Box Score Recap – 8/14/2016

Phil Klein had the best pitching line today, tossing eight, two-hit innings.  The best of the rest included HR/RBI by Reading’s Dylan Cozens (33/105) and Clearwater’ Kyle Martin (16/68).  The Threshers’ Zach Green got his 63rd RBI.  Lakewood’s Jose Pujols got three hits and his 74th RBI.  And, Enmanuel Garcia hit his second HR for Williamsport.

Lehigh Valley (72-49)  Beat Indianapolis, 1-0.  Phil Klein (3-1, 1.64) two-hit the Indians for eight innings.  He walked two and struck out eleven.  Hoby Milner (3.24) earned his first save.  The IronPigs only managed four hits off the Indians starter.  Cameron Perkins’ (.289) two-out, RBI single (42) provided the winning margin.

The IronPigs are in second place in the North Divisin and have 23 games remaining in their season.  They have dropped 4.5 games behind the first place Scranton RailRiders.  But, they have a six game lead in the race for the wild card.

  • #1 Crawford (.258)  DNP.
  • #3 Williams (.276) DNP.
  • #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #12 Knapp (.260)  went 0-3.
  • #18 Pivetta – DNP.
  • #24 Lively (7-5, 3.42) – DNP.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (78-41)  Beat Altoona, 6-5.  John Richy (5.68) struck out eight in 5.2 innings, but gave up four runs (3 ER) on 5 hits (2 HR).  Victor Arano (3.00) struck out four in 2.0 innings.  Miguel Nunez held on for his 15th save.  The Phils managed only 5 hits and struck out 14 times.  They did walk 8 times.  Andrew Pullin (.361) had 2 of there 5 hits and an RBI (30). Dylan Cozens hit his 33rd home run and collected his 105th RBI.

Reading is in first place in the Eastern Division.  Their lead has dwindled down to three games over the Trenton Thunder.  After splitting a series against the Thunder coming off the All Star break, the Phils had an 8.0 game lead on July 17th.  Since then the Phils are 13-12 while the Thunder have gone 19-8. There is no wild card.

  • #4 Alfaro (.282) went 0-4 with a BB and 3 K.
  • #7 Cozens (.289) went 1-3 with a BB, HR (33), RBI (105).
  • #8 Quinn (.282) went 0-4 with a BB and 3 K.
  • #13 Hoskins (.279) went 0-2 with 2 BB and a SB (5).
  • #14 Kingery (.276) went 1-5 with a double and RBI (10).
  • #16 Pinto – (4-5, 4.26) – DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – promoted to Lehigh Valley.
  • #19 Eshelman (4-2, 5.01) – DNP.
  • #26 Cordero – (0-1, 4.50) – DNP.

Clearwater (69-48)  Lost to Dunedin, 9-2.  Will Morris (7-3, 3.83) Gave up 4 runs on 9 hits (2 HR) in 6.0 innings.  Joe DeNato (5.11) gave up 5 runs in 0.2 innings.  Jeff Singer (18.00) got four outs without giving up a run.  Carlos Tocci had 4 hits.  Aaron Brown (.346) had 3 hits. Kyle Martin had 2 hits including a solo HR (16) and 68th RBI.  Zach Green (.263) got his 63rd RBI.  The Threshers went 0-12 with RISP and left 12 men on base.  Tocci had an outfield assist at second base.

The Threshers are in second place in the North Division.  They are 2.5 games behind the Dunedin Blue Jays with 20 games remaining in the season.  They have 5 games left against the Blue Jays.  Daytona and Tampa remain in the closely contested race.  Should the Yankees win the second half, Clearwater would probably make the playoffs with the best overall record.  However, this outcome does not seem likely at this point.

  • #20 Garcia (10-3, 2.55) – DNP.
  • #22 Canelo (.249) went 0-4.
  • #23 Tocci (.286) went 4-5.

Lakewood (56-62)  Lost to Kannapolis, 2-1.  Seranthony Dominguez  (3.86) pitched 3.0 innings of 2-hit ball before a one hour rain delay.  Zach Morris came in after the delay and gave up 2 runs in 3.0 innings.  That was all the Intimidators needed.  The BlueClaws did rally in the ninth, but Mark Laird was cut down at the plate trying to score on a fly out to RF to end the game.  Jose Pujols had 3 hits.  Carlos Duran and Emmanuel Marrero had 2 hits apiece.  Pujols had the only RBI on a ninth inning single.  Including the final play of the game, the BlueClaws hit into 5 double plays.

Lakewood is in third place in the Northern Division, second half.  They are 0.5 games behind the Hagerstown Suns and Kannapolis Intimidators.  Winning the second half division title outright is their only path to the post season.  They have 21 games remaining.

  • #6 Randolph (.266) went 1-4 with a BB.
  • #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.14)- DNP.
  • #27 Pujols (.242) went 3-3 with a 2 BB and an RBI (74).
  • #29 Edgar Garcia – DNP.
  • #30 Tirado (3-1, 4.72) – DNP.

Williamsport (30-25)  Lost to Mahoning Valley, 5-2 and 3-2 in ten innings.

Game One:  Ranger Suarez (5-2, 3.27) gave up all 5 runs and struck out 6 in 5.1 innings.  Carlos Indriago (1.02) entered with the bases loaded and traded 2 runs for 2 outs.  Enmanuel Garcia had 2 of the Cutters’ 5 hits and hit a 2-run home run (2).

Game Two:  Felix Paulino (3.23) struck out 7 in 6.0 innings.  He gave up 1 run on 6 hits.  Will Hibbs (3-2, 0.81) blew the save in the ninth and lost the game in the tenth.  Both runs were unearned. In the tenth, a bunt single and throwing error by the catcher put the leadoff runner on second. A wild pitch moved him to third.  Hibbs was lifted in favor of John Hennigan after two intentional walks.  All the strategy didn’t pay off when a fielding error let the winning run score uncontested.  Enmanuel Garcia (.252) and Luis Encarnacion (.159) had 2 hits each.

The Crosscutters are in second place, 6.5 games behind the State College Spikes.  They are 2.0 games behind the Staten Island Yankees for the wild card.  They have 20 games remaining.

  • #17 Medina (4-2, 2.23) – DNP.
  • #25 Romero (1-1, 2.51) – DNP.

GCL Phillies (31-12) DNP.  2nd place in the Northwest Division, 1.0 GB (2 in the L column). Their .721 winning percentage is the second best in the GCL.  They have 17 games left in the season, seven against the first place Blue Jays.  They play their next 3 games against the Jays, including a double header tomorrow night in Dunedin that includes the conclusion of a suspended game from July 30th that the Phillies led 5-2 with the Jays batting in the fourth inning and 2 out and a runner on second.  Harold Arauz is the pitcher of record.  But, he has since come off his rehab assignment and returned to Lakewood. They will complete the remaining innings of the nine inning suspended game and then play a seven inning game for Monday’s regularly scheduled game.

The Phillies (31-12, .721) and Blue Jays (31-10, .756) play similar schedules down the stretch.  The seven games they pay against each other will undoubtedly determine the division winner.  The Jays hold the tie-breaker advantage, since they will play two less games.  The Jays had a two-game series against the Yankees East that will not be made up since they do not play each other again this season. Should the Phillies and Jays finish tied for first place, the Jays will win the division and the playoff berth based on their better winning percentage.  (e.g., If the Phillies finish 45-15 (.750) and the Jays finish 44-14 (.758) the Jays would win the division.)

  • #2 Moniak (.296)
  • #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.50)
  • #15 Stobbe (.241)
  • #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.264)
  • Stephen (.278)
  • Miller (0-0, 2.25)
  • Andrew Brown (0-0, 1.56)
  • Stewart (1-2, 5.91)
  • Fanti (6-0, 1.69)
  • Sixto Sanchez (4-0, 0.42)

DSL Phillies (25-33)  DNP.  6th place in the Northwest Division, 17.0 GB, 12 games remaining.

  • Jonathan Guzman (.307)
  • Keudy Bocio (.228)
  • Simon Muzziotti (.262)
  • Dixon Gutierrez (.263)

DSL Phillies2 (37-23)  DNP.  2nd place in the Northeast Division, 4.0 GB (5 in the L column), 12 games remaining.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-4, 296)
  • Rafael Marchan (.354)

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 8/14 – Phillies optioned Luis Garcia to Lehigh Valley.
  • 8/14 – Phillies recalled Adam Morgan from Lehigh Valley.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.

30 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/14/2016

  1. Mitch Walding has played pretty well so far in his AA stint. In 7 games, he’s hit .350/.536/.700 with an OPS of 1.236. His BBs exceed his Ks (6 to 5). Is this the real Walding or is this just short season stat fantasy? On time will tell.

    Pullin has hit so well since coming back from his mini-retirement, I started to wonder if he took some performance enhancing drugs and needed the retirement to keep from getting tested? If he did, it was a brilliant short term strategy but long term probably not so much. The other, more plausible scenario, is he needed the time to clear his head and think about things. Sometimes getting away from things for a while allows the muscle memory to come back and take control.

    I continue to keep an eye on ‘C’ at LKW. At the beginning of the season, I penciled him into the CLW lineup by August 1. His injury defeated that prognosis. He’s just now starting to come out of his long funk. He’s hit in 9 of his last 10 games, at a .341 clip. He’s had some multi-hit games which were non-existent during his funk. He won’t see CLW this year but a strong finish could keep him in the conversation to start in CLW next year.

    1. I believe Pullin when he says it was some personal things at home that he needed to take care of. Starting to believe his numbers are going to continue to be great.

      1. Pullin is a guy who has always been under the radar….with metrics that were not really eye-catching to say the least. But now he seems to have put everything together. Jim Salisbury really thinks he has turned the corner as a prospect in the system. And I guess you can also put Mitch Walding in that category also.

    1. Interesting article with Hoskins having a slight advantage but Cozens has been playing baseball fulltime for less years. Hoskins can be our regular 1B and Cozens can be part of a dynamic platoon in LF/RF. Hopefully, both players will continue to learn and improve their games. As for position players the Phillies have a bright future.

      1. Are you referring to the one year of high school football that Cozens played? Because Hoskins also played a year of varsity football in high school, and two years of varsity basketball in high school.

    2. If you take the average year of his career, it seems like Ryan Howard is the perfect comp for Hoskins. Trumbo, Napoli, Chris Davis, and Moreland seem like the other comps.

      1. Hoskins’s age level is a notch below Goldschimdt’s at Mobile for K rate and BB rate..and 19 points lower on wRC+ 178 vs 159

    3. “..but I would not bet against him reaching his ceiling as an All-Star first baseman with 30+ home run power and a .260/.340/.500 slash line.”

      I almost started crying…so awesome.

  2. It’s nice to see all the teams fighting for the playoffs. That’s what we want these kids playing for every year, bring it up to the majors. Promotions, certainly of pitching, has hurt most of the teams but it’s the same for the other teams. LHV should benefit from Scranton losing its top two hitters to NY. Klein will most likely be starting in Philly again soon with starters dropping like flies there.
    Pujols clearly continues to improve. He needs to be protected after this season but I don’t think the Phils can afford to protect him. Will Simone take him and store him for a year? Is he better than Goeddel?

    1. Murray……why protect Pujols?
      He isn’t even Hi-A!
      When was the last time a MLB team drafted a Rule 5 position guy from low A ball AND he stuck on the major league team all season without being offered back?
      Maybe someone knows that, but I cannot recall.
      Last Rule 5, the Mets’ W. Bucera was unprotected, and has the potential to be a plus OFer…..from A ball, and no team picked him up.

      1. Nobody in this day and age can stash a young player for a whole season, especially in the National League. With minor injuries, slumps, extra inning games, you need everybody to contribute.

        1. You can do it, if you really don’t care about going to the playoffs that year, but if the guy is in low A ball, nobody is going to stash him unless they think they may be getting a future star.

        2. The probably is really high that prospects below AA will not be selected. However, rebuilding teams (and especially the ones with weak farm) can be very aggressive and stash the lower minors for a year.

          IMO, probability is close to 95% not getting pick since there will be other teams that will leave some of their prospect (better than the Phils have) exposed. Teoscar Hernandez, Guduan and Becerra are examples.

          I actually want to the Phils to pick Guduan (over Stumpft) and Becerra (over any fungible AAAA player in the 40-man).

          1. KuKo…they were my two choices also.
            Going back to selecting a player from low A like Pujols.
            The selecting team has to let one of their last 40s go since you can only have 39/38 protected for one/two selections.
            Plus I think the rules still stands that a team can only lose one player in the Rule 5.

            1. @romus – I’m not aware of the limits in the Rule 5, but that might work with the Phils this year. with the deeper farm, the Phils can afford to lose borderline prospects like Pujols, Tocci, Pullin, etc – if teams grab any of them in the Rule 5.

            2. Romus- Yankees lost two players last year 2nd and 3rd pick. Rays lost two players last year as well. A team could theoretically lose every player that is eligible for the rule 5 draft or a team could draft an entire 40 man roster from the rule 5 draft.

            3. Chad….” A team could theoretically lose every player that is eligible for the rule 5 draft or a team could draft an entire 40 man roster from the rule 5 draft.”….a team cannot play in the draft unless they have less than 40 on their own protection list.
              Any team that protects 40 players on Nov 20th…..cannot make any selections in the Dec Rule 5. A team that does make a selection must have a vacancy immediately to put that player on their 40.
              In theory that could happen…but not this part, draft an entire team from the rule 5….that means you have no active 25 players on your roster.

            4. Romus- I am fully aware of how the rule 5 draft works however I appreciate you explaining the rules about the rule 5 draft concerning the 40 man roster because not many people fully understand the rule 5 draft. A team could trade away, DFA, or non-tender all of their players on the 40 man roster before November 20th and then have the ability to select 40 players in the rule 5 draft. This scenario will more than likely never happen however it is possible that it could. I was only stating the scenario to highlight the fact that teams could lose more than one player to the rule 5 draft.
              You are correct about Pujols there is no reason to protect him this year. No team is going to be interested in carrying him on the 25 man roster all year long and even if a team wants to take a shot on a low a prospect their will be better prospects available. The other part about protecting Pujols is that he begins to use options this year and he would only get 3 so he would need to greatly accelerate his path to the majors or risk losing him in 3 years when he is closer to the majors.

      2. I totally agree, Pujols won’t be protected. I also agree he probably won’t be selected. It doesn’t always help the player. Look at Goeddel. He lost a year while enjoying the major league min salary and meal money. He may not even start at LHV next year either. Pujols will however hopefully be starting at Cwater next year.

        1. Pujols will not get selected and will not be protected. Yes he has power and has been hitting better as of late but a team isn’t selecting someone who will prob K close to 50% making the 3 level jump, 3 level!!! I feel like the hitters and pitchers are totally different in the rule 5. As far as hitters you are looking for a hit tool which will stick at the ML level for a full year and with pitchers you are usually looking at high velocity/high K/9 guys who have terrible control/command. It’s harder to find that hit tool at a lower level or just in general but the high velocity arms are all over the place. I dunno just my opinion

      3. The biggest Rule 5 disaster in Phils’ history was George Bell who had all of 55 abs in AA ball before being selected by Toronto. Because teams can control the speed that a guy like Pujols gets promoted, I derive no comfort from the fact that Pujols seems buried in A ball and that that somehow insulates him. I’m not buying that idea. In the Rule 5 market, projection is key. Power is a valuable commodity in an athlete with overall good skills. If it were me, I’d lean towards protecting Pujols along with OF’s Cozens, Goeddel, Herrera, Pullin, Quinn, Williams and perhaps Tocci.

        1. Well do you know of any Rule 5 position player, never to play at High-A level, who was selected AND remained with the MLB team for the whole year?

        2. Fighter flea- For the argument that you put forth to make sense Pujols would have to be killing it in low a ball. Granted he is hitting for power but one tool doesn’t make a prospect. If Pujols was hitting close to 300 or even had an obp north of 340 I think you have a legitament concern but even with both of those things said his K rate is ridiculous to think he would k less than 50 percent in the majors seems incredibly optimistic.

  3. Listen, Pujols’ power intrigues me dont get me wrong, but zero chance im protecting him. No team is going to stash him on a roster, he can barely make contact in Low A. It would be teh worst thing for his progress too.

  4. I know its nitpicking but it does drive me crazy when someone refers to playing getting to the big leagues as ” getting to the pros.” Minor league baseball is professional baseball, some still have the original minor league contracts to prove it, as well as those tiny checks that Topps Baseball gives you so you will allow them to photograph you for baseball cards.

    Again, it may seem a small thing but Hoskins and Cozens are very much already pros and have been since they signed with the Phils. Major Leaguers? No. Professional baseball players? Absolutely.

  5. No problem Mike and I wasn’t singling you out necessarily, it gets said all the time. But it is important to realize that a player becomes a professional baseball player the minute he signs a contract, regardless of whether or not he ever makes it out of rookie ball.

    Its a badge of honor that few get to experience and for those of us who do, wear proudly. And it does drive some crazy when a kind and dear friend will say to a guy who played minor league ball…”its a shame you never made it to the pros.” And it happens more often than you would think.

    Also worth noting since we all love this site…should would seem to be an incredible waste of time to discuss, evaluate and dream about guys who aren’t even pros yet.

    But no harm, no foul my friend.

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