Box Score Recap – 5/13/2015

Lehigh Valley lost to Columbus, 3-2 in 12 innings.  Phillippe Aumont pitched a gem for 7.0 innings, allowing 5 hits, walking none, and striking out seven.  He left with a 1-0 lead that Tyler Knigge couldn’t protect, blowing his second save of the season in the top of the ninth.  Maikel Franco went 2-4 with a walk and a game-tying RBI in the tenth.  Dom Brown went 1-5 with an RBI.  Cosy Asche went 1-5.  Logan Moore threw out 1 of 2 base stealers.

Reading lost to Harrisburg, 4-3.  Tom Windle pitched shutout ball thru five innings, having only allowed 3 hits and a walk.  But with a 1-0 lead, he started the sixth with a single and a walk.  Up to this point he had thrown 91 pitches. Mike Nesseth came on to allow both inherited runners to score and blow the save.  He gave up a 2-run homer in the next frame to put the Phils further behind.  Reading’s late rally fell short and Windle was awarded Nesseth’s loss.  Roman Quinn had the day off but entered the game as a pinch runner/CF in the eighth inning.  Brock Stassi went 1-3 with an RBI.  Aaron Altherr went 1-3 with a double and an RBI.  Brian Pointer went 1-3 with a solo home run.

Clearwater lost both games of a double header to Charlotte.  They were no-hit 5-0 in the morning game, and one-hit 1-0 in the afternoon game.

  1. Brandon Leibrandt gave up all 5 runs on 2 home runs.  He was up with his pitches during his five innings.  He was 89-91, T94 on a stadium gun that runs 1-2mph hot on most pitches.  (Shoot, the game temp was listed as 94 when the rest of Clearwater was in the low 80s.)  Leibrandt did pick off two runners.  The Threshers managed 3 base runners.  A two-out walk to Andrew Knapp in the first amounted to nothing.  Their one threat came in the fourth.  Andrew Pullin reached on an error.  Knapp worked his second walk.  But, Dylan Cozens hit into a 6-3 triple play.  Charlotte had shifted the SS behind second base.  He caught Cozens’ soft line drive at the bag, stepped on second, and threw to first.  Second TP I’ve withessed this season.  None of the Threshers hit a ball hard all day.  Only once did a Stone Crab outfielder have to take a few steps back to catch a fly ball.
  2. Yacksel Rios pitched one-hit ball for five innings in the second game.  His one base runner was erased on a pickoff by catcher by C Jose Mayorga.  Edubray Ramos came in and pitched himself into and out of trouble in the sixth.  He allowed another hit in the seventh.  The runner stole his way into scoring position and scored with two out on a throwing error by Crawford.  On offense, the Threshers managed a day-high 4 base runners.  Their best chance to score came in the first inning when Crawford walked and stole second.  Pullin failed to move him over to third, so that Knapp’s fly ball to right only moved Crawford to third instead of allowing him to score.  Their one hit was a leadoff bunt single by Aaron Brown which amounted to nothing.  Brown walked to leadoff the fifth with a similar result.  Willians Astudillo was hit by a pitch in the seventh.  Nada.

Lakewood did not have a game scheduled.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Jonathan Papelbon earned his 113th save to pass Jose Mesa and take the franchise lead.  He is also the Red Sox career save leader.  He and Robb Nen are the only two pitchers in baseball history to lead two franchises in saves.

36 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/13/2015

  1. Did anybody have eyes on Philippe? Please report. Thank you in advance. Also is anybody interested in meeting up at the Langhorne Denny’s on Business Route One to talk Phillies baseball? (There is a real fine waitress who works the counter.)

      1. I’m usually avail late on Sundays. I’m thinking we could get a Phillies Roundtable Discussion. This Denny’s has some fine looking waitresses.

  2. Looks like Aumont has saved his career as a starter. Would love to see him soon at CBP. Haven’t we seen enough of O’Suliivan and Williams?

    1. I’d like Aumont to just be useful. He has very good stuff but hasn’t been able to access it over multiple outings. The Phils tried him at starter when they got him in the Lee trade but there was some issue with his body holding up to that many innings. Right now, everything they get from him is a plus. If starters in Philly are traded, I have no problem trying him as a starter. Don’t expect too much but this is the year of not expecting anything.

  3. Jim, have you watched Crawford this year? I noticed he has 4 errors in 7 games. I think he played DH in one game so that’s 6 games at SS. Do you think it’s rust or has the injury impacted him early in his season?

    1. I think he just needs reps during games. All the practice during rehab (60-80 reps per day) doesn’t get you ready for game situations. So, I would say rust rather than anything injury-related.

  4. Matt Winkleman wrote a very good piece on Aumont http://philliesminorthoughts.com/thoughts-about-phillippe-aumont/

    If you are on Twitter, you should follow him. His Twitter feed is what this site used to be. Constant analysis of the Pharm. @Matt_Winkelman

    While love his analysis on Aumont, and fully recognize he forgot more about grading prospects than I will ever know, I don’t buy his analysis on Aumont. My simple analysis of prospects is that they have to demonstrate very good to elite skills for several years to be able to perform those skills consistently in the majors. Sure there are the rare elite examples of Trout or Harper. But ignoring the outliers, I just think the leap to the show is so big over AAA that you have to have total muscle memory and confidence. The slightest weakness in either will be exposed. This also is my concern with Biddle. Yes, he flashes, but just doesn’t show any consistency. But I digress.

    1. Thanks for posting the link. I completely agree about MLB hitters vs AAA hitters. Look at the lineup he was facing yesterday and you will be less impressed by his performance.

      FWIW Matt acknowledges the difference between MLB and AAA hitters in his write up and says Aumont looks like a back of the top 30, back end of the rotation guy. I can buy that.

    2. I watched much of Aumont’s performance on video archive and agree with much of what Matt has said. The first thing you notice about the “new” Aumont is that he looks noticeably more comfortable, has way better tempo, stands more consistently upright (getting better downward plane on his pitches) and has more simple mechanics and is not straining. I agree with Matt that because Aumont’s stuff is good enough, the issue is more control (throwing strikes) than command (hitting specific spots).

      As an especially large pitcher it is not unusual that it has taken him a long time to begin to refine his mechanics. Randy Johnson, for example, really didn’t start to develop into a refined pitcher until he was in late 20s. Obviously, he doesn’t have Johnson’s stuff, but he Aumont has very good stuff.

      As for the pitch grades, I would grade his fastball was around 55-60+. His curve is a true 65/70 pitch. It’s a crazy good pitch. His other off speed stuff was okay – I think he was throwing a cutter that looked like it was a 50/55 pitch (85-87 MPH). I’ve seen him throw a devastating change at other times, but I didn’t see that today for whatever reason. His command, which used to be like a 30 or 35, was at least a 50 today, which, frankly, is all he needs to be effective. What I’d love to see him develop is a 4 seam fastball that he can combine with the running 2-seam pitch and the curve. That would be a devasating combination.

      As for upside, really, who knows? He has the potential stuff of a #2, but his control/command and even full arsental are not consistnetly there yet and may never be there, so the guarded optimism folks are showing is warranted. But what I’d love to see is for him to take a regular rotation spot and an opportunity to evolve. He will start out as an intriguing 4/5 and that’s fine – it’s better than having journeyman like O’Sullivan make meaningless starts. 2 years ago nobody saw Carlos Carrasco developing into a solid 2/3 or Kluber developing into an ace, but they just continued to develop well into their 20s and Aumont could too. Right now, anything he does is an unexpected gift, so let’s give it a roll.

        1. He was varying velocity a lot, which I think helped him. When he went all out, I think he was sitting 92-95 and he was not laboring at all. But sometimes he took some speed off and was between 89-91; it depended on the situation.

    3. That’s the thing. He always had a lot of skill. He had 3 pitches that flashed plus. He just had mechanical issues. Sometimes with those tall pitchers it takes them a bit to reconcile their mechanics.

        1. you honestly think that i am expressing concern over Biddle due to a few starts? his issues have been going on for a long time.

    1. Isn’t Crawford still batting close to .400? Not sure what the concern is about with him.

  5. At least we have Aumont to talk about, and watch him, hopefully, continue to pitch well. It sure beats being a total washout, and in July, after Hamels and Harang get traded, there will be spots to let him start. Rube seems determined to keep Nola on the farm, and if he is the lead prospect in AA, I can’t see anyone from there getting promoted ahead of him, and the rotation will need someone. I can do without seeing Sean O’Sullivan start any more. And, if the Phils are ever coming out of this bottoming out, they will need a good deal of luck.

    1. I would like to see the Phillies play a day-night double and have the O’Sullivan Bros start both ends….maybe a MLB first…unless the Niekro’s did it.

      1. Romus your funny. those two brothers should be starting pitchers in a slow pitch softball game. not cbp.

      2. That would be fun to see, exceeded only by the “fun” of having them sent down to the minors the next day. Neither of those guys is currently a legit. big league pitcher.

    2. It’s funny to say but Aumont has one of the best curve balls I’ve ever seen in person. It looks unhittable. He certainly looks different, let’s root for him to keep it up because if he does he will find himself back in the big leagues.

      1. Maybe another tall guy, Harang gave him some advice, since he listens to players I assume more then the coaches these days, told him stand tall…. stand erect

  6. Very encouraging stuff, and really season, for Aumont. He has been around so long it is hard to realize he is still 26. I know sometimes we look at 26 years old as ancient when we are talking prospects but it takes some guys longer to figure it out and I love seeing that he lost a lot of weight in the offseason but is still working 92-96.

    I’m torn on how aggressive they should be with him, his history makes me want to let him get through half the season down there having success to build his confidence, but at the same time I don’t know that he is getting much out of dominating guys in AAA at his age. He certainly is better than what the big club is putting out there. So I’d be inclined to bring him up if you get 1 or 2 more good starts out of him.

    1. There’s no need to call up Aumont (or anybody else) unless there’s an injury or somebody in the rotation gets traded. Phillies are trying to showcase everybody, Sean O’Sullivan included. Aumont needs more starter innings.

      1. The only team you could possibly “showcase” Sean O’Sullivan for is an Independent League team. He has no value as a major leaguer or in a trade. He’s a guy who takes a turn in a rotation when nobody else is available. This is not hyperbole; it’s the raw truth.

  7. Nothing to lose by bringing Aumont up after 3-4 more “good” starts. Let him work the rest of this season with the big club to determine just what is there. Then Nola to LV as Aumont’s replacement.

    1. I believe there is something to lose. He has shown success in 3-4 starts. Now, I’m hoping he continues this success for 3-4 more starts, but even if they are “good” starts I would not look for him to be promoted. Due to his erratic past, I think he needs to demonstrate a longer stretch of control and success before going up to the major leagues where he is likely to put more pressure on himself. I feel the added pressure from being in the show has been a big reason for him imploding in the past. With him now showing new signs of life, I want to be sure he is as comfortable as possible and able to show continued ability to repeat that success before throwing him at MLB hitters again. It’s not like the Phillies are playing for anything other than a draft pick this year, so I see no harm in letting him build confidence and muscle memory in the minors, therefore he can hopefully contribute to the Phils as they work to rebuild.

      If he can continue this success I would say bring him up in August after we trade away the starting rotation.

    2. I agree with the thinking that Aumont is best left alone for awhile to hopefully build comfort and confidence in AAA. It’s true that AAA hitters are a long way from big league hitters, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be a good challenge. Remember that he struggled as a starter (and a reliever) in AA, so the fact that he’s doing well at a higher level means he’s progressed since then.

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