Box Score Recap – 8/14/2015

So, after the Threshers’ game, I was talking to Charlie about Cornelius Randolph.  Yeah, I call him Charlie.  Charlie Manuel, that is.  So, where was I?  Oh, I was talking to Charlie about the Phillies’ first round pick Cornelius “C” Randolph.  

But first, you see, when you attend a Threshers’ game, they give out Wawa coupons at the end of the game depending on the result – a dollar off a Classic hoagie after a win, a free coffee after an extra inning game, and a free 99 cent drink on random days.  Well, after Friday’s game, they handed out the free 99 cent drink coupons.  So, my wife and I decided to go to Wawa to cash in some of the coupons we had accumulated over the past couple weeks.  We’re in Wawa and who should come in but none other than former Phillies’ manager and current adviser to the GM, Charles Manuel.

Now, my wife was a minor celebrity in her profession back in Delaware County, but I was floored when Charlie says to her, “Hi, just coming from the game?”.  After they exchange pleasantries, I clumsily interject, “Hi, Charlie, how you doin’?”.  Classic.  We exchange a few more pleasantries and then go about our separate ways.

After my wife fills me in on her earlier encounter with the last Phillies’ manager to win a world series during the game, I stall at the register to talk to him again.  By now, I have pieced together in my mind what is going on.  His purchase indicates he’s probably staying at a local hotel.  He hasn’t been here in 4-6 weeks.  He’s in town to look at some of our young GCL and FSL hitters.  So, I take the opportunity to engage him on the topic I mentioned at the top of this brief story – Cornelius “C” Randolph.

Imagine this clever enjoinder, “So, Charlie, have you seen Randolph?” (Of course he has!  But I’m setting the table for the main course.)  His reply was a slightly uncomfortable, “Yeah”.  I quickly countered with, “He sure looks like a good hitter, doesn’t he?”.  (I don’t want to sound like some sort of fanatic who thinks all our prospects are great, so “good” was the correct choice of words.)  His reply was more comfortable now.  (He must sense we are equals in our ability to assess a hitter’s abilities) “Yeah, and he’s only 18”.  Oh, crap!  I’ve lost control of this ambush interview.  My next question was to be in reference to his only having recently graduated from high school.  Charlie has cut me off at the pass with this age reference.  I am doomed.  We exchange a couple more irrelevant lines before I grudgingly allow this gracious man to escape my feeble attempt to extract anything worth reporting other than this sorry exchange with a rookie “reporter”.

On the baseball front, only the Williamsport and DSL teams won.

Clearwater (67-52) lost to the Tampa Yankees 5-1.  Yacksel Rios (5-3, 3.03) came out firing.  He retired the first 11 Yankees he faced on 30 pitches, 25 strikes.  Then the wheels came off.  He only retired one of the next ten batters he faced.  He gave up five runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out one.  Rios escaped the fourth on a chop to Rhys Hoskins at first.  The only out recorded in the fifth while he was still on the mound was courtesy of a caught stealing by catcher Willians Astudillo.  The radar gun was unreliable again, only reporting velo on 27 of his 65 pitches (49 strikes).  He throws a fastball, slider, and curve and is most comfortable with his slider.  He is also more comfortable in a reliever’s role.  His fastball was low 90s, touching 94 once and 95 once.

Harold Guerrero (3.00) stranded the runner he inherited while getting out of the fifth.  He pitched another inning allowing a hit but no walks.

Alberto Tirado  (3.07) pitched two shutout innings allowing two hits and a walk while striking out two.

Ethan Stewart mopped up with a walk and infield hit in one inning.

The Yankees are desperate for wins.  They need to win the division to qualify for the playoffs.  If Clearwater wins the second half, it is unlikely that Tampa will be able to overtake Daytona for the next best overall record to qualify for the playoffs.

Andrew Pullin gave Rios and the Threshers a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the first inning.  But Yankees’ starting pitcher Jonathan Holder (6-3, 2.44) held the Threshers to three hits and two walks in his six innings.  He struck out six.  Two relievers no hit the Threshers over the final three innings.

  • Malquin Canelo (.238) went 1-4 with 2 K.
  • Aaron Brown (.244) went 0-3 with a walk.
  • Carlos Tocci (.272) DNP.
  • Andrew Pullin (.256) went 1-4 with a HR (12)- tied for the league lead.
  • Rhys Hoskins (.302) went 0-4.
  • Dylan Cozens (.275) went 1-4.
  • League leading hitter, Willians Astudillo (.327) went 0-3.

Lehigh Valley (53-67) lost to the Pawtucket Red Sox 7-6 in ten innings.  The IronPigs scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to extend the game, but lost in the first extra frame.  Alec Asher (2.84) scattered ten hits in his six innings, only allowing three runs (two earned).  Colton Murray (3.21) tossed another shutout outing.  Nefi Ogando (3.92) gave up three important runs in the top of the ninth.  Seth Rosin (4-2, 3.57) gave up the game losing run.

Kelly Dugan hit his first AAA home run to tie the score at one in the second inning.  Tyler Henson pulled the Pigs within one at 3-2 with an RBI ground out in the eighth.  After Ogando dug a 6-2 deficit, the Pigs score four runs in the ninth on a bases loaded, ground out by Dugan, Tommy Joseph RBI double, and two-run single by Jordan Danks.

  • Aaron Altherr (.286) interrupted his August swoon with a 1-4 with double and a walk
  • Kelly Dugan (.220) went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, a HR (1), and 2 RBI.
  • Tommy Joseph returned at first base and went 1-4 with a double and RBI.
  • Jordan Danks had 2 hits and 2 RBI
  • Logan Moore (.286) went 1-4 with a double.

Reading (67-51) lost to the Trenton Thunder 2-1.  Zach Eflin (3.43) became engaged in a opitchers’ duel with his Thunder counterpart.  Eflin pitched seven shutout innings allowing six hits and a walk.  Edubray Ramos (0-1, 2.84) came in and got three ground balls to second in the eighth.  After Brock Stassi provided the Phils with the lead in the top of the ninth, Ramos loaded the bases with one out in the ninth on a walk (GRRR!), single, and intentional walk.  Ryan O’Sullivan (1.54) came in and gave up a two-run single to earn a blown save.

  • Nick Williams (.378) 0-4 with 2 K.
  • J.P. Crawford (.254) went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Cam Perkins (.263) went 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Brock Stassi (.308) went 1-4 with a double and RBI (77).
  • Andrew Knapp (.410) went 1-3 with a walk and 2 K.
  • Destin Hood (.290) went 0-4.
  • Harold Martinez (.304) went 0-3 with 2 K.
  • Brodie Greene (.263) went 2-3 with a double.

Lakewood (60-55)  lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds 8-2.  Shane Watson (1-4, 4.28) gave up four runs in five innings.  Calvin Rayburn (3.60) followed with another four (2 ER) in one inning.  Jason Zgardowski (3.32) and Matt Hockenberry (2.11) finally stopped the bleeding, but the BlueClaws couldn’t overcome the early, large deficit.

  • Herlis Rodriguez (.305) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Scott Kingery (.259) went 0-4.
  • Kyle Martin (.296) went 1-4 with a solo HR (3) and 2 K.
  • Cord Sandberg (.257) went 1-3.
  • Deivi Grullon (.197) went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk.

Williamsport (35-19) beat the Staten Island Yankees 7-6.  Luke Leftwich (3.34) gave up four early runs (2 ER).  Denton Keys (5.04) and Skylar Hunter (4.44) tossed a combined four shutout innings, while the Cutters fought their way into the lead.  Robert Tasin came in and weathered a rocky ninth for his 11th save.  He struck out two in the inning.

The Cutters scored first on a fielding error and Luis Espiritu sac fly to take a 2-0 lead in the second.  They entered the eighth trailing 4-2.  Josh Tobias three-run home run put the Cutters in the lead.  Two batters later, Jesus Posso’s two-run home run stretched their margin to 7-4.  The insurance runs came in handy as the Yankees mounted a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth and fell short.

  • Zachary Coppola (.302) DNP.
  • Lead off hitter, Carlos Duran (.211) went 1-5 with a run scored and double.
  • Venn Biter (.279) went 1-4 with a run scored, double, and walk.
  • Josh Tobias (.317) went 2-5 with a run scored, HR (3), and 3 RBI.
  • Jose Pujols (.246) went 0-3 with a run scored and a walk.
  • Jesus Posso (.282) went 3-3 with 2 runs scored, a walk, HR (6), and 2 RBI.
  • Jan Hernandez (.216) went 1-4 with a double.
  • Austin Bossart (.369) went 2-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.

GCL Phillies (28-16) lost to the GCL Tigers 6-2.  The Phillies scored two early runs with Miguel Gonzalez throwing two innings in a rehab start.  However, Felix Paulino (4-3, 2.78) did not respond well in the long reliever role and gave up six runs (3 ER) on eight hits in 4.2 innings.  Zach Morris (3.06) stranded two inherited runners and finished with 1.1 innings of shutout relief.

The loss dropped the Phillies out of first place.

  1. GCL Blue Jays   28   15   .651     —     —
  2. GCL Phillies        28   16   .636    0.5   17
  3. GCL Pirates         26   18   .591    2.5   15
  4. GCL Yankees1   14   26   .350   12.5    7

Gonzalez gave up 3 hits and a walk against the Tigers’ mostly teenage line up in his first rehab appearance.

The Phillies scored their runs in the first two innings.  “C” Randolph walked with out and eventually scored on a wild pitch (from second if the Recap can be believed) in the first inning.  Jose Antequera’s RBI single drove home Scott Tomassetti in the second.

  • Arquimedes Gamboa (.213) went 1-3 with a walk and 2 K.
  • Jonathan Arauz (.266) went 0-4.
  • “C” Randolph (.290) went 1-3 with a run scored, double, and walk.
  • Luis Encarnacion (.296) went 1-3.
  • Luke Williams (.289) DNP.
  • Greg Pickett went 0-3 with 3 K.
  • Jose Antequera (.297) went 2-3 with an RBI.
  • Randolph showed off his arm, throwing out a runner at home.

DSL Phillies (36-29) beat the DSL Rays 14-3.  The Phillies a 17-hit attack that included five doubles and six walks.

  • Daniel Brito (.279) went 3-5.
  • Emmanuel Garcia (.271) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and 2 RBI.
  • Henry Santana (.252) went 3-5 with a run scored, double, and 3 RBI.
  • Luis Liriano (.208) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and an RBI.
  • Jan Guerrero (.229) went 3-3, with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 walks, and an RBI.
  • Randy Alcantara (7-2, 2.44) picked up the win – 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.

The Phillies have seven games remaining.  They have been eliminated from the Wild Card.  They are in a two-way tie for second, three 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 –

  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated C Tommy Joseph from the 7-day disabled list.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs sent RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs released 1B Chris McGuiness.

61 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/14/2015

  1. Cornelius Randolph now has the the 2nd highest OPS of all qualified batters in the GCL. The only player ahead of him is 22 years old.

  2. JimP….good Wawa -Charlie story…..get him the next time.
    I assume, Charley’s reference to his youthfulness must imply he is equally impressed with the kid.

  3. Phillies stateside farm teams have a combined 310-260 win-loss record, with LHV being the only one under .500
    Win-loss records in the minor league teams are not always indicative of the state of a farm system….but winning more does indicate some players are having productive season and scoring more, and pitching better then the opposition

    1. Romus we got to get to florida. Monday free food. free wawa drinks . hoagies. we could live for almost nothing down there. Monday we take doggie bag to game to collect food for the week. nice weather not taxes. I wonder if we could get one of those tiny house they sell. and put it in the parking space.

      1. rocco…sounds like a winner. But tiny house in that parking space, better have A/C, especially in July/August! Of course Dan Norris, onse a Jay, now a Tiger, had a better plan with the van in the Walmart lot.

    2. I take issue with this. When I started following minor league system some made similar point. It was worse bit of advice I received. Of course winning is indicative of current talent level and is also indicator of future success as long as players are age appropriate.

      1. There are instances when a team could be loaded with veteran org players with maybe one or two true prospects….and that team could be a winning team. And sometimes this can occur to a team when the mid-season prospect promos start happening and then the major league club has to find replacing players to fill in the roster, and sometimes they are left with veteran minor leaguers to do that.

    1. Plus leave Stassi in AA…he is a big part of Reading’s sucess this year…let him finish it out. Playoffs more valuable than a month with bad AAA team.

  4. Thanks Jim!.. You do a great job and the story was a lot of fun. Is Eickhoff scheduled to pitch today? Do we think he will then be called up to replace Buchanan?

    1. If called up after his LHV start, IMO, Eickhoff could be available to start in Miami against the Marlins on Friday (21st) or Saturday (22nd)

    1. I didn’t think you were. But my wife, Tracy, pointed out the mistake to me this morning. And she was happy to see I went back and corrected it. That’s Tracy in my “Gravatar” picture standing with Larry Andersen, aka the “Commish”, wearing his uniform during Phantasy Week..

      1. Jim just cuious did you ever do fantasy week with Phillies? I been thinking of doing it, but I know I will get hurt. seems like fun.

        1. rocco….start getting in shape, you have 4 plus months do be ready. Then next June/July we can see you at CBP when Larry brings all the participants from the January camp, down onto the field prior to one of the games.

          1. I sent my kid to Phillies camp , and already did the field thing. pretty awesome to be on the field. We were about 6 ft from halladay, who was throwing with chooch. my kid was so amazed. I am down 40 lbs since april. need to do about 30 more to be in shape for camp. Romus I have a question and I know its wrong place. but what do you thing of tv announcers? I thought ben davis would be better, and don’t like the other two.

            1. I like Stairs…like the dry Canadien humor. TMac is a constant vocal orgasm….should be on radio vs TV, plus every half-inning he makes a mistake…listen when he has to say ‘I have to correct myself should have said…..”
              When he is not telecasting he is great in one-on-one interviews…not sure why he doesn’t carry the same inflection and mannerism over to TV…plus why explain everything to us when we see it for ourselves.
              Big Ben is learning…will need top drop the “Si’ after the required Spanish ad for games in Spanish on your SAP channel….wondering why they haven’t already asked him to do that. But I am biased…his mother taught my son in high school.
              Hey…I grew to love Sarge…and his first year was a disaster.

        2. No, I haven’t. I’d like to, but it is cost prohibitive. It’s hard for me to justify a “vacation” for 4 nights in the town where I live. And, as a year-round resident of Clearwater, I would miss the Philadelphia portion of the package. Plus, six grand is a lot. Maybe if I were still working …

          I do go over during the week to see the legends and players. My cousin’s son took part 2012-14. His father (age 70) did it with him in 2013. Almost all of the legends will talk to you, take pictures. And some of the players/campers will chat too. The Gov was here two years ago as a GM. Mr. Yuengling was here as a player the past two years.

  5. Nice game by Efflin…

    Tobias and Bossart are too advanced for Williamsport…

    Catcher position is a premium in system.

    Pitchers, catchers, 1b and CF are all flooded with depth

    1. Guys,

      What about Bossart? He gets no ink as a prospect that I’ve seen, but he was a mid-round draftee and his BA and OPS at Williamsport are pretty outstanding.

      Is he a prospect? What are his weaknesses?

      Any help here appreciated.

    2. The Phillies aren’t “flooded” at the 1B position, with Major League prospects. They have one (1) guy (Hoskins) that may have a chance carving out some time in the majors. Everybody else is organization filler.

        1. Joseph was never really expected to hit enough to be a 1B. If he makes it at that spot, he would be proving people wrong.

          If I can guess VOR’s thought process on the others, I’m thinking Encarnacion was an oversight because he’s listed him as a prospect in the recent past. Martin is a college player drafted with a non-primo pick, so I’m guessing that VOR sees him as a NP. I would consider him a fringe prospect.

          1. Kyle Martin isn’t a prospect and Tommy Joseph is a guy hoping to get a cup of coffee at this point. That’s not flooded with depth. There is really not one player in the organization that has a bat to project as a major league 1st baseman outside of maybe Cornelius Randolph.

            1. Randolph would have the bat if they would ever try that…but he would apparently lack the height at 5’11’, for what they look for in 1st baseman these days.

            2. Not a prospect really. Fourth round selection, hitting.300 right out of college, yeah you’re right .

            3. If you start counting every 22 year old that hits .300 in low A ball as a great prospect, then you are going to be severely disappointed when you see how few of them get even a cup of coffee in the Majors.

          2. I cannot begin to count all the large muscular college first baseman/third baseman who started pretty decent at A level then fizzled at AA and then AAA.
            Oddly Ruf…as the rare 4 year college product made it, but the Overbecks, Rizzs, Murphys, Karl Bolt, Yarbrough, Cody Montgomery, and who else I forgot, just came up short.

            1. Well then everyone should shut up about Hoskins, since he’s a muscular college 1b succeeding at A ball , minor league assessment is catch 22 all the time

            2. steve,,,Hoskins was my sleeper for 2015 when we picked back in March….he could succeed…hopefully the AFL awaits him in October for more exposure and then Reading next season…which will be the fork-in-the -road.

    1. He had gone into the locker room and there was some confusion when he wasn’t available when his turn at bat came. Luis only saw a pitch or two before Antequera was picked off. ‘C’ came out after the substitution and remained on the bench until Roly was ejected (Now there’s a story). Delima moved over to third and “C” coached first. Don’t know what held him up in the locker room – equipment, something personal, one of the execs (Charley, Jordan, and Sal to name a few) who were in attendance. I hung around to ask, and decided I didn’t want to know if he was “indisposed” or just plain tardy. So, I left.

  6. Looks like the Windle move to the bullpen has been positive. In his last 10 appearances from the pen, he is 1-0 with 1.38 ERA 3BB and 12K’s in 13IP. WHIP of 0.92.

    1. Williams error in the third led to one run. And even that might have been avoided if Encarnacion had attempted a 3-6-3 DP to end the inning. But, at the time, I thought taking the sure out and letting the run score was probably the correct play.

      None of the 3 unearned runs that scored in the fourth were the result of a Williams’ play. On the first pitch after a long delay while De Armas was being ejected, Medina served up a deep fly ball to center that was dropped and led directly to 3 runs. I am surprised that it was ruled an error (I was adamant that it was). Too often, if the fielder has to run, the error isn’t charged.

  7. Remember this steve. don’t run away when he stop hitting. Like all the people who went after me when I talked about brown. when he was hot I told people about him. not in gcl. in the hottest streak of his life. So if you want to keep posting, post all the things not just he good.

  8. Went to the Reading-Trenton game last night but got in late due to no parking at the Waterfront Stadium. I am not a scout but I will report what I saw last night.
    The best Reading hitter was Brock Stassi who almost hit a home run in the ninth and earlier hit a hard liner to the SS with Knapp at 3B with one out. The hard hit liner hit the ground just before the SS knocked it down but was surprised that Knapp did not leave on contact as he probably would have scored. Not sure if Dusty Wathan held Knapp or not at 3B. In general the LH hitters on Reading had trouble against the LH pitcher of Trenton and his breaking balls.
    The best fielder for Reading was Brodie Greene the 2B who made several good plays but Reading’s fielding was good overall. Zach Eflin pitched well and out of two jams with runners on and reached back for a fastball to strike out the batter with the bases loaded and get out of the seventh. Eflin has a very easy delivery, kept his poise when runners got on and benefitted from a consistent strike zone by the umpire. I always wonder why three umpires in the minors do a better job than four at the MLB level. Ramos pitched a very good 8th inning and looked good with his fastball. In the ninth inning(Shackleford did not come on) Ramos walked the second batter, allowed a hit to RF which allowed the runner to go to third. On the throw from Perkins the runner going to 3B was out from my seat angle(3B side) but was ruled safe and allowed the hitter to advance to 2B.

    Overall it was a well played game but Reading did not convert their scoring chances and lost after 10 straight wins. I can see why they are in first place and hopefully start another winning streak tonight. There was no speed readings that I could see on the scoreboard. Trenton has a very nice stadium which has the Delaware River right behind it and usually brings in a nice breeze at night. It was a enjoyable evening with the exception of Reading losing.

  9. Pawtucket is a nice test for Eickhoff today. Their AAA squad has at least 5 major league hitters in the top 7 of the order.

  10. The Phillies should call-up Eickhoff after today and have him start vs the Marlins in Miami after he gets his four days off and maybe a travel day, Friday.

    1. Because of the day off Monday, looks like Eickhoff will be needed on Saturday, Aug. 22. He’s pitching fine today.

  11. watched the crosscutters game, it was Venn Biter’s error that cost a couple runs as he went back deep but couldn’t bring in the catch. Posso’s shot was a blast, as soon as he hit it you knew it was a HR.

    1. Now this is a good article. The writer appears to have done his own research and didn’t rely on past comments about Knapp’s defense that gained momentum among a community that hasn’t actually seen him play or made a sweeping decision on a small sample size. Kudos to Mr. Breen.

  12. I Am watching the lhv game. I have such a tough time with stats, and this game is why. The pitcher for red sox was just called up mc carthy., He has nothing 82-88 on gun. No real curve or slider that I saw. he has a change up. Tommy joseph hit a bomb. altheer has two hits. The second one was a classic swing, head down got his foot down and roped a double to left. first hit was a single up the middle not stung but in the right spot. dugan has a big swing, first time I ever saw him play, Servino Gonzalez is coming off disable list. so far he is 87 to 89. t 91 once. imo his whole game is keeping the hitters off stride. with that low velocity I don’t know if he can do it at the next level. I saw a couple of nice curves, but mostly to my eye he has a very hittable curve. most don’t have that tight spin and downward motion. but I am watching on tv. so I could be wrong. To sum it up I can’t judge off one game. but with his low velo. and not great stuff, he will imo have a tough time at next level.. One thing more I think this is third time I have seen altheer, he is build like a player. doesn’t mean he can be good. but really looks like a ball player.

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