Box Score Recap – 4/7/2017

Just one win for the organization on Friday night, Lakewood’s 6-4 victory.  Mickey Moniak had 2 RBI but Sixto Sanchez fell one out short of his first victory.

Jake Thompson was hit hard in Lehigh Valley’s loss.

Reading’s bullpen couldn’t hold a lead for Tom Eshelman.

“C” Randolph hit his first home run giving Clearwater a short-lived lead against Dunedin.  Jose Taveras struck out 9 in 4.1 innings while getting no decision.

Lehigh Valley (0-1) dropped its home opener to the Pawtucket Red Sox 14-7.   Double header on Sunday.  Ricardo Pinto on Saturday, Ben Lively and Nick Pivetta on Sunday.

Jake Thompson got rocked 2.1 IP 8 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.  As a unit, the IronPigs were punished – 9 IP, 14, H, 14 R, 11 ER, 10 BB, 9 K, 3 WP, 2 HBP.  Four of five inherited runners were allowed to score.

The offense actually provided leads of 1-0 and 4-3.  Jorge Alfaro had 3 RBI, Roman Quinn had two.

  • #1 Crawford: 0-5, 4 K
  • #3 Alfaro: 2-4, 3 RBI, K
  • #4 Williams: 1-3, R, HBP, K
  • #6 Quinn: 2-5, R, double, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • #9 Cozens: 0-4, K
  • #12 Pivetta: DNP
  • #13 Hoskins: 0-4, 2 K
  • #17 Pinto: DNP
  • #20 Appel: DNP
  • #25 Lively: DNP
  • #30 Valentin: 2-4, R, RBI, K

Reading (0-1) lost its season opener to the Portland Sea Dogs 4-2.  Tyler Viza on Saturday, Drew Anderson on Sunday, Shane Watson on Monday, and Brandon Leibrandt on Tuesday.

Tom Eshelman (4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR) left in the fifth and Yacksel Rios blew a lead when he let one of two inherited runners score.  Jesen Therrien took the loss.

Kyle Martin and Chace Numata each had an RBI.  The Phils had an early lead and came back to tie the score at two.

  • #11 Kingery: 1-3, R
  • #18: Garcia: 7-Day DL
  • #22 Anderson: DNP
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci: 0-3, R, 2 K, HBP
  • #28 Canelo: 0-2, BB

Clearwater (1-1) lost to the Dunedin Blue Jays 7-4 wasting a nice effort by Jose Taveras. Next up Franklyn Kilome on Saturday, Cole Irvin on Sunday, Alberto Tirado on Monday, and Blake Quinn on Tuesday.

Taveras was lifted in the fifth inning when his pitch count reached 88 by my count.  He had been plagued all evening by suspect defense.  Still he left with a lead, one out, and runners on the corners.  After Austin Davis padded the Blue Jays lead to 2-0 with a wild pitch, Taveras line was 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9K.  He struck out the side twice.

Taveras threw 88 pitches, 60 strikes.  He threw 12 of 21 first pitch strikes.  And ran 4 three-ball counts (2 walks, 2 Ks).  By my scoring, he had to throw about 18 more pitches than he should have had to throw.

Taveras throws FB, SL, CH, CB.  He got one K looking at an off speed pitch.  Of the 8 K swinging, 4 came on fast balls.  His FB sat 89-91 mph.  He touched 92 four times.  His velocity dropped in the fifth inning.  He threw 11 pitches, his 9 FB were 86-90 mph.

After the wild pitch, Davis shut down the Jays.  He struck out 2 in 2.2 innings.  His FB was puttering along at 88-92 mph when he suddenly uncorked pitches of 95 and 96 mph.

Trailing 2-0, the Threshers tied the score on a Jose Pujols two-run single.  After Drew Stankiewicz and Emmanuel Marrero had singled, two batters had been retired.  Damek Tomscha walked to load the bases and the Jays brought in a reliever.  Pujols fell behind 0-2 on change ups, but battled back.  He took a couple more off speed pitches before hitting a hard ground single up the middle on the first FB strike he saw in the at bat.

I had to leave with the score tied in the seventh and missed “C” Randolph’s go ahead, two-run home run to right field.  I also missed Luke Leftwich’s blown save and five run implosion.  I also missed Tyler Gilbert allowing an inherited runner to score.

I didn’t miss the flawed defense the Threshers provided in the first few innings.  Although they were only charged with one error, they missed chances to get Taveras off the mound and save him a few pitches.

  • A wide throw after catching a pop up missed a chance to double a runner off first who had “stolen” second on the pitch.
  • A wide throw after a nice defensive stop pulled Tomscha off first (scored a hit).
  • Another pop up dropped between infielders (scored a hit).
  • On the next play, a pop up was dropped setting up the game’s first run.
  • Two bobbles on ground balls that didn’t cost anything but in light of all the other loose plays causes me some concern.
  • All the above happened in the first six innings.

Among the prospects –

  • #5 Kilome – first start on Saturday
  • #10 Randolph – 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K
  • #27 Garcia – DNP
  • #29 Pujols: 2-5, 2 RBI, K

Lakewood (2-0) beat Kannapolis 6-4.  Sixto Sanchez made his full season debut.  Next up Ranger Suarez on Saturday and Adonis Medina on Sunday.

The BlueClaws built a 5-1 lead on a Darrick Hall sacrifice fly, Arquimedes Gamboa RBI single, Alex Wojciechowski base loaded walk, Mickey Moniak fielder’s choice, and an error on a missed catch by Alec Hansen (the Oklahoma pitcher who was high on a lot of draft boards last spring before dropping into the second round).

Sanchez fell one out short of collecting his first victory.  He was lifted after 4.2 innings and 80 pitches with the bases loaded and a 5-1 lead.  Felix Paulino allowed two of the inherited runners to score.  Sanchez posted the following line – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, HBP. He threw 55 strikes.  Two of the three hits he gave up sound like they were of the soft contact variety.

Moniak added another run with an RBI double in the ninth.  Paulino got the win.  John Hennigan picked up his first save.

  • #2 Moniak: 1-4, double, 2 RBI, 2 K, sac
  • #7 Sanchez:  4.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, HBP
  • #16 Medina: first start on Sunday
  • #19 Brito: 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, sac, SB
  • #26 Romero: DNP

Williamsport (0-0)

  • #8 Gowdy
  • #15 Stobbe
  • #21 Ortiz

GCL Phillies (0-0)

DSL Phillies (0-0)

DSL Phillies2 (0-0)

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

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21 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/7/2017

  1. Let’s call Crawford’s season opener “Stinky”. 0’fer 5 with 4 Ks is nearly as bad as you can get but he also had an error. LHV, as a team, should have stayed in bed. They’ll be back.

    I guess the commentary in CLW this year is can they hit enough to win games over their poor fielding. They’d better get a lot of extra fielding practice, until they do it right.

    LKW looks good on paper and it’s translated to the field. Might be the go to spot early in the season. LHV should be fun to watch once the weather warms up a little. It could come a little early this year as here in CT, they are calling for near 80 degree weather for Sunday and Monday. I’m sure we’ll get back to the more seasonal 50s shortly after but let’s use that warmth to explode.

  2. Highlight of the week so far – performance of our #31 prospect. Best to stay superstitious and leave him off your summary. #sleeper

    1. SSS….but so far so good.
      Leads the team in RBIs after two games.
      Though he has to cut down the Ks over the long run.

  3. Jim, thanks but C obviously didn’t go 0-4 since he homered late. A late homer that gave them the lead is just the kind of hitting we’re hoping for from C.
    A tough night for Thompson against a really good Red Sox lineup. It’s the kind of line that will effect his numbers all year. However I love seeing Quinn and Alfaro starting out strong. They’re the two likeliest to be starting in Philly in August, besides JP who had an awful night. Good to see Kingery with a good start, great to see Pujols improving, and it’s real exciting to see the top of Lakewood’s lineup. People need to get on board Brito and Gamboa, these two could fast track through the system.
    One concern is Taveras only throwing 91-92 when he has 95-96 in the tank.

  4. Sixto actually had a very good start – it was one of those occasions where every runner who reached base scored. But he pitched 4 plus innings with 8 Ks and 1 walk. It was very encouraging.

    Brito and Gamboa are very interesting. Brito had one of those seasons last year that was very good but a little under the radar – very good plate discipline and a nice showing of power. Add him to the list of excellent young second basemen on this team and at 19 he’s ahead of the game at Lakewood.

  5. I was thinking the same thing – Sixto’s line is probably the worst it could have been. But have to be encouraged with 8 Ks and all the strikes thrown

    1. I love the strikeouts. If there was anything you could point to last year in his performance that was not elite, it was the strikeouts. In his first start, as an 18 year-old skipping a whole minor league level, in what must have been cold conditions to which he is not accustomed, I think he did super.

  6. Yesterday seemed very peculiar for strikeouts ? Phillies and their farm teams had three pitchers strike out an inordinate amount of batters in only 4 plus innings : Velasquez 10, Sanchez 8, and Taveras 9. It must have been the water in Clearwater ?

  7. Not to nitpick but the prospect numbering is off. You have Kingery and Stobbe both #13. Pivetta is listed as both #17 and #18 at LHV and Reading. Eshelman is also listed as #18 and you are missing #14 altogether.

  8. Baseball Betsy has some video from last night including Randolph’s HR that looked like a fastball right down Broadway.

  9. Have we been sleeping on Taveras? They ran him out there as the 1st in the Clearwater rotation, ahead of 2 great prospects in Kilome and Tirado, and didn’t disappoint with 9K and 2BB. Sure, his velo could be better, but as Murray said, he’s been in the mid 90’s before and could still be working up to that.

    He just seems like a nice surprise already.

    1. Jose, as a 22 y/o, was pretty darn good in LKW last year. He gave up 116 hits in 137 IP. He had 154 Ks and 26 BBs. That’s pretty good in itself. He was age appropriate last year. If he moves a level each year, he’ll be in a lot of discussions of our top 30.

      1. Be in the discussion for top 30? He’s #21 in the system in the BA handbook.

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