Box Score Recap – 7/22/2015

Dylan Cozens returned to the Threshers’ line up on Wednesday.  He was the DH and batted fifth behind Rhys Hoskins.  It looked like Jupiter’s game plan was to feed Cozens a steady diet of off-speed pitches.  He struck out his first two at bats on pitches that broke low and away.  In his third at bat, he jumped on a first pitch fast ball and grounded out sharply to third.  Jupiter finally made a mistake and Cozens made them pay with a tape measure shot to right in the eighth inning.

Ethan Stewart was added to the Clearwater roster from Reading.  The Threshers had been carrying 24 on their roster anticipating Cozens’ return, however a cooresponding move must have been made prior to the game since they currently have 26 players on their roster 13 pitchers and 13 position players.

Clearwater (56-41) beat the Jupiter Hammerheads 5-4 in 11 innings.  Victor Arano pitched well until he was lifted in the seventh with one out and runners on the corners.  Arano scattered 7 hits and a walk and gave up 2 runs early in the game.  Jesen Therrien stranded Arano’s two runners but blew the save in the 8th inning.  When Alexis Rivero came out to pitch the ninth, he had a one run lead and came within one pitch of his first save.  He had struck out his first two batters and had an 0-2 count on a .200 hitter.  However, he gave up a dramatic home run into the Tiki Terrace and the game went to extra innings.  Miguel Nunez threw a perfect inning and was the pitcher of record when the Threshers won in a walk off in the 11th inning.

The Threshers took an early lead in the first.  Carlos Tocci lined a ball into left field toward the line and hustled into second ahead of the throw to earn a double.  He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Andrew Pullin’s ground out to second.

After falling behind 2-1, they  opened the fifth inning with singles by Mitch Walding and Angelo Mora.  Malquin Canelo attempted to sacrifice the runners into scoring position, but the Hammerheads blew the coverage and Canelo had a single and the Threshers had the bases loaded.  Walding scored on a wild pitch and Mora scored on another Pullin ground out to give the Threshers the lead.

After Therrien blew the save in the eighth inning, Dylan Cozens launched a go ahead home run to the top of the berm in right center field.  The ball landed on the walkway that borders the berms and outfield bleachers and bounced over the back fence into Thome Pond.

After Rivero blew his save, the Threshers won in the 11th when Aaron Brown led off with a double and scored on Mitch Walding’s line drive single to center.

Carlos Tocci (.301) went 2-5 with 2 doubles.  Andrew Pullin (.267) went 0-5 with 2 RBI.  Rhys Hoskins (.289) went 2-4 with a walk.  Dylan Cozens (.263) went 1-5 with a HR (4) and RBI.  Willians Astudillo (.313) went 1-4 with a walk.  Aaron Brown (.247) went 2-5 with a double.  Mitch Walding went 2-5 with the game-winning RBI.

Miscellaneous stuff: Tocci’s first double was a by product of hustle, his second was driven into the gap between right and center.  Arano was unfortunate that the first two runs scored on defensive plays that could (should?) have been made and weren’t.  Walding made a spectacular bare-handed grab and throw charging a bunt.  Canelo made a couple sharp plays and throws at short.  Mora made an over the shoulder backhand grab of a soft liner in shallow center.  Brown lined a bunt past the pitcher for a hit.  Yes, lined.  A line drive bunt that landed behind the mound.  He reached first without a throw.  Arano threw 99 pitches, 67 strikes.  No velo, the radar gun was flaky again.

The Threshers are a season high 15 games over .500.

Lehigh Valley (44-54) beat the Toledo Mud Hens 7-4.  Jesse Biddle (2-0) pitched well for 5.2 shutout innings.  He had allowed 3 hits and a walk while striking out five including two strike outs to start the sixth inning.  Then Biddle hit a stretch where he gave up a run on a walk, single, walk, and walk.  Biddle exited and Cesar Jimenez came on to end the threat and strand three inherited runners.  Dustin McGowan wasn’t as fortunate as he gave up three runs in his two innings.  Adam Loewen threw a perfect ninth for this 8th save.

The IronPigs mustered a 12-hit attack and built a 7-0 lead by the fifth inning.  Aaron Altherr (.305) went 2-4 with a walk and 2 RBI. Brian Bogusevic (.306) went 3-5 with a double.  Russ Canzler (.276) went 2-3 with 2 RBI.  Gabriel Lino (.259) went 1-3 with a walk and RBI.

Reading (53-44) lost to the Bowie Baysox 6-4.  Zach Eflin allowed 6 runs (4 ER) on 9 hits in 4.1 innings.  He walked none and struck out three.  Tom Windle relieved and allowed both inherited runners to score in a 5-run fifth.  Edubray Ramos pitched two, one-hit innings.

The Phils scored 3 runs in the top of the first on a Brock Stassi 2-run double (61 RBI) and an error.  They added a 4th run later in the game on a Rene Garcia SF.

J.P. Crawford (.266) went 1-4.  Kelly Dugan (.324), back in the 3-hole, went 2-3 with a double and a walk.  Stassi (.310) went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI.  Garcia (.318) went 1-3 with a SF and RBI.  Destin Hood (.297) went 2-4.

Lakewood (49-45) beat the West Virginia Power 4-0.  Ranfi Casimiro went 7.2 innings and allowed 3 hits, 2 walks, and a HBP while striking out six.  Joey DeNato inherited and stranded 3 runners in the 8th.  He went on to pick up his 6th save.

H-Rod (.300) went 1-4 with a HR (8) and RBI.  Kyle Martin (.361) went 0-2 with a walk and HBP.  Cord Sandberg (.267) went 1-4.  Jiandido Tromp (.180) went 2-3 with a double and RBI.  Deivi Grullon (.201) went 1-3 with a triple and RBI.  Gustavo Martinez went 1-2 with a SF and RBI.

Williamsport (21-11) lost to the Hudson Valley Renegades 5-3 when their bullpen couldn’t protect a 3-2 lead.  Franklyn Kilome returned from his strained rib cage injury and was eased back into the rotation.  He threw 43 pitches in 3 innings of work.  He allowed 4 hits and struck out three.  His ERA over 4 starts and 19.2 innings is 0.46.  Kenny Koplove gave up 2 runs in the middle 3 innings.  Andrew Godail blew the save and took the loss.

Zachary Coppola (.326) went 1-4.  Mark Laird (.233) went 2-3 with an RBI.  Jose Pujols (.278) went 2-4 with a double.  Brendon Hayden (.319) went 1-3 with a double, walk, and RBI.

GCL Phillies (20-6) suspended leading 1-0 after the top of the first.  Cornelius Randolph drove in the first inning run.  Adonis Medina only threw a couple pitches before the game was suspended.

DSL Phillies (25-20) played the DSL Rays and their box score hadn’t posted by the time I published this report.

VSL Phillies (23-34) lost to the VSL Tigers 3-2.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP Chris Leroux from the temporarily inactive list.
  • Ethan Stewart assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Zach Eflin from the temporarily inactive list.
  • Reading Fightin Phils placed C Logan Moore on the temporarily inactive list.
  • Clearwater Threshers activated RF Dylan Cozens from the 7-day disabled list.
  • The Mariners have acquired Triple-A reliever Tyler Knigge from the Phillies in exchange for cash, Jake Kaplan of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Twitter.

75 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/22/2015

    1. I agree. I think they will give him a real shot in Spring Training to make the ball club. Gonna be another 110 loss season anyway so why not?

    2. I am cautiously optimistic on Biddle. I would call this a quality start although he didn’t go six innings. Four walks are an indication command is still an issue. He needs to put together a string of good performances like Nola did.

    3. I watched the game and thought Biddle was doing well until the 5th and then the 2 walks got him in trouble. But the one problem I’ve noticed in the starts I’ve seen on is how many full counts he runs. I don’t know the actual numbers, and I’m just going off the 3 LV starts and a few in Reading this year, but it just seems like he has a lot of full counts or more then you’d like to see.

      He looked relaxed out there though, of course getting the run support likely helped.

  1. Just noticed that it has been over 3 weeks since Carlos Duran at Williamsport or Seranthony Dominguez at GCL have played. Neither is listed as on the DL. Does anyone know what happened to them?

      1. Duran was a late scratch from the lineup a couple weeks ago with back spasms but it got progressively worse. He took BP on the field for the first time yesterday so he should be nearing a return.

    1. I think it is unlikely Tocci starts next year in AA. The Phillies will likely give him half a year at A+ to get his K% down and his ISO up. Plus Quinn’s injury means Quinn is most likely to start next year in AA.

      Hoskins will almost definitely start next year in AA unless he falls apart down the stretch.

    1. If you are going tall, skinny guys with little pop in the minors but great defensive game….why not Alex Rios or Garry Maddux?

    2. Hard to say if Tocci is another Glanville. They have different developmental paths. Glanville was an Ivy Leaguer and didn’t get started until he was 20. Tocci is hitting better than Glanville in High A, at age 19 than Glanville did at age 21. So Tocci is better at this point.
      Glanville had four (4) 2+ WAR seasons, so that wouldn’t be a bad outcome for Tocci.

      1. fair point on the age difference. I was mostly going off of body type and defense. Although I think Tocci is a better defender than Glanville was.

  2. Victor Arano is set to dominant next season in the FSL.
    Could be in some Phillies top ten polls.

  3. On JP Crawford’s future…could it gi like Franco’s where we see a Sept call up in 2016 and a full time promotion in May 2017 or does anyone feel like it may be sooner?

    1. If it is sooner, then the earliest I could see is June/July of 2016…they will want him to get more AA/AAA experience ….and of course the future-control financial aspect that governs teams now on prospect promotions or some have indicated in the past as Super Two.

    2. Don’t think it will be sooner. Looking at the rest of this year in Reading [obviously] and possibly starting next year there as well. Then a move to AAA after he reaches a full season of ABs in Reading and we go from there.

    1. CIALIS,
      You are kidding, right!
      This year alone the guy has had more fights with teammates then the latest Friday-night card at the MGM in Vegas.
      When the teammates ask to have him moved, what does that tell you!.
      Google Greinke vs Puig…Bus top ….that was the latest last month

      1. If it wasn’t for makeup concerns, you couldn’t get Puig for Hamels and Franco combined. Probably would take JPC, Hamels and Franco. Puig is that good. Not saying I would make that trade, but if we can get him at 24yo for Hamels then I would deal with his character issues.

        1. Are you kidding me?!? Hamels/JPC/Franco for Puig?!? Right, that would be a gross overpay for him. Is he good? Of course he is but he isn’t so good that you’d give up an ace (w a decent contract), the number 2 prospect in the game in JPC and a major league ready 3B who could hit .280/.340/.550 w 30 HR power. Not saying that he’s not going to put up numbers but each year they have trended downward while his attitude has going upward. I’ve heard a few “experts” (Stark being one) say that the Dodgers would prob have to sweeten the deal slightly in a Hamels for Puig deal.

          1. Puig is an elite bat and and elite defender at 24 years old. if he stays healthy, he is a Hall of Famer. I repeat that I wouldn’t do that deal, but I think you would have to over pay for that type of player.

            1. That kind of talent isn’t worth it for a team that seemingly has a weak locker room. 5 years ago when Chase, Jimmy, Burrell, and Chooch were still in their primes? Maybe, but players who march to the beat of their own drum generally aren’t worth the headache. Not comparing Puig to Abreu, but when he was traded the team improved almost over night. It was essentially addition by subtraction.

            2. At first I thought you were gonna compare Puig to Abreu then read what you sai because you can’t compare the 2. Abreu was better then Puig. Matter of fact Abreu might be the most underrated player in the last 25 years. Take a second and look at the numbers he put up, they are crazy good.

            3. His OPS:

              2013 .925
              2014 .863
              2015 .772

              He’s also had a negative dWAR for two years in a row and a below average range factor all three years. What is “elite” about his defense?

            4. Puig’s batted ball data and plate discipline numbers don’t really look worse than they did last year or even his rookie year. He’s benefited from high BABIP and HR/FB rates in the past, and has probably been a little unlucky this year. I don’t think looking at his OPS is enough to judge in this case, especially since he was hurt earlier this year and hasn’t played a full season to-date.

              He’s not elite defensively and maybe not even average, but his offense is very good and he’s only 24. I would take him for Hamels even up unless he has some truly serious off-field issues that we don’t know about. General immaturity is not a deal breaker for me and Zach Grienke also isn’t the easiest teammate to have, so I’m not putting much stock in their confrontation.

            5. Handzus…..his ISO and quite a few of his offensive advanced peripherals have slope downward from 2013 and the beginning of 2014 to the present.
              Unless he turns it around I the next month, this season his WAR may also be the lowest…right now, <1
              I guess off the field issues are more of the 'diva' variety and entitlement aspect…though the coaches' daughter liaison was not kindly welcomed in the Dodger family.

            6. His ISO is down because he had a 20% HR/FB rate in his rookie season, which was fluky. This year it’s only 9.6% which I think will probably go up a bit. He’s hitting more line drives/fly balls and less ground balls than he has before, which you’d think would translate into a higher ISO but that hasn’t been the case, hence why I think he’s been a bit unlucky.

              Fangraphs has him at exactly 1 WAR right now. Whether you use FG or BBr he projects to somewhere upwards of 2 WAR over a full season since he missed time earlier. For a 24 year old who’s having something of a “down” year (really, it’s only his July that’s been bad), that’s pretty good.

            7. I guess when it comes to his uptick for the remainder of 2015, we have to see if it is luck or not that has driven this years lower metrics then previous years.

            8. Elite defender I would seriously question that. I Have seen him in the outfield and he isn’t that good. Last Saturday I believe he look horrible misplaying a fly ball. now I don’t see him everday but cant see him being a elite outfielder from the times I have seen him. How in gods name can you anoint a 24 yr old a hall of famer. omg.

        2. Puig is a disaster in the waiting off the field. No “Diva’s” in Philly. Its takes a certain player to play in Philly. After he dogs it one time not running out a ball, it will be over for him. Wouldn’t take Puig at all.

      1. “After Puig ignored multiple requests to close the luggage bay, Greinke hopped off the bus, grabbed the suitcase in front of Puig and chucked it onto Michigan Avenue. Puig stepped toward Greinke and was restrained by reliever J.P. Howell.”

        Granted, Puig was in the wrong too, but clearly Greinke was the escalator.

    2. During a rebuild, the last thing you want to do is bring in a player who’s going to negatively influence the young players coming up.

      Having said that, the Phils should try to acquire Puig and a good Dodgers prospect, in exchange for a Phils AAAA player. The Phils could then flip him elsewhere or release him and eat the $ and keep the prospect. This is another way the Phils could use their vast financial resources. This might not be the best example because the Dodgers aren’t desperate to clear payroll but if other teams are and would include a prospect to get a bad contract off the books, the Phils should consider it .

    3. The issue with Puig is that he’s only signed for another 2 1/2 years, and his second contract is going to be MASSIVE.

  4. This is the first time in a long time that I remember being actually excited about players in the system. Crawford, AA, Dugan, Quinn, Tocci, Knapp, Hoskins, Kingery and Randolph could all see the majors and some of the lesser guys like Pullin, Canelo, Sandberg, Cozens and Martelo, Lino, Stassi and Martin are even interesting. It’s a fun time to be a Phillies fan and that’s before the trades (if any). Quick plug, if there’s anyone interested in a decent sports blog, check out mine, http://www,

    1. Looks like a good site for information.
      But when I clicked on “MLB’…the first article was titled “Albert Pujols passes Mike Schmidt on homerun list”…whoa….Schmidty is one of my favs.

    2. Chris, the link didn’t work for me, probably because of the comma after the www. Should be a period.

  5. They were talking about puig the other day on some channel. I got a little of it. he is suppose to be a bad teammate. But how could you know. look at pap. first one on field when they win if he is involved or not.

    1. rocco….read it and see…it was written only a few weeks ago.–disdain-for-yasiel-puig-by-dodgers-teammates-no-longer-a-secret-212239227.html

      ….plus look at Puig’s WAR this year….<1. Doesn't that tell you something.
      If Hamels and Puig get exchanged…I would send him up to the Bronx for Judge straight-up. Cashman could not refuse with the large Latino based Yankees fans wanting him.
      Philadelphia is not his kind of city…he is a LA or NY guy…with the glamor/night-life
      Remember Bobby Abreu….played in Philly but lived in his condo in NYC..

        1. In the long-run Judge will be more of a championship caliber contributing player then Puig will ever be. They both play a plus RF and Judge will hit the HR more then Puig. Plus Judge will listen to the manager and coaches and show up on time for the games.

          1. Puig is 1 year older than Judge and already has 2 seasons in MLB with a WAR over 4. Judge is a decent prospect, but I have read a lot of mixed reports on him. Judge also doesn’t have a real comp given his size and thus large strike zone. Those two players are not even close in value.

            1. Puig trending the wrong-way now….his WAR this year <1.
              First year WAR the best….then sloping downward.

            2. Naturally value will not be the same……future potential value may differ however if you look at current analytics.

  6. I certainly wouldn’t do a Puig/Judge trade, but I don’t really want Puig, either. His stats have been trending in the wrong direction and his attitude is a real issue. He also takes some plays off and Phillies fan would absolutely let him have it. I don’t think we’re a good fit at all for him.

      1. Romus I personally would love to see Herrera play some second. I just would like to see what kind of infielder he would be. imo the jury is still out on him in center. You realize with Herrera in center with limited power. and altheer with okay power asche isn’t the answer in left. I just don’t see him as a good enough offensive player to be our left fielder

        1. rocco……IMO, Herrera, after another VWL in CF could be a plus CFer in 2016. And if Roman Quinn sustains one more extensive lower-body injury, then he could find it difficult beating Herrera out in CF after 2016.
          OTOH, Herrera was rated best 2nd baseman in the Texas League in 2014…but there are only eight teams in that league I believe.
          And the Phillies seem to be leaning Cesar staying at 2nd for another year.

  7. The constant injuries concern me the most about Puig, then if he were to come here he would be miserable going from a potential WS title to a multi-year rebuild here in Philly. He would cause drama off the field and his flakiness on the field would rub this fanbase the wrong way. If going strictly by performance on the field I would make the deal, but all the other factors would have me backing away. He kind of reminds me of A Beltre when he was in LA and then Seattle……it took him some time but then it all clicked, and he also had issues staying healthy. I do not remember if he was a problem in the club house in LA………Puig is reported to be entitled, how would that play on a losing team in this city????

    1. Of course he could turn out like A, Beltre…..or Hanley Ramirez/Jose Reyes.
      Additionally, eye-brows have been raised in the MLB ranks about Cubans and their developmental programs as teenagers. many of the Cuban youngsters are more advanced and impressive in their physical prowess and muscle-mass as teenagers

  8. How did this turn into a General Discussion thread. Throwing in a prospects name once in a while doesn’t make in a Minor League baseball discussion.

  9. Not on topic, but Puig for Hamels would be a great get for Hamels. The same who don’t like Puig are some of the same who loved Dykstra and Bowa.

    1. Please do not put Bowa, the player, in Puig’s character class.
      BTW……did you watch Bowa play in the 70s?
      Cannot recall him being disruptive in the locker room other then wanting to win at all cost.

      1. It’s documented that good guys like Luzinski and Maddox hated Larry Bowa and he was always in verbal confrontations with teammates. Bowa was also the guy most associated with distributing amphetamines in the clubhouse of the late 70s. Other than having been late for batting practice, I haven’t seen that Puig has done anything worse than Bowa or Dykstra, when they were players.

        1. Pure speculation on the amphetamines…..and truly, why is here still in the organization, if that is the actual case.
          As for the Bull, he wasn’t a charmer also.
          And what locker room has 100% love factor for everybody…rarely does that happen…until the parade.
          As for Puig…not sure Bowa or Lenny ever cozzied-up with a coaches’ daughter.
          Well not sure about Lenny on that.

          1. Point is that Bowa was no angel and didn’t get along with teammates. The same reason some don’t want Puig on the team. Not really surprising considering the history of some in the fanbase.

  10. Altherr, unless I am wrong, has always been regarded as a Plus defensive CF. If that is the case, if he makes the Majors that would be the spot. There is insufficient power for RF. I would then like to see Herrera get a chance to compete at 2B

  11. Thanks Handzus, interesting piece and quotes our old friend Mattwinks. I think Altherr is on, at the least, the September call-up list.

  12. Kilome found an original way to get out of a Jam last night. After the leadoff hitter was on 3rd (double, error), he K’d the next two guys looking. During the next at-bat, Kilome threw a fastball over Bossart (Cutters Catcher), the ball hit the ump right in the mask and caromed all the way back to Kilome on the fly. The runner broke for home because Bossart was looking all over for the ball. Bossart looked at Kilome just in time for him to fire it home and nail the runner. I’ve seen a lot of games but never seen that before.

  13. Like Harry Kalas said “you never know when you will see something new” and odds are you will never see that again. Thanks for the in game reporting.

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