Box Score Recap – 6/12/2016

Lehigh Valley (34-29) Lost to Durham, 10-3.  James Russell (1-2, 3.77) gave up 4 runs in the first and couldn’t survive 3 more in the fourth.  Seve Gonzalez (3.51) came in and stranded two inherited runners before going on to toss 4.2 innings of 1-hit ball with 6 strike outs. Logan Moore (.406 – 13 for 32) had 2 hits in four at bats but struck out twice and committed a fielding error in the ninth that led to 3 unearned runs.  Cedric Hunter (.299) hit his 5th home run.

  • #1 Crawford (.165) went 1-4 with an RBI (5).
  • #2 Thompson (5-5, 3.42) – DNP.
  • #3 Williams (.282) went 0-4.
  • #4 Appel – DL, shoulder strain.
  • #9 Knapp (.267) DNP.
  • #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – DNP.
  • #17 Cordero – DL.
  • #23 Sweeney (.235) went 0-2 with a BB, SF, and RBI (16).
  • #26 Asher – DL, shin fracture.
  • #28 Ramos (0.48) – DNP.
  • #30 Lively (3-0, 2.09) – DNP.

Reading (45-19) Beat Altoona, 2-1.  Nick Pivetta pitched 7.0 innings of 3-hit, shutout ball.  The Curve scored in the 8th on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Gregory Infante (3.06).  The Phils bailed out the reliever in the bottom of the ninth on Jesse Valentin’s (.273) bases-loaded, 2-RBI single.  Center fielder KC Serna threw a runner out at home after an errant pickoff throw at second in the sixth inning.  Serna also walked 4 times from the leadoff spot.  Angelo Mora (.282) had 2 hits including a double.

  • #6 Alfaro (.311) went 0-4.
  • #7 Quinn DNP.  Tightness in his hamstring.
  • #10 Pinto – (4.25) DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – (6-4, 3.67) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 98 pitches/64 strikes.
  • #19 Hoskins (.278) went 0-4 with 3 K.
  • #22 Cozens (.290) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • #28 Brown (.241) entered as a PR for Jake Fox and scored the winning run.

Clearwater (35-26) Beat Charlotte, 4-1.  Elniery Garcia battled himself all day but kept the Marauders off the board.  Victor Arano (3.09) relieved in the seventh and popped the mitt at 94-97 mph while striking out 3 in his 2.0 innings.  He allowed an unearned run after a Chace Numata PB (9).  Ulises Joaquin (1.37) picked up his 4th save striking out 2 in the ninth.  He got the final out looking at a nasty 84 mph change up.

Carlos Tocci batted leadoff again, and got 3 hits.  He led off 1 innings with doubles.  Kyle Martin (.243) and Mitch Walding (.286) each had 2-hit games.  Tocci scored on Scott Kingery’s SF in the first.  Walding followed with a 2-run HR (9).  Martin picked up his team leading 37th RBI in the fifth.  Walding has 33 RBI.

  • #11 Kingery (.263) went 1-3 with a double, SF, and RBi (15).
  • #12 Canelo (.220) went 0-2 with a HBP.
  • #14 Tocci (.248) went 3-4 with 2 doubles and a SB (9).
  • #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) – DNP.
  • #20 Tirado – assigned to XST.
  • #21 Garcia (6-2, 1.97) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 109 pitches/71 strikes.

It was apparent early that Garcia was not his sharpest.  He hadn’t pitched in the 9 days since his first son was born back in the Dominican Republic.  Perhaps the extra days off affected him.  In any event, in spite of retiring the Maruaders in order in the first, he was high with his fastball.

Garcia really struggled in the second inning.  He needed 33 pitches to dispatch the Marauders.  He remained high with his FB and pitched from behind against all 6 batters he faced in the inning.  He ran 3 three-ball counts and walked back-to-back batters to load the bases.  He escaped the inning when batter missed the 17th strike he threw in the inning.

Garcia rebounded in the third sort of.  He walked his season-high tying third batter but retired the other three.  He wasn’t missing high anymore, but rather in and out now.  His pitch count after three innings was 63/38 strikes.

In the fourth, Garcia gave up his second hit and proceeded to pick the guy off first.  He got the next two batters on a pop up and a spectacular diving catch by Andrew Pullin approaching the foul line in left.

Garcia retired the side in order in the fifth, but pushed his pitch count up to 94 due to a 12-pitch strike out.  He followed that with his fifth and final K for the day.

Surprisingly, Garcia came out for the sixth.  After a hard line drive to Tocci in center, he gave up a shift-beating single to left.  With 3 fielders on the left side, the batter grounded a ball thru the spot where the shortstop normally stands.  Garcia ran two more deep counts getting the final two outs.  he finished with 110 pitches.  He threw 115 in his last start.  It was the third consecutive start where he went over the century mark and fourth time this season.

Garcia pitched from behind most of the day.  He finished having thrown just 9 of 23 first pitch strikes.  He was 1 of 9 in the first two innings, and 6 of 19 after five.  He ran a lot of deep counts too, seven 3-ball counts.

On the positive side of the ledger, he got stronger as the game progressed.  He threw 76 fastballs among his 109 pitches.  In the first 3 innings, he threw 40 – 8 at 92, 20 at 91, 3 at 90, 9 at 89 mph.  In the fourth, he hit 93 mph 3 times.  Over his final 3 innings, he threw 36 FB – 3 at 93, 12 at 92, 12 at 91, 7 at 90, and 2 at 89 mph.

He also stopped throwing a curve ball as much after the first three innings.  He threw 15 all game but only 5 after the third.

Garcia induced 12 swings-and-misses, most on his FB and 3 on his change.  He recorded four of his five strike outs swinging – 89, 85, 92, and 91.  And one looking at a 92 mph FB.

You can’t argue with his end result.  But Garcia had to battle for it.  It didn’t come easy.

Lakewood (24-38) Lost to Delmarva, 5-3.  Tyler Gilbert (3-6, 4.43) gave up 5 runs in 4.1 innings.  He served up 3 solo home runs.  Zach Morris (3.48) struck out 4 in 2.2 innings but unleashed 2 WP.  Damek Tomscha (.275) had 2 hits including a double.  Jiandido Tromp hit a two-run home run, his 9th of the season and 3rd in 4 games.  His 3 RBI (28) accounted for all 3 of the BlueClaws runs.  Tomscha (4) and Carlos Duran (4) stole bases.

  • #8 Kilome – DNP.
  • #24 Pujols (.235) went 0-5 with 2 K.
  • #29 Grullon (.221) DNP.

DSL1  (2-5) DNP.

  • Dixon Gutierrez (.458)
  • Keudy Bocio (.125)
  • Jonathan Guzman (.267)
  • Ismael Rosado (.067)
  • Jean Carlos Valdez –
  • Jesus De Los Santos –

DSL2  (2-5)  DNP.

  • Luis Ramirez –
  • Leonel Aponte (0-1, 2.08) –
  • Jose Jimenez –
  • Carlos Oropeza (.273)
  • Rafael Marchan (.143)

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

16 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/12/2016

  1. We all are watching Kingery in the hope he will succeed and before too long he will well-fill 2b on the big club. Does anybody have a clue why they have shifted him away from lead-off to #3 in the lineup???

    1. Maybe they are asking him to focus more on power. I know that sounds strange but he has hit a lot more doubles this year compared to last year. I’m not sure exactly where the top brass thinks he would profile as a hitter but I would imagine they see him as a #2 hitter and typically you want a good amount doubles from that spot.

    2. The lineup wasn’t scoring runs and the manager swapped Tocci and Kingery in the lineup to try and generate offense. Kingery is not a #3 hitter up the ladder. He’s doing ok this year but he really needs to do a bit more to get moved up.

    3. Yes, it was discussed on-air during yesterday’s game. Kingery was moved to third so they could see how he performs in RBI situations. Batting leadoff, he wasn’t getting many opportunities to bat with men on base.

  2. Tromp with his 3rd HR in the last 4 games.

    In that Reading game, Brown hit that catcher into next week. Didn’t look like he saw him, hope he’s alright as that was a big hit he took and didn’t look to be moving too much.

    1. I’ve been all over Tromp to either hit or get released. He’s 22 y/o so he’s not young for A ball. He’s playing in his 4th season @ LKW. He’s failed 3 times and wasn’t getting it done early in the season. I recognize his power potential but as a low .200 hitter, he would never make it in a higher league. He’s settling into a rhythm and the HRs are coming and he’s hitting .294 in his last 10 games; .375 in his last 7 games. He looks to be a fine fielding OF’er with 6 assists and only 1 error. As long as he isn’t holding anyone back, I’m fine with him. He’ll need to perform at this level for much of the rest of the year to stay in the organization next year.

  3. El. Garcia should be the at the top of left-handed starting pitchers in the system.
    Like to see him promoted to Reading in a few weeks, but first, the Phillies org should give him a few days off or even miss a start, and fly him back to the DR and let him see his newborn son instead of him having to wait until September..

    1. I actually like to see a pitcher struggle like Garcia did yesterday and to fight through it. That’s pitching. Some days are like that. I agree that Garcia could get moved up to AA soon. Leftwich could easily get moved up too to Cwater.

  4. If Garcia refocus he could be called up soon, as he is the only lhsp with reasoanable numbers.

    Gilbert got hammered with 3 HR.

    As we are closer to half season I die to see how the 30 prospect list reshape. Will they play Moniak above Tocci?
    Elfin should graduated soon if Velazquez doesn’t make it back in 2 months.
    Cozens should be top 5.
    Tirado will be gone for sure.
    Lively should be bumped from 30 to top 5
    Kilome should be around 20-30 bracket.
    Leftwitch and Arauz should be thrown in 15-30.
    Jan Hernandez and Jiandino Tromp should be borderline. Pujols K rate is starting to look alarming.

    1. Unfortunately Pujols’ Krate has not trended in the right direction or shown much progress in 4 years. A Krate of 30%+ and a .225/.288 BA/OBP just is not going to make it after almost 1000PAs in low A.
      IMO… cut-bait in September, .but him on the mound with that cannon right arm and see what he can do.

  5. Nice game by Pivetta, with Pivetta, Lively, Eflin, Thompson, Pinto, Ramos, the cupboard is looking very well stocked.

    1. Yeah, watching Pivetta yesterday it didn’t feel like he was having that good of a game. Then I looked up and he hadn’t allowed any runs. Maybe the 3 hits and 3 walks made it feel like there was always guys on base–or maybe it was the crappy ump or my funny seats. Anyway, was good to see. I’m not positive he’s ready for AAA, but he has had 26 AA starts so if there’s going to be a regular spot opening up in Allentown maybe he gets a shot. His FB can be electric, he’s just got to command it consistently.

      Bash Bros (Alfaro, Cozens, Hoskins) 0-for-11 with 5 K and 1 BB in the game. Disappointing, but bound to happen from time to time. This is whey they’re still in AA, despite the mashing. There was an Infante wild pitch, but for the most part Alfaro looked really good behind the plate yesterday. Plus, I don’t like Infante at all so it’s easy for me to blame him. 😉

  6. A few blurbs from the Baseball America daily prospect reports/email over the weekend if you don’t already subscribe to it. This was something Kevin Goldstein started eons ago when he was still employed there. They only highlight a few performers each day so it was great to see 3 Phils guys get the spotlight over the past few days:

    From Saturday’s game reports:

    Ben Lively, rhp, Phillies. Now that Zac Eflin’s been promoted—ostensibly to take Vince Velasquez’s place temporarily—can Lively be far behind? Acquired for Marlon Byrd on New Year’s Eve 2014, Lively’s been unbeatable this season. He improved to 3-0, 2.08 at Triple-A Lehigh Valley—after going 7-0, 1.87 at Double-A—with seven innings of one-hit ball Saturday against Durham. Lively’s allowed just 47 hits in 79 innings. Lively has impeccable control of his low-90s heater, which is good because he needs to be precise to succeed.

    Dylan Cozens, lf, Phillies. The Phillies knew the former defensive end would be raw, baseball-wise, but they were willing to wait to see how the physical specimen developed. They have to be thrilled with the progress. On Saturday, Cozens blasted two homers, giving him a minor league-best 19, as Double-A Reading beat Altoona (Pirates) 12-8. Cozens is benefitting from having Jorge Alfaro and Rhys Hoskins hitting around him, but clearly the power potential is manifesting itself. Cozens scaled back on his swing a year ago in order to trim back the strikeouts. This year, he’s among the leaders in the minors in strikeouts, but for the kind of power he’s showing, the Phillies will live with it.

    From Sunday’s game reports:

    Mitch Walding, 3b, Phillies. The Phillies gambled on the two-sport star in 2011, using a fifth-round pick and giving him an $800,000 bonus to lure him away from Oregon. He was raw as a baseball player, but he seems to be bringing his superb athleticism to the field now. On Sunday he hit his ninth homer—already a career high—in high Class A Clearwater’s 4-1 win over Bradenton (Pirates). For the season, Walding is slashing .286/.358/.500.

    1. He told a guy in my section Saturday that he was playing Sunday, as he walked through the plaza on Saturday prior to the game. And he’s been out coaching first. You’d think if it were really bad he wouldn’t be out there and he’d be DL’d by now–probably close and they got an extra day with today’s off day. Yard Goats “away” games are in Reading the next three days with Fightins as the away team, FYI.

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