Box Score Recap – 5/3/2015

Lehigh Valley lost to Indianapolis, 6-2.  Maikel Franco went hitless, but reached on a fielder’s choice in the top of the first inning.  He moved to third on Dom Brown’s only hit of the day, a single.  As part of a double steal, Franco stole home.  Paul Clemens promptly gave the run back.  His wild pitch helped insure the run would score.  A couple innings later, he allowed two inning opening walks to scored.  He lasted 4.1 innings, and threw 85 pitches (48 strikes/37 balls).  Tommy Joseph suffered through another oh-fer and is how at .140 roughly 100 points below Rene Garcia.

Reading  beat Portland, 6-5.  Ben Lively had a solid outing, going 6.0 innings – 7 H, 3 ER, 9 K.  Stephen Shackleford had a bumpy 9th, giving up two runs walking two batters and giving up a double after getting his first two batters out.  He still picked up his 4th save.  The Phils kept tacking on single runs until they had built up a 6-3 lead.  KC Serna, Tony Thomas, Art Charles, and Brian Pointer had 2-hit games.  Charles picked up his first HR of the season, Pointer his third.  Roman Quinn went hitless, but picked up an outfield assist when he doubled a runner off first.  Pointer also had 2 RBIs.  Brock Stassi picked up his 20th RBI of the season.

Clearwater lost to Dunedin, 8-0.  The best part of this game was the brunch they served in the club level.  Victor Arano started and was 92-93 in a 1-2-3 first.  He started to unravel with 2 walks to open the second, but induced a pop up and DP to escape.  However, there was no escaping the third.  Four consecutive singles, a HBP, and a BB put Arano in a 3 run hole.  He struck out the next two batters but didn’t survive a 2-run single.  Yacksel Rios relieved and the inning ended with Jose Mayorga throwing out a base runner on an attempted steal.  Rios struck out 5 in his 3.1 innings.  By the time the Jays added 3 unearned runs off Cody Forsythe the issue was no longer in doubt.  Kevin Walter pitched what I thought was a perfect ninth.  After getting the first 2 outs, he hit a batter in what I hope was retaliation for the plunking of Chase Harris two innings earlier.  (Dunedin seems to hit a lot of our batters.  Harris took the pitch on his wrist, very similar to the pitch that broke Cameron Perkins’ wrist two years ago.)  Astudillo started at third base.  Harris was 2 for 3 when he was hit.  Carlos Duran started in center again.  Only two Threshers struck out, but there just wasn’t enough offense to make up the early deficit.  Mark Leiter is scheduled to start Monday.

Lakewood beat Savannah, 6-4.  Elniery Garcia pitched 6.0 innings – 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K.  Matt Hockenberry gave up his first run of the season while picking up his 6th save.  Most of the offense came from the top of the order.  Malquin Canelo, Cord Sandberg, Carlos “Ted Williams” Tocci, and Rhys Hoskins each had a multi-hit game.  Tocci’s 3 for 4 raised his average to .400 for the season.  He also stole his 9th base of the season (in 9 attempts).  Hoskins had a double, triple, and 2 RBIs.  Catcher Deivi Grullon hit 5th in the line up and had an RBI double.  He is hitting .278 this season.  (If Harris’ wrist turns out to be injured, and with Aaron Brown already on the DL, maybe Tocci gets a call up to Clearwater?)

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • The Reading Fightin Phils activated LHP Hoby Milner from the 7-day disabled list.
  • Seve Gonzalez picked up his first major league win over the Marlins.
  • Gonzalez was optioned back to Lehigh after the game.
  • Chad Billingsley will start Tuesday.
  • Sean O’Sullivan gets a rehab start Thursday for Lakewood.

14 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/3/2015

  1. Grullen and Knapp are hopefully reviving our dreams to grow catchers from within the system…which hasn’t developed any since Ruiz was brought up which is a looong wait for such an essential position.

    Would like to know what Lively brings that causes so many hitters to strike out. His minor lg record verifies his high K/inns and whether he is working to develop his change-up, etc.

    1. was at Reading game. Lively was hit pretty hard especially fast ball. Went to curve in later innings and had much better success. A lot of his K’s were umpire induced. Ump was calling low outside pitches strikes all day putting hitters on both teams in 2 strike holes very frequently, A lot of looking strike 3’s with disgusted batters. My chief takeaway was the almost total lack of goundballs he induced. I remember only 2 in 6 innings.

  2. I wouldn’t advance tocci until I see him overcome a slump. Speaking of slumps Quinn is close to being in one. Let’s see how he handles it. I am more interested in seeing if these young players have coping mechanisms to overcome times when they can’t buy hit.

  3. A guy everyone has missed on their move-up list is Malquin Canelo. He’s hitting .300 after hitting .270 last year at Lakewood. He has a little pop for a 157 lbs guy with 10 doubles and a HR. He’s 4 – 0 with steals – CS. He played 16 games at A+ last year as a 19 year old. His only problem is the guy coming off the DL to play SS in CLW. that would be Crawford. If you’re thinking 2B for this guy, I’m way ahead of you. The good is that he played 1 game at 2B last year. He had 7 chances. 5 PO, 2 Assists and turned a DP. That’s a nice game. The bad is that he’s only played 2 games at 2B in the 3+ years he’s been in the organization. It looks like Malquin will always be 1 level lower than Crawford until they like him enough to play 2B everyday.

    1. I like your idea on Canelo, but I’ve got to believe his range/glovework/arm will keep him as a SS prospect. I do not think he will hit enough to garner a full time look at 2nd (although he could slash better than Chase right now I think) but who knows? What is Aaron Brown’s injury? Anyone down in Clearwater think the injury is what could have caused such a slow start? Watching him in college and some last season I feel like his 110% motor may get him in trouble and cause over-aggressiveness.

  4. @Art,

    Technically we developed D’arnaud, we just didn’t keep him.

    @Dom,

    That’s only possibly feasible if he DOES slump. If he’s truly dominating this league and is ready to move up, a 1-3 night might BE his slump.

    1. Quinn’s k rate has ticked up this year. In the past he sat around 20/21% , this year so far it is up a little to 24%.
      But that could be a natural progression due to higher level pitching and he could stabilize at that rate.
      Though it would be nice if he was able to get it under 20%. But players can lower their K rates when they repeat a level normally….but in his case that is not what I would want.
      He should be at AAA later this season, and even MLB sometime later next season..

  5. Now that he’s passed the 100PA threshold, consider me officially excited about Tocci. Consider this:

    -26.9% LD rate going into yesterday’s game which is almost 11 points a over his career average.
    -a BB rate of 9.7 (career 5.2)
    -a K rate of 7.8 (career 16.5), and more XBHs than Ks.
    – 1 SB shy of his career high.

    He still doesn’t turn 20 until August

    1. I thought he should have started the year in Clearwater but I’m fine with the team wanting him to have some success first if it’s what he needs. I’ll be excited if he can make it to Clearwater this year and be solid.

  6. Interesting to compare Tocci’s numbers to what Crawford did in Lakewood last year. Tocci started the year 5 months older than Crawford was last year, and obviously had much more previous experience at the level. Now he has a higher BB/K ratio (though both numbers are lower), a higher ISO, a higher BABIP, and a higher SB pace than Crawford managed. (though Crawford’s SLG/AVG was higher, which is probably a better predictor of power going forward).

    Tocci’s 194 wRC+ is 3rd best in the SAL (Hoskins is #2). He is one of 7 players with a wRC+ over 160, and the other 6 are all 22 years old or older.

    Last year, Crawford was called up after 60 games, while Tocci has recorded 23 so far. Given his previous experience at the level, I think that Tocci will be called up faster than Crawford was. I’m very excited to see what he does in Clearwater.

    1. I think they make all their promo moves right around the all-star breaks of their respective leagues.
      When are the Sally and FSL all-star breaks this year?

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