Box Score Recap – 8/26/2015

GCL Phillies (34-23) were officially eliminated from the playoffs before the first pitch of their game against the Pirates when the Blue Jays won the first game of a double header versus the Yankees1 this morning.

Bailey Falter (3.45) pitched five solid innings in his start against the Pirates.  He allowed lead off singles in each of the first three innings and pitched out of the difficulty all three times. Those were the only three base runners Falter allowed.   Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/26/2015

Box Score Recap – 8/25/2015

Clearwater (73-56) lost to the Daytona Tortugas 2-0.  John Richy pitched well in his Clearwater debut.  In seven innings, he allowed only  six base runners on four hits, a walk, and a hit batter.  He struck out three.  The only trouble he seemed to have was on the two errors he committed on pickoff throws to first.  Let’s hope that is something that will get better as he gains familiarity with Rhys Hoskins at first.  He showed a high 80s fastball and looked good overall.  Yacksel Rios didn’t.  He allowd the first batters to reach in both of his innings and couldn’t prevent them from scoring.  A game that moved along at a decent pace bogged down with Rios on the mound.  He gave up two hits and a walk.  The only stolen base came with him on the mound. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/25/2015

Box Score Recap – 8/24/2015

Clearwater (73-55) beat the Daytona Tortugas 2-0 behind a strong effort from Mark Leiter (6-1, 2.04). Leiter threw four-hit ball for six innings.  He pitched with base runners in five of six innings, and twice faced situations where the Tortugas put their first two men on base. But Leiter induced two double plays or came up with a key strike out to avoid damage from any threats.  He generated a lot of weak contact.  Daytona popped up to infielders four times and into the shallow outfield on two other occasions.  Cody Forsythe came in and struck out two in his one inning.  Alberto Tirado loaded the bases on two walks and  HBP in his one inning.  Ulises Joaquin picked up his 16th save.  In all, the three relievers pitched three no-hit , shutout innings. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/24/2015

Open Discussion: Week of August 24th

Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.

  • “How ’bout dem Phils!”  After Sunday’s win they are 21-12 since the All Star break.  Their “Kiddie Korps” Morgan, Eickhoff, Araujo, and Nola have collected their last four wins.
  • The Phillies have seen Colorado drop into the lead for the #1 pick in the draft.  What once was a 2 or 3 team race has become a 7 team race.  And, lets face it, with so many games against the NL East remaining, the Phillies face the weakest strength of schedule of the contenders for the top pick.  It is conceivable that they drop out of the top three.
  • Since being activated by the Nationals on July 29th, Jonathan Papelbon has made 7 appearances games.  He is 3 for 3 in save situations.  In the same span, Ken Giles has 11 appearances and is 10 for 10 in save situations.
  • Aaron Altherr.  Good start after the recall.
  • ICYMI, I saw Jorge Alfaro take some swings against a rehabbing minor league pitcher in a sim inning.  Wow!  Crushed a home run over the left field fence into the handicapped/coaches parking lot at the Complex.  Just missed Roly de Armas’ car.  And he’s big, like Kyle Schwarber big.
  • I heard that the Phillies intend to stretch out Clearwater reliever Alexis Rivero as a starter during Instructs.
  • Carlos Tocci turned 20 Sunday.  I took him out for a beer, and I drank his. jk
  • Jerad Eickhoff.  Great start.  Ditto Aaron Nola.
  • Look at all the guys we’re talking about right now.  And have been talking about for months. Who is responsible for their acquisition?  I know several readers feel that there have been “fire-able” offenses committed.  But the fact of the matter is the firing didn’t take place when the offenses were committed.  And, in a world where “What have you done lately” matters most, can you see that the firing that most wish to see, may not happen?  Hmmm.  (And, technically, I guess it would be a “non-rehiring”.)

Box Score Recap – 8/23/2015

The Phillies’ rebuilding movement took another positive step Sunday afternoon when Aaron Nola (4-1, 3.59) pitched a three-hit shutout for eight innings.  He walked two and struck out six.  Half of his six strike outs came in the seventh and eighth innings.  Nola threw 100 pitches, 64 for strikes.  He turned the game over to Ken Giles (1.63) who struck out one and threw 6 strikes in the nine pitches he needed to claim his 10th save. Recently promoted Aaron Altherr provided the only run Nola would need on a sacrifice fly in the third inning.  Back-up catcher Cameron Rupp was given a rare start and provided an insurance run with his fifth home run, a solo shot in the seventh inning.  Recently acquired Darnell Sweeney started in center field and provided a strike out and three walks in four at bats.
Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/23/2015

Box Score Recap – 8/22/2015

Chalk up another victory for the rebuilding movement again Saturday night.  In the eighth inning, Darnell Sweeney hit a solo home run to end Miami’s shutout bid.  After Cesar Hernandez singled, Andres Blanco tied the game with an RBI double.  In the ninth inning, Aaron Altherr broke the tie with his second home run since being recalled, and Darin Ruf provided an insurance run with a solo shot of his own. Ken Giles picked up his 9th save since taking over the closer’s role. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/22/2015

Box Score Recap – 8/21/2015

Jerad Eickhoff made his major league debut a memorable night.  The big, right-handed pitcher struck out five in six innings of five-hit ball.  He walked one and threw 52 strikes among his 75 pitches.  Eickhoff also was a force at the plate.  He failed to move a runner with a bunt during his first at bat and completed the at bat with a strike out.  But it was his second at bat that set the tone for the night.  With two runs in and runners on second and third, the Marlins opted to intentionally walk Cameron Rupp to get to Eickhoff.  He stroked the first pitch through the left side for a two-run single.  The 4-0 lead helped the Phillies cruise to a 7-0 victory.  Although he is still looking for his first sacrifice bunt, Eickhoff bunted into a force out in his third at bat, the young pitcher has notched three Major League firsts – win, hit, and RBI.

Elsewhere in the organization, The GCL Phillies won to pull within a game of the division lead. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/21/2015

Box Score Recap – 8/20/2015

Clearwater (71-53) beat the Brevard County Manatees 11-1.  Yacksel Rios (6-3, 2.81) pitched six, three hit innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  Jesen Therrien (1.93) gave up an earned run in two innings, and Ulises Joaquin (3.00) mopped up.

The starting pitchers were locked in a duel until the sixth inning.  The Threshers staked Rios with an early one run lead on an RBI single by Chace Numata.  The Threshers struck again with three runs in the sixth inning on a two-run single by Numata.  He came home while Mitch Walding was thrown out attempting to steal second base.  They broke the game open with seven runs the next inning on an RBI double by Rhys Hoskins, a throwing error on a ground ball by Andrew Pullin, a throwing error on a double by Aaron Brown, an RBI double by Numata, an RBI single by Malquin Canelo, and a two-run triple by Jessie Valentin.

Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/20/2015

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

The ‘Pigs lost last night and are struggling having gone 3-7 over their last 10 games and now sit at 55-70, and in 5th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 15 games behind division leading Scranton.  With two and a half weeks left in their season, Lehigh Valley play in Scranton tonight, visit Pawtucket over the weekend, before returning to Coca Cola Park in Allentown for a three game series against Buffalo early next week.

–Sean O’Sullivan had an excellent outing on Tuesday against Scranton, going 8.1 innings without allowing an earned run, striking out 9.

–INF Taylor Pastornicky has reached base safely in all eight games since joining the IronPigs

–Tyler Henson remains unbelievable with men on base and two out, hitting .423 on the year and knocking in 24.

–Pigs catchers continue to lead the league in caught stealing % at 37%.

–Brian Bogusevic has hit in 14 of his last 15 games, hitting .381 with 5 homers over that span. Bogusevic is the 1st Lehigh Valley player to have four separate 10 game hitting streaks in one season.  His average on the year sits at .297. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report