Box Score Recap – 8/30/2016

The GCL Phillies clinched the GCL Northwest Division title and will begin the playoffs Friday with a one-game series against the GCL Braves.

Lehigh Valley remains in the lead for the wild card.

Reading maintained their narrow lead in the division race with a victory.

Clearwater swept a double header while Dunedin’s game was suspended.

Williamsport won but is still on the verge of elimination.

Lehigh Valley (81-56)  Beat Buffalo, 2-0.  Phil Klein night last night.  Two-hit shutout for seven innings.  ZERO walks and nine strike outs.  Luis Garcia picked up his 12th save.  Darin Ruf and Cody Asche had two hits each.  Ruf (65) and Brock Stassi (54) each had a two-out RBI.

The IronPigs are in second place, 4.0 games behind Scranton with six games remaining. Their elimination number is three.  They are leading Rochester in the wild card race by 3.5 games (4 in the loss column).  Their magic number is three.

  • #1 Crawford (.245)  went 0-4
  • #3 Williams (.265)  went 1-4 with a double
  • #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #12 Knapp (.264) went 1-2 with a double and a BB
  • #18 Pivetta  DNP
  • #24 Lively (9-5, 3.29) DNP
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (86-49)  Beat Portland, 7-6.  Victor Arano (1.98) nailed down the final two innings and picked up his first save.  Jorge Alfaro had three hits, his 14th home run, and two RBI.  Christian Marrero, Scott Kingery, and Aaron Brown had two hits apiece.  Brown’s RBI double and Marrero’s two-run single in the seventh put the Phils ahead to stay.

Reading is 1.5 games ahead of the second place Trenton Thunder with six 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 (.285)  went 3-5 with a HR (14) and 2 RBI (65)
  • #7 Cozens (.274)  went 1-5
  • #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
  • #13 Hoskins (.275)  went 1-3 with 2 BB
  • #14 Kingery (.267)  went 2-5
  • #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 – (1-1, 3.46)  1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Clearwater (80-53)  Swept two games from Brevard County, 2-1 and 3-2.

Game One:  Tommy Bergjans (1-0, 1.35) took over in the suspended game.  He gave up a solo home run in 6.2 innings.  He struck out five.  Tom Windle (4.09) earned his first save with a four-out save.  Carlos Tocci provided the offense with an RBI single and and RBI double.  Kyle Martin also had two hits.

  • #22 Canelo (.249)  went 1-3 with a BB
  • #23 Tocci (.281)  went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI (50)

Game Two:  Yacksel Rios (4-3, 6.27) entered in relief and pitched 2.1 no-hit innings for the win.  Ulises Joaquin (2.67) pitched two innings for his tenth save.  Carlos Tocci and Chace Numata had two hits each.  The Threshers scored first with two runs in the first on an RBI double by Numata and Martin’s RBI triple.  After the Manatees tied the game in the third, the Threshers went ahead for good in the fourth on Malquin Canelo’s sacrifice fly.  The Threshers hit three triples in the game.  Herlis Rodriguez had an outfield assist.

  • #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85)  DNP
  • #22 Canelo (.250)  went 1-2 with a triple, SF, and RBI
  • #23 Tocci (.283)  went 2-3 with a double and sacrifice

The Threshers are 2.0 games (3 in the loss column) behind Dunedin whose game was suspended.  Their elimination number is four.

Lakewood (69-64)  Beat Kannapolis, 3-2.  Harold Arauz (5-6, 3.42) went six innings and gave up two runs.  He walked NONE and struck out four.  Grant Dyer (2.70) struck out four in two innings.  Sutter McLoughlin (2.62) notched his 12th save.  Mark Laird and Wilson Garcia had two hits each.  Garcia had two RBI, Deivi Grullon had one.

Lakewood is 3.0 games ahead of second place Hagerstown with six games remaining. Their magic number is four.

  • #6 Randolph (.279)  went 0-4
  • #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06)  DNP
  • #27 Pujols (.242)  went 1-3 with a BB
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.63)  DNP
  • #30 Tirado (5-1, 3.75)  DNP

Williamsport (35-34)  Beat Mahoning Valley, 10-3.  Adonis Medina struck out seven in six innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  Alexander Kline (3.22) gave up an unearned run in three innings and picked up his third save.  Luis Encarnacion (2) started the scoring with a three-run home run in the second inning.  Enmanuel Garcia had two hits including a two-run home run (4).  Jesus Alastre, Brett Barbier, and Luke Williams had two hits each. Darick Hall had two RBI.

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

  • #17 Medina (5-3, 2.92)  6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
  • #25 Romero (2-2, 2.43)  DNP

GCL Phillies (42-15)  Beat the GCL Yankees West, 5-1.  They clinched the division when the GCL Tigers West beat the GCL Blue Jays in Lakeland.

Alec Asher (1.50) pitched 3.0 innings.  He struck out four and gave up two hits including a solo home run.  Luis Carrasco (7-2, 2.18) followed with four, one-hit innings.  Jordan Kurokawa (4.19) and Jose Nin (1.02) finished with one, shutout inning apiece.

Jhailyn Ortiz started the scoring with a mammoth two-run, home run (8) in the second inning.  After the Yankees closed within a run, Danny Zardon’s RBI double scored Josh Stephen who had also doubled in the bottom of the inning.  They added two more runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Jose Antequera and a sacrifice fly by Cole Stobbe.

  • #2 Moniak (.284)  went 1-4
  • #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.00)  DNP
  • #15 Stobbe (.270)  went 2-2 with a double and RBI (13)
  • #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.231)  went 1-4 with a HR (8) and 2 RBI (27)
  • Stephen (.253)  went 1-4 with a double
  • 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

The game featured two dugout clearing incidents.  Luis Carrasco entered the game in the fourth inning after Asher had pitched the first three innings as the next step in his rehab in Clearwater.  After warming up, Carrasco hit the back stop with his first pitch, a 96 mph fastball, head-high, and behind the batter.  The batter slowly took a couple few measured steps toward the mound, glaring and speaking in Spanish.  I don’t think he was saying “We’re cool, Bro”.   Anyway, the dugouts emptied, but the coaches kept the players from getting close to each other.

In the ninth inning, with the Phillies leading by four runs, the same player took a called third strike.  He left the box starring at the umpire.  To be honest, I thought the pitch missed the zone, too.  Now, I don’t if anything was said by any Phillies players, but after removing his helmet at the dugout, the batter returned to the field with his bat in hand.  He spoke and motioned toward the plate.  I think he was talking to the umpire because he started backing away toward the Phillies’ dugout and our catcher remained standingthe plate.  When the dugouts emptied, the batter and on-deck batter also came toward the plate with bats in hand.  The Phillies came out unarmed.  Fortunately, the coaches kept the players from mingling.  Dugouts clearing in the GCL.  I couldn’t make this up.

And, now some video and photos –

Daniel Brito puts the ball in play.

Josh Stephen doubles.

Mickey Moniak puts a ball in play.

Jhailyn Ortiz crushes home run to left.  Sorry, I missed contact.

Cole Stobbe doubles down the line.

Mickey Moniak foul ball.  I had the best view.

Jhailyn Ortiz hits a ball home run distance foul, Mickey Moniak on third helps the ump with fair signal.


Jose Nin Last Pitch August 30 2016
Last pitch from Jose Nin.
Last Out Pop Up August 30 2016
Final out, pop up to Daniel Brito in foul territory.


GCL Post Game2 August 30 2016
Players celebrate on the field as the dugout empties.
GCL Post Game1 August 30 2016
Muted celebration as they wouldn’t actually clinch until the Blue Jays lost an hour later in Lakeland.

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:

  • 8/30 – OF Osmel Aguila assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley.
  • 8/30 – Lakewood activated LHP Zach Morris from the 7-day disabled list.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.

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

  1. congrats to the GCL Phillies! they deserved it! now the hopefully go deep in the Playoffs. How does their POs work? just a one-game series each round like the game against the braves on friday?

    Did the DSL Phillies2 (42-28) make the Playoffs too?

    Nice to read about Bergjans’ good debut. Carlos Tocci had a good night going 4-8 with 2 RBI, 2 doubles and a sacrifice. This Phil Klein guy looks good from here..

    1. The DSL Phillies 2 finished 6 games back so they didn’t make the playoffs. They did finish 2nd in their division. DSL 1 team finished 6th in their 8 team division and they were 22 games out.

      1. GCL Phils have to have the most depth in their pitching to win 3 games. Let’s get us a championship!

    2. Patrick,

      I think Tocci has matured this season. I hesitate to make too much of having seen him in a four-game series a few weeks ago, but he did everything well — hit, struck the ball hard, sacrificed both bunts and flies, and, of course, played his usual impeccable defense.

      The Phillies have a bunch of lanky, no-to-mid power outfielders so I don’t know if Tocci can advance to the Big Club, but he certainly is AA ready.


      1. I’m not a Tocci apologist but I do think more of him than some on here . . . he has done nothing but improved (pointed out numbers in a post sometime this past week) and has only one thing holding him back. Even with the lack of strength he still hits the ball hard, some people think his hits are dinks and dunks but when he squares up a ball he hits it well . . . let’s just hope he can well we all know what he needs to do over the off season, no need to say it again.

      2. definitely.. Tocci looks AA-ready but I don’t see him Major-league-ready as of now.. lets see if he develops into a candidate next season..

  2. Crawford and Williams bats have been quiet for a couple games. Not a great way to end the season.

    1. I’ll wait until the playoffs to make an end of season assessment. Williams missed the last few games until last night. Crawford is our top rated prospect.

    2. Williams has been mired in a deep slump since late July (around 25 games). His performance last night (one hit and only one strike-out) is actually a step in the right direction. Only one game, but we’ll see.

      Crawford has been scuffling as well of late, but not nearly as prolonged as Williams’ funk. Crawford’s BA is now down to .245; he is still drawing BBs though. Hopefully he can turn things around.

  3. Everybody wins!! Wmsprt puts the hits on the board for possibly the first time all season. Very nice pitching performances from Klein and the new guy, Bergjans. Encarnacion hits his 2nd HR of the season but Ks in his 3 other ABs.

    Stobbe needs to stop trying to steal bases. He has 3 steals on the season but 6 CS. But he’s up to .270/.337/.405. I’d call that a very good first season. He does have 11 errors but I think, when he was drafted, they thought he’d end up as a third baseman. We’ll see as he progresses. He’s likely to start in Wmsprt next year but he might see LKW to start and then move to Wmsprt when that season starts.

    1. I’d be surprised if Moniak, Stobbe, Stephen and Lenin Rodriguez didn’t start in LKW.

      WPT starts so late it’s more for the older players drafted in 2017 and those that really struggled in GCL or WPT this season.

      1. I’ll pencil Brito and Darick Hall in for LKW as well with an interest to see if they send Ortiz and Gamboa or hold them back in XST.

        WPT’s younger players are horrid offensively.

    2. “Stobbe needs to stop trying to steal bases” is the worst suggestion that I have read on this blog in a long time.

      He is a first year player in the GCL. He is learning professional baseball after playing high school in Nebraska. Trying to steal bases, and any other skill that he wants to develop, is EXACTLY what he should be doing.

      Maybe you should stop trying to analyze the quality of a prospect based on a small sample size?

      1. I thought the minors is where you learn, why stop him. instead work with him on his leads. how to read the pitcher. You don’t have to be a burner to steal bases, Learning how to get a good job is key imo to stealing.

    1. Yup. We’re still at the tropical depression stage, but that put a lot of rain on the Clearwater area last night. The water came off my angled room last night in a solid sheet. No surprise that today’s game (and Sixto’s start) in Dunedin was postponed. It was rescheduled tomorrow as a double header at the Carpenter Complex at 10:00AM. The playoffs are scheduled to be completed over the following four days – one-game playoff on Friday, and single games on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (if necessary).

      Whether or not it becomes a tropical storm, the Clearwater area will be affected, even thought the expected track of the storm is going to be hundreds of miles away from our area. We can expect more rain, some flooding, higher than normal wind, and storm surge in low-lying areas. It won’t be as bad as what occurred in Louisianna.

      It will probably affect the GCL playoffs, and could wash out games the Threshers need to win the division.

      (They cover this type of weather event the way the TV stations cover snow Philadelphia. Yippee.)

  4. Klein has been absolutely dominating in AAA. Its not ridiculous to think the Phillies may have found a late bloomer. Hope he gets a few starts at the ML level in September

    1. He always had good swing and miss stuff…his issues in the past were BBs and control. Tall guy like Phillipe Aumont, but unlike Aumont, he may have been able to finally work it out.

      1. Key for these guys is to mechanically keep doing what got them to the show, THEN make adjustments.

      2. Romus my8 if you get a chance watch the videos, Jim posted and look at Moniak swing and Stephen. Moniak has a contact swing to me. I don’t see him being a big strikeout guy, Stephen swing I believe will be a guy with power, I just love this kid.

        1. rocco….yes they both have pretty swings IMO
          But not sure how you can project power right now.
          But as they say…..if you can hit and you have to be a hitter first, and then the power will come
          Look at Pullin and Walding…they also have had pretty swings from the onset and their power has come around…to some degree.

  5. I’m noticing Grant Dyer he has 53 K’s in 39.1 Innings which is 12.1 K/9 avg. Bull Pen arms are never really sexy but considering they got him in the 8th round he should be established at a possible 8th or ninth inning guy.

    Velo reports I’ve seen are not huge maybe 94-95 but command is supposed to be excellent and the CB is supposed to be plus.

    1. That’s plenty of velocity, in this era we are over enamored with 97 mph plus but a guy throwing 94-95 and locating is plenty good enough if he has other offerings to go with it. I’m am really impressed with what the phils were able to do in this draft, particularly in the later rounds. Looks like quality arms all the way through

  6. Am I reading this right – Encarnacion actually hit a homer? Careful, the world might go spinning off its axis…

    1. You are and for all of you that told me Pujols was going to have a better hit tool than Encarnacion be at Chickie and Petes in Parx tonight around 7 and your first beer is on me 🙂

  7. 4 out of 6 teams making the playoffs (excluding DSL teams) is pretty good, especially considering we have young teams this year. It will be great experience for lots of our young guys, even better if a few can win the ‘Ship. This is where we want to see our prospect pitchers look legit.

  8. I can’t stop watching the video of Josh Stephen’s swing. I watched it like a dozen times in slow motion on Youtube. It is picture perfect swing mechanics. Exactly how you teach. The hands are perfect. really impressive.

    1. Viagain that’s why I went crazy when I saw him on video. I just fell in love with that swing. Romus told me the reason he didn’t go in first round was signablity,

          1. rocco…..too much ceverza already today!
            BTW…..not sure it was me who said that about his signability….he did have the USC commitment in his back pocket so that could have been the reason fo him falling.
            Though I did read a scout report saying he was the third best California HS hitter….behind Moniak and Rutherford.

            1. I keep watching stobbes swing and can’t figure out what I don’t like about it. Does he always flatten his bat back like that Jim or is it a loop in his swing? I imagine they will have to retool it this fall or I could be being hard on a kid after one swing.

            2. Doug, on some pitches Stobbe has a long, arcing swing and one-handed follow through that reminds me of Pat Burrell. I’m not comping Stobbe to Burrell, but I find that his swing on some pitches is reminiscent of “The Bat”.

        1. Yeah I see the uppercut but I think that’s more a biproduct of the loop. I don’t know why I can’t respond to Jim’s answer but if he ends up being anything near the bat I’ll take it

  9. I want to see Williams turn it on in the playoffs. He has that kind of talent and can really make a difference in a short playoff series. Maybe just wishful thinking. Klein deserves to be the next SP up as VV has maybe only 1 or 2 starts left.

    1. Phil Klein has been lights out for Lehigh. It’s a near certainty that he’ll be next man up once VV or Thompson gets shut down.

      It’s going to be very interesting for spring training. VV and Eickhoff are locks. Eflin should be able to recover from his knee surgeries. Thompson has nothing left to prove at AAA. Nola and his elbow is the wildcard. I’m guessing Klein, Lively, Morgan are insurance against Nola’s injury.

  10. So did anyone else get a girl bending over in a thong video after they watched Jaylen Ortiz hit his home run?

      1. @JR that’s awesome and possibly the most brilliant retort I’ve ever seen here

        @Rocco Helen is a close second!

  11. With Lehigh Valley, Reading, Lakewood and the GCL Phils all having clinched a playoff berth or are in playoff position, and Clearwater only a few games back, where does everyone think each team will finish (not including Williamsport and the DSL teams). (Finish as in winning the championship, losing the championship, losing in the semi-finals, or missing the playoffs, etc).

  12. Headed to AFL : rhp Victor Arno, lhp Brandon Leibrandt, rhp Miguel Nunez, 2b Scott Kingery, 3b Mitch Walding, and OF Aaron Brown.

    1. WHAT…no Hoskins, Cozens, Alfaro!
      Cozens and Hoskins have already done the Aussie thing…..Cozens has also done the PR winter ball scene……I wonder where are they going to go this winter?

      1. I guess Greg Bird of the Yankees fills the 1st base slot on the Scorpions….so Hoskins is left out again this year.

  13. I was hoping and expecting Pullin would go. Brown going instead of Pullin is a head scratcher. I’m wondering if this means they won’t put Pullin on the 40 man roster and therefore don’t want to expose him to all the scouts that birddog the AFL.

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