Monthly Archives: August 2015

Box Score Recap – 8/30/2015

Lehigh Valley (61-75) held the Syracuse Chiefs to two hits and won 3-1.  Sean O’Sullivan pitched six innings of one-hit ball.  He gave up one run, walked five, and struck out eight. Colton Murray Murray struck out three in two, no-hit innings.  Dustin McGowan allowed one hit and picked up his 14th save.   Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/30/2015

Box Score Recap – 8/29/2015

GCL Phillies (36-24) closed out their season with a 5-0 victory over the GCL Blue Jays. Jorge Alfaro started as the designated hitter after playing the field in short, three-inning stints the previous two games.  He drove an RBI double deep into the left center field gap. Halfway to second base, he began limping, signalling to the bench, and pointing to his thigh.  He immediately walked off the field and was replaced with a pinch runner.  He did not appear to receive any treatment by the trainer and milled about for a couple innings. He even signed a few autographs before leaving with the trainer around the third inning.

Cornelius Randolph was not in the line up again.  He hasn’t been on the field since the seventh inning of Thursday’s game when he gave way to a defensive replacement in the bottom of the inning.  Randolph had tripled and scored on a sac fly before leaving the game.  I spoke with “C” as he and Reggie Wilson walked to the team bus.  He has been kept out of the line up as a precaution.  His shoulder was a little tender after the slide at the end of that triple.  He feels fine and will be ready for Instructs next month.

Wilson said he was signed to a 2016 contract because the Phillies had 10 outfielders at the Complex when he was drafted.  I would assume the same applied to Ben Pelletier. By the time they signed and the roster for Williamsport was set, there were still six outfielders in Clearwater (Alastre, Luis, Martelo, Pickett, Randolph, and Reyes) and not enough innings or at bats to go around. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/29/2015

Box Score Recap – 8/28/2015

GCL Phillies (35-24) lost to the GCL Blue Jays7-4.  Adonis Medina gave up four runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings.  He walked two and struck out six.  Kevin Walsh stranded two inherited runners but couldn’t recover from a fielding error the following inning and gave up two unearned runs.  Will Stewart came in with the bases loaded and stranded all three runners.  Ryne Frankoff struck out two in the final inning.

The Phillies scored a run in the fifth on Jonathan Arauz’ RBI single.  They added three late runs in the eighth inning on Luke Williams’ RBI double, Juan Luis’ sac fly, and a fielding error. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/28/2015

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Lehigh Valley split their doubleheader last night in Scranton and have won five of their last seven games.  Sitting at 60-73 and in 4th place of the Northern Division of the International League, the ‘Pigs are 14 games back of divison leading Scranton and have been eliminated from playoff contention.  After a final game in Scranton tonight, the ‘Pigs travel to Syracuse for three games and Pawtucket for three before a final four game home stand over Labor Day weekend to end the season. This will be the last “in season” Lehigh Valley weekly report.  Look for a report reviewing the season between September 8th and 10th.

News and Notes: INF Chase D’Arnaud has hit safely in his last 9 games (.368) and is batting .306 over his last 46 games.  He has been an offensive catalyst for Lehigh Valley in the second half of the season and leads the team with 38 multi hit games.

–Over the last 22 games, OF Brian Bogusevic is hitting .368 with 6HR and 18RBI to go along with 5SB.  Absent one down period, Bogusevic has been consistently outstanding this season.

–1B Tommy Joseph has a modest 4 game hitting streak after early struggles coming off the DL.

–Over his last 3 starts, Severino Gonzalez has a 2.81ERA. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Box Score Recap – 8/27/2015

The biggest news today will probably be C Jorge Alfaro made his first appearance since joining the Phillies organization as a key piece of the Colbert Hamels trade.  Alfaro hadn’t played since June 12th when he was lifted for a pinch runner and limped from the field. He was diagnosed with a “significant left ankle injury” and the Rangers were resigned to his being “out for some meaningful time”, possibly the rest of the season. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/27/2015

Box Score Recap – 8/26/2015

GCL Phillies (34-23) were officially eliminated from the playoffs before the first pitch of their game against the Pirates when the Blue Jays won the first game of a double header versus the Yankees1 this morning.

Bailey Falter (3.45) pitched five solid innings in his start against the Pirates.  He allowed lead off singles in each of the first three innings and pitched out of the difficulty all three times. Those were the only three base runners Falter allowed.   Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/26/2015

Box Score Recap – 8/25/2015

Clearwater (73-56) lost to the Daytona Tortugas 2-0.  John Richy pitched well in his Clearwater debut.  In seven innings, he allowed only  six base runners on four hits, a walk, and a hit batter.  He struck out three.  The only trouble he seemed to have was on the two errors he committed on pickoff throws to first.  Let’s hope that is something that will get better as he gains familiarity with Rhys Hoskins at first.  He showed a high 80s fastball and looked good overall.  Yacksel Rios didn’t.  He allowd the first batters to reach in both of his innings and couldn’t prevent them from scoring.  A game that moved along at a decent pace bogged down with Rios on the mound.  He gave up two hits and a walk.  The only stolen base came with him on the mound. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/25/2015

Box Score Recap – 8/24/2015

Clearwater (73-55) beat the Daytona Tortugas 2-0 behind a strong effort from Mark Leiter (6-1, 2.04). Leiter threw four-hit ball for six innings.  He pitched with base runners in five of six innings, and twice faced situations where the Tortugas put their first two men on base. But Leiter induced two double plays or came up with a key strike out to avoid damage from any threats.  He generated a lot of weak contact.  Daytona popped up to infielders four times and into the shallow outfield on two other occasions.  Cody Forsythe came in and struck out two in his one inning.  Alberto Tirado loaded the bases on two walks and  HBP in his one inning.  Ulises Joaquin picked up his 16th save.  In all, the three relievers pitched three no-hit , shutout innings. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/24/2015

Open Discussion: Week of August 24th

Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.

  • “How ’bout dem Phils!”  After Sunday’s win they are 21-12 since the All Star break.  Their “Kiddie Korps” Morgan, Eickhoff, Araujo, and Nola have collected their last four wins.
  • The Phillies have seen Colorado drop into the lead for the #1 pick in the draft.  What once was a 2 or 3 team race has become a 7 team race.  And, lets face it, with so many games against the NL East remaining, the Phillies face the weakest strength of schedule of the contenders for the top pick.  It is conceivable that they drop out of the top three.
  • Since being activated by the Nationals on July 29th, Jonathan Papelbon has made 7 appearances games.  He is 3 for 3 in save situations.  In the same span, Ken Giles has 11 appearances and is 10 for 10 in save situations.
  • Aaron Altherr.  Good start after the recall.
  • ICYMI, I saw Jorge Alfaro take some swings against a rehabbing minor league pitcher in a sim inning.  Wow!  Crushed a home run over the left field fence into the handicapped/coaches parking lot at the Complex.  Just missed Roly de Armas’ car.  And he’s big, like Kyle Schwarber big.
  • I heard that the Phillies intend to stretch out Clearwater reliever Alexis Rivero as a starter during Instructs.
  • Carlos Tocci turned 20 Sunday.  I took him out for a beer, and I drank his. jk
  • Jerad Eickhoff.  Great start.  Ditto Aaron Nola.
  • Look at all the guys we’re talking about right now.  And have been talking about for months. Who is responsible for their acquisition?  I know several readers feel that there have been “fire-able” offenses committed.  But the fact of the matter is the firing didn’t take place when the offenses were committed.  And, in a world where “What have you done lately” matters most, can you see that the firing that most wish to see, may not happen?  Hmmm.  (And, technically, I guess it would be a “non-rehiring”.)