Box Score Recap – 7/25/2015

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.

Clearwater (57-43) dropped game one of a double header against the Jupiter Hammerheads 8-5.  Ricardo Pinto started the first game and was chased in the third inning.  He was not his usual self, walking the lead off batter.  The Hammerheads opened the scoring with a subsequent stolen base, infield single, and sacrifice fly.  Pinto walked two more before escaping the inning.  Pinto followed that 25-pitch inning with a 24-pitch second inning.  He was victimized by some long at bats.  A one-out single by a sub-.100 hitter and a two-out HR put the Threshers down 3-0.  A caught stealing saved Pinto from breaking the 50-pitch barrier in the second inning.  A fielding error could have limited the damage in the third inning to one run, but Malquin Canelo was unable to start a potential inning-ending double play.  After another base hit, Pinto’s afternoon was done.

Cody Forsythe came on but was unable to find the strike zone.  He walked his first two batters and forced in one inherited runner.  Another crossed the plate on a fielding error by Mitch Walding.  Forsythe finally ended the inning with a strike out.  The fourth inning started with a foul pop dropping harmlessly in front of the right field stands.  The next pitch was crushed into the left field bleachers.  Forsythe avoided any further damage with a pop up and 2 strike outs, but the Threshers found themselves in a 8-0 hole.  Ethan Stewart pitched three, no-hit innings, but walked three.  He needed a running catch in the gap by Tocci to avoid a big inning in the fifth.

The Threshers mounted a 10-hit attack and managed to score 5 runs over the final 4 innings, but were unable to come all the way back.

Carlos Tocci (.298) was moved to the lead off slot and went 1-4 with an RBI.  Aaron Brown (.244) moved to the two-hole and went 0-4.  Andrew Pullin (.272) went 3-4 with a double and RBI.  Rhys Hoskins (.276) went 1-4 with a double and RBI.  Dylan Cozens (.274) continued to make good contact since returning from the DL and went 2-4.  Willians Astudillo (.311) went 2-4 with an RBI.  Mitch Walding walked twice (team leading 36).

Game two.  The Threshers beat the Hammerheads 2-1 behind the pitching of Matt Imhof.  Three Threshers’ pitchers combined to pitch a 2-hitter.  Imhof (5-3, 3.80) threw  five innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits and striking out five.  Jesen Therrien (1.55) pitched one shutout inning.  Alexis Rivero picked up his first save with a perfect inning.

Imhof struggled through a 27-pitch second inning.  He started with two 5-pitch walks.  He followed that with 2 strike outs.  He fell behind the next batter 2-1 and gave up a bloop single just out of Canelo’s reach for the only run he would give up.  The next batter scorched a line drive up the middle that Imhof captured waist high.

Imhof needed only 33 pitches in his other 4 innings.  He had a strike/ball of 40/20.  The only other hit he allowed was a bunt single in the fifth.  That runner was doubled off first on a hit-and-run that was popped foul to Hoskins.  It was pretty high, I don’t know how the runner couldn’t get back in time.

The Threshers scored their runs on infield ground outs by Pullin and Canelo.  Pullin’s was created by Tocci who opened the home first with a walk.  He stole second and took third when the ball hit him and rolled into center field.  He scored on Pullin’s chop to first, and even with the infield in he was able to beat the throw home.  In the fourth, Hoskins walked and took second on Cozens’ single to center.  Hoskins was able to tag and move to third on Chace Numata’s drive into the RCF gap.  He came home on Canelo’s ground ball up the middle.  The shortstops’s only play was at first.

Tocci (.310) went 2-2 with a walk from the leadoff slot.  Brown (.248) went 1-3.  Hoskins (.282) went 1-2 with a walk.  Cozens (.271) went 1-3.  Pullin picked up his 59th RBI.

Lehigh Valley (46-55) beat the Syracuse Chiefs 4-3.  David Buchanan (3-0, 3.16) pitched seven, nine-hit innings.  Cesar Jimenez and Dustin McGowan finished up with McGowan getting his 6th save.  The Chiefs collected 10 hits, 7 by former Phillies – Werth, Mastroianni, Gwynn.  Aaron Altherr (.305) went 2-4 with a HR (6) and 2 RBI.  Erik Kratz went 1-3 with a triple and RBI. Jordan Danks went 1-4 with a double and RBI.

Reading (54-46) lost to the New Britain Rock Cats 6-5.  Mark Leiter gave up 5 runs on 7 hits in six innings.  Tom Windle struck out 4 in 2 no-hit innings.  J.P. Crawford (.271) went 2-4 with a double.  Cam Perkins (.265) went 1-3 with an RBI.  Brock Stassi (.317) went 3-4 with a double and RBI (65).  Andrew Knapp (.329) went 0-4.  Kelly Dugan (.319) went 1-1 with a pinch-hit single.

Lakewood (51-46) beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 5-1.  Shane Watson gave up 1 run on 6 hits in 6 innings.  Manny Martinez and Joey DeNato (1.51) pitcheds 2-hit ball over the last 3 innings.  Kyle Martin (.376) went 4-4 with a double, triple, and RBI.  Cord Sandberg (.265) went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.  Joel Fisher went 2-4 with a double, HR (1), and RBI.

Williamsport (24-11) beat the Aberdeen IronBirds 5-1.  Tyler Gilbert (1-1, 2.04) went five, three-hit, shutout innings, striking out six.  Denton Keys got touched for an unearned run in two innings.  Feliberto Sanchez and Robert Tasin (1.93) finished up with one, no-hit inning each.

Zachary Coppola (.343) went 3-5 with 2 RBI.  Venn Biter (.250) went 2-5 with an RBI.  Josh Tobias (.293) went 0-4 with 3 K.  Jose Pujols (.294) went 1-4.  Brendon Hayden (.323) had the night off.  His replacement, Jesus Posso (.275) went 2-4 with a HR and RBI.  Austin Bossart (.365) went 2-4.

GCL Phillies (20-8) postponed, rain.

DSL Phillies (26-22) lost to the DSL Indians 8-6.  Henry Santana (.265) went 3-3 with a triple and 3 RBI.

VSL Phillies (25-35) beat the VSL Cubs 2-0.  Gustavo Armas (3-1, 1.41) pitched six, three hit innings.  Denny Martinez and Luis Gonzalez combined to no hit the Cubc over the final 3 innings.  Gonzalez racked up his 5th save.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • No transactions.
  • Lost in the euphoria of Cole Hamels no-hitter – Miami has closed within 5.5 games for the number 1 pick in the June draft.

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

  1. I see no reason why Altherr shouldn;t be our everyday center fielder next year or even next month.

    1. Herrera seems fine in CF.
      Man alive! He has 20 doubles or so, playing in limited minutes.
      And plays a decent CF for a guy who this time last year was a 2nd baseman.
      A winter in CF in the Ven should make him a plus CFer next season.

  2. He certainly deserves a shot and patience as he seems to be improving as he goes along. That kind of continuing attention to his game could yield our CFer to begin soon since he is already 24. IMO, we haven’t yet seen his best yet.

    Likely he’d come up when the roster is expanded in Sept though I’d love to see him up sooner.

  3. Gustavo Armas in the VSL has been lights out as a starter. The 6’1″ righty has given up zero runs in 7 of his last 9 games. He’s given up 28 hits over his last 50 innings. He has 37 Ks in that stretch but his biggest weakness is the base on balls. He walked 20 batters over those 50 innings. You’re not going to get away with that over the long term but for now he’s pretty impressive overall.

    Buchanon is hitting .400 in AAA. Maybe he can play the OF on 4 of every 5 games and then pitch the 5th. Babe Ruth anyone? I’m just kidding.

  4. Don’t worry, the big club will come back to Earth here soon. Deadline & waiver trades will assure that. I still feel that Hoskins should have some time in AA before the year is out, with Stassi heading to LHV. Look at the pigs lineup, only Altherr is young and sort of a prospect. Kyle Martin is deserving & well capable of playing 1B @ Clearwater right now.

    1. If Tocci keeps his ISO up and his K% down the rest of the season he will make a push to start next year in Reading. However, Quinn will still be there.

      1. I think the most plausible scenario is to keep both at their respective levels and bump them up after 100 ABs or so (assuming they continue to perform). Quinn needs the reps at CF, and Tocci would still be young for High A.

        1. I agree with this, although I think Quinn still has a chance to start in AAA, especially if he makes it back this year early next month.

          I’m getting excited about Tocci now; he’s been on fire the last two weeks or so. I’d love to see what he can do with another offseason of strength training and a move into Reading as his home park.

  5. Kyle Martin is just abusing Sally pitching, needs to be elsewhere… seems like a lot of this year’s draft picks are swinging the bat well right out of the box…
    The college bats are too advanced for rookie ball.

    Another good start for Tyler Gilbert..

      1. It was my first time seeing him, but I was impressed, he seemed to have a good feel and looked at ease out there.

    1. If we are not prepared to move up Hoskins yet, why not have Martin and Hoskins both at CW- they can rotate between 1B and DH every other day. Martin needs to be promoted. I prefer what most have been saying here- move up Martin/Hoskins/Stassi.

      1. DH is already crowded with outfielders Brown, Cozens, Pullin, and Tocci deserving ABs and catchers Astudillo and Numata. That’s 6 players for 4 positions plus DH. Adding Martin and Hoskins to the mix means 2 of these 8 don’t get ABs every game. Someone would have to be promoted. If not Hoskins, then one of the outfielders.

  6. Watson put together a great start finally. Imhof continues to get outs so I’m not sure how good he might be. Martin is way too good for Lwood and Tocci has somehow become a legit hitter. Cozens is killing the ball since his return. Pullin is doing enough that he might have a future. Altherr is waiting for Revere to be traded to get his shot.
    I have to give a shout out to Cole. It was exciting to watch and the possibility that it was his last start is quite a storyline. Traded immediately after a Nono?

    1. Agreed. The Phillies would be out of their minds to start him again before the trade deadline.

      Tocci has been impressive. I’d like to see if he fills out a little more. But when a 19 year old hits at Clearwater and he’s already a plus defender you really do have to take note.

      1. Tip of the hat to ya Cole. Thanks for several great memories!

        How does Bossart look as a receiver/blocker? Looks like he can handle the stick a little bit. Could he end up being more touted that Grullion by the start of next year?

        1. His calling card is actually his defense. For a guy who hasn’t called his own pitches before, the pitchers seem to get in a rhythm with him and trust the fingers he throws down. He does a good job of deadening his body to block balls in the dirt. Very rarely do you get bounces away from him. He’s a strong thrower, generally between 2.05 and 2.10 to second, but I’ve had him as low as 1.95, I believe. He’s thrown out 6 of 16 (.375) which is respectable, especially in a league where very few pitchers know how to properly hold runners. And after Saturday’s start, I had his catcher’s ERA down to 1.91.

          He’s not better than Grullon defensively, and I don’t think he’ll get to that point. And he’s way over his head with the way he’s hitting right now. When his offense normalizes a bit, I think you’ll see a kid who has the potential to some day be a big league backup. He’s already said this is almost a hobby to him. He’s got some pretty legit degree, can’t remember in what, from Penn and he knows that’s more in line with what his future is. But he’s a guy I think who could hang around a bit as an organizational guy who just knows how to help pitchers.

          I wrote something about his defense last week. Pat Borders and the pitchers just rave about how he handles the staff.

  7. I got to see most of lhv last night. Ricky bo was one of the announcer. He thought altheer was a major leaguer now. or real close. the other guy Steve thought he would be up this week. With some trades. One of the interesting things was Ricky bo talking about velo and command. He imo put a different spin on it. The announcer asked him was more important, he said it depends on the pitcher. in his case it was velo. then command, in bucanan case its location. command velo. all pitchers are different. The relief pitcher who came it was throwing gas. but bo said he cant pitch in big leagues with only a fast ball. Altheer homerun was crushed. then he look lost on a breaking ball. but the guy threw him a 98 mph fastball then a slider.

  8. Hopefully altherr is up at end of the week if revere is moved, if not do u replace Dominic brown ?

    1. Depends on who goes you have Revere, Asche, Francoeur, and Brown all looking for time. You need two guys to leave for Altherr to get consistent playing time.

      If he is coming up before September he needs to play everyday or else keep him in LV and let him get more AB’s.

      I think it may be a little early for a callup. I want to see more AB’s in LV.

  9. Cueto is going to the Royals. The package should set the tone for a Hamels trade.

    This from mlbtraderumors

    9:52am: “Industry sentiment” has the Rangers as the favorites for Hamels, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweets. Texas has long-term motivation for acquiring Hamels, the prospects necessary to swing a deal, and the hurler can’t block a trade to the Rangers.

    9:48am: Momentum is building towards a Cole Hamels trade, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets. Offers for the Phillies ace have improved since Hamels’ no-hitter and teams are now asking for less money and offering better players, sources tell Rosenthal.

    At this time, Rosenthal hears (link) that the five teams with the most recent interest in Hamels (in no particular order) are the Cubs, Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees, and Giants. The Red Sox, who are eager to win in 2016, have been connected to Hamels, but they are absent from Rosenthal’s top five.

  10. Well as much as I don’t like asche he has to play to see if he can handle the position. Hererra has to play. trade revere, francour off the bench. Now the question what to do with brown. because of those 6 weeks, and it was discussed in yesterdays game. I think you have to play him the rest of the year. then part ways if he isn’t producing. So really, altheer right now should most likely stay in triple a until sept 1. I think that is the right thing to do.

    1. I would be happy if they did not trade Ben Revere as he is much more productive than any return we could get in a trade and his salary is not a burden. Also, we don’t know how Roman Quinn will rebound from his injury.

      1. Revere’s salary is not a burden ‘yet’, but it will be in 2016. Even more so in 2017. This is the last season we can trade him for any type of decent return.

      1. 4th largest market. with umlimite funds and the worst record in baseball. and the season doesn’t look that bad. Cause the marlins spent some money. your funny

  11. Extremely happy for Cole if indeed it is his last start in a Phillies uniform. I am also extremely happy for my sister-in-law’s 83 year old mom who is the biggest Cole Hamel fan on the planet. She is having a tough time. Undergoing chemo. Yesterday was a gift to all but especially to his biggest fan who never misses a pitch.

  12. Having to watch Brown almost makes me not want to watch. There’s nothing about his game that you can say, OK here’s a plus. Unreliable defensively, terrible baserunner and is nothing more than a weak hitting corner outfielder. With that being said, I do agree with roccom. Keep walking him out there, although I would shut it down with him in September, bring Altherr up then and let him get all of the time in RF. I seriuosly doubt he’s going to suddenly find his power stroke…May has come and gone. When the season’s over they will finally cut ties with Reuben’s messiah

    1. IMO…try to include Brown in a package deal with Paps…who knows another GM may want to gamble on another Jose Bautista resurgence from Brown.

  13. Dave Brundage quotes on Biddle from the Allentown Morning Call:

    Jesse Biddle

    It is five years since the Phillies shocked many with their first-round selection of the Philadelphia native.

    Now 127 games into Biddle’s professional career — the last three with Lehigh Valley — the organization still isn’t sure what to expect.

    “Up and down,” Brundage said. “[Wednesday], he got the job done, but I’d like to see him finish. He didn’t have that killer instinct, that shutdown inning. He gets the first two outs, but couldn’t finish.

    “He needs to finish that inning and the seventh inning. He kind of got passive, a little bit tentative.”

    There have been several instances in Biddle’s minor league career when he’s simply lost his control. He hasn’t been able to consistently throw his fastball for strikes, then let his offspeed pitches play off that. His curveball needs further development, too.

    “He’s young, age-wise,” Brundage said. “But he’s got plenty of starts under his belt.

    “He’s not some spring chicken who doesn’t know how to finish games.”

    1. Jesse Biddle has almost 650 IP in the minors. The old rule of thumb for pitchers in the past was 500 IP as a seasoning aspect to development.
      He is well experienced at the minor league to make the move up…..hopefully the other aspects come around.

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