Box Score Recap – 7/2/2015

Lehigh Valley (34-48) beat the Rochester Red Wings 7-1.  David Buchanan pitched into the seventh inning.  Nefi Ogando stranded 3 inherited runners and finished the game for his first save.  Aaron Altherr (.361) went 1-3 with a triple.  Gabriel Lino went 1-3 with an RBI.  Chase d’Arnaud had 2 hits, a double, and 3 RBI.  Brian Bogusevic went 2-4 with an RBI.

Reading (42-37) lost to the New Britain Rock Cats 10-0.  Jesse Biddle had a rough five innings.  Ethan Martin had a rougher two-thirds of an inning.  And Joely Rodriguez gave up a home run to be like the other guys.  The Rock Cats’ pitcher got his first win while throwing a 3-hit shutout at the Fightin Phils.

J.P. Crawford finally got a game off.  If this is what happens, he’ll probably not get another one off.  Kelly Dugan (.403) went 1-4.  Andrew Knapp (.292) went 1-2 with a walk.  Brian Pointer went 0-4 with 2 Ks and a GIDP.  KC Serna got their other hit and batted leadoff in Crawford’s absence.

Clearwater (43-35) lost to the Tampa Yankees 4-1.  Ricardo Pinto drew a tough opposite number tonight and pitched well in spite of the loss.  He threw two mistake pitches all night and, unfortunately, they both came in the same inning.  The first was a changeup that stayed up and was pulled down the left field line for a double in the fifth.  The second was a 92 mph fastball in the batter’s wheel house that landed in the left field bleachers 2 batters later.

The Yankees had capitalized on a couple soft singles and a sacrifice fly in the first inning to take an early lead.  That was almost enough for their starting pitcher, LHP Chaz Hebert.  He came into the game having had some success against the Threshers.  He no-hit them in a five inning appearance back on April 21st.  He threw a complete game shutout against them on June 5th.  In three appearances against Clearwater, he had an .095 ERA allowing only 2 runs in 19 innings.  However, he had taken the loss in the game where he had allowed those 2 runs.

Tonight was more of the same.  The Threshers didn’t get their first base runner until two outs in the second.  Aaron Brown had walked but was picked off by the catcher to end the inning.  Their next base runner reached when Malquin Canelo beat out a bunt base hit.  Trailing by one run, Carlos Tocci was asked to sacrifice Canelo to second.  Tocci popped the bunt hard over the charging, first baseman’s head for a lucky base hit.  After a fielder’s choice at third, Willians Astudillo grounded an RBI single back through the box to tie the game.  The Threshers managed only 2 singles the rest of the way.

Pinto had retired 10 in a row at one point.  With two out in the fourth, Pullin played a ball off the wall and threw to second for another OF assist.  After allowing the HR in the fifth inning, Pinto retired his last five batters including his first strike out against the last batter he faced.  He was lifted after six innings but he had only thrown 67 pitches, 45 for strikes.  He threw a strong sixth inning getting a routine fly to right and an infield pop up on his first two pitches.  He struck out the next batter swinging on the seventh pitch of the at bat.  The oddity of the inning was that he appeared to throw all changeups.  His FB was 90-95,T96. (T107 if you care to believe the gun on one pitch.  Since his first 95 came on the pitch preceding that reading, I would tend to ignore the four 95’s and one 96.  I would be comfortable with 90-93,T94 that was prevalent in the earlier innings.)

Harold Guerrero can be overpowering, he recorded 4 Ks in two innings.  But he put himself in a scoring situation when he walked the second batter after a leadoff single in the eighth.  He attacked the sac bunt and got a force at third and struck out the next batter, but a bloop single just out of Mora’s reach allowed the runner to score from second.  He struck out the final batter.

Jesen Therrien also allowed a leadoff single when he came out to pitch the ninth.  A chop to first put runners on the corners when Hoskins threw off balance to second.  Therrien escaped the no-out threat with a pop up to Hoskins and two strike outs.

The Threshers collected 5 hits and a walk.  Canelo went 1-4.  Tocci went 1-4.  Pullin went 0-4.  Hoskins (.300) went 2-4 with an RBI.  Astudillo (.311) went 0-4.  Angelo Mora (.307) went 1-3.

Lakewood (36-40)  lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds 7-5.  Ranfi Casimiro gave up 2 runs (1 unearned) in five innings.  He was pulled after 82 pitches.  He allowed 8 hits, a walk, and struck out three.  Manny Martinez gave up 3 runs in one-third of an inning, and Matt Hockenbury was called upon to escape further damage.  However, after the ‘Claws tied the game, he gave up the go ahead run.  Calvin Rayburn gave up another run in his one inning.

Scott Kingery went 1-4 with a walk and an RBI.  Drew Stankiewicz and H-Rod went 0-4 but each drove in a run.  Damek Tomscha went 1-4 with a double.  Kyle Martin went 2-4 with an RBI.  Cord Sandberg went 2-3 with a walk.  Emmanuel Marrero went 2-4 with a double.

Williamsport (12-1) beat the Auburn Doubledays 6-1.  Alejandro Arteaga had a nice line that included 2 hits and 6 Ks in five innings.  Will Morris struck out two in three one-hit innings.  Juan Figueroa pitched a perfect ninth.

Five ‘Cutters had 2-hit games.  DH Mark Laird went 2-4 with a walk and RBI.  He scored two runs from the leadoff position.  Venn Biter (.356) went 2-5.  Jose Pujols returned to the line up after a day off and went 0-4.  Brendon Hayden went 0-4.  Josh Tobias went 2-3 with a double and a walk.  Jan Hernandez went 2-3 with a HR (3) and 2 RBI.  Zack Coppola went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI.  Gregori Rivero went 1-4 with his first HR.

GCL Phillies (7-2) beat the GCL Braves 4-0.  Brandon Leibrandt made a rehab start and threw four, 4-hit innings.  He didn’t allow a run, walked none, and struck out five.  Seranthony Dominguez struck out six and walked four in 3.2, 2-hit innings.  Victor Delgado struck out two in 1.1 innings.

Luis Encarnacion (.385) went 3-3 with a triple, walk, and RBI.  Yunior Reyes (.353) went 3-4 with 2 RBI.  Cornelius Randolph went went 1-4 with a double and RBI.

DSL Phillies (15-12) split with the DSL Astros Blue.  They lost 4-2 in 10 innings and won 5-4 in 13 innings.  They were one-hit in the first game, and it was a single.  Jairo Munoz pitched all 10 innings for the Phillies in the continuation of the suspended game.  In the second game, Daniel Brito (.299) went 1-6 with a walk and RBI.

VSL Phillies (17-23) lost to the VSL Tigers 4-1.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Phillies reach agreement with Dominican LF Jhailyn Ortiz for reported $4.2M, dependent on passing physical.
  • Phillies agree to sign Venezuelan C Rafael Marchan for a reported $200K.
  • Phillies sign infielder Keudi Bocio of DR.
  • Phillies sign SS Jonathan Guzman of Panama.
  • 2B Tyler Henson assigned to International League All-Stars.
  • RHP Stephen Shackleford assigned to EAS Eastern Division All-Stars. Replaces Zach Eflin.
  • 1B Brock Stassi assigned to EAS Eastern Division All-Stars.
  • RHP Zach Eflin assigned to EAS Eastern Division All-Stars.  Selected for the Pan Am Games.
  • OF Roman Quinn assigned to EAS Eastern Division All-Stars.  (DL – torn hip flexor)
  • OF Cam Perkins assigned to EAS Eastern Division All-Stars. (DL – back)
  • SS J.P. Crawford assigned to EAS Eastern Division All-Stars.
  • Placed RHP Aaron Harang on the 15-day disabled list. Left foot plantar fasciitis
  • Activated RHP Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list.
  • The Phillies opened up a 6-game lead for the top draft pick in the 2016 First Year Player Draft with their 4-game sweep by the second place Milwaukee Brewers.


25 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/2/2015

  1. I’m glad I didn’t go to the New Britain – Reading game last night. I went to Wednesday night’s game. I wrote up my observations to that game in yesterday’s box score recap. Some people were concerned about Lively’s performance. Mostly that he was between 87 – 89 MPH and never topped 90. I thought the gun was a little soft the whole game as I only saw three 90’s the whole game. The opposing starter was a real soft tosser since he was mostly 80 – 87. Lively had a way of getting out of trouble that was impressive. He only gave up one run and that could have been prevented if Pointer fielded a single cleanly and fired home. He did it later in the game but the ball stuck in the grass this time and he couldn’t scoop it and throw. He was behind some batters and each inning was new and different. He threw a 4 pitch 4th inning that was impressive. He threw a 7 pitch 2nd inning that was 1 – 2 -3. He also threw an 18 pitch 1st and 35 pitch 5th inning. He looked calm and collected on the mound at all times until he got tossed. It was the quietest I ever saw. Everyone in the ball park was wondering why he got tossed and he didn’t argue it either. He was clearly done at the point and wasn’t getting the pitches called the way he saw them. I agreed with him. If he had the strike zone that the ump was clearly giving to NB, he might have been no hitting them. He made a lot of NB hitters look silly. The were waving at pitches and clearly surprised by some pitches. The speed on his FB seemed disturbing but it may have had more to do with a soft gun than his ability to crank it up.

    1. One has to give Biddle credit…only walked one batter and K’d 7 in his efforts last night. He may have been in the middle too much with the hits and HRs.

  2. Short sample. But I wonder if herdanez after two years of not hitting has gotten it. and will become the player they thought they drafted in the second round.

    1. rocco…he could be , but next season he will be 21-years old and he needs to keep advancing and not stumble too often, assuming Lakewood will be his next stop..

      1. Couple questions. Have not seen Cousins named mentioned at all recently, struggling or injured ? Live in the Delmarva area, Lakewood just simply cannot beat Delmarva, albeit the O’s do have probably the strongest pitching staff in the Sally. I wonder when Laird or Pujols could come up to Lakewood? I’m sure Laird wild move first, but I hope it’s soon. I cannot bare to watch Tromp anymore.

        1. I feel bad for Baltimore pitcher bundy. I watch him pitch and thought he was the next great pitcher, but injuries are killing him. Pitchers are so hard to keep healthy, That is one of the reason cole is so valuable to teams he logs a ton of innings.

        2. They finally added him to the 7-Day DL on June 28th, retroactive to June 26th (they can only go back 2 days in the minors. He suffered the injury on June 18th, ankle I think. It stiffened up over the All Star break (June 19-21). The Threshers swept first place Daytona to win the first half with Cozens on the bench. I’ve seen him at the Complex. He says he feels better and expects to return soon. (But they all say that when asked.)

  3. Kyle Martin, Emmanuel Marrero, encarcionon, Hernandez, lino, altherr all still killing it…
    Wish they left in Pinto longer…
    Biddles line looks like Nuke Laloosh, wonder if they had him pounding the zone or working on a pitch ?

    The big club pitching staff is a friggin mess, I guess Morgan and Buchanan get there turns now…

  4. Can someone comment about Astudillo. He appears to be the second coming of Smokey Burgess – or the Panda ???? All this guy does is hit – and then hit more. HR ? I do know he is a singles hitter but can anyone elaborate ??? Thanks !

    1. Astudillo’s biggest problem is, what position does he play? He can catch but he’s not that good at it. He can play 1B but he needs a bigger bat for that. He can play 3B in a pinch and I mean pinch? I don’t think he can run very well so an OF’er he ain’t. Some think he’s a DH because all he does is hit but he doesn’t slug enough for that. He’s a classic tweener but he doesn’t quite fit betweener. If you had a bunch of sluggers in a lineup and you needed a guy who’ll get on base, he’s your guy. But what position do you put him in? The Phils have tried a lot of things to find him a position but they haven’t quite found it. Possibly a utility guy because he can catch and pay corner infield. If he could run a little and built up an arm, he could play corner OF but he isn’t there yet.

      You can see by my diatribe, I can’t find him a regular position either.

    2. Unless he can return to catching, he is a player without a position. Listed at a generous 5’9, he is not tall enough to continue at first base, especially with Rhys Hoskins in Clearwater and Kyle Martin in Lakewood. In the 8 games since Hoskins arrived, Astudillo has played first once.

      In the 8 games since Andrew Knapp was promoted to Reading, the catcher’s position has opened up. But Astudillo (3 games) is splitting time there with Chace Numata (5). He has DH-ed in 3 games and been left out of the line up once in those 8 games.

      At the plate, all he does is get his bat on the ball. Joe Jordan reportedly once described Astudillo as an “arrogant hitter”. He moves the ball around, often hitting to RF to move runners, but the contact is sometimes soft – pop ups or fly balls rather than ground balls and line drives. In 242 PA, he has few Ks (9) but even fewer walks (5). He attacks the first pitch in (or near) the strike zone. I would like to see a little more discipline at the plate.

      His defense at first has been without error, but I think he got a couple favorable calls in the games I’ve seen. He lacks the range that a taller player has, and presents a smaller target for fielders on throws. He could probably advance as a back up catcher, but his lack of a real position will haunt him at higher levels. IMO.

    3. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the absurdly low K rate, we wouldn’t give him a second thought.

  5. Teams are trading to add bonus money in the international pool.
    I wonder when the Phillies will begin to do this, since signing Ortiz will require some additional money.
    Do not like giving up on young prospects, but looks like it will to be done to get that additional $1.5M.
    Not sure what an Altherr or Dugan will get in return, but an Matt Imhof, Aaron Brown and Brandon Leibrandt could return a sizable allotment.

      1. That very well be the case….and hoping it is. The Angels have expressed interest in Revere in the past few weeks and they are one of the ‘penalized’ teams, so they may have monies to trade. What Ruben needs to do is see what penalized teams are currently contenders and then offering veterans like Revere, Ruiz, Paps or Harang may be advantageous.
        I would hope Cole and Paps, and also Revere can bring back quality prospects along with international pool money.

  6. I’m in a little conundrum. I don’t like the Red Sox and love when they lose. But if they can put together a winning streak of sorts, they will again be considered buyers and may this time finally fork out decent prospects for Hamels. Last night Miley sucked despite their win, reinforcing their need of someone like Hamels.

  7. D-Backs along with the Angels, Rays, Red Sox and Yankees will be unable to sign any pool-eligible players for more than $300,000 during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 signing periods.
    The Yankees, Rays and Angels are still in prime contention. Ruben should try to deal with them for the added money to the pool.

  8. Nice game by Ranger Suarez, Six scoreless today , 6 Ks…

    Luis Encarnacion stays red hot again… 2-5

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