Box Score Recap – 8/29/2015

GCL Phillies (36-24) closed out their season with a 5-0 victory over the GCL Blue Jays. Jorge Alfaro started as the designated hitter after playing the field in short, three-inning stints the previous two games.  He drove an RBI double deep into the left center field gap. Halfway to second base, he began limping, signalling to the bench, and pointing to his thigh.  He immediately walked off the field and was replaced with a pinch runner.  He did not appear to receive any treatment by the trainer and milled about for a couple innings. He even signed a few autographs before leaving with the trainer around the third inning.

Cornelius Randolph was not in the line up again.  He hasn’t been on the field since the seventh inning of Thursday’s game when he gave way to a defensive replacement in the bottom of the inning.  Randolph had tripled and scored on a sac fly before leaving the game.  I spoke with “C” as he and Reggie Wilson walked to the team bus.  He has been kept out of the line up as a precaution.  His shoulder was a little tender after the slide at the end of that triple.  He feels fine and will be ready for Instructs next month.

Wilson said he was signed to a 2016 contract because the Phillies had 10 outfielders at the Complex when he was drafted.  I would assume the same applied to Ben Pelletier. By the time they signed and the roster for Williamsport was set, there were still six outfielders in Clearwater (Alastre, Luis, Martelo, Pickett, Randolph, and Reyes) and not enough innings or at bats to go around.

Carlos Indriago started and threw six shutout innings.  He gave up six hits and struck out four.  Nick Fanti followed with two solid innings, no runs and two strike outs.  Ismael Cabrera pitched the ninth and struck out two.

The Phillies jumped out to a two run lead in the first inning.  Alfaro’s RBI double brought in the first run.  Scott Tomassetti followed with an RBI single.  The game remained close until the eighth when they scored three runs.  They loaded the bases and scored on Edgar Cabral’s RBI single, Lucas Williams’ walk, and Greg Pickett’s RBI single.

  • Jorge Alfaro went 1-1 with an RBI.
  • “C” Randolph (.302) DNP.
  • Lucas Williams (.288) went 0-2 with 2 walks and an RBI.
  • Gregg Pickett went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI.
  • The Phillies were successful on four of four steal attempts – Gamboa 2 (8), Arauz (2), and Williams (9).

Lehigh Valley (60-75) lost to the Syracuse Chiefs 2-1.  David Buchanan gave up two runs in the seventh inning and took the loss.  The IronPigs could only manage three base runners on three singles Buchanan had one of them.

  • Kelly Dugan (.206) went 0-3 with an RBI.
  • Tommy Joseph (.176) went 0-3.

Reading (76-56) lost to Bowie Baysox 6-2.  Nick Pivetta suffered through a rough night and was lifted after five batters in the third.  Hoby Milner, Ryan O’Sullivan, and Tom Windle then tossed seven shutout innings.  Destin Hood connected on a solo home run (10) in the second.  Rene Garcia singled in a run in the fourth.

  • J.P. Crawford (.270) went 2-5.
  • Andrew Knapp (.378) went 1-4 with a double.
  • Dylan Cozens went 2-3 with walk.
  • Crawford stole his 7th base.
  • LF KC Serna threw out a runner at home.

Clearwater (75-56) played to a 4-4 tie with Brevard County Manatees in a rain-shortened five inning game.  Mark Leiter tossed three innings and gave up four runs (3 ER).  Cody Forsythe threw two shutout innings.  The Threshers scored a single run in the first on Rhys Hoskins’ RBI single.  They built a two-run lead with three runs in the second on Derek Campbell’s RBI single, a throwing error, and Jessie Valentin’s RBI double.

  • Rhys Hoskins (.312) went 2-3 with an RBI.
  • Campbell and Valentin each had two hits, a run scored, a double, and an RBI.
  • Aaron Brown picked up an outfield assist after a catch that led to a rundown and putout at home.

Lakewood (67-62)  beat the Greesnboro Grasshoppers 2-1.  Tyler Viza finally got enough run support to claim his career high fifth win of the season and lowered his ERA to 3.28.  He pitched seven, five-hit innings.  Viza gave up one run, walked none, and struck out six.  Manny Martinez and Matt Hockenberry each tossed a shutout inning.  Hockenberry picked up his 17th save.  Damek Tomscha provided all the offense Viza needed with a two-run home run (6) in the sixth inning.

  • Kyle Martin and Cord Sandberg went 0-4.
  • Herlis Rodriguez picked up an outfield assist.

Williamsport (43-24) beat the Batavia Muckdogs 7-3.  Mitch Gueller needed 88 pitches to complete five innings.  He gave up a three-run home run to account for all the Muckdogs’ runs.  The bullpen provided four shutout innings.  Brendon Hayden hit his third home run of the season.

  • Brendon Hayden (.320) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, HR (3), walk, and 3 RBI.
  • Josh Tobias (.322) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, walk, and RBI.
  • Austin Bossart (.345) went 2-5.

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, Martinez 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 –

  • Joey DeNato assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • Victor Delgado assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from GCL Phillies.
  • Zach Morris assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from GCL Phillies.
  • Lakewood BlueClaws placed LHP Scott Harris on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 28, 2015.

45 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/29/2015

  1. Reading has a 3 game lead with 9 to play. They have a 4 game set with Binghamton, the 2nd place chaser, starting Monday. Binghamton has a 4 game win streak but 3 of them came against New Hampshire, which looks like they’ve gone home already.

    CLW has a 2 game lead with 7 to play. The next 3 are critical as they play the 2nd place Daytona team. CLW already won the 1st half so they’ll be playing in the playoffs. Even if Daytona loses the 2nd half to CLW they will probably still play in the playoffs since 4 team have to make the playoffs. If CLW wins both halves, then the next best team in the division will enter the playoffs. Daytona is most likely that team.

    Wmspt has a 7 game lead with 9 to play. All the games remaining are against the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place team in the division. Two of those teams are still in the race but they have to play flawless baseball. It’s not inconceivable because the CLW team did just that in the 1st half. They won their way to the playoffs.

  2. Is it safe to say that it’s make or break next season for Biddle, Dugan & Joseph? Especially with Herrera and Altherr strong candidates for a big league future with Stassi & Hoskins future possibilities for opportunities at 1st.

    DeNato was a tough little lefty to watch for Lakewood but a jump to LHV? Wow. And being a seasoned college hitter I think Josh Tobias could make the leap to the Threshers for 2016. The kid just hits.

    1. I think, yes for Biddle (at least in the Phillies organization). As for Dugan, there is no make or break aspect to it in the sense that he’ll probably start in AAA and if he’s not good enough for the majors, he’ll just stall out, but there should be a place for him in the AAA line-up. Maybe he’ll be a late bloomer. I think the talent is there but his constant injuries have significantly stalled his career and perhaps permanently damaged his chances of being a big leaguer. As for Joseph, I don’t really even view him as a prospect any longer – unless he takes an unexpected huge leap forward with the bat, he’s a fringe prospect at this point – you need a big bat to survive at first – I don’t think he hits well enough to do that job in the majors.

  3. I think DeNato was triple jumped to LHV because the needed a body with all the callups. They could have brought someone up from Reading and then someone from CLW to Reading etc. but with the playoff runs going on at CLW and Reading, why upset the apple cart. DeNato has pitched well and LHV is going nowhere so why not bring him up and let him have a little fun. MAG would have been my choice but maybe they want to keep him stretched out instead of an inning here and an inning there.

      1. I hadn’t taken it to that extreme but MAG to Philly might not be a bad idea. The race to the bottom is getting harder and harder. If you look at the overall standings, there are only a few teams racing for that #1 spot. But the bottom dwellers just keep piling up. ATL is 1 – 9 in their last 10. The Phils are not great at trying to lose. But keep bringing up the minor leaguers to see what will be available next year and the year after. Did you like how I tied in the minor leagues when talking about the big club?

        1. Agree. Rooting for them to lose. but want the young kids to do good. Very impressed with Morgan and eager to see asher today.

          1. Adam Morgan made a nice recovery in his start last night from his last start against the Mets. The main thing I noticed was that his breaking pitches speed were constant but his fastball dropped from 91-92 mph at the start of the game to 89 mph.

        2. Yeah, it looks to be a real tussle for the #1 draft pick in 2016. Right now the Phils are in a dead heat with the Marlins for the lead draft position, and the Rockies are only a half game back. As you note, the Braves are 1-9 in their last ten games, and the Reds are 2-8. Neither team appears to have much interest in winning. The Reds are 2 games back and the Braves 2.5 games back. The Brewers are still in the mix, also 2.5 games out. The Oakland A’s are still lurking, 4 games out.

          Looking at the remaining schedule, the Phils play six games against each division opponent (Mets, Nationals, Braves, Marlins), plus four against the Cubs and 3 against the Red Sox. The Phils haven’t been able to beat the Mets for awhile now, and I don’t see that changing in the next month. The Nationals, Cubs, and Red Sox are just better and all seem interested in winning. So the Phils should have a healthy losing record in the 19 games against those teams. The 12 games against the Braves and Marlins will be crucial.

          As a final thought, if the Phils don’t finish with a top 3 draft pick, I will be sorely disappointed.

          1. This draft is much deeper than last years draft so a top 5 pick will still result in a very talented player. I agree with you in wanting the #1 draft pick but losing on purpose could have a far more negative impact on the Phillies future especially with some young talent in place already.

            1. Phillies could end up picking 7th…..remaining schedule….15 games vs Mets/Nats/Cubs……but 9 against the Braves and Marlins….and Sox for three

            2. Phils could end up picking 7th, but it’s unlikely. They would have to pass six other teams, which means the Phils would have to get on another pretty good roll. And I just don’t see that happening, particularly with Franco out. However, it’s not much of stretch for the Phils to end up drafting 4th or 5th.

              Also, the Phils have 16 games against the Mets/Nats/Cubs, 12 games against the Braves/Marlins, and 3 games against the Red Sox. A lot can happen in the next 31 games.

  4. Jesse Biddle’s season is over unfortunately.

    1. Jesse may have until July 2016 to come around, ..then MacPhail and new GM may move him, included in a packaged deadline trade. New team/scenery could help him.

      1. Who is there left to trade? Howard and Ruiz are the usual suspects. But Ruiz will be the backup so his numbers won’t be great. If they start Howard into a platoon right away and he generates an .800 OPS, there’s a chance. If Harrison comes back healthy (and that’s a monstrous size if), he could be a candidate. Cliff Lee is getting bought out. So that’s your 4 top salaries of 2016. The fifth would likely be Dom Brown at around $4M, barring any FA signings.

        If the Phillies go with a rotation of Nola, Morgan, Eickhoff, Asher, there’s only room for 1 FA veteran signing. And those things are hit or miss (hit: Roberto Hernandez, miss: Harang, Williams, Billingsley).

        1. Ruiz and Howard in July 2016, will have a lot less money on their contracts left to be paid….and the Phillies have already decided they will eat large portions of contracts to acquire added prospects. Ruiz, actually becomes very attractive for a contender since he will only have two/three months left. Howard will have about $20M left on his contract…..2016 (approx$10M) and has the option 2017 year with a $10M buyout.

          1. It’s still a lot of money to eat for players that are well past their prime. Chooch and Howard are still negative WAR players. You don’t imagine that improving a lot in 2016.

            1. GMs in playoff contention do have different perspectives when it comes down to the last 8 weeks of the season.
              Now the return may be minimal, but having seen the last few returns from trades this past July anything can surprise.

  5. It’s so much fun for me to read box scores every night before I go to bed. There’s so many interesting guys having good years vs any prior year. Unfortunately there’s only a few more weeks of this fun. I have to get to a Reading playoff game to enjoy the atmosphere. I wonder if Cozens will stay there when Williams comes back. Watching the major league club every day is practically like watching minor league prospects too. Sept 1 call ups will be few but I think MAG gets called up since he’s on the 40. Buchanan wil get called back, Seve maybe for another arm, and Lino. That’s maybe it.

    1. I don’t see the reasoning to send Cozens back to Clearwater for any reason if he is thriving at AA, who cares about playoffs, its about player development, let him go to playoffs with reading.

      JPC hitting close to.400 last 12 games..

      Brendan Hayden and Bossart could move up if it wasn’t so late.

  6. Cornelius Randolph finished the GCL season with the top wOBA and RC+ for all qualified batters. Probably not enough to secure the BA #1 prospect in the GCL though. Victor Robles killed the league, got promoted then killed the next level also.

  7. The Phils should non tender Dom Brown and go with Asche and Francour platoon in Left Herrera in center and Altheir in right.

    1. Non-tender Brown? How much is he going to make, $4M in arbitration? And I project the payroll to be less than $80M.

      You hope Brown gets hot so that you can flip him at the trade deadline.

      1. They might non-tender him. While you wait another year for him to get hot he will be blocking other guys from getting playing time. I very well might non-tender him. He has not been a good baseball player (in fact, he’s been a very bad basebal player), since the middle of 2013 – in professional sports, that’s an eternity.

        1. Who is brown blocking? Altherr? I don’t know why you guys are in a rush to non-tender guys when they can be bench players. Unless you feel brown is blocking another 4th or 5th outfielder.

    2. wow, that really gets me charged up for 2016 thinking about that awesome outfield.

      in the grand scheme of things probably doesnt make a difference between asche/brown. i dont see a point of keeping Asche around unless he’s also serving as a backup 3b option for when you want to rest Franco or let Franco play first against a lefty and send Ruf packing. under that scenario you can keep Brown and Asche both around 1 more year and see if a miracle occurs with either.
      decision on Brown shouldnt be for monetary reasons.

      1. Apparently, Asche will probably not play third base again for the Phillies….Blanco/Hernandez seem to be the choice so far.

        1. Why isn’t Sweeney playing everyday he show some pop and walks . At this stage of the season it should be who’s producing that plays .

          1. beyond that, i think we know what Cesar Hernandez is at this point, and Hernandez can play some third as there is no point in Blanco playing everyday with Franco out, so let’s see if Sweeney could be a semi-regular at second with just a little more pop than Hernandez.

            1. That’s because Blanco is better at defense then Cesar Hernandez and has been out producing him. Agree that Blanco is not part of the future and and he may have play his way onto a better contract with another team . Hernandez has really no hr power he has hit 14 in 9 season between minor league and Major league. Sweeney has hit 2 hr in a wk not saying he’s next the Chase .He was also the only player that hit 30 doubles and have 30 steals in AAA. He walks just much as Ceasr and also stikeout as much too. He arm seems to be better. Today was the day at 3rd I didn’t see him make a play. Next yr will be different new coach New GM new players coming up Crawford etc.

      2. Brown 28 not the future with some kind of hope Dugan or a traded player to man left field. Brown had shown nothing for 2 yrs now .

  8. phils claim lefty reliever Ken Roberts off waivers from Rockies- made his major league debut this year at age 27 with just 9 innings.and got bombed in the pacific coast league this year, but prior to that in his minor league career decent numbers and decent control.

  9. Andrew Knapp obliterates the field in the Eastern League, for all hitters with 210 PA’s, for both wOBA and RC+. Knapp has a .481 wOBA and the next highest is .428.

    Although he can not maintain this pace, I’m a believer in Knapp’s bat. Not just because of the numbers, but also because he’s now a year away from his Tommy John surgery, and the scouts pre-draft evaluation of his hitting potential. They said he could hit, so now he’s showing that he can hit at AA, which is what a college drafted player has to do.

      1. I think it depends on how many of the current top 100 graduate due to 50 innings pitched or 150 ABs. You can make case for him over Quinn on the Phillies’ list and everyone above Quinn is on the top 100.

  10. Knapp will probably move to first with a probable trade of Howard by the July trade deadline (assuming 290-300 avg. 18-20 homers and 40-50 RBIs against right handers).

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