Box Score Recap – 5/13/2016

Lehigh Valley (17-17) Beat Toledo, 5-1, behind Zach Eflin’s (4-0, 2.79) quality start.  He scattered 4 hits over seven innings.  Luis Garcia mopped up.  The IronPigs collected 11 hits.  Darnell Sweeney had three.  Brock Stassi drove in two runs.

  • Eflin – 7-0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
  • Garcia – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP.
  • Williams (.270) went 0-4.
  • Knapp (.239) went 1-3 with a double and a BB.
  • Stassi (.253) went 2-4 with 2 BB.
  • Perkins (.293) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Knapp (5) committed an error and passed ball (6).

Reading (23-12) Lost to Trenton, 2-1.  Anthony Vasquez scattered 6 hits and a walk thru his first six innings.  He benefited from a pickoff and 3 double plays , one an outfield assist where KC Serna threw out a runner trying to advance to third on a fly out.  Vasquez left with one out in the sixth after a home run and Sebastian Valle double.  Gregory couldn’t control the damage when he allowed the inherited runner to score on a wild pitch.  Dylan Cozens and Jessie Valentin had 2 hits each, Valentin the only RBI.

  • Vasquez – 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.  He pitched well until the seventh.  His FB topped out at 87.  Update and pictures courtesy of Gkit.  Thank you.
Windle gets final out on K in fog 5-13-16
Tom Windle got the final out in the eighth on a strike out in the fog.
Reading fog delay May13th 2016
Umpires considering conditions a little earlier. Remind anyone of a Flyers-Sabres 1975 playoff game?
  • Quinn (.248) went 0-4.
  • Crawford (.248) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • Alfaro (.407) went 1-4 with a double.
  • Cozens (.281) went 2-4 with a double.
  • Hoskins (.238) had the night off but was used as a pinch runner.
  • Sebastian Valle (.281) went 3-3 with a double for the Thunder.

Clearwater (22-12) Lost to Tampa, 5-1.  Ranfi Casimiro had a rough outing and the offense provided no support.  Cody Asche made his first rehab start and was replaced after he batted in the top of the sixth.  He went 0-3 with a strike out swinging and two ground balls to the first baseman.  Andrew Pullin played right field for the first time in his career to accommodate Asche in left.

  • Casimiro – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • DeNato – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.
  • Kingery (.252) went 0-4 with an RBI.
  • Sandberg (.254) went 0-1.
  • Tocci (.248) went 1-4 with a double.
  • Pullin (.182) went 0-4.
  • Walding (.270) went 2-4 with a double.
  • Martin (.255) went 0-3.

Lakewood (13-20) Beat  West Virginia, 4-1 behind another solid effort by Luke Leftwich. The big righty won his third consecutive start and lowered his ERA to 2.10.  Zach Morris, Edgar Garcia, and Robert Tasin pitched one-hit ball over the last three innings.  Tasin picked up his 6th save.  Jan Hernandez hit his 4th home run.  Brendon Hayden had 2 hits.

  • Leftwich – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 1 Balk.
  • Morris – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
  • Garcia – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.
  • Tasin – 0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.
  • Marrero (.315) went 0-2 with a BB and HBP.
  • Tobias (.322) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Pujols (.272) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • Grullon (.282) went 0-3.
  • Hernandez (.265) went 1-3 with a HR (4) and RBI.
  • Hayden (.288) went 2-3 with a triple.
  • The BlueClaws hit into 3 DP.
  • BlueClaw pitchers struck out 10 and walked one.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • 5/13 – Sent LF Cody Asche on a rehab assignment to Clearwater Threshers.
  • 5/13 – Optioned Darin Ruf to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/13 – Selected the contract of Tommy Joseph from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • The Rosters are up to date here.

29 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/13/2016

    1. Don’t you remember Seb? He was our prospect catcher until the wheels came off in AA. He diddled around between AA and AAA but just couldn’t get over the hump. Sorry about the sexual overtones but honestly I wrote it without those intentions.

      1. I did remember him, we read about him for years and then hadn’t seen his name in seemingly forever.
        Nice to have new prospects

        1. and was our only future catching hope when we traded travis d’arnaud.

          man i haven’t seen the name sebastian valle in a while!

          1. If you follow Winter Leagues and the Caribbean World Series you would have seen his name all over Mexico’s last two championships. His trials with the Phillies included mentions of eventually playing the bat at third base. It is difficult to learn how to catch if you have had little experience like Knapp. It took Ruiz some time. Lino has gone from a poor to a good defensive catcher. Knapp needs time and his arm had been operated on. Give him time. For his career, catcher is a very good goal. He may be 26 or so before he is ready.

  1. Leftwich looking to promoted Lakewood is hot . Cozens what no HR still hitting Herandez has 4 now that’s Jan Hernandez . Cesar has 2 in almost 800 career MLB at bats . AJ Puk is on TV today espn 2.

  2. What a catch by Perkins early in the game, it looked like he hit the wall a little hard, I know it’s padded but he seemed a bit shaken up. Knapp with some good swings, especially on that double. Also nice play from Featherson to turn the double play, Eflin used his long reach and height to jump up and grab it, but it was a weak throw to 2B, Featherson was able to get it off the bounce and make a tough throw to 1B.

  3. Knapp with his 5th error on a throw and 6th PB. He might wake up in June playing in Reading with Alfaro in LHV. If the bat comes more to life he’ll be staying right where he is.

  4. Anybody have a report on Cozens? I hope he is ok! I saw he didnt hit a hr yesterday, I hope its not serious!

    1. He did he hit the ball so far they could wait any longer. They charged him with delay of game made him run the bases . Today American Airlines announced they have a dent on one of there 747 that’s a baseball.

  5. Josh Tobias hit a season high .355 on May 6 but in his last 6 games, he’s hitting .200. He has a hit in 5 of those so it appears BABIP is normalizing. He’s still hitting the ball but they aren’t finding as many seams.

    The LKW team as a whole is still hitting the ball just fine. They are 2nd in the league in most hitting categories. They could take more BBs but being #1 in hits covers that small weakness. The pitching is improving. They are out of the cellar in ERA and WHIP. They have given up the 2nd most BBs in the league and the 3rd most hits. Those are two pitching stats that don’t provide successful outcomes.

  6. As for the fog games in Philly lore…besides Flyers-Sabres there was also the Eagles -Bears playoff game with Randall at QB in the late 80s in Soldiers Field Chicago.

    1. That’s certainly the ugly memory that came back rushing back in my head. Damn Fog Bowl…..

  7. Eflin’s solid start was the highlight of the night for me. I wanted to see him bounce back and he did and it was against a lineup full of former major leaguers. Eflin has turned the corner, he looks like a legit arm at this point. I’d sure like to see Lively up at AAA to see if he can continue his fine work there. Buchannan has shown all he has at this point and it’s not enough.
    I’m about ready to give up on Knapp as a catcher. His weak arm and continued poor catching mechanics combined with how good Alfaro looks has me thinking Knapp needs to be moved to another position.

    1. It would appear now that Alfaro and Grullon are the two defensively catching prospects and Knapp is trying to maintain his position in the pecking order.
      Now understand Moore and Lino may be the better defensively…but not sure they are considered tier one prospects at this point.
      I noticed Knapp’s PB last night was on a third strike out to McGehee..perhaps Eflin’s 2seamer of breaking ball was too hard to handle.
      Nevertheless, 6 PBs before mid-May is a bit too many.

      1. Alfaro is looking very competent behind the plate so far this year. 14 games at C, 1 passed ball, and 45 percent of runners thrown out (6 SB in 11 attempts). Very encouraging numbers in a SSS, considering this was one of the areas where he needed to show improvement.

        Now, if only he could get the bat going … 🙂

        1. Fans look at CS%. Game calling and ‘framing’ is more important for evaluations of Catchers and we don’t have access to that information. If he is getting good reviews for his game calling, then he should be promoted.

          1. That’s fair, but the ability to limit the other team’s running game and limit advancement due to passed balls are certainly important factors in a catcher’s skill set.

            1. I’m not sure all MLB teams (especially the analytically inclined teams) look at controlling the running game as a major thing these days. I think there is less focus on catchers holding runners in general, and more focus on receiving pitches. Regarding that point, I’ve even heard that the Pirates have the their pitchers pitch out of the Wind-up, even when runners are on-base, in order to prioritize efficiency to the batter, rather than worrying about the occasional stolen base.

          2. On the last 20/80 podcast CJ Whitt was gushing about Alfaro and how much he’s improved over the last few years. If you have the time give it a listen they talk about Alfaro’s defense and how after every game he goes through a notebook with the starting pitcher about every pitch thrown and how they are attacking hitters. Apparently Alfaro always calls his own games.

    2. I recall a scouting report 2 yrs ago when we acquired Eflin. The word ‘work horse’ stuck out. He’s a solid #3 in my opinion, and the first to get the call from Lehigh (which probably won’t be until Hellickson is moved, barring earlier injury to a SP).

      I would bring Sweeney up to replace Burriss. I guess Asche will replace either Lough. I can’t see both Bourjos AND Goeddel manning the corners indefinitely. One has to go. Not sure who that replacement is though.

      1. For all the offensive struggles Bourjos and Goedell have had, they are hitting better and playing good defense. Not saying they are the answer long term but I’m not sure Asche adds more value than either of them.

  8. Can’t understand forcing a defensive square peg in a round hole. Knapp’s offense is considerably farther along than his defense. Notwithstanding his recent lack of production at the plate, why insist on keeping him behind the plate when a less stressful position like 1b (at which he has had some experience if not extensive). Until the DH is brought to the NL (which makes me cringe), why not take the reasonable path and make the most of his offensive upside and that sweet swing from BOTH sides of the plate.

    1. 8mark……I believe they do wholesale position changes in the fall instructs, not normally in the current season. Now Knapp has played a little first base in Arizona Fall Ball (total of 6 games)so that could also be an issue. And, just not sure about LF, especially with Nick Williams needing his own experience.
      Knapp however, does turn 25-years old before next season…so times a wasting in any position changes.

      1. Understood. In this case time IS more of the essence. Knapp in left field would be a waste of time with the depth we currently have along with Williams. 1b is far from settled organization wide, and a default position for defensively challenged players. They could wait until the fall but then that tells me Knapp isn’t all that in the eyes of Klentak and co.

      2. They could always look into trading him as well before considering a position change. Maybe there is a team or few teams in need of a young catching prospect and believe his bat is worth keeping back there and that they can help him improve enough to be passable behind the plate.

  9. Interesting comments by Reading pitching coach Steve Schrenk on Hoby Milner:

    “We dropped his arm action down in Puerto Rico last off-season and he’s making a name for himself right now, as far as I’m concerned. He can get left-handed hitters out with where he’s at and his breaking ball’s been better, so it’s been good for him. You know, he’s pitching out of the bullpen and we’ll see what happens. It would be a great story. But with the way he’s throwing right now, I’m very happy and that stuff he’s doing right now, he could do that in the big leagues. It’s just a matter of getting the opportunity.”

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