Box Score Recap – 8/22/2015

Chalk up another victory for the rebuilding movement again Saturday night.  In the eighth inning, Darnell Sweeney hit a solo home run to end Miami’s shutout bid.  After Cesar Hernandez singled, Andres Blanco tied the game with an RBI double.  In the ninth inning, Aaron Altherr broke the tie with his second home run since being recalled, and Darin Ruf provided an insurance run with a solo shot of his own. Ken Giles picked up his 9th save since taking over the closer’s role.

Lehigh Valley (56-71) beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 2-0.  Alec Asher (2-0, 2.08) tossed seven shutout innings.  He gave up five hits, zero walks, and struck out three.  The IronPigs scored the game’s only runs in the seventh inning.  Brian Bogusevic led off with a single and Erik Kratz doubled him over to third.  Russ Canzler broke the scoreless deadlock with an RBI single and Tommy Joseph grounded into a double play while the second run scored.

  • Brian Bosusevic (.299) went 2-4 with a run scored.
  • Kelly Dugan (.208)went 0-3 with 2 K.
  • Tommy Joseph (.127) went 0-4.

Reading (72-53) lost to the New Britain Rock Cats 8-2.  Ethan Martin (3.73) went 5.2 shutout innings.  He gave up three hits and two walks while striking out five.  He was lifted in the sixth with a runner on base.  Ryan O’Sullivan (1-1, 2.05) stranded the runner, but caved in the eighth inning when he was charged with three runs.  One of those was an inherited runner that Tom Windle (4.40) allowed to score.   Stephen Shackleford (3.28) came on in the ninth in a non-save situation and got torched for five runs.  Hoby Milner (3.35) was summoned to get the last out.

The Reading offensive was held to just four singles through the first eight innings.  A triple by J.P. Crawford and two-run home run by Brock Stassi in the ninth accounted for their two runs.

  • Nick Williams (.342) went 0-2 and was ejected after being called out on strikes.
  • J.P. Crawford (.259) went 2-4 with a run scored and triple..
  • Brock Stassi (.309) went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (12), and 2 RBI.
  • Andrew Knapp (.392) went 0-4.
  • Destin Hood (.281) went 0-4 with 3 K.
  • Martin picked a runner off first.

Clearwater (71-55) lost to the Brevard County Manatees 5-1.  Victor Arano (4-12, 4.89) pitched well over seven innings.  He was effective with his low 90s fastball giving up three runs as he scattered eighth hits over seven innings.  He walked one and struck out four.  His downfall was back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning, the second one on a 0-2 pitch.  Miguel Nunez (3.31) had a scoreless string of 19 innings broken when he gave up two runs in the ninth.

The Threshers couldn’t cash in completely in the fifth when they got their first two men on base.  Jumping on first pitches, Derek Campbell singled and Jessie Valentin doubled.  Carlos Tocci also swung first-pitch fastball and scorched a line drive to the shortstop.  Dylan Cozens’ RBI ground out produced their only run.

  • Jessie Valentin (.228) went 1-4 with a double and a walk.
  • Carlos Tocci (.261) went 1-5 with 2 K.
  • Dylan Cozens (.287) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Rhys Hoskins (.300) went 0-4.
  • Andrew Pullin (.252) went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Willians Astudillo (.331) went 1-3 with a HBP.
  • Aaron Brown (.258) went 0-2 with 2 HBP.
  • Astudillo threw out a base stealer.
  • Outfield assists – Tocci (or Pullin) at third, Cozens at home.

Five batters were hit by pitched balls in the game – two Manatees and three Threshers.  Aaron Brown, who was hit twice tonight, showed great restraint as he took his base.  He had a verbal exchange with the Manatee pitcher on his way to first and was visibly upset.  Brown was one of two Threshers hit by pitched balls on Friday night by the Manatees.  In all, eight batters have been hit (five Threshers).

The Manatees’ seventh inning featured one run, four hits, and two base runners cut down on the base paths.  Arano came out to pitch in the seventh inning for only the fourth time in 21 starts.  He began the inning with a couple of ground ball singles.  After a fly out, a soft line drive landed in left center.  A run scored, but Tocci (or Pullin) threw the trailer out at third.  The batter took second on the throw.  The next batter hit a ground singled to right.  Cozens charged the ball and gunned the runner out at the plate.  Sorry for the confusion on the first assist.  The scorer had listed it as Pullin.  (I thought it was Tocci, one broadcaster announced Tocci, the othr Pullin.  The official scorer originally thought it was Tocci but listed it as Pullin.  Before I left the stadium, it was changed to Tocci.  As I checked while proofing this report, I see they changed it back to Pullin.  Whatever, the Threshers threw two runners out on the base paths and kept the score close.)

Lakewood (63-60)  lost to the West Virginia Power 4-2.  Tyler Viza took one for the team again.  He pitched an eight inning complete game and held the Power to ONE earned run.  He gave up six hits, walked NONE, and struck out four.  In addition to two fielding errors, Viza was victimized by an inside-the-park home run on a ground ball that went into the Lakewood bullpen that our fielder thought was dead, but the umpire ruled it live.

The BlueClaws tried a new line up tonight, but couldn’t outscore their defensive lapses.

  • Cord Sandberg (.258) went 1-4 with a run scored and a double.
  • Drew Stankiewicz (.248) went 2-4 with a run scored and a triple.
  • Scott Kingery (.2626) went 0-3.
  • Herlis Rodriguez (.299) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Hitters 5 thru 9 went a collective 0-15.
  • Kingery stole his 8th base.

Williamsport (38-22) beat the Auburn Doubledays 9-3.  Alejandro Arteaga (2.63) threw  a solid six innings giving up two runs (1 ER) on six hits.  Kenny Koplove (2-2, 4.82) threw a shutout inning and was fortunate to be on the mound when the Cutters’ offense came alive.

The Cutters scored all nine runs after the fifth inning.  Their 12-hit attack and some Auburn errors (only four runs were earned) led to their come-from-behind victory.

  • Venn Biter (.290) went 2-5 with 3 runs scored, a double, and RBI.
  • Josh Tobias (.313) went 1-5 with an RBI.
  • Jose Pujols (.241) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
  • Jan Hernandez (.217) went 3-5 with a run scored, double, triple, and 2 RBI.
  • Pujols and Biter had OF assists.

GCL Phillies (32-20) lost to the GCL Blue Jays 3-1.  Miguel Gonzalez pitched three innings and looked good.  He gave up two hits and struck out two.  He walked one, but induced at least three soft come backers to the mound.  I would expect to see him in Philadelphia on September 1st.  Carlos Indriago took the loss after giving up two runs in the fourth.

The Phillies couldn’t generate any offense.  Jonathan Arauz had two hits and walk, Scott Tomassetti was HBP.  The Jays contributed three errors, but the Philies couldn’t take advantage of the gifts.  Lucas Williams went 0-4 with 4 Ks.  It was a difficult game to watch, especially in the Philly-like humidity before noon. I spent most of the later innings talking to NYPhilsfan and his wife.

  • Jonathan Arauz (.252) went 2-3 with a double and a walk.
  • “C” Randolph (.297) went 0-4 with an RBI.
  • Luis Encarnacion (.278) went 0-4 with 2 K.
  • Lucas Williams (.268) went 0-4 with 4 K.
  • Bryan Martelo had an OF assist at second base.

The lost wasn’t a back-breaker.  The Phillies still hold their playoff hopes in their own hands.

There is no wild card, only the four division winners qualify for the playoffs.  The Phillies have the third best record in the GCL and as things stand today would miss the playoffs. They play back-to-back double headers against the cellar dwelling Yankees1 Monday and Tuesday of next week.  After a home-and-home series with the Pirates they finish with another crucial  home-and-home series with the division leading Blue Jays.

  1. GCL Blue Jays   34   18      —     —
  2. GCL Phillies        32   20     2.0     7

DSL Phillies (40-32) came from behind to beat the DSL Royals 6-4 in a rain-shortened, seven inning game.  They finished the season tied for second place, three games back.

  • AVG – Henry Santana .278
  • OBP – Daniel Brito .421
  • SLG – Santana .411
  • OPS – Brito .728, Santana .725
  • Edgar Gacia – 71 G, 255 AB, 47 R, 68 H, 14 doubles, 4 triples, 24 SB
  • Nerluis Martinez – 5 HR
  • RBI – Garcia and Ronaldo Marrero 28, Maftinez 27, Santana 26
  • Brito 35 K, 22 BB

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 –

  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP Sean O’Sullivan from the temporarily inactive list.

26 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/22/2015

  1. was at the Reading Game (largest crowd ever there at 9970, and when they say Mega-Blast Fireworks, they mean it-wow)
    second straight night they were really shut down by a lefty starter- and this was the 4th time seeing both guys in the last 2 months-
    nothing hit that hard through 8- ethan martin reached on a dribbler and crawford beat out a ball that deflected off pitchers glove to short- with game decided and facing a righty who has given up 64 hits in 44 innings, crawford was clearly swinging for the fences and got ahold of one that looked out off the bat but hit high off the wall just out of reach of the RF and JP slid head-first into third for a triple- Knapp hit a weak fly ball (and probably is below .400 for good), before Stassi crushed one over the pool to give the fans something to cheer for.
    the top of the 8th and 9th was just a disaster- balls not hit that hard but to the right spot, and reading with bad throws, pitcher not covering, Greene apparently losing a ball in the lights and home plate ump calling a ball fair that didnt appear to my eyes, or that of Harold Martinez, to have gone over the bag. schackleford with 31 pitches in a non-save situation before they pulled him with 2 outs.
    players on both teams were upset with the wide strike zone- Williams took a called third strike, dropped his bat and apparently uttered some magic words to get himself tossed.
    Knapp threw out a runner in the 8th but it was a one hopper that Crawford made a great pickup and tag on- he stayed down for a moment and was limping for a minute but stayed in.
    Martin benefited from the wide strike zone and had a very high strike percentage and nothing hit that hard off him, but i cant say i saw any gun readings that hit 90.

  2. Since Hoskins and Canelo (plus Tocci) were called up, LKW is 30-25. They were 33-35 before the callups. that’s pretty impressive for a lineup that’s sported so many sub-200 hitters game in and game out. They have good pitchers, who keep them in games and the hitters come through when they’re needed. If they are only going to get a few hits then they make them count.

    Martin is slumping pretty badly. He was moved to the 7 hole last night. He’s had a long hard college season and then gets pushed to A ball right away. He’s held his own but he’ll be glad when the season’s over. He’ll sleep for a week.

    Reading has a 3.5 game lead over Binghamton in the race to the top. CLW is a game back in their push for a division win and they already won the 1st half. LKW has a winning record and if it weren’t for West Virginia having a .700 win percentage, they might be right in the thick of things. Wmspt has a 5.5 game lead in their battle for 1st place. Jim’s been keeping us apprised of the GCL battle where the Phils team is 2 games back. Even the DSL had a winning record. Only the VSL and LHV have sub-par years. The last few years, nearly all the teams limped home as also rans. Pretty excitin’ this year… ain’t it? Plus the big club holds a 1 game lead in the race to the bottom and the 1st overall pick.

    1. Correct me if I am wrong…but Martin was a four-year college guy, and in the SEC.
      ‘gets pushed to A ball right away’!
      It was low-A…where the pitching is probably inferior to 20/22-year SEC college pitchers.
      IMO, he was placed at an appropriate level to start his professional career.
      Now the long wear and tear of the season, that starting in January/ February at SC may be the factor in his trending downward now.
      .

    2. Yeah, Kyle Martin is a 22 years old, relatively high draft pick. He’s supposed to be placed in Lakewood, if he is a good enough prospect to make the major leagues. He hasn’t been pushed.

    3. Herlis Rodriguez is hitting well 17 doubles 4 tri 10 Homers 14 % k rate too.This the first time he had over 300 at bats going really good.

  3. As a D-1 player in the best league in the country, Martin likely has been at it 7 days a week since January with very few days off. He’s a professional player now with even more of a baseball commitment. He’s probably on fumes. He now knows what the expectations are and will have the off season to train/prepare. I don’t take any stock in the high draft pick stuff with him. He was given next to nothing to sign, meaning the rope will not be very long with him. If he starts off next year the way he’s finishing, he’ll be gone. I also don’t think he’s been to hard.

  4. The race for the #1 draft pick in 2016 is getting more interesting as we get into the last 40 games of the season. The Phillies hold a slim 1 game lead over the Miami Marlins and the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies are now firmly in the mix after a nice 2-8 stretch in their last 10 games, and seem determined to keep losing.

    The Reds (losers of 8 straight), Brewers, and Oakland (2-8 in their last 10) all lurk 3 to 4 games behind the Phillies.

    Buckle your seat belt!

    1. Phillies Play the mets and Padres then Mets again . That should help with the losing maim rotation is worse then ours.

  5. Yeah, if we win too many games we could drop down to 5 or 6. It’s great we’re playing better but when the season mattered we were 29-62, I thought we had the top pick locked up.

  6. The Phillies have to put David Buchanan and Jerome Williams back in the rotation to secure the #1 pick!-sarcasm. At least the Phillies are winning with the young players not aging veterans which should be helpful in the future.

  7. Especially with a six man rotation, Alec Asher should be promoted.
    Aaron Nola
    Adam Morgan
    Jared Eickhoff
    Aaron Harang
    Jerome Williams (yuk!)
    Alec Asher

    OUT:
    David Buchanan
    Sev Gonzalez

    1. Alec Asher will need to be put on the 40 before being called up.
      I assume Billingsley, Harrison, Lee and Hollands are locked in until after the season since they are injured.
      Many are young arms….. so they stay.
      Then there are Williams, Harang, Hinojosa and maybe Loewen and Neris.

      1. he’d have to be put on there anyway after the season so i dont think its a big deal; realizing its only 4 starts but interesting how both his walks and strikeouts have dropped off from his pre-philly numbers (3 walks, 12k in 26 ip)

  8. watched the LV game on milb.tv, Asher was impressive although he was helped out by the wind blowing in or else he might have given up a 3 run HR. Then it was Canzler I believe that made a great play on a ball hit deep to the warning track that went over his head but he still somehow caught it. (the camera was pretty crappy though but the announcers said it might have been the best catch they have seen all year). I’m assuming Asher gets a look in Sept, interested to see how he does assuming he gets the call.

      1. 29.99 I believe, I did the month to month which is 12.99 as I waited till they were showing some Crosscutters and Lakewood games. Just wish they would show some Clearwater games but they never do in any of the years I’ve had milb.tv

  9. Jim Peyton is the man. If his GC report was a little lacking, it was my fault for distracting him. The GC Phils may have managed only 2 hits but Jim was right on the money with his lunch/beer suggestion for after the game. Smoke House in Dunedin was great and the Smoke House Sallie beer was good (and 2 for 1). Thanks Jim.

  10. Andrew Pullin with two HRs this afternoon…..14 for the season.
    Not sure what kind of a prospect he should be considered..
    Probably headed for Reading next season as a 22-year old, and probably will put up better HR stats.
    Could be a Steve Susdorf type someday.

    1. “Could be a Steve Susdorf type someday.”

      Yeah, I was going to say I think he’s probably filler but that’s a nicer way of putting it.

  11. He hits like a second baseball but had 26 errors last yr. How about Sweeney hits a bomb then today 3 walks. Cesar slowing down better be watching over his shoulder.

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