Box Score Recap – 8/26/2015

GCL Phillies (34-23) were officially eliminated from the playoffs before the first pitch of their game against the Pirates when the Blue Jays won the first game of a double header versus the Yankees1 this morning.

Bailey Falter (3.45) pitched five solid innings in his start against the Pirates.  He allowed lead off singles in each of the first three innings and pitched out of the difficulty all three times. Those were the only three base runners Falter allowed.  He struck out three and induced eight ground ball outs.  Falter picked a runner off first and benefited from a caught stealing as he faced one batter over the minimum in his five innings.  He showed a mid-80s fastball, almost all at 86, touching 87 on a couple occasions.  He has a smooth, easy delivery.  He has long arms that should play in his favor if the Phillies decide to break down his delivery in favor of a closer to over the top approach.  He has a lean build that should easily add weight and velocity as he matures.

Zach Morris (5-1, 2.16) tossed three, one-hit innings.  Ismael Cabrera (0.60) picked up his third save.

The Phillies struggled with two hits through the first five innings until Greg Pickett doubled to lead off the sixth.  Three fielder’s choices later (Pickett jarred the ball loose on an attempted tag at third), the Phillies finally scored on Luis Encarnacion’s line drive single to right.

  • “C” Randolph (.298) went 0-4.
  • Luis Encarnacion (.279) went 2-3 with an RBI.
  • Lucas Williams (.279) went 2-3.
  • Greg Pickett  (.173) went 1-3 with a double.
  • Juan Luis (11) and Williams (8) stole bases.
  • Williams committed two throwing errors.

Lehigh Valley (59-72) lost to the Buffalo Bisons 4-2.  Anthony Vasquez couldn’t hold onto an early 2-0 lead.  He gave up five hits and four walks in 6.2 innings.

  • Brian Bosusevic went 0-1 with 3 walks.
  • Kelly Dugan (.212)went 0-4.
  • Tommy Joseph (.168) went 1-4.

Reading (74-55) beat the Altoona Curve 8-6 in 10 innings.  Jake Thompson tossed six strong innings.   He gave up one run on six hits while striking out seven.   The Phils took a 6-2 lead into the ninth.  Stephen Shackleford came on in a non-save situation and gave up four runs.  Edubray Ramos relieved and got the remaining two outs to preserve the tie. Bases loaded walks by Angelo Mora and KC Serna in the tenth made a winner of Ramos. Reinier Roibal notched his first save.

  • KC Serna started at SS and went 4-5 with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, a BB, and an RBI.
  • Andrew Knapp (.378) went 2-6.
  • Brock Stassi (.309) went 0-2 with 2 walks and an RBI.
  • Destin Hood went 2-4 with a triple, HR (9), a walk, and 5 RBI.

Clearwater (73-56) No game scheduled.

Lakewood (65-61)  beat the Hagerstown Suns 7-6.  Elniery Garcia couldn’t hold onto two early leads.  John Zgardowski earned the win and Joey DeNato picked up his 10th save.  Damek Tomscha broke the tie with his fifth home run in the eighth inning.

  • Damek Tomscha went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, a double HR (5), walk, and 2 RBI.
  • Kyle Martin went 1-4 with a run scored, triple, and 3 RBI.
  • DeNato picked a runner off first base.

Williamsport (42-22) beat the State College Spikes 8-4.  Jose Taveras gave up Three runs in six innings on five hits, striking out five.  The Cutters took the lead for good in the third inning.

  • Zach Coppola went 3-5.
  • Josh Tobias went 2-3 with a double, triple, and 2 walks.
  • Jose Pujols went 2-5 with a double, HR (4) and 2 RBI.
  • Brendon Hayden went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI.
  • Carlos Duran went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.

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 –

  • I missed Pickett’s HR on Tuesday.  One of the pitcher’s told me it was absolutely crushed to left.  Pickett made a lot of hard contact today.  His double bounced off the wall in left.  He pulled one into the wind in right center in his first at bat.
  • John Mayberry was released by the White Sox.

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

    1. I’d say the lack of lefties is a secondary issue right now. At this point the primary concern is building a stable of young, capable arms. The Phils have made some progress in that regard over the last year or so, but there is still a ways to go, particularly for some quality starting pitching prospects, which aren’t easy to obtain.

      1. Two potential aces lefties may be available in next year’s draft, if the Phillies finish in the bottom two for sure…in Puk and Groome,

    2. Do you think the Met’s are concerned that Harvey, Syndergaard, DeGrom and Wheeler are all right handed?

  1. the signing of David Price will take care of that, right?.id say its more awareness then concern- first just trying to find mlb capable arms- you can always make a trade if necessary or maybe AJ Puk is the answer.

    Andrew Knapp has a 2 hit night and his average goes down.

    Shackleford with 9 hits and 9 runs in last 2 appearances while getting 3 outs, taking his era from 2.40 to 3.99. but still 28 saves in 30 chances for the 35th rounder from the Savannah college of Art and Design.

    1. Reading has 12 regular season games left. Andrew Knapp may get 48 more PAs in that span, he may have to get 24 or more hits to reach 400 again!

  2. Kelly Dugan? He has a little time improve on his numbers this year.He’s been injured so much,why do some players get injuries more often and others seem to stay healthy? I’ve noticed it with football players as well.

    Dugan may drop more than any other player on our prospect list,as I feel with all of the new players that came via the trades,plus some of our own guys have made significant strides this year.

    1. I would argue that Biddle will drop the most on our prospect list. He’s not top 10 or even top 20 anymore. So many interesting arms in the organization have passed him.

    2. Everybody is different. Sometimes the mind is willing but the body is not. Sometimes the body can’t handle all of the stress that comes with being an elite athlete.

  3. Brian Pointer has played sparsely lately. He was playing every day for a long time but he’s only played 11 games in August. He hit .149 in July and .194 in August. He still has a nice OBP for the year but it has been fading in the last 2 months. He’s now the also ran OF’er in Reading.

    Bailey Falter is not a good name for a pitcher but the 18 y/o has done well. I’m glad to hear that he has a smooth delivery and looks like a guy who can add some weight and fastball speed.

    Reading has a 4 game lead with 12 to play. They play 4 at home against Bowie, who is in first place in the other division with the same record as Reading, another 4 at home against the 2nd place team Binghamton and then ends with 4 on the road against Richmond who is a .500 team in the other division. Binghamton has 4 against New Hampshire @ home. The 4 against Reading on the road. Lastly 4 against Altoona @ home. Altoona is 2nd in the other division. Binghamton has the easier schedule but Reading has a 4 game lead in their pocket. Reading has a tough schedule but playing 4 against Binghamton could decide it all.

    Crawford got the night off and Williams was replaced in the 4th. They could be resting these guys for the countdown to the playoffs. I hope Williams is just getting some rest. He grounded out in the top of the 4th and was replaced by Art Charles with Stassi going to the OF. Shackleford has been reamed a new one in his last 2 games. They’ll need a closer to help finish out the season. Has he run out of gas?

    1. Long time reader, first time poster here..

      I went to the Reading game last night and got to see the team for the first time this year. You can imagine how peeved I was when I jumped on Twitter before the game and saw they were giving Crawford the day off!! Anyway, still got to see a pretty good game.

      -Williams struggled in his 3 ABs against a lefty for Altoona. Struck out his first AB, then worked a full count before flying out in his second AB. The lefty from Altoona was throwing a lot of junk to him and you could tell Williams was having a hard time with him. Certainly, improving against lefty’s is important for Williams. His night ended on a groundout, when he collided with the 1B on the throw. He was down for a couple of minutes before being helped off by the trainer. Looked to me like he either hit his head on the first baseman or got the wind knocked out of him. Either way, he was smiling as he was taken off the field and looked to be a little embarrassed, hopefully it’s just a minor injury.

      -Thompson looked solid on the mound. The only run he gave up came after a K to end the inning that Knapp couldn’t block and the runner got first base. The next two batters blooped two hits just over the infield and the Curve got a run. His last inning was the most impressive, as he struck out the side after giving up a lead off double. Looked like he got his slider going late in his outing and it’s a good one. I’m convinced the stadium gun was slow by at least 2-3 mph. Thompson was mainly around 88-90 with his fastball which conflicts with what I had heard from scouting reports. Either way, I was impressed with Thompson. Big kid with a nice delivery.

      -Cordero was the only other guy that caught my eye when he came in with the bases loaded in the 8th. He threw a lot of offspeed in his outing and gave up a single to score a run to his first batter. The next batter whiffed on a slider in the dirt which set up an epic battle with former Phils farmhand Sebastian Valle! Valle worked the count full after fouling a couple of balls off and I was pretty convinced Cordero was gonna walk him. Valle guessed 3-2 fastball all the way but Cordero pulled the string on him and unleashed an impressive slider that Valle had no chance on. Again, the stadium gun had to have been slow as Cordero was mainly 93-95 with his fastball.

      I left after the 8th inning only to find out that they blew the lead in the 9th but recovered to win in extras. Overall, it was a good game and it was nice to see a winning team for once!

      1. Good report.
        Both JPC and Wiliams have been struggling with lefties at the AA level, they need to see more of them, I think Williams has seen approx. 25% of his PAs against them this year, which is about average.

      2. From afar Shakleford seemed not to have anything left. They were hitting him at will. Ramos came in and struck two out with a man on third. Roibal was effective also. Destin Hood was quite a pickup at mid-season. I am glad he is with the organization.

        1. Phillies had a chance with Destin Hood, Nats exposed him in the Rule 5 a few years ago…Ruben passed and took Kevin Munson….or maybe it was Inciarte.

    2. Bellman, if you think Falter is not a good name for a pitcher, what do you think of McPhail as a name for a team president?

    1. If the Phils are trying to race to the bottom, why not pick him up and play him everyday? I hope everyone know I’m only kidding… or am I?

  4. Nice game by Jake Thompson..

    Rupp continues on upswing,

    Tobias, Brenden Hayden, Lucas Williams keep showing off the bat skills. but Williams throwing errors are really piling up, major concern.

    1. “Piling up”? Chill. Williams has four errors and a .949 fielding pct. Crawford had 8 errors and a .950 when he was in the GCL. And Williams is at a new position.

      The first throw sailed on him. Encarnacion jumped and made the catch but let the runner knock the ball out as he applied the tag. An average first baseman makes that play.

  5. I saw his video he looks like he strains when he would make a throw from short in hs. plus his 315 average in hs is why I couldn’t believe he was a third round choice. He has hit better than I thought,

    1. Like Sandberg and Cozens, football may have taken up lots of his HS athletics.
      But he seems to be adjusting fairly well at he plate.

  6. Read about Williams’ issues yesterday. Really needs to work on that throwing, its to the point where they think it may be a “yips” situation

  7. I saw him twice recently and Lucas Williams has awful throwing mechanics. He short arms the ball and comes from a low angle. Can’t imagine he can make major league throws from 3B like that. Hopefully, they can work on that and he will be fine,

      1. rocco…and you also said something to the effect about his .315 HS BA., and maybe he could have been taken further down the draft board.

  8. Good start from Eickhoff yesterday. That was an impressive bounceback after a really rough first inning and he used his slider again to pretty good effect. His changeup seems behind the other pitches but he threw some good ones when he kept it low in the zone.

    Back to guys still in the minors: based on how he’s pitched and how Johnny Almaraz talked about him after the draft, I wonder if Bailey Falter could start in Lakewood next year. It seems like his command is advanced for an 18 year old.

  9. Check out the GCL lineup today – Jorge Alfaro batting third and C Randolph fourth…we can dream on that

    Of course the first two at-bats Alfaro got hit by a pitch. Geesh.

  10. Cornelius Randolph is .003 away from the OPS title and .010 away from the OBP title, in the GCL.

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