Box Score Recap – 8/7/2016

Three of the organization’s four teams that played on Sunday won, and scored double digit runs while doing so.  They also received good starting pitching from Ben Lively (LHV), Nick Pivetta (REA), and Alberto Tirado (LAK); and good relief work from the Lehigh and Reading bullpens.  With all the run support, you would expect a lot of home runs from the usual suspects.  However, only Cedric Hunter, Andrew Pullin, and Gabriel Lino came through in that regard.

Lehigh Valley (70-45)  Beat Rochester, 10-1.  Ben Lively allowed 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks in 6.1 innings.  James Russell (3.86), Joely Rodriguez (8.10), and Elvis Araujo (2.63) held the Red Wings to one hit the rest of the way.  Cedric Hunter (.294) hit his 9th HR.  Jesse Valentin (.250) went 2-4 with a double and 3 RBI.  Darnell Sweeney (.243) had 3 hits, and Brock Stassi (.260) had two.

  • #1 Crawford (.258) DNP.
  • #3 Williams (.281) DNP.
  • #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #12 Knapp (.267) went 1-5.
  • #24 Lively (6-4, 3.50) – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (76-38)  Beat Altoona, 14-0.  Nick Pivetta pitched five innings of 2-hit ball.  He walked 4 and struck out five.  Jesen Therrien (0.00), Mario Hollands (4.79), and Alexis Rivero (6.11) cloised out the shutout allowing just 2 more hits and no walks.  Therrien struck out 4 in 2.0 innings.

Gabriel Lino (.364) had 3 hits including a 3-run HR.  Mitch Walding went 2-2 off the bench. Dylan Cozens and Andrew Pullin (.368) had 2 hits each.  Pullin hit his 8th HR and had 4 RBI.

  • #4 Alfaro (.290) DNP.
  • #7 Cozens (.287) went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI (103).
  • #8 Quinn (.297) entered as a PH in the 8th and walked.
  • #13 Hoskins (.283) went 0-0 with 5 BB and an RBI (101).
  • #14 Kingery (.281) went 0-4 with a BB and RBI.
  • #16 Pinto – (4-4, 4.46) – DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – (10-6, 3.55) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP.
  • #19 Eshelman (3-2, 5.60) – DNP.
  • #26 Cordero – (9.00) – DNP.

Clearwater (66-44)  Postponed, inclement weather.

  • #20 Garcia (9-3, 2.72) – DNP.
  • #22 Canelo (.253) .
  • #23 Tocci (.278) .

Lakewood (52-59)  Beat Hagerstown, 11-6.  Alberto Tirado struck out 8 and walked 3 in five innings.  He was charged with 2 earned runs.  Jacob Waguespack (3.92) allowed 2 inherited runners to score plus 2 more of his own in one inning.  Zach Morris (7-2, 2.43) gave up 2 more runs and blew the save, but got the win the BlueClaws put a 5-spot on the board in the eighth.  Sutter McLoughlin (2.78) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

“C” Randolph, Jose Pujols, Wilson Garcia (.283), and Deivi Grullon (.249) had 2 hits each.  Grullon and Pujols had 3 RBIs apiece.  Randolph had two.

  • #6 Randolph (.250) went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI (12).
  • #9 Kilome (3-8, 4.32)- DNP.
  • #27 Pujols (.234) went 2-4 with a double, BB, and 3 RBI (71).
  • #29 Edgar Garcia – DNP.
  • #30 Tirado (3-1, 4.72) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K.

Williamsport (28-21)  Lost to West Virginia, 9-1.  Ranger Suarez (5-1, 2.72) lost his first game of the season.  He pitched 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.  Jake Kelzer (4.38) pitched 2.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.  Julian Garcia (4.70) pitched a scoreless eighth.  The Crosscutters had 7 hits.  Jesus Alastre (.321) and Enmanuel Garcia (.240) had 2 hits each. Garcia had a triple and the only RBI

  • #17 Medina (4-2, 2.23) – DNP.
  • #25 Romero (1.90) – DNP.

GCL Phillies (26-11) DNP.

  • #2 Moniak (.327) .
  • #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.50) – DNP.
  • #15 Stobbe (.242) .
  • #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.268)).
  • Stephen (.286) .
  • Miller (0-0, 3.00) – DNP.
  • Andrew Brown (0-0, 1.76) – DNP.
  • Stewart (1-2, 5.91) – DNP.
  • Fanti (5-0, 1.43) – .
  • Sixto Sanchez (3-0, 0.47) – DNP.

DSL Phillies (23-30)  DNP.

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

DSL Phillies2 (32-22)  DNP.

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

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 8/7 – Lehigh Valley placed 2B Carlos Alonso on the 7-day disabled list.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.

24 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/7/2016

  1. Hoskins had no official ABs but had 5 BBs? One was intentional. Altoona didn’t want anything to do with him.

    It’s a tough year for ‘C’ Randolph. Injured for a long part of it and not hitting very well during other parts. But he’s hit in 3 straight games and 4 of his last 5. Over 3 games, he’s hitting .333 and the same over the 5 games. I’m looking for anything positive to say about ‘C’s’ season. Oh yeah, he’s BB’ed 4 times to 3 Ks over the last 5 games.

    1. Nice little writeup about Randolph in Baseball Prospectus this morning – 10 players viewed in the minors is the subject.

      He gets high marks for his ability to hit – but is still cold from the 2 + mos.layoff – and his singles will turn into doubles once he gets back his eye. He appears to only be able to play LF and his hit tool will carry him almost entirely.

      That is a bit of paraphrase.

  2. Has anyone notice how few strikeouts Jose Pujols has had in his past 6 games. I wonder if the staff has told him to forget about the HRs and try to be a little more selective at the plate?

    1. Yeah I’ve noticed too. If he can ever get his K rate to at least a manageable number he’ll have a chance with that power. He needs a lot of work on his fielding as well. Far too inconsistent out there, but he certainly has the tools to be a good RF especially with that cannon. Guys have cut down their astronomical K rates before to go to be good players, but he’s got to along defensively too. Brinson who is now with the Brewers was striking out at an alarming rate in the low minors with big time power and he’s progressively gotten better each year limiting his strikeouts.

  3. Tirado has improved greatly over the past few starts. He is getting ahead of hitters, which is putting himself in a better position to keep his pitch number down. He was pulled from yesterday’s game when he started to lose it. Waugespack has lost his effectiveness. He had spent some time on the DL. I wonder if he doesn’t have an injury that is awaiting attention when the season ends.
    Pujols knocked in two runs early when he went to right field for the double instead of trying to pull the ball. If he keeps this strategy he is going to help himself and the team. He is proof that the sixteen-year-olds need time to find their good hitting habits.
    I think Randolph is getting into a good hitting groove. He is looking better every day.

    1. ‘He is proof that the sixteen-year-olds need time to find their good hitting habits’…glad it doesn’t take all 16-year olds four years to reach that conclusion.

    1. Really like the Phillies to move Moniak over to the Threshers for the last 3/4 weeks in the season, this way he doesn’t have to move out of his apartment , leave his draft class buds, trek to Williamsport, then trek back down in September sometime to get ready for the FILs. Just let him stay physically there at the Complex and let him get 30/40 ABs vs FSL pitching.

      1. im fine with this. who cares if he goes 3-40, just let him see the pitching a bit. Dudes been fantastic and needs to be moved, and you make good pionts about not having to physically move.

  4. Finally got to an Ironpigs game yesterday. I was a little surprised that Lively only tops out at 89 (on the stadium gun anyway). Generally pitched to weak contact except the 2nd inning when they seemed to put good wood on his pitches, but he manged to work out of it. Then two of his walks in the third, But after that, he seemed to have them off balance until the 7th. Not sure how that will hold up against MLB hitters. Certainly disappointed Crawford and Williams were not in the line-up. I guess I’m just going to have to go back before the season ends. 🙂

    1. Lively has pitched to a much lower velocity this year, although the results have been fine. Last year, he sat 91-93, touching 94 and 95. The Lehigh Valley gun, is, I believe, a little slow (1-2 MPH), but even with that, Lively seems to have lost some velocity. Will it come back? Who knows? Without that extra speed, he’s going to have a tough time pitching up in the zone majors, which is actually part of his game (changing eye level, that is).

      1. I wonder how some players lose the velo and others are able to gain more.
        case in point…Severino Gonzalez, as a starter was a low 90s/high 80s guy, now look at his velo in the reliever role. Lively, on the other hand, seems to have regressed in that department from last year. And age wise only separated by 6 months.

        1. Or Joely Rodriguez, who had nothing in the tank when I saw him ST last year or early last season and is now regularly hitting the mid to high 90s. Or how about Carlos Carrasco, a pitcher who was in the low 90s when in the Phillies’ system and is now regularly in the high 90s. It’s mysterious at times.

          By the way Sev Gonzalez’s spike is a bit more predictable. Often when starters are converted to relievers their velocity picks up a notch or two because they can throw with full effort without the concern of getting too tired, as a starter might.

      2. Yeah I was wondering if the LV gun was a little slow. No one was really lighting it up. Lively certainly seemed to be moving the ball around effectively, but yes, I question how much that will play at the MLB level. At least as a starter. At the very least I think he could be an effective swing man, and hope for more.

        1. If it’s slow it has to be on a game by game basis bc they had Morgan touching 96 the other night. If it’s low, that puts him around 97-99 which I highly doubt.

  5. Lucas Williams is just too good of player to be hitting .204. Here are 5 young hitters who I think are much better than numbers suggest…..hoping they finish strong:

    1. Cornelius Randolph (Lakewood)
    2, Lucas Williams (Williamsport)
    3. Juan Luis (Williamsport)
    4. Malvon Matos (GCL)
    5. Arquimedes Gamboa (Williamsport)

    1. curious what you base your comment on. I get that Randolph gets high grades for a hit tool, but what makes you say the others are better than the numbers they are putting up?

      1. you mentioned Randolph already. The rest:

        Lucas Williams hits the ball hard. Just having bad luck at moment. Really athletic player who I think is break-out candidate next year.

        Juan Luis has ton of projection and if he adds weight like I think he will…u can envision atleast gap power maybe more: His batting practice from few weeks ago:

        Malvon Matos has most Phillies scouts clamoring for next year to start to see what he can do (after instructions this fall). 6’3″ 170 and another player with alot of projection.

        Arquimedes Gamboa – another lean south american player who is already good in field. I like his swing for SS. He really just needs to hit .250 or so with that gloove to project as starter. His batting practice:

        1. Tough for taller thin Latin kids to add weight unless they are already big at 16…..Luis turns 21 in the spring, Matos 20 in another week or so…I think they are what they are at this point. Look at Carlos T.

          1. I would be curious to see builds of their fathers. Since phillies are so high on Matos (who is bean pole) maybe scouts have some confidence he will fill out. I am ok with Gamboa staying small.

  6. Monday Morning Ten Pack: BP
    “Cornelius Randolph, LF, Philadelphia Phillies (Low-A Lakewood)
    Randolph, the 10th-overall pick in 2015, is still getting his bearings after missing two months with a left shoulder injury. After a brief GCL rehab stint, he returned to the South Atlantic League in early July and has hit around .250 with little power since. A recent series look produced the obvious signs that he’s working to get his timing back while trying to adapt to the league. Once that happens, singles should start turning into doubles.”

  7. Went to the Reading Phillies game on Saturday vs. Altoona. First time there – that is a pretty neat little stadium. Here is what I saw:

    1.That Altoona lineup had to have some of the worst combined batting averages for a minor league team in any system. Very weak. That being said, Pinto threw pretty well. I liked in the eighth inning on the last batter he reached back for 96, 96 and 95. Seemed his changeup was better than his breaking ball. Very efficient with his pitches.

    Hoby Milner and Aruno did pretty well in relief. They allowed the tying and winning runs to score, but both weren’t hit hard. Milner’s run in the ninth was just a chopper past third by a left handed hitter and the winning run scored when Alfaro fielded a swinging bunt in front of the plate but no one covered home after the second out. Runner waltzed home.

    2.The offense never really got going, as a majority of the hits were of the infield variety. Alfaro beat out two balls in the infield and showed great speed for a catcher. He also hit a ball hard that the third baseman made a nice play on.

    3.Quinn had an infield hit and a solid single. Very quick on the bases, but the Altoona catcher had a heck of an arm and threw him out once (and he appeared to be out on the second attempt, though he was called safe). Played left field and Cozens played center. Not sure why.

    4.Cozens really shortened his stroke and singled twice to left. Both smoked. One was in the ninth inning after he swung and missed on strike two. Still had too many swings and misses, but maybe it was a sign of him learning to hit with two strikes.

    5.Hoskins’ homer to left was a bomb. There is no home/road stadium that would have held that one. He just missed on one in the first.

    6.Kingery had one hit but didn’t have a great night at the plate. Went out of the strike zone too much

    7.Pullin saved his night with a line single in the 9th to put runners on the corners before Walding, who was solid in the field, struck out.

    The best part was after the game my son got 11 autographs, including Quinn, Kingery, Cozens, Hoskins, Alfaro and Hoskins. Can’t say enough about how much that meant to him. Can’t say enough good things about them in this manner.

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