Before I get into the box scores, I have some information that was requested in earlier reports.
The GCL divisions have been shuffled by the closing of the Detroit Tigers’ operations in Venezuela. The Phillies had been in the GCL Northwest Division with the Blue Jays, Pirates, and Yankees1. The new alignment will keep the Phillies in the Northwest but the other teams in the division will be the Blue Jays, Tigers West, and Yankees West. The Pirates were moved to the Northeast Division. The addition of a second team for Detroit has increased the number of teams in the league to 17. Five teams will compete in the East Division (Houston by virtue of their recent move is the new team in the East).
The GCL begins their season on June 24th. Schedules are completed but not available on the league or team web sites. However, they are posted on the MiLB site for each calendar day if you filter by league and/or affiliate.
The DSL divisions have also been realigned. DSL Phillies1 is in Boca Chica Northwest. DSL Phillies2 is in Boca Chica Northeast.
The DSL schedules have been completed but are not available on the league or team sites. However, they are available on the Spanish Language site for the DSL (http://www.dominicansummerleague.com/www/). It helps to read Spanish to navigate their menu or just be willing to hack away until you stumble on them. I think they translate Schedule to Calendar. Individual games are listed on the MiLB site for each calendar day, but if you filter by affiliate, you won’t get the DSL Phillies2 team. That’s a simple programming change that I’m sure they’ll figure out soon.
I’ve been asked about the players I list when I edit the box score reports. Specifically, if I don’t like this guy or that guy. For the record, I like all the Phillies’ young prospects. That comes from following them from the moment they enter the Complex. I choose not to list every player from every game each day. I try to cover the players who are genuine prospects, players in the MLB top 30, players in our reader top 30, players who had a particularly good game, players who generate a lot of interest in the comments section, and players on the Clearwater team since I actually sit through their home games and selected road games.
I do not intentionally mean to slight any player or any reader’s favorite players. I’ll try to do better. But, you may see me cut back a little in a few weeks. When the DSL starts, there will be two more games to cover each day. By the end of June, short-season will have started and that will mean an additional two games each day. Since I’ll be attending GCL games in the afternoon and Threshers’ games in the evening, this column could become unwieldy. If I don’t provide the necessary coverage on your favorite players, I apologize in advance. Please understand.
Lehigh Valley (24-21) Lost to Pawtucket 6-2. David Buchanan went five innings and gave up all the Red Sox runs. The bullpen pitched three innings of one-hit relief. Cameron Perkins stroked his third home run.
- Buchanan – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
- Crawford (.200) went 1-4.
- Williams (.262) went 1-4 with a double.
- Knapp (.254) went 1-4 with a double and RBI (21).
- Perkins (.306) went 1-3 with a HR (3), BB, and RBI (12).
- Sweeney (.238) went 0-2 with a sac.
- Featherston committed a throwing error (11).
Reading (31-15) Beat Erie, 7-5 in an 11-inning walk off. Anthony Vasquez scattered 12 hits over his six innings (scattered?). he gave up only 4 runs and struck out six. Mario Hollands struck out three in 1.2 innings and maintained his 0.00 ERA in 3 rehab appearances for Reading. Gregory Infante blew the save with a lead off home run in the ninth. (I don’t know why he isn’t credited with a BS in the box score.) Hoby Milner struck out three in two, no-hit innings. He has a 0.00 ERA in 12 Reading appearances (14.1 IP; 12 K and 3 BB in the same span). Joely Rodriguez picked up his first win in his third appearance since returning to Reading. Reading pitchers struck out 14 Red Sox.
The Phils were outhit 15-10. Jesse Valentin, Jorge Alfaro, Jake Fox, and Angelo Mora had multi-hit games. Dylan Cozens had a 3-run home run. And, Mora had a game-winning, two-run home run. Fox also had 2 RBI. Cody Asche did not play.
- Vasquez – 6.0 IP, 12 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP.
- Hollands – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.
- Milner – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
- Quinn (.266) went 0-5.
- Asche (.167) DNP.
- Valentin (.268) went 2-5.
- Alfaro (.353) went 2-5.
- Cozens (.279) went 1-5 with a HR (13) and 3 RBI (39).
- Hoskins (.261) went 1-5 with a double.
- Jake Fox picked 2 more RBI (28).
- Mora (.275) went 2-5 with a HR (3) and 2 RBI (24).
- Valdez picked a runner off first.
Clearwater (27-19) Lost to the last place Brevard County Manatees again, 7-2. Ranfi Casimiro lasted only four innings. Victor Arano gave up two runs in three, one-hit innings. Jesen Therrien struck out the side in his one inning. Combined, the three Threshers’ pitchers struck out 14 batters in eight innings. The offense was stagnant again. Scott Kingery and Zach Green had the team’s 2 RBIs. Green hit his sixth home run.
- Casimiro – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 HBP.
- Arano – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP.
- Therrien – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.
- Kingery (.263) went 1-5 with a double and RBI (9).
- Pullin (.246) went 0-4.
- Tocci (.260) went 1-4.
- Martin (.250) went 1-4 with a double.
- Green (.271) went 1-3 with a HR (6), RBI (25), and HBP.
- Walding (.264) went 0-4.
- Sandberg (.252) went 1-3 with a HBP.
- Walding committed a fielding error (8).
- Numata had a PB (6).
Lakewood (17-28) Beat Hagerstown, 9-8 in a game where each pitching staff only allowed four earned runs. Leftwich gave up the BlueClaws’ 4 ER in his five innings, but got the win. Edgar Garcia gave up three unearned runs. Jacob Waguespack got his first save with 2.2 shutout innings. Brendon Hayden and Wilson Garcia had multi-hit games. Hayden had two RBI. Josh Tobias led off and was the only BlueClaw to go hitless in the game.
- Leftwich – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.
- Garcia – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
- Waguespack – 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, and stranded two inherited runners.
- Marrero (.280) DNP.
- Tobias (.270) went 0-5.
- Hayden (.278) went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI (4).
- Pujols (.241) went 1-4 with a BB.
- Garcia (.310) went 3-5 with a double and RBI (17).
- Hernandez (.259) went 1-4 with a double, BB, and RBI (13).
- Cumana stole a base (5).
- Biter was picked off (1).
- Hernandez (5) and Tobias (9) committed errors.
- Biter had an outfield assist.
- Bossart threw out 1 of 3 base stealers.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- 5/25 – Luis Morales assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 5/25 – Scott Harris assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- The Rosters are up to date here. I’ve been working on a color-coded legend that will reduce the number of legend entries, decrease the number of columns, and hopefully make the rosters more legible when they expand to eight when four more teams are added as the short-season and rookie teams start to play. I’m satisfied with the look and will probably make the changes later this week.