Box Score Recap – 5/15/2016

Lehigh Valley (19-17) Beat Toledo, 5-0.  Andrew Knapp’s 2-run, first-inning home run was all the offense Jake Thompson (2-4, 3.32) would need.  Thompson held the Mud Hens to two hits over seven innings.  Cam Perkins had 2 hits.  Knapp’s home run was his fifth.

  • Thompson – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 96 pitches/60 strikes.
  • Ramos – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
  • Hunter (.258) went 1-5 with a double.
  • Williams (.271) went 1-3 with a double, BB, and RBI.
  • Knapp (.245) went 1-3 with a HR (5), BB, and 2 RBI.
  • Stassi (.256) went 1-3 with a BB.
  • Perkins (.300) went 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Perkins (2) stole a base.
  • Sweeney was picked off first again and CS (4).
  • Featherston (9) committed a fielding error.

Reading (24-13) Beat Trenton, 7-2.  Jake Fox’ 3-run home run culminated a 5-run third inning and provided Ben Lively (6-0, 1.53) as he struck out 12 during seven, four-hit, shutout innings.  Jeremy Bleich and Yacksel Rios each allowed a run before Miguel Nunez came in to close out the Thunder with 2 strike outs in the ninth.  Rhys Hoskins and Dylan Cozens had 2 hits apiece.  Fox had 3 hits and 4 RBI to go along with his 6th home run.

  • Lively  – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 12 K, 105 pitches/64 strikes.
  • Nunez – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
  • Quinn (.256) went 1-4 with a BB.
  • Crawford (.250) got the afternoon off.
  • Hoskins (.244) went 2-5 with a double and RBI.
  • Cozens (.287) went 2-4 with a double, BB, and RBI.
  • Fox (.250) went 3-5 with a double, HR (6), and RBI
  • Alfaro (.381) got the afternoon off.
  • Quinn (16) stole a base.
  • Brown (2) was CS.
  • The Thunder stole 2 bases on Lively/Moore.

Clearwater (24-13) Split with Tampa, winning 9-1 and losing 4-3 in eight innings.  Rehabbing Cody Asche had the day off. He will travel with the team to St. Lucie for a 4-game series.  Mitch Walding, who was a late scratch from Saturday’s game, also sat out both games today.  Apparently he tweaked an old injury (back?) an is day-to-day.

Game One: The Threshers opened their half of the first inning with 5 consecutive hits and opened a five run lead.  Tyler Viza (5-1, 1.77) coasted to a complete game victory.  Andrew Pullin hit his first home run and had 4 RBI.  Cord Sandberg chipped in with 2 hits and 2 RBI.

  • Viza – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 86 pitches/59 strikes, FB 90-93, t94 mph.
  • The stadium gun missed on a lot of pitches.  But on those that were recorded, Viza seemed to get stronger as the game went on.Five of his 11 pitches above 92 mph came in the seventh inning.
  • Viza threw 21 of 28 first pitch strikes (75%).
  • Viza induced a swing-and-miss on 11 pitches.  Al  three strike outs were of the S&M variety, however none of those veloes were recorded.  He got S&M on pitches of 86, 89, 79, 92, 81, and 93 mph.
  • Viza’s per  inning pitch counts were 10, 12, 7, 21, 12, 6, and 18.
  • The walk came on the 27th batter he faced. He got Jorge Mateo to ground into a DP to end the game.
  • Kingery (.265) went 1-4.
  • Tocci (.256) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.
  • Pullin (.250) went 2-4 with a double. HR (1), and 4 RBI.
  • Martin (.257) went 1-3 with an RBI (26).
  • Green (.252) went 1-3 with a double and RBI (21).
  • Canelo (.252) went 2-3.
  • Sandberg (.263) went 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI.
  • Walding (.270) had the day off.
  • Sandberg (4) stole a base.

Game Two: The Threshers overcame Yankees’ leads of 2-0 and 3-1 before losing on a home run off Alexis Rivero in the eighth inning.  Will Morris got the start and was lifted after four innings.  Mario Hollands made his third rehab appearance.  Samuel Hiciano and Cord Sandberg provided the RBI hits that forged the tie.

  • Morris – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 66 pitches/36 strikes, FB 89-92, t93,94 mph.
  • Morris seemed to struggle with his control.  He only walked two, but had a strike to ball ratio of 36:30.  He threw first pitch strikes to 8 of 19 batters.
  • Hollands threw 16 pitches/10 strikes.  His FB was 90-91, t92 mph.  He faced three batters and two hit him hard.  His first batter ripped the first pitch down the left field line.  Sandberg played the bounce off the stands in foul territory perfectly and threw the batter out trying for second.  The next batter saw six pitches and launched a high fly ball deep to left that Sandberg caught in front of the wall.  The final batter worked a 9-pitch at bat and eventually popped up to Kingery.
  • Jesen Therrien pitched two hitless innings but walked three batters on 4 pitches each.  Gabriel Lino saved his bacon by throwing out a runner at third on a steal attempt in the sixth, and a runner at second on an attempt in the seventh.
  • Kingery (.257) went 0-4.
  • Sandberg (.262) went 1-4 with an RBI (12).
  • Tocci (.2506) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • Pullin (.292) went 1-4.
  • Martin (.252) went 0-3.
  • Green (.254) went 1-3 with an RBI (22).
  • Walding (.270) had the day off.
  • Sandberg (5) stole a base.
  • Sandberg had an outfield assist at second.

I noticed that Kyle Martin seemed to be stuck on 5 home runs for a while now.  I checked. He hasn’t his a home run in 14 games now, and only one (on 4/29) in his last 28 games.

Lakewood (15-20) Beat  West Virginia, 2-1 for their sixth consecutive win.  Franklyn Kilome had his longest outing of the season, going 5.2 innings.  He gave up 1 run on 4 hits and struck out seven.  Luis Morales got his second save.  Jiandido Tromp and Jose Pujols hit solo home runs to provide all the BlueClaws’ scoring.

  • Kilome – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HBP, 89 pitches/56 strikes.
  • Marrero (.311) went 1-4.
  • Tobias (.314) had the day off.
  • Grullon (.279) went 1-4.
  • Pujols (.280) went 2-3 with a HR (8) and RBI (27).
  • Tromp (.228) went 1-3 with a HR (4) and RBI (16).
  • Cumana (4) stole a base.
  • Grullon 93) committed a PB.
  • Tromp had an outfield assist at third base.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

21 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/15/2016

  1. Watched the LV game. Thompson with one of his best outings this year, not a big stats guy but I wondered if there’s a place to find out how many full counts he’s had so far this year as it seems like he has a lot of them. I know in one of his previous starts this year the announcers talked about how much trouble he was having in the first 3 innings of games, but I believe the past 2 or more starts he’s gotten away from that.

    Ramos continues to impress, he’s a guy I thought might see time with the Phillies by Sept, really hope he can be a good addition to the pen.

    Knapp they said going into the game was something like 6 for his last 18, what a swing he had on the HR to LF. Williams barely missed hitting a HR as it was off the wall. Perkins with some good AB’s.

  2. Kilome is the tale of 3 games sets. His first 3 outings were horrendous. He gave up 17 runs in 9 2/3 IP. That’s beyond horrendous. He also had 7 K to 10 BBs. Enough said about those outings.

    In his last 3 games, a new pitcher was born. 3 runs allowed in his last 15 IP (1.80 ERA). He also has 18 Ks and 5 BBs. Not quite stupendous but pretty darn good.

    Whatever they worked on in that 2 week layoff in the middle has worked. As his confidence grows, he’ll become a pitcher worthy of a top 10 slot in the organization.

    1. The warmer weather worked for Kilome.
      Gripping the ball must have been an issue the way he wanted in the first time in colder weather.

  3. What Jose Pujols is doing right now is what all the Carlos Tocci lovers on this board have been hoping that Tocci would someday do….but Pujols is just cruising under the radar somehow.

    Pujols is a big money LA signing that has struggled since coming to America since he was 16, but we always hoped he would put it together. It looked really bleak before this season, but lo and behold something has clicked, and he is hitting .280 and leading the SAL in HR’s with 8, as a 20 year old. And he rarely gets mentioned on here!!!!

    We should be talking about this every day, but we’re not. He’s a legit power prospect, that has all of a sudden started to fulfill the promise that caused us to give him 500K as a 16 year old and is leading a league in HR’s (in a terrible homerun ballpark) at a more than appropriate age for his league. I don’t know where to find average age for each league but he has to be way under it at only 20 years old.

    1. I agree, Pujols is one of the most
      pleasant surprises this year and deserves more attention for what he’s doing. The strikeouts need to come down, but the power display definitely bumps him up to top 10 potential for next year. Between him and Cozens we may have our right fielder of the phuture in house.

    2. Current average age for batters in the SAL is 21.2 per baseball-reference. So Pujols is just a year under the average.

      1. Baseball Reference calculates age for position players and pitchers separately. FWIW, 21.2 is the average age for position players in the SAL, 21.9 is the average for pitchers in the SAL.

    3. I saw him (Pujols) play a couple of weeks ago and he launched a homer to center had to be every bit of 425+. Tremendous power but was fooled on off speed stuff later in game. He also has a cannon of an arm in RF.

    4. Baseball Reference has him listed as 1.2 years under the average age for the sally. I agree its very nice to see him putting together a great year. I hope he keeps it up. Great to see Kilome getting back on track as well with his 3rd good start in a row.

    5. I wouldn’t compare Pujols and Tocci. Pujols was signed as a power bat. Tocci for getting on base. Neither have done well in their respective categories until showing signs of it this year, as you may expect from someone in their age group. Tocci is a promising young player; so is Tocci. Sit back and watch them develop their skills. There is no reason to put anyone down and lots for watching with respect for their different paths to the majors.

  4. Lots of things to love yesterday. Thompson and Lively were awesome as were Viza and Kilome. Ramos pitched well again. Then you have Knapp clearly working his way out of a slump multiple hits from various guys. Cozens is coming along and Pujols is eye opening. Fun stuff following these teams

  5. I had Pujols real high on last years reader poll…and he dropped considerably this year for me. Mr. Pujols…I am sorry!

  6. The talk of Pujols age at 20 in low A makes Williams 22 at AAA and Cozens 21 at AA look that much better! Does anyone know avg age for each league? Just wondering Thanks!

    1. International League – 26.7 for position players; 26.8 for pitchers
      Eastern League – 24.5 for position players; 24.6 for pitchers
      FSL – 22.8 for position players; 23.2 for pitchers
      SAL – 21.2 for position players; 21.9 for pitchers

    2. Sam,

      I remember Romus’ comment of the other day that we can’t keep them all. Assuming they come through there are six strong OF candidates: Herrera, Quinn, Williams, Cozens, Pujols, Randolph. And if Altherr is for real, that’s seven.

      Obviously, not everybody makes it, but it sure looks like we can talk about having four or five strong outfielders in a few years even without getting a free agent.

      1. Agree Frank. Your point is exactly why I don’t want an outfielder at 1.1. We need some starting pitching to fill in at the lower levels after the promotions start in July and those pitchers will comprise the next wave that starts to roll in around 2019-2020

  7. Cozens is currently leading the El in ops. It is incredible how similar David Dahl and his stats r. Dahl is a top 100 prospect and 2 months older. If he keeps this up, he should be a top 100 too

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