Box Score Roundup, 27 April 2011

I come bearing gifts. Box scores. You’re welcome.

And to premptively answer the question before it is asked. No, I’m not worried about Jesse Biddle, and no, he shouldn’t be sent back to extended spring training or Williamsport. I got an absolutely glowing review of him before the season started, based on last year’s work and his performance in spring training, so I’m not the least bit concerned.

52 thoughts on “Box Score Roundup, 27 April 2011

  1. The lower half of the Reading lineup was certainly on fire even Rivero. I hope they give Brown a chance to get ready since Raul is doing a cooked Christmas goose imitation.

    I bet Susdorf feels like Superman tonight . Good for him. No matter what it will be a sweet memory.

    1. How many times are you going to score 14 times and 17 hits when your top 4 in the lineup go a combined 2 – 20? Susdorf and Gosewisch had 2 HR games.

      Brown hitting a HR in his 1st game after that injury is very encouraging. Mattair played a little 2B and Ruf played 3rd for a few innings. JRod continues to impress.

  2. Carpenter is doing pretty well so far in the LHV bullpen. 10 Ks and 1 BB in 13 IP. I wonder if his stuff plays up at all as a reliever.

    1. I hope that all of this is the result of him throwing a split-fingered fastball – if he’s smart, that’s what he’s doing because his other stuff is just not good enough for the big leagues. Before Bruce Sutter learned the pitch he was not as good a prospect as Carpenter was a year or two ago.

    2. Local word on Carp is that, as a reliever, he’s not using as many pitches and not “saving” anything for the next time through the lineup. Going right at ’em. Fastball and slider, if I recall.

  3. Here is a ” who woods thunk it” Hewitt has a (modest) eight game hitting streak .
    A walk or two would of been nice.

  4. Working late for ya

    1. OF – Domonic Brown (Clearwater) – (.500) 2 for 4 with a HR (1)
    2. RHP – Brody Colvin (Clearwater)- (0-0, 9.00) DNP
    3. OF – Jon Singleton (Clearwater)- (.306) –DNP
    4. RHP – Jared Cosart (Clearwater) – (1-3, 4.03) – DNP
    5. RHP – Trevor May (Clearwater)- (1-2, 5.57) – DNP
    6. C – Sebastian Valle (Clearwater) – (.264) – 2 for 4 with a 2B, 2 runs and a K
    7. LHP – Jesse Biddle (Lakewood) – (0-3, 7.16) – 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB and 3 K’s
    8. RHP – Vance Worley (Lehigh valley) – (2-2, 2.78) – DNP
    9. OF – Tyson Gillies (Reading) – DNP
    10. RHP – Justin De Fratus (Reading) – (2-0, 4.32, 1 SV) – DNP
    11. RHP – Julio Rodriquez (Clearwater)- (3-0, 2.89) 5.o IP< 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB and 6 K’s (win)
    12. 2B – Cesar Hernandez (Clearwater) – (.160) DNP
    13. OF – Domingo Santana (Lakewood) – (.238) DNP
    14. RHP – JC Ramirez (Reading) – (3-0, 1.33) – DNP
    15. OF – Aaron Altherr (Lakewood) – (.182) – 1 for 4 with a run
    16. RHP – Jon Pettibone (Clearwater) – (2-0, 0.38) DNP
    17. C – Cameron Rupp (Lakewood) – (.186) – DNP
    18. OF – Jiwan James (Clearwater) – (.239) – 0 for 4 with a run
    19. 2B – Harold Garcia (Reading) – (.300) Out for the season with a torn ACL
    20. RHP – Kevin Walter – Season hasn’t started
    21. RHP – Colby Shreve (Lakewood) – (1-2, 5.54) – DNP
    22. RHP – Phillippe Aumont (Reading) – (0-2, 3.12, 1 SV) – DNP
    23. RHP – Michael Schwimer (Lehigh Valley) – (1-0, 3.72) – DNP
    24. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (Reading) – (.373) – 1 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 BB’s
    25. RHP – Austin Hyatt (Reading) – (2-1, 3.00) – DNP
    26. OF – Leandro Castro (Clearwater) – (.306) DNP
    27. OF – Miguel Alvarez (Lakewood) –(.182) 1 for 4 with a run
    28. OF – Kelly Dugan – Season hasn’t started
    29. RHP – Josh Zeid (Reading) – (0-1, 5.74) – DNP
    30. RHP – Percival Garner – Season hasn’t started


    1B – Cody Overbeck (Reading) – (.333) 1 for 6 with a run and 2 K’s
    3B – Geancarlo Mendez (Lakewood) – (.350) 0 for 4
    SS – Freddy Galvis (Redding) – (.271) – 0 for 5 with a BB
    OF – Steve Susdorf (Redding) – (.310) 5 for 5 with 2 HR (3), a 2B, 3 runs and 8 RBI (holy shit!)
    OF – Joe Savery (Clearwater) –(.444) 1 for 4 with 2 runs and a K
    RHP – Scott Mathison (Lehigh valley) –(5.79, 0-0, 1 SV) – DNP
    RHP – Jordan Ellis (Clearwater) – (1-0, 0.00) – DNP
    LHP – Mario Hollands (Lakewood) –(2-1, 1.93) – DNP

    1. What I’m interested in is whether he comes back with a good game. In past years, he’d have a bad game and then another and then another. Pretty soon he’s 1 – 20. If he has truly matured, we’ll see him slap yesterday’s game in the back of the head and learn from it. Especially since the team had 17 hits yesterday. I think two mascots and a hot dog vender had hits.

    1. Pettibone>Workman

      Who would have thought? JP’s 23 months younger and Workman’s getting rocked in the SAL.

  5. Biddle is basically doing the same thing that Colvin did last year. Hopefully he bounces back and trusts his stuff again. Once that happens, he’s gonna plow through the Sally league.

    1. I think we should treat Colvin’s experience as an outlier. Not saying Biddle is gonna fail, but to say, “look at how bad Colvin got rocked for a month, same thing here” is taking the exception and making it the rule. I think they may have rushed Biddle a bit, though *hopefully* he can make the adjustments (a la Colvin).

      1. Not to say you are making a blanket statement, as you do hedge. but I’ve seen several references to Colvin’s experience in explaining Biddle’s early performance, and I think we should be cautious in making such extrapolations. Bad performance is usually a bad thing. Again, small sample sizes and all that jazz…

      2. I agree, Will. The only reason to mention Colvin is to say that it does happen sometimes where a younger HS guy gets off to a poor start and can then turn it around. We have had other young guys get off to bad starts in LWD and not turn it around (mostly outfielders).

  6. Has anyone heard if Chooch is DL bound? If so will be interesting to see who gets the call. I’m kind of tired of seeing Sardinha.

    1. Tired of seeing Sardinha, where? 😉

      Kratz is playing much better–hitting and behind the plate as far as I’m concerned–at this juncture.

      1. I personally think that Tuffy should be given a call-up. He’s gotta be a finished product at this point – very good defensively, solid veteran-type, poor hitter (off to a good start this year). I’m sure he’ll be a coach in a few years, and it would be nice for him to get to play in the bigs before that happens

        – Jeff

      2. It seems like when they need a back-up catcher Sardinha is the one they call up so I’m saying I want to see them call someone else up should Ruiz have to go on the DL.

        1. If I recall, Hoover came up before Sardinha last season when Chooch and Schneider were nicked. And, both held their own, as well, if memory serves. At any rate, as an IronPigs season ticket holder, I’m sick of seeing Sardinha as well. I just didn’t think promoting him would be the desired method of getting rid of him, and his .088 BA. I like Kratz (for the IronPigs) and I’ll take Tuffy again, as well.

  7. Galvis just homered (again). This time off a really good prospect in Jacob Turner of the Tigers.

    1. Which gives Galvis three extra base hits in over 70 AB. 2 HR and one double. A strange ratio only achievable in a small sample size, but still indicative of a lack of power.

      Turner does have great stuff though.

      1. Hey Free, Galvis must have heard you and just tossed in a double for good measure.

        Aumont struck out the side. I’d say he’s a little ticked at his last outing.

        1. Another positive note: Galvis is killing LHP so far this year with a .773 OPS in the early going. Its a tiny sample size though.

        2. I’ve said before that I’d love to be wrong about Galvis.

          Apart from the lack of plate discipline and power (until today!), my scepticism about this year’s performance has a lot to do with the high number of Ks (and thus arguably inflated BA; his babip is unstainably high). But a 6 TB day is nice – ironically almost identical to Rollin’s breakout day yesterday!!

  8. I’ve been quiet on Valle, due to small sample size and all but he’s coming on. He’s hit in 7 of his last 8 games and has his average up to .264. His power numbers aren’t there and his Ks are very high but he may just be settling in. He’s had 1 error and no PBs. He’s thrown out 28% of the runners trying to steal on him.

  9. From what it sounds like Ruiz has Sciatica, when you have back pain and it shoots down your leg. Trust me not fun to have. If it’s as bad as he says it is then I would think a DL stint is probable. If he sees a chiropractor three times a week for say the next three weeks the pain should go away. But until then the pain would be tough to play through. Hopefully i’m wrong.

    1. I’d guess a 15 day DL trip would be enough to get him back to normal. The key with this type of injury (bulging disc in the lower back most likely) is rest. The muscles need to relax and the disc needs to slip back into place to stop the nerve irritation (sciatica). Its crappy when you go through it but its easily treatable with anti-inflammatories, ice, rest, some steroidal packs and maybe a couple anti-inflammatory shot. Being a catcher must especially irritate this type of injury.

      But yeah, that’s the injury he described. I deal with almost exactly the same thing but on my left side…its not fun.

  10. Reading won a morning game today, 4-0.

    Galvis, 2-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Kissock threw 7 shutout innings but only 1K
    Aumont struck out the side in the 8th.

  11. this could be on pace for most use of the phrase ” small sample size”…its april of course its “sss”….but i know if someone says joe blow is doing good four other posters will say dont get excited its only a “sss”

  12. I agree it’s being overused (sss). Most people know that but are just excited at the possibility that it will continue even if unlikely

    1. No, the worst is … “you can’t stop ____, you can only hope to contain them” … just hate that one!

  13. I noticed Ruiz had a slow bat before he went out of the game. I quess the injury explains the slump. He has been steady since he corrected his swing. Two weeks on the DL might not help a catcher.

  14. The “miracle” Galvis continues to make us wonder if J-Roll’s contract will be renewed at the end of ’11.

    Of course, should J-Roll have a good season, he’d be attractive to sign…but keep in mind that he is now 32 (?) and would like a multi-year deal.

    IF Galvis continues his recent turnaround, wouldn’t he–at age 21-22 have more of a future w the team for 5 years after becoming a MLB SS? And at a cheap price.

    A move up to LV AAA could be in the cards for Galvis IF he keeps this up. He is also a switch hitter but does not have the speed on the bases that J-Roll continues to own. But he is “reputed” to have the glove and arm of superior SSs.

    Speculating: if they offer a one year deal in arbitration to J-Roll and he wants multi years, he could sign elsewhere and give us 2 early draft choices.

    At this season’s opening, I would never have considered speculating on all this because Galvis seemed not fit to hit in the MLs, but so far he is proving better than I/We thought.

    Kind of a dilemma, but if Galvis cancels his good season start at the plate, then speculation ends.

    Keeping track ahead; it is one of the most interesting issues of this season in the minors and at the MLB level.

    1. Galvis will not possibly be ready in 2012. Even if Galvis hit .280 in Reading all season, that would translate into something like a .220 projection in Philly next season. If Rollins doesn’t return, the Phillies will need to hit the free agent market for at least a stop gap solution. (I seem to remember Orlando Cabrera signing a one year deal late last offseason.)

      The interesting factor to watch this offseason is Jose Reyes. In all likelihood he is the elite shortstop on the market. Actually Rollins will probably only be the third best shortstop on the market after Reyes and Furcal.

  15. I believe that the Phils will not hit the free agent SS after this season. Should Galvis continue to hit some he would be a prime candidate to join the team in ’12 IMO: they have invested a lot of time and patience in him and finally it may be paying off big time. I don’t think they’d abandon this project on the cusp of success.

    He should be the future SS for this team where, at his age and given his durability, he’d be for the next 5-6 years at a cost they’d be glad to have.

    Keep in mind that this is his 3rd full season at AA Reading. He has been playing there at a high minor lg level; it is no overwhelming issue that he hasn’t yet hit AAA LV, but he might do that this season sometime if he continues at his present pace. AA ball is a place from which players have jumped to MLB.

    Charlie loving veterans will have to bow to a small onslaught in Brown and Galvis and a couple bullpen guys and a #5 starter…very soon.

    Yes, the team does need to get younger for the sake of the next several years. Galvis, if he’s for real at the plate, should be part of that.

    1. So someone said yesterday, responding to the Galvis skeptics, something along the lines that “no one was saying the should be in Philadelphia in 2012.” Would that it were true. Would that it were true.

      I mean, yes, the team DOES need to get younger, but if they get younger by making players like Galvis regulars (again assuming he doesn’t make a GIANT leap forward) – they will be a 100 loss team in 4 years.

      And I’m not exaggerating. The best way to look at this is that a team of Galvis caliber players in the major roles would lose 100 games.

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