PBL Scores, 7/12/16

A light menu of games today, but plenty of action to enjoy.  You won’t want to miss this!

SALT LAKE SAMURAI 7, NEW ORLEANS SAZERACS 6

It was a strange day for the Salt Lake Samurai.  They got a rare burst of early offense and built us a sizable lead.  Then they watched the New Orleans Sazeracs slowly whittle away at the lead until it was gone.  Then they re-took the lead, only to nearly fumble it away before hanging on for a 7-6 triumph.

“This game had more twists and turns than a soap opera,” said Samurai manager Johnny Dugan.  “But we got the win in the end, so it’s a happy ending.”

The Samurai often have trouble getting off to good starts, so the first couple of innings today were very encouraging.  RF Romeo Martinez got Salt Lake on the board with a two-run double in the 1st inning; 1B Dwayne Parillo followed by singling Martinez home to make it 3-0.  3B Clint Wines and 2B Gabriel Montalvo followed with back-to-back doubles to open the 2nd, scoring another run.  By the time LF Chip Sparks beat out a two-out single to keep the inning alive, it was 5-0 and New Orleans starter Nate McGowan was nearly out of the game.

“It looked like it was just going to be a blowout,” said Sparks.

But it wasn’t to be.  The Sazeracs got back in the game in the bottom of the 2nd when C Prince Carlo drilled a two-run tater just fair inside the left-field foul pole.  Then in the 3rd, speedy LF Ezra Sisco generated a run practically on his own.  He beat out an infield single, then stole second, then raced home on a shallow single by 1B Berry Canez.

Suddenly, it was Samurai starter Grant Fore who was on the ropes.  The young lefty has seen too many starts this season go awry in this way; he gives up a couple soft hits and then the situation snowballs.

“Mental toughness has been a challenge for Grant,” said Dugan.  “We’ve been working with him to become more resilent.”

Fortunately for the Samurai, Fore was up to the challenge today.  He turned a double play to escape a bases-loaded scrape in the 3rd, and then breezed through the next 3 innings with relative ease.  After 6 innings, with Fore’s pitch count at 92, Dugan decided to pull him on a high note.

“I wanted to make sure Grant left the game with a good taste in his mouth,” said the Salt Lake skipper.  “He probably could have gone a little longer, but it seemed like a good time to take him out.”

Righty Dean Gamble (2-3) followed Fore and unfortunately, he provided no relief.  Gamble allowed a leadoff double to LF Ben Williams, and then a two-run homer to pinch hitter Chris Lennon.  Suddenly, the game was tied.

The Samurai struck back in the top of the 8th against Sazeracs reliever Jon Esquibel (2-2).  Parillo’s sac fly drove in the go-ahead run; then, after Esquibel issued a pair of two-out walks to load the bases, CF Daniel Slover beat out a grounder to first to bring home another run.

Game over?  Not so fast.  The Sazeracs had one last rally in them in the bottom of the 9th.  Facing righty Miguel Bautista, Williams opened the inning with a double.  One out late, Sisco singled him home to make it a one-run game.

Dugan went to his closer, Nick Crusoe.  Crusoe forgot to check Sisco, allowing him to steal second easily.  He then got SS Al Angel to pop out, but allowed a walk to Canez to put the winning run on.

In desperation, Dugan called on starter Tony Martin, who allowed an infield single to 2B Will Mount that loaded the bases.  With Abita Field rocking, Martin faced Nate Bishop.  He got the speedy Sazerac to hit a two-hopper to short.  SS Mori Motonari snagged the ball and fired it to first.  At long last, the game was truly over.

“It was just a tightrope walk out there,” said Martin.  “I think my legs are still shaking.”

 

7/12/2017, SLC16-NOS16, Abita Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Samurai           3  2  0  0  0  0  0  2  0     7 11  1    10  1
2016 Sazeracs          0  2  1  0  0  0  2  0  1     6 12  1     8  0
 
Samurai              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Sazeracs             AB  R  H BI   AVG
Slover            cf  4  0  1  1  .370    Sisco             cf  5  1  2  1  .266
Motonari          ss  4  1  1  0  .263    Angel             ss  5  0  0  0  .250
Sparks            lf  5  1  2  1  .308    Canez             1b  3  0  2  1  .213
Thomas            dh  3  1  0  0  .202    Mount             2b  4  0  1  0  .262
Martinez          rf  5  2  3  2  .245    Behrens           dh  2  0  0  0  .273
Parillo           1b  4  0  2  2  .227     Bishop           pr  3  0  0  0  .294
Godinez           c   5  0  0  0  .158    Jaramillo         rf  4  1  2  0  .231
Wines             3b  3  1  1  0  .261    Carlo             c   4  1  1  2  .245
 Davidson         3b  1  0  0  0  .200    Williams          lf  4  2  3  0  .278
Montalvo          2b  3  1  1  1  .227    Dyer              3b  2  0  0  0  .182
 Norden           ph  0  0  0  0  .364     Lennon           ph  1  1  1  2  .250
                     37  7 11  7           Perez            3b  1  0  0  0  .200
                                                               38  6 12  6
 
Samurai                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Fore                             6.0  6  3  3  2  5  92  61  5.40
Gamble           BS 3, W 2-3     1.0  2  2  2  0  0  19  12  5.06
Cruzado          H 5             1.0  1  0  0  0  0  14   8  4.89
Bautista         H 1             0.1  2  1  1  0  0   9   7  6.21
Crusoe           H 4             0.1  0  0  0  1  0   9   4  3.75
Nelson           S 1             0.1  1  0  0  0  0   5   4  4.00
                                 9.0 12  6  6  3  5 148  96 
 
Sazeracs                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McGowan                          2.0  8  5  5  0  1  42  28  4.87
Venegas                          1.2  0  0  0  1  1  21  12  5.35
Dennis                           1.1  0  0  0  1  2  27  17  3.38
Foster                           2.0  0  0  0  0  4  29  18  4.80
Esquibel         L 2-2           0.2  2  2  2  3  0  32  14  4.15
O'Brien                          1.0  1  0  0  0  1  12   8  4.62
Slinger                          0.1  0  0  0  0  0   8   7  7.31
                                 9.0 11  7  7  5  9 171 104 
 
SLC: Norden batted for Montalvo in the 8th
     Davidson inserted at 3b in the 8th
     Norden moved to 2b in the 8th
NOS: Bishop ran for Behrens in the 3rd
     Lennon batted for Dyer in the 7th
     Perez inserted at 3b in the 8th
 
E-Montalvo, Slinger. 2B-Martinez(23), Wines(15), Montalvo(4), Williams 2(14). 
HR-Carlo(3), Lennon(4). RBI-Slover(50), Sparks(72), Martinez 2(55), 
Parillo 2(39), Montalvo(4), Sisco(29), Canez(20), Carlo 2(20), Lennon 2(15). 
SB-Sisco 2(28). CS-Martinez, Mount. K-Slover 2, Thomas, Martinez 2, Godinez, 
Wines, Montalvo 2, Angel 2, Mount, Jaramillo, Williams. BB-Slover, Motonari, 
Thomas, Wines, Norden, Canez 2, Mount. SF-Parillo. HBP-Thomas. HB-O'Brien. 
GWRBI: Parillo
Armando Behrens was injured for this game and 9 more days
Temperature: 83, Sky: clear, Wind: none.

 

LAS VEGAS NARWHALS 5, JACKSONVILLE DRAGONS 4

The Jacksonville Dragons doomed themselves today.  Some sloppy fielding and one bad inning put the Dragons in a hole they couldn’t climb out of, as their comeback bid fell just short in a 5-4 loss to the Las Vegas Narwhals.

“This is the kind of game that sticks in your gut,” said Dragons manager Steve Califano.  “We really shot ourselves in the foot.”

It was a wobbly game for both Jacksonville’s fielders, who committed three errors in the first 4 innings, and for Dragons starter Juan Sarmiento (3-5), who threw nearly as many balls as strikes.  Sarmiento worked out of several jams in the early innings, but he fell apart in the 4th.  SS Alan Herdt threw away a grounder that kept the inning alive, and then Sarmiento issued back-to-back walks to force in a run before hanging a curve to Vegas DH Andrew Zocken, who crushed the ball down the left-field line for a grand slam.

Jacksonville tried to rally against Narwhals starter Jesse Zepp (4-8), but failed to generate much momentum.  DH Sandy Soltero homered off of closer Chris Allen in the 9th to get within a run, but Allen snuffed out the threat to pick up his 16th save.

 

7/12/2017, LVN16-JAX16, Tesla Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Narwhals          0  0  0  5  0  0  0  0  0     5  6  1     8  0
2016 Dragons           0  0  0  1  0  0  2  0  1     4  9  3     6  2
 
Narwhals             AB  R  H BI   AVG    Dragons              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Winne             rf  4  1  2  0  .280    Taliaferro        2b  5  0  0  0  .326
Defoor            1b  3  1  0  1  .276    Kapoor            3b  4  0  2  0  .328
Zocken            dh  4  1  1  4  .243    Hartley           lf  3  0  0  0  .284
Whitworth         3b  5  0  1  0  .287    Soria             1b  4  0  1  0  .318
Mealey            lf  4  0  0  0  .280    Hopps             rf  4  1  1  0  .287
Carquinez         cf  3  0  1  0  .260    Leon              cf  4  1  1  0  .252
Popejoy           2b  2  1  0  0  .248    Soltero           dh  4  2  3  2  .295
Birmingham        ss  4  1  1  0  .188    Teachout          c   3  0  1  1  .243
Regner            c   4  0  0  0  .253     Burt             pr  0  0  0  0  .444
                     33  5  6  5          Herdt             ss  4  0  0  0  .253
                                                               35  4  9  3
 
Narwhals                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Zepp             W 4-8           8.0  7  3  2  1  2 108  70  6.25
Allen            S 16            1.0  2  1  1  0  0  12  10  4.46
                                 9.0  9  4  3  1  2 120  80 
 
Dragons                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Sarmiento        L 3-5           4.0  5  5  0  5  4  94  51  5.08
Jackson                          2.0  1  0  0  1  1  33  20  3.00
Cannon                           3.0  0  0  0  1  2  37  24  6.75
                                 9.0  6  5  0  7  7 164  95 
 
JAX: Burt ran for Teachout in the 9th
 
E-Popejoy, Soria, Leon, Herdt. 2B-Kapoor(27). 3B-Soltero(2). HR-Zocken(19), 
Soltero(13). RBI-Defoor(48), Zocken 4(53), Soltero 2(34), Teachout(41). 
SB-Leon(13). CS-Carquinez. K-Winne, Defoor, Zocken, Whitworth, Mealey, 
Popejoy, Regner, Taliaferro, Hopps. BB-Winne, Defoor 2, Zocken, Carquinez, 
Popejoy 2, Hartley. SF-Teachout. 
GWRBI: Defoor
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

 

KALAMAZOO KAZOOS 9, CAROLINA COMETS 4

In a battle between expansion clubs, the Kalamazoo Kazoos got a strong outing from rookie Angelo Rosales and drubbed the Carolina Comets, 9-4.

There was no one big inning that lifted the Kazoos to victory, but a steady stream of hits against Comets starter Whitney Winslow (1-8), who allowed 11 over his 6 2/3 innings of work.  CF Damian Mash’s two-run blast in the 7th officially drove Winslow to the showers.

Meanwhile, Rosales (5-8) held Carolina to five hits over his 7 1/3 innings while striking out nine in a winning effort.  1B Pete Shives had a strong day for the Comets, going deep twice and driving in three.

“I’m glad I could generate some offense,” said Shives, “but it was just sort of a drop in the bucket.”

In addition to losing the game, Carolina lost left-handed reliever Matt Chamis, who exited the game in the 7th with a lat strain.  He is expected to miss at least the next couple of weeks.

 

7/12/2017, KAL16-CAR16, Catawba Century Field
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Kazoos            0  2  0  0  1  1  2  2  1     9 15  0     6  1
2016 Comets            0  0  0  1  1  0  0  2  0     4  7  0     4  1
 
Kazoos               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Comets               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Cross             2b  4  0  0  0  .245    Jackson           lf  4  0  1  1  .266
McAllister        rf  5  1  2  0  .286    Gaytan            2b  3  1  1  0  .285
Mash              cf  5  1  2  3  .266    Shives            1b  4  2  2  3  .259
Shorts            ss  5  2  2  0  .275    Jones             cf  4  0  0  0  .226
Taylor            lf  4  3  2  1  .258    Vise              rf  3  0  0  0  .223
Nabors            3b  5  0  3  2  .269     Cipolla          ph  1  0  0  0  .203
Gomez             dh  4  1  1  1  .152    Barnes            ss  3  0  0  0  .217
Mack              1b  4  0  2  0  .240    Mote              3b  4  1  2  0  .210
McCormack         c   4  1  1  1  .229    Carpenter         c   4  0  1  0  .230
                     40  9 15  8          Cosgrove          dh  2  0  0  0  .228
                                                               32  4  7  4
 
Kazoos                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rosales          W 5-8           7.1  5  3  3  3  9 137  81  5.04
Schedel                          1.2  2  1  1  0  0  17  10  5.97
                                 9.0  7  4  4  3  9 154  91 
 
Comets                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Winslow          L 1-8           6.2 11  6  6  1  9 107  69  5.44
French                           0.1  0  0  0  0  0   2   1  5.54
Chamis                           0.0  1  1  1  0  0   5   3  4.75
Pellegrin                        0.1  1  1  1  0  1   7   4  6.87
Lavine                           0.0  1  0  0  0  0   3   3  3.12
Richards                         0.1  0  0  0  0  0   4   3  4.40
Skargard                         1.1  1  1  1  0  3  17  12  4.63
                                 9.0 15  9  9  1 13 145  95 
 
CAR: Cipolla batted for Vise in the 8th
     Cipolla moved to rf in the 9th
 
2B-Shorts 2(24), Nabors 2(15), Mack(11), Mote(10). HR-Mash(21), Taylor(22), 
Shives 2(20). RBI-Mash 3(57), Taylor(34), Nabors 2(37), Gomez(6), 
McCormack(31), Jackson(34), Shives 3(50). SB-Taylor(7). CS-Mash. K-Cross 3, 
McAllister, Mash 2, Taylor 2, Nabors 2, Gomez, McCormack 2, Jackson 2, 
Shives 2, Jones, Vise 2, Carpenter 2. BB-Taylor, Gaytan, Barnes, Cosgrove. 
HBP-Cross. HB-Richards. BALK-Winslow 2. 
GWRBI: Nabors
Matt Chamis was injured for this game and 16 more days
Temperature: 84, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 5 MPH.
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