Box Score Recap – 7/23/2015

The big news out of Florida is a possible injury suffered by Cornelius Randolph.  The Phillies first round pick was helped from the field after a collision at second base in the first game of a double header against the GCL Blue Jays.

With the game tied 3-3, Randolph walked with one out in the seventh.  Luis Encarnacion grounded to short and Randolph reached second safely with a hard slide into the fielder at the bag.  One pitch later he limped from the field with assistance.  He did not dress for the second game although he was seen walking around the Complex.

Clearwater (56-42) lost to the Jupiter Hammerheads 3-2 in 10 innings.  Brandon Leibrandt allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk.  Yacksel Rios pitched 2 one-hit innings.  Ulises Joaquin gave up a solo HR in the tenth for the loss.

Leibrandt had one of those nights that makes me scratch my head and wonder how he does it.  His fastball runs in the mid-to-high 80s.  He faced 25 batters and threw 9 first pitch strikes.  He threw almost as many balls as strikes through the first 6 innings (39 strikes/34 balls).  He gave up 3 hits, 2 solo home runs, and a double that Aaron brown almost caught down the left field line.  Then he comes out in the seventh and throws 9 strikes in 12 pitches, hits 90 MPH for the first time on his second to last pitch, and uses it to set up a 77 MPH curve ball for an inning ending strike out swinging.

The Threshers faced Miami’s #4 prospect, LHP Jarlin Garcia.  They signed him as a teenager in 2010, and left him unprotected during last year’s Rule 5 Draft.  He held the Threshers to 5 hits in 7 innings.  Left-handed batters Dylan Cozens and Aaron Brown didn’t seem to have any problem with him, though.  Brown drove a ball to right for a game-tying HR in the third.  Cozens hit 3 line drives off him for a single, double, and line drive out to short.  Later Cozens got a third line drive hit off a left-handed reliever, a single that the right fielder played into a triple by whiffing on the ball when he charged it.

Carlos Tocci (.299) went 1-4 with a double.  Andrew Pullin had the night off.  Rhys Hoskins (.277) went 0-4.  Dylan Cozens (.270) went 3-4 with a double and triple.  Willians Astudillo (.308) went 0-4.  Aaron Brown (.247) went 1-4 with a HR (7), stolen base, and 2 RBI.

Lehigh Valley (44-55) lost to the Toledo Mud Hens 7-6 when their ninth inning rally fell short.  Sean O’Sullivan gave up 3 runs in the second inning, but kept the Hens off the board otherwise.  He pitched 7 innings and gave up 7 hits, walked none, and struck out six.  Nefi Ogando suffered the loss with a 4-run eighth.

The IronPigs fought back to tie the game at three and rallied again to get the tying run on second with nobody out in the ninth, but couldn’t get the run across.  Aaron Altherr (.312) went 2-4 with a double, HR (5), and an RBI. Gabriel Lino (.259) and Erik Kratz had 2-hit games, and Jordan Danks had 2 RBI.

Reading (53-45) lost to the New Britain Rock Cats 7-2.  Colin Kleven was charged with 7 runs in 4.1 innings on 7 hits and 2 walks.  Ryan O’Sullivan allowed 2 inherited runners to score.  Hoby Milner struck out 4 in two, one-hit innings.  Kelly Dugan (.324) was back leading off and went 1-3.  Brock Stassi (.313) went 2-3 with a HR (9) and RBI (62).  Andrew Knapp (.338) went 1-4 with a double.

Lakewood (49-46) lost to the West Virginia Power 5-1.  Austin Davis got rocked for 4 runs in the second inning and they held up.  He lasted 5 innings and gave up 6 hits and a walk.  Jairo Munoz pitched 2 shutout innings.  Herlis Rodriguez (.298) went 0-2 with 2 walks.  Scott Kingery (.265) 3-4.  Kyle Martin (.356) went 1-4.

Williamsport (22-11) beat the Hudson Valley Renegades 8-3.  Jose Taveras (4-1, 2.17) gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in 5 innings while striking out six.  Josh Tobias (.298) went 3-5 with a triple, HR (2), and 2 RBI.  Jose Pujols (.297) went 3-5 with an RBI.  Brendon Hayden (.326) went 2-4 with a walk.  Zachary Coppola (.322) went 1-4.  Mark Laird (.250) went 2-3 with a walk.  Gregori Rivero hit his second HR, a grand slam, to cap a 5-run seventh.

GCL Phillies (20-8) dropped two games to the GCL Blue Jays, 6-3 and 8-2.  Cornelius Randolph left the first game limping, one pitch after a hard take-out slide at second base.  He did not suit up for the second game.  A bunch of young pitchers didn’t pitch well.  Lucas Williams (.294) went 3-6 across both games.

DSL Phillies (26-20) beat the DSL Rays 4-3.  C Nerlius Martinez (.297) hit his 5th HR.

VSL Phillies (23-35) lost to the VSL Tigers 5-0.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Chris Leroux on the temporarily inactive list.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed 3B Russ Canzler on the 7-day disabled list.
  • SS KC Serna assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Logan Moore assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Angelo Mora assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • Chase Harris assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Clearwater Threshers.
  • Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies.

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

  1. Not a good night for the minor leagues. Two wins in 7 games. “C’ injured. Ogando implodes for the first time in AAA. Sam McWilliams has meltdown #2 in a row. The red hot GCL team was cooled off twice. Encarnacion has 5 errors in 24 games. Not even Howard is that bad at 1B.

    You take the bad with the good. There will be more games tomorrow and new outcomes.

    1. Wasn’t a complete wash out.
      Leibrandt, Altherr, Brown, Kingery, Pujols, Hayden and Cozens with plus performances.

      1. And forgot…rocco’s favorite draftee…Lucas Williams showing life with a good night at the plate.

        1. Yes romus Williams so far is making me look really bad. I though he might not get one hit let alone almost three hundred hitter. BRING HIM UP

  2. Good games — kingery, cozens, pujils, Tobias, hayden, stassi, Lucas Williams..

    Altherr a dbl and HR, what’s kid gotta do to get called up???

    Tobias and Hayden garnering attention, I know they’re college guys at Williamsport but they are putting up numbers…

    1. I suspect the outfield may be a bit less crowded after the deadline. Revere should be gone, possibly Francoeur. He’s already on the 40-man and should therefore get the call before guys like Bogusevic

    2. I didn’t realize tobias was 23 yrs old. Why is he in Williamsport. he played at florida should be at Lakewood to start.

  3. Does anyone know anything about Jose Tavares? He pitched 1 year in DSL (last year) and got jumped to Williamsport, probably due to age, turns 22 in November. He’s big 6’4″ 210 lbs and has had great success in his limited time. It’s surprising for his age for this to only be his second year in the organization. You certainly can’t argue with his results, but I just know nothing about him.

    1. I was at the game last night and he was fairly dominant aside from the inning he gave up two runs. He changed speeds very well. Changeup was at 76 and his fastball topped out at 93. However, I do not know the accuracy of the Hudson Valley speed gun.

  4. Has anyone seen Lucas Williams play? I’d love to know how he loos in the field and what his swing looks like. He’s definitely improved his contact, but he has zero extra-base hits.

  5. As the trade deadlines gets closer, my productivity at work decreases. Do a little work, hit refresh on twitter. Repeat

    1. i hear you. will scouts be flocking to see how Jerome Williams looks in his come-back today? but seriously, i guess Harang isnt going to be back in time for the regular trade deadline- wonder if they could have gotten something for him back in May when the Dodgers were looking under rocks for starters.

  6. Everyday, Mlbtraderumors to Phillies Minor Thoughts to Phuture Phillies(save the best for last)………………it’s a sickness:-)

  7. nice defensive play from Cumana to keep a run off the board, was hit deep to him and he made a heck of a long throw to get the runner at 1st. Bit of a tough 1st for Gueller as he was a little wild but kept the damage to just 1 run.

  8. A few Phillies questions on BA chat today

    nb (Philly): Hey Ben – Now that Nola is in Philly, our sights are set on JP Crawford. When do you think we see him at CBP? Also, we have a few other guys having nice years in the high minors (Knapp, Altherr, even Biddle). Do you see any of them contributing? Thanks!

    Ben Badler: He should be there next year, just not on Opening Day. I’d imagine the Phillies will put him on a similar path to what we saw this year with Francisco Lindor, holding him down in Triple-A for the start of the season (which I think is legitimate from a development standpoint), then wait at least until his service clock is delayed and possibly Super 2 in the rearview before bringing him up. You guys know the drill at this point. But yeah, he looks like a star who should be hitting at the top of that lineup for years to come.

    Tom (NJ): What do you know about Jonathan Arauz. He’s 16 years old in the GCL and having success. is he someone to be excited about?

    Ben Badler: Absolutely. He’s barely a month older than some of the big 2015 international signings like Seuly Matias and Franklin Reyes, but his baseball polish is way, way advanced for a 16-year-old kid. Grew up in Panama playing a lot of baseball, which shows at the plate and in the field. Nice line-drive stroke, good plate coverage, surprising power for a young kid who’s not that strong yet, and solid enough tools at shortstop to be able to stay there. Great signing by the Phillies.

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