Box Score Recap – 9/4/2016

Lehigh Valley lost but Phil Klein pitched well again.

Reading was two-hit.

Clearwater won at Dunedin.

Lakewood won as Franklyn Kilome pitched up to everyone’s expectations Sunday.

Williamsport dropped a close one.

And, the GCL Phillies began the organization’s playoff run with a victory over the GCL Braves in the one-game semifinal series.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Lehigh Valley (84-58)  Lost to Rochester, 5-4.  Phil Klein (1.52) had another quality start.  He pitched 6.0 innings giving up one run on six hits and three walks.  He struck out five.  He was in line for the victory, but Jimmy Cordero was unable to preserve the save.  To add further insult, Edward Mujica earned his 26th save for Rochester.

Cameron Perkins, Cody Asche, and Darnell Sweeney had two hits apiece for the IronPigs.  Nick Williams was the only prospect in the line up and went 0-4 with an RBI.

  • #1 Crawford (.245)  DNP
  • #3 Williams (.258)  went 0-4 with an RBI (64)
  • #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)  DNP
  • #24 Lively (10-5, 3.06)  DNP
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (88-52)  Lost to Trenton, 4-0.  They were held to two hits by Thunder pitchers. John Richy (4-4, 5.11) was responsible for all the Thunder’s runs and base runners.  Tom Windle (5.68) struck out four of the six batter he faced in relief.  Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins were in the line up but went a combined 1-6 with Cozens striking out in all three of his plate appearances.

  • #4 Alfaro (.288)  DNP
  • #7 Cozens (.275)  went 0-3 with 3 K
  • #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
  • #13 Hoskins (.278)  went 1-3
  • #14 Kingery (.260)  DNP
  • #16 Pinto – (7-6, 4.10)  DNP
  • #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41)  promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • #19 Eshelman (5-5, 5.14)  DNP
  • #26 Cordero – (1-1, 3.46)  promoted to Lehigh Valley

Clearwater (82-54)  Beat Dunedin, 9-6.  The Blue Jays committed four errors in the first three innings leading to three unearned runs as the Threshers opened an early 5-0 lead.

Brandon Leibrandt (2.25) held Dunedin to three runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings.  He struck out two and picked of the one batter he walked.  Austin Davis earned his first save striking out two of the three batters he faced.

Zach Coppola and Josh Tobias had three hits each at the top of the order.  Tobias hit a two-run home run (2) to right field that towered over the right field fence.  Austin Bossart and Drew Stankiewicz had two hits apiece.  Bossart also had three RBI.

The Threshers collected 12 hits.  Herlis Ramirez gunned out a base runner trying to go from first to third on a single.

The Threshers gave out team photos Saturday night as part of Fan Appreciation Night. Upon close inspection, a friend noticed that Chace Numata had his right eye closed in the photo.  Later I teased the Threshers’ PR guy (Rob) that they published a photo with a player’s eye closed.  He told me that he went through all the proofs and was discouraged that all or most of the players had an eye closed in every proof.  He selected the one that had the most open eyes and sent the proof off to be printed.  Overnight, he realized that every closed eye was the right eye.  And it dawned on him that the players had performed a quiet homage to their injured team mate, Matt Imhof who lost his right eye in a training injury earlier this season.  Sunday, I was getting Numata’s autograph and commented that I saw what they had done in the photo.  Numata glanced up with the sly look and smile that confirmed Rob’s observation.  Pretty cool, eh?

  • #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85)  DNP
  • #22 Canelo (.246)  DNP
  • #23 Tocci (.284)  DNP

Lakewood (73-65)  Continues to kick butt and take names as they beat Greensboro, 3-0. Franklyn Kilome was Sunday’s pitching hero.  He threw 79 pitches during his six shutout innings.  He gave up just two hits, walked NONE,  and struck out ten.  He didn’t get the win, though.  That went to Zach Morris (8-3, 2.57).  Sutter McLoughlin (2.51) notched his 14th save.  Mark Laird had two of the BlueClaws six hits.  Jan Hernandez had served the big blow, a two-out, bases-loaded triple in the eighth inning.

  • #6 Randolph (.273)  sent 1-3 with a double and BB
  • #9 Kilome (4-8, 3.85) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
  • #27 Pujols (.242)  went 1-3 with a BB
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.85)  DNP
  • #30 Tirado (7-1, 3.23)  DNP

Williamsport (39-35)  Lost to State College, 3-2.  Bailey Falter (3.17) pitched five innings.  He gave up two runs on six hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  Tyler Hallead (4.91) gave up one run in three innings.  Unfortunately it was the winning run.  Enmanuel Garcia got three hits from the lead off position.  He walked, doubled, and homered (6).

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

GCL Phillies (43-15, 1-0)  Beat the GCL Braves in the one-game semi-final, 4-3.  The game wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate.

Sixto Sanchez allowed only four hits in the longest outing of his career, seven innings.  He only struck out four, but he walked NONE, and was able to keep his pitch count down.  I checked after six innings and he had only thrown 58 pitches.  He needed only ten pitches to navigate the seventh inning.  Randy Alcantara breezed through the eighth with two strike outs and a pop up in foul territory.  Tyler Frohwirth got into a little trouble securing the save in the ninth.  With two runners on base, he did get a strike out on a dizzying off-speed pitch that had the batter spinning around in the box.  But he got a pitch up to the next batter that barely cleared the wall in left.  It looked to me that it hit ricocheted off the top of the fence.  Jose Nin came in to get the final two outs.

The Phillies staked Sanchez to an early lead.  With two out in the first inning, Mickey Moniak reached base when he was grazed on the arm as he backed away from an inside pitch.  Danny Zardon followed with a bomb deep into the bull pens.

The Braves went to their bull pen to start the fifth inning.  Daniel Brito greeted the pitcher with a single to lead off the inning.  Josh Stephen followed with another base hit.  Moniak provided the third consecutive no-out hit with an RBI double.  After a pop out, Malvin Matos singled to center to bring home the Phillies’ fourth run.

Brito and Stephen each had two singles and each scored a run.  Moniak and Zardon also scored as the top four guys in the Phillies line up each crossed the plate.  The 3-4-5 hitters (Moniak-Zardon-Matos) drove in all four runs.  In fact all seven hits came from the top five in the batting order.

  • Daniel Brito went 2-4 with a run scored
  • Josh Stephen went 2-4 with a run scored
  • Mickey Moniak went 1-3 with a run scored, double, HBP, and RBI
  • Danny Zardon went 1-4 with a run scored, HR, and 2 RBI
  • Malvin Matos went 1-2 with 2 BB and an RBI
  • Jhailyn Ortiz went 0-4 with 3 K
  • Jose Antequera went 0-3 with a BB and SB
  • Cole Stobbe went 0-4 with 2 K
  • Rodolfo Duran went 0-2 with a BB and 2 K
  •      Nerluis Martinez went 0-1

Every starter struck out at least once except Mickey Moniak.

Every active player on the roster was suited up and available, even the bat/ball boy and those stationed in the stands to chart pitches and retrieve foul balls, EXCEPT tomorrow’s starter Mauricio Llovera.  Kevin Gowdy was in uniform and available, too.  Even Tuesday’s starter, Nick Fanti was dressed and available on Sunday.

The Phillies go on the road tomorrow to play the GCL Cardinals in Jupiter in game one of the finals.  They will return to play Tuesday at noon, IN BRIGHT HOUSE FIELD.  (The audio for Tuesday’s game may be broadcast over MiLB by the Threshers’ Kirsten Karbach.  I will let you know if they work out the logistics.)

And, now some pictures.  Mostly before the game.

Pre-game pepper 9-4-2016
Some pre-game pepper.
Roly 9-4-2016
Roly de Armas taking a walk down the line. That’s hatless Sanchez and Duran coming from the bull pen. And Kyle Young with his hat in the middle of the Delco “D”.
Playoff battery 9-4-2016
Roly nonchalantly chatting with a friend as the battery crosses the fair line.
Sanchez signing 9-4-2016
Sanchez dons his hat to sign an autograph.
Sanchez signing close up 9-4-2016
Close up of Sanchez signing for fans.
Kyle Young 9-4-2016
Kyle Young approaching the dugout.
Sanchez and towel 9-4-2016
Sanchez looking loose before a playoff game.
Four umpires 9-4-2016
Somebody sprung for four umpires.
Into the dugout 9-4-2016
Entering the dugout – wearing sun glasses, Josh Stephen and Jhailyn Ortiz.
Mickey 9-4-2016
Here’s Mickey! DH Mickey Moniak enters the dugout.
Line up exchange 9-4-2016
Line up exchange.
Ground rules 9-4-2016
Ground rules? Yeah, I guess we have ground rules. You do know we play all our games next door, right?
Dugout shot 9-4-2016
Dugout shot.
Sanchez warm ups 9-4-2016
Sanchez, first inning warm ups.
Sanchez follow-thru 9-4-2016
Sanchez follows through on a sixth inning pitch.
High to Ortiz 9-4-2016
“Just a bit up high” to Ortiz.
Final pitch 9-4-2016
Last pitch from Jose Nin.
Celebration 9-4-2016
Celebration! That’s Greg Pickett in the blue shorts. With everybody in uniform, he was pressed into service as the water boy for the umpires, delivering “high quality H2O”.

And these from friend and photographer, Joe Kuhn.

Sanchez wind up 9-4-2016
Sanchez winding up …
Sanchez striding 9-4-2016
… and the pitch.
Duran on a bunt 9-4-2016
Duran pounces on a bunt and readies to throw. The Braves appeared to give up trying to hit Sanchez and 3-4 batters attempted to bunt their way on. Rejected!
Brito on the final play 9-4-2016
Brito throws out the final Brave to end the game.



46 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 9/4/2016

  1. The affiliate scoreboard is for September 3rd not yesterday’s game but if everyone on the site just clicks “NEXT DAY” you’ll get to yesterday’s games.

  2. Went to GCL game , have us a scare at the end. Great pics before game you got my son getting Sixto’s auto. Sat by dugout so son could high five players they were great. Moniak must have noticed his dedication because after game he popped out if dugout after signing fans stuff and handed my son his batting gloves, made that 12yr olds day.

  3. Congrats to the GCL Phils. On to the Finals!!!

    Rhys Hoskins has cut down on Ks in his last 10 games. After averaging nearly 1 per game over the season, he’s had 5 in his last 10 games. He’s also been give 9 BBs over those 10 games. Cozens on the other hand has 18 Ks in his last 10 games to 2 BBs. It’s not like teams are BB’ing Hoskins to pitch to Cozens because Hoskins hits 5th when Alfaro is in the lineup. Hoskins hits 3rd when Alfaro rests like yesterday and the day before.

    Scott Harris was promoted for the day to CLW. After yesterday’s performance, maybe he should be sent back to LKW.

    I think Jim meant Herlis Rodriguez threw the runner out at 3rd in the A+ game and not Harold Ramirez. Who is Harold Ramirez? There is a Harold Ramirez who played for Pittsburgh’s and Toronto’s AA teams this year. He’s be 22 tomorrow but that’s all I know about him.

    What a great time for LKW to be scorching hot and the pitching staff leading the way. Great game for Kilome yesterday. An 82 game score just before the playoffs is pretty exciting. Don’t want to put any more pressure on them. Just trying to point out the obvious.

    Bailey Falter was a definite bright spot on Wmsprt this year. He hasn’t been lucky at all but in his last 10 games ’48’ is the key number. He’s pitched 48 innings. He’s given up 48 hits and has 48 Ks. I look forward to seeing how he does at LKW next year.

    Enmanuel Garcia after 3 years in the DSL was given his chance state-side this year. It was an uneven year for him. He hit .283/.313/.370 in June and then tailed off in July (.170/.220/.298). Then in august it got better (.291/.291/.545) and in September you need liquid nitrogen to cool him off (.583/.667/1.333). He’s 22 y/o so LKW would be next so we can see what he’s really got.

    1. Fixed it. Herlis became one of my favorite players during his GCL days. I always refer to him as H-Rod in conversations. I’ve made this mistake several times “in print” and usually catch it.

  4. After all the promotions and reassignments and returns from injury, it would seem that Lehigh Valley will be stacked while Reading might have a much leaner roster than this year’s. Both Lakewood and Clearwater (in a pitcher’s park) should be formidable with all those young arms advancing. Can’t wait to see where Mickey Mo is assigned in ’17.

  5. Exciting to see Sanchez pitch so well in a playoff game. Kilome seems like he’s peaking and he should get a playoff start to show his stuff there. We have 4 playoff teams to follow this week which is very cool. Let’s get a few championships!

  6. The two best pitching prospect in our system went last night and were lights-out in the playoffs. I have Kilome in my top 5 as the best pitcher in our milb and Sixto not far behind in my top 10. Both with an awesome combination of great scouting reports, awesome velo, and unbelievable stats at young ages.

    1. Agree, v. Kilome and Sixto are a cut above the other arms but Tirado has put himself on the radar. Medina had an impressive start this season and is certainly still in the top 15-20.

      Barring (or even considering inevitable) trades or injuries, these studs could comprise a strong major league staff with Velasquez, Eickhoff, Thompson and hopefully Nola returning to form.

      MacKlentak might have to move one or two to “buy” a bat or two. Pitching throughout the organization has definitely made greater strides this summer than our position players, though I’m still more optimistic about them than many on this board.

        1. I only saw a few of the Crosscutters games but was really impressed with Irvin. Very much looking forward to seeing what he can do in Clearwater next year since that’s where I assume he goes.

    2. I concur. Kilome has been great for most of the season. Obviously he had a nightmare beginning with his first three starts, and he threw in a clunker a couple weeks ago in the midst of a lot of good starts. Other than those four, he’s been as dominant as you would hope for from a player with his talent.

  7. Who is going to pitch for the GCL Phils today? I think Fanti has been off since August 29th. He could go. Llovera hasn’t pitched since the 26th. He’s had a long time off. Will Stewart last pitched on 8/27 but I’m not he’ll be needed to start. I don’t think Gowdy will start but he’ll be ready in the bullpen.

    1. “Every active player on the roster was suited up and available …EXCEPT tomorrow’s starter Mauricio Llovera. Kevin Gowdy was in uniform and available, too. Even Tuesday’s starter, Nick Fanti was dressed and available on Sunday.”

  8. If Kilome and Sixto and Tirado and Medina reach somewhat close (I say somewhat close because they seem to have a lot of potential) to their ceilings, with Thompson, Eflin, Nola, Eickhoff and Velasqeuz (which is 9 pitchers, without including the guys in the high level of the minors and all of the other pitching prospects in the lower level), who would move to the ‘pen. Maybe Kilome, Sixto, Nola, Thompson, Eickhoff in the rotation with Eflin as a spot starter/long reliever and Tirado, Medina, Velasquez and maybe Pivetta in the bullpen with Neris and Ramos?

      1. He throws a lot of pitches (like 100) to get through less than 6 innings basically every start, and he has a 95 MPH fastball that would probably be 98-99 in the bullpen and a pretty good change up so he’d be a pretty good closer I think, and usually bullpen pitchers get a lot of strikeouts and he is the only Phillies starter in the majors this year that gets a lot of strikeouts.

        1. I see your logic, but I can’t see taking a guy with his stuff and wasting him in the bullpen, unless he becomes ineffective as a starter. He has more than the two pitch mix you generally stash in the pen (wicked FB, curve, change, slider), and his velocity doesn’t tail off in the later innings. You could argue that he’s got a higher ceiling than any pitcher in the system. He’s a starter in my eyes.

          1. I am not saying he isn’t going to be a starter. I am asking you guys who you think will be in the rotation and who will be in the bullpen in a few years, because I don’t know who would be a starter or a reliever

            1. No, I get what you’re saying. My point is that it would be nuts to move him to the pen so the likes of Eickhoff and Thompson have a spot in the rotation.

        2. No, no, no, no, no. VV has top of the rotation potential – with multiple pitches, all thrown with good movement and the proper velocity. Why would you take one of the team’s most valuable assets and cut his value by two-thirds? He only goes to the bullpen if he absolutely cannot cut it as a starter after several years of trying. He’s precisely the type of guy you want to keep in the starting rotation.

  9. Nice of the guys to give a send up to Matt Imhoff. At some point I would hope the Phils bring him to the Bank so he can stand on the mound and throw out the first pitch. Maybe during next year’s playoff run.

  10. Reading activated OF Roman Quinn from the DL for today’s finale.
    OF Osmel Aguila sent from Reading to Lehigh.
    RHP Will Morris added to Reading from Clearwater

    1. any chance they could still get him on AFL roster just to get some playing time, with under 140 games the last 2 years combined?

  11. Kilome in 12 starts since the SAL All-Star break: 2.77 ERA, 2.28 FIP, 11.97 K/9, 3.73 BB/9, 1.22 WHIP. I wasn’t as high on him as others were at the beginning of the season, but I’m quickly becoming a believer. This is what putting it all together looks like.

    1. He was impressive when I saw him live, plus he has that tall and lanky frame that if he adds a decent amount of mass and gets stronger, makes you wonder how much of an impact it will have on him.

  12. As the 4 teams go into the playoffs, I’m worried about Reading’s terrible pitching. Roman already has two hits and two steals today so he looks healthy. I’m hoping to see him in Philly after the AA playoffs end. The GCL guys lost their opener getting shut out so they need to win the next two.

    1. I hope it follows what happened in the regular season. They lost in Jupiter and swept in Clearwater. That is what has to happen.

  13. Reading’s tenth inning was like fireworks’ grand finale with the three homers from Cozens, Hoskins, and Martinez.

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