Box Score Recap – 6/26/2016

Lehigh Valley (45-32) Beat Durham, 3-2 in 10 innings.  The IronPigs tied the game on a two-out, RBI  single in the ninth inning.  They went ahead in the tenth on David Lough’s RBI ground out and Logan Moore’s RBI double.  The extra run came in handy when Edward Mujica loaded the bases with one out and Tahylor Featherston committed a run scoring error.  Former IronPig J.P. Arencibia saved the day by grounding into a game-ending double play.

Jake Thompson (2.88) pitched into the seventh but was lifted with one out and 2 runners on base.  He had thrown 106 pitches at that point, 60 strikes.  Phil Klein (0.00) pitched 2.1 innings, his only flaws were a hit batter and a wild pitch.  Luis Garcia (6-1, 2.45) got one out and picked up the win.  And, Mujica (4.09) was awarded his 19th save after his roller coaster inning.

Emmanuel Burriss (.278), Williams, and Cedric Hunter (.318) had 2 hits apiece.  The IronPigs supported their pitchers with 3 double plays.  However, they committed 4 errors – Burriss (2), Thompson (1), Crawford (2), and Featherston (14).

  • #1 Crawford (.222) went 0-5.
  • #2 Thompson (6-5, 2.88) – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 WP.
  • #3 Williams (.290) went 2-4 with a BB and RBI (36).
  • #4 Appel – DL, shoulder strain.
  • #9 Knapp (.266) DNP.
  • #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #17 Cordero – DL.
  • #23 Sweeney (.231) DNP.
  • #26 Asher – Restricted List.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – DNP.
  • #30 Lively (3-0, 2.09) – DNP.

Reading (53-23) Lost to Portland, 9-8.  Tyler Viza (5.09) had a rough 4.0 innings.  He gave up 6 runs (5 ER) on 7 hits and a walk.  He threw 94 pitches/64 strikes.  Tom Windle (6.07) walked 3 in 1.1 innings but didn’t yield a run.  Gregory Infante (2.45) pitched 1.0 inning and left the game with runners on second and third and one out in the seventh.  Hoby Milner (4-1, 2.05) struck out two batters and stranded the inherited runners.  However, he gave up a 3-run home run in the eighth to blow the save and take the loss.

Jesse Valentin (.285), Jorge Alfaro, Rhys Hoskins, and Angelo Mora (.272) had 2 hits each.  Alfaro (8) and Harold Martinez (5) hit home runs.  Martinez had 3 RBI (25), Alfaro and Jake Fox (42) had 2 apiece.

  • #6 Alfaro (.303) went 2-5 with a HR (8) and 2 RBI (41).
  • #7 Quinn (.288) DL, oblique.
  • #10 Pinto – (3-3, 4.32) – DNP.
  • #15 Eshelman (0-0, 1.80) – DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – (7-4, 3.43) – DNP.
  • #19 Hoskins (.281) went 2-5 with a double and RBI (61).
  • #22 Cozens (.271) went 0-2 with 3 BB.
  • #27 Brown (.234) went 1-4 with a double.

Clearwater (43-29) Beat Daytona, 5-4 in 10 innings.  The Threshers are 4-0 in the second half, and have a six-game winning streak.  They have double-digit hits in those six wins.

Ranfi Casimiro (4.48) didn’t look sharp in his first couple innings when he gave up the Tortugas first two runs.  He seemed to have a lot of base runners but was able to minimize the damage.  Even after settling down he didn’t look comfortable.  Daytona put his FB in play a lot.  It topped out at 90 mph and he didn’t strike out any batters.  Still, he left the game after 5.0 innings in a tie game, having thrown 78 pitches (49 strikes) and allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter.

Daniel Stumpf (3.00) pitched two innings and gave up a run on 2 hits.  Victor Arano (3.00) also went two innings allowing a run.  Will Morris (4-2, 3.35) picked up the win with a scoreless 10th inning.

Carlos Tocci had himself a game.  He had a career-high 5 base hits, tying a Threshers record.  He also had 2 game-tying RBI as the Threshers came from behind on three different occasions.  Mitch Walding (.266) and Chace Numata (.281) had 2 his each.  Scott Kingery had 2 hits a pinch hitter who remained in the game on defense.  Walding had 2 RBI (37), but also struck out 3 times.  Kyle Martin picked up his 40th RBI.

On a somber note, I learned that Matt Imhoff suffered a training accident after Friday night’s game.  It was the result of an equipment malfunction.  He underwent surgery and may need additional procedure(s).  My source told me that Imhof was using one of those rubber stretching devices.  Another source said those are usually attached to a club house wall.  The clip came loose and struck Matt in the face.  The team was on the road in Brevard County.  When they are on the east coast (or in southern Florida) no non-essential people make the trips.  So, the people I interface with on a daily basis weren’t aware of the incident.  Imhoff was added to the disabled list on Sunday.  The Phillies (and Threshers) are very tight-lipped regarding injuries and even transactions.  The team official I was questioning said he wasn’t aware of the incident.  I told him I was going to release the following statement and he said it was as accurate as they could be at the time.

“Matt Imhof suffered an injury due to a training accident after Friday night’s game.  He has been added to the disabled list.  No further information is available at this time.”

I’m sure you are all with me, wishing the best for Matt.

  • #11 Kingery (.279) went 2-2.
  • #12 Canelo (.243) DNP.
  • #14 Tocci (.275) went 5-6 with a double, 2 RBI (27), and SB (11).
  • #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) was promoted to Reading.
  • #20 Tirado – assigned to Lakewood.
  • #21 Garcia (6-2, 1.97) – DNP.

Lakewood (31-42) Lost to Greenville, 2-1.  Drew Anderson (1-2, 1.93) had a nice line but suffered from lack of run support – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.  The BlueClaws managed only 4 hits.  Jose Pujols provided their short-lived lead on a solo home run (14).

  • #5 Randolph – DL, shoulder.
  • #8 Kilome (1-6, 5.12) – DNP.
  • #20 Tirado – DNP.
  • #24 Pujols (.237) went 1-4 with a HR (14) and RBI (45).
  • #29 Grullon (.243) went 0-4.

Williamsport (4-6) Lost to Auburn, 3-1.  Bailey Falter gave up 3 runs (2 ER) in 4.0 innings. Julian Garcia struck out 2 in his 2.0 inning debut.  Darick Hall (.304) had 2 hits in 3 AB.  Luis Encarnacion had a 2-out RBI (3).  Brett Barbier made his debut and went 1-4.

  • #16 Medina (1-0, 0.00) – DNP.

GCL Phillies (1-0) DNP.


  • #? Mickey Moniak
  • #25 Jhailyn Ortiz


DSL Phillies (6-13) DNP.

  • Dixon Gutierrez (.362)
  • Keudy Bocio (.226)
  • Jonathan Guzman (.299)

DSL Phillies2 (8-11) DNP.

  • Leonel Aponte (1-1, 0.87)
  • Carlos Oropeza (.256)
  • Rafael Marchan (.143)

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 6/27 – Phillies activated RHP Vince Velasquez from the 15-day disabled list.
  • 6/27 -Phillies optioned Elvis Araujo to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 6/26 – Clearwater Threshers activated RHP Jesen Therrien from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 6/26 – Clearwater Threshers placed LHP Matt Imhof on the 7-day disabled list.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.
  • Reported signing bonuses for Josh Stephen ($600K) and Justin Miller ($100K) have been added to the Tracker.  That leaves $1,115,160 available for #5 Cole Irvin (slot $417,500) who has signed and other over slot signings.
  • John Hennigan and Andrew Brown are in Clearwater.
  • 2016 Draft Tracker is up to date.

26 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/26/2016

  1. Pujols crushed that HR, looked like the pitch was a bit high but he really put a charge into it. I’ve noticed in this series he’s had trouble with laying off pitches in the dirt.

    I’m not a stats guy and I didn’t see tonight’s LV game but have seen most of Thompson’s starts this year. I don’t know the numbers, but it just seems like he needs to throw a lot of pitches each game. I know he’s doing a lot better then he started off, just wondering if that’s something he’s had problems with in the past and how much of a real issue it is if at all since he’s getting the job done.

  2. As good as Tocci has been hitting lately maybe he deserves a promotion. He is approaching 600 at bats in A+ ball and he seems to be making adjustments so maybe he needs more of a challenge. It’ll be interesting to see if he continues to hit if he ends up added to the 40 man after the season or if the Phillies risk losing him in the rule V draft. Hopefully Kingery keeps improving and gets promoted to Reading.
    I really hope Matt is okay and there is no lasting damage.

  3. Get better quickly Matt. What a fluke injury.

    Cozens BA in his last 10 gaames (.114) is so low it almost doesn’t register. He has no HRs in his last 10 also. But he has 9 BBs over those 10 games. So he has a .295 OBP over those 10. I’m sure it’s hard for one of the bash brothers to lay off pitches. Hoskins has picked up the slack with 3 HRs in his last 10 although he’s only hitting .275 over those games. Reading still has Alfaro in the center of that lineup and Jake Fox right behind Hoskins. It’s one of the greatest minor league lineups ever. You can’t ease up anywhere in that lineup. someone will always reach up a bite you on the @$$.

    Skyler Hunter has settled down since his first time out this year. He’s given up 2 runs in his last 7 2/3 IP. He hasn’t walked a man in his last 3 games. Hopefully the 12th rounder from a year ago can continue his progress. Brendon Hayden has zero HRs this year. He’s a big kid at 6’5″ 215. Maybe his injury earlier in the year has sapped his power or the LKW ballpark is a tough park to knock HRs out of… except for Pujols. Although yesterday was not indicative, Coppola makes that LKW lineup so much better. When he got injured the team seem to slow down and when ‘C’ went down it was like they were caught in quicksand. Coppola has livened up that lineup. He could require a move up sometime in July. For right now, LKW needs him.

  4. Come August 1 every roster in the organization should be unrecognizable. Thompson, Nola (let’s get him a mental health skip if he’s physically fine), Velasquez, Eickhoff, and Eflin should be the rotation. Hellickson should garner us a lottery ticket from another club. If Asche, Cesar H, David H, Jeanmar, and the red hot Peter Bourjos are movable pieces (and the immovable Piece finds an unlikely mercy taker in the AL like Klentak’s old pals in LA or Balt.), what fun it might be to follow the young faces for the final 2 months.

    If Chooch isn’t traded (and we would get very little in return if he is), and with concerns about Rupp’s work behind the plate, what does management do if Alfaro is within a year of his big league debut?

    1. If Chooch is moved, I think Logan Moore gets the call. He’s defensively solid and every once in a while he surprises with the stick. Knapp could be called up but I think he needs to play nearly everyday and get better defensively.

    2. I think Alfaro is likely the 3d catcher in the pecking order based on performance and also for the fact that he is already on the 40 man roster. I could see his September 1 call-up without any other moves. If Ruiz is moved or if there is an injury, I think there is a case for promoting Logan Moore since you would always want 3 healthy catchers on an expanded September roster.

      Moore to me is a borderline retention on the 40 man roster and there is no time like September to play him a little for evaluation. Andrew Knapp to me is assured a 40 man slot and I don’t see a case for anything other than his playing out the season at LV.

  5. It sure would be nice to get some offensive help for Lakewood, especially if Tobias moves up (and Valentin and Kingery). C Randolph sure would help. Maybe Hall hits well enough that they move him up quickly.
    Thompson looked good again and Anderson continues his improbable return to relevancy. Tocci since the draft has been on fire. He’s at 500 over 10 games. No promotion yet though. Pullin is doing great at Reading.

  6. Tocci, please be for real. I think he should spend this season entirely in Clearwater. Maybe a late late season promotion but he’s gotta show this over more than a small sample. He’s still relatively young, but that excuse is running thin. Let’s hope this run is for real.

  7. You guys saw Angel Pagan over the weekend…to me that is a best case scenario for Tocci

    1. Angel pagan would be a blessing!! im sorry but I will be the voice of reality here. Look at the number of xtra base hits this guy has, there are no regular ML cf of this nature, period. We disparage bourjos, he is twice the player tocci is right now and that’s just reality-look at his minor league #’s. I’m with everyone else in that I am hopeful, but more than skeptical. Really sad about Imhof, it actually looked like he had found his niche in the bullpen. I hope it’s not as bad as it sounds, all the best to Matt.

      1. Actually Pagan is a good comp.

        If you look at his age 20 season in A+ ball, Pagan slugged .338 with a .663 OPS and ended the season with 24 XBHs in 572 at-bats. In his age 21 season in A+, he actually showed less power with a .313 slugging %.

        Tocci is currently slugging .358 with .701 OPS and currently has 15 XBHs in less than half the number of at-bats (268). He is on pace to be better than Pagan at the age of 20 in high-A ball.

        Everyone just seems to ignore that he is still 20 years old just because he’s been playing “forever”

        1. Have you ever seen tocci in person physically, it’s not about the age it’s about his size and strength. I don’t care what pagan comps you have stat wise I bet pagan is and was a physically stronger human being. Toccci has played well and I can’t take that away but his size and strength are a problem

          1. I think anyone interested has seen Tocci on tape so unless you think the camera makes Tocci look 10 pounds heavier, your “in person” point in this case is singularly unpersuasive. Tocci has the defense, arm and running skills. If he develops his hit tool — and it’s too early to judge that with confidence — then he’s a 4-tool player who could make it in the show even if he were 6’2″ 135#.

          2. Did you ever see Angel Pagan personally at age 20? It is curious that his slugging numbers jumped significantly in his age 22 season which also happened to be during the peak of the steroid era. Probably just a coincidence.

            I don’t know if Tocci will ever get stronger or not but proclaiming to be a voice of reality on something that cannot be known at this time is presumptuous at best.

  8. One thing Pagan did have over Tocci was that he was a major base stealer in the minors so I assume he had more speed.

  9. Where is Micky Mo , why are they coddling him, he is the number one overall pick , Corn Randolph went straight to the GCL as did Crawford and both were high school seniors and both were first round picks

    Whats up with that ?

    1. Crawfords first game after signing was on June 27.

      Randolphs first game was June 25.

      Moniaks first game is supposed to be on Wednesday, which is the 29th.

      So your coddling comment is a bit off. It’s a few days after the other started

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