Box Score Recap – 8/19/2016

Ricardo Pinto may have turned in the best pitching performance Friday.  He threw eight one-run innings for Reading.  Lakewood’s Alberto Tirado and the GCL Phillies’ Nick Fanti pitched five shutout innings for their teams.

But the most eye-opening performance can be attributed to Reading’s Dylan Cozens.  He played both seven-inning games of a double header and went a combined 5-9 with a double, 2 HR (37), 6 RBI (114), and stole a base (20).  His 37th HR e tied Ryan Howard’s output for Reading in 2004.  He is one short of Darin Ruf’s franchise record of 38, set in 2012.

Lehigh Valley (76-51)  Swept Syracuse, 4-3 and 3-2.

Game One:  Phil Klein(3-1, 1.81) took a shutout into the seventh (and final) inning.  After a couple HRs shrunk the lead to 1 run, Luis Garcia (2.49) came in and nailed down his 9th save getting the last 2 outs.

Lead off man Cameron Perkins (.287), J.P. Crawford, Andrew Knapp, Brock Stassi (.266), Cedric Hunter (.289), and Jesse Valentin (.206) stroked 2 hits each as part of the IronPigs’ 14-hit attack.  Hunter had 2 RBI (49).

  • #1 Crawford (.256)  went 2-4.
  • #12 Knapp (.263)  went 2-4.

Game Two:  Luis Garcia (2.44) had to pitch a full inning to record his 10th save.  He struck out 2 batters.  Perkins (.290) had 2 of the IronPigs 7 hits.  Darin Ruf had an RBI (55).  Darnell Sweeney drove in the go-ahead run in the first extra inning on a SF.

Our old friend Zach Collier plays for the Chiefs.

  • #1 Crawford (.256)  DNP.
  • #3 Williams (.266) 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)  DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – DNP.
  • #24 Lively (8-5, 3.49) – DNP.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (81-43)  Swept Erie, 9-1 and 10-6.

Game One:  This was the continuation of a game that was suspended on July 31st. Reading had taken a 2-0 lead in the second inning on an Angelo Mora 2-run single before rain caused the suspension.  Ricardo Pinto picked up where Mark Leiter had left off in the second inning.  He scattered 5 hits and 3 walks over the remaining 8 innings.  His only blemish was his league-leading 19th HR allowed.  Pinto threw 112 pitches, 73 for strikes.

The Phils mounted a 16-hit attack.  Seven guys had a 2-hit game – Scott Kingery, Rhys Hoskins, Dylan Cozens, Jake Fox, KC Serna, Gabriel Lino, and Angelo Mora.  Mora picked up another RBI to give him 3 for the game.  And, Kingery had two.  But the big blows came from Cozens who hit 2 HR (37) and picked up 3 RBI (111).

  • #7 Cozens went 2-5 with 2 HR and 3 RBI
  • #13 Hoskins went 2-4 with a double and BB
  • #14 Kingery went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI
  • #16 Pinto – 8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Game Two:  The Gregory Infante (3.98) ended after three innings pitched and five earned runs.  Alexis Rivero (4.76) got the win with two innings where he allowed five base runners but no runs.  Mario Hollands (5.40) only allowed four base runners in his two innings, but also gave up the SeaWolves sixth run.

The Phils fell off to a 13-hit attack in the seven inning game.  Cozens had 3 hits and 3 RBI giving him 114 for the season.  Roman Quinn, Christian Marrero (.236), and Jorge Alfaro had 2-hit games.  Alfaro hit his 13th HR and added 4 RBI (60).

  • #4 Alfaro (.284) went 2-4 with a double, HR (13), and 4 RBI (60)
  • #7 Cozens (.294) went 3-4 with a double, 3 RBI (114), and SB (20)
  • #8 Quinn (.285) went 2-4 with a triple, and SB (28)
  • #13 Hoskins (.278) went 0-3 with a SF and RBI (105)
  • #14 Kingery (.253) DNP
  • #16 Pinto – (5-5, 4.09) – DNP
  • #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • #19 Eshelman (4-3, 4.75) – DNP
  • #26 Cordero – (0-1, 3.68) -DNP

Clearwater (72-51)  Lost to Daytona, 8-3.  Elniery Garcia had a strong first inning but slowly unraveled after that.  He was finally lifted after 5.0 innings and 5 runs on 9 hits.  Joe DeNato was charged with an unearned run when Ranfi Casimiro threw a wild pitch with a runner on third.  Casimiro struck the batter out for the final out 2 pitches later.  Jeff Singer got the final two outs while stranding a base runner.

The Threshers’ offense has degenerated to a punchless, singles attack.  They pounded out 12 hits, but 11 were singles.  Five Threshers had 2 hits during the game – Zachary Coppola (.244), Carlos Tocci, Aaron brown (.367), Malquin Canelo, and Derek Campbell (.263).  Tocci had the only extra base hit.  It figured into the Threshers’ ninth inning run.

Garcia threw 71 pitches, 50 strikes.  His FB was 90-93 mph.  His velocity seemed to drop after the third inning.  He only threw 20 pitches in the fourth and fifth, but only 10 were fastballs (50%).  He had thrown 38 of 51 FB in the first three innings (74.5%).

In an odd occurrence, Garcia threw 15 pitches in the third inning.  The Tortugas made contact on all 15 pitches.  There were no swinging or called strikes among them.

I may have sounded harsh describing the Threshers’ offense.  But consider this.  They put a lot of balls on the ground.  Their ground ball to fly ball ratio was 11:5.  Nine of their 12 base hits were via ground balls.  Four of those were infield hits.  Most of the ground outs were weakly hit.

  • #20 Garcia (10-3, 2.55) – DNP.
  • #22 Canelo (.247) went 2-4.
  • #23 Tocci (.279) went 2-5 with a double and RBI (45).

Lakewood (60-63)  Outhit Delmarva 13-6 and won 8-2.  Alberto Tirado (5-1, 3.75) pitched five shutout innings.  He allowed 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out nine.  Deivi Grullon (.249) and Wilson Garcia (.288) had 3 hits apiece.  Mark Laird (.315), Grenny Cumana (.281) and Emmanuel Marrero (.245) had 2 hits each.  Marrero also hit his third home run and had 2 RBI.  Grullon had 3 RBI.

  • #6 Randolph (.266) went 1-5 with an RBI (18) and SB (5)
  • #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.14)- DNP
  • #27 Pujols (.241) DNP
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.63) – DNP
  • #30 Tirado (5-1, 3.75) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

Williamsport (31-27)  Beat State College, 3-2.  Cole Irvin (4-1, 2.08) held the Spikes to 2 runs on 3 hits in 5.0 innings.  He walked one and struck out four.  Blake Quinn pitched 4.0, one-hit innings to pick up his 2nd save.  David Martinelli (.247) and Luis Espiritu (.224) had 2 hits apiece.

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

GCL Phillies (35-14)  Beat the GCL Braves, 6-3.  Nick Fanti (7-0, 1.51) pitched 5.0, shutout innings.  Oskerlly Sanchez (6.00) pitched the Braves back into the game in 0.2 innings.  Jhon Nunez (3.71), Randy Alcantara (2.03), and Jose Nin (0.00, S 5) preserved the win over the remaining 3.1 innings.  Cole Stobbe, Lenin Rodriguez (.333), and Raul Rivas (.240) had 2 hits each.  Stobbe hit his 2nd HR and had 2 RBI.  Jhailyn Ortiz threw a runner out at home who tried to score from second on a single to right field.  No relay.

  • #2 Moniak (.302) DNP.
  • #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.50) DNP.
  • #15 Stobbe (.254) went 2-3 with a BB, HR, and 2 RBI.
  • #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.242) went 0-5.
  • Stephen (.271) went 1-5.
  • Miller (0-0, 1.80) – DNP.
  • Andrew Brown (0-0, 1.56) – DNP.
  • Stewart (1-2, 4.98) – DNP.
  • Fanti (7-0, 1.51) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.
  • Sixto Sanchez (4-0, 0.56) DNP.

DSL Phillies (28-35)  Beat the DSL Dodgers2, 10-1.

  • Jonathan Guzman (.301) went 0-2 with a BB, HBP, and RBI
  • Keudy Bocio (.237) went 2-4 with 2 doubles, a BB, HBP, and RBI
  • Simon Muzziotti (.262) DNP
  • Dixon Gutierrez (.259) went 2-6

DSL Phillies2 (39-26)  Lost to the DSL Astros Orange, 4-2.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-4, 2.83) – DNP
  • Rafael Marchan (.345) went 1-5.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

38 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/19/2016

  1. I wonder if Eastern league teams ever thought about pitching Cozens differently. I would try under hand , though the legs , on your knees .Blake Quinn has some nice stats , what is Phil Klein throwing he putting together good starts. Nick Fanti fans five, C Irvin another nice start next yr Clearwater. Stobbe hits # 2, Rick Porcello the latest 17 game winner from Morristown nj.

  2. David Buchanan pinch hit in the 2nd game of the LHV doubleheader. He’s hitting .000 on the season so I looked back to prevous seasons and found him to be a pretty good hitting pitcher. He hit .300 @ LHV in 2015 in a whopping 10 ABs. It still begs the question, why not allow Crawford to pinch hit in the 2nd game? He played the 1st game but was available to PH in the 2nd.

    Cozens and Hoskins are a 2 man wrecking crew. If you need a barn or other structure taken down, give them a call. #s 1 and 2 in runs scored, HRs, RBIs, Slugging% and OPS. In just about every other offensive category they are in the top 5 or 6. Hoskins has cooled down in the hits, and HR arena recently but he has had 13 BBs in his last 10 games plus a HBP or two. He’s helped in other ways while Cozens has picked up the slack with the HRs and RBIs. Is that okay viagra?

    Numata watch: Hit is 16 straight and 18 of his last 19. Tirado, what can I say? 75 Ks in 50 IP in LKW. He’s BB’ed 31 and hit 8 batters. That’s almost as many as the hits he’s given up (44).

    Blake Quinn, the 9th round pick this year, had another good outing. In his last 6 outings (18+ IP), he’s given up 10 hits (5 in one game and 3 in another), ZERO ERs, 25 Ks, 13 BBs and 3 hit batsmen. He’s been effective but his control can use a little work.

    Phormer Phuture Phils’ Anthony Gose and Zach Collier are finding it difficult this year. Gose has been dropped to AA and is not exactly lighting it on fire (.228/.318/.360). Collier earned a promotion to AAA and that has been a tough slog (.205/.244/.304) in over 100 ABs.

    1. bellman…..’Is that okay viagra?’….LOL…its v1again.
      Gose is pissed off at the Tigers org…..his days are numbered as a Tiger. He has too much swing and miss as a prototypical lead-off guy from the left side..

  3. Lots of good pitching. Tirado has come from awful to brilliant in three months, that’s very impressive. Irvin has been terrific all season (half a season) and Quinn has 18 shutout innings in a row over 6 relief outings. Wow! Fanti continues to be too good for the GCL. He was good there last year too which makes me wonder why they sent him back. He and Sixto have to be a very daunting duo to face. Also, props to Morgan who pitched very well in Philly last night.
    As for the Reading offense, some nights they are world beaters. Last night was one of those nights. Of significance, at least to me, is that Cozens scored his 100th run last night and hot his 20th steal and now has a line of 294/37/114/20 steals/100 runs. At any level that’s an unbelievable season. I hope he gets a Sept call up after their playoffs conclude as a reward. 40 homers is sure possible, heck he could hit 3 more tonight….

  4. Have you guys noticed Lawewood’s Harold Arauz microscopic numbers when he starts games at home??
    0.80 ERA
    0.157 AVE
    0.78 WHIP
    I’m starting to wonder if there is a potential right there or if he is not build for long bus rides, or i it is just mental or something else on the road. So, let’s see if we are in front of a prospect in the making or if he is not build for the road.

    1. Louis….cheek out the Park Factors for pitching in the Sally and where he has pitched on the road.
      Hickory I believe is a great hitters park, so if he pitched there at any time probably had less than average metrics.
      Now if his peripherals are poor in ‘pitcher’s parks’ than something is amiss.

    2. SALLY PFs;
      Team ….R/G… H/G… HR/G… PF-R
      Asheville – 11.97.. 20.04.. 2.02 …1.181
      Hagerstown- 10.28… 17.96… 1.46… 1.011
      Greensboro- 10.10… 18.10… 2.06… 1.092
      Hickory- 9.79 …17.46… 1.64… 1.044
      West Virginia -9.76… 17.50 …1.61 …1.028
      Kannapolis -9.67… 17.63… 1.04… 1.034
      Greenville- 9.66.. 17.91… 1.52… 1.012
      Rome- 9.61… 17.69… 0.87… 1.042
      Lexington- 9.52 …17.13… 1.70… 0.962
      Delmarva -8.84 …16.72… 1.00… 0.955
      Charleston -8.51 …16.70… 1.05 …0.929
      Lakewood- 8.09 …15.94… 0.78 …0.927
      Augusta- 7.92… 16.53 …0.72… 0.932
      Savannah -7.00… 15.11… 0.63 ….0.880

    3. Louis…..he has pitched 8 on the road. Most of them were in parks that are favorable to hitters according to BA’s park factors.
      Hagerstown—2—poor pitching factor
      Greensboro—1—poor pitching factor
      Kannapolis—2—above 1
      Greenville—1—above 1
      West VA—1—above 1
      Delmarva—1—-good pitching factor

    4. “I’m starting to wonder if there is a potential right there or if he is not build for long bus rides, or i it is just mental or something else on the road. ”

      It’s hard to project him as more than a future #5 if he can’t handle the bus rides. He may have 2 plus pitches and command but what good is that if buses make him hurl?

        1. The Park Factor is just one aspect of it and it could be a small one at that….naturally he still has to make his pitches. I like to see how he pitches in the Georgia (Savannah and Augusta)and the South Carolina park (Charleston) and then we can get a better picture.

  5. Gotta like how Tirado has progressed since being stretched out into a starter for Lakewood, after being just terrible as a reliever in the first half of the season. In nine starts (42.1 IP) at Lakewood, he has an ERA of 2,55, a respectable WHIP of 1.25, with 20 BB and 62 K. In his five most recent starts (26 IP), his ERA is 2.08 and WHIP is 0.92, with 8 BB and 41 K.

    I know it’s A- ball and Tirado still needs 80-90 pitches to get through 5 innings, but is it too much to dream that Tirado could progress through the system as a starter that can go 6 to 7 innings? There has never been a question about his arm.

  6. Two more homers and Cozens breaks the Reading all-time season home run record. I don’t think he’s ready for the majors and so I don’t anticipate that he or Hoskins will be promoted this September.

    Due to his large platoon and home/away splits, it’s admitted tough to project Cozens. He could probably get away with hitting .245-.260 in the majors with his power and not-too-bad plate discipline. He may start out and remain a platoon player if he makes it that far. We also can’t forget that, next year, we should expect significant statistical regression from both Cozens and Hoskins – not because they won’t improve, but because Lehigh Valley and the IL generally are much more difficult hitting platforms and, regardless of what you’ve heard around here about AA pitching being better than AAA pitching, it simply is not correct. Cozens and Hoskins are going to see much better breaking pitches thrown at odd counts than they have ever seen before and they are going to be hitting in much more difficult ball parks.

    What’s especially intriguing to me about Cozens, aside from his surprising speed and athleticism, is that he has the uncanny ability to hit home runs, especially to the opposite field, when it looks like he is barely touching the ball. It’s a lot like Howard was when he first came up – he barely makes contact and next thing you know, the left fielder is watching the homer fly over his head. In fact, his power is so sneaky that I’ve now watched a couple of his home runs on tape where the ball completely faked out the fielder and the cameraman – you see it go off the bat and expect a lazy fly and then it goes out and sometimes, waaaay out. It’s a special skill you cannot really learn and something that could carry Cozens a long way if he can just make enough contact.

      1. That’s is funny. I’ve learned the hard way that if you compare any of our minor leaguers to any major league player, people will just spending hours distinguishing the players and telling you that they are different guys – as if you didn’t know that already.

        1. You know what’s funny? I think I gave him a cieling of Jay Bruce with a some speed for his size . . . And I think a bunch of people liked it and agreed. It was a few weeks back.

    1. Cozens’ 2016 home/away splits have improved a bit over the last few weeks, though the Reading ball park clearly helps his slugging numbers.

      Home: .305/.388/.796/1.185 (28 HR)
      Away: .283/.354/.469/.823 (9 HR)

      His 2016 lefty/righty splits are a bit more concerning IMO, as the stats against lefties are not pretty:

      vs LHP (110 AB): .218/.290/.400/.690 (4 HR, 49 K)
      vs RHP (342 AB): .319/.397/.708/1.105 (33 HR, 103 K)

      Next year in AAA should be telling, as the Reading park will no longer be a factor and the pitching will be more advanced.

      1. It’s not so much the home and away that is concerning but the RH/LH splits is another story. I’m telling you guys a platoon of Altherr/Cozens (or even Cozens/Joseph) would produce some nice overall numbers

    1. If Cam Perkins is on the 40 man roster I would like to see the Phillies give some time to see what he can do.

  7. I expect only the 40man players to get the September call up with Pivetta and Likely joining Jake, Ike, Hellickson and Morgan once VV is shut down. Quinn, Williams (must be added to 40man), and Alfaro should be up once their playoff season ends.

    1. I expect the September call-ups to be phased. I could see Sept. 1 bringing Klein, Murray and Asche.
      Post-playoffs – Alfaro, Ruf, Williams,Pivetta, Lively
      After Sept. 15 Alec Asher for some late season innings
      Quinn – I’d like to see him along with Milner
      Crawford – increasingly doubtful

  8. BA’s Hudson Belinsky’s Write Up from the NY-Penn All -Star Game:

    The top pitching prospect in the game was Phillies righthander Adonis Medina, the No. 8 prospect in the Phillies season in this summer’s midseason update. In his lone inning, Medina allowed a single and then a ground rule double before proceeding to strike out the next three batters.

    Medina’s fastball sat at 94-95 mph and he reached 96 several times on Baseball America’s radar gun and the guns of scouts nearby. His fastball showed late sinking action, especially when he located it down and to his arm side, and he was able to generate arm-side run away from lefthanded hitters. Early on in the inning, Medina threw an upper-80s changeup, but when the bases were occupied, he turned to his slider
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/new-york-penn-league-star-game-notebook/#0ffjBZc2kclVgCf1.97

  9. Llovera pitched a nice game again today . Daniel Brito is flying under the radar is handling The GLC. Just a couple of names from the Dsl 2 team Danny Martinez Lhp 9- 2 1.99 Era Luis Ramirez , Jesus De Los Santos 5- 0 1.33.

  10. Wow the arm side movement on his fastball is crazy and that slider is wipeout. Looks like a top tier prospect. Thanks for the link.

    I like the first year Williamsport pitcher from this draft as well, Irvin and Romero. A lot of good looking young arms.

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