Box Score Recap – 4/27/2016

Lehigh Valley (11-9) Beat Scranton 2-0.  Zach Eflin pitched 6.1, four hit innings.  Colton Murray stranded 2 inherited runners.  Edward Mujica picked up his sixth save.  Tommy Joseph homered in the ninth to extend the lead.

  • Eflin – 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.
  • After 3 singles in the first inning, Eflin retired 11 batters in a row.
  • In addition to the 4 singles, Eflin walked one and hit 2 batters.
  • Joseph hit his 4th HR.
  • Scranton pitching recorded 11 Ks, Darnell Sweeney struck out 3 times.

Reading (13-7) Thumped Akron 11-2.  Anthony Vasquez turned in a quality start, allowing 2 runs in 7.0 innings.  Dylan Cozens, Harold Martinez, and Logan Moore each hit a home run.

  • Vasquez – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.
  • Tom Windle struck out 3 in 2.0 innings.
  • Reading’s 4-run 1st inning started BB, SB, BB, BB, HBP, HBP, SF, 1B, K, BB and the single didn’t drive in a run.  It just re-loaded the bases.  The 3 HR only accounted for 4 of the 11 runs.
  • Quinn (.195) went 1-5 with a BB and SB (7).
  • Crawford (.282) went 1-3 with 2 BB.
  • Cozens (.250) went 2-2 with a double, HR (5), 3 BB, 3 RBI, and SB (5).
  • Martinez (.258) went 2-5 with a double, HR (2), and 2 RBI.
  • Moore (.139) went 2-4 with a BB, HR (1), and 2 RBI.

Clearwater (14-6) Crushed Daytona with a 12-run sixth inning and won 14-2.  Matt Imfof gave up a solo home run in 6.0 innings.  Batters 2 thru 5 accounted for 11 of the Threshers 13 hits and 12 of their 13 RBI.  Kingery and Walding hit solo home runs in the first and ninth innings.

  • Imhof – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K, 1 HR.
  • Newly demoted Ulises Joaquin also gave up a solo home run.
  • Kingery (.293) went 1-4 with a HR (1), RBI, and BB.
  • Sandberg (.323) went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI.
  • Tocci (.250) went 2-5 with 2 RBI.
  • Martin (.308) went 3-5 with a double and 2 RBI.
  • Walding (.277) went 2-5 with a double, HR (6), and 3 RBI.
  • Stankiewicz (.267) went went 2-5 with a double, triple, and 3 RBI.
  • Imhof picked a runnr off first.

Lakewood (4-16) Lost 3-2 to Charlestown.  Shane Watson provided a quality start, allowing 1 run in 7.0 innings.  Samuel Hiciano hit a pinch hit home run.

  • Watson – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
  • The BlueClaws only managed 3 hits.
  • Tobias (.343) went 1-4.
  • Tomscha (.231) went 1-4 with a double.
  • Hiciano (.176) went 1-1 with a HR (2) and RBI.
  • Pujols (.257) went 0-3 with a BB and 3 K.
  • Tromp stole his 4th base.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

60 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/27/2016

  1. TJ with another hr I hear it now ,Ruf trips over his LF glove falls into Howard they both have to go on the D list . Mackanin steals a hockey term upper body injury out for remainder of season. TJ and Stassi get called up Phillies make playoffs .

    1. Fantasy land, Timbo. Fantasy land… Uh, Pete doesn’t use hockey terms. Just and FYI.

    2. No offense, but it is wrong to wish for a player to be hurt no matter how much you may not like them. It is fine not to like them, but to wish injury on any player even if they are the opposition is just wrong.

      1. It meant too be funny that’s all , every time TJ hits HR there a couple of posters that want to bring him and trade Howard and send Ruf down. I beat them to the punch per say that was it. Both Howard and Ruf are on the Phillies so I have no idea why you said other team. Just fun that’s don’t worry be happy.

        1. Okay I did not mean to offend you I just thought you meant it seriously. Not that I think it is something to joke about, When I mentioned the other teams I meant that there is never a situation where it is okay to wish harm on any player even if for example its Bryce Harper who I cannot stand . I do not sit around wishing he would get hurt. I just think it can reflect negatively on the webstie if someone sees wishing injury on a player in the chat and they get the wrong impression. I do apologize since you were joking I just felt that is something that you were serious about which prompted my first response.

  2. Really where is Nick Williams he hit his HR then is off the next 2 days ? Clearwater stats are really good if you look at the players it’s wow really he that good. Kingery showing muscle and a good eye at the plate.Cozens drives us mad shows power , speed 3 walks . Then tommorrow he’ll k 3 times the hole team hit good.funny everyone was down on Eflin and up on Kilome at the start now it’s the opposite.

  3. Dace Kime of the Akron team had the line of the week: 0 IP, 0 hits, 4 runs, 4 ERs, 3 BBs and 2 HBPs. But he had a game score of 31. I think a 0 might have been the proper game score. No one hitting against him was safe in the batters box. Vasquez had a 14 /1 GO/FO ratio. I’ve been asking why he’s starting in AA. With all the pitching the Phils have, why is a 29 y/o pitching but he’s pitching spectacularly. He’s probably there to show leadership to some of the younger guys and he’s certainly showing that.

    1. Kime’s “performance” reminded me of once effective Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard who faded into Steve Blass disease. In his last year of org. ball (2014) for Hickory in the SAL league he had a 175.50 ERA with a four game line of 0.2 0 13 13 9 1 with 7 HBP!

  4. Kingery is having the break out season that I and many others predicted. He looks simply awesome. More walks than Ks. Spraying line drives. Stealing bases. I am impressed.

    Also nice to see the Ks from Eflin. Would love to see a new scouting report on him. But really good stuff at AAA.

    1. V funny no mention of SSS when patting yourself on the back! Lol He looks good so far! Lets hope he keeps it up!

      1. Good point. It is true it is a small sample size. Although approaching the 100 AB level and his performance is matching the scouting reports. But true it is a small sample size. Thanks for keeping me honest.

        1. v1……don’t look now, but look who has raised their whiff ratio to his highest ratio in his minor league career….and not withstanding, at the highest rung of the minor league ladder in triple A. Mr Zach Eflin no less. Must have been saving that 4seamer for the last.

          1. I am looking now. Watching it closely. And liking what I am seeing. I have been consistent in my views of Eflin..I have consistently had the view that unless and until he develops an out pitch he is nothing but a back end starter. I have also consistently said that I believe he can develop an out pitch, but I need to see it before I am a believer. I have also routinely said that I like everything else about his profile. And by the way, the Phillies agreed with me. If you read Jordan’s comments in off season, he routinely said that Eflin needs to get more strikeouts. So I like what I am seeing but it is still a small sample and I haven’t read any reports on the quality of the curve. But I am looking and I will post it here once I do.

            1. A few things on Eflin that I have read..
              He decided many years ago as a Padre, the ‘pitch-to-contact/sinker ball/2seamer’ or whatever they call it, was going to be his mantra, until he needed to use the 4seamer….which he can dial up to 95/96 with no problem whenever he wanted. He said he wanted to save his arm and pitch longer. So maybe now he may be ready to do that.
              The other….I think he has got physically stronger, so maybe now he feels more comfortable with going for the strikeouts and using the heat.
              And his curve was his lowest rated pitch, so it will be interesting to see the latest scouting report on him.

            2. I’ve been one of his biggest supporters for a while – believing that he could develop the arsenal necessary to succeed at the next level.

              In any event, what’s changed is that he now throws a pretty great breaking pitch that he didn’t have last year – it’s either a curve (most likely) or a hard breaking slider. If it’s not an “out” pitch, it’s pretty darned close to that. He also throws the 4-seam FB more frequently to change eye level. He still needs to work on a few things, including FB command (he has control – it’s about command with him) and perhaps another pitch with more movement as the 4-seam FB is pretty straight (although it’s tough for hitters to hit up in the zone) and the 2-seam FB, while a good pitch, is not a swing-and-miss offering; it’s a weak contact pitch. I think he would benefit greatly from a cutter, but, whatever he does, I think he could use another pitch with some distinct break.

              As for his “velo” – he easily sits 91-94 and, as was suggested above, and can easily dial it up so he sits (not touches, sits) 94-95, regularly touching 96 and even 97 (I know, I’ve seen him do it a few times in person). He has a hell of an arm.

              Personally, regardless of the dominant statistics, I’d like to see him in AAA for at least another couple of months – he is, in my view, not quite as advanced as Appel, which should not be surprising. One more pitch (or a big improvement in one of his existing pitches) and a little better command he’ll be able to take on MLB hitters with confidence.

      1. Steve,

        I haven’t seen Tobias play, but he appears to make his share of fielding errors. He might also have a little bit of an age advantage at 23.

        Below’s a link to an interview. It deals mostly with life at Lakewood. My favorite part is the Carolinian talking about New Jersey accents, like use of the word yous. Perhaps he thinks cabbies ought to say y’all.

        1. I’m not sure how much 2B Tobias played in college, I believe he was primarily at third base. Scouting reports that I read on him after the draft basically said that he has the tools to play second, but he still needs to put them to use. I think that’s the biggest reason why he’s in Lakewood. If his glove were more polished, the Phils may have bumped him to Clearwater even though Kingery would still be getting the bulk of the playing time at 2B. His bat seems ready for a jump.

    2. Another thing I want to hear from those who might know – Eflin’s maturity. Seems he’s further along than his peers. Noticed him laughing at the futures game at CBP while getting hit around a bit. Actually thought it might be him not taking himself too seriously but enjoying the moment as a learning experience. Anybody else have an idea?

  5. Nice pitching lines although Imhof walked 5. Morgan’s promotion will cause a ripple. Vasquez or Lively will go up to LHV, who goes to Reading? CWater already added Richy so they’re set.
    Mujica is throwing the ball very well and has a May 1 out. Will he get promoted tomorrow?

    1. I can see Vasquez coming up and Asher or Sev will be inserted back in REA rotation. Real moves will come probably by mid-May when most of the AAAA players either opted out or released.

  6. Whats everyone think of Shane Watson? He needs to be good all year in my eyes to get back on track! Thoughts?

    1. Pre-injury he would show two potential plus pitches (fastball, curve) so I’m really just hoping that 1) he stays healthy and 2) he regains the stuff that made him a high pick in the first place. So far I’ve read he’s throwing a low-90s fastball and a slurvy breaking pitch.

  7. Nick Williams nursing a minor injury, I’ve heard. Off day today, should return Friday.

    Cam Perkins hit streak now at 12.

    Off day and rain in the forecast, difficult to project, but watching Asher and Lively set to pitch Friday and Sat for Reading–a scratch may reveal new fifth starter for IronPigs.

    1. I’m sorry I do not. Only listened to part of the broadcast and heard he’s still featuring two different breaking pitches. Hit the same dude twice.

    1. Listened to the Akron announcer last night and he was praising Rhys Hoskin’s defense. He saved some low/wide throws and made some good fielding plays.

      1. Hoskins defense has really improved and he is quietly on a long game hitting streak I think it is up to 16 maybe !!

    1. All of Cozens’ peripherals are really good so far, building on the end of last year. If it already clicked for him, watch out!

      1. Would also be great if and when Hoskins starts to come around also.
        I have to assume Alfaro will be back in the mix by mid-June, so hopefully he can recoup his eye after the layoff and recovery.

          1. Got it….down your way tomorrow.
            Lunch with friends at Popi’s on 20th, few blocks down Hartranft from CBP.

            1. Yes popi is three blocks from my house. I just ate down the naval yard. really a lot of choices down there. to eat at. I didn’t know they had all those places.

            2. yes…navy Base has some nice places…LaSpiedo’s is one….went there before the Phillies- Nats game a few weeks ago. Check it out, right at the main entrance.

  8. Is there any help for Lakewood coming (excluding the draft). When you look at the team stats, they should be doing a heck of a lot better. The problem seems to be pitching. They have the worst ERA, WHIP, ERs and BBs. They are 2nd worst in hits and a bunch of other pitching categories. Is there anyone in XST, who could help out? I know wins and losses don’t matter but progression is what we want and need. The pitching staff hasn’t had too much progression. Shane Watson has looked pretty good but Kilome, Gueller and Ty Gilbert have not given the team too much help. Tirado has been pretty terrible. some people on this site would like to see him in Philly by the end of the year but I just hope he’s above Rookie Ball in that time span.

    They are in the top half in every hitting category except triples and are 2nd best in the league in BA and hits. The offense can win games but the pitching staff has to keep them in them.

    The AAA, AA and A+ are pretty fun to watch right now. Injuries and poor performance in Philly are already shifting some pieces around. If the big prospects show advancement, I’ll be extremely happy. Eflin has found himself as has Lively. Even Appel has shown advancement. Thompson is getting all tangled up in his underwear but we know the Phils often have their pitchers work on certain pitches early in the season. Could be they are trying to strengthen a pitch that isn’t quite there yet? His K’s per 9 are pretty darn good but he’s giving up a lot of hits and runs. I hope this is his problem that will right itself as the season progresses.

      1. In 2015, Adonis Medina threw 45 GCL innings in 10 appearances/8 starts. I think a jump to Lakewood is unlikely.

        The Lakewood roster contains a lot of players who were on a Williamsport team that made the playoffs and won their division in the NY-Penn league (46 wins, .605 win PCT). There are still a couple guys in XST who were on that team –
        Anthony Sequeira threw 34 innings in relief.
        Sutter McLoughlin threw 18 innings in relief.
        Ismael Cabrera finished with WPT (3 App.), threw 19 innings mostly out of the bullpen.

        Most of the pitchers still in XST are young. Those who were on the GCL roster –
        Seranthony Dominguez threw 8 GCL innings.
        Bailey Falter threw 29 GCL innings.
        Nick Fanti threw 18 GCL innings.
        Felix Paulino threw 50 GCL,innings in 11 App/10GS.
        Will Stewart threw 21 GCL innings.
        Ranger Suarez threw 28 GCL innings.
        Carlos Indriago threw 41 GCL innings in 12 App/5 GS.
        Gandy Stubblefield threw 18 relief innings in GCL.

        The rest were in DSL, VSL, or signed in the off season (e.g., Jeff Singer).

        Unfortunately, the best help for Lakewood is probably on their DL(Drew Anderson, Austin Davis, Scott Harris) or on the RL (Skylar Hunter).

    1. I saw Gueller pitch this last week, didn’t really stick around long. He got ahead of 2 hitters with 2 strikes only to pitch around them and walk them. Taveras as a reliever in that game did settle things down after he came in allowed a 3 run homer in the second hitter he faced (2 runs went against Gueller’s line) The rest of the relievers I saw – nothing. Pujols crushed one out to center had to be 425+ easily. Tobias came in on fire but they had him bunting a couple of times (odd move). Has a good eye. Tromp impressed with some line drives, only one hit in that game.

    2. I’ve wondered the same thing. Clearly they need Kilome to turn things around. I think the overall pitching will improve a bit as guys improve or go back to Extended, like Koplove. There are still some good arms throwing in Extended who could go up. As for the bats, I don’t really see much. They need Hayden to get healthy as well as Grullon. Personally I’d love to see them give Williams a chance at 3rd but I’m not sure how likely that is. Same for Encarnacion. Any hot Extended bats??

  9. Cord Sandberg is hitting well so far. I understand without much power, but is anyone considering him a possible breakout player? The corner OF production is so poor at the MLB level, I am hoping for any ray of sunshine.

  10. Hoby Milner with a new arm slot–could be contributing to his early success in AAA. Looking forward to seeing it when the ‘Pigs return home this weekend.

  11. Walding with league leading 6 home runs, tied for team lead in RBI’s with Martin and playing gold glove defense, should be in AA at all star break !!!

  12. As much as I want to keep Franco at 3b for the foreseeable future, it’s wise to bring a Walding along in case 1b isn’t resolved longterm internally. Plus Franco’s body type might lend him to eventually move off the hot corner, but that’s at least a few years away.

    1. Have you not seen the plays Franco has made over the last week? He isn’t moving anywhere. Never seen a guy of his size move the way he does and get up that quickly after a dive. Guy is a STUD. Having said that, we have zero depth at third base in the system and should be doing whatever we can to create some

  13. L, try reading my post about Franco AGAIN. I didn’t say now or even in the near future. Otherwise you agreed with everything I said. Yes he’s a potential gold glover, with exception of an unwise play here and there.

    1. You’re right I overreacted lol. I’m just so bullish on him. Seems like he makes a game changing play(or three) every night. There are definitely parts of his game he needs to clean up, and he’s 23 so there is plenty of time for that. Herrera JP and Franco are the beginnings of a scary top of the order for many, many years. And they’re just as good on defense.

      1. Amen to that, L! And they’re having fun which makes it even more enjoyable to watch. Crawford and Williams will add to this new nucleus soon with a good healthy swagger.

        1. And hopefully get knapp or TJ up to play first base soon too. They are getting zero production from that position.

  14. Nola is filthy today. His curveball is very cliff lee spiked curve like. So much lateral movement. With his control my be he can still become that ace that most say he can’t become

      1. Pretty sure there’s not a person that reads this blog that doesn’t know lee was left handed. I was saying the lateral movement is similar

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