Box Score Recap – 5/3/2016

Only three of the affiliates were in action Tuesday.  In an odd coincidence, all three game outcomes were settled in ten innings.

Lehigh Valley (13-11) Beat Pawtucket, 6-4 in 10 innings.  Jake Thompson provided seven strong innings and left with a 4-1 lead.  The IronPigs’ bullpen blew a 4-1 lead in the 8th and 9th innings, but they came back to walk off in the tenth.  Cameron Perkins extended the inning with a 2-out single and Nick Williams followed with a game-winning home run.

  • Thompson – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP.  He threw 90 pitches/51 strikes.
  • Garcia – 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 WP.  He was awarded a hold.
  • Russell – 0.1 IP, 1 BB.  He stranded the runner he inherited from Garcia.
  • Mujica – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 1 HR.  He stranded the two runners he inherited from Russell.  But he allowed a two-out, solo HR to tie the game in the ninth.
  • Perkins (.386) went 2-5.
  • Williams (.289) went 2-5 with a HR (2) and 2 RBI.
  • Joseph (.361) went 1-4 with a HR (5) and 2 RBI.
  • Williams picked up an assist on a runner at third (rundown).
  • The IronPigs turned 3 double plays.
  • Featherston committed his third error.  I hope he’s not on some kind of hitting streak that I didn’t research and failed to mention.

Reading (15-10) Lost to New Hampshire, 4-3 in 10 innings.  John Richy was unimpressive in his Reading debut.  Tom Windle pitched well as the first pitcher out of the bullpen.

  • Richy – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP.  He threw 87 pitches/56 strikes.
  • Windle – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K,
  • Bleich allowed 2 walks, 2 hits, and a WP in his 2.0 innings.
  • Nunez took the loss with a walk and 2 hits in 0.2 innings.
  • Crawford (.277) went 1-4 with a HR (2), RBI, BB.
  • Aaron Brown (.191) went 2-4.
  • Moore (.184) went 2-4 with 2 RBI.
  • Quinn (10) and Brown (1) stole bases.
  • Cozens was picked off first.
  • Brown committed his third error.

Clearwater (17-9) Lost to Tampa, 6-5 in 10 innings.  Eshelman had an uneven outing.   In a very “un-Esh” start to the game, he walked the lead off batter.  He walked another batter in the second inning.  Tampa’s lead off batter was the Yankees’ #1 prospect, Jorge Mateo.  He’s a pretty nice ball player.  However, he was caught stealing by Gabriel Lino to keep the damage in the first inning to a single run.

The Threshers took the lead in the second inning on a wild pitch and Malquin Canelo’s infield single.

The Yankees came back in the top of the third with an unearned run when Lino’s throwing error allowed a runner to advance into scoring position.  The took and extended the lead with solo home runs in the fifth and sixth innings and another run in the eighth inning.

The Threshers mounted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth.  Zach Green led off with a home run to left.  An error and a wild pitch allowed two more runs to score to tie the game.  The inning ended the go ahead run on second.

The Yankees won when they connected for their third solo home run in the tenth.  The Threshers went meekly in the bottom of the inning.

  • Eshelman – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR.  He threw 93 pitches/60 strikes.
  • Eshelman’s FB was predominantly 91 mph (24 pitches).  He touched 92 and 93 four times each, all in the first two innings.  He hit 90 seven times and 89 three times.
  • Two of his 4 strike outs came swinging at a 93 mph FB and an 82 mph off speed pitch.
  • Five other swings-and-misses came on pitches of 82, 90, x, 81, and 74 mph.
  • Rivero’s FB was at 93-94 mph.
  • Joely Rodriguez’ FB was at 92-93 mph.
  • Hockenberry took the loss when he gave up the tenth inning home run.  He struck out two batters in his one inning.  His FB was 89-91, t92 mph.
  • Walding (.276) went 1-5 with 3 K.
  • Green (.256) went 2-5 with a HR (4) and RBI.
  • Kingery hit a couple of line drive outs, was hit by a pitch, and stole his 8th base.
  • Lino was 1-2 throwing out runners stealing second.  Both attempts were by the Yankees’ #1, Mateo.  He got him in the first, but threw poorly from the crouch on the second attempt.  This resulted in his throwing error and allowed Mateo to make it to third.  He scored on a line drive single to left.  The scorer ruled the run unearned, but I’m sure that Mateo would have scored from second on the play.
  • Tocci sat out.  He was hit on the wrist by a pitched ball in Monday’s game.  He was used as a pinch runner for Lino.  I’m sure they were going to squeeze, but a wild pitch ended the drama as Tocci came home with the tying run.
  • Sandberg started in center.  He received his 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove for left field before the game.  So, of course, one of the Yankees doubled over his head to the warning track in center, a ball I think Tocci might have caught.
  • With Tocci unavailable and Herlis Rodriguez on the DL, the corner outfield positions were manned by Drew Stankiewicz in left and recently called up Samuel Hiciano in right.
  • Two more Threshers were hit by pitched balls – Kingery and Sandberg.  That’s 16 for the season.  Only John Richy in his one start for the Threshers has hit an opposing batter.  I’m not advocating intentionally hitting opposing batters, but you have to come inside so they aren’t that comfortable digging in and crushing your pitches. And if you hit some of their batters, so be it.
  • Tampa’s Mateo (.330) went 2-4 with a HR (3), BB, RBI, infield single, and 1-2 on steal attempts.  He’s tough at the plate.  Fast on the bases.  He can really influence a game.  One of his two outs was a hard line drive that Martin speared to his right.
  • The Yankees out hit the Threshers 12-7.
  • The Yankees lead the FSL in AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS, H, R, HR, RBI, and TB.  They came into the game with FIVE of their hitters among the top ten in the league for average.

Lakewood (7-17) No game scheduled.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 5/3 – Reinier Roibal assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 5/3 – Samuel Hiciano assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws
  • 5/2 – Clearwater Threshers placed CF Herlis Rodriguez on the 7-day disabled list.
  • Rosters updated here.

20 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/3/2016

  1. Jorge Mateo…..I guess is the Yankees’ heir to Derek Jeter.
    And he was a $250K signee in January 2012.
    A lot of good Latin MLB players are less than $300K signees.

  2. Windle not walking people is a big deal. The major league team needs another good lefty in the bullpen. Windle throws hard and has good stuff, especially in relief. The issue with him has always been control and command. If he irons that out, he should move quickly and could be in the majors by late summer. He would be a big upgrade in the pen over Oberholzer who clearly is miscast as a reliever – he’s a 4/5 starter who needs to mix pitches and get into a rhythm, something he really can’t do well out of the bullpen.

    1. catch…agree with you on Obie. I erroneously thought he could go the way of his former teammate Dallas Keuchel based on their similar metrics thru their first 250 innings in the MLB…..analytics is not always 100% sound proof evidence of sound forecasting it appears. One red-flag I ignored was the fact Obie’s velo had trending downward over the last two years…whereas Keuchel just sits at the high 80s range.
      But also, Obies pitching is probably not conducive as a reliever right now.

  3. Jake is back! I believe he will find his groove, and early struggles notwithstanding, will regain his spot as a top SP prospect. For those of you who had felt he had slipped, that is. I have always liked him. I think that by the end of the month we will see Perkins or TJ with the big club. Ruf is doing nothing, and they will look for help, but not go to Williams until later in the season. Clearly, only my opinion, but what do you think? I believe that the contract implications for the future weigh heavily on the decision of who comes up when.

    1. With a Perkins and TJ call up….a 40 adjustment will need to be made.
      Some guys will need to be DFAed.
      There are a few on the bubble now.

    2. I’m thinking we’ll start seeing some upward movement in the next two weeks. First featherson and Perkins, followed by TJ, then Eflin, then Williams, Knapp, Appel and finally Crawford in September. If they space it out with the next guy joining every 2.5-3 weeks and the club can tread water until early August we could be talking about a run at the second wild card spot once we have more talent on the roster!

      1. My goodness man……you make all those eight changes prior to Sept 1st call ups….other than Featherston and Crawford after Sept 1st….you will need to take a chain saw to the 40.

        1. Haha yea well there are plenty of guys they can trade and release. I’m hoping we find someone to take chooch and Howard, and someone should take a shot on Hellickson. Then there are plenty of fillers like sev and Buchanan, and I don’t see Lough sticking around. Out with the old, in with the new!

      2. other than possibly Perkins and TJ, i don’t see any top prospects not in the 40-man to be promoted before the trade deadline not unless a) they rake and (not OR) b) the Phils will decide to suddenly contend rather than continue the development.

        Lough will probably survive until July because of his defense so Burriss will be the 1st casualty and moving Morton to 60-day will increase the roster spot to 3 – to accommodate Perkins, TJ and possible the returning Hollands. Mariot, Buch and possibly Asche, Ruf, Garcia will be the 2nd wave of cuts if they don’t produce.

    3. Amen on Jake! And it seems that if they’re going to use Ruf in this role (and who knows what that even is right now) why keep him around when clearly he can’t produce offensively. Gonna be interesting next 2 months…..

  4. Seeing TJ do well is awesome. Even if he’s not a long term solution for the MLB club, going thru what he has over the previous 3+ years and finally experiencing some success – what a road. Speaks highly of his mental fortitude.

    1. Completely agree and this is one of the reasons I think he should be called up. The guy went through so much and a lot of guys would have retired, but here he is raking more than he ever has before, reward the man and put him in a 1b platoon with Howard. Ruf has shown for years now exactly what he is. Just because he can pop one out of the yard now and then doesnt mean he is a MLB caliber player.

  5. I completely forgot about Asche. Has anyone spotted him doing rehab work in Florida? Do we have any idea when he may be able to come back? If Featherston gets called up, IMO, it will be at the expense of Burriss.

  6. Funny today L V had a game no Nick Willams who hit the walk off Hr last night.he’s hot .395 in his last 10 games .TJ , Featherston, Perk, Knapp all played today and last night. Don’t forget the Brass was there last night. Plus Williams was a little banged up earlier in the yr plus LV had days off with the weather. Just wondering why would you sit one of your hottest players.

    1. My guess Williams got a rest day, with Venable getting a look.
      Williams has played a lot In April, when they did play games, except for the three day break last week—26 thru 28th.
      Pigs also , starting tomorrow, play 18 straight days without a break…..unless rain.
      So they may want him to get recharged.

      1. He was the only -1 you would think they give some others too. Maybe nothing but Macphail didn’t go down there for a hot dog . the Phillies schedule 8 s about to become a lot more easier perfect time to bring some people up.

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