Box Score Recap – 8/3/2015

Lehigh Valley (49-61) beat the Toledo Mud Hens 10-8 in 11 innings.  New guy Alec Asher started and gave up 4 runs in 6 innings on 9 hits.  No walks but 2 HR.  Dustin McGowan blew the save giving up the other 4 Hens’ runs (3 ER) in 1 inning.  Nefi Ogando pitched 2 scoreless innings and Cesar Jimenez a perfect 10th inning for the win.  Adam “the Thrill” Loewen picked up his 10th save by going BB, K, BB, BB, K, K, in the 11th inning.

Eric Kratz led the 15 hit/8 BB  attack with 2 HR including a game-tying 2-run shot in the 8th inning.  Brian Bogusevic broke the tie with an RBI single in the 11th.  Chase Utley did not play.

Aaron Altherr (.301) went 2-5 with a double and BBs.  Kelly Dugan went 1-5 with 2 RBI and a BB.  Kratz went 2-3 with 2 HR (2), 2 BB, and 4 RBI.  Tyler Henson, Chase d’Arnaud, Bogusevic had multi-hit games.  Bogusevic had 2 RBI and stole his 20th base.

Reading (58-50) No game scheduled.

Clearwater (60-48) No game scheduled.

Lakewood (54-51) beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 8-6 in 11 innings.  Tyler Viza gave up 5 runs (only 3 ER) in 6 innings on 4 hits, 1 BB, and 1 HBP.  Jairo Munoz threw 2 shutout innings for the win.  Joey DeNato picked up his 7th save.

The BlueClaws put together a 17-hit attack that included 3 HR.  The Claws tied the game with 2 runs on 4 singles in ninth, and went ahead on a Joel Fisher HR in the 11th.

Cord Sandberg (.260) went 2-3 with 2 BB.  Herlis Rodriguez (.295) went 1-5 with a HR (9), BB, and 2 RBI.  Scott Kingery (.250) went 0-6.  Damek Tomscha (.268) went 4-5 with 2 doubles and an RBI.  Jiandido Tromp went 3-6 with a double, HR (5), and 2 RBI.  Joel Fisher went 1-6 with a HR (3) and 2 RBI.  Kyle Martin (.326) went 1-3

Williamsport (28-15) beat the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 10-4.  Alejandro Arteaga (4-0, 3.07) He went 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP.  Andrew Godail and Skylar Hunter threw 2 shutout innings apiece.

The Crosscutters amassed a 17-hit attack.  Every batter got a t least one hit.

Zachary Coppola (.313) went 1-6 with an RBI.  Mark Laird (.292) went 2-4 with 2 BB.  Josh Tobias (.314) went 3-6 with a double and 2 RBI.  Jose Pujols (.276) went 1-5 with a double and RBI.  Brendon Hayden (.322) went went 1-4 with a BB and RBI.  Jan Hernandez went 1-5 with 2 RBI.  Carlos Duran went 3-5 with an RBI.  Gregori Rivero went 2-5 with an RBI.  Dylan Bosheere went 3-5 with an RBI.  Duran had an outfield assist.

GCL Phillies (21-12) Postponed, rain.  Flooding in neighborhoods in Pasco, Hillsborough, and Pinellas counties.  Not unexpected when you get as much rain as we’ve had lately in the nation’s flattest state.  Clearwater is in Pinellas County.  For those of you familiar with the area, I heard that Gulf to Bay was closed at McMullen Booth due to water.  For those of you not familiar, Gulf to Bay is the road to the Causeway that crosses the bay to Tampa.

DSL Phillies (31-24) lost to the DSL Rays 3-0.  Starter Randy Alcantara (2.40) held thr Rays to two hits over 5 innings.  However the Phillies only managed 2 hits over 9 innings.

VSL Phillies (29-38) beat the VSL Cubs 9-5.  Miguelangel Bastidas (2.70) was charged with all 5 runs, but only one was earned.  Tanis Lara (1-3, 5.06) got his first win.  Abdallah Aris (1.07) pitched 2 innings of 1-hit ball.  Leadoff man Damasco Gonzalez went 4-5 with 2 doubles and 5 RBI.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs released RHP Juan Gutierrez.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP Jerad Eickhoff.
  • MLB reports that the Chicago Cubs have recalled Matt Szczur (pronounced Caeser) from the Iowa Cubs.  For those of you in the Philadelphia area, Szczur led Villanova to the NCAA Division I National Footbal  Title in 2009.  Then, several weeks later, donated peripheral blood cells to a young leukemia patient who had a 1-in-80,000 chance of finding a match.  Sorry.  Everytime I see his name I remember this and root for him.  I think he’s from one of the South Jersey shore communities.
  • BTW, as a follow up to the Arizona Fall League rules I posted as a reply in yesterday’s Report as an answer to questions – I believe that they have relaxed the restrictions somewhat and may allow a second Advanced A player in some cases.
  • In 2013, the Phillies sent – Pitchers: Ken Giles (CLR), Mike Nesseth (REA/lhv), Kyle Simon (REA), and Austin Wright (REA); as well as C Cameron Rupp (rea/LHV and Sept. call-up to the Phillies), OF Aaron Altherr (CLR), and OF Kelly Dugan (REA).  Dugan never reported due to injury and was replaced by OF Cameron Perkins (CLR).  Simon also played in the AZFL in 2012.  Furthermore Nesseth, Simon, and Wright are all in Indy ball as of July 20-22.
  • In 2014, the Phillies sent – Pitchers: Adam Morgan (REA, DL all season), Colton Murray (clr/REA). Ryan O’Sullivan (REA), Nefi Ogando (REA), and Ethan Stewart (CLR); and C Logan Moore (clr/REA) and CF Roman Quinn (CLR).

53 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/3/2015

  1. I heard that Asher FB was about 94 but straight he will give up hr or 2. He also has the best delivery nice and easy. Kratz must being in Pennsylvania he hits hr well here. Lakewood and Williamsport are hitting wow, H Rod still showing some power moving up the prospect board. Sandberg batting leadoff 2 balls and 2 hits.

  2. Mayorga is a jack of all trades. He played an inning or two at 3B. He’s been a catcher who the Phils move around from level to level. In his Phil’s minor league career, he’s played C, 1B, 2B, 3B, corner OF. Just SS and pitcher is left. Remind anyone of Tim Kennelly?

    Cord Sandberg goes back on my “Do Not Release” list. He hasn’t been spectacular but he seems to be making adjustments that let’s him hang around.

    I must have struck a nerve yesterday in my post about the bottom of the LKW order. Grullon, Tromp and Fisher went 6 for 12 with 2 runs scored, a DBl, 2 HRs and 5 RBIs. Okay.. let me try this again. You bunch of sacks of flaming crap. You don’t deserve to be selling hot dogs at the stadium. Now let’s see if the hitting continues.

    A small shout out to Mike Hessman from the Toledo Mudhens who hit a grand slam against LHV last night. He broke the all time HR record for minor leaguers with his 433rd HR. 433 minor league HRs, holy cow! He hit 14 HRs in the Majors and hit some in Japan. He’ll be ready for social security shortly…

      1. Wow that is pretty impressive. I just looked at his player page on MILB, he has to have the record for Ks as well, with an unbelievable 2,347!

  3. With all the rainouts in the GCL, I think they should move Cornelius Randolph up to Williamsport or Lakewood, to make sure he gets consistent at-bats until the end of the year.

    1. That’s a very good idea Anon. He has advanced hitting skills and he can learn to play LF anywhere (except the big leagues). But he just might bring the rain with him. Can PA withstand that kind of rain?

  4. Josh Tobias might need a late season promotion.

    Altherr just keeps putting work in…

    Old man kratz having some fun

    1. Tobias was the 3rd highest BA ranked player the Phillies drafted. Initially I thought he may get unfairly held back behind Kinergy, because they both play 2nd base, but I see that Tobias also played 3rd base in college. They may be able to jump Tobias to a more challenging level next year, if they move him to 3rd base.

      1. He shouldn’t be in Williamsport. Pat Borders even said in his post game the other night that his bat is probably too advanced for this league. But Kingery is a road block right now and he’s got a lot of work to do at second base. He’s getting better defensively, but his value is tied to him being at second. They’re not going to play him every day at second for a month just to move him back to third to go to a higher level. I don’t see him going anywhere, especially with the Cutters in a playoff push. We’ve just about reached the point where they’d rather keep guys in the mix of a playoff run for that experience than move them up a level. I think what you see in Williamsport right now is maybe what you’ll see the rest of the year. They have available roster spots, so an addition or two from the GCL isn’t out of the question either.

  5. Hessman needs to write an autobiography. I would absolutely love to read 300 pages of his stories

  6. JimP…thanks for the update on the AFL……maybe all three will go…Hoskins, Cozens (going home for him) and Pullin.
    And stay dry and above water.

    1. I guess Dugan could still go since he never reported previously. If that’s the case I could see Dugan, Cozens, Knapp, Biddle, Windle, and another random pitcher like Hoby Milner or something. If they can take another A player I could see Hoskins or Aaron Brown.

      1. Normally MLB teams will not send their top pitching prospects to the AFL, but their best positional players….in Biddle’s case he may be sent just to get things ironed out in command and control issues.

            1. He has said in interviews that his problem is overthinking, that he thinks too much.

              You can see when he gets out of kilter on the mound. His mind starts overthinking and he lets little things affect him.

            2. I’m sure the mental aspect plays a part, but if Biddle’s sole problem was overthinking, I can’t imagine why the org would have completely reworked his arsenal over the past few years.

            3. 18. Jesse Biddle, LHP, Lehigh Valley
              Age: 23
              Stats: 19 GS 100.2 IP 4.20 ERA 50 BB 74 K
              What Happened: It has been a slow transition year for Biddle as the Phillies have slowly remade him into a different pitcher than the player that topped the system in past years. Gone is the slow loopy curveball, gone is the high fastball, and gone is the strikeout approach. Now there is a two seam fastball, an above average slider, more conservative use of a tighter curveball, an improved changeup, and lots of balls in the bottom of the zone. There have been a lot of bumps in the road — the changeup has come slowly, his command has not always been there (though he is missing low and not high now), and he is throwing strikes with not always sharp stuff.
              What Next: The stuff has been there more in his later outings, but not all at once, and rarely with any command. If he can get it all together he can still be a mid rotation starter, but more likely he is a back end starter with frustrating results. They could try him in the bullpen but it is unlikely that his stuff will be much improved in short bursts.
              Preseason Ranking: 6
              ETA: 2015


          1. According to Tom Housenick, the Iron Pigs beat writer for the Morning Call, It’s all mental with Biddle right now.

        1. Biddle isn’t really a top guy anymore. i think a trip to the AFL could really benefit him; if he dominates down there he has a chance to really alter the perception around him.

        2. Yes I agree. That’s why I was thinking Biddle maybe a candidate but they may want him to just clear his head if he ends the season in LV on a positive note. Windle just to get him some more innings since he’s been moved to the bullpen and Milner as just a throw in because they always seem to do that.

          They have seemed more willing to send relief prospects in the past but rarely ever starters unless they’ve missed time that year or there is something specific they want them to work on.

      2. I wondered if they would consider sending Stassi since he’s having a big year. Windle sounds like a good pitcher to send. Biddle I am interested to see if they would send him or not. He’s hard to figure out, I know in his last start which was shaky again at times, the LV announcers were talking about how he’s been struggling with the curve at times but the slider is working for him. He still runs too many 3 ball and full counts imo and 19 walks is disturbing, so working on that in the AFL might be good for him.

        1. what about the new guys they just traded for, anyone know if any were sent to the AFL previously? Might they consider a few of them?

          1. None from what I can determine have been sent to the AFL before…Asher and Eickhoff would be the two most likely and neither of them have been sent. So as pitchers go, they could go.

            1. Asher seems to make the most sense since he is Rule 5 eligible in December, since Eickhoff is already on the 40 man.

        2. Yeah, he does run too many deep counts, and the walks are too many, But imo, he’s holding his own in triple a. Btw, I read in the morning call that Biddle said after the game that his curve ball was good for most of the game, and he threw it for strikes. He said the only curve ball he got hurt on was the two-run homerun.

    1. I wonder if the Cubs take a flyer on Chase Utley…they would include Szczur in a return deal…maybe with a younger lottery ticket prospect.
      That would be nice to see him play at home. The Wildcat Nation would purr.

      1. Although Szczur is no longer really considered a prospect, I don’t think Utley would bring anything in return.

        Would be fun to have him here though… I wonder if he’s regretting not playing football. He would have certainly been a 3-5th round guy and could have ended up as a Wes Welker / Julian Edelman type. I have a friend who knows the guy personally, and I think he went baseball because it was the “safe” move (and the fact the cubs gave him a nice signing bonus), but his heart was always in football.

  7. Love that Sandberg is hitting first with Lakewood. The extra ABs will benefit him over the course of the season. Much needed development time.

    Tromp with a 3-hit night to boost his avg to .189.

  8. Eickhoff, Thompson, Leibrandt and Kilome all on the bump tonight … hopefully we’ll be seeing lots of zeros in the opponents’ box scores!

    Any idea of whether Kilome will be on a pitch/inning limit again?

    1. Eickhoff and Thompson did not disappoint…one or both likely big club rotation pick ups for 2016 and 17, respectively.

    1. rocco…though SSS, have to be excited about HSer Fanti…19 batters faced so far and 11 Ks, no BBs, 3Hs.—-WHIP<1

      1. Romus I read about this kid. He had two no hitters and went into the fifth on t he third game , I believe before giving up a hit. But I just don’t know how good the competition is in new York where he played. I thought I read he was about 88 mph. The strikeouts so far are impressive to me. I know its a small sample. but we need to hit on a pitcher.

        1. rocco….also right from the backyard of the Mets and Yankees in Suffolk Cty, Long Island. MattWinks had him in the high 80s velo T 91 I think in an earlier write up after the draft in June.

          1. MattWinks report from June 2015:
            “Nick Fanti was the Phillies 31st round pick out of Hauppauge HS (NY), he is a 6’2″ left handed pitcher with some amount of projection left. This season he was in the mid 80s with life (though some sources have him 88-89 in May), writeups say he throws a curveball and changeup with the curve showing more potential. He threw back to back no hitters this spring. On the season he had a 0.67 ERA over 52 innings with 14 hits, 19 walks, and 87 strikeouts. I love signing projectable left handed arms, the velocity needed is not that large to be a decent prospect and there just aren’t that many of them. Fanti has the added bonus of being a low mileage arm from the Northeast so there is a chance a bit more untapped upside. His signing bonus is unknown.”

    1. I was only kidding I know Roccom likes the Velo of pitchers . I wonder how fast was the fastest knuckle ?

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