Box Score Recap – 4/17/2017

Lehigh had the day off.

Reading managed just 3 hits and lost late when they gave up 4 runs in the 9th and 10th innings.

Clearwater lost a clash between division leaders.

Lakewood won on Luke Williams’ walk off RBI single in the 13th inning.

Lehigh Valley (5-6) idle.

  • #1 Crawford: .086,
  • #3 Alfaro: .361,
  • #4 Williams: .265,
  • #6 Quinn: .244,
  • #9 Cozens: .158,
  • #12 Pivetta: (2-0, 0.69) –
  • #13 Hoskins: .324,
  • #17 Pinto: (0-1, 0.73) –
  • #20 Appel: (0-1, 8.22) –
  • #25 Lively: (1-1, 4.09) –
  • #30 Valentin: .355,

Reading (4-6) lost to Akron in ten innings, 6-3.

Brandon Leibrandt pitched 5.0 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits.  He struck out five.  He was lifted after 89 pitches, 59 strikes.  Alexis Rivero followed with 2.0 perfect innings and 3 strike outs.  Jesen Therrien allowed a lead off ground ball single in his second inning of work (the ninth) and after striking out the next batter turned the inning over to Miguel Nunez.  He struggled and ultimately allowed the inherited runner to score and blew the save.  Nunez continued into the tenth and was pulled after a strike out, walk, and double.  Yacksel Rios entered and allowed both inherited runners to score plus one of his own.

Reading forged their early lead on Mitch Walding’s 2-run HR (2) in the third inning.  Carlos Tocci provided a late one-run lad with an RBI single.  Aaron Brown had the Phils only other hit, but also struck out 3 times.  In fact the bottom 4 batters in the Phils line up – Walding, Jiandido Tromp, Brown, and Canelo – combined to strike out 9 times.

  • #11 Kingery: .286, 0-3
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List for 80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson: (0-0, 10.80), DNP
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci: .270, 1-4, RBI
  • #28 Canelo: .269, 0-3, R, BB, 2 K

Clearwater (8-3) lost to Bradenton, 5-1.

The four-game series pits the first place teams in each division as well as two of the top pitching staffs in the FSL.  Tonight, Bradenton came out on top.

Blake Quinn (0-1, 4.66) pitched 5.0 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out two and picked a runner off first base.  Ranfi Casimiro retired all 6 batters he faced. Edgar Garcia gave up a run in one inning.

Deivi Grullon doubled and scored the Threshers’ lone run on Drew Stankiewicz’ sacrifice fly.  The Threshers only managed four other hits – a double by Mark Laird and singles by Damek Tomscha, Herlis Rodriguez, and Grenny Cumana.  The only other base runner was Rodriguez on a fielding error.  No walks for the Threshers.

  • #5 Kilome – (0-1, 3.38), DNP
  • #10 Randolph – .209, 0-4
  • #27 Ed. Garcia – (0-0, 4.91), 1,0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER
  • #29 Pujols: .174, 0-4, 2 K

Lakewood (7-5) beat Hagerstown in 13 innings, 4-3.

Bailey Falter (0-0, 2.45) went 6.0 innings in a no decision.  He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits.  He walked none and struck out four.  Felix Paulino followed with 4.1 innings of shutout ball, allowing 6 hits, walking none, and striking out five.  Jonathan Hennigan and Will Hibbs each pitched 1.1 innings of shutout ball with Hibs picking up his second win.

Lakewood scord single runs in the first three innings on Mickey Moniak’s one-out triple, and sacrifice flies by Edgar Cabral and Moniak.  Luke Williams line drive, RBI single in the 13th inning scored Daniel Brito for the walk off win.

Brito and Williams each had 3 hits.  The BlueClaws struck out 14 times.  Wiliams was the only ‘Claw who didn’t strike out.  Williams also picked up his firs stolen base.

  • #2 Moniak: .298, 1-4, triple, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K, SF
  • #7 Sanchez:  (0-1, 4.66), DNP
  • #16 Medina: (0-1, 1.80) – DNP
  • #19 Brito: .392, 3-5, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Williamsport (0-0)

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

GCL Phillies (0-0)

DSL Phillies (0-0)

DSL Phillies2 (0-0)


I stopped by the Complex to watch Kevin Gowdy pitch.  He throws a FB, SL, and CH.  His FB topped out at 93 MPH.  He had a rough outing.  Defense was almost non-existent during his first inning when the Yankees scored three runs.  The lead off batter hit a ground ball into right field through the 3-4 hole that started about two feet to first baseman Luis Encarnacio’s right.  He seemed rooted to his spot.  He barely moved as the ball scooted past.  The next batter hit a tailor-made double play ball but second baseman Raul Rivas fumbled the flip from shortstop Jonathan Guzman and they barely got the force at second. The next batter shattered his bat on a bloop to right that put runners on the corners.  The only hard hit ball of the inning was a line drive to right.  The first run scored and the batter took second when the throw missed about 3 possible cut off men and rolled to the fence. Gowdy was left with runners on second and third.  A sacrifice fly ans another shattered bat single brought in the other two runs.   A shallow fly to right ended the inning.

I stopped taking notes and just watched the rest of the game.  I think they lost 6-2.  Things that stood out – Colton Murray pitched two scoreless innings, Rodolfo Duran tripled to right center, Josh Stephen had a line drive base hit, and Tyler Hallead pitched well.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.


15 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/17/2017

  1. Brito had 3 hits last night and I’m intrigued by his hit tool at only 19 yrs of age. He seems to be showing some pop in his bat as well. I did notice however that he also committed his 4th error already in the first 12 games. Any concerns about his glove? (I read that he started out as a SS.)

    1. 8mark, you beat me to it. I noticed that 2 of Brito’s errors came at SS. He played in 3 games over there so far this year. So he has 2 E’s in 9 games at 2B.

      But the bat has looked very good so far.

    2. Imo errors are not a good way to judge a player’s defensive potential. Pretty irrelevant actually.

      Errors are a result of poor technique. Poor technique by a 19yo can be fixed if a player is a great athlete with range and arm (note, I don’t know if Brito is, I am just explaining my above point).

      1. Yeah, I think the evidence establishes that errors by young middle infielders is not necessarily indicative of their lack of fielding ability. With talented young guys, those issues are usually resolved by around age 20 or 21. I wouldn’t worry about it for now unless the scouting reports are bad (I’m not aware of that for Brito).

        1. MLB’s Callis and Mayo have him rated as: Arm: 50… Field: 55.
          Second base may be the ideal position for him.

    3. Brito is a really good defensive second baseman. He might be able to fake SS, but his arm is not able to make any play short of routine there. He was only forced there for a few games when Gamboa got hurt and they didn’t have anyone else on the roster that could play short.

  2. Danny Brito is doing just about everything right. As a 19 y/o in LKW, he’s tearing the cover off the ball (.392/.456/.588). One of his 3 HRs was hit at home so the big ballpark isn’t necessarily a hindrance. He has 2 weaknesses right now. He Ks at a 23% pace and he has 4 errors, 2 at SS and 2 at 2B. He’s 19 y/o. He’s just getting his feet wet. Pitchers will find his weaknesses and try to expose them. Then we’ll find out if this kid is for real. I think his HRs are an anomaly. Pitchers will stop grooving fastballs or whatever pitch he’s hitting out of the ballpark. He’ll have to learn to take what they give him. If it’s walks and singles, then take them. As the leadoff man, getting on base is very important. If they want to groove a fastball to him, set on it and light it up.

    1. bellman1….though SSS, concerning Brito’s K rate…….LHP gives him the most trouble so far…which is not unusual….33% k rate vs LHPers…vs RHPers it is 18%.
      But his B rate of 9% for a 19-year old Latin player is above average and a few more ticks up would be considered plus..

  3. Two high priced 2013 LA signings that appear to be trending water and better start to get their careers going in an upward progression…Jose Pujols and Luis Encarnacion.
    At least Pujols exploded last year with power, but his swing and miss metrics are horrendous.

      1. Well they might be trending towards being underwater unless the production starts improving..

        1. Hard to believe BA had Encarnacion as the 4th rated international player in 2013.
          Pujols was actually part of the 2012 class with Grullon and he was ranked at 14 or 15 depending on which pub you read.

  4. It has probably been mentioned in some other posts, but Pujols’ K numbers @ CLW are horrific this year.

    1. Hey, he’s under 50% K rate . . . only 22 Ks in 46 PAs. And then there is the 0 BB.

      Seriously, his K rates have been terrible. He struck out 179 times last year. Yes, he has some power, but his bat-to-ball skills are so bad he’s a non-prospect, IMO.

  5. Pujols has been exposed by off speed pitches so far this season. Until he learns how to identify and hit these pitches, he’ll see very few fast balls in the zone. Even now, when he gets the occasional fast ball, he’s not looking for it and doesn’t square it up.

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