Box Score Recap – 6/23/2015

Lehigh Valley (28-45) beat the Bufalo Bisons 5-4.  Seve Gonzalez allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 6.0 innings.  He struck out 2 and threw 92 pitches, 56 strikes.  He was in line for the win when the IronPigs pushed ahead in the top of the seventh.  Dustin McGowan preserved the lead and turned the game over to Cesar Jimenez for the eighth.  Cesar blew the save but got the win when the ‘Pigs rallied in the top of the ninth.  Juan Gutierrez earned his second save.  Jimenez’ blown save took Randy Wolf off the hook for the Bison.

Aaron Altherr went 1-3 in his AAA debut.  He doubled, walked, and scored a run.  He was also picked off first.  Brian Bogusevic (.314) went 2-4 with an RBI.  Gabriel Lino went 1-3 with a walk.  Lino has quietly raised his average to .296.

Nola Day!  Aaron Nola (1-0, 0.00) pitches tomorrow.

Reading (37-33) lost to the Akron RubberDucks 9-4.  Tom Windle lasted 4.0 innings.  He gave up 6 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks.  Ethan Martin gave up 2 runs in 2.0 innings  Ryan O’Sullivan gave up 1 run in 2.0 innings and recorded 3 Ks.  Colton Murray pitched a perfect ninth.

J.P. Crawford went 1-3 with 2 walks.  New guy, Ethan Chapman, was inserted in CF and went 0-3 with a walk.  KC Serna went 3-3 with a double, triple, and 2 RBI.  Before he struck out in his final at bat, Crawford had attained a 1:1 BB-to-K ratio with 128 of each in 978 career plate appearances. (Tweeted by Matt Winkelman during the game.)

Mark Leiter (0-1, 3.86) pitches tomorrow.

Clearwater (35-33) led 1-0 when the game was suspended after the second inning.  The Threshers scored in the bottom of the second.  Andrew Knapp doubled to start the inning.  Willians Astudillo aimed for RF until he lifted a ball that way.  (Okay, it only took 2 tries.) It was deep enough and toward the line so that Knapp was able to advance to third.  Chace Numata followed with a drive to left that the fielder had to catch on the run while still retreating along the LF line.  Still, he managed to reach home plate on the fly, just after Knapp crossed with the go ahead run.  Carlos Tocci lined a single to center in his only at bat.  Mitchell Walding had the only other hit.

Matt Ihmof started and pitched a 1-2-3 first, recording a K in a 10-pitch inning.  A lead off single and a wild pitch set the stage for a difficult second inning.  The runner moved to third on a ground ball to the right side.  Imhof got the second out with his second K of the evening.  He appeared to pitch around the next batter with a base open to get to the weaker hitting eight hole hitter.  This looked like a bad idea when he fell behind 3-0, but he rebounded to get a fly out to center.

Now, this fly to center was walloped over the head of a somewhat shallow Tocci.  He turned his back to the ball, ran to a spot, turned, and caught the ball.  Can of corn. (i.e., routine catch).  I tweeted that I see what you all have been talking about.  Make room.  Let me on that Tocci band wagon.

If you don’t follow me on Twitter, I tweeted that Dylan Cozens was back in uniform tonight but not in the line up.

Colin Kleven (4-3, 3.00) is scheduled to pitch tomorrow.  Don’t know who will pick up where Imhof left off.  Suspended game starts at noon and will complete 9 innings.  The regularly scheduled game will start about 30 minutes after the completion of the first game and will last seven innings.  If the Threshers sweep, they will be the North Division Champions for the first half.  The Threshers game conflicts with the GCL game.  I have to see if the Threshers can complete their run from worst to first.  Sorry GCL.

Lakewood (33-35)  All Star break until Thursday when TBD pitches.

Williamsport (5-0) beat the West Virginia Black Bears 3-1.  Luis Morales walked a tight rope for 3.0 innings.  He threw 70 pitches (38 strikes) and allowed 9 base runners on 3 hits, 5 walks, and a hit batter.  Yet he only allowed one run to score.  He was reported to be 89-90, T92. (Tweeted by Mitch Rupert during the game.)  Lewis Alezones pitch two, one walk innings and struck out three.  Will Morris allowed 4 hits in 2.2 innings of shutout ball.  Robert Tasin struck out 3 in 1.1 innings while recording his first save.

Jose Pujols went 0-3 with 2 Ks, but got an RBI.  Brendon Hayden went 2-3 with a walk.  Carlos Duran went 2-4.  Jan Hernandez went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.

Denton Keys starts tomorrow.

GCL Phillies (1-0) were in the fourth inning of their game with the GCL Yankees1, when the game was halted due to lightning in the immediate area.  An hour later, when it started to rain the game was suspended.  It will be completed on July 8th with the Phillies leading 6-3, 2 outs, Arquimedes Gamboa on second, and a 2-2 count to Jonathan Arauz.

Shane Watson pitched 3.0 uninspiring innings.  His line – 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K.  He was saved from further damage in a 2-run first inning when the Yankees1 ran themselves out of a big inning on an RBI single.  With one out and a run in, Watson walked 2 batters.  The next batter singled to right and the runner on second scored.  Bryan Martelo threw to Jose Antequerra at third to cut down the lead runner.  Antequerra threw back to Jonathan Arauz at second to nab the trailer.  Edgar Cabral threw out a would be base stealer in the second inning.

Watson issued a lead off walk in the third.  The runner stole second and moved to third when the throw hit him as he slid into the bag.  After a strike out, he scored on a single.   Then Watson issued 2 more walks to load the bases.  Antequerras started an around-the-horn double play to end the inning.

The Phillies scratched out a run in the first.  Jesus Alastre beat out an infield single, stole second, and moved to third on a throwing error.  He scored on Arauz’ sacrifice fly to right. They completed the come back in the second with consecutive singles by Martelo, Henry Santana, and Antequerra who picked up 2 RBI.  The fourth started with a Martelo double and an Antequerra single before Cabral’s single broke the tie.  Alastre picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice and Gamboa drove in a run with his first base hit, which won’t be official until the game is completed on July 8th.

DSL Phillies (11-9) beat the DSL Royals 8-7 in 11 innings.  They fought back from 6-0 and 7-6 to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth.  Daniel Brito (.292) went 1-5.  Emmanuel Garcia went 3-5 with an RBI.  Edwin Rodriguez went 1-5 with a 2-run HR.  Nerluis Martinez went 1-5 with a 3-run HR.

VSL Phillies (13-19) beat the VSL Cubs 3-1.  Edgar Jimenez (.386) went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI.  He also stole 2 bases giving him 10 for the season.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Philadelphia Phillies signed SS Lucas Williams.
  • Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent LF Ethan Chapman to a minor league contract.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP Dustin McGowan.
  • Aaron Altherr assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs released 2B Jayson Nix.
  • LF Ethan Chapman assigned to Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to GCL Phillies from Clearwater Threshers.
  • Chase Harris assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • SS Lucas Williams assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • Sent RHP Shane Watson on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
  • DSL Phillies placed RHP Yonathan Gonzalez on the restricted list.
  • DSL Phillies placed RHP Javier Cordoba on the restricted list.
  • DSL Phillies placed C Wilber Torres on the restricted list.



51 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/23/2015

  1. Altherr starts off with a 1-3 and another walk with 0 K. In the strange category- Tabares on the VSL team went 0-4 but managed to steal a base, get picked off and get caught stealing AND each of the three were involving a different base. Heading to Clearwater on Friday!!!

  2. This was probably already covered in another thread, but I have been crazy busy. Why are Kyle Martin and Kingery not playing anywhere yet? They both signed early. WP is 5-0 without them!!

    1. Others have said that they are going straight to Lakewood and Hoskins and Canelo are getting promoted after the SAL all-star break.

  3. Rough debut for Shane Watson, but it is great to see him on a mound pitching in real games.

    1. Agree with you 100%.

      Quick question – if he doesn’t show progress this year, might it be his last w organization?

      1. No way. He still has 1 more year before he has to be added to the 40 man roster. And even then, as a first round pick, he has some leash I expect.

  4. The loser of the LHV game was Phormer Phillies Pharmhand Bobby Korecky. He was included in the Eric Milton trade to Minnesota in 2003. How many of us remember Eric Milton or, for that matter, 2003? Bobby’s still kicking around the minors.

    1. i remember Silva and Punto going in that trade, but dont remember Korecky.
      Milton and MIllwood were supposed to be the top of the rotation, right?

  5. Send Dickie Noles to rookie teams with a Spanish speaking drug testing official. With this many kids getting the advice from people they trust to use whatever they are getting caught with is alarming. They are probably told they can get away with it, although it seems that they get caught. Four kids from one team now restricted. I hope the Phillies take this seriously.
    I suppose they want to build up their bodies to be able to compete. I hope the Phillies address this quickly.
    Today we are talking about Shane Watson, who was also involved. What is going on? I don’t know enough to say anything else, but it is certainly something that begs a full-scale investigation. Too many are involved.

  6. The Williamsport team is impressive. After a single, both Zach Coppola and Venn Biter laid down bunts for hits to load the bases leading to 2 runs. I was led to think of the Boyertown Legion team that used to bunt their way to championships by driving the other teams to distraction by their bunting. Somebody is busy installing the small-ball principles the Phillies talk about. Could it be Pat Borders?

    1. Of course it’s important to know how to bunt and get all of the fundamentals right, but about the last thing I want future Phillies teams to do is play a bunch of small ball. I’m a big fan of the Earl Weaver school of baseball – get good pitching, play good defense, get a lot of people on base and hit 3-run homers. Sacrificing outs for one or two runs is the offensive philosophy of losing baseball teams.

    2. The last thing I want is for the organization to suddenly believe that there’s merit to “small ball” and start teaching bunting and “moving runners” at lower levels of the organization.

      Learning the strike zone, working counts, getting on base, working on hit tool. Small ball is a fallacy proven not to work.

        1. I’d hope that these bunts were attempts to get on base and not 2 straight batters “giving themselves up”. If that’s the case, the entire coaching staff should be fired on the spot.

      1. But some organizations just never seem to learn or evolve. I love the stories David Ortiz would tell about being on the Twins because he was resistant to sacrificing with few outs to move runners along which was the “Twins way” of playing ball. He basically said something like “why am I intentionally making an out when I know I can get an extra base hit – that’s why I’m in the middle of the line-up.”

        1. He’s 100% right.

          How many different ways does “small ball” need to be shown as counter-productive to actually scoring runs? Might as well watch a game dressed in a dinosaur outfit if this is your kind of baseball. Every time I hear “moving runners” and “bunting people over” I want to get sick.

            1. No actually it didn’t. San Fran’s superior pitching worked for them and in the end KC’s inability to get on base and relying on a faulty premise – small ball – cost them.

  7. Utley on the 15 day DL, Ruf coming back up? all the youngsters getting it done for the big club…

    1. Stassi from Reading to LHV? Killing a lot of birds if this came to fruition. Eliminate the constant yapping about not playing a star (?) on the team. Ruf can get back to hitting the ball in the bigs. Stassi gets dragged up a level…finally. You know… now the I think about it, LHV might just be a team with some prospects in it by the end of this year. It’s already starting to remake itself.

    2. This puts the Phils in a position to ensure he doesn’t reach 500 plate appearances. Even if he’s back after 15 days, if they rest him at least 1-2 days per week and bat him sixth, he won’t reach that number. Although it sounds like he’ll be out longer than 15 days.

        1. Even if Utley alternates games with Cesar, he won’t get his vesting option. I estimate he needs to play close to 2/3 of the remaining games after he comes back from the DL. He won’t play that much if Cesar is playing well.

  8. Canelo and Hoskins played well in the SAL All-Star game. Malquin was 2 – 3 with a dbl and a BB. He also scored a run. Hoskins 1-3 with a dbl and a K. He also scored a run but he hit into a DP too. Alexis Rivero and Joey DeNato each pitched a scoreless inning. DeNato gave up a hit but he also picked the guy off base. Plus they were on the winning team.

  9. I know it is a small matter in the grand scheme of things, but is Bogusevic worth giving a shot in Philly? I believe he can opt out on July 1 if he has not been placed on the Phillies’ roster. Considering he has outhit Brown and Ruf in Lehigh Valley all year and they get promoted over him, it must be very frustrating for him. I admit to not knowing a heck of a lot about him, but in a year like this, the Phils can afford to give others a try.

    I am assuming at this point that the Phils do not believe he has the power, speed or defensive skills to make his hitting for average beneficial to the big club, but was curious of your thoughts.

    1. I Love to get the guy a shot. 31 and still in minors with good numbers, why not. Are you getting anything out of franceour or brown? Not that he is in our future but why not give him some play. who would he be hurting?

      1. if he was righthanded you could argue giving him a shot and letting Franceour go, but you already have 4 left handed hitting outfielders, and you are going to give Asche and Brown AB’s over him. he’s 31 and hit about .140 in the majors against lefties-

    2. 1. He is 31.

      2. He would take away AB’s from Brown, Asche, and Revere. 2 of whom we are looking to trade and 1 player who needs to play everyday.

      He could come up and be the 5th or 6th OF or play everyday.

  10. With Rupp becoming more acclimated to MLB and Lino showing well, the “desperate” hunger for a catcher in a trade has been lessened if not eliminated.Ranger’s Alfaro is mentioned to be included in a possible trade, BUT there is a lot of negativity surrounding his game. His defense is said to be suspect…and right now he is on the Dl…and there is a hint that he might be a “problem child.” (?)

    I’d love to see Lino and Rupp at catcher in ’16. Ruiz slowly fading away…Instead of seeking a catcher in a trade, the Phils could/should concentrate on pitching in trades, since it seems that Altherr will likely be up for the OF in ’16 which lessens the need for an OFer in a trade.

    Youth movement will have added Franco, Lino and Altherr plus Nola in ’16 ……which is refreshing and a big step forward to be followed soon by the arrival of Crawford. If we can add some good prospect pitchers via trade(s), watching the team in ’16 will be more fun.

      1. Big fan of Mazara. Just turned 20 and hitting like he is in AA.

        I’d be happy with a package of him, one of the pitchers, and either Williams or Brinson.

    1. Not to burst anyone’s bubble or anything, but Lino and Rupp don’t project to be anything special – probably average players at best. They could be starters on a good team but they would be among the weaker links on the team – sort of like Chooch in 2008 – not that there’s anything wrong with that, but they don’t look to be difference makers. If they can upgrade, they should.

  11. Phillies should be trying to acquire the best talent in a Hamels trade, not going for a specific position. That said, I’m not fond of Alfaro for the reasons Art mentions. With Texas, I would focus on Mazara plus one of the following: Jake Thompson, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Nick Williams or Lewis Brinson. Hamels to Texas just makes so much sense, as many have mentioned.

    As far as catcher, what is really surprising is how well Rupp’s defense rates in advanced metrics. If it continues, it makes much more viable as a starter. Also, don’t forget Knapp continues to progress, albeit slowly.

    1. Mazara, Thompson and Williams may be a doable trade.
      Still think there should be three minimum prospects coming back for Cole Hamels.
      And maybe some international bonus allocation monies, if that is possible.

    2. According to texas writers Chi Gonzalez is off the table him and gallo. They would love to give us Brinson, Williams and a stiff.

  12. Re small ball and bunting: as I’ve made crystal clear in the past, the last thing that I want the team to adopt is a traditional “small ball” approach. It costs runs and it costs wins.

    That said, teaching prospects how to bunt – especially faster prospects – is absolutely a good thing. The idea is to bunt for a base hit, where “failure” is a sacrifice. For the right player in the right circumstance with good bunting skills, that can be a good play. Of course bunting with the intent of sacrificing is usually a poor play. Giving free outs away is almost always a bad call.

    Similarly, if you have players who steal with a high percentage of success, that’s a good play also.

    Note that, in a low scoring environment, smart “small ball” tactics are, at the margin, better than they would be (or less bad) in a high run environment. It still rarely makes sense to give up an out to advance a base runner.

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