PBL Scores, 5/8/16

Inter-division play begins today.  Can the best of the West knock off the beast of the East?  Read on and find out…

KALAMAZOO KAZOOS 1, CAROLINA COMETS 0

All things considered, the Kalamazoo Kazoos are having a solid first season.  But manager Jacques DeFlute believes that they could be doing even better if they can fix the handful of problem spots on their roster.

One of the biggest problems is the performance of starter Jeremy Schedel.  The Kazoos expected the 21-year-old southpaw to be a solid mid-rotation asset, but Schedel’s rookie season has been a disaster.  After Calfornia knocked him out in the 2nd inning in his last start, Schedel’s record dropped to 0-5, and his ERA stood at an unsightly 10.73.  DeFlute decided it was time for a change.

To replace Schedel, DeFlute turned to Brian Goreman, who was California’s fifth starter last season.  Goreman has done well as Kalamazoo’s long man, so DeFlute hoped he could at least count on a respectable showing from him.

Goreman was a lot more than respectable today, holding the Carolina Comets to a pair of singles over 7 1/3 innings as the Kazoos pulled out a 1-0 win.

“I’m just glad for the opportunity,” said Goreman (1-0).  “I’m glad to be getting paid for this.  So when Jacques gave me the opportunity, I wanted to show he was right to trust me.”

The one Carolina hitter who gave Goreman anything resembling trouble was LF Stargell Jackson.  The Comets star led off the game with a walk, but was thrown out stealing second.  In the 4th, Jackson snuck a ball through the right side for Carolina’s first hit, and then successfully stole second.  Goreman easily retired the next two hitters to end the inning.  In the 7th, Goreman plunked Jackson with two outs, and then walked SS Lucky Barnes to give the Comets their one scoring threat.  But 1B Pete Shives flew out to end the inning with the shutout intact.

“Felt really confident out there today,” said Goreman.  “Everything was jumping out of my hand, plenty of movement.”

Davey Skargard (2-3) was the hard-luck loser for Carolina.  The diminutive righty went the distance, allowing only five hits and collecting five strikeouts.  Most days, that would be enough for the win, but not today.

Skargard didn’t allow a base runner until the 4th, when Kazoos RF Victor Gomez lined a one-out double to the gap in left-center.  The Comets escaped damage that inning when RF Adam Vise made a terrific throw to cut down Gomez at the plate on a Damian Mash single.  But when CF John Taylor led off the 5th with a triple, Carolina couldn’t keep him for scoring on a groundout.

“That’s baseball,” said Skargard.  “Some days you get hammered and your offense bails you out.  Some days you lose 1-zip.  No use dwelling on it.  If I keep pitching like that, I’ll get the win 95 times out of 100.”

When Goreman finally tired after 112 pitched, DeFlute called on Schedel to get the final five outs.  He did and picked up his first career save.

“I’m hoping to get another chance to start,” said Schedel.  “But I know I’m gonna have to earn it, one inning at a time.  This is the first step.”

 

5/8/2017, KAL16-CAR16, Catawba Century Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Kazoos            0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0     1  5  0     3  0
2016 Comets            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  3  0     5  1
 
Kazoos               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Comets               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Cross             2b  4  0  0  0  .257    Jackson           lf  2  0  1  0  .302
Gomez             rf  4  0  2  0  .226    Barnes            ss  3  0  0  0  .190
Mash              dh  3  0  1  0  .217    Shives            1b  4  0  1  0  .290
Shorts            3b  4  0  0  0  .266    Jones             cf  4  0  0  0  .220
Taylor            cf  3  1  1  0  .198    Vise              rf  3  0  0  0  .212
Mack              1b  3  0  0  1  .294     Jeffreys         ph  1  0  0  0  .059
Leach             c   3  0  1  0  .308    Mote              3b  3  0  0  0  .227
Parker            lf  3  0  0  0  .293    Carpenter         c   3  0  0  0  .219
Puffer            ss  3  0  0  0  .288    Gaytan            2b  3  0  1  0  .340
                     30  1  5  1          Cosgrove          dh  2  0  0  0  .267
                                           Cipolla          ph  1  0  0  0  .222
                                                               29  0  3  0
 
Kazoos                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Goreman          W 1-0           7.1  2  0  0  2  5 112  66  2.45
Schedel          S 1             1.2  1  0  0  0  2  18  14 10.04
                                 9.0  3  0  0  2  7 130  80 
 
Comets                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Skargard         L 2-3           9.0  5  1  1  1  5  97  63  3.67
                                 9.0  5  1  1  1  5  97  63 
 
CAR: Cipolla batted for Cosgrove in the 8th
     Jeffreys batted for Vise in the 9th
 
2B-Gomez(2). 3B-Taylor(1). RBI-Mack(13). SB-Jackson(14). CS-Jackson. 
K-Cross 2, Shorts, Mack, Parker, Barnes 2, Jones 2, Vise, Mote, Cosgrove. 
BB-Mash, Jackson, Barnes. HBP-Jackson. HB-Goreman. 
GWRBI: Mack
Temperature: 73, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 17 MPH.

 

KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 5, CALIFORNIA SHARKS 4

In the first matchup of the season between the Patriot League’s division leaders, the Knoxville Smokies ambushed California Sharks closer Eugene Grace, mounting a stunning four-run rally in the 9th to walk off with a 5-4 win.

“See, even the best come shaking in their boots when they have to face us,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “Those Hollywood boys ain’t used to this kind of play.”

The Smokies had been shooting blanks for most of the game against Sharks pitching.  Starter Kevin Conner held Knoxville to a single unearned run over 6 innings of work, and seemed to be in line for the win as California went to the last of the 9th up 4-1.  But Grace allowed three straight singles to start the inning, and manager Eduardo Aponte wasted no time going to rookie Bob Orf.

But Orf (0-1) was not the answer, allowing another single and an intentional walk to load the bases with the lead shaved to one run.  Aponte then called on righty Milan Constant for his first appearance of the season; Constant allowed a single to Smokies 1B Eddie Battin that plated the tying and winning runs.

Rookie Jason Landau (3-0), who got the final out in the top of the 9th, picked up the win for Knoxville.

 

5/8/2017, CAL16-KNX16, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Sharks            1  0  2  1  0  0  0  0  0     4 13  1    10  2
2016 Smokies           0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  4     5 11  0    10  0
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  5  1  2  0  .279    Johnson           lf  5  1  3  1  .317
Smyth             ss  5  3  4  1  .341    Campo             2b  4  0  0  0  .255
Canales           cf  5  0  0  0  .217    Moriarty          ss  4  0  1  0  .348
Mader             lf  5  0  2  2  .349    Battin            1b  4  0  2  2  .301
Nix               dh  5  0  0  1  .376    Campo             rf  3  0  0  0  .308
Lockley           c   4  0  2  0  .253    Credle            c   3  0  1  0  .272
Gerke             1b  3  0  1  0  .265    Figeroa           3b  3  0  0  0  .185
Oller             3b  4  0  1  0  .309     Vernon           ph  1  1  1  0  .267
Strachan          2b  4  0  1  0  .315    Valentim          dh  3  1  1  0  .274
                     40  4 13  4           Bossard          ph  1  0  1  0  .500
                                           Arias            pr  0  1  0  0  .250
                                          Blair             cf  3  1  1  1  .250
                                                               34  5 11  4
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Conner                           6.0  5  1  0  3  6 110  70  2.09
Lendon           H 4             1.0  0  0  0  1  1  13   7  2.08
Arzola           H 5             0.1  1  0  0  0  1  10   7  2.61
Grace            H 2             0.2  3  3  3  0  0  13  10  6.48
Orf              H 2, L 0-1      0.1  1  1  1  1  0  13   7 10.50
Constant         BS 1            0.0  1  0  0  0  0   6   5  0.00
                                 8.1 11  5  4  5  8 165 106 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Green                            8.0 13  4  4  1  8 130  90  2.73
Einhorn                          0.1  0  0  0  0  1   7   5  4.91
Tile                             0.1  0  0  0  0  0   4   3  3.94
Landau           W 3-0           0.1  0  0  0  0  0   4   2  1.23
                                 9.0 13  4  4  1  9 145 100 
 
KNX: Vernon batted for Figeroa in the 9th
     Bossard batted for Valentim in the 9th
     Arias ran for Bossard in the 9th
 
E-Smyth. 2B-Smyth(10), Lockley(6), Johnson(13). HR-Smyth(8). RBI-Smyth(16), 
Mader 2(30), Nix(23), Johnson(16), Battin 2(25), Blair(15). K-Corona, Smyth, 
Canales 2, Mader, Nix, Oller 2, Strachan, Johnson, Campo, Moriarty, Battin, 
Campo, Credle, Blair 2. BB-Gerke, Moriarty, Battin, Campo, Credle, Blair. 
SH-Campo. 
GWRBI: Battin
Eddie Nix was injured for this game only
Temperature: 80, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: left to right at 13 MPH.

 

MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 3, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 2

The unlikeliest of plays, a sacrifice bunt by Felipe Mateo, drove home the winning run as the Milwaukee Bear Claws defeated the Orlando Calrissians, 3-2.

The play resulted from a bold strategic gambit by Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  With the score tied at 2 in the 5th, CF DeRonde Maxwell and SS Red Petitt opened the inning with back-to-back walks against Calrissians starter Oliver Jones (3-2).  2B Richard Iddings then hit a potential double-play ball to short, but thanks to Petitt’s blinding speed, the only out was at first.

That brought Mateo, one of the league’s most feared power hitters, to the plate.  Most expect ted to see him swing for the fences.  Instead, Horton ordered him to bunt.  He laid down a perfect sacrifice, and Maxwell raced home with the run that would decide the game.

“We’re not afraid to play small ball sometimes,” said Horton with a grin after the game.  “Whatever works.”

Benicio Torrenueva (3-0) pitched 6 strong innings to pick up the win for Milwaukee.  Oscar Buenaventura pitched around a two-out single in the 9th for his seventh save.

 

5/8/2017, MIL16-ORL16, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Bear Claws        0  0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0     3  4  1     4  0
2016 Calrissians       0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0     2  8  0     8  1
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  3  1  1  1  .307    Buendia           2b  4  0  1  1  .297
Iddings           2b  4  0  0  0  .232    Bryant            1b  4  0  1  0  .293
Mateo             1b  3  0  2  2  .317    Lesher            c   4  0  0  0  .171
Raine             dh  4  0  0  0  .236    Lebow             lf  4  0  1  0  .262
Stefani           rf  2  0  0  0  .230    Larson            dh  4  1  1  1  .254
McGuigan          c   4  0  0  0  .244    Hernandez         ss  4  0  2  0  .213
Castleberry       lf  3  0  0  0  .235    Law               rf  3  1  0  0  .279
 Busing           lf  1  0  0  0  .308    Aceuedo           3b  2  0  0  0  .250
Perry             3b  3  0  0  0  .236     Maben            ph  1  0  0  0  .333
Maxwell           cf  2  2  1  0  .355     Crofoot          3b  1  0  0  0  .000
                     29  3  4  3          Barber            cf  2  0  1  0  .216
                                           Sleder           ph  2  0  1  0  .333
                                                               35  2  8  2
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Torrenueva       W 3-0           6.0  6  2  2  1  3  82  53  4.11
Almon            H 5             2.0  1  0  0  0  4  31  20  2.20
Buenaventura     S 7             1.0  1  0  0  0  1  11   8  4.15
                                 9.0  8  2  2  1  8 124  81 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jones            L 3-2           6.0  4  3  3  3  6 114  67  3.92
Smith                            1.0  0  0  0  0  1   9   6  4.71
Clawson                          1.0  0  0  0  0  2  11   7  6.10
Quesara                          1.0  0  0  0  1  0  10   4  4.32
                                 9.0  4  3  3  4  9 144  84 
 
MIL: Busing inserted at lf in the 6th
ORL: Maben batted for Aceuedo in the 7th
     Sleder batted for Barber in the 7th
     Crofoot inserted at 3b in the 8th
     Sleder moved to cf in the 8th
 
E-Almon. 2B-Petitt(5), Mateo(15), Maxwell(13). 3B-Hernandez(2). 
HR-Larson(12). RBI-Petitt(23), Mateo 2(25), Buendia(15), Larson(27). 
SB-Mateo(4), Stefani(2). K-Petitt, Iddings 3, Raine 2, McGuigan, Perry 2, 
Buendia, Bryant, Lesher 3, Larson, Hernandez, Aceuedo. BB-Petitt, Stefani 2, 
Maxwell, Law. SH-Mateo. SF-Buendia. 
GWRBI: Mateo
Josh Castleberry was injured for this game and 2 more days
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 5, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 1

Silver City Outlaws starter Kevin Jennings pitched the best game of his young career, and the Silver City Outlaws bashed their way to a 5-1 win over the Jackson Hammerheads at Cash Carter Downs.

“We figured we were due to cool off a bit after that [eight-game] winning streak,” said Jackson manager Bob Henley.  “But we’re gonna find ourselves underwater in a hurry if we don’t heat back up right quick.”

Jennings (2-1) has struggled quite a bit in his rookie campaign, but has shown signs of improvement lately.  Today, the 20-year-old righty looked like an old pro as he carved up the Hammerheads lineup.  He fired a complete-game six-hitter and struck out an amazing 13 hitters.  1B John Lassen’s RBI double in the 3rd plated Jackson’s only run.

Hammerheads righty Tony Harris (2-1), meanwhile, looked more like the worn-out journeyman he was in Jacksonville last year than the rejuvenated savior he’s been so far this season.  Outlaws RF Nathaniel Wason took him deep for a three-run shot in the 1st to give Silver City all the runs it would need.  The Outlaws’ keystone combo, Arlen Ginder and Dominique Barkan, padded the lead in the 6th with back-to-back RBI doubles.

 

5/8/2017, SCO16-JCK16, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Outlaws           3  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0     5 10  0     6  0
2016 Hammerheads       0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0     1  6  0     8  0
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Brewmaker         3b  5  1  1  0  .286    Deason            dh  4  1  2  0  .368
Hintz             lf  4  1  2  0  .207    Lassen            1b  2  0  1  1  .234
Ivey              dh  4  0  1  0  .319    Righter           2b  3  0  0  0  .383
Wason             rf  4  2  3  3  .353    Doyle             c   3  0  0  0  .308
 Whittier         rf  0  0  0  0  .073    Suarez            cf  4  0  2  0  .278
Elliott           1b  4  0  0  0  .169    Rodriguez         rf  4  0  0  0  .321
Ginder            ss  4  1  1  1  .300    Arispe            lf  4  0  0  0  .218
Barkan            2b  4  0  1  1  .266    Fleitas           3b  4  0  0  0  .199
Cardona           cf  4  0  1  0  .233    Westerberg        ss  3  0  1  0  .293
Watson            c   4  0  0  0  .172                         31  1  6  1
                     37  5 10  5
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jennings         W 2-1           9.0  6  1  1  5 13 137  86  5.80
                                 9.0  6  1  1  5 13 137  86 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Harris           L 2-1           6.0  8  5  5  1  4 120  80  3.49
Sircy                            1.0  0  0  0  0  3  15  11  2.93
Pollan                           1.0  1  0  0  0  1  15   9  7.36
Boniface                         1.0  1  0  0  0  1  10   8  2.86
                                 9.0 10  5  5  1  9 160 108 
 
SCO: Whittier inserted at rf in the 8th
 
2B-Hintz(5), Wason(7), Ginder(1), Barkan(9), Lassen(7), Westerberg(9). 
HR-Wason(13). RBI-Wason 3(26), Ginder(3), Barkan(15), Lassen(16). 
SB-Deason(10), Suarez(15). CS-Deason, Westerberg. K-Brewmaker 3, Hintz, 
Ivey 2, Elliott, Cardona 2, Righter 2, Doyle 3, Suarez 2, Rodriguez, 
Arispe 2, Fleitas 2, Westerberg. BB-Hintz, Lassen 2, Righter, Doyle, 
Westerberg. 
GWRBI: Wason
Temperature: 78, Sky: clear, Wind: in from right at 1 MPH.

 

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