Box Score Recap – 8/12/2016

Not a good night for teams above the Rookie League.  Only the GCL Phillies were able to post a win yesterday.  Both Dominican teams were rained out.

It was Sanchez Day at the Complex, and he didn’t disappoint.

Sanchez pitching August 12th

Elsewhere, Roman Quinn garnered three outfield assists, Mitch Walding hit his second “waldinger”, Chace Numata raised his average to .316 with a couple hits, Jiandido Tromp hit his seventh home run, Jose Pujols hit his 22nd home run, and the GCL Phillies ended preserved their win over the Yankees with a routine 8-2-5 double play.

Lehigh Valley (71-48)  Lost to Indianapolis, 6-0.  Ben Lively allowed only 3 runs in his six innings, but the IronPigs were shutout and held to 3 hits by Cameron Perkins (.290), Jesse Valentin (.233), and PH David Lough (.265) each contributed a single.  Andrew Knapp committed a PB (15) but also picked a runner off first base and participated in a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play.

  • #1 Crawford (.258)  DNP.
  • #3 Williams (.278) went 0-4.
  • #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #12 Knapp (.263)  went 0-3.
  • #24 Lively (7-5, 3.42) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (77-40)  Lost to Altoona, 7-2.  Mark Leiter (5-2, 3.66) gave up 5 runs (4 ER) on 9 hits and 4 walks while striking out six.  Jimmy Cordero pitched an effective inning in relief. Mitch Walding (.333) had 2 hits including a solo HR (2), and both Phils’ RBI (4).  Dylan Cozens also had 2 hits.

Roman Quinn recorded THREE outfield assists, playing RF he – doubled a runner off first base on a fly out, threw out a runner at the plate trying to score from second on a single, and threw out a batter trying to stretch a single into a double.

Jorge Alfaro threw out both runners who attempted to steal second.

  • #4 Alfaro (.287) went 0-4 with 3 K.
  • #7 Cozens (.292) went 2-4 with a double.
  • #8 Quinn (.290) went 1-3 with a BB and SB (27).
  • #13 Hoskins (.282) went 1-4.
  • #14 Kingery (.265) went 0-4.
  • #16 Pinto – (4-4, 4.18) – DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – DNP.
  • #19 Eshelman (4-2, 5.01) – DNP.
  • #26 Cordero – (0-1, 4.50) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.

Clearwater (68-47)  Lost to Lakeland, 5-3.  Luke Leftwich (5.54) gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 5 hits and a walk in 5.2 innings.  After the Threshers came back to tie, Tom Windle (0-1, 5.40) gave up 2 runs in 1.2 innings.

Chace Numata (.316) had a two-hit game and an RBI (27).  June 23rd call up, Jiandido Tromp (.235) hit his 7th HR and picked up his 19th and 20th RBI.  Numata also picked a runner off first base.

  • #20 Garcia (9-3, 2.72) – off the 7-day DL and will pitch Saturday.
  • #22 Canelo (.252) DNP.
  • #23 Tocci (.282) went 1-5 with a double.

Lakewood (55-61)  Lost to Kannapolis, 6-3.  Tyler Gilbert (6-8, 3.84) lasted 3.2 innings, giving up 11 hits and 6 runs.  Edgar Garcia (2.74) struck out 4 in 3.1 no-hit innings.  Jake Waguespack struck out 2 in one scoreless inning.

Jose Pujols had 2 hits including his 22nd HR.  Emmanuel Marrero (.235) also had 2 hits.

The Intimidators were 3-3 stealing bases with Deivi Grullon behind the plate.

  • #6 Randolph (.253) went 0-4 with an RBI (15).
  • #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.14)- DNP.
  • #27 Pujols (.239) went 2-4 with a double, HR (22), and RBI (73).
  • #29 Edgar Garcia – 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
  • #30 Tirado (3-1, 4.72) – DNP.

Williamsport (30-23)  Lost to Mahining Valley 4-2.  JoJo Romero (1-1, 2.51) gave up 4 runs (3 ER) in five innings.  Blake Quinn (1.21) struck out 5 in three innings of one hit relief.  The Crosscutters managed only 3 hits.  Might be a little hangover from last night’s double header that ended well after midnight.  They didn’t get their first hit until the eighth inning.

  • #17 Medina (4-2, 2.23) – DNP.
  • #25 Romero (1-1, 2.51) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.

GCL Phillies (30-12) Beat the GCL Yankees West, 2-1.  Sixto Sanchez held  yet another without a run at the start of a game.  For the fifth consecutive game, Sanchez held an opponent scoreless.  And as hard as it is to say, I have seen him more dominant.  Even so, he was in control through all five innings.

He opened with a 96 mph fastball, and eventually struck out the lead off batter.  He gave up an infield hit up the middle that barely made it to the outfield grass.  After a fly out to CF Mickey Moniak, he walked the clean up batter.  The runner on second tried to swipe third on a pitch in the dirt.  C Nerluis Martinez threw him out.

Sanchez grabbed control in the second, inducing three ground balls to third baseman, Raul Rivas.

Prior to the third inning a Topps photographer (who I thought worked for the Yankees due to the color shirt he was wearing) was on the field taking photos of Sanchez.  When the inning started he retreated down the left field line and took more photos during the inning.  Sanchez obliged by striking out the first two batters on 97 mph fastballs – one looking, one swinging.  A fly out to LF Ben Pelletier ended the inning.

The Yankees opened the fourth with an “excuse me” oppo field single to RF Jhailyn Ortiz. Sanchez got a strike out looking at a 95 mph fastball and a double play ground ball to end the threat.

Sanchez started the fifth with his 5th strike out, swinging at a 97 mph fastball.  After a single to right, he retired the next two batters on a fly ball to Moniak and a soft ground ball to 1B Edwin Rodriguez at the bag.

That was all for Sanchez.  He threw 56 pitches in his five innings.  His FB was 93-96 and sat 95-96, touching 97 mph several times.  He throws an off speed pitch at 80 mph that drops about a foot and breaks to his glove side.  He had similar movement on a pitch that he throws at 84 mph.

Sanchez left the game with a 2-0 lead.  Kale Fultz entered in relief.

The Yankees opened the sixth inning with a triple toward the right field corner.  Ortiz over ran the ball as it bounced off the fence away from him.  Not sure if the runner got the extra base on the bounce.  I have noticed that this is the one weakness I have noted in Ortiz’ defense.  He tends to over run balls that bounce that he’s trying to cut off to his right or left.  More an error of commission than an error of omission.

The defense conceded the run when Fultz got a ground out to Rivas.  After a single, Rivas started a 5-4-3 double play.  Fultz’ FB was upper 80’s touching 90 mph.

Andrew Brown pitched the next two innings.  A single, sacrifice, and single put runners on the corners with one out.  Martinez threw out the first base runner on an attempted steal as the Yankees ran themselves out of the inning.  A ground out to SS Cole Stobbe brough the seventh inning to an end.

Brown sandwiched a ground out to 2B Daniel Brito with strike outs in an easy eighth inning.  His FB was in the upper 80s.

Jose Nin came in to wrap up the save.  Nin has been very effective, having not allowed a run in his 10 GCL appearances (11.2 innings, 4 saves).  So of course, he walks the first batter and gives up a single to the second.

And then things got interesting.  With the infielders playing a “tweener” defense (something between something I recognized and something I didn’t), Nin got a chopper to Rivas who was playing a step or two behind third base.  He jumped and snagged the ball and threw home to a chorus of “HOME!” from the dugout.

Now we have runners on first and second with one out.  The next batter lined a single to Moniak who charged the ball and threw to the plate.  Martinez caught the ball, applied the tag, and fired to Rivas at third, who tagged out the trailing runner to complete the double play, end the inning, and end the game.

All three outs in the ninth inning were the result of tag plays – one at third base and two at home.

Nin fastball was 93-95, touching 96 mph. I would have expected less harder contact since he was following two pitchers with less velocity.

The Phillies scored in the first inning.  Daniel Brito () hit a ground ball past the first baseman down the right field line for a double.  He advanced on a passed ball and scored on a Cole Stobbe ground out.

They scored again in the fifth.  Brito figured in the scoring this time too.  DH Lenin Rodriguez doubled into the left center field gap.  He moved to third on Rivas ground out to short and scored on Brito’s ground out to second.

Some random observances –

Moniak lined a single to center in the first after Stobbe’s ground out.  He advanced to third on a hit-and-run with Ortiz at the plate on a 3-1 count.

Ortiz line out to second base and ran the play out to the bag.

On the pitch before Rodriguez doubled, he was assessed a strike on a check swing.  He “duh” slapped the top of his helmet for offering at the pitch, then hit a double into the gap.

Stobbe smoked a double toward the left field corner in the fifth after Brito’s RBI ground out.

Ray Burris was on the bench and made all the coaching visits to the mound.

  • #2 Moniak (.298) went 1-4.
  • #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.50) – DNP.
  • #15 Stobbe (.231) went 1-4 with a double and RBI.
  • #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.272) went 2-4 with a double.
  • Stephen (.286) DNP.
  • Miller (0-0, 2.25) – DNP.
  • Andrew Brown (0-0, 1.56) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
  • Stewart (1-2, 5.91) – DNP.
  • Fanti (5-0, 1.43) – DNP.
  • Sixto Sanchez (4-0, 0.42) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.

DSL Phillies (24-32)  Cancelled, rain.

  • Jonathan Guzman (.308)
  • Keudy Bocio (.226)
  • Simon Muzziotti (.256)
  • Dixon Gutierrez (.267)

DSL Phillies2 (35-23)  Beat the DSL Rangers2, 6-5 in a 12 inning walk off.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-4, 3.02) – DNP.
  • Rafael Marchan (.348) went 2-6 with 2 RBI (21).

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 8/12 – Phillies activated RF Peter Bourjos from the 15-day disabled list.
  • 8/12 – Phillies optioned Cody Asche to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 8/12 – Phillies claimed LHP Patrick Schuster off waivers from Oakland Athletics.
  • 8/12 – Phillies optioned Patrick Schuster to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 8/12 – RHP Nick Pivetta assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 8/12 – RHP John Richy assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 8/12 – Clearwater Threshers activated LHP Elniery Garcia from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 8/12 – Herlis Rodriguez assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.

60 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/12/2016

    1. Certainly not linear path for Walding and I really think the turn around started with walks. Once he figured that out his natural hitting ability returned.

  1. Sixto good going hope see him in Lakewood next yr . Pujols wow broke the lakewood record for HR’S . Can you dream him and Ortiz in Reading someday.Cozens 2 for 4 in a away game . Most of the pitcher’s had a Ruff night. Great nite for the Phillies Jim Thome gets his day . Ryan Howard grade slam 458 ft on a 95 mph Fb good Job Big piece.

    1. Tim…. one more dinger for Pujols and he has the new Lakewood season record for HRs..he is tied right now, at 22, with Jim Murphy and Juan Richardson from 2011.

        1. Not really fair to compare Pujols to either. Murphy was 25 in his second year at Lakewood after spending a full year in Clearwater and being demoted. Richardson was 22 and 5’11 215 1b/3b.

          1. gkit……spot on…park factor by BA:
            Lackwood third hardest for the hitter
            Team……HR/Game…..Park Factor -1.0 ave (>1 favors hitter, <1.0 favors pitcher)
            Asheville……. 2.02 —-1.181
            Hagerstown… 1.46—- 1.011
            Greensboro… 2.06 —-1.092
            Hickory………. 1.64 —- 1.044
            West Virginia..1.61 — 1.028
            Kannapolis…. 1.04 —- 1.034
            Greenville…. 1.52 —- 1.012
            Rome………….0.87 —- 1.042
            Lexington ……1.70 — 0.962
            Delmarva …… 1.00 —- 0.955
            Charleston …. 1.05 — 0.929
            Lakewood …… 0.78 —- 0.927 *********
            Augusta …….;;;0.72 —–0.932
            Savannah …… 0.63 —-0.880

    2. Tim,

      In addition to Retro Ryan’s slam, Jake Thompson won his first game, CeHe hit like Richie Ashburn and Chollie returned to be West Virginia folksy.

      A near perfect night.

  2. Curious if Sixto has added any size considering his velocity is increasing (unusual) as we enter home stretch of season. It’s just scary that he recently added 92 mph slider. I also see it as positive that he doesn’t go out of his way for SO and thus keeps pitch counts under control.

    1. Mitch Rupert posted this yesterday, go to the 21 minute mark of episode 8 and you can hear an interview with Chris King. A lot of great info about the GCL kids.

      Chris says Sixto’s delivery is effortless and while he isn’t big he has a solid lower half that he uses well.

  3. A coupe of you have reached out on here and on Twitter and asked how my nephew did (and I appreciate it very much). He’s still a little disappointed however is anxious to see what he can do w a healthy arm. Hopefully sitting in the mid to high 80’s and touching 90 w a tear in his UCL means even higher w a stronger/healthier arm. Anyways again thanx. This was the only way I know how to share pics on here.

    1. Good luck to him…..he will bounce back.
      Have him check out MSI in PA (610) 358-5500 where Groome trained in the off-season..former MLB pitcher Jeff Randazzo owns and operates it. He may like it though it would be a long drive for him.

      1. Whoa whoa whoa haha I’m a strength and conditioning coach myself . . . I’ve actually tried to recruit him (Groome, after seeing him throw as a 15 year old) but his parents and I were having issues w the distance. Anyways, as bad as this might sound it will give me a chance to work w someone who’s going thru TJS (will be w plus to be able to say I’ve worked someone back from that, or helped. He’ll be doing all the work). Again thanx guys for the support. Will def keep everyone posted.

    2. We wish your nephew a healthy and speedy recovery from his operation. It certainly sounds like your nephew has talent and hopefully will be pitching in CBP some day in a Phillies uniform.

  4. I am a tough critic. But I couldn’t be higher on a 18 year old pitcher than I am on Sixto.

      1. Though short of stature, Chris King seems to think much of Sixto Sanchez’ power/velo stems from his lower trunk and legs that are fairly defined and muscular.
        As he says not built like Kilome or Medina. He probably may not grow any taller…..not like Eflin did in the past two years.

        1. Here comes our dilemma, if Sixto is top 10 in the GCL, where does he go in our top 30? What if he’s top 5? What if he’s higher than Moniak? Sixto is an off-the-charts prospect with a very large risk factor. Those that mostly think projection will have him solidly in the top 10 of our top 30. Those that weigh the risks will argue His size puts him in the Pedro Martinez category but proximity is a million miles away from the show. How many Pedro’s are there versus guys with Pedro’s ability but so far away? For right now… in this very moment, he should be solidly in the top 10 of our 30 guys… but don’t think you’ll wake up tomorrow and see him starting in CBP as the 2nd coming of Pedro. Our upcoming top 30 will be interesting and argumentative.

          1. Keep in mind that Sanchez just turned 18. He will carry Extreme Risk, just as other Rookie League prospects will. Going into this season and coming off good 2015 campaigns, both Franklyn Kilome and Ricardo Pinto were graded by Baseball America as Extreme Risks.

      2. Is there more detail about Sixto Sanchez signing information? I don’t remember him being a high profile signing but what a great signing by Sal and his Latin American staff.

    1. I saw this tweet from Chris. That’s why I put the this into the report, “And as hard as it is to say, I have seen him more dominant. Even so, he was in control through all five innings”. I didn’t want you guys to get too crazy over Sanchez, yet. I guess my saying I’ve seen him better, on top of Chris’ tweet just fans the fire, though.

    2. Agreed. He’s an “A” level prospect – if he were a little bigger he’d be an A plus prospect. Other than that he appears to be the entire package. A possible ace on the making.

    1. The official word is “side” injured Tuesday night. Sources close to the clubhouse are telling me it might be the dreaded oblique. With roster moves necessary today or tomorrow (Asche, Schuster) a DL stint isn’t out if the question. I certainly hope he’s OK.

      1. I’m sure the Phillies will be extra cautious with Crawford. As we are now approaching mid-August, If it’s an oblique injury, Crawford could be shut down for this season.

        That would be unfortunate, but maybe the rest would be good for him long term. Due to roster considerations, Crawford probably was not going be called up to the Phillies in September.

    2. At first I thought he was hurt, and he might be hurt, or they think he might be and they don’t want to risk making it worse, but with all the news sites saying that he may not be a September call-up, the Phillies might avoid having to make that decision (or they might not want to explain why he wasn’t called up) by having it seem that he is injured. It would be an odd thing to do (because it will slow his development), but it could be true.

      1. So the Phillies avoid a decision about calling up Crawford in September by instead deciding to make it appear that he is injured???

        C’mon, man.

  5. Dat Dude 2.0 (Trillsylvania): With the refined control and hugely improved approach, what is your ceiling for Franklyn Kilome? Are the secondary offerings quality enough to play as a front-line MLB SP?
    Kyle Glaser: Absolutely a front line guy as a ceiling. The curveball is already a hammer that is an above average secondary offering, and a changeup that is coming along in the development process. More than stuff, the concern with him is just getting all of his limbs in sync. He’s up to 6-foot-7 now according to a scout at a recent game, and a lot of times pitchers that height struggle to get everything smoothed out in their delivery and have some control issues. He had the same problem but has cut his walks down significantly in his last few starts. He needs to continue that trend to reach that frontline SP ceiling, which is there but is a ways off
    Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/prospect-hot-sheet-chat-aug-12/#yfdtrlvIixvDrxeh.99

  6. Congrats to Piveta on reaching AAA, next year he could be in Philly with his arm. Wouldn’t we be crazy excited about Numata, if we didn’t have two guys in front of him that makes it highly unlikely he’ll ever put on a Phillies uni? Quinn continues to make me think that he’s got “it”. Add Franco, JP, and Williams to that Reading lineup and you could have our 2018 Phillies. In my fantasy lineup I’ll have Quinn, JP, Williams, Hoskins, Cozens,Franco, Alfaro, and Kingery. I would have Altherr, Galvis, Cesar, Joseph and Rupp on the bench after I trade Odubel and Knapp for a #2 starting pitcher. I can dream….

    1. Murray,

      I’m with you on every one of these guys. Total simpatico.

      BTW, has anybody noticed that Pujols’ K rates is just 14 percent over the past 10 games? He’s hitting 375 during that stretch so maybe improved discipline is leading to better pitches to hit, or maybe a hot streak just means fewer Ks. We’ll see, I suppose.

      1. FrankF….Shawn Williams recent interview with Jay Floyd…Aug 11th.
        Jose Pujols is just the third BlueClaws ever with 20 or more home runs in a single season, so he’s been impressive there. He’s striking out less of late. Have you seen a lot with him progress since mid-season?

        Definitely, and it’s not just the power, it’s the, the same as I told you with Grullon, it’s the at bats. For me, I know he can hit and I believe he’s gonna hit. And you’re starting to see hit at bats the last couple weeks where he’s putting together good at bats. It doesn’t matter whether he might be striking out or not, but he’s having good two-strike at bats and laying off breaking balls, he’s getting in better hitting counts, so that’s part of just becoming a better hitters and I guess that’s—for me, maybe the average isn’t there, but he’s making more hard outs here lately and just in general having better at bats.

        1. Including Tromp on that list, there are a few guys who have struggled previously who might be figuring things out. Kudos to the hitting coach there. Btw Tromp up to 17 on the season. Some years our system struggles to get a single guy with 20 homers, this year we could have 5, maybe even 6 if Ruf gets hot. Or add one more with Joseph…

          1. Also his K rate since the promotion is around 17% in Clearwater which for a guy who sat around 30% last year is a huge improvement. He was at 21% in Lakewood. If he can hit for some more average he’s certainly got a chance with his power.

  7. Any word on who will replace Eflin on Sunday? Lively pitched last night so it won’t be him. Morgan or Buchanan? Lefty Shuster we just got from Oakland is a reliever, right?

        1. Not me I played hockey for 8 yrs was A Qb at HS for 2 and play CF . My speed and arm played there. I an a lefty so yea they tryed me on the bump. I throw like like a QB not a pitcher . Although I can make whiffle ball dance with the best of them. Funny I had zero interest in playing baseball I was into the rough sports like Hockey and football. The Coach after hitting me about 60 balls said ” you how times you broke the wrong way on the balls I hit too you ” ? I said ” no ” he said ” once “. I always had a knack of knowing where the plays going ” . I never could hit when somebody was dump enough to walk I would steal a base . I like’d running around CF and throwing the around.

  8. Klye Hendricks line today 7 ings 5 hits 2 runs 0 BB ‘ s 12 k’s . Boy he’s a lucky Pitcher that was against St loius.

  9. Elniery Garcia with a gem this afternoon.
    Game score 71. Maybe best starting LHP in the system.
    Hard to believe he wasn’t even a reader top 30

  10. Eflin now has stress fracture in right foot …..out for season.
    When it rains it pours.
    Morgan starts tomorrow vs the Rockies.

  11. It does seem like Franco Is the one to get hit with the pitch. Let’s get some cool heads out there.

  12. Walding making a bid for top 20 prospect, now has 12 home runs total for the year and a true gold glove defender at 3rd base

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