Box Score Recap – 5/4/2015

Lehigh Valley lost to Louisville, 5-3.  Joely Rodriguez allowed a dozen base runners in his 6.0 innings.  He was provided a first inning run and gave it back in the bottom of the inning.  He’s now 0-3, 7.14.  Maikel Franco went 1-4.  Tommy Joseph went 1-4 with a double and a run scored.  He also threw out 1 of 2 base stealers.  Dom Brown went 2-3 with 2 RBI, a walk, and his 5th stolen base.  Atlanta bound?

Reading  beat New Hampshire, 5-1.  Aaron Nola threw 7.0 solid innings.  He scattered 5 hits and 2 walks.  His only blemish was a solo home run in the first inning.  Nola picked off a base runner prior to the home run.  Ethan Stewart allowed only a walk in 2.0 innings of relief.  Aaron Altherr hit a grand slam home run, his second home run of the season, in Reading’s 5-run fifth inning.  Roman Quinn went 2-5 and stole his 11th base.  Cameron Perkins went 2-4 with a double and threw out a runner trying to stretch a single into a double.  Harold Marinez and KC Serna also had 2-hit games.  Gabriel Lino threw out a would be base stealer.

Clearwater lost 6-4 to Brevard County.  It was an exciting back-and-forth affair that also featured a ninth inning rally that fell short.  This was Mark Leiter’s first start of the season.  It was an auspicious start as he recorded 3 first inning strike outs.  He pitched well after spending the first month in the bullpen.  Leiter was likely on a pitch count and was lifted after the fifth inning, having thrown 80 pitches .  These 5 innings were his longest outing this season.  His line – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.   His FB was 89-91, T92.  Miguel Nunez and Edubray Ramos each gave up a run in relief.  Ulises Joaquin surrendered 2 more in the ninth.  Ramos took the loss.

Zach Green played third and went 2-4 with his first HR of the season.  Andrew Knapp also had 2 hits.  Drew Stankiewicz had 2 RBIs and Willians Astudillo one.  Andrew Pullin is 3 for his last 20 and his average has dropped from .314 to .278.  Chase Harris picked up an outfield assist when Astudillo cut off a throw to the plate and nailed a runner at second.  Harris and Astudillo were also involved in an unusual double play.  With runners on second and third, the batter flew out to center.  Harris’ throw to the plate was cut off by Astudillo and his relay to Knapp was wild.  Knapp retrieved the ball and threw to Astudillo who was covering the plate to retire the second runner.  Score that 8-3-2-3.

The Threshers’ pitchers struck out 15 batters and walked five.  Three of those 5 walks were to leadoff batters – 2nd inning (Leiter), 7th (Nunez), and 8th (Ramos).  All three of these runners scored.

Lakewood forged a 3-0 lead only to fall to Savannah, 6-3.  Ricardo Pinto took the loss.  He pitched 5.0 innings and allowed 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K.  Grenny Cumana had 2 hits.  Rhys Hoskins went 2-4 with a double.  Cord Sandberg went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.  Carlos Tocci went 0-3 with a walk.  Slump!?!

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • J.P. Crawford played nine innings in XST today.
  • Carlos Alonso out for the season with torn knee ligaments.
  • Severino Gonzalez optioned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

41 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/4/2015

    1. He looked good. He never looks dominant and they’ll hit some balls hard off him, but very rarely are multiple hard hit balls in the same inning. He hit 94 in the first and was sitting a little lower than that. I stopped looking at the gun

  1. Lively chosen Eastern Lg Pitcher of the Week. He and Nola are in a race to garner the most ELPWs. So far, one each. Nice.

  2. I would like to see Dom Brown show some power before talk of promotion. I am starting to pay attention to Rhys Hoskins. He has been very consistent and may need a jump to Clearwater.

    1. Prob let him play out the road trip in Louisville, then when they return home he could get activated for the Mets on Friday. By that time, the ‘Pigs will need his roster spot, anyway, as pitchers are added.

  3. In baseball you sometimes see something very different every game….the 8323 double-play is so odd…..and no unearned run in the middle of it all with the wild throw by Willians A.!

  4. Was at the Pigs game, missed first inning ( traffic), joely has a good fastball , hitting 93 consistently on the gun, change up was solid but his slider wasn’t going where he wanted , so he was was throwing fastballs about 75% of time and Louisville was just sitting on fb all night.
    Francos swing looks shortened up from last time I saw him, but he sure flashed the leather last night, made three bang bang catches on sharp liners that short hopped him.
    Dom hit the ball sharply on his hits, other ball was a sky high out on the warning track. was sitting about a dozen rows up behind Pigs dugout, Dom’s body language just looked like he was upset that he was still here, not in a good way.

    1. So you’ve seen it to…I’m convinced Brown is not a winning caliber player. Best we can hope for is he gets hot and someone sees him as a reclamation project.

    1. Torri Hunter is a 5-time all-star, won 9 consecutive Gold Gloves, and won 2 Silver Slugger awards as the best offensive player at his position in the American League.

      I’m pretty confident that is well beyond best case for Altherr,

      1. Hunter also is a career .279 hitter with over 2300 hits and 334 home runs, and is now in his 17th full MLB season. Hunter is a ridiculous comparison/ceiling for Altherr. Ben Francisco is a much more appropriate comparison.

  5. Basebal Ross on Tocci and Hoskins….head-hunting time:
    “……Ryan Howard kept getting hit when he was at AAA back in 2005. The other teams were simple telling the Phillies that Howard belonged in the major leagues. The same thing is happening to Tocci. He needs to play at a higher level. Though he turns just 20- years old in August, he is playing in his third season in the South Atlantic League. Unfortunately the opposing teams in the South Atlantic League are going head hunting on Tocci. He has already been hit three times but that is not the whole story. Friday night in the ninth inning he had to jump out of the way with an up and in pitch. Yesterday in the first inning he had to do duck out of the way with a ball aimed right at his head by Sand Gnat pitcher Martires Arias. The plate umpire then warned both teams the next batter hit would result in the ejection of the pitcher.”

    read the whole article on Baseball Ross…..3 Phillies Blog on the right drop down menu.

    1. I learned something new today Romus. I didn’t know they did that in order to send that type of a message.

    2. Romus, is there not a better way to communicate that without endangering a ballplayer’s life or career? Baseball has such stupid traditions that need to be eliminated quickly or fall in popularity.

  6. Went to my first Reading game this year last night and saw Nola pitch. The best way to describe him is he’s a pitcher. His fastball was around 91 most of the night with a few 93 and lots of 90s. It looked like his ball moved a ton and lots of guys were shaking their heads after a few sliders or sinkers, tough to tell, but his moving fastball sunk effectively. He had a couple nice changeups but he didn’t throw a ton of them. It was a very nice outing and I don’t know how long he’ll stay at Reading after 5 starts, maybe 5 more, maybe less.

    Btw, apparently Crawford played with Watson today (they’re boyhood friends) and tweeted about it. Great to hear that Watson is back on a mound. His 50 games isn’t up for a while yet though.

    1. Very much agree. He reminds me of Roy Halladay in his good years with the Phils. Elite command. FB between 90-94 with movement. Offspeed stuff looks good so far against AA hitters. Throws any pitch in any location in any count. Looks like he has a plan out there. Not saying he’s gonna become Halladay, but reminds me of him in terms of approach.

  7. rhys hoskins named minor league player of week, giving lakewood 3 out of first 4 (tocci and canelo were others). maybe a little light at the end of a long dark tunnel?

  8. The Phillies have traded outfielder Darin Mastroianni to the Nationals in exchange for cash. The 29-year-old slashed .293/.333/.362 and leaves a vacant roster spot for … Dom Brown?

    1. I hope not. Quinn should stay at Reading an entire season, or at least most of it. I know many are enamored with his early start, but his underlying numbers, particularly his K rate, give cause for concern

    1. Dugan makes sense. Need to bubble wrap him before sending him out on the field. I wish he could stay healthy. He has a major league bat and is likely to be an above average defenseman

  9. Oh Biddles. What an ugly start tonight. Hope I don’t offend catch, but it’s becoming more and more difficult to see Biddle as a major leaguer.

    1. Agree. I think the three Reading pitchers most likely to be productive major leaguers are Nola, Eflin and Lively.

    2. I wouldn’t overreact to one bad start. I will be interested in how he pitches in his next start. See how he deals with adversity for the first time this year. every pitcher has a clunker every now and then…

    3. You are not offending me. He can be dominant at times and he can be awful too. But this year is critical for him – no doubt about that.

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