Box Score Recap – 6/30/2015

Lehigh Valley (32-48) beat the Scranton RailRiders 12-8.  Anthony Vasquez gave up 7 runs in the first 3 of his 5 innings, but benefitted from the IronPigs 17-hit attack.  Hector Neris came in for a couple innings and gave up a run.  Adam Loewen struck out four in his two, one-hit innings and picked up his second save.  Aaron Altherr (.367) went 3-5 with 2 RBI.  Gabriel Lino (.292) went 2-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.  Brian Bogusevic (.305) went 2-4 with a walk in what could have been his last game for Lehigh Valley since he has an opt out clause that goes into effect July 1st.

Reading (41-36) beat the Portland Sea Dogs  6-1.  Colin Kleven made his Reading debut with six, three-hit innings.  He allowed one run, walked none, and struck out four.  Tom Windle, Reinier Roibal and Stephen Shackleford each pitched a shutout inning.

J.P. Crawford went 0-5 and didn’t reach base, again.  I know that Reading has had 2 rainouts in the last week, but they were made up as double headers the next days.  And, Crawford played both games in those and hasn’t missed a game since being called up on May 30th.  May be time to give him a day off.

Kelly Dugan (.414) went 4-5 with an RBI.  Andrew Knapp went 2-5 with double and 2 RBI.  Brock Stassi went 2-3 with 2 walks.

Clearwater (42-34) beat the Charlotte Stone Crabs 12-2.  They have won 10 of 11 games and are a season best 8 games over .500.  David Whitehead pitched a gem.  He went 7.0 innings, gave up 3 hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  Thanks to 2 double plays and a caught stealing, he faced only 22 batters.  Cody Forsythe struck out two in his 2.0 innings of mop up and gave up a 2-run home run.

The Threshers took an early lead on Devin Lohman’s first home run, a solo shot in the third inning.  The game remained close until Clearwater scored 11 runs in the sixth.  (Is 11 considered a crooked number?)  They loaded the bases on singles by Chase Harris, Malquin Canelo, and Carlos Tocci’s HBP.  Andrew Pullin drove in a run on a FC.  Rhys Hoskins walked to reload the bases.  Consecutive singles by Chace Numata, Aaron Brown, Angelo Mora, Lohman, and Harris each drove in a run and kept the bases loaded.  Canelo drove in a run with a SF.  Tocci reloaded the bases, reaching on a FC when the Stone Crabs failed to record an out.  Pullin ended the blitz with a grand slam to right.

Canelo went 2-4 with an RBI.  Pullin went 2-5 with a HR and 5 RBI.  Hoskins went 2-4 with a double and a walk.  Mora went 2-5 with a double and an RBI.  Lohman went 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBI.  Harris went 3-4 with an RBI.  Tocci went 0-4 with a K and 2 GIDP.  Brown picked up an OF assist.

Lakewood (36-38)  lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds 4-3.  Josh Taylor threw 97 pitches but could only pitch into the fifth inning.  He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks in 4.1 innings.  Scott Harris followed with 1.2 innings giving up 2 runs.  Alexis Rivero finished with two shutout innings.  Kyle Martin went 3-4 with 2 doubles.  Cord Sandberg went 1-4.  Damek Tomscha went 3-4 with 2 doubles, his 4th HR, and 3 RBI.

Williamsport (10-1) lost to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2-1.  Luis Morales gave up the 2 runs on 6 hits.  Tyler Gilbert and Andrew Godail negotiated a self-inflicted mine field over the last 3 innings.  They allowed 7 base runners but didn’t allow the Scrappers to score.

The Crosscutters managed only 6 base runners on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Mark Laird got his first pro hit in 4 ABs.  Venn Biter (.389) extended his seasoning opening hit streak to 9 games with his one hit in 4 ABs.  Gregori Rivero went 2-3 with 2 doubles.

GCL Phillies (6-1) took 2 from the GCL Astros.

In the continuation of the suspended game, the bullpen made Luis Encarnacion’s 2-run HR stand up in a 2-1 victory.  Adonis Medina pitched three shutout innings with a hit, 2 walks, and 4 Ks.  Horace Stubblefield walked one and struck out 5 in two shutout innings.  Carlos Indriago gave up one run on 5 hits in two innings.  And, Sutter McLoughlin struck out the side while racking up his second save.  Encarnacion finished 3-4.

The second game was scoreless for the scheduled seven innings.  The Phillies won 1-0 in a walkoff in eight.  Sam McWilliams was dominant for 6.0 innings.  He allowed 2 ground ball singles.  He walked none and struck out five.  His FB was consistently at 92 mph.  He induced a lot of weak contact.  Eight outs came on ground balls and 3 more on pop ups.  Ismael Cabrera pitched the final 2 innings.  His FB was at 94 mph.  He surrendered 2 hits, a flare just over the first baseman and the hardest hit ball of the day, a line drive to center.

The Phillies missed an opportunity to win in the seventh.  Greg Pickett lined a single to center with one out and was lifted for pinch runner Juan Luis who stole second and went to third on an E2T.  Luis Espiritu was intentioanlly walked, but Henry Santana chopped into an around-the-horn double play.

Jose Antequerra started the eighth off with a double that he guided down the right field line with two strikes.  After Rodolfo was HBP, Jesus Alastre sacrificed them into scoring position.  The Astros chose to intentionally walk Arky Gamboa and pitch to “C” Randolph, hoping for a double play.  Randolph swung hard at a couple of rising fastballs, trying to lift a fly ball to end the game.  Both looked to be out of the strike zone.  With a 1-2 count, he moved off the end of the bat and lined the next pitch over the second baseman to earn the walkoff win.  This is the second time I’ve noticed him moving up off the end of the bat handle with two strikes for better bat control.  Not much, maybe a finger width.

The Phillies only had 6 hits.  Alastre went 2-3.  Pickett went 2-3.  Antequerra had their only XBH and went 1-3 with a double.  And Randolph went 1-4 with the game-winning single.  Both of the Phillies’ walks were intentional.  McWilliams and Cabrera walked nobody.

After a leadoff single in the second, Gamboa ranged far to his right to cut off a ball in the hole and fire to Antequerra at second.  He made a quick and fluid turn to complete the double play to Henry Santana at first.  Gamboa and Antequerra both looked real good on that play.

DSL Phillies (13-11) beat the DSL Indians 2-1.  Daniel Brito (.310) went 1-2 with a double,  2 walks, and an RBI.  Sixto Sanchez pitched five, 4-hit innings and struck out five.  Anderson Nunez pitched 3 shutout innings.  Jairo Munoz picked up his 6th save while giving up an unearned run.

VSL Phillies (16-22) were no-hit by the VSL Rays 2-0.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Signed free agent 1B Jan Guerrero to a minor league contract.
  • 1B Jan Guerrero assigned to DSL Phillies.
  • RHP Colin Kleven assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • Over the past few weeks, some commenters have reverted back to inappropriate language.  Think of George Carlin’s “7 words you can’t say on TV”.   These words, portions of these words, and derivatives of these words are blocked.  The program will block comments if a banned word is imbedded in another word.  For instance, if press is banned, it would block a comment that contains wordpress.  So, if your comment doesn’t appear, this may be why.  I don’t make it a point to check blocked comments frequently.  One word that you may question is suck/sucks.  It is on the banned list.  It is there to keep the troll who has it as part of his name AND uses it in the one sentence comment he repeats through threads.  It will remain on the banned list.  So, you’ll have to use your grown up words to convey that thought rather than that word.
  • Yesterday, I deleted a comment by a person who resorted to calling a 16-year old amateur ball player a name based on his physical appearance.  This will not be tolerated.  If you don’t like this, tough.  I can’t really force compliance over this.  And, I really don’t want to have to check every comment.  This is already taking up a lot of my time.


83 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/30/2015

  1. Tks there’s enough negative things going on with the phillies losing . Cecil is a big guy yet he can dunk a basketball. The Bull, John Kruk, , Frank Thomas were all big guys yet vg baseball players. VSL team was no hit by 3 pitcher’s. Dugan needs to move up too AAA. July 2 is coming let’s hope we can get some players who can make the phillies better.

  2. Keeping the site clean and respectful is all I can ask for. Thanks, Jim, for making it so.

    A few guys can probably use a day or two off. Crawford is one but Tocci is another. 0 – 4 when the team raps out 15 hits, doesn’t look too good. Hoskins, on the other hand, should continue to hit in the middle of that CLW lineup. Even his defense looks good. I see he started two DPs yesterday.

    Pullin is a big run producer. His second grand slam in his last 10 games. He also had another 3 – run HR in another game within those 10. He has 15 RBIs over that timespan and is hitting .350. It doesn’t hurt to have the big guy, Hoskins, hitting right behind him. Rhys probably says to Pullin, you do your damage and whatever you leave, I’ll clean up.

  3. Thanks Jim. Great comments.

    With the possibility that Bogusevic could opt out, I would love to see Dugan move to LHV and then be a September call up.

    Bats were alive for the system last night. Scored over 35 runs for the top 6 levels.

    Glad to see McWilliams with a good outing. Would like to see a big month of July for him then get a bump to WPT for August.

      1. McWilliams and Kilome….both big RHP that could develop into mid-to-top rotation guys. Their velo has increased from last season to this year. Hoping they avoid the dreaded elbow/shoulder ailments that have seem to affect many lately.

    1. I’m pretty confident, that as we sit here today, Kelly Dugan is a lot better player than Dom Brown.

      I can tell you that my first impressions of Pete Mackinin are not good at all. He left Kenny Giles out to dry last night – having him throw almost 40 pitches and didn’t get anyone up in the bullpen until it was far too late. It was both stupid from a strategy standpoint and even more stupid to risk your best long-term bullpen arm. Pete also has the continued, moronic tendency to bunt with nobody out and men on base – thereby effectively precluding a big inning. And, while we’re at it, somebody should be telling ‘ol Pete that Cole Hamels’ healthy is the first, second and third most important priorities on the team right now and for the next 30 days. He was over 110 pitches and I have no doubt Pete would have let him throw another 10 or more. But it’s awfully nice that we continue to see a lot of Carlos Ruiz, Dom Brown and Ryan Howard. I’m sure he’ll be pleased when Chase Utley gets healthy again so he can insert him into the line-up, halt the development of Cesar Hernandez and make sure to saddle the team with some additional and unnecssary liabilties next year. Atta boy, Pete!

      1. Agree that Mackanin hasn’t been great and I’m glad he’s only an interim, but I disagree about playing time he’s giving veterans. First, I don’t think Dom belongs in the same category with Ruiz and Howard. Cam Rupp has played pretty much every other game since Mackanin took over so that looks like a straight timeshare for now, which is fine with me. With Howard, I’m not really sure who else should be at 1B regularly. Ruf isn’t the answer.

          1. You say that, but replacement managers have an odd way of becoming permanent managers especially if young players like the new guy and, here, I think they will. I’ve really had about enough of second tier managers. There are almost always highly qualified managers around without a job. Hopefully, we’ll get one of the better guys.

          1. However that’s not at all what’s happening, nor was that what anyone was commenting on.

      2. I would really like to see Dugan pushed to AAA ASAP and if all goes well, up with the Phils for a September look. Even more importantly, I’d like to see Altherr up by 8/1 and get a good two month look at him, preferably in CF to see how he performs.

        Herrera and Revere look more and more like a 5th and 4th OF to me, respectively, and Revere makes too much money to be a 4th OF. Herrera, on the other hand, could develop into a serviceable utility player who can play multiple positions, good speed, etc, but I don’t see anything more than that.

        As for Ruf and Brown, I think we may have another 5th OF type / 1B in Ruf, and Brown, wow, I’m not sure he’s even a major leaguer at this point. I don’t have any objections to running him out there every day this year, but if he doesn’t start demonstrating significant improvement, he can’t be blocking either Altherr or Dugan from getting playing time later this season, or beyond.

      3. Cesar Herandez, Galvis , Brown, will not be here by next yr. Crawford, Kingsley, Dugan and maybe Ruf will be.

  4. Nice games by medina, Stubblefield, klevin…. Dugan needs to be in LHV, altherr and Dugan up in Philly by September, altherr maybe sooner… Hoskins, lino, stassi, etc. nice.

  5. Andrew Pullin…another 5th rounder…what is it with the Phillies in the 5th round!
    I hope Pullin can go beyond some past players like, Steve Susdorf, good in his own right at the plate , but could not reach the highest MLB level.

    1. I wonder if there’s any chance Pullin goes back to 2B this year, either with a promotion to Reading if Valentin comes back or just spending a few games there in Clearwater if Valentin is out for the rest of the year.

      1. Could not understand why he was moved off 2nd to begin with…understand Valentin’s arrival last year may have been the primary reason.
        But thought he was progressing just fine at 2nd.

        1. You don’t want Pullin blocking Kingery, who is considered a much better prospect that should progress quickly through the system.Not sure Kingery makes it to AA this year but sounds like he should be there early next year. So it doesn’t seem like an ideal time to put Pullin at 2nd before Kingery is ahead of him.

          1. Yes…meant prior to this year, why the move in the off-season?
            But now with Kingery and maybe even Valentin at some point in the future, it would not be advantageous to move him back now.

            1. The scout I spoke to last week said the same thing – having watched him play in Lakewood, didn’t see why the Phils rushed to move him to LF, didn’t see significant issues, and thought the Phils could always move him to OF later on if need be.

              As for blocking Kingery, at this point, I agree – Kingery’s development has to get priority. I suspect that if all goes well, Kingery will start next season in AA, and be moved to AAA in June. I would rather see Pullin repeat A+ next April – June and play 2B, and then move to Reading when Kingery moves up, than see him continue to play LF. Pullin would be so much more valuable as a 2B, that I think the Phils should develop him as such and if Cesar or Kingery become the everyday guy in Philly, then you’d have a real nice trade chip in Pullin if he forced the issue as a 2B, or you could move him back to LF.

  6. I never figure Klevin it seem to me that he wasn’t a prospect. I am just going by boxscores from last year,, he seemed to get hit around. He would be my breakout guy if he keeps this up

  7. good stuff. ill stop trying to say the F word every day i promise 🙂

    Great stuff from Kleven…not sure hes at prospect status yet but you have to be thrilled with his performance this year

  8. Who’s the next pitcher to AAA?
    Also Kyle Martin is raking it..
    End of July Martin to CWL Hoskins to REA Stassi to LHV

    1. I was at the Lakewood game since I’m down that way for work. Seeing Martin live and the way he is at the plate, he’s one to watch. Not sure how to describe it, but he just looks like a hitter up there. They’re also staying at the same hotel as me, so hopefully they’re not pissed that the soda machine on their floor eats money and gives nothing in return😀

  9. Maybe the Angels trade for Ben and Altherr can come up then. I’d actually wonder if there would be any takers on Brown as a reclamation project.

      1. Talk about Dysfunction I wonder how Angels fans are feeling these days. they won 98 games last year got smoked by the Royals in the playoffs and now they are falling behind a team that won 70 games last year.

      2. viagain…hold on now…..the trade doors may open up wide …..Pujols says this year’s roster is not as good as last years. Maybe Mike Scocia wants different players….maybe he wants Ben Revere…the difference maker out the top of their lineup!

        1. I can’t say what Angels GM situation means for their ability to make trades, but Revere is perfect fit for their team with Trout in center. It’s too bad their farm system is terrible so I’m not sure what we would get back.

          1. I’m not sure what their poor farm system has to do with a Ben Revere trade. The Phillies aren’t going to get much for Revere regardless of where they trade him imo. I think we’re looking at a Roberto Hernandez type package for Revere.

      3. Any chance that Seattle is still interested? I hear that their GM isn’t long for the position either so maybe the owner won’t be signing off on any of his deals.

  10. Appreciate your time and efforts in maintaining this site Jim.

    Can’t believe Williamsport lost, this is first time in a while I’ve been excited to check both Williamsport and GCL box scores. Lots of good things happening on all levels now.

  11. For me, Kleven is a legitimate prospect. He has improved each year and has become a very good pitcher. He has the arm to pitch in MLB. He had to start his career injured and lost time, but he is pitching well now.

    1. Kleven is one of those guys who, out of nowhere, has his velocity jump from the low 90s to the mid 90s plus. When that happens, the guy can go, almost overnight from being only a little better than an org arm to a legit prospect. I think this may be what happened to Jacob deGrom whose minor league stats are nothing special. I have Kleven lingering around 15 in my prospect ratings (up from basically off the list) and he could be a fast riser. There are more “surprise” guys this year than any year I can remember, which is amazing given that there have been a few disappointments.

      1. MattWinks seems to think his secondary offerings are not good enough to pitch in the rotation. Even though I picked him as my sleeper prospect heading into this year (I got one, woo!) I need to hear something positive about his other pitches before I jump him way up my rankings.

        1. Fair enough. I’ve just watched some of his most recent start and now temper some of my enthusiasm. He does need work on his secondary pitches and his FB command. But he does something not many pitchers can do, which is throw a nice high FB by hitters. But he needs the other pitches to play up that skill.

    1. Well, first, he’s not in A ball, because of the velocity jump (at least in part) he’s in AA ball and his debut was excellent . Second, reports are that the velocity jump happened THIS YEAR (was sitting 91,92 last year, is now sitting 93-95 and touching higher) – so there’s a good and reasonable explanation for this. Pitchers are weird – a guy experiences a large and sudden jump in velocity and he can go from being just another guy to a really solid prospect or from being a solid prospect to being a stud.

      1. ty Forgot he got promoted to reading I didn’t think a guy at 23 would get a big jump in velocity. learn something new everyday.

        1. It happens, sometimes as late as a player’s mid to late 20s. Carlos Carrasco had a big jump in velocity in the last few years. Schilling apparently had a huge jump in velocity in his early 20s – scouting reports when he was in the minors had him in the high 80s, touching lows 90s – I went to one start in the late 1990s where schilling was sitting at 96-99. It was pretty awesome.

    2. He’s in AA. Also, the jump in velocity was reported by those who attend Threshers games regularly. Last year he sat in the low 90s, this year he’s in the mid 90s and touching higher.

  12. Dugan will probably be moved up to LHV even if Bogusevic stays because he and Eflin will be at the Pan American Games from July 10 – 19.

  13. I didn’t realize that Kleven was getting promoted until I saw the boxscore last night. As we talked after his last start, the guy is throwing very hard this year and his performance has made him into a legit prospect, even if he ultimately ends up in the pen. He’s been very good.
    I was happy to see Windle finally got moved to the pen where he belongs.
    Hoskins and Martin are both hitting very well, plus Encarnacion, so maybe we’ll get lucky with 1B. Yes, Stassi is hitting well also but I just don’t see the one year wonder as a legit major leaguer. I hope he proves me wrong.
    Dugan really needs to be in AAA. If Bogusevic opts out today, that could create a chain reaction that would include Dugan going up. We’ll see.
    Has anyone else noticed what Tomscha has done the last month? he hit very well for a stretch last year and then cooled off and he started slow this year but he’s sure hitting well now.
    Will Williams start playing soon?
    I was feeling pretty good about how our teams very doing this year until I saw the record of the Astros’ minor leagues. Let’s just say that its a lot better than ours.
    We have just over 4 weeks to see where Hamels will go.

  14. murray we will be better. The Astros have been picking in top ten for years. I think we get the first pick for at least two more years, then improve to about top five pick for 4 years so we have a chance to get good players like Astros.

  15. Just wanted to acknowledge the amazing 10-0 start for Williamsport before last night’s loss. Between Williamsport and GCL Phillies, our rookie teams are a combined 16-2. Not to make too much of it, but I think that it is a really good sign for the long term.

  16. What’s the deal with David Whitehead? Only had 2-3 bad starts this year, but Jim reported him sitting 90-93 T95 earlier in June. Is there something there we are missing?

      1. Whitehead was coming back from surgery. He was drafted in 2013 and was out all year. In 2014 he was coming back from it. 2015 is his 1st year that he’s fully healthy. He was double jumped to CLW from WPT. Hopefully this is the Dave Whitehead we’re going to get going forward. A bad sign is his last 3 outings have been weak. He only has 3 Ks and 3 BBs in that stretch. He also gave up 20 hits and 10 runs. Although yesterday’s outing was pretty good with only 3 hits and no ERs. He also had only 2 Ks and a BB. I’d like to see some more consistency from him. He was a breakout candidate of mine this year and I was seeing it early. He may be seeing a little tired arm right now.

  17. Bogusrvic DOES NOT opt out, stays with the Pigs… Leaves Saturday for pan am games training…

    Hopefully that brings Dugan up in next few days..

    1. Maybe Bogusrvic was told that he will be brought up after some outfielders are traded(Brown & Revere) from the Phillies.

  18. Good efforts by Lively, Arano, Walker and Leftwich last night.
    And Encarnacion seems to be on the verge of a breakthrough to quasi- elite prospect status.

      1. The kid is huge and needs to get into shape obviously but if you notice, he really generates all that power with a short stroke. That should help him as he moves forward. We’ve all read that he can’t hit breaking balls. How many 16 yr olds can? Give him a chance to see them and learn and then we’ll see. They’ll have to get him on a food program though.

        1. He does have the power. But he will be a two-position guy so play him at both and get him acclimated to the defensive play at both positions. If they had done that with Ruf 5 years ago the LF experiment would not have been so intensive a few years ago..

          1. From MattWinks PMTs:

            Jim Salisbury
            ✔ ‎@JSalisburyCSN
            Phillies will sign Infielder Keudi Bocio of DR and SS Jonathan Guzman of Panama as int’l teen market opens
            9:26 AM – 2 Jul 2015

        2. Its not that he cant hit breaking balls. Its that scouts said he looked like a different kid, when he faced live pitching. He was terrible. that’s what I read not terrible but scouts couldn’t believe he was the same kid, Looked lost.

    1. That’s what I was going to say. Do you think the Phillies could consult with Hinkie?

    2. Hinkie is amazing. Anyway, MacPhail appears to be at least a decent selection as President and I like that he is open minded about sabermetrics and that Middleton is cracking the whip to move the team forward. He’s a good man (middleton) and I think he’s steering the ship in the right direction. MacPhail’s selection of the GM, however, will be the most critical moment for the franchise in well over a decade. Select well fellas.

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