Box Score Recap – 5/28/2015

Lehigh Valley (19-30) split a double header with the Gwinnett Braves.  They lost Game #1 when they were shut out, 3-0.  Phillippe Aumont was charged with 3 runs in 3.2innings on 1 hit, 6 walks, and 2 hit batters.  He left trailing 1-0 and the bases loaded.  Seth Rosin allowed 2 inherited runners to score, giving up a single to the first batter he faced.  The IronPigs managed 4 singles in the 7-inning game.  The ‘Pigs won the second game in eight innings, coming from behind to tie in the 7th and win in the 8th, 6-4.  Jason Berken pitched 6.0 innings and allowed 4 runs, 1 earned.  Brian Bogusevic hit a 2-run single to tie the game.  Logan Moore drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the first extra inning.

Reading (25-21) lost to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 4-3.  Tom Windle pitched into the sixth inning and gave way to Reinier Roibal who pitched into the ninth and stood to get the win when The Phils took the lead in the top of the ninth.  However, he allowed a leadoff home run to tie the game and left with one out and the go-ahead run on second.  Colton Murray retired the second out of the inning, but Brock Stassi commited an error fielding a ball at first and the Cats won in walk-off fashion.  Aaron Altherr went 3-4 with 2 doubles.  Stassi went 1-2 with 2 walks, a HR, and 2 RBI.

Clearwater (23-24) split a double header with the Fort Myers Miracle.  Report on the games is here.

Lakewood (23-23) beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 10-2.  Chris Oliver gave up 1 earned run in 6.0 innings.  The BlueClaws scored 3 runs in 6.0 innings off Ben Holmes (0-4, 4.30).  Yes, that Ben Holmes.  Rhys Hoskins went 3-4 with his 6th HR and 3 RBI.  Deivi Grullon went 3-5 with a double and 3 RBI.

Williamsport (0-0) starts their season on the road against the State College Spikes on June 19th, home opener on June 20th.

GCL Phillies (0-0) starts their season across the bay against the GCL Yankees1 on June 22nd, second game at the Carpenter Complex on June 23rd.

DSL Phillies (0-0) begin their season on Saturday, May 30th.

VSL Phillies (6-4) lost 10-7 to the VSL Cubs.  Lenin Rodriguez hit a 2-run HR.  Enger Jimenez went 4-5 with 2 doubles.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Nothing on Dugan and Watson.  They changed the venue from Clearwater to Bradenton.

54 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/28/2015

  1. I hate to start off a Phillies Minor League discussion with the name Ben Holmes but I must. He has yet to win a professional baseball game. 0 – 6 in his year plus. Over that time guys have hit .307 against him.

    Aumont is back to his old ways but he has been unhittable. Too bad the opponent doesn’t have to remove the bat from their shoulders to score runs.

    I’ll join the chorus that Hoskins has to be promoted… and now. Other guys are blocked, for the moment, but not Hoskins.

      1. Yeah, I don’t mean to pile on the kid. But, when I recognize a player on the other team, I like to point him out. Interesting points, 3 of his 4 losses this season have come against Lakewood; and yesterday’s game was the first time he completed 6.0 innings in his pro career.

    1. I mentioned this earlier this week. And, normally, it shouldn’t be a consideration, but … Who plays first for Lakewood after you promote Hoskins? I couldn’t tell you with any certainty who will play first for Williamsport – 17-year old Luis Encarnacion? One of the other young, LA kids (catchers, usually) who see some time there? Who’s going to move up to fill the slot? With Zach Green’s injury, the only “first baseman” in Clearwater is Willians Astudillo. Can’t really send him down, He’s also their back up third baseman and one of their back up catchers right now.

      I think we have to be patient. Once they add and sign some college position players in the draft in two weeks, The promotions should start.

      1. Jim, have you seen Encarnacion hit during XST this year? Just curious as to how he has looked.

          1. Thanks. I’m hoping for a breakout at the plate this year, given that his bat was his calling card when signed. Patience …

    2. Yeah, word on Holmes was that his draft stock fell last year because his stuff went backwards. Judging by his K/9 of about 5.5, it seems like it hasn’t come back. At 23, he looks like an org arm.

  2. I’ve never pitched a baseball game in my life but it does amaze me that Aumont can get SO out of whack. I mean these walk rates are even above normal for him. Just seems his mechanics get out of whack and he’s screwed for a bit.

    On the bright side Baseball America named Malquin Canelo as their “Helium Watch” player for this week. So there’s that… 🙂

    1. Are you 6-7? Apparently it’s one of the main issues with that size. Falling apart mechanically.

  3. I don’t wish harm on anybody’s career, but I am somewhat pleased that Aumont has shown his true colors once again. It was getting ridiculous how people were ignoring the 4 years of what we have seen because of three good starts. The guy just can’t pitch, and is never going to be anything more than a guy with nasty stuff who can look impressive one inning and walk 4 the next.

    Lets get some of these gusy promoted. First off, Bougesevic belongs on the ML roster over a handful of guys. I know he is not a future star or anything, but at least he would provide a power bat off the bench. I am tired of watching Cesar Hernandez pinch hitting.

    Hoskins, Tocci, Nola, even Altherr and Stassi….who does a phillies farmhand have to **** to get moved to the next level?

    1. Not sure he’s a power bat. In his minor league career he’s hit a HR every 50 ABs or so . . . That’s also obviously on the MiL level. He has more power than Hernandez but who doesn’t (not named Revere).

    2. I don’t think you meant “pleasure”. Schadenfreude has no place in minor league baseball. These are all young men doing their best. Perhaps you meant you are relieved that the overly optimistic commentary will die down?

    3. Altherr? What has he done which makes you think he deserves a promotion? I would promote either Stassi or Charles and have both of them play 1B every day. I’m not at all impressed by what Allentown has at 1B.

      It certainly does sound like you root against Aumont and are happy he has had back-to-back bad games. He has the kind of stuff that is hard to come by. I would hope we were all rooting for him to find consistency in his delivery and develop as a part of Phillies’ starting rotation later this year and going forward.

      Really don’t understand why you are so pleased to put a stake in the guy after he has had a number of consecutive plus plus outings and remains almost unhittable.

      1. It’s actually not terrible right now, unless you were talking about his K rate at the ML level last year.

          1. Is 19.4% really all that high for a young power hitter? He also has a high walk rate and a HR every 13 AB.

            1. He might be great. but those pcl hitting figure you can throw out the window. that league is a hitters league with small parks and wind blown homeruns.

  4. Random thought but why don’t more rebuilding teams go with a 6 man rotation like the Mets? You obviously need the arms to do so but if you have some guys at AAA who you want to look at a 6 man is perfect. Not only can you see an extra guy but you are also lowering innings on a younger prospects arm. I know it’s not conventional thinking but it’s not a terrible idea.

    1. I remember the days of the 4-man rotation.
      Now teams may go with 6!
      At some point in the distant future, the 25-man roster may have to get bumped up

    2. The first thing is that 1 more arm in the rotation means 1 less arm in the bullpen. Second, these pitchers will have less starts which means less wins and strikeouts. This matters when negotiating for free agency and arbitration. That’s why pitchers are not a fan of 6 man rotations.

      1. Though the Lakewood BlueClaws are currently using a 6-man rotation.

        And as a side note….Shane Watson has one more rehab then up to Lakewood to join in the rotation I assume, since his 50 game suspension is over next week..
        So one of the current six could be moved up to CLW……Pinto and Casimro are doing well and could get the call-up. Then assume Leibrandt and Leiter get moved up….just one big domino event soon to transpire.

      2. That’s the players problem tho. How a team runs their 25 man roster is up to them. You could also look at it 2 ways 1. The way you are, with stats going down or 2. The pitchers in a 6 man rotation theoretically should be stronger in every start bc of the extra day so maybe their totals go down but their other numbers improve.

        Remember I’m only talking about a team that’s rebuilding. Get the most opportunities to see as many guys as possible this way. Just an idea.

    3. I don’t see why you can’t convert a 6th starter into a long man, who will pitch 2-3 innings fairly often. It can easily give rest to the rest of the bullpen when needed, you (almost) always have somebody who can fill in when Sev or O’Sullivan go 3 innings, and he won’t have to go through the lineup more than once to maximize his success.

  5. Asche back up, and the Phils have to make a move. Probably sending O’Sullivan down, but who plays where? Why bring Asche up to not play every day? Revere cannot play RF with that arm. Why bring him up without a plan in place? And, it is easy to say to release Sizemore or Francoeur, but there is no RF, and Dom seems like a distant memory.

    1. Sizemore released, leaving Francoeur and Revere to share right field. One can’t hit; one can’t throw. I guess that they are keeping it warm for Dom Brown and his .309 slugging percentage (in AAA).

    1. rocco..looking at todays MLBTRs….it seems the Dodgers are in the talks with every Cuban free agent!
      How do you feel about that?

      1. I said it yesterday, the Dodgers interest in every Cuban is beginning to look quite FIFA like, especially in a LA market where relationships are paramount and back door dealing is common.

        Funny thing, they have no place to play the Cubans now and one is pissed off over what looks to be a lack of playing time.

    2. If I was Jeff Francoeur, I wouldn’t be feeling too safe either. If Domonic Brown gets hot, he’s on his way out (unless Revere gets traded).

  6. romus I have lost all hope. How do you compete with a teams that go get talent in other markets , while we mostly try to do it with the draft and not going over for fear of getting the commissioner mad, With teams spending in cuba and dom and venz we are a lost puppy. I will die before we ever see another good Phillies team. Middleton will never get control to stop this unfair advantage other big markets have over us, god bless guys like you, who will spend money on season tickets, even though there is no hope, as long as mont and giles are still here, I guess if I was rich, I would buy a season ticket like you do, but I cant throw away thousands on a bad team, rather do something else,

    1. rocco..relax a little….MattWinks has a little rundown on the LA prospects and state of the union and future, hope this helps..check it out.
      “Edubray Ramos – Fastball has been mostly 92-94 touching 96-97 this year was supposedly 95-96 last night on an inconsistent gun. Has a wipeout curveball. Will throw a changeup and slider too.
      Ranger Suarez – He is stateside and currently seems lined up to pitch in the Williamsport bullpen (based on roster usage). Fastball has been 85-87 but has shown good control of it.
      Adonis Medina – One of those alluded to Dominican arms, 18 years old, put up good numbers in the DSL last year. Was consistently 88-89 T90 in Fall Instructs, made a velocity jump and was reportedly 93-96 last week in Extended Spring Training with a hammer curve. Should start in the GCL.
      Seranthony Dominguez – 20 year old Dominican RHP who will be repeating the GCL, but appears to be stretched out as a starter this time. He has been consistently 95-96 in early innings, fading to 91-94 in later innings. Has had some control problems.
      Yacksel Rios – Rios has bounced between the rotation and bullpen of late but is settling into the Clearwater bullpen, velocity has ticked up to 94-95 in relief. Only 22 years old, but has a 2011 pick will be Rule 5 eligible.
      As far as I can tell the Phillies are fairly unmatched with what they are churning out of Latin America right now on the low money signings, but I am not that well versed in other systems. Over the past few seasons in addition to the 3-5 guys you hear about that got big money, they are signing 30+ guys who will play in the VSL/DSL and workout in the complexes. It becomes a numbers game, and they have had some dev successes (like rebuilding Kilome’s delivery to use his lower half). You named a bunch of pitchers, but there are some hitters making their way along too. We have seen Malquin Canelo break out some, Grenny Cumana is super interesting, Carlos Duran (OF) could be something, Juan Luis (OF) is showing solid tools in Extended Spring, and there are a lot of people (including me) who really like Jesus Posso ©. In other words, the Phillies are doing really interesting things in Latin America because their scouts are good. The Phillies have always been well regarded in the industry for their work in Latin America, we are now starting to see what happens when it gets ramped up a bit.”

      Not to mention …. there are current A prospects like Pinto, Mecias, Kilome, Casimiro et al.

      1. Romus, this was a great post about the Latin American signings by the Phillies. What would the farm system look like without the Latin American players?

        1. philbatlfan…………..it would look rather pedestrian, but remember….look at the other top farms….packed with LA talent…cubc, Sox , Yankees, Rangers and more…all have many LA talents.
          What the Phillies lack is OFer, heavy hitters in LA talent..maybe Pujols and hopefully future signee Jhailyn Ortiz will help in that category.
          There are a surplus of middle infielders and pitching….with Tocci and Grullon as CF and catcher.

  7. Tocci has 1 extra base hit in his last 12 games. It my biggest concern with him. Still his numbers have all improved from last year. Is he truly an improved prospect or is he product of repeating same level?

  8. Pitching , defense and speed can win you a lot of games. Yes you still need power plus hitability and pitchabity . We need 3 or 4 really good players and the rest are pieces to a good team. Last yr I was like Roccom I didn’t see much pitching in the organization . Now with 1 good draft behind them plus Pinto, Mecias, Nola, Oliver, Leibrandt , Kilmore etc . Plus with Clawford, Quinn, etc we do need power . S F has a system were they don ‘t need high price LA talent. S F however don’t miss in the draft . The Phillies don’t have a system that we know of since we do have our best scout in the DR , Vez and pan maybe that is there plan. We can win without being big market teams in the Cuban market.they should however throw there hat in the ring. Monty and Giles have the money they are on the other side of 70 why there building for the furture is anyone’s guess.

  9. Perkins may be coming out of his doldrums. Got his 5th.
    Nola after a somewhat shaking start of the game, is in the groove.
    Squirrels infield defense appears a bit squirrelling tonight.

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