Box Score Recap – 4/12/2017

With a possible opening in the Phillies rotation, Jake Thompson tossed another clunker for Lehigh Valley.

Alexis Rivero blew the save and took the loss for Reading.

Seranthony Dominguez sparkled for Clearwater.

And, JoJo Romero pitched well before Lakewood’s bullpen imploded.

Lehigh Valley (3-4) lost to Scranton 10-6.

Jake Thompson couldn’t get out of the third inning for the second time in as many starts. Mark Leiter struck out 8 batters in 2.2 innings of relief, but gave up a 3-run HR to the first batter he faced, Ruben Tejada.  After the IronPigs closed to within 7-6, Cesar Ramos and Michael Mariot combined to give up 3 runs.

Jorge Alfaro hit his first HR of the season.  Logan Moore had 2 RBI.  Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams, and Jesse Valentin had 2 hits each.  Williams had an outfield assist.

With Alfaro DH-ing, the IronPigs saw the first attempted steals against this season and gave up their first 4 steals of the season.  Hmmm.

  • #1 Crawford: .125, DNP
  • #3 Alfaro: .440, 1-5, R, HR, RBI, K
  • #4 Williams: .227, 2-4, R, double, K
  • #6 Quinn: .320, 0-5, 3 K
  • #9 Cozens: .167, 0-3, R, BB, 2 K
  • #12 Pivetta: DNP
  • #13 Hoskins: .375, 2-3, R, double, HBP
  • #17 Pinto: DNP
  • #20 Appel: DNP
  • #25 Lively: (1-0, 1.50) – DNP
  • #30 Valentin: .478, 2-4, R, double

Reading (2-4) lost to New Hampshire 5-3.

Tom Eshelman pitched into the sixth inning (5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, HR).  Alexis Rivero struck out 5 in 1.2 innings, but gave up a 3-run HR to the first batter he faced to blow the save and earn the loss.  Jesen Therrien struck out two in 1.0 IP but gave up an unearned run.

The Phils staked Eshelman to an eraly lead that didn’t hold up.  Scott Kingery hit a 3-run HR and Andrew Pullin (.417) added a pair of doubles.

Aaron Brown threw a runner out at the plate but was ejected in the next half inning after being called out on strikes.

  • #11 Kingery: .318, 1-4, R, HR (2), 3 RBI (7), 2 K
  • #18: Garcia: 7-Day DL
  • #22 Anderson: (0-0, 21.00), DNP
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci: .320, 1-4
  • #28 Canelo: .294, 1-2, R, BB

Clearwater (5-2) beat Lakewood 4-1.

Seranthony Dominguez pitched well enough, long enough to allow the offense time to put some runs on the board.  Dominguez pitched 6.0 innings, allowed one run on 3 hits.  He walked none and struck out ten.  Ranfi Casimiro pitched one-hit ball over two innings.  Jeff Singer struck out two in one ining and earned his third save.

Damek Tomscha went 2-4 with a double and scored two runs.  Wilson Garcia went 2-5 with 2 RBI.  Emmanuel Marrero went 3-4 with a double, triple, and run scored.  Zach Coppola picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly.  Jose Pujols struck out 3 times.

  • #5 Kilome – DNP
  • #10 Randolph – .276, 1-3, R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • #27 Garcia – DNP
  • #29 Pujols: .148, 1-5, RBI, 3 K

Lakewood (4-3) lost to Hagerstown 10-2.

JoJo Romero was lifted with a 2-1 lead after 5.0 innings and 80 pitches.  Jonathan Hennigan (BS, L), Mauricio Llovera, and Zach Morris combined to give up 9 runs over the next 3 innings, including a 7-run eighth.

Daniel Brito and Henri Lartigue had 2-hit games.  Brito also hit his second HR, a 2-run shot that gave the BlueClaws an early lead.  Brito has now hit in all seven of Lakewood’s games this season.

  • #2 Moniak: .281, 1-4, BB, K
  • #7 Sanchez:  DNP
  • #16 Medina: DNP
  • #19 Brito: .406, 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
  • #26 Romero: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, WP

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.

Extra Innings:

  • 4/12 – Phillies optioned LHP Adam Morgan to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/12 – Phillies recalled RHP Luis Garcia from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/12 – LHP Wander Perez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Phillies Ext. Spring Training.
  • 4/11 – LHP Bailey Falter assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 4/11 – RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 4/11 – Phillies optioned RHP Zach Eflin to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/11 – LHP Wander Perez assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/1-7 – Phillies signed 2B Taylor Featherston (re-signed)
  • 4/6 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Osvaldo Arauz to a minor league contract.



35 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/12/2017

  1. I saw on the Lehigh Valley website that Valentin played shortstop today in place of Crawford.

  2. Jp needed​ a break , Kingery another hr might be the next Kinsler.some or the Phillies young pitchers are getting hit but its early nothing major just the beginning. Mark Lieter 8 ks nice Brito smashing the cover off the ball.

  3. I took notice of 2 p!ayer’s Tromp and Pullin . Both there k rate and Bal! Rate have been much better . Pullin power numbers are much better since the beginning of last yr.Tromp k % is at least in the realm of normal.. they both add depth to a crazy amount of Outfielders​.

  4. Attending Lakewood home opener tonight on way to DC to see the big Phils on Friday. Pumped to see Sixto!!

  5. Interesting exchange in Seranthony. Suggests he is better than Kilome. Reports I saw had him 96-98 last night.

    1. I was at game last night every time I looked at pitch speed was usually around 94-96. More to the 96 range. He looked sharp. The only run he gave up C almost go out at home with a strong throw , but he doubled clutced or maybe bobbled it in his glove costing him just being a second late. Also Pujols looks to be really struggling. The one hit he got was hit hard but he loked bad on a couple of those K’s

      1. Wow – that’s great news about his velocity.

        As much as I like our AAA pitchers, one of my complaints is that, at least in the upper minors, we appear to be developing a lot of mid to back rotation arms (although one or two of those guys might surprise us, including Pivetta and Eflin, both of whom throw a little harder than the rest of the group). There’s nothing wrong with that per se, but what I want to see is a bunch of guys who throw 94-97 like the starters on the Mets (let’s face it, as a group, those guys are way more talented than what we have in the majors and AAA) and can dominate. I am beginning to see that type of potential in this group in A ball and below, and basically all of them are free agent signings from Latin America.

        1. Double -edge sword with the power high velo starting arms of mid-90s and above,
          Up to 40% incur TJ at least once in their career.
          Mets staff has Harvey, Wheeler, Matz (shoulder and now flexor tendon he claims), Jacob deGrom (,…..I guess the odds that Thor will eventually incur some type of arm issue within the next year or two.
          Nice to have those type of guys when they are pitching for sure…..but you roll the dice on health a lot.

          1. That is true about those high velocity starters , and you don’t necessarily need them to win , except for at the back end of the bullpen. And then I think it is absolutely imperative to have a few.

            1. The evolution in the pitching arena over the last decade is amazing.
              Use to be RPs, on a whole, threw for lower velo’s than starters.
              And a lot of RPs were aged starters who’s velo’s had dropped
              Not it is close to reversed,
              Almost all RPs have the mif-90s velo or higher and that is expected.
              And when batters see enough of the extreme heat…they adjust.
              Starters better have the FB command to go along with that high velo these days.

          2. Ty Romus you know I’ve been on this for 2 yrs now. The Yanks pitching prospect from UCLA is done getting TJS.wheeler hasn’t pitcher in 2 1/2 yrs until now. The Mets Pitching has Martz,Lugo, already on DL with Harvey with as bad hammy a possibility. This is the beginning of the season wait until mid season the mets will be trading for Colon.

    2. People really need to get out and watch Kilome in person rather than relying on the hype. He is the hardest thrower in the system, but you don’t have to be a pro scout to see he is not a pitcher. Has trouble locating his blazing fastball and has no real secondary pitches. In other words, another Ethan Martin.

      1. He’s 21 and he’s a pitched one or twice in the FSL. It’s early yet. This is one the problems with the Latin prospects, I notice–they get signed so young that close watchers of the system get overexcited and then there’s a backlash. Ethan Martin was a couple of years older than Kilome when the Phillies got him. Maybe Kilome turns out to be a thrower not a pitcher, but it’s far too early to get down on him as a prospect.

        1. It’s also too early to get over-hyped about Kilome to the point of calling him the number 7 prospect. I won’t see him this year, but I have seen him pitch many times, in person, over the last two years in Williamsport and Lakewood. I agree he’s a legit prospect but barely in the top 20. BTW, Kilome will turn 22 in June. Martin had just turned 23 when the Phillies got him in mid-season 2012. Age wasn’t really the comparison I wa going for though. More the inability or unwillingness to change.

    1. He looked good last night. With the 2 walks showed patience. I know on his last K he fouled a few balls straight back just missing them, the pitch that got him was a good pitch. In the field he was spot on. On of the Tigers fans commented how he looked the most like a pro hitter up there with his stance and his head always on the ball.

  6. Watched Eflin pitch at Scranton on Tuesday. Looked a bit rusty to start, but then settled into a groove. His fastball sat at 94 all night. Venditte looked good in relief. Quinn was impressive.

  7. Was at the Lakewood vs. Hagerstown game last night. A few observations….
    – Get ready to hear a lot about Daniel Brito. At least on one night, the kid appears to really be able to hit. He gets his barrel to everything and looks natural doing so. He hit a bomb to RCF off a lefty that was a sweet swing. Also had a nice single through the 4-3 hole. Had to play short for Gamboa and looked a little out of sorts but is very fluid in the field. Didn’t quite have the arm.
    – I missed Mickey Moniak’s first AB but he looked pretty good the last 4 ABs. He had a solid single between the 4-3 hole. The most impressive part was watching him fly from first to third on a single to right. He can move. He had a patient walk and both his strikeouts were swinging. Looks like he tracks a fastball very well but had a little trouble on low breaking balls. Didn’t get challenged in the field, only one catch. Excited to see his future.
    – JoJo Romero, to me, looks like a minor league arm that will max out in AA or AAA. Nothing special about his stuff, though he showed some pitch ability by hitting corners and a nice off-speed pitch (I thought it was a changeup).
    – The relievers left a lot to be desired – Jonathan Hennigan and Zach Morris are minor league arms, though the score would have ended 4-2 if not for an error that was followed by a bunch of unearned runs in the eighth.
    – Mauricio Llovera, despite an ugly line, has an electric arm. 95-96 on the radar. Looks like a bullpen arm as he threw nothing but fastballs, even as Hagerstown began to time his pitches. Got in trouble with walks but should have been out of the eighth when he gave up a dribbler to short for a hit to make it 4-2. He was then relieved and the floodgates opened.
    – The rest of the lineup was very pedestrian. Nothing to see there.

  8. By the end of the season this Brito kid may be a higher rated 2B prospect than Kingery. Heck he may even jump into top 100 in MLB.

    1. Yup, he’s really that good. Joe Jordan himself said he’s not sure if Mickey Mo or Brito is the better hitter. That’s big time praise.

  9. Hernandez

    Can you spell stacked?

    In the Great CeHe Debate, I’d like to see him be a more assertive baserunner. If he can be a 30-steals guy without also being a 20-caught guy and can hit near 300 he’s a keeper or at least tradable for significant value.

    But if he’s just going to be pedestrian — no pun intended — then Kingery and Brito, come on up!

    Valentin? I don’t know. What do you guys think?

    1. As we’ve discussed often, a 2b only guy is limited as to value. It’s starter or nothing. Valentin is trying to show that he can play SS well enough to be a utility guy. Cesar is first up but he has to run more or he loses value. That’s Kingery’s big advantage.

      1. I think if Cesar had Davey Lopes he would steal 30 plus bags a year he just doesn’t seem to have the knack yet and could seriously use someone to help him judge when to jump or when to stay put

      2. Murray i hope your kidding or my head is going to explode; Same junk for two years. Lets release all our second base prospect and put kingery in hall of fame. what a joke. Cesar is a really good player but no one sees it amazing. Valentin is really coming on but no one see it. all they see is kingery. who lacks power too.

        1. rocco,

          They’re seeing Brito now, too.

          So it’s King Kingery and Prince Brito getting all the love.

          I’m still wondering about Valentin. I’ve assumed that Freddy becomes the Super Sub when JP arrives. But if JP doesn’t starting hitting.

          BTW, Brito played shortstop Wednesday so there might be some depth developed at that position, too.

          1. Frank…..Valentin has played LF and RF and third base on a limited basis in other professional leagues….namely in the PR

          2. Brito was signed as a SS but the Phils moved him to 2B. From what I see they have been doing that across the board for a few years now. Most of the middle infielders can play SS or 2B and quite a few have 3B experience also. Stobbe and Walding were both shortstops at signing, just to name two.

    2. Valentin looked good in ST and he’s been really good in the LV games I’ve seen this year. He played a lot of SS last year in Reading as well as 2B, so he could become the utility man of the future.

  10. swfl Frank. Valentin is still a mystery to a lot of us. Romus reminded me he was a first round draft choice. didnt know that.I think he must have some good upside, Plus i believe his dad played for dodgers,

    1. rocco…Jose Valentin played for a few teams. Dodgers, Brewers, Mets, WSox …. over a long MLB career. His son knows how to play the game offensively and defensively. Hanging around ballparks and MLB players as a kid growing up you pick things up.

      1. Romus you so right. I hung around cheerleaders strip joint and picked up a few things. Lucky my doctor help me.

        1. Rocco,

          Too funny!

          What I like about Valentin is that he plays like a baseball player. He appears to have natural instinct for the game. Kingery seems to have the same ability to make the right decisions immediately.

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