Box Score Recap – 6/26/2015

Lehigh Valley (29-47) lost to the Louisville Bats 11-5.  Chad Billingsley gave up 1 run on 5 hits in 5.0 innings and had been provided with 4 early runs.  Adam Loewen pitched a scoreless sixth inning, striking out 2 batters.  Then came the soft underbelly of the bullpen.  Cesar Jimenez blew his fourth save in one inning of work.  After the ‘Pigs offense retook the lead (and put Jimenez in line for the win), Dustin McGowan blew his save opportunity and put the game out of reach.  Not to be outdone, Juan Gutierrez allowed 4 hits and a run in the ninth.

Aaron Altherr went 0-5.  Gabriel Lino went 1-4 with 3 RBI.  Russ Canzler went 2-4 with a walk, double, and 2 RBI.  I wonder if a prospect would ever regret a promotion into a mess like this.  I also wonder if an older player who has an opt out clause would have his opt out date circled on the calendar and his opt out statement already prepared.

Reading (38-35) split a double header with the Akron RubberDucks.  They won the makeup game 4-3 and lost the scheduled game 2-0.

Ben Lively took the loss in game one. He pitched well – 7.0 IP (complete game), 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 102 pitches, 69 strikes. The Phils could only manage 3 singles and KC Serna’s double. The most excitement moment might have been generated by manager Dusty Wathan’s ejection from the game in the fourth inning.

Later, Joely Rodriguez won what amounted to a “bullpen” game.  The Phils stroked 10 hits, 9 singles and J.P. Crawford’s second home run.  J.P. went 1-4.  Kelly Dugan (.349) went 2-4.  Andrew Knapp went 1-4 with his first RBI for the walkoff win.  Art Charles and Brian Pointer chipped in with 2 hits each.  Hitting coach Frank Cacciatore was ejected in the sixth inning.

Clearwater (39-33) beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 5-4.  It marks their 7th consecutive win.  Victor Arano picked up his first win of the season in spite of a late rally by the Jays.  Arano went 7.0 innings gave up 4 singles and struck out three.  He also hit a batter.  His FB was 92-94.  Cody Forsythe worked for the first time in 10 days and was touched for 4 runs on 2 home runs.  Ulises Joaquin entered the game in the ninth inning after the Jays had pulled within one run.  The inning continued as a bit of a roller coaster until the final ground out with 2 runners on base.

Malquin Canelo went 1-3 with a double and an RBI.  Carlos Tocci (.226) went 0-4.  Andrew Pullin went 2-3.  Rhys Hoskins went 1-3 with a 2-run HR, his first.  Aaron Brown, Willians Astudillo, and Angelo Mora each had 2 hits.  Astudillo hit his second HR of the season in the eighth inning and it proved to be the final margin of victory.  He also started at catcher for only the fifth time this season.

The Jays’ brought in Miguel Castro in relief in the seventh inning.  He started the season in Toronto and made 13 appearances for them.  Tonight he came in and hit 98 and 99 on his first two pitches.  He struck out Pullin and Hoskins in his one inning of work.

The Threshers are 2-0 in the second half.  Their magic number to clinch is 69.

Lakewood (34-36)  beat the Hickory Crawdads 6-3.  Ranfi Casimiro went 5.0 innings.  He gave up all 3 Crawdads’ runs but only 2 were earned.  He allowed 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out four.  Scott Harris pitched 2 perfect innings.  Alexis Rivero picked up his 7th save with two one-hit innings.

Scott Kingery went 0-3 with a walk.  Herlis Rodriguez went 1-4 with a double and a walk.  Cord Sandberg went 3-4 with a double and his second HR, a grand slam.  Kyle Martin went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.

Williamsport (8-0) beat the Batavia Muckdogs 8-1.  Franklyn Kilome went 6.0 innings of shutout ball.  He allowed 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out six.  But, it was not vintage Kilome.  He was up most of the game and only threw 55 strikes among his 95 pitches.  That’s pretty good though, that he would have such good results on a night he labored with control.  Lewis Alezones allowed a home run and a walk over three innings, striking out 3 while picking up his first save.

Jose Pujols (.469) went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.  Brendon Hayden (.429) went 1-4 with an RBI.  Zach Coppola went 1-3 with an RBI.  Venn Biter (.462) went 1-4.  Grenny Cumana went 2-3 with an RBI.  And, Jesus Posso went 1-4 with a 2-run HR.

GCL Phillies (3-1) lost to the GCL Tigers 6-2.  Seranthony Dominguez gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 4.0 innings of work.  Will Stewart pitched his first inning and gave up a solo HR.  Tanner Kiest pitched 2 shutout innings.

DH Cornelius Randolph went 0-4 with 2 K.  Greg Picket DNP.  Scott Tomassetti went 2-2 with an RBI.  Luis Espiritu went 2-4 with an RBI.  Jonathan Arauz went 2-4 with a double.

DSL Phillies (12-10) beat the DSL Athletics 1-0 on unearned run.  Daniel Brito (.296) went 1-3 with a walk.

VSL Phillies (15-20) lost to the VSL Tigers 11-2.  Lenin Rodriguez went 2-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Manager Ryne Sandberg tenderd his resignation to the Phillies.  Pete Mackanin named interim manager.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs released RHP Paul Clemens.
  • Nefi Ogando assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • C Wilson Garcia assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters.



57 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/26/2015

  1. On a more serious note, I’m glad to see they haven’t completely given up on Astudillo behind the plate. They have to see what everyone else sees – his value is tied to his defense, and his defensive value can only be high if he is able to catch some. His offensive game is a fairly empty one, as he doesn’t add value with power of on-base ability. Such a strange case. Usually that type of guy has no shot without speed – thinking of Ben Revere as the obvious example – and the guy without speed winds up with a career like Steve Susdorf. But Astudillo has that one wild card in his defense behind the plate. With as little as they have gotten to develop it, you have to wonder if they view him as an org guy destined for a cup of coffee and a career as a hitting coach. Yet when they get a chance to use him back there, they are still willing.

    I know this has all been said before. Sorry for rehashing it. I’m doped up in a hospital bed and for some reason not tired at 5am.

    1. Hope you regain your health. Know the feeling lately of being unhealthy.
      And looking forward to your next CA piece.
      And Willians A is an enigma of sorts.
      Perhaps his final destination, if he gets the opportunity to be in the majors, will be with an AL team who can use him both in the field and as the right-handed bat as a DH against lefty starters.

  2. Sandberg may have turned the corner.
    Kilome looks like he can be an ace in the making. Barring injuries, fingers-crossed, he could be a top of the rotation guy.

    1. Yup those are the same two things that stand out to me from yesterday as well. Sandberg had been doing better for a while now but he has to keep it up.
      I wonder if any of the 4A guys will opt out July 1 and if they do will that be reason for Dugan to go up.

      1. Yes Dugan needs to be there with Altherr…..and both should be in Philly next year in some capacity…whether together or rotationally. I prefer to see them.
        Altherr can play all three OF positions and Dugan can handle the corners adequately.

        1. Hey Romus, I don’t know, ya they can’t be much worse then what the phils are running into the out field now. I have been to a few reading games including the double header last night. Altherr just does not seem very motivated and Dugan is not real big. I don’t see him hitting more than .250 in the majors with maybe 10 – 12 home runs. Actually I see that for both of them.

          I hope I’m wrong because they definitely need some hitters in the OF for the big club, I just don’t see it at Reading or Allentown. I know everyone is high on Quinn and I think he is better then Revere and Herrera but how much, again time will tell.

          The guys who look real good for Reading are; Stassi, Charles, and Serna.

          Ya I know Serna is pegged as a lifetime AA guy, but the guy hits, he fields from every position (never seen him at first or catcher). He made amazing plays in the OF and 3rd last night, and hit everything hard like he does in every game I have seen.

          Stassi just hits everything and he is a pretty athletic 1st basemen. They need to move this guy up AAA and then see what he can do in the bigs. I still don’t know why they don’t try him in the OF? He looks athletic enough. The reason for that is;

          Art Charles, man everytime I see him play he is like an athletic Ryan Howard. he plays first really well. He is huge, but he is not an all or nothing guy like Howard. Ya, he may only hit 15 – 25 HR’s in a full season but he will hit 280 – 300 avg. Again every time I see him he makes solid contact on almost every at bat. Again they should move this guy upto AAA asap and play him regular. If they are not going to do that at least move Stassi up so he can play everyday.

          1. As for Altherr and Dugan…they would be fresh new faces to follow this season. Not saying they will be the future answer If Revere is moved and maybe Domo in a package…why not bring Altherr up….he did last year for a brief period of time.

            1. Revere war is getting higher and higher he’s showing more power he might be worth more and more. . Ask your this question who do we have right now that can hit 300 and swipe 50 a yr.

          2. Sorry, have to disagree…Altherr is a good athlete, good defense, who MAY be able to learn to hit…and can possibly play in MLB….Dugan can hit, so will not be a star, but also will play in MLB….I, too have seen many, many RDG Fightins games, and I and NOT impressed with Stassi,,..repeat NOT, and Art Charles also is a big nothing…I like KC Sterna.

          3. How can you predict that Charles will hit .280-.300? Prior to this year he hasn’t hit above .251 and is only hitting .264 this year. I don’t hink you can expect a player to add 20-40 points to his average in the majors when he has shown in the minors that he is not going to hit for average.

      2. who could move up from clearwater if dugan is promoted? don’t see any obvious choices. maybe some aaaa from outside the system?

  3. Good to see Billingsly have much better success in his rehab outing than his previous one. Anyone else find it interesting that he’s on the same schedule as Harang? I wonder if a possible deal is in the works to trade Harang.

  4. Kilome (pronounced KilOhMay) really dominated the Muckdogs. Interesting enough there was a scout for the Cubs sitting in front of me at the game. He was scouting Venn Biter of all people. Lewis Alezones came in and threw 89-70 mph. On the offensive side Jose Pujols continued to hit. He’s real skinny. Reminds me build wise of Tocci. Posso (pronounced POhssOh) hit a home run to left. He seems to struggle with off speed and is a bit on the heavier side. Pat Borders looks like he has the potential to be an MLB manager someday. He gets everything out of his players and the guys love playing for him.

  5. With Kelly Dugan’s injury history, is it time to move him to 1B and see if he can hold his stats? Is Aaron Altherr called up in September if he keeps up his stats? Many interesting decisions. The system has so many fringe players who may as well get their cup, but spots need to be opened up. Brown is looking patient at the plate and Revere is making his way up to .300 BA again. I’d like to see Asche breakout, he seems that kind of player. Right now he’s a scrappy mediocre player with aspirations for better. Would like to see player values go up before moving them out, but these guys in the minors need room to play.

    1. Dugan’s bat doesn’t really profile at 1B. He needs to be an OF if he’s going to be an everyday player.

  6. Kilome even without his best stuff still battled and had 6 Ks in 6 innings, sign of a good pitcher….

  7. John I really believe after seeing Brown, Asche and Revere not one of them is a player for the future. I Am looking at how bad a outfielder brown is he needs to be a stud with the bat and he isn’t, he stinks. has one tool. a good arm, Asche I have seen enough just not a starting player, maybe you see something I am missing. revere has too many short comings, no power, bad outfield and the biggest is a candy arm. his obp isn’t good. he isn’t someone I believe is not going to win you a lot of games

    1. With that being said……maybe Revere , if he makes continued contact, will generate some interest from another club, maybe like the Angels, in a stand alone deal.
      Brown, may have to be included in a package deal with Hamels or Harang I would think…he still is under team control, though arb elig year is next season.
      Asche, I think the Phillies want to give him one more year in LF and see how he does at the plate. His defensive play/metrics, should be as good as or slightly better then past LFers over the last few decades. its his bat that will make the difference for him.

      1. I’m excited about the trade possibilities, not only the potential returns but the chance to see what we have coming up. I still think Asche is a contributor as a scrappy utility player. Brown will be given the season to salvage his spot and probably be traded in the off-season for another change of scenery player. I’d like to see Altherr up in CF this year, that requires Revere to be traded.

    2. Absolutely right about Brown. His defense ruins his value unless he kills it at the plate. Decent offense just isn’t going to cut it for him.

    3. People are a little hard on Revere. He’s an average major leaguer, a 2 WAR player. You know what you are going to consistently get from him year in and year out. I think he gets ripped because of his odd profile, but he adds certain value to a baseball team.

        1. Agreed, his doubles and triples numbers have gone up every year. If only he could take more walks. He would be a good leadoff hitter and LF for some team.

      1. I Don’t know war. so I will ask Does war take into account how bad a outfielder he is. how many guys run on him, cause he has no arm. If he is a 2 war then there is something terribly wrong with war. His defense lets in a lot of runners, who wouldnt take the extra base on a lot of other guys. Please he has no baseball sense. and very little talent

        1. Catching the ball is more important for outfielders than throwing it. He gets better reads in the corners than he does in center, and covers way more ground than most corner OFs.

          Offensively, his OBP is above average and his current ISO would be the best of his career by far.

        2. He one of the fastest players in the league , he hits 300 he lead the league in hits last yr.he worked on his arm and has more assist then any other phillies outfielder. I guess players that hit 300 and steal 40 plus are no talent . I will give you info on war.

      2. Yup, people have decided, for some weird and understandable reasons, to direct their anger on the team at Ben Revere. This year, Revere is actually a good player, maybe even really good. He’s on his way to a 3+ fWAR and a 4+bWAR. People focus on him because he epitomizes the team’s complete lack of power and because he can do some nutty and really frustrating things on the field like inexplicably being called out TWICE in a month for failing to touch second on his way back to first base. But Ben his a great baserunner, has like a 65/70 hit tool, has improved his plate discipline (it’s noticeable) and has worked incredibly hard to improve his fielding – in fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an outfielder improve his arm as much as Ben has with his. Last year, Ben was a perfectly fine offensive player, but he was bad on defense, this year he’s good on defense too, so with Ben’s predictable mid-year offensive push he’s an overall good player. He could easily hit first or second on a first division team.

        Agreed. He is NOT the problem. That said, if someone needs him for a pennant race and can give us above market consideration in the form of good prospects, they should trade him.

        1. Agree….I think the Angels could utilize a Ben Revere. And The Phillies could acquire in exchange a top ten prospect in the Angels organization. Maybe one of two LHPs Hunter Green or Victor Alcantara.

    4. Roccom, they desperately need some corner outfielders for the next one or two years at the bigs, and they are going to have to come from FA’s or trades because I just don’t see any MLB corner OF’s that will make a difference coming up soon from the phils system

    5. How many errors has Revere have 0 he’s on pace for 24 doubles 14 triple’s 2 hr not bad . His arm is not the best but he’s working on it , Revere works hard he improved his power and arm his speed is plus plus and he hits around 300. Brown doesn’t seem to get it his baseball I Q is low he isn’t adjusting hitting wise he needs to be released maybe some else can help him. Macphail will be good to straighten the phillies out. Asche is a young he’s new to the outfield and he can get better. The veteran players like as do the the fans.he can always be a good bench player.

        1. Still he has played better In the outfield he’s been one of the few phillies who’s having a good season . his war keeps going up he now turns on A pitch now. Revere speed gets him to a lot more balls then other players can’t get too. Last yr he had trouble braking on a ball because of the screw in his foot.

  8. Why is McGowan still in the organization? This organization has proven that they have little success in ‘rehabilitating’ pitchers with control problems. Best to stay clear from them altogether.

    Definitely time to start getting excited over Kilome. Top 10 prospect for certain. 14th on my off-season rankings but reports of increased velocity lead to increased optimism

  9. romus Cody Asche has over 855 plate appearance. He has 18 hr, has struck out 25 percent of his at bats. Has 77 rbi. over a season and a half. of plate at bats. has a obp of less than 300. and a batting average of 246. I Just don’t see it, plus he is out of position. he will be 25 and really struggles against lefthanders from what I have seen. I have said before I am on the fence with him. but the more he plays the less I like him. I just don’t see him as a valuable piece to a winning team. maybe I am wrong, but the results so far aren’t good.

    1. Asche has a .676 career OPS against right-handers. Against left-handers? .676. That’s not a typo. If he had a more traditional split against opposite handed pitchers, his OPS against lefties would be playable

    2. You can’t strike out at a 25% clip and have success unless you have a power bat. Asche doesn’t even have close to that kind of power. I was hopeful he might turn the corner this year by cutting the strikeouts down to the 15-20% range and showing the gap power I thought he had. He hasn’t done either. Barring a huge turnaround, I think his days are numbered.

    1. A lot of positives out of the GCL Phillies;

      Buchanan with 5 innings today, 0 earned, 1 unearned. We’ll need him to fill in at the big league level to prevent a Nola callup

      Leibrandt with 3 perfect innings in relief of Buchanan

      Jonathan Arauz, all of 16 yrs old (17 in August), might be the next Phillies prospect to get truly excited over. 6 for 17 in the early going with 2 doubles, a home run and only 2 Ks. Great start to his young career

      1. Not to mention that Arauz by all accounts has the tools to stick at SS. Very encouraged by his placement and start.

        It’s amazing to think he was less than a month old when McGwire broke Maris’ home run record.

      2. Arauz, Gamboa and Brito all will be competing for those middle infield positions, starting with the shortstop position. Signings of Gamboa @$990K, and Brito and Arauz around the $650K range, all with what seems equal defensive abilities, and experience at the shortstop position, should lead to an interesting competition..

  10. I imagine that opposing batters in the W-port game weren’t feeling too comfortable in the box against Kilome. A guy that size, throwing hard and being a little wild can’t be fun to face.

    Sandberg was recently scouting by a guy from BP who gave him a less-than-glowing report. The dates the scout saw him were June 12 and 13 and Sandberg went 0-10 in those games. Since his next game on June 15, he’s been on fire. I wonder how different he’s looked over that time period.

    1. From what I read on Sandberg…he barrels up the ball and has that solid wood sound that good hitters have when the ball comes off their bat.

      Hopefully he can maintain contact.

  11. Have to tip my cap to the Iron Pigs fans who show up in droves for that product.

    Loved to see Cord Sandberg catch fire.

    First boxscore I check is GCL and then Williamsport. The young guys are exciting.

  12. Long-time Puturephillies reader, first time poster. I’ll be in Charlotte for Threshers game tomorrow if any Phillies fans want to get together and say Hi.

    I’ll have a white shirt and Phillies cap in Section 111.

    Frank Fantini

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