PBL Scores, 6/17/16

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JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 6, JACKSON HAMMERHEADS 5

The Jacksonville Dragons and Jackson Hammerheads have a lot in common.  Both have powerful, productive lineups (the Dragons built around homers and raw power, the Hammerheads focusing on high-average singles and doubles hitters).  But both have underperforming pitching staffs that threaten to derail their championship aspirations.

So it’s fitting that when the teams faced off, they’d have a high-scoring, back-and-forth contest.  Jacksonville built an early lead, then lost it, gained it back, lost it again, and finally walked off with a 6-5 win that delighted the fans at Tesla Field.

“Man, never a dull moment!” chuckled Dragons manager Steve Califano.  “We’ll always keep you on the edge of your seat, that’s for sure.”

Today’s game pitted a pair of struggling starters.  Jackson’s Willie Lebron was a highly touted rookie who got off to an impressive start, but has seen his season go off the rails in recent weeks.  The Dragons’ Juan Sarmiento is one of the league’s hardest throwers, but his control issues have prevented him from harnessing his talent.

Both hurlers got off to solid starts today.  Lebron scattered a flurry of hits, including a solo shot off the bat of Dragons LF Rob Hartley, allowing three runs over the first 6 innings.  Sarmiento was even better, keeping his wildness in check and allowing only a single run through 6.

Both of them reached the end of the line in the 7th.  Sarmiento led off the inning with a walk, then fell behind pinch-hitter Monty Walcott 2-0 before allowing a double.  He allowed a run to score on a wild pitch, then allowed a game-tying single to SS Octavio Westerberg.  In the bottom of the inning, Lebron allowed another tater to Hartley, allowing Jacksonville to reclaim the lead.

The score remained 4-3 going into the 9th inning.  Jacksonville reliever Razor Corridon, who has had an up-and-down year, set the Hammerheads down in order in the 8th.  In the 9th, Corridon sandwiched a single between a pair of flyouts, but then things went haywire.

He allowed back-to-back walks to 3B Kim Fleitas and 2B Homer Righter, loading the bases for the dangerous DH Damian Deason.  Dragons pitching coach Nick Altrock came out to check on Corridon, but departed quickly.  Corridon bounced a curve to Deason, then tried to sneak a fastball over the inner half.  Deason met it squarely and drove a single back up the middle, scoring two runs and putting Jackson ahead.

Corridon struck out LF Erin Arispe on three pitches, then returned to the dugout and slammed his cap and glove against the wall.  “I’ve got to tighten things up,” the reliever said later.  “I’m not getting it done.”

Fortunately for Jacksonville, the Hammerheads’ bullpen has been a sore spot all season.  So when Jackson manager Bob Henley called on his closer of the moment, Bobby Boniface, he knew that victory was far from assured.

Sure enough, Boniface issued back-to-back walks to 3B Jake Kapoor and Hartley on nine pitches.  He battled to a 2-2 count on 1B Miguel Soria, but his slider came in high and Soria banged it off the wall in left, bring Kapoor home with the tying run.

Henley ordered an intentional walk to RF Roderick Hopps, loading the bases with no outs and no room for error.  Boniface (2-2) battled back, striking out CF Alfonso Leon and going to an 0-2 count on pinch-hitter Raleigh Gajewski.  But then he fired another flat slider, and Gajewski hit a booming fly ball that carried all the way to the warning track in center.  Even the slow-footed Hartley had no trouble lumbering home with the winning run, getting Corridon (3-4) off the hook.

All in all, an exciting game.  But there’s one other troubling similarity between the two teams: Both are in danger of being left in the dust by the Knoxville Smokies, who keep reeling off wins.  “In the end, what really matters to both of us is beating the Smokies,” said Califano.  “That’s our real goal.”

 

6/17/2017, JCK16-JAX16, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Hammerheads       1  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  2     5  8  0     8  0
2016 Dragons           0  1  0  1  1  0  1  0  2     6 12  1    11  1
 
Hammerheads          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Fleitas           3b  3  1  0  0  .251    Taliaferro        2b  5  0  0  0  .344
Righter           2b  4  0  0  0  .355    Kapoor            3b  4  1  1  0  .318
Deason            dh  5  1  3  2  .377    Hartley           lf  4  3  2  2  .264
Arispe            lf  5  0  0  0  .268    Soria             1b  5  0  2  1  .319
Rodriguez         rf  3  0  1  1  .285    Hopps             rf  3  2  1  0  .291
Suarez            cf  4  0  0  0  .275    Leon              cf  5  0  2  1  .264
Thomasson         c   2  1  0  0  .158    Soltero           dh  4  0  2  1  .292
Cianciarulo       1b  2  0  1  0  .232     Gajewski         ph  0  0  0  1  .000
 Walcott          ph  1  1  1  0  .429    Teachout          c   3  0  1  0  .250
 Grant            1b  1  1  1  0  .207    Herdt             ss  4  0  1  0  .255
Westerberg        ss  4  0  1  1  .282     Burt             ss  0  0  0  0  .471
                     34  5  8  4                               37  6 12  6
 
Hammerheads                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lebron                           7.0 10  4  4  1  7 127  83  6.30
Sircy                            1.0  1  0  0  0  1  15   7  2.67
Boniface         BS 2, L 2-2     0.2  1  2  2  3  1  27  11  3.24
                                 8.2 12  6  6  4  9 169 101 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sarmiento                        6.0  6  3  2  3  4 112  64  5.64
Newman                           1.0  0  0  0  0  0   8   6  3.13
Corridon         BS 4, W 3-4     2.0  2  2  2  2  2  39  23  4.76
                                 9.0  8  5  4  5  6 159  93 
 
JCK: Walcott batted for Cianciarulo in the 7th
     Grant inserted at 1b in the 7th
JAX: Burt inserted at ss in the 9th
     Gajewski batted for Soltero in the 9th
 
E-Kapoor. 2B-Deason(31), Walcott(1), Kapoor(21), Soria 2(16). 3B-Soltero(1). 
HR-Hartley 2(19). RBI-Deason 2(58), Rodriguez(61), Westerberg(28), 
Hartley 2(59), Soria(52), Leon(15), Soltero(24), Gajewski(1). SB-Deason(28). 
K-Arispe, Suarez 3, Thomasson, Cianciarulo, Taliaferro, Kapoor, Hartley, 
Soria, Leon, Soltero, Teachout 2, Herdt. BB-Fleitas, Righter, Rodriguez, 
Thomasson 2, Kapoor, Hartley, Hopps 2. SH-Fleitas. SF-Gajewski. HBP-Teachout. 
HB-Sircy. WP-Lebron, Sarmiento. 
GWRBI: Gajewski
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

SALT LAKE SAMURAI 4, MILWAUKEE BEAR CLAWS 3

The Salt Lake Samurai saw the breaks go their way today, getting a strong outing from fading veteran Jonathan Fernandez and a late rally to nip the Milwaukee Bear Claws, 4-3.

Fernandez (3-6), rumored to be on the brink of being released after another poor start to the season, may have saved his job with his best outing of the season, going 8 innings and allowing only six hits while striking out 11.

“I feel like I got 10 years younger overnight,” said Fernandez.

Bear Claws lefty Benicio Torrenueva (6-1) had a strong outing but tired at the end, allowing a game-tying single to Samurai RF Romeo Martinez and a leadoff walk to C Gilbert Godinez in the 9th.  Godinez came around to score the winning run on CF Daniel Slover’s single.

Dean Gamble worked a perfect 9th for Salt Lake to pick up his fourth save.

 

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Samurai           0  0  0  2  0  0  0  1  1     4  8  1     7  1
2016 Bear Claws        0  0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0     3  6  1     5  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bear Claws           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Slover            cf  5  0  1  1  .389    Petitt            ss  4  2  2  2  .287
Motonari          ss  4  1  0  0  .267    Iddings           2b  4  0  1  1  .247
Sparks            lf  4  1  2  0  .272    Mateo             1b  4  0  1  0  .304
Thomas            dh  3  0  0  0  .183    Raine             dh  2  0  0  0  .250
Martinez          rf  3  1  1  1  .244    Stefani           rf  3  0  0  0  .242
Parillo           1b  4  0  2  1  .235     Busing           ph  1  0  0  0  .242
Godinez           c   3  1  1  1  .154     Trumbauer        rf  0  0  0  0  .267
Wines             3b  3  0  0  0  .244    McGuigan          c   4  0  0  0  .258
Stark             2b  3  0  0  0  .262    Castleberry       lf  4  0  1  0  .246
 Davidson         ph  1  0  1  0  .196    Perry             3b  4  0  0  0  .247
                     33  4  8  4          Maxwell           cf  3  1  1  0  .301
                                                               33  3  6  3
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fernandez        W 3-6           8.0  6  3  3  2 11 112  78  7.54
Gamble           S 4             1.0  0  0  0  0  1   6   5  3.47
                                 9.0  6  3  3  2 12 118  83 
 
Bear Claws                       INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Torrenueva       L 6-1           8.0  6  4  4  4  9 129  79  3.87
Buenaventura                     1.0  2  0  0  0  0   9   6  2.23
                                 9.0  8  4  4  4  9 138  85 
 
SLC: Davidson batted for Stark in the 9th
     Davidson moved to 2b in the 9th
MIL: Busing batted for Stefani in the 8th
     Trumbauer inserted at rf in the 9th
 
E-Fernandez, Iddings. 2B-Petitt(20). HR-Petitt(12). RBI-Slover(42), 
Martinez(44), Parillo(29), Godinez(25), Petitt 2(36), Iddings(40). 
CS-Davidson. K-Slover, Motonari 2, Thomas, Martinez, Parillo 2, Godinez 2, 
Petitt 2, Iddings, Mateo, Stefani 2, McGuigan, Castleberry 3, Perry, Maxwell. 
BB-Motonari, Thomas, Martinez, Godinez, Raine 2. SH-Wines. WP-Torrenueva. 
GWRBI: Slover
Temperature: 74, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 9 MPH.

 

ORLANDO CALRISSIANS 3, NEW ORLEANS SAZERACS 1

Charles McNally carried a shutout into the 7th inning, leading the Orlando Calrissians to a 3-1 win over the struggling New Orleans Sazeracs.

“I don’t know if you can sustain a career on bile and resentment, but Charles sure seems to be trying,” said Calrissians manager Logan Bothan.  “Truth be told, the guy kind of scares me.  I’m glad he’s on our side.”

McNally (6-8) managed to keep the Sazeracs off balance for 8 innings with an array of breaking stuff, avoiding hard contact and managing the traffic on the basepaths.  He kept New Orleans off the board until LF Ezra Sisco’s RBI single with two away in the 7th.  McNally held on for four more outs before giving way to closer Ruben Quesara, who worked a 1-2-3 9th for his 14th save.

Right-hander Darius Tice (5-6) went the distance in a losing effort for the Sazeracs.

 

6/17/2017, NOS16-ORL16, Bespin
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Sazeracs          0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0     1  7  1     8  1
2016 Calrissians       0  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  x     3  6  0     7  0
 
Sazeracs             AB  R  H BI   AVG    Calrissians          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Sisco             lf  4  0  2  1  .255    Buendia           2b  4  0  2  1  .291
Angel             ss  4  0  2  0  .257    Bryant            1b  2  0  0  0  .277
Bishop            cf  3  0  0  0  .272    Lesher            c   3  0  0  0  .173
Mount             2b  4  0  0  0  .265    Lebow             lf  3  0  0  0  .302
Behrens           dh  4  0  1  0  .263    Larson            dh  4  0  0  0  .261
Jaramillo         rf  4  0  1  0  .240    Hernandez         ss  4  2  1  0  .253
Carlo             c   2  0  0  0  .254    Law               rf  4  1  1  0  .265
 Williams         ph  0  1  0  0  .276    Aceuedo           3b  3  0  1  0  .208
 Gould            c   1  0  0  0  .222    Barber            cf  3  0  1  2  .209
Dyer              3b  2  0  0  0  .071                         30  3  6  3
 Canez            ph  2  0  0  0  .236
Lennon            1b  4  0  1  0  .242
                     34  1  7  1
 
Sazeracs                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tice             L 5-6           8.0  6  3  2  4  5 123  77  4.03
                                 8.0  6  3  2  4  5 123  77 
 
Calrissians                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNally          W 6-8           8.0  7  1  1  2  6 114  69  5.79
Quesara          S 14            1.0  0  0  0  0  1  12   9  3.31
                                 9.0  7  1  1  2  7 126  78 
 
NOS: Williams batted for Carlo in the 7th
     Canez batted for Dyer in the 7th
     Gould inserted at c in the 7th
     Canez moved to 3b in the 7th
 
E-Lennon. 2B-Jaramillo(14). RBI-Sisco(24), Buendia(27), Barber 2(22). 
SB-Angel(9), Williams(8), Buendia(17). K-Bishop, Mount 2, Jaramillo, Carlo, 
Dyer, Lennon, Bryant, Larson 2, Law, Aceuedo. BB-Bishop, Williams, Bryant 2, 
Lesher, Lebow. WP-Tice. 
GWRBI: Barber
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

CALIFORNIA SHARKS 5, KALAMAZOO KAZOOS 3

The California Sharks came through when it counted, putting up three runs in the 9th inning to stun the Kalamazoo Kazoos, 5-3.

“This is the kind of game that gives you some juice,” said DH Eddie Nix, who drove in the winning runs with a bases-loaded single.  “You take a punch, turn around and give it back.  Feels damn good!”

The Sharks staged their rally against Kalamazoo closer Elias Rosado (5-3), who recorded only one out while loading the bases on two singles and a hit batter before allowing the game-tying single to CF Justin Canales.  Rosado then gave way to ex-starter Jeremy Schedel, who allowed Nix’s game-winning single.

The rally made a winner of California ace Pierre LaRue (8-4), who pitched 7 brilliant innings before tiring in the 8th.  Closer Eugene Grace worked a drama-free 9th for his 17th save.

 

6/17/2017, CAL16-KAL16, Kazaoobie Kazoo Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Sharks            0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  3     5  9  0    10  0
2016 Kazoos            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3  0     3  5  0     2  1
 
Sharks               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Kazoos               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Corona            rf  3  1  1  0  .285    Cross             2b  4  1  1  2  .259
Smyth             ss  5  1  1  0  .344    Parker            lf  4  0  0  0  .262
Canales           cf  5  0  2  1  .248    McAllister        rf  4  0  1  0  .295
Nix               dh  3  1  2  2  .385    Taylor            dh  4  0  1  0  .241
Lockley           c   5  1  1  0  .295    McCormack         c   4  0  0  0  .267
Gerke             1b  4  0  0  0  .247    Nabors            3b  3  0  0  0  .248
Oller             3b  3  0  0  1  .278    Shorts            ss  2  0  0  0  .268
Strachan          2b  3  0  1  1  .298     Gomez            ph  1  0  0  0  .169
 Brown            ph  1  0  1  0  .233     Puffer           ss  0  0  0  0  .238
Novick            lf  3  0  0  0  .188    Mack              1b  3  1  1  0  .252
 Jensen           ph  0  1  0  0  .197    Mash              cf  3  1  1  1  .265
 Gonzalez         2b  0  0  0  0  .000                         32  3  5  3
                     35  5  9  5
 
Sharks                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
La Rue           W 8-4           8.0  5  3  3  0 12 105  71  4.15
Grace            S 17            1.0  0  0  0  0  1   8   7  5.71
                                 9.0  5  3  3  0 13 113  78 
 
Kazoos                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rosales                          7.0  5  2  2  5 10 140  80  4.73
Hawkins                          1.0  0  0  0  0  3  14  11  4.33
Rosado           BS 6, L 5-3     0.1  3  3  3  0  0  16  11  6.66
Schedel                          0.2  1  0  0  0  1   9   5  6.17
                                 9.0  9  5  5  5 14 179 107 
 
CAL: Brown batted for Strachan in the 9th
     Jensen batted for Novick in the 9th
     Gonzalez inserted at 2b in the 9th
     Brown moved to lf in the 9th
KAL: Gomez batted for Shorts in the 8th
     Puffer inserted at ss in the 9th
 
2B-Nix(29). 3B-Mash(7). HR-Cross(4). RBI-Canales(53), Nix 2(51), Oller(57), 
Strachan(25), Cross 2(18), Mash(36). K-Smyth 3, Canales 2, Lockley 3, 
Gerke 2, Oller 3, Novick, Cross, Parker 3, McAllister 2, Taylor, McCormack 3, 
Nabors 2, Gomez. BB-Corona 2, Nix 2, Gerke. SF-Oller. HBP-Jensen. HB-Rosado. 
GWRBI: Nix
Temperature: 56, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: out to right at 12 MPH.

 

SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 6, LAS VEGAS NARWHALS 1

3B Rusty Brewmaker played the hero for the Silver City Outlaws today, with a couple of key hits late that turned a pitcher’s duel into a 6-1 rout over the Las Vegas Narwhals.

“Rusty’s not a big talker, but he always comes through when it counts,” said Outlaws manager John Jarha.

Silver City held a slim 2-1 lead in the 7th when Brewmaker came up against Vegas start Chuck Weaver (0-7) with two down and runners on the corners.  The third sacker got ahead 2-0, then pounced on a Weaver fastball and belted it to the gap in left center for a double, scoring both runners.

Then in the 9th, he faced another two-on, two-out situation against reliever Chris Karnik.  Again, he got ahead 2-0, then jumped on a fastball, this timed lacing it over the head of Narwhals CF Monte Carquinez for another two-RBI double.

Brewmaker’s late heroics boosted Silver City starter Cloyce “Hoss” Benson (6-5), who twirled 7 inning of one-run ball.  Lefty Aurelio Menard blanked the Narwhals over the final two frames to earn his second save of the season.

 

6/17/2017, SCO16-LVN16, MGM Jackpot
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  2  2  0  2     6  8  0     6  0
2016 Narwhals          0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0     1  6  1     6  0
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Narwhals             AB  R  H BI   AVG
Ivey              dh  5  0  0  0  .291    Carquinez         cf  3  0  0  0  .263
Brewmaker         3b  5  1  3  4  .263    Mealey            lf  3  1  0  0  .263
Taylor            ss  1  0  0  0  .270    Popejoy           ss  4  0  1  0  .252
 Ginder           ss  3  0  1  0  .263    Zocken            dh  4  0  2  0  .251
Wason             rf  2  0  0  1  .309    Suzuki            3b  4  0  1  1  .243
 Whittier         rf  0  0  0  0  .182    Winne             rf  4  0  1  0  .268
Elliott           1b  3  0  1  0  .218    Defoor            1b  4  0  0  0  .276
Barkan            2b  4  0  0  0  .253    Regner            c   3  0  1  0  .272
Hintz             lf  4  1  0  0  .232    Green             2b  3  0  0  0  .172
Cardona           cf  4  2  2  0  .225                         32  1  6  1
Watson            c   3  2  1  1  .242
                     34  6  8  6
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Benson           W 6-5           7.0  6  1  1  1  4  80  54  4.63
Menard           S 2             2.0  0  0  0  1  0  25  16  4.24
                                 9.0  6  1  1  2  4 105  70 
 
Narwhals                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Weaver           L 0-7           8.0  6  4  2  3  5 108  63  6.80
Karnik                           1.0  2  2  2  1  0  23  13  6.55
                                 9.0  8  6  4  4  5 131  76 
 
SCO: Ginder inserted at ss in the 4th
     Whittier inserted at rf in the 8th
 
E-Suzuki. 2B-Brewmaker 2(13), Zocken(12). HR-Watson(10). RBI-Brewmaker 4(53), 
Wason(57), Watson(19), Suzuki(25). SB-Ginder(1). CS-Regner. K-Brewmaker, 
Taylor, Hintz 2, Watson, Zocken, Winne, Green 2. BB-Taylor, Wason, Elliott, 
Watson, Carquinez, Mealey. SF-Wason. BALK-Weaver. 
GWRBI: Watson
Danny Taylor was injured for this game only
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 5, CAROLINA COMETS 0

Jack Jacques threw a shutout and the Smokies won their seventh in a row.  Oh boy.  I think I’ll wet my pants.

 

6/17/2017, KNX16-CAR16, Catawba Century Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Smokies           0  4  0  0  1  0  0  0  0     5  7  0     7  2
2016 Comets            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  2  0     5  0
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Comets               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Johnson           lf  4  0  0  0  .326    Jackson           lf  4  0  0  0  .254
Campo             2b  5  0  2  2  .292    Gaytan            2b  3  0  0  0  .291
Campo             rf  4  1  1  1  .302    Shives            1b  4  0  1  0  .270
Moriarty          ss  4  0  0  0  .286    Goodwin           cf  4  0  0  0  .154
Credle            c   3  0  0  0  .273    Vise              rf  3  0  1  0  .254
Battin            1b  4  1  2  0  .296    Barnes            ss  3  0  0  0  .234
Blair             cf  3  1  1  1  .277    Mote              3b  2  0  0  0  .212
Valentim          dh  4  1  1  1  .266    Carpenter         c   2  0  0  0  .221
Figeroa           3b  2  1  0  0  .226    Cosgrove          dh  2  0  0  0  .247
                     33  5  7  5                               27  0  2  0
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jacques          W 9-2           9.0  2  0  0  4  8 124  74  3.31
                                 9.0  2  0  0  4  8 124  74 
 
Comets                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Winslow          L 1-5           5.0  6  5  5  3  4  91  54  5.11
Lavine                           0.1  1  0  0  2  0  17   5  2.61
French                           3.2  0  0  0  1  4  41  29  5.40
                                 9.0  7  5  5  6  8 149  88 
 
2B-Campo(14), Battin 2(15). 3B-Campo(4), Blair(3). HR-Campo(20). 
RBI-Campo 2(35), Campo(54), Blair(40), Valentim(36). CS-Campo. K-Johnson, 
Campo, Campo, Moriarty 2, Credle, Battin, Valentim, Jackson 2, Gaytan, 
Shives 2, Goodwin, Vise, Carpenter. BB-Johnson, Campo, Credle, Blair, 
Figeroa 2, Gaytan, Vise, Mote, Cosgrove. HBP-Carpenter. HB-Jacques. 
BALK-Winslow. 
GWRBI: Blair
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

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