Box Score Recap – 7/18/2015

Brandon Leibrandt pitched on Eighties Night in Clearwater.  First, he threw 83 pitches.  Second, his fastball was in the mid-to-upper 80s.  And, third 85.9% of the 64 pitches that registered on the radar gun were in the 80s.  See what I did there.  Eighties night, 83 pitches, upper 80s FB, 85.9% in the 80s.  Seriously, this game followed a similar pattern for Leibrandt.  He lives in the 80s and pitches out of jams.  The most glaring difference tonight was the 2 walks.  He normally has much better control.  The hit batter wasn’t a big deal, he was trying to establish the inside part of the plate.  It was a shame that it came as the seventh pitch of the at bat on a 1-2 pitch.

Clearwater (52-41) lost to the Palm Beach Cardinals 7-2.  Brandon Leibrandt pitched 6.0 innings.  He gave up 1 run on 5 hits, 2 walks, and a HBP.  His strike/ball was 52/29.  He also caught a runner trying to steal third.  Leibrandt left with a 2-1 lead that was provided by a Mitch Walding 2-run HR (3).  The bullpen took over and imploded over the next 3 innings.

Alexis Rivero made his second appearance since joining the Threshers.  He blew the save opportunity and earned the loss.  He started the seventh inning by yielding a lead off single.  Then he wild pitched the runner to second.  The runner made it to third on a ground out to the right side.  Rivero escaped with a shallow fly to right and a strike out.  He wasn’t as lucky in the eighth.  Again he gave up lead off single.  Again he wild pitched the runner to second, this time on a strike out.  He issued 2 more singles to give up the tying run, and was lifted in favor of Ulises Joaquin.

Joaquin allowed the two inherited runners to score on a double and sacrifice fly.  He gave up another run on a single before getting out of the inning.  With 2 outs in the ninth, Joaquin gave up a single and home run to close out the scoring.  Going into the game, the Threshers had been 38-1 in games when leading after 7 innings.

The Threshers had been shut out the previous two nights with a no-hitter and a perfect game thrown at them for large parts of both games.  They broke their 20 inning scoreless streak on Walding’s HR, but then didn’t score again the rest of the game.  The Cardinals pitching staff held them to 2 runs over the last 28 innings of the series.  The Threshers accumulated 12 hits, but collected half of them in the first 2 innings.

Malquin Canelo (.213) went 0-5 with 4 Ks and looks over-matched at the plate against good pitching.  Carlos Tocci (.291) went 4-5 and was a fraction of a second away from beating a throw that would have made him 5-5.  Rhys Hoskins (.268) went 1-5 with a double but once again struck the ball well when not getting a hit.  I can’t wait to see Hoskins and Cozens in the line up together.  Willians Astudillo (.304) went 2-4 with a double.  Mitch Walding went 2-4 with a HR (3) and 2 RBI.

Lehigh Valley (42-52) beat the Rochester Red Wings 4-2.  Sean O’Sullivan gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in 6.0 innings.  He struck out four.  Adam Loewen picked up his 7th save.  Jordan Danks hit his third HR of the season.  Aaron Altherr (.307) went 1-4 and drove in the go ahead runs in the eighth inning with a 2-run HR (4).

Reading (50-43) lost to the New Britain Rock Cats 5-2.  Colin Kleven gave up all 5 runs on 8 hits and a walk in 4.0 innings.  Hoby Milner (2 H, 1 BB in 2.0 IP),  Joely Rodriguez (1 H in 2.0 IP), and Edubray Ramos (0 H, 1 BB in 1.0 IP) shut the Rock ats out over the final 5.0 innings. J.P. Crawford (.266) went 2-4 with a double and triple.  Andrew Knapp (.317) went 1-4 with a 2-run HR (1).

Lakewood (46-45) lost to the Rome Braves 7-0.  Shane Watson had a real clunker – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 63 pitches, 35 strikes, 2 errors.  Scott Harris gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in 1.0 inning.  Jason Zgardowski pitched 2.0 no-hit innings.  Jairo Munoz picthed 1.0 no-hit inning.  Scott Kingery (.259) went 1-3 with a walk.  Kyle Martin (.388) went 1-4.  Cord Sandberg (.259) went 1-4.

Williamsport (20-8) lost to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 4-1.  Tyler Gilbert lasted 4.0 innings and gave up all 4 Scrappers’ runs on 7 hits.  He struck out 3 and walked none.  Feliberto Sanchez gave up 2 hits and 2 walks over 1.2 innings before giving way to Andrew Godail who stranded 2 inherited runners.  Skylar Hunter pitched the last inning allowing a hit and a walk.  The Cutters managed 6 hits.  Gregori Rivero had the only RBI.

GCL Phillies (18-6) split a double header with the GCL Braves. They lost the first game 8-0.  Scott McWilliams gave up 5 runs on 8 hits and struck out 4 in 3.0 innings.  Victor Delgado pitched 2.0 innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  Lino Martinez made a rehab appearance and went one inning giving up a run on a hit and 2 walks.  He struck out two.  Dylan Cozens made a rehab start and played the field for 5 innings.  He led off and went    0-3 at the plate but made hard contact 3 times, lining out sharply to first in his third at bat.  Jonathan Arauz (.292) went 1-3 with a HR (2) and the only RBI.  Cornelius Randolph (.282) went 1-3.

The Phillies won the second game 3-2.  Felix Paulino started the game by giving up a triple and HR.  Then he settled down and held the Braves to 3 hits over the five innings.  He struck out six.  Horace Stubblefield pitched the final 2.0 innings and struck out four.  The Phillies got one run back in the bottom of the first on Juan Luis’ first HR.  Cozens drove in the tying run in the fifth and Randolph scored the go-ahead run on an errant pickoff throw.  Juan Luis (.224) went 1-2 with a walk, HR (1), and RBI.  Randolph (.292) went 1-1 with 2 walks.  Cozens went 1-3 with and RBI.  Lucas Williams went 1-3.  Scott Tomassetti (.429) went 2-2 with a walk.

DSL Phillies (24-18) No game scheduled.

VSL Phillies (23-31) lost to the VSL Tigers 2-1.  Sergio Velis allowed 1 unearned run on 2 hits and struck out seven.  Luis Gonzalez allowed an unearned and took the loss.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Announced signing of OF Reggie Wilson.
  • Announced signing of OF Ben Pelletier.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs released C Blake Forsythe.
  • 2B Devin Lohman assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Reading Fightin Phils activated SS KC Serna from the 7-day disabled list.
  • Clearwater Threshers sent RF Dylan Cozens on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
  • Clearwater Threshers sent LHP Lino Martinez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
  • Looks like Rosenthal has begun shilling for Boston again.

33 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/18/2015

  1. Can’t wait to see release of D.Brown and promoting of Altherr. Tocci a step away from 5-5, up a level and close to .300…

    Nice snap back game by JPC, dbl and triple, shopping at the gap… what’s the knock on Knapp? Defense? Power?

    Kingery, Randolph, Arauz rolling along…

    Horace Gandy Stubblefield keeps closing out games with his all 1880s name, he needs to grow a handlebar mustache..

    1. The “knock” on Knapp if you can call it that, is that his power is limited and that defensively he’s a bit raw. Has a very good hit tool, however, and he has flashed some power. His ticket to the big leagues will be average defense plus above average hitting with a gap power.

      1. One thing I’m very happy to see with Knapp is how much he’s cut down on his strikeouts. He started off with a sky-high K% in Clearwater but by June he had really cut down on them while upping his walks. Seems like he’s carried that over to AA so far. Obviously, that’s big for somebody who’s hit tool is their best tool.

        1. I’ve heard there are some concerns about Knapp’s arm throwing to second, too. In the one game I saw in person, it didn’t look great, but only one observation. However, with him, Lino, and LoMo in the top two levels of the system, and with Kratz back in the fold as a veteran backup, there is some depth and some talent there, although I understand none are “top prospects” –I think it makes it less necessary to insist on a catcher as part of a trade package, if other top talent is available.

  2. Made it out to the GCL game yesterday. Cornelius Randolph looked in complete control at the plate, working a couple walks and even laid down a perfect drag bunt single. Arm was average, but accurate. I saw him make 5-6 throws and each was online.
    Arauz looks smooth in the field. Made one error, bobbling a grounder while trying to touch second to start a double play. Ending up dropping it and safe all around. This was during the big inning when Sam McWilliams was pitching. In game 2, Arauz ranged deep to his left while playing second and threw to first for the out. Heard a coach say that he plays like he’s a 10 year pro, no panic at all, just made the play.
    Cozens was moving around well and hit several balls hard- even had homerun distance on a long foul to right. Luke Williams looked fast running the bases and made the routine plays in the field.
    Reggie Wilson was late coaching 1st late in the 2nd game. Thought I saw Larry Greene in shorts walking around.
    It’s always interesting watching a rookie league game- the kids, and they are mostly kids, are in such different stages of physical development.

    1. Thanks for the report. In really liking what I’m hearing about both Randolph and Arauz … Hoping they give Cornelius a look at Williamsport (or even Lakewood on the JPC plan) before the season’s end.

  3. Dugan hitting .318 in AA although .282 in last 10 games. Have to wonder what the plan is for him for the rest of the year. I fully expect a September call up but will he play any at AAA with the older OF’s? If Altherr gets an early call up to MLB I suspect Dugan moves to LHV til September.

    Cord Sandberg seems to be figuring it out at Lakewood.

        1. Dugan has played parts of 3 seasons at REA. That’s 163 games. 170-586 .290 with 39 dbls, 3 trps, 15 HR and 69 rbi’s. Move him to LHV for the next month and a half in this season.

          1. Problem is 0 HR this year- in Reading of all places. Corner outfielders without power or much speed are not prospects.

            1. This. That always seems to get lost. There is no place in the majors for that kind of corner OF.

        1. It is a no brainer that he is not called up in Sept. Dugan will earn a 4th option year this year only if he is not called up in Sept. Since Dugan only has one more option year that 4th option year is far far more important than a couple of meaningless ab in Sept. That 4th option means another full year of control of Dugan.

    1. I would like to see him show some power. He has shown very little of his old pop since coming off the DL. Still waiting for that first AA home run this season.

  4. Zach Eflin’s lines so far in the Pan -Am Games
    Opp- Puerto Rico— IP4.2 H9 R5 ER5 – K1 BB0 HR1
    Opp- DR— IP5.0 H 4 R1 ER1 – K4 BB0 HR1

    …settled down nicely vs the DR team…he may be starting vs Canada in the Gold Medal Round opening Game

  5. Tocci has really picked it up and he had good days against good pitchers which is a big deal. Knapp is really looking more like his bat will play. Will his defense? Ramos looks like the real thing. Altherr is working his way to Philly

  6. Billingsley out now, great I guess we’ll have to see the Jerome Williams experience again, ugh…

  7. Glad to see Knapp (the guy I pushed so hard in the reader top 30 i mean 40) getting some love. I accept you all onto my Knapp bandwagon with open arms. Welcome!


    Interesting stuff which I grabbed from mlbtraderumors

    There is more and more talk of Yasiel Puig losing popularity with his Dodgers teammates, a major league source tells Cafardo. Puig was once viewed an untouchable player because of his talent, but the new regime does not feel that way at this time. Cafardo wonders aloud if they would move the slugger for a pitcher and pondered him as a match in a Cole Hamels deal with the Phillies.

    There’s “a buzz in the ownership/management community” that chairman Tom Werner could be more involved in the Red Sox‘s day-to-day operations, with president and CEO Larry Lucchino being less involved. Werner’s pace-of-play ideas have worked out well so far and he is being viewed as a more influential figure both in Boston and throughout the game. There have been rumblings of Lucchino losing power in Boston for some time now.

    Meanwhile, Angels assistant GM Matt Klentak, he writes, may get strong consideration from both the Angels and the Phillies. He worked for Andy MacPhail in baseball’s Labor Relations Department, so he has an in with Philly. MLBTR wrote that Klentak was a strong GM candidate all the way back in 2011.


    Maybe Boston begins to move off of their untouchable list?

    1. You would hope……they have so many from Betts, Swihart, Bogaerts, Rodriguez on the big club to the likes of Devers, Margot , Moncada and who else!

      1. While it’s really nice to see him hitting rather than hovering around a .200 BA, he’s not really showing power or the ability to draw walks. Taken as a whole, his season hasn’t been that good. He seems to be showing some improvement though, so hopefully that’s a good sign of things to come.

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