Box Score Recap – 9/2/2016

Lehigh Valley clinched the wild card behind Ben Lively’s six inning, no-hit masterpiece.

Reading wasted six shutout innings from Mark Leiter and lost to Trenton.  They still only need one win this weekend in Trenton to clinch the division.

Clearwater kept their post season hopes alive with a victory over Dunedin behind Elniery Garcia’s seven-inning two-hitter.  They must sweep their final three games against Dunedin to qualify for the post season.

Lakewood clinched the division with a win behind Seranthony Dominguez’ six shutout innings.

Williamsport beat Batavia behind Felix Paulino’s six, three-hit innings.

Sounds like a “pitching rich environment” in the organization.

The GCL Phillies’ game was pushed back to Sunday.  They host the GCL Braves at noon in a one-game semifinal.

Lehigh Valley (83-57)  Beat Rochester, 7-1, and clinched the International League’s wild card spot.  This is the IronPigs’ first trip to the post season since 2011.


Ben Lively was on a pitch count and was lifted after 79 pitches.  He had thrown 57 strikes (72.2%).  All he was able to contribute was six innings of no-hit ball with 10 strike outs and ZERO walks.  His only base runner reached on a fielding error in the second inning.  Joely Rodriguez (2.95) continued the no-hitter for two innings, striking out three but walking two.  Elvis Araujo (2.37) gave up the Red Wings lone run in his one inning.

The IronPigs coasted after staking Lively to five runs in the first inning.  Cameron Perkins opened the scoring with a bases-loaded, two-run single.  One batter later, Brock Stassi followed suit with another bases-loaded, two-run single.  Cedric Hunter closed out the inning’s scoring with an RBI single.

J.P. Crawford had three hits.  Cedric Hunter had two hits.  Nick Williams hit his 13th home run in the second inning.  Jesse Valentin had the final RBI in the eighth inning.

  • #1 Crawford (.245)  went 3-5 with a double
  • #3 Williams (.260)  went 1-4 with a HBP, HR (13) and RBI (63)
  • #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #12 Knapp (.264) went 1-4 with a double and BB
  • #18 Pivetta  DNP
  • #24 Lively (10-5, 3.06) – 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (87-51)  Lost to Trenton, 2-1.  The Phils lead from the second inning until the bull pen gave up single runs in the eighth and ninth innings.  They missed a chance to clinch their division.

Mark Leiter (3.39) pitched a six-inning gem for the Phils.  He gave up five hits and a walk and struck out nine.  Victor Arano (2.30) struck out five in two innings, but gave up a two-out solo home run to tie the game and blow the save.  Jesen Therrien (3.60) gave up a lead off home run to start the ninth and lose the game.  Combined, Leiter and Arano struck out 14 Thunder batters.

Reading scored an unearned run in the second on Jake Fox’ double.  The Phils managed only five hits, but were struck out 17 times.  They were 0-10 with RISP.

Reading is 1.5 games ahead of second place Trenton (two in the loss column) with three games to play.  Both teams have clinched a playoff berth.  They face each other in Trenton for the remaining three games of the season.  They are playing for home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  Trenton must sweep to win the division.

  • #4 Alfaro (.288)  went 1-4 with a double and 2 K
  • #7 Cozens (.278)  went 0-4 with 2 K
  • #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
  • #13 Hoskins (.274)  went 1-3 with a BB
  • #14 Kingery (.262)  went 1-5 with a SB (4) and 3 K
  • #16 Pinto – (5-6, 4.20)  DNP
  • #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41)  DNP
  • #19 Eshelman (5-5, 5.14)  DNP
  • #26 Cordero – (1-1, 3.46)  DNP

Clearwater (81-53)  Beat Dunedin, 4-2.  Elniery won a must game for the Threshers.  He held the Blue Jays to a solo home run in seven innings.  He struck out a career-high 11 batters.  Yacksel Rios (6.09) came in to record the final five outs for his first save after Ulises Joaquin (2.86) could only retire one of the four batters he faced.

The Threshers were retired in order in seven of their eight innings.  They opened the game with their first nine batters being retired.  Zach Coppola became their first base runner when he opened the fourth with a bunt single.  Carlos Tocci pushed Coppola to third with a double down the left field line.  The Threshers scored first on Chace Numata’s sacrifice fly.  Josh Tobias walked with two out, and Jiandido Tromp launched a two-run double into the left center field gap.  Drew Stankiewicz closed out the scoring with a double to right center field.  Blue Jays’ pitchers retired the next 13 batters.

The game started 29 minutes late as the Threshers checked weather in the area.  I’m sure they didn’t want to commit Garcia to a game that would be suspended and face losing their best starter for the whole series.

Garcia opened with a 20 pitch first inning, and it looked like the Threshers might have to dip into their bull pen early due to pitch count.  He followed with innings of 15, 16, 8, 12, 11, and 18 pitches.  Garcia pitched ahead of most batters, he threw 17 of 26 first pitch strikes (65.4%)  Garcia ran four, three-ball counts.  They resulted in his three walks (one in each of the first three innings) and a come-backer on the last batter he faced.  His 11 strike outs also contributed to his high pitch count.

Garcia threw 100 pitches, 66 strikes (66%).  He threw 18 swing-and-miss strikes (27.3%).  Nine of his Ks were of the swing-and-miss variety – two on fastballs, two on change ups, and five on curve balls.  Both Ks looking came on curve balls.

Garcia threw 58% fastballs.  His range was 89-95 mph.  He sat 91-94 mph, and touched 95 once.  He threw 23% curve balls, 15 of 23 for strikes.  The HR came on an 0-2 FB in the seventh inning.  Most of the remaining 19 pitches were change ups, with an occasional slider, the new pitch he has been working on.

Garcia remained strong throughout his seven innings.  In his final inning, he hit 95 mph on his 95th pitch of the night, and threw three of his eleven 94 mph fastballs.

The Threshers are 1.0 game (2 in the loss column) behind Dunedin. Their elimination number is one.  They face Dunedin at home Saturday and for two games on Sunday in Dunedin.  They must win all three games to overtake the Blue Jays and win the division.

  • #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 11 K, 1 HR
  • #22 Canelo (.248)  went 0-3
  • #23 Tocci (.283)  went 1-4 with a double

Lakewood (71-65)  Beat Greensboro, 10-2, and clinched the SAL North Division championship for the second half.  This is he BlueClaws first trip to the playoffs since 2010. They begin their playoff odyssey Wednesday against first-half champion, Hagerstown.


Seranthony Dominguez (5-2, 2.42) pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits and four walks.  He struck out eight.  The BlueClaws jumped on the Grasshoppers early with a six-run first inning.  Jose Pujols had three hits and two RBI.  Wilson Garcia had two hits.  Edgar Cabral had two hits and two RBI.  Mark Laird had two RBI.

  • #6 Randolph (.272)  DNP
  • #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06)  DNP
  • #27 Pujols (.243)  went 3-4 with a BB and two RBI
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.85)  DNP
  • #30 Tirado (7-1, 3.23)  DNP

Williamsport (38-34)  Beat Batavia, 9-1.  Felix Paulino (3-4, 2.89) held the Muckdogs to one run on three hits in six innings.  He walked two and struck out five.  Carlos Indriago (1.42) earned his second save with three innings of one-hit relief.

The Crosscutters unleashed a 13-hit attack. Henri Lartigue reached base five times on three hits and two walks.  Jesus Alastre had two hits and two RBI.  Darick Hall had two hits, his 9th HR, and two RBI.  Luke Maglich had two hits and an RBI.  Luis Espiritu had two RBI.

  • #17 Medina (5-3, 2.92)  DNP
  • #25 Romero (2-2, 2.56)  DNP

GCL Phillies (43-15)  No game scheduled Friday.  The Phillies one-game semifinal on Saturday was pushed back to Sunday, September 4th.  The play-in game between the GCL Red Sox and GCL Twins for the South Division was postponed and rescheduled for Saturday.  The winner will play the GCL Cardinals, while the Phillies will face the GCL Braves.

  • #2 Moniak (.284)
  • #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.00)
  • #15 Stobbe (.270)
  • #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.231)
  • Stephen (.253)
  • 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)  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:

  • 9/2 – Phillies activated 2B Andres Blanco from the 15-day disabled list.
  • 9/2 – Phillies recalled Colton Murray from Lehigh Valley.
  • 9/2 – Phillies recalled Darin Ruf from Lehigh Valley.
  • 9/2 – Phillies recalled LHP Patrick Schuster from Lehigh Valley.
  • 9/2 – Jimmy Cordero assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading.
  • 9/2 – Tom Windle assigned to Reading from Clearwater.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.


36 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 9/2/2016

  1. Seranthony Dominguez, Luis Carrasco and Llovera, what kinda cielings do they have? Can they be grouped in with Kilome/Sixto/Medina or are they a notch below?

    1. Probably a notch below, at least, but I don’t think Dominguez, Carrasco and Llovera are all equal.

      Dominguez is probably the best of that group and a top 30 prospect for me. I think Llovera throws harder than Carrasco but I’m not sure about their secondaries.

  2. Felix Paulino has been solid the last 2 years in the organization. He’s 21 y/o so he’s not young but he has 1.68 ERA in his last 10 outings. In his last 8, he has a 1.31 ERA. He’s not a big K guy but he doesn’t BB many. He has 54 Ks and 14 BBs in his 71+ innings this year. He was pretty good in the GCL last year and he’s even better in Wmsprt this year. He’s a guy to watch as he moves up.

  3. Wmsprt guaranteed a winning season. They are 4 games over .500 with 3 to play. That means 7 of 8 teams in the Phils minor leagues will have winning records. Only the DSL1 team had a losing record.

    CLW has the best overall record in the FSL but have to win their last 3 games to make the playoffs.. They are 3.5 games better than Tampa Yankees overall.

  4. If there were a ‘Rodney Dangerfield Award’ to be given out in the Phillies org….Ben Lively would be a leading candidate.

    1. He’s 18-5 this season which is unbelievable. I’ve seen him throw a few times and I question his major league future but 18-5 can’t be ignored. He’ll likely win pitcher of the year in the organization and go to spring training with a chance to win a spot in the majors.

      1. Murray…that is if he is protected in November. Will MK protect him?
        He could easily be put on the 40 in a week or two after the LHV season is done (if in playoffs) and pitch a few innings with the big club near the end of the season in relief or maybe a start after some rest.
        His whiff ratio this year is now up to 7K/9 and down to 2BB/9…which is excellent.

        1. Ben Lively deserves a chance with the Phillies in the future just to see how well he does. Matt Klentak seems too blinded by sabremetrics at times as there are always exceptions.

          1. I really don’t think sabremetrics is to blame here. Lively’s stats are good. The problem is that he doesn’t pass the old school “eye test”. In other words, he doesn’t have any plus pitches and, generally, you need one or two of them to get major league hitters out.

          2. I’m pretty sure he will be added to 40 man. He may not be a top prospect but still has decent chance to be in majors in some sort of role in next year. I could see him getting a chance to start after AAA playoffs with invite to Spring Training.

        2. He is at the top of the list to be put on the 40 man roster. He may not pitch in MLB this year, he is on a pitch limit like Thompson and VV.

        3. Yes I definitely think he’ll be protected but I doubt he’ll throw in Philly this year due to innings already thrown. He still has at least one playoff start.

    2. Romus, there must be something about him that doesn’t translate to major league success in the eyes of many scouts. I’ve heard that his deceptive delivery is a plus but for some reason he’s not getting the props outside of this board.

      1. 8mark…soon to be 25….running out of time to make an impression…over 500 innings, not counting college, with very good metrics….8.5Ks/9, 2.7BBs/9 and WHIP of 1.1 in that time. IMO, he will get his chance with someone at some point.

        1. I’m of a mind to to wanna find out about someone who’s had significant success even if he’s not regarded as a top prospect. Hate to see him moved to another club and then regret it later. For example, Sandberg thrown in the Bowa deal. Let’s be certain about our own unless we’re trading for Trout.

          1. 8mark…in a somewhat cracked nutshell, who is Ben Lively? Physical profile and minor league metrically profiled and comp to Cubs Kyle Hendricks….that’s right , Tim’s boy.
            Whether he ever has the same success is debatable and uncertain.
            Also depends on who is surrounding…Hendricks has a pretty good cast around him these last two years.
            Their stuff is not that dissimilar…Hendricks relies on a 2Smr (88mph), 4Smr (89mph), sometimes a CB (76) and CU (81mph)
            Lively, use to get his 4Smr up to 92/93…..but those days seem to be gone…he is high 80s low 90s anymore, with both 4 and 2Smr.
            Both have exceptional command.
            So will see what happens with BL very soon.

            1. Hendricks also has a plus plus CU that’s his swing and miss pitch.this yr he in proved his Slider to a plus pitch . He throws all his pitches from the same arm slot.

            2. Romus for every Kyle Kendricks who wins with low velo. You have 200 guys like Buchanan and lively, Tim can beat the fact that a few right handers win with low velo. But we all know. Its hard to win in majors I don’t care how good your command is without decent velo. I speak of right hand starters. ,

            3. rocco….I know….we beat that dead horse a few weeks ago.
              I am curious to see how Lively will do vs MLB hitters , especially from contending teams and their hitters. How will he handle Cespedes or Yelich.

            4. Ben Lively has shown this year, particularly in his last two starts, that he deserves a look. I haven’t heard about shutting him down soon…hopefully he gets his feet wet with the big club this month.

          2. Blue Jays , Boston, Texas, the Jays have Dickey, Estrada , Santana and Happ.Boston has Price, Porcello, Pomeranz, S Wright.Baltimore has Tillman a who’s not a hard thrower at 15 And 5. Texas has Hamels , Darvish who pitched 71 ings this yr. Cleveland has Salazar who isn’t the same pitcher after coming off the DL. Trevor Bauer who Not a hard thrower . But they do have C Kluber , Carrasco they have the best power Right Arms . Detroit has Verlander Fulmer and everyone else. B Jays , The R sox, Baltimore , Texas, have 2 power Right handed in Santana and Darvish , 4 lefthanded pitchers ,2 knuckle balls. They do how ever have offenses that can hit and score runs . In no way is it proven that high Veto Rhp wins world Series. KC won by there Offense so will this yr team.Btw Lively has never thrown in the majors not only are you the best scout on this board Rocco you also can see into he furture.

            1. I don’t think anyone is arguing that it’s not impossible to win a WS with a hard throwing RHSP . . . I think all that was being said is RHP (and LHP for that matter) who throw harder have a better chance at being successful. I’ll add to that, they also will stick around longer and be given more chances as well.

  5. Darick Hall…next smasher….tied for third in HR in NYP with 9 and far fewer PAs then the two others ahead of him, and leads NYPL in OPS at .911 andbased on minimum required ABs. and also leads NYPL in doubles with 18.
    Just one blemish……27% K rate as a lefty.
    He could be the next hot first base prospect.

    1. Two blemishes if you count the 5.9% walk rate to go with the strikeouts. That’s 53 Ks to 12 BBs overall. The test for him, like most college prospects imo, will be next year in full season ball.

  6. There is some darn good pitching in this organization. Now some of it is because they are facing only a certain level and may not have much future projection but this is a really good sign for the future. I can easily see a few making it to majors. But very impressive.

    1. BobD…agree. And understand the thought process that they are facing only a certain level and could stumble going up. My concern for these six is that they are listed at 6′ or under and sometimes that can be a difficult mountain to climb for pitchers.
      Alberto Tirado
      Sixto Sanchez
      Ricardo Pinto
      Elniery Garcia
      Mauricio Llovera
      Ranger Suarez

  7. With all the poor relief pitching in front of Ramos, Nerris,, and Gomez, it would have been nice if the Phils had kept Dan Otero. He’s had a great season so far for the Indians.

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