Box Score Recap – 5/29/2016

Lehigh Valley (25-24) Lost to Louisville, 10-6.  Zach Eflin (5-1, 2.81) had his worst start of the season and suffered his first loss.  Mario Hollands and Seve Gonzalez each allowed an inherited runner to score as the bull pen allowed four runs after Eflin left the game.  The offense could only manager seven hits.  Three came in their five-run first inning, highlighted by Cameron Perkins’ grand slam.  Cody Asche hit his first home run.  Darin Ruf and Perkins had two-hit games.

Odd stat: Eflin has allowed zero or one run in six of his starts.  He has five wins and a no decision in those starts.  Including today, he has given up five runs or more three times – two five-run no decisions and today’s six-run loss.  (1w-0w-5nd-0w-5nd-1w-0w-0nd-6L)

  • (#13) Eflin – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP.
  • Hollands (3.38) – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 of 1 inherited runners scored.
  • Gonzalez (2.91) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1, WP, 1 HBP, 1 of 2 inherited runners scored.
  • (#1) Crawford (.188) went 0-4 with 2 K.
  • Asche (.167) went 1-3 with a HR (1), RBI (2), and BB.
  • (#3) Williams (.287) went 1-3 with a BB.
  • Ruf (.255) went 2-4 with an RBI (13).
  • (#9) Knapp (.237) went 0-4.
  • Perkins (.310) went 2-4 with a HR (4) and 4 RBI (16).
  • (#23) Sweeney (.229) went 1-4 with a triple.
  • Featherston (12) committed a fielding error.
  • Knapp committed his 7th PB.

Trailing 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the IronPigs let Mario Hollands bat with two outs and Darnell Sweeney on third.  Hollands struck out looking.  There were five guys (four of them left-handed) on the bench – Hunter, Moore, Nina, Stassi, and Venable.  The Bats’ pitcher was right-handed.

Reading (33-17) Lost to New Hampshire, 11-8.  Ricardo Pinto (1-2, 4.38) lost for only his third decision in ten starts.  He never got on track on a day that saw the Phils’ commit five errors.  Two of the four errors that figured in the scoring in the first two innings were committed by Pinto.  Will Morris made his Reading debut.  Two of two inherited runners scored, but one came in on a double steal and the other scored on the fourth error mentioned above.  Morris proceeded to give up four runs of his own over the next few innings.  Joely Rodriguez finished up with five strike outs in three innings.

The Phils’ closed to within 10-6 in the top of the fourth and 11-8 in the seventh, but couldn’t overcome earlier pitching and defensive mistakes.  Roman Quinn, Carlos Alonso, Rhys Hoskins, and Jesse Valentin had multi-hit games.  Alonso, Jorge Alfaro, and Dylan Cozens had two RBIs each.  Cozens hit his 14th home run.

  • (#10) Pinto (1-2, 4.61) – 1.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP.
  • (#7) Quinn (.271) went 3-5 with a double, BB, and SB (24).
  • Alonso (.429) went 2-4 with 2 RBI and a BB.
  • (#6) Alfaro (.336) went 1-4 with 2 RBI (25).
  • (#22) Cozens (.274) went 1-4 with a BB, HR (14), 2 RBI (42), and 3 K.
  • (#19) Hoskins (.258) went 2-5 with a double.
  • Fox (.265) went 1-5 with 4 K.
  • Valentin (.270) went 2-4.
  • (#27) Brown (.230) DNP.
  • Errors – Pinto 2 (4), Marrero (1), Cozens (2), Valentin (4).

Clearwater (30-20) Lost to Lakeland, 11-4.  Matt Imhof lasted five batters into the third inning.  He started the first – BB, E-4, HR.  He retired six in a row until the start of the third which went – HR, BB, BB, HBP, two-run double.  Alberto Tirado made his first appearance at Clearwater and walked his first batter to load the bases.  He got a strike out but a Chace Numata passed ball during the next at bat allowed another run (which probably would have scored on the ensuing fly out to left).  Another strike out ended the inning.  Tirado gave up a couple runs of his own, as did the next reliever Joey DeNato.

Finding themselves in an early hole, the Threshers were unable to  mount any sort of a come back.  Mitch Walding, Derek Campbell, and Cord Sandberg had two-hit games.  Scott Kingery hit his third home run.

  • Imhof (4-3, 4.33)- 2.0 IP, 3 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 1 HBP.
  • (#20) Tirado (9.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.
  • (#11) Kingery (.273) went 1-3 as the DH with a HR (3) and RBI (11).
  • (#14) Tocci (.261) went 1-3 with an RBI (20).
  • Pullin (.216) went 1-4.
  • Martin (.239) went 0-4.
  • Green (.278) DNP.
  • Walding (.266) went 2-4 with a triple.
  • Sandberg (.253) went 2-4.
  • (#12) Canelo (.216) went 0-3 with a sac and RBI (15).
  • Errors – Campbell (3) and Canelo (12)
  • PB – Numata (7).
  • Pickoff – Denato.

Lakewood (18-30) Beat Delmarva, 4-2.  Jose Taveras (2-3, 3.15) threw seven innings of one-hit ball (a solo home run).  He walked two and struck out seven.  Jacob Waguespack (2.61) picked up his second save.  Josh Tobias, Austin Bossart, and Brendon Hayden had multi-hit games.  Deivi Grullon had 2 RBI and 2 BB.

  • Taveras – 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 96 pitches/66 strikes.
  • Waguespack – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
  • Tobias (.294) went 3-5.
  • (#29) Grullon (.234) went 1-2 with 2 BB and 2 RBI (8).
  • (#24) Pujols (.246) went 0-4 with a BB.
  • Hernandez (.255) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • Bossart (.238) went 2-4.
  • Hayden (.279) went 2-3 with BB.
  • SB – Tobias (3); Hayden (2); Duran, C (3)
  • CS – Grullon (1).

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

15 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/29/2016

  1. Roman Quinn’s month of May:

    .308/.411/.407, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 14BB/23SO, 15 stolen bases to only 2 caught stealings

    Man him and Herrera at the top of the lineup would be fun.

    1. Quinn will be near 500 PA at AA by the time the draft is done and short season starts. I’m not a huge “____________ NEED TO BE PROMOTED!!!” guy, but I think it would make sense to move him up to AAA at that point. He and Williams could both see some time with the big club when September call-ups happen.

      Speaking of promotion: I also wouldn’t mind seeing Kingery moved up to AA after the draft. He seems to be advanced enough to warrant aggressive movement.

  2. Perkins is up to his old power surge ways. Last year (2015), he hit 5 HRs in May and 3 in early June. His 5 HRs in May were mostly clustered in late May. He’s doing that again in 2016. Late May HR surge. He’s a big kid who has shown he can pop them out of the park but it hasn’t been consistently. I guess he likes when the warmer days come but when the heat is hotter than a pepper sprout, the power seems to wain. He had 2 injuries last year so we’ll wait and see.

    Tobias has pretty bad splits. He hits lefties to the tune of .404 but righties .254. Yesterday was a perfect example. He hit 3 times against a lefty starter and had 3 singles. He hit against a middle relief righty and flies out with 2 men in scoring position. His last AB was a lineout against the lefty reliever. Josh has 20 Ks and 15 BBs hitting against righties so his OBP (.351) is pretty good against them. He’ll have to improve that split to make it to AA someday. In A+, he can probably make it with that split but not beyond.

    Jose Taveres is showing great promise. He was signed late as a 20 y/o and pitched lights out in the DSL. He’s been pretty steadily moving up the ranks and reached A ball @ 22. He was very good as a reliever early in the season and has been starting for his last 5 outings. He’s given up 4 runs in 3 of those outings and 0 in one other and then yesterday’s 1 run. His Ks are improving each start and seems to have good control. He’s a promising arm — he says without seeing him — but he seems to be maturing right before our eyes.

  3. Eflin’s only three games out of eight starts have tended downward (below 50).
    GSs-59, 83, 48, 70, 38, 69, 78, 74, 28.
    At Scranton, at Pawtucket and yesterday vs Louisville…..all hitting clubs with MLB experience.

  4. Romus this might be the time that the lack of hitting catches up with the big club. The whole weekend wasn’t great for the minors either. Lhv losing three. You posterd
    we could go as low as 13 for next year. I don’t get that one. I think we could be in top 5 playing the way we are. and the things Ricky bo was saying yesterday about vv velocity. I didn’t see the whole game, I saw 95 a lot in the innings saw. But Ricky said he wasn’t in the high ninetys. Right now we are 3 games out of picking 8th. With a whole season to go. I don’t see this team going out and getting hitters. I don’t care if they did.. I rather see the young guys. I think most of us thought this year was a development year. Joseph at first is the first good move. Next is moving Chooch and releasing Howard. imo. Trying to get some value for hellickson. I just don’t get Bourjous playing. Rather see Perkins. to see how he handles big league pitching.

    1. The Phils are over .500 heading into June and you’re worried about the reverse standings?


    2. rocco… are correct, .the plan I would think is not to try to sneak into the playoffs by getting veteran bats at the deadline, but if it happens with the kids, it happens, if not so be it.
      But a few teams below them may catch fire and they are pretty decent teams.
      I would rather them get a top ten pick, but picking 12-15 still can get a quality player in JPC wasn’t a top ten pick.

    3. bourjous can’t hit major league pitching but he does play an outstanding defensive game and saves a lot of runs. this supports the phillies’ main strength, which has been good pitching. i look forward to the day when we have a more complete player in right field but for now he does serve a useful purpose.

  5. Eflin was rocked yesterday. A good start might have propelled him to the majors but the bad start showed that Eflin isn’t ready and probably reminded the decision makers that this year is about development and not major league results. Having Velasquez, Eflin and Pinto (and Imhof) all get rocked yesterday made it a bad day.

    1. Three out of Eflin’s nine starts were sub-par…..two away, one against Scranton and the other Pawtucket and Louisville has their share of quality bats.
      Agree…he still needs more AAA time.

  6. OK im still asking for a Perkins for Lough swap…but Featherston cant catch a lick…i guess Burris is safe a little longer. Tirado 3bbs 3 ks 2 ip…cordero is in EST right?

  7. Kingery showing even more power 3 rd digger . Quinn still Ab see if you can get him too 400. Everyone losing to the Cubs is the prospects earn a promotion then give it too them. Featherston is natural 2 nd baseman has never played 3rd before. Only reason he’s over there Phillies have no one else right now . He has the arm to do it .

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