Box Score Recap – 9/5/2016

The regular season ended with Lehigh Valley, Reading, and Lakewood securing wins. Williamsport lost its final game.  And the GCL Phillies dropped the first game of their three-game final series to the Cardinals.

David Buchanan (LHV) and Harold Arauz (LAK) closed out the regular season with stellar pitching efforts.  Reading’s bash brothers hit tenth inning home runs to secure the Phils’ win.  But, of course, how else would their regular season end.

Lehigh Valley (85-58)  Beat Rochester, 7-0.  David Buchanan (10-9, 3.98) finished the season with a strong effort.  He held the Red Wings to two hits and NO walks in 7.0 innings. He struck out eight.  Joely Rodriguez (2.79) and Luis Garcia (2.14) pitched one, one-hit inning apiece.

The IronPigs mustered a 15-hit attack.  Every player in the line up had at least one hit.  J.P. Crawford closed out the season going 1-5 with 3 strike outs.  Nick Williams had a double in five at bats.  Andrew Knapp went 2-5.  Other IronPigs with multiple hits were Taylor Featherston, Cameron Perkins, and Osmel Aguila with 2 hits each.  Jesse Valentin had 3 hits.  Aguila had the only other XBH, a double.  Brock Stassi had 2 RBI and Featherston had three.

  • #1 Crawford (.244)  went 1-5 with 3 K
  • #3 Williams (.258)  went 1-5 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 (.266)  went 2-5.
  • #18 Pivetta (1-2, 2.55)  DNP
  • #24 Lively (10-5, 3.06)  DNP
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (89-52)  Beat Trenton, 11-6 with a five-run tenth inning, and finished the season with the second best record in franchise history.  Will Morris (4.63) started what appeared to be a game to get several relievers some work before the playoffs.  He went 3.0 innings and gave up a run on 2 hits.  Five relievers followed.  Gregory Infante pitched 1.0 Inning and gave up 3 runs.  Alexis Rivero gave up 1 run in 2.0 innings.  And, Jesen Therrien blew his second save giving up 1 run in 2.0 innings.  Victor Arano got the win even though he loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth and pitched his way out of the inning.  Joey DeNato struck out two in the best inning any of the relievers pitched.

Roman Quinn returned to the line up and had 3 hits, 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 2 SB.  Jake Fox, Dylan Cozens, Rhys Hoskins, and Harold Martinez all had multi-hit games.  Martinez, Cozens, and Hoskins each blasted a home run.  Cozens (125) and Hoskins (116) had 2 RBI each.  Martinez had 4 RBI (44).

The Phils opened the tenth inning with back-to-back home runs by Cozens (40) and Hoskins (38).  After a Fox single Martinez hit a 2-run HR (9).  Later Quinn doubled home the inning’s fifth run.

The Phils struck out 11 times – Jorge Alfaro, Cozens, and Aaron Brown 3 time each.

Reading’s rotation for the ELDS is – Mark Leiter, Ricardo Pinto, Elniery Garcia, Tyler Viza, and John Richy.

  • #4 Alfaro (.285)  0-5 with 3 K
  • #7 Cozens (.276)  went 2-5 with a HR (40), 2 RBI (125), and 3 K
  • #8 Quinn (.287)  went 3-6 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and 2 SB
  • #13 Hoskins (.278)  went 3-5 with a double, HR (38), 2 RBI (116)
  • #14 Kingery (.250)  went 0-6
  • #16 Pinto – (7-6, 4.10)  DNP
  • #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41)  promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • #19 Eshelman (5-5, 5.14)  DL, appendicitis
  • #26 Cordero – (1-1, 3.46)  promoted to Lehigh Valley

Lakewood (74-65)  Beat Greensboro, 5-0.  Harold Arauz (6-6, 3.18) pitched a 7.0 inning four-hitter.  He walked one and struck out eight.  Jan Hernandez had 2 hits and an RBI. Wilson Garcia had one hit and 2 RBI.

  • #6 Randolph (.274)  went 1-3 with a BB
  • #9 Kilome (4-8, 3.85)  DNP
  • #27 Pujols (.241)  went 0-2 with 2 BB
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.80)  1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • #30 Tirado (7-1, 3.23)  DNP

Williamsport (39-36)  Lost to State College, 4-2.  Julian Garcia (0-3, 3.60) got roughed up in one-plus innings.  He faced five batters in the second and gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 2 hits, and 4 walks.  Kenny Koplove (3.76) held the Spikes to one run on 2 hits  in 2.1 innings while walking NONE.  Alexander Kline (2.88) pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, walking three.  Carlos Indriago finished with 3.0 no-hit innings walking two.

David Martinelli had two hits and an RBI.  Chandler had three hits.  And, Luis Encarnacion stole his first base of the season.

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

GCL Phillies (43-15, 1-1)  Lost to the GCL Cardinals, 3-0 in the first game of the three-game league finals.  They return home to Clearwater to play games 2 and 3 (if necessary) at Bright House Field.  The Phillies are 2-0 at Bright House this season.

Mauricio Llovera gave up all 3 runs in 4.1 innings.  He gave up 3 hits and walked three. Jhon Nunez and Aaron Brown combined to shut out the Cardinals over the final 3.2 innings.

Llovera’s free passes came back to haunt him.  They played a part in all three runs the Cardinals scored.  He walked 2 batters in the first inning.  Both scored.  A walk and a failed fielder’s choice helped load the bases in the fifth.  A hit batter forced in the third run.  Jhon Nunez entered with the bases loaded and got an inning-ending double play.

The Phillies managed 12 base runners – 7 hits, 4 walks, and a fielding error.  Danny Zardon and Rodolfo Duran had 2 hits apiece.  But, the Phillies went 0-8 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

  • Daniel Brito went 1-4 with a double and BB
  • Josh Stephen went 0-4 with a BB
  • Mickey Moniak went 0-2 as the DH and was lifted for a PH in the 5th, don’t know why.
  •      Lenin Rodriguez went 0-2
  • Danny Zardon went 2-3 with a BB
  • Malvin Matos went 1-4
  • Jhailyn Ortiz went 1-4
  • Jose Antequera went 0-3 with a BB
  • Cole Stobbe went 0-4
  • Rodolfo Duran went 2-4

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • Mitch Gueller has surfaced in the Big Sky Conference.  He is a freshman wide receiver for Idaho State.
  • 9/5 – Phillies sent Darnell Sweeney outright to Lehigh Valley.  And so it begins. There’s one much-needed 40-man roster slot made available for the off-season.
  • 9/5 – Reading activated Roman Quinn from the DL
  • 9/5 – Osmel Aguila assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading.
  • 9/5 – Will Morris assigned to Reading from Clearwater.
  • 9/5 – Raul Rivas assigned to GCL Phillies from Clearwater.
  • 9/5 – Elniery Garcia assigned to Reading from Clearwater.
  • 9/4 – Reading placed RHP Tom Eshelman on the 7-day disabled list. Appendicitis.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.


36 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 9/5/2016

  1. Bash Brothers have a nice end of season game. Reading’s pitching rotation for the playoffs doesn’t give me a warm & fuzzy feeling. Eshelman having an appendicitis hurts. Leiter has been fine but not the guy to start the playoff’s game 1. Pinto has been up and down lately. Elniery isn’t even on the roster yet and will start his 1st game in AA in the playoffs. Viza hasn’t instilled confidence. He’s a workhorse who can come through but he can just as easily give up 5 or 6 runs. Richy was solid for a long stretch but his last 2 games weren’t good. The bullpen has been failing a lot lately. The hitters have been uneven at best. The OF has 4 lefties and a switch hitter in it. They could be vulnerable to lefties. Luckily Hoskins, Kingery, Serna and Martinez hit from the right side. Mora is a switch hitter. Only Walding hits left in the infield. This team was invincible throughout most of the season. But anything can happen in short series. They also play the team they just went 2 – 2 in the last 4 games but they were all away games. Go Reading!!!

    LKW plays a 3 game playoff series against Hagerstown. Two are away games. Their off today and then play the 7th, 9th and 10th. So that brings all pitchers into scope but Arauz hasn’t pitched well on the road and he pitched yesterday so he’s probably out as a starter. Tirado should get the start in Hagerstown on the 7th. Dominguez and Taveres were the next two up after Tirado. Taveras is pretty good on the road so he could pitch the final game (if needed). The pitching has had 4 shutouts in the last 5 games. The hitters can do their jobs so they have a more than fighting chance. Plus the team is hot as a pistol as the team is 16 – 2 in it’s last 18 games.

    Luis Encarnacion went the entire season practically without anything to show. He’s 19 and was a big bonus baby so I assume he’ll be back at Wmsprt next year but Larry Greene only got 3 seasons to show what he had so Luis in living on the edge.

    I was watching the GCL team on the Log of MiLB yesterday. They outhit the Cardinals 7 to 3. Llovera created his own bad luck and the Cardinal pitchers were solid. Better luck today at home. I think Fanti will start.

    1. Oops, I forgot LHV. They open a best of 5 series at home. It looks like Vasquez with get game 1. Lively and Pivetta would follow next. Klein should get game 4 and Buchanon in game 5 (both if needed). The hitting has not been good lately. If the pitching stands strong, can the hitters score at least 1 run to win? Short series… anything can happen. Kick some butt LHV!!!

    2. As I recall, Larry Greene Jr. quit baseball (i.e., retired), right? It was obvious that he was a total bust (terrible scouting, by the way), but it seems misleading to say that he only got three seasons.

      Someone can chime in if I have this wrong.

      1. You appear correct…he called it quits, then said he was coming back and did not I believe.
        But Luis Encarnacion age is in his favor now…Phillies will probably wait 2, maybe 3 more years before deciding on him

    3. Agree that REA rotation doesn’t instill confidence – they need to hit their way to clinch the title. The key is for the REA rotation to keep the opponent’s run to 3 and below.

    4. On the contrary, LHV rotation appears solid. JPC and Nick are hitting below .200 the last 10 games, hopefully, the playoffs wake up.

      Despite of REA hot start, LHV finished only 5 games in the win-loss total. JPC and Nick struggles overshadow a really solid season for the Iron Pigs. If Eflin and Jake are not promoted, the Pigs will take the title home easy and probably REA too since Vasquez and Pivetta will anchor the REA rotation.

      But no complains here because I think both LHV and REA can win it all the way – both apparently are facing up against Yankees AAA and AA affiliates.

      Hagestown should watch out for the Claws! LWD is warming up at the right time!

      I’m surprised that Fanti didn’t start Game 1. But he will in Game 2 – and GCL Phils still has the pitching, batting and depth to win the next 2 games!

  2. I’m praying for Reading and Lehigh.
    Lakewood is red hot.
    I read somewhere that LWD will continue with the same rotation and will only send Gilbert to the bulpen.
    Number for the starting pitcher are really really impresive. Looking at the overall pitching numbers, Lake will need to score 1 or 2 runs per game to get the ring.
    I’m impressed with Serantony Dominguez and Arauz. It seems that those 2 have moving fastballs. Tirado rolled over the whole SAL bats. My only concern would be his bb/9 rate. Kilome put up decent numbers so I guess we should continue to bet over his projection. Taveras will be 23 soon so he is suposed to crush low A batters. Please someone with sabermetrics and scouting skills help us make sense of Tirado, Dominguez, Arauz, Kilome and Taveras results for the regular season.

    1. The Lakewood pitching performances over the last month, and particularly the last two weeks, are among the finest group pitching performances I can ever recall from minor leaguer starters on one of our teams. Kilome, Tirado, and Dominguez are all said to have top shelf arms and stuff; I think Arauz and Tavares are a notch or too behind. This type of performance was somewhat expected of Kilome, but less so Dominguez and Tirado. If Tirado can stay healthy and develop a third pitch (change-up?), you are looking at another potential top of the rotation starter along with Kilome.

      There were a lot of meaningful developments in the Phillies’ system this year, but you could make a pretty convincing argument that, long term, the most critical development, was the emergence of multiple potential top-of-rotation starters in Lakewood and the GCL. If you are wondering where the next true home-grown ace of the Phillies is pitching, you have a lot of arms to choose from on these two teams. This speaks to the quality of the players who are being acquired but I suspect they are also receiving outstanding instruction – it’s usually not a coincidence when essentially all of the pitchers are putting up numbers like these. It’s staggering.

  3. And Quinn comes off the disabled list for a concussion and has another terrific game. What if I predict that next year, the first every day player to get called up is not JP, Williams or Alfaro, but Roman Quinn? Would I be completely crazy?

    1. It’s not crazy at all – I’d be happy to see him this year as a September call-up. He could easily be the first guy called up next year. The most exciting thing about him is it looks like he is really starting to develop some power. If he does that, he’s the entire package.

    2. I feel Quinn is the most likely to be around long term out of all the OF’ers they have in AA and above. He is a great leadoff hitter candidate in the JRoll form. Herrera is good, Altherr has potential, Williams and Cozens couldo be platoon partners if they can’t Excell against opposite pitching, and Pullin is a personal favorite of mine and a wildcard for the OF

  4. So I finally made the trek up to Allentown for the LHV season finale yesterday and first let me stay – what a gorgeous stadium that is. Truly a great place to go and watch a game.

    I had Mini Me with me, so actually putting together anything resembling a scout while chasing a 5-and-a-half year old around a baseball park is not possible. I did my best to see all ABs for our “prospects” and more or less came away convinced of what I already had thought about these players. Hence the untrained scouting eye of a lifelong fan….

    In the bottom of the first, Taylor Featherston lined a shot to the RF wall that was caught by the right fielder. I was getting my beer there just above the RF porch and lost sight of it just as the RF caught it. (That’s a large wall in right!) JP Crawford took a few nice swings but ended up striking out (the Rochester SP was LH and fed Crawford a steady dose of breaking pitches). Nick Williams didn’t disappoint, swinging at the first pitch and flying out to LF. He did however run hard to first base so let’s assume the manager was placated if not by his dreadful approach at the plate but his willingness to “hustle” to first in a lost cause.

    *Side note, getting a 5 year old interested in the game wasn’t easy, so I missed line-up intros while in line for ice cream down the right field corner. It took me 2 innings to get close enough to see that Buchanan was pitching. It was at this point I determined only to herd him towards the seats in order to watch when the Pigs were hitting as I’ve seen enough of Buchanan for a lifetime. The fallout of this approach was my limited takeaway of Knapp’s catching ability.

    In the 3rd the Pigs put their first run on the board. However they only managed to score once after putting the first three runners on. Crawford again worked several pitches but struck out on a 58 foot curve ball. Williams then actually laid off the first pitch which led to the elder gentleman standing next to me to comment “maybe he didn’t think he could reach it”. I laughed. He did however roll the next pitch to the first basemen who proceeded to fumble it for an unearned run. Knapp then hit a bullet right at the SS who easily turned a DP. Off to the kids zone in LF corner.

    I also wanted to make a point to see Cam Perkins hit and I’m glad I did. He might not be a “prospect” in the sense that Crawford, or even Williams or Knapp are, but he has a nice compact swing from the right side. He led off the 4th with a shot up the middle for a single. After a few outs, Valentin followed with a single to left before Aquila lined a 2B to LF. Crawford ended the inning with a pop up to the 2B. Off to the tiki hut for a frozen drink b/c it was steamy out there.

    In the 5th Williams hit a gapper for a double and Knapp stepped in and lined the first pitch he saw off the SS glove for a single. Singles from Perkins (love his swing), Stassi and Sweeney followed and finally the Rochester manager had seen enough. I remember looking at the score board and the Pigs had TWELVE HITS in 4+ innings. The Rochester reliever proceeded to strike out the side.

    After another trip to the Kids Zone we made it out to see the Pigs hit in the 6th and again in the 8th. Crawford was called out in the 6th but laced a single to LF which he looked to stretch a single into a double but thought better of it after a LONG TURN at first. Got the impression that he would have gone for it if it wasn’t 7-0 in the 6th inning and probably about 100′ on the field. Williams again flied to LF in the 6th and struck out swinging in the 8th. Knapp punched a shot through the hole between first and second in the 6th with a nice inside out stroke before grounding out to the 3B in the 8th. Also made a point of watching Stassi hit when possible. It’s very easy to see how he has a .267/ .369/ .437 slash. The kid absolutely refuses to swing at anything not over the plate. It was actually quite impressive. However he seems to have the swing of a middle infielder, short and defensive. Even when the pitch was down the heart he seemed only interested in slapping it into the OF. Maybe this doesn’t do his overall production justice but its what I saw yesterday in person.

    Something else made me laugh while sitting at the bar in LF and watching Buchanan mow hitters down in the 6th and its quite obvious but I wonder how often we truly think about it. The difference between AAA and MLB hitters is enormous. Buchanan absolutely had his way with Rochester yesterday to the point when they even made solid contact it was surprising. He struck out 8, broke probably that many bats, and only allowed one extra base hit (which I think was their only runner to reach 2B). He only threw 90 pitches but I can understand taking him out after the 7th. The score was 7-0 and I can’t stress how hot it was in Allentown. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it was steamy.

    Anyhow, all in all it was a good day. Got to see Crawford, Williams and Knapp hit. Got junior ice cream and myself a Three Little Pigs sandwich along with a few hats. Looking forward to going back next year.

    1. Glad you had a good time at our little park. The other thing to remember about Buchanan’s outing is that it was the last game of the year for Rochester–they were swinging early and often and looked like they just wanted to go home. Nice for Buck to get some confidence back but not necessarily indicative of where he is right now. I remarked yesterday that I thought he was having a “Tyler Cloyd game.” –all cutters and weak contact.

      1. They did indeed make it clear that they had no interest at all being there. Which made it that much better for Pigs fans who were. Nice game to end the season on.

  5. Actually, after spending a long time panning Stassi’s chances for a major league audition (due mostly to his age and his scouting profile), he has won me over a little. I think Stassi could make quite a competent second division regular in the big leagues, assuming, as I do, that he is something like a plus 1 WAR (or more) fielder. He’ll probably never hit 20 home runs, or bat .300, but he’ll be good with the glove, draw plenty of walks and make a lot of contact, with moderate (50ish) power. I think he could be as productive as someone like James Loney. He’s come an awfully long way.

    1. Catch,

      He certainly has earned the chance. Let’s hope there’s some club willing to give it to him. Even if he’s in just long enough to qualify for health care and pension.

    1. Big two out hit by Ortiz knocks in two to take 3-2 lead. Fanti in relief has been brilliant. I’m thinking this kid has a huge upside. 7th inning lead, can they hold it to save the season?

  6. The Phils tie up the GCL playoffs with a 3-2 win. Moniak didn’t play and Ortiz saves the day and possible the season. A double play ends the game after Nin loaded the bases.

  7. Fanti to the rescue! 3H 0BB 6K in 5.1 IP. he can be the MadBum of the GCL and pitch again tomorrow for the win! Kidding aside, it’s going to be Sixto for the title game!

    1. Sixto pitched on Sunday so tomorrow would be two days rest so he is not pitching. That leaves some combination of Luis Carrasco and Kyle Young. Carraco struggles getting past 4, but he was top 5 in the GCL in strikeouts and has the velocity to be a shutdown guy. Plus all hands will be on deck.

      1. minor league fans continue to forget its about player development, not records or GCL championships. They are not going to risk injury to a player to win a meaningless league title..

        1. @3up3kkk – i’m pretty sure you miss the sarcasm in some post including the one that’s mine. but i will not say a league title is “meaningless” because player development is just not Xs o Os – a key part is playing as team and develop a spirit of competitive and positive mind set to win — and it should start from the lowest level of professional development.

          and tell me why each level needs to have a playoffs and a championship game if it is meaningless as you say?

            1. @Romus, the kids reacted this way after every win. However, I was surprised how quickly they were off the field after their “celebration”. They were headed for the clubhouse before we fans could exit the stadium.

              @all, the front office may not be holding their collective breath over the playoffs. But, Joe Jordan, Scott Profrock, Charlie Manuel, several Threshers’ execs, the Complex execs, various Bright House employees, and a couple out-of-town Phillies’ people were in attendance. There were probably more org people here than there were actual fans. Sal Agostinelli, Ed Wade, Charley Kerfeld, Mike Ondo and a few others were in town for the stretch run until the weather got bad.

          1. They have the playoff games to reward the players for a good season and for the benefit of local fan-bases. You really think the big league front office is holding its collective breath worrying if their minor league teams win their playoff series?

            Yes, there is some developmental benefit to having guys experience a winning environment but they are not going to put a player into a situation simply to win playoff games in the minors, especially in low-A ball.

            As for the sarcasm, I got that the comment regarding Fanti was a joke but all kidding aside, I believed the Sixto comment was not..

  8. You know, it’s easier to get a security clearance at the Pentagon than find out why Moniak isn’t playing. Romus, get on that, will ya.

    1. Ha….my TS expired.
      Rocco may be able to help.
      Do you think Mickey Moniak is on a PA limitation? 🙂
      You know JimP is on the spot down there…..he will get the scoop..

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