Box Score Recap – 5/17/2015

Lehigh Valley lost to Rochester, 5-3.  David Buchanan was taken from the field with an apparent right leg injury in the third inning with one out in a scoreless game.  Adam Loewen came on to earn the loss.   Asche, 1-4.  Brown, 2-4.  Jayson Nix made his IronPigs debut, 0-4.

Reading and Zach Eflin beat Erie, 2-1.  The Phils’ right-hander allowed a solo home run and three other hits in 8.0 innings of work.  Nick Hill earned his first save with a 2K ninth.  Roman Quinn had the day off, so Brian Pointer stepped up to record Reading’s stolen base for the day.  He also provided a large part of Reading’s offense, going 2-4 with a double, RBI, and scored the go-ahead run.  The big day boosted his average back over .200 and he has gone back-to-back games without striking out for the first time this season.  Gabriel Lino supplied the RBI double that gave Eflin the lead.

Clearwater lost to Daytona, 4-2.  David Whitehead battled with what looked like less than his best stuff in the heat and humidity.  The temp rose to 93 during the game and whatever breeze there was, disappeared by game time.

  • Whitehead kept the Threshers in the game for 5.0 innings before leaving in the sixth after 2 singles and a hit batter.
  • Yacksel Rios came into the bases-loaded situation and did what I’ve noticed a lot of Phillies’ middle relievers seem to do in this situation, allow inherited runners to score.  Rios allowed all three to score.  In a runner on third and one-out situation in the next inning, he was more successful.
  • Yoel Mecias made his 2015 debut and allowed 3 base runners over his 2 innings.
  • The Threshers offense was once again ineffective on Sunday afternoon.  They are 0-5 on Sundays this season.  They are 1-7 in day games.
  • Although the score was 4-2, it really wasn’t that close.  They managed to get Knapp to third with one out in the fourth but popped up the opportunity. They also had runners caught stealing in the first and fifth.  They went meekly in the 6th and 7th after Daytona stretched their lead to four.  They showed some spunk when they loaded the bases in the 8th, but free-swinging, pinch-hitter Willians Astudillo grounded into an inning-ending double play.  Their 2-out rally in the ninth was a little anti-climactic, and ended with the bases loaded and a J.P. Crawford pop up.
  • Angelo Mora went 3-4 with an RBI.  Chase Harris went 2-4 with an RBI.  Crawford went 2-5.  The Threshers did collect 10 hits, but all were singles.

Lakewood lost to Kannapolis, 4-1.  Elniery Garcia gave up all the Intimidators over the first three innings.  Manny Martinez made his Lakewood debut in the ninth inning.  Joel Fisher had 2 doubles in 4 at bats and half of the BlueClaws hits.  Tocci and Hoskins had one hit each.  Hoskins also had their lone RBI (his 25th).

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The Threshers are on the road this week.  I’ll be attending the AAC Tournament.  I’ll provide the daily box score report, but it will be a little sketchier than usual.  Shouldn’t affect the quality, since I set the bar low.  If there are any top prospects in the conference, let me know in the comments section below, and I’ll keep an eye on them.

Extra Innings –

  • Maikel Franco hit his first MLB triple and home run and picked up 2 RBI.  Congrats!
  • Philadelphia Phillies placed RHP Chad Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 16, 2015. Right shoulder strain
  • Philadelphia Phillies recalled RHP Hector Neris from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Anthony Vasquez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • RHP Tyler Knigge assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

23 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/17/2015

  1. Has anybody had eyes on Aaron Brown at all this season? I haven’t eyeballed one positive report, people. Is he a bust?

    1. Brown strikes me as the college version of Aaron Altherr. Both are toolsy outfielders who are good defenders that can play all three outfield positions, but have plate discipline issues. Altherr seems to have turned that around in the early returns this season but he is two years older and one level higher than Brown. I have seen some reports that questions about whether Brown can stick in center but the game reports I have seen say he has played well there. My other concern with Brown is with the aggressiveness that he plays the outfield (crashing into walls and such) may lead him to be a bit injury prone.

      1. I have little concern about his ability to play the outfield. I share your concern about plate discipline. Like several Threshers’ players , he is aggressive at the plate. He is among a small group that seems to always swing at the first pitch.

    2. I think we need to be a little more patient with Brown than we would with most college players. Remember he just missed two weeks with an injury too, so he probably hasn’t felt settled in so far. I’m not super confident that he’ll figure out the strikezone, but a 5.1% BB rate isn’t too terrible right now. All five of his walks have come in his last twelve games.

  2. Watching the Reading staff, I see Eflin has been doing very well albeit with few Ks. Per a video it seems he has very good breaking stuff…but I don’t know what kind of FB he has. (?)

    Lively (what a name!) is the one, along with Nola, who can rack up Ks with Nola’s few BBs leading the way. Now I know that I wasn’t the only one to mention him in the same breath as Gary Maddox (used by a Phils “adviser” recently) who can see Nola having/developing the same kind of approach to pitching: command of the strike zone, few free passes, just enough heat on his FB to make movement on his other pitches effective. That formula is likely to have him at the front of the future rotation.

    Lively has me pleased that he was acquired from the Reds. He has lots of movement on his pitches and, can strike people out at a high rate. He could bring down his BBs to become better in his overall game.

    Windle IMO is more of a work in progress than them. He has the arm and size to become a good pitcher…but not yet. They need more time with his development, so I see the other 3 most likely to end up on the big club at 2016’s spring training. Adding 3 YOUNG pitchers to a rotation would be a large step in putting the team back in a competitive frame.

    Now, wouldn’t you expect to get back, inter alia, a prospect pitcher or two in the likely Hamels and Paps (and maybe Harang, too) trades? One more good one close enough at High A or AA…

    Biddle? We all are impatient for him to get it together and I understand he is working on one or more “new” pitches. Maybe his light will come on….soon? Adding a good lefty to that future staff would be like manna from heaven. Let’s wait out this season with him….

    1. Bob Brookover has a article in Monday’s Inquirer where he says an NL Scout feels that Windle and Lively need to develope their changeup pitch or both could be destined for the bullpen.

      1. Probably can also say something similar with Biddle. The way it appears now, if improvement is not evident this season, he is destined for the bullpen.

        1. Perhaps he’ll take the same path as Aumont: show some initial promise in the bullpen then further command issues and then finally converted to a starter again two years later. Maybe that’s what it takes.

          1. Speaking of Aumont, he starts tonight…if he does well, he could get the call-up for a Phillies start next week, if the Philllies send down Sev Gonzalez after Wednesday’s start in Colorado.

    2. The book on Eflin is that his fastball and changeup are his best pitches, but the breaking stuff needs work to get to average. Basically, right now he’s pre-injury Jon Pettibone with a little bit more fastball. There’s still a hope that his slider improves and/or that his fastball velo climbs higher.

  3. It’s painful to hear Buchanan was carted off the field. It can’t be good. If we’re looking for a silver lining, maybe Nola gets called up to LHV. Great to hear Mecias got some innings in. Let’s hope he gets back in the rotation quickly. must really like Elniery Garcia. They called his outing “solid”. A 5 inning, 7 hit, 4 run, 3 ER outing doesn’t sound that solid or have they lowered the bar on the term “solid outing”?

  4. Being a Univ of Memphis Alum (University and Baseball team), I’ve followed the AAC closely this year. Here are a few guys that caught my eye:

    Ian Happ OF/2B Cinncy – more so bc he’s the guy most talked about.
    Houston C Ian Rice
    Central Florida SS Tommy Williams
    Connecticut 3B Brian Daniello
    Houston OF Kyle Survance
    Memphis OF Jake Little
    Houston RHP Jacob Lemoine
    Houston RHP Patrick Weigel
    South Florida RHP Jimmy Herget
    Connecticut RHP Devin Over
    Tulane RHP Ian Gibaut

    A bunch of names but they are all good with 2 being potential top 50 picks in Happ and Lemoine.

  5. It is at least a bright sign that we are interested in following Aumont’s starts. I am pulling for him, and hoping for the “Phils need a bit of luck” plan. I would like to see him earn a call-up.

  6. I was at the Reading game yesterday, lots of free swingers! Eflin pitched very well after the first three innings or so. His outs early on were hard outs and he was saved by a pretty good fielding Reading team. Pointer stole a bag, but honestly should have been out by a mile, it was just a poor throw.

  7. I still consider Augment outing a positive even if he revered to throwing some BBs. The question become can ML pitcher survive who throws BB higher than league average?

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