PBL Scores, 5/22/16

The Bear Claws scratch out a win and the battle for the highly prestigious Chum Bucket continues.  That and more below the fold!

MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 3, NEW ORLEANS SAZERACS 1

Last season at this time, the Milwaukee Bear Claws were in the process of grabbing the Patriot League’s Western division by the throat.  Over the course of late May and early June in ’15, the Bear Claws went 19-6 to grow their division lead from 3 1/2 to 9 1/2 games, and they never looked back.

This season, it’s Milwaukee that’s behind and hoping not to get left in the dust.  They’ve spent most of the season to date looking up at the first-place California Sharks.

“Way too early to be talking about last rites,” said Bear Claws manager Poss Horton.  “But we could definitely use a spark.”

If the Bear Claws are going to catch up in the division race, they’ll need wins like this one.  With a few key hits from their slumping lineup and a strong performance from their pitching staff, Milwaukee notched a hard-earned 3-1 road victory over the New Orleans Sazeracs.

“We had to scratch this one out a bit,” said Horton.  “But that’s not a bad thing in my mind.”

Milwaukee’s lackluster offense has been a key source of its struggles this year.  With the exception of lineup bookends SS Red Petitt and CF DeRonde Maxwell, the Bear Claws hitters haven’t been able to match last year’s excellent performances.  That’s why Horton was glad to see key hits from some of the slumping players in today’s game.

In the 2nd inning with two on and two out, rookie 3B William Perry came to the plate.  His .228 average has been disappointing, but he has shown surprising pop and a knock for driving in runs.  On a 1-2 count, Perry fought off a hard slider and poked a single up the middle to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.

In the 3rd, 2B Richard Iddings drove a 2-1 fastball off the brewery in left for a solo homer.  Iddings has struggled on offense and defense this year, and the frustration has been eating him alive.

“I really hope that shot can get me back on track,” said Iddings.  “I’ve been stealing money from the team this season the way I’ve played.”

In the 4th, backup C Paris Champney – who had yet to record a hit coming into today’s game – turned on the first pitch he saw and drilled a liner past Sazeracs 1B Chris Lennon for a double, then came around to score on a Petitt single, making it 3-0.

Given the rare gift of run support, rookie starter Alex Sanchez (2-4) ran with it, keeping New Orleans off the board until RF Alex Jaramillo’s 6th-inning RBI single.  He wound up exiting after 7 strong innings, turning things over to the Bear Claws pen.

Last year, that would have meant game over, as the Milwaukee relief corps was virtually airtight.  This season, though, they’ve had some costly stumbles.  Not today, though.  Lefty Olen Abernathy allowed a leadoff single to pinch hitter Ben Williams in the 8th, but Horton quickly summoned righty Timmy Almon, who picked off Williams and then got a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning.  In the 9th, closer Oscar Buenaventura got 3B Lautaro Perez to pop out to the catcher, then struck out Lennon and LF Ezra Sisco to secure his 11th save.

Sazeracs manager George Knox praised the performance of starter Phil O’Quinn (2-5), who threw 7 innings today after missing his last couple starts with elbow tendinitis.  “Phil’s a gamer, and he did a good job today,” said Knox.  “We got beat by a strong team.”

 

5/22/2017, MIL16-NOS16, Abita Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Bear Claws        0  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0     3  7  2     7  0
2016 Sazeracs          0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0     1  8  0     9  0
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sazeracs             AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  5  0  1  1  .282    Sisco             lf  5  0  0  0  .237
Iddings           2b  4  1  1  1  .225    Angel             ss  4  0  1  0  .224
Mateo             1b  2  0  0  0  .293    Bishop            cf  4  0  1  0  .276
Stefani           rf  4  0  2  0  .231    Mount             2b  2  1  1  0  .279
Raine             dh  3  1  0  0  .234    Behrens           dh  3  0  0  0  .283
Castleberry       lf  3  0  0  0  .240     Williams         ph  1  0  1  0  .247
Champney          c   4  1  1  0  .071    Jaramillo         rf  4  0  1  1  .244
Perry             3b  4  0  1  1  .228    Carlo             c   3  0  1  0  .256
Maxwell           cf  4  0  1  0  .333     Canez            ph  1  0  0  0  .244
                     33  3  7  3           Gould            c   0  0  0  0  .000
                                          Perez             3b  4  0  1  0  .190
                                          Lennon            1b  4  0  1  0  .301
                                                               35  1  8  1
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sanchez          W 2-4           7.0  7  1  1  2  5 108  72  3.57
Abernathy                        0.0  1  0  0  0  0   2   1  2.75
Almon            H 9             1.0  0  0  0  0  1  10   7  1.54
Buenaventura     S 11            1.0  0  0  0  0  2  15  11  3.20
                                 9.0  8  1  1  2  8 135  91 
 
Sazeracs                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
O'Quinn          L 2-5           7.0  6  3  3  3  5 120  77  6.38
Walker                           1.0  1  0  0  1  3  18  10  3.09
Venegas                          1.0  0  0  0  0  0  10   6  5.12
                                 9.0  7  3  3  4  8 148  93 
 
NOS: Williams batted for Behrens in the 8th
     Canez batted for Carlo in the 8th
     Gould inserted at c in the 9th
 
E-Stefani, Sanchez. 2B-Champney(1), Angel(8), Perez(5). HR-Iddings(6). 
RBI-Petitt(26), Iddings(20), Perry(29), Jaramillo(28). SB-Mount 2(14). 
CS-Stefani, Williams. K-Petitt, Mateo, Stefani 2, Raine, Castleberry, 
Champney 2, Sisco 2, Bishop 2, Jaramillo 2, Perez, Lennon. BB-Mateo 2, Raine, 
Castleberry, Mount 2. 
GWRBI: Perry
Temperature: 55, Sky: clear, Wind: in from right at 15 MPH.

 

CALIFORNIA SHARKS 6, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 3 (12 INNINGS)

Desperate to avoid falling in a 3-0 hole in the quest for the highly prestigious Chum Bucket, the California Sharks survived a late blown lead and held on for 12 innings before snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in a gutty 6-3 win over the Jackson Hammerheads.

“Show me the way to go home,” quipped Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte after the hard-fought battle.  “I’m tired and I want to go to bed.”

California hung three runs on Jackson starter Kiko Walton in the 1st and held that lead all the way to the 9th, when Hammerheads DH Damian Deason hooked a two-run single to tie it up.  The stalemate persisted until the 12th, which CF Justin Canales pounced like a tiger on a pitch from Jackson lefty Woody Flowers (0-2) and lined a triple to the gap in right center to score a pair.

California long man Kerry Lopez (1-1) avenged his blown save in the 9th with 2 scoreless innings for the win, before Eugene Grace sent the Heads to Davy Jones’ locker for his 11th save.

“Nobody snatches the highly prestigious Chum Bucket from us without a fight,” said Canales.  “Jackson thought they had us, but we ate our way right through that line!”

 

5/22/2017, CAL16-JCK16, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Sharks            3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3     6 14  1    12  0
2016 Hammerheads       1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0     3  9  0    14  1
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  6  1  1  0  .285    Fleitas           3b  6  0  1  0  .213
Smyth             ss  4  2  1  0  .340    Righter           2b  6  2  4  0  .395
Canales           cf  6  2  3  2  .250    Deason            dh  4  0  1  2  .376
Mader             lf  6  1  3  2  .378    Arispe            lf  3  0  0  0  .246
Nix               dh  5  0  1  1  .392     Grant            ph  3  0  0  0  .105
Lockley           c   4  0  1  1  .281    Rodriguez         rf  6  0  0  0  .291
Oller             3b  5  0  1  0  .291    Thomasson         c   2  0  1  0  .176
Ortiz             1b  5  0  2  0  .317    Suarez            cf  6  0  0  0  .284
Strachan          2b  6  0  1  0  .304    Lassen            1b  5  1  2  0  .294
                     47  6 14  6          Westerberg        ss  4  0  0  0  .281
                                                               45  3  9  2
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Simpson                          5.2  2  1  1  5  5 114  63  4.17
Lendon           H 5             0.1  0  0  0  0  0   5   3  2.25
Orf              H 3             0.2  2  0  0  0  0  20  15  7.71
Arzola           H 6             2.0  2  2  2  1  3  36  25  4.24
Lopez            BS 1, W 1-1     2.1  3  0  0  1  0  43  25  7.61
Grace            S 11            1.0  0  0  0  1  1  18   9  5.40
                                12.0  9  3  3  8  9 236 140 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Walton                           6.2  9  3  3  2  4 118  74  4.26
Sircy                            0.1  1  0  0  0  1   7   5  2.75
Sheen                            2.0  0  0  0  0  3  26  19  6.92
Boniface                         2.0  1  0  0  0  3  26  20  2.40
Flowers          L 0-2           0.0  2  3  3  1  0   6   2  5.94
Pollan                           1.0  1  0  0  2  2  24  10  6.92
                                12.0 14  6  6  5 13 207 130 
 
JCK: Grant batted for Arispe in the 8th
     Grant moved to lf in the 9th
 
E-Arzola. 2B-Corona(10), Nix(17), Lockley(13), Righter(15), Thomasson(2). 
3B-Canales(1). RBI-Canales 2(37), Mader 2(40), Nix(30), Lockley(22), 
Deason 2(39). SB-Deason(17), Westerberg(4). CS-Righter. K-Corona, Canales, 
Mader, Nix, Lockley 2, Oller 2, Ortiz 2, Strachan 3, Fleitas, Righter, 
Arispe, Rodriguez, Suarez 4, Grant. BB-Smyth 2, Nix, Oller, Ortiz, Deason 2, 
Thomasson 4, Lassen, Westerberg. SH-Lockley. SF-Lockley. WP-Simpson, Lopez. 
GWRBI: Canales
Temperature: 102, Sky: clear, Wind: in from left at 2 MPH.

 

KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 4, KALAMAZOO KAZOOS 3

Knoxville Smokies manager Snuff Wallace likes to play hunches, on the field or at the dog track.  Another hunch paid off for Wallace today, as he tapped a forgotten starter who turned in 8 2/3 strong innings to lead the Smokies to a 4-3 win over the Kalamazoo Kazoos on a rain-soaked night at Rocky Top Park.

“I was born lucky,” said Wallace.  “I eat four-leaf clovers for breakfast.”

Right-hander Nico Library (1-0) was languishing in the minors until Wallace called him up for this start.  He kept the Kalamazoo hitters guessing, striking out seven and scattering seven hits.  The manager wanted to get a complete game out of Library, but when Kazoos CF Damian Mash launched a homer to draw within a run, Wallace went to closer Charlie Pasternak, who got the final out and captured his 10th save.

Kalamazoo starter Brian Goreman (1-2) went the distance in a losing effort, despite allowing 10 hits.  He was doomed by an ugly 3rd inning, in which he made a throwing error and a wild pitch for two unearned runs that proved decisive.  Smokies RF Jackson Campo also took Goreman deep for a two-run homer, his 15th of the season.

 

5/22/2017, KAL16-KNX16, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Kazoos            0  0  1  0  0  1  0  0  1     3  7  1     7  0
2016 Smokies           2  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  x     4 10  0     7  0
 
Kazoos               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Cross             2b  4  0  0  0  .265    Johnson           lf  4  1  2  0  .311
 Mallonee         ph  1  0  0  0  .188    Campo             2b  3  1  2  0  .293
Parker            lf  3  1  0  0  .287    Campo             rf  4  2  2  2  .321
McAllister        rf  4  1  2  2  .310    Moriarty          ss  4  0  0  1  .294
Taylor            dh  3  0  0  0  .235    Battin            1b  4  0  0  0  .288
McCormack         c   4  0  2  0  .284    Credle            c   4  0  0  0  .276
Nabors            3b  4  0  1  0  .257    Blair             cf  4  0  3  0  .247
Shorts            1b  4  0  0  0  .256    Valentim          dh  4  0  1  0  .267
Mash              cf  4  1  1  1  .217    Figeroa           3b  3  0  0  0  .189
Puffer            ss  3  0  1  0  .257                         34  4 10  3
 Gomez            ph  0  0  0  0  .222
                     34  3  7  3
 
Kazoos                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Goreman          L 1-2           8.0 10  4  2  1  8 139  92  3.90
                                 8.0 10  4  2  1  8 139  92 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Library          W 1-0           8.2  7  3  2  2  7 127  81  2.08
Pasternak        S 10            0.1  0  0  0  1  0   6   2  0.57
                                 9.0  7  3  2  3  7 133  83 
 
KAL: Gomez batted for Puffer in the 9th
     Mallonee batted for Cross in the 9th
 
E-Goreman. 2B-Puffer(9), Johnson 2(18), Blair(10). HR-McAllister(13), 
Mash(7), Campo(15). RBI-McAllister 2(28), Mash(20), Campo 2(39), 
Moriarty(26). SB-Parker(3), McAllister(6). K-Cross, Parker 2, Shorts 2, Mash, 
Puffer, Campo, Moriarty 2, Battin 2, Credle, Valentim, Figeroa. BB-Parker, 
Taylor, Gomez, Campo. PB-Credle. WP-Goreman. 
GWRBI: Campo
Temperature: 75, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: out to center at 17 MPH, 
Rain Delays: 89 minutes.

 

LAS VEGAS NARWHALS 8, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 4

Forced to scramble after planned starter Gary Huerta came down with a stomach virus, Las Vegas Narwhals manager Benjamin Banks Mahoney came up with an unorthodox pitching plan, one that worked out as the Narwhals knocked off the Orlando Calrissians, 8-4.

Mahoney started out with Michael Crocker, who turned in a scoreless inning despite having pitched a complete game the day before.

“When else am I gonna have a shot at making back-to-back starts?” said Crocker.

After Crocker departed, Mahoney got 4 innings out of long man Chris Karnik and 3 2/3 out of veteran Sylvester Lighty (1-0), who got credit for the win.

“You know what they say: invention is 1% inspiration and 99% desperation,” said Mahoney.  “That’s what they say, right?”

Fortunately for the cavalcade of pitchers, the Vegas bats were hot against Orlando starter Jimmy Barlow (2-3).  1B Brooks Defoor and C Winston Regner launched back-to-back jacks in the 2nd, and then the Narwhals smacked three straight RBI hits in the 4th to send Barlow to an early shower.

 

5/22/2017, LVN16-ORL16, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Narwhals          0  3  0  3  0  0  1  0  1     8 13  0    11  0
2016 Calrissians       0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  1     4  8  2     4  0
 
Narwhals             AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Carquinez         cf  6  1  1  0  .258    Buendia           2b  4  0  2  0  .286
Mealey            lf  3  1  1  0  .286    Bryant            1b  4  0  1  0  .298
Popejoy           ss  5  1  1  1  .262    Lesher            c   4  0  0  0  .189
Zocken            dh  5  0  1  1  .263    Lebow             lf  3  3  2  1  .276
Suzuki            3b  5  2  3  1  .223    Larson            dh  4  0  1  0  .284
Winne             rf  5  1  3  1  .269    Hernandez         ss  4  1  1  2  .238
Defoor            1b  4  1  1  2  .276    Law               rf  4  0  1  1  .252
Regner            c   4  1  2  1  .500    Aceuedo           3b  4  0  0  0  .237
Green             2b  3  0  0  0  .000    Barber            cf  2  0  0  0  .197
                     40  8 13  7           Maben            ph  1  0  0  0  .300
                                           Hartl            cf  0  0  0  0  .000
                                                               34  4  8  4
 
Narwhals                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Crocker                          1.0  1  0  0  0  1  16  11  4.50
Karnik                           4.0  4  3  3  1  0  59  38  5.64
Lighty           W 1-0           3.2  3  1  1  0  5  55  34  7.71
Allen                            0.1  0  0  0  0  1   5   3  4.66
                                 9.0  8  4  4  1  7 135  86 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Barlow           L 2-3           3.2  9  6  6  4  4  78  43  5.77
Grazier                          3.0  3  1  1  0  4  49  34  5.68
Geis                             2.1  1  1  0  1  1  34  22  3.38
                                 9.0 13  8  7  5  9 161  99 
 
ORL: Maben batted for Barber in the 8th
     Hartl inserted at cf in the 9th
 
E-Hernandez, Geis. 2B-Carquinez(6), Suzuki(5). HR-Defoor(9), Regner(1), 
Lebow(18), Hernandez(5). RBI-Popejoy(8), Zocken(24), Suzuki(17), Winne(11), 
Defoor 2(18), Regner(1), Lebow(38), Hernandez 2(13), Law(36). 
SB-Carquinez 2(10), Mealey(2). CS-Suzuki, Green. K-Carquinez, Popejoy, 
Zocken 2, Winne, Defoor 2, Regner, Green, Bryant, Lebow, Larson 2, Aceuedo 2, 
Maben. BB-Mealey 2, Defoor, Regner, Green, Lebow. HBP-Green. HB-Grazier. 
WP-Lighty, Grazier. 
GWRBI: Defoor
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

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