Box Score Recap – 4/29/2016

Lehigh Valley (11-10) Lost to Buffalo 2-1.  Mark Appel went 5.1 innings (93 pitches) and gave up one earned run.  Edward Mujica took the loss.  Tommy Joseph continued his torrid hitting with 2 more hits.

  • Appel – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K.
  • Luis Garcia – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2 inherited runners stranded.
  • Williams (.286) went 1-4
  • Knapp (.280) went 0-3 with a BB and 3 K
  • Stassi went 0-1 with 3 BB
  • Joseph (.389) went 2-4 with a double
  • Venable and Hunter had 2 hits each.
  • Williams was caught stealing
  • LHV turned 3 DP

Reading (14-7) Crushed Portland 14-3.  Ben Lively got his third win and lowered his ERA to 1.55.  Roman Quinn, Rhys Hoskins, and Angelo Mora had 3 hits apiece.  Hoskins hit his fourth 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 (.220) went 3-5 with a triple, BB, and 3 runs scored.
  • Crawford (.280) went 1-4 with 2 BB and 2 K.
  • Hoskins (.260) went 3-5 with a double, HR (4), and 5 RBI.
  • Fox (.283) went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI.
  • Cozens (.247) went 1-5 with a BB and 2 RBI.
  • Mora (.317) went 3-5 with 2 doubles, and 2 RBI.
  • Valentin (3) and Crawford (4) stole bases.
  • Quinn was picked off and CS.
  • Crawford committed his 5th error.

Clearwater (14-7) Lost to Lakeland 11-4.  More here.

Lakewood (5-16) Beat Greenville 5-1.  Luke Leftwich pitched six, three hit innings and struck out eleven.

  • Leftwich – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 11 K
  • Luis Morales – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Tasin struck out one in one inning, the BlueClaws struck out 15 total.
  • Tobias (.352) went 2-4 with a double and BB
  • Wilson Garcia went 2-5 with 2 RBI.
  • Tromp went 3-4 with 2 RBI.
  • Tromp threw a runner out at home.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings – another slew of transactions, changes updated here.

  • 4/29 – Philadelphia Phillies sent RHP Michael Mariot on a rehab assignment to Clearwater Threshers.
  • 4/29 – Philadelphia Phillies optioned Luis Garcia to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/29 – Philadelphia Phillies recalled Adam Morgan from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/29 – RHP Alec Asher assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 4/29 – RHP Severino Gonzalez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 4/29 – LHP Hoby Milner assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/29 – Reinier Roibal assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/29 – Joely Rodriguez assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 4/29 – Luis Morales assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Phillies Ext. Spring Training.
  • 4/29 – Alejandro Arteaga assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 4/28 – Anthony Sequeira assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.

34 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/29/2016

  1. It had to happen sooner or later but there a good group of pitchers. Moriot killed them 1 ing 6 runs some rehab assignment. Martin bombs 1 again yuppie .

  2. Reading has an interesting group of hitters. When looking at the League hitters, many different hitters show up in different categories. There’s not just one or two guys doing the damage. Andelo Mora is 3rd in the league in BA. Crawford is 4th in OBP. Fox is 2nd in OPS with Mora in the top 5. Cozens, Fox and Hoskins are all in the top 10 in HRs. Cozens and Hoskins are in the top 3 in RBIs. Mora is 3rd and Valentin 4th in 2Bs. Crawford, Cozens and Hoskins are all in top 6 in Runs scored. Quinn who hasn’t hit so far is still 4th in SBs. It’s a complete team on the offensive side of the game. As an opposing pitcher, you can’t let up on anyone except Aaron Brown and possibly Logan Moore. When Alfaro comes back, that’s another spot in the lineup you can’t cruise through.

    On the pitching side, it’s mostly about Ben Lively. Vasquez looks good. Asher is fine too. but on the league stat side, it’s all about Lively. Can anyone guess who is leading the Eastern League in BBs? It’s our old friend David Whitehead. 19 BBs in 17 IP. Yikes!!! He also leads the league in Hit batsmen. But he’s only given up 11 hits over those 17 IP. I guess he’s wild enough to keep guys from digging in at the plate.

  3. Lively is alive again.
    Using his slider effectively and FB grip change working for him so far this season.
    Whiffs are on the rise.
    Three or four more quality starts and it is a bus to Allentown.

    1. Look is Neris this good. That pitch looks so nasty. Wtf happen, there bullpen is great right now.

      1. rocco…..enjoy it while it lasts….Neris is using the splitter at a 50% rate. If Mack throws him out there every other day at a minimum , and wants him to continue to use it that much…..well, before the all-star break he more then likely, will have some arm issues.

  4. At a certain point, don’t the Phillies have to try to find a spot for Joseph ? They certainly need the offense

  5. Appel, Leftwich, and Lively with nice performances (plus Morgan!). Hoskins’ bat is really heating up. Let’s hope Quinn uses this good game as a jump start. JP continues with errors, I think he needs to stay at Reading for a few months.

    1. Appel and Lively both barely pitched 5 innings, had too many walks, and threw a lot of pitches. That said, they were able to limit the damage.

      Appel, 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 3 SO, 93 pitches, 53 strikes
      Lively, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 3 SO, 96 pitches, 60 strikes

      Leftwich had a pretty nice line, especially the 11 SO:
      (6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 11 SO, 102 pitches, 58 strikes)

  6. If big club stays anywhere close to .500 you won’t see any significant callups until after trade deadline.

  7. One year later and last year’s draft class is looking very promising. For me, Leftwich is the hidden gem … 14.5 K/9. I like him a lot.

  8. FYI Jason Groome 7 ings 2 h 3 BB 13 k he was 93 94 fb on 93 pitches. Jordan was there from the Phillies. He is human 2 hits team advanced to next week. It’s nice Leftwich do good Hoskins looks like himself again.

  9. By June, let’s see this: Tobias to CW; Kingery to Reading; and Valentin to LHV. This will be an interesting competition.

  10. Is there a way to move Kyle Martin up in June if he keeps hitting? 5 homers and 20 RBI so far with a .318 BA. Hoskins is on 1B at AA now, would he be moved to AAA over Stassi. Doesn’t seem like TJ is playing much 1B at AAA so I cant see him getting a call up until he is proficient at a position other than DH.

    1. He just gave 3 HR’S Don’t know why he loses command sometimes. Still all 3 solo, Crawford 3 k’s today that’s unsaid .

  11. Romus or anyone (just saw Rom with last couple posts. What’s the date at which you can bring up a prospect and not have his service clock start this year? Kind of the strat they did last year with Franco (which he is protesting).

    I see Asher was the pitcher promoted to take Morgan’s spot. I wonder if Asher or Buchanan will be the next one up should another starter go down before the service clock date…..or whatever. Just wondering, really don’t pretend to know MLB GM’s strat….unless they announce it 😉

    1. If you are talking about Super Two status……then it is all about money. If a player has something like 2.2 years of service at the end of a season, the arbitration clock starts as if they had 3 years, making the player’s earning power higher. Teams try to avoid this by delaying promotion to the major leagues, thus saving them millions of dollars on certain players. Super Two status does not affect a player’s years of team control/when they reach free agency, only their salary structure during their initial period of team control.

    2. The date is usually computed each year and differs….but some where around first week of June in the past.

      1. Thanks Rom! I guess I was thinking of Super Two and Service Time. Wow, some of this you really have to be up on to know why GM’s and manager’s make the moves that they do. You are probably focusing on the next days thread, but was wondering who you thought would get called up next and if you think that Super Two or Service Time will have a big effect on that decision.

    1. Wow! How long will it take for Brown to be shifted to being a pitchers…since his fielder-hitter game is putrid?? He was said to have a high velocity FB as a lefty pitcher. Put him on the mound…soon.

  12. (Why is Buchanan still around?)
    Looking at Lively’s numbers from yesterday’s bx score, I see he went only 5 inns; I was hoping he’d gp 6-7 inns. And he gave up 4 walks in his short stint. I was disappointed that his free passes were almost 1 per inning. But looking further, I noticed that the opposing pitchers had “numerous” walks charged against him, too. My conclusion—>the home plate umpire was stingy with his strike calls…a real hitters umpire type. Both pitchers got squeezed.

    Stretching out Lively to 7 innings should be happening. It is still April….and should Lively continue to get better for a longer time on the mound, by June he should be up to LV. Then, if Thompson recovers his MOJO, we’d have at least 3 starting pitchers likely to come up by Sept…with Elfin first in line. Adding to the excitement would be the appearance of Williams and TJ (who would hold the 1st base place for Hoskins) to add to the offense. Whether Knapp makes it up depends on his firming up his defense…which has been lousy until now.

    And then there is the Reading roster…!!! Better times ahead. P.S. The better attitude of the big club not only comes from winning some games, but more so IMO due to Mac’s changing the Phillies’ “culture.” He seems involved in every aspect of the game. His players are busy learning his approaches to the game. He gets more out of them in comparison to our former mgr who seemed to induce poor clubhouse relations between him and players. Finally, I am pleased about his re-engaging the sacrifice bunt to get that run in from 3rd base with less than 2 outs…when the circumstances justify it’s use. Something entirely missing from our previous mgrs.

    1. Concerning Lively’s performance and his control issues yesterday.
      Home plate umpire Erich Bacchus gave at a total of 20 walks with 7 different pitchers.
      Hard for me to believe that 7 different AA level pitchers are that ‘wild’ in one game.

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