PBL Scores, 9/20/15

This is it, the swan song for the Patriot League’s regular season!  Click on to read the gamers one last time…

Milwaukee Bear ClawsCalifornia SharksMILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 7, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 6 (10 INNINGS)

The regular season came to a suitably chilly conclusion in Milwaukee, with a 46-degree temperature at first pitch at High Life Field.  But despite the cold weather, the Bear Claws and the California Sharks both kept their bats hot, combining to hit seven home runs in the game.  And the Bear Claws were able to send their fans home with a warm feeling, rallying late and claiming a 7-6 win in 10 innings.

“This was a great tune-up for the championship,” Bear Claws manager Poss Horton said of the four-game set against the Sharks, of which Milwaukee won three.  “We’ll all ready to go on and take down those boys in Knoxville.”

Bear Claws starter “Stormin’” Patrick McNorman had a wobbly final start, going only 5 innings and allowing longballs to Sharks SS Rubin Smyth, 2B Palmer Strachan, and DH Eddie Nix.  But the big right-hander wasn’t concerned about his performance.  “I had a pretty bad case of senioritis today,” said McNorman.  “But when the big lights come up, I’ll be in game mode.”

Sharks starter Brian Goreman, who had an abysmal second half, was solid through the first 7 innings of this game, but faded badly in the 8th.  With two outs and a 6-3 lead, he allowed a triple to Bear Claws 1B Felipe Mateo, who scored on a passed ball.  The next batter, 3B Ikaru Suzuki, singled through the left side.  LF Arthur Mealey then drove one out to the deepest part of the park for his second homer of the day, and Goreman headed to the showers.

“I was really hoping to go out on an up note,” said Goreman.  “But at least I know what I need to work on in the offseason.”

Reliever Kerry Lopez (0-1) got the final out of the 8th and held the Bear Claws scoreless in the 9th, but he allowed a walkoff homer to Milwaukee 2B Richard Iddings in the 10th.  Iddings’ game-winning blast set off a raucous celebration, with fans clad in Bear Claws jerseys and cheeseheads pouring onto the field to celebrate with their heroes.

“It kind of felt like high school,” said Iddings.  “You don’t really see fans storming the field at this level.  But I loved it!”

Horton, who cheerfully waded through the crowd and traded high-fives and hugs with fans, also enjoyed the impromptu celebration.  “It felt right to me,” said the Milwaukee skipper.  “We’re doing this for our fans, and it was great to be able to get up close and personal at the end of the year.  Hopefully we’ll be able to party together again after the playoffs.”

Milwaukee closer Oscar Buenaventura (8-0), who collected the last two outs in the top of the 10th, got the win.

The Bear Claws (98-52) now prepare to take on the Knoxville Smokies in the Patriot League championship.  The Sharks (86-64) head home to check out the jellyfish exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

 

9/20/2015, CAL15-MIL15, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Sharks            0  0  0  1  3  1  0  1  0  0     6  9  0     6  1
2015 Bear Claws        0  1  1  0  1  0  0  3  0  1     7 10  1     3  1
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  4  1  1  0  .304    Petitt            ss  5  1  1  1  .320
Smyth             ss  5  1  2  2  .356    Iddings           2b  5  1  2  2  .271
Mader             lf  5  1  1  0  .325    Mateo             1b  3  1  1  0  .325
Nix               dh  3  1  2  1  .336    Suzuki            3b  4  1  1  0  .286
Lockley           c   4  0  0  1  .285    Mealey            lf  3  2  2  3  .312
Oller             1b  5  0  0  0  .275    Raine             dh  4  0  1  0  .257
Mote              3b  4  0  0  0  .216    Trumbauer         rf  4  0  1  0  .249
Suarez            cf  4  1  2  0  .236    McGuigan          c   4  1  1  0  .287
Strachan          2b  3  1  1  2  .282    Maxwell           cf  4  0  0  0  .310
 Ortiz            ph  1  0  0  0  .295                         36  7 10  6
 Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .129
                     38  6  9  6
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Goreman                          7.2  8  6  6  2  4  99  61  5.12
Lopez            L 0-1           1.2  2  1  1  0  1  15  11  2.37
                                 9.1 10  7  7  2  5 114  72 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNorman                         5.0  6  5  5  1  4  84  52  4.05
Juens                            2.0  0  0  0  1  0  28  15  5.05
Abernathy                        2.1  3  1  1  0  0  36  23  3.96
Buenaventura     W 8-0           0.2  0  0  0  1  0  12   4  1.16
                                10.0  9  6  6  3  4 160  94 
 
CAL: Ortiz batted for Strachan in the 9th
     Puffer inserted at 2b in the 9th
 
E-Mealey. 2B-Mader(27), Suarez(18). 3B-Corona(25), Mateo(15). HR-Smyth(27), 
Nix(21), Strachan(7), Petitt(17), Iddings(17), Mealey 2(13). 
RBI-Smyth 2(112), Nix(93), Lockley(66), Strachan 2(31), Petitt(76), 
Iddings 2(98), Mealey 3(92). SB-Iddings(17), Mateo(9). K-Mader, Lockley, 
Oller, Mote, Petitt 3, Iddings, Raine. BB-Corona, Nix 2, Mateo, Mealey. 
SF-Lockley. PB-Lockley. 
GWRBI: Iddings
Temperature: 46, Sky: clear, Wind: out to left at 16 MPH.

 

Orlando CalrissiansKnoxville SmokiesORLANDO CALRISSIANS 3, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 1

Entering the final week of the season, Knoxville Smokies manager Snuff Wallace insisted that he still wanted his team playing hard and winning as many games as possible.  His team apparently had other ideas, dropping three of four games in their season-ending series against the last-place Orlando Calrissians, including today’s listless 3-1 loss.

“Who give a [expletive]?” said Smokies DH Malcolm Bryant, who went 0-for-3 in this game.  “We all know the games that count are next week.  We just gotta go through the motions here.”

The Knoxville bats were virtually silent against Orlando starter Erik Geis, who held them to four hits and one run over 6 innings.  The journeyman lefty, who has struggled badly in his few starting opportunities prior to today, commented after the game that the Smokies seemed disinterested.

“It was pretty obvious to me that they’d already checked out,” said Geis.  “I probably could have put it on a tee and they wouldn’t have bothered to hit it.”

The most disinterested Knoxville player was 3B Ronnie Aceuedo, who left the game on his own initiative after grounding out in the 4th.  Wallace said that Aceuedo’s departure was not injury-related and was unauthorized.  “Ronnie and I are gonna have a talk,” said Wallace, “and at the end of it I think he’s gona be writing me a big fat check.”

One member of the Smokies was still trying, though: 2B Jeremiah Campo.  The high-spirited young infield was practically a one-man offense for Knoxville.  He scored the team’s only run on a solo shot in the 3rd, and he tried to bring home another by attempting a steal of home in the 1st, although he was thrown out.

“I play hard all the time,” said Campo.  “Baseball is fun.”

Knoxville starter Sylvester Lighty (12-11) managed to keep his team in the game.  He allowed a solo homer to Calrissians 2B Erasmo Crofoot in the 5th, the 51st round-tripper of the season for the pint-sized power hitter.  But otherwise, Lighty kept Orlando off the scoreboard until he faded in the 8th.  He allowed the go-ahead run to score on a double by 1B Brooks Defoor, who later scored on a single off the bat of RF Bart Law.

Calrissians reliever Ruben Quesara (2-6) tossed 2 scoreless frames for the win, and closer Caddington Smith fired a shutout 9th to finish the year with 28 saves and a 3.22 ERA.

The Calrissians (55-95) head into an offseason playing baccarat in the casino at Bespin.  The Smokies (91-59) will battle the Milwaukee Bear Claws in the Patriot League championship.

 

9/20/2015, KNX15-ORL15, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Smokies           0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0     1  5  0     8  0
2015 Calrissians       0  0  0  0  1  0  0  2  x     3  8  0     5  0
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Blair             cf  4  0  0  0  .294    Hartl             lf  4  1  2  0  .282
Campo             2b  3  1  1  1  .301    Defoor            1b  4  1  2  1  .258
Bryant            1b  3  0  0  0  .287    Buendia           ss  4  0  1  0  .291
Campo             rf  4  0  1  0  .283    Law               rf  4  0  1  1  .273
Moriarty          ss  4  0  1  0  .275    Figeroa           3b  4  0  0  0  .258
Battin            dh  2  0  0  0  .298    Crofoot           2b  3  1  1  1  .208
Aceuedo           3b  2  0  1  0  .266    Nabors            dh  2  0  1  0  .243
 Gomez            pr  2  0  0  0  .235    Elias             cf  2  0  0  0  .211
Carlo             c   3  0  0  0  .208     Maben            ph  1  0  0  0  .195
 Carranza         ph  1  0  1  0  .250     Carquinez        cf  0  0  0  0  .225
Johnson           lf  3  0  0  0  .315    McCormack         c   3  0  0  0  .192
                     31  1  5  1                               31  3  8  3
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lighty           L 12-11         8.0  8  3  3  1  4 110  69  4.20
                                 8.0  8  3  3  1  4 110  69 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Geis                             6.0  4  1  1  5  5 108  64  6.83
Quesara          W 2-6           2.0  0  0  0  0  0  15   9  5.43
Smith            S 28            1.0  1  0  0  0  0  18  10  3.22
                                 9.0  5  1  1  5  5 141  83 
 
KNX: Gomez ran for Aceuedo in the 4th
     Gomez moved to 3b in the 4th
     Carranza batted for Carlo in the 9th
ORL: Maben batted for Elias in the 7th
     Carquinez inserted at cf in the 8th
 
2B-Aceuedo(31), Defoor(24). HR-Campo(10), Crofoot(51). RBI-Campo(69), 
Defoor(90), Law(67), Crofoot(118). CS-Campo, Hartl. K-Blair, Moriarty 2, 
Battin, Carlo, Hartl, Law 2, McCormack. BB-Campo, Bryant, Battin 2, Johnson, 
Nabors. WP-Lighty. 
GWRBI: Defoor
Ronnie Aceuedo was injured for this game only
Temperature: 76, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 23 MPH.

 

Salt Lake SamuraiSilver City OutlawsSALT LAKE SAMURAI 8, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 6

The Salt Lake Samurai finished the season with the worst record in the Patriot League by a considerable margin.  They will head into the offseason looking to address deficiencies at virtually every position.  Their biggest power hitter is turning 38.  The two young starters who are supposed to anchor their rotation posted ERAs north of the 5.00 mark, as did their closer.  Their offense scored more than 100 fewer runs than any other, and their pitching staff’s futility was only surpassed by lowly Orlando.

Despite all of that, perpetually upbeat Samurai manager Johnny Dugan remains optimistic about his team’s future.  And the season finale gave the skipper something to dream on, as his team smacked four homers in the span of 2 innings and closed their season with an 8-6 triumph over the Silver City Outlaws.

“I’m really excited for next season,” said Dugan.  “I see a ton of potential here, and I think we’re going to shock a lot of people next year.  Just you wait and see!”

The Samurai were trailing the Outlaws 3-1 in the 6th before RF Romeo Martinez belted a three-run homer off of Silver City starter Cloyce “Hoss” Benson.  The blast ensured that Benson wouldn’t make it out of the inning, but it didn’t ensure that Salt Lake would win the game, as the Outlaws tied it in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by 3B Rusty Brewmaker.

The rally that sealed the game for the Samurai came in the 7th, as they slammed three homers in the span of five batters against Outlaws reliever Jamaal Sapp (5-4).  Salt Lake CF Lee Cosgrove, 1B Neal Thomas, and C DeAndre Turnbull all went deep off of Sapp.

Today’s fiasco concluded a puzzling and concerning flameout for Sapp.  The 21-year-old righty had been a reliable cornerstone of the Silver City bullpen for much of the season, but suddenly began allowing runs by the truckload in the final month-plus of the season.  Outlaws manager John Jarha adamantly insisted all season that Sapp was not hurt, but in his postgame press conference, he admitted that the reliever would undergo a thorough examination in the offseason.

“Obviously, something wasn’t right with Jamaal,” said Jarha.  “I didn’t think it was anything physical, and he wasn’t complaining about a dead arm or anything, but he really blew up down the stretch.  We’re gonna have the docs take a look around and see if there’s something going on.  He’s a kid and not used to this kind of workload, so that could be part of it, too.”

Samurai starter Jonathan Fernandez (6-14) picked up the victory after pitching 6 1/3 innings.  The 33-year-old lefty had been expected to bring some veteran stability to the Salt Lake rotation, but put up dismal numbers in the first month of the season, before being banished from the rotation.  He returned in midseason and put up some improved numbers, but faded again toward the end of the year, and it’s not clear if he’ll be back.

“Above all, I’m glad for the opportunity,” said Fernandez.  “Clearly, I didn’t have the season I would have wanted or expected of myself, but I had a good time here trying to mentor some of your younger players.  I know I’ve still got some mileage left in this arm.  But what’s next is out of my hands for now.”

Closer Dean Gamble finished the season with his 30th save.  After posting a 5.25 ERA and proving himself to be a less-than-reliable fireman, it’s also not clear what the future holds for Gamble, although he still has two seasons remaining on his $7.5 million contract.

“We’ll have plenty of time to talk about those decisions over the winter,” said Dugan.  “For now, I’m celebrating that we were able to go out a winner.”

The Samurai (45-105) look forward to an offseason of skiing in the Wasatch Mountains.  The Outlaws (70-80) will ride slowly off into the sunset.

 

9/20/2015, SLC15-SCO15, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Samurai           1  0  0  0  0  3  4  0  0     8 12  1     8  0
2015 Outlaws           0  0  1  1  1  1  1  1  0     6 15  1    12  1
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Motonari          ss  5  1  1  0  .247    Barkan            2b  5  1  1  0  .243
Whitworth         dh  4  2  2  0  .263    Brewmaker         3b  5  0  3  2  .263
Cosgrove          cf  5  2  4  3  .282    Cardona           cf  4  1  2  1  .230
Martinez          rf  5  1  1  3  .249    Wason             rf  4  0  2  1  .284
Thomas            1b  5  1  2  1  .230    Elliott           1b  4  1  1  0  .266
Sparks            lf  3  0  0  0  .262    Whittier          lf  5  0  1  0  .243
Turnbull          c   5  1  1  1  .162    Ivey              dh  5  1  2  1  .272
Gaytan            2b  4  0  1  0  .248    Watson            c   5  0  1  0  .196
Davidson          3b  2  0  0  0  .209    Ginder            ss  5  2  2  1  .216
                     38  8 12  8                               42  6 15  6
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fernandez        W 6-14          6.1 12  5  5  2  4 103  66  5.53
Bautista         H 6             1.1  2  1  1  0  0  14  10  3.10
Gamble           S 30            1.1  1  0  0  1  1  17   9  5.25
                                 9.0 15  6  6  3  5 134  85 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Benson                           5.0  7  4  4  1  1  83  53  5.63
Sapp             L 5-4           1.2  4  4  4  2  0  39  19  8.11
Menard                           1.1  1  0  0  1  0  13   5  2.70
Matsumoto                        1.0  0  0  0  1  0  13   7  2.73
                                 9.0 12  8  8  5  1 148  84 
 
E-Bautista, Benson. 2B-Motonari(26), Cosgrove 2(34), Barkan(11), Cardona(25), 
Whittier(15), Watson(15). 3B-Cardona(11). HR-Cosgrove(7), Martinez(20), 
Thomas(39), Turnbull(4). RBI-Cosgrove 3(63), Martinez 3(72), Thomas(91), 
Turnbull(28), Brewmaker 2(95), Cardona(79), Wason(113), Ivey(34), Ginder(6). 
SB-Cardona(14), Ivey 2(16), Ginder(5). CS-Cosgrove. K-Martinez, Cardona, 
Wason, Elliott, Whittier, Watson. BB-Whitworth, Sparks 2, Davidson 2, 
Cardona, Wason, Elliott. 
GWRBI: Cosgrove
Temperature: 103, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 9 MPH.

 

Jackson HammerheadsJacksonville DragonsJACKSON HAMMERHEADS 11, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 5

The Jacksonville Dragons fell well short of their expectations for this season.  They hoped to make the playoffs, but they didn’t come close.  They hoped to finish above the .500 mark, but a late-season losing streak doomed those chances.  Failing all that, they at least hoped to win their season-ending series against the Jackson Hammerheads in order to raise a bit of optimism for next season.  But they couldn’t do that either, as the Hammerheads bashed their way to an 11-5 win.

“This season has been one nut shot after another,” said Dragons manager Harlan Davidson.  “Why should the last game be any different?”  Davidson’s job is rumored to be in jeopardy after a disappointing season, although the organization did not announce a move as of press time.

Dragons lefty Randy Cannon (12-12) had a rare clunker of an outing, lasting only 2 2/3 innings and being tagged for five runs.  Reliever Emilio Abbas proceeded to cough up three runs in the 4th; by the end of that inning, the Hammerheads led 8-3 and were on their way to an easy win.

Jacksonville 1B Jake Kapoor, who became the clubhouse leader over the course of the season, wasn’t able to finish the finale.  Battling a respiratory infection, Kapoor was unable to take the field in the top of the 2nd.  He was taken to the hospital for examination, but is expected to be released in the morning.

Hammerheads starter Jordan Bergman (17-5) got the win after struggling through 5 1/3 innings in which he surrendered seven hits and five walks.  “Nothing like one more lucky win to finish the season,” said Bergman.  “Nobody in this league has a horseshoe farther up their [expletive] than I did this year.”

Several Jackson hitters closed out the season feeling good as well.  3B Kim Fleitas went 3-for-5 with a double and a homer.  RF Erin Arispe, who finished the season on a tear, went 2-for-4 with a three-run bomb.  CF Damian Deason went 2-for-4 with a double, his 55th of the year.

Perhaps the most impressive Hammerheads performance, though, came from lefty reliever Marquis Silcox.  The 20-year-old lefty has been a rolling disaster essentially all season, but he managed to end this game with 2 scoreless innings, despite allowing a hit and 3 walks.  The official scorer, who clearly has an excellent sense of humor, rewarded Silcox’s feat with his first save of the season.

“I got what?” said Silcox when informed of his accomplishment.  “Cool.  Do I, like, get a bonus for that?”

Like the Dragons, the Hammerheads head into the offseason with uncertainty around the manager’s chair.  Lou Hayes went down in late August with a heart attack and did not return; he is said to be mulling retirement.  Pitching coach and interim manager Eddie Harris, who compiled a 13-11 record in Hayes’ stead, is not likely to be retained regardless, according to sources close to the team.

Harris declined to address the rumors, saying, “Everything will work out the way it will.  My fate is in the hands of the good Lord and our owner/whiz-kid GM.  Whatever happens will be for the best.”

After deciding the fate of Hayes and Harris, the Hammerheads (83-67) plan to spend the winter hunting for good barbecue along the Natchez Trace.  The Dragons (72-78) look forward to an offseason of… what, going to Jaguars games?  What do people do in Jacksonville in the winter?  Damned if I know.

 

9/20/2015, JCK15-JAX15, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2015 Hammerheads       0  3  2  3  0  0  0  0  3    11 14  2     3  2
2015 Dragons           1  1  1  0  0  1  1  0  0     5 10  0    12  0
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            cf  4  2  2  0  .304    Teachout          c   5  1  1  0  .303
Westerberg        ss  5  2  2  2  .351    Kapoor            1b  1  0  0  0  .313
Sisco             lf  5  1  2  2  .312     Parker           1b  4  1  1  1  .201
Fleitas           3b  5  3  3  3  .287    Hopps             rf  5  0  1  0  .277
Jaramillo         dh  5  0  1  1  .261    Hartley           lf  3  0  2  1  .259
Doyle             c   4  0  1  0  .312    Taliaferro        3b  2  1  0  0  .252
Lassen            1b  3  2  1  0  .243    McEwan            dh  2  0  0  1  .188
Arispe            rf  4  1  2  3  .282    Leon              cf  4  0  1  1  .245
Righter           2b  4  0  0  0  .345    Herdt             ss  5  2  3  0  .249
                     39 11 14 11          Mount             2b  4  0  1  1  .243
                                                               35  5 10  5
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Bergman          W 17-5          5.1  7  4  3  5  2 112  62  4.14
Sircy            H 17            0.2  0  0  0  0  0  10   5  2.92
Turnbull                         0.0  1  1  1  1  0  12   5  3.61
Sheen            H 6             1.0  1  0  0  0  0   5   4  3.73
Silcox           S 1             2.0  1  0  0  3  0  36  15  8.17
                                 9.0 10  5  4  9  2 175  91 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Cannon           L 12-12         2.2  5  5  5  2  2  45  27  4.54
Abbas                            3.1  6  3  3  0  0  35  27  4.10
Avallone                         2.1  1  1  1  0  2  36  21  4.50
Corridon                         0.2  2  2  2  0  0  10   7  3.97
                                 9.0 14 11 11  2  4 126  82 
 
JAX: Parker inserted at 1b in the 2nd
 
E-Westerberg 2. 2B-Deason(55), Sisco(21), Fleitas(28), Jaramillo(27), 
Doyle(37), Teachout(26), Hopps(28), Herdt(24). HR-Fleitas(17), Arispe(20). 
RBI-Westerberg 2(95), Sisco 2(53), Fleitas 3(130), Jaramillo(90), 
Arispe 3(96), Hartley(124), McEwan(6), Leon(59), Mount(34), Parker(15). 
SB-Fleitas(15). CS-Deason. K-Sisco, Fleitas, Jaramillo, Doyle, Leon, Herdt. 
BB-Deason, Lassen, Hartley 2, Taliaferro 3, McEwan 3, Leon. 
GWRBI: Arispe
Jake Kapoor was injured for this game and 1 more days
Temperature: 82, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 19 MPH.

 

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