Box Score Recap – 8/10/2015

GCL Phillies (26-13) beat the GCL Yankees1 9-7 in a very exciting ten inning game.  The game featured six comebacks and six lead changes.  The Yankees took the lead in three different innings, and the Phillies came back to tie or go ahead in the bottom halves of all three innings.  The last rally occured after the Phillies blew a 2-run lead in the top of the ninth.  They came back to tie and threatened to win in regulation before Tommy Joseph’s two-run bomb settled the issue for good in the tenth inning.

Adonis Medina settled down after a first innng that ended with a runner thrown out at third in a vain attempt to go from first to third on a single to center.  He induced a lot of soft contact over the next three innings including three ground balls back to the mound.  The only base runner during these innings was via a walk, and he was picked off first.  Medina started leaving pitches up a bit in the fifth and the Yankees started making some solid contact.  They scored three runs on four singles while taking advantage of a balk and a fielding error in right field.  Medina’s pickoff prevented there being any further damage.  Medina’s fastball was in the low 90s, T94.

Tanner Kiest came on for the sixth inning.  He got two quick outs and gave up a single.  Two stolen bases and a wild pitch tied the game.  A walk, wild pitch, walk, wild pitch, and stolen base got runners to second and third.  Kiest’s second strike out ended the inning.  Kiest’s fastball was 91-93.

Victor Delgado tossed two perfect innings and recorded two strike outs.

Horace Stubblefield came on to wrap up the save.  He started with a walk and strike out then gave up a home run to tie the game.  The umpire continued to squeeze after Gandy got his second strike out.  Two more walks and two stolen bases put runners on the corners with two out.  A slow roller to third baseman Lucas Williams allowed the go ahead run to score as his hurried throw pulled Tommy Joseph off the bag.  The inning ended on a questionable attempt of third.

The Phillies connected for three singles in the second and four singles in the third to score one run in each inning on Williams fielder’s choice and Luis Encarnacion’s single.

After falling behind in the third, Cornelius “C” Randolph opened the home half with a bunt single.  He moved to second on a ground out to third, and took third on a fly out to right.  He scored the tying run on Encarnacion’s line drive single to right.

The Yankees took the lead back in the sixth inning and the Phillies responded in the bottom of the inning.  Williams and Bryan Martelo opened the inning with walks and took an extra base on a passed ball.  “Arky” Gamboa drove both in with a triple over the center fielder’s head and the Phillies had the lead back.  He scored on Jonathan Arauz’ ground out.

The Phillies came to bat in the ninth trailing 7-6. With one out, Encarnacion collected his fifth hit.  Yunior Reyes followed with a single.  After a pitching change and wild pitch, Williams walked to load the bases.  One out later, Gamboa walked to force in the tying run.

“C” Randolph led off the tenth.  He worked the count and finally stroked a line drive double to center field.  TJ followed with the game winning home run.  I wish you could have seen both at bats.  “C” has a nice approach at the plate.  You can see him making adjustments as the count changes.  He took a full cut at the first fastball he thought he could handle.  He laid off pitches he didn’t like.  With two strikes (I think the count was 2-2), he leveled off on a pitch that he drove to the right side of center.  TJ took an off speed pitch on the first that the pitcher hung outside the strike zone.  (I remarked to my friend Ross, that if he hung one in the strike zone, we could leave before the rain started.)  TJ waited patiently and when the pitcher did hang a change up out over the plate, he deposited the mistake in the trees behind the left field fence.

Arky Gamboa (.224) went 2-5 with a triple, walk, and 3 RBI.  Jonathan Arauz (.284) returned to the line up and went 2-6 with an RBI.  “C” Randolph (.284) went 3-5 with a double, 2 runs scored, and a walk.  Tommy Joseph went 2-5 with a HR (3), walk, and 2 RBI.  Luis Encarnacion (.291) went 5-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, and 2 RBI.

Lehigh Valley (53-63) No game scheduled.

Reading (64-50) No game scheduled.

Clearwater (64-51) fell behind in the sixth inning but rallied for two runs in the eighth on their way to a 5-3 victory over the Lakeland Flying Tigers.  Victor Arano (4.49) pitched a solid six innings.  He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks.  Jesen Therrien (4-0, 1.19) pitched into the ninth before turning turning it over to Miguel Nunez (3.29) with two on and two out.  Nunez retired one batter for his fourth save.  Therrien got the win.

The Threshers got on the board first on Rhys Hoskins fifth home run in the second.  They extended their lead to 2-0 in the fifth when Dylan Cozens scored on Wilson Garcia’s sac fly.  They tied the game in the eighth when Jessie Valentin scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.  Malquin Canelo scored the go ahead run on Rhys Hoskins single.  Willians Astudillo was thrown out at home on the play.  Mitch Walding scored an insurance run in the ninth on Canelo’s sac fly.

Carlos Tocci (.278) went 1-5 with 3 K.  Willians Astudillo (.322) went 1-3 with a walk. Rhys Hoskins (.306) went 2-4 with a HR (5) and 2 RBI.  Dylan Cozens (.280) went 1-2 with 2 walks.  Aaron Brown (.246) went 2-4.  Wilson Garcia (.375) went 1-3 with a double and RBI.  Mitch Walding (.216) went 2-4.  Cozens stole his 14th base.

Lakewood (58-54) beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-4 in 12 innings.  The BlueClaws scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and ultimately send the game into extra innings.  The Claws rallied again for three runs in the twelfth after the Hoppers took a two-run lead in the top of the inning.

Ranfi Casimiro (3.07) allowed two runs in seven innings on four hits and three walks.  He struck out seven.  Jairo Munoz (2.63) allowed three base runners in three shutout innings.  Calvin Ratburn (5-1, 3.23) pitched two innings and picked up the win although he gave up two runs in the top of the twelfth.

Lakewood fell behind 2-0 and rallied to tie in the seventh on an RBI double by Chase Harris and RBI single by Herlis Rodriguez.  The BlueClaws rallied again in the bottom of the twelfth on Rodriguez’ two-run triple.  The Claws won on Scott Kingery’s walkoff, RBI single.

Helis Rodriguez (.303) went 3-6 with a triple and 3 RBI.  Scott Kingery (.250) went 2-6 with a double and RBI.  Kyle Martin (.298) went 1-3 with a double and two walks.  Cord Sandberg (.257) went 1-5.  Chase Harris went 3-5 with a double and RBI.

Jiandido Tromp stole his 9th base, H-Rod his 13th.

Williamsport (31-19) beat the West Virginia Black Bears 3-2 in 11 innings.  Franklyn Kilome (1.74) gave up one hit, two walks, and hit a batter in five shutout innings.  With the help of a caught stealing and a double play, he was never in any trouble.  Apparently he is still on a post-injury count as he was lifted having only thrown 66 pitches.

Andrew Godail (3.12) pitched two-thirds of an inning and hit a batter.  He was charged with a run when Anthony Sequeria (2.25) came in, allowed the inherited runner to score, and blew the save.  He pitched 2.1 innings.  Robert Tasin (1.50) threw one no-hit inning.  Sutter McLoughlin (2-0, 5.14) got the win with two perfect innings while striking out three.

Williamsport tied the game in the bottom of the ninth when Zack Coppola reached base on a fielding error while Carlos Duran scored.  The Cutters won on Jan Hernandez’ walkoff home run to lead off the eleventh.

Zachary Coppola (.310) went 1-3 with 2 walks.  Mark Laird (.290) went 1-4 with a walk.  Josh Tobias (.315) went 1-5with an RBI (22).  Venn Biter (.269) went 2-5.  Jan Hernandez (.214) went 2-5 with a double, HR (8), and RBI (21).  Austin Bossart (.356) went 1-3.  The Crosscutters stole six bases on six attempts – Laird (9), Hernandez 2 (4),  Coppola 2 (16), and Biter (6).  Sequeira picked a runner off first base.

DSL Phillies (33-28) lost to the DSL Royals 6-5.  Luis Loriano hit his first home run

VSL Phillies (30-40) Season completed.  Finished tied for third with the VSL Cubs in a four team league.  Their leading hitter was Enger Jimenez – .307, 36 R, 33 RBI, 15 SB.  He was second on the team with three HR.  Lenin Rodriguez led the team with four.  Sergio was probably their best pitcher – 4-2, 1.33, 74.2 IP, 50 H, 14 BB, 59 K, 0.86 WHIP.

Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Texas Rangers traded 2B Tyler Pastornicky to Philadelphia Phillies for cash.
  • Chase Utley was placed on revocable waivers.  MLBTR story here.
  • If you read the GCL story, you may have noticed that I referred to him as “C”.  I finally spoke to him and he has been called “C” since little league.  So that settles that.
  • MAG threw a simulated inning (20 pitches) to Roman Quinn, Ben Pelletier, and Reggie Wilson.  Quinn bounced one off the warning track in dead center.
  • I had a nice conversation with Tim Zier.  He’s recovering from ACL surgery.  I overheard him discussing his hitting strategy with Sam McWilliams.  So I tossed in my two cents.
  • I talked to Bailey Falter.  He was keeping the book today.  Means he’s pitching tomorrow.  In Tampa.  I liked what I saw the first time I saw him, and he’s pitched better away from the Complex.  I’m going to try and make it over for the game.
  • I had a brief exchange with Quinn.  He said he’s feeling great.  I don’t have the hear to ask him when he’s going to play.  He looks “hitter-ish” walking around with a bat in his hands.  But, I think the reality of his situation is this – if he doesn’t get rehab at bats in the GCL (or with the Threshers), he’s not likely to return to Reading this season.

72 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/10/2015

  1. Therrien has given up 1 ER in his last 13 outings, spanning 23 innings. I noticed him in Greg’s pitching statistics and noticed him again today. The 22 y/o picked in the 17th round in 2011. The Canadian has shown glimpses of promise in past years but is starting to show real prospect status. He’s a reliever so his prospective outlook isn’t very high but he’s shown a couple of saves and a blown save here and there. I don’t think he’s a closer type but maybe a setup man might be his ceiling.

  2. Good to see that Joseph’s bat is too good for the GCL. Assumming he spends alI fall and winter working at third base where does he get placed next year?

    I still don’t know what to make of Cozens. I am glad that he’s making good contact and that he has so far maintained his base stealing ability despite his size, but where is the power? Where does he rank among our prospects now?

    1. Same with me on Cozens… to see more HR power for a guy his size, but he does have his share of doubles and quite surprisingly steals. Maybe at Reading next season the HR power will show more. Also hope he goes to the AFL this fall.

      1. He almost certainly will show more power next year at Reading because the Eastern League is more conducive to that type of hitting. Cozens could still break through. He hasn’t had a bad year by any stretch, but he also has not yet shown the hit tool or power he will ultimately need to make the big leagues. Next year is probably his most important developmental year. But I’m more bullish about Pullin than I am about Cozens and I’m way more bullish about Hoskins. Hoskins isn’t getting nearly the attention he deserves, but he will. I think he’s the real deal and when he gets to Reading I expect him to explode. I’m betting that Hoskins is with the Phillies by next September.

        1. I agree. Cozens is a lottery ticket that could break out. Was an athlete that is becoming a baseball player. Could happy late for him.

            1. Oooph, can you imagine if Sandberg experiences growth at the plate with hit tool and power like Altherr has in the past 12-18 months? That would be special.

          1. I don’t disagree about your assessment of Hoskins but I am more optimistic about Cozens than you are.
            While the walk rate has regressed the strikeout rate has gone in the right direction this year and currently is hovering around 20%. 20% isn’t elite by any stretch but it is pretty good for a tall guy like Cozens since taller hitters tend to struggle with K’s more than others.
            He’s also young (he just turned 21 this year) and, as you said, is an athlete learning to play baseball which he’s only done full time for a few years.
            He’s far from a sure thing but he’s certainly a guy who could breakout at any point and I’d put him as someone who, at the very least, is a higher probability lottery ticket (if there is such a thing)

        2. Catch never been to reading .Why does it seem guys hit more there? I am wondering is it a small park. Harold Martinez only hits there wonder why? Hood is a released prospect who is hitting there. maybe its the water.

          1. Been there several times and I don’t know that the park is particularly small. Just think that when you compare it to Clearwater & Lakewood, it’s more hitter friendly.

            Ball also carries better in Summer with higher temps and less humidity than you get in FLA…

        3. I just am not a buyer on Pullin. A guy that is supposed to make a living with his hit tool needs to be hitting better than .250 in A+, his good K rate not withstanding. Despite his 11 HR this year he doesn’t have the raw power of Cozens to fall back on. Pullin’s tools set reminds me of a poor man’s Asche although they obviously have had a different career path. Hoskins is undoubtedly the best prospect of the three.I’d probably put Hoskins in the 10-20 range, Cozens in the 20-30, and Pullin doesn’t make my top 30.

    2. I see Joseph playing a lot this winter to improve his fielding skills. Then I expect him to DH and play first in Lehigh Valley. If he stays at Reading he’ll rob Hoskins of at bats I don’t want to see that, but it could happen with Hoskins playing most days.

      1. Joseph could also go to LF.
        I really do not see Joseph at Reading . unless it is the first month, but he really should start at LHV.
        I think Hoskins will get the majority of all the PAs in Reading as the first baseman.
        The AFL team should have some very interesting positional players this year.

    3. I’ve never been a big Cozens guy, but it’s good to see his K’s down and his walks trending in the right direction lately. I still think he’s likely to end up as a low OBP first baseman with good but not great power.

  3. Is Venn Biter a propsect at all? Seems like every year he hits like .390 over his first month and then cools off. But he has a killer name. Does he have any chance to be anything other than an org guy?

      1. wow I would disband the team. There isn’t a prospect on that team. Shame all those wasted draft choices. Who is this guy? I know from now on I don’t have to look up the box scores on Williamsport. ty handzus for the site.

        1. The other team got the same types of grades. I think the article was mostly a way to show how rare guys with multiple average or plus tools are. We all know most prospects will fail and those grades pretty much demonstrate why.

          I wouldn’t write off all those guys either. It’s one scout’s opinion and sometimes guys will develop unexpectedly and exceed expectations.

        2. I get what you’re saying, but he sees Pujols and Rivero as prospects. They have write-ups at the bottom. And while 2 out of an entire team being legitimate prospects may seem low, that’s the reality of baseball. We’re lucky if two of those guys make it to the majors, and those are the two he thinks can (or will, in Pujols’ case).

  4. Romus I was thinking. for about 500 dollars you could get a season ticket for the games, watch gcl in morning and Clearwater later. eat all you want on Mondays for free. get washed in the bathrooms at the stadium. not too bad. why do I pay a mortrage? sleep in your car in your free parking spot.

    1. rocco…many good ideas as usual… are a fountain of knowledge. But probably prefer a van to a car….you know more roominess and privacy….don’t you agree?

        1. Whoa JimP…very unusual character…….if I were him I would be wary of settling in WalMarts around Detroit.

  5. The two most exciting lineups, Reading and the GCL lineup..

    Arauz, Randolph and Encarnacion …. raked yesterday

    They are being SUPER CAUTIOUS with Kilome , still on a pitch count…

    1. Speaking of Kilome – would like to have seen Tucker Blair’s assessment of him. Great to see him come up with a solid start after some struggles.

  6. Is CRan too much like ARod? I don’t think just “C” is going to stick. Whatever we call him, he is exciting so far! The farm system ranking going into next year has to dramatically jump. Someone said the other day that normally we would be overboard on the GCL, but with the prospects at AA and LV, there is a lot more to focus on. It has been a lot of fun since the draft, with the trades, and the number of prospects doing very well.

      1. Yeah, No. I asked that, too. Just C. I added the quotes because C, to me is short for Catcher. And Cee has been short for Cee Cee and Cecelia, both girl’s names. While we have Cee Lo, he has stated that was just shorthand for his real name Carlo.

  7. Interesting tidbit from Kiley McDaniel’s Fangraphs chat today:

    Comment From Rick
    Thoughts on Phillies GCL line-up, specifically the recent international signings (Gamboa, Aruaz, Encarnacion, Martelo). Are there any potential difference makers in this group??
    Kiley McDaniel: Our man Chris King sees this team a lot and he’s all in on Adonis Medina, who is probably the best prospect in the group, Gamboa and Arauz are both guys as well. Phillies do really well with 6 figure Latin signings.

    Surprising to see Medina considered to be the top prospect on that team. Thoughts?

      1. From Matt Winkelman’s midseason rankings:

        “He has since transitioned to the GCL rotation where he is sitting 91-94 touching 95, while a flashing a plus curveball and above average to plus changeup. Medina won’t turn 19 until December and looks to have at least mid rotation starter upside, but there might be more velocity to come.”

    1. Not the top prospect, top international guy. Randolph is easily the top prospect there. Don’t sleep on Juan Luis. He’s 19 and has a 134 WRC+ as a CF but injured himself recently. We’ll be talking about him next year.

      1. Kilome is the top international guy with Ortiz and Encarnacion too.there plenty Ramos , Garcia, H Rodriguez, Pujols.

      2. Luis can fly- I saw him at a game in July. He stole 2nd and when the ball went into shallow CF he broke for 3rd. The CF didn’t have far to go to pick up the ball and Luis still beat the throw by a lot.

    2. I was just happy he took my question – but utterly shocked at his answer. Especially with the $ spent on the likes of Gamboa, Aruaz and Encarnacion. But hey, another arm to watch is a good thing right?

  8. Him Salisbury just tweeting out Chase Utley has CLEARED WAIVERS, still has no trade clause, NYY, SF, CUBS, all scouting him.

  9. Will be interesting to see how Ruben handles this. This morning he said Chase could very well stay….they still want to win games….but IMO, that is just posturing on his part.
    Cubs, Yankees and to some degree Angels have better farm systems then SF.
    But SF is convenient for the Utleys…so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

      1. I think he is only owed now approx. $4M for the remainder of the season.
        Should be relatively easy to pick that up.
        But if he only approves going to SF….well their system is not the most attractive…perhaps with a lottery prospect, Ruben could alos get some international bonus money towards next July 2nd signing period.

      2. Even if he gets traded he will say where and when . The phillies might pay his winning the world series.

  10. Angels farm stinks they have pitchers that’s it. Like I said if Chase decides to be traded it will be the yanks. The Media going a good job of spinning this Chase did he would listen out of respect of the Phillies. He also said my postion has stayed the same as I said in Feb I want to play for the phillies I like to see them win again. He said live when he was with Pat. He’s going to coach someday most likely with the Phillies. The funny thing he never said much about being traded yet his name is all over the place.

      1. He did say that that’s what I said , he also said he never change his mind about saying with the Phillies he said live on TV .

  11. Why we need a 2nd baseman if where trading our only 1. Cesar ” T Ball ” Hernandez and Galvis are in the Phillies 3 yr development program.

  12. The more time it takes the worst it becomes for the Phillies. Chase mite want his 11 mil option picked up by the team he’s traded too.

  13. JIm P- do you know if the GC team is playing a night game at Bright House this month? I will be down there next week and have caught that one twice in past years around the same time in August. The schedule doesn’t list any night games but I was wondering if you had some inside scoop.

  14. Yanks running Stephen Drew out there. They would be a good spot for Chase. He could commute from home in Philly. He will be a free agent next year, so I think all he would care about is the best chance to be in the Playoffs. All 5 of the rumored teams could use him; the respect for him around baseball is very high. I would root for whatever team he is on the rest of the season. There is no reason for him to still be here, and I am a huge fan of the guy.

    1. No SF the GM said the price was to hi.the funny thing on tweeter it was said SF was trading for a bench piece not a starter. In another words Chase is not taking a bench postion.its on Mlbtraderumors.

  15. If Chase wants to stay let him if wants go let him. I would image if you were one place your hole career then have to move it would be weird.

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