Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.
Of primary interest at his point in the season is that the Phillies haven’t moved any of their veterans, yet. A deal for Hamels seems imminent, certainly by the end of the week. The Cueto deal shouldn’t negatively affect the Phillies since the Royals were never in the picture and Cueto is one less attractive rental available for Hamels’ suitors. Papelbon’s market seems to be shrinking. But has Francoeur become a possible addition for a team looking for a right-handed bat off the bench?
The Phillies continue to struggle as they leave the All Star break in their wake. They went into the break with a 5-game losing streak. They had completed a 1-6 West Coast trip and 2-8 road trip. They had gone 3-15 since reaching a 26-47 record after taking the first two games in a series against the Yankees on June 23rd. Their 29-62 record at the break gave them a seemingly insurmountable 9.5 game lead over Milwaukee.
The Phillies 8-1 start after the break has not only allowed the streaking Marlins to pull within 5.5 games, but has allowed other teams to creep back into the race. The #1 pick that so many fans were counting on to justify the season they are suffering through is now in doubt.
Clearwater (57-44) lost to the Bradenton Marauders 6-4. David Whitehead left after 6 inings having given up 4 runs on 6 hits. The Threshers had fought back twice to tie the game after 7 innings. But, Harold Guerrero loaded the bases in the eighth with 2 outs when the skies opened up and brought about a 2-hour delay. Miguel Nunez took the mound when play resumed and surrendered a 2-run single to the first batter he faced. The Threshers got two men on base in the ninth, but couldn’t come back again. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/26/2015
Runs: Rhys Hoskins (59); Carlos Tocci (57); Malquin Canelo (56); Chase D’Arnaud (54); Aaron Altherr (51); Andy Knapp (50); JP Crawford (48); Roman Quinn (44); Herlis Rodriguez (43); Damek Tomscha (43)
Hits: Carlos Tocci (116); Rhys Hoskins (112); Malquin Canelo (107); Brock Stassi (103); Aaron Altherr (103); Andrew Pullin (100); Brian Bogusevic (94); Willians Astudillo (92); Cord Sandberg (91); CHase D’Arnaud (89);
2B: Rhys Hoskins (25); Aaron Altherr (25); Malquin Canelo (25); Andy Knapp (23); Cameron Perkins (21); Brock Stassi (21); Damek Tomscha (21); Carlos Tocci (20); Russ Canzler (20);Jordan Danks (20)
HR:Rhys Hoskins (13); Aaron Altherr (12); Andrew Pullin (10);Cameron Perkins (9); Brian Pointer (9); Brock Stassi (9); Herlis Roriguez (8); Russ Canzler (7); Art Charles (7); Aaron Brown (7)
RBI: Rhys Hoskins (66); Brock Stassi (65); Andrew Pullin (60); Aaron Altherr (53); Andy Knapp (50); Herlis Rodriguez (47); Willians Astudillo (42); Cameron Perkins (41); Tyler Henson (40); Art Charles (39)
SB: Roman Quinn (29); Tyler Henson (22); Carlos Tocci (17); Chase Harris (17); Chase D’Arnaud (17); Brian Bogusevic (16); Aaron Altherr (14); Grenny Cumana (14); Malquin Canelo (13); Dylan Cozens (12); Herlis Rodriguez (12); Zach Coppola (12)
AVG: (Min 200 AB’s); Carlos Tocci (.316); Willians Astudillo (.311); Rhys Hoskins (.309); Roman Quinn (.306); JP Crawford (.305); Angelo Mora (.301); Aaron Altherr (.297); Brian Bogusevic (.296); Herlis Rodriguez (.296); Andy Knapp (.279)
The big news Saturday was Cole Hamels’ no hitter in Chicago. The possibility that the game might be his last start for the Phillies, made following the game’s progress mandatory over social media. I was following on Game Day, and the Threshers’ broadcasters were giving periodic updates.
As the no-no became the story, I became less attentive to the game in front of me. Then the weather gods stepped in and the field in Clearwater was covered as a light rain suddenly increased in volume. The field had taken a lot of water over the previous 24 hours, so this was a prudent decision.
With every fan seeking protection from the rain up on the concourse, GM John Timberlake put the MLB feed of the Phillies’ game up on the big screen. So, we all got to see Hamels get the final three outs live during our rain delay.
I don’t think this will increase the return in any trade that may develop over the next week, but I’m sure it alleviated any worries over Hamels’ last two starts (which should not have decreased the return in any trade). Of note should be that Hamels FB averaged 94 MPH. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/25/2015