Box Score Recap – 5/10/2016

Lehigh Valley (15-16) Lost to Columbus, 7-1 when they couldn’t make a first inning run hold up.  Jake Thompson lasted five innings and threw 101 pitches.  A Tommy Joseph error in the fourth opened the gate to four unearned runs.  Seve Gonzalez tacked on three more runs for good measure.  Offense only managed five hits, Taylor Featherston and Nick Williams had two each.  Featherston hit a solo home run in the first.

  • Thompson – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 101 pitches/64 strikes.
  • Featherston (.304) went 2-4 with a double, HR (3), and RBI.
  • Williams (.283) went 2-3 with a BB.
  • Joseph (.368) went 0-4.
  • Knapp (.222) went 1-4.
  • Perkins (.297) went 0-3.
  • Joseph committed his third error.
  • Williams picked up an outfield assist.
  • Knapp threw out an attempted steal at second base.

Reading (21-11) Shutout Binghamton, 9-0 behind Ben Lively (5-0, 1.80).  Michael Mariot started his Reading rehab.  Mark Leiter made his first appearance after coming off the DL. Harold Martinez went 4-4 and had 3 RBI.  Dylan Cozens hit his 8th home run.

  • Lively – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
  • Quinn (.261) had the day off.  Aaron Brown played CF, KC Serna led off.
  • Alfaro (.468) had the day off, Logan Moore caught.
  • Crawford (.269) went 1-4 with a double, BB, and 2 RBI.
  • Hoskins (.246) went 2-5 with an RBI.
  • Cozens (.276) went 2-4 with a HR (8), BB, and RBI.
  • Martinez (.326) went 4-4 with a double and 3 RBI.
  • Moore (.219) went 3-4 with an RBI.
  • Valentin and Brown also had 2 hits each.
  • Lively (.500) went 0-3 with 3 K. (oh, well)
  • Cozens was caught stealing for the first time.
  • Crawford was picked off first.
  • Martinez (4) committed a fielding error.
  • Cozens picked up an outfield assist.
  • The Phils turned 3 DP.

Clearwater (20-11) Walked off against Dunedin, 4-3 in 13 innings.  The Threshers scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game.  Will Morris pitched well thru five innings and deserved better support than he got from the offense and the first guy out of the bullpen.  Victor Arano came in with one out and runners on first and second.  He gave up a single Carlos “The Arm” Tocci in center, and the bases were loaded.  He then proceeded to walk in both inherited runners.  Arano padded the Jays lead with a solo home run the next inning.  Joely Rodriguez, Jesen Therrien, and Alexis Rivero came in to quiet Dunedin over the next six innings.

The Threshers were 5-18 with runners in scoring position, but they stranded a small village (18) during the game.  They had Toronto’s #2 prospect, Conner Greene, on the ropes with runners in scoring position in the first, second, and fourth innings and could only manage a Kyle Martin sacrifice fly in the first when they loaded the bases with nobody out.

A hockey game almost broke out in the top of the ninth when Canadian Jesen Therrien hit one of the Jays’ batters with a pitch who mouthed off all the way down the line.  Both benches and bullpens emptied.  No punches were thrown.  The Jays were out of line.  The Threshers are the most plunked team in the FSL and don’t act this way.  So far this season, 20 Threshers have been hit by a pitched ball and Threshers’ pitchers have hit only three of the opposition.  In this series, we have hit two of their batters while Kingery, Sandberg (twice) and Lino have been hit by their pitchers.  About time somebody retaliated.

We also saw 3 pitch clock violations called tonight.  That makes five in the series.  One of the automatic ball calls resulted in a walk to Samuel Hiciano.  Conner Greene lost his composure and his coach rushed out to calm him down.  It sorta worked.  Greene walked the next batter to load the bases before getting out of the inning on a 3-2-3 double play.

The Threshers faced a position player as the pitcher in the bottom of the 13th, Dickie Joe Thon.  They took advantage.  Canelo reached on an infield single and moved into scoring position when Sandberg was hit by a pitch.  After a Tocci pop up, Martin singled to right to load the bases.  Mitch Walding followed with an RBI single to win the game.

Samuel Hiciano picked up an outfield assist in the sixth inning, the inning Morris began to unravel.  The Jays’ batter led off with a drive to deep right center.  Tocci retreated and looked like he had a play on the ball at the wall.  He leapt and the ball squirted off him or his glove and rolled along the top of the padding  before dropping back onto the warning track.  Hiciano threw to Canelo whose throw to Lino beat the runner by a few feet.

  • Morris – 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 83 pitches/55 strikes, FB 90-92, t93.
  • Arano – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2 of 2 inherited runners scored.
  • Rodriguez – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
  • Therrien – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.
  • Rivero – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.
  • Kingery had the night off, Derek Campbell played second base, Canelo led off.
  • Canelo (.257) went 2-4 with 3 runs scored, 3 BB, and 2 SB (4).
  • Tocci (.241) went 2-5 with a double, sac, BB, and RBI.
  • Martin (.272) went 1-6 with a SF and RBI.
  • Walding (.266) went 2-6 with a BB, 2 RBI, and 3 K.
  • Walding (5) committed 2 fielding errors.
  • The Jays #1 prospect, Anthony Alford, stole a base but went 1-7 with 3 K.
  • The Threshers hit into 3 double plays.

Lakewood (11-20) Beat Kannapolis, 5-3.  Tyler Gilbert provided a quality start, going seven innings, to get his first win.  Robert Tasin notched his fifth save.  Josh Tobias homered and drove in two runs.

  • Gilbert – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
  • Tobias (.330) went 1-3 with a HR (3), 2 BB, and 2 RBI.
  • Pujols (.277) went 1-5 with a double and 2 K.
  • Grullon (.294) went 2-5.
  • Cumana (3) stole a base, Tomscha was caught stealing home (busted squeeze?).
  • Grullon suffered his second passed ball.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • No transactions, the Rosters are up to date here.
  • Cody Asche has been playing some outfield in the XST games and is expected to take some at bats this week.  Maybe as early as tomorrow.
  • Andrew Pullin is back.  Has been for about 5-6 days.  He’s been in XST games this week.  Clearwater could certainly use his bat.
  • The Casimiro pitching feat I reported last week didn’t happen as reported.  I found out that the guy doing GameDay fell behind and only reported outcomes for several innings.  So it looked like Casimiro was getting a lot of one-pitch outs early in the game.  So the 55 pitches/44 strikes I reported is wrong.  He threw about 78 pitches that game.

54 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/10/2016

  1. The Tyler Green you mention having a quality start is Tyler Gilbert… right? It’s good to see Ty have a good start.

    Ben Lively got back on the horse yesterday. Very nice to see after a less than spectacular start the last time out.

    1. Lively has been sensational except for one start. Good to see. And Cozens is definitely working himself towards a move to AAA after the all star break.

  2. Hopeful track for Cozens…2017 AAA…maybe a late season callup and then starting in RF in Philadelphia in 2018. Williams Herrera Cozens

    1. Wow! We have Herrera, Altherr, Williams, Cozens, Perkins, Quinn, Randolph, Pujols….and now maybe Kyle Lewis. If half turn out to be decent players, assuming most stay healthy, we have decisions to make within the next few years. Good problem to have.

    1. Joseph should get the first call after Ruf is DFA’d. Then Featherston will probably replace Burriss. Cozens gets called ONLY if either of Bourjos or Lough (lefty bats) is sent down or released. Not sure if or when that happens. No starting pitchers come up unless there’s an injury or until Hellickson gets traded. If the big club remains race relevant, no other move ups until August or September. IMO

  3. Clearwater needs a bat huh? Aaron Brown should be the perfect fit then! Get Pullin feet under him for a few then give him the shot he deserves in AA. And maybe let Aaron Brown throw a bullpen or two in the meantime.

    1. That was a puzzler why Pullin was not at least given an initial shot at AA.
      But in fairness to Brown, based on his own metrics from last season, compared to Pullin’s, he also deserved a chance, but so far its been too difficult a transition.
      But putting Brown on the mound could be something they should consider especially since Brown has no future in the Philies big league outfield at this point.
      And if he could dial it up in the mid to higher 90s for an inning or two….what a relief he would be coming into a game.

      1. In the game of random start points: Brown hitting .348 in May. I’d give him a little longer. Serna and Fox both ended the game in the OF the other night–seems like they could use another OF– love to see Pullin

  4. Oh no, Joseph made an error! Keep him down for another two months now!

    Kidding, although of course you dont want to see that, its not like Ruf and Howard are gold glovers.

    Completely nit picking here, but not a lot of K’s from Lively. Wonder if he lacks a put away pitch?

    Definitely don’t think its fair to keep Tobias at Lakewood all year. Maybe Kingery to reading soon and Tobias to Clw?

    1. Why should Kingery get promoted to Reading? He is not dominating at Clearwater. I would like to see him get up over .300 before he gets promoted.

      1. He leads the team in doubles and stolen bases, along with a great 13/19 BB/K ratio. But players only sometimes get promoted because of dominating stats.

      2. I don’t think you can evaluate players at that level merely by accumulative stats. Even percentage stats don’t tell the whole story. The good old eye test is just as reliable in lower levels. Some people are jumping on the Pujols wagon because of numbers. Yes I hope his in game power is finally showing up but he’s still got too much time to develop/fill out. That Tobias is intriguing, though.

      3. Just because hes age appropriate for Reading. He also may not be a .300 hitter ever. Utley didnt hit .300 in teh minors every year. I think hes old enough and has the college experience to not be overmatched at Reading, and sometimes you have to do what you have to do to make the entire machine run as good as possible, and Tobias needs to not be at Lakewood. What else can you do, jump Tobias over Kingery?

        1. That’s a good argument. I can buy that. Usually I am against promoting unless they are dominating the level they are in.

  5. JIm- should we assume Therien is getting stretched out to become a starter? I seem to remember him being mostly a 1-inning (maybe 2) guy and yesterday he threw 3 full innings and 50+ pitches. I have been too busy to check the site recently so sorry if this was already discussed.

    1. Nah. Therrien’s 3 innings last night were a result of the game going to extra innings. Coach Legg was able to avoid what the Dunedin coach couldn’t, a position player pitching in the 13th inning.

  6. Marrero to the DL (back) in Reading this morning, so there is a AA roster spot open…

    1. Maybe you move Campbell up to Reading since he’s 24, not really a prospect and can play the outfield a bit which they need since Marrero went down. Then you can throw Tobias in the mix in Clearwater and 2B and DH. You will be taking away at bats from Green/Martin/Walding/Kingery however. But hopefully not too long before either Walding, Martin, or Kingery get promoted. Tough situation right now as I don’t think any of them have made it clear they are ready for a promotion.

  7. With Cincinnati throwing 2 lefties at us this wknd, it might be a good time to bring Tommy Joseph up and let Darin Ruf try to latch on with another organization. If not, then in Detroit beginning May 23 where the DH will be an option.

  8. what more does Walding have to do to get to Reading, why wait til the all star break, another clutch hit in the 9th to tie game and hit in the 13th to win it !!

    1. Jimmy cannot wait 5 weeks to the break.
      So Jimmy wants Mitch to get promoted now!
      That will make Jimmy very happy.
      And when Jimmy is happy… everyone is happy.

        1. Jimmy has no time for patience.
          Jimmy does not like people who disagree with Jimmy.

  9. Pivetta 6 strong innings for Reading today. He’s 23, a midlevel prospect along with Lively who might be in discussion for a call up sooner than later if Appel, Eflin aren’t ready. Plus it would be nice to redeem something from the Papelbon trade.

      1. Cozens is batting his way to the 40-man roster at the end of this season. although i don’t see him being called up this season.

        the production in AA is a good sign, but most expect to see a power surge in REA (for Cozens and Hoskins in particular). I want to see the signs in AAA as well before i get excited.

        Sad to see Windle get lit up! I actually want to see him called up in Sept.

        And the memo that Pullin is coming back is the shot that Brown needs and start hitting.

        1. KuKo……..if Cozens mother had only waited six days before giving birth to him…..he would not be required to be protected this November, but alas cannot argue with her son’s output …..he will need to be 40 protected or be snatched.

    1. Pivetta needs more time. His ball moves all over the place. He needs work on his command and his breaking pitches. He’s a work in progress but he’s got a pretty high ceiling. I wouldn’t even think about promoting him for a couple of months, if at all.

          1. I saw a 95 and a 96, just once each–but that gun did get wonky after a while. Mostly 92-94 dropped down to 90-91 a couple times. He established FB, then breaking pitch played up–froze several batters.

  10. Big sink or swim moment for Appel tonight. A lot of opinions will be formed on whether he can rebound from that terrible start and regain his form that made him so successful over his first couple games.

  11. promote, promote….really. If someone is going to replace Burris, it is probably Sweeney, not Featherston , who has cooled off. All of Reading middle infielders, Mora, Crawford, Valentin, Serna, Martinez are doing well…where to you fit in Kingery and Walding? At today’s game Pivetta was throwing 91-93, some control issues. Windle was also in that range…he gave up 3 seeing-eye singles, grandslam, and texas-league single.. And the obvious, Alfaro has a gun for an arm (threw out 2 base runners) and Quinn has super speed. Crawford had probably one of his worst days in baseball….0-5, no contact at alll,and fielding problems, Cozens HR was long……

    1. Featherston ops.837 Sweeney ops.647 Sweeney hasn’t been the same since he was in the majors last yr.

      1. Sweeney gives you more versatility both in the field and he switch hits. Plus a little more pop. I like as a utility player. Spelling Cesar Hernandez at 2b would benefit him for the long schedule. Don’t think he has the stamina.

  12. Featherston has played 2nd ,3rd and SS this yr 8 mark. Sweeney having trouble at 2nd Plus Featherston has more power and a much better year.

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