whiz-kid GM Steven Butler believes that power is overrated, and he has built his team on that basis.  Today’s game suggested that he might have a point, as the Hammerheads gave up three home runs and still defeated the Orlando Calrissians, 6-4.

“Chalk one up for small ball, I guess,” said Jackson DH Alex Jaramillo, who went 3-for-5 and scored two runs.  “Whatever, I’m just glad we got a win.”

The Hammerheads scored four of their runs against Orlando starter Chuck Weaver (5-12).  RF Erin Arispe doubled in a pair in the 2nd.  In the 6th, after the Calrissians rallied to tie, Jackson 1B John Lassen singled in a run and then 2B Homer Righter laid down a perfect suicide squeeze to bring in another.

“That was old school!“ said Righter, who credited interim manager Eddie Harris for calling the play.  “It really gets your blood pumping, because there’s no margin for error.”

Hammerheads C Clarence Doyle was responsible for Jackson’s other two runs.  He brought one home with a 7th-inning single against lefty Ruben Quesara, and added another with a sac fly in the 9th against right-hander Barrett Turbeville.

“Pretty good for a day’s work,” said Doyle.

Hammerheads starter Kiko Walton (10-6), who has a Jekyll-and-Hyde reputation, stayed on the good side today.  He went 8 innings and struck out six, allowing only three runs, which came on homers by Orlando 1B Brooks Defoor and SS Sean Gilmartin.

“I didn’t groove too many today, and I kept it over the plate,” said Walton.  “That checks all my boxes.”

Closer Rick Sheen allowed a solo homer to pinch-hitter Jose Buendia, but held on to record his 25th save.

The Calrissians suffered another blow to their outfield depth when RF Magnus Larson departed in the 6th with an ankle injury.  He joins LF Lauren Hartl among the ranks of the wounded.  Bothan said that Larson would probably miss “a few games,” but would not go on the DL.  “We’ve got enough depth to make it without him for a while,” said Bothan.  “Besides, it’s not like we’re contending.  We’ll survive.”

The Hammerheads (76-61) and the Calrissians (48-89) will play the rubber match of their series tomorrow, which Jackson’s Todd Warrant going up against Orlando’s Charles McNally.

 

9/6/2015, JCK15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       0  2  0  0  0  2  1  0  1     6 13  1    11  0
2015 Calrissians       0  0  2  0  0  0  0  1  1     4  8  1     7  0
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  4  0  1  0  .303    Gilmartin         ss  5  1  1  1  .239
Westerberg        ss  4  0  1  0  .339    Defoor            1b  5  1  1  2  .243
Sisco             lf  5  1  1  0  .310    Law               dh  3  0  0  0  .288
Fleitas           3b  5  1  1  0  .285    Larson            rf  3  0  1  0  .295
Jaramillo         dh  5  2  3  0  .266     Carquinez        pr  1  0  1  0  .227
Doyle             c   4  2  2  2  .321    Crofoot           2b  3  0  0  0  .204
Lassen            1b  5  0  2  1  .228    Figeroa           3b  4  0  2  0  .260
Arispe            rf  5  0  2  2  .284    Lesher            c   4  0  0  0  .225
Righter           2b  2  0  0  1  .353    Elias             cf  4  0  0  0  .199
                     39  6 13  6          Maben             lf  3  1  1  0  .230
                                           Buendia          ph  1  1  1  1  .295
                                                               36  4  8  4
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Walton           W 10-6          8.0  7  3  3  2  6 111  69  5.09
Sheen            S 25            1.0  1  1  1  0  2  18  11  3.99
                                 9.0  8  4  4  2  8 129  80 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Weaver           L 5-12          6.0  8  4  3  0  2  96  61  6.58
Quesara                          1.0  3  1  1  0  2  17  11  5.68
Filippi                          1.0  0  0  0  2  1  23  13  3.14
Turbeville                       1.0  2  1  1  0  0  17  12  7.77
                                 9.0 13  6  5  2  5 153  97 
 
ORL: Carquinez ran for Larson in the 6th
     Carquinez moved to rf in the 7th
     Buendia batted for Maben in the 9th
 
E-Westerberg, Crofoot. 2B-Fleitas(27), Jaramillo(24), Arispe(30). 
HR-Gilmartin(4), Defoor(25), Buendia(11). RBI-Doyle 2(57), Lassen(22), 
Arispe 2(82), Righter(52), Gilmartin(20), Defoor 2(80), Buendia(70). 
K-Westerberg, Fleitas, Jaramillo, Doyle, Lassen, Defoor, Law 2, Crofoot 2, 
Lesher, Elias 2. BB-Deason, Righter, Law, Crofoot. SH-Righter. SF-Doyle. 
HBP-Westerberg. HB-Weaver. 
GWRBI: Lassen
Magnus Larson was injured for this game and 4 more days
Temperature: 87, Sky: cloudy, Wind: in from center at 23 MPH.

 

Knoxville SmokiesJacksonville DragonsKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 2, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 0

Knoxville Smokies starter Rick Tomblin is making the most of his second chance.  Rescued from minor-league purgatory in Orlando by a deadline trade, Tomblin has shown both flashes of promise and frustrated inconsistency in Knoxville.  But with manager Snuff Wallace sticking behind him, Tomblin is determined to stick in the majors.  He took a big step toward that goal today, shutting out the Jacksonville Dragons in a 2-0 win.

“It feels good being with a team and playing for a manager that actually has your back,” said Tomblin.  “I don’t worry that I’m gonna be banished if I have a bad game or two.  I’m getting this kind of chance with a first-place team, when I couldn’t buy a chance with a team in the basement.  What does that tell you?”

Wallace grinned when asked about Tomblin.  “I’m telling you, the kid’s got everything I like.  He’s got talent, and he’s got a chip on his shoulder.  Guys with something to prove always play hard.  Rick’s full of piss and vinegar, just like me.  He’s got a bright future with this club.”

Tomblin (4-2) wasn’t exactly dominant; he allowed six hits and three walks, and the Smokies made three errors.  Still, he came up with the pitches to get key outs when he needed them, inducing three double plays to snuff out Jacksonville threats.

“I actually think I pitch best with guys on base,” said Tomblin.  “1-2-3 innings are a snooze.  You get guys on, especially in scoring position, it gets you moving.  You bring your best because you have to.  You’re living on a tightrope.”

Dragons right-hander Samir Khan (9-6) was the hard-luck loser, despite a strong complete-game effort.  He allowed a solo homer to Smokies 1B Eddie Battin in the 2nd and an RBI single to DH Malcolm Bryant in the 3rd.  That was all, but Tomblin made it stand up.

With the loss, the Dragons were once again foiled in their quest to get to the .500 mark.  “We’ve been close to it so many times,” said 1B Jake Kapoor.  “It feels like it’s taunting us.  But if we keep getting up to it, I’m confident we’ll get there.  We’re too good not to.”

The Smokies (83-53) hope that righty Jack Jacques can capture the series tomorrow.  The Dragons (67-69) counter with their ace, Biggs McGee.

 

9/6/2015, KNX15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0     2  7  3     7  3
2015 Dragons           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  6  1     8  0
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  4  1  2  0  .301    Teachout          c   4  0  0  0  .312
Campo             2b  4  0  1  0  .303    Kapoor            1b  3  0  1  0  .310
Bryant            dh  3  0  1  1  .284    Hopps             rf  4  0  2  0  .274
Campo             rf  4  0  0  0  .285    Hartley           lf  4  0  0  0  .261
Moriarty          ss  4  0  1  0  .279    Taliaferro        3b  4  0  1  0  .254
Battin            1b  3  1  1  1  .302    Leon              cf  3  0  0  0  .242
Aceuedo           3b  4  0  1  0  .272    Canez             dh  4  0  0  0  .243
Carlo             c   4  0  0  0  .208    Herdt             ss  3  0  0  0  .235
Johnson           lf  4  0  0  0  .318    Mount             2b  3  0  2  0  .245
                     34  2  7  2                               32  0  6  0
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tomblin          W 4-2           9.0  6  0  0  3  3 123  76  5.12
                                 9.0  6  0  0  3  3 123  76 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Khan             L 9-6           9.0  7  2  2  2  2 129  82  4.71
                                 9.0  7  2  2  2  2 129  82 
 
E-Moriarty, Battin, Tomblin, Taliaferro. 2B-Blair 2(32), Hopps(23), 
Taliaferro(20), Mount(8). HR-Battin(29). RBI-Bryant(91), Battin(99). 
K-Campo 2, Teachout, Taliaferro, Herdt. BB-Bryant, Battin, Kapoor, Leon, 
Herdt. 
GWRBI: Battin
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

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