Box Score Recap – 5/18/2016

Tommy Joseph sat today.  At the time I wrote up all the affiliates’ afternoon games, the Phillies beat the Marlins and were in a tie with the Nationals for first place in the division. Barring a rain out, the winner of the Nationals/Mets game will take a half game lead in the division.  So, first place for 6 hours, woohoo!

Lehigh Valley (21-18) Beat Syracuse, 3-0 behind seven quality innings from Zach Eflin. Carlos Alonso hit his first home run of the season and had 2 hits and 2 RBI.  The win put the IronPigs in a three-way tie for first place pending the outcome of Wednesday’s night games.

  • Eflin – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 106 pitches/64 strikes.
  • Ramos and Mujica each pitched 1-hit, 1-K innings.  Mujica got his 10th save.
  • Hunter (.278) went 1-4 with a HR (3), and RBI.
  • Williams (.268) went 0-3.
  • 1B Ruf went 0-2 with a BB.
  • C Knapp (.238) went 0-3.
  • Alonso (.385) went 2-3 with a double, HR (1), and 2 RBI.
  • Sweeney (.250) went 0-1 with 2 BB.
  • Featherston went 2-4 with a double and RBI.
  • Sweeney (6) was caught stealing, again).  In 8 attempts.  Time to stay put?
  • Sweeney’s stealing pct and batting avg are the same .250
  • Featherston (1) was also caught stealing.
  • Hunter (1) was successful stealing a base.
  • Williams (2) and Featherston (10) committed errors.

Reading (25-13) Lost in a walk off to Beat , 7-6.  Ricardo Pinto couldn’t hold a 6-0 lead and exitrd a tie ball game after five innings.  Gregory Infante absorbed the loss.  Hoby Milner entered in the ninth with two on and one out but and infield error allowed the winning run to score.  Jake Fox hit his 8th home run and had 3 RBI.

  • Pinto – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR.
  • Hollands – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP.
  • Infante – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
  • Quinn (.255) went 1-3 with a BB and SB (18).
  • Crawford (.263) went 1-3 with a BB and RBI.
  • Alfaro (.342) went 0-4.
  • Cozens (.290) went 1-4 with an RBI (28).
  • Hoskins (.243) went 0-2 with 2 BB.
  • Fox (.248) went 1-4 with a HR (8), and RBI (23).
  • Cozens committed his first error, Mora his fifth.

Clearwater (26-14) Split a double header with the St. Lucie Mets, 3-0 loss and 4-2 victory.  Mitch Walding returned to action, and Cody Asche played in one game.

Game One:  Lost 3-0.  Matt Imhof allowed 2 early runs in five innings.  He allowed the lead off batter to reach base in his first four innings, two of them scored.  He also added 3 more walks to his league-leading total of 27 walks (in 37.2 IP).  Matt Hockenberry padded the Mets lead when a two-out walk scored in the sixth.  The Threshers didn’t get a hit until the fifth inning.  Their seventh inning rally fizzled with the bases loaded.  Zach Green had 2 of the Threshers 3 hits.  Cody Asche played all seven innings and went 0-3.  Walding returned to the line up after missing 4 games.

  • Imhof – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP.
  • Hockenberry – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.
  • Kingery (.252) went 0-2 with a HBP.
  • Tocci (.259) went 0-2 with a HBP.
  • LF Asche (.133) went 0-3 with a K.
  • DH Pullin (.226) went 0-3.
  • 1B Green (.289) went 2-3 with a double.
  • 3B Walding (.272) went 1-3.
  • Martin (.260) DNP.
  • Lino (.195) went 0-2.
  • RF Sandberg (.266) went 0-2.
  • Canelo committed a throwing error (11).
  • Asche had an outfield assist (at home).

Game Two:  The Threshers handed Ranfi Casimiro (5-2, 3.35) an early lead and he shutdown the Mets on 3 hits and a solo home run thru six innings.  Jesen Therrien picked up his third save.  Seven different Threshers had base hits.  Andrew Pullin hit his second home run and had 2 RBI.

  • Casimiro – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 82 pitches/57 strikes.
  • Therrien – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
  • Kingery (.252) DNP.
  • Canelo (.238) led off and went 1-3 with a BB.
  • Tocci (.260) went 1-3 with a BB and RBI.
  • LF Pullin (.229) went 1-4 with a HR (2) and 2 RBI.
  • Martin (.255) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • DH Green (.282) went 0-3.
  • 3B Walding (.273) went 1-3 with a double.
  • RF Sandberg (.267) went 1-3.
  • Numata had 2 passed balls (5).
  • Numata  had a stolen base (2)
  • Tocci stole a base (7) and was caught stealing (3).
  • Asche had an outfield assist (at home).

Lakewood (15-23) Lost to Hagerstown, 2-1.  Shane Watson went six innings giving up two runs.  Carlos Duran had 3 hits.

  • Watson – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 89 pitches/62 strikes.
  • Marrero (.308) went 0-5.
  • Tobias (.308) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • Garcia (.314) went 1-3.
  • Pujols (.274) went 0-3.
  • Grullon (.260) DNP.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • 5/18 – Optioned RHP Michael Mariot to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/18 – Sent LHP Mario Hollands on a rehab assignment to Reading Fightin Phils.
  • The Rosters are up to date here.

69 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/18/2016

  1. Featherston again hitting , Phillies need base running 101 for Base stealing. Good Job Eflin , Cozens , Pullin , Green , Watson. Get Asche up with Goeddel and Herrera that will stabilize that OF until help Arrives.

  2. I’m afraid, with the big club playing pretty well, they won’t be pushing up any of the young prospects. That’s neither good or bad. It just is.

    Some pretty good pitching again yesterday. Eflin was exceptional. Watson was good but not good enough. Casimiro, the gigantic righty, was very good once again. In his 7 starts this year, 4 have been very good, 2 have been meh and 1 an implosion. Even Imhof’s line wasn’t horrible. He needs run support. He also needs to stop giving away free passes. He’s had 5 straight outings giving up 2 or fewer runs and if he wasn’t walking guys so much that would probably be even better. Last year and this year have seen an alarming jump in BBs given. He didn’t seem to be that sort of pitcher earlier in his career. Jim has spoken about him and it doesn’t sound good but the end result hasn’t been terrible. He needs to fix some mechanics and freakin’ find the plate.

    Zach Green has caught fire lately. He’s hitting .500 in his last 5 games. His 5 Ks and zero BBs over that span are not in the sweet spot.

    In the unfortunate name category, Joey Terdoslavich in the winner.

  3. Glad to see Watson may be coming around after battling shoulder issues these last two years. He could force himself back into the top 30. Like to see him get a promo to CLW this year.

  4. Eflin has continued to solidify himself as a legit arm for the Philly rotation. Pinto was pitching well yesterday before it got away from him. He seems to have games like that. He still has to learn how to limit the damage and move forward. Is there any info on how Watson is throwing the ball? Is he putting himself back on the prospect track?

    1. Why is it every year, somebody rags on a reserve player, thinking that this person is the biggest reason for the demise of the team? He’s just a reserve! If you want to rag on somebody, then rag on Bourjos.

      1. Actually Howard is the only person on the team that should be an issue. No one else being overpaid for performance. Even Bourjos is being paid as a reserve OF which is what he is..

    2. I seriously don’t understand the complaining about Buriss, he is literally the 25th and least important player on the roster. Could he be better? Of course. Could a player at AAA get called up and do better? Probably. But they aren’t going to call up a player that is even remotely a prospect to be the 25th player on the roster. Buriss literally gets about 4-5 AB’s per week at most and never starts. To call up someone like Featherston to take his place would impede any further development for him and in the end barely help the team, if at all. Not to mention, in Buriss’s defense, any player that plays that infrequently probably isn’t going to hit all that well.

      The opportunities for improvement on this team are getting a bat in a corner OF position and playing TJ more at 1B in place of Howard.

  5. It would be good to have a few bullpen arms emerge from the farm. My concern which is shared by many is that Neris and Gomez will be worn out by mid season. Luis Garcia and Mario Hollands seem to be reasonable options upcoming. Edubray Ramos continues to progress and poses as a potential closer.

    Starting pitching: with Velasquez to be shut down @150-170 ip, and Hellickson more likely to be moved at the deadline, Eflin right now appears to be the first consideration. Then Thompson if he continues to rebound from his early season growing pains. Asher should be a decent intermediate option taking Buchanan’s role, and hopefully a better one.

    1. 8mark…..why do you mention Eflin, Thompson (sans Asher-154 max) …not mentioned Appel….but they are all in the same boat as Velasquez when it comes to young arms….they all have never pitched more then 140 innings in one season…..so they also could be monitored on an innings capping/limitation for this year.
      Nola is the only one that I see that can go the distance..

    2. Saw Mario Hollands last night and he looks ready to make his way back up the ladder — to LHV if not the big team.

      The most impressive bat for the Fightin’ Phils was not a prospect but DH Jake Fox who homered and hit shots to the warning track in deep center and RF. The ball was jumping off his bat.

      1. I watched him during spring training. He reminds me of Matt Stairs. His intention every time he comes to the plate is to punish the ball and hit it as far as he can.

    3. Mack doesn’t want to overuse the bullpen, but he has no choice when the team is usually clinging to a 1 or 2 run lead. And when you have Hernandez, Neris, Gomez shortening the game, you’re going to use them.

      1. Bailey has shown in limited appearances to be an option, Araujo and Hinjosa may be able to increase work load to help.

  6. Quick note about Eflin’s start: If you’re looking at pitches and strikes and thinking he was inefficient, he wasn’t. The strike zone was about the size of a postage stamp yesterday, and the opposing hurler had similar difficulties. Eflin was pounding the lower corners of the zone and just not always getting the calls. It was impressive. Good mix, 91-94 low, T96 up.

    1. Good info, Kram. Thanks for clarification. I like Eflin a lot. Gonna be a workhorse.

      Romus, good point about going distance. Are they going to manage Eflin and co the same as VV and limit their innings too?

      Appel? Just not sure I would put him in the mix until he settles his stretch issues.

      1. 8mark……do not know what their plans are for the LHV arms this season. They tend to cap their young prospect minor league arms and since the minor league seasons normally end around the first of September, it is usually done without any thought to the matter anyway

      2. I still think Appel’s future is as a very good reliever. He reminds me a bit of Kyle Farnsworth

        1. Agree. A lot of people get riled up when Appel is mentioned as a reliever, like it’s an insult. John Smoltz fared pretty well even if it was later in his career. Appel has outstanding stuff. Why not maximize him – while in his 4th year in the minors – and the Giles trade is that much more of a steal.

          1. If Appel’s problems are in the stretch, he won’t make a good reliever. Hopefully we will be able to trade Hellickson later on for a bat. Then bring Efflin and Thompson up and go with a 6 man rotation.

            1. The Phillies should try the Pirates strategy with Appel. Don’t let him pitch out of the stretch at all. They’ve been successful employing that strategy. Pitch out of the wind-up full time and concentrate on getting the batter out, not worry about stolen bases. By many accounts, Appel’s problems start when he goes into the stretch.

          2. The only issue is with his pedigree as a former no 1 pick, they are going to make him completely flame out as a starter before going that route

        2. Appel is the reason why i preferred the 1st version of the Ken Giles trade. the Phils got a real good OF prospect in Fisher and keep another good prospect in Arauz.

  7. Where did all the Goedell hate from last week go? The overmatched talk…the offer him back talk…the hope he gets a fake injury talk…i know the response will be “I never said that!” I dont comment much but i did preach patience and compared Herreras slow start. I hope he keeps it up. I think Pete has handled him perfectly! I also think he is handling TJ promotion correctly. Ease him in! Next i want to see either Featherston, Sweeney, or Alonso force the Phils hand and replace Burris. Also, Perkins for Lough. Although they are probably holding that for Asche. They love them some Boujos!

    1. @sam – there’s a chance that featherston, sweeney and possibly Perkins (to replace Lough) will be called up, but not Alonso or KC Serna. the Phils will not burn a 40-man roster spot for utility bench players since they already have a lot. Perkins might warrant a spot because of his hit tool which can be useful for PH and add production in the corner outfield positions. Stassi and Fox might get a cup of tea because of their power.

      I can see Pete to insert Asche in the LF once he’s back. If Asche got possessed and produce (as LH bat), this will make putting Howard and Borjous as bench players easier.

    2. I’ll fess up, I didn’t think he had it! I do like his tenacity and undeniably he has come up big lately, now we’ll have to see if he can sustain this latest run of success. I definitely am not ready to offer him back. I did say he’s nothing more than we have on the farm, now I’m not so sure. Now you have my confession, I feel better, more wholesome and conscience free and can attact the day.

      1. I thought Goeddel was nothing more than a younger version of Bourjos. My bad. Still early but one must remember there’s a new posse in town. I’m growing more confident in the Middleton-MacPhail -Klentak machine. Even beforehand, Johnny Almaraz was a very good hire with Atlanta blood lines. Rule 5’s are tricky but this could be our third successful pick in last decade, even if Goeddel turns out to be only a quality 4th outfielder.

        1. Sam suds……I wanted to fake the injury and go on the 15-Day DL. But now, I say do a ‘Pads Jabari Blash’ thing and offer the Rays a player in return….then if he does slump, use one of his options and let him go to LHV for awhile.

          1. right now no reason too…if he stays hot…he is a keeper…even if he cools he will probably be a rotation guy

      1. He was supposed to be overmatched…AA (i think) to bigs is huge…thanks for seeing humor…it was intended!

    3. When the Joseph/Ruf transactions occurred I thought that Goeddell might be the biggest beneficiary in the short term since he would (should) pick up Ruf’s outfield appearances and at bats. So far, the more consistent playing time may be the reason for his better results at the plate.

      1. i heard a comment on radio that Goedell is as thin as his bat…lol…give him time!

  8. I love these remarks, 1/2 game out of 1st and you want to get rid of half the team and replace them with some minor leaguers who are not even doing that great.

    1. The only players I would get rid of right now are Burriss and Howard. That will change closer to Aug 1.

      1. I think if Howard keeps on having those 0-4 days, he’s definitely going to start losing ABs to Joseph. You can’t complain too much when you’re batting .150

    2. Yes cause replacing Burris and Lough would be devestating to line up! And i said i wish Featherston, Sweeney or Alonso force their hand implying that they are not doing it yet…i will chip in some money to replace the E. Burris jersey you mustve bought in Spring Training….lol

  9. Boy, I love that Alfaro! Hits to all fields. Arm. Runs well. He’s cooled off a bit and has only 2 HRs thus far but what a projection if he can stay healthy.

    Williams needs to beef up but he strikes me as the type of player who gets hotter once the temperature does.

    Thompson is still in my mind to be a solid future 2/3 guy in the rotation. Eflin is farther along now but long term they should run within a nose of each other barring injury.

    Kudos to RAJ who left in blaze of glory should the Hamels trade turn out accordingly.

    1. ….did I say Alfaro cooled? 3 hits with rbi today….and a would be base stealer gunned down. JP goes yard and walks twice. On base machine. Don’t care that much about the batting avg.

      1. ….I realize he’s not a prospect but at 29 yrs of age, Vasquez has a season era of 1.82 at Reading. Any thoughts to his viability of being a late season option to replace shut down arms like Velasquez? 7 shutout innings today.

        1. Pitchers, in contrast to position players, are prospects at any age as long as they can get people out. Sometimes they develop new pitches and sometimes they just learn how to pitch.. The point is, they can actually get better with age.

      1. It will be interesting to see who gets the mid-season promotion from Reading. JP seems a certainty. Quinn and Cozens will have had about a full year of AA. Serna, promoted once and sent back, probably earns a promotion if keeps up his current pace. Lively has been, well, lively.

        But, there simply mightn’t be room to promote them all.

        I’d also like to see Alfaro go up to AAA, but not with Knapp there.

        Bottom line, I’m voting on JP and hoping for Quinn and Cozens.

        From the Pigs, they gotta give Featherston the chance if he keeps hitting.

          1. He’s a 2nd base man playing 3rd and filling in at short . Sweeney has play at 2nd he’s a defense liability any way else. This is his first time AAA and hasn’t played 3rd or ss that much his arm plays up anywhere. This bat is doing well for being the first time in AAA.

          2. I think it is more than 9 E’s, and that is not counting mental errors which I have witnessed…but he is hitting….keep him with the Piggies

        1. Not sure Featherston is any more than a AAAA player. He’ll probably get a cup of coffee at some point.

        2. Before you bring up a prospect, you have to determine where and how often he should play. For instance, Quinn has played exclusively cf and bats leadoff. We currently have a centerfielder who is having an all star season and leads off….why, where and how much would Quinn play this year outside a September call up?

          1. 8mark,

            I’m talking about promoting the Reading guys to AAA, not to the Phillies.

            If Quinn develops, Odubel could go to a corner. Or the Phillies might find themselves with a good trade chip.

            1. Got it, Frank. Yeah I forgot Quinn is in AA, my point being that we can better forecast callups once the existing roster settles a bit. If Goeddel continues his progress and Herrera remains all star worthy, that leaves one OF spot. Williams would be the only prospect right now in line for that spot. Just see a lot of names mentioned as eventual callups and only so many roster spots. Perkins, for example.

      2. I went to the game today. Alfaro and Hoskins hit the ball HARD. Loud cracks of the bat every time up. Tough day for Cozens. He left a few guys on base. JP’s HR was legit. It cleared the RF fence by a good bit. Anthony Vasquez pitched really well. He shut Bowie down for 7 innings. My only disappointment was that Quinn wasn’t in the lineup. All and all, it’s was a good day for the boys.

  10. My ire with Goeddel was that they weren’t playing him. Certainly not his fault. One thing I have noticed with him is he tends to get tied up inside. Lot’s of weak contact to 3B and SS he seems to have good coverage middle away.

    1. DMAR…….I think what we see in Goeddel, is a what we will see someday with Tocci at the major league level….both in the field and at the plate.

      1. Not sure I want BOTH Goeddel AND Tocci in same lineup….not that you were suggesting that, Romus.

        1. Nah…….just same type players…physical profile and bat strength or ISO. There are, however, a lot of players like that.

        1. I think in two years Tocci could get more ISO power. Whether or not he gets to the bar set by Goeddel…well.

      2. 1 thing about Goeddel his minor league numbers are much better then Tocci is a Revere, Cesar Hernandez bat . Goebbel has hit 12 Hr 10 trip, his .obp is good . He has to learn to turn on the inside pitch or take it. He has a 3rd baseman arm and stole 30 bases before. I saying it will come soon but at 6 “4” there’s a chase he fills out more . This HR was 401 ft on a 96 mph FB he needs time and at bats.

    2. I think Pete handled it right…didnt put too much pressure on the kid…eased him him…getting hot now and earning starts and abs!

  11. Really have to like CKW 6-man rotation of Eshelman, Imhof, Viza, Garcia, Casimiro and Morris. And Viza is really making himself into a top 30 guy.

    1. I like it but i really think Leftwich needs to be promoted into Cwater’s rotation. Who from CWater would you promote to reading to replace Lively, who I think needs to be up at LHV (I would go with a 6 man rotation there to manage innings)

      1. Murray……..I would first promote Eshelman, the two lefties should stay at CLW (Garcia and Imhof), along with Morris and Casimiro.
        But if not Eshelman, then I would really be aggressive and promote Viza and see what the kid can do at the higher level.

        1. I would not promote Viza . It the first time he is tasting some success. They let him get bombed for two years now. Finally he is being successful. let him stay there. and hopefully continue to have success and build some confidence.

  12. Eflin at number 2 on BA Hot Sheet – Lively at 18

    2. Zach Eflin, rhp, Phillies

    Team: Triple-A Lehigh Valley (International)
    Age: 22
    Why He’s Here: 2-0, 0.64, 14 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 11 SO, 2 BB

    The Scoop: There are certainly more famous names involved in the Phillies’ minor league overhaul, but Eflin has quietly put up some dazzling numbers as the fourth-youngest player in the International League at just 22 years old. A scout who saw him recently noted that Eflin had made improvements since last season, when he put up a middling season at Double-A Reading. His four-pitch mix—four- and two-seam fastballs, slider and changeup—has gotten sharper, and his pitchability has improved across the board. (JN)

    18. Ben Lively, rhp, Phillies

    Team: Double-A Reading (Eastern)
    Age: 24
    Why He’s Here: 1-0, 0.00, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 12 SO

    The Scoop: On a pure stuff level, nothing jumps out about Lively, for he has no plus pitch. Back in Double-A Reading again this season after recording a 4.13 ERA there last year, he has produced much better results with a 1.53 ERA and 46-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 47 innings. If Lively can develop into an effective back-end starter, that would be a win for the Phillies. (BB)

    Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/prospect-hot-sheet-may-20/#2bzfKM6HHLkZUUJv.99

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