Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/15/2015

Reading (80-61) opened their best-of-five series against the Bowie Baysox with a 3-1 victory at First Energy Stadium.  Zach Eflin earned the win as he and two relievers kept the Baysox off the board until there were two outs in the ninth inning.  Eflin tossed six shutout innings and left after the Sox opened the seventh inning with a single off his leg into foul territory.  He allowed five hits, struck out five, and walked none.

Edubray Ramos entered the game with a runner on first base and set the Sox down in order, recording two strike outs.  Jimmy Cordero pitched the final two innings to earn the save.   He threw a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and struck out two batters in each inning.  But the Sox didn’t go quietly, loading the bases with two out in the ninth.  After Cordero wild pitched a run home, he recorded his fourth strike out to end the game.

Reading managed base runners in each of the first three innings.  But didn’t score until Brock Stassi led off the fourth with a solo home run.  The Phils continued to put men on base each inning until the seventh inning when Art Charles led off with a solo home run. Angelo Mora followed with a double and eventually scored on Andrew Knapp’s sacrifice fly.  The Phils had loaded the bases with no outs but managed only the one additional run. It turned out to be enough.

The Phils started the game ragged on defense.  Eflin’s pitch count was inflated by their shaky first inning.  A pop up was allowed to drop down the left field line.  Fortunately it landed foul.  The batter eventually reached on a single to put two runners on base.  Later in the inning, Angelo Mora mis-handled a throw from the outfield and the Sox runners both advanced.  Eflin pitched out of the jam and the Phils’ nerves seemed to settle down.

  • The Phils collected 10 hits, 3 XBH – a double and 2 HR.
  • Nick Williams went 2-4 and made several good catches.
  • J.P. Crawford went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Andrew Knapp went 0-3 with a sac fly.
  • Brock Stassi went 1-3 with a solo HR.
  • Cam Perkins went 2-4.
  • Dylan Cozens went 1-4.
  • Harold Martinez went 0-4 with 2 K.
  • DH Art Charles went 1-3 with a solo HR and 2 K.
  • Angelo Mora went 2-3 with a run scored and a double.

Game Two will be at First Energy Stadium on Wednesday at 7:05 PM.  Ethan Martin (3-1 in 5 starts) v. Nick Additon (3-2 in 6 starts at AA after 21 appearances at AAA in the PCL for Milwaukee, 9 years in the minors).

Game Three will be Jake Thompson v. TBD in Bowie, MD on Thursday (6:35 PM).

Starters for games four on Friday (7:05 PM) and five on Saturday (6:05 PM) are 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.

Williamsport (46-30)  Finished first in their division with the best overall league record. Eliminated in best-of-three divisional series 2-1 by the West Virginia Black Bears.

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.
  • Phillies placed SS Cesar Hernandez on the 60-day DL. Dislocated left thumb.
  • Phillies selected the contract of 2B Chase d’Arnaud from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

20 thoughts on “Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/15/2015

    1. v1…have to like what Eflin has done in his last two games. Though his K/9 (13IP-9Ks) is about what he has averaged for his career…it still has been masterful pitching.

      1. happy to see it. doesn’t change my projection on him unless i read reports that he has added a swing and miss pitch. but i love seeing these kids rise to the occasion.

  1. It is really fun to follow the Reading team. I believe that Eflin is a real prospect, even at a 4 or a 5, his ceiling is higher than the 4’s and 5’s we have seen come through. Of course I am not counting the 4 Aces and Blanton. I am very high on Williams, and expect to see him at CBP sometime in 2016. And, I love Thompson. JPC we all are counting on, Knapp has had a great year, and I still am high on Ethan Martin. I expect reading to be very good again next year.

    1. @matt – agree. as i posted in another phillies site, REA gives us a preview of the 2016-17 phillies. with quinn-JPC-williams joining franco at the top of the order then a combo of knapp/alfaro/dozen (or alther) @ 5/6/7 and probably sweeey @ 2B as #8 hitter. eflin and thompson will join nola and ramos and cordero (and possible windle) will be in the bullpen.

      hoping for a REA sweep so we might briefly see some of them with phils with a late call up.

      1. Most of the guys you’re high on now will probably flame out. That’s just how it works. Too many levels to get through first. Williams, Quinn, and JPC are the only three hitters I see as being close. Well Stassi too if you see him as making the Phillies in the future. Cozens imo needs to do it a full year at Reading, and Knapp well who knows if it’s just a one year thing or a legitimate pattern. Alfaro I’m not even counting as a prospect until he actually plays for us for a full season, and we’ll see how the pitchers do next year at AAA, with some back at Reading like Pivetta.

        What I am thrilled about through is the fact that for the first time maybe ever, we have a lot of young players with upside already at the MLB level, including 4 starting pitchers and some hard-throwing relievers with great stuff, including our young flamethrowing closer. If we get even a handful of prospect reinforcements at midseason, that will be huge.

    2. I just don’t see how Martin can be a legitimate MLB pitcher unless he’s a starter, with that heavy fastball he has. I am pulling for him, if for nothing other than the fact that he was the main piece of the Victorino deal.

      1. I am also pulling for Martin but either he has to successfully reinvent himself after losing his velocity or gain it back. Maybe he can be successful at AA or AAA, but he’s a long-shot for sustained MLB success.

  2. Cordero with several pitches over 100 on the gun. Followed one with an 87 mph off speed pitch that the batter was way out in front of.

  3. Got down to Reading last night and had a few thoughts I wanted to share:

    1. This version of Zach Eflin I saw was a much better prospect than the one I saw in May when he pitched against Joe Ross in Harrisburg. I had obviously heard of his ditching the two-seamer and going the four-seam/curveball route, but seeing it in person was a totally different story. He struggled some in the first inning, but after that was totally dialed in. Spotted the fastball well and worked mainly fastball/change-up the entire night. If he threw more than six or seven hooks, I’d be shocked. Best part to me was he was consistently 93-94, would touch 95 occasionally, and twice went up the ladder for a strikeout at 96. I thought maybe the Reading gun was hot until I saw Edubray Ramos sit 94-96, which is where he consistently is. I thought Bowie did a good job to barrel some balls the first time through the order when Eflin was working exclusively fastball/change-up, but when he went to the three-pitch mix, there was a ton of weak contact. He took a comebacker off the inside of his left leg in the seventh, which is why he was pulled, but at 99 pitches, it was probably a good time to get him out of there. I was so much more impressed with Eflin last night than I was in May, and whoever got him to work more with the four-seam and ditch the sinker deserves a raise.

    2. Edubray Ramos is as nasty as I remember. Like I said, 94-96, and it looked like I saw mainly slider — It was tough to tell, I was sitting by the Reading on-deck circle — but he mixed pitches well. Was really excited when the last two pitches he threw were 98 and 97 to get a strikeout to end the seventh inning. That was fun to see him rear back and dial it up. Now he’s a max effort pitcher, so seeing him for more than an inning might concern me. But he’s really got back-end bullpen makeup and stuff. This is another gem of a find by Sal Agostinelli and his staff. A really great story.

    3. Jimmy Cordero. Good God. That was fun.
    I’m in the minority because it was a playoff game, but I was stoked to see Wathan let him finish it. I probably would have looked for the hook on him about pitch 30, but seeing him get out of a self-made jam in the ninth inning when he was clearly gassed and out of sync is huge. At some point he’s going to have to be able to do that in the big leagues, especially in a save situation, and he’s going to be able to look within himself and know he can do it. That was a big developmental moment in my eyes.
    As for his stuff. He has Kenny Giles stuff, but better. Obviously he throws harder, and I couldn’t see the bite on his slider, but the fact that he throws it 86-87 after throwing 100-102, is nuts. Only thing I saw is occasionally the arm speed would slow down on the slider. Only happened a handful of times, but it did happen.
    Here’s his pitch-by-pitch velo as I tracked off the stadium gun last night.
    Eighth inning
    Batter 1: 99, 99, 85, 88 … Strikeout
    Batter 2: 102, 87, 102 … Lineout to third (Left-hand hitter, just stuck the bat out there, humpback liner)
    Batter 3: 101, 102, 86, 102, 88 … Strikeout (This was Cordero at his filthiest)

    Ninth inning
    Batter 4: 102, 88, 91, 94, 89 … Strikeout (I feel confident in saying the last four pitches were sliders, even the one at 94, but I’ll have to re-watch)
    Batter 5: 102 … Double to left (Right-hander, guessed, swung early and hit to the pull side)
    Batter 6: 101, 101, 90, 100, 100, 86, 86 … Walk (Last slider was a beautiful back-door job, felt like it should have been strike 3)
    Batter 7: 99, 101, 100 … Fly out to center
    Batter 8: 86, 99, 89, 100 … Walk (Not even close)
    Batter 9: 101, 94 (slider that bounced in the grass, didn’t even make the dirt, run scores), 100, 98, 100 … Strikeout (Batter helped him here swinging at a couple fastballs down in the zone)

    4. Dylan Cozens was far more spread out, far more open, and far more crouched than I remember him being when I covered him in Williamsport. Only thing I could think is this was likely to help him against breaking balls from left-handers. He’s such an improved hitter from when I saw him. I think we forget how young he is, and how little elite baseball he played prior to being drafted. Best thing I can say about him is he looked comfortable. He didn’t look overmatched at all. His base hit was on a breaking ball down in the zone that he went down and got. He never would have hit that pitch when I saw him in Williamsport. Still moves very well, but don’t let the stolen bases fool you, he’s not a speed demon. He won’t clog up the basepaths and he’ll probably get you a few steals a year just by being able to read pitchers. He moves very well for as big as he is. I was on board his bandwagon when I covered him, and still am. He’s got a ton of potential and there’s still so much more room to grow.

    5. JP was JP. Slick at shortstop. Great feel for the strikezone. Nothing new here.

    6. My second time seeing Nick Williams, and my first thought was he looked out of place in center field. Clearly he’s there because he’s the best fit to play there at this point, but he’s got corner outfielder written all over him. His diving catch was incredible, and he covered a ton of ground to get there, and he coasts to the ball. But defensively, I feel like there’s better options either in the big leagues (Herrera, Altherr) or coming up in the minors (Tocci, Quinn). The bunt he laid down was a beauty. I really didn’t expect to see it. That shows a guy who’s thinking the game. I like that.

    7. To me, Andrew Knapp’s swings didn’t seem confident. He didn’t seem to swing it like he did when he was in that groove in August. He was solid behind the plate, if unspectacular. Didn’t get a read on his throws down because there wasn’t one. I think he’ll be adequate as a catcher, but he’s not going to be Chooch, or at this point, not even Rupp. Still not what to make sure of his bat. He’s clearly not a .360 hitter. Do I think he could hit .270? Maybe. But .270/.275 is probably his ceiling going forward in my opinion.

    1. Thanks for the report, always like to read your stuff on the Crosscutters. I watched a lot of Reading this year on Milb.tv, what a fun team they have turned into this year. Ramos is a guy that I’ve been very impressed with and really look forward to seeing how he does with the Phillies in the next year or two.

      Cordero is a guy I don’t know that well yet, from the little I’ve seen I’ve been impressed but was surprised to hear he wasn’t more highly rated in Toronto’s system. So far it’s looking like it could end up be a really nice return for Revere.

      Two other pitchers I have had a hard time trying to figure out this year are Eflin and Lively. I’ve seen them pitch really well but I’ve also seen them pitch not so well at times. It seems hard to try to project what they could be in the majors.

      1. Daniel……here is a Ken Giles comp….very similar….perhaps the BB/9 turned off Toronto, fortunately, it didn’t scare off the Phillies.
        Jimmy Cordero—IP-143—WHIP 1.4….H/9- 8.2…..BB/9- 4.6…..K/9- 9.2
        Ken Giles———-IP-140—WHIP-1.39..H/9- 7.1…..BB/9- 5.4…..K/9- 12.2

    2. Really appreciate the first-hand report. Glad to read that about Eflin, Cozens, and Cordero. Ramos too. I am definitely impressed with what SA has been able to do with the limited budget he’s had for years.

  4. has anybody seen jairo munoz pitched? my buddy who watched him pitched in LW games said that he is probably better than Edubray Ramos. I think he is eligible for Rule V this year so is he worth protecting a spot?

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