Box Score Recap – 6/7/2016

Lehigh Valley (32-26) Beat Gwinnett, 11-6.  James Russell was lifted in the fifth inning having allowed three runs, but striking out six.  Michael Mariot stranded two runners, but gave up two runs of his own in his 1.2 innings.  So, of course, Mariot gets the win.  The IronPigs pounded out 15 hits.  Featherston, Williams, Knapp, and Perkins had three hits each.  Ruf had two.  Featherston hit his 8th home run.  He had three RBI, Williams had two, and Perkins had two.  Perkins is back over .300 (.308).

  • #1 Crawford (.169) went 0-51-4 with a BB.
  • #2 Thompson (4-5, 3.82) – DNP.
  • #3 Williams (.293) went 3-4 with a double, SF, 2 RBI (30), and SB (5).
  • #4 Appel – DL, shoulder strain.
  • #9 Knapp (.270) went 3-5 with an RBI (24).
  • #13 Eflin – DNP.
  • #17 Cordero – DL.
  • #23 Sweeney (.239) DNP
  • #26 Asher – DL, lower calf contusion.
  • #28 Ramos (0.54) – DNP.
  • #30 Lively – DNP.

Reading (40-19) Beat Akron, 11-1.  Nick Pivetta allowed one run thru five innings, but threw 99 pitches.  He struck out five.  The Phils took command with a seven-run fifth inning.  Harold Martinez’ two-run double put the Phils up 2-1.  Jorge Alfaro’s three-run home run put them up 5-1.  Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins followed with solo home runs. Jesse Valentin (.277) had four hits.  Cuban Osmel Aguila went 0-4 with a BB and 2 K.

  • #6 Alfaro (.324) went 2-4 with a HR (5), SF, and 4 RBI (31).
  • #7 Quinn DNP.  per manager (below) he has tightness in his hamstring.
  • #10 Pinto – DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – (6-4, 4.05) 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 99 pitches/68 strikes.
  • #19 Hoskins (.258) went 3-5 with a double, HR (13), and 2 RBI (40).
  • #22 Cozens (.282) went 2-4 with a HR (16), BB, and RBI (46).
  • #28 Brown (.240) DNP.

Clearwater (32-24) Lost to Tampa, 2-1.  Yacksel Rios made his first start after four appearances out of the bullpen for the Threshers.  He was on a 75-80 pitch limit or five innings, whichever came first.  Rios breezed thru the first four innings on 53 pitches, two hits and a walk.

Rios looked sharper in the fifth, his curve was snapping off better, and his fastball was still 94-95 mph, mostly 95 mph.  He struck out the first batter in the fifth on three pitches, the third a 95 mph FB the batter couldn’t touch.  He got the second batter on a 1-2 pop up to first base in foul territory, but the AB lasted seven pitches as the batter fouled off four to extend the AB.

Rios committed his biggest mistake of the inning when he walked the next batter in a seven-pitch AB that included three more foul balls.  This was the nine-hole hitter, a backup catcher with a .219 average and only 2 walks on the season.  The next batter crushed a 1-1 change up onto the left field berm for a 2-0 lead.  Up until the walk, Rios looked sharp.

Rios went 5.0 IP with 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.  He threw 79 pitches/48 strikes.  His FB was 93-95, t97 mph.  (He threw 10 at 93, 14 at 94, and 16 at 95 mph.)  He hit 95 mph, 5 times in his fifth inning.  All three of his Ks were swinging – 2 at 95 mph FB and one at an 89 mph SL(?). He induced 4 other s&m at 95, 86, 94, and 85 mph.

Rios pitched well.  He seemed to get stronger and more confident as the game went on.  His pitch sequence on the first batter in the fifth was neat – first pitch CB for a called strike, 85 mph change up for a swinging strike, and a 95 mph heater for a swinging K.  Three batter later he was looking at a 2-0 hole after his only 2 mistakes of the night.

Unfortunately, the Threshers have had trouble scoring runs and coming from behind.  A fatal combination.

The Threshers put runners on base in every inning and had runners in scoring position in four innings.  They couldn’t muster anything more than Kyle Martin’s sacrifice fly.  Kingery was caught stealing second in the first.  Green was stranded after a one-out double in the second.  A double play erased Gabriel Lino after a lead off single in the third.  Canelo wasn’t advanced after a lead off single in the fourth.  Canelo popped out with the bases loaded in the fifth.  In the seventh, with a runner on third, Canelo bunted for a base hit to score the run, but pushed it too close to the pitcher.  Pullin walked with one out in the eighth and was stranded.  Martin led off the ninth with a single but was erased on a game-ending double play by Derek Campbell.  Campbell was almost a hero three pitches earlier when he drove a ball deep to left that curled foul.

Even when they did score it was a cluster-flop.  They opened the sixth with a walk and a single.  After a FC erased the lead runner, an infield single loaded the bases for a second time in the game.  This time with only one out.  Martin pushed one run in with his SF.  The inning ended when Walding was picked off first.  He tried to draw a run down for Zach Green on third, but the Yankees were alert and caught Green at the plate.  I don’t think this was a designed play, but you never know.

Manager Greg Legg pulled out all the stops in a very important game in the first half division race.  A loss would drop the Threshers to 4.5 games behind the Yankees with 12 to play.  Legg used Chace Numata as a pinch runner for Lino, and batted Campbell for Cord Sandberg.  These are moves that rarely are made in most games at this level.  I rarely see pinch anything down here.  There was a little more attention to situational relief – DeNato was left in to pitch to a LH batter leading off the seventh (he struck him out) before Hockenberry was brought in to retire 2 RH batters (he struck out one).  Ulises Joaquin dominated the six batter he faced – 2 ground outs, a pop up and 3 K.  There were a lot more attempted sacrifice bunts attempted (only one was successful).  It had the feel of a game with playoff implications.  Maybe the pickoff was a planned play.

  • #11 Kingery (.265) went 1-3 with a BB.
  • #12 Canelo (.225) went 1-4.
  • #14 Tocci (.246) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • #15 Eshelman (3.54) – DNP.
  • #20 Tirado – assigned to XST.
  • #21 Garcia DNP.

Lakewood (22-35) Beat Lexington, 2-0.  Luke Leftwich (5-3, 2.43) pitched eight innings of shutout ball.  He gave up five hits and no walks.  He struck out eight.  Edgar Garcia picked up his first save.  The BlueClaws made the most of their three hits.  Josh Tobias’ SF plated Jiandido Tromp who had tripled in the first.  And Deivi Grullon’s RBI double scored Jan Hernandez who reached on an error in the eighth.

  • #5 Randolph DL, shoulder.
  • #8 Kilome – DNP.
  • #24 Pujols (.243) – went 0-3 with a K.
  • #29 Grullon (.228) – went 1-3 with a double and RBI (9).

The DSL rosters contain no ranked prospects.  However, they do contain a lot of recently signed young players.  Since July 2015, sixteen international signings were significant enough that I saw notices or articles about the transactions.  Fifteen of those players are on the DSL rosters.  The 16th,Jhailyn Ortiz, is still in XST and expected to play in the GCL. I’ll treat the 15 players as “prospects” until they or others convince us otherwise.  I’ll list them below, but will wait until the SSS is not such an extreme SSS before posting stats. The information below contains Position when signed, Name, Signing date, and Country.

DSL1  (0-3) Lost to DSL Astros Blue, 8-7.  They rallied from an early 7-0 deficit to make it close.  17-year old, Dixon Gutirrez went 3-4 with a double and is hitting .700 (7 for 10) after 3 games.

  • SS, Keudy Bocio went 3-4 with a triple, RBI, and BB.
  • SS, Jonathan Guzman went 0-5.
  • LHP, Manuel Silva – DNP.
  • RHP, Jean Carlos Valdez – DNP.
  • C, Ismael Rosado went 0-2 with 2 BB.
  • RHP, Jesus De Los Santos – DNP.
  • 3B, Leonardo Colagrossi- DNP.
  • OF, Jose Estrada – DNP.
  • LHP, Roimy Mendoza – DNP.
  • OF, Juan Carlos Smith – DNP.

DSL2  (0-2)  Postponed: Rain.

  • RHP, Luis Ramirez, 10/16/2015, Venezuela
  • RHP, Leonel Aponte, 11/19/2015, Venezuela
  • LHP, Jose Jimenez, 1/26/2016, Dominican Republic
  • C, Carlos Oropeza, 1/28/2016, Venezuela
  • SS, Rafael Marchan, 7/3/2015, Venezuela ($200K signing, has already been moved to catcher)

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 6/7 – Phillies sent David Lough outright to Lehigh Valley.
  • 6/7 – Osmel Aguila assigned to Reading from Clearwater.
  • 6/7 – John Richy assigned to Clearwater from Reading.
  • 6/7 – Samuel Hiciano assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport.
  • 6/7 – Scott Harris assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood.
  • 6/7 – Jacob Waguespack assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.


45 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/7/2016

  1. Every now and then it occurs to me what a great site you run here, Jim. Just thanks.

  2. Nice to see Leftwich doing it again . The Hr crew Alfaro, Cozens, Hoskins, man looks good . Featherston a double away from the cycle , Williams raking it . The Phillies phture is looking good . Ty God for making baseball.

    1. After Alfaro’s HR, he put a charge into one that went to the warning track. Impressive display of hitting by Reading last night, they were putting good swings on a number of balls.

  3. Don’t want to make a big deal out of it because it could be nothing, but it’s a little dis-heartening to see another leg injury for Roman Quinn. Hopefully it’s minor and they are just being proactive about it, but man, he cannot keep his legs healthy….

    1. As much as I wanna see the electricity that Quinn brings with his wheels at CBP, along with the rest of his athleticism, I have been restraining my excitement for that reason. I’m looking forward to an outfield of Williams-Herrera-Altherr later this summer. And start from there.

    2. Since it was a road game it wasn’t Reading’s announcers on milbtv last night but Quinn was the 1B coach last night. He looked fine, granted he was just standing next to the bag.

  4. Last night was another fun night to follow the pharm. I’m not concerned about JPC. Still seeing reports suggesting he’s a man among boys regarding his pedigree as a future major leaguer. It’s adjustment time for him right now. Confident we’ll see him, Williams and Alfaro in starting lineup opening day ’17.

  5. Crawford needs to get it going. This confirms for me that he’s not ready yet. We probably won’t see him for another year as the Phils will want to control him for an extra year by delaying his start. Williams however is hitting his way closer to Philly and looking like a Sept call up, unless the Phils pull the plug on Asche/Goeddel/ Paredes OF. As for Reading’s 3/4/5 hitters, they sure would look good in Philly in late 2017.
    Leftwich is jumping up my prospect list, what a hood year he’s having. Richy unfortunately is going the other way.

  6. Valentin seems to go in streaks this season…3 or 4 straight plus games then a few below par at the plate, but still trying to forge himself into the 2nd base prospect queue.

  7. Wait I have to look up Queve in dictionary?


    A vaginal fart, sometimes caused by pressure in rear so wind escapes out the front but can also be used to describe that loud ugly sound that occurs when wind enters the vagina during intercourse.

    1. rocco….funny again…..get the spelling correct and try again.
      And also put down the weed…I know one joint for Charlie Hayes and ole time sake, but……………:)

    2. Rocco, just read that at my desk at work. I am dying laughing, people are looking at me funny.

      1. and they grind and refuse to lose — coming from behind, slugfest, pitching duel, walk offs — this group just continue to find ways to get the W!!

  8. Knapp is starting to get hot…up to .270…maybe in another month he might get the call if they move Ruiz. This can also open up a spot for Alfara in LHV. Williams can be sooner.

    1. Knapp can flat out hit – once he gets his stride, you’ll see how he shines at the plate. He has one of the most perfect swings I’ve ever seen – and from both sides of the plate. He will hit – he’s just got to figure out where he can fit in on the field.

      1. catch…I wish you wouldn’t post those things… posted the same thing years ago about Asche and Walding’s swings, if I recall.

        1. LOL – you may be right.

          On Asche – he has a great swing – still does. It hasn’t morphed into results for reasons that are not always clear to me.

          Walding’s swing is also great – but other people were mostly saying that, including a guy from Fangraphs. I think Walding simply can’t hit good pitching.

          The difference with Knapp is that he has much better contact skills than someone like Walding and I believe Asche as well. We will see, but I’m a big believer in Knapp the hitter.

          1. Whew…..that sounds better.
            I would hate for you to jinx him.
            But in reality he was the best hitting catcher in his draft class.

      1. Either Eflin or Lively would be fine and it wouldn’t shock me if they give Oberholzer another start – he is historically a starter after all.

          1. No f’ing way – there’s no reason for that guy to start a game for the Phillies right now. They have about 3 or more options that are better.

            1. My sentiments also, but keep in mind this is a club with the mindset that sits Joseph and lets Howard play.

        1. the Phils will probably utilize anybody in the 40-man first. i can see Garcia (or Hollands) being called up and move Obbie to fulltime starter and see if starting gig can work better for him.

  9. Eflin has been removed from the lineup tonight and replaced with Seve Gonzalez

    Looks like Eflin gets the callup

    1. is the roster full? who gets the boot to accomodate Eflin in the 40-man? Mariot? Buchanan?

    2. Phillies beat writer Meghan Montemurro pointed out on twitter that Eflin had already been replaced with Severino Gonzalez as the Ironpigs SP tonight in the Phillies pre-game notes today. That was before Velasquez threw his first pitch.

  10. Wandy Rodriguez is looking too op out of his contract in Balt. He could be ok for the short term.

  11. Jimmy Paredes, is anyone excited about this guy? I don’t think he showed up at the party with anything. I can’t see why they even bothered to purchase him. How can a team that is good at selecting rule 5 talent be so inept at FA signings and acquisitions.

  12. I noticed in tonight’s LHV box score that Mario Hollands pitched 3 innings. Are they stretching him out for some reason. He’s just off the DL rehab assignment. Odd…..

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