Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/9/2015

Clearwater (79-58) faced elimination Wednesday night against the Daytona Tortugas, and came away 2-1 losers.  John Richy put together a strong outing but came up short as the Tortugas scored an unearned run in the seventh to earn the victory.

The Tortugas struck out first with a solo home run in the top of the fourth.  It was the only hard hit ball that Richy surrendered all evening.  But, the Threshers struck back with Rhys Hoskins’ solo home run in the bottom of the inning.

Richy pitched into the top of the seventh.  He had allowed only the home run, a ground single, and an infield single to that point.  He gave up a lead off walk in the seventh but teamed up with Chace Numata on a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play.  After a couple of infield singles, Richy was lifted.  Alexis Rivero came on and induced an inning ground ball to third, but Mitch Walding’s throw sailed off Hoskins’ glove at first and the Tortugas snuck into the lead.  ( I and the broadcasters thought it was Walding’s error, but it wasn’t until 2:57 AM when I proofed against the official box score that I found out the error was charged to Hoskins.)

In the inning-and-a-third that Rivero pitched, he struck out three and walked one.  He picked that runner off first to end the eighth.  Miguel Nunez struck out two in the ninth.

The Threshers put together a little more offense, but were unable to push a run across except for Hoskins’ bomb.  They opened their half of the first inning with back-to-back singles but were unable to score.  Their lead off batter reached in the fourth, but was erased on a double play just before Hoskins’ blast.  Another lead off single was stranded in the fifth.  The also got two-out runners in the seventh and eighth on a walk and hit batter.  A two-out single and walk provided their last chance in the ninth, but a pinch hitter took a called strike three to end the game.

Carlos Tocci went 2-3 and was HBP.  Willians Astudillo went 2-4.  Malquin Canelo struck out in all three of his at bats.  Walding struck out twice.  Chace Numata walked twice and threw out a potential base stealer.  Hoskins home run went into the bull pens in left field.  It was a no doubt about it shot.  As soon as I heard the contact, I “knew” it was jacked.

These were two evenly matched teams.  Both teams received good pitching and struggled to bunch hits.  The Threshers were a little sloppier on defense.  And, the Tortugas were able to take advantage of their few opportunities, creating a couple runs where the Threshers could only score one run on a home run in the two games.

Good season.  See you next year.

Reading (80-61) rode an 18-hit attack to a 9-4 victory in game one of their best of five series against the Binghamton Mets.  Zach Eflin pitched seven strong innings to earn the victory.  Eflin gave up two runs on six hits.  He walked one and struck out four.

Reading jumped out to a four run lead in the top of the first on Brock Stassi’s RBI double, Dylan Cozens’ two-run double with two out, and Harold Martinez’ RBI single.

After the Mets got a run back on a second inning, solo home run, the Phils broke the game open in the fifth on Stassi’s three-run home run.  They tacked on two ore runs in the sixth on Cam Perkins’ sacrifice fly and Cozens’ RBI double.

Eflin allowed a second run in the seventh on three consecutive singles.  Tom Windle came on in the eighth and faced faced three batters without recording an out (walk, wild pitch, infield error, single).  He left with a run across and two men on base.  Edubray Ramos limited the damage to an additional run while recording strike outs on two of three outs.  Both runs in the inning were unearned.  Jimmy Cordero pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Every Phils’ position player had at least two hits except cam Perkins who went 1-4 with a sac fly.

Nick Williams led off and went 2-6.  J.P.Crawford set the table going 3-4 with 2 walks and 3 runs scored.  Andrew Knapp continued where he left off in the regular season going 3-6 with 3 runs scored and a double.

Brock Stassi continued producing runs going 2-2 with a double, home run, 3 walks, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI.  Dylan Cozens continued to rake at AA going 2-5 with a run scored, 2 doubles, and 3 RBI.

Harold Martinez chipped in with 3 hits and Angelo Mora contributed two.

Game two Thursday.  Jake Thompson (5-1, 1.80 in 7 starts for Reading) v. Robert Gsellman (7-7, 3.51 in 16 AA starts)

Williamsport (46-30) was rained out.  Game one of the best of three series was rescheduled for Thursday at  West Virginia Black Bears.  RHP Alejandro Arteaga v. RHP Dario Agrazal.

Lehigh Valley (63-81) finished fifth in their division.

Lakewood (73-65) Season completed.  Finished in the second place in their division (2nd half).  Third best overall record in their division, fourth best in the league.

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 –

  • Brian Pointer was assigned to the Reading Phils from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Nick Pivetta assigned to GCL Phillies from Reading Fightin Phils.

39 thoughts on “Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/9/2015

  1. Does the whole starting lineup from last nights Reading game minus Cozens go to LHV starting off next season??
    Cozens might be there by midseason…

    Nice to see what the starting pitchers do in post season with no restrictions on them… Eflin was good…

      1. Crawford started to heat up at the end of year so after the AFL he should be promoted up to Allentown.

    1. His last 9 innings : 31 hits ; 22 Earned Runs; 6 BB ; 3 K ; 5 HR – not duplicated in more than 100 years. Its a wonder the poor guy even shows up at the park ?

      1. The ball Swisher hit in the first inning would have killed him if it would have hit him. Instead, it turned into a double play. He’s a bp pitcher right now. He’ll be gone when the season’s over. One more job to do for the good of the team.

        1. His stuff isn’t good enough to be a starter. You don’t think if his velocity ticks up to say 93-94 out of the pen and he fixes his control issues that he could be a long-reliever though?

  2. Can’t give enough credit to Cozens, the dude was not in Reading’s plans at all this year until injury made it necessary, but he has raked like crazy. He should put up some lopsided numbers in that ballpark next year.

  3. Its a tight race between Atlanta and Phils. This was a big series, we could have slipped out of 1.1 with a win last night.

  4. For anyone that has seen Eflin pitch, who does he comp to? I know that can be hard, but does anyone have a major league comp they can think of? Thanks!

    1. Based on quick look, similar, but not identical minor league metrics/ peripherals…WHIP. K/9, BB/9. H/9…someone close to Zach Eflin at the level of age and development…maybe someone like Brandon Beachy.

      1. I don’t get the Beachy comp. When I look at Beachy’s stats, he had elite minor league K rate.

        Joel – the problem that I have with Eflin is it is hard to find a quality MLB pitcher with his low k rate in the minors. At some point in most games, the pitcher needs to have an out pitch that limits an inning to 1 run rather than 4 or 5. Eflin has very good command and throws his FB hard, but doesn’t seem to have the out pitch. And I don’t think it is because he throws a 2 seamer vs a 4 seamer.

        1. v1…..Beachy’s 2009 year metrics….age and level development is about as close as it gets.

          Plus 2seamers FBs are modified sinker balls and induce the higher GB%…not meant for swing and miss but off the barrel contact.

    2. Just to be a Negative Nancy:

      Eflin at 21 in AA: 131 IP, 0.8 HR/9, 1.6 BB/9, 4.6 K/9, 3.69 ERA
      Kendrick at 22 in AA: 81 IP, 0.3 HR/9, 2.0 BB/9, 5.5 K/9, 3.21 ERA

      Both are GB pitchers who throw in the low 90s.

      The age difference matters, and apparently Eflin can bring more heat and throw a good curve. But still.

      1. there is a false perception among many that performing at AA means that you can be a major leaguer. the jump from AAA to MLB is by far the biggest jump.

      2. Kendrick didn’t increase his velocity into the 90s until 2010. Before that he threw 88 max, and more often 84-85.

        1. Kendrick average fastball was 89.5 in 2007, 89.7 in 2008, and 90.7 in 2009, per fangraghs.

  5. It would be great if we can talk about some playoff games around here instead of projections.. the games get glossed over all year (and probably rightfully so), but would be fun if we got into the playoffs.

    1. Projections get talked about above the games because the site is about future Phillies, not the minor league affiliates’ hardware.

      1. true that the minor leagues needs to produce major leaguers. but minor league baseball is a pure form of good baseball. it should be enjoyed for that too.

  6. I don’t know about provocative, but Thompson can really give Reading a nice 2-0 lead with one of his terrific games. I am looking forward to that. I am very high on him.

  7. Rys Hoskins homered off Nick Travieso, who is a good major league prospect with an above average Fastball. Don’t know what pitch he hit out though.

    1. I am still skeptical of Hoskins as a prospect but he has been very impressive in his consistency this year. His worst month was July when he hit .298/.380/.413.

      Hopefully he will continue to prove me wrong.

    2. Whatever it was, he anticipated it. First pitch of the at bat, and he crushed it. I was saying good bye to the Threshers PR Director as he left the media booth when I heard Hoskins make contact. I guessed by the sound it was a homer. The left fielder made a vain attempt crashing into the wall, but the ball was well into the visitor’s bullpen, on the pitchers’ side closest to the berm. Note: Hoskins doesn’t often swing at the first pitch of an at bat like a lot of the Threshers. He works the count pretty good.

  8. JPC and Cozens are white hot!!!

    JPC and stassi on base 10 times last night , and the Knappster being the Knappster…

    Must suck to be an opposing pitcher facing that lineup

    With Eflin, he is still young and can still work on secondary pitches

  9. It looked like almost everyone for the phitins was hot last night. The b mets pitchers must have caught whatever is aleing Buchnan. Tonight should be another good one!

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