Box Score Recap – 9/1/2015

Clearwater (77-57) split a double header with the Daytona Tortugas, winning 3-2 and losing 3-0.  Victor Arano and Matt Imhof got the starts.  Ricardo Pinto was pushed back to Thursday in Dunedin.  That could make him available for game two in the first round of the playoffs.

Game one went eight innings.  Arano started and pitched out of minor jams in the second and third before wriggling out of a lead off triple in the fourth.  The Tortugas finally got to him with a game-tying, two-run home run in the fifth.  Alberto Tirado pitched around two walks in two hitless innings.  Jesen Therrien picked up his third save with two strike outs in a perfect eighth.  The Threshers missed a bigger inning when they scored a run on a bases loaded double play in the first.  Rhys Hoskins provided a two-run lead with a solo home run (8) in the fourth.  Malquin Canelo provided the game winner on a solo home run (2) in the eighth.

Game two saw both pitching staffs toss three-hitters.  The Tortugas made better use of their hits as they opened up a 2-0 lead on a two-out, two-run home run in the first inning. Imhof gave up an unearned run in the third.  He went three innings and struck out four.  Yacksel Rios struck out three in two, one-hit innings.  Miguel Nunez pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.  The Threshers had three base runners in the first six innings – an Aaron Brown single; and a single and walk by Mitch Walding.  Brown was cut down trying to stretch his hit to a double, and Walding was erased once on a double play.  Still, they brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh after a double by pinch hitter Jessie Valentin and a walk to Rhys Hoskins with one out.  But the rally never materialized.

Both teams have off days on Wednesday, then complete their seasons with a four-game series with a division opponent.

Lehigh Valley (62-76) lost to the Pawtucket Red Sox 10-2.  Miguel Gonzalez made his first appearance against players older than the boys he faced during his GCL rehab and was smacked around like the new kid on the block.  After an easy first inning, he gave up five runs in the second inning.  He was pulled after the third, and 74 pitches.  Jason Berken fared no better, giving up four runs in one inning.  Joey DeNato made his AAA debut and gave up one run in two innings.  He struck out three.  Seth Rosin threw a perfect eighth.  Ken Roberts made his IronPigs debut with a one-hit ninth.  Tyler Pastornicky had two of the ‘Pigs four hits including a solo home run (1).

  • LF Kelly Dugan (.215) went 1-2 with a HBP.
  • 1B Tommy Joseph (.176) went 0-4.
  • C Gabriel Lino (.213) went 0-3 with 3 K.

Reading (78-57) lost to the Binghamton Mets 7-6.  Ben Lively gave up four runs in 5.1 innings.  Reinier Roibal allowed three inherited runners to score and gave up the tying run on his own.  Edubray Ramos gave up three hits in two innings.  Stephen Shackleford entered in a non-save situation and gave up the go-ahead runs.

KC Serna and Destin Hood were two of five players to collect two hits.  Each also picked up an RBI.  Andrew Knapp and Dylan Cozens both homered as the Phils built an early 4-1 lead. They tied the game on Serna’s RBI single in the sixth, but fell short with a run in the ninth.

  • J.P. Crawford (.272) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored.
  • Andrew Knapp (.368) went 2-5 with a run scored, HR (11), and 3 RBI.
  • Dylan Cozens went 1-3 with a walk and solo HR (3).
  • Angelo Mora (.351) went 2-4 with a run scored and double.

Lakewood (70-62)  beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 9-0.  Jairo Munoz was the beneficiary of the BlueClaws 16-hit attack.  He struck out five and allowed three hits in six innings.  Zach Morris picked up his first save with three shutout innings.  He struck out six.  Six ‘Claws had a multi-hit game.  Drew Stankiewicz had three hits.

  • Herlis Rodriguez (.297) went 1-4 with a run scored, SF, and RBI.
  • Scott Kingery (.252) went 1-4 with a sac and a walk.
  • Deivi Grullon (.216) went 0-4 with a run scored and 2 walks.
  • Damek Tomscha (.280) went 2-6 with a run scored, double, and 2 RBI.
  • Kyle Martin (.270) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored and a double.
  • Cord Sandberg (.256) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, HR (4), and 4 RBI.
  • H-Rod stole his 16th base.

Williamsport (44-26) lost to the Auburn Doubledays 8-4.  Jose Taveras went four innings and gave up five runs.  Andrew Godail gave up a run in two innings but struck out three.  Anthony Sequeira was charged with two unearned runs.  Ismael Cabrera made his Williamsport debut and walked a batter in one shutout inning.

  • Josh Tobias (.318) DNP.
  • Jesus Posso went 2-4 with a run scored and double.
  • Brendon Hayden (.314) went 2-4 with a run scored and a double.
  • Jan Hernandez (.221) went 1-3 with a run scored,  double, and a walk.
  • Taveras hit Auburn leadoff hitter, Victor Robles all three times he faced him.

GCL Phillies (36-24) Season completed.  Finished in second place in Northwest Division, 4.0 games behind the GCL Blue Jays.  They had the fourth best record in the GCL. Unfortunately, they finished 8-10 over the last three weeks while the Blue Jays finished 14-4 over the same span.

  • “C” Randolph led the team with a .302 AVG, 52 H, 34 runs, 15 doubles, 3 triples, 32 BB/32 K, .425 OBP, .442 SLG, .866 OPS
  • Luis Encarnacion led with 52 H, 4 HR, 36 RBI.
  • Felix Paulino was tied with 5 wins and led with 46 K, 2.34 ERA, 0.92 WHIP.
  • Paulino 46 K/5 BB in 50.0 IP, Bailey Falter 25 K/3 BB in 28.2 IP

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 22 K, 35 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 –

  • Philadelphia Phillies recalled Dalier Hinojosa from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Philadelphia Phillies selected the contract of Erik Kratz from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Philadelphia Phillies selected the contract of Colton Murray from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Philadelphia Phillies transferred RHP Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Right flexor strain.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez from the 7-day disabled list.

34 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 9/1/2015

  1. Got to think Yacksel Rios is rising-up our prospect rankings. Looking forward to see what he can do at Reading next year as a 23 year-old.

    Any reason why Imhof only went three innings? After this season, my guess is he’ll repeat CLW next to open next season.

    1. I listened to the game on the Tortugas broadcast. They didn’t mention any reason. I would surmise that with all the rain outs and trailing by three runs in a seven inning game that they saw an opportunity to give Rios some innings.

  2. Thanks Jim for fixing the Brito stats.

    Welcome Mr. Cozens to Reading. He had 5 HRs in 96 games in CLW but 3 already in 5 games in Reading. If he plays the whole year there next year, he could hit 25+ HRs. Let’s see how the AA pitchers adjust to him in this short stint this year.

    Shackleford needs to be shut down. He’s going to hurt someone out there… probably himself and definitely the team.

    There was a 34 minute delay in the 2nd game so maybe Imhof was cooled down and they decided to bring Rios in fresh.

    Posso is an interesting guy. The 20 y/o from Colombia hit 6 HRs in Wmsprt. That’s difficult with the size of that field. He also bunches his hits. In his last 10 games, he has only 3 of them with hits but all 3 were multi-hit games. Someone to watch because of his power but will get exposed as he moves up.

  3. Re Zack Morris’ save. Admittedly, I just learned that a save can be earned other than inhereting no more than a 3 run lead. In this particular case, in a 9-0 game, why would this be called a save? Seems ridiculous.

  4. Hoskins with 17 HRs (and playing all of April.May and 3/4 June in LKW’s field) and 87 RBIs in 131 games is pretty impressive, but also 6 triples and 36 doubles and OPS.912.
    Barring any injuries, Hoskins should top 30 HRs in Reading next season.

      1. From the hitting angle. assuming Cozens, Hoskins, Alfaro, Pullin, and Aaron Brown all start at Reading next season….bombs away.

        1. What a lineup!

          Personally, since I live in a AAA town ( Louisville), I can’t wait to see LHV next season wit Williams, JPC, Knapp and Thompson and Cordero.

          Where will Quinn play?

          1. Outfields across the organization will be crowded. Quinn has less than 60 games at AA and has missed significant time so I believe he starts there. As I see it:

            AAA: Williams, Dugan, Perkins, Hood
            AA: Quinn, Cozens, Pullin, Brown
            A+: Tocci, Rodriguez, Duran and likely Sandberg.

            You can also throw Pointer and Harris (and UT Astudillo) into the mix. There are probably a few names I am missing, as well.

    1. One cannot beat the Rhys Hoskins drum loud enough as far as I’m concerned. It astounds me that both nationally and locally, this guy is almost entirely below the radar. He had his one half season last year of adjusting to professional ball (and he did fine with that) and since then he’s just taken off. His OPS at Clearwater is over 100 points higher than the highest qualifying batter in the league and it’s not a fluke, Hoskins now has 255 plate appearances at Clearwater. My prediction is that he ends next year in Philadelphia and he’s not going to hit 30 homers in Reading because he won’t get the chance. After he tears up the league for 2 and a half months he’ll be promoted to Lehigh Valley, where he will continue to hit. I think we may have our first baseman of the future folks – this guy could be quite good for years to come.

      1. catch…love your unbridled enthusiasm….but please, temper your phervor and phire and lets not put the ‘Cody Asche’ jinx on Hoskins …not quite yet.

        1. Very true – still, Asche never hit for any real power until he got to Reading and he did not draw walks the way Hoskins can.

      2. When it comes to 1B, in order to be on the lists, you need to be a high pick or be young for the level and absolutely rake. Hoskins is 22 at A+. If he was 19 or 20, that would be a different story.

        1. The discussion of age-importance concerning Hoskins was discussed on this forum quite intensively two/three weeks ago.
          I believe v1again had a very convincing argument of its relevance and how Hoskins , for a three-year college player, is right on track .
          Now considering his positional value…that may be another aspect that was not fully addressed.

          1. The “discussion” ended up being prematurely ended when I withdrew voluntarily because of V1’s usual lies, distortions, question begging and general unpleasantness.

            The truth is this: The Guru probably is a bit too pessimistic. As I said then, I agree that Hoskins is a real prospect – Catch is right, he SHOULD be on people’s radar. But age/level IS a factor. It is one (but not the only) reason why absurd projections like v1’s (.850 OPS in the major leagues, which, assuming at least average fielding, would make him a 5 WAR a year player) are … overly aggressive.

            But even tempering that significantly – yes, he’s a guy who bears watching, and COULD certainly develop into a well above average regular. But projecting stardom – and I think V1 is the only guy doing that – well, I COULD happen, but it isn’t at all likely.

            V1 is the kind of guy – and I’ve seen it as an attorney among smart but sleazy opponents – who can be an effective debater because he isn’t strongly attached to the truth or intellectual honesty. Those kind of guys can be refuted, but it takes time and patience. I have neither, nor do I want to spend my free time aggravating myself by engaging with the likes of him.

            1. Listen, I like Hoskins. I want all the Phillies prospects to succeed. But catch asked a question and I answered it. And just because he’s not on the lists, does that mean he can’t succeed? No. But those are the rules for 1B on the national lists.

      3. Catch, you have been around a while, you can’t be that astounded that a 22-year-old first baseman in A+ is not getting national attention. Deserved or not in Hoskins’ case, there are guys that fit his profile every year and most of them end up not making it.

        I hope you are right about his future but I am going to keep my enthusiasm in check.

        1. I’m not surprised that he’s not listed as a top 5 (or even top 10) prospect in the organization, but I’m surprised that he’s not on many people’s radar screen at all. My point about his OPS relative to the league is that he IS raking and he is running through these very pitcher-friendly leagues in fine fashion and at a breakneck speed. He’s a MUCH better prospect than fans and critics are allowing, but this is hidden to a great degree by league and park context.

          1. OK, I think I misunderstood you – he should definitely be on people’s radar screens, I agree. And he certainly has sustained a high level of play all year. Let’s hope he keeps hitting!

          2. I think he is on people’s radars to that extent. There is objection to the hyperbole of his most fervent supporters, but if you were to say that he is among our top dozen prospects and that he has a better than 50-50 chance to be the starting 1B in Philly for multiple seasons, I don’t think you are going to get significant objection to those statements. I certainly don’t disagree. You could list him as high as 8-10 within our system and I would feel that you were at least plausible. When people talk top 5 and future All Star 1B, I think that is going overboard in enthusiasm, based upon what he has proven thus far in his career. I think for a college guy, he is totally age-appropriate at Clearwater.

            1. Is Hoskins in AJ Reed or Casey Gillaspie’s category!.
              Probably not.
              All three-year college guys from last years draft class and Reed/Gillaspie higher picks with a lot higher ceiling. But Hoskins, in his own right, can be a very good player going forward.

            2. Agree.

              My point about age/level, which was massively distorted by V1 (IMO intentionally so, because he isn’t stupid and he does it a lot, not just to me) wasn’t that he isn’t “age appropriate,” but, rather, that if you’re going to start predicting stardom the age/level/performance does tell somewhat against him. Something that most of us can agree on, and, one would hope, even those disagreeing with it could debate the point head on, instead of creating a straw man and debating THAT. I still haven’t seen V1 try to defend his original projection.

            3. fwiw, hoskins and gillespie (and kevin newman for that matter) played together on cape cod in 2013 (hoskins in left field) and hoskins was the best hitter in a very good hitting lineup (also included dylan davis)

    1. I asked the same question about 3 weeks ago when I saw him at Reading. When he was at Lakewood, He didn’t hit at all. He’s gotten bigger and stronger and is driving the ball. Those who have seen a lot of him have said he is weak defensively. I have only watched him 7-8 times, and most of that was in Lakewood. I really like what he has done with the bat and he’s a switch hitter too!

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