68 thoughts on “Box Score Recap, 28 June 2011

  1. Struggling to find much to say about any of these. Nice outing by Biddle, I guess? Nice to see Colby Shreve is still alive? Interesting that Hewitt batted 6 times and only struck out once? That’s a definite improvement, although normally going 0-6 would be kind of a bad thing.

    1. If you look at Hewitt’s recent games, he has cut down dramatically on his K’s. Perhaps his slump is related to being instructed to work on his selectivity at the plate?

        1. why do you say that? b/c he’s 3+ years into pro ball and still hitting .240 at Low-A?


  2. Looks like Mitchell came up with a big HR to give Reading there second win, he gets my vote for CF in the All St game.

  3. Kudos to Derrick Mitchell for clutch power hitting, to a lot of young players in the GCL, who are hitting very well, to Jesse Biddle for eight strikeouts, to Chase Johnson for 4 great pressure innings and four strikeouts, and to the Iron Pigs for winning consistently. They just do the job.

  4. Jesse Biddle getting no support…he has been pitching well lately…went 5 2/3 innings and had 8ks and 2 walks…Sosa blew the save…Aumont has pitched two respectable games in a row for Lehigh. Ryne Sandberg has them playing well. Mike Cisco pitched 3 shutout innings for Reading. Does he get a shot to move up to Lehigh Valley? His ERA is in the mid 1’s. Mitchell 13 hrs and 50 rbi. Career year and they just past the halfway point. Musser gets his first pro win for the GCL Phils. Oh yeah Pointer fan club all aboard…2 hits and 3 rbi in game one win for GCL Phils.

    1. At Hagerstown tonight. The impressive thing in the game was not so much the 8 K’s but Biddle working out of a bases loaded no out situation in the fifth inning by inducing a ground ball hit back to him for a 1-2 force out and then inducing another ground ball for a 4-3 double play to end the inning with no damage. Nice poise. Mattair squared up two base hits and made a major league charge play by bare handing and throwing in one motion a soft grounder to third. Just gotta believe this guy still has a chance. Should be back at third in Clearwater.

      1. The minor problem with Mattair getting back to Clearwater is that he is hitting .188 at Lakewood.

  5. Late from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas…

    1. OF – Domonic Brown (Phillies) – (.220) 2 for 3 with a 2B (7), HR (5), 2 RBI (13) and a K
    3. OF – Jon Singleton (Clearwater)- (.284) –1 for 3 with an RBI (30), BB and 2 K’s
    6. C – Sebastian Valle (Clearwater) – (.342) – 0 for 3
    7. LHP – Jesse Biddle (Lakewood) – (3-6, 3.55) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB and 8 K’s
    15. OF – Aaron Altherr (Williamsport) – (.310) – 1 for 4 with a K
    16. RHP – Jon Pettibone (Clearwater) – (7-5, 2.91) – 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB and 0 K’s (loss)
    17. C – Cameron Rupp (Lakewood) – (.225) – 1 for 5 with a 2B (9) and a K
    18. OF – Jiwan James (Clearwater) – (.263) – 2 for 3 with a run
    21. RHP – Colby Shreve (Lakewood) – (3-3, 3.30) – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB and 2 K’s
    22. RHP – Phillippe Aumont (Lehigh Valley) – (0-0, 4.76) – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB and 0 K’s
    23. RHP – Michael Schwimer (Lehigh Valley) – (3-0, 2.01, 4 SV) – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB and a K (save)
    24. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (Reading) – (.289) – 0 for 2 with a run, 3 BB and K
    27. OF – Miguel Alvarez (Lakewood) –(.275) – 1 for 5 with a BB and a K
    28. OF – Kelly Dugan (Williamsport) –(.279) – 1 for 4 with a run


    1B – Cody Overbeck (Lehigh Valley) – (.139) 0 for 1 with a K
    3B – Carlos Rivero (Reading) – (.252) – 2 for 5 with a 2B (18), run, 2 RBI (30) and a K
    3B – Maikel Franco (Williamsport) – (.293) – 1 for 3 with a 2B (2), BB and 2 K’s
    3B – Harold Martinez (Williamsport) – (.235) – 1 for 3 with an RBI (3), BB and 2 K’s
    2B/DH – Cody Asche (Williamsport) – (.286) 1 for 4 with a K
    SS – Freddy Galvis (Redding) – (.268) –0 for 3 with 2 runs, 2 BB, SB (10) and a K
    SS – Jair Morelos (VSL) – (.312) – 1 for 6 with an RBI (17)
    OF – John Mayberry (Lehigh Valley) – (.281) – 1 for 4 with a run
    OF – Derrick Mitchell (Redding)- (.279) – 1 for 5 with a HR (13), 3 RBI (50) and 2 K’s
    OF – Steve Susdorf (Redding) – (310) – 2 for 5 with a 2B (8)
    OF – Joe Savery (Redding) –(.200) – 0 for 1
    OF – Zach Collier (Lakewood) – (.273) – 1 for 5 with an RBI (16)
    OF – Anthony Hewitt (Lakewood) – (.241) – 0 for 6 with a K
    OF – Kyrell Hudson (Williamsport) – (.250) – 0 for 4 with 3 K’s
    OF – Brian Pointer (GCL) – (.370) – 2 for 5 with a 2B (6) and 3 RBI (6)
    OF – Herlis Rodriguez (VSL) – (.313) – 2 for 5 with 2 runs, BB and a K
    LHP – Mike Zagurski (Lehigh Valley) – (2-0, 1.95, 10 SV) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB and 3 K’s
    RHP – Tyler Cloyd (Redding) – (1-1, 4,06) – 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB and 5 K’s

  6. A few late night thoughts because sleep won’t find me.

    1. Domonic Brown bounced back in a big way tonight after a tough moment over the weekend. That’s the kind of thing you hope to see from a hopeful major impact player and tonight he handled his business against one of the best in the game.Whatever we think of his rookie season, it doesn’t change the fact that he has the 4th best slugging percentage on the team, even while he figures it out.

    2. Biddle has eight straight starts of allowing no more than 3 earned runs in a game and he’s hit 9 of 10 as well, including four starts of zero or one earned runs. He’s been flat out dominant in night games with a 2.52 ERA on the season at night with a .216 average against and 57 K’s in 60 innings. That’s good stuff, folks. Does anyone know if he’s a blue-eyed devil?

    3. Even on a night when Freddy Galvis doesn’t get a hit, he did a number of things to help his team win, including picking up 2 walks and a stolen base. He’s still batting .316 with a .390 OBP in his last 10 games.

    4. Brian Pointer is raking at GCL. That’s all I have to say. Dude is raking.

    5. Cloyd was throwing strikes and they got hit all over the place. 5 of his 10 hits allowed were two-baggers.

    1. Ok so Pointer is now on my radar highly touted out of HS with a Full ride to OSU he opted to sign with the Phillies. On the hunt for our next Chase Utley.

      Brown flashed again last night which again gives me hope he can stick. There is no where else for him to go really. He has done everything there is to do in the minors.

      Biddle excites me he has the stuff big lefties are made of. Maturity and more command of his off speed pitches and his ceiling is quite high.

      Finally heading out to Trenton today on a company outing which means I’ll get to see 2 former prospect D’Arnaud and Gose. Phil Hughes on the mound in a rehab start for the yanks.

  7. Ya gotta luv no hits two runs scored THAT is a leadoff man. I am hoping Cisco stays healthy the rest of the year.

    1. I’ve been waiting for your head to explode given that Carpenter got the call instead of Schwim!

      1. I have given up. Unless they are saving him for a late august call up and not letting teams get a look at him.
        No one can not be happy for Carpenter. Lets just hope he translates
        Tough game for Worley tonight the big guy is back.

        1. Which big guy would that be? Keep Ellsbury and Pedroia off the bases and pitch around Gonszalez. Lackey has been horrible all year so no reason Vance can’t get a win tonight.

          1. Ortiz is playing first with Gonzalez in RF.

            In the three games before his last start, Lackey had an ERA of 5.03 but a WHIP of 1.07, K/9 of 6.9, BB/9 of 1.8, K/BB of 3.75. Not stellar, but not terrible either. I wouldn’t write him off.

            1. Yeah that big guy. I believe he fits “big guy”

  8. Forgot GCL game 2. Phillies won in a rain shortened 7 inning game with Musser getting the win pitching in a steady rain most of the game.

    1. Sees a lot of similarities to Garrett Anderson in himself, interesting. Lets hope it comes to fruition for him.

  9. Its good to see Singleton have another nice night. You might overlook it but he’s walked 9 times in his last 10 games and his OBP is up over .400 again. He’s simply racking up the BB and not striking out all that much (just 4 SO in his last 10).

    His stats are quickly approaching what we all hoped they would be at this year.

    1.475 OPS in the 2nd half for him now (9 games total)

  10. Why won’t they let biddle pitch more innings? Based on his low whip in this game I have to assume he was under 80 pitches. I’m betting someone is going to say it’s because he’s young, but the 100 pitch mark should be fine when a guy has going through a low stress game.

    1. I’m guessing it’s because he didn’t have a ton of innings coming out of high school. Kids from cold weather states tend to not get as many innings as kids from warm weather states. Hence they might be trying to keep the innings load down yet let him pitch the whole season.

        1. In the old days, scouts wanted pitchers to pitch at least 500 innings in the minors—-I guess before pitch counts were invented.

          1. Pitch counts and innings limits are two mutually exclusive things. How many pitchers throw less than 500 innings in the minors these days? My guess would be a number that would be very similar to “the old days.”

    2. Looking at his WHIP isn’t going to tell you how many pitches he’s throwing. He may be running alot of deep counts to hitters who are eventually making outs.

    1. Overbeck hasn’t looked great at the plate since he joined the ‘pigs. I know he has a couple dingers and a double or two, but he’s looked helpless at times and has struck out a ton. Not making good contact now. We’ll see if he can adjust.

      DeFratus and Aumont have been improving. Got touched a litte at first and perhaps a bit wild trying too hard, but maybe starting to settle in.

      1. I think all those examples show that these are young guys who often get unsettled when moved, take a while to adjust to new surroundings, new teammates, new pitching.

        1. Absolutely. I’m having fun watching them. It’s the same reason I read this stuff despite the fact that I’m not a Phillies fan. Nobody talkes much about AAA, or the jump from AA to AAA. It’s fun to have guys to watch–not to mention the winning this year.

  11. If anyone’s curious Nesseth last night was around 90-91 with the fastball….saw him touch 93 one time as well. He pitched better than his line indicated after getting into a jam there before they took him out.

    1. Thanks Jslasher88, I’m always curious about such things. I appreciate the insights you bring to the site!

      I’m a little disappointed by that velocity as I was hoping he was more 93-95.

  12. 3 R-Phils made the All-Star Team: Hyatt, Spidale, and Rizzotti. Nice to see Spidale make it after toiling away in AA for the past 3-4 years. He’s a good team guy, and a nice player by AA standards.

    1. You have to give Spidale a little love a this point. He’s earned by being a very good org player. Not a prospect, but probably would not embarrass anyone at the plate if asked to come up and fill in for a couple games.

      1. Yeah, he’s been a good soldier. He’s not great defensively, which has probably kept him back all these years. Good team guy though – I could see him staying in the org in a scouting/coaching capacity when his time is up.

  13. He also had 2 Wild Pitches and a balk. He didn’t hit any batters but the mascot and two guys in press box were noticably scared. But 3 hits and no ERs is looking sorta May like.

    1. would imagine the rain had an impact on gripping the baseball. If you look at the recap on Kinder’s second inning (7th inning of the game) he was getting a bit wild. Musser’s walks came in the 5th inning when the rain looked to be picking up.

  14. J-Rod looks like he decided he wants to strike more people out – 11 Ks today in 6 2/3. It worked until the 7th. Almost got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam then gave up a granny.

    1. I saw that. He had a 2 hit shutout going into the 7th. With bases loaded and no outs he gets the next 2 guys and then bam… his day is ruined. But you can’t take away the 6 strong innings.

  15. Williamsport Crosscutters activated LHP Bryan Morgado from the 7-Day disabled list.

    Steven Inch (GCL) has been active all season but he has yet to pitch in a game…

  16. D Murphy made a nice argument for attempting to get Connor Jackson in in a trade as the RH bat the Phillies need. He doesn’t seem like the most obvious candidate, but that would be a good move for now and next year.
    I wouldn’t mind moving a top ten prospect (not named Cosart, Singleton, Valle or Biddle) for him.

      1. Jackson is one of those guys that you have to examine his numbers closely to appreciate. David Murphy did a good job of that today on his blog. Plus he doesn’t make any money, so you can offer him arbitration and not get hurt.

        It’s easy to dismiss guys while their numbers aren’t eye popping. I bet a lot of teams are kicking themselves for not stealing Alex Gordon from the Royals last year. Sometimes you can buy low.

        1. If you ever find the time to read the introduction to what Murphy wrote, he said he was going to post a massive list of all the possibilities of players Philly might acquire as the deadline approached, but it would have took up too much space, so he had to chop it into individual articles. He’s not calling for Conor Jackson. Don’t see the need for the types of players who you have dig and search and really look at the numbers to know they are any good. And he’s been injured for the most part for a couple of years now. And a top prospect, I think not. Don’t think he’d pull that anyway, don’t know they’d have what is required to ask for one. Guy for a bench spot , maybe.

  17. I have suggested Conor Jackson on this blog before. Before he got sick – and it was viral, not physical (break, tear, etc…) he was a pretty good hitter. Compare to Werth for recovering an asset, which the Phillies do well.

    He is also Admiral Chegwidden’s son so we’d have that going for us.

    He will not cost that much… Rizzotti, Mathieson, the Derrick Mitchell experience, Ben Francisco… something like that.

    1. Nobody is trading anything of value for Rizzotti, Derrick Mitchell and Scott Mathieson. Every team already has “filler” like that in their system.

    2. I think it would cost one of the relief prospects (Schwimmer or DeFratus) and an outfielder. Maybe Rizzotti as a throw in.

      1. drive the defratis. of the world to the airport. although i still think ludwig will be the bat.

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