Box Score Recap – 7/15/2015: “Power Surge in Clearwater!”

Three Threshers combined to hit four home runs in Wednesday night’s game against the Palm Beach Cardinals.

Clearwater (52-38) scored first, continued to pile on runs, and defeated the Cardinals 9-1.  Aaron Brown (2), Rhys Hoskins, and Carlos Tocci provided the power as their 4 home runs contributed to Threshers’ 13-hit attack.

Matt Imhof got the start and benefitted from the offensive outburst.  Imhof threw a lot of strikes (42 of 60 thru the first 3 innings), but compiled a high pitch count by the fifth inning.  He walked three but didn’t issue his first free pass until the fourth inning.  He scattered 6 hits and the only run he allowed came across on a wild pitch.  Imhof exceeded 20 pitches in 4 of his 5 innings.  His line was 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 WP.  He threw 104 pitches, 64 strikes  In his last 2 innings, Imhof threw 44 pitches (22 strikes/22 balls).  Imhof threw 73 fastballs between 86-89.  He touched 90 once.  And yet, he left with a 7-1 lead.

Four relievers finished throwing one inning each.  They combined to scatter 3 base runners on 1 single and 2 walks.  Jesen Therrien allowed a hit but struck out a batter.  His FB was 89-91, T92.  Harold Guerrero pitched a perfect inning with a K.  His FB was 91-92, T93.  Cody Forsythe issued a walk but struck out a batter.  His FB was 90-91, T92.

Alexis Rivero made his Threshers’ debut in the ninth.  He had been called up from Lakewood on the 14th.  His first pitch was a 92 mph called strike.  That must have settled him down because his FB ranged 95-97 the rest of the inning.  Mostly 97.  He threw 11 FB after the first pitch – 95, 95, 94, 97, 96, 97, 95, 97, 96, 97, 97.  He also has a killer change up, reminiscent of Edubray Ramos who was recently promoted to Reading.  Rivero walked one and struck out two.  The two strike outs came on a 95 change after a 94 FB, and on a 97 FB.

The Threshers’ offense was very “on” tonight.  They hit balls hard all evening.  They set the tone early.  Malquin Canelo led off with a hard line drive to second.  The Threshers continued hitting the ball hard – Carlos Tocci lined a single to right; Andrew Pullin grounded a ball hard through the hole to right; Rhys Hoskins lined an RBI single to center; Chace Numata lined a single to left that loaded the bases; and Aaron Brown drove in the second run of the inning with a ground single to left.

The Threshers went down in order in the second, but picked up an opportune run in the third.  Tocci singled on a line drive over the first baseman.  He reached second on a hit-and-run ground out to second by Pullin.  He stole third base (2).  And, he scored on Hoskins’ SF to medium left.  Tocci slid around a possible tag on the first base side of home plate.

The Threshers scored 4 runs the next two innings on solo home runs.  Brown led off the fourth with a towering shot (5) to dead center that bounced about 15-20 feet up the batters eye.  Harry Kalas’ “That ball’s outta here!” blared over the PA system.  (That was pretty neat.)  Tocci led off the fifth with a bomb (1) well into the Tiki Terrace in left (on a 3-2 pitch).  One out later, Hoskins crushed one (4) halfway up the berm in left-centerfield.  And one out later again, Brown pulled his second of the game (6) onto the right field berm.

The Threshers tacked on another run in the sixth when Derek Campbell was HBP and came around to score on Pullin’s RBI single.  They scored their final run when Derek Campbell was hit by a pitch (again) with the bases loaded.  The bases became loaded on a Numata single,  Brown walk, and Willians Astudillo HBP.  I swear, it looked like they were pitching around Brown with a runner on first, nobody out, and trailing 8-1.

Tocci (.265) went 3-5 with a SB, HR (1), RBI, and 3 runs scored.  Pullin (.269) went 2-4 with an RBI.  Hoskins (.282) went 2-4 with a HR (4), SF, and 3 RBI.  He also hit 2 balls other balls hard to left that required the fielder to retreat against the wall for a catch and leap on the run for another.  Numata (.296) went 2-5.  Brown (.250) went 3-3 with a walk, 2 HR (6), and 3 RBI.

The Threshers are a season high 14 games over .500.  They hit 4 home runs in a game for the first time this season.  All 4 home runs were solo home runs.  None were wind-aided.  Cardinals’ pitching had given up 13 home runs all season going into tonight’s game.

Tonight’s losing pitcher was making his 5th start since being demoted from the Cardinals AA affiliate in Springfield.  It should get tougher.  Thursday’s starter was recently promoted from their A(Full) affiliate in Peoria, and is making his 2nd start/3rd appearance.  He has a 2-0 record and 2.38 ERA.  The Threshers should see two of #12 Luke Weaver(2.50 ERA), #4 Rob Kaminsky (2.13), #23 Trey Nielson (2.67) over the final 2 games of the series.  The Threshers send Whitehead, Arano, and Leibrandt to the mound over the next 3 games.

Lehigh Valley (40-51) no game scheduled.

Reading (48-42) no game scheduled.

Lakewood (44-44) beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 8-4.  Ranfi Casimiro evened his record at 5-5.  He was lifted after giving up 4 runs on 8 hits in 6.2 innings.  He struck out four and picked off a base runner.  Calvin Rayburn and Matt Hockenberry combined to pitch 1-hit ball over the final 2.1 innings.  All three BlueClaws pitchers combined to walk zero batters during the game.  Leadoff batter, Herlis Rodriguez (.304) went 2-4 with a walk and 2 runs scored.  Drew Stankiewicz (.250) went 2-5 with a double.  Scott Kingery (.225 in 71 AB) went 2-5 with a double.  Kyle Martin (.378 in 74 AB) went 3-3 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI.  Cord Sandberg (.259) went 2-4 with a walk.  Deivi Grullon hits his 4th HR.

Williamsport (18-6) beat the Batavia Muckdogs 6-5.  Denton Keys threw 60 pitches (40 strikes) in 5.0 innings.  He gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk while striking out three.  Kenny Koplove blew the save, giving up 2 runs in his 2.0 innings.  Anthony Sequeira earned the win while striking out 3 in two perfect innings.  Zach Coppola (.333 in 63 AB) went 2-3 with a double, 2 walks, and 2 RBI.  Josh Tobias (.327 in 52 AB) went 2-5.  Jan Hernandez (.260 in 73 AB; 7 for his last 37, .189) went 2-5 with a game-winning, solo HR (5) and 3 K.  Austin Bossart (.364 in 33 AB) went 3-4 with an RBI.  Grenny Cumana (.219 in 73 AB ) went   3-4 with a double and an RBI.  Coppola stole 2 bases (10) and was picked off once.  Venn Biter entered as a pinch runner and was caught stealing.

GCL Phillies (16-5) lost to the GCL Astros 3-2.  Ranger Suarez gave up 2 runs in the first inning, then settled down until he was lifted after giving up a 2-out single in the fifth.  Suarez had allowed 5 hits and a walk while striking out four.  Carlos Indriago came on to pitch 2.1 perfect innings, striking out three.  Edgar Garcia came in with the game tied and wild pitched the eventual game-winning run home.

Suarez started the game a little up in the zone.  He got the leadoff batter out on a ground ball to first.  And then caught a break when the second batter lined a single to the outfield and was caught stealing.  However, he remained up, and the next three batters stroked line drive base hits – a single, double, and single – to score 2 runs.  He began getting his pitches down; and that coupled with the strong wind blowing in from right, helped him shut down the Astros.  Suarez’ FB was in the upper 80s, T90-91 a couple times.

Indriago continued the domination of the Astros.  He faced 7 batters and struck out three, got 2 to hit come backers, induced a pop up to the catcher, and got a routine fly out to center.  Garcia was unlucky giving up a one-out, ground single through the middle.  The runner stole second and advanced to third when the shortstop couldn’t handle the one-hop throw.  Garcia wild pitched the runner home.  After walking the next batter, he unleashed another wild pitch before getting the final outs on a strike out and fly out.  (So, without the wild pitches, the run may not have scored.)

The Phillies scored their first run in the fourth inning, when Cornelius Randolph singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  He moved to third on a fly out to CF.  He scored on an infield single by Jesus Alastre.  They picked up their second run in the seventh inning without benefit of a hit.  Alastre walked and was sacrificed to second by Bryan Martelo.  With Scott Tomassetti batting he took third on a wild pitch.  Tomassetti followed with a sacrifice fly to score the tying run.  Garcia threw away the tie the following inning.

The Phillies made one final try in the bottom of the ninth.  Luke Williams started the inning with a single to left.  He was sacrificed to second by Alastre.  Martelo grounded a single to left but Williams was gunned down at the plate.  Martelo took second on the throw.  Tomassetti followed with a line drive single to left and Martelo was gunned down at the plate to end the game.  Two perfect throws, that’s baseball.

Jonathan Arauz (.290) went 0-4.  Cornelius Randolph (.290) went 1-4. Luis Encarnacion (.292) went 0-3 with a walk. Lucas Williams went 1-4. Jesus Alastre went 1-2 with a run scored, RBI, walk, and sacrifice.  Scott Tomassetti (.409) went 1-1 with a SF and RBI.  Bryan Martelo (.310) went 2-3.  Greg Pickett wasn’t in uniform.

DSL Phillies (21-17) played the DSL Astros Blue.  It’s 3:00AM and the game hasn’t posted to MiLB.

VSL Phillies (23-28) beat the VSL Rays 8-1.  Mauricio Llovera gave up 1 run in five, 6-hit innings and struck out five.  Williams Mendoza got the win with 2 shutout innings although he allowed 5 hits.  Carlos Salazar mopped up with 3 strike outs in 2 perfect innings.  Rafael Gamboa (.256) went 3-5 with 2 doubles, a HR (2), and 3 RBI.  Enger Jimenez (.307) went 2-5 with a HR (3) and 3 RBI.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Phillies Claim Dalier Hinojosa From Red Sox
  • Philadelphia Phillies optioned Dalier Hinojosa to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Lino Martinez pitched a couple of simulated innings on Ashburn Field.  The batters were Dylan Cozens and Scott Tomassetti.  Cozens hit one hard and loud.  Loud enough that it drew my attention away from the game.  I think it cleared the fence.  He hit another line drive up the middle that looked like it would have been a hit.  I hope this means he might be back soon.
  • RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • Jairo Munoz assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Clearwater Threshers.

56 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/15/2015: “Power Surge in Clearwater!”

  1. Bossart, a college C from Penn, probably deserves to be at Lwood. Lots of catchers fighting for ABs.
    Jim – CWater is certainly giving its fans a season to remember with lots of good play. Enjoy!

    1. I wondered if they would double jump him next year to Clearwater if Grullon were to repeat at Lakewood and Numata goes to Reading.

  2. Rafael Gamboa is heating up. Amazing that Ranger Suarez gave up 2 ER in 4+ innings and still has a 0.83 ERA in a short season league. Cord Sandberg keeps rolling, and Kyle Martin is a machine. I look forward to reading the boxscores every morning now more than I can ever remember. On the down side, one thing that bothers me about our milb starters is that no one (outside of the GCL kids) seems to strikeout many guys.

  3. Great to see CLW hitting early on ..Hoskins, Tocci, Pullin, Brown , Numata and the rest.
    On the flip side…the Threshers pounced on Cardinals pitcher Nick Petree, demoted from AA to HighA and may be fighting to stay in their organization.

    1. Yeah, I tried to temper enthusiasm with the last paragraph of the Clearwater section without mentioning the pitcher by name. It should get tougher as the series progresses. Palm Beach’s strength has been their pitching all season. I would hope to draw Weaver and Kaminsky over the weekend.

  4. Whats up with Coppola? Is he a guy we should start keeping an eye on? Hes been just great.

    1. Seems like almost every guy we drafted this year is doing well. Hope 2015 goes down as a draft for the ages!

      1. Lots of walks and stolen bases, but yeah, he is probably getting a lot of infield singles and help from low level defense. He only has 2 XBH in 63 ABs.

    2. Kind of a Ben Revere starter kit. I thought he was just a senior sign, but he came out as a junior and I think has the chance to be more valuable than a senior sign.

      He’s a speed guy first, consistently sub-4 seconds to first base. Makes consistent contact, good feel for the strikezone (9 Ks, 10 BB coming into today’s game). Plays good defense and has a really good throwing arm, I’d say it’s third-best on the team on the outfield. That doesn’t sound that great but consider Pujols has an elite arm and Biter is a plus arm. Coppola threw a guy out at second trying to stretch a single with a seed from the left-center field warning track last week. That was the first he’s really showed off his arm.

      His value is in center field, obviously. He’s got to add strength, something he said he’s already talked to Phillies about for an off-season focus. But he makes good contact and he will force the issue on infield defense just like Roman Quinn does, just to a lesser extent. He’s definitely worth keeping an eye on especially if he keeps getting on base at the .425 clip he is.

  5. I spend a lot of time following Phillies minor leaguers, much to the detriment of my performance at work, yet I did not know anything about Alexis Rivero, much less that he throws in the mid to high 90s. He is only 20! Very exciting to have all these guys popping up this year.

    It is great to see Kyle Martin hit, too bad he turns 23 in four months. He’s about five months older than the guy ahead of him on the ladder, Hoskins.

    The Phils get a minor leaguer from the Red Sox?? Does that mean the Red Sox get Cole Hamels in return?

      1. Heard someone say he was one of the components of a Sox offer for Hamels during the off-season….might be a jab by the Phils to claim him.

  6. Great job Jim.
    Awesome to see some power last night in the system.
    Three top MLB picks in the GCL game. Nice to see Randolph off to a better start than Daz Cameron and Kyle Tucker.
    Also good to hear that Cozens is getting closer to playing.

  7. Would you jump Kyle Martin to Reading at August 1st considering his advanced hitting and his age and that Hoskins is doing well in Clearwater but not great ???

      1. Hitting .370…. he’s seen better pitchers for last couple seasons, slowing him down doesn’t progress him..

    1. Unless Hoskins moves to Reading in August (unlikely, but I’m pretty sure he’d more than hold his own), I’d keep Martin where he is and have him play winter ball. But there’s no justification I can see to jump Martin ahead of Hoskins.

      Hoskins is turning into a hell of a prospect and Martin is humming along too – a very positive development.

      1. Hoskins has a 14.6/14.6 BB/K in 82 PA since moving to Clearwater. He has a .405 wOBA and a .194 ISO. I wouldn’t classify his performance since promotion as “good, not great.”

        I”m becoming more of a Hoskins believer every day.

    2. Are Sally pitchers equivalent to SEC pitchers?
      Martin is having a great start but the level of pitching might be a notch below what he faced in the SEC.

    3. Hoskins is arguably hitting better in Clearwater than Martin is in Lakewood. Martin’s .440 BABIP compared to Hoskins’ .280 is the only reason why the numbers look comparable. Hoskins has hit for more power, is walking more and striking out less.

      1. Hoskins is very impressive. I don’t think he’s going to have any trouble in Reading. We will see how he does when he gets to AAA, but he has a chance to turn into a starting MLB first baseman and a very nice possible addition to this team.

  8. I don’t post that often, but commend Jim for providing great content for this site. That being said, I have a question for Jim regarding Numata. I remember when he was drafted that he pitched and threw in the 90s. What type of catching prospect is he, and what are his strengths and weaknesses? Can he stick at catcher?

  9. Think we should all consider chipping in next year to pay for Jim’s season tickets for the Threshers……

    1. All kidding aside…that is a great idea.

      This winter lets set up a GoFundMe or something similar. If we all donated $10, we could def pay for his tickets. He deserves it

          1. Feeding Frenzy Mondays- Receive a FREE All-You-Can-Eat menu every Monday home game ($104 value).

      1. I was serious when I said it. We could very easily run a poll to see who is willing to support, figure out the total cost, add in some food money for Jim, and divide by the number and make it happen.

        The commentary provided by Jim is professional, well written, and very on-point to the types of things we want to hear to learn about these players we all rarely get to see play. His contributions are some of the best, if not the best, this site has ever had.

  10. BA Top Ten Phillies Prospects:

    1. J.P. Crawford, SS (Double-A Reading)
    2. Aaron Nola, RHP (Triple-A Lehigh Valley)
    3. Franklyn Kilome, RHP (Single-A Williamsport)
    4. Zach Eflin, RHP (Double-A Reading)
    5. Ben Lively, RHP (Double-A Reading)
    6. Roman Quinn, OF (Double-A Reading)
    7. Carlos Tocci, OF (High-A Clearwater)
    8. Tom Windle, LHP (Double-A Reading)
    9. Ricardo Pinto, RHP (High-A Clearwater)
    10. Malquin Canelo, SS (High-A Clearwater)

    ….Malquin Canelo at 10! I could name 6/7 others who could argue against that selection.

    1. I don’t see a problem with Canelo at 10, but I really question Windle (maybe that was decided before he went into the bullpen, but that still seems high) and Lively. I know some around here seem to like Lively a lot, but he seems like a back end starter at best to me.

  11. from MILB.com round-up

    Phillies OF Aaron Brown, Class A Advanced Clearwater: 3-for-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB — The 2014 third-rounder was selected out of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, largely for his bat, but he’s had a tough time tapping into his power in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. After two blasts Wednesday, though, he now has six homers in 66 games with the Threshers, lifting his average to .250 and OPS to .728. Brown slumped badly in June, posting a .190/.273/.304 line with a rocketing strikeout rate. He’s righted the ship in July, batting .357 with a 1.031 OPS in nine games.

    Phillies OF Carlos Tocci, Class A Advanced Clearwater: 3-for-5, HR, 3 R, RBI, SB — Tocci finally hit his way out of the Sally League in his third try this year, and now the 19-year-old is among the youngest players in the Florida State League. Wednesday’s homer was his first with the Threshers, and he has a .265/.324/.316 line in 24 games. Tocci is an outstanding defender in center who has gotten faster and stronger this year, but may never bring enough strength to hit more than a handful of homers in the Majors. He’s still tall and lanky, so there’s room for him to pack on more muscle. He’ll likely need to do that to profile as more than a fourth outfielder.

  12. Is that BA report a midseason one? I don’t know how Windle is that high. I’m sure Randolph would be in there now too.

  13. Count me in on the Jim’s reports. From what I Know…Which can be little… this site was never intended to be a money maker or cash cow, but I think donations to a ticket fund would be acceptable…If James approves, I am in… Although I add this…. I don’t know if Jim attends alone, so if enough money is raised put it to a second ticket… Also if possible grab an third seat if anyone on the site is there to see a game they can sit with Jim. Thanks for all the information Jim

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