Box Score Recap – 7/20/2015

Bailey “falters” in GCL outing.  Sorry, this phrase germinated on June 9th when the Phillies made Bailey Falter their fifth round selection in the Amateur Draft.  The seed sprouted today when Falter had a shaky start against the GCL Yankees2.  This was the left-handed pitcher’s second start.  In two previous appearances,  Falter had held the opposition to one unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out eight.  The lanky pitcher is listed at 6’4 and 175 lbs.  He has long limbs but throws the ball from a tight, compact release that belies his build.  It looks more toward over the top than three-quarters.  He throws all his pitches from the same arm slot.  Today he pitched three batters into the third inning before being relieved.  He got a few of his pitches “up” and the Yankees hitters barreled them.  Still, he struck out four of the six outs he recorded, all swinging.

Clearwater (54-41) beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 5-3.  Matt Imhof was lifted after three innings.  He had allowed three runs on 5 hits and 2 walks.  No explanation on the reason for the short outing.  Cody Forsythe pitched three no-hit innings and earned the win.  Miguel Nunez threw three shutout innings for his second save.

Before he could throw a pitch, the Threshers staked Imhof to a 3-0 lead on an RBI single by Rhys Hoskins and a two-run double by Willians Astudillo.  Imhof squandered that early largesse by the time he was removed from the game.  Mitch Walding restored the lead in the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run.  A Chase Haris RBI single in the fifth inning extended the lead to two runs.  The bullpen preserved that differential for the remainder of the game.

Even though Carlos Tocci was given the night off, the Threshers mounted a 12-hit attack.  Chase Harris (.271) went 3-5 with an RBI.  Andrew Pullin (.266) went 2-4 with a double and a walk.  Rhys Hoskins (.267) went 1-4 with an RBI and a walk.  Aaron Brown (.244) went 1-4 with a double.  Willians Astudillo (.311) went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.  Mitch Walding went 1-4 with the go-ahead HR, RBI, and 3 K.  Harris stole his 15th base (in 21 attempts).

With Dylan Cozens making rehab appearances in the GCL, Harris is making a case for keeping him at this level when Cozens returns.  Among Harris, Tocci, Pullin, and Brown there is no easy selection for a return to Lakewood (for me, anyway).  Although, I guess most of you would nominate Harris.  I see them every home game, and it’s not that clear cut.  I hope that the outfield positions in AAA and AA shake up and one or more of the Clearwater outfielders moves up.  The obvious candidates would be Brown and Pullin, I guess.

Lehigh Valley (42-54) lost to the Toledo Mud Hens 5-1.  Jason Berken gave up 4 runs (2 ER) on 6 hits and a walk in six innings.  Nefi Ogando and Cesar Jimenez each threw one, one-hit inning in relief.  Tyler Knigge gave up a run on 3 hits in the ninth.  Aaron Altherr (.283) went 1-5.  Gabriel Lino (.257) went 0-3 with a walk.  Tyler Henson went 3-5.  Jordan Danks drove in their only run.

Reading (52-43) beat the Bowie Baysox 8-5.  Mark Leiter battled through the early innings before retiring the Baysox in order in the fourth and fifth innings.  Ethan Stewart was ineffective in two-thirds of an inning and was quickly pulled in favor of Joely Rodriguez.  He cleaned up Stewart’s mess but gave up a couple runs of his own before turning the game over to Stephen Shackleford who recorded his 21st save.

Kelly Dugan (.326) led off and went 1-4 with an RBI.  J.P. Crawford (.261) went 0-3 with 2 walks.  The Phils mounted another 11 hit attack.  Cam Perkins, Brock Stassi, and Brian Pointer had 2 hits each.  Andrew Knapp (.338) went 3-5 with a double and 4 RBI.

Lakewood (48-45) beat the Rome Braves 4-0 in 11 innings.  Tyler Viza scattered 6 hits and a walk over seven shutout innings.  Calvin Rayburn and Matt Hockenberry threw two shutout innings apiece.  Hocktimus Prime got the win.

The BlueClaws were held to one hit through the first 10 innings.  Toussaint pitched a no-hitter for six innings with eight strike outs before turning the game over to his bullpen.  Scott Kingery hit a tie-breaking, three-run home run in the eleventh.  Kyle Martin followed with a solo home run of his own.

Scott Kingery (.256) went 1-5 with a HR (2) and 3 RBI.  Kyle Martin (.368) went 1-5 with a HR 1 RBI.  Cord Sandberg (.267) had the other hit and went 1-5.  Damek Tomscha went 0-5 with 4 K.  and Jiandido Tromp returned to earth with an 0-3 with a walk and 3 K.

Williamsport (21-9) lost to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 12-4.  The Cutters pitchers were abused by the Scrappers all night.  Josh Tobias (.296) went 3-4 with a double.

GCL Phillies (19-6) came from behind to beat the GCL Yankees2, 7-5.  Bailey Falter lasted 2.0 innings plus 3 batters into the third.  He allowed 5 runs on 8 hits including 2 long home runs to the Yankees’ Kevin Cornelius (4 RBI).  He struck out four and left with a runner on base.  Jacob Waguespack stranded the inherited a runner in his one inning.  Tanner Kiest pitched three shutout innings.  Zach Morris pitched two one-hit innings.  Sutter McLoughlin struck out two while picking up his fourth save.

Falter had an upper 80s fastball, 87-89.  Kiest’s fastball was low 90s, 91-93.  Morris’s fastball was upper 80s, 88-89.  McLoughlin’s fastball was low 90’s, 91.

The Phillies found themselves in an early 5-0 hole and began chipping away at that deficit in the bottom of the third.  Juan Luis singled, stole second, and scored on Cornelius Randolph’s double to the RCF gap.  They struck for two more in the fifth.  Arquimedes Gamboa reached on an infielf single and Luis doubled to the track in right field.  With two out, the Yankees appeared to pitch around Randolph to load the bases.  Dylan Cozens made them pay with a hard ground single up the middle that drove in two runs and almost decapitated the pitcher.

The score stayed 5-3 until the eighth.  Bryan Martelo opened the inning with a double down the left field line.  Edgar Cabral patiently accepted a walk.  Jose Antequera sacrificed but reached when the throw pulled the fielder off the bag at first.  Gamboa pulled the Phillies within one with a hard ground ball to first and almost beat the pitcher to the bag.  Luis completed the come back with a blast that cleared the right field wall.

Leadoff hitter, Juan Luis (.254) went 3-5 with a double, home run, stolen base, and 3 RBI.  Jonathan Arauz (.300) went 3-5.  Randolph (.293) went 1-3 with a double, 2 walks, and an RBI.  Cozens went 1-5 with 2 RBI and 3 K.

Gamboa at short  and Arauz at second pulled off a few nice fielding plays.

DSL Phillies (24-18) played DSL Athletics.  Score not posted by the time this story was published.

VSL Phillies (23-32) lost to the VSL Rays 5-4.  Enger Jimenez (.311) went 3-5 with a double and 2 RBI.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated LF Brian Bogusevic from the temporarily inactive list.
  • C Logan Moore assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • C Erik Kratz assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs released LF Ethan Chapman.
  • Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Mark Leiter from the temporarily inactive list.
  • RHP Chad Billingsley placed on 15-day DL. Diagnosed with mild flexor tendinitis. There was no structural damage found.
  • RHP David Buchanan optioned to Triple-A.
  • Tuesday, the Phillies will select the contract of RHP Aaron Nola and activate RHP Jerome Williams from 15-day DL.
  • Maikel Franco left the game with soreness in his right elbow.
  • Phillies have directed Cody Forsythe to throw his slider more instead of his change up in specific situations.  His slider is his third best pitch.  This explains the drop off in his performance from last season.

32 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/20/2015

  1. Andrew Knapp is doing pretty well although his power is still missing. Maybe it’ll be the last to come, I hope at least.

  2. Impressive that Rhys Hoskins played for both Lakewood and Clearwater on the same day!

    Is it bad that I am really rooting for Zach Morris to make it just beacuse of his name?

  3. Arauz continues to put up numbers, Randolph collects another double, Stassi and Knapp are garnering attention

  4. Re Buchanan’s demotion to LHV, I’d love to know why. The rotation at this point is Hamels, Nola and Morgan. Williams is up but will toil in the bullpen initially. When Buchanan was asked why he was sent down, he said, “That’s just something between us,” (“us” means management). Interesting. Maybe to work on a particular pitch?

    1. That means he is coming back into the rotation after the trade deadline. Whose spot he takes will depend on possible trades.

  5. Jim, we always greatly appreciate your detailed recaps, but today’s is just a bit falty. (no, spell check, DON’T correct this!)

  6. I was at the Lakewood game and sat first row right behind the dugout. I’ve got to tell you…what a fun team to watch.

    Between the lines, the guys are all business. As great as Touki Toussaint was – and he was good – the bats just looked like it was a matter of time before they got going. They hit a number of balls hard (especially Grullon) but nothing would drop.

    I saw some great defense: Herlis Rodriguez with an outstanding catch in right early in the game; Deivi Gullon saved the game with a potential wild pitch block and then Tromp throwing a runner out at the plate in the bottom of the ninth. During that play, it was the second time in the game that they employed a five man infield (HerRod at ‘second’). First time, Rayburn struck the last two guys out to end the inning. In the ninth, they hit a fly to right and after a long run to his left (towards the right field line), Tromp threw an absolute strike to Grullon who made a perfect tag on the runner trying to score from third. A remarkable play.

    That last play really energized the team. The dugout came alive and the chatter really heated up. You could feel it. In extra innings, they just exploded. [to that point, they only had one Sandberg hit.] They had the top of the order coming up in the 11th and they guys knew it was time. Everyone was up on the dugout steps. When Kingery launched his HR over the left field fence they knew they had it won. After Kyle Martin’s HR, a moon shot to right, they gave him the silent treatment. [Nice tidbit – Martin’s family was on hand to see the HR.]

    The team is loose and they clearly like one another – a great mix good natured ribbing and support for one another.

    1. Very good enthusiastic report.
      Kingery and Martin could be finds for sure.
      Though like to see how Martin hits in AA level.
      How the Braves got Toussaint is remarkable.

      1. Also very excited to see how Martin does the remainder of this summer. Could be a really nice find in the 4th round.

        1. He provides a lot of extra depth with Hoskins (who I like more, but Martin is certainly more than holding his own) – if either guy makes it, that will be a big boost for the team.

      2. Totally remarkable, I would have traded Hamels and his salary for Touki Toussaint even up.

        1. How were Schuerholtz (sp) and Hart able to do that trade with the D-Backs!
          What was Dave Stewart thinking!
          Goes back to what I espouse…..former players do not make the greatest GMs.

          1. phillies could have done the exact same deal, right?
            stewart made some weird comments about having guys in their system that were closer to the majors so they valued them more.

    2. I watched the game on, agreed on the defense although that tag at home imo he looked safe but glad it was called out. That blast by Kingery was sweet though, as soon as he hit it I thought it was a HR. The announcers for Rome spoke highly of Martin all series long, will be interesting to see what he does next year.

        1. Murray…could be 2018…like to assume they will do the ‘Asche plan’ with him if he hits. CLW to start in 2016..if he rakes…Reading mid-season promo.

          1. According to, Kilome is the scheduled starter for WP tomorrow night- and I will be there!

        2. He is a college kid not a high schooler. 2017 he will probably make his first MLB Apprentice.

          1. He still has to go thru three more levels. And then the call-up will probably be in the month of June. Seems teams do it that way now for their better prospects..

  7. The Phillies aggressively promoted Tocci to Lakewood to start his age-17 season after roughly 100 AB in GCL as a 16-year-old. Through almost as many plate appearances this season, Arauz (age 16) has better numbers across the board (OPS .845 vs. .649, wOBA .398 vs. .307, ISO .200 vs. .021, similar BB rate, lower K rate).

    It’s not BABIP-driven, either — incredibly, Tocci had a higher BABIP (.338 vs. .328) during his GCL season.

    All this, and Arauz is playing a more premium defensive position (and has handled 2B as well).

    The org has some great prospects right now, but I’m really getting excited about this kid. I have a feeling people will be talking about him this time next year like they began to about Kilome this year.

    I’m typically not a rush-to-promote kind of guy, but if he keeps this up, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in Lakewood like Tocci was when the season begins next year.

    1. Ever since the first game of the GCL season where Arauz was starting at 2B and hitting third I have been pumped about him. It is nice to see him put up some numbers. Given his age I don’t mind being a touch conservative with his promotions. I think it is more important to see if he can stick at SS, which would make him even more valuable as an SS.

      That said I have gotten over excited about small sample sizes before…will probably happen again…

      1. Exactly. The minute they started him and had him bat 3rd, at age 16, was the indication that this guy is good.

    2. Lakewood should be a juggernaut team next year with all the good short season talent heading there.

    3. Tocci’s long stay at Lakewood may give the Phillies pause to having Arauz skip Williamsport. I’d rather have Arauz succeed at Williamsport than scuffle at Lakewood.

      1. Just got confirmation from Les Lancaster (WP pitching coach) that Kilome starts tomorrow

  8. It’s the Jan Hernandez show tonight. 3-3, HR, great defense and good base running.

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