Box Score Recap – 7/10/2015

Lehigh Valley (39-50) beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 4-2.  Aaron Nola gave up 2 runs in the first then he and the bullpen held the Sox scoreless the rest of the way.  Juan Gutierrez gets the win, Adam Loewen his 4th save.  Aaron Altherr (.313) went 2-5.  Russ Canzler had 2 hits, a HR (7), and 2 RBI.  Four different Sox stole 5 bases off Gabriel Lino.

Reading (46-41) lost to the Akron RubberDucks 3-2.  Colin Kleven was lifted after 5.2 innings and 105 pitches in favor of Colton Murray.  Kleven had opened the sixth with a walk and double before striking out the next 2 batters.  Murray was brought in and blew the save by issuing a 2-run single.  He walked in the go-ahead run in the seventh to earn the loss.

Every starter had at least one hit except Art Charles (3 Ks).  J.P. Crawford (.273) went 1-3 with 2 walks.  Kelly Dugan (.333) went 1-4 with a double and a walk.  Brock Stassi (.311) went 1-3 with a walk.  Andrew Knapp (.302) went with a double and RBI.  Cam Perkins (.262) went 2-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.  Harold Martinez (.300) went 1-4 with a double.

Perkins had an outfield assist.

Clearwater (49-37) beat the Fort Myers Miracle 3-0 and dropped them out of a tie for the South Division lead.  David Whitehead threw 105 pitches in 8.0, six-hit innings.  He issued 1 walk and struck out two.  Jesen Therrien pitched a perfect ninth for his first save. I listened to the Fort Myers broadcast and they claimed that Whitehead was as strong in the eighth in as he had been earlier, still hitting 93 with his 4-seamer and 88 with his 2-seamer.  He induced 13 ground outs against 4 air outs.

The game was a classic pitchers’ duel for seven innings.  The Miracle’s starter, Mat Batts, also pitched shutout ball while striking out 10 Threshers.  Clearwater finally broke through when the Miracle went to their bullpen in the eighth.

The opportunistic Threshers used a single by Chase Harris, double by Andrew Pullin, and HBP by Rhys Hoskins to load the bases with nobody out.  Chace Numata walked to break the scoreless tie.  Willians Astudillo grounded out to short with the infield drawn in to plate the second run (the shortstop didn’t handle the ball cleanly and only had one play at first). Aaron Brown drove in the third run with a sacrifice fly into the LCF gap.

Malquin Canelo (.219) went 0-4 with a walk.  Carlos Tocci (.256) had the night off.  Andrew Pullin (.271) went 1-5 with a double.  Rhys Hoskins (.259) went 1-3 with a HBP.  Chace Numata (.289) went 1-3 with a walk and RBI.  Aaron Brown 0-3 with a SF and RBI.  Willians Astudillo (.302) went 0-4 with an RBI.  Derek Campbell went 3-4 and 2 stolen bases (2).

Lakewood (41-43)  lost to the Hickory Crawdads 7-3.  Elniery Garcia gave up 4 runs in 6 innings.  Manny Martinez faced just 4 batters (that never sounds good).  Calvin Rayburn allowed one of two inherited runners to score (on a SF).  Rayburn and Jason Zgardowski no-hit the Crawdads over the final 3 innings.

The BlueClaws scored 2 first innings runs to give Garcia a lead then went dormant until scoring a run in the ninth.  Herlis Rodriguez (.306) went  2-5 with an RBI.  Drew Stankiewicz went 2-5 with a double.  Scott Kingery went 1-5 with 3 K.  Kyle Martin (.322) went 2-5 with an RBI.  Cord Sandberg had the night off.

H-Rod had an outfield assist.

Williamsport (15-5) swept two 7-inning games from the Tri-City ValleyCats 1-0 and 3-2.  In game one, Alejandro Arteaga pitched 6.0, two-hit, shutout innings, striking out five.  Skylar Hunter picked up the win when the Cutters scored in the seventh.  They parlayed 2 of their 3 hits into the scoring rally.  Josh Tobias singled with one out. After a walk and a strike out, Gregori Rivero singled to center for the walkoff.

In game two, Jose Taveras gave up 2 runs in 5.0 innings.  Luis Morales and Rober Tasin pitched shutout innings in relief and Tasin got his 4th save.  The Cutters scored first on a bases loaded walk to Brendon Hayden and a sacrifice fly by Josh Tobias.  After the Cats came back to tie in the fourth, the Cutters went ahead to stay on Austin Bossart’s RBI single.

Zack Coppola (.333) went 1-4.  Venn Biter (.304) went 1-2 with a walk.  Jose Pujols (.329) went 0-2 with a walk. Brendon Hayden (.316) went 0-0 with 2 walks, a HBP, and an RBI.  Josh Tobias (.351) went 1-2 with a SF and RBI.  Austin Bossart went 2-3 with an RBI.

Biter (5) and Coppola (8) stole bases.  Biter had an outfield assist.

GCL Phillies (13-4) lost to the GCL Pirates 4-3. Ismael Cabrera, Carlos Indriago, and Edgar Garcia combined to allow zero earned runs on 9 hits, 1 walk, and 1 strike out in 9.0 innings.  Unfortunately, errors by second baseman Arquimedes Gamboa and Cabrera to start the second inning led to 4 unearned runs.

The offense had a couple opportunities to take control of the game, but the umpire’s “fluid” strike zone had a big impact on the game.  In particular, there were strike calls when Randolph was at the plate that greatly affected the count.  At key times, the strike zone was expanded whenever a pitcher fell behind 2-0.  Not only did the “Maddox zone” (6-8 inches off the plate outside) come into play, but I saw letter high pitches called strikes for the first time since I played.  And it’s not that he called those pitches strikes (although they weren’t), it’s that he wasn’t even consistent within an at bat, let alone from inning to inning.

Jonathan Arauz went 2-3 with a triple, 2 walks, and an RBI.  Cornelius Randolph (.286) went 1-5 with a double.  Gamboa went 3-4 with a double and stolen base.

*** I forgot to include this with the original post.  Randolph made a couple very good plays in Friday’s game.  He successfully handled 4 chances, but two stand out.  The first was on a foul ball down the left field line.  Randolph had to cover a lot of ground before diving to make the catch well into foul territory.  (If you are familiar with Ashburn Field, he was within few feet of the border that designates the “out of play” area.)  The second was on a line drive to left.  He had to come in a little to make the catch, no big deal.  But the runner on first had misjudged Randolph’s range and was past half-way to second.  Randolph collected himself and doubled the runner off first (with a one bounce throw).***

DSL Phillies (21-15) beat the DSL Rays 2-1.  Joel Cabrera gave up 1 run in 8.0, four-hit innings.

VSL Phillies (20-27) beat the VSL Rays 5-2.  Joseph Miranda, Malvin Matos, and Adrian Acosta hit their first home runs.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Signed free agent Dominican OF Jhailyn Ortiz to a minor league contract ($4.0M per BA’s Ben Badler).
  •  Signed Venezuelan catcher Rafael Marchan ($200,000).
  • Signed Dominican infielder Kuedy Bocio .
  • Signed Dominican left-hander pitcher Manuel Silva.
  • Reading Fightin Phils placed SS KC Serna on the 7-day disabled list.
  • Reading Fightin Phils placed RHP Mark Leiter on the temporarily inactive list.
  • 2B Devin Lohman assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • RHP Edubray Ramos assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • Luis Espiritu assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies.

23 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/10/2015

  1. Not too much offense last night but some good pitching in places. I’m looking forward to see how Ramos does at AA. He looks like a major league arm to me. Garcia had a fair start after several really good ones. I’d like to see a bit more from him. Whitehead is a really big guy with a decent arm. However, I haven’t really considered him a future major leaguer but I hope he proves me wrong.

    1. Agree….hoping Ramos can keep up his dominance with Reading.
      Intriguing is Venn Biter. He hits. I wonder what his ceiling and projection is?

  2. Pleased that Whitehurst is making a comeback. Needs to cut down on BB’s. Concerned that opponents are making too much contact. It’s a long process.

    1. Here’s my take on the game:

      Whitehead threw what might be described as a workman like eight shutout innings, overcoming some early command issues, being in command through most of the game, and hanging in a 7th and 8th inning as he was tiring and his 90-92 MPH fastball was down to 89 or so.

      Reliever Therrien was sharp, just as he was 10 days earlier when I saw him pitch.

      Rhys Hoskins. Just as his 1 for 5 the other night did not reflect his value — in a hard hit deep ball that allowed the winning run to advance to third — last night’s 1 for 3 didn’t reflect how hard he hit the ball.

      His single was a line drive. He twice hit fouls in other at bats that, just a little more to the left, could have been extra bases. He finally got a chance in his fourth AB for some heroics, up in a scoreless game with runners on second and third and none out. However, he got hit by a pitch. More accurately, his uniform got hit by a pitch. Hoskins hesitated to take his base. It wasn’t clear whether he hesitated because he wasn’t sure he was hit or whether he really wanted to stay at bat and slam the ball.

      I liked catcher Chase Numata. Steady game. Reminded me of the positive impression I got of Gabriel Lino last year when he was a Thresher. At one point, second baseman Derek Campbell leaped to make an excellent grab of a line drive for an out. Numata let out a whoop and jumped up in celebration. Gotta like that kine of spirit.

      Aaron Brown has disappointed many in his brief career because he hasn’t hit like they’d like. Last night 2Ks and a 6-3 out until he got up with the bases loaded, hit a long, hard drive to left that sacrificed in a run. So he did his job. Brown also had two splendid defensive plays, both in situations to help shut off what could have been opposing team rallies. One was running back for a very deep ball to center. The other was running into left field to grab a sinking ball.

      Andrew Pulling. I still don’t know whether to be a bear or a full on this guy, but he did have a line drive double.

  3. Did I miss something on Mark Leiter? If being placed on temporary inactive is not due to a serious setback, this may actually be good news as what ever it is may account for his ineffectiveness pretty much since being promoted to AA.

    1. Don’t know why he’s on the inactive list, but I wouldn’t really say he’s been ineffective since his promotion. His first three starts were good; his last two not so much. It’s very possibly due to a lack of stuff and not an ailment, but I guess we’ll find out eventually.

    2. I’ve been assuming that everyone put on the inactive list was for the Pan-Am games. But they started today, so it’s possible it’s too late for that to be the case here.

      1. My assumption is $475/500K each.
        With Venezuelan catcher Rafael Marchan at $200K, and as Baseball America’s Ben Badler notes (on Twitter), Ortiz’s bonus is actually $4MM, which will help the Phillies to stay within their international bonus pool, which now stands at $5.28MM.
        So simple math has $5.28 minus Ortiz (4m)and Marchan (200K) comes down to approx. $1M left between Bocio and Silva.

        1. Still capped at 4.7M with tax, even though they acquired a lot they can only spend 150% of original pool. Given lack of press before hand both bonuses are likely 100k or less

  4. planning on making it out to see the GCL Phils vs the Braves at Disney next Saturday. Anyone going? Jim, will you make the trip?

  5. From a BA chat

    Regurtitating Gordon Wood (New Orleans): Have you had a chance to see Rhys Hoskins? Any chance he could be a underrated 1st base prospect that ends up hitting at the major league level…ala Ryan Howard or Goldy?

    J.J. Cooper: He’s big, he’s got power and he knows how to take a walk, which are all good things. He has to hit as he is a slow-twitch guy whose value is tied to the bat and he needs to improve his recognition of breaking balls, but he’s a guy worth keeping an eye on. He’ll likely make the offseason Phillies Top 30, but don’t expect to see him on the Phillies midseason Top 10.

    1. Kyle martin just keeps hitting at Lakewoood, between Martin , Hoskins and even young Encarnacion { with 2 more hits today is at .328), the 1B prospects at lower levels are rising..

      Another strong start for Sam Mcwilliams today also today.

  6. There hasn’t been enough conversation about Jonathan Arauz. Not only is he hitting, but he is limiting his strikeouts and taking walks. But the bigger thing for me is that other than Tocci, I don’t ever remember the Phillies batting a 16 year old at the top of the GCL lineup. They really only bat the best guys in the top 4 spots. Batting him #2 and playing him daily, shows the Phillies rank him highly. The more highly ranked, 17 year old Archimedes Gamboa, seems to have fallen behind Arauz.

    1. Early on , things do look promising for Arauz.
      When does it go beyond a SSS?
      Right now he is almost at 60 PAs..

      1. Also has Crawford, Canelo, Galvis in his way I like the depth .we need outfielder’s and starting pitcher’s too.

    2. I think Gamboa’s defense is more highly regarded, and he’s been getting it together at the plate recently; more walks than strikeouts in his last 10 games. But yeah, what Arauz has done is impressive. Most players his age are in the complex leagues and don’t even appear in most of the games.

      There are 7-8 interesting new names in the GCL this year that came from LA. I don’t remember there ever being so many.

  7. Herlis Rodriguez seems to be on the Stat line everyday. Perkins they wanted more power there getting it. All Dugan has to go is hit a couple of Homers and they will be in AAA

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