Box Score Recap – 9/3/2016

Lehigh Valley won behind Nick Pivetta’s five-inning, three-hit, shutout.  Home runs by J.P. Crawford, Jesse Valentin, Cody Asche, and Cedric Hunter paved the way.

Reading clinched the division.  Dylan Cozens hit his record-setting 39th home run.

Clearwater’s post season hopes fizzled in a loss to Dunedin despite a go-ahead home run by Jiandido Tromp in the bottom of the eighth.

Lakewood won behind Jose Taveras’ six-inning one-hitter.

Williamsport’s  Ranger Suarez pitched a two-hit shutout into the sixth inning, and Will Hibbs allowed one hit the rest of the way in the Crosscutters’ win.

The GCL Phillies host the GCL Braves Sunday at noon in a one-game semifinal.

Lehigh Valley (84-57)  Beat Rochester, 5-1.  Nick Pivetta picked up his first AAA win with five shutout innings.  He allowed three hits and a walk while striking out two.  The IronPigs hit four home runs to out pace the Red Wings – J.P. Crawford (4), Jesse Valentin (4), Cody Asche (6), and Cedric Hunter (10),

  • #1 Crawford (.245)  went 1-4 with a HR (4) and 2 RBI (30)
  • #3 Williams (.260)  went 1-4
  • #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #12 Knapp (.264) DNP
  • #18 Pivetta (1-2, 2.55) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • #24 Lively (10-5, 3.06)  DNP
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (88-51)  Beat Trenton, 10-5, and clinched first place in their division.  They will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Alec Asher (3.38) pitched four innings, his highest during his rehab.  He gave up two runs on five hits and  walk.  He struck out five.  Dylan Cozens hit his 39th home run and drove in three runs (123).  Rhys Hoskins, Jake Fox, and Harold Martinez had three hits apiece.  Fox hit his 23rd home run and drove in his 71st run.  Hoskins picked up his 114th RBI.

  • #4 Alfaro (.288)  DNP
  • #7 Cozens (.277)  went 1-5 with a HR (39), 3 RBI (123), and 3 K
  • #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
  • #13 Hoskins (.278)  went 3-4 with 2 BB and an RBI (114)
  • #14 Kingery (.260)  went 1-5 with a double, SF, and RBI (18)
  • #16 Pinto – (7-6, 4.10) – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
  • #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41)  promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • #19 Eshelman (5-5, 5.14)  DNP
  • #26 Cordero – (1-1, 3.46)  DNP

Clearwater (81-54)  Lost to Dunedin, 6-5 in 11 innings, and were eliminated from post season play.

Luke Leftwich (5.07) pitched a solid game until the fifth inning when he put two men on after retiring the lead off batter.  A single to center brought home the tying run.  The decision to try a futile throw to the plate allowed both trailing runners to move into scoring position.  Eventually both runners scored on a ground out and single.  That throw led to the removal of Leftwich from the game and ultimately sealed the Threshers’ fate.

A home run off Jeff Singer stretched the Blue Jays lead to three runs.  The Threshers closed to within one run, then took the lead on Jiandido Tromp’s dramatic 2-run blast over the bullpens in left.  Yackel Rios blew the save in the top of the ninth.  Austin Davis and Ranfi Casimiro teamed to allow the winning run to score in the eleventh.

Carlos Tocci, Chace Numata, and Khyle Martin had two hits apirce (all singles).  The rest of the Threshers combined for two base hits, and one was Tromp’s HR.

Leftwich pitched well for the most part.  He threw 70 pitches/45 strikes in 4.2 innings.  Six of his seven strike outs were of the swing-and-miss variety.  He induced 14 s&m (31.1%).  He had more s&m than called strikes (11) and foul balls (8).  That hardly ever happens down here.  Five of his Ks came on FB.  He sat 89-92, and touched 93 mph once.  Ironically, his hardest pitch became a bloop single to center.

Leftwich threw 50% first pitch strikes.  He ran two, 3-ball counts that resulted in a strike out and his one walk.  Based on the movement, his other two Ks looked to be on sliders.

  • #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85)  DNP
  • #22 Canelo (.246)  went 0-4
  • #23 Tocci (.284)  went 2-5

Lakewood (72-65)  Beat Greensboro, 3-0.  Jose Taveras (8-8. 3.28) pitched a one-hitter for six innings.  He walked four and struck out ten.  Grant Dyer (2.39) earned a three-inning save.  Cornelius Randolph and Jose Pujols each had an RBI.

  • #6 Randolph (.272)  sent 1-3 with a double, BB, and RBI (27)
  • #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06)  DNP
  • #27 Pujols (.241)  went 0-4with an RBI (82)
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.85)  DNP
  • #30 Tirado (7-1, 3.23)  DNP

Williamsport (39-34)  Beat Batavia, 10-0.  Ranger Suarez (6-4,2.81) went 5.1 innings of two-hit, shutout ball.  He walked four.  Will Hibbs allowed one hit over the remaining 3.2 innings for his fourth save.  Jesus Alastre, Enmanuel Garcia, Brett Barbier, and Luke Williams each had three hits.  Williams hit his second home run and had four RBI.  The Crosscutters had 17 hits but also struck out 13 times.

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

GCL Phillies (43-15)  No game scheduled Saturday.  The Phillies’ one-game semifinal is scheduled for Sunday at noon, IN BRIGHT HOUSE FIELD.  The GCL Red Sox won their play-in game for the South Division and 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:

  • 9/3 – Phillies sent RHP Alec Asher on a rehab assignment to Reading.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.


53 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 9/3/2016

  1. Very sad to hear CLW is out. On the schedule, the first game of today’s doubleheader is cancelled. I’m assuming that’s because it was from an earlier postponed game and is no longer needed. And that means CLW has the overall best record in the FSL and doesn’t even make the playoffs.

    Hoskins was on base 5 times and only scored 1 run. Both Cozens and Fox hit right after him and hit homers but only Cozens knocked him in. A little strange but it can easily happen.

    LKW has everything going their way. The pitching has tightened up. The hitters are hot right now and it’s not just one or two guys. A lot of guys are contributing. They’re 8 – 2 in the last 10 games and 14 of their last 16. Relax and have fun guys.

    Wmsprt is relaxed and having fun. Unfortunately, it’s been mostly since their playoff chances were over. Lucas Williams, who was having a horrible season, suddenly is hot. He’s .417 in his last 6 games. He hit .190 in August as his BA shrunk to .200. Hitting a HR yesterday must have felt pretty good too. Jesus Alastre is trying to make a run for .300 on the season. He was over .300 for almost the entire season until late August slump.

    Good luck GCL Phils! In a one game playoff, anything can happen. A tough opposing pitcher or a hot hitter or a few missed mistake pitches or…. At least in a 3 or 5 game playoff, you can have a bad game and come back to win the series.

  2. Once again some impressive pitching all around. Velasquez being shut down for rest of season and Asher pitched last night too. I would imagine Asher will pitch for Phillies in his stead.

      1. Actually did not realize it, but Asche in his age26 season has already passed Dobbs in most all offensive metrics, by his age26 MLB season since he started later.

        1. Asche could be a decent lefthanded 1B, 3B, LF, RF option for utility player. However he falls close to that non-tender candidate this offseason. But with his young age he may be able to survive.

          1. I am asking you romus, do utility playes who cant field, a good option. Asche stinks plain and simple. He is a 240 hitter with limited power, who isn’t a good fielder, why would we use him as a utility??

            1. Asche can’t field, can’t throw, can’t hit for avg or power, can’t run. Why are we discussing him with all the prospects in our system. It’s physically painful to read the few pro-Asche comments on this site. Please stop.

            2. rocco…..Asche is a better fielder at first base and LF than at third base. Heck, if we have seen Howard for the last 12 years at first, he makes Asche look like a gold glover. Asche looked good there last night.

  3. Still waiting for Nick Williams to actually draw a walk. A .290 OBP is quite simply not worthy of a promotion, no matter how good the hit tool is or how the power projects.

    This is going go prevent him from ever being a productive major league if he doesn’t alter his approach.

      1. Want to see him succeed at AAA and get called up, but these results are worse than anything we could’ve predicted.

        Have serious doubts whether or not he’ll actually work this out and develop an approach that makes him an everyday player.

        1. Then again when you look at Williams’ past wRC+ for full seasons prior to this year…he posted very plus metrics. Though, he is a concern for next season.

      2. The biggest knock on Williams has always been that he an impatient and undisciplined hitter. He actually appeared to be improving in that regard in the first couple months of the 2016 season. Though June 18, Williams had drawn 17 BBs; not a lot but at least indicating a degree of pitch selectivity. Now here is a mind-blowing stat – since June 18, Williams has drawing TWO (2) BBs. That is kind of hard to comprehend.

        That said, as recently as July 29, Williams had a slash line of .290/.322/.469. In 29 games since that date, Williams is hitting .165 with 44 Ks. His slash line has fallen to .260/.290/.430.

        Williams is clearly in a serious funk, but his impatience and lack of selectivity certainly don’t help matters.

    1. Looking back at Williams’ minor league career, it seems like this is the first time he’s actually struggled for an extended period. This will be, by far, his worst overall season. Even his first half/second half numbers in previous stops indicate that he always hit consistently.

      Making adjustments and dealing with failure are two things that every team wants to see their prospects do before they’re confident they can play in the majors. Williams is now faced with the challenge of doing both, probably for the first time in a significant way.

      1. 2017 will be a huge season for Williams. I am writing off 2016 as his first off year in the minors, for whatever issues he has, mechanically or mentally. I give him a clean slate next spring and see how he swims or sinks. Then I can move forward with or without him.

      2. Williams did struggle initially with the Rangers AA-Frisco club in August ’14 after his promo from high A with a 33% Krate…but that was to be expected and it was only a SSS. The next season he turned it around.

      3. Good point about Williams and this being his first extended slump. As I noted previously, in late July his season was going reasonably well. It’s just in the last 5 weeks that he’s really gone south, and in a big way. It’s way too early to give up on a player of his talent, though the lack of BBs (and resulting low OBP) is a real concern.

        1. Plate discipline/approach IMO is one of the hardest things to work on. You have to be REALLY tough mentally to work on it and be successful. The reason why I say it’s a huge mental task is because you are now going to be looking at more pitches, prob going to get more 2 strike counts (will also get hitters counts if you work on his and succeed) so you need to be very confident in your skills. There much more to it mentally than that but that’s the biggest thing IMO. And I don’t care what people say, confidence is HUGE in baseball.

  4. I love seeing how certain pitchers do in a big start. In the last few days, many have done well although Leftwich and the Cwater bullpen didn’t come through. Tromp was almost the hero when he hit #20. He has put himself back on the prospect track. Asher’s next start will be in Philly since VV was shut down after last night’s start. Let’s go GCL today in their first taste of playoffs. As for Cozens’ season, it’s one for the ages.

  5. Plate discipline requires maturity and self-control. A hot-headed emotional player is less likely to acquire that. Is this the problem with Williams and Herrera?

  6. Tromp is one of the guys who I’ll be most interested to follow next year. I could see him starting back in Clearwater but wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Reading either. He could really see a power spike in Reading’s park, assuming he can square up the baseball at that level.

    It seems like he’s made huge strides this year. Previous attempts at full-season ball were disastrous but he’s now conquered Lakewood and is doing solidly in Clearwater. The AVG/OBP is low but he’s hitting for power. His K% in Clearwater is only 17.5% which is well below his career rate and even lower than it was in Lakewood.

    1. I’ve been quite surprised by him this year. His xbh numbers are awesome, strikeout rate down significantly at both levels, hit better than he has before, plays a few OF spots. I’m looking forward to seeing him next year and Pujos.

  7. With the way The Phillies have drafted with the new regime . The strike zone control makes you think if Players like Nick Williams Would be on the trading block. Also why is Howard and Ruf playing ?

    1. Good question Tim, why is Ryan Howard playing instead of Tommy Joseph? I don’t have as much of a problem with Ruf as the Phillies never gave him a chance against RH pitching and they are trying to atone for it. As for Nick Williams he hit the ball hard in all his appearances even if he was not taking pitches. Remember the 1979 WS winning Pirates were all free swingers also so don’t write him off yet.

      1. Tim, Ryan Howard has always been a defensive liability especially with his throwing and Chase covered up many of Ryan’s defensive deficiencies.

    2. Howard is playing because the Phillies are ‘tanking’….they have a good shot at the 4th overall pick with only 3 games ‘behind’ now! 🙂

      1. Might as well aim high and shoot for the #3 pick. The Phillies are 4 games “behind the Padres for the #3 position, though there are six other teams in between (Angels, Brewers, Rays, Reds, Snakes, and A’s). Probably more realistic to target the #6 pick, but the way the Phillies are going of late, who knows.

  8. Frohwirth tried to throw the game away today. Luckily Nin was able to shut it down. Final score 4 – 3 Phils over the Braves. Zardon hit a 1st inning HR. Sixto goes 7 innings and gives up 4 hits and had 4 Ks. No runs given up by Sixto. Sixto gave up 3 runs in his last 11 outings and only 1 in his last 8 outings. That’s 48 innings with 1 run allowed. Holy Crap, that’s good.

    1. Gotta believe Sixto will be at (or very near) the top of the GCL Top 20 Pospect List when BA publishes it this month. Sixto, Mickey Mo, Bo Bichette, and Matt Manning should probably all be a part of the top 5 (in some order).

      1. As I’ve said before, it’s important to see how these guys do in big games. Sixto was lights out today, again, to end his season I suppose. MM got on base twice. Best of three for Ship. Who starts games in order?

  9. Just in case people haven’t heard this yet: The GCL Phillies won 4-3 today. Sixto pitched 7 shutout innings, allowing just four hits. All three runs the GCL Braves scored were in the top of the 9th on a home run.

  10. Mmm I would say you’d start Joseph right now if they want to tank . . . Howard has been one of the best hitters in baseball since the all star break, hasn’t really slowed down either.

    I’m perfectly fine with Howard playing 95% of the remaining games. This is his last year with us and no matter how he’s played the last few years, he’s still one of the best Phillies of all time and a huge part of their success during their run. He’s also been NOTHING but professional amongst trade rumors, a national story reporting his “steroid use” (PROVEN UNTRUE) disgruntled fans due to his salary/production, his own family comin after him and seeing reduced playing time . . . Think about how much BS he’s dealt with. There are A LOT of big named players who wouldn’t have handled it w the class he did. He deserves a standing ovation in their home finale this year.

    1. Ok LET’S PLAY Howard , Ruf, Blanco at 3rd, Ellis, Bourjos in RF. Let’s keep Franco, TJ , Altherr, Goeddel , Rupp all on the bench. It’s called development Howard knows what he is a Lefthanded DH. RUF BATTING 164 THE PHILLIES ARE LAST IN BASEBALL OFFENSE. The teams that lead in offense are the are the top teams in baseball. Howard had a great career here and it’s not like Tj isn’t producing.

      1. It’s very hard to watch and it’s getting really, really old. They are virtually unwatchable. It’s bad enough that they lose but they do it in the most boring way imaginable.

        1. Right, and whoever thinks the Phillies will contend in 2017 is dreaming. That’s not gonna happen until 2018 at the earliest, and probably later than that.

      1. To be fair to him what are the teams numbers w runners in scoring position as a whole. Or how about just Joseph’s, I’ll save you the trouble it’s worse then Howard’s .159/.216/.286

        All I’m saying is it’s only less than a months worth of games, let the guy who’s been the face of the franchise play, esp when he’s playing better than the other options.

  11. Kilome dominating today. There is some ridiculously good pitching going on in Lakewood by some high ceiling arms. Whoever is coaching them is doing a bang up job.

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