Box Score Recap – 7/7/2015

Lehigh Valley (37-50) beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 9-6.  They scored 5 runs in the first inning and tacked on runs when the Sox pulled within one at 5-4 and 6-5.  Nobody pitched particularly well, but David Buchanan started and pitched three innings.  Nineteen of his 40 pitches were balls.  Aaron Altherr (.321) went 1-3 with a walk and stolen base (3).  Logan Moore went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Chase d’Arnaud had 2 doubles and an RBI.  Russ Canzler had 3 hits, a double, HR, and 3 RBI.  Edgar Duran had 3 hits.

Reading (45-39) beat the Portland Sea Dogs 8-6.  Reading scored at least one run in each of the first five innings.  When the Dogs pulled within one, they tacked on an insurance run before turning the game over to their closer.  Jerome Williams pitched 3.2 innings that included 3 hits, 2 runs, 3 Ks, and a HR.  Relievers Hoby Milner and Colton Murray didn’t pitch even that well.  Stephen Shackleford threw a perfect ninth to rack up his 18th save.  Brian Pointer led off and went 1-4 with a double, walk, and RBI.  J.P. Crawford went 2-5 with an RBI.  Kelly Dugan (.360) went 3-4 with 2 doubles, an RBI, and his first stolen base.  Brock Stassi went 1-2 with 3 walks and 2 RBI (55).  Andrew Knapp (.306) went 2-5 with an RBI.  Cam Perkins went 1-3 with a HR (9), SF, and 3 RBI.  Harold Martinez (.301) went 2-4.

Clearwater (47-36) beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 3-2 in 12 innings.  Brandon Leibrandt came off the DL and started the game.  He was on a 5 inning or 75 pitch count.  He was pulled after 4 innings and 65 pitches.  He had given up 3 hits, 0 walks, and struck out one.  He allowed a wind-aided, solo HR that barely cleared the LCF wall.  Leibrandt had an uneven outing.  While he allowed only the one run and retired the last 8 batters he faced, he threw a lot of pitches, pitched from behind a lot, and lost velocity at an alarming rate.

Number of pitches – Leibrandt needed only 10 pitches to get through the first.  He recorded the first out on a fly ball to deep left field.  He fell behind the next batter 2-1 and gave up a line drine single.  That came to nothing when he got the next batter on a 6-4-3 double play.  He faced only 5 batters in the second inning, but needed 28 pitches to survive the inning.  Leibrandt retired the Tigers in order in the third but needed 18 pitches to accomplish that.  He got his final 3 outs in the fourth on just 9 pitches, but 2 were deep fly balls that Carlos Tocci had to track down.

Pitching from behind – Leibrandt got ahead of all 3 batters he faced in the first inning.  He fell behind 8 of the 11 batters he faced over the last 3 innings.  He ran 4 three-ball counts.  and 5 two-ball counts.  In his middle two innings, he faced 8 batters.  Six of the 8 saw at least 5 pitches in their at bats.  The other 2 saw 4 each.  In his fourth inning, he fell behind all 3 batters.

Velocity – One of the things you readers noticed earlier in the season was that Leibrandt relied on a high 80s FB.  Well, he started in that range tonight.  First inning – 9 pitches, 7 FB at 87-89 mph: 89 (2), 88 (3), 87 (2).  In the long second inning – 28 pitches, 17 FB at 86-89 mph: 89 (2), 88 (5), 87 (7), 86 (2).  After the Threshers saw a total of 6 pitches, Leibrandt came out to pitch the third – 18 pitches, 13 FB at 84-88 mph: 88 (1), 87 (2), 86 (5), 85 (3), 84 (2).  The the fourth – 9 pitches, 3 FB: 86 (1), 85 (2).  Now factor in the favorable 1 mph that the Bright House radar gun is suspected of adding.  Hmm.

He also threw 25 off-speed pitches.  A half dozen or more bounced a few feet in front of the plate.

The Threshers got pretty good relief pitching from Jesen Therrien, Edubray Ramos, Ulises Ramos, and Ethan Stewart.  Therrien’s low 90s FB must have looked like high 90s following Leibrandt.  Therrien allowed 2 hits in his 3 shutout innings.  Ramos gave up a 2-out singles, but was virtually unhittable during the 2 strikes outs he got on his nasty change.  Nastier when you consider it comes after being setup by his mid-90s FB.  Joaquin blew the save when the Tigers teed off on his mid-90s FB.  He then shut them down with his change to preserve the tie.  Stewart pitched 2 no-hit innings and picked up the win.

The Threshers had fallen behind on a Tigers solo HR in the second inning.  They finally tied the game in the fifth when Angelo Mora led off with a line drive double down the left field line.  He moved to third on a ground ball to first, and scored on Chase Harris’ ground single to left through a drawn-in infield.  They took the lead in the sixth when an errant pickoff throw allowed Andrew Pullin to score.  (There were 2 outs, Pullin on third, Chace Numata on first, Willians Astudillo at the plate, Mora on deck.  I don’t think I let my pitcher make that throw.)

The Threshers won when Chace Harris led off the 12th with an infield single to the left side.  Malquin Canelo failed to move Harris to second on 2 bunt attempts and struck out on a poor swing at a ball that bounced 5 feet in front of the plate.  Tocci lined a single to right and Coach Hill held Harris at second.  The throw missed the first cutoff man (or was allowed to go through to the third baseman) and hit the grass/dirt seam and bounced wildly.  Both runners advanced an additional base.  With one out, the Tigers opted to intentionally walk Pullin and pitch to Rhys Hoskins.  Up to this point, the patient Hoskins had walked 3 times, flew out to deep center when given a green light on a 3-0 pitch, and grounded out sharply to short.  On another favorable count he had driven a foul ball HR distance to left.  So, with the game on the line, Hoskins lifted a fly ball to left field close to the foul line.  The fielder made an accurate throw but he needed a bounce to reach the plate.  The speedy Harris beat the throw and scored the winning run.

Carlos Tocci (.264) went 3-6.  Rhys Hoskins (.295) went 0-2 with 3 walks, a SF, and his first stolen base.  Chace Numata (.281) went 2-5.  Willians Astudillo (.309) went 1-5.  Angelo Mora (.297) went 2-5 with a double.  Chase Harris went 3-5 with an RBI.

Other stuff – Hoskins popped up another 3-0 green light into the Threshers’ dugout.  Victor Arano successfully positioned himself to block the third baseman from reaching cleanly into the dugout to catch the ball.  Good job, Victor!  Coach Legg told an interviewer that Numata has the best pop time off all catchers in the organization.  Astudillo entered the game with the 3rd highest AVG in the FSL.  Pullin came in tied for second with 49 RBIs.  Justin Verlander’s younger brother Ben plays for Lakeland.  So does Jiwan James who went 0-5 and struck out twice.

One final thing.  The Threshers batters are very, very aggressive at the plate.  Most of them have no compunction swinging early in the count.  After Leibrandt’s 28-pitch second inning, they saw 6 pitches in their half of the inning.  When Leibrandt threw 18 pitches in the third, they saw another 6 pitches in their half of the third.  While Leibrandt threw 46 pitches, they saw 12 pitches.  This disparity continued through the game.  It is exasperrating for me to watch this.  I can’t argue with their success, but the opposing pitcher warmed up longer for the second and third innings than it took him to retire the Threshers those innings.

Only Rhys Hoskins seems to want to work a pitcher.  In his first 4 ABs, he saw – 5, 4, 6, and 6 pitches.  He saw 4 in his 5th AB and I think he hit the SF on the first pitch.

The win lifts Clearwater 11 games over .500 for the season.  They have started the second half 10-3.

Lakewood (39-42)  lost to the Hagerston Suns 6-3.  Tyler Viza allowed 3 earned runs in seven innings,  Alexis Rivero allowed 2 in two innings.  .  Kyle Martin (.340) went 0-3.  Herlis Rodriguez (.304) went 1-4.  Cord Sandberg went 1-4.  Jose Mayorga went 1-3 and picked up their only RBI.

Williamsport (13-4) No game scheduled.

GCL Phillies (10-3) beat the GCL Blue Jays 5-4 in 11 innings.  Felix Paulino allowed one run and 3 hits in five innings while striking out nine.  Will Stewart pitched one inning and blew the save opportunitty.  Jairo Munoz and Sutter McLoughlin pitched one-hit, shutout ball over the last five innings.  Sixteen-year old Jonathan Arauz (.275) went 4-6 with 2 doubles.  Cornelius Randolph (.341) went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.  The Phillies faced the Blue Jays rehabbing Aaron Sanchez.  They touched him up for 3 hits, a walk, and 2 earned runs in the first two innings.  Arauz hit his first double of Sanchez

DSL Phillies (18-14) lost to the DSL Athletics 3-2.

VSL Phillies (19-25) beat the VSL Tigers 9-6.  Lenin Rodriguez went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • The Phillies top two affiliates beat the Red Sox top two affiliates.  Do we really want them as a trade partner for Hamels???
  • Philadelphia Phillies sent RHP Jerome Williams on a rehab assignment to Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Philadelphia Phillies recalled Severino Gonzalez from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Designated RHP Kevin Correia for assignment.
  • Philadelphia Phillies sent RHP Sean O’Sullivan outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Philadelphia Phillies recalled Hector Neris from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Clearwater Threshers activated LHP Brandon Leibrandt from the 7-day disabled list.

76 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/7/2015

  1. Visa broke down in the 5th and 6th innings. Through 4 innings, he’d given up 1 hit. In the 5th, he gave up 3 hits. In the 6th, he gave up 4 hits. He ran out of gas. It also didn’t help that an error started the 5th inning. I’m not making excuses because a pitcher can only deal with the guy with the bat standing in front of him. He’s your next victim.

    I was pretty excited to see a guy with 9 Ks in a game. Felix Paulino did that but then I looked at his ground outs and fly outs. Something didn’t make sense. He pitched 5 innings so there were 15 outs. 9 + 3+ 2 = 14. So I went to the recap and not only did he make 15 outs but he actually had to make 16 outs. A wild pitch 3rd strike forced an extra out to be made. The recap says Paulino had 9 Ks, 4 fly outs and 3 ground outs. Just trying to keep the record straight. Still a very nice outing for the 20 year old with only 1 previous year in the DSL.

  2. Biddle to LHV is really good news..
    Hoping he does well and maintains some consistency with command and control.
    Have to think a September or sooner call-up to Philly could happen.

      1. I think this is a good thing. Jesse has been battling through things for a long time, he’s shown some progress, could use a nice boost and definitely could use a change in scenery. I doubt Biddle will do much worse in AAA and he could definitely hit his stride and do much better. He’s still figuring out what kind of pitcher he is going to be – he’s not sure and neither are we.

        Now they really need to get Dugan to AAA or the majors (yes, I just said majors). There’s little doubt in my mind that Dugan is a better baseball player than Dom Brown – Dugan has a beatiful swing, excellent plate disciple and a much better approach. Let’s face it, we have nothing special in the major league outfield right now, there’s no reason they cannot promote Dugan and still find Brown some at bats if they want to continue to kick that beaten-up can down the road.

      2. Honestly I’d rather watch guys like Seve and Jesse struggle in the rotation than O’Sullivan and Williams. Not sure how many 1st round picks log 630 MiLB IP before making the big league rotation.

        I watch Carrasco in the big leagues now and think to myself when we traded him I didn’t think he was ever going to get to where he is now a pretty solid 3. It gives me hope that Jesse could eventually be that.

        1. Agree DMAR. Seve , Buchanan and Jesse are young pitchers that the fans want to see what they have or could achieve for the team in the future.
          And Carlos Carrasco did take awhile but he has arrived…now for how long is any’s guess, but he did turn the corner.
          And that is something we hope for the Phillies’ young pitchers like a Jesse Biddle.

        2. Carrasco is better than a 3 – since last year or even before he’s pitched like a 2 or better. Good point about not knowing with these guys. Carrasco was nothing special when we saw him – he was like a 4; I was not impressed. But sometimes guys discover an out pitch or improve velocity. Carrasco back then was a low 90s guy – now he’s a flame thrower.

  3. Jim, your summaries are fantastic. Thanks for doing them and keeping this site great.
    I’m starting to think Altherr is deserving of a shot on the big club. We knew he had the talent and maybe he is finally putting it all together. I never would have thought I’d say that a year ago.

    1. Altherr was mentioned by Amaro as a guy who could get a shot. The way I read it, he meant pretty soon. If Revere gets traded then Altherr will probably be up. Mastroianni probably deserves a promotion too. That will free up Dugan and Perkins to go to AAA and possibly see Dugan on the big club in September. That would make the Phils more exciting to watch but certainly not any better.

      1. Don’t have Mastroianni anymore. Think u mean Bogusevic and I agree especially since he didn’t opt out 7/1.

        1. Sorry, you are right. I have two childhood friends who are a Mastroianni and a Bogusevic. Neither one is related to these guys but I keep forgetting which we kept and which we unloaded.

  4. Yes, and thanks for the summary above on Leibrandt. Romus made a good point yesterday saying we cannot judge players by their father; we need to judge them on their own merits. That of course is true – my only point is that when your father was exactly the same type of player you are, there’s probably a little in the genes that helps you out and you are probably getting a lot of excellent, in depth, advice as to how to succeed. The reports about his velocity and his bouncing balls to home plate are not favorable, but he’s still rehabbing. As I said, we will know much more about Leibrandt when he hits the hitting fields of the Eastern League – a league that almost always exposes borderline pitching prospects.

      1. TJ is no longer a catcher. They are moving him to 1B. Concussions literally beat him into submission.

    1. catch….sorry cannot take credit or discredit for that….wasn’t I that said that about the father-son connection and judgments.
      But on Leibrandt….I hope he is fully healthy. With pitcher’s fluid health concerns lately, this would be my concern.

    2. I agree that there are probably things Leibrandt has learned from his father that can help him. But he still needs certain skills to survive in the majors and I think those lessons he got are a much bigger help in the low minors than they will be when he faces experienced hitters.

      I do like Leibrandt a decent amount if he can get his fastball to sit in the 88-91 range. He seems to have potentially above average command and a plus changeup. I don’t know if he’s got a third pitch, though.

  5. Altherr continues to impress, Hoskins, Randolph, jpc, Dugan continue to put up numbers , Arauz wow 16 with gap power….

  6. Starting to get excited about Randolph. The Phils gave Crawford around 140 at bats in the GCL before promoting him to Lakewood. Will they do the same with Randolph? Right now he is OPSing higher than Crawford was.

    1. If Randolph keeps on hitting, everything takes care of itself. He’ll be where he needs to be.

    2. I thought so originally. However, Crawford was already an accomplished shortstop. Randolph is learning a new position. I don’t know how that will affect him. His bat looks more advanced that Crawford at the same age. Any delays will probably be because of his glove.

    3. Crawford was promoted because of how he handled himself. People were saying that his day to day preparation was MLB level so they promoted him as a challenge to see how he would handle it.

      It is not just about stats. It is off field stuff as well.

    4. It feels so great to have three first round picks in a row who really look like they can play.

  7. Ruben is a complete idiot. I am thrilled with how Cesar is playing, but the comments he came out and said:

    1. Are just disrepsectful to a guy who will be a legend in Philly til the day he dies
    2. Don’t take into account Cesar’s small sample size and likelihood to regress
    3. Kill any kind of mild trade value.

    This guy just stinks in every facet of his job. Get him out of here asap. In the last two years when all fans saw that the team was going nowhere and they coudl trade Utley for value (there was even talk of utley for joc pederson in 2013) but Ruben was all like “no hes a phillie and hell alwyas be a phillie” and now that hes hit rock bottom and has no value really, he publicly makes a comment like that. Unreal, cant wait to be rid of this clown in the organization.

    1. 1. It is the sad truth. Utley is done and has been since the All Star break last year.

      2. Even if Hernandez regresses to the mean he is still a better dollar value than Chase’s $15 million salary.

      3. Chase has no trade value. None.

      1. I don’t disagree with those points at all David, but that is also not the point i was trying to make. Who is Amaro to be so publicly harsh to a guy who has been such a legend in the city? Amaro is the reason the team is where it is right now. We all knew Utley should be traded a year or two years ago when he DID have value. Now, as you correctly say, he does not, unless an AL team wants a left handed platoon DH with veteran leadership. But who is Ruben to insult him like that, and to do so so publicly and bluntly. He is why we are in this mess, and if he were a good GM he would have gottne SOME value for Chase when some existed.

        1. This is all hindsight about Utley being traded 2 years ago. In 2013, he didn’t have his 10-5 rights but he could still block trades to 21 teams, and he was in the middle of a 3.6 WAR season. If Amaro had the foresight during the 2013 season to trade Utley, he would have gotten killed in the media, especially since Utley proceeded to have a 2014 3.7 WAR season. And lastly, Utley has made zero desire to leave Philadelphia.

          Amaro could have used more tact in his statements, but the fact of the matter is, Cesar is playing better than Chase and deserves 2B. And this pretty guarantees that Utley won’t get his $15M vesting option. And isn’t that what everybody wants at this point?

        2. All season long Chase has played poor baseball and a lot of people wanted him benched to see how Hernandez would do but nobody wanted to say it.

          Now that what everyone knows is being said publically people are angry? It would be one thing if Chase was hitting .250 but he is under .200.

          There is no easy way to handle this. Chase is not getting his option next year.

            1. But he could be Vice-MacPhail…or Deputy MacPhail…or Under-Secretary of State MacPhail…or Asst MacPhail.
              He could still be in the org somewhere….unless of course the MLB Network scoop him up.
              But it is pretty obvious…GM…nah!

          1. They are doing the right thing in playing Hernandez but Amaro truly is a public relations nightmare. He could have said the exact same thing and been nice and diplomatic about it. Instead, he came off as a smug jerk which, when you come right down to it, is almost always how he comes off. As if he had anything to be smug about.

            1. Agree….Ruben could have easily said something like ‘the hot guy now is Cesar , and until he cools off, we will ride his hand’.

            2. I heard Amaro’s remarks and I agree with David Urban in that the complainers here are way too touchy and he stated what everyone knows already. There is no room for an under performing $15 Million player on a rebuilding team and there was no mention of Utley not being able to compete for a starting job next year. This comes from a great admirer of Utley’s work ethic and talent and is greatly saddened by his slippage this year.

            3. It seems to me as though Rube dropped all pretense that the manager makes up the lineup.

            4. this might be crazy, but ive come to the conclusion that Amaro comes off as a smug jerk because he is a smug jerk.

            5. Amaro bashers will always bash Amaro regardless of what he says.

              What he said was for the media, the fanbase, and for Utley/Hernandez. I assume he’s setting the stage for when Utley comes off the DL and doesn’t immediately return to the everyday line-up.

            1. There is nothing wrong with that comment. What Amaro is saying is that they are not going to just give away players which we all agree with.

              This is a sellers market with so many teams in the wild card race. There is no reason to take lesser value for a quality prospect.

              Give him credit, he held strong despite pressure from ‘experts’ who thought we should trade Hamels to the Red Sox for a bucket of balls.

        3. Amaro was not harsh or blunt on Utley as Cesar Hernandez is playing very well now. I am sure this issue was addressed at the time of his DL stint started. Lastly, you should know how the old owners liked to keep their heroes even when they are faltering and hope they find the fountain of youth..

          1. IT STARTED HERANDEZ WENT 0 FOR 4 HIT 1 LINE DRIVE RIGHT TO THE 2ND BASEMAN. The other 3 at bats he looked lost o well nice try . Who cares about Amaro the only 1 That he could trade is pap. Amaro in less then 90 days hevwill not be the Phillies Gm has contract will be up.

      2. Maybe the Phillies move Howard this way Utley can move over to first . He a better dollar Value then Howard 20 mil against Ultey 15 mil . Ultey was the one who signed the team friendly contact.

        1. Howard has 10-5 rights, so he can dictate where he wants to go. And he has approximately $47M left on his contract. The Phillies would have to eat $40M of it to facilitate a trade. I think the likely scenario is that Howard is still here at the end of 2016. Nobody wants that contract. Unless Ruf gets crazy hot and the Phillies have no choice but to cut Howard at the end of the year.

          1. Howard is getting some talk he has power and hit better this yr. Mlb network said Baltimore had some interest.

            1. That is just talk. Baltimore has a notoriously cheap owner and they rarely make any trades to bolster their club at the trade deadline.

            2. baltimore has Davis at first, Paredes having a big season at DH plus Wieters getting some time there.
              but i look at what the Angels are putting out there (they have been hitting Eric Aybar fifth and starting Ianetta and Joyce at under .200) and they could actually use Howard as a DH and Franceour as a platoon guy against lefties.

          2. Darin Ruf has to do what Cesar Hernandez did and outplay an incumbent starter and force the underperforming player to the bench if he wants to play every day. Cameron Rupp has also outplayed Carlos Ruiz this year-this is what rebuilding years are for.

      3. Interesting that our All Star of two years ago, Dom Brown, doesn’t look like he should even be on an MLB roster. Our All Star of last year, Chase, is done. And our All Star of this year is likely to be gone in weeks.

  8. Among all the talk of who should be promoted, the non-promotion that puzzles me the most is Edubray Ramos. He seems to have major league stuff and has dominated Clearwater all year. He’s rule-5 eligible too and I have to think that whether he gets promoted or not the Phillies will protect him.

  9. What are they waiting for with Kelly Dugan? I think he’s about to turn 25 years old with over 550 ab’s in AA. Its gets so frustrating with the way the Phillies handle their prospects.

    1. Altherr also turns 25 in January.
      Whats the harm with both being in Philly?
      They may not be part of the future starting O, but time should be now.
      If Revere can be moved it should open things for Altherr or Dugan..

    2. Maybe it is the fact that he was injured to start the year and before last night had 5 extra base hits in 21 AA games and still hasn’t hit a home run.

    3. Dugan isn’t 25 until September 18th, but agree I’d rather be watching him than Dom Brown.

  10. Adonis Medina with another good outing in GCL. According to Chris King (@StatsKing) he sits 91-94 with a curve and change and missed bats with all three pitches. He is 18. This is awesome!

  11. Yes and luis Encarnacion had the only rbi with a double. Lucas Williams had his first game

  12. Shackleford for Reading is doing a good job closing games. Does anyone have a scouting report on him.

  13. Derek Campbell assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.

    Clearwater Threshers placed 2B Angelo Mora on the temporarily inactive list.

    Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Tyler Knigge from the 7-day disabled list.

      1. I think he has the rest of this year to figure out being a starter. Else, he’s ticketed for the bullpen for 2016.

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