PBL Scores, 5/28/16

A pair of shutouts and more in today’s action.  Click on to see the details…

CALIFORNIA SHARKS 7, ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 6

The California Sharks’ bullpen has taken its lumps lately.  Over the last couple of weeks, seemingly every member of the Sharks’ relief corps has had at least a couple bad outings, even normally reliable mainstays like righty Jan Arzola.

As his relievers have struggled, California manager Eduardo Aponte has declined to hit the panic button.  “They will revert to their natural level in time,” said Aponte.  “I have faith in them.”

The skipper’s faith was rewarded today against the slugging Orlando Calrissians.  On a day when the ball was flying out of Bespin and Sharks ace Pierre LaRue had a rare poor outing, the much-maligned California pen combined for 6 strong innings to lead the Sharks to a 7-6 victory.

Things looked good for the Sharks early when they put up five runs over the first 2 innings, with CF Justin Canales and RF Jessie Corona both launching two-run shots.  With LaRue on the hill, normally that kind of cushion would be more than enough.

But LaRue is occasionally gopher ball prone, and the Calrissians hit more round trippers than any other team in the league.  So the California lead crumbled in a hurry as Orlando LF Ryan Lebow, 1B Malcolm Bryant, and RF Bart Law all went yard.  LaRue wound up departing with the score tied at 5-all without recording an out in the 4th.

In need of an arm to soak up some innings, Aponte called on long man Kerry Lopez.  The journeyman righty has struggled badly this season, and many fans have called for him to be demoted or released.  But Aponte has stood by him through it all.

“When you get that kind of support from your manager, it feels great,” said Lopez.  “Knowing that he trusts me, it allows me to go out there in situation like this without looking over my shoulder like, ‘Oh God, if I screw up this time I’m a goner.’”

Lopez (2-2) rewarded his manager’s faith with 3 steady innings in which he allowed only a single run, keeping the ferocious Orlando lineup from making hard contact.

Meanwhile, veteran 3B Johnie Oller got the lead back for California in the 6th, blasting a two-run tater to left and chasing Calrissians starter Charles McNally (5-5).

After Lopez left, Aponte got hitless innings out of Arzola, rookie lefty Chris Lendon, and much-maligned closer Eugene Grace, who picked up his 12th save of the season.

“This is the kind of performance I’ve known we could deliver all along,” said Aponte.  “I am optimistic that we can start building on this.”

Grace, who like Lopez has faced public calls for his job, marveled at his manager’s patience.  “We’re in first place right now, but we’d probably be running away with this thing if guys like me were doing better,” said the Sharks closer.  “A lot of managers wouldn’t hesitate to throw us under the bus, but Eduardo doesn’t do that.  He’s acting as our heat shield and giving me and the rest of the pen time to get it together.  It just goes to show what a strong man he is.”

 

5/28/2017, CAL16-ORL16, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Sharks            3  2  0  0  0  2  0  0  0     7  9  0     3  0
2016 Calrissians       2  0  1  2  0  1  0  0  0     6  8  0     7  1
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  5  2  2  2  .296    Buendia           2b  5  1  2  1  .292
Smyth             ss  4  0  0  0  .338    Bryant            1b  4  1  1  1  .297
Canales           cf  4  1  1  2  .243    Lesher            c   5  0  0  0  .170
Brown             lf  4  1  1  0  .268    Lebow             lf  3  1  1  2  .281
Nix               dh  4  0  1  0  .396    Larson            dh  4  0  0  0  .278
Lockley           c   3  1  2  1  .293    Hernandez         ss  4  1  1  0  .251
Gerke             1b  3  0  0  0  .277    Law               rf  3  1  1  2  .256
Oller             3b  3  2  2  2  .299    Aceuedo           3b  3  1  1  0  .216
Strachan          2b  3  0  0  0  .296    Barber            cf  3  0  1  0  .190
 Jensen           ph  1  0  0  0  .200     Sleder           ph  1  0  0  0  .355
 Gonzalez         2b  0  0  0  0  .000                         35  6  8  6
                     34  7  9  7
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
La Rue                           3.0  5  5  5  2  4  60  40  4.06
Lopez            W 2-2           3.0  3  1  1  1  1  42  29  7.45
Arzola           H 8             1.0  0  0  0  1  2  15  10  4.12
Lendon           H 7             1.0  0  0  0  0  1  11   9  4.50
Grace            S 12            1.0  0  0  0  1  1  15   9  5.74
                                 9.0  8  6  6  5  9 143  97 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNally          L 5-5           5.2  9  7  7  1  6  88  56  5.66
Grazier                          3.1  0  0  0  0  1  29  21  5.46
                                 9.0  9  7  7  1  7 117  77 
 
CAL: Jensen batted for Strachan in the 9th
     Gonzalez inserted at 2b in the 9th
ORL: Sleder batted for Barber in the 8th
     Sleder moved to cf in the 9th
 
3B-Hernandez(4). HR-Corona(7), Canales(15), Oller(19), Bryant(15), Lebow(20), 
Law(18). RBI-Corona 2(34), Canales 2(41), Lockley(24), Oller 2(45), 
Buendia(18), Bryant(34), Lebow 2(42), Law 2(41). SB-Corona(4), Bryant(9). 
K-Smyth 2, Canales 2, Brown, Oller, Strachan, Bryant, Lesher 3, Larson, 
Hernandez, Law 2, Barber. BB-Lockley, Bryant, Lebow 2, Law, Aceuedo. 
SH-Oller. HBP-Gerke. HB-Grazier. 
GWRBI: Oller
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 2, LAS VEGAS NARWHALS 0

Jackson Hammerheads lefty Kiko Walton turned in his strongest outing of the season, twirling a three-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory over the Las Vegas Narwhals.

Walton (5-2) is often an erratic performer, but today he looked like a man on a mission.  He worked quickly, attacked the strike zone, and kept his often-goofy mannerisms under control.

“I’m starting to wonder if Kiko has a twin brother who’s, like, normal,” said Jackson manager Bob Henley.  “That would explain the Jekyll-and-Hyde act.  I’m glad we got Good Kiko today.”

Walton did make Henley’s heart flutter a bit in the 9th when he loaded the bases on a single and a pair of walks, the only two he would issue on the day.  But he struck out 3B Jamar Whitworth to end the game.

Vegas ace Jose Oro (5-5) also turned in a solid performance but struggled with his control, walking six Hammerheads.  Jackson CF Santiago Suarez broke the scoreless tie with a sac fly in the 4th, and C Clarence Doyle added some insurance with a two-out solo homer down the right-field line in the 6th.

 

5/28/2017, LVN16-JCK16, Cash Carter Downs
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Narwhals          0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  3  0     4  0
2016 Hammerheads       0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  x     2  4  0     6  0
 
Narwhals             AB  R  H BI   AVG    Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Winne             rf  3  0  1  0  .283    Righter           2b  4  0  0  0  .387
 McEwan           ph  0  0  0  0  .194    Rodriguez         rf  4  1  2  0  .279
Defoor            1b  4  0  1  0  .274    Deason            dh  2  0  0  0  .393
 Birmingham       pr  0  0  0  0  .183    Doyle             c   1  1  1  1  .328
Zocken            dh  3  0  0  0  .245    Suarez            cf  3  0  0  1  .282
Whitworth         3b  4  0  1  0  .271    Cianciarulo       1b  3  0  1  0  .267
Mealey            lf  3  0  0  0  .260    Arispe            lf  3  0  0  0  .251
Carquinez         cf  3  0  0  0  .277    Fleitas           3b  3  0  0  0  .208
Popejoy           ss  3  0  0  0  .265    Westerberg        ss  2  0  0  0  .284
Green             2b  3  0  0  0  .261                         25  2  4  2
Regner            c   2  0  0  0  .300
 Suzuki           ph  1  0  0  0  .220
                     29  0  3  0
 
Narwhals                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Oro              L 5-5           8.0  4  2  2  6  6 124  72  3.95
                                 8.0  4  2  2  6  6 124  72 
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Walton           W 5-2           9.0  3  0  0  2  7 110  71  3.68
                                 9.0  3  0  0  2  7 110  71 
 
LVN: Suzuki batted for Regner in the 9th
     McEwan batted for Winne in the 9th
     Birmingham ran for Defoor in the 9th
 
HR-Doyle(8). RBI-Doyle(37), Suarez(41). CS-Winne, Deason, Suarez. K-Winne, 
Defoor, Zocken, Whitworth 2, Carquinez, Regner, Suarez 2, Cianciarulo 2, 
Arispe, Fleitas. BB-Zocken, McEwan, Deason 2, Doyle 3, Westerberg. SF-Suarez. 
GWRBI: Suarez
Temperature: 93, Sky: clear, Wind: out to left at 7 MPH.

 

JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 4, KALAMAZOO KAZOOS 1

Jacksonville Dragons right-hander Bryce Hobbs ran his record to 7-0, firing 8 strong innings and leading his team to a 4-1 win over the Kalamazoo Kazoos.

Hobbs carried a no-hitter into the 6th inning, and allowed only three Kalamazoo hits overall.  “Bryce is just steady as a rock out there,” said C Judson Teachout.  “Nothing rattles him or puts him off his game.”

Closer Blueberry Jackson put the side down in order in the 9th to pick up his sixth save.

Meanwhile, veteran righty Linus Pauling (0-1) went the distance in his debut outing for the Kazoos.  He settled in after a rocky 1st inning in which he allowed three runs, but his offense was unable to make up the difference.  LF Rob Hartley and DH Jan Esquivel both went deep for the victorious Dragons.

 

5/28/2017, KAL16-JAX16, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Kazoos            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0     1  3  0     5  1
2016 Dragons           3  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  x     4  7  0     3  0
 
Kazoos               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Cross             2b  3  0  0  0  .256    Taliaferro        2b  4  1  2  0  .385
 Mallonee         ph  1  0  1  0  .211    Kapoor            3b  3  1  0  0  .382
 Puffer           2b  0  0  0  0  .244    Teachout          c   4  0  0  0  .235
Parker            lf  4  0  0  1  .277    Hartley           lf  4  1  1  2  .268
McAllister        dh  4  0  0  0  .309    Soria             1b  3  0  0  0  .316
Taylor            rf  3  0  0  0  .247    Hopps             rf  3  0  1  0  .250
Leach             c   2  0  0  0  .333    Esquivel          dh  3  1  1  1  .294
 Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .180    Herdt             ss  3  0  2  0  .270
 Duncan           c   1  0  0  0  .100     Burt             ss  0  0  0  0  .471
Nabors            3b  3  0  0  0  .251    Leon              cf  3  0  0  0  .296
Shorts            ss  3  0  0  0  .256                         30  4  7  3
Mack              1b  3  1  1  0  .247
Mash              cf  2  0  1  0  .230
                     30  1  3  1
 
Kazoos                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Pauling          L 0-1           8.0  7  4  4  1  6 122  77  4.50
                                 8.0  7  4  4  1  6 122  77 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Hobbs            W 7-0           8.0  3  1  1  2  6 102  64  3.28
Jackson          S 6             1.0  0  0  0  0  2  12   9  2.70
                                 9.0  3  1  1  2  8 114  73 
 
KAL: Gomez batted for Leach in the 7th
     Duncan inserted at c in the 7th
     Mallonee batted for Cross in the 8th
     Puffer inserted at 2b in the 8th
JAX: Burt inserted at ss in the 8th
 
2B-Mack(6), Taliaferro(25). HR-Hartley(14), Esquivel(12). RBI-Parker(28), 
Hartley 2(45), Esquivel(33). K-Cross 2, Parker, McAllister 2, Taylor, Nabors, 
Shorts, Taliaferro, Kapoor, Hartley, Hopps, Leon 2. BB-Taylor, Nabors, 
Kapoor. HBP-Mash. PB-Leach. HB-Hobbs. 
Temperature: 89, Sky: clear, Wind: in from center at 18 MPH.

 

SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 5, NEW ORLEANS SAZERACS 0

David Otto broke in with a splash for the Silver City Outlaws today, turning in a complete-game four-hitter and shutting out the New Orleans Sazeracs 5-0.

The teenage southpaw pitched like an old hand in his first professional start, smothering the Sazeracs over 123 pitches.  Otto (1-0) was a bit wild, walking five, but rarely pitched in trouble.  He also displayed a lethal move to first, picking off two New Orleans runners in the 1st inning alone.

“Solid stuff for a greenhorn,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.

New Orleans starter Zeke Foster (2-3) started strong but fell apart in the 6th, allowing two-run homers to SS Danny Taylor and RF Nathaniel Wason before heading to the showers.  Silver City CF Javier Cardona tacked on another run in the 9th with a solo shott off reliever Tobias Dennis.

 

5/28/2017, SCO16-NOS16, Abita Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  4  0  0  1     5 11  0     5  1
2016 Sazeracs          0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  4  0     6  0
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sazeracs             AB  R  H BI   AVG
Taylor            ss  5  1  2  2  .280    Sisco             cf  3  0  1  0  .239
Ivey              dh  4  1  3  0  .306    Angel             ss  4  0  0  0  .221
Brewmaker         3b  4  0  0  0  .286    Canez             1b  4  0  0  0  .231
Wason             rf  4  1  1  2  .308    Mount             2b  1  0  0  0  .271
Elliott           1b  4  0  0  0  .195    Behrens           dh  4  0  1  0  .267
Cardona           cf  4  1  1  1  .235    Jaramillo         rf  4  0  1  0  .238
Whittier          lf  4  0  1  0  .162    Carlo             c   3  0  1  0  .248
Barkan            2b  4  0  1  0  .242    Williams          lf  2  0  0  0  .253
Barraza           c   4  1  2  0  .235    Perez             3b  3  0  0  0  .189
                     37  5 11  5                               28  0  4  0
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Otto             W 1-0           9.0  4  0  0  5  4 123  74  0.00
                                 9.0  4  0  0  5  4 123  74 
 
Sazeracs                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Foster           L 2-3           5.1  7  4  4  0  9  90  61  6.15
Slinger                          2.2  2  0  0  0  4  39  30  4.56
Dennis                           1.0  2  1  1  0  2  18  11  4.75
                                 9.0 11  5  5  0 15 147 102 
 
2B-Ivey(14), Barraza(5). HR-Taylor(10), Wason(16), Cardona(16). 
RBI-Taylor 2(27), Wason 2(39), Cardona(39). CS-Whittier, Sisco, Mount. 
K-Taylor 2, Ivey, Brewmaker 2, Wason, Elliott 4, Cardona 2, Barkan, 
Barraza 2, Angel, Canez, Behrens 2. BB-Sisco, Mount 3, Williams. WP-Slinger. 
GWRBI: Taylor
Temperature: 65, Sky: clear, Wind: in from right at 8 MPH.

 

MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 8, CAROLINA COMETS 2

Rookie Alex Sanchez turned in an impressive outing and the Milwaukee Bear Claws broke open the game in the middle innings en route to an 8-2 pasting of the Carolina Comets.

Sanchez (3-4) poured on the heat, piling up nine strikeouts in his 8 innings of work.  “If Alex can get some more run support,” said Milwaukee manager Poss Horton, “I think we’re talking a Rookie of the Year contender.”

Comets lefty Tom Trane (2-8) was knocked out in the 5th after allowing five straight Milwaukee base runners on three singles and two walks.  A fumbled grounder by 2B Danny Kurland opened the door for the Bear Claws to tack on three unearned runs in the 6th, turning the game into a rout.

 

5/28/2017, MIL16-CAR16, Catawba Century Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Bear Claws        1  0  0  0  4  3  0  0  0     8 11  0     8  0
2016 Comets            0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  1     2  8  1    11  0
 
Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG    Comets               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Petitt            ss  5  3  2  0  .287    Jackson           lf  4  0  0  0  .244
Iddings           2b  3  2  1  1  .228    Barnes            ss  4  0  0  1  .207
Mateo             1b  4  1  1  1  .290    Shives            1b  4  1  2  0  .274
Raine             dh  5  0  2  3  .241    Jones             cf  5  0  1  1  .230
Stefani           rf  4  0  0  1  .233    Vise              rf  4  0  3  0  .238
McGuigan          c   5  0  2  0  .244    Mote              3b  4  0  0  0  .212
Castleberry       lf  5  0  0  0  .234    Carpenter         c   3  1  1  0  .221
Perry             3b  4  1  3  0  .238    Cosgrove          dh  3  0  0  0  .252
Maxwell           cf  3  1  0  0  .320    Kurland           2b  3  0  1  0  .262
                     38  8 11  6                               34  2  8  2
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sanchez          W 3-4           8.0  6  1  1  3  9 113  69  3.27
Kimbell                          0.2  2  1  1  2  0  16   6  5.40
Buenaventura                     0.1  0  0  0  0  1   5   5  3.04
                                 9.0  8  2  2  5 10 134  80 
 
Comets                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Trane            L 2-8           4.1  7  5  5  2  4  93  59  5.88
Richards                         3.1  3  3  0  1  1  46  31  3.32
Chamis                           1.1  1  0  0  0  2  16  12  4.18
                                 9.0 11  8  5  3  7 155 102 
 
E-Kurland. 2B-Raine(14), McGuigan(3), Perry 2(9), Shives(8), Vise(6). 
RBI-Iddings(24), Mateo(32), Raine 3(22), Stefani(33), Barnes(18), Jones(31). 
SB-Iddings(11), Mateo(5). K-Mateo, Stefani 4, Castleberry, Maxwell, Jackson, 
Barnes 3, Shives, Jones 2, Vise, Carpenter, Cosgrove. BB-Iddings, Mateo, 
Maxwell, Jackson, Shives, Carpenter, Cosgrove, Kurland. SF-Stefani, Barnes. 
HBP-Iddings. HB-Richards. WP-Trane. 
GWRBI: Raine
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 9, SALT LAKE SAMURAI 3

The unlikely career revival of Nico Library continues, as the lightly-regarded right-hander went 8 innings in the Smokies’ 9-3 laugher over the Salt Lake Samurai.

Library (2-0) didn’t exactly pitch well, allowing 10 hits and six walks.  But despite all the traffic on the bases, he somehow managed to allow only three runs, as the Samurai stranded an astounding 14 men on base.

“That bastard must have eaten all the Lucky Charms today,” said Smokies manager Snuff Wallace of Library.

Meanwhile, the Salt Lake pitching staff got burned repeatedly by free passes, as starter Lucas Henderson (1-5) and three relievers combined to issue 10 walks.  RF Jackson Campo, 3B Curt Figueroa, and SS Armand Moriarty all went yard for Knoxville.

 

5/28/2017, SLC16-KNX16, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Samurai           0  0  0  1  0  0  1  1  0     3 11  1    14  1
2016 Smokies           0  0  2  1  2  1  3  0  x     9 10  1    10  1
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Slover            cf  3  1  2  0  .403    Johnson           lf  3  1  1  2  .311
Motonari          ss  5  0  1  0  .271    Campo             2b  4  1  1  0  .290
Sparks            lf  2  0  1  1  .253    Campo             rf  3  3  3  2  .322
Thomas            dh  5  0  0  0  .199    Moriarty          ss  5  1  2  3  .287
Martinez          rf  4  1  2  1  .237    Battin            1b  4  0  0  1  .287
Parillo           1b  4  0  2  0  .246    Credle            c   4  0  0  0  .287
Godinez           c   5  0  1  0  .167    Blair             cf  5  1  2  0  .255
Wines             3b  5  0  1  0  .284    Valentim          dh  2  1  0  0  .263
Stark             2b  3  0  0  0  .274    Figeroa           3b  3  1  1  1  .198
 Norden           ph  1  1  1  0  .267                         33  9 10  9
 Montalvo         2b  0  0  0  0  .188
                     37  3 11  2
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Henderson        L 1-5           5.0  5  5  5  5  1  94  49  7.44
Bautista                         0.2  1  1  1  1  1  18  11  5.40
Okamura                          1.0  3  3  3  3  0  35  17 27.00
Cruzado                          1.1  1  0  0  1  0  21  12  3.76
                                 8.0 10  9  9 10  2 168  89 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Library          W 2-0           8.0 10  3  2  6  5 138  80  2.16
Tomblin                          0.2  1  0  0  0  0  14   9  9.60
Tile                             0.1  0  0  0  0  0   3   2  5.06
                                 9.0 11  3  2  6  5 155  91 
 
SLC: Norden batted for Stark in the 8th
     Montalvo inserted at 2b in the 8th
 
E-Slover, Campo. 2B-Motonari(7). HR-Martinez(12), Campo(16), Moriarty(8), 
Figeroa(7). RBI-Sparks(39), Martinez(31), Johnson 2(27), Campo 2(42), 
Moriarty 3(30), Battin(33), Figeroa(22). SB-Slover 2(23), Campo(12), 
Campo(16). K-Motonari, Thomas 3, Godinez, Credle, Blair. BB-Slover 2, 
Sparks 2, Martinez, Parillo, Johnson 2, Campo, Campo 2, Battin, Credle, 
Valentim 2, Figeroa. SF-Sparks. WP-Okamura. 
GWRBI: Campo
Neal Thomas was injured for this game only
Temperature: 66, Sky: clear, Wind: in from right at 16 MPH.

 

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