Box Score Recap – 8/19/2015

Aaron Altherr started for the Philadelphia Phillies in left field last night and collected his first major league hit, home run, and RBI.  He doubled in his first at bat and drove in his first run in the first inning off Mark Buehrle.  He lined a two-run home run to left in the fifth inning off reliever Bo Schultz .  He finished 2 for 3 with a walk, run scored, double, home run, and three RBI.

Clearwater (70-53) beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 6-2.  The Threshers gave Mark Leiter (5-1, 2.18) an early lead and he held the Jays to two runs on six hits in six innings.  He struck out five.  Alexis Rivero (3.15) earned his second save with three no-hit innings.  He walked one and struck out five, the fourth straight game that Threshers’ pitching reached double digit strike outs.

The Threshers amassed twelve hits on their way to their 70th victory.  The team managed to post a 49-89 record during the torturous 2014 campaign.

The Threshers jumped out in front in the first inning on Rhys Hoskins’ RBI double and Andrew Pullin’s RBI single.  They extended the lead in the third on RBI singles by Andrew Pullin and Aaron Brown.  An RBI single by Mitch Walding and sacrifice fly by Jessie Valentin in the eighth rounded out the scoring.

  • Jessie Valentin (.200) went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI.
  • Carlos Tocci (.267) did not start and went 0-1 after entering as a pinch runner.
  • Dylan Cozens (.286) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a walk.
  • Rhys Hoskins (.307) went 1-5 with a run scored, double, RBI, and 2 K.
  • Andrew Pullin (.255) went 2-3 with a walk and 2 RBI (65).
  • Aaron Brown (.257) went 2-3 with a walk and RBI.
  • Cozens stole his 16th base.
  • Willians Astudillo (.331) DNP.

Lehigh Valley (55-70) lost to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 2-1.  Anthony Vasquez (7-6, 4.22) gave up two runs (1 ER) as the “Altherr-less” IronPigs couldn’t muster enough run support for his five-hit outing.  Brian Bogusevic drove in their only run with a home run in the second inning.

  • Brian Bosusevic (.297) went 2-4 with his 11th HR.
  • Kelly Dugan (.212) went 0-3 with 2 K.
  • Tommy Joseph (.126) went 0-3 with a walk.
  • Kratz and d’Arnaud had 2 hits each
  • d’Arnaud commited his 19th error.
  • Vasquez picked a runner off first.
  • Aaron Judge went 2-3 with a walk and his 7th HR.

Reading (72-51) beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 12-6.  Zach Eflin (7-6, 3.56) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings.  All four runs scored on three Cat’s home runs.   Jimmy Cordero (3.27) pitched two innings and gave up a run on a home run in the eighth.  Hoby Milner (3.47) gave up another run in the ninth.

Seven Phils’ batters amassed 17 hits.  Five Phils had three-hit games.  Destin Hood hit two home runs and drove in six runs.  Brock Stassi had three RBI to add to his team leading total of 81.

  • Nick Williams (.373) went 3-5 with 3 runs scored and a double.
  • Angelo Mora (.361) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, and 2 K.
  • J.P. Crawford (.255) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
  • Cam Perkins (.254) DNP.
  • Andrew Knapp (.409) DNP.
  • Brock Stassi (.309) went 1-2 with 2 runs scored, a double, walk, and 3 RBI (81).
  • Destin Hood (.290) went 3-5 with 3 runs scored, a double, 2 HR (8), 6 RBI, and 2 K.
  • Rene Garcia (.324)went 3-5 with a double and 2 RBI.
  • Harold Martinez (.302) DNP.
  • KC Serna stole his 7th base, Crawford his 4th.
  • Stassi had 2 sacrifice flies.

Lakewood (62-58)  beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 6-1.  Elniery Garcia (8-9, 3.05) held the Birds to one run on five hits in six innings.  He walked two and struck out three.  Joey DeNato (1.32) picked up his ninth save.  He tossed three, one-hit innings and struck out four.

The BlueClaws struck first with four runs in the first inning.  Damek Tomscha cleared the bases with a bases loaded double and Jiandido Tromp’s sacrifice fly.  They added two more runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Kyle Martin and Cord Sandberg.

  • Herlis Rodriguez (.298) went 0-4 with a run scored, walk, and 3 K.
  • Drew Stankiewicz (.250) went 2-3 with a run scored and walk.
  • Scott Kingery (.260) went 0-3 with 2 runs scored and a HBP.
  • Kyle Martin (.287) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, and RBI.
  • Damek Tomscha (.269) went 1-3 with a run scored, double, walk, and 3 RBI.
  • Cord Sandberg (.258) went 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Jiandido Tromp (.203) went 3-3 with an RBI.
  • Joel Fisher struck out 3 times.
  • Tromp and Martin were picked off base.
  • Garcia and DeNato picked runners off first.

Williamsport (35-22) was shutout by the State College Spikes 5-0.  Tyler Gilbert (3-3, 3.00) took the loss.  He gave up three runs in four innings on seven hits.  Denton Keys (4.59) was touched for two unearned runs in three innings and struck out three.  Sutter McLoughlin (4.50) finished up with a one-hit eighth inning.

The Cutters managed only four base runners on four singles.  Two of them were caught stealing.

  • Zachary Coppola (.297) went 1-4.
  • Mark Laird (.272) went 0-4 with 2 K.
  • Josh Tobias (.309) went 0-3 with 2 K.
  • Jesus Posso (.258) went 0-3.
  • Venn Biter (.269) went 0-3.
  • Jose Pujols (.242)DNP.
  • Jan Hernandez (.208) went 0-3.
  • Carlos Duran went 2-3.
  • Austin Bossart (.355) went 0-3.
  • Coppola and William Cuicas were caught stealing.
  • Duran had an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at third.

GCL Phillies (30-19) lost to the GCL Braves 3-2.  Bailey Falter (1-2, 4.18) gave up three runs and four hits in the first inning.  Falter retired the Braves in order the next two innings and retired nine batters in a row at one point before giving up a one out single in the fourth.  One strike out later, he was relieved by Nick Fanti (1.35) who two-hit the Braves in 3.1 shutout innings.  Gandy Stubblefield pitched a one-walk eighth inning.

The Phillies scored two runs in the third inning on a wild pitch and RBI single by Luis Encarnacion.

  • Jose Antequera (.276) went 0-4.
  • Arquimedes Gamboa (.197) went 0-4.
  • Jonathan Arauz (.245) DNP.
  • “C” Randolph (.308) went 2-3 with a walk.
  • Luis Encarnacion (.295) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Edgar Cabral (.273) went 1-4.
  • Lucas Williams (.287) went 1-2 with a walk.
  • Greg Pickett DNP.
  • Randolph and Williams were both caught stealing for the second time.
  • Fanti picked off a base runner.
  • Cabral threw out a base runner.

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

  1. GCL Blue Jays   32   17      —     —
  2. GCL Phillies        30   19     2.0   10
  3. GCL Pirates         27   22     5.0     7
  4. GCL Yankees1    18   28  13.5     1

DSL Phillies (37-32) lost to the division leading DSL Astros Blue 15-3.

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 –

  • Chase Utley has been traded to the Dodgers for 2 minor leaguers.  The Dodgers are also receiving $4M in cash.
  • The Phillies received AAA infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney and Advanced A RHP John Richy (the Dodgers 13th and 29th ranked prospects).  The Dodgers may receive as much as $4M of the roughly $6M owed Utley.
  • Per MLB Trade Rumors, Sweeney will take Utley’s roster spot.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP Jason Berken from the temporarily inactive list.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Sean O’Sullivan on the temporarily inactive list.
  • Williamsport Crosscutters placed C Gregori Rivero on the 7-day disabled list.
  • C Greg Brodzinski assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.

24 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/19/2015

  1. I thought Pastornicky would get the callup when Utley was traded but Sweeney got it instead. Sweeney looks like a solid Utility guy. a jack-of-all-trades but master of none.

    It’s time for Dugan to get comfortable with AAA pitching and carry the limping LHV team to the finish line.

    Knapp got the night off and Rene Garcia did him proud but he must have been mad that he didn’t get to hit. 17 hit attack. That’s a game where you can pad your stats.

    A few guys on this site have been reminding us all about pitcher’s growth. Sometimes the Phils development staff tell pitchers to work on certain pitches and stop throwing the ones that have been successful. It’s part of the development process. Some good pitchers get lit up like a Christmas Tree and we all groan about it. But the really good pitches will be there when they’re needed and the so-so pitches have to be worked on. You don’t want them throwing a lousy pitch in the big leagues and calling it development. Develop the pitch in the minors for use in the Majors. Thanks guys, you know who you are, for reminding us of that.

    Aaron Brown has been hot, hot, hot. He’s hitting .533 in his last 4 games and .351 in his last 10 games. He’s still striking out a lot so that’s something to work on. Altherr did the same thing and when he got to Reading, he worked on cutting down the K’s and increasing the BBs. Let’s hope Aaron can become the 2nd coming of Altherr.

    Dylan Cozens is a carbon copy of Aaron Brown or visa versa. Hitting .351 in his last 10 games and .474 in his last 5 games. He’s been cutting down on the Ks and increasing the BBs over his last 10 games. I’d say he’s a better hitter since he did that stint on the DL. Maybe he’s fresher than other guys or maybe he had time to slow the game down and work on things. there’s also a lot of talk about hazing guys in the minors but a 6′ 6″ 235 lbs is a dangerous guy to haze.

    Okay Tromp, stop trying to look like a hitter. He’s over .200 for the first time this season. It’s late August man. Herlis got the horse collar tackle with 3 Ks. He’ll be back, the next game, to kick somebody’s butt and take a few names.

  2. Williams has been really exciting so far, and makes a great combo with JP. Things are looking a lot brighter. There are about 20 guys to follow regularly; what a huge improvement on the farm system.

  3. Attended last night’s Threshers game at Dunedin. A few observations:

    Cozens looked very good. First 2 AB’s he went 0-2 right away; first one he singled with a nice line drive easy stroke, and the second one he worked a walk. On his SB the catcher couldn’t get the ball out of his glove so there was no throw. He seems very coachable. He was getting instruction after every AB and seemed to be soaking up the advice like a sponge. The game ended when made a diving catch in RF. It wasn’t anything spectacular but a nice athletic play. The hardest hit ball of the game may have been a Cozens grounder that ended up being a 6-4-3 DP. It was absolutely smoked and the SS had almost no time to field it.

    Hoskins has a nice approach and consistently makes solid contact. His double in the first hit the base of the LF wall and was hit so hard that the LF just turned around right away to run back after it. Though that was his only hit, he hit the ball hard in other

    Pullin went 2-3 with 2 RBI singles, but both were lucky bloops that just barely looped over an infielder’s glove (one over 2Bman, one over SS).

    Aaron Brown had 2 hits and hit the ball well. He played CF until Tocci pinch-ran for Pullin and stayed in the game. Speaking of Tocci, he did get one AB after entering the game, and K’s on 3 pitches and looked awful. It was his only AB of the game however. Was disappointed Astudillo didn’t play as hot as he’s been.

    Carlos Rivero was VERY impressive pitching the last 3 innings. He was consistently throwing 95 topping out at 96. When he threw his breaking stuff, the Blue Jay hitters were baffled. His only blemish was a walk and he K’d 5 guys. Not one ball was hit at all hard off him.

    1. It’s funny, we have so many good prospects now that guys like Rivero and Angelo Mora are completely under the radar. It’s a high class problem to be sure.

  4. Reading is just rolling right now even with JPC struggling a bit. Eflin could afford to experiment with a large lead as his last outing was seven scoreless innings.

    1. JPC is and will be fine. The rest of the team is rolling, rolling, rolling even without Roman Quinn. On the whole this year’s Reading team is probably the best Phillies minor league team I’ve seen since I started following the site in 2006.

        1. I saw Quinn today watching the Gulf Coast game, On a bright note, Roman has a really cool mohawk, downside, he’s not coming back this season.

  5. Oh yes, I was at CBP last night, right behind the Phillies’ dugout. I’ve seen Aaron Altherr play about 4 or 5 times in person this year and come away impressed every time. He’s just a fundamentally very good baseball player. At the very least, I think he’ll be a 4th outfielder type. But he could be a lot better than that. We really won’t know, however, until he’s been around the league a few times and they try to exploit whatever weaknesses he might have in his swing or approach. But he’s got a nice quick bat, fields well, runs well, and can throw – he’s classic tool shed player who developed and what’s nice about him is they took him (9th round) where you should take undeveloped tool shed players.

      1. By the way, having nothing to do with the play on the field, as you may know, the Phillies had two vendors competing for MLB “vendor of the year.” One is the adorable “pistachio girl” – high spirited, funny, chatty and with a great cheery call (it used to be for pistachios and now its for peanuts and crackerjacks). The other is the “beer pirate” – what on earth do people see in the “beer pirate”” He’s not funny, nor interesting, nor creative, nor does he even have a good beer call and he flat out creeps me out. Sorry if you know this guy, but I just don’t get it and I’m not a fan of his schtick.

  6. I haven’t seen Altherr play a lot of RF, but I assume he has enough arm for it since he was a HS pitcher and SS. I’m hoping he can hit enough to play RF, because the Phillies seem to have some decent CF prospects coming.

  7. Got to Reading last night. A few observations:
    1. Williams is impressive in person. The bat flies through the zone and the ball jumps off of his bat. It’s special. The first 2 singles were crushed and would have hurt someone if they were hit at a fielder. He also hit a rocket off of the right centerfield wall.
    2. I was a little salty about not seeing Knapp, but the Garcia kid played very well behind the plate. Hosed a kid a second and the ball never got more than a foot off of the ground. Also made a ridiculous throw behind a left handed hitter and nearly picked a guy off of 1rst. Had 3 hits to I think.
    3. Mora has changed considerably since I last saw him at Lakewood 2 years ago. He’s thicker and obviously stronger. Really swung the bat well all night. Played 3rd and made all of the plays, and he’s just 22.
    4. Crawford looked like Crawford last night. 2 of his outs were actually hit harder than the hits. Turned a sweet DP and ran the bases well too. Not sure why anyone would be hitting the panic button over him. He’s only 20
    5. Not sure what was going on with Elfin last night. Threw a ton of fastballs, a couple at 96 & 95, most at 91-93. He threw very few off speed pitches, even in counts and situations that called for one. His arm action/arm speed on his change up needs a lot of work. He threw a couple of descent breaking balls, but not enough. Gave up some long homeruns too.
    6. The kid they got for Revere throws gas. The first inning, he was untouchable. Threw strikes and mixed in a couple of nice breaking balls. Second inning, he couldn’t find the plate with either pitch and guys got some good swings off of him.
    7. Where did Destin Hood come from? Went the other way once and both homeruns were bombs.
    8. I think they could plug 3 kids from Williamsport into that lineup right now and they would hit. Everybody is hitting and it’s obviously contagious. Even Art Charles had a couple good AB’s last night. No Martinez or Knapp and they still put up a 12 spot.

    1. I am also getting more and more impressed with Cozens. It wasn’t long ago that he almost became a D-1 college football player. He seems to be making good progress as a baseball player. I was very pleased to see him battle back twice from 0-2 counts to reach base. Would like to see that huge frame produce more power. I don’t think his ranking will increase that much until he shows more pop.

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