2016 Patriot Series, Game 1

KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 10, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 0

After a pair of exciting and competitive division series, Patriot League fans are no doubt hoping for a similarly thrilling matchup in the Patriot Series between the Knoxville Smokies and Silver City Outlaws.  Unfortunately, the Smokies threw cold water on those hopes in today’s Game 1, as Jack Jacques bamboozled the Outlaws hitters and Knoxville bashed its way to a 10-0 rout.

“Now that’s what I call a win!” exulted Smokies manager Snuff Wallace.  “Them Jacksonville boys gave us a bit of a rough ride, but now we’re playing real Smokies murderball!  Y’all best break out your brooms, ‘cause I smell a sweep coming on.”

Knoxville didn’t take long to jump out against Outlaws starter Pedro Rodriguez, erupting for four runs in the 2nd inning.  The Smokies loaded the bases on a single, a walk, and a bunt attempt that Rodriguez fumbled.  3B Curt Figueroa, who struggled badly this season, came through in the clutch with a two-run RBI to the corner in right.  LF Track Johnson followed with a groundout to second that plated another run.  A shaken Rodriguez then tossed a wild pitch that allowed the fourth run to scamper home.

“Pedro got a little shook up there, which ain’t like him,” said Silver City skipper John Jarha.  “But this is a bigger stage than he’s been on yet, and he’s only 20.  He pitches like an old hand, but he’s still a tenderfoot.”

Rodriguez and the Outlaws settled down after that and staved off any further damage.  But then came the 7th inning, when the Smokies put up a half-dozen more runs and blew the game wide open.  Johnson’s RBI single made it 5-0 and knocked the Silver City starter out of the game.  Later in the inning, 1B Eddie Battin belted a grand slam, and RF Jackson Campo followed with another blast to make it back-to-back jacks against reliever Tim Simmons.

Meanwhile, Jacques snuffed out any hope that the Outlaws might have had to get back in the game.  The Knoxville right-hander needed only 117 pitches to deliver a complete-game three-hit shutout.  His fastball was as lively as ever, as Jacques managed to fan eight Outlaws.

RF Nathaniel Wason’s stolen base in the 2nd was the only Silver City runner to get past first base until the 8th.  In that inning, the Outlaws loaded the bases and threatened to break the shutout.  But Jacques calmly got 3B Rusty Brewmaker to hit into a double play to escape the inning with the shutout intact.

“That’s the beautiful thing about Jacques,” said Wallace.  “Other pitchers might get scared in the big games, but Jacques is a cold-blooded bastard.  Nothing shakes this guy.”

Jarha admitted that “there ain’t really anything good to say about this one for us,” but he remains optimistic about the rest of the series.  “This is only one game, so nothing to get rattled about,” the manager said.  “We dropped the first two games against California, and we got back and won that one.  So I’m not gonna panic about this one.  Snuff can run his mouth all he wants, but this thing is up for grabs.”

 

10/1/2017, SCO16-KNX16, Rocky Top Park
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Outlaws           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  3  2     5  1
2016 Smokies           0  4  0  0  0  0  6  0  x    10 11  0     5  1
 
Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Ivey              dh  4  0  1  0  .250    Johnson           lf  4  1  1  2  .250
Brewmaker         3b  4  0  0  0  .000     Vernon           ph  1  0  0  0  .000
Taylor            ss  4  0  0  0  .000    Campo             2b  4  1  2  0  .500
Wason             rf  3  0  1  0  .333     Gaytan           ph  0  0  0  0  .000
Watson            c   4  0  0  0  .000    Battin            1b  5  1  2  4  .400
Elliott           1b  3  0  0  0  .000    Campo             rf  4  1  1  1  .250
Hintz             lf  2  0  0  0  .000    Moriarty          ss  3  1  2  0  .667
Cardona           cf  2  0  0  0  .000    Credle            c   2  1  1  0  .500
 Barraza          ph  1  0  1  0 1.000    Blair             cf  4  1  1  0  .250
 Whittier         cf  0  0  0  0  .000    Valentim          dh  3  1  0  0  .000
Barkan            2b  2  0  0  0  .000    Figeroa           3b  2  2  1  2  .500
                     29  0  3  0           Aceuedo          ph  1  0  0  0  .000
                                                               33 10 11  9
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rodriguez        L 0-1           6.1  8  7  4  2 10  98  69  5.68
Simmons                          1.2  3  3  3  3  4  50  28 16.20
                                 8.0 11 10  7  5 14 148  97 
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Jacques          W 1-0           9.0  3  0  0  3  8 117  71  0.00
                                 9.0  3  0  0  3  8 117  71 
 
SCO: Barraza batted for Cardona in the 8th
     Whittier inserted at cf in the 8th
KNX: Aceuedo batted for Figeroa in the 8th
     Vernon batted for Johnson in the 8th
     Gaytan batted for Campo in the 8th
     Vernon moved to lf in the 9th
     Gaytan moved to 2b in the 9th
     Aceuedo moved to 3b in the 9th
 
E-Hintz, Rodriguez. 2B-Figeroa(1). HR-Battin(1), Campo(1). RBI-Johnson 2(2), 
Battin 4(4), Campo(1), Figeroa 2(2). SB-Wason(1). K-Brewmaker, Taylor, 
Watson 2, Elliott 2, Hintz, Cardona, Johnson, Battin 2, Campo 3, Moriarty, 
Credle, Blair 3, Valentim 2, Vernon. BB-Wason, Hintz, Barkan, Moriarty, 
Credle, Valentim, Figeroa, Gaytan. SH-Credle. WP-Rodriguez 2. 
GWRBI: Figeroa
Temperature: 74, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 13 MPH.

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