Box Score Recap – 4/26/2016

Terrible trend last night among the affiliates.  Everybody found a way to lose late.  Lehigh Valley and Clearwater scored late only to lose in walk offs.  Reading gave up late runs after forging a tie to lose.  And Lakewood blew a lead late and lost in extra innings.  But the Phillies beat that Nats, so there’s that.

Lehigh Valley (10-9) Tied the game in the top of the ninth only to lose 4-3 in ten innings to Scranton.  Reinier Roibal got the start in a “bull pen game” when Adam Morgan’s start was skipped.  Andrew Knapp and Taylor Featherston hit home runs.  

  • Hoby Milner pitched 3.1 innings of relief, no hits, no BB, and 3 K.
  • Featherston (.373) went 1-4 with a HR (2) and RBI.
  • Knapp (.298) went 1-4 with a HR (3) and RBI. (and 2 K)
  • Joseph (.391) went 1-4.
  • Perkins (.381) went 1-4.
  • Venable was CS.
  • Knapp was charged with his 5th PB.
  • Morgan is expected to be called up to start this weekend against Cleveland at CBP.
  • Roibal was effective last season out of the bull pen for both Clearwater and Reading. So far this season, 3 of his 4 appearances have been as the starter in bull pen games. He has given up 3 earned runs in each start which lasted 3.0, 3.0, and 3.1 innings.  I think it’s time to give up this approach.  (BTW, he gave up 1 earned run in 1.1 innings in his only other appearance.)

Reading (12-7) Tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the sixth.  But gave up 3 runs in the next two innings to drop a 5-2 decision to Akron.  Ricardo Pinto pitched 6.0 effective, 6-hit, 2-run innings.  Yacksel Rios was ineffective in his 1.0 inning and took the loss.  Jesse Valentin had a 3-hit game, 1-RBI game.

  • Pinto’s quality start – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.
  • Rios – 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
  • Miguel Nunez in his first appearance for Reading – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
  • Jeremy Bleich’s intriguing line – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 0 K.  He walked the bases loaded, got a 1-2-3 double play, and walked the next batter to re-load the bases.  Before getting a fly ball to end the inning.
  • The rubber duckies out hit the Phils, 13-6.
  • Valentin (.302) went 3-4 with a double and RBI.
  • Logan Moore threw out another base runner (but his AVG dropped to .094).
  • Aaron Brown was picked off first.

Clearwater (13-6) Tied the game at 3 in the top of the eighth, but gave up a 2-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to lose at Daytona 5-3.  Tom Eshelman pitched 6.0 innings and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits.  Therrien took the loss.  Kingery, Martin, and Rodriguez had 2-hit games.  H-Rod had 2 RBI.

  • Eshelman walked 3 batters.
  • Kingery (.296) went 2-4 with a double and a BB.
  • Sandberg (.317) went 1-5.
  • Martin went 2-4 with a BB.
  • Rodriguez went 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI.
  • Tocci is 4-28 in his last 7 games and has seen his AVG drop to .240.
  • Martin was CS.
  • Canelo committed his 6th error.

Lakewood (4-15) Blew a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth to Charleston.  Gave up 4 runs in the top of the eleventh and lost 7-3.  Tyler Gilbert gave up 1 run in 5.0 innings.  Luis Morales made his debut and gave up 2 unearned runs in 2.2 innings, striking out four.    Robert Tasin blew his 3rd save, Alejandro Arteaga took the loss, Alberto Tirado let 2 of 3 inherited runners score.  Emmanuel Marrero, Wilson Garcia, and Jose Pujols had 2-hit games.

  • Randolph wasn’t in the line up, he was put on the DL earlier in the day, shoulder strain.
  • Gilbert’s line – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.
  • Morales line – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
  • Tasin allowed one of one inherited runners to score.
  • Tirado came in with the bases loaded and two outs.  He allowed 2 of 3 his inherited runners to score on a walk and a hit batter.
  • Marrero (.310) went 2-6 with an RBI.
  • Garcia (.250) went 2-5.
  • Pujols (.268) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.
  • Jan Hernandez (.233) went 0-2 with 3 BB.
  • Austin Bossart (.200) went 1-3 with 2 BB.
  • Pujols stole his 1st base.
  • Hernandez was picked off.
  • Grenny Cumana committed 2 errors.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

I stopped by the Complex and watched one of the XST games.  Will Stewart started for Roly de Armas’ team against the Yankees.  He pitched pretty well.  He threw 3.0 innings and only allowed 2 base runners, a ball hit to Brito at second that may or may not have been error and a walk.  One of the runners was erased on a double play.  (BTW, we voted 2-1 in favor of an error.)

Stewart struck out the game’s lead off batter (a lefty) on three nasty pitches.  They had Diekman-like movement down and away from the batter.  He struck out the last two batters he faced, both righties.  One on an off speed pitch the other on a high fastball.  All were swinging.His fastball was in the upper 80s.

The offense started a little slow.  They made some early contact in the early innings, but had nothing to show for it.  Then in the fourth, their hard hit balls started falling in.  They gapped 4-5 balls into left center, and ripped a few through a soon-to-be gun-shy third baseman.

We became distracted when all of today’s transactions hit Twitter.  I can’t say who got the hits, but everyone seemed to make hard contact at least once – Rivas, Brito, Espiritu, Rodriguez, Ortiz, Sweaney, Jimenez, Marchan, Matos, N. Martinez.

There were a lot of transactions Tuesday.  The organization rosters have been updated.

Extra Innings – 

  • 4/22 – Lakewood BlueClaws placed OF Cornelius Randolph on the 7-day disabled list with a shoulder strain retroactive to April 22nd.
  • 4/25 – Philadelphia Phillies sent Cedric Hunter outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs. (That leaves just 39 players on the 40-man roster.)
  • 4/26 – RHP Miguel Nunez assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 4/26 – RHP Ulises Joaquin assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 4/26 – Clearwater Threshers placed RHP Jairo Munoz on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 24, 2016.
  • 4/26 – 2B Derek Campbell assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 4/26 – RHP John Richy assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters.  He has been inserted into the rotation behind Imhof and is scheduled to pitch Thursday in Daytona, pushing Casimiro and Garcia back to the weekend.  Sunday’s starter is TBD.
  • 4/26 – OF Damek Tomscha assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 4/26 – Kenny Koplove assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 4/26 – Luis Morales assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.

58 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/26/2016

  1. When was the last time Eshelman walked 3 batters in a game… Little League? Actually it was August 21st last year. But before that, it was probably LL.

    Remember Derek Fisher, the guy who was supposed to come over in the Giles trade before it was finalized? He’s hitting .213/.294/.410 is AA Corpus Christi. He has 3 HRs and 10 RBIs in 2016. No judgement…

    1. Seems like every time I see Aaron Brown’s name on mentioned it is describing some action of poor performance. Trust me I have never had the complete belief he’d be a big league regular, was just hoping for a little more out of the gate. Does anyone know his K rate thus far?

      1. Brown is hitting .170/.67/.245. If you looking for a little silver lining, he’s hitting .200 in his last 10 and he’s 4 for 10 in his last 3 games. He also has only 1 error in the OF. He has a 28% K rate. He had a 23% K rate in CLW last year. He can be streaky so maybe one of those streaks will be coming along anytime. But I’ve referred to him as a guy playing his way back to CLW. There isn’t anyone at CLW ready to come up. Sandberg is hitting the ball well but he’ll need a lot more seasoning at A+. Tocci is having a little trouble gaining traction in CLW. the only other OF’er in CLW is Herlis Rodriguez. He is having a little trouble early with A+ pitching. He’ll come around but he’s certainly not ready for AA.

        1. That’s .267 OBP. I did my K rate off ABs and not PA so both CLW and Reading rates are higher than the actual rate. But the increase year over year has the same correlation.

          1. When you see how quickly the Phillies are effecting changes this season, I can’t help but think that a 22-year old’s knee-jerk retirement might have been an over-reaction. Sad.

            1. I think the same thing every time I see Aaron Brown’s numbers. Pullin might have been better….

        2. Look, I hope Aaron Brown turns it around and becomes a heck of a player as he certainly is an excellent athlete and has a lot of raw ability. That said, Aaron Brown is the prototypical Marti Woelover draft pick. He’s a great athlete. He’s fast. He has a great arm. He’s an impeccable physical specimen. But his demonstrated baseball skills (as a hitter) were not there. He strikes out a lot. His hit tool is suspect. He rarely walks. And he was an old college draft pick which quickly becomes a big problem if the player does not hit the ground running. I have no problem drafting this type of player after the first 5 rounds or so, but when you use a third round pick for a guy like this it’s pretty risky. I’m definitely happy that we have a new regime that focuses more on demonstrated baseball skills – there’s no way Marti would have drafted C Randolph – but that kid looks like he’s going to be one hell of a baseball player.

          1. catch….perhaps Brown should keep his pitching skills sharpened. With that arm he could be one heck of a lefty out of the bullpen.
            Lets be realistic, I really do not see any OF position at CBP opening up anytime soon for him at this point. Just too many better athletes in front of him…and even behind him.

            1. I think we agree, but I would argue that they probably are not better athletes but are likely much better baseball players.

  2. Good to see Pujols starting to live up to expectations.
    Though early in the season, but encouraging.
    If he hits the way people think he can…the RF position at CBP in 3/4 years is his for the taking.

  3. I have a hunch, but me thinks Andrew Pullin may be mulling over coming back out of ‘retirement’. IMHO, he may have needed a few weeks to sulk, for a little self-pity reflection, accept the fact they didn’t promote him this spring, and come back and get back to what he loves doing. Unless of course he hit the Powerball, then what the heck.

    1. He is coming out of “retirement”. I read it last week somewhere. In fact, I believe the article didn’t really even call it a retirement. Said he was taking time and expected back this summer. I will look for a link…

    2. It was actually from Mike Drago’s twitter. He covers the Reading Phillies:

      Mike Drago ‏@mldrago · Apr 22

      Phillies placed Andrew Pullin on restricted list earlier this month. He did not retire, as was initially reported #phillies

      Mike Drago ‏@mldrago · Apr 22

      Phils’ Joe Jordan has talked recently with OF Andrew Pullin & expects former 5th-round pick to be back on field this summer #phillies

        1. So-so tools and production; fringe prospect. He was sort of interesting as a 2B but since the move to left field, he’s close to filler. I’m not sure why some people are still lamenting his (almost) retirement.

        2. 8mark……..remember Steve Susdorf? Kind of in that category.
          Or maybe even an Eric Valent type, who actually is doing a lot of scouting these days..

      1. I don’t mean to quibble, but MiLB still lists him as –
        Status: Voluntarily Retired List

        … and I recall JJ commenting last off season that LGjr was returning this season, too. So, I’ll need to see AP come through the gate at the Complex before I’ll believe it. However, if the Phillies and JJ reached out to the kid, I’m glad to hear it.

  4. Top tier MLB hitters don’t struggle to hit in the minors. That’s not to say those that don’t struggle to hit in the minors go on to hit in the MLB.

    1. DMAR…assume you are talking about Jose Pujols and his early struggles.
      I think Latin players, signing at 16-years old…have to be given more leeway in that evaluation process.
      Look, even Odubel Herrera had to endure 2500 PAs at AA and below and started at 17 in the DR league and showed little ISO at all for the first few years. though he did make contact with decent BA/OBP lines..

      1. I’d say that really about any player but would give a pass to the LA players at 16-17 and maybe up to 18 but you can really apply that to HS and College Bats in most cases.

  5. Don’t know if this is off topic but I’m not hearing a lot of buzz on how quietly well Hector Neris is pitching. I’m impressed. Is he generally considered as a marginal arm? That sinker has been pretty effective. And will he get a shot at closing if Gomez runs out of bullets?

  6. Hector Neris is quietly pitching well. Love that sinker. Is he generally considered a marginal arm? Will he get a shot at closing once Gomez runs out of bullets? Haven’t heard much buzz about him…..

    1. I’d say Neris is “loudly” pitching well. He’s gone from being an afterthought to being pretty much unhittable. He combines a well above average (bordering plus) fastball with one of the best splitters I have ever seen – a bona fide, nearly unhittable, out pitch. He’s a dominant major league pitcher right now – the question is whether he can keep it up and not lose control of the strike zone. He’s a bigger surprise than Jared Eickhoff or Vince Velasquez, which is saying something.

        1. Unrelated; looks like Trevor May is pitching well for the Twins out of the pen. I didn’t realize he made the bigs, had a nice season last year too.

        2. He has a .7 bWAR, which is insane for a relief pitcher over 12 innings through 20 games played. It would put him on a pace for a 5.6 WAR as a relief pitcher – which probably would be a record (it’s the type of WAR an all-star corner outfielder might put up). And, yes, I get the SSS (he obviously won’t finish with anything close to 5.6 bWAR), but still, he’s been beyond amazing thus far.

    2. Hector’s two seamer sinker is actually of the variety of a split-finger fastball. Which creates that significant drop….the pitch of the 80s.
      But teams will not teach that anymore to youngsters in their system….destroys the arm after just a few season of continued usage.
      Dan Haren said he used it for about 20 pitches a game in his hey day…..and never practiced it in bullpens between starts.
      MLB pitchers have their choice to use it or not….but most want to save their arms, so prefer not to.
      Hope Hector can last, because it is a dynamite pitch..

  7. The 2nd baseman are heating up my man Featherston with top of the 9th game tying bomb . He 4 doubles 1 tri 2 Homers hitting .373 wow. Valentin close to .300 with 6 doubles 2 sb . Kingery 9 BB 8 k’s 6 doubles 1 tri .296 I believe scoring a load of runs 5 sb. Tobias I forgot to look up but he’s going well. We have to put so pitchers in Lakewood.

  8. Morton out for the year with hamstring tear.

    It looks like Captain Morgan is no longer a prospect.

    1. Agreed, and so begins the slow but inevitable matriculation of our top prospects from the minors to the majors. Morgan is a good pitcher – I don’t expect any real drop off (although, frankly, Morton was pitching better than ever).

      1. bummer… was hoping they could trade him for another asset this summer. can never have too much pitching depth. kudos to the front office to trying to bulk up the whole system in that area.

        1. Yeah, plus it was fun to watch him pitch when he was going well. I’ll try to avoid the obvious comparison but his stuff was really tough to hit when he was throwing strikes.

          On the other hand, I’m glad for Morgan because he deserves the shot. Hopefully he can bring some of those strikeouts he was getting in LHV with him to Philly.

          1. When Morton was on, he was nasty. I couldn’t believe that he was throwing 94-95. And all his pitches had movement. He would have fetched the Phillies something nice at the deadline.

            But now it’s Morgan’s turn, and he better run with it. Thompson may not be doing well, but Eflin and Appel have been impressive.

  9. Shane Watson pitched well again today … 7 IP … 3 Hits … 1 ER … 1 BB … 5 Ks. For the year, he is 24 IP … 15 Hits … 8 BB … 20 K … 2.63 ERA and a WHIP at 0.96

    Would love to hear some reports on his velocity and command. What a benefit it would be if he finally comes on out of nowhere.

      1. Shame about Bourjos. Speed. good outfielder. But his approach is terrible. Swings at bad breaking balls , Takes good fastball down the middle for strikes. I guess he would be that toolsy guy we talk about.

        1. From all accounts, he’s a great guy in the clubhouse with good speed, but man, he can’t hit. His pitch recognition is terrible. Seems that every time he swings, he hopes that the ball hits the bat.

  10. Ahhhh Romus that Roccom man crush lol . Nice to see Watson do better Diabetes is a horrible disease that he’s fighting. He might be the come back player of the yr.

  11. I was at Lakewood today and sat right next to the radar guys. Shane was at 91 on his fastball the entire game. Touched 93 I think twice. To my untrained amateur eye it seems like maybe he gets through some lower levels but doesn’t have enough power or movement on his pitches to get more advanced hitters out .

    On the other hand, the Yankees have something INCREDIBLE with Acevedo . The blue claws had nothing for him, with Hiciano lucking into a HR, and the other run scoring on a routine grounder that went thru the 2B legs. In the first and in the 8th the kid was throwing NINETY NINE . And with great control and a killer change up that was mid 80’s and unhittable.

    1. And he is only 7th in the Yankee system according to MLB.com, and only signed for $7500, but an 80 FB…which you saw first hand..:
      Domingo Acevedo | Rank: 7
      Charleston RiverDogs (A) ETA: 2018 Position: RHP Age: 22 DOB: 03/06/1994 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6′ 7″ Weight: 190 lb.
      Signed: Oct. 17, 2012 – NYY
      Scouting grades: Fastball: 80 | Slider: 40 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50

  12. Either Eflin or Appel should be poised by August (barring earlier injuries) to take Hellickson’s spot in rotation. Would be nice if he sustains what he’s done so far, keep ERA at or under 4.00 and give 6 or 7 ip per start. Thought Thompson would be first but hey….still early.

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