PBL Scores, 9/16/15

The final get-away day of the season.  The division races may be decided, but the team are still playing hard!

Milwaukee Bear ClawsSalt Lake SamuraiMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 4, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 2

Unsurprisingly, given their lofty record and their empty injury ward, the Milwaukee Bear Claws have very few concerns as they prepare to battle for the inaugural Patriot League championship.  If there is one minor area of concern, though, it surrounds the mild slumps of some of their starting pitchers, in particular their ace, Lou Mallory.  The big right-hander has been worryingly mediocre in many of his recent outings, often failing to get past the 5th or 6th.

Mallory did his best to put those worries to rest today, sparkling in his final regular-season start as the Bear Claws downed the Salt Lake Samurai, 4-2.

“There’s the Lou I know,” said Milwaukee manager Poss Horton.  “Large and in charge!  He’s gonna be just fine.”

Mallory (12-8) breezed through 8 innings and held the Samurai to five hits.  Both of Salt Lake’s run scored on Milwaukee miscues: one on a wild pitch in the 4th, and the other on an error by 3B Ikaru Suzuki in the 8th.

“It’s all coming together for me just in time,” said Mallory.  “My fastball’s got life, my curve’s got that big easy break, and I’ve got my confidence again.  I’m ready for the Smokies.”

Samurai ace Toshiie Maeda (7-17) had a solid game, firing a complete-game seven-hitter.  A couple of late longballs doomed him.  Bear Claws CF DeRonde Maxwell took Maeda deep for a two-run homer in the 7th, and LF Arthur Mealey added a two-run bomb of his own in the 8th.  The two pitches landed in nearly the same location in the left-field bleachers, and both were reportedly snagged by noted ballhawk Zack Hample.

“It has been a very long season for me,” admitted Maeda.  “I am away from my family and my country for the first time, and that was difficult.  But I hope to redeem everyone’s faith in me next season.”

Milwaukee closer Oscar Buenaventura worked yet another 1-2-3 9th for his 36th save.  In doing so, he lowered his ERA to an astounding 1.19 for the season.

“Bunny’s stat line is ridiculous,” said Horton.  “Sometimes I look at it and just rub my eyes.  He’s the surest thing in baseball.  He’s the First National Bank of Bunny.  All leads FDIC-insured.”

The Bear Claws (95-51) host the California Sharks for their final regular-season series.  The Samurai (44-102) finish out the year at The Corral against the Silver City Outlaws.

 

9/16/2015, MIL15-SLC15, Desert Edge Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  0  0  0  0  2  2  0     4  7  2     5  1
2015 Samurai           0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0     2  5  1     8  1
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  4  0  1  0  .321    Motonari          ss  5  0  0  0  .247
Iddings           2b  4  0  1  0  .269    Whitworth         dh  4  0  0  0  .262
Mateo             1b  1  1  0  0  .327    Cosgrove          cf  4  0  0  0  .278
Suzuki            3b  4  0  0  0  .288    Martinez          rf  3  2  1  0  .252
Mealey            lf  4  1  2  2  .309    Thomas            1b  4  0  1  0  .222
Raine             dh  4  0  0  0  .257    Sparks            lf  4  0  2  0  .265
Trumbauer         rf  4  1  1  0  .246    Turnbull          c   4  0  1  0  .159
McGuigan          c   4  0  0  0  .289    Gaytan            2b  2  0  0  0  .252
Maxwell           cf  4  1  2  2  .309    Davidson          3b  3  0  0  0  .207
                     33  4  7  4                               33  2  5  0
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mallory          W 12-8          8.0  5  2  1  4  4 114  68  4.22
Buenaventura     S 36            1.0  0  0  0  0  1  14   9  1.19
                                 9.0  5  2  1  4  5 128  77 
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Maeda            L 7-17          9.0  7  4  4  3  1 114  73  5.13
                                 9.0  7  4  4  3  1 114  73 
 
E-Suzuki, Maxwell, Cosgrove. 2B-Iddings(34), Martinez(20), Sparks(26). 
HR-Mealey(10), Maxwell(6). RBI-Mealey 2(85), Maxwell 2(61). CS-Suzuki. 
K-Mateo, Whitworth 2, Cosgrove, Thomas, Gaytan. BB-Mateo 3, Martinez, 
Gaytan 2, Davidson. PB-McGuigan. WP-Mallory. 
GWRBI: Maxwell
Temperature: 75, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 12 MPH.

 

Knoxville SmokiesJacksonville DragonsKNOXVILLE SMOKIES 5, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 4

The Knoxville Smokies are coming to the finish line with their trademark swagger intact.  With the division title assured and a series win over the Jacksonville Dragons intact, other teams might have opted to rest some starters in the final regular-season games, or at least instructed the starters to take it easy.  But Smokies manager Snuff Wallace doesn’t believe in taking it easy.  He wanted a sweep, and he ordered his players to keep the hammer down.  They did, and the Smokies claimed a 5-4 victory and the sweep the skipper sought.

“Rest?  What the hell for?” said Wallace.  “You can rest all winter.  Right now, it’s all hands on deck.  Let’s get this thing done.  I wanna win all the games.”

Knoxville DH Malcolm Bryant got his team off to a fast start by blasting a two-run homer to left off of Dragons starter Samir Khan.  After Jacksonville DH Berry Canez blasted a three-run tater in the 4th to put the Dragons in front, Wallace urged his team to keep up the fight.

“Squish ‘em like a Florida bug,” Wallace said he told his charges.  “Stick their nuts in a vise grips and just keep squeezin’.”

Sure enough, the Smokies came charging back in the 5th, chasing Khan (9-7) and beating the Dragons into submission with their trademark string of hits.  3B Ronnie Aceuedo drew a one-out walk.  C Prince Carlo doubled to the gap in left center.  After that, three straight RBI singles did Khan and the Dragons in.

Knoxville did have a bit of a scare when starter Rick Tomblin left the game in the 5th, despite the fact that he was cruising.  Wallace said after the game that the lefty departed due to a blister forming on his pitching hand.  The skipper expects Tomblin to be ready for the championship.

“He might have to hold his beer funny for a couple days,” said Wallace.  “That’s all.”

Rock-solid reliever Jerry Tile (6-0) followed up with 3 1/3 innings to pick up the win.  Closer Charlie Pasternak walked in a run in the 8th, but held on for his 31st save.

The Smokies (90-56) close out the regular season with a four-game set against the Orlando Calrissians.  The Dragons (70-76) finish up at home against the Jackson Hammerheads.

 

9/16/2015, JAX15-KNX15, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Dragons           0  0  0  3  0  0  0  1  0     4 14  1    10  2
2015 Smokies           2  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  x     5  8  0     3  0
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Teachout          c   5  0  1  0  .306    Blair             cf  4  0  1  1  .297
Kapoor            1b  5  0  1  0  .309    Campo             2b  4  1  2  1  .304
Hopps             rf  5  0  2  0  .276    Bryant            dh  4  1  1  2  .285
Hartley           lf  5  0  0  0  .257    Campo             rf  4  0  0  0  .286
Taliaferro        3b  5  2  2  0  .254    Moriarty          ss  4  0  0  0  .277
Leon              cf  4  1  2  0  .245    Battin            1b  3  0  1  0  .302
Canez             dh  4  1  1  3  .240    Aceuedo           3b  2  1  0  0  .269
Herdt             ss  4  0  4  0  .237    Carlo             c   3  1  2  0  .211
Mount             2b  3  0  1  1  .243    Johnson           lf  3  1  1  1  .320
                     40  4 14  4                               31  5  8  5
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Khan             L 9-7           4.1  7  5  5  1  0  50  35  4.79
Corridon                         3.2  1  0  0  0  4  46  29  3.70
                                 8.0  8  5  5  1  4  96  64 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tomblin                          4.1  7  3  3  0  1  57  41  4.68
Tile             W 6-0           3.1  6  1  1  0  1  37  28  2.31
Pasternak        S 31            1.1  1  0  0  1  0  22  13  2.55
                                 9.0 14  4  4  1  2 116  82 
 
E-Corridon. 2B-Hopps(27), Carlo(14). HR-Canez(20), Bryant(33). 
RBI-Canez 3(53), Mount(31), Blair(87), Campo(67), Bryant 2(103), Johnson(93). 
SB-Campo(16). K-Hartley, Mount, Bryant 2, Moriarty 2. BB-Mount, Aceuedo. 
GWRBI: Blair
Rick Tomblin was injured for this game only
Temperature: 67, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 17 MPH.

 

California SharksSilver City OutlawsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 5, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 2

California Sharks ace Pierre LaRue hoped that today’s start would be a final tune-up for the playoffs.  But since the Sharks couldn’t catch mighty Milwaukee atop the West, today was LaRue’s swan song, one last chance to pitch in front of the home fans at Blue Note Stadium and cap off a fantastic season.  The right-hander pitched one of his finest games of the season, and the Sharks won their home finale 5-2 over the Silver City Outlaws.

“I want to thank all of the wonderful fans here in Long Beach,” said California manager Eduardo Aponte.  “I really hoped we could be bringing you home a trophy, but at least we could leave you with a win to savor through the long winter.”

LaRue (19-5) went 8 innings, allowing only three hits and striking out five.  Outlaws LF Tex Whittier singled home the first run in the 4th, and 3B Rusty Brewmaker socked a homer just inside the right-field line to lead off the 6th.

“It’s bittersweet,” said LaRue.  “I feel that I had a strong year, but without a title, it feels a little empty.  Hopefully we can change that up next season.”

Silver City starter Rob Tildon (10-14) struggled through 6 2/3 innings, allowing 11 hits.  He didn’t get much help from his defense, either, particularly 1B Muzz Elliott.  The burly first sacker muffed two straight chanced in a bizarre 4th inning that saw the Sharks score two runs.

“I think my girlfriend put a curse on my glove,” said Elliott.  “Anybody know a good witch doctor?”

On the good news side, it was a banner day for Corky Carpenter, whose single drove in those 4th-inning runs.  Normally California’s backup catcher, Carpenter found himself playing DH today thanks to a series of lineup shuffles brought on by Max Ortiz’s injury.  Making the most of his opportunity, Carpenter went 3-for-4 and even stole a base, only his second of the season.

“When Corky took off for second, I think it shocked us all,” said Sharks 2B Johnie Oller.  “Corky’s not exactly a track star, and we were all kind of thinking, ‘What you doing, boy?’  But he made it.”

Sharks LF Kenneth Mader praised Carpenter’s performance, but had one request for Aponte.  “Next time, we have to find a way to get him in the field,” said Mader.  “When he’s not playing, he’s always bouncing up and down the dugout and cheering and talking at guys.  Just imagine how annoying he is when he’s playing and he’s raking.  Jesus.”

The Sharks (86-60) wrap up their season with a four-game series with the Milwaukee Bear Claws.  The Outlaws (67-79) head home for a series against the Salt Lake Samurai.

 

9/16/2015, SCO15-CAL15, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0     2  3  2     4  2
2015 Sharks            0  1  2  0  1  0  1  0  x     5 11  0     7  0
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Barkan            2b  4  0  0  0  .241    Corona            rf  4  0  0  0  .308
Brewmaker         3b  3  1  1  1  .254    Smyth             ss  3  1  0  0  .358
Cardona           cf  4  0  0  0  .228    Mader             lf  4  2  1  0  .323
Wason             rf  3  1  0  0  .282    Oller             2b  4  1  2  0  .278
Elliott           1b  4  0  1  0  .270     Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .129
Whittier          lf  4  0  1  1  .239    Nix               1b  3  0  2  2  .331
Ivey              dh  3  0  0  0  .267    Carpenter         dh  4  1  3  2  .272
Watson            c   2  0  0  0  .191    Lockley           c   4  0  1  1  .285
Ginder            ss  3  0  0  0  .172    Mote              3b  4  0  1  0  .214
                     30  2  3  2          Suarez            cf  4  0  1  0  .231
                                                               34  5 11  5
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tildon           L 10-14         6.2 11  5  3  1  4 107  71  3.88
Sapp                             1.1  0  0  0  0  0  12   6  7.60
                                 8.0 11  5  3  1  4 119  77 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
La Rue           W 19-5          8.0  3  2  2  3  5 105  71  3.88
Arzola           S 7             1.0  0  0  0  0  2  15  10  1.43
                                 9.0  3  2  2  3  7 120  81 
 
CAL: Puffer inserted at 2b in the 8th
 
E-Elliott 2. 2B-Mader(26), Nix(30). 3B-Oller(7). HR-Brewmaker(28). 
RBI-Brewmaker(87), Whittier(44), Nix 2(91), Carpenter 2(22), Lockley(62). 
SB-Carpenter(2), Suarez(26). K-Wason, Whittier 2, Ivey 3, Watson, Corona 3, 
Mote. BB-Brewmaker, Wason, Watson, Smyth. SF-Nix. 
GWRBI: Lockley
Temperature: 84, Sky: cloudy, Wind: in from right at 2 MPH.

 

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