Box Score Recap – 7/4/2015

Lehigh Valley (35-49) beat the Rochester Red Wings 4-3.  Aaron Nola allowed 3 runs and 9 hits while striking out six over six innings.  Five hits including a home run in the fifth put the IronPigs in a 3-2 hole.  A late rally and strong pitching out of the bullpen by Seth Rosin and Adam Loewen, who picked up his third save, preserved the win.  Aaron Altherr (.333) went 2-3 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI.

Reading (43-38) lost to the Trenton Thunder 9-2.  Mark Leiter had a short 4-run outing followed by Reinier Roibal who also gave up 4 runs.  Ethan Martin came in to pitch a perfect 3.1 innings (marred only by a fielding error) before Stephen Shackleford gave up a late run.  J.P. Crawford went 1-4 with a double, walk, and RBI.  Kelly Dugan (.378) went 0-3 with 2 walks.  Andrew Knapp went 1-4 with a double and RBI.

Clearwater (45-35) beat the Brevard County Manatees 7-6.  Yacksel Rios benefitted from an offense that scored in five of the first seven innings building a 7-3 lead.  Only one of the three runs he allowed was earned on three hits and two walks.  He struck out four.  Miguel Nunez got knocked around before Jesen Therrien and Ulises Joaquin came on to shut down the Manatees.  Joaquin picked up his ninth save.

Every Thresher had a hit in their 13-hit attack.  Carlos Tocci went 2-5 and stole his first base.  Andrew Pullin went 1-5 with a double.  Rhys Hoskins (.297) went 1-4 with an RBI.  Chace Numata went 3-4 with an RBI.  Willians Astudillo (.316) went 2-4 with a HR (3) and 4 RBI.

Lakewood (38-40)  beat the Hagerston Suns 6-0.  Elniery Garcia allowed 5 hits and 2 walks in his seven shutout innings.  Scott Harris mopped up.  Drew Stankiewicz went 2-4 with a double, his first HR, and 2 RBI.  Kyle Martin went 2-3 with a double and a walk.  Cord Sandberg went 3-4 with an RBI.  Derek Campbell went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI.

Williamsport (13-2) lost to the Brooklyn Cyclones 2-0.  Jose Taveras held the Cyclones to one run on 2 hits in seven innngs.  he struck out six.  Robert tasin gave up a solo HR in his two innings.  Both teams were held to three hits.  Josh Tobias went 2-3 with a double.  Gregori Rivero went 1-3.

GCL Phillies (9-2) beat the GCL Yankees2, 8-4.  Ismael Cabrera opened the game with 5 consecutive strike outs.  He pitched 3.0 innings and allowed one hit and one walk.  He struck out six.  He was easily the most effective pitcher today, but due to the oddities of baseball rules, a less efficient pitcher was awarded the win.

Jesus Alastre went 2-3 with a triple and an RBI.  Arquimedes Gamboa went 1-3 with 2 walks and an RBI.  Cornelius Randolph (.303) went went 2-4 with a double, walk, and 3 RBI.  Luis Encarnacion (.371) went 1-4 with an RBI.

Luis Encarnacion looks so much better at the plate than he did last year, better than he looked during XST.  He exudes a confidence that wasn’t apparent his first season.  His defense has kicked up a notch at first. too.  He made a catch on a stretch, keeping his foot on the base, that he wasn’t making earlier.

If Encarnacion is exuding confidence, Cornelius Randolph is confidence.  His every at bat, he looks like a big league hitter – his stance, his approach, his composure.  I incorrectly reported that he chokes up a little with two strikes.  He always has a little gap from the bottom of the handle.  What he does is shorten his swing and still make hard contact.  He’s as dangerous with two strikes as he is earlier in the count.  I forget the count on his double, but he crushed it to center over the fielder’s head.

DSL Phillies (16-13) beat the DSL Royals 4-3.  The second game, a make up game, hasn’t posted yet.

VSL Phillies (18-24) beat the VSL Cubs 6-4.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Correction from yesterday.  Jacob Reppert was not released.  He was added to the Voluntary Retirement List.
  • I think we sometimes forget how tough this life can be for young players.  They leave a “safe” environment that includes family, friends, coaches, teammates; and are thrust into a “business” environment.  They receive very low pay.  I know for a fact that some could not survive here without assistance from locals.  They live in hotels, the quality of hotel that I wouldn’t consider for an overnight stay, let alone to live in.  They are alone for an extended time for probably the first time in their lives – they have a roommate, but in all likelihood they won’t speak the same language.  And the food – different from home cooking and not enough of it.  Then there’s the business of baseball.  Very much different than what they experienced back in school.  Practice.  Meetings.  Scrimmages.  Playing in front of less fans than were at their little league games.  It’s now a job, no longer a game.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed LF Brian Bogusevic on the temporarily inactive list. (For the Pan Am Games)
  • Ethan Chapman assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Reading Fightin Phils activated LF Cam Perkins from the 7-day disabled list.
  • Lakewood BlueClaws activated RHP Shane Watson from the restricted list.
  • Lakewood BlueClaws released LHP Yoel Mecias.

36 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/4/2015

    1. He was coming off TJS which his stuff didn’t recover which pre TJS was 89-92 topping out at 94. So far it’s been 87-89 topping out at 90. He also apparently has shoulder issues.

      I’m still kinda surprised that they couldn’t just put him on the DL or maybe call it a year, get heathy and we’ll see you next year. With that being said, I don’t have the correct knowledge of why they released him, maybe the shoulder issue was a career ender.

    2. Does seem a little early to throw in the towel. He had TJ 2 years ago last month. I’m no doctor, but it seems like some people might take a little longer than that get back to full health, even if the “average” patient would have already been at/around 100% by now.

  1. Good to see Perkins back, but now we have 3 ‘prospects’ for 2 corner outfield spots in Reading, with none in Lehigh, soooo….

    1. Cord is hitting the ball a lot better in the last month or so. He needs to be patient at the dish. His BB rate is very low at less than 6%. In June, which was a hot month for him, he only BB’ed 4% of the time. A hits as good as a BB but this is a very telling sign. He can overcome it, as Altherr has shown, but he needs to work counts more. On the season, he hits a tiny bit better when he’s ahead in the count versus behind in the count. Just develop a better eye at the plate and the patience to wait for the best pitch.

  2. Altherr the story of the year so far. He maintains a .333 .426 .578 slash (1.004 OPS) thru 61 PAs at AAA. His BB rate there is a superb 13% with a K rate of 20.4% compared to 10.8% and 15.4% respectively at Reading.

    The big story in Altherr season’s is a dramatically increased BB rate, up by more than 25% from any prior professional season. His decreasing K rate also a factor. He K’d at a rate of 22.4% at Reading in 2014 and only 15.4% at Reading in 2015 (http://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.htm?id=11376). Something has changed with his plate discipline – a renewed discipline to lay off pitches out of the strike zone? Improved eye sight (Lasik)? Change in stance? Whatever. What I cannot deny is a dramatic alteration in plate discipline. If this is a player who is widely agreed to be a potential above-average defensive corner outfielder and at least a capable, if not more, defensive center-fielder, and if this comes with an above-average throwing arm and above average speed on the bases, and then add on a .260ish hitter who can go 20/20; that’s at least an average regular right there.

    I’ve been excited for weeks for what is apparently a breakout season even if no one is noticing. Perhaps peeps had already written Altherr off as a non-prospect. Or perhaps they accepted a lower ceiling as nothing more than a 4th outfielder. But one thing I know for certain. We’re witnessing a breakout year, and we’re all too embarrassed to talk about it. Its a good story though. A perfect prospecting story. After all, what’s more exciting than a break out season from a prospect?

    1. Altherr was #8 on my top 30. Last year, he was #10. I knew he’d improved and possibly he was ready for the breakout year. In the past, he’s known to back slide later in the season so I’m watching for that.

      Of course what do I know? I had Mecias #5 and now he’s been released. I think they were a little quick with the hook but the Doctors would know a lot more than I would.

      1. I would tend to agree about Aaron Altherr, it is finally exciting to see his resurgence and hopefully it continues to Philly….but after more then 2500 PAs and seven season in the minors, and he turns 25 before next season, I have to be realistic about his potential in the majors.

    2. I think people around here have written about Altherr plenty. I’ve seen people call for his immediate promotion to the majors. I would think he should have at least 200 PA’s in AAA.

    3. Some are missing what Altherr is doing, because they’re too busy holding on to the notion that Kelly Dugan is the better prospect.

  3. So much has gone right this year in the minors, and now even both short season teams are off to fantastic starts with great players playing very well on both sides of the ball. These developments are very exciting.

  4. It’s time to recognize Loewen as a success story who should be in Philly soon. Also I’m very encouraged by Garcia who has a terrific arm and is improving by the start. Mecias is a sad story but he’s been awful this year and his arm just doesn’t appear recovered.

  5. Looks like Nola was really pounding the zone, no walks..

    Nice games Kyle Martin, Randolph, Altherr, Loewen, Ismael Cabrera….

    1. I think its important for teams to have successful reclamation projects, he was at one time a great prospect and now even though is 31, I think, he might be able to contribute to some ones bull pen ours or another teams, that being the case they need to get him to the “Bigs” soon

    2. I would consider him a success if he gets back to the majors after all of his injury problems. It seems like the only thing keeping him from doing that now is that there isn’t anyone obvious to demote from the ML ‘pen.

      1. Why demote someone….put someone on the 15-day DL…..maybe DeFratus and give him a little time to catch his breath!
        Being sarcastic and facetious, but he has been slightly overworked so far this season. I like to have him around and productive for the next 3/4 years.

        1. Phils acquire No. 1 Int. slot from DBacks for Chris Oliver, Josh Taylor and their No. 9 slot

  6. “@Phillies: #Phils has acquired #1 overall international signing slot from ARI for RHP Chris Oliver, LHP Josh Taylor, and the #9 overall signing slot.”

    What does this mean?

      1. Next year based on being the worst team the Phillies should avoid losing their slot since it will be over 5.4 million

      1. Plus add their own original of $3M, so there should be plenty now for Ortiz and others.

        1. No I think they sent the Dbacks their slot, could be wrong they can the Dbacks can trade the Phils slot

  7. Matt Winkelman ‏@Matt_Winkelman 20m20 minutes ago
    The difference in slots is $2.3M which means the Phillies could actually trade another slot since they can only have 150% of original amount

    Matt Winkelman ‏@Matt_Winkelman 17m17 minutes ago
    Here we go, slot 1 is worth $3,590,400, slot 9 is worth $1,352,100, so same $2.2M gap, Phillies could acquire $1.5M they can use

    Matt Winkelman ‏@Matt_Winkelman 14m14 minutes ago
    This means the Phillies can sign Ortiz and Marchan and stay out of future penalties (may pay some small tax this year)

    1. I am now ok with the Ortiz signing. I was just mostly worried about not being able to sign players tyhe next two years. We should be a big fish in a small pond next year.

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