PBL Scores, 4/14/16

Today, there was a come-from-behind win, a surprise pitcher’s duel, a high-scoring slugfest, and a couple of big wins.  There’s something for everybody in today’s action!

JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 7, CAROLINA COMETS 4

The Jacksonville Dragons were hoping to keep pace with the surging Knoxville Smokies in the East.  Jacksonville’s bid for a third straight win appeared in trouble when they fell behind early to the Carolina Comets.  But they hung tough and didn’t fold, and in the end, a three-run homer by a young slugger in his Patriot League debut propelled the Dragons to a 7-4 win.

“Man, this was a fun game!” crowed Dragons manager Steve Califano.  “This team has really got something special.”

Before the game, Jacksonville starter Biggs McGee predicted a no-hitter against the weak-hitting Comets lineup.  But as is often the case, his mouth wrote a check his arm couldn’t cash.  Carolina made McGee eat his words in the 3rd, hitting three straight singles before a two-run homer by 1B Pete Shives.  Suddenly, the Dragons trailed 4-0.

McGee (2-1) held the line after that through the 8th inning, despite clearly lacking his best stuff.  But the Dragons hitters couldn’t get anything going against Comets ace Randy Flats.  When CF Sandy Soltero was thrown out trying to score from first on a double to end the 5th, Jacksonville’s offense looked desperate.

Little did they know they were about to break through.  In the 6th, the Dragons tagged Flats for a pair of doubles and a pair of singles, knocking him out of the game and cutting the score to 4-3.  Lefty Owen Pellegrin got Carolina out of the inning with the lead intact, though, and shut them down again in the 7th.

In the 8th, Pellegrin allowed a one-out single, and Comets manager Taylor Ashy wasted no time summoning his closer, Matt Chamis.  C Jan Esquivel and Soltero greeted him with back-to-back singles, tying the game.  But Chamis retired SS Alan Herdt on a grounder for the second out, bringing up DH Dustin Gonzalez.

The 23-year-old Gonzalez was acquired from Jackson just before the start of the season.  He has a reputation as an all-or-nothing hitter, and Jacksonville expected to use him as a bench bat.  An injury to Judson Teachout propelled Gonzalez into the starting lineup for his first game, and he’d gone 0-for-3 on the day with two ugly strikeouts.

“He’d really looked overmatched up there,” admitted Califano.  “But that just made him more determined.”

A clearly nervous Chamis managed to fall behind the free-swinging Gonzalez 3-0.  He then battled back to bring the count full, and tried to put Gonzalez away with a fastball on the inside corner.

The pitch swung back toward the middle, and Gonzalez jumped on it.  He hit a towering drive, but would it stay fair?  “I was praying hard,” admitted the young slugger.

The ball curled just inside the foul pole for a three-run homer.  Gonzalez kissed his bat and circled the bases with his arm in the air while Chamis (0-1) kicked the dirt in frustration.

McGee (2-1) got credit for the win.  “See, I kept us in it!” he crowed.  “Like the willow trees back home, I bent but they couldn’t break me.”  Closer Blueberry Jackson pitched a 1-2-3 9th for his second save.

 

4/14/2017, CAR16-JAX16, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Comets            0  0  4  0  0  0  0  0  0     4 10  0     7  0
2016 Dragons           0  0  0  0  0  3  0  4  x     7 13  1     6  0
 
Comets               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Jackson           lf  5  1  1  0  .275    Taliaferro        2b  5  0  2  0  .390
Barnes            ss  5  1  1  2  .152    Kapoor            3b  2  0  0  0  .350
Shives            1b  4  1  2  2  .267    Hartley           lf  4  0  1  0  .289
Jones             cf  3  0  0  0  .135    Soria             1b  4  1  1  0  .375
Mote              3b  4  0  2  0  .171    Hopps             rf  4  2  3  1  .350
Cipolla           rf  4  0  1  0  .192    Esquivel          c   4  2  2  0  .289
Carpenter         c   4  0  0  0  .206    Soltero           cf  4  1  3  3  .273
Gaytan            2b  4  0  1  0  .333    Herdt             ss  4  0  0  0  .200
Cosgrove          dh  3  1  2  0  .360    Gonzalez          dh  4  1  1  3  .250
 Jeffreys         ph  1  0  0  0  .143                         35  7 13  7
                     37  4 10  4
 
Comets                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Flats                            5.2  9  3  3  1  4  91  62  4.35
Pellegrin        H 1             1.2  1  1  1  1  2  23  14  9.00
Chamis           BS 1, L 0-1     0.2  3  3  3  0  0  25  14  9.00
                                 8.0 13  7  7  2  6 139  90 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGee            W 2-1           8.0 10  4  4  1  7 104  69  6.75
Jackson          S 2             1.0  0  0  0  0  0  11   8  6.23
                                 9.0 10  4  4  1  7 115  77 
 
CAR: Jeffreys batted for Cosgrove in the 9th
 
E-Hartley. 2B-Shives(2), Mote(1), Taliaferro 2(5), Soria(3), Soltero(1). 
3B-Cosgrove(1). HR-Shives(2), Gonzalez(1). RBI-Barnes 2(4), Shives 2(3), 
Hopps(11), Soltero 3(6), Gonzalez 3(3). CS-Taliaferro. K-Jackson 2, Barnes, 
Jones, Mote, Gaytan, Cosgrove, Taliaferro, Kapoor, Hartley, Hopps, 
Gonzalez 2. BB-Jones, Kapoor 2. 
GWRBI: Gonzalez
Temperature: 89, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 12 MPH.

 

LAS VEGAS NARHWALS 1, KALAMAZOO COMETS 0

You wouldn’t expect a game between the Las Vegas Narwhals and Kalamazoo Kazoos, especially at cozy MGM Jackpot Stadium, to be a pitcher’s duel.  But despite combining for 17 hits, the teams produced only a lone run, with Arthur Mealey’s 3rd-inning RBI single proving decisive in a 1-0 Narwhals victory.

“Honestly, it felt like a contest to see who could blow more chances,” said Vegas DH Andrew Zocken.

Both teams struggled on the basepaths, hitting into a combined five double plays (three for Vegas, two for Kalamazoo) and getting caught stealing three times (twice for the Narwhals).

Vegas rookie Jose Oro (1-2) picked up his first Patriot League win, firing a complete-game seven-hitter.  Even better, he got stronger as the game went on, getting five of his six strikeouts in the last 3 innings.

Oro outdueled Kazoos righty Jason Wallace (1-1), who allowed 10 hits and had to wiggle out of jams in almost every inning.

 

4/14/2017, KAL16-LVN16, MGM Jackpot
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Kazoos            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  7  0     5  4
2016 Narwhals          0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  x     1 10  1     5  2
 
Kazoos               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Narwhals             AB  R  H BI   AVG
Cross             2b  4  0  1  0  .360    Mealey            lf  4  0  4  1  .356
McAllister        dh  4  0  3  0  .364    Defoor            1b  4  0  2  0  .239
Mash              cf  4  0  0  0  .128    Suzuki            3b  4  0  0  0  .150
Shorts            ss  2  0  1  0  .258    Zocken            dh  3  0  1  0  .227
 Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .167    Carquinez         cf  3  0  1  0  .375
 Puffer           ss  0  0  0  0  .417    Vandever          2b  3  0  0  0  .097
 Leach            ph  1  0  0  0  .000    Johnson           c   2  1  1  0  .219
Taylor            rf  3  0  0  0  .132    Winne             rf  2  0  1  0  .243
Nabors            3b  3  0  1  0  .324    Birmingham        ss  3  0  0  0  .143
Parker            lf  3  0  1  0  .167                         28  1 10  1
Mack              1b  3  0  0  0  .250
McCormack         c   3  0  0  0  .387
                     31  0  7  0
 
Kazoos                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Wallace          L 1-1           8.0 10  1  1  2  1 108  68  2.20
                                 8.0 10  1  1  2  1 108  68 
 
Narwhals                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Oro              W 1-2           9.0  7  0  0  1  6 112  78  4.71t
                                 9.0  7  0  0  1  6 112  78 
 
KAL: Gomez batted for Shorts in the 7th
     Puffer inserted at ss in the 7th
     Leach batted for Puffer in the 9th
 
E-Carquinez. 2B-Shorts(4), Defoor(1). RBI-Mealey(7). SB-Carquinez(4). 
CS-Cross, Johnson, Winne. K-Mash, Taylor, Parker 2, McCormack, Leach, Zocken. 
BB-Taylor, Johnson, Winne. WP-Oro. 
GWRBI: Mealey
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 6, NEW ORLEANS SAZERACS 0

The Knoxville Smokies continued their domination of the New Orleans Sazeracs today, handing the former division leader a 6-0 shutout.

“It’s personal now,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “We don’t just wanna beat ‘em, we wanna make ‘em sorry they ever played us.”

Knoxville lefty Elicio Santana (2-1) flashed the dominant form he showed last season, limiting New Orleans to a pair of singles over 7 2/3 innings and striking out 12.

The Smokies blew open a close game in the 6th and 7th.  They scored three in the 6th off of Sazeracs starter Phil O’Quinn (1-1).  In the 7th, 1B Eddie Battin added insult to injury with a two-run blast off reliever Jon Venegas.

 

4/14/2017, NOS16-KNX16, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Sazeracs          0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  3  0     5  1
2016 Smokies           0  1  0  0  0  3  2  0  x     6 10  0     5  0
 
Sazeracs             AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Sisco             cf  4  0  0  0  .143    Johnson           lf  4  0  0  0  .304
Angel             ss  4  0  1  0  .295    Campo             2b  4  0  0  0  .348
Canez             1b  4  0  0  0  .240    Figeroa           3b  3  2  3  0  .262
Behrens           dh  4  0  1  0  .238    Battin            1b  3  1  1  2  .275
Jaramillo         rf  3  0  0  0  .310    Campo             rf  3  1  2  1  .333
Carlo             c   3  0  0  0  .308    Valentim          dh  4  2  2  0  .265
Williams          lf  3  0  0  0  .130    Moriarty          ss  3  0  2  2  .386
Perez             3b  3  0  0  0  .182    Credle            c   4  0  0  1  .361
Mount             2b  2  0  1  0  .310    Blair             cf  3  0  0  0  .341
                     30  0  3  0                               31  6 10  6
 
Sazeracs                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
O'Quinn          L 1-1           6.0  9  4  4  3  2  92  53  3.00
Gilreath                         0.2  0  1  1  1  1  22  13 15.00
Venegas                          1.1  1  1  1  0  0  14  10  2.25
                                 8.0 10  6  6  4  3 128  76 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Santana          W 2-1           7.2  2  0  0  2 12 123  81  3.00
Tile                             1.1  1  0  0  0  3  17  15  1.69
                                 9.0  3  0  0  2 15 140  96 
 
2B-Valentim(4). HR-Battin(3). RBI-Battin 2(12), Campo(12), Moriarty 2(7), 
Credle(6). SB-Jaramillo(1), Mount(3). CS-Campo. K-Sisco, Angel 2, Canez 2, 
Behrens 2, Jaramillo 2, Carlo 2, Williams, Perez 3, Campo 2, Battin. 
BB-Jaramillo, Mount, Figeroa, Battin, Campo, Moriarty. 
GWRBI: Credle
Temperature: 58, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 13 MPH.

 

CALIFORNIA SHARKS 11, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 1

The California Sharks’ offense rolled over the hapless Salt Lake Samurai for a second straight day, scoring early and late in an 11-1 win.

“This series has been bloodier than any horror film I’ve ever watched,” said Samurai LF Chip Sparks.

The Samurai were hopeless against the knuckleballs of California starter Todd Warrant (2-0), who struck out 12 over 8 innings.  The only Salt Lake hitters who had any success against him wer CF Daniel Slover, who went 3-for-4 with a double, and 3B Chris Davidson, who hit a solo shot in the 7th to spoil the shutout.

Salt Lake starter Greg Horton (0-2) lasted only 2 2/3 innings and was tagged for five runs.  C Thaddeus Lockley was the only Sharks batter not to get a hit.  DH Eddie Nix and 1B Jamal Gerke both went deep for California.

 

4/14/2017, SLC16-CAL16, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Samurai           0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0     1  6  0     6  2
2016 Sharks            2  2  1  0  1  0  3  2  x    11 15  0     7  1
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Slover            cf  4  0  3  0  .475    Corona            rf  4  2  3  2  .282
Motonari          ss  4  0  0  0  .171    Smyth             ss  5  2  2  0  .444
Sparks            lf  4  0  0  0  .216    Canales           cf  5  0  2  3  .342
Thomas            dh  4  0  1  0  .222    Mader             lf  3  1  2  1  .306
Martinez          rf  4  0  0  0  .121     Novick           ph  1  0  0  0  .000
Parillo           1b  3  0  1  0  .194    Nix               dh  4  2  2  1  .344
Davidson          3b  4  1  1  1  .174     Ortiz            ph  1  0  0  0  .250
Godinez           c   2  0  0  0  .094    Lockley           c   3  0  0  0  .214
Stark             2b  3  0  0  0  .300     Jensen           ph  1  0  0  0  .200
                     32  1  6  1          Oller             3b  4  1  2  2  .333
                                          Gerke             1b  2  2  1  2  .267
                                          Strachan          2b  4  1  1  0  .286
                                                               37 11 15 11
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Horton           L 0-2           2.2  9  5  5  1  1  71  39 21.60
Henderson                        4.0  2  3  3  4  2  73  39  3.48
Nelson                           1.1  4  3  3  0  1  27  18 10.38
                                 8.0 15 11 11  5  4 171  96 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Warrant          W 2-0           8.0  6  1  1  1 12 121  76  2.25
Lopez                            1.0  0  0  0  0  0  15  10  2.08
                                 9.0  6  1  1  1 12 136  86 
 
CAL: Novick batted for Mader in the 8th
     Ortiz batted for Nix in the 8th
     Jensen batted for Lockley in the 8th
     Jensen moved to c in the 9th
     Novick moved to lf in the 9th
 
2B-Slover(7), Smyth(3), Canales(3), Strachan(4). HR-Davidson(1), Nix(4), 
Gerke(2). RBI-Davidson(2), Corona 2(8), Canales 3(12), Mader(8), Nix(6), 
Oller 2(6), Gerke 2(6). K-Slover, Motonari, Sparks 3, Thomas 3, Martinez 2, 
Davidson, Godinez, Smyth, Oller, Strachan, Jensen. BB-Parillo, Corona, Mader, 
Lockley, Gerke 2. HBP-Godinez. PB-Godinez. HB-Warrant. 
GWRBI: Canales
Temperature: 59, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 5 MPH.

 

ORLANDO CALRISSIANS  12, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 9

The Jackson Hammerheads’ pitching staff is a shambles after another high-scoring affair, crumbling in the middle innings in a 12-9 loss to the Orlando Calrissians.

Jackson starter Kiko Walton (1-1) had another short outing, lasting only 3 2/3 innings.  Orlando launched four home runs over the middle 3 innings as the Hammerheads cycled through five different pitchers, including closer Rick Sheen, who was tagged for a three-run bomb by LF Ryan Lebow.

The mess got so bad, and Jackson’s overworked pitching staff got so exhausted, that manager Bob Henley was forced to bring in starter Willie Lebron to throw a mop-up inning in the 9th.

“If I’d had a white flag, I would have waved it,” said Henley.

Calrissians starter Charles McNally (1-1) got the win despite a wobbly start in which he surrendered six runs in 5+ innings, including homers by DH Damian Deason and RF Omar Rodriguez.

Making matters worse for the Hammerheads, normally mild-mannered 3B Kim Fleitas was ejected in the 8th for arguing balls and strikes with home-plate umpire Bart Keeley.  Henley declined to comment on the incident.

 

4/14/2017, ORL16-JCK16, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Calrissians       0  0  0  5  2  4  1  0  0    12 13  0     6  0
2016 Hammerheads       0  0  2  2  0  2  1  1  1     9 14  1    11  0
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Buendia           2b  5  2  2  1  .239    Deason            dh  4  3  3  4  .417
Bryant            1b  5  1  2  4  .351    Fleitas           3b  5  0  0  0  .238
Lesher            c   5  1  1  0  .244     Grant            3b  1  0  0  0  .000
Lebow             lf  3  2  2  3  .333    Westerberg        ss  4  0  2  1  .231
Larson            dh  4  1  2  2  .293    Doyle             c   4  1  2  1  .316
Hernandez         ss  5  1  0  0  .238    Arispe            lf  4  0  1  0  .200
Law               rf  5  1  2  1  .200    Suarez            cf  5  1  1  0  .263
Aceuedo           3b  4  1  1  0  .278    Rodriguez         rf  4  1  1  3  .268
Barber            cf  4  2  1  1  .179    Lassen            1b  4  1  1  0  .276
                     40 12 13 12          Righter           2b  4  2  3  0  .524
                                                               39  9 14  9
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNally          W 1-1           5.0  7  6  6  2  3  79  48  8.25
Grazier          H 1             0.1  1  0  0  1  1  13   6 18.00
Smith            H 1             2.0  3  2  2  2  2  37  23  4.91
Quesara                          1.1  2  1  1  0  2  28  16  9.64
Clawson                          0.1  1  0  0  0  1   8   4  6.75
                                 9.0 14  9  9  5  9 165  97 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Walton           L 1-1           3.2  7  5  5  2  4  81  49  7.71
Pollan                           1.1  1  2  2  1  2  23  11 10.80
Sircy                            0.0  0  1  1  1  0   5   1  2.25
Turnbull                         0.0  1  1  1  0  0   8   6 11.25
Sheen                            1.2  3  3  3  0  1  33  23  9.53
Harris                           0.1  0  0  0  0  0   3   1  0.00
Boniface                         0.1  1  0  0  0  1   4   4  1.50
Drawdy                           0.2  0  0  0  0  0   4   3  2.25
Lebron                           1.0  0  0  0  0  0  13   8  5.52
                                 9.0 13 12 12  4  8 174 106 
 
JCK: Grant inserted at 3b in the 9th
 
E-Arispe. 2B-Lesher(4), Deason 2(6), Westerberg(2), Arispe(2), Lassen(5), 
Righter(5). HR-Bryant(2), Lebow(6), Larson(5), Law(3), Deason(2), 
Rodriguez(2). RBI-Buendia(2), Bryant 4(9), Lebow 3(11), Larson 2(9), Law(6), 
Barber(1), Deason 4(9), Westerberg(7), Doyle(8), Rodriguez 3(7). K-Buendia, 
Bryant, Lesher 2, Law 2, Aceuedo 2, Deason, Fleitas 3, Arispe, Suarez, 
Lassen 2, Grant. BB-Lebow 2, Larson, Barber, Deason 2, Westerberg, Doyle, 
Lassen. SH-Aceuedo, Righter. SF-Rodriguez. HBP-Arispe. HB-McNally. 
GWRBI: Bryant
Kim Fleitas was ejected from this game
Temperature: 84, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 18 MPH.

 

MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 5, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 1

The Milwaukee Bear Claws bounced back strong from a tough loss yesterday, getting a superb outing from rookie Alex Sanchez to muzzle the Silver City Outlaws, 5-1.

“That’s how I like it,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “We shook off that ugliness from yesterday and didn’t let it get us in a funk.”

Sanchez (1-0) was brilliant over 7 1/3 innings, holding the Outlaws to three hits and a single unearned run, while piling up 10 strikeouts.  After a ragged 1st, Sanchez didn’t allow another hit until LF Marlon Hintz’s double in the 8th.

Milwaukee SS Red Petitt led off the game with a home run.  After Silver City tied the game in the bottom of the inning, 3B William Perry gave the Bear Claws a lead they wouldn’t relinquish with his two-run homer off Outlaws start Cloyce “Hoss” Benson (0-1).  Perry punctuated his performance with another two-run blast in the 9th off reliever Aurelio Menard.

 

4/14/2017, MIL16-SCO16, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Bear Claws        1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  2     5 11  1     4  0
2016 Outlaws           1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     1  3  0     6  3
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  3  1  3  1  .333    Hintz             lf  4  0  1  0  .063
Iddings           2b  2  0  1  0  .220    Brewmaker         3b  2  1  1  0  .263
Mateo             1b  4  0  0  0  .282    Ivey              dh  4  0  1  0  .351
Stefani           rf  4  0  1  0  .226    Wason             rf  4  0  0  0  .286
Raine             dh  4  1  1  0  .333    Elliott           1b  3  0  0  0  .054
McGuigan          c   4  1  1  0  .333    Barkan            2b  4  0  0  0  .158
Perry             3b  4  2  2  4  .289    Taylor            ss  4  0  0  0  .412
Maxwell           cf  4  0  2  0  .263    Cardona           cf  3  0  0  0  .231
Dipalma           lf  4  0  0  0  .111    Watson            c   3  0  0  0  .250
                     33  5 11  5                               31  1  3  0
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sanchez          W 1-0           7.1  3  1  0  2 10 120  71  1.35
Juens            S 1             1.2  0  0  0  1  2  25  13  6.00
                                 9.0  3  1  0  3 12 145  84 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Benson           L 0-1           8.0  7  3  3  2  5 104  67  6.17
Menard                           1.0  4  2  2  0  0  23  16  4.00
                                 9.0 11  5  5  2  5 127  83 
 
E-Iddings. 2B-Hintz(1), Ivey(4). HR-Petitt(1), Perry 2(5). RBI-Petitt(3), 
Perry 4(9). K-Mateo 2, McGuigan 2, Perry, Hintz 2, Ivey 2, Wason 4, Taylor 2, 
Cardona, Watson. BB-Petitt, Iddings, Brewmaker 2, Elliott. SH-Iddings. 
GWRBI: Perry
Temperature: 89, Sky: clear, Wind: none.

 

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