Box Score Recap – 8/24/2015

Clearwater (73-55) beat the Daytona Tortugas 2-0 behind a strong effort from Mark Leiter (6-1, 2.04). Leiter threw four-hit ball for six innings.  He pitched with base runners in five of six innings, and twice faced situations where the Tortugas put their first two men on base. But Leiter induced two double plays or came up with a key strike out to avoid damage from any threats.  He generated a lot of weak contact.  Daytona popped up to infielders four times and into the shallow outfield on two other occasions.  Cody Forsythe came in and struck out two in his one inning.  Alberto Tirado loaded the bases on two walks and  HBP in his one inning.  Ulises Joaquin picked up his 16th save.  In all, the three relievers pitched three no-hit , shutout innings.

The Threshers scored a run in the first on Rhys Hoskins’ bases-loaded walk, then missed an opportunity to build a comfortable lead when the next three batters struck out.  They added another run on Hoskins’ RBI double in the fifth.

  • Jessie Valentin went 1-3, walked, and scored both runs.
  • Carlos Tocci (.254) went 0-2.
  • Willians Astudillo (.332) went 2-4.
  • Dylan Cozens (.285) DNP.
  • Rhys Hoskins (.304) went 1-3 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI.
  • Andrew Pullin (.261) went 2-4.
  • Threshers’ pitchers hit 3 batters – Leiter (2), Tirado (1)

Lehigh Valley (58-71) beat the Buffalo Bisons 7-4.  David Buchanan (4-1, 3.24) walked five batters in five innings.  Colton Murray (2.84) pitched two shutout innings.  Dalier Hinojosa (3.93) pitched a perfect eighth, but faced four batters without recording an out in the ninth.  After four consecutive singles, he left with the bases loaded and the score 7-2.  Dustin McGowan (4.29) came in and immediately surrendered a two-run single, then reloaded the bases with another single, before escaping with his third save (13) in the last three games.

The IronPigs had built a 7-1 lead before the ninth inning.

  • Brian Bosusevic (.295) went 1-3 with 2 runs scored and a walk.
  • Kelly Dugan (.208) DNP.
  • Tommy Joseph (.146) went 0-4.
  • Chase d’Arnaud, Gabriel Lino, and Tyler Henson had 2 hits each.
  • Erik Kratz had 3 RBI, Henson had 2.
  • Bogusevic stole his 24th base.

Reading (73-54) squashed an early deficit and the Altoona Curve 11-5.  Nick Pivetta (2-3, 6.31) gave up three earned runs in seven innings.  The Phils mashed 17 hits, including Nick Williams game-opening home run.  They went ahead for good with five runs in the third and put the game away with four in the sixth.

  • Nick Williams (.357) went 4-6 with four runs scored, a double, HR (4), and RBI.
  • J.P. Crawford (.263) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, a triple, and 2 RBI.
  • Andrew Knapp (.381) went 1-5 with a run scored, a HR (10), and 5 RBI.
  • Brock Stassi (.311) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, a double and 2 walks.

Lakewood (63-61)  No game scheduled.

  • Scott Kingery (.263)
  • Drew Stankiewicz (.250)
  • Herlis Rodriguez (.296)
  • Cord Sandberg (.256)

Williamsport (40-22) scored three runs in the first and Luke Leftwich (2-1, 3.03) made them stand up as they beat the State College Spikes 4-1.  Leftwich struck out six in six, five-hit innings.  Skylar Hunter, Anthony Sequeira, and Robert Tasin combined to toss three no-hit innings.  Tasin picked up his 14th save.

The Cutters scored three runs in the first inning on Josh Tobias’ RBI single and Jose Pujols two-run home run.  Brendon Hayden stroked an RBI double in the sixth.

  • Josh Tobias (.317) went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and an RBI.
  • Jose Pujols (.245) went 1-4 with a HR () and 2 RBI.
  • Brendon Hayden (.315) went 1-3 with a double and RBI.
  • Zachary Coppola picked up an outfield assist at third base.

GCL Phillies (33-21) Split a double header with the Yankees1, winning 5-0 and losing 11-1.

The Phillies rode a five-run, third inning to victory in game one.  All five runs scored with two outs.  The key hits were Luis Encarnacion’s two-run single and Bryan Martelo’s three-run double.  Luis Morales (2-0, 0.69) benefited from the outburst.  He faced 20 batters in six, three-hit innings.  Lino Mafrtinez pitched a perfect seventh in his first rehab appearance.

  • Jonathan Arauz (.260) went 2-3 with a run scored, double, and walk.
  • “C” Randolph (.297) went 2-3 with a run scored and walk.
  • Luis Encarnacion (.277) went 1-4 with a run scored and 2 RBI.
  • Lucas Williams (.280) went 2-3 with a run scored.
  • Brian Martelo (.232) went 1-3 with a double and 3 RBI.

Game two was a nightmare for Lewis Alezones (2-1, 4.08) as he watched his ERA balloon from 1.72.  Alezones was tagged for nine runs in two innings.  Only five of the runs were earned as 3B Jose Antequera committed two errors.  Will Stewart (5.40) gave up a run in three innings and struck out five.  Kevin Walsh (3.86) gave up a run in one inning.  The Phillies collected 10 hits, but could only push one run across on Arquimedes “Gumby” Gamboa’s two-out, RBI single.

  • Jonathan Arauz (.261) went 1-3.
  • “C” Randolph (.306) went 2-2.  He was lifted for a PH trailing 10-1, coach’s decision.
  • Luis Encarnacion (.278) went 1-3.
  • Lucas Williams (.268) DNP.
  • Edgar Cabral (.294) went 2-3 with a double.
  • Gamboa went 2-4 with a double and RBI.

The Phillies no longer hold their playoff destiny 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 have a double header against the cellar dwelling Yankees1 on Tuesday.  After a home-and-home series with the Pirates they finish with a crucial  home-and-home series with the division leading Blue Jays, but only if they are tied in the loss column or better.

  1. GCL Blue Jays   35   18      —     —
  2. GCL Phillies        33   21     2.5     5

DSL Phillies (40-32) Season completed.  Finished 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 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 –

  • Clearwater Threshers sent LHP Lino Martinez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.

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

    1. upon further review, seeing Altoona had a 26 year old with an ERA of 6 on the mound, so a little less impressive.

      1. I also noticed that Stetson Allie, a HS pitcher that many people wanted the Phillies to bust slot to play here, played RF for Altoona and is batting .200.

        1. I saw a guy I wanted them to sign jeff galich. I think that’s how its spell. We drafted him and he didn’t sign, is now after four years in a ball hitting 250 with only limited power.

          1. rocco….there many guys you wished they would sign from Brandon Workman, to Jake Stewart to Scott Frazier….the only one who so far has really come on, is the Giants catcher Sukac. Though Workman also had his day with the Sox.

            1. my son played high school ball with susac. he did not want to go to college. he wanted $1 mil. phillies only offered 900k. end of story

            2. If you turn down $900k to go to college, then you wanted to go to college. The difference after tax of the extra $100k is not worth the injury risk if you truly want to play pro ball.

        2. Stetson Allie had the most epic pitching line in 2012: 2G 1GS 0.2IP 1H 1K 8BB! 4ER. I remember an interview with him shortly after he was drafted talking about having him ease up on his velocity to work on his control. He essentially responded “I throw hard.” The quintessential million dollar arm and five cent head.

  1. Jim, I think you have the Brito Ks and BBs reversed. He has 22 Ks and 35 BBs. Far more impressive for a youngster.

    All the GCL team can do is win. Leave it all on the field.

    Pretty big explosion by Reading. Crawford is rounding into playoff mode. He hitting .326 in his last 10 games but more importantly .435 in his last 5 games. In August he’s hitting .280/.341/.427 with a .767 Ops. Pretty darn good for a 20 y/o in AA. It’s all about timing. Get hot when it matters most.

  2. Pivetta is getting lit up in the 1st inning of every game. He’s an important piece to the rebuild, if be can get it together, and be more than a 5th starter. The team has a glut of 5th starter candidates and Left Handed middle reliever prospects. They need to get one of these guys to max their potential, and become a 2 or 3 starter.

    1. very funny rocco.
      actually JPC is hitting .215 vs older more experienced AA lefties….which is to be expected from a 20-year old for the first time at that level, once he sees more of them that will average rise

    1. .237/ .311/ .SLG366/ .OPS676 ….this is Nick Wiliams split this year vs lefties.
      He will also improve seeing more of them
      approx. 400PAs vs RHP
      approx. 100PAS vs LHP

  3. Tommy Joseph does not have the bat to be a legitimate first base candidate. He is blocking Stassi, who is blocking Hoskins. Something has to give. They may allow him the luxury of a beginning of next year to see if he can get the power stroke in AAA ball, but I don’t think they can go much more than that with him. Hoskins is the future and Stassi, the over-achiever is making a mockery of the situation. What domino will fall first?
    I can’t figure out what happened to Alezones. He was a mainstay with the GCL last year.
    Knapp with 5 RBI. The Iron Pigs will have quite a team next year as will the Fightins, although some of the AA guys may jump to the Phillies.

    1. Joseph isn’t blocking Stassi from anything. Stassi is 26 years old, playing in AA and has never hit before this season. And what he’s doing this season isn’t spectacular for a 1B prospect.

      1. Agreed…It’s a nice story, that’s about it. It’ll be a different story next season when he gets his chance up. If he had 20 plus homers now, it would be a completely different story. If those were ss, 2B, or CF numbers it would be a crime not to have moved him by now.

        1. Even though most on here don’t view him as much of a prospect. I still wouldn’t be surprised to see him contribute to a team that values OBA and contact skills. Infact I could see him playing on teams like the A’s, Giants & Cardinals.

          1. Yeah, I can see Brock Stassi on the A’s. The 2 career WAR he’s likely to max out at, would sure help replace the value of Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Josh Donaldson after they were given away…

  4. I know the Reading announcer was talking about Stassi and the MVP, got me thinking about how his season this year compares to Ruf’s MVP season at Reading. I watched Ruf mash all those HR’s back then and it was a lot of fun to watch but Stassi they were saying something like he’s in the top 5 or 10 (I forget) of many of the Eastern League’s hitting stats, total bases, doubles, RBI’s, ave, etc…

  5. Hey Jim – thank you as always for your awesome write ups. Really appreciate all the work you do.

    So what is your take on Leiter? He’s not overly young and has been consistently good all year. What is your (or anyone else’s) take on why they haven’t moved him up to Reading at all.

    1. It is not like Leiter even pitched poorly at AA (ERA can be misleading). He is in a similar boat as Leibrant: guys with good control but not great stuff with backend of the rotation ceiling. Not bad prospects but the Phillies have a lot of other pitchers now that have mid-rotation ceilings.

  6. Williams and JP combining for a game like that sends chills up my spine thinking about the future. I’m looking forward to the playoffs to see how they perform. As for Stassi, he’s had a terrific year but I have a hunch he peaked this year and he won’t be able to repeat it next year at LHV (playing LF, where he played last night btw). As for the comment about some AA guys playing in Philly next year, the reality is that there will be no current Reading guys who start the year in Philly next year. However, I do expect Williams, Eflin, and Thompson to get there before Sept. JP and Quinn will start back in Reading and move to LHV at some point. Knapp will start at LHV and we’ll see how he does. One guy who actually could get to Philly first from the current Reading squad is Roibal whose arm I just love.

    I’m already working on next year’s pitching rotations at the various levels. There will be some spring training battles for starting pitching spots. They may need to go with 6 man rotations to accommodate all the pitching we have. What a good problem to have. We finally don’t have to promote guys with bad performance, we have enough guys with good numbers to promote.

    1. That’s tough, since they’re going to convert 2-3 relievers into starters. I wonder who gets squeezed out. There’s probably ten guys who could start in AA next year. Think Eflin could repeat AA? Very young.

      1. Ian….Eflin could start at Reading but I think they will want to move him up as soon as possible.
        Pettibone has been throwing, and he also could be in the mix, but think he will eventually settle in the LHV rotation.
        Lefties in LHV will probably be Biddle ,and maybe Rodriguez again, Windle may be stretched , but he needs to repeat Reading iMO.
        And then righties there is Alec Asher in the LHV rotation, along with Severino Gonzalez and David Buchanan…if they do not make the Phillies.

        1. I think Asher will make the Phillies and Buchannan or Seve might make it also if the Phils don’t want to bother signing a FA veteran. I think Windle will stay in the pen and go to LHV. I think he could be up sometime next year in the pen.

    2. I can envision Pinto, Imhof, Pivetta, Lively and John Richie being Readings rotation next year.
      Eflin, Biddle, Asher will be in AAA.

      1. At the rate Biddle’s going, he might be sent to the bullpen or given away to another organization. He’s looking like the 2nd coming of Aumont who never put it together here. It doesn’t look like anyone picked up Aumont. Will the Phillies keep Biddle around until he’s 26 y/o?

          1. I hope Biddle does have a great start and get’s called up. I’m still rooting for him, and hope he finds success with the Phillies.

            1. I e-mailed Jim Salisbury about Biddle, and he said the Phillies love his arm and his stuff. In Jim’s opinion, Biddle probably has the best stuff out of all the starting pitchers in Lehigh and Reading. He’s going to continue to root for him, and hope he harnesses his great stuff. he also said that he’s not throwing enough strikes, but despite that, the Phillies haven’t soured on him.

        1. Biddle has been bad, but not much worse than Trevor May was at the same age. Now May is a useful major league starter. Biddle has a year or two to get it together.

        2. Aumont was in the Jays system for a few games in Buffalo. However, I just went to their page to verify because I remember seeing him there, and he is no longer on the roster.

          1. It’s a good possibility, but It’s kind of hard for me to envision the Phillies going into the start of the season with essentially 3 rookie pitchers (Nola, Eickhoff, Asher), plus Adam Morgan. I think they will have at least two veterans in the rotation.

  7. It is hard not to root for Biddle to do well. I don’t think he is traded, but instead, given another couple of years to find whatever he is lacking. I am hoping that the new pitching coach the Phils hire this off-season can work on Biddle in ST, and then he has a big year next year at LHV. No way McClure stays.

    1. If you look at his BB rate..it has ticked with slight improvement downward from his 2013 high, however, still really below average….but also his K/9, which was very good early on, has come down. Age-24 season next season, seems to be another year which will be critical to his development.

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