Box Score Recap; Post Season – 9/9/2016

The organization’s three teams that remained active in the post season were in action Friday night.  One advanced to the next round, one remained alive in their current series, and one was eliminated.

Lehigh Valley was unable to extend their season and were routed at home.

Reading returned home and their offense came alive as they forced a fourth game.

Lakewood completed a sweep of the Northern Division series and will wait for the winner of the Southern Division.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Lehigh Valley (85-58, 0-3)  Went on the road for the continuation of their series against Scranton, and actually scored some runs, but were eliminated, 11-3.  An eight run fourth inning sealed their fate.

Phil Klein was responsible for 10 of the RailRiders’ 11 runs, although Joely Rodriguez allowed 2 inherited runners to score.  His line was – 3.1 IP, 7 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Joe DeNato struck out five in 2.2 innings of relief.

Trailing 3-0 after Scranton scored 3 times in the first, the IronPigs ended a 21-inning scoreless streak when they scored their first run of the series in the fourth inning on Jesse Valentin’s two-out single.  They scored their final two runs in the sixth inning after falling behind 11-1 on Valentin’s two-run single.

The IronPigs mustered 10 hits and drew 4 walks, but went 3-14 with RISP and left 12 men on base.  They struck out 13 times.

J.P Crawford got his first hit and went 1-5 (.083).  Nick Williams went 1-2 (.222).  And, Andrew Knapp went 1-5 (.083).  Cedric Hunter (.250) went 2-2 with 2 walks, and Jesse Valentin went 2-4 with 3 RBI (.444).

  1. Wednesday, September 7th:    lost to Scranton, 2-0    (Ben Lively, 0-1)
  2. Thursday, September 8th:         lost to Scranton, 7-0    (Anthony Vasquez, 0-1)
  3. Friday, September 9th:                lost to Scranton, 11-3  (Phil Klein, 0-1)

Reading (89-52, 1-2)  Returned home to the friendly confines of First Energy Stadium and put a beat down on the Thunder, 13-5.  The victory has enabled the Phils to extend their playoff run, and they can even the series Saturday in game four.

Elniery Garcia pitched well in his first appearance at the AA level.  He limited the Thunder to one unearned run during the first five innings, a run set up by his own error on a pick off throw.  By the time the Thunder scored two runs off Garcia in the sixth inning, the Phils had built a 9-1 lead.  Garcia’s line was 6.0 IP, 7 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 1 walk, 1 HBP, and 4 K.  Will Morris earned the save with three innings of two-run relief, both on solo home runs.

Jorge Alfaro gave Garcia and the Phils an early lead with a two-out, solo home run in the first inning.  The Phils added three runs in the second when Scott Kingery reached base with a two out single.  He scored on KC Serna’s RBI double.  Roman Quinn’s RBI single scored Serna.  And, Quinn came home on Christian Marrero’s RBI double.

Alfaro hit a second home run with one out in the fifth.  After Dylan Cozens drew a walk the Thunder pulled their starter.  His relief was greeted with a two-run home run by Rhys Hoskins.  Jake Fox singled and Harold Martinez hit a two-run home run before another out was recorded.

The Phils added two runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Cozens and a wild pitch.  They added two more in the seventh on RBI singles by Serna and Alfaro.

The Phils mounted a 16-hit attack.  All nine starters contributed at least one hit.  All but Jake Fox and Scott Kingery drove in runs.  They went 4-9 with RISP.

Jorge Alfaro (.462) went 4-5 with 2 HR, 3 RBI, and 3 runs scored.  I expect the pendulum that makes prospect judgments on small samples will swing back from disappointment to enthusiastic support for the young catcher.

Cozens, Hoskins, Martinez, and Serna had two hits apiece.  Hoskins, Martinez, and Serna had two RBI each.  In addition to his errant pick off throw, Garcia also picked a runner off first.

  1. Wednesday, September 7th:    lost to Trenton, 3-2  (Mark Leiter, 0-1)
  2. Thursday, September 8th:         lost to Trenton, 9-4  (Ricardo Pinto, 0-1)
  3. Friday, September 9th:                defeated Trenton, 13-5  (Elniery Garcia, 1-0)
  4. Saturday, September 10th:       v. Trenton, 7:05 PM – Tyler Viza (if necessary)
  5. Sunday, September 11th:          v. Trenton, 6:05 PM – John Richy (if necessary)

Lakewood (74-65, 2-0)  Beat Hagerstown, 5-2, and swept the SAL North Division Championship.  They await the South Division winner of Rome @ Charleston, which will be decided Saturday.

Jose Taveras pitched seven solid innings.  He allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, but walked NONE and struck out four.  Taveras needed only 81 pitches and threw 58 strikes (71.6%).  Two of the hits Taveras allowed came at the start of the eighth inning.  He was lifted in favor of Jake Waguespack with two on and nobody out.  After retiring two batters and walking the bases loaded, J-Dub gave way to Zach Morris who got the final out of the inning and stranding three inherited runners.  Sutter McLoughlin got the final three outs and earned the save.

The BlueClaws opened the scoring early.  Mark Laird led off with a single.  A couple outs later Damek Tomscha walked.  And, Wilson Garcia drove both runners home with a double.  He gave the Suns a momentum shift when he was thrown out trying to stretch the double into a triple.    Hagerstown responded with a solo HR to lead off their first inning.

The BlueClaws re-established their two-run lead in the third inning.  Laird singled with one out and moved to third on a single by Jose Pujols and walk bu Tomscha.  Laird scored on a fielding error by the third baseman but Pujols was thrown out at home trying to score on the same play.

The Suns scratched out a run in the fifth inning on a bunt single with runners on the corners.  But, the BlueClaws added two more runs in the seventh.  Laird walked and Cornelius Randolph singled.  One out after a pitching change, Tomscha cleared the bases with a two-run triple.

Mark Laird went 4-4 with a walk and stolen base as he scored 3 runs for the BlueClaws. Damek Tomscha went 1-1 with a triple, 2 walks, and was hit by a pitched ball.  He had 2 RBI and scored a run.  Wilson Garcia went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI.  Cornelius Randolph went 1-5 with a run scored.  Jose Pujols went 1-5.

  1. Wednesday, September 7th:  defeated Hagerstown, 6-1 (Grant Dyer, 1-0)
  2. Friday, September 9th:              defeated Hagerstown, 5-2 (Jose Taveras, 1-0)
  1. Monday, September 12th:         @TBD
  2. Tuesday, September 13th:        @TBD
  3. Wednesday, September 14th:  No game scheduled
  4. Thursday, September 15th:      v. TBD
  5. Friday, September 16th:             v. TBD (if necessary)
  6. Saturday, September 17th:       v. TBD (if necessary)

Did you know that the three previous times that Lakewood qualified for the post season, they have won the SAL championship?  Including this year’s two wins, the BlueClaws are 17-4 in the post season.  (from Greg on the BlueClaws home page)

2006 – Defeated Lexington 2-0 & Augusta 3-1
2009 – Defeated Kannapolis 2-0 & Greenville 3-1
2010 – Defeated Hickory 2-1 & Greenville 3-1
2016 – Defeated Hagerstown 2-0 & ?

Clearwater:  The Clearwater Threshers received some end of season honors for a few players and their manager.  Kirsten Karbach covers the story on the Threshers home page.

Organization:  The Phillies’ organization had the highest winning percentage this season among stateside leagues; and, the highest all-time (well at least for the last eight seasons) according to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy as reported in his recent article.

Extra Innings:

  • 9/9 – OF Tim Tebow assigned to GCL Mets.  (Their Instructs just turned into a media circus.)
  • 9/9 – Lehigh Valley placed Jimmy Cordero on the 7-day DL. Right shoulder strain.
  • 9/9 – LHP Joey DeNato assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.


35 thoughts on “Box Score Recap; Post Season – 9/9/2016

  1. So now who comes up from Lehigh Valley? I nominate Lively. A shame Williams’ season went south in the last few months. He will have to open at AAA LV in ’17. Can he learn strike zone mastery? Alfaro looking better than many thought…but ’17 is at LV to polish defense and game calling. Who goes to the winter leagues aside from the AFL ??

    1. Given MacKanin’s comments tonight about going with a thin (9 deep bullpen), I expect the Phils to recall at least Luis Garcia and Elvis Araujo, perhaps Dalier Hinojosa, as well as David Buchanan and Cody Asche. Phil Klein was beyond horrible and probably squandered any chance for a recall. So if Thompson is shut down, it looks like a rotation of Hellickson, Eickhoff, Morgan, Asher and Buchanan. Ben Lively, with 178 plus, has logged more innings than any arm in the Phils’ system. I question the logic of making a roster spot for him now. Nick Pivetta, at 148 plus,is in a similar situation of having to have space created so that he could log only a few innings.

      Nick Williams left the game early and I saw no reports of an injury. Anything known about his status?

      1. i guess they wouldnt/couldnt send Pivetta back down to Reading to pitch a potential 5th game instead of Richy?

      2. “Outfielder Nick Williams was injured in the contest and left the game after running full speed into a railing while chasing a foul ball in the 4th inning.” Jay Floyd

  2. My early nickname proposal for Alfaro is “the Cat”. Can’t explain it. Just his overall game and physicality.

  3. Valentin did his part to prolong the LHV system. He hit .444 in the playoffs and has hit .385 in his last 8 games. Good time of year to get hot but too-little-too-late for the team. Joey DeNato got the call up and pitched well enough to add to the embarrassment. He K’ed 5 in his 2 2/3 innings. He also gave up 3 hits and BB but none of them scored. Asche and Williams were hit for in the game. Asche will probably play for the Phils the rest of the way. No way Williams should be rewarded, with a call up, after the way he ended his season.

    Alfaro must have been mad at throwing away the 2nd game and came back with a big bat. I’m sure he was begging Trenton runners to try and steal a base. Cozens woke up from a late season nap to terrorize in the playoffs. Hoskins found out he was a hitters award winner (with Cozens) for the Phils and he gave Trenton the what-for. Harold Martinez just does his job. I saw him twice last year and in both games he came off the bench and provided a spark. He’s not a top 30 prospect. He’s not a guy who gets a lot of press. I don’t think he’ll ever see a Major League AB and at 26 y/o that’s pretty certain. But he takes his limited role seriously and lends a hand when he gets the chance.

    Congrats LKW for taking the 1st playoff series. As I’ve stated many time, this is a team effort. Pitching does it’s job. Tevares with another quality start. Relievers come in and keep runs off the board. Hitters show up when needed. Laird’s been fantastic since he came back from injury and it’s continued in the playoffs. Thomsca is showing his leadership. Pujols, Grullon and E. Marrero have provided lifts when needed. Randolph hasn’t shown what he can do but getting the playoff experience and having another series to show his talents, might provide the impetus.

  4. LWD is playing like a bunch of veterans. Simply outstanding development season. They’ve gone from 4-16 to the SAL final.
    I assume the rotation will be:

    I seem them splitting games as visitors and them winning two games at home.
    If Romes makes it, then it’s going to be a pitchers duel series, as Romes pitching seems to be as good as LWDs. With Charleston, LWD hitters will be less challenged. Let’s see

      1. Bear in kind that the american stsrters were promoted to Clearwater already (Watson, Leftwich, and Anderson) So only latinos sp remain in the roster.

    1. It looks like the Championship series starts on Monday, either in Rome or Charleston and then it’s 3 @ home. Your pitching rotation works for me. There isn’t a weak spot in there.

  5. I was at the Reading game and what a great time it was. Garcia looked great early throwing a solid 93 fb with a very effective slow CB. He knows how to pitch and I expect him to have success next year at Reading. Alfaro, my new #1 prospect, had a great game. His first home went to right and his 2nd homer was to left. He then hit a angle to left that was hit even harder. He then scored from 2nd on a wild pitch. It wasn’t great base running but it was super aggressive and it worked for him. The most exciting plays may have been watching Kingery and Quinn score from 1st on doubles. Man, can they both run. Lots of scouts were there and lots of Phillies execs too. Cozens looked good against a lefty btw. I got to see playoff baseball, and a win!

    1. Thanks Murray for the at game report. Much better than those of us, like me, who sit in our dens the next day and say Alfaro had 4 hits and was kickin’ tires and takin’ names.

    2. I watched the Reading game on Milbtv, it was my first time seeing Garcia but was impressed with the CB. Thought Hoskins was going to get a HR after the back to back fouls that he was just a little in front of as he crushed both of them.

  6. Was at the Lakewood game, very nice to see a Lakewood win. Taveras wasn’t dominant but he worked at a great pace (81 pitches through 7+) and was a competitor out there. Was helped by a couple hard-hit double plays but got the job done. Mark Laird doesn’t have much pop but has a nice line drive stroke – 4-for-4 and gave a cracked bat to my son. It made his day. Out of the three relievers, Sutter McLoughlin looked the best, threw pretty hard (no radar readings). I thought C.Randolph had a solid approach at the plate, lining out once and adding a solid single to center. J.Pujols didn’t strike out in any of the at-bats I saw, but he swung and missed a few times. But he made solid contact. Also, Tomscha reminds me of H.Martinez, solid but never going to be a big prospect but his triple was a bomb high off the wall in left. Delvi Grullion also hit the ball hard twice.

  7. I agree that Alfaro has gone ahead of Williams on my prospect list. I love to see the scoring from first on a double that Kingery and Quinn were able to do. It seems to never happen with the Phils anymore. Thank you Murray for your report. It is much appreciated.

    1. It would seem like for Araujo, Buchanan and Hinojosa it’s ‘pack your bags’ time; no call-up means no last opportunity to justify a position on the 40-man roster. Though I suppose an injury might possibly change that, particularly if a need arises for an additional starter.

  8. Garcia solidified his spot on the 40 Man Roster with a very impressive outing. I heard he hit 97 and sat 93-94 all night. This next level of Pitching prospects has some really good ones. I am not disparaging the upper level at all, but there seems to be a better chance that a TOR guy comes from this next group.

    1. Garcia has given up 8 runs in 9 ings in the mlb this yr.he really on the outside looking in plus he’s 30 yr old with below avg command Control. If he’s used it will be in mop up duty . None of The arms they brought up are more then AAA arms.

          1. Read Murray’s post above…he was at the game..
            Elniery sat at 93. So logic only dictates that he must have touched a higher velo than 93, at some point.

  9. Cool that Clearwater led the FSL in end-of-season All-Stars (Kingery, Welding, Tocci, and Martin), in voting by the managers, official scorers, and broadcasters.

  10. Maybe Nick Williams needs to re-assess his style of play…including being IN the game entirely plus the necessity to learn the dimensions of the strike zone. This season should be a wake-up call for him to think about over the off-season. He seemed (to me) to have had the attitude from the beginning of this season that he was just inches away from being called up to Philly. Not. With a continuing uncertainty in the Phils outfield, it would have been excellent to have had a guy who answers the bell both on offense and defense. That’s not him now.

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