Box Score Recap – 6/3/2015

Lehigh Valley (20-34) dropped both games of their double header with the Rochester Red Wings.  Joely Rodriguez gave up 6 runs in 4.2 innings on 9 hits and 2 walks on the way to a 7-4 loss in game one.  Dom Brown went 2-4 with an RBI and Gabriel Lino went 1-3 with an RBI in his IronPigs’ debut.  The ‘Pigs came back to tie the game in the fourth, but Rodriguez failed to produce a shutdown inning and absorbed his fifth loss.  Phillippe Aumont went 6.0 innings in the second game, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks.  He had a lead but a 2-run home run in the fourth inning proved to be too much for the IronPigs to overcome.  Brown went 1-4 with an RBI.  Lino DNP.  Adam Morgan (0-5, 5.33) pitches tomorrow.

Reading (28-24) lost to the Erie SeaWolves 2-1.  Ben Lively went 5.0 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk.  Hoby Milner followed with three, 1-hit innings.  The Phils’ offense managed 11 hits, but could muster only one run.  Art Charles went 3-4 with a double and RBI.  J.P. Crawford didn’t work any walks, but did get 2 hits.  Brian Pointer went 2-3.   Aaron Nola (6-3, 1.81) pitches tomorrow.

Clearwater (27-26) beat the Dunedin Blue Jays with a 4-run, ninth inning rally on the road, 6-5.  Brandon Leibrandt lasted 4.2 innings, his shortest outing of the season.  He allowed all 5 of Dunedin’s runs on 6 hits and 2 walks.  He has allowed 9 ER in his last 10.0 innings and has seen his ERA climb from 2.29 to 3.13 over his last two starts.  Miguel Nunez pitched one walk ball for 2.1 innings and did NOT allow his inherited runner to score.  Jesen Therrien pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning to pick up the win.  Ulises Joaquin notched his 5th save with some drama in the ninth.  Andrew Knapp hit his 2nd HR of the season, a solo shot to get the Threshers started in the first.  Andrew Pullin singled later in the inning to drive in Dylan Cozens.  The offense lay dormant until the ninth, when Chace Numata walked and Pullin and Devin Lohman singled to load the bases.  After a run-scoring wild pitch, Mitchell Walding stroked a 2-run double to tie the game.  He was advanced to third on a Drew Stankiewicz sacrifice and scored on a throwing error on the same play.  All the preceding occured before an out was recorded.  Joaquin entered the game and the Jays got a leadoff, infield single in the bottom of the inning.  A sacrifice moved the runner to second and a wild pitch got the tying run to third with less than one out.  The Jays couldn’t convert with the infield drawn in, and the Threshers got the 2-game, series sweep.  Colin Kleven (4-3, 3.72) pitches tomorrow.  Then Rios, Arano, off day, Whitehead.  Either a move is coming or the Threshers are going to a 6-man rotation.

Lakewood (25-25) had its double header with Delmarva postponed, wet grounds.  They begin a series with the Hickory Crawdads tomorrow.  Ranfi Casimiro (2-3, 2.96) pitches the series opener.

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

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

DSL Phillies (3-1) beat the DSL Athletics, 4-2.  Daniel Brito went 2-3.

VSL Phillies (6-8) lost to the VSL Rays, 4-2.  Enger Jimenez went 2-4 (.489) with a solo HR.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs released C John Hester.
  • William Cuicas assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies.
  • Aaron Brown assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.

44 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/3/2015

    1. Aaron Brown to Williamsport? It looked like he was just getting some traction and, only a year after being drafted, he is already an older prospect (thank you Marti Woelover). Probably among the top 5 most surprising transactions in the history of the farm. I wonder what they are trying to do to/with him? Do you think they are going to try having him pitch again and DH? I’m serious because I’m struggling for an explanation on this one.

      1. As soon as I heard A Brown was on Williamsport, I thought the Phils were going to try him as a P.

      2. Has to be the reason for his move down the ladder. Perhaps they see that Morgan, Biddle and Windle can use more future competition from another lefty.

      3. Yeah, I really can’t think of any valid explanation for this other than that he’s headed down to work on his pitching and I do wonder if, while he’s there, he will continue to hit.

        All of that said, Brown was a classic Marti Woelover high draft pick and shows the flaws in the approach used by his administration. The Brown pick was all about athleticism and, don’t get me wrong, that’s hugely important. But Brown had two big warts that are difficult to overcome. First, historically, he has shown NO plate discipline. 3.3% of his at bats in college resulted in walks – this is a rate that is entirely inconsistent with success at a higher level. In other words, basically nobody that walks this little can stay in the majors – nobody. So that was a huge risk. Second, Brown was pretty damned old, even for a college prospect. Here it is, less than a year removed from his draft and he’s doing only okay in his age 23 season in A ball, so he has to literally rush to keep with the developmental curve. It’s not a good spot to be in with a recent 3rd round pick.

        None of this is to say that Brown cannot succeed and it says nothing of his abilities as a pitcher – I have no idea what to think about that other than that people seemed to like him as much as a pitcher as they did as an outfielder. But the Phillies, at least under Woelover, tended to overlook some really important statistical markers and it usually came back to haunt them.

    2. Perhaps Mitch Rupert may be able to find out the rational if he is still in Williamsport.

    3. The Thresher’s transaction log says he was sent to Extended Spring Training. He is on the Williamsport site roster, but that may be an artifact of how the website handles things.

      1. Thanks Matt,
        Well that explains it more….since short-season is a few weeks away he can be stashed on their roster I assume for awhile.
        Is he hurt or ailing or do you think they are going to start to stretch him out for pitching?

        1. The most logical thing would be that he is slightly banged up and that they want another hitter on the team while he gets back. If they are making adjustments to him, it is much more logical that they are changing something with his swing and approach than it would be that they are moving him onto the mound.

          Brown was a decent prospect as a pitcher, but the upside on the mound is less than the upside as a hitter and he has been hitting pretty well of late.

  1. My thought here is why not flip Brown and Tocci. Why double drop Brown to Williamsport? I hope he tastes the success that comes from dropping 2 leagues. Maybe the Phils could take Dom Brown and drop him to CLW or maybe even LKW. Maybe that will give him a kick in the keister.

    1. rocco….if they definitely go positional player next week in the first round, and if its an OFer, then maybe you are correct and make him a pitcher. The number one pick at 10 is going to get the red carpet treatment for the next 3/4 years.

  2. Holding my breath….but thinks Cozens is ready to come on now…over the last week he is making contact with a .392 BA…..hope the ISO and HR rates tick up though.

  3. Remember when people said Franco would have trouble with major league fastballs given the “arm bar”? yeah…that was all wrong. his homer last night was a thing of beauty. and hearing Chooch’s story about how jacked up the bench was before the AB is even more awesome.

    1. That just goes to show that in the bigs, if the hitter knows a fastball is coming, you can’t throw it hard enough to get it by him. Franco absolutely hammered that fastball.

      1. I wouldn’t say that is true 100% of the time. Ryan Howard couldn’t catch up to 98 mph heat. But Great fastball hitters can.

        1. If you know a fastball is coming, you cheat. You start your swing sooner. I have no doubt that if Howard knew a 98 fastball was coming, he would rip it.

      2. I totally disagree with that, Yes most can hit a fastball better than breaking balls, but when someone throws hard, its still hard to hit it solid

        1. I agree with you here. When you get up to 98-100 MPH hitters are just guessing on location.

          http://www.stevepinto.com/Baseball_Equipment/Baseball_Gloves/169.html

          Just how long does it take to go from the pitcher’s hand to the catcher’s glove?

          .375 seconds from release point to home plate…”The Physics of Baseball” Dr. Robert K. Adair…He breaks it all down for you…Velocity-reaction time etc…

          It depends on how fast the ball goes, if it goes about 100 mph. You have about 7 tenths of a second. If it goes abot 90 mph you have about a second

          Assuming the fastball is travelling at 95 mph, that translates to about 139.3 ft/second. The distance from the mound to home plate is 60.5 feet, so it takes about 0.43 seconds to travel that distance.

          Of course, the ball slows down as it moves and the release point is usually a bit closer than 60’6″ (as that is the location the pitcher starts his motion at, not where he finishes), but it’s safe to say that unless you can judge the pitch and get the bat around in less than half a second, you’re not going to get a hit.

        2. Why is Matt Harvey so effective? Or Cole Hamels who’s getting his fastball up to 95 on occasion? If all you’re throwing are fastballs, the hitters will time you no matter how hard you throw. Even Matt Stairs commented on this yesterday. It’s the secondary pitches that makes elite pitchers. The hitter only has fractions of a second to determine what type of pitch it is and adjust. Take too long and it’s over, you’ll never hit it. Why do hitters work the count? Because they know that the pitchers will have to come in with a strike and more likely than not, it’s going to be fastball. They sit fastball and try to rip.

          1. Hitters also look for release points. A good hitter can discern the rotation of the arm and the release point giving him a clue as to the type of pitch.

            However, the decision is made so fast that it really boggles the mind.

            Great pitchers know how to mix their pitches and fool batter into expecting a fastball when their pitch is a curve ball.

            1. What?!? Hitters are not losing at the pitchers “arm rotation. You arm shouldn’t rotate, it pronates after the ball is release but that’s it. The difference between a fastball, curveball and slider is your wrist. Hitters have a hard enough time watching the actually ball at the release point let alone watching the rotation of the arm while taking their eye off the ball (can’t really see both). Also the release point should be the same on all pitches as well. If it’s not the same then they need to do their best to work on that.

    2. I never heard that or thought that after seeing him. It was the junk offspeed stuff that worried me. I have seen him really grow up at the plate, not chasing as much in the minors, haven’t seen him a lot yet with Phillies,

  4. Cannot believe no one has brought up Nola’s superb performance again today, 75% K…has it come to that….that is what is expected…ho-hum.

    1. Only 4 Ks but 11 GB outs. That looks to be a skill for him.

      This is the third time he has faced Erie and each time he has held them to one or fewer runs. But he could probably use some more seasoning in AA.

      1. That is what is also amazing…third time facing a pitcher makes it a lot easier on the hitters.
        All he needs to do is tilt the bill of his hat, put on some wire-specks and wallah!..Greg Maddux revisited.
        Ok…a bit of an exaggeration at this point on my part. 🙂

      2. His GB rate is only 39% this year. I guess it was a strength for him today but it’s not really something he does consistently. When he gets to the majors, that’s one area of his game that hitters could take advantage of if he doesn’t start to miss more bats. Unless he has a crazy high IFFB%.

        1. Could be the case since his HR/FB rate is not very high at all. Not sure there is any correlation in the two however.

          1. Could be. I just worry that, even though he gets away with it in AA he may not in the majors. Of course, he’ll have to make adjustments like every player does and he’s still getting better, but we won’t know that he can do it until he actually does.

  5. I agree that Nola is ready for a promotion, but although I routinely knock Rube, I can understand why they are in no hurry to move Nola. Sometime in the next couple of weeks, I believe he goes to Lehigh Valley, and they do not plan on him making it to the MLs until August, after a Hamels and/or Harang trade happens. There is no reason to do it sooner, so might as well let O’Sullivan and Sevy and Jerome Williams eat innings.

  6. I get there is a plan or process but it’s time. What is Nola going for 20 win season at REA? Move him to AAA so he can face guys older who’ve been in the show. Two or three months and then get the September call up.

    1. I think AA is appropriated for him. The better talent is in AA ball. Since I consider, Quinn, Crawford, Nola & Eflin possible future core I would let them play as group as long as possible. There is very little Nola can do for Phillies considering their current lineup.

  7. Since the arrival of Crawford in Reading, Serna has started at 2B, 3B, and today LF. Why not send Greene or Serna to LHV…..what’s the point of Jason Nix…..Lino to LHV also makes sense to me.

    1. Injuries and to prepare for possible trades. Nix can be called up to spot start or as a bench piece between the time when the trades happen and the season ends.

      When someone gets traded you need someone to take their place.

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