Box Score Recap – 8/6/2016

Lots of good good performances from our starting pitchers.

Adam Morgan fell just short of a complete game victory for Lehigh Valley.

Ricardo Pinto received no decision for his eight shutout innings in Reading’s loss.

Drew Anderson received no decision for his six shutout innings in Clearwater’s win.

Lakewood’s Tyler Gilbert tossed 7.2 one-run innings.

Williamsport’s JoJo Romero pitched five shutout innings.

The GCL Phillies’ Nick Fanti allowed one run in five innings.

Jesse Valentin and Josh Tobias hit their first HR at their new levels.  Rhys Hoskins hit #34.

Lehigh Valley (69-45)  Beat Rochester, 7-2.  Adam Morgan (6-1, 3.04) pitched one out short of a complete game.  He went 8.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 1 HR.  He was lifted after 107 pitches.  Daniel Hinojosa (3.86) came on to strike out the last batter.  Rehabbing Peter Bourjos and Jesse Valentin hit solo HRs.  Cedric Hunter (.296) went 2-4 with 3 RBI.  Cameron Perkins (.284) and Darin Ruf (.286) had 2 hits each.

  • #1 Crawford (.258) went 1-3 with a BB.
  • #3 Williams (.281) went 1-4.
  • #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #12 Knapp (.269) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • #24 Lively (6-4, 3.50) – DNP.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (75-38)  Lost to Altoona, 2-1 in 10 innings.  Ricardo Pinto pitched into the ninth inning and was lifted after giving up a lead off single.  He was charged with an unearned run when a catcher’s interference call moved a runner into scoring position.  Hoby Milner (1.84, 6th blown save) let the inherited runner score but struck out the side.  Victor Arano (4.50) gave up the losing run in the tenth.

The Phils had 9 hits and 5 walks, but could only plate 1 run.  Their only XBH was Rhys Hoskins’ 34th HR.  Quinn, Alfaro, and Cozens had 2 hits apiece.

  • #4 Alfaro (.290) went 2-5.
  • #7 Cozens (.286) went 2-4 with a BB.
  • #8 Quinn (.297) went 2-4 with a BB.
  • #13 Hoskins (.283) went 1-4 with a BB, HR (34), and RBI (100).
  • #14 Kingery (.302) went 1-5.
  • #16 Pinto – (4-4, 4.46) – 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.
  • #18 Pivetta – (10-6, 3.55) – DNP.
  • #19 Eshelman (3-2, 5.60) – DNP.
  • #26 Cordero – (9.00) – DNP.

Clearwater (66-44)  Beat Lakeland 2-1.  Drew Anderson pitched six shutout innings.  He allowed 5 hits and one walk.  He struck out three and left with a 1-0 lead.  The Bullpen’s newest addition, Ranfi Casimiro, came in and walked the first batter he faced on 4 pitches. The next batter beat the defensive shift and the base runner beat 3B Derek Campbell to third base.  The next batter hit a ball to 1B Kyle Martin and he opted for the reverse-force DP while the tying run scored.  Casimiro retired 9 in a row and got the win when Josh Tobias (.368) crushed his first HR deep into the LF bleachers.  It was one of only five hits for the Threshers.

The Threshers scored a first inning run when Zach Coppola reached on a throwing error by the shortstop.  It was the second time in as many nights that a fielder rushed a throw to get the speedy Coppola and was charged with an error.  He scored on carlos Tocci’s RBI single.

Anderson was effective throwing his FB for strikes early in the game.  In the middle innings he relied more on his curve ball to set up batters.  His 3 strike outs were all swinging at FB. Anderson threw 57 strikes.  Most came on FB –

  •                                         #       FB      Other
  • Swinging                    9         9          0
  • Called Strikes        13      12          1 (75 mph)
  • Foul Balls                 18      16          2 (82, 77)
  • Base Hits                     5         4          1 (77)
  • Outs                            12      10          2 (80, 86)

Anderson threw 86 pitches.  He threw 68 FB (79.1%).  He sat 93-95 mph and touched 96 and 97, once each.  The inning-by-inning breakdown –

  • Vel   1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th  Total
  • 97      1      0        0       0       0       0          1
  • 96      0      0        1       0       0       0          1
  • 95      2      7        0       0       3       0        12
  • 94      5      4        4       2       5       3        23
  • 93      1      1        4       3       5       6        20
  • 92      0      0        2       1       0       3           6
  • 91      0      0        0       0       1       3           4
  • 90      0      0        0       0       0       1           1
  • Tot                                                                68

Fifty-one of his FB were strikes (75%).  Only 6 of his 18 off speed pitches were thrown for strikes (33%).

  • #20 Garcia (9-3, 2.72) – DNP.
  • #22 Canelo (.253) went 0-3.
  • #23 Tocci (.278) went 1-4 with an RBI.

Lakewood (51-59)  Beat Hagerstown, 4-2.  Tyler Gilbert (6-7, 3.48) gave up one run on four hits in 7.2 innings.  He walked one and struck out eight.  Austin Davis (0.00) picked up his first save.  Mark Laird continued making up for lost time with 3 hits and an RBI.  Wilson Garcia (.281) and Carlos Duran (.251) had 2 hits each.  Emmanuel Marrero (.239) hit a solo HR, his second.

  • #6 Randolph (.244) went 1-4.
  • #9 Kilome (3-8, 4.32)- DNP.
  • #27 Pujols (.231) went 1-4 with 2 K.
  • #29 Edgar Garcia – DNP.
  • #30 Tirado (3-1, 4.72) – DNP

Williamsport (28-20)  Beat West Virginia, 3-2 in ten innings.  JoJo Romero kept the Black Bears off the board for five innings and struck out six.  Alexander Kline (4.20) walked three in 1.1 innings and left with two on base in the eighth.  Will Hibbs (0.95) stranded the runners, but blew the save allowing a run in the bottom of the ninth.  After the Cutters retook the lead, Scott Harris (2-2, 1.65) gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the tenth.

Luis Encarnacion (.154) went 1-5 with 4 K, but drove in the Cutters’ first run with an RBI double in the second inning.  David Martinelli (.261) had 3 hits.  He scored the go ahead run in the top of the tenth on an error by the Bears.

The Crosscutters stole 6 bases in 7 attempts – 2 by Luke Williams (6), 2 by Henri Latrigue (2), 1 by Martinelli (6), and 1 of 2 by Luis Espiritu (2).

  • #17 Medina (4-2, 2.23) – DNP.
  • #25 Romero (1.90) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.

GCL Phillies (26-11) Beat the GCL Pirates, 4-1.  Nick Fanti posted another fine performance.  A friend who went to Bradenton messaged me that Fanti wasn’t as sharp as we’ve seen him, but was able to limit the Pirates to just the one run.  Jordan Kurokawa (3.46) two solid innings.  He prevented solid contact getting a pop up, 2 come backers, and 2 strike outs.  His only base runner reached on a Brito fielding error.  Geury Ortiz finished up with his strongest performance of the summer, 2 perfect innings and his 1st save.

Daniel Brito had 2 hits and 2 RBI.  Jhailyn Ortiz stole second base, his 5th successful steal in as many attempts.  Aaron Brown went 1-5 and made a handful of catches in RF.

  • #2 Moniak (.327) went 2-5 with a double and RBI (24).
  • #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.50) – DNP.
  • #15 Stobbe (.242) 1-3 with a BB and SB (2).
  • #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.268) went 0-5 with a SB (5).
  • Stephen (.286) went 1-4.
  • Miller (0-0, 3.00) – DNP.
  • Andrew Brown (0-0, 1.76) – DNP.
  • Stewart (1-2, 5.91) – DNP.
  • Fanti (5-0, 1.43) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
  • Sixto Sanchez (3-0, 0.47) – DNP.

DSL Phillies (23-30)  Suspended, rain.

  • Jonathan Guzman (.308) .
  • Keudy Bocio (.229) .
  • Simon Muzziotti (.248) .
  • Dixon Gutierrez (.271) .

DSL Phillies2 (32-22)  Lost to the DSL Mets2, 4-1.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-4, 3.02) – DNP.
  • Rafael Marchan (.345) went 0-3.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 8/6 – Phillies sent RF Peter Bourjos on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley.
  • 8/6 – Phillies designated LHP Brett Oberholtzer for assignment.
  • 8/6 – Phillies released RHP Andrew Bailey.
  • 8/6 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley.
  • 8/6 – Jose Nin assigned to Clearwater from GCL Phillies.
  • 8/4 – Clearwater placed LHP Elniery Garcia on the 7-day disabled list.
  • 8/6 – Lakewood activated C Edgar Cabral from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 8/6 – Lakewood placed 1B Brendon Hayden on the 7-day DL. Right shin contusion.
  • 8/6 – SS Rusbel Vasquez assigned to DSL Phillies.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.

50 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/6/2016

  1. Wow the pitcher’s are dealing very very nice to see. Thompson will be fine he said he wasn’t spinning the ball right. I heard The Phillies are trying find out which relievers are going to be the 40ty. Luis Garcia , Sev Gonzalez are not making a strong case. Valentin hit his 1st Hr as a AAA player congrats. Mack said Cesar tried to steal 3rd on his own. He said Ceasr having a little probelm with base running a ahah a little . I Think he should just stay at the base he’s on .do you notice players that come up from the farm are better base runners then the Parent club. I mean Altherr and Featherston look good on the bases. Anyway Hoskins hits another HR . There were 4 lhp started last night that did good , The Phillies don’t have One Lhp on the entire team.

    1. The Phillies should get base running coaching for Cesar Hernandez and work on it over the winter. Cesar has raw potential but needs to refine it or he will be just a MLB utility player not a MLB starter.

      1. I wonder how long he can continue to have such a high BABIP. It’s pretty much the only thing keeping him in the majors. I know he’s got speed, but a lot of his hits seem to be groundballs that sneak into the outfield.

      2. perhaps his judgement can be improved with coaching but hernandez seems to lack baseball instincts which i believe is something that is not teachable.

      3. philabalt…….Valentin next season will challenge Cesar for that position…or Freddy after May or June when JPC is called up. I do not think I ever seen a MLB player with his raw speed, run the bases so bad….in one effing season no less.

          1. Only player in Topps baseball card history…written on card as a Pinch Runner.
            But he had great raw speed….but really never played baseball except high school. he wasn’t a baseball player in the truest term. I don’t think he even took batting practice that year.

  2. Pinto, after a long streak of lousy outings, has turned things around in his last 3 games. He’s posted a .95 era in those 3 games. He’s back to his old stingy self. Let’s hope that keeps up.

    Zach Green has been hit by 13 pitches this year and 2 yesterday.

    Luis Encarnacion’s entire triple slash is below the Mendoza line. I better not see his name on only top 30 lists. He’s been consistently poor throughout the year. He’s young but his hitting line speaks for itself.

    Mickey Moniak has hit in 9 straight games and 16 of his last 17 games. Sale ol’, same ol’. Yawn! Double yawn! What’s next?

    Nick Fanti has been in the GCL for 2 years. He’s definitely mastered that league. Maybe time for a change.

    The lowly DSL Mets2 beat the DSL2 Phils 4 – 2 with only 2 hits and a BB. The Phils literally threw the game away with 4 errors.

    1. And DSL2 Ramierz’ streak of games and innings pitched without an earned run is now 18 and 19.1. But he’s allowing baserunners now. WHIP up to 0.93.

  3. Two guys with 30/100 at Reading. Done before? Ever had two guys at 30/100 on any minor league team? Across the entire system previously?
    Irvin and Romero are too good for Wsport. Too old or are they really that good?
    Anderson really showing me something. Quinn with two hits and a walk but no runs scored. That doesn’t happen too often where he gets on three times and doesn’t score. Asche looks like a dead man walking. Is Williams going to get the call to replace him very soon?

    1. Previously, if Asche wasn’t playing well, I was thinking he was playing himself into a 4th OF. Now, he’s going to play himself off the Phillies roster next year.

      1. When the Phillies put players on waivers this month, to see who may have interest, the Tigers, if desperation overcomes them, could put a claim in for Asche now that Nick Castellanos is out for 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand. I do not think any team would block him at this point..maybe the Royals, but Indians select after the Tigers..

        1. You gotta be pretty desperate to make a claim for Asche. He’s a negative WAR player!

          Man, I hope Nick Williams makes the Phillies out of spring training.

      1. What is exciting about the Crosscutters staff…is that Falter, Medina and Romero are the three youngest pitchers on it and in the group of youngest in the league.
        And all are progressing very well.
        Barring any injuries that pitchers seem to endure, each of the three have an excellent chance of starting next season at Lakewood.

        1. Watched most of lhv game last night. Valentin is a good fielder. Williams got jammed and hit a grounder over the third base bag for hit. Next time up he smoked a ball and its caught. You just cant go by box scores. Morgan faced a guy on rehab assignment souffee I think that how its spelled. The guy smoked him. Still don’t know if he is a long man or back end starter.

          1. rocco…the rehab guy….Trevor Plouffe pretty good MLB hitter from the Twins org. And Valentin…..a very good baseball IQ guy. Cesar better watch out.

    2. Murray,

      The last time the Phillies had two minor league teammates hit 30 hr and 100 rbi was when the Phillies had the consensus number one and number two prospects in all of baseball before spring training began in 1972.

      The team was the 1971 Eugene Emeralds AAA affiliate of the Phillies.

      The players were Mike Anderson with 36 hr, 100 rbi, .334 ba and a1.086 ops as a 19 year old in AAA. The second player was Greg Luzinski with 36 hr, 114 rbi, .312 ba and a.940 ops as a 20 year old in AAA. Both were #1 draft picks.

      Earlier in the year Mike Anderson was hitting close to .400 and on track to hit over 50 hr. There was spectulation that he could possibly have a triple crown of not only the PCL but all of minor league baseball when he was hit in the head by a pitched ball. He went on to have an OK major league career but he was never the same as a hitter.

      1. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I remember being very excited to see those two in Philly. Bull had to be moved to LF because of Derron Johnson. Mike Anderson was expected to be a star but never was. We had lots of guys back then with big minor league numbers who never did much in the majors (Joe Lis, Roger Freed – from a trade, Jeff Stone, etc, etc). That’s still going back a few years

        1. Murray,

          I remember going to opening day of Veterans Stadium and there was almost as much excitement about the arrival of Roger Freed as there was about this splashy new stadium after a nearly century of places like Baker Bowl and Shibe Park.

          Unfortunately, neither Freed nor the stadium worked out.

          Much better with CBP and Howard as the resident power hitter during the park’s first years.

    3. Again the opposition is pitching around Alfaro, Cozens and Hoskins and not letting them beat them. Time for some of the other Reading position players to step up and produce.

  4. Wow is this the golden age or what, amazing. Just when we start to revel in the offensive output of the system the pitchers take center stage. Pretty amazing.

    Fanti has been great. I’d like to bang the drum again for promotion for him although we are running out of time. He has played himself into being prioritized a little higher in the org in my opinion.

    Anderson’s development this year is really exciting. He’s only 22 and right about where he should be level wise, on the cusp of AA. The fastball reports are excellent but I haven’t seen much on the quality of his secondary stuff yet. Jim said above that he relied on it for a stretch yesterday which seems like a good sign. Anyone know more about the quality of his secondary stuff?

    Moniak is cruising, his right/left splits have also improved lately which was sort of the one thing you could point to a couple weeks ago. But he is pretty much out of deficiencies at this point. Is it worth it to give him a few weeks at Wport, he seems ready for the next challenge.

  5. BP Chat: 5 Aug 2016
    Dan (Oakland): Of the current bottom-feeders, who do you see making the playoffs next with a farm system assist, and when?

    BP-Jeffrey Paternostro: If the Phillies still count, I think it is them. A lot of close-to-ready talent, ownership with money to spend soon, and a young pitching core already in the majors. Honestly, they could get into the conversation with an aggressive offseason, but 2018 seems more likely. Of the “tanking” teams, I like what the Brewers have done, but that division isn’t getting easier in the near-term.


    Tommy (NYC): What kind of Fantasy player can Mickey Moniak be? How much potential does he have?

    Jeffrey Paternostro: Moniak seems like the type of profile that will be better in actual baseball than fantasy baseball, as a large part of his value as a prospect is his ability to stick in centerfield. He can run, and scouts and evaluators like the hit tool at least, so maybe a lazy fantasy comp here is something like Manuel Margot.


    cracker73 (Florida ): Phil’s prospects Cozens and Hoskins are absolutely destroying the Eastern League and yet they haven’t made any mid-season top prospect lists that I’ve seen. Why do they get so little respect? Do scouts think that their stats are simply a product of the ball park that they play in?

    Jeffrey Paternostro: I will admit to being overly biased by a well-out-of-date look at Cozens, and I’ve been told he looks much better at the plate nowadays, he is also a corner outfielder with remarkably pedestrian numbers outside of the bandbox in Reading and swing-and-miss issues everywhere. Hoskins I like a bit more, as I think the hit tool utility is better, although he is limited to first, which carries its own problems. Andrew Pullin is slugging over .600 right now. Andrew Knapp hit 11 home runs in 250 PA last season. This is a known issue, as they say.

  6. Talk about all the minor leaguers in A-, A, A+, and double A who are 22 years old and then think about Thompson and Eflin making their MLB debuts at the same age.

  7. All good lots of talent like I said Macphail running the show . Marlins won 70 games last yr this yr playoff team . Man I went to the Berlin mart I brought some Jamaican jerk ribs they fall of the bone. Jim you need a wet suit yet 12 to 18 inches of rain .

    1. Tim… do know…..if the Phillies do contend in a 2/3 years, it will not be MacPhail’s fingerprints on this team…except for Vince Velasquez….but your old buddy Ruben.

      1. Maybe but wasn’t all him he didn’t draft Rollins , Hamels, etc . The big reason The Phillies went down because of his contracts and trades of almost the entire Phillies farm sys. That his drafts with Marti was horrible he did trade Hamels who he receive a nice return but didn’t draft him . Over the last 2 yrs the new regime and how they draft has the lower level of the farm system loaded. The new way the LA pitchers are developed helps too.

          1. Ok Well if Anyone from the Giles trade help or from last 2 drafts help which they should. Kingery etc Plus Franco etc is more or less Sal.

    1. Always go there when I get back up there. My son was just up there a called to tease me about eating pretzels, no good ones here in Fl

  8. Adam Morgan’s start last night in an example of almost total domination of a pitcher over a batting line-up. Not only did he pitch 6 and 2/3 perfect innings, Rochester had troub le even fouling off balls.

    In the first 6 innings, he struck out 9 people and amazingly used only 62 pitches. In getting the first 20 outs in a row, he struck out 9, got 7 easy ground out and 4 fly out. Not a line drive in sight. He did give up a line drive home run but then proceeded to get the last out on a easy ground out.

    In the 8th , he walked the lead-off hitter but then got two strike out swinging sandwiching an easy ground out.

    In the 9th, he gave up single on a soft ground ball to secondbaseman Valentin. Then got the 1st out on a soft ground ball for a force out. Then got the second out on a easy fly ball to right field. The last batter he faced doubled on a fly ball to right field.

    His game score was 80 and game score 2.0 was 84while his positive quality start was a perfect 5.

    He had a excellent pitch/inning of 12.3. He had an amazing swing and miss % of 39%. The opponents only fouled off 27% of the pitches they swung at.

    GB /FB ratio was 1.57. He allowed 61% ground balls, 33% fly balls and amazingly only 6% line drives.

  9. I have only been following the minors for like 5 years. Is this the best the system has ever been from too to bottom?

    1. Phillies farm was also pretty deep 08-10 I think it was though I don’t believe there was anybody in AAA at the time. There was baby aces in Lakewood(?)… Cosart, Pettibone and wow I don’t even remember other 3.

      Jon Villar, Anthony Gose, Kyle Drabek, Jon Singleton, D Brown, Travis D’arnaud. I think all 6 of those guys were in top 50 at same time for Phils.

      The one I will always wonder about is Jason Knapp. He was the player that got us Cliff Lee. Statswise and the bit I read about him, he looked like a slam dunk Ace but he couldn’t stay healthy and I wish I had gotten to see him pitch. I imagine it woulda been like watching Schilling in 96/97.

      Current system depth is ridiculous and I have hard time believing it’s ever been deeper. There is in my opinion only one slam dunk above average player (Crawford). There have been many other times Phils had much higher regarded prospects as pointed out by Cali. It will be really interesting to see how this crop pans out.

  10. MLB News:
    -Arod announces his retirement.
    -At the same press conf. MLB announces that as of Mr. Rodriguez’s retirement, MLB has reduced steroid use by 75%.

  11. In a short answer…no. But it certainly ranks in the top 3-4 of the recent era. The early 1960s saw Allen, Mahaffey, Culp, Bennett, Wise, Briggs, Cater, Amaro, Wine, Herrnstein, Johnson, Boozer, Green, Short, Jenkins, Phillips, Corrales and lesser lights like Curry, Coker and Hamilton hit the major leagues. Most were contributors to very good Phillie teams from 1962-65.

    In the 70’s we saw Schmidt, Luzinski, Bowa, Boone, Harmon, Christenson, Ruthven Bannister, Brusstar, Lersch, Anderson and Mark Davis make the scene and many of them were key guys in those powerful 1975-80 teams.

    And of course the early 2000’s saw Utley, Howard, Rollins, Burrell, Hamels, Ruiz, Madson help lead the Phils to their glory years of 2007-11.

    So, while this crop is a very deep one and could prove as talented, they have to first get to the big leagues, help the Phils win and win big, and stand the test of time.

    But its sure is fun watching them try,

  12. Btw I saw some of the LHV highlights last night and a few pitches from Morgan came up at 96 . If that’s the case I wouldn’t give up on him yet.

  13. I saw Garcia hit 98, 97 with no command get hit around by San Diego . The San Diego pitcher who hit 98 today Walk 2 Philles then Tj hit the Game winning RBI.

      1. I taped the game so I’ll take a look I hope it’s not straight and he controls it. His Slider was his out pitch plus he a lefty so it sounds good. Lol where they going to put him maybe in the pen.

  14. Saw Williamsport play earlier against West Virginia…saw Suarez not at his best.. not hitting the corners..couldn’t find radar gun to assess velocity..Martinelli looked smooth in the outfield, but rough at the plate..the Luis kid looks to be a very projectable athlete, but was clueless on the basepaths…got thrown our at home after sliding right by home plate, and was picked off first later on..

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