Box Score Recap – 7/30/2015

Be sure to read to the bottom of the report.  There’s a link to an interview that should be of interest.

GCL Phillies (20-12) lost to the GCL Tigers 1-0 in 10 innings for their 6th straight loss. They are winless since coach Roly de Armas returned from the Pan Am games. Sam McWilliams rebounded from 2 losses (where he gave up 9 ER in 6.1 innings) with a solid 6.0 innings. He gave up 5 hits, a walk, and struck out four. Two of his early base runners were erased by Edgar Cabral on steal attempts. McWilliams was in and around the strike zone, needing only 66 pitches to complete his six innings. His fastball was 88-91, touching 92 on several pitches.

Ismael Cabrera pitched one inning. He registered 2 quick outs and was set to retire the Tigers in order when a routine ground ball to second was booted. Cabrera hit the next batter, before ending the inning with a fly to center. The error cost him 6 additional pitches, 18 total for the inning. Cabrera started out 94-95-95-94 before settling in at 92-93 the rest of the inning on his fastball.

Zach Morris came in and retired his first 5 batters before a two-out walk in the ninth. He extended the inning with his throwing error on a come backer. The Tigers finally pushed a run across in the tenth on a leadoff single, sacrifice, two-out single. I only charted Morris’ first two innings. He threw 26 pitches. For a big guy, his fastball is only 87-89. He threw 4 89 MPH pitches, 3 for balls. All three balls were part of a 6-pitch walk in the ninth.

Cornelius Randolph started in left field and was replaced after 4 innings. Tommy Joseph started at first and was lifted after 2 innings. We all checked twitter to see if he had been traded (haha). CF Juan Luis left the game in the second inning after a collision at second on a successful steal attempt. His replacement Jesus Alastre collapsed in a heap rounding second on his way to third on an errant pickoff attempt at first. After several minutes, he walked it off and remained in the game. Although he looked slower on the bases.

Again the Phillies managed only 5 hits and a walk. They got runners into scoring position in 4 innings but couldn’t come up with the hit that would have ended the game in regulation.

Cornelius Randolph (.278) went 0-2 with a K looking on a pitch that, from my vantage point behind the cage, was off the plate by six inches. Greg Pickett and Lucas Williams each went 1-4. Pickett was rung up twice on pitches similar to the one that got Randolph. I don’t think the ump likes lefties. Jose Antequera (.274) went 2-4 with a double.

Lehigh Valley (47-59) lost to the Scranton RailRiders 3-2.  Cesar Jimenez gave up 3 runs in 3.0 innings and suffered the eventual loss.  Adam Loewen struck out 4 in 2.0 scoreless, hitless innings.  He only allowed on ball put into play as he picked off his only base runner who had reached on a walk.  Loewen struck out the side in the ninth.  Tyler Henson had 3 of the IronPigs 5 hits.  He went 3-5 with 2 doubles and an RBI.  Aaron Altherr (.294) went 0-3 with a walk and 2 K.

Reading (56-49) lost to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4-0.  Mark Leiter turned in a quality start but still took the loss.  He pitched 7.0 innings and gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 6 hits and a walk.  He struck out nine.  Edubray Ramos gave up a run on 3 hits in 1.0 inning of relief, but struck out two.

Kelly Dugan (.315) was back in the leadoff spot.  He went 1-4 with 3 K.  leadoff spot.  J.P. Crawford (.261) went 1-3 with a walk.  Cam Perkins (.266) went 2-4.  Brock Stassi (.316) went 1-3 with a double and a walk.  Brian Pointer went 0-4 with 4 K.  Harold Martinez (.304) went 1-3.  Pointer had an outfield assist.

Clearwater (59-45) rained out in St. Lucie.  Double header against the Mets tomorrow starting at 4:05PM: Ricardo Pinto starts game one; Matt Imhof starts game two.

Lakewood (52-49) lost to the West Virginia Power 7-4.  Austin Davis (2-4, 3.18) gave up 5 runs (4 ER) in 5.0 innings on 6 hits and a walk.  He struck out six and gave up a 2-run HR.  Jason Zgardowski and Manny Martinez got nicked for a run each.  Joey DeNato pitched a scoreless eighth.

Chase Harris finally showed some of the offense he displayed in Clearwater going 2-3 and scoring 2 runs.  Emmanuel Marrero went 2-4 and scored a run.  Herlis Rodriguez (.294) went 1-5.  Scott Kingery (.266) went 1-5 with an RBI.  Kyle Martin (.352) went 1-4 with an RBI.  Cord Sandberg (.257) went 1-4.

Williamsport (25-14) lost to the Lowell Spinners 5-2.  Jose Taveras (2-2, 2.62) gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in 5.1 innings.  Jacob Waguespack (0.00) allowed 1 of 2 inherited runners to score on a sacrifice fly and struck out 4 in 2.2 innings.  Anthony Sequeira (1.37) gave up 2 runs in 1.0 inning.  Mark Laird (.275) went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Josh Tobias (.302) went 1-3.  Jose Pujols (.281) went 2-4.  Brendon Hayden (.320) went 1-4.

DSL Phillies (29-23) beat the DSL Royals 4-3.  Geury Ortiz (2-3, 2.65) survived 8 hits and 3 runs over 7.1 innings.  Jose Nin stranded a runner and picked up his second save.  Henry Santana drove in 3 runs.  Edwin Rodriguez went 3-4.

VSL Phillies (27-37) lost to the VSL Cubs 4-2.  Abdullah Aris pitched 4.0 shutout innings in relief.  Wilman Silva hit his first home run.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • The Phillies activated RHP Aaron Harang from the 15-day disabled list.  He started and beat the Atlanta Braves.  Dang!
  • Papelbon got his first save for Washington in a 1-0 win.  Giles got his second consecutive save in the 4-1 win over the Braves.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Severino Gonzalez on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to July 28, 2015. right bicep strain
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs sent C Tommy Joseph on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
  • RHP Chris Leroux assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to GCL Phillies from Clearwater Threshers.
  • Jesmuel Valentin assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters.  I don’t know if this is a paper move any more.  With the move of Espiritu back to the GCL, the Threshers have 25 players on their roster.  I haven’t seen Valentin working out at the Comlex or with the Threshers.  If he has been, it was a better kept secret than any of the MLB trades that were reported early by electronic media only to be retracted.
  • On the Threshers’ Home Page, Kirsten Karbach interviewed Josh Norris from Baseball America.  Only a bit over 4 minutes; but he talks about Tocci, Pinto, and 3 of the Rangers prospects including Williams and AlfaroLink.

42 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/30/2015

  1. Jim, you mentioned Austin Bossart going 2 – 5 in the game but I don’t see him in the box score. It must have been a leftover from the night before. But it made me take a look at the UPenn product. He is hitting .368/.373/.474 with a .847 OPS. He is 22 but this is a league that’s appropriate for him. He’s only played in 14 games as Gregori Rivero is getting the bulk of the starts at catcher. Bossart looks competent behind the plate throwing out 38.9% of the base stealers with 2 errors and 1 PB. You can never have enough catchers in the organization but I’d like to see him a little more in the lineup.

    1. Yes, that’s from the previous night. I copy the previous day’s report and then edit. It saves me some time, helps me keep the content looking similar from day to day, and prevents me from drifting all over the formatting world. That’s why I sometimes post reports with the same title. It’s not that I don’t know the date (well, actually I don’t) but I forget to edit the title. Thanks for the heads up, I removed the error so that the report won’t be misleading.

  2. a. really would like to know whats up with valentin

    b. get loewen in philly now, what is the hold up

    1. I’ll bet that Loewen is called up the moment it’s official that Jake Diekman is gone. The problem with guys like Loewen, especially on a bad team looking to get young and improve, is that it’s easy to overlook or ignore a guy like that because somewhere in the organization somebody is ready to sacrifice or bypass that player for a younger player that is believed to be the “future” of the organization. That said, it’s foolish not to look at every player on his individual merits – the team’s failure to look seriously at Brandon Moss was a huge mistake – they just blew by him and, in doing so, threw away a good asset that belonged to them. If they think Loewen can be good – and it’s looking more and more like that is the case, he needs to be on the major league team. At worst, he can be flipped at some point for another player.

        1. Grilli was slightly different. The team was stacked with pitchers at that point and they didn’t have anyplace to put him. That said, they may not have taken a hard look at whether Grilli was actually better than some of the guys they currently had (and he was), so you are right at some level.

    2. Supposedly, Dalier’s locker was cleansed out last night–he’s on the 40-man; guess that gets him first look. #FreeLoewen

  3. I think the hold up is the official announcement of the Texas trade. I think he gets called up, as does Altherr, either when Revere gets traded to Toronto, my guess, or September 1.

  4. Ogando before Loewen, he’s on the 40 already. However, Neris is already up in that spot. Diekman’s spot will go to Buchannan.
    Revere, if traded, will allow Altherr to go up and maybe Dugan to LHV also.

  5. Orioles get Parra, so it appears any hope for Revere trade is Toronto. That leaves Altherr in LHV until September. Loewen deserves a shot, but that does not mean that Phils give him one.

      1. probably too much fidgeting and movement – quiet hands is the opposite – completely still and poised to strike at the correct moment.

      2. it is not a good thing. what it means is that he moves his hands around a lot pre-swing. the problem with that is that it can create timing issues. I coach my players to try to keep their hands and body as quiet as possible pre-swing. to do a little load and then fire at the ball.

        1. I always hate when the kids wiggle there bat. I tried to tell them its too much movement. But never heard that term , ty.

    1. If Ruben gets Sean Reid-Foley in the return….they better extend Ruben for another 4 years as the GM.;)

    2. Romus and David to beer leaguer. Phuture gets two season passes to Clearwater games, for jim. Both teams are happy with there return, Reported and confirmed by free aec.

  6. LOL, apparently altherr is staying put for now, Phillies called up danks to fill roster spot….

    I guess they have to secure that first overall pick for next year

    1. So they replace Ben’s lefthand bat with Dank’s lefthand bat.
      You would think they have enough lefties in the OF, Frenchy the lone righty. Unless Ruf is still a fallback.

    2. Altherr has seen his K% shoot back up in AAA. More time in the minors doesn’t seem like the worst thing for his development.

      1. 36 K’s in 151 AB and 14 in the last 11 games with at least 1 K in each of the last 11 games.


        40 K’s in 260 AB’s in Reading.

        Despite what people may think it appears as though pitchers have adjusted to Altherr and at least another month would be in order.

        1. IMO, another 80/90 PAs may not make much of a difference at this point.
          Splitting hairs.
          Better he takes his lumps with MLB pitching in pennant races.
          Not like he is a 21/22-year old future phenom who if rushed, could be damaged.
          He get the same experience in the winter leagues this fall in the Ven.

          1. I think the difference comes down to him playing everyday in LHV versus situational with the Phillies.

            Asche and Herrera will get everyday AB’s with the other spot a rotation between the rest.

            I would like to know why there is the sudden jump in K’s. The pitchers have keyed in on something.

            1. Yes , it would be ideal for him out there every game if called up, however the Phillies probably would not give him that opportunity.

    3. thought they would call up Bogusevic, even though Danks is on the 40 but they should just DFA him.

  7. Sounds like we got Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado for Revere. Seems like a decent haul.

  8. Philadelphia Phillies optioned Jerad Eickhoff to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

    Colton Murray assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.

    Philadelphia Phillies optioned Jorge Alfaro to Reading Fightin Phils.

    Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.

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