Box Score Recap – 8/12/2015

Clearwater (66-51) beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 10-5.  Matt Imhof (3.73) turned in a poor outing.  He he gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks including two home runs.  He left with one out in the fifth inning, one run in, and the bases loaded.  Alexis Rivero (1-2, 4.30), who has had some difficulties of his own since his call-up from Lakewood, came in and induced a double play to strand the three base runners and end the inning.  He contributed two more scoreless innings and positioned himself for the win before turning the game over to Ethan Stewart (0.87) for the final two innings.

The Threshers scored single runs in the second and third innings to tie and take an early lead on a fielder’s choice by Chace Numata and an RBI single by Rhys Hoskins.  After falling behind 4-2 in the fourth, the Threshers took control in the top of the fifth.  Carlos Tocci led off with a bunt single.  Andrew Pullin was hit by a pitch.  Hoskins stroked an RBI double.  Dylan Cozens tied the game on a ground out.  Derek Campbell’s RBI single gave the Threshers the lead.  Chace Numata extended the lead when he scored on an errant pickoff throw at third base.

The Tigers closed to within 6-5 with a run in the bottom of the inning.  But the Threshers restored their two-run lead in the sixth inning on a two-out, RBI triple off the right field wall by Rhys Hoskins.  They continued to tack on runs with RBI base hits by Jessie Valentin, Malquin Canelo, and Tocci in the seventh inning.

  • Malquin Canelo (.242) went 2-6 with an RBI.
  • Carlos Tocci (.279) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, and RBI.
  • Andrew Pullin (.253) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a HBP.
  • Rhys Hoskins (.315) went 4-5 with 2 runs scoredm, a double, triple, and 3 RBI.
  • Dylan Cozens (.275) went 0-5 with an RBI and 2 K.
  • Willians Astudillo (.327) went 3-4 with a run scored and a walk.
  • Derek Campbel went 2-3 with a run scored, RBI, and walk.

Lehigh Valley (53-65) lost to the Syracuse Chiefs 9-5.  Anthony Vasquez (7-5, 4.45) was hit around and took the loss, giving up seven runs in 3.2 innings.  The bullpen shut down the Chiefs except for two unearned runs following a Tyler Pastornicky error.  The Pigs connected for 14 hits, but couldn’t overcome the early Chiefs’ lead.

  • Chase d’Arnaud (.286) went 2-5 with an RBI.
  • Brian Bogusevic (.292) went 1-4 with a HR (9), walk, and 3 RBI.
  • Aaron Altherr (.292) went 0-4.
  • Kelly Dugan went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Pastornicky went 4-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 doubles.
  • Logan Moore (.287) went 3-4 with a run scored and a double.

Reading (66-50) came from behind twice early to beat the Harrisburg Senators 8-4.  Joely Rodriguez pitched five innings and gave up three runs on five hits and one walk.  Reinier Roibal picked up the win with two shutout innings.  Edubray Ramos followed with his own shutout inning.  Jimmy Cordero walked one and struck out two in the ninth.  He gave up an unearned run on defensive indifference and a throwing error by J.P.

Trailing 1-0, the Phils took a 2-1 lead on four consecutive singles to open the third inning.  Brock Stassi’s two-run single drove in the runs.  The Phils tied the game at three in the fifth inning when Angelo Mora scored on a wild pitch.  They finally took the lead for good in the sixth on J.P. Crawford’s home run.  They added two more runs on a fielding error and Rene Garcia’s RBI single.  The Phils tacked on two more runs in the eighth on Art Charles’ two-run home run.

  • Andrew Knapp had the night off, Reading still managed a 13-hit attack.
  • Williams (.405) 1-5 with a run scored.
  • Crawford (.256) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, a walk, HR (5), and RBI.
  • Perkins (.264) went 1-4.
  • Brock Stassi (.309) went 2-4 with 2 RBI (76).
  • Martinez (.313) went 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Rene Garcia (.314) went 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Angelo Mora (.321) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, and a double.
  • Art Charles went 1-1 as a pinch hitter and hit a HR (8) and drove in 2 RBI (41).
  • Crawford stole his third base.

Lakewood (60-54) beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 7-2.  The BlueClaws used a seven-run third inning and the shutdown pitching of Elniery Garcia to defeat the Hoppers.

The Claws first run scored on a throwing error on a fielder’s choice during Emmanuel Marrero’s at bat.  Scott Kingery drove in a run with an RBI single, and Kyle Martin contributed a sac fly.  They broke the game open on back-to-back, two-run base hits by Cord Sandberg and Deivi Grullon.

Meanwhile, Garcia (7-9, 3.14) was holding the Grasshoppers at bay.  He allowed one run on three hits and a walk.  He struck out four.  Three relievers held them to one run over the final three innings.  John Zgardowski (3.50) walked a batter in his shutout inning.  Manny Martinez (2.84) pitched a perfect eighth.  And Scott Harris (4.78) gave up a run on two hits in the ninth.

  • Herlis Rodriguez (.305) went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk.
  • Scott Kingery (.265) went 2-4 with a walk and RBI.
  • Kyle Martin (.297) went 0-3 with a SF and RBI.
  • Cord Sandberg (.257) went 1-4 with a run scored, double, and two RBI.
  • Deivi Grullon went 2-4 with a run scored and 2 RBI.

Williamsport (33-19) beat the Staten Island Yankees 4-1.  The Cutters scored single runs in second, third, and fourth innings and Mitch Gueller (7-1, 1.84) held the Yankees to one run on his way to his seventh victory.  Gueller allowed five hits and three walks.  Jacob Waguespack earned his first save with two shutout innings, allowing one walk and striking out three.

The Cutters built their lead on Jose Pujols’ second inning home run; Andrew Amaro’s third inning, RBI single; Jesus Posso’s fourth inning, RBI single; and Josh Tobias’ RBI single in the seventh.

  • Zachary Coppola (.302) went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Josh Tobias (.306) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Jose Pujols (.257) went 1-3 with a walk, HR (1), run scored, and RBI.
  • Venn Biter (.275) went 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Jesus Posso (.266) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • William Cuicas went 2-4 with a double and two runs scored.
  • Tobias (6) and Coppola (17) successfully stole bases.  Coppola was picked off.

GCL Phillies (28-14) beat the GCL Pirates 4-2.  The Phillies jumped out to a four run lead in the top of the first, and starter Carlos Indriago (2-0, 0.92) and a trio of relievers held the Pirates to one earned and one unearned run on their way to their 27th victory.  With 18 games remaining. the Phillies are in first place in their division.

  1. GCL Phillies        28   14   .667     —     —
  2. GCL Blue Jays   26   15   .634     1.5   18
  3. GCL Pirates        25   17   .595     3.0   16
  4. GCL Yankees1   14   24   .368   12.0     6

The Phillies got a one-out, infield single by Jose Antequera in the first inning.  Antequera stole second and took third on anerrant throw during Cornelius Randolph’s at bat.  He scored when “C” grounded a single to center.  One out later, Randolph stole his third base of the season.  Edgar Cabral followed with an RBI single to to left and took second on the throw.  Luis Encarnacion brought Cabral home with a single to left.  He move into scoring position when Lucas Williams drew a walk.  Both runners advanced when Greg Pickett reached base on a strike out/wild pitch.  Yunior Reyes waited out a walk to force in the fourth run of the inning.

Carlos Indriago qualified for the win with five shutout innings.  He gave up three hits and walked one batter.  He recorded three strike outs.  Lewis Alezones (1.64) gave up a single an two walks in his one inning.  He unleashed three wild pitches during the inning allowing a run to score that otherwise would not have.  Nick Fanti (2.00) tossed two innings but was victimized by a throwing error by antequera for an unearned run.  Ismael Cabrera picked up his first save, but had to pitch around a fileding error by Reyes in the process.

  • The Phillies scored three of their four runs with two outs.
  • Jose Antequera (.286) went 2-5 with a run scored.
  • “C” Randolph (.292) went 1-5 with a run scored and RBI.
  • Tommy Joseph went 1-4 with a double and walk.
  • Edgar Cabral (.266) went 2-4 with a run scored and RBI.
  • Luis Encarnacion (.296) went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI.
  • Luke Williams (.288) went 0-2 with 2 walks.
  • Yunior Reyes went 0-1 with a HBP, RBI, and 2 walks.
  • Stolen bases: Antequera (14), Randolph (3), and Williams (6).
  • The Pirates’ Victor Fernandez stole three bases against Phillies catchers.

DSL Phillies (34-29) beat the DSL Athletics 1-0 in ten innings.  The Phillies amassed four hits, the A’s two.  Daniel Brito (.270) went 1-3 with a walk.  Emmanuel Garcia (.268) went 1-4.  Henry Santana (.243) went 2-4 with a HR (1).  Jhon Nunez (4.09) pitched a one-hitter through five innings but also walked five and struck out five.  Yonathan Trinindad (1-2, 3.73) picked up his first win with one hit and a walk in three innings.  Steiner Carmona (1.61) notched his 6th save with a perfect ninth inning.

Three Phillies were caught stealing – Marrero (11), Romero (7), and Brito (9).  Trinidad faced the minimum in his three innings as both batters who reached base were gunned down stealing by Robert Paulino.

The Phillies have nine games remaining.  They have been eliminated from the Wild Card.  They are tied for third, four games behind the first place team.

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 Velis 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 –

  • Philadelphia Phillies selected the contract of Cesar Jimenez from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.  Jimenez has been designated for assignment and outrighted three times in three seasons by Philadelphia, most recently in April. He has a 2.67 ERA and 20 strikeouts over 33 2/3 IP with the Phillies since 2013, including two-thirds of an inning this season.
  • Philadelphia Phillies optioned David Buchanan to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Luis Morales assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • Per MLB Trade Rumors, the Phillies and Giants are discussing a trade that would send Chase Utley to San Francisco, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports (on Twitter). The two teams are discussing specific names of prospects, which is an indication that the talks are at least fairly advanced.

37 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/12/2015

  1. Hoskins and Tocci great seasons.
    Mitch Gueller….where does he go in 2016? Would they double-jump him to CLW and keep his train on the appropriate-age track?

    1. Mitch Gueller seems to have been under the radar this year. Is he back to being considered a prospect? Last I heard folks were discussing him going back to being a position player. Is this a breakout, or is he just overage and over matching at Williamsport.

      1. I would double jump him to Clearwater next year as Romus suggested, and hope his high school velocity comes back. In high school his fastball velocity was 92-95 mph. Now its 87-90 mph. It’s been 87-90 for 2-3 years now, so that’s why some people want him to be a position player.

  2. It will be interesting to see how the Phillies handle Logan Moore going forward. He’s always been viewed as a very good defensive catcher, but he now has decent offensive production for a catcher. His numbers as a 24 year old, are now comparable/better than Cameron Rupp’s were as a 25 year old at Lehigh. Moore, being a Left handed bat, would seem to have a very good shot to be a back-up/platoon catcher in Majors.

    1. I think you mean Rupp’s age 24 season, since his birthday is in September. Last year was Rupp’s age 25 season and he struggled through most of it after an injury.

      I could see Moore as a guy who follows kind of a Chris Coste path to the majors. His defense is good enough but he has no power to speak of and he’s always had a low BABIP so I assume his quality of contact is just not that good. He might be able to improve that, but it could take some time.

      1. Rupp is 26 years old. He played at Lehigh in both his age 24 and 25 seasons. Logan Moore (in a small sample) actually has a slightly better wOBA and RC+ than Rupp in either his age 24 or 25 seasons.

        1. Ok. Like you said, small sample. Also high BABIP- one that’s way above his career BABIP, so I’m not ready to put stock in it yet.

  3. Made my 3rd trip to Lakewood last night. No gun at the park again, which is really annoying. Garcia & Martinez were both throwing hard. It would have been nice to know how much gas each one was bringing. Anyways… Every time I see Herlis, I like him even more. Every at bat, he worked the count, except the 2nd one in which he was asked to bunt. Laid down a perfect sac n beat it out. Served a nice line drive over the shortstop’s head n hit a bullet down the 1rst line n was robbed of another hit. Also drew a BB and made 2 really nice plays in RF. He should be in CF, but Tromp is playing there. Not sure why. His swing is horrible n mechanics are a mess. He’s living on borrowed time. Always a fun time at this cool little park.

    1. Yeah when I went a few weeks ago he got the day off and I was bummed as I really wanted to see him. Hoping I can get back one more time before the end of the season although I’m trying to work a trip to Reading into my schedule as well.

      Really good to see Herlis performing like this. Encouraging.

      1. He’s pitting up some nice numbers this year and I think he leads the org in outfield assists. Should be an interesting player to follow and I’m curious to see where he’s placed next year.

  4. Moore appears to have moved to the front of the pack of the defense only catchers they have. Saw him at Lakewood too a few years back. Defensive skills were advanced, but he couldn’t hit anything. Nice to see the offensive output.

  5. Great night all around, which has become the norm for this organization. I will say one negative thing, I am pretty much ready to be done with Imhof. Aside from where he was drafted, there is no reason to consider him even a mild prospect

    1. Up until this season, Imhof maintained a K/9 of 8.0, which is better than anything Mitch Gueller (same age) has done in his career and people are proposing Gueller get double jumped for finally mastering SS ball in his 4th professional season.

      Imhof is 21 and is in high A. They have him working on his change-up, in order for him to become a complete pitcher. He has time to get it right.

    2. I agree with the Imhof sentiment. He and Guellar are non-prospects at this point, IMO. If they turn into something serviceable down the line great, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

  6. Lively went on the 7 day DL yesterday with a shoulder strain. Anyone know how serious this is, just precautionary or something that might require surgery? Hopefully, the former.

    1. That’s very bad. If he doesn’t bounce back very quickly (tendonitis, minor strain), the long term outlook would be bad. Fortunately, he’s not the only arm around now.

  7. watched the crosscutters game on milb.tv, didn’t think Pujols HR was going to be a HR but was surprised to hear it was his first of the season. Going to be interesting when he adds some mass to his frame. Also watching them today, they just put up a 4 spot in the top of the 3rd, lots of singles.

    Also watched the reading game last night, have been watching just about every game during their winning streak. Been a lot of fun watching them, the offense is on fire and have liked what I’ve seen from Ramos in the pen. Both Crawford’s and Charles HR’s were blasts.

    1. Yep, add Austin Bossart to the long list of catchers, Hitting.359 for crosscutters

      Tyler Gilbert scorelesss so far with 5 ks, 0 bb , his bb/ k rate is outstanding.. only 4 bb in around 35 inn

      1. Bossart could be the CWater catcher next year. Another hit has him up to 363 btw. Tobias is having himself a very nice season as well but he’ll start at LWood next season with Kingery at CWater.

  8. Jan Hernandez has 2 BB today, that must be a first. He has incredible power but just does not make enough contact.

    1. Didn’t Jan Hernandez play along side Carlos Corrrea in the Puerto Rico HS league?
      He was considered a very decent draft choice when he came out.

  9. I had a fun night out at the Reading game last night. I was hoping to see Williams at his best but he had a subpar game. He misplayed a ball in CF early and had a few weak at bats including striking out swinging at high heat. He swung at 4 straight pitches, fouling one off and missing the other three, as the pitcher went up the ladder with 96 mph heat. The pitcher tried the same thing with JP but he spit at the first one and when the pitcher had to bring the next one lower, JP scorched the ball over the LF wall. Hopefully, Williams will continue to develop and realize you can’t hit that pitch up there. JP turned a few double plays including one where the ball was in and out of his hands so fast that you’re amazed by it. I just love his footwork and his hands. He did bounce a throw to 1st late in the game after he made a great stop but then didn’t set his feet on the throw. I’ve seen him make that throw before but he really should improve on the mechanics and set his feet every time he can. These kids are still working on things and improving. Joely doesn’t impress me that much but he’s got a chance if his control improves a bit more. He throws a nice sinking fast ball that gets a lot ground balls. A guy no one ever mentions is Roibal. He throws an easy 96 and might work his way up to the majors at some point next year. He also threw a few terrific curve balls for strike outs. Ramos throws a max effort 95 heater that looks hard to read. He threw a few curve balls or sliders, I couldn’t tell which but the ball moved, and initially they were poor but then he threw a few really nice ones.
    I love going to a game there and highly recommend it if you’ve not been there.

  10. What is up with Mitch Gueller? Is his secondary pitches improving or is he just dominating since this is his third year in Williamsport?

  11. Thanks V1. It used to be posted in CF. not sure when they moved it. I’ll be ready for my next/last trip of the season.

  12. It’s good to see JP Crawford’s bomb was hit against a LH pitcher. Lefthanders have killed him since he moved to AA.

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