Daily Archives: April 13, 2016

Box Score Recap – 4/13/2016

Lehigh Valley (2-3) Blew a 6-4 lead in the ninth and fell to Rochester 7-6.  Edward Mujica gave up 5 singles in the 3-run ninth.

  • IronPigs had 13 hits.
  • Lough went 4-6 with an RBI.
  • Williams went 1-3 with 2 BB and 2 RBI.
  • Knapp went 1-3 with 3 BB.
  • Stassi went 1-5 with a 2B and RBI.
  • Joseph went 2-3 with a 2B, 2 BB, and RBI.
  • Featherston went 3-3.
  • Starter, David Buchanan went 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.

Reading (4-3) Beat Richmond, 6-4.  Ben Lively went 5.0, 2-run innings and struck out nine. J.P. Crawford hit his first home run, as did Christian Marrero.  Jorge Alfaro returned to the line up and had 2 hits.

  • The Fightin’ Phils mashed 13 hits.
  • Crawford went 1-4 with a HR (1), RBI, and a BB.
  • Alfaro went 2-5.
  • Cozens went 1-4 with a 2B.
  • Hoskins went 1-3 with a BB.
  • Aaron Brown went 2-3 with a BB.
  • Lively went 2-2.
  • Marrero hit a pinch-hit, 3-run HR.
  • Alfaro was picked off first by the opposing catcher.
  • Joaquin blew the save, got the win.
  • Ramos notched his first save.

Clearwater (3-4) Dropped another heart-breaker 1-0 in ten innings.  Tom Eshelman pitched well over seven, two-hit innings.  Read about the game here.

Lakewood (1-6)  Franklyn Kilome got roughed up again and the BlueClaws were held to two hits in an 8-0 defeat.  Cornelius Randolph was not in the line up.

  • Kilome – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
  • Tobias went 0-2 with 2 BB.
  • Hiciano went 1-4 with a 2B.
  • Hernandez went 0-3 with 2 K.
  • Hayden went 1-3.
  • Hayden stole his first base.
  • Tobias was caught stealing.
  • Coppola threw out a runner at home.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings – 

  • The Phillies have assigned an analytics guy to each affiliate to gather information.  I met the Threshers’ guy today, Joe.  I hope to report on the types of data he is gathering later in the season.


Threshers Get Good Pitching, but Drop a 1-0 Decision in 10 Innings; April 13, 2016

Tom Eshelman made his first start at Bright House Field since a Cal State Fullerton v. USF game in February 2015.  Eshelman and the Titans lost that season opener for both teams, 2-1.  He fared better today, tossing 7.0 shutout innings against the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

Eshelman uncharacteistically walked 2 batters in the early innings, but allowed the Stone Crabs just 2 singles, an opposite field flare to shallow right in the first and a shift-defeating ground ball thru the vacated shortstop position in the sixth.

Eshelman threw 77 pitches in his 7 innings, 56 for strikes.  Thirty-four of his FB were 89-90 mph and he touched 91 mph 3 other times.  His movement and location of these and his off speed offerings kept Charlotte from squaring up many pitches.  Charlotte batters took a lot of pitches in the first two innings.  They changed tactics in the middle innings, swinging and fouling off more pitches, with little success.

Eshelman induced 5 swing and misses (2 for Ks on an 89 FB and 75 CB), 19 called strikes (2 for K on a 78 CH and 88 FB), and 14 foul balls.  He also got 9 ground outs, 3 pop ups, 3 fly balls, and a line drive to third.

Eshelman’s line was – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 77 pitches, 56 strikes, 89-90, T91 mph.

Victor Arano  (2 innings) and Jairo Munoz (1 inning) took over and had to contend with lead off singles in each of their innings.  Arano was 91-94 and recorded 3 K.  He benefited from a diving catch by Carlos Tocci in center field to save a run in the ninth.  Munoz was 91-95 in the tenth and almost escaped unscathed.  Cord Sandberg made a layout, diving catch into the left center field gap to save a run.  But Carlos Tocci couldn’t catch up to a later drive in to the gap that brought home the game’s only run.

Arano’s line – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 27 pitches, 18 strikes, 91-94, T95 mph.

Munoz’ line – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 23 pitches, 15 strikes, 91-95, T 98 mph.

The Threshers’ offense was stymied by the Snow Crabs’ pitching.  They ran a successful hit-and-run in the first inning when Tocci hit behind Kingery.  They managed to load the bases with a walk, but couldn’t push across a run.

The Threshers only managed 3 singles and a walk the rest of the way.

The  box score and recap for the games are here.

Extra Innings –

  • Manager Greg Legg was ejected in the second inning for arguing a balk call.  He was tossed after the discussion was over and he was almost back to the top step of the dugout.  The Threshers have history with this umpire.  He called a strike on Dylan Cozens on a 3-1 count for stepping out of the batter’s box.  This occurred late in the game, in a key situation, with no warning then or at anytime during the game when players from both sides had been guilty of the same infringement of the box.



Box Score Recap – 4/12/2016

Lehigh Valley (2-2) Swept a double header at Rochester, 6-1 and 4-0.  Andrew Knapp stroked his first HR to lead the ‘Pigs to the Game One win.  Zach Eflin threw 6.0, 5-hit, 1-run innings.

  • Pigs had 10 hits in the 7-inning game.
  • Sweeney:   2-3, 2 3B, BB
  • Knapp:        3-3, HR (1), 2 RBI
  • Joseph:       1-4, HR (1), 2 RBI
  • Knapp throws out a base runner.
  • Ryan Jackson picked off and caught stealing.

Mark Appel and Elvis Araujo combine for a 7-inning shutout.  Nick Williams records his first hit of the season.

  • Appel:      5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Araujo:    1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Pigs had another 10-hit game.
  • Sweeney:    3-4, 2B
  • Williams:     2-4, 3B, RBI
  • Darnell Sweeney caught stealing.
  • Double steal – Jackson/home,Lough/second.

Reading (3-3) Lost to Richmond, 7-5.  Alec Asher gave up 5 runs in 6.0 innings on 7 hits and a walk.  Ulises Joaquin and Joely Rodriguez each gave up runs.  Asher and Joaquin surrendered home runs.

  • Logan Moore went 1-4 (.167) in at catcher for Alfaro (9-18, .500).
  • Crawford went 3-5 with a 2B.
  • Cozens went 2-5 with a 2B, HR, 3 RBI.
  • Fox went 2-2 with a 2B, RBI, and 2 BB.
  • Hoskins entered as a PR and went 1-1.
  • Quinn picked up an outfield assist.
  • Aaron Brown went 0-5 (0-15, .000), meanwhile Andrew Pullin sits in Centralia, WA.

Clearwater (3-3) Dropped a heart-breaking 2-1 decision to Charlotte.  Will Morris made his Threshers’ debut.  Mitch Walding bombed another home run.  Read about the game here.

Lakewood (1-5)  The bullpen blew a 7-3 lead in the last two innings and lost in a walk off to hagerstown, 8-7.  Mitch Gueller pitched a so-so 4.0 innings.  But a poor effort by the bullpen sealed the loss.  Coppola, Tromp, and Pujols each had three hits

  • Coppola went 3-4 with a BB and RBI
  • Tromp went 3-5 with a 2B and 2 RBI
  • Tobias went 1-4 with a 2B and RBI
  • Grullon went 1-4 with a 2B and a BB
  • Hayden went 2-5
  • Pujols went 3-5 with an RBI
  • Jan Hernandez went 0-4 with an RBI, BB, and 4K
  • Coppola stole his first base.
  • Randolph went 0-5 and is hitting 2-28, .071
  • Gueller’s line – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Waguespack – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
  • Koplove – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Tasin – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB. 0 K

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Darin Ruf injured his left shoulder, wasn’t in the line up against a LHP, but was available to pinch hit.  Awaiting further decision from medical staff.
  • Cody Asche may soon be ready to begin “baseball activities”.  Meanwhile he remains on the 15-Day DL.
  • Apparently, Asche is  viewed as some sort of savior for the corner outfielder production that has been lacking in the opening six games.  Tyler Goeddel, Cedric Hunter, and Peter Bourjos have combined to go 7-for-52 (.135) so far.  Way to bail on 3 small sample sizes (1-7, 2-21, 4-24).
  • Cody Asche, offensive savior.  SMH.