Box Score Recap – 5/20/2016

Lehigh Valley (23-18) Beat Toledo, 4-3 in another walk off.  Jake Thompson threw 112 pitches in eight, five-hit innings.  He gave up 3 solo home runs.  The final HR tied the game in the eighth inning.  Edubray Ramos got his first win.  Andrew Knapp and Taylor Featherston hit solo home runs.  Cameron Perkins had 3 hits and an RBI.  Carlos Alonso scored form first with two outs on a fielding error by the right fielder on a ball hit by Featherston in the ninth.  J.P Crawford made his AAA debut.

The Mud Hens starter was Matt Boyd, a former top prospect in the Toronto organization.  I remember him beating Threshers’ batters for Dunedin back in 2014.  Of course, everybody was beating Clearwater in 2014.

Former Phillies’ farm hand, Anthony Gose; former major leaguer, Case McGehee; and former Phillie Nate Schierholtz were in the Toledo line up.

  • Thompson – 8.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 3 HR, 1 HBP, 112 pitches/76 strikes.
  • Featherston (.311) went 1-5 with a HR (5), RBI, and 3 K.
  • Crawford went 0-3 with a BB.
  • Williams (.254) went 1-4.
  • LF Ruf went 0-3 with a BB.
  • Knapp (.252) went 1-4 with a HR (6), BB, and RBI (19).
  • Perkins (.313) went 3-4 with an RBI.
  • Williams stole a base (3) and scored on Perkins single in the sixth with 2 outs.


Reading (27-14) Held on to beat Trenton, 8-7.  The Phils had an 8-0 lead after five innings. The Thunder finally got to John Richy for 3 runs in the sixth.  Tom Windle came on in the eighth and failed to get an out for the second time in 4 appearances.  Hoby Milner got a couple outs at the expense of two inherited runners scoring, and Miguel Nunez came in for the 4-out save, striking out all 4 batters he faced.  The Phils built their early lead with a balanced attack that saw all starters except Harold Martinez getting base hits.  Aaron Brown had 2 hits.  Dylan Cozens (11) and Rhys Hoskins (7) hit home runs.  Cozens had 4 RBI, Jesse Valentin had two.

  • Richy – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
  • Nunez – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.
  • Quinn (.255) went 1-4.
  • Valentin (.266) went 1-3 with a triple, BB, and 2 RBI.
  • Alfaro (.358) went 1-3 with a BB.
  • Cozens (.283) went 1-3 with a HR (11), SF, and 4 RBI (32).
  • Hoskins (.259) went 1-3 with a HR (7), BB, and RBI (24).
  • Jake Fox picked up his 25th RBI.
  • Aaron Brown went 2-3 with a double and triple and has quietly raised his AVG to .223
  • Serna (3) stole a base.
  • Alfaro caught stealing (1).
  • Cozens had an outfield assist.

Clearwater (26-15) Lost to Palm Beach, 4-1.  The weak-hitting Cardinals scored two first-inning runs off a not-so-sharp, Elniery Garcia and followed their strong pitching to the victory.  Garcia had an acceptable line but posted a season-low 3 K in six innings.  His FB topped out at 92 mph in the first inning when most of the damage was done. The Cardinals attacked early in the count in the first two innings, then worked on extending Garcia’s pitch count in the third and fourth.  For example, Garcia threw 20 pitches to the three batters he faced in the fourth inning and one of the three outs came on a caught stealing (at third).

While Garcia benefited from the aforementioned caught stealing in the fourth and a pick off to end the first, he still pitched well enough to keep the Threshers in the game.  After spotting the Cardinals two runs in the top of the first, they struck back with 3 hits in their first 4 at bats in the bottom of the inning.  A line drive double play ended that scoring threat. Unfortunately, that would be the last scoring threat for the Threshers.  They went meekly the rest of the game.  They managed only 3 base runners after the first, all with two outs, on 2 singles and a walk.

  • Garcia – 6.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 82 pitches/53 strikes, FB 91-94, t95 (3) mph.
  • (note: GameDay will show 81/52, I’ve found them to be incorrect in the past. Tonight, they didn’t count the first pitch strike that Garcia threw on the pitch before he picked the runner off first.)
  • DeNato – 1.0, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
  • The unearned run scored with two out on a pick off attempt/throwing error by Lino.
  • Rivero – 1.0, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
  • Kingery (.252) went 1-4 with a double.
  • Tocci (.253) went 0-4.
  • LF Asche (.167) went 1-3 with a BB,
  • RF Pullin (.256) went 2-4 with an RBI (9).
  • Green (.273) went 0-4.
  • Walding (.267) went 0-3.
  • Martin (.250) went 0-3.
  • Kingery committed a throwing error (4). Lino a pick off error (3)
  • Garcia picked a runner off first.
  • The Cardinals stole 2 bases on 3 attempts, lino threw one out at third.

Thru the first 4 innings, Garcia had only thrown 10 first pitch strikes to 18 batters.  He finished strong throwing 6 of 7 for 16 out of 25.

Garcia’s 12-pitch first inning was bizarre.  He gave up a lead off single followed by a sac bunt that went for a hit.  (The Cardinals showed bunt a few times when their lead off batter got on.  They have a weak offense.  Their starting line up, heck their whole roster, has only 6 total home runs, nobody with more than one.)  The inning’s fourth pitch was a FC that saw Kingery’s pivot end up in the visitors’ dugout.  The fifth pitch was a double that Asche couldn’t get to toward the LF line.  Down 2-0 after 5 pitches, Garcia seemed stunned as he went to 3-0 on the next batter.  He stabbed a 3-2 come-backer and got the runner on second in a rundown.  After his 12th pitch he picked the runner off first to end the inning.

Here’s a comparison of the strikes in his last two starts at home –

  •                   4/30     5/20
  • SW        –   17           6
  • CS         –   14        16
  • FB         –   18        12
  • Hits      –     7           6
  • Outs    –   10        13
  • Total   –   66        53
  • NP       – 100        82

Garcia only got 6 swing-and-misses last night.  The velocities were – 87, 91, 78 (K), 92, 92, and 92 (K).  He got his other strike out looking at a 76 mph CB.  He only got 5 strikes on his CB, yet threw 20 pitches from 71-79 mph (although 5 others accounted for balls in play for outs).

The most obvious difference between the two starts is the large decrease in pitches that resulted in a swing-and-miss.  Back in April, most came on FB (11).  He got 2 on SL, 1 on CB, and 3 that didn’t register on the gun.  Also 15 of his April balls came on FB.  Last night, 16 of his balls were on FB.

On April 30th, 50% of Garcia’s pitches were FB between 91-93 mph (50 of 100).  On May 20th, 38 pitches )of 82) were FB between 91-94 mph (46%).  In April he threw 14 pitches between 79-71 mph (14%).  Last night, 20 of 82 ( 24%).

It looks like his FB was a little less effective and he went to his off speed pitches a little more.  Ironically, I think the April 30th game was also a loss, 4 ER, 2 HR.

Lakewood (15-24) Beat Delmarva, 2-1 in a come-from-behind walk off.  Harold Arauz gave up an unearned run in six innings, striking out seven.  Jan Hernandez had 2 of the BlueClaws 5 hits, including his 2-run, walk off HR (5) in the ninth inning.

  • Arauz – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K.
  • Marrero (.303) went 0-4.
  • Tobias (.291) went 0-4.
  • Pujols (.263) went 0-4 with 2 K.
  • Grullon (.232) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • Hernandez (.263) went 2-3 with a double, HR (6), BB, and 2 RBI (12).
  • Pujols committed a throwing error (5).

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

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Extra Innings –

  • 5/20 – J.P. Crawford assigned to LHV IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 5/20 – LHV placed Alec Asher on the 7-day DL retro to May 18th. lower calf contusion
  • 5/20 – Phillies traded 2B Ryan Jackson to Los Angeles Angels for cash.
  • 5/20 – Shane Watson assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 5/20 – Lakewood BlueClaws activated Drew Anderson from the 7-day DL.
  • The Rosters are up to date here.

49 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/20/2016

  1. The 4 Philly teams playing minor league ball are 27-13 combined in their last 10 games. LHV is 8-2. Reading is 7-3 and both CLW and LKW are 6-4. Very nice! The pitching is pretty darn good. Asher, Eflin and Thompson at LHV have been effective lately. Lively and Vasquez in Reading are doing exceptional work. Viza and Casimiro have been providing highlight reels in their outings. And Watson, Kilome and Leftwich have helped turn the LKW season around. And the hitting ain’t bad either. There are some guys who are screaming for someone to notice them. We, on this site, notice them. If nothing else to give them a pat on the back and say nice job!

    1. If Leftwitch, Arauz and Taveras continue to pitch well, they should be called up by July. Leftwitch and Arauz as starters and Taveras as long relief.
      Arauz is still 20 years old. Came with the Giles trade from the Astros. Seems to have an interesting 5-pitch mix. He’s go 0 earn runs in the last 13 innings. And leftwitch is the league leader in strikeouts. They 3 could also be consider as trading material should the big team surprises us with a playoff run!

      1. He’s looked good in LV so far, can’t wait till he’s up with the big club down the road.

      2. Ramos could be setting up or closing for big club come August or September, especially if Neris and J.Gomez run out of bullets.

      3. Steve,

        Adubray’s my main man. No problem if he stays the full summer in LHV, however.

  2. Cozens leads the Eastern League in wOBA (.410), wRC+ (.159) and OPS (.914). The three players immediately behind him are BA Top 50 prospects: David Dahl, Clint Frazier, Bradley Zimmer. That’s pretty good company. I expected him to hit for some power in Reading, but the consistent contact he’s made and the approach at the plate for a power hitter have been extremely encouraging.

      1. I would imagine he spends a full year at Reading. He’s only 21, and he’s not as advanced as a prospect like Crawford, despite his results this year. A full season gives the pitchers a chance to adjust to him and see how he handles the adjustments.

        1. Cozens is in his age22 season, since he turns 22 in a little over week….and will definitely have to be a 40 guy later this year.

        2. I saw him this week at Bowie. Not a big concern but after his first out he hit the water jug twice with his fist. I could heard the thuds across the field. Second out he kicks the trash can. Third out he bangs the helmet on the ground.

          1. joe,

            Given his infamous high school incident cursing out his coach, I suspect the Phillies are counseling Cozens on anger management. At least I hope so.

      2. Just realized that Williams is playing rf with Ruf in lf and Perkins in cf. Hmm. I wonder if that is to accommodate Ruf (hope not) or have they decided that they’ll want Williams in rf when his time comes?

        1. Reason I mention it is cuz Cozens has been in rf. Would assume he would play rf at AAA if and when he moves up….but not sure.

          1. I’m sure the org would love for Williams to be able to play RF. The scouting reports suggest his arm would play best in left, however.

            1. Williams has played lots of CF recently. As for Cozens, I expect to get promoted after the all star break. It’s not like Venable is blocking him and Ruf needs to hit like crazy if he is to have value. Any news on who replaces Asher and what happens with Cwater 7 man rotation?

    1. Cozens, with this season so far, may even crack the top ten in some Phillies mid-season prospect rankings!

  3. Pujols should also be challenged a bit more. He’s already got 8 dingers.
    We seems to be brewing our own version of the Pujols brand 🙂

    1. I would say Pujols is being challenged plenty in his current assignment. He’s got a K-rate pushing 33 percent. The power starting to show in games is encouraging, but he’s still got a lot to work on.

  4. Arauz Game Score-67.
    This guy continues to look like another quality arm from the Giles trade.

  5. Standings:

  6. Cozens looks great another part of the 2017 Division leading Phillies . MACPHAIL once said the bats will come . Thompson looked good too , Featherston phew he’s smoking.

  7. Did anyone see Mackanin interview about Crawford ? He was asked about what he thought about Crawford coming up to the bigs at some point in the furture. He said ” No I’m not looking forward to that I have my guys now I think Galvis and Hernandez can hit 270 280 ” . He said with a facial expression like his best friend was sick. Matt was on right before that he said Crawford worked on what he needed too At AA . Matt was happy as a pig in crap . Now that has me wondering who keeping TJ on the Bench.

    1. You wanna keep the confidence and trust of the guys you have in the clubhouse, while he can say we as an organization are excited with the progress he has made. Your not gonna say yeah these guys I have need to be replaced ASAP, it sends the wrong message to your clubhouse. He has to balance the future with the present even if the present knows they may eventually be replaced with the future.

      1. That’s true but this most of this team will be replaced by next yr. Postion player wise most of the Phillies wouldn’t be starting anywhere else. Howard , Bourjos, Cesar Hernandez . Freddy .

  8. Why do people want to rush prospects!
    Look at all the ones who never fully realized their potential….not everyone is a Harper/Trout.

    1. What prospects are being rushed , Jordan said they earn there promotion so whoever being promoted has earned it.

      1. Do not mean within the minor league system….talking about wanting to get them up to Philly.

        1. Either if there in AAA where else do they go? Have you watched today’s game Howard .095 this month the Braves are the worst team in baseball. There’s going to be players that are doing well bring them if they earned it.

          1. I’ve read too many times on here ….Williams up by July, JPC up in August, get the pitchers up after the trade deadline when Hellickson is jettisoned out, or Morgan fails, etc etc etc.
            The premier prospects…top 10/15 in the system need not be rushed up this year.
            Let them all stay at AAA until the September call-ups in my opinion.

            1. Sometimes if a prospect is not being challenged he can get bored . There’s more talent in AA then AAA is more fine tuning . Like I said if there Dominating for awhile and they have learned every thing they can . They should not be blocked by anyone on our mlb roster not named Franco, Herrera , Goeddel , TJ or some of the pitchers.

    1. The 21 year old shortstop, Crawford, was leading the Eastern League in walks and had a higher OPS than the 23 year old 1st baseman Hoskins, at the time of his promotion.

  9. I know it’s just one guy, but Keith Law not a fan of Cozens

    Mark: Dylan Cozens showing impressive power and decent walks rates but still striking out a little too much. Is he doing enough to warrant discussion as the Phillies RF of the future?

    Klaw: No. And he’s basically doing it all at Reading, which is a good HR park.

    So I looked at the splits for Cozens

    Home: .300/.383/.771/1.154
    Away: .268/.330/.402/.732

    and 9 of his 11 HR have come at home.

    I also checked out Hoskins and found something just as interesting

    Home: .214/.300/.400/.700
    Away: .301/.361/.507/.868

    Odd that Cozens and Hoskins pretty much have reverse home and away splits. Maybe this bodes REALLY well for Hoskins??

    1. He’s got a point, but it should be noted that he’s never been a fan of Cozens. There was a weird moment after he was drafted where Law insinuated Cozens was taking steroids in high school. If memory serves, he also insinuated Cozens had poor character based on the incident he had with his coach. Not saying any of this makes Law wrong in this situation, but its worth noting.

    2. From what I’ve read and heard, plus the fact that Cozens pretty much burst on to the map rather suddenly, I would hit the brakes a bit on his future stardom. Impatient as I can be, time is the best litmus test.

      1. I would t say he has burst onto the scene suddenly. He has always had the power in his bat, though he would sell out for the power and the average would take a bit being between .250-.260. Then last year the organization had him working on contact and letting the power come naturally. A spike in average was seen to the tune of .286 and a drop in the HR dept. This year he seems to be putting it together, and while he isn’t a star yet, he has taken a big step in the right direction.

  10. Hope the weather holds out … a lot of good pitching going today

    AAA – Appel
    AA – Lively
    A+ – Viza
    A- – Kilome

  11. Being an old U of Delaware guy, I was glad to see the motivator of LHV’s winning run was Carlos Alonso, a U of D grad who is short on talent and long on heart and hustle.

    He busted up the line to first base, perhaps hurrying the throw from the third basemen which resulted in an error allowing him to be safe. Then, when the can of corn was hit, Alonso ran all out so he was able to score from first on what amounted to a bloop.

    Gotta love that kind of hustle.

    1. agreed, Alonso is one of those hard working players you can’t help but like. Hope he can stay healthy and have a big season.

  12. I am one of the guity posters…however I see Featherston do good so i want him to get promoted to help out a group of people who make alot of money. Maybe his promotion would free up time for a certain person to spend more time with his hair braids.

  13. Kilome with a good outing today…Game Score 59.
    Kilome has progressed from the three difficult starts that began his season in April.
    Over the last three games has 18Ks…5BBs.
    He is settling in with his mechanics and rhythm it appears now.

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