Box Score Recap – 8/29/2016

Lehigh Valley remains in the lead for the wild card in spite of a loss.

Reading maintained their narrow lead in the division race with a victory behind Ricardo Pinto.  Trenton kept pace.  Cozens picked up RBIs 115 and 116.

Clearwater’s game was suspended while Dunedin won and Dayton dropped two.

Williamsport lost and is on the verge of elimination.

The GCL Phillies maintained their slim lead over the Blue Jays as they approach the final end of season series between the two teams.  Fanti pitched well in his return to the rotation.  Moniak had two hits.

Lehigh Valley (80-56)  Lost to Buffalo, 3-2.  Nick Pivetta gave up all three runs in 4.2 innings. He struck out five, but put a lot of runners on base on seven hits and four walks. Cameron Perkins had two of the IronPigs’ seven hits. Logan Moore had the only RBI.

The IronPigs are in second place, 4.0 games behind Scranton with seven games remaining. Their elimination number is four.  They are leading the wild card race, 3.5 games ahead of the next team (4 in the loss column).  Their magic number is four.

  • #1 Crawford (.248)  went 0-4
  • #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) DNP
  • #18 Pivetta  4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 WP
  • #24 Lively (9-5, 3.29) DNP
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (85-49)  Beat Portland, 7-1.  Ricardo Pinto tossed 7.0 shutout innings.  He gave up three hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  The Phils rode a seven-run second inning to victory.  KC Serna started the scoring with an RBI single.  Christian Marrero’s bases-loaded, two-run double plated two more runs.  Jorge Alfaro followed with another bases-loaded, two-run double that pushed two more runs across.  Dylan Cozens’ two-run single closed out the Phils’ scoring.

Reading is 1.5 games ahead of the second place Trenton Thunder with seven 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 (.281)  went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI (63)
  • #7 Cozens (.275)  went 1-4 with 2 RBI (116)
  • #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
  • #13 Hoskins (.275)  went 0-3 with a HBP
  • #14 Kingery (.262)  went 0-4 with a BB
  • #16 Pinto – (5-6, 4.20)  7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • #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)  Game against Brevard County was suspended after the top of the second due to rain.  The Threshers had a 1-0 lead and Brandon Leibrandt (1.64) on the mound.  The Manatees’ pitcher had given up three hits and walked four.  Both will likely be unavailable when the game is resumed tomorrow.  Tomorrow’s regularly scheduled game will be played within 30 minutes of the completion of the resumed game and will probably be a seven inning contest.

Dunedin beat Tampa, and Daytona dropped a double header to Lakeland.  The Threshers moved ahead of the Tortugas in the division race by 1.5 games.  They are 3.0 games behind Dunedin.  Their elimination number is four.

  • #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85)  DNP
  • #22 Canelo (.248)
  • #23 Tocci (.280)

Lakewood (68-64)  No game scheduled.

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

  • #6 Randolph (.284)
  • #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06)
  • #27 Pujols (.242)
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.63)
  • #30 Tirado (5-1, 3.75)

Williamsport (34-34)  Lost to Mahoning Valley, 6-5 in 10 innings.  Bailey Falter (3.13) struck out five in three innings, but gave up three runs (2 ER) on four hits and 3 walks.  Will Hibbs (3-4, 1.63) blew his fifth save and took the loss when he faced 3 battrs in the tenth without recording an out.  Darick Hall had three hits.  Juan Luis had two hits and an RBI.  David Martinelli hit his 4th HR and had 3 RBI.

The Crosscutters are six games behind in the wild card race with seven games remaining. Their elimination number is one.

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

GCL Phillies (42-15)  Beat the GCL Yankees West, 6-3.  Nick Fanti returned to the rotation after missing his last start on Thursday.  He had a minor injury and was on a pitch count today.  He pitched 4.0 innings and gave up one run on three hits and a walk.  He struck out six.  He didn’t qualify for the win which was awarded to Justin Miller (1-0, 2.03) his first as a professional.  Jhon Nunez (3.10) and Randy Alcantara (1.65) bridged the gap to Tyler Frohwirth (2.08) who picked up his 10th save.

The Phillies scored two runs in each of the second, fourth and fifth innings.  Three of their six runs scored without an RBI being recorded.  The Phillies banged out 11 hits, none after the fifth inning.

Jose Antequera (.301) had 3 hits, two doubles, a walk, and scored two runs.  Daniel Brito (.290) had two hits, a double, two walks, and an RBI.  Cole Stobbe and Mickey Moniak had two hits each.  Rodolfo Duran (.315) and Ben Pelletier had identical lines of one hit in four at bats, a walk, and an RBI.  Moniak (10) and Antequera (8) stole bases.  Josh Stephen was picked off second by the catcher when he strayed off to far.  Stephen (home) and Moniak (second) had outfield assists.

The three gift runs came on a balk, throwing error by the catcher when Moniak stole third, and a throwing error by the shortstop when he threw wildly trying to double a runner off base after catching a line drive.

The Phillies also gifted runs on both offense and defense.  On offense, their questionable running on the bases led to runners not advancing as far as they might have.

On defense, Jhon Nunez had runners on first and second with two outs.  The batter was ruled to have swung at a pitch when the Phillies appealed a check swing, third strike.  The catcher rolled the ball to the mound as Nunez headed to the dugout.  Wait!  the pitch had been in the dirt and the batter broke for first.  Nunez won the race to the ball and threw wildly to first and a run scored.  It was one of those weird plays where no one saw the same thing.  None of us in the bleachers saw Nunez make the throw.  Some saw Brito, others saw Antequera make the throw.

Coach Delima was behind us when we began discussing the play and ruling.  He said that the catcher would probably never make that mistake again.  The next batter struck out on a pitch in the dirt.  The catcher almost tackled the batter as he scooped the ball and applied the tag.  BTW, Nunez recorded three strike outs in the inning.

The Phillies didn’t seem to be as sharp as usual on defense.  A couple fly balls dropped in that probably should not have.  Some throws from the outfield didn’t seem to go to the cutoff or the correct bases.  On one occasion later in the game, Coach de Armas sounded frustrated when he was calling to his fielders.  The thing is, they probably weren’t making big mistakes, but they’ve played so well all season, when they don’t get the results you’ve come to expect, you begin to think they are making mistakes.

Fanti looked a little rusty/tight in the early going.  His out pitch is his curve, and he left it up the first couple times he threw it.  Way up.  He abandoned it til later in his appearance when he got a few nice swings and misses on it.

I spoke with Tyler Frohwirth before the game.  I asked about his throwing motion.  He used both traditional and submarine in school until a coach suggested he should choose one and stick with it.  We talked about his ability to get batters to not get good contact or even miss his 77 mph fastball.  He said that he was in the low 80s back in school.

The Phillies are in first place over the Blue Jays by 2.0 games.  The teams have 3 games remaining.  The Blue Jays have played 2 less games. The Blue Jays elimination number is a combination of two Phillies wins and Jays losses.  If the teams finish in a tie, the Jays will win by virtue of their better winning percentage.

  • #2 Moniak (.285)  went 2-5
  • #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.00)  DNP
  • #15 Stobbe (.260)  went 2-4
  • #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.231)  went 0-5 with 3 K
  • Stephen (.253)  went 0-4 with a BB
  • Miller (0-0, 1.50)  DNP
  • Andrew Brown (0-0, 2.75)  DNP
  • Stewart (2-2, 4.06)  DNP
  • Fanti (7-0, 1.51)  4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
  • Sixto Sanchez (5-0, 0.50)  DNP

DSL Phillies (28-40)  Season ended.

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

DSL Phillies2 (42-28)  Season ended.

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

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 8/29 – Clearwater Threshers placed RHP Shane Watson on the 7-day disabled list.
  • 8/29 – Clearwater Threshers placed LF Cord Sandberg on the 7-day disabled list.
  • 8/29 – RHP Tommy Bergjans assigned to Clearwater Threshers.
  • 8/29 – Scott Harris assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.

48 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/29/2016

      1. Was at the game… Kingery looked REALLY good on defense. Smooth on every play. Made a couple of great plays on grounders and looked really good retreating to the outfield. The play Drago mentioned was beautiful. Kingery and Crawford will be pretty in the field.

        Aaron Brown also looked great in center. Too bad his hit/power has never translated to professional baseball.

        1. Regarding Aaron Brown, his hit tool translated pretty solidly in Clearwater last year, in his first full pro season. Then this year in AA, he started terribly with a .507 OPS in April. In May in AA, he OPS’d .834 and in June it was .726.

          It’s worth noting that, even though he hit .285/.349/.453 against lefties last year, he was basically platooned from the beginning this year and only faced righties in AA. He was even pinch hit for at times against lefty relievers. He lost playing time to 30 year old Christian Marrero and 27 year old Osmel Aguila.

          Point is, this regime doesn’t think as highly of Brown as the last one did. Even though he’s done a decent job with the bat (especially considering how raw he was supposed to be when he was drafted), he hasn’t been given the kind of opportunities you would think a 3rd round pick would get.

      2. Judging by yesterdays discussion, most of the people on this board love Cesar Hernandez and cant wait to see him play 2nd for the next five years.

        Some of the more ridiculous things I read yesterday:

        – Hernandez has a great glove
        – Hernandez is a great leadoff hitter
        – Hernandez will hit .310 with 20 SB next year
        – Hernandez will be a great backup infielder even though he cant play SS (because, hey Greg Dobbs didn’t play SS and he was a backup infielder)
        – Also, everything that roccom wrote

        1. Well ty tommy, from someone who knows nothing about the game. That is a complaint. When anyone comes on here to post the junk you do, I usually don’t read it, but your post are so dumb, When anyone can say a kid who has prove nothing is better, than a proven 300 hitter, with a 354 obp and can play a pretty good defense second. with great speed, I Find you to be no one to listen too. You just keep thinking you know what you talking about, Prove me wrong on my post. I am the one who called nola when he was pitching good, was in trouble with his lack of velocity. How many times do I have to be right. to get it thru to guys like you who know nothing, that I know the game. I watch the player. not just read what some scouts says. Remember this genius, kingery right now is hitting against guys who most likely will never make the majors. doesn’t mean he wont be good. but right now herdandez is doing it on the best league there is and its ashamed you cant figure that out.

          1. Let’s take a quick look at your description of cesar hernandez as a PROVEN .300 HITTER:

            2013: .289
            2014: .237
            2015: .272
            2016: .294

            Career batting average: .279

            Why do you make it so easy for others to discredit your statements and opinions? Try harder roccom

            Pretty good speed that he really utilizes effectively with 34 SB in over 1100 major league plate appearances.

            Pretty good defense? what games are you watching? He is average at best.

            zero pop at all in his bat.

            Combine all that with his weekly mental miscues and you get a subpar major league starting second baseman that will be replaced within a year or so. Hopefully for his sake he can stick around for another year or two as a starting 2nd baseman on a bad team, because there is no market for light hitting backup 2nd basement only.

            1. Funny its a shame you cant see how stupid your comments are. first he is 26 and coming into this own. What are his numbers this year? You just don’t get it and never will. keep posting, when you can prove to me that kingery will do better, than you can post I am wrong. I guess you are changing the game, second base doesn’t have to be a power postion. But I guess you are another guy who just posts what scouts say. The only thing is he does make bone head baserunning plays sometimes. but he is getting better. When did 280 become light hitting? I just cant believe any one on here would agree at this point kingery is better than him. Makes me laugh. But I guess it would bother people that what I post are usually right. Like when they drafted Williams and I told romus. this guy looks bad on tape. How is he doing? But I respect bellman and you can post your stupid comments tommy I wont answer. I don’t have to I was laugh at about Dom brown. even told I had no honor not to leave site after his 6 weeks hitting that I promise to do if he became a good player. That weasel who said that never said sorry to me. So I realize if people are wrong on here, they wont admit it like I would. Told romus that I was concern about nola when he was going good. right about him. Told people I cant believe they took Luke Williams that high. How is he doing?

            2. You hate this guy so much it clouds your judgment.

              Hernandez is playing the infield at a positive 1.5-2 WAR; which is extremely good. Fangraphs has him rated 26th for ALL positions for defensive runs saved this year. He is between a very good and excellent defensive player.

              Offensively, he has played slightly above league average, but what has people excited about him is that he has played extremely well from an offensive standpoint the second half of the year and seems to be driving the ball much better. He has been the team’s best position player this year. It’s hardly a huge award because the team does not have good offensive players rights now.

              He is still very young, which suggests the recent improvements might be for real and that there might even be some more improvement down the line.

              On the negative side, he does dumb ass things in the field, at the plate and on the bases – glaring, embarrassing things that do not look good and in fact are not good at all. But those gaffes are already built into his above average player profile – rather than making him a bad player, they are one of the things that separates him from being slightly above average to being really good. Maybe he can correct them and maybe he can’t – I have no idea, but they are mental mistakes so you would think he can fix it to some extent.

              Also on the negative side, his power is not good but again, this is already built into his statistical profile and he has improved markedly the last few months.

              He has his weaknesses and he sometimes does really dumb things that are inexplicable, but he’s an above average player right now and it’s possible that he can still get better. Is he the long term solution at second? Probably not, but the team has many, many bigger issues than Cesar Hernandez and he could probably hold down this position for several more years without any issue at all.

              As for the utility infielder thing, you’re right that he can’t hold down shortstop for more than a game here or there, but the team will probably re-sign Andres Blanco, so Freddy will be expendable. Freddy has a great glove, but, right now, he’s a huge negative with the bat, so much so that the bat eats up all the positive gains made by the glove. If he played second, there would be the same concerns – I feel pretty comfortable saying that, next year, if he played second, it is very unlikely that Freddy could match Cesar’s overall numbers. But Crawford isn’t ready anyway, so next year, Freddy, Andres and Cesar can all come back and we can see how they do for a few months. One or two of these guys will probably be moved by the trade deadline anyway.

            3. Finally, an accurate assessment of Hernandez. Everything Catch stated is right on the mark.

              At some point, and before too long, we all hope Kingery will be ready for the majors. But, like it or not, right now it’s not a given that Kiingery will be better than Hernandez, as the latter is in fact an above average MLB 2nd baseman right now and may continue to improve. Since neither guy is appropriate for a utility IF role, it’s likely that one or the other will be traded in a couple years. My guess is that Hernandez is more likely to be traded, but again, that is not a given and a lot can happen in a couple years.

              Also, it’s unlikely that Crawford will be the Phillies starting SS next spring, as he seems to be a year away. That’s okay because he is still very young. So, as Catch states, 2017 will probably be another year of Hernandez at 2B and Galvis at SS, at least for the first half of the season.

            4. I really like how you put down Hernandez for having no power and yet never say that about Kingery

          2. My concern with Cesar is that he won’t BABIP .360 forever. If it falls to a more reasonable number, his offensive value just about disappears.

            1. I think Cesar can keep a high BABIP because of his speed. He’ll get his share of infield and bunt hits.

            2. I think so too, but not as high as it is this season. A .320-.330 BABIP would be high but maybe something we could count on for him. .360 is really pushing it.

            3. Guru…agree….he did carry it for two full years ….once in AA -’12 and the also in .AAA-’13 and partially in ’14 before getting shuffled around.

        2. Aside from talent, I personally don’t favor players without a baseball IQ. Shane Victorino was a rare exception. He made mental mistakes but was a character guy with confidence and energy. Whatever skills Cesar has aren’t complimented with intangibles. Ask Larry Bowa. He’s been playing in the big leagues long enough to show that he is not a major league starter. Kingery plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played.

          1. That is such a great point it cannot be overstated! Winning players are harder to come by than talent. That intangible that most don’t have and that is my issue with Cesar. He can play no doubt, but this guy will ultimately do something to hurt the club in a pressure situation every time. Can’t explain it, it just is.

            1. The winnings players things I don’t know that I buy it. I mean the Phillies have had Utley, Hamels, Ruiz, Howard and Rollins from 2013-2015 (and some into 2016) and did that help them win? No. Talent is what matters. Find me a team that is flush with talent but doesn’t win . . .

              Don’t get me wrong . . Playoff experience is great so that players aren’t flustered in the spot light but come on most of these guys (even the worst on teams) have been in the spot light on big stages their whole lives. Look at Halladay, no “winning experience” and he throws a no hitter in the playoff against the Reds.

      1. of kingery’s backhand flip for DP per V1’s post… thought it would be more in sequence on thread

  1. roccom, you literally don’t read what others read. How many times do I have to say that I’m not saying Kingery is better than Hernandez RIGHT NOW? Kingery is in AA. Hernandez is in the majors having success dinking the ball over the field for bloop singles. Obviously Hernandez is better RIGHT NOW.

    Are you even a real person? Is this a parody account? There’s no way a real person continually misinterprets other peoples comments and has such terrible opinions on players. I’m pretty sure you’re just someone playing a joke on the rest of us.

    1. Take this to the Open Discussion posting. I know you’ve thrown in a reference to Kingery but it is all about Cesar. Don’t want this gumming up a daily Box Score Posting.

    2. To all of the Cesar haters out there, you must admit that Cesar is producing. You can nitpick his game all you want but he is producing at the big league level. Whether that translates to him being the 2nd baseman for the future is debatable. And you guys do debate that very well. But in 2016 he is producing

      1. Cesar can be infuriating at times, but he’s had a career year so far. He’s still only 26. Could he be part of the Phillies future? Who knows, but for now, he’ll get his chance. As somebody previously said, he is NOT the reason why the Phillies are 11 games under .500.

    3. I think you need to take it down a notch. This forum is for an intellectual exchange of ideas and information. We know you don’t like Cesar. We get it. But there’s always going to be somebody out there that disagrees with you. You can try to convince them of your argument, but leave the attacks out of it. And if you realize that you can’t convince the person, you let it go and you move on.

  2. I’ve read a lot of really negative, inflammatory things from each of you to the other for a while now. Neither has to happen. Keep things about the players, not personal.

    We’re a family here. How many people are interested enough in Phillies prospects to be on this forum every day?

  3. EricL, Fangraphs chat on Pullin.
    Chris…….11:42…….Andrew Pullin is raking in AA after leading the FSL in HR last year (OK, with 14 and a pedestrian overall line) and then briefly “retiring” this spring. Reading mirage or is there anything to see here?

    Eric A Longenhagen…11:43……I think he has good bat to ball skills but I’m skeptical about the power, because Reading, and not sure the bat will profile in an OF corner.

      1. On Tuesday Romus is the dj, at the Ymca in Havertown. He also does every weekend at Filmore senior citizens home on weecome ave.

      2. Tim…..Eric L. local guy who tries not to be to Phillies hyped up now that he has a national reading audience. All about objectivity…see what his remarks were on the GCL guys.

  4. Changing subjects is Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins coming out his slump? Reading will not win the EL Tiltle without their hitters on a hot streak.

  5. The GCL Phls win again. The Blue Jay’s are tied in the 8th. J. Ortiz hits his 8th HR. Asher started and went 3 innings. Carrasco is solid for the next 4 innings.

    1. Ortiz third in HRs…trails by only two HRs Tiger prospect and leader who is 3 years older, and second place Yankees guy who is 2 years older than Ortiz.

  6. The entire stateside Phillies farm system of minor league teams (LHV, Reading, CLW, LKW, WLMSP and GCL Phillies) have an overall winning percentage of .589.
    Only the Cubs (.638) and Texas Rangers (.591) teams have a better winning percentage.

      1. Oh yeah…Rangers always spend on Latin talent….Hererra was one of their cheaper spends at $175K about 9 years ago. But they did spend on Mazara, and also reasonably on Profar and Odor.
        And Theo went hog crazy in 2013…..but other then Soler….who is really tailed off…none of his has yet blossomed, but it is early still. They did move Gleyber Torres as a trade chip, to get Chapman from the Yankees however. and Eloy Jimenez looks like a stud OFer. Starlin Castro and catcher W. Contreras were signed before Theo came on board.

  7. Alfaro starting to heat up at the plate. Trip to NY must have revved him up. 6 for 13 since rejoining Reading including a 2run HR tonight.

    Bergjans with a strong debut for Clearwater.

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