Box Score Recap – 8/18/2015

Clearwater (69-53) beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 9-4.  Matt Imhof (7-4, 3.72) gave up two runs in the first inning, but held the Blue Jays to four base runners over over the following four innings.  Overall, he conceded two runs on five hits and two walks.  Imhof struck out six batters.  Alberto Tirado (2.94) made his first appearance against his former team and tossed three no-hit, shutout innings.  Tirado struck out three but walked four.  Harold Guerrero (3.41) gave up a two-run home run in the ninth.

After falling behind 2-0, the Threshers began their comeback in the second inning and mounted a 14-hit attack.  Eight starters had hits, five had multi-hit games.

Mitch Walding started the barrage with an RBI single in the second.  The Threshers took the lead with three runs in the third on Rhys Hoskins’ RBI double, Willians Astudillo sacrifice fly, and Aaron Brown’s tenth home run.  They continued to tack on runs on Astudillo’s RBI double in the fifth and Jessie Valentin’s RBI ground out in the sixth.  They put the game away with another crooked number in the ninth on Hoskins’ three-run home run, his seventh.

  • Lead off batter Jessie Valentin (.195) went 1-5 with a run scored, double, and RBI.
  • Carlos Tocci (.269) went 2-5.
  • Andrew Pullin (.252) DNP.
  • Dylan Cozens (.278) went 2-3 with 3 runs scored, a double, and 2 walks.
  • Rhys Hoskins (.310) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, HR (7), walk, and 4 RBI.
  • Willians Astudillo (.331) went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
  • Aaron Brown (.253) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, a HR (10), and RBI.
  • Tocci (9) was picked off and caught stealing.

Lehigh Valley (55-69) beat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 3-1.  Sean O’Sullivan (2-2, 3.86) pitched into the ninth inning before turning the game over to Dustin McGowan (4.68) who picked up his 10th save.  A throwing error by Chase d’Arnaud allowed an unearned run/inherited runner to score.  The IronPigs scored their three runs in the third inning on a balk and Tyler Henson’s two-run double.

  • Brian Bosusevic (.295) went 2-4 with a run scored.
  • Kelly Dugan (.222) went 1-4.
  • Tommy Joseph (.130) went 0-4.
  • Aaron Judge went 0-4 with 3 K, all 3 strike outs came against O’Sullivan.

Reading (71-51) came from behind to beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6-5.  Nick Pivetta (6.82) lasted 3.2 innings and gave up five runs on five hits and three walks.  Edubray Ramos (2.57) entered the game with the bases loaded and struck out one batter for the final out of the inning, stranding all three base runners.  He followed that with a 1-2-3 fifth inning.  Reinier Roibal (5-1, 1.71) followed with three perfect innings and became the pitcher of record when the Phils completed their comeback.  Ryan O’Sullivan (1.50) completed a perfect night for the O’Sullivan family when he came in and wrapped up his third save.

The Phils trailed 4-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning.  They got two runs back on Harold Martinez’ RBI triple and Brian Pointer’s RBI ground out.  They tied the game with three runs in the fifth on Brock Stassi’s RBI single and Andrew Knapp’s two-run home run. The Phils took the lead in the eighth inning when Knapp led off with a double and scored on Angelo Mora’s RBI single.

  • Nick Williams (.355) went 2-4 with a run scored.
  • J.P. Crawford (.249) went 0-4.
  • Cam Perkins (.254) went 0-4.
  • Brock Stassi (.308) went 1-2 with a run scored, 2 walks, and an RBI (78).
  • Andrew Knapp (.409) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, HR (9), and 2 RBI.
  • Destin Hood (.284) DNP.
  • Angelo Mora (.343) went 2-3 with a run scored and walk.
  • Harold Martinez (.302) went 1-4 with a run scored, triple, RBI and 2 K.

Lakewood (61-58)  lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds 8-2.  Austin Davis (3-5, 3.36) gave up five runs on five hits and five walks in six innings.  Scott Harris (4.94) gave up two runs on three hits in two innings.  Matt Hockenberry (2.27) gave up one run in one inning.   The BlueClaws scored their two runs on RBI singles by Drew Stankiewicz and Scott Kingery.

  • Herlis Rodriguez (.302) went 1-4 with a walk.
  • Drew Stankiewicz (.241) went 1-4 with an RBI and 3 K.
  • Scott Kingery (.264) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Kyle Martin (.283) went 0-4.
  • Cord Sandberg (.256) went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Jiandido Tromp had 2 hits, Joel Fisher had 3 K.
  • Sandberg picked up an outfield assist.

Williamsport (35-21) All Star Break.  The North beat the South 4-2.  The Crosscutters batters gave a good account of themselves going 5-7 while the rest of the South team went 3-24.

  • All Star Game Stats
  • Josh Tobias went 2-2;
  • Zach Coppola went 1-2;
  • Austin Bossart went 0-1,
  • Mark Laird went 2-2 with a double and a run scored.
  • Brendon Hayden DNP.
  • Mitch Gueller took the loss – 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • Alejandro Arteaga  – 1.0, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Robert Tasin – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • AVG at the All Star Break
  • Zachary Coppola (.298)
  • Mark Laird (.280)
  • Josh Tobias (.314)
  • Jose Pujols (.242)
  • Venn Biter (.275)
  • Jan Hernandez (.212)
  • Jesus Posso (.264)
  • Austin Bossart (.367)

GCL Phillies (30-18) beat the GCL Astros 2-1.  Miguel Gonzalez threw two innings of one-hit ball while walking one and striking out three.  Luis Morales (1-0, 1.29) tossed four, one-hit innings and struck out six.  Edgar Garcia (3.45) gave up the lone run after the Phillies took a 2–0 lead on two hits and two walks, but struck out four in two innings.  Ismael Cabrera (0.68) earned his second save with two strike outs in a one-hit ninth inning.

A Phillies threat stalled in the sixth, but they broke through in the seventh.  Greg Pickett knocked in the first run on a throwing error during a fielder’s choice.  The second run scored on fielding error later in the inning.  Fortunately, the pitching was strong enough to make these runs stand up.

  • Jose Antequera (.286) went 1-4
  • Jonathan Arauz (.245) went 0-3 with a walk.
  • “C” Randolph (.301) went 0-4.
  • Edgar Cabral (.274) went 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Juan Luis (.258) went 0-3 with a run scored and walk.
  • Lucas Williams (.282) went 0-2 with a walk.
  • Greg Pickett went 1-4 with a double.
  • Greg Brodzinski went 2-3 with an RBI.
  • Antequera stole his 15th base.

There is no wild card, only the four division winners qualify for the playoffs.

  1. GCL Blue Jays   32   16      —     —
  2. GCL Phillies        30   18     2.0   11
  3. GCL Pirates         27   21     5.0     8
  4. GCL Yankees1    17   28  13.5     1

DSL Phillies (37-31) lost to the  DSL Indians 8-2.  And were eliminated from the playoff contention.  Henry Santana (.274) went 3-4 with a run scored and 3 doubles.

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.
  • Jimenez was second on the team with three HR.
  • Lenin Rodriguez led the team with four HR.
  • Sergio Velis (4-2, 1.33) was their best pitcher – 74.2 IP, 50 H, 14 BB, 59 K, 0.86 WHIP.

Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Placed 3B Maikel Franco on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 12, 2015. Non-displaced fracture of his left wrist
  • Recalled Aaron Altherr from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Colton Murray assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Signed free agent LHP Tyler Frankoff to a minor league contract.
  • LHP Tyler Frankoff assigned to GCL Phillies.

75 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/18/2015

  1. Pastornicky (.423/.531/.538) is chomping at the bit to play in Philly but not sure Utley is going anywhere.

    Let’s just say that Andy Knapp absolutely loves the Reading Bandbox of a stadium. I’ve seen him play a couple of times and I always thought his arm was adequate. His defensive posture behind the plate needed work. He wasn’t moving side to side with the greatest of ease. His glove wasn’t in the best position for balls in the dirt. I have not seen him since early July so maybe Wathan’s been working him hard on the defensive side. I think he has to start next year in AAA but decisions will have to be made on Lino.

    It seems that every boxscore recap Jim does on CLW, Aaron Brown’s name get mentioned. I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to him but he has power and he’s been hot lately (.343 in last 10 games). He’s a swing and miss guy but he often gets that needed RBI or run scored. I’ll pay a little more attention to him through the end of this year. I’d like to see more bat control over the next 2 weeks or so.

    Hoskins continues to run a fly pattern to Philly. Looking forward to seeing what he can do in the Reading ballpark. Next year, of course.

    Tromp must have told to put up or go home. Throughout this season, I been calling for him to be sent home. He’s doing a little better at the end of this year. Nothing to write home about but better.

    1. Brown is interesting. He plays all three outfield positions well. If Tocci hadn’t been promoted, Brown would still be the center fielder. He has range, is quick, and has a strong arm. He is reckless with his body, though. An early trip to the DL was the result of a diving catch he made. He missed a couple games later in the season after another defensive play. The second time was during a resurgence at the plate.

      You’re right about the “swing and miss”. He doesn’t get cheated on his swings. But he’s smart too. I’ve seen him put down bunts that the pitcher couldn’t get to when the second baseman was too deep to make the play. He is also among a group of Threshers who try and jump at the opposing pitcher’s first pitch (too often in my mind).

      This may not be a popular sentiment, but had Reading needed an outfielder this month, I think Brown might have been the one promoted – defensively he’s ahead of Pullin and his power is a little more consistent that Cozens.

      1. If his DOB was ’94 vs ’92, I think Brown would get more hype on the board.
        Next season he will be in Reading, I would think, and turns 24, for sure, he cannot afford to have many protracted slumps.

        1. Believe it or not, I deleted a paragraph from my response above about the ages of the outfielders.where I brought up the fact that he was two years older than the other two outfielders. The consensus down here has been that none of the outfielders was ready for a promotion to Reading if one opened up. I always suggested that Brown’s age could be the determining factor.

      2. For the most part, I’m happy with Brown’s season. I wasn’t expecting a ton from him because we knew he was raw when he was drafted. He’s walking at a sort-of-acceptable rate and he’s striking out slightly less than he did in his debut.

        Next year is the key for him, imo. If he’s going to break out, Reading is a good place to do it.

  2. Has anyone that has been attending Reading games noticing anything glaring with JP? Are his 0-fers unlucky and barreled? 0-4 with no walks involved scream impatient approach prolonging a slump. I didn’t figure he’d be in the .240’s due to his approach but it seems he’s lost a feel for drawing free passes. Id love to see his pitches per AB rate.

    Nick Williams has had this issue in the past as well.

    1. If he continues the slide, JPC could start at Reading next season, hoping for a confidence building rake job, then a promo to LHV in May/june..

      1. Romus the kid has hit a wall. Like judge has. but not happ he is raking. Have you seen Charlie hayes kid in gcl. he is really on fire. Well romus I have to get wash see you tonight at the game. We have a good time last night m8

        1. rocco….ha…. still funny guy.
          And do not bring up Happ, though Randolph could be potentially more productive down the road. I am a little surprised about Charlie Hayes’ son’s explosive start.

          1. Romus as you know I am a little slow. I started to think about larrys comment. when he compared me to david. That really was low. took me two days to realize it. lmao

            1. He did give you a backhanded compliment however, saying at least your arguments had some sense to them….now that was funny.

          2. Every time I think about Charlie Hayes, I think about the Seinfeld episode where Kramer yells out something like “Hey Charlie, this ain’t Philadelphia, .230 isn’t gonna cut it in New York.”

            1. When hearing Charlie Hayes, I think of him catching the final out of Terry Mulholland’s no-hitter back in 1990 which just had its 25 year anniversary the other day.

            2. What I remember about Charlie was he loved to come around my corner and get weed. Love weed. Even when he was traded he would come around for weed nice guy.

    2. Players aren’t supposed to take an O’fer? The guy just had 3 hits and a walk the previous 2 games.

      1. Anonymous are we talking about Crawford? his average is down to 249. so he is in a prolong slump. no one is saying he isn’t going to be a good player. just hit a wall. young for league.

  3. Must be a Venezuelan thing….Tocci gets picked-off and Cesar Hernandez seems to get picked-off, quite a bit.

    1. Thanks for mentioning this. It seems to be a general problem of jumpiness. I have never seen so many “picked-off, out on attempted steal of second base” in the live report of each game. You would think that they would be able to improve on reading the pitcher by this stage of the season. Tobias is another one caught often. It isn’t only the Venezuelans. It’s the whole system. There is a fine line between being aggressive on the base lines and ruining opportunities to get into scoring position. They are also being picked off by catchers in greater numbers.

  4. Knappalicious…

    Nick Williams, Hoskins, Cozens, Brown, continues the hot streak…
    Pivetta line is all over the place.
    MAG sighting in GCL.

    Cozens, Hoskins, Knapp and Williams are beyond hot right now, reading lineup is unfair to opposing pitchers especially when stassi and jpc are on.
    Can’t wait to see them next season when I go to slugger field.

    1. It’s funny how things go with analytics. I think the result of the new SABR world is that, sometimes, really great hitters who are low on the defensive spectrum (first base, left field), don’t really get the props they deserve. This actually happened a bit with Paul Goldschmidt – he pounded his way through the minors, but still was somehow not on people’s radar screens.

      The current example before your eyes is Rhys Hoskins. He hits, gets on base, hits for power and just keeps going and going – he’s not hot; he’s just damned good. The current thinking is that a first baseman probaly shouldn’t be in the top 15 prospects or so in a decent system. That rigid thinking is, to my mind, flawed. If Rhys Hoskins reaches his ceiling, you are probably looking at a guy who might be a 3-5 WAR player – folks, that’s roughly the equivalent value of a #2 starter. So yeah, we’ve got a lot of great prospects, but don’t forget about Hoskins – he could be your first baseman for a long time here. Even with the influx of talent, he’ll probably be in my top 10 and most likely in the top 15. He’s not just another guy.

      1. KLaw also mentioned Goldy and how he overlooked him to Hoskins and says it could be the same way.
        Next year at Reading facing AA pitching will be the test.

        1. Nope, most likely he will rake at Reading – even sort of explode there like Knapp has. The hard test swill be AAA and then the majors. If he hits at AAA like he hit this year, he has a chance to be a nice player. If he shows decent power at AAA, we can all get excited because the plate discipline and hit tool appear to be legit.

      2. You absolutely have to rake as a 1B to get noticed. My buddy, who’s a Blue Jays fan, said that if Rowdy Tellez doesn’t get recognized, then Hoskins shouldn’t either. Tellez is 20 in the FSL with a .800 OPS. Hoskins is 22 with a .900 OPS.

        1. Got to love that name Rowdy.
          Parents must have been big Roddy ‘Rowdy’ Piper fans in the day.
          But your buddy is correct….that guy could be a big time guy eventually.

          1. Best line about Rowdy Tellez I have seen by — Baseball Prospectus 2015 Annual states something like, “he is a bank manager’s worst nightmare.” Or something to that effect.

        2. seeing the top college hitters from last years draft having initial success in the majors (Schwarber and Conforto) got me thinking about how Hoskins having success but between two levels of A ball compares to the college hitters with pop drafted ahead of him as far as minor league levels and success- there are only about a dozen of them that i saw, and he’s right there in the mix.
          obviously AJ Reed has hit AA and is still pounding the ball, and Sam Travis went from A+ AA (.791 ops in AA). Bradley Zimmer 30 games now in AA with .900 ops, Matt Chapman ,JD Davies and Mike Papi all season in A+ at .940, .857, and just .704 respectively. Derek Fisher promoted to A+ at .821. Taylor Sparks at a+ all year at .698, Dylan Davis struggling in first month at A+, The first 1B taken, casey gillaspie was at .888 in A, then apparently got hurt after geting promoted to a+.

          Is it reasonable to think Hoskins could hit the majors by mid 2017, with Howard hopefully bought out after 2016?

          1. I can guarantee that Howard is going to get bought out. 2016 will be his last year in a Phillies uniform.

  5. Report: Lancaster Catholic grad Travis Jankowski called up to Padres nice to see kid from Lancaster make it to majors.

  6. If Rhys Hoskins is for real…and I think that he might be…he will speed up our rebuild. I think he could be a .280/.350/.500 hitter with above average to plus defense. That profile will generate a ton of surplus value and provide Franco awesome protection.

    1. In today’s lean offensive environment, you just described what I noted above – a 3-5 WAR offensive player – a guy who can hit 3-6 in the order on a contending team.

      1. When I said a 3-5 WAR “offensive” player, I’m also including his apparently plus defensive contributions – I should have said “position player”

        1. Where did you get the 3-5 WAR number for Hoskins? Mark Texieira has only had two (2) 5 WAR seasons in his entire career.

          1. 3-5 is his ceiling – if everything goes crazy right. But if his offense is a plus and his defense is a plus, he does not have to be a star at the plate to produce a 3+ WAR, although, obviously, he does have to be pretty darned good. Anyway, if he has plus defense and puts up the stat line that v1Again suggested, I think he probably would sit in the 3-5 WAR range. But, of course, much can go wrong and a ceiling is far from a projected likely outcome.

            1. If he really matches that ceiling, then yes he’s a 3 to 5 WAR player (really closer to 5 – or even a little over – basically a little better than 2014 Todd Frazier).

              But I think that’s a wildly optimistic projection. Here’s where age factors in: it doesn’t preclude major league success at all – I could certainly see him producing 2 or 3 WAR per year, which is still a ton of excess value – but to get to v1’s absurdly optimistic projection (even considered as a ceiling), you would need either (a) to be producing similar numbers at a similar at at age 20, (b) dominating to a MUCH greater extent at a similar age/level, or (c) both.

              I see his offensive upside as closer to .250/.330/.420. With plus defense at 1B, that’s still a well above average first baseman in the current offensive context. It would be great to see him reach that ceiling, though of course it is far from a sure thing.

              (And I’m sure that someone will point out that my comp to Frazier (given his career progression) is a reason to be more optimistic about Hoskins than I am. And yes, it’s POSSIBLE that I’m overly pessimistic. But that just illustrates a common mistake that people make in projecting prospects – taking the extreme outlier as the norm.)

            2. I don’t think we disagree, Larry. With a prospect like Hoskins, as much as anything, I want to see him play and get my own feel of his upside. In a year, we will know a whole lot more about him, but as we sit here, his getting a mid-year promotion and then just killing the entire league in OPS in the league to which he was promoted is no small feat.

            3. 1. Let’s not over blow Rhys’s age. He is only 22. He is in his first full season posts draft. He is very age appropriate. He is actually 6 months younger than the average age of the FSL.

              2. I had a caveat that “if he is for real”. It is still early on him and he is the type of prospect that has to prove it at every level. But his OPS is .100 points higher than the 2nd highest OPS in the FSL. And he hits LHP very well.

              3. The suggestion that Rhys’s stats should be ignored because he isn’t 20, is silly. There are plenty of players who did well in the FSL as 22 year olds and became very good players.

            4. But v1 I’m not saying that his stats should be “ignored.” On the contrary, I’m saying that those stats, properly considered (including age level), don’t suggest major league stats such as you project as his upside, even if he is “for real.” It wouldn’t be unprecedented, but it would be unusual.

              And I agree that one shouldn’t over blow his age – I don’t think I am doing so. But your “6 months younger” compares him to ALL players at his level, including org guys. Compared to real prospects at that level he’s a little old. Not A LOT old, but older than average.

              As for “become very good players,” I guess it depends upon what you mean by “very good.” Your upside projection (and yes, I know you’re saying it is an upside if he is “for real”), if combined with plus defense, makes him a star – a 5 WAR plus player in the current offensive context. Sure, there’s some 22 old FSL players that developed into 5 WAR players – but not “plenty.”

              All that said, he is a real prospect and his development this season has been a pleasant surprise.

  7. Rhys Hoskins is a 1st base prospect, has the initials R.H. and was drafted in the 5th round out of College. Any guesses who shared those exact same characteristics?

    1. that made me look- they kept howard in low a for his first full season, than a full season in a+ before moving to reading for his big 2004 season- so Hoskins starting an AA next year would put him a year ahead of Howards somewhat slow pace to the majors-
      by the way, Howards last year in college he had 13 homers and 54 rbi.
      Hoskins last year he had 12 homers and 53 rbi.

  8. So who are Phillies hitter and pitcher of the year? Hoskins or Knapp? Pinto or Eflin? IMO those are the 4 choices for the two spots. Right now I say Knapp and Eflin.

    1. You also have Astudillo who is about to lead the FSL in hitting, not a small accomplishment. My vote would be for Hoskins and I do think Pinto has shown the most this year.

      Again, as I mentioned a week or so ago, a guy who never gets mentioned is Roibal. I don’t know his story in terms of where he was for the last few years but he’s not that old and throws mid 90s and gets lots of ugly swings. This guy absolutely has a chance to pitch in Philly next year.

      You have to love this Reading team. It might be the best Phillies minor league team that I can remember. They are rolling off win after win and they’re never out of a game with that lineup. Even guys like Mora and Martinez are hitting over 300 and getting hits every night. I really want to see them win a championship and get that winning feeling started.

      1. they are a really good team. not a Phils team but the Eastern League team i always think of was the Harrisburg Senators of 1993- checking now they went 94-44. Offense featured Cliff Floyd, Rondell White, Curtis Pride, Shane Andrews and an OF named Glen Murray. Rotation had Miguel Batista, Joey Eishen, Reid Cornelius, Gabe White and a 19 year old in the pen, Ugueth U Urbina.

    2. That is a good question. I gotta give the hitter award to Knapp, he’s killing it at Reading. I think I’ll give the pitcher award to Pinto. I think the sub 3 ERA across 2 levels will seal it for him.

  9. Headed up to Reading tonight. Got tickets right behind HP in the blue boxse for $11. It’s a great thing. Looking forward to seeing Williams & Knapp in person. Elfin on the bump tonight, although I saw him in Trenton in early July. Always a great trip. What a lineup!

    1. That right here shows the interesting turn of events in the organization. You mentioned 3 players you are looking forward to seeing tonight, and not one of them was named Crawford.

      1. wow jim I thought the same thing.. I would want to see Crawford first over anyone else in this organization.

  10. Altherr is getting his turn and I’m happy about that, but I find myself rooting for Brian Bogusevic to get another shot. Former 1st round pick who has played well in the minors, but doesn’t have enough time in the majors to get the pension I believe.

  11. Chase being traded.
    Jim Salisbury ‏@JSalisburyCSN 2m2 minutes ago
    Multiple sources confirm Dodgers as focal team in Utley talks. Deal being worked on. Not final.

  12. Romus how many times do I have to tell you this is the wrong thread. I cant believe you keep doing it m8. lmao

  13. Cornelius on base 3 more times today. Wish they would have let him get his feet wet in Lakewood for a few weeks, to get him ready for next year.

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