Box Score Recap – 5/27/2016

Lehigh Valley (25-22) Lost to Louisville, 6-4 in 11 innings.  Ben Lively made his debut at AAA and turned in a quality start, 2 earned runs in seven innings.  Bobby LaFromboise and Luis Garcia combined to allow the Bats 2 important insurance runs in the eighth.  The IronPigs rallied to tie in the bottom of the inning but lost when Michael Mariot surrendered two runs in the eleventh.  The ‘Pigs were outhit 13-5.  Darin Ruf had 2 of those hits and his 5th home run.  Cody Asche made his first AAA rehab start.

  • (#30) Lively – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.
  • Garcia allowed an inherited runner to score.
  • (#1) Crawford (.250) went 0-4 with a BB.
  • Asche (.200) went 1-5 with a double and RBI.
  • (#3) Williams (.274) went 1-5 with an RBI (21) and 4 K.
  • Ruf (.256) went 2-4 with a HR (5) and 2 RBI (12).
  • (#9) Knapp (.244) went 0-5.
  • (#23) Sweeney (.233) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • Perkins (.297) entered as a PR/defensive replacement and didn’t bat.
  • Williams (4) stole a base.
  • LaFromboise picked off a runner.
  • Knapp threw out 2 of 2 runners attempting to steal bases.

Reading (33-15) Beat New Hampshire, 9-8 in 13 innings.  With Ben Lively’s promotion this became a bullpen game for the Phils.  Reading used 6 pitchers.  Hoby Milner blew the save in the 12th, but got the win in the 13th.  He allowed an inherited runner to score after relieving Miguel Nunez who had walked the bases loaded.  Milner picked up his third win and kept his ERA at 0.00.

The Phils had 14 hits.  Dylan Cozens, Jake Fox, Christian Marrero, Aaron Brown, and KC Serna had multi-hit games. Brown hit his first home run, a game-tying, 3-run homer with one out in the top of the ninth.  Serna gave the Phils the lead in the top of the 12th with an RBI single.  After Quinn threw out the potential game-winning run in the bottom of the inning, Fox gave the Phils the lead in the 13th with an RBI single.

  • Reading pitchers issued 12 walks (issuing 3 IBB), hit 2 batters (both by Leiter),  and struck out 12 batters.
  • (#7) Quinn (.254) went 1-6 with a SB (23).
  • Valentin (.272) went 0-5 with a BB.
  • (#6) Alfaro (.339) went 1-6 with an RBI (23).
  • (#22) Cozens (.280) went 2-6 with a double, RBI (40), and 3 K.
  • (#19) Hoskins (.259) went 1-5 with an RBI (32).
  • Fox (.260) went 2-6 with an RBI (29).
  • Marrero (.241) went 2-6.
  • (#27) Brown (.228) went 3-5 with a HR (1) and 3 RBI (9).
  • Serna (.323) went 2-4 with an RBI (12) and BB.
  • Brown (3) and Serna (1) were CS.
  • Quinn had an OF assist at home in the 12th to preserve the tie.
  • Serna (3) committed a fielding error.

Clearwater (29-19) Beat Lakeland, 2-1 in 10 innings.  Tyler Viza struck out 11 in six innings. Yacksel Rios threw two, one-hit innings.  Alexis Rivero picked up his third win with two no-hit innings.  Kyle Martin’s tenth inning, solo home run provided the winning margin.

  • Viza (2.68)- 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 103 pitches/70 strikes.
  • Rios (1.59) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.
  • Rivero (3-1, 1.14) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
  • (#11) Kingery (.274) went 2-4 with a double, RBI (10), and BB.
  • (#12) Canelo (.213) went 0-5.
  • (#14) Tocci (.254) went 1-5.
  • Pullin (.231) DNP.
  • Martin (.249) went 1-5 with a HR (8) and RBI (31).
  • Green (.279) went 2-4 with a HBP.
  • Walding (.263) went 1-4 with a BB.
  • Sandberg (.247) went 1-4.
  • Derek Campbell had 2 hits.
  • Sandberg (6) stole a base.
  • Tocci (4) was CS.
  • Lino (6) and Tocci (1) committed errors.

Take a look a Tyler Viza.  In 43.2 IP he has walked 7 (1.44/9) and struck out 49 (10.01/9).  His BB/K is 1/7.  He could be the leading candidate to replace Ben Lively in Reading.  No matter who goes up though, look for Will Morris to return to the Clearwater rotation.  He was stashed away in XST when Shane Watson was promoted rather than being sent to Lakewood.

Lakewood (18-29) Beat Delmarva, 8-5.  Franklyn Kilome finally picked up his first win.  He went six innings, giving up 3 runs.  Carlos Duran led off and walked 3 times.  Josh Tobias and Jose Pujols had 3-hit games.  Five different players had one RBI – Tobias, Pujols, Deivi Grullon, Brendon Hayden, and Emmanuel Marrero.

  • (#8) Kilome – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP.
  • Duran (.261) went 0-2 with 3 BB.
  • Tobias (.280) went 3-5 with an RBI (28).
  • (#24) Pujols (.251) went 3-5 with a double, RBI (31),  and 2 K.
  • (#29) Grullon (.239) went 1-5 with an RBI (6).
  • Tobias (2), Tromp (7), and Pujols (4) stole bases.
  • Marrero (6) committed a throwing error.
  • Tromp and Duran had outfield assists.
  • Grullon picked a runner off first base.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • 5/27/16 – Phillies sent Cody Asche on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley.
  • 5/27/16 – Phillies sent Mario Hollands on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley.
  • 5/27/16 – Lehigh Valley placed Mark Appel on the 7-Day DL. Strained right shoulder.
  • 5/27/16 – Ben Lively assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading.
  • 5/27/16 – Clearwater placed Jesen Therrien on the 7-Day DL.
  • 5/27/16 – Alberto Tirado assigned to Clearwater from XST.
  • The Rosters are up to date here.

48 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/27/2016

  1. I love Viza. I have since 2014, when they trotted out a 19 y/o 24 times and allowed him to take 17 losses. His makeup wasn’t to get down on himself but get right back out there 5 days later. But his stats are showing a little chink in that armor. He’s given up 51 hits in his 43 IP. Opposing hitters are mashing at a .287 clip. His K and BB ratios are amazing but there are a lot of guys on base when he has to rear back for that K to get out of an inning. Most people would call that living on borrowed time. On an ER basis, he’s had 6 very good starts (2 runs allowed or less), 1 average (3 runs) and 1 lousy start (5 runs). He’s limiting the damage but it appears he’s always one big hit away from having the game get away from him. At a higher level, that hit is more likely to occur. I’m not against moving him up but set your expectation appropriately.

    1. While you never subtract stats from a players line you do look at outliers in their game. Two of his starts as follows
      IP H R ER HR HBP BB IBB SO NP-S AVG WHIP GO/AO
      2.0 10 6 5 0 1 1 0 2 63-42 .290 1.38 1.11
      5.0 10 5 3 1 0 1 0 5 89-60 .248 1.15 1.41

      The other 6 combined
      IP H R ER HR HBP BB IBB SO NP- S AVG WHIP GO/AO
      35.2 31 6 5 3 0 5 0 42 540-376 .223 1.02 2.00

      I will allow others to infer what they want from the statistics that here, however I do believe that if he continues the way he has been going he has a floor of a 4/5 backend starter with the ceiling of a mid rotation #3. I don’t have any scouting reports to go off of so I wont put his ceiling too high.

      1. Here is JP’s write up from last month’s game:
        “Viza has a 5-pitch mix that includes a FastBall, Cutter, SLider, CHange up, and Curve Ball. He seemed to mix his pitches and velocity well, but the stadium gun failed on 28 of his 85 pitches (32.9%). He threw 24 FB from 91-93, t94 mph (7, 10, 6, 1). He struck out 5 batters, 4 swinging. He got 15 called strikes and 6 swinging strikes. His strike outs came on pitches of 89 (looking), unknown, unknown, 84, and 82 mph.”

          1. Unfortunately….many pundits label a RHP’s projection in a future rotation based on velo. even Nola was labeled by many as a future #3.
            Viza could be in that category.
            Unless you sit at 94-95 and T96, like ViVe, you are not projected and labeled as a #1 or #2.

            1. Rare exception is Greg Maddux, with whom Nola gets comped if only as a type and of course not yet projected.

            2. Actually, once Maddux had a 2/3 years with the Cubs that all changed….but was that the case in his minor league career or even his first few years where he wasn’t that effective?
              I am speaking prior to a pitcher establishing themselves at the MLB level.

            3. Romus I think over the years you could count on one hand , How may right-handers are top of rotation with low velo. It just harder to be ace for a right-hander with low velo. Biggest mistake I make and realized it. is I think every pitcher they get should be a ace. You can see too guys like Shelby miller getting killed when they don’t throw as hard. Right handers imo need that velo to be able to get guys not to lay for there fastball. when they cant throw hard. Not many can keep getting guys out with all breaking balls. The control factor Is big if you just throw braking balls. Look I know Maddox was great. I seen him a lot. One thing that always stood in my mind was the umpires giving him a wider plate. He got strikes. 5 inches off the plate. One thing nola has is the movement on his fastball. He can run it in to batters and has movement. Most low velo guys don’t have that. Just my opinion . people think you can have good top of rotation guy who throw 90 then so be it. I don’t think so

  2. Good start for Lively. Viza should’ve started in Reading. Lakewood bat woke up. Could anybody please update us on Tirado’s status? Is he going to start games in Clearwater or Morris? Why Morris was kept in XST as suposed to Lakewood where Arauz, Leftwitch, Gilbert and now Kilome are shouldering the rotation?

    1. LouisC…..I would think before they stretch out Tirado to start…they would try to correct his command and control issues with the 8 games he was in last month as a reliever..

  3. Kilome’s last four starts: 8.57 K/9, 2.57 BB/9, 1.19 WHIP, 2.78 FIP. It’s great to see him shake off a truly rough start to the season and assert himself on the mound. Hopefully he continues to trend upward.

  4. Viza has come around and his numbers are commendable.
    What is his stuff and approach? …velo?….pitching to contact?
    H/9@9.4 and WHIP of 1.3(hits skewed) can be improved.
    But BB/9 of 1.4 is impressive.

  5. Lively pitched well and showed he’s deserving of promotion. Knapp throwing out two guys is a small but very positive thing. The Reading group is such a treat to follow with all their prospects. Nunez is obviously having a problem throwing strikes. I hope he’s not hurt.

  6. Kingery continues to have solid games ever since “the great Scott Kingery debate”. Little man has some serious gap power

    1. I think he’s a Placido Polanco type player, only with more speed/base stealing, though perhaps lower BA. Glove work. Solid all around, including heady approach to the game.

      1. If he’s as good as Polanco we should all celebrate. Polanco played to a 41 bWAR over his career – he was one of the most underrated players of his generation. He wasn’t Scott Rolen, but he was damned good.

        1. Polanco in his prime is just about as good of a 2 hole hitter as you can get. Works the count, knows how to foul off pitches, can get a base hit at will. Give me that all day.

  7. He was probably checking in on Phuture Phils and got motivated to up his game. That is sarcasm! I liked him when they drafted him. I said he reminded me of the guys the Cards always seem to find, who look like a ballplayer in the way they approach the game. I am still high on him and hope he continues to play well and gets to Reading by the end of the season.

    1. I wonder what that pop is gonna look like at first energy. I think we’ll see a few more balls go over the wall. It sure would be nice to have him play with some of the expected phuture phillies (Alfaro, Cozens, Quinn) while they’re sill in reading so he can start building some chemistry.

    2. Analytics goes a long way to quantify past performance, production and projectability. Some of it is way over my head as into the game as I am. However, what CAN’T be quantified is chemistry between teammates, character (by that I mean what you see in a player’s eyes), and having one’s head in the game. Chase Utley wouldn’t have been half the player he’s been had his head not be straight. As exciting as he is, Odubel Herrera isn’t exactly the brightest bulb on base or in CF. He’s young still, but my point is evaluation and development MUST include these intangibles, as subjective as it is. That’s what made Gillick a hall of famer, and that’s why I’m high on Kingery, Crawford, Alfaro, Williams and Eflin….and from what I read, even a HS kid like Moniak.

      1. How exactly is Herrera not “the brightest bulb on base or in CF”? Dude basically learned the position at the big league level last year. He also took it upon himself during the offseason to refine his approach at the plate, and has subsequently TRIPLED his BB rate while cutting down on Ks. Did he get benched last week for not running out a ground ball? Sure. I also see him play with more energy than anybody else on that team 99 percent of the time. He’s plenty dedicated.

        Just out of curiosity … how do you know Kingery, Crawford, etc. possess these intangibles that Herrera does not? You can’t be serious that it’s just a look they have in their eyes?

        1. I like Herrera a lot. Not picking on him. He is a catalyst. And he’s a bona-fide major league impact player. My point is some players have an inherent knack or 6th sense which can’t be taught. From the reports and interviews I’ve seen and read – and this is conjecture – it’s a quality that gets missed or disregarded too often in my opinion. By the look in their eyes, I simply mean they get it. They’re not easily overwhelmed by where they are. Dom Brown had all the tools. Something was missing.

      2. 8nark…I assume you mean today the first inning pick off first by Hendricks and then the jump in front of Lough in LF for the fly ball. He may need more experience in CF, especially when it comes to communication… ‘Yo lo tengo’…as for the on base blunder, perhaps concentration needs more refinement.
        A lot of the LA kids grew up playing sandlot ball…as opposed to most all North America kids , beginning with Tee Ball thru Little League and AAU and HS…have been schooled and coached on all the nuances of the game. There in lies the differences in what you perceive as the ‘brightest bulb’.
        for the most part, LA kids are not taught starting at 5-years old.

  8. Great point! A number of these guys seem to have developed friendships from what I read. The LHV Pitchers, Williams and JP. Kingery seems to fit, personality wise, with those Reading guys.

  9. anyone here have milb tv? is it worth it? I was debating getting it but didn’t know how much I would watch it since I already have mlb tv..I guess I could watch on different devices at the same time but maybe that would be overload

    1. I’ve had it for years, love the on demand feature so that I can watch both Reading and LV plus Lakewood on the few times they are shown. There are still 2 more Lakewood series upcoming I believe.

  10. I was talking to an O’s fan who was at the Shorebirds/Lakewood game on the 26th, while they didn’t hit any homers he said they were making good contact all night but they were staying in the yard. Said one guy hit it out to the warning track on a broken bat. Seems like they were making good contact last night as well.

    As an FYI, during the LV game the other day, they said Appel they didn’t know the injury but didn’t want him to throw his bull pen session and wanted him to sit for precautionary reasons.. Ascher they said was in a boot after failing the agility test and the results on his ankle were worse then expected so they don’t know how long he’ll be out yet.

    1. I Can’t wait to see him tonight on tv, It will only be my second time seeing him, and I believe elfin is pitching, channel 58 which I believe is a Bethlehem station.

    1. It was not written by me, it was written by one of the new writers. Just want to give credit where credit is due.

  11. Waiting for Williams to start to hit lefties better…which would allow his becoming part of the big club sometime this season. Eflin for Morgan seems likely by July. Knapp needs more playing timer at LV…with Alfaro hot on his heels. Lively showing well enough to see him coming up in Sept at least. Also in Sept, Crawford up. Kingery up to Reading by August. Hellickson traded in July?

  12. What do posters here think of Heywood’s long term contract? He is at .220 now…and never hit all that well…but is a fine defensive outfielder. Comments?

    1. Surprised Cubs went for him at that price. Cardinals just don’t overpay anyone.

      On a separate note, watching the Cubs’ Hendricks throw 90 pithese thru 8ip. What I would give to have a couple arms in our system that efficient.

      1. Why should the cardinal over pay for anyone? They are quote a small market team, which I think is a joke. They get extra picks every year. If you have good scouts, and get 3 or 4 picks in the first 45 you should be able to find talent. The extra picks for the and the marlins. whos owner is a disgrace. When he get top talent he trades it. Now he has signed Stanton to long term and the couple others. But he isn’t going to spend the type of money to be a championship team. He needs to get lucky in th draft and have a ton of talent develop fast to compete.

    2. People love his defense and obp. He never had shown big power. I think he only had over 20 homeruns one year. I wouldn’t have paid him that money. But I am in the minority.

    3. Heywood does have age on his side to try to right his career from the plate perspective
      And from all the great young talent the Cubs have…..an oldtimer like Zobrist has come in as a FA and given them a great spark.
      .

    1. Have liked him even though he can’t seem to put it together. Haven’t given up completely but there are enough legit prospects at this point that I won’t be crushed if he never makes it.

      1. He hasn’t been in the system very long, especially for a guy we knew to be raw as a hitter when he was drafted. Hopefully he keeps progressing and continues to quiet the Andrew Pullin Fanclub that wanted him demoted last month.

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