Box Score Recap – 8/28/2016

Lehigh Valley inched closer to a playoff berth behind Ben Lively’s solid start.

Reading maintained their narrow lead in the division race despite a shaky outing by their bull pen.  Jake Fox clobbered two home runs

Clearwater kept their slim, playoff hopes alive with a come back victory fueled by Jiandido Tromp.

Lakewood maintained their three game lead behind solid pitching by Jose Taveras and clutch hitting by Damek Tomscha.

Williamsport lost and several teams caught them for third position in a wild card race for one spot.

Lehigh Valley (80-55)  Beat Buffalo, 5-2.  Ben Lively won his 10th game.  He struck out seven in 5.0 innings.  Lively is on an innings count as the season runs down.  He is at 164.2 this season, well above the 143.2 he tossed last season and his previous high of 151.0 in 2014.  Luis Garcia (2.28) picked up his 11th save.

The IronPigs attack was lead by Taylor Featherston’s 3 hits and 1 RBI, and Brock Stassi’s 2 hits and 2 RBI.

The IronPigs are in second place, 4.0 games behind Scranton.  Their elimination number is five.  They are leading the wild card race, 4.5 games ahead of the next team (5 in the loss column).  Their magic number is four.

  • #1 Crawford (.252)  went 1-4 with a BB
  • #3 Williams (.265)  DNP
  • #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #12 Knapp (.262)  went 1-5 with an RBI (45)
  • #18 Pivetta  DNP
  • #24 Lively (9-5, 3.29)  5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 K
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (84-49)  Beat New Hampshire, 7-6.  Mark Leiter (3.59) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.  With one out, he gave up a HR and 2 singles.  Jesen Therrien (3.21) came in to blow the save on a game-tying HR.  He got the win when the Phils battled back with 3 runs, and Miguel Nunez got his 17th save when he only gave back 2 runs in the ninth.

Leiter pitched 6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.

Christian Marrero led off and had 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 RBI.  Scott Kingery batted second and had 3 hits.  Jake Fox provided the big blows with 3 hits, 2 HR (22), and 3 RBI (68).  Rhys Hoskins picked up his 112th RBI.

Reading are 1.5 games ahead of the second place Trenton Thunder with eight games to play.  Both teams have clinched a playoff berth.  They are playing for playoff seeding and the crucial, final home game in the five-game division series.

  • #4 Alfaro (.279)  went 1-4
  • #7 Cozens (.275)  went 0-4
  • #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
  • #13 Hoskins (.277)  went 0-2 with a BB, SF, and RBI (112)
  • #14 Kingery (.270)  went 3-5
  • #16 Pinto – (5-6, 4.20)  DNP
  • #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • #19 Eshelman (4-3, 4.75)  DNP
  • #26 Cordero – (0-1, 3.18) DNP

Clearwater (78-53)  Beat Daytona, 6-5.  Drew Anderson (1.93) left the game with two out in the first inning due to a leg injury he suffered on a throw to second base for a force out. The two runs Daytona scored held up until the Threshers tied the game in the seventh and took the lead in the eighth.  Jeff Singer pitched 4.2, two-hit innings during that span. Yacksel Rios (6.54), Tom Windle (4.35), and Matt Hockenberry (1.44) collaberated on the three runs the Tortugas scored in the eighth to take the lead.  Hockenberry blew the save and surrendered the lead without recording an out.  Ulises Joaquin (2.76) came in to put out the fire.  He earned the victory when the Threshers rallied to re-take the lead in the 9th.

The Threshers got on the board in the seventh on Kyle Martin’s two-out, two-run, game-tying HR.  They went ahead in the eighth on Zack Coppola’s RBI single and Carlos Tocci’s sacrifice fly.  They re-took the lead in the ninth on Jiandido Tromp’s two-run HR (9).  Drew Stankiewicz had two hits.  Coppola stole his 6th base.  Singer picked a runner off first.

The Threshers moved ahead of the Tortugas in the division race.  Dunedin’s game was cancelled due to wet grounds.  The Threshers are 2.5 games back (three in the loss column).  Both teams have 7 games remaining, and face each other for the final four.  Their elimination number is three.  With the possibly that weather might force the cancellation or postponement of games this week, the Threshers playoff chances are tenuous.

Chace Numata went 0-3 with a walk in 4 plate appearances.  He is batting .313 with 349 PA, five behind the 354 (353.7) he needs to qualify for the batting title.  Any games lost to weather this week will hurt his chances.  The Threshers had the batting leader on their roster last season in Willians Astudillo.

  • #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85)  DNP
  • #22 Canelo (.248)  went 1-4
  • #23 Tocci (.280)  went 1-3 with a double and RBI (48)

Lakewood (68-64)  Beat West Virginia, 4-3 in 13 innings.  Jose Taveras (3.43) pitched 7.0 solid innings.  He held the Power to a couple runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out four. Blake Quinn (2.25) blew the save in the bottom of the ninth.

The BlueClaws scored 3 runs in the first inning before an out was recorded on Damek Tomscha’s bases-loaded, two-run double and Deivi Grullon’s sacrifice fly.  They were kept off the board until Tomscha’s RBI single in the 13th inning.  Tomscha had 3 hits and 3 RBI. Cornelius Randolph had 2 hits and was driven home by Tomscha both times.

Lakewood is 3.0 games ahead of the second place team with seven remaining.  Their magic number is five.

  • #6 Randolph (.284)  went 2-6 with 2 runs scored
  • #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06) DNP
  • #27 Pujols (.242)  went 0-5 with 3 K
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.63)  DNP
  • #30 Tirado (5-1, 3.75)  DNP

Williamsport (34-33)  Lost to Brooklyn, 2-1.  Ranger Suarez (5-4, 3.03) pitched well into the seventh inning.  He was charged with 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk and struck out six.  He left with one out and runners on first and second.  Carlos Indriago (1.61) entered and walked the first two batter he faced, tying the game and blowing the save.  He gave up a single and the go-ahead run came across.  He was able to escape any further damage to his own ERA and finally retired the final two outs of the inning.  Jake Kelzer struck out 4 in 2.0 innings.

Luke Williams had 2 of the Crosscutters’ eight hits.  The Cutters scored their only run on Gregori Rivero’s RBI triple in the second inning.

The Crosscutters are five games behind in the wild card race.  There is another 3.5 games ahead of them.  Their loss dropped them into a tie with three other teams whose elimination number is three.

  • #17 Medina (4-3, 2.91)  DNP
  • #25 Romero (2-2, 2.43)  DNP

GCL Phillies (41-15)  No game scheduled.

The Phillies are still in first place over the Blue Jays by 2.0 games.  The teams have 4 games remaining.  The Blue Jays have played 2 less games. The Blue Jays elimination number is a combination of three Phillies wins and Jays losses.  If the teams finish in a tie, the Jays will win by virtue of their better winning percentage.  The division winner will face off against the NE Division champion Braves who have a losing record (27-28).  Weather in the Gulf may force the postponement or cancellation of games this week.

  • #2 Moniak (.281)
  • #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.00)
  • #15 Stobbe (.254)
  • #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.238)
  • Stephen (.260)
  • Miller (0-0, 1.50)
  • Andrew Brown (0-0, 2.75)
  • Stewart (2-2, 4.06)
  • Fanti (7-0, 1.51)
  • Sixto Sanchez (5-0, 0.50)

DSL Phillies (28-40)  No game scheduled.

  • Jonathan Guzman (.295)
  • Keudy Bocio (.225)
  • Simon Muzziotti (.256)
  • Dixon Gutierrez (.257)

DSL Phillies2 (42-28)  No game scheduled.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-4, 2.77)
  • Rafael Marchan (.333)

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 8/28 – Clearwater activated LF Cord Sandberg from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 8/28 – RF Aaron Brown assigned to Reading from Clearwater.
  • 8/28 – Reading placed LF Andrew Pullin on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 27, 2016. Right elbow sprain.
  • 8/28 – Reading placed CF Roman Quinn on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
  • 8/28 – Jorge Alfaro assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.

20 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/28/2016

    1. Concussion on a pickoff attempt? There is no place safe for Quinn. Can we call him Mr. Glass now?

      1. He could be cast as the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. There’s pieces of him all over. Shame. The kid’s a real talent.

      2. I don’t mean to trivialize a concussion, which can be serious, but in Quinn’s case a mild concussion is probably much preferable to another soft tissue injury that he’s had in the past (oblique, groin, hammy, etc.).

    1. You guys are going to have to watch me closely. Sunday, at Cody’s, I asked if they had Yuengling on tap and then ordered Coors (I would have sworn that I ordered Yuengling). I thought the people I was with were all kidding me. Later, my wife and I were pricing laptops. The salesman said the laptop was 320 and the software add-ons were 130. Out loud I added 820 and 130 but still arrived at the correct answer, 450.

      I have noticed that sometimes I carry over the wrong team name as the opponent (that’s because I copy the previous day’s report and edit from there). Batting averages are MiLB’s fault, though. They don’t update them timely, sometimes. Because I edit the previous report, it seems odd when a guy hitting .256 goes 2-4 and doesn’t move the needle, but the same guy might go 2-4 later in the week and will jump from .256 to .263.

      But all other errors are on me. So, don’t hesitate to point them out so I can fix them.

  1. I looked at Baseball-Reference.com this morning and imagine my amazement. Dave Buchanan was listed as hitting 35 HRs and had 89 RBIs in 2016. Cozens had 2 HRs and 9 RBIs. Something got messed up in their data base

    A nice outing by Lively. In his last 10 starts, 4 have been great, 3 have been meh, and 3 were not good. The ERA in those 10 has been very good (2.69), his hits per inning has been very good (0.8), his K’s per inning (.8) doesn’t look so good on first glance but his last outing before yesterday he one hit the Yankees farm team but only had 1 K. In most of the last 10 outings, he’s been a 1 per inning. His innings will be limited over the rest of the season but the Pigs are fighting for a playoff spot. So he’ll be used whenever they need him.

    Kyle Martin is closing in on the 20 HR club. Someone on this site keeps talking about how many HRs he could hit in Reading next year. I guess we should start an over/under on that. Can he hit enough to crash 30+ HRs? He has 106 hits and 41 of them are for extra bases.

    I hope the injury to Drew Andersen is not serious or he’ll be the new Mr. Glass.

    The Wmsprt team needs some hitters. They aren’t going to get them so their season is probably over. Encarnacion isn’t hitting a 17 y/o in the DSL’s weight. Lucas Williams is in danger of going under the Mendoza line. I could go right down the lineup and mention weakness everywhere but I think I’ve beaten the dead horse enough.

    1. Lively’s game against Scranton is an outlier. He may have only had one K, but that can’t be held against him. The RailRiders only saw 48 pitches in the six innings Lively pitched . He can’t strike out many batters when they are only seeing 2.51 pitches per AB.

      1. Agreed. Scranton hitters were obviously being very aggressive and there’s nothing wrong with getting outs quickly.

        The real key as is related to strikeouts is if the pitcher can strike hitters out in situations where it’s needed. Don’t know if Lively has that ability or not.

    2. @bellman1 – yeah, WIL need to shake up their roster. The pitching is good enough to stay competitive, but the hitters are in a funk. There are also some hitting prospects not playing well in LWD and GCL – maybe swapping/switching these players from LKW to/from GCL to WIL can re-ignite the stagnant offense.

      1. KuKo…not sure the Phillies will start moving players locations with less than 10 games or so left in their respective seasons. Might be too disruptive for them.

  2. Martin and Tromp with their 19th homers, almost to the magical 20. Lively with 17 wins is impressive too. Quinn should be back quickly I hope. Lots of playoff teams soon. Will we have any champions?

    1. Who would of thought a couple months ago but I think Lakewood has the best chance of a championship.

  3. GCL Phils win another one today. Fanti only went 4 innings. I presume to keep him fresh for the playoffs. Antequera with a 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and a BB. He’s hit in 6 straight games and 8 of his last 9. Brito 2 – 3 with 2 BBs. Stobbe 2 -4 and Moniak 2 – 5.

    1. Ortiz must be worn down by now. 0-5 with 3 Ks. Nothing to be ashamed of. He’s held his own vs older kids.

    2. Fanti was on a pitch count, today. He missed his last start (Thursday when Kyle Young pitched) due to a minor injury. He was pushed back to today. He struggled a little early when he was leaving his curve up (his go to pitch). But, he worked it out and was lights out in his 4th inning, 2 K and a GO.

      1. JimP….any reason why the GCL does not list the pitcher’s ‘pitch count-strikes’ in their box write up to MiLB? I think most of all the other levels of leagues do that…but the GCL does not. Not sure about the other rookie leagues however.

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