Box Score Recap – 5/4/2016

Lehigh Valley (13-12) Lost to Pawtucket, 7-2.  Reinier Roibal made his fourth bullpen start for Lehigh and threw three, no-nit innings.  Severino Gonzalez followed with four, shutout innings.  Darnell Sweeney had 2 of the IronPigs three hits.

  • Roibal  – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
  • Gonzalez – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB.
  • LaFromboise blew the save with 2 unearned runs in the eighth inning.
  • LaFromboise – 1.2 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 0 K.
  • Russell came in to get the final out, but not before allowing 3 inherited runners to score on a grand slam.
  • All 4 of LaFromboise’s walks came around to score.
  • Jackson (1) and Perkins (2) committed errors.  Perkins’ fielding error in the eighth allowed the Sox to tie the game.
  • Venable picked up an outfield assist.
  • Sweeney (.217) went 2-2 with a double and BB.
  • Ryan Jackson got the other Lehigh base hit.

Reading (16-10) Beat New Hampshire, 4-3.  A not quite so sharp Ben Lively got his 4th win. Edubray Ramos picked up his 7th save.  Angelo Mora had 3 hits and 4 RBI.  2015 Phil’s farm hand took the loss.

  • Lively – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K.
  • Rios – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
  • Milner retired all 4 batter he faced in 1.1 innings.
  • Ramos threw a perfect ninth for the save.
  • Crawford (.279) went 1-3 with a BB.
  • Mora (.289) went 3-4 with a double, triple, and 4 RBI.
  • Crawford (3) was caught stealing.
  • Moore threw out 1 of 3 steal attempts.

Clearwater (17-9) Postponed, rain.  Game will be made up as part of a double header on Sunday, May 15th.  Jan Hernandez had 3 of their 6 hits.

Lakewood (7-18) Lost to Asheville, 2-0.  Tyler Gilbert gave the BlueClaws a quality start, but got no run support.

  • Gilbert – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP.
  • Arteaga threw a one-hit, eighth inning.
  • Tobias (.333) went 1-2 with 2 BB.
  • Hernandez (.257) went 3-4.
  • Tobias stole his first base.
  • Marrero (3) was caught stealing.
  • Joel Fisher threw out 1 of 2 steal attempts.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 5/4 – Lakewood BlueClaws activated 1B Brendon Hayden from the 7-day disabled list.
  • Rosters updated here.

47 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/4/2016

  1. Ok. Burriss, Ruf, Goeddel, for starters. Who comes up soon to replace them? (They seem married to Bourjos’ glove for now) I know it’s only his 1st 2 starts but what’s with Morgan hitting a wall in 5th inning? Maybe he fits long relief role better than Oberholtzer? Plus there’s an arm or 2 waiting for the call from LHV. Yeah I know it’s early. Just venting over last night’s L….and why did Mackanin pitch to Holliday with 1b open?

    1. he caught some bad breaks there with the 5 minute instant replay and the ball being ruled just fair, Freddy not being able to handle that ball and the close play at home. Too early to make a judgement on him for me.

      1. Tough to lay blame with Morgan last night. That game was an absolute joke. Agree he needs to be more conservative with his pitch count but he looked pretty good for 4 innings before the umps decided to get involved.

        1. I was annoyed at the constant use of replay by the Cards. I think they would have used it another 5 times if they could. There simply has to be some sort of a meter on the number of times they can have these in game stoppages. Morgan was very sharp until he was made to stand around more than once for 5 minutes. Notwithstanding, I don’t know why he wasn’t using his curveball more than he was. and he is going to have to learn that in game reviews are now a part of a team’s strategy to ruin the pitcher’s tempo – which they succeeded in doing.

          1. agreed. they need a 30 second clock on replay.it should be to overturn obviously wrong calls; the ump was staring at it from 10 feet away.

      2. That game single handedly turned me off of replay in baseball forever. I have no confidence in the umpires and New York to get it right when there clearly was no proof that the ball hit the line. They made up an excuse that they had a secret in stadium angle they they wouldn’t show on TV. That completely ruined the game and it was a disgrace.

  2. OT: This week Ben Lindbergh, of Baseball Prospectus, said be believes the Astros trade of Vince Velasquez to the Phillies, was the worst transaction of the entire off-season by any team. Sam Miller, of BP, agreed it was one of two worst, along with the Diamondbacks-Baves trade. How do you like that, the Phillies with the best trade of the off-season.

    1. I didn’t think you were allowed to mock either the Astros or the Padres FOs b/c of the love affair the SABR community had with them. Are you sure its ok to post that thread?

    2. with all due respect, the haul Zona gave Atlanta for Shelby Miller puts the VV trade to shame. That may be one of the worst all time

      1. Well I think it’s all in the eye of the beholder. IMO, Dansby Swanson still has to show he’s going to be a star caliber Major League player, to prove that trade was significantly better. Right now, Vince Velasquez is a better commodity than Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair.

        1. Swanson looks like a stud. but you right he is only in high a. and VV has 4 wins already,

  3. Is Cornelius Randolph out an extended period of time? Saw he was on the 7-day DL but haven’t seen anything further. Thanks!

    1. I heard minor shoulder strain being tossed around but that was last week, I’m sure they are gonna let him rest and fully recover before he come back

  4. Off topic a little bit ,

    But MLB doesn’t have the Phillies as favorites to sign any of the top 10 international kids, even though they have the second most money, however I’m not sure it’s enough to acruelly sign any of those kids , that whole system is messed up

    1. Mlb and national media, and even local talk shows do tend to marginalize our present which is building for future success. Can’t wait til we’re soon back on top.

    2. Vladimir Guitierrez, the #2 prospect, has been linked to the Cubs, but chose to workout/showcase at the Phillies complex recently. If the Cubs don’t sign him by June 15, then he’s up for grabs July 2nd. Maybe the Phillies have a chance with him.

    3. PhillySF…nothing wrong with this pitcher…2nd best pitcher in the top 30.
      Francisco Morales | Rank: 16 …Hometown: Guarico, Venezuela
      Position: RHP Age: 16 DOB: 10/27/1999 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6’3″ Weight: 186 lb.
      Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Change 40 | Control: 40
      The top pitcher from Venezuela, Morales has the type of fastball that turns heads and the pitch has improved in the last few months. He has been clocked in the 92-96 mph range with movement. What’s more, the tall right-hander has the ideal pitcher’s frame and scouts love his upside. It’s true some scouts believe Morales is more of a thrower than a pitcher, but the young hurler has been working on commanding his pitches and creating a plan of attack when he’s on the mound. And while he has gained attention for pitching with velocity, Morales’ curveball could end up being his best pitch. He also throws a changeup and has shown improved control. Scouts also like Morales’ mound presence and makeup. He’s a competitor and does not show fear on the mound.
      Morales, who is from the Venezuelan state of Guarica, trains with Yasser Mendez at the Yasser Mendez Baseball Agency and Academy. The Phillies are the favorite to sign the right-handed pitcher.

  5. Hated the replays last night as well BUT my biggest beef was the third base coach interference. I have never seen that before. How can a coach be considered “in the field of play”? If that’s the case, every time a ball is popped up foul to the first and third baselines shouldn’t the coaches tackle the fielder and say he was part of the “field of play”? I’m being a bit dramatic but in reality they should just stand there and become an obstacle for the fielder. If the fielder runs into them or is distracted that helps your team.

    Instead of the Martinez rundown with a guy making it to third, the runner should have been sent back to second. May not have changed the outcome but you could at least have a play at the plate on the ensuing single.

    1. I’ve never understood why they take the time to lime the coaches box, the coaches are hardly ever in it.

    1. Cozens…..since last year at Reading…154 PAs— .289/.364/.533 with 9 doubles, 8HRs and 28 RBIs in 36 games….and currently OBP is .355

    1. rocco….that is the same with most all big power guys….Gallo, and even your favorite Dom Santana.

  6. Brock Stassi and Tommy Joseph (maybe even Jake Fox?) aren’t getting younger and have shown at least they’re worth a look at the big league level. Whether they’re in our future or not, humor me and let’s find out. What’s the worst thing to happen? We won’t score? Strangely enough we were shutout today for the first time this season. Keep the top kids growing thru the system but for Pete’s sake, let’s get some thump up here, please!

    1. Mark I think Joseph is only 24. If he comes up In july it would be fine. Give him some time at first. Jake fox isn’t a prospect I believe. strassi I really don’t know about him.

        1. I don’t think they are really to make the Ryan Howard move. so where would joseph play? I hate to platoon him. right now while he is on a roll.

          1. Don’t think Howard’s trade value is going any higher than what it is. Yes he’ll homer once or twice a week on average but all his other ABs are useless. We’re wasting an opportunity for somebody to find out what they can do, regardless of whether the ball club is ready to cut him loose or not.

            1. I was at Friday night’s game when he hit the walkoff. Felt really good for the Big Piece. Big picture: he’s batting sub .200 along with Ruf, Bourjos, Goeddel and Burriss (sub.100). There’s no reason we shouldn’t see new faces by Memorial day.

  7. Is it more than a little disturbing that the Phillies have the highest international bonus pool, but ar considered as the favorite to only sign
    1 of the top 30 pn the mlb list?

    1. Two of the top 30…..#16 Francisco Morales, RHP, who is the 2nd best rated pitcher in the top 30 and #26 ss Bryan Gonzalez, who is one of only 5 natural switch-hitting middle infielders of the dozen or so middle infielders on the list.

  8. Is it possible that Nola might be more than the #3 the experts say is his ceiling? He just completely shut down the NL’s two top offenses on the road. With his pinpoint control, he makes me dream of Greg Maddux. I get that it’s a small sample but damn- a .80 WHIP?

    1. He certainly could end up being a #1. He has shown real growth – not just statistically. His curve is arguably now the best in baseball.

      Funny thing about ceiling, espeically with pitchers. It never means the literally best possible outcome. It’s more best possible likely outcome, maybe the 75% outcome. Players do sometimes exceed their “ceiling.” Nola looks like he might (and FWIW, even before this year his “ceiling” was arguably a #2 not a #3).

      That said, the Maddux comparison still makes me cringe. Let’s appreciate him for what he is and might be, instead of comparing him with a HOF pitcher who was rather unique even as HOF pitchers go.

      1. I did say I was dreaming of Maddux- it wasn’t meant to be a comparison.

    2. Yea and he does throw 99 mph or have TJ surgery. Mets fans most be amazed at the Phillies pitching staff.

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