Box Score Recap – 8/8/2015

Clearwater (63-50) split a pair with the Tampa Yankees, losing 5-3 and winning 1-0.

Game One. Yacksel Rios (2.59) started in place of Brandon Leibrandt who went on the DL on August 6th. Rios pitched well the first time through the line up, allowing only a bloop double in the first three innings. The offense had forged a 3-0 lead when Rios took the mound to start the fourth inning. With one out, Tampa made hard contact on three successive batters to plate two runs. Rios settled down picking off a runner after a lead off walk in the fifth and inducing a pop up before racking up his third and final strike out.

Coach Legg sent Rios back out for the sixth, and he got an easy come backer for the first out. But after a sharp single to center, Rios was lifted in favor of Ethan Stewart who walked the left-handed batter he was brought in to face on 5 pitches. Legg pulled Stewart in favor of Ulises Joaquin to pick up the five-out save.  Unfortunately, 3 singles later the Yankees led 5-3. Joaquin allowed 2 inherited runners to score.

The Threshers built their lead with 2 runs in the second. Rhys Hoskins reached on an error and scored on on Dylan Cozens double to right. Willians Astudillo sacrificed him over to third, and Aaron Brown brought him home with a sacrifice fly. They tacked on a third run in the fourth. Hoskins lined a one-out single to center. After Cozens walked, Astudillo singled to load the bases. Hoskins scored on Brown’s walk. Mitch Walding and Derek Campbell struck out to end the opportunity.

Rios’ line – 5.1 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Joaquin’s line 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.

Rhys Hoskins (.310) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored. Dylan Cozens (.278) went 1-2 with a double, walk, and RBI. Willians Astudillo (.317) went 2-2. Aaron Brown (.245) went 1-1 with 2 RBI and a walk.

Game Two. Recently returned Mark Leiter (4-1, 1.81) started the second game and picked up where he left off before his promotion to Reading. He threw six innings of four-hit ball. He walked three, struck out four, and picked off a base runner. Miguel Nunez (3.30) picked up his third save with a perfect ninth.

Hoskins and Cozens supplied Leiter and Nunez with the only run they would need in the fourth. Hoskins doubled to left and scored on Cozens’ single to center. In the bottom of the inning, the Yankees’ Dustin Fowler led off with a triple to center. After a fly out to shallow center, Leiter semi-intentionally walked the next batter to set up a 3-6-3 double play to strand the runner. For those of you in the Philadelphia area, a 3-6-3 double play is a double play started by the first baseman when he fields a batted ball and throws accurately to the shortstop at second before returning to the first base bag to receive the throw from the shortstop to complete the double play. You might not have seen the home team pull that off in over a decade. (tic)

Leiter’s line – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. Nunez’ line – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.

The Threshers managed only 5 hits. Hoskins (.311) went 1-3 with a double and run scored. Cozens (.279) went 1-3 with an RBI. Brown (.246) went 1-3 with a double. Mitch Walding went 1-3. Jessie Valentin went 1-2 with a HBP.

Lehigh Valley (52-63) beat the Columbus Clippers 12-0.  Alec Asher (1-0, 2.77) threw seven shutout innings.  He allowed 3 hits and walked two.  Asher benefitted from a 15-hit attack that generated two, five-run innings.  The IronPigs also worked 9 walks.  Every player in the line up got at least one hit.

Tyler Henson hit his second HR and drove in 4 runs.  Brian Bogusevic had a double, 2 RBI, and 3 walks.  Aaron Altherr (.289) went 1-6 with an RBI.  Kelly Dugan (.242) went 2-6 with a double.  Chris McGuinness and Logan Moore each drove in 2 runs.

Reading (63-50) walked off again agaimst the New Britain Rock Cats 9-6 when they scored 5 runs in the bottom of the ninth.  Zach Eflin (3.67) gave up 7 hits and 4 runs in three innings.  Ethan Martin (5.08) gave up a single run on 2 hits and 2 walks.  Edubray Ramos (1.74) pitched a one-hit eighth.  Reinier Roibal (3-1, 2.06) gave up an unearned run in the ninth, but got the win as the beneficiary of the outburst in the bottom of the inning.

Nick Williams (.435) went 3-5.  J.P. Crawford (.251) went 0-4 with a walk.  Cam Perkins (.264) went 1-4 with a double and RBI (49).  Brock Stassi (.312) went 4-5 with 3 runs scored, a HR (11), and 3 RBI (74).  Andrew Knapp (.392) went 3-5 with a HR (5) and 3 RBI (39).  Destin Hood (.306) went 2-4 with an RBI (37).  The Phils drew 9 walks after waiting out 8 free passes the night before.  Williams threw out a runner at the plate.

Lakewood (57-53) won in a walkoff, beating the Hickory Crawdads 4-1 in 18 innings on Cord Sandberg’s third home run of the season.  Will Morris (2.01) went eight innings.  He gave up the Crawdads’ only run on 4 hits and a walk.  Joey Denato (1.49) , Manny Martinez (2.93) , Scott Harris (4.68) , and John Zgardwoski (2-1, 3.60) combined to two-hit Hickory for ten innings.  They allowed 3 walks and struck out seven. Jay-Zee got the win.

The BlueClaws pounded out 14 hits, but they came over 18 innings, so that’s like two seven-hit games.  Herlis Rodriguez (.299) went 2-6 with an RBI.  Scott Kingery (.248) went 2-8 with a double.  Kyle Martin (.298) went 2-6 with a triple and 2 walks.  Damek Tomscha (.268) went 3-7 with 3 K.  Cord Sandberg (.258) went 1-8 with the game winning, walkoff HR (3), and 3 RBI.  Martin stole his first base.  Denato picked off a runner.

Williamsport (30-18) lost tothe Auburn Doubledays 8-7.  Luke Leftwich gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in 4 innings.  Luis Morales gave up a run on 3 hits in 2 innings.  After the Cutters fought back to tie, Skylar Hunter (2-2, 5.14) gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in the seventh inning.  Denton Keys struck out the side in the eighth.  The Cutters rallied again in the top of the ninth but fell one run short.

Zachary Coppola (.304) went 1-5.  Venn Biter went 1-3 with a triple, walk, and 2 RBI.  Jan Hernandez (.212) went 2-4 with a HR (7) and 2 RBI.  Dylan Bosheers went 3-4.  Mark Laird, Josh Tobias, and Jose Pujols were not in the line up.  Eight Cutters were selected for the All Star game (listed below).

GCL Phillies (26-13) beat the GCL Blue Jays 4-2.  Lewis Alezones (0.90) threw four, no-hit innings.  He walked three and struck out four.  Nick Fanti (2.57) retired five consecutive Jays before being relieved after a single and a walk.  Zach Morris (4-1, 3.14) came in and wild pitched the 2 inherited runners into scoring position, walked the batter, and gave up a two-run single allowing the 2 inherited runners to score.  Of course, he got the win.  He did strike out three of the four outs he recorded.  Gandy Stubblefield recorded one out and had two runners on base when the game was called due to rain.  He picked up his 6th save.

Tommy Joseph started at first and went 1-2 with 2 walks and an RBI.  Jose Antequera (.292) went 1-2 with 3 runs scored, and 2 walks.  Cornelius Randolph (.270) went 1-3 with a walk.  Luis Encarnacion (.262) went 1-3 with 2 RBI.  Lucas Williams (.308) 0-3 with a walk.

DSL Phillies (33-27) beat the DSL Astros Blue 5-3 in 12 innings.  Jan Guerrero hit his 2hd HR.  Ronaldo Marrero went 4-5 with 2 doubles.  Anderson Nunez (0.29)picked up his 2nd win with 4.1, no-hit innings.  Steiner Carmona (1.69) picked up his 5th save.

VSL Phillies (30-40) Cancelled, rain.

Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • RHP Mark Leiter assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • OF Zachary Coppola assigned to NYP South All-Stars.
  • RHP Mitch Gueller assigned to NYP South All-Stars.
  • RHP Alejandro Arteaga assigned to NYP South All-Stars.
  • RHP Robert Tasin assigned to NYP South All-Stars.
  • DH Mark Laird assigned to NYP South All-Stars.
  • 1B Brendon Hayden assigned to NYP South All-Stars.
  • C Austin Bossart assigned to NYP South All-Stars.
  • 2B Josh Tobias assigned to NYP South All-Stars.

69 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/8/2015

  1. that’s cold about the phillies current first baseman, but true.

    nice to see Bosheers showing some life- he’s 9 for last 19 after being at .079 a week ago

  2. Romus I Figured it out last night. if we all chip in 1249.99. we can get jim a new car. season tickets and food for next year.

  3. Though many of the national pundits list Knapp as not having much power….so far in 414 PAs he has 31 doubles, 5 triples (whoa, for a catcher no less) and 7 HRs., with an OPS of.857. Though his BABIP is probably not sustainable, but overall, enjoyable as it lasts so far.

    1. Romus The only problem I see is this. According to people who know a lot more than me . reading is a hitters park. I Love to see what this kid will do at lhv. But also if he cant catch, and doesn’t project power. where do you play him in majors? Romus one other thing for 220 dollars extra we can get jim leather seats.

  4. Knapp is really dialed in … among players with at least 130 PA in the Eastern League, he leads in OPS (1.080) and wOBA (.477) and has the second best ISO (.264). The BABIP is too high to sustain, but he has better looking BB/K rates than I thought (7.9/17.3, comparable to his career numbers with a lower K rate). A bat like this behind the plate would be HUGE for the system … I hope they are patient in allowing him every opportunity to develop his defensive skills at C with Alfaro coming in next year.

    1. That Oct ’13 TJ surgery, really slowed his development in 2014, especially the first three months of the season. And his arm was his highest rated defensive catching metric in 2013’s draft .I like to think what if he never had the surgery, where would he be at this point, but…..
      His bat surely plays well.
      What is his ISO combining both CLW and Reading?


      1. His ISO is .166 between Clearwater and Reading. Is the arm the issue defensively? It seems more like a footwork and receiving skills problem than anything else. (All of which can be improved upon with repetition, hopefully).

      2. I wonder if not being able to throw because of the TJ helped his bat. I know he wasn’t able to swing a bat for the most part. But he was probably able to swing a bat way before throw, so the extra work may have really helped.

  5. Two walk off homers and a 12-0 win in the same night? Outstanding! Asher with a great start too. Good stuff.
    A need for more Herrera talk? Omg, what a game he had. Also Utley should get us another “b” prospect soon.

          1. Puk has the one redeeming quality…he is LHP and the Phillies future right now is virtually all RHPs….not sure Biddle or Windle are the answer right now.
            Though Hansen definitely has the size and skills to be a top of the rotation guy as a RHP.

            1. I wouldn’t be too concerned or worried about Biddle right now. He’s been working on his 2-seamer, slider and changeup practically the whole season. Their have been a few games at Reading this year, where Biddle was quoted as saying he was pretty much throwing all sinkers and sliders the whole game. He was also quoted by saying that he needs to throw more strikes and be consistant. which he’s working on the hardest.

            2. My reference to Biddle and Windle was not that I doubt they will not make the majors, but point was…..are they capable of being the ‘ace’ of the staff, the opening day starter.
              I am pretty confident Jesse Biddle will pitch in the majors, but will he surpass Nola as the number one?
              AJ Puk is being scouted now as a potential number one on a staff.

            3. Oh. I misunderstood. Sorry Romus. My bad. I think at this point Jesse is a mid rotation starter, and if it all comes together, could be a good number 2.

            4. Matt Winkelman ‏@Matt_Winkelman Aug 7
              I haven’t watched this Biddle start, but he is a true 4 pitch guy with a 5th pitch if you split the fastballs, each start is a learning…

              Matt Winkelman ‏@Matt_Winkelman Aug 7
              …experience and they forcing him to use different pitches. They will limit the breaking balls, force two seamers.

              Matt Winkelman ‏@Matt_Winkelman Aug 7
              I don’t know what Biddle using the whole arsenal looks like, but there is potentially 4 average to above average pitches there


              That explains a lot.

            5. Good points By Matt and you, David. That’s why you can’t judge Jesse by a box score. He’s got 3 plus pitches-(4-seamer, changeup, and slider). His curve is a plus pitch, but has the potential to be a double plus pitch. His 2-seamer is average right now.

            6. Well lets hope he gets it all together with all his pitches.
              Next month I would expect the Phillies to call him up and let him pitch in a few games.

    1. Yankees will get swept today by the Jays…their 2nd base offensive output is one of the lowest in the AL….maybe Cashman may come calling for Utley.
      One of their hot prospects before this year was LHP Ian Clarkin but he has been hurt all season…..maybe take a flier on him and maybe also a lower level guy like RHP Drew Finley. Cashman could bite on it.

  6. Jim – another thank you. Your efforts here are most appreciated. I look forward to your daily reports and cherish the select game highlights. You really do a tremendous job for us phans. Again, thank you.

  7. After an April K rate flirting with 30% and an otherwise less than inspiring first three months at Clearwater, Knapp has been an absolute monster during his nearly 2 months at Reading. I’m still not sure what to think of him as a prospect though. If I were updating my prospect list today, I would probably have him just inside my top 20 (he was just outside my top 20 coming into the season).

    Cozens was looking like my biggest over reach during the reading ranking exercise. I had him at no. 7 which was more a testament to the state of the pharm at that point. Randolph plus no less than 4 inbound players from trades push Cozens outside of my top 10, but I’m still encouraged by his season. Getting his first taste of advanced A ball, Cozens will easily post his best K rate of his professional career. I think his age often gets lost in evaluations from time to time. He’ll get his first ABs at Reading next year as a 21 yr old where he can potentially put up a monster season. My suggestion? Don’t worry about the absence of in-game power. It’s there, and it’s very real

  8. Thanks Jim, as always phenomal job recapping. Just wondering if anyone heard anything on an Alfaro return? I’m looking forward to seeing this kid play.

      1. Alfaro may be eligible for the AFL.
        He is Colombian, and not sure they have a winter baseball league, as opposed to Ven, DR and Mexico, and players born in those countries.. Technically, it is your native country, I think..

  9. Good lines by Asher, leitee, Morris.. Eickhoff goes today..

    Reading lineup is just filthy..

    Hoskins 3-6, dbl 2 rbi
    Nick Williams is wow.

    Knapp shouldn’t be in Alfaro way if Knapp is in LHV, while Alfaro starts at reading.

    Odubal !!

  10. Most used phrases used in minor leagues.. ( annoying LOL)

    – BABIT
    – SSS
    – Sustainable
    – Unsustainable
    -age appropriate
    – suspect

    Add some you like or hate…

      1. Romus my favorite TOOLSY. romus you know poor jim has to deliver pizza to pay for his tickets. i heard he has to deliver on a bike, and you wont buy him a car. shame shame

        1. rocco….I thought it was a collective undertaking by all posters….did not realize I was ‘Trumping’ it all.

        2. You know, guys, a Threshers’ season ticket is one of the best entertainment values down here. I paid $260 per ticket for 70 home games, free parking ($2 value x 70), free admittance to Threshers’ road games (Dunedin is next door and Tampa is just across the Causeway; Lakeland and Bradenton are reasonably close, too), 20% off in Diamond Outfitters (the souvenier shop), freebies and discounts at some local places (e.g. Lenny’s, Hooters, DelCo’s, …), guaranteed to receive giveaway stuff (even if not within the first 1000 to pass thru the gates), free wristband for Monday night’s Feeding Frenzy (an all you can eat night at most of the concession stands), the ability to exchange unused tickets for additinal seats at a later date (like when company comes down during the season), free tickets to a college championship tournament (Big East the first year, the AAC the last two), premium seating (I’m in row three, aisle seats, a little off-center behind home plate – section 110, row 3, seats 5 and 6 for those familiar with Bright House), a catered party the night before the seaon starts to pick up season tickets and “Meet the Threshers” (mostly ball park food), and my favorite – a catered party to watch the MLB all star game (better than ball park food and FREE beer).

          I still buy my season tickets even though they have granted me media priviledges and let me sit in the air conditioned press box. If you attend a Threshers’ game, you can see me sitting above the Super Pretzel. So, as you can see, I don’t need to be paid for this gig, sitting in air conditioning, talking to the PR manager and broadcasters, meeting scouts and media people like Josh Norris and Chris King, and talking to Phillies’ people like Charlie, Dallas, Dave Hollins, and Ray Robles is payment enough.

          1. Dam jim I am jealous. You sound like your having a great time and enjoying the great weather down there. All kidding aside we really appreciate your reports. and the reason we want to buy your tickets is out of respect for your giving us. so much info. I know you could be doing other things instead of writing up your great reports. ty so much jim. hope some day to get to meet you at the games.

  11. I was at the Reading game last night. Great game! I saw most of it from the stands but saw the Knapp home run on TV while my son and I waited on line for him to get J.P. Crawford signed merchandise after the game (Crawford, by the way, couldn’t have been more normal or gracious – he seems genuinely nice and very well mannered; he also doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously).

    Anyway, here’s my brief report.

    Zach Eflin did not have a particularly good night. He seemed to struggle a lot with his command of breaking pitches and, as V1Again has rightly noted, he doesn’t have a put away pitch right now, but that could change. Still, as a fan of prospects, what I saw was very significant. EFLIN HAS A BIG ARM. Eflin changed speeds throughout the game which we’ve been told he does and is much to his credit. That said, throughout the game (he threw about 75 pitches or so), whenever he wanted to, he threw his 4 seam fb between 94-96, touching 97 MPH. He regularly threw 95 and 96 as if it were no big deal. Sure, he needs refinment and he needs to figure out how to succeed and he must develop an above average breaking pitch. But a big guy like that with plus velocity who normally has good command and has an advanced idea how to pitch, has upper rotation potential if he can continue to progress.

    Ethan Martin looked like a beaten soldier out there. He threw ok and can still hit 93 and 94 with some regularity, but two years ago he was a pitcher of the future in Philadelphia and now he’s a middle reliever in Reading. That can’t feel very good, but if he wants to turn it around, he’s going to have to do something about it.

    Edubray Ramos has killer stuff. Oddly enough, from a pure velocity standpoint, he did not throw as hard as Eflin, but Ramos’ pitches look faster. His FB sat 94-95, touching 96, but he has quick delivery and the ball gets on the hitter quickly (everyone in the stands was saying how fast the pitched looked to us). His breaking pitch, whatever it is (it looked like a slider or change) is a nasty swing-and-miss pitch. I’d be surprised if he’s not on the Phillies within the next year or on another major league roster.

    Renner Roibal, actually might be interesting. He throws a little slower than Ramos, but appears to have very good stuff and an adavanced feel for pitching. I wouldn’t write him off and I’m a little disappointed that some of these good, extra arms, are not being auditioned for a starting spot. Honestly, I don’t entirely get it. But keep an eye on this guy.

    On the hitting side, Williams looked pretty good out there. He had a rough moment or two at the plate and in the field, but he flashed his tools and showed the ability to adjust. After being schooled by a tough lefty, the next at bat he hung in there and just took the ball up the middle. The ball explodes off his bat.

    J.P. Crawford did not have his best game and you can tell he’s just working through a slump. But he did draw a big 9th inning spot and he was a nice as can be on the autograph line so I’m not going to say anything bad about him 🙂 (not that I was going to do that).

    Andrew Knapp. Andrew Knapp!!! Looked fine behind the plate, but it’s hard to judge those things sitting well off the field (we were in the high grandstands behind home plate – a nice vantage point to see everything on the field, but we weren’t close enough to determine how the catcher was catching). He looked great at the plate. He sprayed line drives everywhere and then sat on the pitch that he drove for a home run. If he keeps this up at any level, I’d love to see them call him up in September and get him some at bats. The sooner he sees major league pitching, the better.

    I have now been to two games and it’s hard not to be impressed by Brock Stassi. Yes, I know he is 25 and I take that into account. But he just has a beautiful swing and seems to have an advanced approach at the plate. He also hit a ball out of the park to the opposite field. He’s a super long shot given that he plays first, but I wouldn’t completely write him off yet – I think the bat might be for real.

    1. catch…is the gun hot at Reading? Martin says he tries to throw the hardest he can , but still does not reach the velo he use to have before the injuries. But if he is sitting at 93/94, then he may have recouped his arm strength….unless when the Phillies got him he was S95/97-T98, I cannot recall what his velo was 3 years ago..

      1. Good catch. My first thought was that the gun was “hot” when I read Ramos velo. He was 94-95, T96 in Clearwater, and Clearwater is deemed to be a “hot” gun.

  12. Ty catch sounds like Eflin just needs better control of his stuff. On Ramos the Phillies believe stuff plays better in relief .

  13. Throwing baseballs back onto the field after the opposition team hits a HR can be dangerous…for your team.

    1. We can certainly eliminate Revere as a possible culprit. He couldn’t have reached the LF’er in the air from the stands. Funny video

      1. Once a player is hit, I suspect MLB will put a stop to it now.
        I think the Cub Bleacher fans started that practice awhile ago.

  14. Jerad Eickhoff is doing it again. He is doing it again. He has good velocity, a nice 12-6 curve that he can control and he pounds the zone. He could be the steal of the trade. If he has a few more starts like the last two, he could be on his way to Philly soon.

  15. Nice if he could replace Bucky. Eikoff, Asher, Thompson appear to be set up for a MLB spring training in Feb ’16. Maybe that Texas Lefty now on the DL can supply some lefty pitching, too. And Nola in the mix. Seems like a viable new beginning for the rotation. (I’ve purposely left out Biddle about whom I have great doubts–while awaiting a miracle)

    Add in the possibility that Altherr and Williams could also be eligible during the ’16 season. Both Alfaro and Knapp need plenty of polishing…with assignments likely to Reading and Lehigh Valley. Herrera fixed at CF (or RF), Franco, Galvis, Hernandez….with Giles to close.

    Now, grabbing a potential #1 pitcher at our June ’16 draft…

    The turnaround seems to be progressing more quickly than ever…

    Then there are Eflin and Lively due for further pitching time at Lehighh Valley in preparation for their entries.

    Almost all of this has been set up by trades over the past 18 months. Props to those who engineered them.

    Much brighter future even from this low vantage point and reason to stay tuned..

    1. I think we really need one of Williams or altheer to be that power bat in outfield. I don’t know if galvis is the answer at short. This team needs to add imo two bullpen arms. a catcher with some pop, a power bat in outfield and at least two good starters. all young to really become a 500 team or better next year. Or we wait and do only little things next year. and see who develops in the system and who we draft . Then hope to be way better in 17 o 18.

  16. The phillies can’t lose bring on the Mets , the Cards, Pitts , and SF. We need to know what this group 8 s Made of.

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