Box Score Recap – 7/9/2014

Maikel Franco, Cam Perkins and Sebastian Valle had two doubles a piece for Lehigh Valley, and Franco added a walk, (his first in a while). He’s had multi-hit games in six of his last seven, and his last ten games’ OPS is .992. Feel, feel, feel, feel, feeeeuhl. Feel the heat. And speaking of feeling the heat, Brian Pointer is OPSing 1.082 in the second half of the season so far (~65 PAs). He had a really strong June and is continuing to hit in July, though he has been striking out a lot – 33k in 113 PAs since June 1 – that’s over 29%. Cliff Lee have up 3R on 4H, 1BB, 4K and a wild pitch in 4IP. Sounds like somewhere in the fourth inning, where he allowed all those runs, someone lost a ball in the lights, which counts as a hit but is not necessarily Cliff’s fault.

Aaron Altherr was 2-4 with two doubles and a walk for Reading. Kelly Dugan was 1-3 with two walks, as his OPS climbs above .800 for the year – his walk rate is around 9.5% over a decent ~110PA sample. That’s good to see after his AA total last year was a startlingly low 2.2%. Zach Green and Dylan Cozens had three hits a piece for Lakewood. Cozens line included a double, Green’s included two, and Andrew Pullin hit his seventh home run of the year. Not sure what’s keeping Samuel Hiciano on the bench, but he hasn’t played for two days in a row now. Could just be time off to try to pull out of the wretched slump he’s been in – OPSing .515 in 14 games since he was a SAL all-star. David Whitehead wasn’t dominant in picking up the win over Vermont, allowing 4R 3ER on 5H 1HR 0BB and 3K in 5.1IP. Williamsport pounded out six extra-base hits off of Lake Monsters’ pitching. Lake Monsters is a pretty good name for a team. Per Wikipedia: “The name references Champ, the legendary Lake Champlain monster which had been the team’s mascot since 1994.” Good to know. Also their home stadium, Old Centennial Field is the oldest stadium in minor league baseball. I don’t know if you guys have ever read things on this “Wikipedia”, but it’s filled with information. I recommend it. And every once in a while there’s stuff that people just made up and put on the page. It’s like a guessing game. Fun times.

Clete Thomas and Freddy Galvis are rehabbing with the GCL club now. The Phils and Yankees1 played 11 innings before the game was halted by rain, with Yoel Mecias going 5.2 innings as he works his way back from Tommy John. And Jesus Alastre was kept off base in the VSL for what seems like maybe only the third or fourth time this year.

Here’s the affiliate Scoreboard from MiLB.

7-9-14 boxscores

39 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/9/2014

  1. Am I the only one who has no clue why Roman Quinn has been out the past few days?

      1. That was me. I spoke to Frank Cacciatore yesterday at Tampa and he told me about Quinn’s child being on the way (or born by now).

  2. Lot of prospects doing well right now. Exciting to see, and a welcome change from earlier in the year.

    If they keep it up for 6 more weeks, I think our system moves up quite a bit in the rankings.

  3. Every time I look in the box scores I see Jake Fox (who reminds me of Moss in terms of career arc i.e. highly touted prospect who couldn’t make at the majors trying to work his way back) raking and I wonder if he is even on the phils radar? This is the year for auditions not sure where he would play defensively but his bat is hot and that can’t hurt … don’t want to see his name added to the Vogelsong’s, Moss’s, Grilli’s etc.

    1. Billy Beane may think Fox looks better with the ‘elephant’ logo on his uniform, then in red-pinstripes..

    2. To be fair the Phillies have added other teams discards too-Moyer, Stairs, Victorino and Werth. Grilli was a one to two year sensation and Vogelsong’s fly ball tendencies would not play well in CBP. I do agree that Brandon Moss would look good in a Phillies uniform.

  4. This for the comments about the lake Monsters!! I have run the scoreboard for the Monsters for 20 years and live in Burlington,Vermont but longtime Phillies fan and have been to ST the last 5 years…If any of you get to Burlington and want to see a game contact me for tickets…Thks for this website…

  5. Another guy who hasn’t played in awhile is Grenny Cumana- not since the 2nd of the month. He’s still listed as active though.

    Also, it’s still a smallish sample size, but it’s nice to see a glove-first prospect like Marrero hitting as well as he is.

  6. Was at the reading game last night Alther struck out with the bases loaded in the 6th and was clearly trying to clear the bases. He came up again in the 8th with the bases loaded and had a much better approach and laced a double to left center. Not sure who the Trenton catcher was but he was awful, he was dropping pitches that hit him right in the glove and I have never seen so many past balls in my life.

    1. O’Brien, he may stink behind the plate but he has tremendous power with the stick.

    1. I can give you one on the mustache: I’d say it has plus power with solid/average hit tool and plus plus defense

    2. yes, he can it, is really aggressive, plays hard, somewhat of a dirtbag, a utility infielder, can play 3rd, some SS, and 2nd base, also played some outfield in college at Cal, doesn’t run well or he would of been a high draft pick, also is a little older than most players in the NY Penn League. Hoping he gets up to Lakewood before season ends. Enjoy

        1. Dirtbag is actually something positive when describing a baseball player. An example would be Pedroia.

  7. Anyone else think Dugan should be promoted to LHV pretty soon? Kid’s getting up there in age for AA, I think it’s time to challenge him a bit more and see if he can potentially be a September call-up

    1. I think if he stays strong through the rest of the month I could see him going to AAA. With all the time lost to injury he really hasn’t gotten the chance to have some success and run with it in Reading yet.

    2. Yes, he should be in LHV. I’d rank him ahead of Franco on my list right now.

  8. Brian Pointer, Brian Pointer, Brian Pointer wow !! his 8th home run of the season and it was a game winner. Clearwater down 2 runs in the 9th and he hits a 3 run jack !! Also playing a very good CF to fill in for Quinn / and moves over to the corner when Roman returns

  9. Kelly Dugan has unusually high BABIP thru this minor league career? Does he just mash the ball or is he luckiest guy in phillies system?

    1. Dugan has a great hit tool and when you put the ball in play in the minors, the bad defenses let up a lot of extra hits

  10. I think odds are Dugan will get up to AAA before long. He has to stay healthy, though. The Reading training staff earns their pay between him and Joseph alone.

  11. Saw one of the beat reporters tweet today that the Phillies have released Steve Susdorf.

  12. So after today’s game Dave Buchanan is tied for the lead in wins with Burnett. I know wins don’t really mean a whole lot in today’s world with all the new statistics but its still interesting he is the top of our list. I think Buchanan may very well be KK’s replacement. His era is down to 4.40 which isnt great but serviceable for a 5th start. Kendrick’s era is 4.46 and hes making a lot more money. He will probably get a decent contract as a free agent however due to his durability.

  13. I wondered why he only got 1 AB then got pulled. I thought he was hurt. Makes sense that they would send down Buchanan though. The team won’t need a 5th starter until after the break

      1. Yeah he should be the first guy they call if they trade a starter, whether that be Lee, KK, AJ, or by some small miracle Hamels. I wouldn’t mind seeing jason marquis come up either. Lets see what he’s still got.

        1. I forgot about Marquis.

          Anyone know if he has a similar contract clause Sizemore where he has to be called up by a certain date or released?

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