Box Score Recap – 9/7/2015

For the first time since 2012 when Reading lost in the first round of the Eastern League playoffs, teams from within the Phillies’ organization will play in the post season.

Clearwater begins the playoffs on the road Tuesday in Daytona for the first game of a three-game series.  Games two and three (if necessary) will be played in Clearwater.

The announced match ups are –

  1. RHP Ricardo Pinto (9-2, 2.87) v. LHP Amir Garrett (9-7, 2.44)
  2. RHP John Richy (0-0, 2.84) v. TBD
  3. RHP David Whitehead (9-11, 4.44) v. TBD

Game one will be a match up of staff aces.  Pinto faced Daytona once and beat the Tortugas.  He pitched 6.1 innings and gave up two runs (2.86 ERA).  He allowed six hits including a home run.  Pinto struck out seven and walked none.  More below the fold.

Amir Garrett faced the Threshers six times and had a 1-2 record.  Two of his starts experienced long rain delays.  He pitched two innings in one and recorded one out against two batters in the other.  He pitched at least six innings in each of the other four starts.  In all, he pitched 27.1 innings and gave up seven earned runs (9 R) on 26 hits including one home run.  He posted a 2.31 ERA against the Threshers.  Garrett struck out 25 and walked nine.  Five of the walks occurred in one start, three in another.

Richy faced Daytona once and shut them out over seven innings.  He allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out three.  However, he didn’t figure in a decision.  Overall, Richy went 10-5 in 20 starts (24 appearances).  He pitched 137 innings and allowed 153 hits, 12 home runs.  He struck out 115 and walked 35.  Richy posted a 4.07 and spent most of the season in the California League.

Whitehead faced Daytona once and gave up four runs in five innings on seven hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  He is coming off consecutive good starts where he beat Brevard County and Dunedin.  Whitehead went five innings in each game and gave up one run on 11 hits and three walks while striking out six.

The Threshers will have to do without Dylan Cozens’ bat in the playoffs, but Jesse Valentin has been hitting his stride since being activated.

  • 2B Jessie Valentin (.273)
  • CF Carlos Tocci (.258)
  • LF Andrew Pullin (.258), 14 HR, 73 RBI
  • RF Aaron Brown (.257), 11 HR, 47 RBI
  • 1B Rhys Hoskins (.317), 8 HR
  • DH Wilians Astudillo (.314) 49 RBI
  • 3B Mitch Walding (.233) 48 walks
  • SS Malquin Canelo (.250)
  • C Chace Numata (.263)

Reading begins their five-game series against the Binghamton Mets Wednesday.  Games one and two are on the road.  The Phils return home for games, four, and five (if necessary).  Pitching match ups are not set.

Williamsport begins their three-game series against the West Virginia Black Bears Wednesday.  Game one is on the the road.  The Crosscutters return home for games two and three (if necessary).  Pitching match ups are not set.

Lehigh Valley (63-81) lost to the Rochester Red Wings 8-1 and finished fifth in the International League North.  Seve Gonzalez struck out five in six innings and walked none.  However, he gave up four runs (3 ER) on eleven hits including 3 doubles and a home run.  Joey DeNato allowed an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch, then gave up three more in the ninth.

  • The “prospects” turned in the following in their season finale:
  • LF Kelly Dugan (.221) went 0-4.
  • 1B Tommy Joseph (.193) went 3-4 with a run scored and 2 doubles.
  • C Gabriel Lino (.215) went 1-4.

Reading (80-61) lost to the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-1.  Nick Pivetta was removed after four pitches with a possible oblique injury (per manager Dusty Wathan).  Joely Rodriguez came in and threw five solid innings.  He gave up one run on four hits and struck out six.  Ethan Martin gave up the tie-breaking run and earned the loss.  A Cam Perkins sac fly accounted for the Phils’ only run.

  • The Phils go into the playoffs with the following performances:
  • Nick Williams (.320) just off the DL went 1-5 with a stolen base.
  • J.P. Crawford (.265) 3-5 with a run scored and double.
  • Andrew Knapp (.360) went 2-4 with a walk.
  • Brock Stassi (.300) went 0-1 with 3 walks.
  • Cam Perkins(.252) went 0-3 with a SF and RBI.
  • Dylan Cozens (.350) went 0-4.
  • Rodriguez picked a runner off first.
  • Destin Hood hasn’t played since Thursday and may miss the divisional playoffs with a knee injury he suffered diving for a ball (per manager Dusty Wathan). He was reassigned to the GCL Phillies roster.

Clearwater (79-58) starts their playoff run Tuesday night in Daytona.

Lakewood (73-65) beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 12-3 and finished second for the second half in the SAL Northern Division.  They had the third best overall record in the division, fourth best in the league.  Jairo Munoz reaped the benefits of the BlueClaws 16-hit attack.  He went five innings and gave up two runs on six hits and no walks.  He struck out four.  Munoz gave up a two-out, two-run home run in the first but shut down the ‘Birds while the ‘Claws scored all twelve runs in the second through fourth innings.

  • The BlueClaws turned in the following in their season finale:
  • Herlis Rodriguez (.294) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
  • Drew Stankiewicz (.288) with a run scored, 2 doubles, a walk, and 2 RBI.
  • Damek Tomscha (.282) went 1-4 with a double and 3 RBI.
  • Deivi Grullon (.221) went 0-3 with a walk and 2 K.
  • Kyle Martin (.279) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, walk, and RBI.
  • Cord Sandberg (.255) went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, a double, and 2 walks.
  • Scott Kingery (.250) DNP.
  • Jiandido tromp (.216) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, HR (9), and 4 RBI.

Williamsport (46-30) lost to the State College Spikes 5-3.  Jose Taveras gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings.  Greg Brodzinski drove in two runs, Jesus Posso one.

  • The Crosscutters go into the playoffs with the following performances:
  • Josh Tobias (.321) went 0-4.
  • Jose Pujols (.238) went 1-4 with a run scored and 3 K.
  • Brendon Hayden (.291) went 0-3 with a walk.
  • Mark Laird (.285) DNP.
  • Zachary Coppola (.271) went 1-1 as a pinch hitter.
  • Venn Biter threw out a runner at home, Pujols threw one out at second.

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 OF Nick Williams from the 7-day disabled list.
  • Destin Hood assigned to GCL Phillies from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • RHP David Buchanan, RHP Nefi Ogando, and LHP Ken Roberts will be called up to the Phillies before tomorrow’s game against Atlanta.
  • The Phillies are going to institute a 6-man rotation for the remainder of the season.

11 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 9/7/2015

  1. And now, the end is near
    With the playoffs, the final curtain…

    It’s great to have 3 teams in the playoffs after a few years with minimal playoff activity. And there’s always the winter leagues.

    After the playoffs and maybe even during, our discussions will turn to who had good years, bad years, who will stay and who will go, where the good players will go next year, who will make each squad, who will make the Phillies out of spring training, the top 30 … 40 …50 and who we expect to have a breakout season next year. So many things to do and so little time.

  2. Destin Hood’s injury leaves a big hole in the Reading line-up. Who will come up big? Hood has been the offensive catalyst for the team. It was evident yesterday when the Richmond pitcher gave the Fightins every opportunity to score, but no one could get a clutch hit to score the numerous base runners. Perkins and Cozens will have to do better. By walking Stassi three times the Richmond team dared the Fightins to beat them. A sac fly by Perkins was the only response.
    For Clearwater Pullin will be the key player. As Bellman1 stated, he is the RBI man.
    If Pinto can win today, Clearwater should be able to advance. If not, they are in trouble.
    Williamsport has been the best team in New York Penn League all season. Keep it close early and win it late. Hope the formula keeps working.

    1. Yeah I was thinking the same thing. Huge loss. I guess it’s a good thing they never promoted Stassi. They’ll need every bat in the lineup, and they definitely can’t be putting too much pressure on Cozens or even Knapp.

      I really can’t wait to see Pinto next season. I think when he hits AA we’ll have a much better read on his future.

  3. Knapp’s regular season numbers in Reading were UNREAL. Seriously, .360 for a guy who didn’t even sniff .300 in Clearwater? Where did that come from? But the power is what impressed me most. Even for Reading.

    1. I love Knapp and I think he’s for real, but a lot of this is park context and league context. Quite simply, it’s easier to hit well in Reading than it is in Lakewood or Clearwater. Do you think it’s a coincidence that virtually every good hitter rakes in Reading and even not so good hitters, like your man, Harold Martinez, hit there too? It’s not and nothing about this is a new development. Similarly, a pitcher with a mid 3 ERA in Reading may be very good, especially if the peripherals are good.

  4. John Richy…..a return on investment for Chase Utley….can he be more then a back-ender guy! The Phillies are now loaded with them it seems.

  5. Valentin deserves a longer look. His “error” with illegal physical enhancements could teach him a necessary lesson. His background indicates he may have a future as a prospect at 2nd base. Worth watching.

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