PBL Scores, 4/4/16

Let the games begin!  The 2016 season starts… right now.

SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 3, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 2

After last year’s dismal 45-105 showing, the Salt Lake Samurai are eager to get off to a strong start this year and put the bad memories of 2015 behind them.  And for 8 innings against the Silver City Outlaws, it looked like things were going according to plan.  Ace Toshiie Maeda had the sort of strong, consistent outing that eluded him last year.  The new-look lineup put together just enough offense to get ahead. But it all fell apart in the 9th, as new closer Nick Crusoe allowed a two-run homer to Outlaws RF Nathaniel Wason to doom the Samurai to a heartbreaking 3-2 loss.

“Getting the W would have been huge for us,” said Salt Lake DH Neal Thomas.  “But we’ve still got a ways to go.”

The Samurai revamped their team significantly in the offseason, and it showed in the starting lineup as they fielded five rookies.  Against fearsome Silver City hurler Pedro Rodriguez, the Samurai struggled – whiffing 12 times over 8 innings – but still managed to put up a couple big hits.  In the 2nd, Thomas led off by crushing a full-count fastball just inside the left-field foul pole to give his team the lead.  In the 3rd, new 3B Clint Wines gashed a triple to the alley in right-center, then raced home on a slow roller by fellow rookie 2B Tyler Stark to give the home team a 2-0 lead.

“We did a lot right in this game,” said Salt Lake manager Johnny Dugan.  “Facing Rodriguez is a tough assignment, but our kids weren’t scared.  They were working deep into counts, making him sweat, getting solid contact.  We’ve got nothing to hang our heads about.”

Meanwhile, Maeda showed a comfort and confidence that was all too rare in ’15, breezing through the powerful Outlaws lineup with ease.  Through the first 6 innings, Maeda held Silver City to a single hit while striking out 6.  In the 7th, the Outlaws finally broke through and got on the board.  DH Brant “Poison” Ivey led off with a single, and Wason then worked a walk.  Maeda nearly worked out of the inning, getting 1B Muzz Elliott to pop up a bunt and 2B Dominique Barkan to fly out to shallow center.  But rookie SS Danny Taylor dug out a 1-1 slider and dropped it just barely fair in the left-field corner, scoring Ivey to cut Salt Lake’s lead in half.

But Maeda set the Outlaws down in order in the 8th, setting the stage for Crusoe to make his PBL debut.  It didn’t go well.  Crusoe walked Ivey on five pitches, then watched him steal second on the first pitch to Wason.  The rookie closer got ahead 0-2 on the Silver City slugger, but then hung a curveball that Wason crushed over the bullpens in right.  Crusoe (0-1) smacked his thigh, then cursed into his glove as Wason and Ivey circled the bases.

“Welcome to the big leagues the hard way,” said the rookie closer.  “Not the kind of beginning I dreamed of, obviously.  But tomorrow’s another day.”

Rodriguez (1-0) made it through 8 to collect the win.  Outlaws closer Go Matsumoto worked a 1-2-3 9th for the save.

 

4/4/2017, SCO16-SLC16, Desert Edge Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  2     3  6  0     6  0
2016 Samurai           0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0     2  5  0     3  0
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hintz             lf  4  0  0  0  .000    Slover            cf  4  0  1  0  .250
 Whittier         lf  0  0  0  0  .000    Motonari          ss  4  0  0  0  .000
Brewmaker         3b  4  0  0  0  .000    Sparks            lf  4  0  0  0  .000
Ivey              dh  3  2  2  0  .667    Thomas            dh  4  1  1  1  .250
Wason             rf  3  1  1  2  .333    Martinez          rf  3  0  0  0  .000
Elliott           1b  4  0  0  0  .000    Parillo           1b  3  0  1  0  .333
Barkan            2b  4  0  0  0  .000    Godinez           c   3  0  0  0  .000
Taylor            ss  4  0  2  1  .500    Wines             3b  3  1  1  0  .333
Cardona           cf  4  0  1  0  .250    Stark             2b  2  0  1  1  .500
Watson            c   3  0  0  0  .000                         30  2  5  2
                     33  3  6  3
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rodriguez        W 1-0           8.0  5  2  2  2 12 132  80  2.25
Matsumoto        S 1             1.0  0  0  0  0  1  14   9  0.00
                                 9.0  5  2  2  2 13 146  89 
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Maeda                            8.0  3  1  1  2  8 120  73  1.13
Crusoe           BS 1, L 0-1     1.0  3  2  2  1  3  30  19 18.00
                                 9.0  6  3  3  3 11 150  92 
 
SCO: Whittier inserted at lf in the 9th
 
2B-Taylor(1), Parillo(1). 3B-Wines(1). HR-Wason(1), Thomas(1). 
RBI-Wason 2(2), Taylor(1), Thomas(1), Stark(1). SB-Ivey(1). CS-Stark. 
K-Hintz 2, Brewmaker 2, Elliott 2, Barkan, Taylor, Cardona, Watson 2, 
Slover 3, Motonari 2, Sparks, Thomas 2, Martinez, Parillo, Godinez, Wines, 
Stark. BB-Ivey, Wason, Watson, Martinez, Stark. 
GWRBI: Wason
Temperature: 58, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 8 MPH.

 

KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 10, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 2

The Knoxville Smokies started their defense of their Eastern Division title off right, going deep four times and thumping the Jacksonville Dragons 10-2.

“The champs is still the champs!” crowed Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “The rest of the league best get used to seein’ our taillights, ‘cause we’ve got plenty more beatings in store.”

Smokies ace Elicio Santana (1-0) tossed a complete game, striking out 9 and walking 7.  He allowed a two-run tater to rookie Dragons 1B Miguel Soria, but kept Jacksonville off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

“I think maybe they were too afraid to hit against me,” joked Santana.  “I was a little wild today.”

Dragons ace Biggs McGee (0-1) didn’t make it out of the 2nd, coughing up 4 runs, including a three-run dinger to RF Jackson Campo.  Knoxville turned the game into a rout with a four-run 7th off of reliever Samir Khan, as 1B Eddie Battin and SS Armand Moriarty both went yard.

 

4/4/2017, JAX16-KNX16, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Dragons           2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     2  6  0     7  0
2016 Smokies           4  0  0  1  0  1  4  0  x    10 14  0     5  4
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Taliaferro        2b  3  1  2  0  .667    Johnson           lf  5  1  2  0  .400
Kapoor            3b  3  0  0  0  .000    Campo             2b  5  1  3  0  .600
Hartley           lf  2  0  0  0  .000    Figeroa           3b  5  1  0  0  .000
Soria             1b  4  1  1  2  .250    Battin            1b  4  2  2  3  .500
Hopps             rf  2  0  0  0  .000    Campo             rf  4  2  2  3  .500
Esquivel          c   4  0  1  0  .250    Valentim          dh  4  0  0  0  .000
Teachout          dh  4  0  2  0  .500    Moriarty          ss  4  1  1  2  .250
Soltero           cf  3  0  0  0  .000    Credle            c   4  1  2  0  .500
Herdt             ss  4  0  0  0  .000    Blair             cf  3  1  2  2  .667
                     29  2  6  2                               38 10 14 10
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGee            L 0-1           1.0  6  4  4  1  3  39  26 36.00
Newman                           3.0  1  1  1  0  7  43  30  3.00
Khan                             4.0  7  5  5  0  3  65  45 11.25
                                 8.0 14 10 10  1 13 147 101 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Santana          W 1-0           9.0  6  2  2  7  9 160  89  2.00
                                 9.0  6  2  2  7  9 160  89 
 
2B-Campo(1), Credle(1), Blair(1). HR-Soria(1), Battin(1), Campo(1), 
Moriarty(1), Blair(1). RBI-Soria 2(2), Battin 3(3), Campo 3(3), 
Moriarty 2(2), Blair 2(2). SB-Taliaferro(1), Campo(1), Battin(1). K-Kapoor 2, 
Soria, Hopps, Esquivel 2, Teachout 2, Soltero, Johnson, Campo 2, Figeroa 3, 
Battin, Campo 2, Valentim, Moriarty 2, Credle. BB-Taliaferro, Kapoor, 
Hartley 2, Hopps 2, Soltero, Blair. 
GWRBI: Campo
Temperature: 63, Sky: clear, Wind: out to right at 8 MPH.

 

CALIFORNIA SHARKS 7, LAS VEGAS NARWHALS 4

On a picture-perfect day at Blue Note Stadium, the California Sharks got big contributions from players old and new, as ace Pierre LaRue helped the home team shut down the expansion Las Vegas Narwhals by a 7-4 score.

Rookie California CF Justin Canales made a big splash in his debut, hitting a pair of solo home runs.  Veteran DH Eddie Nix had a pair of solo shots himself.  Rookie C Matt Jensen added a two-run jack of his own to cap off a three-run 6th and chase Vegas starter Jose Oro (0-1).

“With all the hype around Justin, you figured he’d about have to walk across the ocean to live up to it,” said Nix.  “But you take one look at him, and you realize he ain’t scared of nothing or nobody.  He’s a cool customer.”

LaRue (1-0) cruised through the first 7 innings but tired in the 8th, yielding back-to-back jacks to LF Arthur Mealey and 1B Brooks Defoor.  Rookie lefty Chris Lendon finished out the inning without further damage, and closer Eugene Grace survived a walk and a hit in the 9th to earn the save.

 

4/4/2017, LVN16-CAL16, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Narwhals          0  0  0  0  1  0  0  3  0     4  8  1     4  0
2016 Sharks            0  0  0  2  1  3  1  0  x     7 11  1     5  1
 
Narwhals             AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Mealey            lf  4  1  1  2  .250    Corona            rf  4  0  1  0  .250
Defoor            1b  4  1  2  1  .500    Smyth             ss  4  0  0  0  .000
Suzuki            3b  4  0  0  0  .000    Canales           cf  4  2  2  2  .500
Zocken            dh  4  1  1  0  .250    Mader             lf  4  0  0  0  .000
Carquinez         cf  3  0  2  0  .667    Nix               dh  4  2  3  2  .750
 Whitworth        ph  1  0  0  0  .000    Gerke             1b  4  0  1  0  .250
Vandever          2b  1  0  0  1  .000    Oller             3b  4  2  2  0  .500
 McEwan           ph  1  0  0  0  .000    Strachan          2b  4  0  1  0  .250
 Popejoy          2b  1  0  1  0 1.000    Jensen            c   4  1  1  2  .250
Johnson           c   4  0  0  0  .000                         36  7 11  6
Winne             rf  4  0  0  0  .000
Birmingham        ss  3  1  1  0  .333
                     34  4  8  4
 
Narwhals                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Oro              L 0-1           5.2  9  6  5  0  4  99  66  7.94
Lighty                           2.1  2  1  1  0  1  26  18  3.86
                                 8.0 11  7  6  0  5 125  84 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
La Rue           W 1-0           7.1  7  4  4  0  6  94  65  4.91
Lendon           H 1             0.2  0  0  0  0  1   7   4  0.00
Grace            S 1             1.0  1  0  0  0  0  10   7  0.00
                                 9.0  8  4  4  0  7 111  76 
 
LVN: McEwan batted for Vandever in the 7th
     Popejoy inserted at 2b in the 7th
     Whitworth batted for Carquinez in the 9th
 
E-Defoor, Strachan. 2B-Oller(1). HR-Mealey(1), Defoor(1), Canales 2(2), 
Nix 2(2), Jensen(1). RBI-Mealey 2(2), Defoor(1), Vandever(1), Canales 2(2), 
Nix 2(2), Jensen 2(2). SB-Carquinez(1). K-Mealey 2, Suzuki, Zocken 3, Winne, 
Corona, Mader 2, Gerke, Jensen. SF-Vandever. PB-Johnson. 
GWRBI: Nix
Temperature: 70, Sky: clear, Wind: none.

 

ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 3, CAROLINA COMETS 0

Orlando Calrissians ace Nathan Nunb got his season off to a sparkling start, fanning 13 and tossing a complete-game four-hitter, all singles, to stifle the expansion Carolina Comets, 3-0.

“That’s the best I’ve ever seen Nathan throw,” said Calrissians manager Logan Bothan.  “If this is the kind of performance we’re going to see from him all season, we aren’t going to be in the cellar this time.”

The two players that Orlando acquired from Knoxville in the Curt Figueroa deal sparkled in their debut with their new club.  3B Ronnie Aceuedo went 3-for-4 with a double and a homer, and 1B Malcolm Bryant went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo shot.  C Herschel Lesher also went deep in a 2-for-4 performance.

Comets rookie Randy Flats (0-1) took the loss despite a strong 8-inning performance with 8 strikeouts.  C Corky Carpenter went 2-for-3 in a losing effort for Carolina.

 

4/4/2017, ORL16-CAR16, Catawba Century Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Calrissians       0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  1     3  9  1     7  0
2016 Comets            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  4  0     4  1
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Comets               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Buendia           2b  5  0  2  0  .400    Jackson           lf  4  0  1  0  .250
Bryant            1b  3  1  1  1  .333    Barnes            ss  4  0  0  0  .000
Lesher            c   4  1  2  1  .500    Shives            1b  3  0  1  0  .333
Lebow             lf  3  0  0  0  .000     Koskela          ph  1  0  0  0  .000
Larson            dh  4  0  1  0  .250    Jones             cf  4  0  0  0  .000
Hernandez         ss  4  0  0  0  .000    Vise              rf  2  0  0  0  .000
Law               rf  4  0  0  0  .000     Kurland          ph  1  0  0  0  .000
Aceuedo           3b  4  1  3  1  .750    Mote              3b  3  0  0  0  .000
Barber            cf  4  0  0  0  .000    Carpenter         c   3  0  2  0  .667
                     35  3  9  3          Gaytan            2b  2  0  0  0  .000
                                           Jeffreys         ph  0  0  0  0  .000
                                           Cipolla          rf  1  0  0  0  .000
                                          Olivas            dh  3  0  0  0  .000
                                                               31  0  4  0
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Numb             W 1-0           9.0  4  0  0  0 13 127  85  0.00
                                 9.0  4  0  0  0 13 127  85 
 
Comets                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Flats            L 0-1           8.0  8  2  2  2  8 130  77  2.25
Pellegrin                        1.0  1  1  1  0  1  11   8  9.00
                                 9.0  9  3  3  2  9 141  85 
 
CAR: Kurland batted for Vise in the 7th
     Jeffreys batted for Gaytan in the 7th
     Cipolla inserted at rf in the 8th
     Kurland moved to 2b in the 8th
     Koskela batted for Shives in the 9th
 
E-Aceuedo. 2B-Aceuedo(1). HR-Bryant(1), Lesher(1), Aceuedo(1). RBI-Bryant(1), 
Lesher(1), Aceuedo(1). CS-Carpenter. K-Bryant, Lesher, Larson 2, Hernandez 2, 
Law 2, Barber, Jackson 3, Barnes, Shives, Jones 2, Mote 2, Gaytan, Olivas 2, 
Koskela. BB-Bryant, Lebow. 
GWRBI: Lesher
Lucky Barnes was injured for this game only
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

KALAMAZOO KAZOOS 7, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 2

The Kalamazoo Kazoos were the only expansion team to win their first game today, getting an excellent performance from rookie righty Zachary Barrett and shutting down the defending PBL champion Milwaukee Bear Claws, 7-2.

“Whoa!  Didn’t see that coming,” said Barrett (1-0), who fanned nine Bear Claws in a complete-game performance.

Rookie Kazoos 2B Ian Cross started off his Patriot League career with a bang, with a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate.  CF Damian Mash contributed a double and a homer, while SS Johnny Shorts went 3-for-4 with a double.

Milwaukee ace Lou Mallory (0-1) had a rough day, allowing 5 runs over 3 2/3 innings.

The Bear Claws suffered another loss when RF Warren Stefani departed in the 4th inning.  Manager Poss Horton blamed the cold weather, saying Stefani “just had a hammy tighten up on him” and will be back in a couple days.

4/4/2017, MIL16-KAL16, Kazaoobie Kazoo Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Bear Claws        0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0     2  9  0     7  2
2016 Kazoos            3  0  2  0  0  0  0  2  x     7 16  0     7  0
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Kazoos               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  4  0  2  0  .500    Cross             2b  4  1  4  0 1.000
Iddings           2b  4  0  0  0  .000    McAllister        dh  5  1  2  1  .400
Mateo             1b  4  1  3  0  .750    Mash              cf  4  2  2  2  .500
Stefani           rf  2  0  0  0  .000    Shorts            ss  4  1  3  1  .750
 Dipalma          rf  0  0  0  0  .000    Taylor            rf  4  0  1  1  .250
 Busing           ph  1  0  0  0  .000    Nabors            3b  4  1  1  0  .250
 Trumbauer        rf  1  0  0  0  .000    Parker            lf  4  1  1  0  .250
Raine             dh  4  0  0  1  .000    Mack              1b  4  0  1  0  .250
Castleberry       lf  4  0  1  0  .250    McCormack         c   4  0  1  2  .250
McGuigan          c   4  1  3  1  .750                         37  7 16  7
Perry             3b  4  0  0  0  .000
Maxwell           cf  4  0  0  0  .000
                     36  2  9  2
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mallory          L 0-1           3.2 11  5  5  0  4  87  58 12.27
Almon                            3.0  2  0  0  0  5  39  30  0.00
Kimbell                          1.1  3  2  2  0  0  25  15 13.50
                                 8.0 16  7  7  0  9 151 103 
 
Kazoos                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Barrett          W 1-0           9.0  9  2  2  0  9 115  86  2.00
                                 9.0  9  2  2  0  9 115  86 
 
MIL: Dipalma inserted at rf in the 4th
     Busing batted for Dipalma in the 5th
     Trumbauer inserted at rf in the 5th
 
2B-Mateo 2(2), McAllister(1), Mash(1), Shorts(1). HR-McGuigan(1), Mash(1). 
RBI-Raine(1), McGuigan(1), McAllister(1), Mash 2(2), Shorts(1), Taylor(1), 
McCormack 2(2). SB-Petitt(1), Cross(1), Parker(1). K-Petitt, Iddings, Mateo, 
Castleberry 2, McGuigan, Perry, Maxwell, Busing, McAllister, Mash, Taylor 2, 
Parker 2, Mack 2, McCormack. HBP-Cross. HB-Kimbell. 
GWRBI: McAllister
Warren Stefani was injured for this game and 2 more days
Temperature: 50, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 8 MPH.
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