PBL Scores, 4/25/16

Offense was in short supply for sometoday, as there were three shutouts thrown.  Who were the heroes who got the zeroes, and who came up empty?  Read on…

JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 2, KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 0

The Jacksonville Dragons have gotten off to a strong start this season, but one factor may hold them back: their starting rotation.  Although the Dragons’ success has been built around their high-octane offense, they know that they can’t count on their bats to rack up double-figure run totals in every game.  They’ll need their pitching staff to perform.

In particular, they’ll need right-hander Kyle Palmer to pitch like the #2 starter they need, rather than the injury-plagued, struggling hurler they’ve seen so far.  So it was hugely reassuring to Dragons manager Steve Califano to see Palmer throw one of the best games of his career, shutting down the Knoxville Smokies 2-0.

Palmer (2-2) limited the dangerous Knoxville lineup to a pair of soft singles over 8 2/3 innings.  He struck out 10, an unusually high total for him; more than one Smokies bat was smashed in frustration on the way back to the dugout.

“This is the Kyle I’ve been waiting to see,” said Califano.  “He’s not going to overpower you with his stuff, but he’s got the kind of arsenal you need to succeed at this level.  Today he was changing speeds, keeping them guessing, letting them get themselves out.  I’m saving this tape, so Kyle can watch it if he ever gets into a slump.”

Califano wanted to allow Palmer to finish out the game, but when he issued a two-out walk in the 9th with his pitch count climbing, the skipper was forced to pull him.  Razor Corridon came on and got the final out for his second save in as many days.

“Honestly, the way I pitched today, this is what I expect of myself,” said Palmer.  “I’ve been letting myself down the way I’ve been pitching, and it’s hard to break that mental cycle once you’re in it.  Now I have something I can point to, an example to follow going forward.  This might just turn the corner on my season.”

It’s a good thing for Jacksonville that Palmer was on his game, because the Dragons had a hard time scoring against Knoxville rookie Ben DeKok (1-1).  2B Emerson Taliaferro and 3B Jake Kapoor opened the game with back-to-back doubles to put a run on the board, but they weren’t able to scratch out another until the 7th, when CF Alfonso Leon stroked an RBI single.

“You can’t blame this one on DeKok,” said Knoxville manager Snuff Wallace.  “DeKok was bringing it just as hard as he did last time.  He rose to the occasion.  DeKok was strong and unyielding.  It’s our bats that went limp, not DeKok.”  Wallace started to suggest a regimen of Viagra for the Smokies offense, but his microphone was shut off before he could finish his press conference.  The Smokies later announced that going forward, Wallace will be fined $100 for every inappropriate joke he makes about his rookie pitcher.

 

4/25/2017, KNX16-JAX16, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Smokies           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  3  0     6  2
2016 Dragons           1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  x     2  8  0     7  1
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Johnson           lf  4  0  0  0  .267    Taliaferro        2b  4  1  2  0  .357
Campo             2b  3  0  1  0  .306    Kapoor            3b  3  0  2  1  .434
Moriarty          ss  4  0  0  0  .345    Teachout          c   3  0  0  0  .288
Battin            1b  3  0  0  0  .284    Hartley           lf  4  0  0  0  .237
Campo             rf  3  0  1  0  .299    Soria             1b  4  0  1  0  .342
Credle            c   4  0  1  0  .274    Hopps             rf  3  1  0  0  .250
Figeroa           3b  2  0  0  0  .227    Esquivel          dh  3  0  1  0  .247
Valentim          dh  3  0  0  0  .233    Herdt             ss  2  0  1  0  .279
Blair             cf  3  0  0  0  .263     Burt             ss  0  0  0  0  .000
                     29  0  3  0          Leon              cf  3  0  1  1  .316
                                                               29  2  8  2
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
DeKok            L 1-1           8.0  8  2  2  3  8 119  77  2.25
                                 8.0  8  2  2  3  8 119  77 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Palmer           W 2-2           8.2  2  0  0  4 10 139  88  6.18
Corridon         S 2             0.1  1  0  0  0  1   5   5  1.04
                                 9.0  3  0  0  4 11 144  93 
 
JAX: Burt inserted at ss in the 9th
 
2B-Taliaferro 2(12), Kapoor(10). RBI-Kapoor(11), Leon(5). SB-Campo(8), 
Figeroa(3), Leon(2). K-Johnson, Campo, Moriarty 2, Battin 2, Campo, Credle, 
Figeroa 2, Valentim, Taliaferro 2, Teachout, Soria 2, Esquivel, Herdt, Leon. 
BB-Campo, Battin, Campo, Figeroa, Kapoor, Teachout, Hopps. SH-Herdt. 
GWRBI: Kapoor
Temperature: 75, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: in from right at 11 MPH.

 

NEW ORLEANS SAZERACS 3, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 2

Given the struggles the Jackson Hammerheaheads have had with their bullpen, it’s no surprise that manager Bob Henley would try leaving his starter in as long as possible.  Unfortunately, that strategy didn’t work out either, as ace Henry Jones tired in the 8th and gave up a two-run single to Armando Behrens, dooming Jackson to a 3-2 defeat against the New Orleans Sazeracs.

Despite the loss, Henley was encouraged by the performance of Jones (0-5), who turned in his best start of the season.  He struck out 10 and scattered seven hits, including a homer by RF Alex Jaramillo.

“If we can get Henry back on track and performing consistent, everyone will forget all about the hole we dug ourselves in the first month,” said the Jackson skipper.  “We may have lost today, but if Henry’s turning it around, that’s the real win.”

The Hammerheads struggled against New Orleans start Phil O’Quinn (2-2), who allowed only three hits over his 7 innings of work.  Reliever Hal Gilreath loaded the bases in the 8th, but turned a key double play to get out of the jam.  Justin O’Brien retired the Hammerheads in order in the 9th for his third save.

 

4/25/2017, NOS16-JCK16, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Sazeracs          0  1  0  0  0  0  0  2  0     3  7  1     8  3
2016 Hammerheads       0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0     2  5  0     7  0
 
Sazeracs             AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Sisco             lf  4  0  0  0  .151    Deason            dh  4  0  0  0  .372
Angel             ss  4  1  1  0  .241    Lassen            1b  2  0  0  0  .219
Bishop            cf  4  0  0  0  .300    Righter           2b  4  0  2  1  .434
Behrens           dh  4  0  2  2  .247    Doyle             c   4  0  1  0  .295
Jaramillo         rf  4  1  1  1  .287    Suarez            cf  2  1  1  0  .308
Carlo             c   2  0  0  0  .288    Rodriguez         rf  3  0  0  0  .321
 Canez            ph  1  0  0  0  .273    Arispe            lf  3  0  0  0  .207
 Chavez           c   1  0  1  0  .154    Fleitas           3b  4  0  0  0  .165
Perez             3b  4  0  1  0  .222    Westerberg        ss  4  1  1  0  .222
Lennon            1b  4  0  0  0  .297                         30  2  5  1
Mount             2b  2  1  1  0  .333
                     34  3  7  3
 
Sazeracs                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
O'Quinn          W 2-2           7.0  3  2  2  4  5 113  68  4.68
Gilreath         H 1             1.0  2  0  0  0  0  10   6 15.63
O'Brien          S 3             1.0  0  0  0  0  0  16  11  2.25
                                 9.0  5  2  2  4  5 139  85 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jones            L 0-5           8.2  7  3  3  2 10 136  88  6.19
Sheen                            0.1  0  0  0  1  0   9   3  8.68
                                 9.0  7  3  3  3 10 145  91 
 
NOS: Canez batted for Carlo in the 7th
     Chavez inserted at c in the 7th
 
E-Angel. 2B-Mount(5). HR-Jaramillo(6). RBI-Behrens 2(11), Jaramillo(15), 
Righter(15). SB-Chavez(1), Suarez(12). K-Sisco, Bishop, Behrens 2, Jaramillo, 
Perez 3, Lennon 2, Deason, Righter, Arispe 2, Fleitas. BB-Sisco, Mount 2, 
Lassen 2, Suarez 2. HBP-Angel, Rodriguez, Arispe. HB-O'Quinn 2, Jones. 
WP-O'Quinn. BALK-O'Quinn. 
GWRBI: Behrens
Temperature: 85, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: right to left at 13 MPH.

 

KALAMAZOO KAZOOS 7, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 2 (11 INNINGS)

In a frustrating game at High Life Stadium, the Milwaukee Bear Claws stranded 10 runners and watched closer Oscar Buenaventura falter again in a 7-2, 11-inning loss to the Kalamazoo Kazoos.

“Some games, you’ve just gotta put ‘em out of your mind,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “I already forgot this one.”

Milwaukee ace Lou Mallory (2-3) pitched a strong game, and hung on even into extra innings.  But when he allowed a double to Kazoos LF Willis Parker to open the 11th, Horton went straight for his closer.  Unfortunately, Buenaventura was not up to the job.  He walked the first hitter he saw, and then 1B Felipe Mateo kicked a grounder to load the bases.  Buenaventura uncorked a wild pitch that brought in the go-ahead run, then walked the bases loaded again.  He got two quick outs and nearly escaped further damage, but then allowed a grand slam to SS Emmanuel Puffer.

Kalamazoo reliever Elias Rosado (2-0) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

 

4/25/2017, KAL16-MIL16, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Kazoos            0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  5     7  9  2     2  0
2016 Bear Claws        0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     2  9  1    10  1
 
Kazoos               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Cross             2b  4  1  1  0  .289    Petitt            ss  5  0  0  0  .329
McAllister        dh  5  0  0  0  .353    Iddings           2b  5  0  0  0  .209
Mash              cf  5  1  1  0  .171    Mateo             1b  5  1  2  0  .282
Shorts            ss  2  0  1  0  .271    Stefani           rf  5  1  1  2  .261
 Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .211    Raine             dh  5  0  1  0  .259
 Puffer           ss  2  1  1  4  .281    Castleberry       lf  5  0  1  0  .222
Taylor            rf  5  0  1  0  .169    Champney          c   2  0  0  0  .000
Nabors            3b  5  0  0  0  .236     Busing           ph  1  0  0  0  .167
Parker            lf  4  1  3  0  .280     McGuigan         c   1  0  1  0  .263
Mack              1b  3  1  0  0  .299    Perry             3b  5  0  2  0  .208
McCormack         c   4  2  1  1  .328    Maxwell           cf  4  0  1  0  .320
                     40  7  9  5                               43  2  9  2
 
Kazoos                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Wallace                          8.2  7  2  2  1  8 127  84  2.73
Rosado           W 2-0           1.2  2  0  0  0  4  26  18  2.70
Hawkins                          0.2  0  0  0  0  1   8   5  4.50
                                11.0  9  2  2  1 13 161 107 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mallory          L 2-3          10.0  7  3  2  0  8 132  88  4.13
Buenaventura                     1.0  2  4  0  2  1  31  13  3.60
                                11.0  9  7  2  2  9 163 101 
 
KAL: Gomez batted for Shorts in the 7th
     Puffer inserted at ss in the 7th
MIL: Busing batted for Champney in the 9th
     McGuigan inserted at c in the 10th
 
E-Shorts, Mack, Mateo. 2B-Taylor(3), Parker(2), Mateo(12), Castleberry(5). 
3B-Mash(1), Mateo(1). HR-McCormack(6), Puffer(3), Stefani(5). 
RBI-McCormack(15), Puffer 4(12), Stefani 2(20). CS-Cross, Parker. K-Cross, 
McAllister 2, Mash, Shorts, Taylor, Parker, Mack, Puffer, Petitt 2, Mateo 2, 
Stefani 3, Castleberry 2, Champney, Perry 2, Maxwell. BB-Cross, Mack, 
Champney. SH-Maxwell. PB-Champney. WP-Buenaventura. 
Temperature: 53, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 10 MPH.

 

CAROLINA COMETS 5, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 0

A day after the Orlando Calrissians exploded for 7 runs in a come-from-behind win, their bats went silent against lefty Tom Trane and they fell 5-0 to the Carolina Comets.

Trane (2-2), who has had a tremendously up-and-down season, was at the top of his game today.  He carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning, and he wound up holding Orlando to a pair of hits, while recording a dozen strikeouts.

“I don’t know if I switched arms with somebody or what,” joked Trane.  “But I’m not giving this one back.”

Carolina got all the runs they would need and then some in the early innings against Orlando starter Charles McNally (1-3).  Comets RF Adam Vise jolted a grand slam early, and his team was able to cruise from there.

 

4/25/2017, CAR16-ORL16, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Comets            4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0     5  6  0     5  0
2016 Calrissians       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  2  0     4  1
 
Comets               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Jackson           lf  5  1  2  0  .296    Buendia           2b  4  0  0  0  .307
Barnes            ss  3  1  0  0  .155    Bryant            1b  4  0  1  0  .311
Shives            1b  3  1  0  0  .300    Lesher            c   4  0  1  0  .198
Jones             cf  3  1  1  0  .183    Lebow             lf  4  0  0  0  .242
Vise              rf  4  1  1  4  .270    Larson            dh  3  0  0  0  .282
Mote              3b  4  0  1  1  .237    Hernandez         ss  3  0  0  0  .187
Carpenter         c   4  0  0  0  .203    Law               rf  2  0  0  0  .215
Gaytan            2b  3  0  1  0  .390    Aceuedo           3b  2  0  0  0  .243
Cosgrove          dh  3  0  0  0  .326    Barber            cf  2  0  0  0  .189
                     32  5  6  5           Sleder           ph  1  0  0  0  .385
                                                               29  0  2  0
 
Comets                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Trane            W 2-2           9.0  2  0  0  2 12 143  95  5.40
                                 9.0  2  0  0  2 12 143  95 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNally          L 1-3           8.0  6  5  5  3  3 110  73  6.85
Filippi                          1.0  0  0  0  1  0  12   8  1.93
                                 9.0  6  5  5  4  3 122  81 
 
ORL: Sleder batted for Barber in the 8th
     Sleder moved to cf in the 9th
 
2B-Bryant(4). HR-Vise(4). RBI-Vise 4(9), Mote(6). K-Jones, Carpenter, 
Cosgrove, Buendia 3, Bryant, Lesher, Lebow 2, Hernandez, Law, Aceuedo, 
Barber 2. BB-Shives, Jones, Gaytan, Cosgrove, Law, Aceuedo. HBP-Barnes. 
HB-McNally. BALK-McNally. 
GWRBI: Vise
Temperature: 94, Sky: clear, Wind: in from right at 10 MPH.

 

CALIFORNIA SHARKS 7, LAS VEGAS NARWHALS 0

One start after throwing a one-hitter and losing, California Sharks knuckleballer Todd Warrant tightened up his control and sailed to a 7-0 win over the Las Vegas Narwhals.

Warrant (3-1) tossed a three-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking only one.  The Narwhals were unable to get a runner past first base throughout the game.

“Todd messes with hitters’ minds,” said California manager Eduardo Aponte.  “It is a delight to watch.  They get used to seeing pitchers like Pierre [LaRue] and Kevin [Conner], who throw 94, 96 miles an hour.  Then here is Todd throwing 65, and they swing and miss and curse themselves all the way to the dugout.”

The Sharks hitters, meanwhile, had little trouble with Vegas lefty Nick Armstrong (2-3), touching him for four runs on eight hits over 6 innings.

 

4/25/2017, CAL16-LVN16, MGM Jackpot
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Sharks            1  1  0  0  0  2  2  0  1     7 13  0    11  0
2016 Narwhals          0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  3  0     4  1
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Narwhals             AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  3  1  2  1  .263    Winne             rf  4  0  2  0  .224
 Brown            rf  1  1  1  0  .250    Defoor            1b  3  0  0  0  .286
Smyth             ss  5  0  1  1  .308    Suzuki            3b  4  0  0  0  .198
Canales           cf  4  0  0  1  .272    Zocken            dh  4  0  0  0  .253
Mader             lf  4  1  1  0  .284    Carquinez         cf  3  0  0  0  .280
Nix               dh  3  0  2  0  .403    Birmingham        ss  3  0  0  0  .187
Lockley           c   5  1  1  0  .220    Vandever          2b  3  0  0  0  .197
Oller             3b  4  1  2  2  .270    Sprankle          lf  2  0  1  0  .125
Gerke             1b  5  1  2  2  .262     McEwan           ph  1  0  0  0  .214
Strachan          2b  5  1  1  0  .344     Popejoy          lf  0  0  0  0  .500
                     39  7 13  7          Osborne           c   3  0  0  0  .125
                                                               30  0  3  0
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Warrant          W 3-1           9.0  3  0  0  1 11 113  72  1.91
                                 9.0  3  0  0  1 11 113  72 
 
Narwhals                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Armstrong        L 2-3           6.0  8  4  4  4  3 113  61  3.55
Lighty                           0.2  1  2  2  1  0  19   9  7.80
Lopez                            2.1  4  1  1  0  3  33  23 10.57
                                 9.0 13  7  7  5  6 165  93 
 
CAL: Brown inserted at rf in the 4th
LVN: McEwan batted for Sprankle in the 8th
     Popejoy inserted at lf in the 9th
 
2B-Corona(4), Nix(4), Brown(1). 3B-Smyth(1). HR-Oller(7), Gerke(4). 
RBI-Corona(10), Smyth(7), Canales(17), Oller 2(17), Gerke 2(12). 
SB-Corona(2), Brown(1). K-Smyth, Mader 3, Lockley, Strachan, Winne, Defoor 2, 
Zocken 2, Birmingham 2, Vandever, Sprankle, Osborne 2. BB-Canales, Nix 2, 
Oller, Brown, Defoor. HBP-Mader. HB-Lighty. WP-Armstrong. 
GWRBI: Canales
Jessie Corona was injured for this game only
Temperature: 89, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 6 MPH.

 

SALT LAKE SAMURAI 15, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 1

The struggling Salt Lake Samurai got to enjoy a rare one-side slaughter in their favor today, putting up six runs in the 1st inning and rolling to a 15-1 shellacking of the Silver City Outlaws.

“It’s nice to have the sun shining on us for a change,” said Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.

Salt Lake ambushed Silver City starter Matthew Frederick (1-2), who was unable to make it through that 1st inning.  LF Chip Sparks and 3B Clint Wines both took him deep before he hit the showers after only 21 pitches.

The famously rowdy Outlaws fans booed Frederick as he exited the game.  When the Samurai erupted for seven runs in the 6th inning, highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of RF Romeo Martinez, the fans pelted the Silver City dugout with beer cans and coins in frustration.

“We’d best not have another game like that,” said Outlaws skipper John Jarha.  “It might be hazardous to our general well-being.”

Salt Lake starter Kevin Martin (2-2) was on cruise control for most of the game, allowing only four hits over 8 innings to pick up the easy win.

 

4/25/2017, SLC16-SCO16, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Samurai           6  0  0  0  1  7  1  0  0    15 17  0     4  2
2016 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0     1  4  2     5  1
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Slover            cf  6  2  1  1  .407    Taylor            ss  4  0  0  0  .350
Motonari          ss  3  0  1  2  .262    Brewmaker         3b  4  0  1  1  .287
Sparks            lf  5  3  4  3  .238    Ivey              dh  3  0  0  0  .317
Thomas            dh  4  2  1  0  .256    Wason             rf  3  0  0  0  .343
Martinez          rf  4  1  2  5  .183    Elliott           1b  3  0  0  0  .138
 Norden           ph  1  0  0  0  .286    Barkan            2b  4  0  2  0  .228
Parillo           1b  5  1  1  0  .159    Hintz             lf  3  0  0  0  .146
Godinez           c   5  2  1  2  .160    Cardona           cf  2  0  0  0  .267
Wines             3b  5  3  3  2  .292     Barraza          ph  1  0  0  0  .147
 Davidson         3b  0  0  0  0  .179     Whittier         cf  0  0  0  0  .097
Stark             2b  5  1  3  0  .246    Watson            c   2  1  1  0  .152
                     43 15 17 15                               29  1  4  1
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Martin           W 2-2           8.0  4  1  1  3  7 111  66  3.45
Nelson                           1.0  0  0  0  1  0  13   7  5.40
                                 9.0  4  1  1  4  7 124  73 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Frederick        L 1-2           0.2  5  6  1  0  0  21  17  5.14
Humphrey                         0.2  2  0  0  0  1  20  12  1.29
Simmons                          3.2  3  3  2  0  3  52  38  3.52
Spradlin                         3.0  7  6  6  1  1  52  35  5.25
Abbas                            1.0  0  0  0  0  0   8   7  1.54
                                 9.0 17 15  9  1  5 153 109 
 
SLC: Norden batted for Martinez in the 8th
     Norden moved to rf in the 8th
     Davidson inserted at 3b in the 9th
SCO: Barraza batted for Cardona in the 8th
     Whittier inserted at cf in the 9th
 
E-Brewmaker, Elliott. 2B-Parillo(4), Barkan(5), Watson(3). 3B-Brewmaker(3). 
HR-Sparks(1), Martinez(6), Wines(2). RBI-Slover(12), Motonari 2(9), 
Sparks 3(15), Martinez 5(14), Godinez 2(9), Wines 2(6), Brewmaker(24). 
SB-Motonari(3). K-Slover, Sparks, Thomas, Parillo, Godinez, Brewmaker, Wason, 
Hintz 2, Cardona 2, Barraza. BB-Thomas, Ivey, Wason, Elliott, Watson. 
SH-Motonari. SF-Motonari. 
GWRBI: Sparks
Temperature: 101, Sky: clear, Wind: none.

 

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