Box Score Recap – 5/7/2016

Lehigh Valley (14-14) Lost to Scranton, 8-7 in ten innings.  Zach Eflin had a rough outing, but the IronPigs took a 7-6 advantage into the eighth.  They lost the lead and eventually the game.  Will Venable had 3 hits and 5 RBI.  Venable and Brock Stassi hit their first home runs.

  • Eflin – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.
  • Mujica blew the save.
  • Roibal gave up a solo HR to absorb the loss.
  • Joseph (.382) went 2-4 with a BB.
  • Stassi (.270) went 2-3 with a HR (1), BB, and 2 RBI.
  • Venable (.224) went 3-4 with a double, HR (1), and 5 RBI.
  • Williams was thrown out at home by Aaron Judge.

Reading (19-10) Won both ends of a double-header, 2-1 and 5-4 in eight innings.

Game One: Reading scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to overcome a 1-0 deficit.  Ricardo Pinto (0-1, 3.78) provided six solid innings, but didn’t figure in the decision.  Jorge Alfaro returned from the DL and hit a game-tying, RBI double in the sixth.  Angelo Mora drove in the winning run in the seventh.

  • Pinto – 6.0 IP, 5 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP.
  • Windle – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
  • Alfaro (.487) went 1-3 with a double and RBI.
  • Fox (.228) went 1-2 with a double and a walk.
  • Mora (.286) went 1-3 witn an RBI.
  • Alfaro threw out a base runner stealing.
  • Hoskins committed his 5th error.

Game Two: Reading overcame a 3-0 deficit to take a one-run lead but blew the lead in the sixth.  Harold Martinez provided the game-winning hit.  Dylan Cozens hit his team-leading 6th home run.

  • Rios (1-1, 4.41) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
  • Hockenberry – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
  • Infante blew the save.
  • Milner got the win – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
  • Quinn (.248) went 2-2 with 2 BB.
  • Cozens (.264) went 1-4 with a HR (6) and RBI.
  • Mora (.287)went 1-3 with a triple, BB, and RBI.
  • Martinez (.262) went 2-3 with 2 RBI.
  • Quinn stole 2 bases (11 and 12) and was picked off first.

Clearwater (19-10) Lost to Tampa, 4-0.  Michael Mariot started and threw two innings of one-hit ball with 3 strike outs.  The one hit was an inside the park home run by the lead off batter, the Yankees #1 prospect, Jorge Mateo.  Elniery Garcia had a rough middle five innings.  Kyle Martin had 3 of the Threshers 5 hits.

  • Mariot – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.
  • Garcia – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP.
  • Kingery (.257) went 0-4 with 3 K.
  • Martin (.289) went 3-4 with a double.
  • Green (.266) went 0-4 with 4 K.
  • Kingery committed his first 2 errors.
  • Garcia picked a runner off first base.
  • Tocci (.235) returnd to the line up and 0-4.

The Threshers won 3 of 5 games against the offensively gifted Yankees.  Their #1 prospect, Jorge Mateo feasted on Threshers’ pitching.  In 5 games he went –

  • 12-21 (.571), with 6 R, 2 triples, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, but was 1-3 stealing bases.

Lakewood (9-19) Lost to Kannapolis, 12-3.   Harold Arauz (1-3, 5.40) had his shortest outing of the season, lasting less than two innings.   The first couple of guys out of the bullpen didn’t fare much better.  Jose Pujols hit his seventh home run.

  • Arauz – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP.
  • Arauz retired the Intimidators in order in the first, but came undone in the second.
  • Alejandro Arteaga came in with 2 outs and the bases loaded and immediately allowed 2 of his 3 inherited runners to score.
  • Arteaga went on to amass this line – 1.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
  • Sequeira offered the following line – 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR.
  • Gueller “dazzled” with the following line – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP.
  • Waguespack restored order with – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
  • Marrero (.324) went 3-4 with an RBI.
  • Garcia (.318) went 2-4 with a double.
  • Pujols (.274) went 1-3 with a HR (7), BB, 2 RBI, 1 K.
  • Tromp (.223) went 2-4 with a double.
  • Jan Hernandez was picked off first.
  • Pujols had 2 outfield assists (one at second base to end the second inning).

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • 5/7 – Reading Fightin Phils activated C Jorge Alfaro from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 5/7 – Matt Hockenberry assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 5/7 – Lakewood BlueClaws activated C Deivi Grullon from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 5/7 – Joel Fisher assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • Rosters updated here.

47 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/7/2016

  1. Great to see Jorge Alfaro picking up where he left off and Jose Pujols is really blossoming.

  2. Pujols has 7 Hr his most in a season and it’s only may.congrats to Matt Hockenberry the Temple grad. Cozens hitting another bomb , Venable finally hitting AAA pitching, Grullon back too yippee . TJ there going to pitching him ,Stassi the new duel threat .

    1. some are concerned with Pujols high K rate…I am not. Give me power and I will deal with rest.

  3. Quinn up to 280. Nice!! Welcome back to our two catchers and Pujols continues to open eyes. Also congrats to my fellow Temple alum. The last one!
    Matteo shows what a real prospect looks like. He can really play.

    1. I was at Reading last night, I think Quinn could get a bunt base hit every at bat if he wanted to. Alfaro’s double was mashed and only not a homer because it never got high enough. Pinto looked real strong reaching 93 several times. Cozens hr was an opposite field. Hockenberry looked real good.

  4. Mid season I would like to see Joseph and Stassi replace Ruf (release) and Howard (release or Again, we’re getting nothing worth keeping (even now) from either. Howard’s only value comes once or twice a week when he pops one out. But what’s is WAR? At this point does it matter? If TJ & Stassi turn out NOT being the answer, $$$$ for a free agent or make a trade for one.

    1. Don’t forget Hoskins waiting in the wings. He’s probably 2 years away though. His defense has regressed a bit and he’ll need to tighten that up. Look, the whole Phillies team is hitting .226. Nearly everyone could be replaced. Herrera, Franco and possibly Rupp could be kept. — Sorry for the Phillies discussion in a minor league post but since I threw Hoskins name in the mix, I thought it fit.

    2. Who is getting the most playing time at first base for LV? Is it Joseph or Stassi? What kind of fielder can we expect Joseph to be? I hope he’s not the kind of immobile guy with a mostly errant arm that we’ve experienced for the last decade.

  5. Is Emmanuel Marrero this year’s Canelo or Mora or even Crawford? By that I mean breakout middle fielder candidate in A ball. He’s 22 and in A ball so he’s already a little old for the league… I get that. He doesn’t have much power… I get that. But he’s hitting the ball well. He’s hitting .413 in his last 10 games and .324 on the year. He’s a switch hitter who hits both righties and lefties pretty well. His strength seems to be with the leather and that can never hurt him.

    The pitchers will adjust to him and let’s see what adjustments he makes to that.

    1. Phillies have a multitude of Marrero’s…from Canelo, Mora, Gamboa , Brito, Cumana, Antequera, Omana, Romero, Feliz and come July possibly Bryan Gonzalez.
      IMO, push come to shove, it will be between Kingery, Tobias or Valentin.

    2. “Is Emmanuel Marrero this year’s… Breakout middle infielder?”

      “He’s 22 and in A ball… and doesn’t hit for any power”

      Actually he’s 23 in Low A ball, but you answered your own question.

        1. steve….huh??????….isn’t .that also like saying JPC’s draft status is also holding back many young ss prospects in the system. Both JPC and Kingery were drafted high and both are living up to their draft status and producing.

          1. Producing ??? hitting .250 since day one… Just wonder if Tobias who has hit .330 since day one would be moving up faster if Kingery wasnt a 2nd round pick..

            His numbers across the board are better…. Kingery is a better fielder

    3. He would have to really breakout to reach Canelo’s prospect level. Marrero was interesting to me when he was drafted because the scouting reports said that he could play SS in the majors, which is rare for college players taken where he was. So the questions were all with the bat. Maybe he’s the next Wilson Valdez.

  6. We’re starting to build so much depth in the organization that I think a deal for a Mike Trout or Stanton type player could be possible. Those teams can’t surround them with enough talent so their best move would be to trade them for a huge package that the Phillies are able to give up. Something like Quinn, Appel, Eickhoff, Galvis, Lively and Cozens. Kick in some money if you have to. But our system could survive giving up those players right now. To me the untouchables are Franco, VV, Nola, Herrera, Alfaro, Williams, and obviously Crawford.

    1. Lsigal…..getting those type players from another team…will require giving up a Franco or Herrera or a Nola………Quinn, Appel, Eickhoff, Galvis, Lively and Cozens, bring back similar prospects.
      If the Phillies think Quinn can be their CFer in another year….then Klentak can take the risk and trade Herrera for a top tier prospect.
      The Sox had their surplus and really haven’t recd much in return….the Kimbrel trade so far. and that was for Margot.

      1. Okay, everyone needs to wake up and understand just how valuable Herrera has become. He’s on a pace for about a 7.5-8 WAR season. He probably won’t end up there, but at 5 WAR, he’s a star and I’ll be he ends the season between 6-7 WAR, which is MVP consideration territory. You don’t trade cheap, 23 year old 7 WAR players for just another prospect. HE’S A STAR!

        1. Every year Fangraphs does a series on players with the most trade value taking into account the player’s performance, age, salary and controllable years. Herrera could end up in the top 10 in that list and should easily be in the top 30 – from a trade perspective, he’s one of the more valuable players in baseball. If they traded him (and I don’t see why they should), they would need a haul that well exceeds what they got for Giles – he has significantly more trade value than Giles.

          1. Catch I think he really can be better than Franco. with a little more power from him. He can be a all-star. The first time I saw him, I remember saying to romus. How in the hell can this kid hit with that stance, Wow his bat is so quick, how did the rangers now see this kids potential.

            1. He’s a big star right now – if he starts to hit 15-25 homers a year, he’s one of the top 10 players in baseball. He’s so far exceeded expectations that it’s hard to even describe.

        2. Yeah, but the other posting wasn’t talking about trading for just another prospect. He was talking about trading for a Trout or Stanton type player. It’s probably silly to even discuss it, but such a trade would likely require the Phils to give up two of their top young players/prospects (Herrera, Franco, Nola, Velasquez, Crawford) plus a couple lower ceiling or higher risk guys (e.g., Eichoff, Efflin, Lively, Quinn, Cozens, Pivetta, etc.).

        3. If Cashman came to me and offered Severino and Judge, I would have to seriously think about it….since I think that is what Herrera’s worth is right now.

          1. I still wouldn’t do it. I think Judge is pretty overrated, but that is me. I like Servino, but unless someone is offering something pretty special in return for Herrera I see no point in moving him.

  7. Joseph continues to rake “yawn”… Good to see Quinn, Alfaro and Martin back at it too..

    1. If Joseph gets enough time in at 1B defensively then I believe that he will be promoted as long as he is hitting – and he continues to do so.

      Cozens and Quinn are starting to hit and play well enough that a promotion could happen in next month or 2. With Perkins and Williams doing good at AAA, they could find themselves promoted creating room for Cozens and Quinn at AAA.

  8. Jason Groome got his A handed to him yesterday by a NJ HS lineup. That should be the death blow to his 1:1 candidacy… Not an AJ Puk fan, so I’m pretty pleased be got lit up yesterday too. Great, now let’s go get the best bat.

    1. I would rather the best bat raise their game to #1 pick level than have the pitchers fall back to the pack. Puk and Groome struggling is not good for the Phillies.

    2. I doubt one sub-par outing removes Groome from 1:1 consideration, especially if he follows it up with a couple strong outings. That said, there is enough smoke out there about the Phillies not wanting to select a prep pitcher at 1:1 that I tend to think these rumors are valid. From that perspective, it’s a bad year to have the 1:1 pick, as prep pitchers are probably the strength of this draft class.

      There don’t seem to be any prep position players worthy of the 1:1 pick. So the Phillies selection would seem to be AJ Puk if he comes on strong in May, or the best college bat if Puk struggles or is inconsistent.

      1. If it’s a really that bad of a year to have 1:1 and next year is projected as better, then the Phillies could always underbid on this year’s pick and get the #1:2 pick next year.

    1. Cannot argue with his whiff metrics….23 innings-51Ks.
      With Gloucester Catholic, his next big test on tap.
      Place should be sold out.
      Sending rocco out to scout the kid.

        1. Nick Senzel mvp of Cape cod league Also voted top prospect . Dakota Hudson Rhp 11 k 9 ings had 2 plus pitches hits 97 fb 65 rated slider .

  9. Groome walk right up to the reporters as does all the time. Nice to hear that from a kid . Now maybe his price Comes down. He still has that game at the River sharks stadium against Modine.

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