PBL Scores, 5/24/16

The Patriot League’s last-place teams hooked up in a thriller today.  Check it out below!

LAS VEGAS NARWHALS 4, CAROLINA COMETS 3

This was a game the Carolina Comets desperately needed.  Not to get back in contention – it’s clear that they have no hope of that this season – but to change their momentum.  They came into this game having lost 13 of their last 14.  Manager Taylor Ashy summed up the mood in the locker room by saying, “I’m about two more bad games from throwing myself in front of a train.”

For much of today’s game against the Las Vegas Narwhals, it looked like the Comets were going to get the break they’ve been searching for.  Ace Randy “Satchel” Flats has had a rocky rookie season, but in this game he was at his escape-artist best.

He allowed a fair share of hits, but time and again he found a way to strand them.  Whenever he needed an easy grounder or a weak pop-up to end an inning, he got it.  More than one bat was smashed in frustration in the Vegas dugout as Flats waltzed out of trouble again and again.

“I used my single windup, my double windup, my triple windup, my hesitation windup, my no windup,” said Flats. “I also used my submariner, my sidearmer, and my bat dodger. Man’s got to do what he’s got to do.”

When Carolina 1B Pete Shives belted a two-run homer in the 6th, the Comets had a 3-1 lead.  With Flats tying the Narwhals in knots, victory seemed assured.

Then came the 8th inning.  With one out, Vegas CF Monte Carquinez tried laying down a bunt in a desperate attempt to jumpstart his team’s offense.  He narrowly beat Flats’ throw to the bag.  SS Alexis Popejoy followed with a liner that was just beyond Shives’ reach for a single, as Carquinez scooted around to third.

But Flats had escaped such jams before in this game.  When 2B Brad Green grounded out to short, Carquinez scored, but it looked like the Carolina hurler would once again make it out with the lead intact.

Narwhals manager Benjamin Banks Mahoney had one bullet left in his gun, and he picked this moment to use it, sending up Ikaru Suzuki to pinch-hit for C Winston Regner.  Suzuki has struggled this season, but he is one of Vegas’ biggest power threats.

With his pitch count climbing toward 130, an exhausted Flats fell behind Suzuki 2-0.  He tried to clip the corner with a slider to steal a strike, but Suzuki caught it out front and sent a high fly ball toward right field.  Aided by the light desert air and the cozy dimensions of MGM Jackpot, the ball just cleared the fence in right for a two-run homer.

Flats (2-5) fell to his knees in agony as Suzuki circled the bases.  “It felt like a knitting needle through my heart,” said the Comets ace.

The late Vegas rally made a winner of rookie Nick Armstrong (4-6), who struck out 10 in his 8 innings of work.  Closer Chris Allen set the Comets down in order in the 9th to collect his ninth save.

 

5/24/2017, CAR16-LVN16, MGM Jackpot
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Comets            1  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0     3  6  0     4  0
2016 Narwhals          0  0  1  0  0  0  0  3  x     4 12  0     9  0
 
Comets               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Narwhals             AB  R  H BI   AVG
Jackson           lf  4  0  0  0  .251    Winne             rf  5  0  1  0  .267
Barnes            ss  4  2  3  1  .205    Defoor            1b  4  1  2  1  .281
Shives            1b  4  1  1  2  .268    Zocken            dh  3  0  1  0  .260
Jones             cf  4  0  0  0  .225    Whitworth         3b  4  0  0  0  .264
Vise              rf  4  0  1  0  .221    Mealey            lf  4  0  1  0  .274
Mote              3b  3  0  0  0  .213    Carquinez         cf  4  1  3  0  .265
Carpenter         c   3  0  1  0  .223    Popejoy           ss  4  1  3  0  .291
 Cosgrove         ph  1  0  0  0  .250    Green             2b  4  0  0  1  .111
Olivas            dh  3  0  0  0  .137    Regner            c   3  0  0  0  .400
Kurland           2b  3  0  0  0  .269     Suzuki           ph  1  1  1  2  .231
                     33  3  6  3           Johnson          c   0  0  0  0  .245
                                                               36  4 12  4
 
Comets                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Flats            L 2-5           7.2 12  4  4  1  3 131  83  5.89
Pellegrin                        0.1  0  0  0  0  0   1   1  8.85
                                 8.0 12  4  4  1  3 132  84 
 
Narwhals                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Armstrong        W 4-6           8.0  6  3  3  1 10 128  88  3.69
Allen            S 9             1.0  0  0  0  0  0  10   5  4.43
                                 9.0  6  3  3  1 10 138  93 
 
CAR: Cosgrove batted for Carpenter in the 9th
LVN: Suzuki batted for Regner in the 8th
     Johnson inserted at c in the 9th
 
2B-Barnes 2(8), Defoor(10). HR-Barnes(8), Shives(10), Defoor(10), Suzuki(7). 
RBI-Barnes(17), Shives 2(26), Defoor(19), Green(1), Suzuki 2(19). 
K-Jackson 2, Shives, Vise, Mote, Carpenter 2, Olivas 2, Kurland, Zocken 2, 
Regner. BB-Mote, Zocken. 
GWRBI: Suzuki
Temperature: 88, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 14 MPH.

 

SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 4, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 3

For the second day in a row, the Jacksonville Dragons suffered a bullpen breakdown that led to a heartbreaking loss.  This time, it was closer Razor Corridon who took the fall as the Outlaws hit back-to-back jacks to walk off the Dragons, 4-3.

“This was a huge missed opportunity for us,” said Jacksonville manager Steve Califano.  “We were lined up to beat one of the toughest pitchers in the league, and we let it slip away.”

The Dragons got an early lead on Silver City lefty Pedro Rodriguez, who struck out 13 but gave up three runs in the first 3 innings.  Meanwhile, Dragons starter Bryce Hobbs carried a shutout into the 7th, when he allowed a pair of runs.

Corridon (1-1) came within one out of a 2-inning save, but then SS Danny Taylor and 3B Rusty Brewmaker took him deep to end it.

Ex-Dragon Emilio Abbas (2-1) picked up the victory.

 

5/24/2017, JAX16-SCO16, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Dragons           2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0     3  9  1     8  1
2016 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  2     4 12  1     8  0
 
Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Taliaferro        2b  5  1  2  0  .374    Taylor            ss  5  1  3  2  .272
Kapoor            3b  5  1  4  0  .412    Brewmaker         3b  5  1  3  1  .297
Hartley           lf  3  1  1  1  .266    Ivey              dh  3  0  1  0  .304
Soria             1b  4  0  0  1  .311     Barraza          ph  1  0  0  0  .200
Hopps             rf  4  0  0  0  .233    Wason             rf  3  0  2  0  .313
Esquivel          c   4  0  1  0  .291    Elliott           1b  2  0  0  0  .188
Teachout          dh  4  0  0  0  .253    Barkan            2b  4  1  1  0  .257
Soltero           cf  4  0  1  0  .256    Hintz             lf  4  1  0  0  .198
 Leon             cf  0  0  0  0  .307    Cardona           cf  4  0  1  1  .232
Herdt             ss  4  0  0  0  .266    Watson            c   4  0  1  0  .202
 Burt             ss  0  0  0  0  .471                         35  4 12  4
                     37  3  9  2
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Hobbs                            6.1  9  2  1  2  7  98  62  3.52
Newman           H 1             0.2  1  0  0  0  0   4   4  2.35
Corridon         BS 3, L 1-1     1.2  2  2  2  0  2  23  17  4.15
                                 8.2 12  4  3  2  9 125  83 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rodriguez                        8.0  8  3  3  1 13 133  86  3.73
Abbas            W 2-1           1.0  1  0  0  0  0  14  10  2.89
                                 9.0  9  3  3  1 13 147  96 
 
JAX: Leon inserted at cf in the 9th
     Burt inserted at ss in the 9th
SCO: Barraza batted for Ivey in the 7th
 
E-Herdt, Hintz. 2B-Esquivel(17), Wason(9), Watson(8). 3B-Hartley(2). 
HR-Taylor(8), Brewmaker(16). RBI-Hartley(40), Soria(37), Taylor 2(23), 
Brewmaker(39), Cardona(36). SB-Wason(1). K-Taliaferro 3, Hartley, Soria, 
Hopps 2, Esquivel 2, Teachout 2, Soltero, Herdt, Ivey, Wason, Elliott 2, 
Barkan 2, Hintz 2, Cardona. BB-Hartley, Wason, Elliott. SH-Elliott. 
BALK-Rodriguez. 
GWRBI: Brewmaker
Temperature: 94, Sky: clear, Wind: none.

 

KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 3, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 1

Elicio Santana baffled the Milwaukee Bear Claws for 8 innings, and the Knoxville Smokies widened their lead in the East with a late rally for 3-1 win.

Offense was hard to come by today at High Life Stadium; Bear Claws LF Josh Castleberry’s 3rd-inning solo shot was the only extra-base hit by either team.  It was one of only four hits Santana (6-2) would allow on the day, as he piled up nine strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee ace Lou Mallory (3-6) matched Santana stride for stride until the 8th, when he allowed back-to-back walks, followed by an RBI single from 1B Eddie Battin and a sac fly from C Jon Credle to give Knoxville its winning margin.

Smokies closer Charlie Pasternak pitched around a two-out walk to notch his 11th save.

 

5/24/2017, KNX16-MIL16, High Life Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Smokies           0  1  0  0  0  0  0  2  0     3  7  0     7  1
2016 Bear Claws        0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0     1  4  0     3  1
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Johnson           lf  4  0  1  0  .309    Petitt            ss  4  0  1  0  .281
Campo             2b  1  1  0  0  .291    Iddings           2b  4  0  1  0  .225
Campo             rf  3  1  0  0  .315    Mateo             1b  3  0  0  0  .287
Moriarty          ss  4  0  1  0  .293    Raine             dh  4  0  0  0  .228
Battin            1b  4  1  2  1  .294    Stefani           rf  3  0  1  0  .233
Credle            c   3  0  2  1  .284    McGuigan          c   3  0  0  0  .255
Blair             cf  4  0  0  1  .241    Castleberry       lf  2  1  1  1  .244
Valentim          dh  4  0  0  0  .261     Busing           ph  1  0  0  0  .182
Figeroa           3b  4  0  1  0  .190    Perry             3b  3  0  0  0  .224
                     31  3  7  3          Maxwell           cf  3  0  0  0  .327
                                                               30  1  4  1
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Santana          W 6-2           8.0  4  1  1  0  9  94  65  3.32
Pasternak        S 11            1.0  0  0  0  1  1  13   6  0.54
                                 9.0  4  1  1  1 10 107  71 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mallory          L 3-6           8.0  7  3  3  4  5 112  70  4.92
Abernathy                        1.0  0  0  0  0  1  12   8  2.61
                                 9.0  7  3  3  4  6 124  78 
 
MIL: Busing batted for Castleberry in the 8th
     Busing moved to lf in the 9th
 
HR-Castleberry(3). RBI-Battin(30), Credle(29), Blair(19), Castleberry(16). 
SB-Campo(11), Petitt(11). K-Johnson, Campo, Moriarty 2, Blair 2, Petitt, 
Iddings 3, Mateo 3, Stefani, Perry 2. BB-Campo 3, Campo, Mateo. SH-Johnson. 
SF-Credle. WP-Pasternak, Mallory. 
GWRBI: Battin
Temperature: 72, Sky: clear, Wind: in from center at 2 MPH.

 

JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 8, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 5

The Jackson Hammerheads have now won eight of their last nine, as they broke out the bats early and bludgeoned the Salt Lake Samurai in a sloppy 8-5 win.

“Good to see the offense firing on all cylinders,” said Jackson manager Bob Henley.

The Hammerheads crushed Samurai starter Lucas Henderson (1-4), who lasted only 3 2/3 innings and yielded six runs.  Jackson’s lead grew as large as 8-0 by the middle of the 5th.

Jackson lefty Luke Danton (5-2) continued to turn his season around with 8 2/3 strong innings.  He made a bid for a complete game but fell just short, allowing a two-out RBI double to pinch hitter Chris Davidson.  Henley brought in Woody Flowers to finish the job, but the young southpaw made everyone nervous by allowing three straight hits.  Finally, Henley brought in Brett Pollan, who got LF Chip Sparks to ground out to earn his second save.

In addition to losing the game, Salt Lake lost closer Nick Crusoe, who left the game in the 9th with a flexor mass strain. He is expected to miss the next month.

 

5/24/2017, JCK16-SLC16, Desert Edge Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Hammerheads       0  3  1  2  2  0  0  0  0     8 12  0     8  0
2016 Samurai           0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  3     5 11  0     7  0
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Righter           2b  4  1  3  1  .403    Slover            cf  5  0  2  2  .400
Rodriguez         rf  4  0  0  1  .277    Motonari          ss  5  0  2  2  .271
Deason            dh  4  0  1  1  .384    Sparks            lf  5  0  0  0  .255
Doyle             c   4  1  1  0  .324    Thomas            dh  4  0  1  0  .204
Suarez            cf  4  1  1  0  .288    Martinez          rf  4  1  1  0  .211
Cianciarulo       1b  4  1  0  1  .000    Parillo           1b  4  0  0  0  .228
Arispe            lf  5  2  3  3  .250    Godinez           c   4  1  2  0  .155
Fleitas           3b  4  0  0  0  .215    Wines             3b  2  1  1  0  .281
Westerberg        ss  4  2  3  1  .289     Davidson         ph  2  1  1  1  .170
                     37  8 12  8          Stark             2b  3  1  1  0  .270
                                                               38  5 11  5
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Danton           W 5-2           8.2  8  4  4  1  9 120  76  5.67
Flowers                          0.0  3  1  1  0  0  14  12  6.48
Pollan           S 2             0.1  0  0  0  0  0   7   5  6.75
                                 9.0 11  5  5  1  9 141  93 
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Henderson        L 1-4           3.2  9  6  6  2  1  60  35  7.35
Bautista                         0.1  0  1  1  1  0  11   6  4.50
Gamble                           1.0  2  1  1  1  1  27  16  3.00
Cruzado                          2.0  1  0  0  1  2  20  11  3.96
Crusoe                           1.2  0  0  0  0  3  23  16  3.63
Fore                             0.1  0  0  0  0  0   3   3  4.26
                                 9.0 12  8  8  5  7 144  87 
 
SLC: Davidson batted for Wines in the 7th
     Davidson moved to 3b in the 8th
 
2B-Righter(17), Arispe(7), Martinez(10), Davidson(2). 3B-Godinez(2). 
HR-Arispe(6). RBI-Righter(30), Rodriguez(39), Deason(41), Cianciarulo(1), 
Arispe 3(26), Westerberg(17), Slover 2(30), Motonari 2(28), Davidson(5). 
SB-Righter(16), Suarez(18). CS-Suarez. K-Righter, Deason, Doyle, Suarez, 
Cianciarulo 2, Fleitas, Slover, Motonari, Sparks, Thomas, Martinez 2, 
Parillo, Godinez, Stark. BB-Righter, Deason, Doyle, Suarez, Cianciarulo, 
Stark. SF-Rodriguez. WP-Danton, Henderson, Gamble. 
GWRBI: Arispe
Nick Crusoe was injured for this game and 28 more days
Temperature: 80, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: left to right at 8 MPH.

 

ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 8, KALAMAZOO KAZOOS 4

The Orlando Calrissians continued their long-bombing ways today, launching three homers off of the Kalamazoo Kazoos on the way to an 8-4 win.

The Calrissians torched Kalamazoo starter Ty Shive (0-2) for five runs in the 1st inning, punctuated by DH Magnus Larson’s three-run homer, his 19th circuit clout of the season.

The Kazoos crawled back into contention against Orlando ace Nathan Nunb (6-2) thanks largely to CF Damian Mash, who went deep twice.  But the Calrissians put the game away in the 9th with homers by DH Bart Law (his 17th of the year) and 1B Malcolm Bryant (his 13th).

“All our guys must really have been eating their Wheaties this offseason,” said Calrissians manager Logan Bothan.  “Guys are just ripped, and they’re beltin’ ‘em.”

 

5/24/2017, ORL16-KAL16, Kazaoobie Kazoo Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Calrissians       5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3     8  9  0     4  2
2016 Kazoos            0  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0     4  7  1     4  0
 
Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Kazoos               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Buendia           2b  5  1  2  0  .297    Mack              1b  4  0  0  0  .245
Bryant            1b  4  2  3  3  .305    Puffer            2b  4  0  0  0  .244
Lesher            c   5  1  1  1  .185    Parker            lf  3  0  0  0  .281
Lebow             lf  2  1  1  0  .290    Shorts            ss  4  0  1  0  .256
Larson            dh  4  1  1  3  .292    Duncan            c   4  1  1  0  .250
Hernandez         ss  4  0  0  0  .244    Mash              cf  4  2  2  3  .226
Law               rf  4  1  1  1  .258    Taylor            rf  3  1  1  0  .237
Aceuedo           3b  3  1  0  0  .227    Gomez             dh  4  0  1  0  .225
Barber            cf  4  0  0  0  .195    Nabors            3b  2  0  1  1  .261
                     35  8  9  8                               32  4  7  4
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Numb             W 6-2           7.0  7  4  4  1  8 106  72  3.75
Smith            H 4             1.1  0  0  0  2  1  18   8  4.34
Quesara                          0.2  0  0  0  0  0   3   2  3.91
                                 9.0  7  4  4  3  9 127  82 
 
Kazoos                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Shive            L 0-2           1.1  6  5  5  1  1  37  24  6.56
DiPietro                         3.0  0  0  0  2  5  48  27  2.70
Schedel                          1.2  0  0  0  0  1  19  12  7.43
Hawkins                          1.0  1  0  0  0  1  19  11  2.49
Rosado                           1.0  1  2  2  1  2  19   9  6.52
Shifflett                        1.0  1  1  1  0  1  11   8  4.50
                                 9.0  9  8  8  4 11 153  91 
 
E-Puffer. 2B-Bryant(9), Lebow(6), Taylor(6). 3B-Duncan(1). HR-Bryant(13), 
Larson(19), Law(17), Mash 2(9). RBI-Bryant 3(31), Lesher(24), Larson 3(41), 
Law(38), Mash 3(24), Nabors(15). CS-Lebow. K-Buendia, Lesher 3, Lebow, 
Larson, Hernandez 2, Law, Barber 2, Puffer 2, Parker 3, Shorts, Duncan, Mash, 
Nabors. BB-Bryant, Lebow 2, Aceuedo, Parker, Taylor, Nabors. 
GWRBI: Bryant
Temperature: 57, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 16 MPH.

 

CALIFORNIA SHARKS 7, NEW ORLEANS SAZERACS 1

California Sharks starter Kevin Conner kept the good times rolling against the New Orleans Sazeracs, breezing through 8 innings on the way to a 7-1 Sharks win at Blue Note Stadium.

California manager Eduardo Aponte was full of praise for Conner, his 21-year-old righty.  “Last year, Kevin was a gifted pitcher, but still a boy,” said Aponte.  “Now he is a man in full.  He has come of age.”

Conner (6-0) hardly seemed to break a sweat as he demolished the New Orleans hitters, including a dozen punchouts.  2B Will Mount’s 6th-inning single was responsible for the lone Sazeracs run.

New Orleans starter Matthew Erickson (3-4) took the loss, allowing six runs on 10 hits over 6 innings of work.  Three California starters (RF Jesse Corona, DH Eddie Nix, and 1B Jamal Gerke) collected three hits apiece.

 

5/24/2017, NOS16-CAL16, Blue Note Stadium
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Sazeracs          0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0     1  8  1     7  0
2016 Sharks            2  0  1  0  1  1  2  0  x     7 12  0     9  0
 
Sazeracs             AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Sisco             lf  4  1  2  0  .237    Corona            rf  4  2  3  1  .294
Angel             ss  4  0  2  0  .225    Smyth             ss  5  1  2  0  .350
Bishop            cf  4  0  1  0  .292    Canales           cf  5  0  0  0  .243
Mount             2b  4  0  1  1  .275    Brown             lf  4  3  1  0  .280
Behrens           dh  3  0  1  0  .279    Nix               dh  3  1  3  2  .404
Lennon            1b  4  0  0  0  .275    Gerke             1b  3  0  3  2  .295
Williams          rf  4  0  1  0  .244    Oller             3b  4  0  0  1  .290
Carlo             c   4  0  0  0  .252    Strachan          2b  3  0  0  1  .293
Jensen            3b  2  0  0  0  .200    Jensen            c   4  0  0  0  .227
 Gould            ph  1  0  0  0  .167                         35  7 12  7
 Perez            3b  0  0  0  0  .192
                     34  1  8  1
 
Sazeracs                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Erickson         L 3-4           6.0 10  6  5  1  6  91  61  4.50
Venegas                          2.0  2  1  1  1  2  35  17  5.06
                                 8.0 12  7  6  2  8 126  78 
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Conner           W 6-0           8.0  8  1  1  0 12 114  80  2.55
Orf                              1.0  0  0  0  1  1  24  12  7.11
                                 9.0  8  1  1  1 13 138  92 
 
NOS: Gould batted for Jensen in the 7th
     Perez inserted at 3b in the 7th
 
E-Perez. 2B-Angel(9), Corona(12), Smyth(19), Nix(18), Gerke(5). HR-Corona(6). 
RBI-Mount(18), Corona(32), Nix 2(34), Gerke 2(24), Oller(39), Strachan(13). 
CS-Behrens. K-Sisco 2, Angel 2, Bishop, Mount, Behrens, Lennon 3, Williams, 
Carlo, Gould, Canales 3, Brown, Oller 2, Strachan, Jensen. BB-Behrens, 
Corona, Nix. SF-Strachan. HBP-Brown, Gerke. HB-Erickson 2. WP-Venegas. 
GWRBI: Nix
Temperature: 68, Sky: clear, Wind: in from right at 7 MPH.

 

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