Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/12/2015

Phils Win! Phils Win! Phils Win! The Reading Fightin’ Phils completed their sweep of the Binghamton Mets and are headed to the Eastern League Championship Series where they will face the Bowie Baysox.  This will be the Phils’ first trip to the finals series since 2001 when they were declared co-champions with the New Britain Rock Cats.

Game One of the series will be on Tuesday at 7:05 pm at First Energy Stadium.

Reading (80-61)  jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and defeated the Binghamton Mets 4-2. Ben Lively gave up two hits on four runs and struck out six.  He was lifted after five innings having thrown 80 pitches.  Reinier Roibal retired the Mets in order in the sixth, but the Mets didn’t go so quietly after that.  They worked two walks before Ryan O’Sullivan stabbed a two-out line drive back through the middle to escape the seventh.  Jimmy Cordero issued a lead off walk, then balked the runner into scoring position before retiring three Mets in a row to end the eighth.  Stephen Shackleford survived a lead off double in the ninth to claim the save.

The Phils didn’t waste any time getting on the board.  J.P. Crawford deposited the Mets’ ninth pitch over the wall in right center field to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.  They added three more runs in the second inning on Angelo Mora’s sacrifice fly and Nick Williams’ two-run home run.

Reading left the bases loaded in the third inning and had collected six of their seven hits and three of their seven walks in the first three innings.  The Phils batted .333 in the series. They punished the Mets starting pitching in the three-game series.  They hit for a .483 average, and limited their starters to 11.2 innings pitched while compiling a 10.03 ERA.

Williams went 1-5 with his 2-run HR and 3 K.  Crawford went 1-2 with his solo HR and 3 walks.  Andrew Knapp was held 0-4 with 3 K.  Dylan Cozens went 2-3 with 2 doubles. Harold Martinez went 1-2 with an RBI and 2 walks.

It wasn’t just hitting that won this series.  Our pitchers held the Mets to 0-11 with runners in scoring position in Saturday’s game, 3-27 in the series.  The team ERA was 1.33.

I tried to listen to the Reading broadcast, but it kept dropping.  So, I switched over to the Binghamton broadcast.  Their announcers were very complimentary toward our Reading Phils.  Not just toward the end when the outcome was no longer in doubt, but from the bottom of the second when I first tuned in to them.

Williamsport (46-30) Rained out.  Game three of the best of three series will be played on Sunday at 5:05 PM at Susquehanna Bank Park. RHP Mitch Gueller v. TBD.

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

Clearwater (79-58)  Finished first in their division both halves.  Best overall league record. Eliminated in best-of-three divisional series 2-0 by Daytona Tortugas.

Lakewood (73-65)  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)  Finished in second place, four games back.

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

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

Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • No player transactions.


34 thoughts on “Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/12/2015

  1. Hard to make of it why both Knapp and Cozens were having average-to-good seasons at CLW, but once promoted to Reading exploded at the plate to raise their prospect standings quite a bit. The friendly confines of First Energy served them well.

    1. Probably a combination of factors, not the least of which is that Reading and the EL is a much more favorable hitting environment. Part of it (at least for Cozens) is sample size. And part of it is that players are often promoted when coaches and front office personnel see real improvement sufficient for the player to thrive at a higher level.

        1. Well I sure hope the tread continues for Hoskins, Pullin and maybe Valentin come next season. Though if they start there at Reading the pitching could be better before mid-season promos occur, however some of the same pitchers they may have seen in the FSL

        2. i saw cozens in richmond last weekend and he looked very good at the plate (sss noted). he had numerous hits and well struck balls including 2 well hit doubles to left off a lefthanded pitcher. he and rene garcia were reading’s best hitters. also impressed with thompson, eflin and cordero, although it should be recognized that richmond is a weak hitting team.

          1. Cozens is becoming more and more intriguing with every XBH in Reading. Very excited to see what he does in AFL.

        1. steve……most all players advance their skill levels the longer they play in professional baseball…and eventually there is a plateau.
          It is like the ‘Pyramid Effect’….at the bottom in low A ball there are quite a few players with outstanding metrics….but as they climb up the pyramid the numbers diminish and attrite and usually at AA comes the fork in the road…..AAAA guys, cup-of-coffee-15-minutes of fame future MLB players and the ones that last.

          1. Joe Jordan was interviewed recently by Matt Stairs where he mentioned the fact that players like Knapp see the plate shrink from 21 inches at CLW to 17 inches at REA and that is a big factor.

            1. Wow I had no idea the plate size shrunk as you advance levels. No wonder some of these guys are hitting as well as they are. I think that explains H-Mart’s numbers as well.

            2. TruePhan, he was saying the strike zone is tighter. Umps are better. Pitchers have better control.
              Love your sarcasm unless it wasn’t.

            3. Haha no I was serious. I’ve only seen AAA games so I didn’t know the umps have a wider strike zone in the lower levels.

  2. Comcast Play of the Day is Crawford’s acrobatic catch and tag on a steal attempt at second. All I can say is ” WOW!!!”

    Nice to see pop from JPC and Nick Williams at the top of the order.

  3. Lively looked really good. He had a nice one down in Richmond last time out. This was his fourth start since coming off the DL. The big difference to me was that he had a much better feel for the curve than the last two times I saw him.

    Nick Williams wasn’t seeing breaking pitches real well last night, but I’m not sure if that’s a real problem or just happenstance. His HR was a fastball he crushed.

    Crawford’s eye for the strike zone is amazing to watch–so many close pitches and he knows when to lay off.

    Here’s some pictures and video of the tag play, along with my goofy write-up if you’re interested:

    1. kramskorne, Thanks. It was an amazing play. Good report, too.

      Also, photos by Cheryl Pursell are wonderful. I don’t know her, but send along the congratulations of a stranger. She’s a great photographer.

      1. Thanks, Frank, and thanks for stopping by. Cheryl’s photos are indeed wonderful–those were just low-res Twitter photos; they get better full res. Follow her on Twitter @cherylpursell she does mostly IronPigs, but also Fightins, Philadelphia Phillies, Spring Training, and hopefully Phantoms…

    2. Seems that’s always a problem with our outfield prospects. I’m hoping he’s different.

      Nice write-up. It’s always great to see people who are passionate about their local sports.

      1. It’s not just the Phillies, everybody has a problem with OF prospects. There’s a problem with prospects in general. Look around the league, how many teams have home grown OF players that are doing well? There’s a reason why people are trying to trade for Justin Upton. The best offensive team in the league, the Blue Jays, are starting Revere, Pillar, Bautista as their OF. And if Dalton Pompey (who’s a much better prospect than Cozens) was ready, then the Blue Jays wouldn’t have given us Tirado and Cordero for Revere (thanks Blue Jays for that one).

        1. True but the last outfield prospect who worked out for us was Pat Burrell and he also struck out a ton. Byrd too of course but we traded him before he really blossomed, even though he did hit almost .300 in 2004. Not even the ones we traded for. Long odds is one thing but two guys in 10+ years is something else entirely. The jury is still out on Altherr.

          1. There are a lot of teams out there in same boat as the Phillies (around 2 OF prospects in the last 10 years). I can’t remember the Blue Jays having anybody in the last 10 years. In the NL east:

            Nationals: Harper
            Mets: Conforto (promising start)
            Braves: Juston Upton, Heyward,
            Marlins: Stanton, Yelich, Willingham

            Anybody want to add more to this list?

            1. You’re forgetting all of the guys who made it to the majors but didn’t end up being stars. I honestly don’t know of any other team whose last outfield prospect to make the majors and do well at all was in the early 2000s. You have to accept that the Phillies were an awful organization for almost 30 years.

            2. Upton was a trade. I guess you could add Victorino because he was a rule 5 who wasn’t taken back and actually came up from AAA, but he didn’t start with tPhils. The Braves did get 4 good years out of Francour before he hit the skids. Point made, it’s not as easy as it would seem. You would think OF would be the easiest position to develop young players.

    3. Kram… I’ve seen Crawford several times at Lakewood n Reading. The one thing I’ve walked away with every time is his plate discipline. He never seems to swing at bad pitches, fouls off close pitch strikes, spits on pitches that are 2-3 inches off of the plate, and isn’t afraid to take a walk. He always seems to be working the count. There are lots of things to get excited about him, but that’s my favorite. Nice report too.

  4. The Dominican League held its annual rookie draft The draft is for Dominican players who have reached a full-season league in the affiliated minors for the first time, Following Phillies prospects were drafted for the first time and are expected to play this winter in the league:
    Alberto Tirado….Harold Guerrero….Elniery Garcia….Deivi Grullon….Jairo Munoz

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