Box Score Recap – 4/14/2017

Lehigh Valley was two-hit.  Again.

Reading couldn’t protect an early lead.

Cole Irvin, Mark Laird, Damek Tomscha, and Jose Pujols provided the pitching, offense, power, and defense that led to Clearwater’s victory.

Daniel Brito and Cord Sandberg powered Lakewood to a blow out victory.

Lehigh Valley (3-6 lost to Pawtucket 6-1.

Wow, nothing good to spin here.  Just an ugly loss to have to report.  Highlights –

  1. Jorge Alfaro led off with a triple and if he doesn’t score on a Blake Swihart passed ball, he likely doesn’t score in the inning.
  2. The offense had 7 walks, but only managed two hits.
  3. Pat Venditte and Hoby Milner pitched perfect innings.

Red Sox pitchers struck out 16 IronPigs.  Golden Sombrero for Dylan Cozens.

  • #1 Crawford: .100, 0-2, 2 BB, K
  • #3 Alfaro: .394, 1-4, R, triple, 2 K
  • #4 Williams: .179, 0-3, BB, K
  • #6 Quinn: .242, 0-4, BB, 2 K
  • #9 Cozens: .129, 0-4, 4 K
  • #12 Pivetta: DNP
  • #13 Hoskins: .310, 0-3, BB, 2 K
  • #17 Pinto: (0.73), DNP
  • #20 Appel: DNP
  • #25 Lively: (1-1, 4.09) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K
  • #30 Valentin: .423, 0-3, K

Reading (3-5) lost to Richmond 5-3.

Drew Anderson pitched into the sixth and left with a lead.  Yacksel Rios blew the save and took the loss.

The Phils garnered 5 hits and struck out 13 times.  Scott Kingery provided an early lead with his third HR, a 3-run HR.  Aaron Brown picked up another outfield assist (that’s at least two this season).

  • #11 Kingery: .300, 1-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List for 80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson: (0-0, 10.80), 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci: .273, 1-4
  • #28 Canelo: .350, DNP

Clearwater (7-3) beat Palm Beach 6-2 (in 2:08).

Cole Irvin (2-0, 0.69) pitched a gem.  He opened with a 5-pitch walk and threw 24 pitches in a first inning that saw the Cardinals score a run when they put together back-to-back, two out singles.  Even with the high pitch count, he threw 16 strikes in the inning.  After the first inning, Irvin needed only 61 pitches the next six innings, 49 strikes.

Irvin’s line was 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.  He threw 85 pitches/64 strikes.  He threw 18 of 27 first pitch strikes (18 of 24 before the seventh, more on the seventh later).  Of his 64 strikes, 6 were swinging, 22 were called, 12 were fouls, 6 were hits, 18 balls in play for outs. He got strike outs looking at pitches of 82 and 93 MPH.

Irvin’s FB range was 88-93 MPH.  His FB sat 89-92 MPH.  He touched 3 times in the first 6.0 innings.  He registered 93 MPH 3 times in the seventh.  This was the first time I had seen Irvin for an extended appearance.  Early on, I thought he was a low 90s guy with good command.  He was mostly 90-91 until the third when he threw 4 pitches above 91 MPH (3 92 and 1 93 MPH).  He slipped back to 90-91 in the fifth.  Then repeated his fourth inning velocity in the sixth.  I was impressed that he could still hit the top of his range in pitches 67-72.

Then Irvin took the mound to start the seventh.  With 72 pitches under his belt, this would undoubtedly be his last inning.  So he threw 12 of 13 FB.  He really let it go on his last few pitches – 90, 89, 90, 90 (F9), 93, 90, 91, 92, 92 (F9), 92, 93, 85, 93 (1-3).  On the final play, he had to crash the third base line to field the ball and throw out the runner.  Looked a lot like the Sixto Sanchez play that was posted in the comments section in the 4/13 report.

Mark Laird made his first start for the Threshers.  He provided a spark to the line up that helped overcome the Cardinals short-lived lead.  Laird opened the home half of the first with a double to left.  He later scored on Damek Tomscha’s 3-run HR (3).  “C” Randolph had walked to score behind Laird.  Laird walked in his second at bat.  And singled and stole second in his third at bat.

The Threshers tacked on two more runs in the sixth when the Cardinals underestimated Grenny Cumana.  Deivi Grullon started the inning with a single.  After two fly ball outs, Drew Stankiewicz walked.  Cumana had struck out in his first two at bats, and looked bad on off speed pitches.  So, after a wild pitch and with the left and center fielders playing him at little league depth, Cumana drove a ball to the base of the left field fence for a two-run double.

I would like to pay homage to Jose Pujols for his defensive play in right field.  I don’t know if I’ve said the following in print, but I have told anyone who asked me during spring training that I didn’t understand the “Pujols love”.  That I only knew his name because I see the back of his jersey as he retrieves balls at the fence he has missed.  That of course he has a strong arm, he makes so many throws from the warning track.  I’ve made these less than kind observations to some of you when you were down here.

Well, I get it now.  Pujols picked up an outfield assist when he played a carom of the right field foul line bleacher wall perfectly, wheeled, and threw out Luke Dykstra at second.  The throw beat Dykstra by a good margin.  Over the past two days, I’ve seen Pujols track down balls near the right field foul line (and wall), make over the shoulder catches approaching the RF wall, and make diving catches on balls that preserved one-run leads and prevented further damage to a one run deficit.  Easily 5 or 6 plays in 3 games.

  • #5 Kilome – (0-1, 3.38), DNP
  • #10 Randolph – .250, 1-3, R, BB, K
  • #27 Ed. Garcia – DNP
  • #29 Pujols: .162, 0-4

Lakewood (5-4) beat Greensboro 9-0.

Ranger Suarez pitched four, two-hit, shutout innings.  He was probably lifted because his pitch count was up to 83 (only 44 strikes).  He walked 4 and struck out seven.  Ismael Cabrera followed and got the win with three, one-hit, shutout innings.  He struck out five.  Will Hibbs pitched the final two innings, 2 hits and 1 K.

Daniel Brito responded after his no-hit game Thursday with 3 hits and a 3-run HR (3).  He scored 3 runs.  Cord Sandberg also had 3 hits and 3 RBI.  Sandberg also picked up an outfield assist.

  • #2 Moniak: .308, 1-3, R, BB, HBP
  • #7 Sanchez:  (0-1, 4.66), DNP
  • #16 Medina: DNP
  • #19 Brito: .390, 3-5, 3 R, HR (3), 3 RBI

Williamsport (0-0)

  • #8 Gowdy
  • #15 Stobbe
  • #21 Ortiz
  • #26 Romero:

GCL Phillies (0-0)

DSL Phillies (0-0)

DSL Phillies2 (0-0)

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 4/14 – CF Mark Laird assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 4/14 – RHP Franklyn Kilome assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers
  • 4/14 – LHP Mario Hollands assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 4/14 – Reading Fightin Phils placed SS Jorge Flores on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 12, 2017. Right shoulder strain
  • 4/13 – Lakewood BlueClaws placed SS Arquimedes Gamboa on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 12, 2017
  • 4/13 – RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 4/13 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from GCL Phillies
  • 4/13 – LHP JoJo Romero assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws
  • 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.



55 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/14/2017

  1. King Kong Kingery , the big bad Brito lol . Cole Irvin nice too see a great start. It’s real early to start worrying the Phillies really need relief pitchers .

  2. The stat I will look at all year for Kingery is how he hits righties. He hasn’t hit righties well the last 2 seasons and that was a huge red flag for me. So far this year, he’s crushing them. He’s hitting .500/.579/1.071 in 14 ABs. Interestingly he has 16 ABs against lefties. He’s hitting pretty poorly against them but he’s proven his ability to hit them in previous years. Wicked SSS rules apply.

    Pullin has picked up right where he left off last year. It’s like he never went home.

    I’d rather see a guy who can hit the ball out of the infield than Tocci in the 3 hole. I know they want him to get more ABs but, what we used to call a “bunter” in Little league, is not a strength in the Reading lineup. The 7 or 8 hole would better suit him.

    Aaron Brown continues to be unimpressive with the bat. Can his defense keep him on the field? It can until someone at CLW needs that spot in AA. Too early yet to jettison or demote him.

    Too bad about Elniery Garcia. He’s only 22 but he’ll lose most of this year with that 80 game suspension. He also puts a huge target on his back for future drug testing.

  3. Brito keeps hitting, but so has Sandberg. Sandberg could climb the prospect ladder this year and put himself on radar

    1. The obvious difference being Brito is 19 and making the jump from rookie ball and Sandberg is 22 and being demoted from Hi-A. Sandberg’s first time through Lakewood 2 years ago, when he was already older than Brito is now, he slashed: 255/303/345/648 through 500+ PAs. He hit 5 HRs that year, not that I expect him to keep up this pace but Brito has 3 HRs through 40 ABs.

    1. The Phillies have been using Williamsport to expand their Lakewood and Clearwater rosters by temporarily assigning them to Williamsport. Kilome will be back when it is his next start, and until then Laird is available as a hitter. It is how they are managing 6 man rotations

  4. Overall the pitching throughout has been very encouraging. Except for Alfaro, Brito, Moniak and Kingery, the bats need a transfusion.

    I think Cole Irvin was a breakout pick for me. Good to see a lefty pitching well in the organization.

      1. Let’s not forget he dropped a level this year and has been uninspiring since being drafted. Needs to show more than a good week and also needs to show it at a higher level

    1. Although I would have to say that the increase in BBs is a good sign. That message must be getting through. Perhaps BAs are taking a dip due to so many hitters trying to apply a more patient approach. Let’s hope so. It IS early yet.

    2. 8mark…do not forget Hoskins and Valentin are holding their own in AAA, Pullin in AA ball and Sandberg in low A.
      Phillies are surprisingly high on Pullin

      1. Good point, Romus.
        I also wonder how many Pigs are pressing cuz they were supposed to be an offensive juggernaut.

  5. I am not buying Cole Irvin. We get fooled by guys like him every season. College pitchers who throw 89-92 are not great prospects just because they get weak contact in A ball. These type of prospects just don’t pan out to MLB. The key is the k rate.

    1. Agree on the college pitchers who don’t throw overly hard. The K rate in the lower minors (even high A ball) sometimes don’t help much either – remember Austin Hyatt?

      If AAA is the time of reckoning for hitters, AA and the Eastern League tends to be the place that exposes overrated college pitchers.

    2. Remember that Irvin was a high pick from Oregon, not just some schlepper from College of the Ozarks.

      1. I don’t know if college attended matters that much – it’s not like college basketball where a DII guy has no chance – many of these players come from junior colleges and obscure schools.

        1. When it comes to lefties in the lower system….I am higher on Jo Jo Romero than Irvin, not just because of the age factor but also the stuff from what i have read on pre-draft and post -draft scouting reports so far.

    3. Isn’t he a lefty? That allows him to make to with 2 mph less, and puts him right at a good velo.

    4. Lefties, if they have decent breaking pitches are not the same as righties though. If a lefty throws 92 and has a good mix, he absolutely can make it. I agree the K rate could use improvement though.

    5. Not necessarily true with lhp, touch and feel guys get them out in the ML. Command is the key and an above second pitch. Look at Dallas Keuchel minor league stats

    6. The k rate is not as much of a factor with lhp imo. Sure it may indicate What type of prospect you have I.e. Hamels minor league stats, but look at Dallas keuchel minor league stats. Lhp are just different and that’s why the more the merrier because they seem to find a way

    7. There where reports that Irvin was hitting 93 ,96 at times late last yr. His first start this yr 6 ings 8 k’s. Really it’s still early he was the Friday night starter the Ducks.

  6. Sandberg was dropped down to get him at bats, but unless they’re ready to swap him with Pujols, I’m not sure if he’s anything more than a veteran bat at this point. It was good to see Anderson bounce back with a decent start. It was impressive to see Irvin improve from his good first start. Cabrera looks too good for Lakewood and he’s older so I expect him to be promoted soon. Alfaro, Pullin, Kingery, and Brito. That’s it? Not good!

    1. Sandberg kinda reminds me of the Pullins and Perkins of the system. Pretty good, could see the majors, may stay in minors for career and never get shot. I thought very highly of him 2 years ago so I still root for him

  7. Did not realize how young Brito is for the level, just turned 19 before spring training.

  8. I know it’s only 2 weeks but man LHV is to this point an unmitigated disaster offensively. Save Alfaro and Hoskins (andcto a degree Quinn) all of our top prospects have totally flopped. Guys who we hoped/expected to see with the big club at some point in the season. Hopefully they can get it going sooner rather than later.

    1. Jesse Valentin in Rodney Dangerfield’s voice.
      ‘What does a man have to do around here to get some respect!”

      1. Romus,
        “that hat looks good….on you” and “did you get a free bowl of soup with that?” Haha

    2. Tea,

      Crawford had two walks last night. That’s encouraging because he’s getting into the flow being on base twice. JP’s biggest offensive assets have been on-base percentage and low K rate. He’s been awful so far in those metrics. Maybe last night was the start of getting that back and snapping his slump.

      1. I think he’s been hearing the muffled concerns about his hitting and is trying to do too much. While I do feel he needs to work on shortening his swing (it’s too long and I feel he doesn’t maximize his leverage), he first needs to focus on what he does well, which is using his strike zone judgment to create favorable hitting counts and drawing walks. But I think the swing itself is still a work in progress.

  9. Hypothetical question for you all. Assuming Pullin continues tearing up AA at the rate he is (and looking back to last year, I don’t think that’s an unreasonable assumption), when does he get bumped up to AAA? And who moves up to take his spot at Reading when he does? None of the Clearwater OF’s look like they’ll be ready to move up. Pujols bat doesn’t even look ready for Clearwater at this point.

    1. An aggressive Moniak promotion would be nice but it could be an infielder promoted with some creativity with lineup

  10. Pig standouts so far this season – Alfaro, Hoskins and Pivetta. Eflin will likely get to replace Bumholz but Pivetta has dibs on the next rotation opening. Rupp looks like the backup catcher. Joseph will have to get the avg well over .200 soon or Hoskins will be up not long after.

    1. Why not give Lively the next opp?
      Pivetta probably needs about 15 more starts at LHV.
      Eflin probably needs about 3/4 quality starts and he would be ready to go.

      1. Lively is deceptive in AAA. Not so in the majors from what I saw in ST. Could be wrong but don’t think the brass has high projections for him.

  11. I don’t know that AAA is so shocking right now. I think we kinda knew Cozens isn’t a ML player, his splits and his home/road stats last year should have screamed that. A ton of people backed off of Williams as well . . . which leaves Crawford as the lone prospect really struggling (who most didn’t expect to struggle). Once again, personally I don’t think Crawford does much at the ML level but at this point it might be a good idea to send him to Reading to gain some confidence.

    Hernandez just continues to prove himself. Hopefully he can gain some fans and the trade talk (due to having a prospect) quiets.

    1. Maybe the answer will be moving Hernandez later to SS, especially if JP continues to struggle.

      Scotty Jetpax hit his 4th hr today.

      1. If anything does happen you leave a GG SS that you have in Galvis at short. Jp does have elite defensive skill going for him. Ceaser doesn’t have the defensive talent Galvis or Jp do.

    2. Jim Salisbury says the Phillies are very high on Andrew Pullin.
      He has said it more than a few times.
      I am wondering if they think Pullin has more of a MLB career potential than say Nick Williams.
      That would be surprising.
      Williams has all the tools but the contact hitting…where as Pullin, compared to Williams, has lesser tools but the contact hitting.

        1. 8mark – 110% correct. I remember watching him look foolish in Lakewood on anything off speed. He would however mash fastballs. AAA should be even more of a test then it is already to minor leaguers (if that makes sense)

  12. Breakout for Williams in game 2 today?
    Small consolation but JP’s drawing his share of BBs.

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