PBL Scores, 9/17/15

Offense was the order of the day today as the final countdown continues.  Read on…

Milwaukee Bear ClawsCalifornia SharksMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 8, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 5

Having been eliminated from the playoff race last week, the California Sharks are now just trying to finish out the season, avoid injuries, and plan for next year.  But on a chilly night at High Life Field, the Milwaukee Bear Claws broke the Sharks’ hearts one more time, exploding for a four-run 8th to claim an 8-5 win in the opening game of the season’s final series.

“This was the season in miniature,” said Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte.  “We were good, but we were not good enough.”

The Sharks looked good going into the 8th.  They’d gotten a solid final start from young right-hander Kevin Conner.  They knocked Milwaukee start Benicio Torrenueva out of the game in the 5th, and a solo shot by 2B Johnie Oller in the 7th gave the visitors a 5-4 lead.

But veteran lefty Boss Walker (1-5), who has been one of the most reliable options in the California pen in the second half, had a rare poor outing in the 8th.  He allowed two outs and a walk while recording only one out.  The Bear Claws scored the tying run on a groundout from DH Rodolfo Raine; Oller double-clutched on the throw home, and 1B Felipe Mateo was able to slide in under the tag.  Milwaukee then scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single by C Paris Champney, and SS Red Petitt’s two-run single later in the inning gave the Bear Claws a cushion to work with.

“That’s what I love about our team,” said Milwaukee manager Poss Horton.  “We’ve got so many ways to score runs and win games.  We don’t have to say, oh, we’ve gotta wait for our big slugger to come up to score, or oh, this guy’s starting, we can’t win.  I trust every man on this roster, all the way down.”

Bear Claws reliever Avery Lavine (3-0), who pitched a scoreless 8th, picked up the win.

Closer Oscar Buenaventura had a bumpier ride than usual in the 9th.  A two-out error by 2B Richard Iddings gave the Sharks a late burst of hope.  DH Corky Carpenter then singled to move the tying run over to third.  But Buenaventura got C Thaddeus Lockley to ground out to short, ending the game and securing his league-leading 37th save.

The Bear Claws (96-51) send right-hander Herculez Mendoza to the hill tomorrow.  The Sharks (86-61) hand the ball to southpaw Stu Palmeiro.

 

9/17/2015, CAL15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            0  1  0  0  3  0  1  0  0     5 10  1    11  0
2015 Bear Claws        0  0  3  1  0  0  0  4  x     8 10  1     6  0
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  0  1  0  .307    Petitt            ss  5  1  3  3  .323
Smyth             ss  5  1  1  0  .356    Iddings           2b  5  1  1  1  .269
Mader             lf  5  0  1  1  .322    Mateo             1b  3  1  1  1  .327
Oller             2b  5  1  1  1  .278    Suzuki            3b  4  1  1  0  .288
Nix               1b  3  1  1  0  .331    Mealey            lf  4  0  0  1  .307
Carpenter         dh  3  0  1  1  .273    Raine             dh  3  0  0  1  .255
Lockley           c   5  0  1  0  .284     Dipalma          pr  0  0  0  0  .200
Mote              3b  3  1  2  0  .216    Champney          c   4  1  2  1  .161
Suarez            cf  4  1  1  2  .231    Trumbauer         rf  4  2  1  0  .246
                     37  5 10  5          Maxwell           cf  3  1  1  0  .309
                                                               35  8 10  8
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Conner                           7.0  7  4  4  1  3  85  57  4.21
Walker           BS 2, L 1-5     0.1  2  4  4  1  0  14   7  5.61
Arzola                           0.2  1  0  0  1  0  17   9  1.41
                                 8.0 10  8  8  3  3 116  73 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Torrenueva                       4.1  6  4  4  2  1  77  47  3.45
Almon                            2.2  2  1  1  2  1  45  22  3.82
Lavine           W 3-0           1.0  1  0  0  1  1  20  11  3.44
Buenaventura     S 37            1.0  1  0  0  0  1  18  13  1.17
                                 9.0 10  5  5  5  4 160  93 
 
MIL: Dipalma ran for Raine in the 8th
 
E-Corona, Iddings. 2B-Smyth(35), Petitt(49), Suzuki(23). 3B-Nix(13). 
HR-Oller(35), Suarez(13). RBI-Mader(118), Oller(99), Carpenter(23), 
Suarez 2(75), Petitt 3(74), Iddings(94), Mateo(158), Mealey(86), Raine(75), 
Champney(6). SB-Trumbauer(8). K-Corona, Mader, Suarez 2, Raine, Champney, 
Trumbauer. BB-Corona, Nix 2, Carpenter, Mote, Mateo, Raine, Maxwell. 
SF-Carpenter. BALK-Almon. 
GWRBI: Champney
Rodolfo Raine was injured for this game only
Temperature: 51, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 3 MPH.

 

Orlando CalrissiansKnoxville SmokiesORLANDO CALRISSIANS 14, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 4

Knoxville Smokies manager Snuff Wallace has emphasized the importance of finishing the regular season strong, to be in top form heading into the championship.  Needless to say, he wasn’t pleased with today’s game, in which the last-place Orlando Calrissians scored nine runs in a bizarre 4th inning and drubbed the Smokies, 14-4.

“That ain’t what I expect from the boys,” said Wallace.  “We’re supposed to blow away the puissant clubs like Orlando.  But it’s better if they get this crap out of their system now, I guess.”

Going into the bottom of the 4th, the Smokies held a 2-1 lead with normally reliable starter Jack Jacques on the mound.  But the Calrissians proceeded to send 14 hitters to the plate against three different Knoxville pitchers in the inning.

Calrissians 3B Curt Figueroa opened the inning with a single.  2B Erasmo Crofoot then belted a two-run homer to left, giving Orlando its first lead of the game.  After two more singles, Smokies 1B Eddie Battin failed to corral a hot grounder, loading the bases.  Jacques (12-11) then plunked Orlando LF Lauren Hartl, forcing in a run and leading Wallace to pull his starter.

“Today, I was not myself,” said Jacques.  “I do not understand my performance.”

Lefty Tobias Dennis entered the game next, and proceeded to pour gasoline on an already raging inferno.  He hit 1B Brooks Defoor and walked SS Jose Buendia, forcing in two more runs to make it 6-2.  He then allowed an RBI single to RF Bart Law, making it 7-2.  Dennis then bounced a curve to Figueroa that C Prince Carlo couldn’t block, bringing in yet another run.  (Carlo was charged with a passed ball.)  Figueroa wound up walking, and Wallace walked back to the mound to yank Dennis.  By this point, the Calrissians had batted around in the inning and had yet to record an out.

Southpaw Tom Trane, the third Smokies pitcher of the inning, retired his first two batters.  But Orlando CF Fritz Elias touched him for a two-run double before he could get the third out.  By the time McCormack grounded out to end the inning, it was 10-2 Calrissians, and the notoriously fickle Orlando fans were serenading the Smokies with mocking cheers and chants.

“The sooner we can forget about this one, the better,” said Wallace.  “As far as I’m concerned, today never happened.”

Calrissians starter Chuck Weaver (6-13) got to end his season on a high note, pitching 8 innings for the win.  After compiling a 6.54 ERA for the season, though, there’s a good chance that Weaver will be swept aside in what’s likely to be a tumultuous offseason in Orlando.

The Calrissians (53-94) give veteran righty Charles McNally his final start of the year tomorrow.  The Smokies (90-57) counter with their ace, Elicio Santana.

 

9/17/2015, KNX15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           1  0  0  1  0  1  0  1  0     4  5  2     5  0
2015 Calrissians       0  1  0  9  0  3  1  0  x    14 14  0     9  1
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  3  2  1  0  .298    Hartl             lf  4  1  0  2  .285
Campo             2b  3  0  1  1  .304    Defoor            1b  5  1  2  1  .253
Bryant            dh  3  2  1  1  .285    Buendia           ss  4  2  2  1  .291
Campo             rf  4  0  1  1  .285    Law               rf  5  1  1  1  .274
Moriarty          ss  3  0  0  1  .276    Figeroa           3b  3  3  3  0  .261
Battin            1b  3  0  0  0  .301    Crofoot           2b  4  2  2  3  .207
Aceuedo           3b  3  0  0  0  .268    Nabors            dh  5  1  1  1  .241
Carlo             c   2  0  0  0  .210    Elias             cf  4  2  2  2  .206
 Gomez            ph  1  0  1  0  .244    McCormack         c   5  1  1  2  .194
 Bossard          c   0  0  0  0  .219                         39 14 14 13
Johnson           lf  4  0  0  0  .317
                     29  4  5  4
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jacques          L 12-11         3.0  7  7  6  1  2  63  37  4.80
Dennis                           0.0  1  3  3  2  0  17   6  4.53
Trane                            3.0  4  4  3  2  2  61  33  8.77
Tile                             0.1  2  0  0  0  1   8   6  2.31
Wilkins                          1.2  0  0  0  0  1  16  12  3.44
                                 8.0 14 14 12  5  6 165  94 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Weaver           W 6-13          8.0  5  4  4  4  5 115  68  6.54
Grazier                          1.0  0  0  0  0  0  25  15  7.76
                                 9.0  5  4  4  4  5 140  83 
 
KNX: Gomez batted for Carlo in the 7th
     Bossard inserted at c in the 7th
 
E-Battin 2. 2B-Campo(28), Campo(24), Defoor(23), Elias(17). HR-Bryant(34), 
Crofoot(49). RBI-Campo(68), Bryant(104), Campo(120), Moriarty(98), 
Hartl 2(35), Defoor(89), Buendia(73), Law(65), Crofoot 3(116), Nabors(29), 
Elias 2(30), McCormack 2(20). SB-Figeroa(6). CS-Campo. K-Bryant, Campo, 
Moriarty 2, Carlo, Defoor 2, Law 2, Crofoot, Elias. BB-Blair, Campo, Bryant, 
Battin, Buendia, Figeroa 2, Crofoot, Elias. SF-Moriarty, Hartl. HBP-Aceuedo, 
Bossard, Hartl, Defoor. PB-Carlo. HB-Jacques, Dennis, Weaver, Grazier. 
WP-Jacques, Trane. 
GWRBI: Crofoot
Temperature: 79, Sky: clear, Wind: out to center at 6 MPH.

 

Silver City OutlawsSalt Lake SamuraiSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 13, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 4

The primary thing separating the Silver City Outlaws from contention this year was a struggling offense.  They got all the offense they needed and more in this game, pounding out 16 hits (including eight extra-base hits) in a 13-4 thumping of the Salt Lake Samurai.

“Where the hell has this been all year?” groused Outlaws manager John Jarha.  “I know it’s against a last-place team, but this is the kind of thing we should have been doing all along.”

The Outlaws were as hot as the weather at The Corral (104 degrees at game time).  Several of the usual Silver City suspects got in on the action.  RF Nathaniel Wason stroked his league-leading 54th homer of the year, a three-run blast to Boot Hill in the 4th.  3B Rusty Brewmaker went 3-for-5 with a double and a homer. The offense was also catalyzed by some Outlaws who aren’t known for their big bats.  For example, CF Javier Cardona, who has come on strong in the second half but whose overall season numbers were sunk by a weak early performance, went 2-for-4 with his 29th double of the season.

But the star of the show was C Toby Watson.  The 27-year-old Watson broke camp as Silver City’s starting catcher, but a dismal performance with the bat and trouble developing rapport with the pitching staff led to him being benched in favor of Marlon Jeffreys.  As the Outlaws faded and Jeffreys tailed off after a strong start, Jarha has given Watson a second chance, and he’s been doing well enough to provide some hope for next season.

Today, Watson had his best game of the season, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a two-run homer, and 5 RBI.

“I finally feel like I’m finding my groove,” said Watson.  “It was a big adjustment coming here.  I’m from San Diego, so the desert and the crazy took some getting used to.  Then I got off to a slow start, and I let my hitting problems affect my performance behind the plate, and it all kind of spiraled.  I’m glad I got another chance to show what I can really do.”

The Outlaws clobbered Salt Lake starter Grant Fore (3-13), sending him to the showers after only 2 2/3 innings and five runs allowed.

“I’m not going to look back on this season with a lot of fondness,” admitted Fore, “but it taught me a lot about dealing with adversity.  It will make me stronger for the future.”

Outlaws starter Pedro Rodriguez (12-11) pitched 7 strong innings to finish out an impressive rookie season with a win.  The 19-year-old lefty finished the year with a 3.06 ERA, and he won raves around the league both for his immense talent as well as his confidence and command.

“Pedro’s gonna be a special player in this game for a long, long time,” said Jarha.  “I been coaching a long time, and I never saw anything like him.  He’s only 19, but he carries himself like he’s 29.  He’s once in a generation.”

The Outlaws (68-79) have veteran right-hander Linus Pauling on tap for tomorrow.  The Samurai (44-103) trot out righty Logan Morris.

 

9/17/2015, SLC15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  1  0  0  2  0  0  0  1     4  9  1     8  0
2015 Outlaws           2  0  3  4  1  0  1  2  x    13 16  2    10  1
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  4  1  1  0  .247    Barkan            2b  3  2  1  0  .241
Whitworth         dh  5  0  1  0  .261    Brewmaker         3b  5  2  3  2  .257
Cosgrove          cf  5  1  0  0  .275     Jeffreys         ph  1  0  0  0  .190
Martinez          rf  2  1  1  0  .253    Cardona           cf  4  2  2  1  .230
Thomas            1b  4  0  1  1  .222    Wason             rf  3  1  1  4  .282
Sparks            lf  4  0  0  0  .263    Elliott           1b  4  2  0  0  .268
Turnbull          c   4  0  2  1  .162    Whittier          lf  3  1  2  0  .243
Gaytan            2b  4  1  1  0  .252    Ivey              dh  5  1  2  0  .269
Davidson          3b  4  0  2  0  .210    Watson            c   5  1  3  5  .198
                     36  4  9  2          Ginder            ss  5  1  2  0  .190
                                           Burt             ss  0  0  0  0  .213
                                                               38 13 16 12
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fore             L 3-13          2.2  6  5  5  3  1  68  35  6.57
Okamura                          0.2  1  3  3  2  0  24   9  7.17
Henderson                        2.1  3  2  1  1  3  41  24  4.93
Sater                            1.2  6  3  3  2  1  39  20  5.19
Gamble                           0.2  0  0  0  0  0   5   3  5.37
                                 8.0 16 13 12  8  5 177  91 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rodriguez        W 12-11         7.0  8  3  3  2  3 124  76  3.06
Foster                           2.0  1  1  0  1  3  26  17  4.91
                                 9.0  9  4  3  3  6 150  93 
 
SCO: Jeffreys batted for Brewmaker in the 8th
     Burt inserted at ss in the 9th
     Jeffreys moved to 3b in the 9th
 
E-Davidson, Ginder, Jeffreys. 2B-Motonari(25), Davidson(11), Brewmaker(26), 
Cardona(24), Ivey(11), Watson 2(14). 3B-Martinez(4). HR-Brewmaker(29), 
Wason(54), Watson(11). RBI-Thomas(90), Turnbull(26), Brewmaker 2(89), 
Cardona(76), Wason 4(112), Watson 5(37). SB-Barkan(19). K-Cosgrove, Thomas 2, 
Sparks 2, Turnbull, Elliott 2, Ivey 2, Ginder. BB-Motonari, Martinez 2, 
Barkan 3, Cardona, Wason, Elliott, Whittier 2. SF-Wason. WP-Fore 2, Okamura. 
BALK-Fore. 
GWRBI: Cardona
Temperature: 104, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 5 MPH.

 

Jackson HammerheadsJacksonville DragonsJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 12, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 7

The Jackson Hammerheads head into the final series of the season facing an uncertain future.  After falling short against the Knoxville Smokies this season, Hammerheads owner/whiz-kid GM is certain to shake up the roster.  It’s not clear who, if anyone, is safe.  It’s not clear if manager Lou Hayes, who suffered a midseason heart attack, will be able to return.  It’s not clear if pitching coach and interim manager Eddie Harris will be retained.

With so much uncertainly, it’s natural for the Hammerheads to focus on the present.  So if they can post a big win over the Jacksonville Dragons, great.  If they can humble big-talking Dragons ace Biggs McGee in the process, even better.  So despite the looming questions hanging over the team’s future, the Jackson locker room was all smiles after today’s 12-7 thrashing of the Dragons.

“It feels darn good to have a nice solid win,” said a grinning Harris.  “We’re trying to bring it to the line in style.”  Asked to comment on possible offseason changes, Harris demurred.  “That’s not my call,” said the interim manager.  “Those decision are gonna be made way above my pay grade.  You know who you need to talk to.  We’re just focused on finishing strong and feeling good.”

The Hammerheads chased McGee (12-13) after only 4 innings, and assured that he will finish the season with a losing record.  The Jacksonville ace allowed six runs, including a three-run tater to Jackson RF Erin Arispe in the 4th that erased a brief Dragons lead.

“Y’all know that nothing worth having comes easy,” said McGee.  “This is the part where your hero takes a tough loss that builds up his character, so he can come back and triumph over the haters and the doubters.  Next season’s gonna be my comeback tour!”

Hammerheads lefty Kiko Walton (12-6) fired 8 innings for the win, once again prevailing despite battling severe control issues (he allowed seven walks).

“We all know Kiko’s not playing with a full deck,” said Harris with a sigh.  “And we know when he pitches, it’s always gonna be an adventure.  But I think he’s learning how to win even when he’s wild, and that’s good.”

Jackson reliever Eric Seeman invited a bit of drama into the blowout by surrendering four runs in the bottom of the 9th, including a three-run blast by Dragons SS Alan Herdt.  But Butch Turnbull came in and got the final out, keeping the game from getting out of hand.

The Hammerheads (82-65) will try to reel off another win tomorrow behind knuckleballer Todd Warrant. The Dragons (70-77) give the start to right-hander Kyle Palmer.

 

9/17/2015, JCK15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       0  1  0  4  2  4  0  1  0    12 14  0     5  1
2015 Dragons           0  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  4     7 10  1    11  1
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  5  3  2  1  .303    Teachout          c   5  0  1  0  .305
Westerberg        ss  5  1  1  1  .354    Kapoor            1b  3  1  1  0  .310
Sisco             lf  3  2  3  2  .315    Hopps             rf  4  1  1  0  .276
Fleitas           3b  4  1  2  3  .283    Hartley           lf  4  1  1  0  .257
Jaramillo         dh  4  1  1  0  .261    Taliaferro        3b  4  2  2  0  .257
 Walcott          ph  1  0  1  0  .286    Leon              cf  3  1  1  2  .246
Doyle             c   4  2  2  0  .314    Canez             dh  4  0  0  0  .238
 Thomasson        ph  1  0  0  0  .269    Herdt             ss  4  1  3  4  .241
Lassen            1b  3  0  0  1  .249    Mount             2b  4  0  0  1  .239
 Wilczynski       ph  1  0  0  0  .251                         35  7 10  7
Arispe            rf  4  1  1  4  .279
Righter           2b  4  1  1  0  .351
                     39 12 14 12
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Walton           W 12-6          8.0  8  3  3  7  2 127  69  4.82
Seeman                           0.2  2  4  4  2  0  27  12  6.55
Turnbull                         0.1  0  0  0  0  0   2   2  3.70
                                 9.0 10  7  7  9  2 156  83 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGee            L 12-13         4.0  6  6  6  1  3  71  45  3.66
Pascos                           3.1  7  6  5  2  1  69  41  6.31
Jackson                          1.2  1  0  0  0  2  18  11  3.09
                                 9.0 14 12 11  3  6 158  97 
 
JCK: Walcott batted for Jaramillo in the 9th
     Thomasson batted for Doyle in the 9th
     Wilczynski batted for Lassen in the 9th
     Thomasson moved to c in the 9th
     Wilczynski moved to 1b in the 9th
 
E-Mount. 2B-Westerberg(44), Doyle 2(36), Herdt(23). 3B-Deason(13), 
Jaramillo(4). HR-Arispe(17), Herdt(9). RBI-Deason(97), Westerberg(92), 
Sisco 2(51), Fleitas 3(126), Lassen(30), Arispe 4(88), Leon 2(58), 
Herdt 4(63), Mount(32). SB-Deason(39), Sisco 2(29), Righter(24). K-Jaramillo, 
Doyle, Lassen 2, Arispe, Wilczynski, Hopps, Canez. BB-Sisco 2, Fleitas, 
Kapoor 2, Hopps, Hartley, Taliaferro, Leon, Canez, Herdt, Mount. SF-Lassen, 
Leon. HBP-Arispe. HB-Pascos. 
GWRBI: Arispe
Temperature: 79, Sky: cloudy, Wind: out to left at 12 MPH.

 

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