Box Score Recap – 9/3/2015

All five affiliates were involved in close games last night – four one-run games and one two-run game, that resulted in three wins and two losses.  The Clearwater win was much closer than it had to be thanks to a three-run ninth inning surrendered by their closer, Ulises Joaquin.  The tying and winning runs were on base before he was able to record the final out of the game.  Way more excitement than I needed.  More on the game below the fold.

Lehigh Valley (62-78) lost to the Syracuse Chiefs 2-1.  Both offenses were held scoreless for the first seven innings.  David Buchanan and Ken Roberts combined to shutout the Chief through seven innings.  In the eighth inning, the first batter reliever Seth Rosin retired, did so on a sac fly after Rosin had loaded the bases.  He gave up the go-ahead run in the ninth on a two-out walk, stolen base, and Chase d’Arnaud’s 21st error.  Russ Canzler went 2-4 and drove in the IronPigs only run.

  • Buchanan struck out 7 in 6.0 innings.
  • LF Kelly Dugan (.217) went 1-3.
  • 1B Tommy Joseph (.180) went 1-4.
  • C Gabriel Lino (.214) went 1-4.

Reading (79-58) beat the Binghamton Mets 2-1.  The offenses started slow again.  The Mets finally broke through with a run in the top of the sixth.  The Phils responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.   Pitchers ruled the night.  The Mets staff gave up three hits and two walks; the Phils two hits and two walks.  Ethan Martin no-hit the Mets for five innings and struck out five innings.  Ryan O’Sullivan gave up a solo home run and struck out four in two innings.  Reinier Roibal pitched one, no-hit inning.  Stephen Shackleford gave up the only other hit and notched his 29th save.  Harold Martinez provided the offense with a two-out, two-run single in the seventh that followed a two-out single by Dylan Cozens, a two-out walk by Angelo Mora, and a wild pitch..

  • J.P. Crawford (.267) went 0-3 with a walk and K.
  • Andrew Knapp (.364) DNP.
  • Dylan Cozens went 1-3 with a run scored.
  • Angelo Mora (.347) went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk.
  • C Rene Garcia had the third hit

Clearwater (77-57) mounted a 15-hit attack against the Dunedin Blue Jays and won 9-8.  The Threshers rushed out to a 4-0 lead before taking the field.  Ricardo Pinto was the beneficiary of the early outburst and avoided the first inning troubles that have plagued him this season.  However, he ran several deep counts and only struck out two batters on five innings.  Both unusual for the right hander.

Pinto gave up a two-run home run in the third inning.  After Carlos Tocci hit a two-out, solo home run (2) in the fourth, Pinto gave up three runs in the fifth to tie the game including another two-run home run.  This was Pinto’s first two home run game of the season.  He had allowed only one in his previous eight games.  Still, when Jessie Valentin stroked an RBI double in the sixth, Pinto remained the pitcher of record.

The Threshers had scored in the first on Aaron Brown’s RBI single, Rhys Hoskins’ RBI ground out, Chace Numata’s RBI single, and Mitch Walding’s RBI double.  After Tocci’s home run, the Threshers added a run in the eighth on Hoskins’ RBI single.  They tacked on two more important runs in the ninth on Derek Campbell’s sac fly and Valentin’s fielder’s choice.

Cody Forsythe followed Pinto with a shutout inning.  Alexis Rivero tossed two more shutout innings and turned the game over to Ulises Joaquin in a non-save situation, 9-5.  The extra runs came in handy as Joaquin struggled through the ninth.  He started with a lead off home run.  Malquin Canelo committed a fielding error, and Joaquin gave up a single before recording an out on a force at second.  He retired the next batter on a strike out, but defensive indifference allowed the runner to move to second.  A single broought the Jays within one.  A walk moved the tying run into scoring position and put the winning run on base.  Joaquin jumped out in front 0-2 on off-speed pitches.  He continued to avoid using his fastball, putting pitches in the dirt until he got the batter to strike out swinging.  Whew!

Although it is irrelevant since the playoff pairings are set, the Threshers are one game closer to winning the second half.  Two more wins (or Daytona losses) will secure that feat.

  • Jessie Valentin (.279) went 2-6 with a run scored, 2 doubles, and 2 RBI.
  • Carlos Tocci (.256) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, a walk, HR (2), and RBI.
  • Aaron Brown (.255) went 1-3 with 2 walks and an RBI.
  • Rhys Hoskins (.315) went 3-5 with a run scored and 2 RBI.
  • Wilians Astudillo (.319) went 0-5.  He has the league-leading AVG, .007 ahead of the second place player.
  • Mitch Walding, Chace Numata, and Malquin Canelo had 2 hits each.

Lakewood (71-63)  raced out to a 6-1 lead with two-run innings in the third, fourth, and fifth; then held on to beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 7-5.  Will Morris (7-0, 1.64) pitched into the eighth inning.  He was charged with three runs on six hits, NO walks, and five strike outs in 7.2 innings.  Manny Martinez came on to get the third out, but not before allowing an inherited runner to score on the three-run home run he gave up.  Matt Hockenberry picked up his 19th save.  Every starter except Cord Sandberg had a hit.  Six BlueClaws had multiple hits as part of their 15-hit attack.

  • Herlis Rodriguez (.294) went 1-4 with a double and sacrifice.
  • Drew Stankiewicz (.280) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored.
  • Scott Kingery (.257) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, walk, and RBI.
  • Deivi Grullon (.224) went 3-5 with a run scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and 2 K.
  • Damek Tomscha (.283) went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk.
  • Kyle Martin (.277) went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (5) and 3 RBI.
  • Cord Sandberg (.254) went 0-4.
  • Jiandido Tromp hit a solo HR (8), and Joel Fisher had 2 hits and a double.

Williamsport (44-28) lost to the West Virginia Power 2-1.  Alejandro Arteaga gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings.  Unfortunately, two runs were too many as the Crosscutters continued their recent swoon.  Since their seven game winning streak ended on August 26th, the Cutters have lost six of their last eight games.  Following Arteaga’s effort, Ismael Cabrera and Skylar Hunter combined to pitch three shutout innings.  Josh Tobias provided their only run on a solo home run in the first inning.  Tobias, Venn Biter, and Mark Laird accounted for all seven hits.

  • Josh Tobias (.320) went 3-4 with his 4th home run..
  • Brendon Hayden (.298) went 0-4.
  • Venn Biter (.271) went 2-4.
  • Mark Laird (.290) went 2-3.
  • Tobias  stole his 12th base.

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 –

68 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 9/3/2015

  1. Ethan Martin has not given up a run in 5 straight outings, spanning 19 2/3 innings. He had 3 starts in that stretch. He has 16 Ks and 5 BBs. It’s a nice stretch but not sure if some of his power fastball have come back.

    Drew Stankiewicz has done himself proud this year. The former 11th round pick in 2014 has played in CLW and LKW this year. He hit .275/.333/.341 in CLW before Canelo ascended to CLW and Drew was dropped back to LKW. He’s hit .280/.347/.373 as a 22 y/o in LKW. He’s not going to be on anybody’s top 30 list but he’s solid and can play all 4 infield positions. He’ll be the designated utility infielder in the minor league organization.

  2. Tobias continues to show he’s too good for that league, Kyle Martin back on the upswing after a pedestrian August


  3. Among players with at least 250 PA, Hoskins leads the FSL in SLG (.515), OPS (.902), ISO (.207) and wOBA (.409). He is the ONLY player to have a 5, 9 and 2 as the first digit in those first three stats. He’s really dominating a notorious pitcher’s league offensively.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing Hoskins, Cozens and Brown in the middle of the Reading lineup next season. They could actually have more power than this year’s loaded lineup.

    1. ‘Hoskins, Cozens and Brown in the middle of the Reading lineup next season. ‘…that spells 75 HR potential…then add a dead fast ball hitter like Pullin and now it can go over 100HRs at Reading.

      1. Forgot about Pullin … that’s three lefty sluggers to go along with Hoskins (who, if his development continues, would give the Phils another RH power bat to pair with Franco). Anyone care to set an over/under on how many HR balls wind up in Reading’s LF bleacher pool?

        1. And then I forgot about Alfaro…who may also start at Reading in 2016.
          But I assume he or Cozens or Hoskins if they start hot and rake…one of those three, may get moved up to LHV mid-season or so.

          1. Yikes. That’s what happens when a system suddenly has more legitimate prospects than you can count on one hand.

          2. Reading 2016:

            CF: Quinn or Tocci
            2B: Valentin
            1B: Hoskins
            RF: Cozens
            C: Alfaro
            LF: A. Brown
            SS: Canelo
            3B: Walding?

            $11 for seats behind home plate and free parking. Yeah, I’m there.

            1. I stuck Walding in there by default as the Clearwater 3B. 3B in Reading next year looks to be a semi-warm body at this point. Maybe Martinez sticks? Perhaps Astudillo gets a few reps? (Although he hasn’t played third much, probably for good reason).

            2. Well, no matter who the 3B is that should be a good lineup. I don’t think Canelo or Tocci will start next year in Reading, so the left side of the IF could just be filler types. Or maybe Mora will be in one of those spots.

          1. They’ll be banging them into pool, over the Wawa coffee cup sign and onto the deck in left. Should be a fun time to watch.

  4. Well done Jim. Nice read.

    Phillies looked to have hit on Randolph. Next season will be telling. I suspect Lakewood to start and perhaps Williamsport later on should he struggle. I doubt he sees a single plate appearance at Williamsport though. Crawford, Nola, Randolph and a top 3 2016 pick give the team a decent outlook for the first time in a while.

    It will be interesting to see where players like Randolph, Hoskins and Quinn are ranked in the off-season. I’d guess Randolph is top 100 with Hoskins and Quinn in the 100-200 range

    1. Steve(Tampa),
      Hoskins, same draft class relatively high pick, and a three-year college guy, like AJ Reed and Casey Gillaspie, may unfortunately be compared to them by the national guys, as he progresses thru the Phillies system They will probably be ranked higher then him all the way up. Similar to the past Franco vs Sano comparisons.

      1. AJ Reed is a perfect example of how high the hitting bar is for college 1B only players. He’s out-hit Rys Hoskins by a significant margin and played a significant amount of time in AA, but is still only ranked #98 by MLB.

        1. That is one reason why I find it hard to fathom why some posters keep raving about Brock Stassi and Kyle Martin as the next two great 1st basemen in the Phillies org.
          It is the one position, along with maybe a corner OF position where the hit tool must be grade Aplus thru the slash line.

      2. I hear you Romus. It’s going to take a big year for Hoskins at Reading in 2016 for him to get more recognition. I suspect that is exactly what will happen when he has a monster 2016

    2. Randolph was in the 90s on one of the big lists (either Fangraphs or BA, can’t remember which). I agree about his likely path next season — his immediate placement in LF speaks volumes about how quickly they’d like him to progress through the system. It’s been said a thousand times here, but if he hits in Lakewood, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him on the Crawford plan — CLW at midseason, Reading in 2016, HOF in 2040. (OK, that last part is a stretch).

      1. I’m hoping that once they get Randolph’s arm completely stretched out , from infielder to Outfielder, he shows he can play RF too. That will increase his value and lessen the burden on his hitting standard.

      2. Whoa, Mike, you’re usually telling ME to settle my horses. I like Randolph, a lot, but he’s got some heart ache ahead of him as he grows into each league along the way. I hope he turns into a better hitter than Crawford, and that’s hard to do. But he is a left fielder and that limits him a little bit. If he can play RF also then the sky’s the limit. Not being negative just not ready to anoint him #2 or #3 in the organization… just yet.

        1. LOL … I have Randolph fifth right now. I do think he’ll be a fast mover, but I’ll admit he’s most likely going to be buying tickets at the door for the HOF like the rest of us. 🙂

    1. Lawrence is wrong is saying that the subtraction of proven MLB talent is showing up in the boxscores in a negative way. Since subtracting all of these vets, the Phillies W-L performance has improved. We are not only better since the break than the awful first half, we are better than we were in 2014, before any MLB talent was traded. Rebuilding and letting the kids build has not only advanced the rebuild by adding minor league talent, but against all the claims of the anti-rebuild crowd, the team has won more with the kids than it did with Hamels, Papelbon, Byrd, Rollins, and Utley and with Ruiz demoted to the backup role. Call it increased team morale or cohesion, the increased health and energy of youth, or the older players just not being that good anymore, apart from Hamels — whatever the cause, the team is better playing the kids.

  5. The comment about Edubray Ramos being Clearwater’s closer in the beginning of the article sent me to wondering when he was sent back to Clearwater, especially now that Reading may need him to bail out Shackleford, as he did last week. Much to my relief I saw that it was Joaquin when I read the Clearwater summary.
    Thanks Jim for your extra work in preparing this entertaining format. I look forward to it everyday. This in no way is a criticism, but a correction rescuing my own anxiety about how vulnerable Reading and Williamsport look going into the playoffs.

    1. Yeah, I just woke from a dead sleep because I realized that I typed the wrong closer’s name. Seriously. I sat bolt upright, cursed, and rushed to the computer to see if my error had been caught., yet, I made the correction before reading through the comments. As I wrote the lead paragraph last night, I was musing over how much better Joaquin seemed to pitch when he and Ramos were the 1-2 punch as closers. My apologies to Edubray Ramos.

  6. Reading will be really good again next year. How good of a prospect is Tobias? And, doesn’t Quinn have to start the year as reading’s CF because of all the time he missed? Tocci has shown nothing to indicate he should start the year at reading either, so Quinn at CF in Reading seems to be pretty close to 100%

    1. matt13…agree with you….Tocci may have to start at CLW…still his age20 season (oops better not open that can of worms again)…I do hope he is playing in the Ven winter ball league this year…..Galvis, Hernandez and Herrera could give him some pointers….it would be great if all were on the same team…but doubt that could happen. Quinn could be an early promo if he rakes at Reading, and likewise with Tocci at CLW to reading mid-season.

    2. Tocci should start the year in Clearwater. He would still be younger than nearly everybody else in the league.

      1. Agreed 100%. Next season he’ll be about 2 and 1/2 years younger than the league average in the FSL.

  7. Any more information available on the BIddle injury? How long has he be pitching with pain? Do they think it is a contributor to his performance over that time period?

  8. With respect to Jim, I think that most of us on this site root for Biddle, and although frustrated that he has not done better, it is only a few who go overboard in criticizing him. I hope he gets healthy and gets back to being a top prospect. That would be great. And I fully believe that there is a new Pitching Coach next year, and my hope is that after an off season of getting healthy, the new guy unlocks whatever it takes for Biddle to succeed.

    1. Correction..EVERYONE on this site roots for Biddle. Don’t confuse objective analysis of a prospects ceiling and his ability to attain that ceiling with rooting against a player. We are all fans, and want great players for the Phillies, but that doesn’t mean we can’t objectively assess a prospect differently.

      I was pretty hard on Tocci yesterday. But that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t happy to see him hit a home run last night. Or that I hope he doesn’t go on a Homer tear. I do. I would love for him to be an elite CF for the Phillies for a decade.

      1. I think its just that he is a local kid and people either have seen him or know him. But he is a major major disappointment. I don’t care where he came from. so far he hasn’t done anything to warrant first round pick or promotion. I think its he just isn’t good enough and they try to make excuse for him. so far he isn’t good enough for double a and he has been in the system long enough.

  9. Is it probable that after waiting for years for Biddle to reward his fans the team becomes impatient with his progress, gives up on him – moves him to another team, and after several years he becomes a LOOGY at age 29-30 ? He then establishes himself as the late blooming southpaw pitcher with deadly off-speed stuff. Somewhere this has happened before – and this is not to lay fault on Biddle or the Phillies. Sometimes things just don’t work in the time frame expected.

    1. I don’t see Biddle as an effective LOOGY or even a reliever. He’s either going to make it as a starter or I don’t think he’s going to make it at all. Guys become relievers when they have a couple of killer pitches and gain extra velocity by being able to throw max effort for a few innings. None of that sounds like Biddle.

      I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.

  10. Wow … Deivi Grullon #1 on BA Hot Sheet

    Deivi Grullon, c, Phillies

    Team: low Class A Lakewood (South Atlantic)
    Age: 19
    Why He’s Here: .519/.594/.852 (14-for-27), 8 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBIs, 5 BB, 7 SO

    Grullon has not had a great year. That much is inarguable. Even so, he’s a 19-year-old catcher in the South Atlantic League, which means he still has prospect sheen. It also doesn’t hurt that he raised his OPS 200 points in the second half, and he put together a stellar week that included his second set of back-to-back days with home runs. Grullon’s promotion to Lakewood was aggressive and typical of the way the Phillies handle their young, high-end prospects. Carlos Tocci, for example, spent three years in the SAL and is now holding his own as a 19-year-old at high Class A Clearwater.

    1. he should be drug tested. actually, he’s usually decent in the minors; just cant hit a lick in the majors.

      off topic,i enjoyed seeing the video of this wonderful playing surface in Japan for a USA vs S. Korea 18u game this week- Blake Rutherford, an expected first round pick next June hits a bomb to win it.

      1. Surely a different infield surface look. Reminded me of past softball games on no grass infields.
        Koreans looked really stunned after the HR.

  11. Not 100% sure on the playoff formats in regards to Lakewood, I know they have 4 games left vs the shorebirds but the 1st half winners throws me off.

    1. Hickory won the first half. West Virginia clinched the second half. There are no playoffs for Lakewood. A wild card only comes into play if the same team wins the division in both halves. Since that did not occur, Lakewood’s third best overall record earns them nothing more than the interest and respect that we have for them.

  12. From Baseball America hotsheet chat:

    “Phils fan excited about Rhys Hoskins’s bat. How much should I temper that?”

    BA: “A whole bunch, despite the results. He swings through even average fastballs and has below average range, even at first.”

    1. That is an indictment of his future value.
      Stats it appears, do not tell the whole story.
      Well the one plus …he doesn’t have an arm-bar swing!
      I wonder how the same writer feels about someone like Casey Gillaspie.

    2. Hm.

      You’d think he’d have a higher K rate if this were the case. He’s been just over 17 percent this year in both LKW and CLW.

      Jim, you’ve seen him play quite a bit this year. Is this something you’ve seen or heard from scouts?

      1. I don’t think it means he should have a higher K rate. When he was drafted, the Scouting report said he was an advanced college bat with good strike zone recognition. It could mean that he he doesn’t Chase bad pitches and only hits below average fastballs. He’s in A ball, so there are a bunch of below average prospects to hit.

        1. Perhaps. But the context in which he uses “swings through” average fastballs suggests that he can’t catch up to them. If he is an advanced hitter, he’s going to be patient enough to get a lot of fastballs in the strike zone. And if he’s seeing a lot of fastballs, and can’t hit even an average one, you’d think he’d have a lot more Ks.

          I’m not saying he’s wrong — a writer at BA is far more plugged in than I, who has never even seen Hoskins in person. I’ve just never heard this specific criticism before, and would prefer to hear it from others before I take it as gospel.

          1. Writers from BA take their information directly from team sources and scouts, so they got that from somebody familiar with Rys Hoskins. And since that particular commentator doesn’t really cover the FSL and he didn’t hesitate to throw that information out there, I gotta believe it is common knowledge being passed among the BA staff.

      2. ‘You’d think he’d have a higher K rate if this were the case. He’s been just over 17 percent this year in both LKW and CLW.’…not sure they take that into consideration.
        In AJ Reed’s profile, another first baseman….with a 20% Krate…their assessment, .’hit for power and control the strike zone’
        So appears not to have any bearing in their evaluation.

    3. Rhys is going to be one of those prospects that scouts hate until he shows it in the big leagues. That comment about fastballs doesn’t smell right to me. But time will tell. Here is what we do know:
      – he has big power
      – he has a great eye
      – he plays a position with little defensive value
      – He is absolutely killing a pitcher’s league. Killing it relative to every other hitter in that league this year.
      – Every hitter has a weakness. It is odd for that weakness to be facing a fastball with his production.

      But again, time will tell. I am bullish on him. I think he might be a very good MLB player.

      1. v1….like the above posting said….’swings through” average fastballs suggests that he can’t catch up to them……’d think he’d have a lot more Ks.’ —or a higher K%.
        This BA assessment is as off-the-mark as the same ‘ arm-bar swing’ that will adversely affect Franco’s advancement.

      2. Hoskins situation may be similar to Paul Goldschmidt’s 5 years ago. First baseman with decent beginning metrics but want under everyone’s radar. And Goldey had a higher krate then Hoskins.

  13. Tom B (NJ): Cornelius Randolph had a real strong showing. Do you see his as one of the top prospects in the Gulf League?
    …….Vincent Lara-Cinisomo: Oh yeah. I’m not handling that league—I’m doing the NWL and Texas League—but yeah, he’ll be prominently featured.

    Tom B (NJ): Dylan Cozens got moved up to Reading, and in a REALLY small sample size, showed some HR pop he didn’t show in Clearwater. His contact is way up this year. Are we seeing what full time dedication to baseball can do for him? What are your thoughts on him?
    …..Vincent Lara-Cinisomo: He’s such a big dude and it takes longer for big dudes to work out their swing mechanics. He’s also—as one scout said—’getting the football out of his system’. The FSL is a pitcher’s league, so it’s not surprising the power is more on display at Reading.

    1. Not sure if this is the right place but Brian Bogusevic was recalled by the Phillies today and will be with the team. I know he is not a prospect but he has a good year in Allentown and deserved the promotion. As for Dom Brown I hope he gone next year along with Ryan Howard who was terrible on defense Wednesday.

  14. Tom Joesph another hr he’s getting hot. Might be the new bench lhp 1st baseman come spring training , that’s until Hoskins comes up to be the next yr.

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