Box Score Recap – 6/21/2015

Lehigh Valley (27-45) lost to Scranton 8-2.  Chad Billingsley went 4 batters before showing he can do what the major league staff can do, give up a three-run home run (by Kyle Roller, a name I remember from his days with the Tampa Yankees when he tormented Threshers’ pitching).  Billingsley then gave up a two-run home run after facing two batters in the second.  Call him up!  He lasted 2.2 innings, gave up 7 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits, 2 walks, and 2 hit batters.  He threw 66 pitches, 44 for strikes (how misleading is that).  The bullpen (Leroux, Gutierrez, and Loewen) came in and pitched 6.1 innings of 1-run ball.  Loewen recorded 2 Ks in his one inning.

Darin Ruf went 1-3 with an RBI.  Gabriel Lino went 0-3.  Brian Bogusevic went 0-4 with the other RBI.  Edgar Duran went 2-3 with a double.  Chris McGuinness had the only other IronPig hit.

Off day Monday.  Seve Gonzalez (1-4, 4.23) pitches Tuesday.

Reading (36-32) beat the Portland Sea Dogs 8-7.   Jesse Biddle threw 5.0 shutout innings.  He gave up 3.0 hits and struck four.  He also walked 5 and threw 90 pitches, 50 strikes.  I’m sure a lot of people will focus on this as a negative.  I will choose to focus on that he battled with less than his best stuff and kept the other team off the scoreboard.  Now the bullpen is another story.

Joely Rodriguez and Colton Murray gave up 6 runs on 8 hits in 1.2 innings to let the Sea Dogs get back into the game.  Ryan O’Sullivan pitched one-hit relief but left with 2 runners on base.  Tyler Knigge pitched out of the eighth inning jam but gave up a run in the ninth.  However, Murray (1), O’Sullivan (1), and Knigge (2) stranded the four runners they inherited.  (I’m quick to point out when relievers don’t strand runners, it’s only fair that I point out when they are successful.)

The Phils mounted a 13-hit attack and every starter got at least one hit.  They built a 7-0 lead before Biddle left the game.  J.P Crawford went 1-4 with a walk.  Kelly Dugan went 2-5.  Aaron Altherr went 2-5 with an RBI.  Each of these guys scored 2 runs.  Art Charles went 2-4 with 4 RBI.  Cam Perkins and Brian Pointer each went 1-4 with an RBI.  Logan Moore went 1-4 with a solo home run, the Phils’ only XBH.  Charles 4th RBI provided the final margin.

Zach Eflin (4-4, 2.99) pitches tomorrow.

Clearwater (34-33) coming off All Star Break.  Monday’s pitcher is still TBD.

Lakewood (33-35)  beat the Greenville Drive 9-3.  Josh Taylor pitched into the eighth inning.  He allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out nine.  Manny Martinez finished up in relief.

The BlueClaws got contributions uo and down the line p.  Malquin Canelo went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI.  Herlis Rodriguez went 3-5 with a double and 3 RBI.  Rhys Hoskins went 1-5 with an RBI.  Damek Tomscha went 3-4 with a double and 2 runs scored.  Cord Sandberg went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Chase Harris went 2-4 with a triple and an RBI.  Joel Fisher went 0-2 with 2 walks and a run scored.  And Jose Mayorga went 0-1 with a walk, SF, HBP, run scored and an RBI.  Derek Campbell went 1-4.  That’s it.

All Star break until Thursday when TBD pitches.

Williamsport (3-0) beat the State College Spikes 8-1. Jose Taveras pitched five, four-hit innings.  He walked one and struck out five.  2015 draft picks finished up in relief.  Anthony Sequeira struck out 2 in his one inning, but gave up the Spikes only run on 2 hits.  Robert Tasin pitched 2 perfect innings.  Skylar Hunter pitched a one-hit ninth.

Six Cutters had multi-hit games.  Zachary Coppola went 2-4 with a walk.  Venn Biter 2-4 with a walk and 2 RBI.  Jose Pujols went 2-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.  Brendon Hayden went 4-5 with a HR and 2 RBI.  Wilson Garcia went 2-5.  Grenny Cumana went 2-5.  Cumana, Pujols, and Garcia stole bases.

Mitch Gueller starts tomorrow.

GCL Phillies (0-0) start their season at the GCL Yankees1.

DSL Phillies (10-8) No game scheduled.

VSL Phillies (12-18) No game scheduled.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • I saw Cornelius Randolph play Saturday.  (Coach de Armas calls him C.)  He was in LF and only had one ball hit to him.  A line drive to his right that he cut off and threw in toward second base.  No idea how to rate the throw or arm.  They didn’t have enough position players to have anyone on the left side, so there was no one in the relay position.  He looks good at the plate.  He takes healthy swings but he shortened up when he had 2 strikes his first at bat and pulled a line drive single to right.
  • When they called the game after 3 innings, de Armas had a meeting of his GCL squad in the dugout.  Kingery and Martin were excused.  They’ll probably be reporting to Lakewood this week.
  • The GCL Roster hasn’t been posted yet.  Should be out this morning.
  • Philadelphia Phillies designated RHP Phillippe Aumont for assignment.
  • Philadelphia Phillies sent Dustin McGowan outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Philadelphia Phillies recalled Adam Morgan from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Philadelphia Phillies optioned Seth Rosin to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

25 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/21/2015

  1. Pujols is a doubles machine. Very impressive so far. Hayden also wasted no time to start hitting. So far so good….. Happy to see new players getting going from a long awaited draft.

    1. Brendan Hayden, a large Hokie for sure at 6’6′, 230 lbs…another big first baseman in the system. Older then most players I think, and also needs to face better pitching I would think. In the ACC he saw quality pitching.

  2. watched the Reading game, Biddle didn’t have his best stuff but he battled through it, thought the pen was going to blow the win for him. I believe they said Crawford has reached base in 21 or 23 straight games.

    Nice to see Herlis Rodriguez continue to swing the bat. I’m interested to see how Manny Martinez finishes the year, the few times I’ve seen him he impressed me.

    Can’t wait for the Crosscutters to be on Milb.tv, great start to the year for them, especially Pujols. I know there’s a lot of hype on him, so would really help the system if he breaks out this year.

  3. The GCL Phillies roster was released. Lots of interesting OFs on the team, but Jake Sweaney apparently isn’t one of them.

  4. This start by Biddle is the quintessential example of why I disagree with those who think that he is going to be a quality MLB pitcher.

    The people who believe, will view this as a shut-out win. Great game Jessie!

    But I am of the belief that by far the most critical stats for a minor league pitcher are walk rate and k rate. I think ERA or even FIP are far less telling of future success at higher levels. And when I see this box score, I see 5 walks in 5 innings. And I think, if this was an MLB game, with that type of control, you would get the kind of start that Aumont put up last week. While it is nice that he was able to work out of jams at AA, I just don’t see that translating to MLB.

    That is my theory at least. I might be proven wrong and I hope that I am. I would love Jessie to be a stud MLB pitcher for a long career. But until he shows me that he can keep command for a long stretch, then I am not a buyer.

    1. You quite often seem to point out why he will not be a “quality” MLB pitcher, then end your arguments by saying, “but I hope he proves me wrong”. That comes across as a little disingenuous. Pick a side and stay on it and you will probably garner more respect for your critiques. By the way, his name is spelled JESSE.

      1. You couldn’t be more wrong. It is absolutely reasonable to say you hope someone is successful but you don’t think they will be. Telling me to “pick a side” is idiotic. Of course I want Biddle to be successful. I am a Phillies fan. Why would I root against a prospect? But that is not tre same as having blind faith and losing objectivity.

    2. Jesse Biddle’s WHIP is poor due to the BB/9. but his other peripherals…..SO/9, H/9 and HR/9 are very good and indicate a pitcher with potential to be a mid-to-top rotation guy, (2/3).
      As a lefty. I think command and control , for some reason, comes later in their careers.
      I seen it in Lee, Carlton, Randy Johnson and a few others…..hope it comes for Jesse Biddle.

      1. I agree. He worked out of a couple of jams last night and threw a good game.

        Let’s not forget that the infield is pretty poor. I cannot count the number of times there is an error at 3B which leads to multiple runs being scored later in the inning.

        It makes me wonder if the pitching staff has no confidence in 3B and mentally the errors affect the staff.

        I think he is ready to be moved up.

        1. I also watched the game, and I thought it was a well-pitched game by Jesse. The old Jesse would’ve let the walks snowball into big innings, but he kept his composure and made the pitches he had to make. The Reading Eagle had a quote from Biddle in the game recap article, where he said he was frustrated with the walks, but despite the walks in the game, I agree with you that Biddle is ready to be moved up.

        1. Biddle Ks, career:
          621 IPs…618 SO..I am no math major….but that sure does not look like 6 per 9.
          What am I doing wrong?

          1. Guys, he is trying to pitch to contact this year, which is why the K rate is down. And on a not good defensive team. And you should never never never judge any pitcher, esp MILB, based on a box score.

          2. we are talking about different stats. i think his numbers in low A are meaningless. I am looking at his AA numbers and his trend. This year, his K numbers are 6, not 9.

        2. But his H/9 is one of the most indicative projections for a pitcher’s effectiveness…and that is not bad at 7.7

          1. H/9 is a good indicator and 7.7 is good in isolation. But only focusing on that ignores the fact that he is putting a lot of runners on base without requiring a base hit.

            1. Yes…comes down to his command and control…..not good at all, too inconsistent….his BB/9 is below par.
              That’s is why as a big lefty he may take longer then the normal pitchers to come around. Even Gio Gonzalez still struggles in the majors, and he is not as big as Jesse Biddle.

    1. Most I have seen give them a C at best. Knocks include taking Randolf when higher rated HS outfielders like Clark and Plummer were still available and going completely of board for the Williams pick in the third round.

    2. Ratings this early are meaningless.

      You can mope about the picks but the GCL team is knocking the cover off the ball so who knows.

      There is no sense in rating any draft for at least 3 years following the draft year.

  5. Yeah most think Williams was a big reach at third. I Love martin pick. most of first round to be honest. Love the Stewart pick anytime you get a lefthander, who is over 90 in hs. he has chance imo.

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