2016 Patriot Series, Game 3

KNOXVILLE SMOKIES 10, SILVER CITY OUTLAWS 7

In today’s pivotal Game 3 of the Patriot Series, both the Knoxville Smokies and the Silver City Outlaws got poor outings from their rookie starters, neither of whom made it past the 4th inning.  But while the Smokies bullpen bailed out Scott Green with a sturdy performance, the Outlaws pen couldn’t do the same for David Otto, and the result was a 10-7 Knoxville victory that gave them a 2-1 lead in the series.

“I know we aren’t the stars you’d recognize on the street,” said Smokies closer Charlie Pasternak of his team’s relief corps, “but we know how to get the job done when it matters.  We take our job very seriously.”

Before the bullpens got involved, it looked like the game was going to be a shootout.  Otto, the 19-year-old lefty who got the start for the Outlaws, came up as an injury replacement for Silver City in midseason and pitched so well that he stuck around.  Today, though, he pitched like the promising but raw teenager that he is.  The Smokies torched him for four runs in the 2nd inning, with the key blow a three-run homer off the bat of LF Track Johnson.  After he allowed a single and a walk in the 3rd inning, he was gone.

“I didn’t feel different warming up,” said Otto.  “But once the game started, it felt like it was moving at a hundred miles an hour.”

Unfortunately for Knoxville, Green couldn’t take advantage of the lead his team handed him.  Working with a four-run cushion in the 2nd, the right-hander promptly gave up half of it on an RBI double to the gap in right center by 1B Muzz Elliot and a run-scoring groundout by CF Javier Cardona.  The Smokies got a run back on a double by RF Jackson Campo in the top of the 4th, but Green collapsed in the bottom of the inning and failed to make it out.

RF Nathaniel Wason and C Toby Watson opened the inning with back-to-back jacks.  Green managed to retire Elliott on a sharp grounder to third, but then he gave up a single to LF Marlon Hintz and a triple to Cardona, and then he was headed for the showers.  A double later in the frame by DH Brant “Poison” Ivey scored Cardona and gave Silver City its first lead of the game.

Now, it was a battle of the bullpen.  Knoxville’s quartet of Jerry Tile, Sam Drawdy, Rick Wilkins, and Pasternak came through with flying colors; they worked 5 2/3 innings and allowed only one run, a solo shot that Cardona hit off of Drawdy in the 6th.

The Outlaws bullpen, on the other hand, couldn’t deliver what the team needed.  In particular, lefty long man Aurelio Menard imploded in the 5th and doomed Silver City.  Elliott opened the door by fumbling a grounder off the bat of Smokies CF Joe Blair.  But it was Menard who allowed back-to-back walks to load the bases.  And it was Menard who allowed three straight two-out RBI hits, a seeing-eye single by 1B Eddie Battin and back-to-back two-run doubles down the first base line by Campo and SS Armand Moriarty.

“I cost us this game,” said Menard.  “Again and again, I was just a pitch away from getting out of it, and I couldn’t hit my spots.”

Smokies manager Snuff Wallace, in a boast-filled press conference, pointed out that the supposedly intimidating atmosphere of The Corral didn’t shake his team at all.  “I told y’all, we don’t get scored of nothing,” said Wallace.  “We spit fire and piss gasoline.  And we sure aren’t gonna let a bunch of unemployed drunks in wife-beaters put us off our game.”

Knoxville will look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead tomorrow behind hard-throwing lefty Randy Cannon.  Silver City will look to even the series with veteran right-hander Cloyce “Hoss” Benson on the hill.

 

10/4/2017, KNX16-SCO16, The Corral
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2016 Smokies           0  4  0  1  5  0  0  0  0    10 13  0    11  0
2016 Outlaws           0  2  0  4  0  1  0  0  0     7 11  1     5  1
 
Smokies              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Outlaws              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Johnson           lf  5  2  2  3  .417    Ivey              dh  3  0  2  1  .455
Campo             2b  5  1  1  0  .308     Barraza          ph  2  0  0  0  .143
Battin            1b  5  1  3  1  .429    Brewmaker         3b  3  0  1  0  .200
Campo             rf  4  1  3  3  .500    Taylor            ss  5  0  0  0  .143
Moriarty          ss  4  0  1  2  .300    Wason             rf  4  2  2  1  .455
Credle            c   3  1  0  0  .125    Watson            c   3  2  1  1  .182
Blair             cf  5  2  2  0  .231    Elliott           1b  4  0  2  1  .167
Valentim          dh  4  1  1  1  .111    Hintz             lf  4  1  1  0  .167
Figeroa           3b  4  1  0  0  .100    Cardona           cf  4  2  2  3  .500
                     39 10 13 10          Barkan            2b  4  0  0  0  .000
                                                               36  7 11  7
 
Smokies                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Green                            3.1  7  6  6  1  2  59  40 16.20
Tile             W 1-0           1.2  1  0  0  1  2  16  11  3.18
Drawdy           H 1             1.1  2  1  1  0  1  18  12  6.75
Wilkins          H 1             1.2  1  0  0  0  4  23  16  0.00
Pasternak        S 1             1.0  0  0  0  1  1  19   9  0.00
                                 9.0 11  7  7  3 10 135  88 
 
Outlaws                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Otto                             2.2  7  4  4  3  1  61  37 13.50
Menard           L 0-1           2.0  5  6  1  4  2  56  28  3.00
Spradlin                         4.1  1  0  0  1  2  48  32  0.00
                                 9.0 13 10  5  8  5 165  97 
 
SCO: Barraza batted for Ivey in the 7th
 
E-Elliott. 2B-Johnson(1), Campo(1), Campo 2(2), Moriarty(1), Ivey(2), 
Elliott(1). 3B-Brewmaker(1), Cardona(1). HR-Johnson(1), Wason(3), Watson(1), 
Cardona(2). RBI-Johnson 3(5), Battin(5), Campo 3(7), Moriarty 2(2), 
Valentim(1), Ivey(1), Wason(3), Watson(1), Elliott(1), Cardona 3(6). CS-Ivey. 
K-Battin, Moriarty, Credle, Blair, Figeroa, Ivey, Taylor 2, Wason, Watson, 
Hintz 2, Cardona, Barkan 2. BB-Johnson, Campo, Battin, Moriarty, Credle 2, 
Valentim, Figeroa, Brewmaker 2, Watson. SH-Campo. 
GWRBI: Campo
Temperature: 75, Sky: cloudy, Wind: left to right at 7 MPH.

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