PBL Scores, 9/19/15

It’s the second-to-last day of the season.  Who’s mailing it in and who’s still fighting hard?  Read on and see…

Orlando CalrissiansKnoxville SmokiesORLANDO CALRISSIANS 4, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 1

The Knoxville Smokies made history today, but not in the way they might have liked.  In the second-to-last game of the regular season, the Smokies became the first team in Patriot League history to allow three straight home runs in a game.  Not coincidentally, they dropped the game to the Orlando Calrissians, 4-1.

Knoxville manager Snuff Wallace didn’t bother to conceal his disdain for starter Woody Flowers, who was responsible for the ignominious feat.  “I don’t know how the hell you let the other guys go deep on you three straight,” said Wallace.  “I told all my guys all season: if you give up back-to-back jacks, you drill the next guy.  Bean him, stick it in his ribs, wherever.  But you don’t take any kind of chance of letting ‘em go back-to-back-to-back.  That’s not the way a man pitches.  I caught some crap last time for saying Woody’s last name should be Pansy instead of Flowers, but all I got to say is: if the ballet slipper fits, wear it.”

Flowers (9-11) had his date with destiny in the 6th inning with the score tied at 1.  He’d been cruising to that point, having made only one mistake, leading to a solo shot by Calrissians RF Magnus Larson.  He’d recorded the first two outs of the inning with ease, and had a 1-2 count on DH Bart Law.

“He’d had trouble handling pitches on the outer half,” said Flowers, “so I decided to try to freeze him with a slider on the corner.”  Unfortunately for Flowers, the pitch drifted back in toward the plate, and Law pounced on it.  He managed to wrap the pitch just inside the foul pole in right for the go-ahead homer.

Larson came up next, and belted a 1-1 slider into the stands in left to make it back-to-back jacks.  After Larson returned to the dugout, 2B Erasmo Crofoot stepped to the plate.  He smacked a Flowers curveball a few rows farther than Larson’s blast for his 50th homer of the season, becoming only the third player in the league to reach that total (along with Silver City RF Nathaniel Wason and Milwaukee 1B Felipe Mateo).

Flowers rejected Wallace’s idea that he should have drilled Crofoot.  “Why should I hit a guy just because his teammates did well off of me?” said Flowers.  “That’s caveman thinking.”

Tensions have been high between the rookie lefty and his manager all season.  Flowers struggled with nerves in the early going, and despite doing better as the season went on, he never seemed to earn Wallace’s trust.  According to clubhouse sources, Wallace regularly referred to Flowers as “the scrawny little fairy” and went out of his way to humiliate the rookie in front of the team.  Those sources say that Wallace’s rough treatment was intended to toughen Flowers up, but it may have had the opposite effect on the sensitive young pitcher.  Flowers reportedly openly campaigned to be traded at the deadline, but the team didn’t accommodate him.

Flowers declined to comment on the status of his relationship with Wallace, saying only, “It’s clear that Snuff and I have different opinions about a lot of things.”

Orlando starter Nate McGowan (8-16) finished his season in fine fashion, pitching 8 strong innings and collecting his fourth straight win.  McGowan held the Smokies to five hits, with their only run coming on a Track Johnson homer in the 5th.

Closer Caddington Smith notched his 27th save with a scoreless 9th, lowering his ERA to 3.26 for the season.

“Nobody thinks we’re going to be anything next year,” said Calrissians manager Logan Bothan, “but we’ve got a strong core.  We’ve got a power-hitting young lineup, a couple solid starters in the two Nates, and some live arms in the pen.  Don’t sleep on us.”

The Calrissians (54-95) will give the ball to lefty Erik Geis for the season finale.  The Smokies (91-58) will start veteran right-hander Sylvester Lighty.

 

9/19/2015, KNX15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0     1  6  1     9  0
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  0  1  3  0  0  x     4  7  0     5  1
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  5  0  1  0  .296    Gilmartin         ss  3  0  0  0  .224
Campo             2b  4  0  0  0  .301    Hartl             lf  4  0  0  0  .281
Bryant            dh  4  0  2  0  .288    Law               dh  4  1  1  1  .274
Campo             rf  4  0  1  0  .284    Larson            rf  4  2  2  2  .292
Moriarty          ss  2  0  0  0  .275    Crofoot           2b  4  1  1  1  .207
Battin            1b  2  0  0  0  .299    Defoor            1b  4  0  2  0  .256
Aceuedo           3b  3  0  0  0  .265    Figeroa           3b  3  0  0  0  .260
 Carranza         ph  1  0  1  0  .226    Lesher            c   2  0  0  0  .232
Carlo             c   2  0  0  0  .210    Elias             cf  3  0  1  0  .212
 Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .241                         31  4  7  4
 Bossard          c   1  0  0  0  .218
Johnson           lf  3  1  1  1  .316
                     32  1  6  1
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Flowers          L 9-11          6.0  7  4  4  1  4  86  54  4.36
Tile                             2.0  0  0  0  0  2  18  14  2.28
                                 8.0  7  4  4  1  6 104  68 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGowan          W 8-16          8.0  5  1  1  3  1 103  59  4.42
Smith            S 27            1.0  1  0  0  1  0  15   6  3.26
                                 9.0  6  1  1  4  1 118  65 
 
KNX: Gomez batted for Carlo in the 7th
     Bossard inserted at c in the 7th
     Carranza batted for Aceuedo in the 9th
 
E-Battin. 2B-Carranza(2). HR-Johnson(14), Law(25), Larson 2(29), Crofoot(50). 
RBI-Johnson(95), Law(66), Larson 2(63), Crofoot(117). SB-Campo(17). K-Battin, 
Hartl, Law 2, Larson, Crofoot, Elias. BB-Moriarty, Battin 2, Johnson, Lesher. 
SH-Gilmartin. HBP-Moriarty. HB-McGowan. 
GWRBI: Law
Temperature: 87, Sky: clear, Wind: out to left at 9 MPH.

 

Silver City OutlawsSalt Lake SamuraiSILVER CITY OUTLAWS 5, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 3

The Silver City Outlaws may have fallen short of their lofty expectations this season, but they are determined to finish the season strong.  Today, starter Juan Carlos Lopez put up a strong outing, and the Outlaws posted their third straight win against the Salt Lake Samurai, this time by a 5-3 margin.

“Yeah, we’re riding off into the sunset,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha, “but at least we ride with pride.”

The Outlaws weren’t rattled by Samurai starter Davey Skargard (8-13).  Outlaws CF Javier Cardona’s two-run homer off of the short-statured righty highlighted a three-run 4th inning, which gave Silver City a lead it wouldn’t relinquish as both teams baked in the triple-digit heat.

“I swear, the weather here is our biggest home-field advantage,” said Outlaws 3B Rusty Brewmaker.  “It’s an oven here.  We got used to it a long time ago, but visiting teams don’t.”

Lopez (12-12), who has had an up-and-down year, finished with one of his best performances of the season.  The right-hander went 8 innings and held the Samurai to four hits.  His control is a notoriously hit-or-miss affair, but he was on target today, issuing only one walk.

“I really hope we can see more of Good J.C. next year,” said Jarha.  “He’s got as much talent as anybody in the league, when he bothers to focus.  He’s got a chance to be an elite starter if he wants it.  He’s got to make that decision for himself, though.”

Outlaws closer Go Matsumoto, who was nearly unhittable early in the season but has worn down late, nearly gave the game away in the 9th.  He had no trouble recording the first two outs, but Samurai 1B Neal Thomas swatted a 2-2 fastball that nearly left the park to dead center.  It hit the top of the wall, and Thomas settled for a double.  LF Chip Sparks then dumped a single to left, and C DeAndre Turnbull (he of the .161 batting average) grounded a ball between Matsumoto’s legs and back up the middle, scoring Thomas and putting the tying run aboard.  Samurai manager Johnny Dugan swapped speedy pinch-runner Olin Backus in for Turnbull.  But 2B Quincy Gaytan hit a roller to third, and Brewmaker scooped it and stepped on the back to force Sparks and end the game.  Matsumoto was credited with his 29th save of the season.

The Outlaws (70-79) tap veteran Cloyce “Hoss” Benson for the final game.  The Samurai (44-105) hope that lefty Jonathan Fernandez can snap their eight-game losing skid.

 

9/19/2015, SLC15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  1     3  7  0     5  0
2015 Outlaws           0  0  0  3  1  0  0  1  x     5  7  0     6  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  4  1  1  0  .247    Barkan            2b  3  1  1  1  .244
Whitworth         dh  4  0  1  0  .261    Brewmaker         3b  3  1  1  1  .260
Cosgrove          cf  3  0  0  1  .277    Cardona           cf  4  1  1  2  .228
Martinez          rf  4  0  1  1  .250    Wason             rf  3  1  1  0  .283
Thomas            1b  4  1  2  0  .228    Elliott           1b  4  0  1  0  .266
Sparks            lf  4  0  1  0  .263    Whittier          lf  4  0  1  1  .244
Turnbull          c   4  0  1  1  .161    Ivey              dh  3  0  0  0  .270
 Backus           pr  0  0  0  0  .263    Watson            c   4  0  0  0  .196
Gaytan            2b  3  0  0  0  .248    Ginder            ss  3  1  1  0  .203
Davidson          3b  2  1  0  0  .210     Burt             ss  0  0  0  0  .213
                     32  3  7  3                               31  5  7  5
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Skargard         L 8-13          7.0  5  4  4  3  4 123  68  4.55
Bautista                         1.0  2  1  1  1  1  22  11  3.05
                                 8.0  7  5  5  4  5 145  79 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lopez            W 12-12         8.0  4  2  2  1  3 124  82  3.97
Matsumoto        S 29            1.0  3  1  1  0  0  13  10  2.78
                                 9.0  7  3  3  1  3 137  92 
 
SLC: Backus ran for Turnbull in the 9th
SCO: Burt inserted at ss in the 8th
 
2B-Thomas(14), Wason(14), Whittier(14), Ginder(1). HR-Cardona(24). 
RBI-Cosgrove(60), Martinez(69), Turnbull(27), Barkan(28), Brewmaker(93), 
Cardona 2(78), Whittier(45). SB-Barkan(21), Ivey(14). K-Thomas 2, Gaytan, 
Cardona 2, Wason, Whittier, Watson. BB-Davidson, Barkan, Brewmaker, Wason, 
Ivey. SF-Cosgrove. HBP-Gaytan. HB-Lopez. WP-Skargard. 
GWRBI: Brewmaker
Temperature: 105, Sky: clear, Wind: none.

 

California SharksMilwaukee Bear ClawsCALIFORNIA SHARKS 10, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 7

After suffering a pair of tough losses in their season-ending series, the California Sharks were eager for a feel-good win.  Today’s game didn’t unfold in storybook fashion, but they did use a six-run 4th to overturn an early deficit and knock off the Milwaukee Bear Claws, 10-7.

“I fear perhaps our pitchers have finished their season early,” said California manager Eduardo Aponte.  “Fortunately, our hitters remain on the job.”

Sharks starter Deke Slater didn’t make it out of the 3rd inning, being charged with five runs (albeit aided and abetted by a passed ball and an error).  By the time the 3rd was complete, California trailed 6-3.

But the visitors came charging back in the top of the 4th against Milwaukee lefty Zack Perriman.  Sharks CF Santiago Suarez and 1B Max Ortiz opened the inning with back-to-back singles, and RF Jessie Corona followed with a triple to drive them both home.  Bear Claws manager Poss Horton summoned reliever Timmy Almon, but Sharks SS Timmy Almon greeted him with a two-run homer to give California the lead.

After compiling two outs, Almon (10-7) allowed a single to DH Eddie Nix, and Horton went to another reliever, Avery Lavine.  But C Thaddeus Lockley took Lavine deep to make it 9-6 Sharks.

“It’s been a while since we put up a big inning like that,” said Lockley.  “I’m glad we showed our teeth there.”

Sharks reliever Milan Constant (2-1), who relieved Slater, pitched 3 wobbly innings but got the win.  The highly-touted right-hander has had a difficult season, being exiled to the minors for a large portion of it, but he is optimistic heading into next year.  “My mechanics have been a mess this year,” said Constant.  “But I’ll have plenty of time to get that straightened out in the offseason.”

After closer Eugene Grace worked the 6th, veteran lefty Boss Walker pitched the final three innings for his second save of the year.

The Sharks (86-63) turn to right-hander Brian Goreman in the finale.  The Bear Claws (97-52) send righty “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman to the hill.

 

9/19/2015, CAL15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            2  0  1  6  0  1  0  0  0    10 17  1     6  2
2015 Bear Claws        2  1  3  0  0  0  1  0  0     7 12  0     7  1
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  1  1  2  .304    Petitt            ss  4  0  0  0  .321
 Novick           rf  1  0  1  0  .196    Iddings           2b  5  1  2  1  .270
Smyth             ss  5  1  1  2  .356    Mateo             1b  5  0  1  0  .325
Mader             lf  4  3  3  1  .326    Suzuki            3b  3  2  1  1  .286
Oller             2b  5  1  1  2  .278    Mealey            lf  4  2  3  2  .310
 Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .129    Raine             dh  3  1  1  0  .257
Nix               dh  5  1  3  0  .334    Trumbauer         rf  4  0  2  2  .249
Lockley           c   5  1  3  3  .288    McGuigan          c   3  0  0  0  .287
Mote              3b  5  0  0  0  .218    Maxwell           cf  4  1  2  1  .312
Suarez            cf  4  1  3  0  .235                         35  7 12  7
Ortiz             1b  4  1  1  0  .298
                     42 10 17 10
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Slater                           2.0  6  5  5  2  0  38  18  4.92
Constant         W 2-1           3.0  4  1  0  2  3  57  32  8.05
Grace            H 4             1.0  0  0  0  0  0  11   6  4.01
Walker           S 2             3.0  2  1  1  1  1  35  16  5.40
                                 9.0 12  7  6  5  4 141  72 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Perriman                         3.0 10  6  6  0  1  73  45  3.89
Almon            L 10-7          0.2  2  2  2  0  0  14  10  3.98
Lavine                           1.1  1  1  1  0  0  26  16  3.57
Pellegrin                        3.0  4  1  1  0  1  49  29  4.32
Juens                            1.0  0  0  0  0  0  11   7  5.35
                                 9.0 17 10 10  0  2 173 107 
 
CAL: Novick inserted at rf in the 5th
     Puffer inserted at 2b in the 8th
 
E-Smyth. 2B-Suarez(17), Mealey(29). 3B-Corona(24). HR-Smyth(26), Mader(29), 
Oller(36), Lockley(13), Suzuki(21). RBI-Corona 2(86), Smyth 2(110), 
Mader(119), Oller 2(101), Lockley 3(65), Iddings(96), Suzuki(116), 
Mealey 2(89), Trumbauer 2(73), Maxwell(63). CS-Novick, Suzuki. K-Corona, 
Mote, Petitt, Iddings, McGuigan, Maxwell. BB-Petitt, Suzuki 2, Mealey, Raine. 
SH-McGuigan. HBP-Mader. PB-Lockley. HB-Pellegrin. 
GWRBI: Smyth
Jessie Corona was injured for this game only
Temperature: 56, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 8 MPH.

 

Jacksonville DragonsJackson HammerheadsJACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 11, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 5

The best news for both the Jacksonville Dragons and the Jackson Hammerheads is that, unlike yesterday’s game, they didn’t have to deal with a 14-inning epic.  Today’s game lasted the usual 9.  The bad news for the Hammerheads is that they ran through their exhausted bullpen anyway, and they lost to the Dragons by an 11-5 score.

“Obviously, not exactly what we were hoping for,” said Hammerheads interim manager Eddie Harris.  “But if we were headed to the playoffs, it’d be a bigger problem.”

Jackson starter Luke Danton (4-6) only made it through 1 2/3 innings.  Dragons LF Rob Hartley mashed a two-run homer off of him in the first, but it was a flurry of singles and walked in the 2nd that ultimately did him in.

“Obviously, I didn’t live up to my expectations this season,” said Danton.  “I was supposed to be the solid veteran guy who stabilized the rotation, and I didn’t.  The injury played into that, but I never really locked in the way I expected to.”

The parade of relievers that followed Danton largely stabilized the ship, but things fell apart again in the 8th when Harris was forced to trot out lefty Marquis Silcox (whom he later described as “our bullpen surrender guy”).  After Silcox allowed three straight hits, Harris had to call on tomorrow’s scheduled starter, Jordan Bergman, to clean up the mess.  Bergman didn’t do much better than Silcox, and the Hammerheads wound up giving up five runs in the inning.

“When I heard that Harris was bringing Bergman into the game, I thought, ‘Wait, we got another guy named Bergman?’” said Hammerheads C Clarence Doyle.  “Then I realized it was him.  Desperate times call for desperate managers, I guess.”

Dragons starter Juan Sarmiento had a tough 1st inning, but held on to produce the quality start his team needed.  Five pitches into the game, the young fireballer had already allowed a double, a single, and a run.  Jackson LF Ezra Sisco then smoked the first pitch he saw back up the middle.  Sarmiento stuck out his glove and snagged it, then fired to 1B Jake Kapoor to complete the double play, neutralizing the Hammerheads’ threat.  He then struck out 3B Kim Fleitad on a 101-MPH fastball, and walked off the mound shouting and pounding his chest while the crowd at Tesla Field roared with delight.

Sarmiento (11-12) was strong the rest of the way, striking out a total of six and allowing no further extra-base hits.  He tired in the 9th and was replaced by Juan Pascos, who allowed a three-run homer to Hammerheads RF Erin Arispe but then retired 2B Homer Righter to finish it off.

“Juan is a diamond in the rough,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “He doesn’t really know what he’s doing yet, but he’s starting to show that he might figure it out.  If he does, he could be dangerous to something besides my blood pressure.”

The Dragons (72-77) finish the season with a start by lefty Randy Cannon.  Harris says that the Hammerheads (82-67) are still likely to start Bergman despite using him today, because “it’s not like we’ve got a better option.”

 

9/19/2015, JCK15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  3     5 10  0     4  1
2015 Dragons           2  3  0  1  0  0  0  5  x    11 13  0     8  2
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  4  1  3  1  .303    Teachout          c   5  2  2  2  .304
Westerberg        ss  4  0  1  1  .350    Kapoor            1b  3  2  2  1  .313
Sisco             lf  4  0  1  0  .312    Hopps             rf  5  1  2  4  .277
Fleitas           3b  4  0  1  0  .284    Hartley           lf  3  1  1  2  .257
Jaramillo         dh  4  1  2  0  .262     Parker           lf  1  0  0  0  .200
Doyle             c   4  0  0  0  .312    Taliaferro        3b  4  0  1  1  .254
Lassen            1b  3  1  0  0  .242    McEwan            dh  2  1  1  1  .214
Arispe            rf  3  2  2  3  .281    Leon              cf  5  0  0  0  .245
Righter           2b  4  0  0  0  .348    Herdt             ss  4  1  2  0  .246
                     34  5 10  5          Mount             2b  3  3  2  0  .243
                                                               35 11 13 11
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Danton           L 4-6           1.2  5  5  5  2  1  54  30  5.53
Seeman                           2.0  2  1  1  2  0  32  17  6.47
Sircy                            2.1  0  0  0  2  0  29  13  2.95
Turnbull                         0.1  1  0  0  0  0   8   4  3.51
Silcox                           0.2  3  3  3  0  1  14   9  8.87
Bergman                          1.0  2  2  2  1  0  27  13  4.12
                                 8.0 13 11 11  7  2 164  86 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sarmiento        W 10-11         8.2  9  4  4  1  6 118  71  5.46
Pascos                           0.1  1  1  1  0  0   5   3  6.33
                                 9.0 10  5  5  1  6 123  74 
 
JAX: Parker inserted at lf in the 8th
 
2B-Deason(54), Kapoor(47). 3B-McEwan(1). HR-Arispe(19), Hartley(39). 
RBI-Deason(98), Westerberg(93), Arispe 3(93), Teachout 2(74), Kapoor(95), 
Hopps 4(111), Hartley 2(123), Taliaferro(39), McEwan(5). SB-Sisco(30), 
Mount(19). CS-Fleitas. K-Sisco, Fleitas, Jaramillo 2, Doyle 2, Taliaferro, 
Leon. BB-Arispe, Kapoor 2, Hartley, McEwan 3, Mount. SF-Taliaferro. 
HBP-Lassen. HB-Sarmiento. WP-Sarmiento. 
GWRBI: Hartley
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

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