Box Score Recap – 7/1/2015

Lehigh Valley (33-48) beat the Scranton RailRiders 3-2 in 10 innings.  Seth Rosin, Cesar Jimenez, and Juan Gutierrez combined to throw six shutout innings as the IronPigs came from behind to win in a walkoff on Tyler Henson’s triple and Russ Canzler’s RBI single.  Aaron Altherr went 1-3 with a walk.

Reading (42-36) beat the New Britain Rock Cats 3-1.  Ben Lively was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after a lead off walk and single in the sixth inning.  Ryan O’Sullivan pitched out of that mess and joined with Reinier Roibal and Stephen Shackleford to pitch four perfect innings while preserving Lively’s sixth win.  Shackleford recorded his 16th save.

J.P. Crawford, playing in his 30th consecutive game, went 1-4 with a walk, was caught stealing for the second time,  and commited a fielding error, 6th error since joining Reading.  Kelly Dugan (.413) went 3-5.  Andrew Knapp went 1-5 with 2 RBI.  Brock Stassi went 2-3 with a double, 2 walks, and an RBI.  Brian Pointer picked up an OF assist throwing out a runner at home.

Clearwater (43-34) beat the Tampa Yankees 5-1.  Victor Arano had perhaps his finest outing of the season.  He held the Yankees to 4 singles.  He faced NY Yankees, rehabbing centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury 3 times.  He induced 2 weak pop ups to Mitch Walding at third and a soft, bloop single to right.  Arano walked none and struck out four.  He threw 92 pitches in six innings, 65 strikes.  He was 90-93 with his FB all night, still throwing 92 and touching 93 in the sixth inning.  Arano, Miguel Nunez, and Ulises Joaquin combined to one-hit the Yankees over the last six innings, retiring 18 of 19 batters, including the final 15 they faced.

Arano got all the support he needed in the first inning when Andrew Pullin crushed his 8th HR of the season over the RF wall.  It hit the stone wall behind the Wawa sign and rebounded back onto the field.  Malquin Canelo and Carlos Tocci had singled to start the inning and scored ahead of him.  Later, Pullin reached on a throwing error to start the fifth inning and eventually scored from second on Aaron Brown’s line drive single to left.  They tacked on another run in the eighth when Chace Numata’s double scored Willians Astudillo who had singled to start the inning.

Canelo went 1-5 with 3 K.  Tocci went 0-4.  Pullin went 1-4 with a HR and 3 RBI.  Hoskins went 0-4 with 2 K.  Astudillo went 2-4.  Brown went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI.  Numata went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.  Angelo Mora went 2-3 with a triple and a walk.

The Threshers are a season high nine games over .500 and have won 11 of twelve.

Lakewood (36-39)  lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds 2-0.  Tyler Viza pitched well in defeat.  He pitched 7.2 innings, threw 93 pitches, 71 strikes.  He struck out seven and walked one.  Through six innings, Viza had allowed a first inning, lead off single that was erased on a double play and a one-out, third inning triple he stranded.   The Shorebirds finally broke through, but it took them 5 singles, a walk, a sacrifice, and a sacrifice fly in the final two innings to finally get two runs across.  Joey DeNato came in to record the final out with a strike out.

The BlueClaws managed only five base runners in the game – on four singles and a fielding error.   Damek Tomscha went 2-4.  Derek Campbell and Gustavo Martinez each went 1-3.

Williamsport (11-1) beat the Auburn Doubledays 5-4 in 11 innings.  Six Crosscutters’ pitchers combined to strike out 15 Doubledays.  Luke Leftwich struck out six in 2.2 innings.  The ‘Cutters fell behind in the second and trailed until the eighth.  Lewis Alezones, Jason Zgardowski, and Anthony Sequeira threw one-hit ball over the last 3.1 innings.

Williamsport’s offense struggled early, scoring a run on a Carlos Duran sacrifice fly.  Trailing by 3 runs entering the eighth, they managed to load the bases on walks.  Josh Tobias tied the game with a double.  The game remained tied until Carlos Duran led off the 11th with a HR.

The ‘Cutters had some adventures on the base paths.  Zack Coppola stole 3 bases and Andrew Amaro stole one.  But, they had three base runners thrown out stealing – Grenny Cumana at second, Josh Tobias and Coppola at third.

Amaro led off and went 1-3 with 2 walks.  Venn Biter (.350) went 0-4 with a walk.  Tobias went 1-5 with a double and 23 RBI.  Brendon Hayden went 1-4 with a double.  Duran went 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBI.

GCL Phillies (6-2) lost to the GCL Braves 5-0.  Felix Paulino pitched well at times.  His FB was 92-94, but he left it up in the first inning and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits.  He was unhittable the next three innings, but was touched for 2 more runs in the fifth.  Ethan Stewart made a rehab appearance.  He recorded one K while throwing 89-90 with his FB.  Edgar Garcia pitched two shutout innings.  Kevin Walsh finished up allowing a run on a pop single down the left field line, stolen base, ground out, and sacrifice fly.  The Phillies managed four hits.  Juan Luis went 2-4 with a double.

The pop single mentioned above was in the air for a long time.  Some around me thought the left fielder (Randolph) was slow reacting to the ball.  It did look like he pulled up too soon as he approached it.  In any event, the batter was held to a single.  Earlier he had popped up at home plate.  The ball drifted into fair territory and the fielders collided.  The ball dropped to the ground.  Randolph had drifted maybe 20 feet up the line and appeared to think the ball was foul.  He started late and was called out on a close play.  (Called out incorrectly, we thought.)

Greg Pickett led off the ninth inning with a chop toward first.  He tried to avoid the tag and was in immediate pain.  The trainer was summoned and he was ushered off the field.  He had a noticeable limp as he passed me.  Too early to tell, but it looked like a knee.  But he didn’t require assistance, so we’ll see.

DSL Phillies (14-11) beat the DSL Indians 5-3.  They came back from a 3-0 deficit.  Daniel Brito (.311) went 1-3 with a double,  a walk, and an RBI.  Steiner Carmona got his third win with three, one-hit, shutout innings.

VSL Phillies (17-22) beat the VSL Tigers 3-0.  Gustavo Armas (6.0 IP, 8 K), Abdallah Aris, and Luis Gonzalez combined to scatter 7 hits and issue no walks while shutting out the Tigers.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP David Buchanan from the 7-day disabled list.
  • Reading Fightin Phils sent LHP Ethan Stewart on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.


64 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/1/2015

  1. Really hope Pickett is ok. But man, crazy how much fun it is to read these daily as opposed to last year. Encouraging stuff from Arano. Its great that even guys like him, Viza, Whitehead, guys who are not top prospects have made themselves intriguing if nothing else.

    That Crawford kid seems like a bum though. Maybe time to move him down or even just release him

  2. Crawfords production has gone down little bit and fielding needs a bit of improvement also

    What it sounds like To me: I think he needs a day or two off, since he has had none since joining Reading

    1. Sounds like he needs some time to adjust to the higher level. A to AA is a huge jump. His play so far has created some unrealistic expectations that he will never struggle.

  3. I took my son to the New Britain – Reading game last night. It was a pretty good game and the Fightins won. Some prospects worth watching: Crawford went 1 – 4 with a BB. He was caught stealing in the 1st inning but that wasn’t the story. He stole the base but the umpire called him out because he lifted his leg off the base and was tagged out. He gave out a half-hearted groan but walked back to the dugout without much follow up argument. Dugan went 3 – 5. His one chance at breaking the game open came in the top of the 9th. Serna and Crawford were on 2nd and 3rd with no one out. NB brought the infield in. 1st Baseman was guarding the line. 2nd baseman was between the pitcher and 1st base. Dugan crushed a fastball on the ground. The 2nd baseman dove to his left, like a soccer goalie on a penalty shot. He snared the hot grounder and held everyone while getting Dugan at 1st. That was the end of the rally. His base hits were solid line drives to right or centerfield. Stassi went 2 – 3 with a 2B and 2 BBs. He’s an impressive hitter. He’s on the ball with every swing. He was called out on strikes and that was part of umpiring that caused Lively to boil over later in the game. 3 pitches that the catcher reached outside his body were called strikes. Stassi let the umpire know he was unhappy without directing at him.

    Knapp was 1-5 with 2 RBIs but he could have had a huge game. He grounded into 2 DPs that killed big innings for the Phils. He looked pretty good as a hitter but occasionally he’d swing at pitches with both feet moving. It was like he jumped up a little. One swing looked like he stepped in a bucket. More on his defense later. Pointer had a BB in 3 ABs. You can tell he has a good eye at the plate but he had a K where the umpire was calling that outside strike on Phillies hitters.

    Lively’s game score was 51, just above average, and that’s what it felt like. He was regularly between 87MPH and 89MPH. Never hit 90 on the NBG gun. I wasn’t sure the gun went over 90 until a relief pitcher for NB hit it once. He threw a lot of balls and was pitching from behind a lot. As mentioned earlier in this piece, the umpire was calling the outside strike a lot against the Phillies but Lively couldn’t get even 1 of those. He got frustrated in the 6th and after walking one guy and giving up a sharp single to center, he’d had enough. He said something to the home plate umpire and was tossed out of the game. He was done anyway but it hastened his departure. Wathan came out to cool down the umpire and it looked like Kareem Abdul Jabbar talking to Mugsy Bogues. Wathan’s a big dude. He was calm and mentioned to the umpire that he had to call the game the same way for both sides. The ump did after that.

    Crawford had an error in the 1st inning. A very fast guy nit a high chop past the pitcher but then the ball didn’t come up after that. It rolled to Crawford. JP knew he had to hurry and he missed it but it hit his foot and ended up in the 2nd baseman’s hands. If he fielded it cleanly, the guy was out. Knapp was interesting behind the plate. Lively hit home plate 3 times that knapp fielded cleanly. The problem was his glove wasn’t down like he was fielding a grounder but up and the ball bounced into it all 3 times. He had a lot of moving to do behind the plate but there were no wild pitches or passed balls. He moved pretty well behind the plate but on more than one occasion, he ole’d a ball that he should have slid over to stop. He has some work to do behind the plate. O’Sullivan was fine in relief and Shackleford nailed his 16th save. The guy who caught my eye and he’s not even a prospect was Reiner Roibal. He had one pitch sequence that was great to watch. He started off with a 79 MPH offspeed pitch for a called strike. He threw a 76 MPH ball. His next pitch was a 74 MPH pitch that was called a strike (that outside strike the Phils weren’t getting earlier in the game). I said to my son, “Slow, slower and slowest.” The next pitch was a 90 MPH fastball and the batter swung late I think after Knapp started an around the infield toss before he swung. Pointer threw out a guy trying to score from 2B on a single. It was dead on the money and Knapp put an easy tag on the runner. There was a bunt basehit by a NB batter that Lively fielded and flipped a stupid underhand ,from his knees, throw. It bounced off the wall on 1st base side and then hit the tarp that was rolled up there. It went directly to Stassi who tossed it to Crawford, covering 2nd, who had to walk 10 feet up the basepath to tag the runner.

      1. Glad they finally signed a big name and hopefully he works out. However, now that they are prevented from signing anyone over $300k for 2 yrs they should be smart and max signings this year.

      2. yeah but if he is truly stuck to first base as a 16 year old. He will really have to hit to make any splash as a prospect. If he works out it will be great but I wouldn’t put my hopes on it.

        1. Read different reports some say he can play the outfield. He has a plus arm and can run . He needs to lose wait like 20 pds or so. Being with a Trainer plus now on the phillies he can learn how and what to eat. Being 16 yr old there a big scale on him I do believe in our LA program headed by Sam A .he’s done really well in the last few yrs.most off our GCL are LA Franco, Galvis , Pinto,Herlis Rodriguez, Kilmore, etc.

    1. I saw leftwich last night. He looked great. FB in the 91-93 range. Hitting the corners pretty consistenly too. Either him or zgardowski were the best pitchers for either team last night.

  4. I think its good JP is struggling a little its not going to be as easy as he makes it look in the MLB.

    Really wish Brito was stateside and how about that former PP coming within a strike to a no-no last night. His stuff was down right filthy last night.

  5. Matt need your help. Can the Phillies get enough extra money in a trade to cover these signings today. Second what happens to the money they would have had next year. I Believe they would have had one of the bigger pools. they lose that with this signing? Three so for two years no big signings. does that mean Cubans tooo? ty

    1. My understanding is that if they trade for slots to cover signing Ortiz then they will not lose any ability to sign anyone next year.

      I assume they would not have agreed to this bonus if they did not have a clear path to acquiring the slots. If they had not already lined up the slots to trade for then that was terrible planning.

      1. They could have traded for the slots any point this year though right? Why the delay in acquiring them?

        1. They can’t trade till today actually. That is why it is taking time to announce most likely.

    2. They lose the ability to spend the money themselves but they don’t lose the bonus pool itself (ie they can trade the pool allotment).

    3. rocco….there is a limit on how much bonus pool money a MLB club can acquire for a given signing period. The CBA forbids a team from acquiring via trade more than 50% of its initial bonus pool allotment. Phillies cannot get more then $1.5M in international bonus pool money via trade. If a team goes over the 50%l, MLB will reduce its initial bonus pool allocation by 150%. So if a club that was initially assigned a $2 million bonus pool acquired $2 million more in bonus pool money, MLB would reduce that club’s bonus pool by $3 million, leaving it with a $1 million bonus pool.

    4. There within the limits now they can’t another big money guy. Matt explains it on his site Ortiz and the catcher plus the 2 minor signing there within the money pool.any Cuban over I think the age is 21 doesn’t count against the slot allowance.

      1. I also believe, but nopt positive this year, you can as many players as you desire at a smaller amount…less then $300K or maybe something smaller, that will not affect a penalty to the club.

          1. Correction:
            Signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward a club’s signing bonus pool.

    5. rocco…according to John Stolnis.
      ” If the $4 million figure is correct 9for Ortiz), it ate up almost all of the team’s $4.7 million it had to spend (including trades for additional bonus money).”

      1. According to John Stolnis they have already acquired it, and may have maxed out at their 50% at $4.7M…actually that is over the 50%..maybe his number crunching is off a little.
        I could be reading him incorrectly but seems to indicate they have it.

        1. I just asked Matt on Twitter and he responded that if they keep Ortiz on hold indefinitely they can go until June 15th.

          So there is no rush to acquire those slot dollars. The Phillies can deal at teh deadline for slots.

  6. Also, Isn’t it getting to be about time that Dugan gets moved up, even as far as the Phils? He seems to have that hit tool, and I know he was injured, but this would not be rushing a kid. He has been around for quite a while now.

    1. Well bogusevic leaves Saturday for the Pan am games, so some are thinking Dugan comes up to that spot on Saturday.

  7. I watched Tobias play a bit in the college world series and he impressed me as a nice hitter but not one who could make it as a 3B. Surprise surprise, the Phillies have turned into a 2B. If he can manage the position defensively, his bat will look very good at 2B and he could follow Kingery up the ladder. Again I’ll mention, is anyone watching what Tomscha is doing? This kid is really carrying a hot streak right now.
    I have to say, I’m disappointed to hear that Lively is only 87-89. That really won’t get it done in the majors. Is that the norm for him?

    1. I thought Lively was more of a low-90s guy. I checked on MattWinks’ site and the reports have him generally sitting in the 88-92 range.

      Good to see Tomscha hitting so well since May. It helps solidify Lakewood’s lineup but I don’t think he’s a real prospect. If the Phillies think he has a shot, he would probably get to Clearwater soon and unseat Walding at 3B.

      1. the way bellman described it above, it sounded like maybe the NB stadium gun was a touch cold.

  8. I got to go to williamsport last night and a few things stuck out. I was with my family, a total of 7 adults and 5 kids so the alot of other people viaing for my attention.

    First, there is a group of rowdy maybe drunk guys up behind homeplate. Fantastic commentary for a short season game. Ha

    Second, cumana made 2 great plays behind second in the 2nd and 3rd innings. The first one he had to dive, getting up spinning and threw the ball 2 feet over the 1st basemans head. Great catch not great throw.
    Next inning he made the exact same play but made the throw.

    Relievers for crosscutters were pretty good. Especially leftwich and zgardowski. Leftwich was almost dominant. To finsih his second inning of work, with a front door slider to a right hander. It was a filthy K that had the batter with his bat on his shoulder.

    And finally, tobias had the best bat of the night. Bases loaded against a giy who was throwing hard but walking 2 of the 3. First 3 pitches were balls then went to a full count. After fighting off 2 inside fastballs he turned on one and absolutely scalded it to right field. It looked like a HR and would have been in most parks. Instead it was a 3 run double. Great AB. He then tried to take 3rd on a dropped 3rd strike but overslide the bag and was tagged out. He played decent 2b too.

    Might get a chance to go see kilome on friday. Was disappointed pujols wasnt in the lineup.

  9. From K Law chat about Hoskins

    Is Rhys Hoskins legit, or were his numbers at low A the product of the competition he faced as a college guy? Off to a good start at high A, but only a few games.

    Klaw (1:26 PM)

    Not a zero, but way too old for low-A. It’s a very simple swing and he has a decent approach, although even when I saw him he was struggling with low-A sliders. I wouldn’t call him a serious prospect yet … but this isn’t that far off from what Paul Goldschmidt looked like at that age. I’m not saying they’re the same, at all, but I was very light on Goldschmidt so I’m watching Hoskins a little differently.

    1. Not so sure why you want Dipoto so badly as he has a checkered past from Arizona and Anaheim. His record of player development with the Angels is not exactly stellar.

  10. Signing Ortiz @ 44 mil MAY be OK if he turns out to give Ruthian numbers. Needs 5-6 yrs in pros before we’ll know…In the meantime, @ 6’1″ and 260 lbs and, according to several posters here, he has been putting on MORE weight now. Is he headed to the point where he can’t move much in the field? Let’s hope he can be disciplined to get that weight back in reasonable proportions.

    In the meantime, I see they also signed a catcher w a good bat supposedly: Marchan. Good, since that is still a weak spot in the system. Also middle infielder Bocio and LHP Silva.

    Not a bad haul.

    1. The fact that teams put out a lot of negative press about Ortiz tells me this was a good move.

      Reminds me of when the Red Sox told Heyman to publish a slew of articles bashing Amaro for not trading Hamels for a bunch of A level prospects.

      It is easy to bash on the Phillies but they have done a lot right in the last year down on the farm and there is a lot to like from AAA on down.

    1. Could Kelly Dugan or Aaron Altherr be moving?
      From Reading/Allentown to a west coast team for international pool money.
      They are two who could get back some additional money for the Phillies.

  11. Seriously you people really think asche can play left. His arm stinks, his bat stinks. Shame they are letting that kid Dugan sit in reading and throwing out this slop in majors. Howard drops throw. eat the money and release him pls.

  12. Dugan a right fielder Asche in left move Dom Brown out. Dugan who I like can’t stay healthy if he could he’d be up there. bty Ache just hit one in the upperdeck.

  13. tim he cant throw. listen to the game the other night. Matt Stairs even said . He throws rainbows, look at his numbers they aren’t good enough to be a regular outfielder. he just isn’t good enough. You will see in the long run. he isn’t the answer, he will be traded or cut.

    1. Matt Stairs said today how much he likes Asche swing . He said Asche can hit 20 hrs a yr. He started playing outfield his yr. Outfield throwing is way different then infield . Sometimes your don’t throw it as hard as you can its more about accuracy to the base or finding the cut of man. There’s many players that don’t reach how good they can be u till there 3rd yr. I’m find with giving players time this yr . We’re waiting for Crawford , Kingley, Tocci, Nola, Pinto, Dugan etc to come up.

        1. David I have mention a couple of times. I Just couldn’t read asche. I Love to see a guy play before making judgment like on brown. and Franco and pitchers with low velo. Cause sometimes you could win if your right handed with lower velo. but its rare. most fail. Asche to me just isn’t a good enough player. I have seen enough. over 800 plate appearance. just don’t see him as a everyday player who is on a contending club. Could I be wrong sure., but right now nothing he does shows me he is a outfield answer for us. My hope right now is for the Phillies to bring up altheer. dugan and give them a chance , like to see some of the kids at double aa and triple a who might help us in future, I think as much as I don’t want to see it, this pitching staff is so bad, that nola will come up soon and take his lumps at the big league level. Maybe the starters after all star break will be nola. effin. Buchanan, morgan and I don’t know who else. but that’s my guess. Phillies need to see how these young guys handle the pressure going into the offseason.

  14. Asche could do that but the phillies could trade him to the Japan to . Ashe could really do that I don’t think he would he’s not a trouble maker . Last yr his slg was 390 the last wk or so he’s had some really good at bats .

  15. I thought the writer last night on mlb trade rumors was funny. He said boston has a lot of trade tools. like betts . swihart bogerats. but now wants controllable young good starters. They are willing in the words of adams the writer. to maybe trade lower propsects like Bradley and maggot. guys who they view as not high propsects. I just wonder how they can write this stuff, So if I read it right they now want good young starters that they can control. and will give up there bad prospects. funny to me.r

    1. I don’t know what’s going on with the Red Sox. They made some questionable signings (Ramirez, Sandoval) and thought their rotation was going to be good enough to contend. They were wrong. Now they think they can pawn off their failed prospects to obtain young controllable starters? That’s ballsy. Their level of ego is staggering.

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