Box Score Recap – 9/5/2015

Three wins by Reading, Clearwater, and Lakewood.  Two losses, one a blowout and the other a walk-off.  The pitching staffs for the three winning teams issued just one walk, and Williamsport’s starter issued one walk in six innings.  David Whitehead pitched well for the second start in a row,  Rhys Hoskins put on a singles clinic, and Aaron Brown drove in three runs.  More on the game below the fold.  

Lehigh Valley (63-79) lost to the Rochester Red Wings 13-1.  Anthony Vasquez and Jason Berken gave up 13 runs on 17 hits.  Joey DeNato got the final four outs without giving up a hit or run.  The IronPigs managed five hits.  Jordan Danks had two of them.

  • LF Kelly Dugan (.230) went 1-4.
  • 1B Tommy Joseph (.184) went 0-4.
  • C Logan Moore (.276) went 0-3.
  • RF Brian Pointer went 0-3 with 2 K.
  • Vasquez picked two runners off first. Imagine what may have happened if he hadn’t.

Reading (80-59) beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-0.  Jake Thompson tossed six shutout innings.  He gave up four hits and struck out seven.  Jimmy Cordero pitched the final three innings, allowing one hit and striking out six.  He picked up his second save. Neither pitcher issued a walk.  The Phils only collected five hits, too.  They converted two walks and Rene Garcia’s RBI single into a run in the first inning.  They tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on a single, walk, sacrifice, and Art Charles’ ground out.

  • J.P. Crawford (.263) DNP.
  • Andrew Knapp (.357) went 0-4 with 2 K.
  • Dylan Cozens went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Angelo Mora (.336) went 1-3 with a run scored and walk.
  • Rene Garcia went 3-4 with a run scored and RBI.

Clearwater (78-58)  David Whitehead survived a 27-pitch first inning as well as a one-out, RBI double to go on and beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 6-1.  Whitehead pitched well over the next few innings until a 24-pitch fifth inning cut his evening short.  In all, Whitehead threw 90 pitches and had a strike/ball of 61/29.  He allowed just the one run and six hits.  He struck out three and walked one.  Whitehead’s low 90s fastball was in the 90-92 mph range.  But, he touched 94 once and 93 twice.  (The scoreboard gun was erratic again, only 50 pitches registered.)

Whitehead was lifted with a 6-1 lead.  Cody Forsythe and Alexis Rivero came in to throw four innings of shutout ball.  Forsythe retired all six batter he faced in his two innings, recording three strike outs.  Rivero struck out two in the eighth inning and got three easy ground balls to the right side to end the game.

After spotting the Blue Jays a quick 1-0 lead, the Threshers jumped all over their inexperienced starter.  He was recently promoted from the GCL and was making his first start at the Advanced A level.  The first four Threshers reached base on their way to a three-run inning.  They scored their first run when the right fielder mishandled Andrew Pullin’s line drive single.  Rhys Hoskins followed with an RBI single through the hole on the left side.  The third run scored on Aaron Brown’s ground out.

They Threshers added a run in the third on a sinking, line drive, RBI single by Mitch Walding.  They stretched their lead out to a comfortable margin in the fourth.  Carlos Tocci worked a one-out walk.  When Andrew Pullin singled to center, Tocci raced to third beating the throw.  Pullin took second on the play.  One out later, Aaron Brown lined a two-run single to center.

The Threshers rode their strong pitching to the victory.  Early in the game, Hoskins had reached base with a lead off single.  With Brown at the plate, Hoskins broke for second on a 3-0 pitch.  Brown lined a single to left, and Hoskins never broke stride on his way to third.  Impressive for a big guy.

More Hoskins.  He singled through the hole his first at bat, just out of reach of the shortstop Dickie Joe Thon (yes, Dickie’s son).  His next at bat, Thon moved over further into the hole and Hoskins pulled the ball through what little hole was left.  In his final at bat, the Jays employed a full-blown shift with three fielders on the left side.  Hoskins smacked a ground single to right, through the spot normally covered by the second baseman.  Pretty cool.

Mitch Walding looks more confident of late.  He has been hitting well lately, I think he raised his average 25 points in the past five weeks.  But it’s not just a matter aof a few balls dropping in or squirting through.  He has been barreling up in a lot of his at bats.  He’s making much harder contact than he was two-three months ago.

Malquin Canelo celebrated his 21st birthday with a single in his final at bat.

C Willians Astudillo was replaced by Wilson Garcia in the seventh.  Coach’s decision.

  • Jessie Valentin (.274) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, and a walk.
  • Carlos Tocci (.258) went 1-3 with 2 runs scored and a walk.
  • Andrew Pillin (.259) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored.
  • Aaron Brown (.258) went 2-4 with 3 RBI.
  • Rhys Hoskins (.320) went 3-4 with a run scored and RBI.
  • Wilians Astudillo (.314) went 0-3.
  • Mitch Walding (.235) went 1-3 with a walk and RBI.
  • Malquin Canelo (.249) went 2-6 with a run scored, triple, HR (3), and 4 RBI.
  • I hope you listened to the game.  While I was in the booth, I opted not to provide color when asked.  Instead, I charted as I normally do and took notes.  I did provide info to Ms. Karbach on a couple occasions, but tried to remain quiet unless spoken to.  It was an interesting experience getting to see how a broadcast is put together.  I am amazed how Ms. Karbach can provide the information she does during the game without the support staff I imagine that larger operations have.  I very much appreciate that she and PR Director Rob Stretch afforded me the opportunity to “peak behind the curtain”.

Lakewood (72-64) beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 6-1.  Ranfi Casimiro went seven innings allowing one run.  He gave up five hits and struck out four.  Manny Martinez and Matt Hockenberry each threw a scoreless inning in relief.  The three pitchers combined to issue no walks.  Kyle Martin drove in the BlueClaws first run with an RBI double in the fourth inning.  They picked up their second run on an RBI double by Damek Tomscha in the sixth.  The ‘Claws tacked on an unearned run in the seventh on Derek Campbell’s double play ball with the bases loaded.  They finally broke the game open in the eighth on a bases loaded wild pitch and Andrew Amaro’s two-run double.

  • Herlis Rodriguez (.295) went 1-4 with a walk.
  • Scott Kingery (.254) went 0-3 with a run scored and walk.
  • Deivi Grullon (.222) went 0-4 with a run scored.
  • Damek Tomscha (.280) went 1-3 with a run scored, double, HBP, and RBI.
  • Kyle Martin (.278) went 2-4 with a double, RBI, and 2 K.
  • Cord Sandberg (.254) went 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Kingery stole his 11th base.

Williamsport (45-29) lost to the State College Spikes 2-1 in ten innings.  Luke Leftwich Pitched six innings and gave up one run on seven hits and a walk.  Sutter McLoughlin and Ismael Cabrera combined for three shutout innings.  Jaco Waguespack loaded the bases with one out before giving up a walk off single.  Dylan Bosheers gave the Cutters their only lead on a sac fly in the fourth inning.

  • Josh Tobias (.320) DNP.
  • Brendon Hayden (.297) DNP.
  • Venn Biter (.269) went 1-5 with a triple and 2 K.
  • Mark Laird (.284) went 1-4 with a walk.

GCL Phillies (36-24) Season completed.  Finished in second place, four games back.

DSL Phillies (40-32) Season completed.  Finished tied for second place, three games back.

VSL Phillies (30-40) Season completed.  Finished tied for third in a four team league.

Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Reading Fightin Phils activated LF Cam Perkins from the 7-day disabled list.

44 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 9/5/2015

  1. Rene Garcia played 3B? I guess they want his bat in the lineup during the playoffs. That was his 1st game playing 3B. No balls were hit to him so we just don’t know what would have happened.

    Knapp has not exactly instilled confidence. He’s hitting .231 in his last 10 games and .118 in his last 5. They’ve given him some time off to rest so maybe that will help him as they enter the playoffs.

    Willians Astudillo has had an 0’fer in each of his last 5 games. Seems to have coincided with all the articles and accolades bestowed on him. Let’s shrink that head and get back to playing baseball.

    Walding has been hot, hot, hot. He hit .317 in August and he’s hitting .438 in September. Great time to get hot. right before the playoffs and as the team tries to determine who stays and who goes for next year.

    Williamsport could have a lot of trouble in the playoffs. The pitching is very good but you have to score runs to win. 5 or 6 hits a game could shut down your playoff early. It might have been prudent to more Randolph to Williamsport once the Phils were out of playoffs in the GCL. Another bat could help them dramatically. Let’s hope the pitching holds and someone gets hot with the bat.

    1. “prudent to MOVE Randolph…” Darn wireless keyboard battery is starting to go and letter get lost or show up anywhere.

    2. Little rough on Knapp. The guy was hitting at an unreal clip. He was destined to come back down to earth.

    3. Randolph bruised his shoulder on a slide into third. They prudently shut him down for the last two GCL games. He will be back for the FIL. His future development is more important than a Class A playoff series.

  2. Hard to believe…..Hoskins has now passed Astudillo for CLW batting lead. And to think of one BA writer’s (Vince Lara) assessment of him.:
    ‘Rhys Hoskins’s bat… much should I temper that?
    Vincent Lara-Cinisomo: A whole bunch, despite the results. He swings through even average fastballs’

      1. philabalt….maybe so…though I believe he did infer he had his staff input on it, and they had the eyes on the ground.
        nevertheless, It is what it is.
        When they get a mind-set set on a prospect….happened to Franco vs Sano thru the years….now it will be Hoskins compared to the likes of Gillaspie and AJ Reed….they will not significantly change their mind-set.

      2. Maybe it’s a legitimate concern with his bat moving to the higher levels. It seems no national writer can point out a weakness in a Phillies prospect without it being dismissed as a made-up lie. I don’t understand that mentality. We’re following prospects. Every bit of information, positive or negative, is helpful. Guys like Keith Law used to give contributions to this site until we ran them off, for not admitting that guys like Adrien Cardenas and Lou Marsen were future Hall of famers.

        1. Lets see how it plays out……so far to date, the ‘arm-bar swing’ has not limited Franco….will have to see if Hoskins swinging thru ‘ even average fastballs’ becomes his Achilles heal next season vs AA level pitching.

        2. I am pretty hard on prospects. I have no problem with harsh criticism by scouts. But the “trouble with average fastballs” comment on Rhys doesn’t make sense to me. Any hitter is going to face 70% fastballs in the minors. If that hitter truly has trouble with “average fastballs” that number would go up to 90% fastballs. And you would see huge k numbers and low batting average and low power. Rhys is destroying the pitching friendly FSL at an age appropriate year. He also destroyed the SAL. So this isn’t a prospect that is being promoted without production. If he said, “has trouble with elite fastballs (eg 96+ mph)” I would probably take it as fact. But “average fastballs?” Doesn’t make sense to me.

          But time will tell.

          1. v1….former PP Fan..agree…….and what signifies an average fastball….writer should be more specific, ie velo .
            And the phrase ‘a whole bunch’ on tempering enthusiasm, connotes some thing to the affect….quite a bit, more then the average etc etc
            Metric people want numbers….and I am not entirely metricized.

          1. Keith Law used to do Mailbags with the originator of this site, until PP started accusing him of hating on Phillies prospects.

        3. Jeez, all I said is that the author might want to actually see who he is writing about before writing about the person. I hope Hoskins proves everyone wrong and becomes a major contributor to the Phillies

          1. philabalt…gregg did some Q&As with him way back…and he had the ESPN gig and time became a premium….and Insider required subscription. Here is one of the older things with the site owner. he ranked the Phillies system 5th in 2010 and the Mets fans jumped all over him, and then he ranked the Phillies low 2/3 years later and the Phillies fans jumped all over him…he took abuse from many angles thru the years.

            Keith Law ESPN Chat, 1 PM May 8, 2008ESPN/BA/BP Mentionsgiventofly41 “Im going to try and post links and updates from now on when I find prospect related chats, so hopefully we can get Phillies questions answered. Today, KLaw is doing a chat at 1PM Eastern, and hes normally good for an hour and a half or so. Get your questions in, hopefully we can get a few answered, and I’ll update this post with any Phillies related nuggets”.

        4. Honestly were you even around back then? I don’t remember ever seeing any of your comments, and I started reading the site in 2006. It’s Marson, by the way.

          The early commenters of this site were for the most part level-headed, respectful, and knowledgeable. It’s funny seeing the way you depict them as the complete opposite of how they were.

          One reason I read this site every day until james left is because he goes out of his way to say that he’s just a fan and not an expert despite being much more knowledgeable about baseball than many who proclaim themselves experts. He didn’t start the site for fame and didn’t try to launch a sportswriting career off of it despite the fact that he is so much better than everybody who has taken that route.

          Anyway, it wasn’t until the Phillies started winning consistently that there were legitimate problems on the comments section and people who thought they knew everything despite not even watching before they started winning. I’m not sure what you’re talking about when it comes to the earlier commenters.

          1. TruePhan………my comments are directed to the one above who claims KLaw decided to stop commenting on this site when he started getting derided by commenters for his ranking. And that may have been the case…and he also took his share of abuse from some other zealous fans from the Boston blogs and New York, along with Philadelphia.Phillies fans did hold the sole license for criticism of his commentaries.
            Nevertheless, I am not trying to get into any discussion with you on the legitimacy of current commenters vs commenters prior to the Phillies successful run from ’07-’12. Your entitled to your opinion and if you feel that the site now is below standards with current commenters and writers, then you are not obliged to view or even comment. Over the years there have been many different writers and commenters of all ilk and knowledge…..metric oriented-non-metric oriented. Just like the real world.
            If you find that to your disliking, then you can kindly glance over to the right menu and there are multitude of Phillies blogs that you may find more to your liking and caliber of baseball acumen.

            1. Romus, I was replying to Anonymous VOR, not you. I know you’ve been commenting for a long time.

              As for the writers, I like Jim Peyton. I think he does a great job and his box score recaps are incredibly in depth. The commenters though? Yeah, there are a few who make me not even want to read the comments section anymore. Most of them seem fairly recent.

            2. Oh, and I forgot to mention gregg. Always felt that he does a great job here. His LHV writeups are one of the best parts of the site and always have been.

              As for the other Phillies blogs? You couldn’t pay me to read them. This is one of the few sports blogs I’ll read, let alone baseball blogs.

      3. Considering 90% of us never see these guys and we comment and make definitive statements of opinion all day long, this post is a bit ironic.

        1. I don’t see how. Nobody here gets paid to be an expert. He does and proclaims himself one. He should be held to a higher standard than a random commenter on a blog.

          1. But when a national writer who “claims to be an expert” makes any criticism of a Phillies prospect, he’s called out as a hack. Meanwhile, as long as the comment is positive, his credibility is never questioned.

            “Lou Marson” was just the example that reminded me of the reaction to Rys Hoskins’ “swinging through avg Fastballs”. It was comical how Law was attacked, because he didn’t like Marson as a prospect. Marson was batting 330, didn’t strikeout and walked a lot, but Law questioned his swing and ranked him poorly in comparison to the PP community. Next thing you know, ‘Law’s a hack and he’s just making things up because he doesn’t like the Phillies’.
            It doesn’t make sense to react that way when an opinion is given, IMO. That’s all.

            1. This guy isn’t Keith Law, and both James and the commenters were always pretty objective about prospects from what I would read. Marson was a high upside guy who I believe played in the Olympics in Beijing. He was one of many catching prospects at the time, including D’Arnaud. Nobody thought he was anything other than promising. Anybody who actually watched the Phillies before they started winning knows all about how many guys flame out. I find it ridiculous that James or any long-suffering Phillies fan would be that defensive. I read this site everyday until James left and don’t remember any of that.

              I don’t respect most of the people who write about baseball these days. They proclaim themselves experts before they really earn that title, and they seem to think they know everything and should never be disagreed with. They’re also incredibly unnecessarily disrespectful towards both players and fans.

              I think you’re just trying to paint your opinion as fact. I’ve seen much, much worse commenters since about 2010/2011 than anybody I ever saw before that. The whole tone of the comments section changed.

            2. If you don’t remember us getting defensive anytime a national writer said anything negative about Cardenas, Marson, Michael Taylor or Drabek, then you have a short memory. The same stuff happened when James had the site. The recent reaction to that small comment about Hoskins’ is the same as any when they claimed Taylor had the ‘Stanford swing’ or Marson had a ‘ground ball swing’. Even with Drabek and Biddle early on (2010-11), people got so insulted when national guys said they had the upside of #3 pitchers. More insulted than when they said Nola was a #3. It’s the same thing over and over.

              It’s just opinion. Just another piece of data to grade these prospects. I don’t understand why some are so defensive.

            3. I’ve got a pretty great memory. You’re simply exaggerating. People might have disagreed when a national writer said something like that but gotten defensive? Everybody who read the site back then knew prospects were a crapshoot, and nobody knew that better than james. Marson had flaws. He was just a high upside guy. There was never any consensus on who was best at any position. James really liked Cardenas. Some other people really liked other players. Some liked the power guys or the contact guys and others liked the defensive guys or the athletic guys. Some liked Carrasco more than Drabek. Some liked Valle more than Marson. Some liked Jaramillo or D’Arnaud. There was no consensus on anything, just like now. The entire site getting defensive like that? Wouldn’t happen.

              And again, this guy isn’t Keith Law. Keith Law has been around for years and earned his status. I had never even heard of this guy until I saw the comment about him.

  3. Walding seems to have found something. If you notice, he was included on the Instructs must which is odd but suggests the Phils see it too.
    Just when I start to write Whitehead off, he puts two good starts together. He still might have something. Casimiro is another intriguing arm. Hoskins is someone to hope on….

    1. That’s why I was harping on signing as many of those guys as possible in 2011. Tyler Greene was supposed to be the elite prospect out of the bunch and look what happened there. It’s a numbers game, because you never have any clue which guy will actually become anything. Like with our pitcher draft picks. Even if Walding never makes it to AAA or even AA, his still being in the system provides prospect depth. I hope this is the start of something good for him though. Kid’s got upside and is still young.

  4. Made it to Lakewood for the final weekend of their season. Got to watch Casimiro mow through the Delmarva lineup last night.
    1. He is a big kid, built like a workhorse starter.
    2. He works quick n fills up the zone with strikes.
    3. He induced a lot of weak contact. There really wasn’t a ball barreled up until the 7th. The lead off double was hit hard and another ball was smoked, but went right to Martin on 1 hop.
    4. He was still hitting 95 in the 7th, topping off at 96.
    5. He mixed in some nice change ups, breaking balls, and a nice 2 seam fastballs which sat at 90-91.
    With all of that said, I guess his age, he’s now 23, is what is stopping more hype on him. He’s had a really nice season.
    I am a Herlis fan. Squared up 3 balls and had nothing to show for it. Ended up getting an infielder dribbler for a base hit. He just has the look of a player. Works the count and always seems to do the right thing. Delmarva had a lefty throwing gas n he hung in and ended up hitting a 1 hop bullet that was caught.
    Grullon looked pretty good behind the plate too. Threw a seed to 2B to gun down the only attempted steal.
    Every time I’ve seen Sandburg, he seems to barrel up the ball on more than 1 at bat.

  5. JAKE THOMPSON !!!! How good has he been since trade? Please tell me he will be right there with Nola as a 2 or 3 for Phils for nexy decade!

        1. Actually shackleford got the save, Cordero went two innings 5 Ks

          Thompson last 3 games 19 innings, 18 hits, 1 bb, 18 Ks , 3 run

          1. A couple sources of intel suggest they are going to stretch out Tirado, but 42 pitches and 3.0IP for Cordero? Not unreasonable for a reliever but has anyone heard about attempts to stretch him out as well?

  6. cordero was very impressive last night. 95-99 fastball with a 80-85 something that had the batters jumping out of their shoes. pounded the strike zone. not a control problem last night as has been reported. sss but if he can do this consistently, he will be in the phils bullpen in the not too distant future. big arm, violent delivery, but the same for 99 as for 80.

    also impressed by garcia behind the plate and with the bat.

    going to the game today. more later

    1. I heard that the Phillies will not be tinkering with their deliveries until after the season. So we’ll see what happens with Tirado and Cordero. But 99 doesn’t grow on trees so if we can make Cordero more consistent, he could pull a Ken Giles and go from AA to the Phillies in 2016 at age 24.

  7. JP vs Canelo. They are around the same age. Canelo is better defensively. Canelo has shown more pop HR and 2bs .and weighs 30pds less. JP has 1st rd pedigree and more upside offensively . If I had to chose I’d probably go JP but do not sleep on Canelo. Top 10 prospect for sure!

  8. I haven’t seen any comment on Joey DeNato and his triple jump. I thought it was roster management at first, but the results suggest he belongs in AAA (maybe higher?) He’s 24, so not age inappropriate. Maybe he’s a real bullpen piece.

    1. I watched him on TV yesterday not a veto guy a lefty with a slider and I think a curve . He did pitch inside with a 89 mph fastball. He’s 5 “10” has some deception with his delivery. Donato was raking up in lakewood not sure in will happen in AAA. .

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