Box Score Recap – 5/11/2015

Lehigh Valley lost to Columbus, 6-2.  Joely Rodriguez allowed 2 runs in 7.0 quality innings.  IronPig pitchers issued no walks during the game.  Jason Berken came on in relief in a tie game and gave up the go-ahead runs.  Maikel Franco went 2-4 with his 4th home run.  Dom Brown went 1-4 with a double, but was picked off second.  The ‘Pigs managed only two other hits.  Miny Mart is a member of the Clippers.  At .165, it appears he can’t hit at AAA either.

Reading lost to Harrisburg, 6-3.  Jesse Biddle allowed 3 earned runs in 6.0 innings.  He allowed 7 hits and 3 walks, but 2 of the walks came in an inning where he struck out two batters and retired the third on an infield pop up.  His final walk was to leadoff an inning and became the tying run.  The Senators went on to score three runs without getting a ball out of the infield.  Roman Quinn went 2-4 with 2 stolen bases.  Aaron Altherr went 1-3 with a solo home run.  Brock Stassi got a pinch hit double.  Logan Moore threw out 2 of 2 potential base stealers.

Clearwater’s game against the Southern Division leading Charlotte StoneCrabs was postponed due to illness.  Five or six players came down with food poisoning.  The game will be made up as part of double header on Tuesday.  Yacksel Rios will start in place of Colin Kleven, one of the stricken, in the first game.  Rios went 4 unspectacular innings in a defeat on April 9th.  He pitched better in 1-hit, 5 K relief in 3.1 innings on May 3rd.  David Whitehead will start in the night-cap.  The rotation after tomorrow is TBD.

Lakewood beat Asheville, 8-2.  Riccardo Pinto had another stellar appearance – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K.  Joey Denato chipped in with 3 K in his two innings.  After having been shutout the past two games, the BlueClaws scored in 5 of 8 innings.  Rhys Hoskins wnet 3-3 with 2 RBI.  Damek Tomscha had a 2-run homer.  Cord Sandberg went 0-2 but provided 2 sacrifice fly balls.  Canelo had 2 hits.  Herlis Rodriguez went 3-4 with 2 doubles.  Numata got another hit.  Carlos Tocci went hitless and is down to .350 after topping out at .400 a week ago.  Since his 4 for 7 Friday won’t count until the end of the season, Tocci is officially 1 for his last 20.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Clearwater Threshers placed 1B Zach Green on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 10, 2015.  Broken wrist.  CORRECTION: Downgraded to sprained left wrist.
  • SS Emmanuel Marrero assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters (out of XST).
  • VSL Phillies released RHP Alejandro Garcia.  (He was in XST.)


34 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/11/2015

  1. For 2-3 years I’ve been saying I project Biddle as a LOOGY and/or set up LHP, and some scouts I’ve talked to in the past year agree. As we get further into this season, I believe this projection is getting more and more likely….unfortunately.

  2. Franco getting called up soon. Tough break for Asche but its best for him to learn outfield at Lehigh.

    1. Learning the outfield is only half the battle for Asche. In order to be a serviceable left fielder, he is going to have to hit a lot better and with more power than he has done so far in the major leagues. .247 BA, .303 OBP and .383 SLG isn’t going to be good enough in for a corner outfielder.

  3. I think people are not paying attention regarding Biddle. Tonight was a decent outing. Take a minute and read the recap.

    This was the fifth inning that Jim referenced.

    Harrisburg Bottom of the 5th
    Richard Bleier walks.
    Derrick Robinson singles on a ground ball to third baseman Gustavo Pierre. Richard Bleier to 2nd.
    Tony Renda singles on a bunt ground ball to third baseman Gustavo Pierre. Richard Bleier scores. Derrick Robinson to 3rd. Tony Renda to 2nd. Throwing error by third baseman Gustavo Pierre.
    Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Caleb Ramsey replaces Brian Goodwin.
    Caleb Ramsey grounds out, first baseman Art Charles to pitcher Jesse Biddle. Derrick Robinson scores. Tony Renda to 3rd.
    Mario Lisson grounds out, shortstop KC Serna to first baseman Art Charles. Tony Renda scores.
    Kevin Keyes flies out to left fielder Cam Perkins.


    BIddle’s fault? How?

    1. Please do the same analysis on his other starts and post, then let’s discuss

    2. If you think people are concerned about Biddle because of a few infield singles, then it is you who isn’t paying attention. I would repeat the multitude of issues, but it would be extremely redundant.

      The kid is 23 and in his third season in AA. Enough of the excuses. He has to produce. You know, like Nola and Eflin (who are 2 and 3 yrs younger respectively and in first year of AA) have.

      1. No, people are missing the point. They read the box score numbers and think he had a mediocre outing.

        If you read the inning recap it tells a different story. Three of the runs he had no control over whatsoever and came in a bizarre inning.

        In reality, it was a good start but the box score numbers tell a different story.

        1. I agree it was a good start. The only problem I had with it was when he walked the pitcher to lead off the inning where he gave up those three runs. However, if the third baseman hadn’t commited an error in the inning-( he threw to first base trying to get an out, when the throw sailed away from the first baseman, allowing the pitcher to score, when he should have just never threw the ball to begin with) things would have looked a lot better for Biddle.

          1. btw, I e-mailed Mike Drago who covers the fightins, and he said that we shouldn’t worry too much, as he thinks Biddle is still on a track to succeed, it just wont be a fast track. He thinks Biddle will be in Lehigh Valley by the all star break.

          2. Matt Winkleman does a really good job of looking behind the numbers on his Twitter feed. I’m pasting in some of his (not mine) comments today:

            This year with Jesse Biddle on the mound, the Reading IF defense has allowed 7 IF hits, has 3 errors, and 0 double plays

            Biddle allowing ground balls at a 50% rate with no double plays is kind of ridiculous

            Jesse Biddle in 31.1 IP has allowed 6 XBHs (all doubles), three are drives down LF line past the 3B

            In contrast Aaron Nola has allowed 8 XBHs including two home runs

            Back to me: I don’t think Matt is making excuses for Biddle

            1. If you look at his headline numbers it does not look like Biddle is making progress but delve into the numbers and his season is just fine.

              The strange stuff tells me that the infield in Reading is pretty poor so that needs to be taken into account when going over a start.

        2. Anyone who makes a determination on a prospect based on one game is ignorant. But I don’t think that’s what you are reading. I think people are reaching their limit with Biddle. There always seems to be an excuse. It never seems to be his fault. But he just doesn’t produce.

          1. Well, usually the excuses are the weird medical issues….whooping cough the one year around a May/June and then the hail-storm induced concussion, last May/June.
            If he can get thru a June healthy….I think we can further evaluate his progress.

            1. and plantar fashitas in his left foot in august. these aren’t excuses, they are all legitimate reasons for him pitching poorly in 2013, and 2014.

            2. And he had Plantar Fasciitis in his left foot in August of 2013. These aren’t excuses, their legitimate reasons of why he pitched poorly in 2013, and 2014.

        1. Sorry, it was a reply to “BIddle’s fault? How?”. I didn’t realized there were that many responses already.

          1. Ghost…….got it….website’s extended thread sequencing is confusing to say the least.

  4. Michael Roth pitched a very nice game for the Columbus Clippers against LHV. Interesting thing about him is he’s a 9th round pick in 2012 out of South Carolina. He pitched in rookie ball in 2012. In 2013, he was in the majors. He’s also pitched in the majors in 2014. Not very well I might add but how does a 9th round pick end up in the big leagues in his 2nd year?

  5. Food poisoning…now that’s a new one on me….must have been the StoneCrabs they ate prior to the game. 🙂

  6. Can’t give up on Biddle as he is still only 23, but, clearly, behind Nola, Eflin and Lively in my opinion. We keep waiting for a light to go off. Would love it to, but as of now, he is dropping further down my Prospects list. Sorry for Asche, but maybe if he plays LF well, it helps him relax at the plate?

    1. Asche may eventually turn into the next Greg Dobbs. Which isn’t all that terrible.

      1. Agree that this may be painful for Cody Asche now but in the long run it is probably the best career move for him. I hope he returns rather quickly and I liked how Francouer, Sizemore and Utley encouraged him after the tough news.

    2. I don’t think anyone is giving up on Biddle. Certainly I am not. But we need to see progress IMO to consider him a real prospect to become a MLB pitcher. We are all rooting for him.

    3. For some reason some Left handed pitchers mature about their mid 20’s so I agree with you about being patient. Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton are the best examples of this. We all are rooting for Biddle to do well.

  7. Where are all the Tromp supporters and groupies I recall on the Pre-season prospect list? “Light-tower power”, “Contact rate will go up and so will power #’s”, “How is this guy not in Top 20?”…..144/.208/.175/.383 slash with 0 homers through 100 AB’s

  8. Canelo is looking good. 20 years old, good contact rates, has speed. His .361 BABIP will probably come down but other metrics look alright. I like him and hope he can work his way into prospect-hood.

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