PBL Scores, 4/19/16

In today’s action, there’s a rising star in Kalamazoo, a walkoff win in Carolina, a bullpen crisis in Jackson, and a fracas in Sin City.  The Patriot League season is heating up fast!

KALAMAZOO KAZOOS 6, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 2

At first glance, Kalamazoo Kazoos rookie righty Trevor Cutchall might not seem that impressive.  He doesn’t have the sort of overpowering fastball that blows hitters away, and he gives up his fair share of hits.  He doesn’t have the attention-grabbing appearance or demonstrative personality that might make him stand out in a crowd, either.

But according to teammate Jason Wallace, Cutchall has something that the other, flashier young pitchers don’t.

“Trevor’s got the perfect personality to pitch,” said Wallace.  “He’s got the poise and maturity of a guy a decade older.  He doesn’t get rattled when he gives up a hit or someone makes an error behind him.  He doesn’t get too high or too low no matter what happens.  To see that kind of maturity from a kid his age… it’s one in a million.”

Today, facing a tough opponent in the California Sharks, Cutchall showed his maturity and resolve, scattering nine hits in a complete-game 6-2 win, pushing the expansion Kazoos back to the .500 mark.

Cutchall (2-1) showed command of four different pitches, mixing up his arsenal and keeping the Sharks hitters off balance.  He kept the ball low, inducing 16 ground-ball outs.  Whenever he needed a big play, he got one: a double play to snuff out a threat, a pickoff to end an inning, even a couple big strikeouts to strand multiple California runners.

“He had a lot of us talking to ourselves,” said Sharks LF Kenneth Mader.  “He wasn’t blowing it by anybody, and we thought we were going to bust him open any minute.  But every time he got in trouble, he found a way to get us out.  You’ve got to tip your cap.”

The performance was all the more impressive given that Cutchall had little margin for error for most of the game.  Facing crafty California lefty Stu Palmeiro (2-1), the Kazoos also struggled to score, and it wasn’t until their three-run rally in the 7th that they were able to give their starter some breathing room.

“Facing Palmeiro is no day at the beach,” said RF John Taylor, who went 0-for-4.  “He’s got like a million different arm angles, and you never know where the ball’s going to come at you.”

One Kalamazoo batter who cracked Palmeiro’s code was DH Robby McAllister, who went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers.  McAllister’s two-run bomb in the 7th drove Palmeiro from the game and sparked the Kazoos’ big inning.

Even with that extra margin, Cutchall still had one more hill to climb.  In the 9th, the Sharks mounted a rally against the tiring righty; DH Eddie Nix beat out a slow grounder and 2B Palmer Strachan blooped a double just fair inside the right-field line.  Closer Elias Rosado was warm, and Kalamazoo manager Jacques DeFlute started to go to the mound to see if it was time for a change.  Without even facing his manager, Cutchall dismissed him with a flick of the wrist; DeFlute returned to the dugout.

Cutchall got ahead of California C Matt Jensen 0-2, then retired him on a lazy fly to center to end the game.

“Just doing my job,” said Cutchall after the game, modest and unassuming as ever.

 

4/19/2017, CAL16-KAL16, Kazaoobie Kazoo Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Sharks            0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0     2  9  2     7  2
2016 Kazoos            1  0  0  1  1  0  3  0  x     6 12  0     7  1
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Kazoos               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  3  0  0  0  .245    Shorts            ss  5  1  1  0  .306
Smyth             ss  4  0  0  0  .327    McAllister        dh  4  3  3  3  .371
Canales           cf  4  0  1  0  .327    Mash              cf  3  1  1  0  .113
Mader             lf  4  0  1  0  .294    Taylor            rf  4  0  0  0  .157
Nix               dh  4  1  3  0  .326    Parker            lf  4  1  2  0  .250
Gerke             1b  4  0  1  1  .279    McCormack         c   4  0  2  1  .386
Oller             3b  4  1  1  1  .314    Puffer            2b  4  0  0  0  .250
Strachan          2b  4  0  2  0  .310    Mack              1b  3  0  2  1  .319
 Gonzalez         pr  0  0  0  0  .000    Nabors            3b  4  0  1  0  .327
Jensen            c   3  0  0  0  .154                         35  6 12  5
                     34  2  9  2
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmeiro         L 2-1           6.0 10  5  4  1  5  90  67  3.68
Lopez                            0.2  2  1  1  0  1  22  13  6.23
Orf                              1.1  0  0  0  0  3  13  10  3.00
                                 8.0 12  6  5  1  9 125  90 
 
Kazoos                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Cutchall         W 2-1           9.0  9  2  2  2  3 122  79  3.46
                                 9.0  9  2  2  2  3 122  79 
 
CAL: Gonzalez ran for Strachan in the 9th
 
E-Smyth, Oller. 2B-Nix(2), Strachan(5), Shorts(7), Mash(5). HR-Oller(5), 
McAllister 2(5). RBI-Gerke(9), Oller(11), McAllister 3(9), McCormack(12), 
Mack(8). CS-Strachan. K-Smyth, Canales, Gerke, Shorts, Mash 2, Taylor, 
McCormack, Puffer 3, Nabors. BB-Corona, Jensen, Mash. SF-Mack. 
GWRBI: Mack
Palmer Strachan was injured for this game only
Temperature: 52, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: in from left at 7 MPH.

 

CAROLINA COMETS 9, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 7

For the second time in three days, the Carolina Comets rallied to walk off the Knoxville Smokies.  This time, a three-run homer by DH Teddy Olivas lifted the Comets to a 9-7 victory.

“That’s what happens when you help somebody out,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace, who mentored Carolina skipper Taylor Ashy.  “First chance they get, they stab you right in the damn heart.”

Both teams survived rocky outings from their starters; neither Carolina’s Deke Slater nor Knoxville’s Jody Garrity made it past the 5th.  The Smokies got a better performance out of their bullpen, though, at least until the final inning.  With closer Charlie Pasternak unavailable due to a recent heavy workload, Wallace brought in right-hander Rick Wilkins (0-1), who folded under the pressure.

“Next time I bring in Wilkins to close it out,” said the Knoxville skipper, “somebody knock me upside the head and slap some sense into me.”

Comets reliever Avery Lavine (1-0) got the win after getting the final two outs in the top of the 9th.

 

4/19/2017, KNX16-CAR16, Catawba Century Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Smokies           0  1  1  2  0  2  0  0  1     7 15  0    12  0
2016 Comets            3  1  0  0  1  0  0  1  3     9 14  0    11  2
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Comets               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Johnson           lf  5  2  2  3  .297    Jackson           lf  5  3  3  0  .259
Campo             2b  5  0  3  1  .333    Barnes            ss  4  1  2  0  .164
Figeroa           3b  3  1  2  2  .268     Cosgrove         ph  0  0  0  0  .387
Battin            1b  5  0  1  0  .298     Cipolla          ph  1  0  1  0  .222
Campo             rf  4  2  1  0  .321    Shives            1b  4  0  1  1  .259
Valentim          dh  5  0  2  0  .275    Jones             cf  4  1  2  3  .216
Moriarty          ss  5  0  2  1  .400    Vise              rf  3  0  0  0  .333
Blair             cf  4  0  0  0  .246    Mote              3b  5  2  2  1  .208
Bossard           c   3  2  2  0  .400    Carpenter         c   3  0  0  0  .255
 Credle           ph  0  0  0  0  .286    Gaytan            2b  4  1  2  1  .386
                     39  7 15  7          Olivas            dh  4  1  1  3  .136
                                                               37  9 14  9
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Garrity                          4.2  9  5  5  4  7 110  61  4.58
Tile                             2.1  2  1  1  1  3  38  29  2.08
Landau           BS 1            1.0  1  0  0  0  1  11   8  2.45
Wilkins          BS 1, L 0-1     0.1  2  3  3  1  0  16   9  8.10
                                 8.1 14  9  9  6 11 175 107 
 
Comets                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Slater                           3.2  9  4  4  1  1  76  46  6.48
Winslow                          2.1  2  2  2  2  4  46  26  5.00
Pellegrin                        2.1  4  1  1  1  2  36  22  5.63
Lavine           W 1-0           0.2  0  0  0  1  0  11   5  2.45
                                 9.0 15  7  7  5  7 169  99 
 
KNX: Credle batted for Bossard in the 9th
     Credle moved to c in the 9th
CAR: Cosgrove batted for Barnes in the 8th
     Cipolla batted for Cosgrove in the 8th
     Cipolla moved to ss in the 9th
 
2B-Johnson(7), Valentim(6), Bossard(1), Jackson(2), Barnes(2), Shives(3), 
Gaytan(3), Cipolla(1). 3B-Johnson(1), Mote(1). HR-Figeroa(3), Olivas(3). 
RBI-Johnson 3(7), Campo(9), Figeroa 2(10), Moriarty(9), Shives(4), 
Jones 3(11), Mote(2), Gaytan(5), Olivas 3(9). SB-Campo(7), Campo(5). K-Campo, 
Figeroa, Battin, Campo, Moriarty 2, Blair, Barnes, Shives 2, Jones 2, Mote, 
Carpenter, Gaytan, Olivas 3. BB-Figeroa, Campo, Blair, Bossard, Credle, 
Vise 2, Carpenter 2, Gaytan, Olivas. SF-Figeroa, Shives, Jones. HBP-Johnson. 
HB-Slater. WP-Garrity. 
GWRBI: Olivas
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 5, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 4

The Jackson Hammerheads’ bullpen is in free fall.  This time, it was closer Rick Sheen who crumbled, surrendering back-to-back jacks to the Jacksonville Dragons in a 5-4 loss.  The reeling Hammerheads lost three of four in the series, and now sit in last place with a 5-10 record.

“We’ve got to shake up this situation,” said Jackson manager Bob Henley, who watched his team blow a 4-0 lead in the game.  “What we’re doing ain’t working.”

Sheen (0-1) melted under pressure at a time when his team needed him badly.  He came on in the 8th and finished that frame without incident.  But with one out in the 9th, Sheen grooved a 1-0 fastball to pinch-hitter Alfonso Leon, who crushed it to the upper deck in left to tie the game.  The next hitter, CF Sandy Soltero, drove Sheen’s first pitch three rows deep in the left-field corner to win it.  The bellyflop represented Sheen’s second blown save of the season, and ballooned his ERA to 10.80.

Sheen’s collapse cost Hammerheads starter Kiko Walton a win.  Walton pitched 6 solid innings, striking out four.  The late rally also got Dragons starter Biggs McGee off the hook.  Lefty Blueberry Jackson (1-0), who pitched a scoreless 9th, got the win for Jacksonville.

 

4/19/2017, JCK16-JAX16, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Hammerheads       2  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0     4  8  2     3  1
2016 Dragons           0  0  0  0  2  1  0  0  2     5  9  0     5  1
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Deason            dh  4  2  2  1  .370    Taliaferro        2b  3  0  0  1  .357
Fleitas           3b  4  1  1  0  .186    Kapoor            3b  4  0  1  0  .382
Westerberg        ss  3  0  0  0  .220    Hartley           lf  4  0  1  0  .259
Doyle             c   4  0  1  1  .283    Soria             1b  4  1  2  1  .400
Arispe            lf  4  0  0  1  .212    Hopps             rf  3  0  0  0  .309
Suarez            cf  4  0  1  0  .281    Esquivel          c   4  0  0  0  .278
Rodriguez         rf  4  1  2  1  .283    Teachout          dh  3  1  1  0  .276
Lassen            1b  3  0  1  0  .279     Leon             ph  1  1  1  1  .250
Righter           2b  2  0  0  0  .441    Soltero           cf  4  2  2  2  .289
                     32  4  8  4          Herdt             ss  3  0  1  0  .191
                                                               33  5  9  5
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Walton                           6.0  7  3  2  1  4 110  67  6.11
Turnbull         H 1             1.0  0  0  0  0  0   8   5  8.53
Sircy            H 1             0.1  0  0  0  0  1   6   3  1.69
Sheen            BS 2, L 0-1     1.0  2  2  2  0  0  10   6 10.80
                                 8.1  9  5  4  1  5 134  81 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGee                            8.0  7  4  4  1  5 102  66  6.04
Jackson          W 1-0           1.0  1  0  0  0  0  15   9  4.91
                                 9.0  8  4  4  1  5 117  75 
 
JAX: Leon batted for Teachout in the 9th
 
E-Arispe, Righter. 2B-Teachout(3), Herdt(4). HR-Deason(4), Rodriguez(3), 
Soria(7), Soltero(2), Leon(1). RBI-Deason(14), Doyle(9), Arispe(11), 
Rodriguez(8), Taliaferro(7), Soria(13), Soltero 2(9), Leon(1). CS-Rodriguez. 
K-Westerberg, Doyle, Arispe, Suarez, Lassen, Taliaferro, Kapoor 2, Hartley, 
Hopps. BB-Righter, Hopps. SH-Westerberg. SF-Taliaferro. 
GWRBI: Soltero
Temperature: 88, Sky: clear, Wind: out to right at 20 MPH.

 

SALT LAKE SAMURAI 8, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 5

For the first time this season, the Salt Lake Samurai posted back-to-back wins.  More surprisingly, those wins came at the expense of the division-leading Milwaukee Bear Claws.  The Samurai broke out the bats and gained a series split with an 8-5 win.

“The sun shines on every dog’s hind end sometime,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton said.  “God bless ‘em.  They could use a little good luck.”

Samurai starter Greg Horton (1-2) got the win despite allowing five runs in 6 innings of work. The bullpen, however, performed flawlessly.  Nick Crusoe recorded the final four outs for his third save of the season.

Milwaukee starter Alex Sanchez (1-1) stumbled, allowing six runs in 4+ innings of work.  He was not aided by his defense; 3B William Perry made a particularly costly error that opened the door for Salt Lake’s four-run 3rd.

 

4/19/2017, SLC16-MIL16, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Samurai           0  0  4  1  1  2  0  0  0     8  9  0     4  1
2016 Bear Claws        0  0  4  1  0  0  0  0  0     5  9  2     4  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Slover            cf  5  1  1  2  .419    Petitt            ss  4  0  0  0  .333
Motonari          ss  5  1  2  1  .237    Iddings           2b  4  1  1  0  .238
Sparks            lf  5  0  1  2  .237    Mateo             1b  4  1  1  1  .264
Thomas            dh  3  0  1  1  .211    Raine             dh  4  0  1  1  .311
Martinez          rf  4  0  0  0  .157    Stefani           rf  3  0  0  0  .250
Parillo           1b  4  0  0  0  .191     Busing           ph  0  0  0  0  .333
Godinez           c   4  1  1  0  .154     Dipalma          rf  0  0  0  0  .200
Wines             3b  4  3  2  1  .259    Trumbauer         lf  4  1  2  0  .368
 Davidson         3b  0  0  0  0  .148    McGuigan          c   4  1  1  1  .298
Stark             2b  3  2  1  1  .239    Perry             3b  4  0  0  1  .228
                     37  8  9  8          Maxwell           cf  4  1  3  1  .357
                                                               35  5  9  5
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Horton           W 1-2           6.0  8  5  5  0  5 100  68 13.91
Sater            H 1             1.0  1  0  0  0  0   9   5  2.70
Cruzado          H 1             0.2  0  0  0  1  0  11   5  2.84
Crusoe           S 3             1.1  0  0  0  0  1  17  12  2.84
                                 9.0  9  5  5  1  6 137  90 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sanchez          L 1-1           4.0  5  6  3  2  6  81  49  2.60
Almon                            2.0  4  2  2  0  0  30  21  4.70
Juens                            2.1  0  0  0  0  4  33  19  3.38
Abernathy                        0.2  0  0  0  0  1  11   6  1.35
                                 9.0  9  8  5  2 11 155  95 
 
SLC: Davidson inserted at 3b in the 8th
MIL: Busing batted for Stefani in the 8th
     Dipalma inserted at rf in the 9th
 
E-Mateo, Perry. 2B-Slover(9), Motonari(2), Sparks(3), Wines(2), Mateo(7), 
Raine(7), Trumbauer 2(3), Maxwell(5). HR-Wines(1), McGuigan(2), Maxwell(3). 
RBI-Slover 2(8), Motonari(2), Sparks 2(12), Thomas(8), Wines(3), Stark(2), 
Mateo(8), Raine(9), McGuigan(5), Perry(11), Maxwell(7). SB-Stark(2). 
CS-Thomas. K-Slover, Motonari 2, Sparks 2, Thomas, Martinez 3, Godinez 2, 
Petitt 2, Iddings 2, Stefani, Trumbauer. BB-Thomas, Stark, Busing. 
WP-Sanchez. 
GWRBI: Sparks
Temperature: 43, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 3 MPH.

 

LAS VEGAS NARWHALS 7, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 1

In a wild one at MGM Jackpot Stadium, the Las Vegas Narwhals got a brilliant performance from their rookie ace and overcame a near-brawl to post a 7-1 win, their third straight over the Silver City Outlaws.

“A little fighting, a lot of offense,” said Narwhals DH Andrew Zocken.  “Sounds like my kind of game!”

Vegas ace Jose Oro (2-2) was masterful, turning in the best performance of his young career.  Oro tossed a three-hit complete game, with 9 strikeouts.  He kept the Silver City hitters uncomfortable throughout the game with his sizzling fastball and knee-buckling curve.  Outlaws SS Danny Taylor ruined Oro’s shutout bid with a solo homer in the 6th, but it was one of the one hard-hit balls Silver City managed.

Meanwhile, struggling Outlaws righty Cloyce “Hoss” Benson (0-2) nearly touched off a riot in the 7th when he drilled Vegas LF Arthur Mealey in the hand.  An enraged Mealey charged the mound, and both benches emptied.  Umpires quickly restored order and ejected Mealey but left Benson in, to the outrage of the Narwhals bench.  (Their anger would only deepen when Mealey was diagnosed with a broken finger; he is expected to miss up to three weeks.)  But 3B Ikaru Suzuki avenged his fallen teammate with a three-run homer to break the game open and send Benson to the showers.

 

4/19/2017, SCO16-LVN16, MGM Jackpot
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0     1  3  1     3  0
2016 Narwhals          0  1  2  0  0  0  3  1  x     7 10  0     7  1
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Narwhals             AB  R  H BI   AVG
Taylor            ss  4  1  1  1  .426    Mealey            lf  3  0  0  0  .317
Brewmaker         3b  4  0  1  0  .305     Popejoy          pr  1  1  1  1  .571
Ivey              dh  4  0  0  0  .328    Defoor            1b  5  1  1  0  .294
Wason             rf  3  0  0  0  .294    Suzuki            3b  4  1  2  3  .211
Elliott           1b  3  0  0  0  .105    Zocken            dh  2  1  1  0  .267
Barkan            2b  2  0  0  0  .179    Carquinez         cf  4  1  1  0  .300
Hintz             lf  3  0  0  0  .118    Vandever          2b  4  1  2  2  .235
Cardona           cf  2  0  0  0  .255    Winne             rf  3  0  0  0  .241
 Barraza          ph  1  0  0  0  .227    Birmingham        ss  4  1  1  0  .185
 Whittier         cf  0  0  0  0  .091    Osborne           c   4  0  1  1  .154
Watson            c   3  0  1  0  .161                         34  7 10  7
                     29  1  3  1
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Benson           L 0-2           6.1  8  6  6  2  3 105  66  7.00
Simmons                          1.2  2  1  0  0  2  33  25  2.45
                                 8.0 10  7  6  2  5 138  91 
 
Narwhals                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Oro              W 2-2           9.0  3  1  1  2  9 115  78  3.60
                                 9.0  3  1  1  2  9 115  78 
 
SCO: Barraza batted for Cardona in the 8th
     Whittier inserted at cf in the 8th
LVN: Popejoy ran for Mealey in the 7th
     Popejoy moved to lf in the 8th
 
E-Brewmaker. 2B-Brewmaker(4), Suzuki(2), Vandever 2(4), Birmingham(2). 
HR-Taylor(4), Suzuki(5). RBI-Taylor(13), Suzuki 3(11), Vandever 2(6), 
Osborne(2), Popejoy(1). SB-Watson(1). K-Taylor 2, Brewmaker, Ivey, Wason 2, 
Elliott, Hintz, Barraza, Defoor 2, Vandever, Winne, Birmingham. BB-Wason, 
Barkan, Zocken 2. SH-Winne. HBP-Mealey. HB-Benson. 
GWRBI: Osborne
Arthur Mealey was injured for this game and 18 more days
Arthur Mealey was ejected from this game
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

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