Box Score Recap – 4/18/2017

Lehigh Valley’s offense remained impotent as they were shutout on 4 hits by Columbus.

Tom Eshelman picked up his first win of the season for Reading.

Clearwater topped Bradenton behind Seranthony Dominguez.

JoJo Romero (no decision) gave up 3 unearned runs in a loss by Lakewood.

And, Extended beat up on an MLB traveling team of teenagers from Latin America.

Lehigh Valley (5-7) lost to Columbus, 3-0.

Jake Thompson (0-3, 14.90) suffered the loss.  He tossed a respectable line – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 2 WP.  He threw 87 pitches/54 strikes.  None of the walks figured into the scoring.  He issued one in each of the first three scoreless innings.  The first run scored in an inning where he struck out the side.  He gave up a lead off double in the fourth (the first hit he allowed) and the runner advanced on a passed ball and the second of Thompson’s wild pitches.  He gave up a two-run homer in the fifth.  The on base runner had reached on an error by an infielder.

Pat Venditte pitched two scoreless innings striking out four and walking one.  Adam Morgan also pitched two scoreless innings giving up a couple hits and striking out one batter.

On offensive, the IronPigs collected 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 10 times. Cameron Perkins and Jesse Valentin each doubled.  Perkins also picked up an outfield assist.

  • #1 Crawford: .105, 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • #3 Alfaro: .350, 1-4, 1 K
  • #4 Williams: .237, 0-4, 2 K
  • #6 Quinn: .227, 0-3, BB
  • #9 Cozens: .146, 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • #12 Pivetta: (2-0, 0.69) – DNP
  • #13 Hoskins: .297, 0-3, BB, K
  • #17 Pinto: (0-1, 0.73) – DNP
  • #20 Appel: (0-1, 8.22) – DNP
  • #25 Lively: (1-1, 4.09) – DNP
  • #30 Valentin: .343, 1-4, double, K

Reading (5-6) beat Akron, 8-6.

Tom Eshelman (1-0, 3.94) picked up his first win.  His line – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR.  He threw 96 pitches/ 64 strikes.  All three runs he allowed came on solo home runs. Tom Windle gave up 2 runs in 1.1 innings.  Jesen Therrien struck out one in 0.2 innings. Mario Hollands gave up a run while picking up his first save.

Reading’s offense banged out 10 hits and worked six walks.  They struck out 11 times. Harold Martinez (1) and Chace Numata (2) hit solo home runs.  Aaron Brown and Angelo Mora had three-hit games.

Eshelman picked a runner off first base.

  • #11 Kingery: .256, 0-4, R, RBI, BB, 2 K
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List for 80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson: (0-0, 10.80), DNP
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci: .268, 1-4, 2 RBI, K
  • #28 Canelo: .269, DNP

Clearwater (9-4) beat Bradenton, 4-2.

Seranthony Dominguez (2-0, 0.69) earned the win with another superior performance. His line – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, HBP.  He threw 86 picthes/51 strikes.  The unearned run scored on a throwing error by an infielder on a sacrifice.  Jacob Waguespack struck out four in two relief innings.  And, Luke Leftwich did the same while giving up a run and getting his third save.

Emmanuel Marrero, Wilson Garcia, and Zach Coppola had two-hit games.  Herlis Rodriguez (2) and Coppola (1) hit solo home run.  As a team, they had 10 hits and drew 4 walks while striking out only six times.

Grullon picked a runner off first base and threw out Cole Tucker (2014, round #1) who had been successful on his first ten steal attempts this season.

  • #5 Kilome – (0-1, 3.38), DNP
  • #10 Randolph – .200, 0-2, 2 BB, K
  • #27 Ed. Garcia – (0-0, 4.91), DNP
  • #29 Pujols: .174, DNP

Lakewood (7-6) lost to Hagerstown, 6-4.

JoJo Romero pitched into a wild and sloppy fifth inning.  Hopefully, someone out there can provide an explanation on what happened in a Suns’ fifth inning that included – 3 runs scored on 3 hits (one an infield single, one a double), 2 missed catch errors (one a missed catch error by the center fielder on what appears to be a rundown in the game log), a wild pitch, a pickoff/caught stealing, a passed ball, a walk, a stolen base, and 3 strike outs.

Mauricio Llovera allowed 2 inherited runners to score, then struck out 3 of the 4 outs he recorded.  Harold Arauz (0-2, 4.22) pitched 3.0 innings in relief, and gave up the three runs that broke a 3-3 tie in the ninth.

The BlueClaws collected 8 hits and a walk.  They struck out ten times.  Brett Barbier had 2 hits.  Daniel Brito, Cord Sandberg, and Danny Zardon hit doubles.  Mickey Moniak had 2 RBI, Brito and Sandberg one each. Luke Williams stole his second base.

  • #2 Moniak: .288, 1-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • #7 Sanchez:  (0-1, 4.66), DNP
  • #16 Medina: (0-1, 1.80) – DNP
  • #19 Brito: .382, 1-4, double, RBI, BB, K
  • #26 Romero – (0-0, 3.29), 4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 2 WP, 94 pitches/52 strikes

Williamsport (0-0)

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

GCL Phillies (0-0)

DSL Phillies (0-0)

DSL Phillies2 (0-0)


Only one game today.  Pat Borders coached a group of our youngest players against an MLB Travel Team from their Elite Development Program comprised of kids from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Nicauraga.  These are kids from countries that don’t have Development Academies along the lines of those set up by MLB teams in the Dominican Republic or by private individuals like the buscones also in the DR.

When I say kids, I mean kids.  The starting pitcher was a 14-year old from Nicaragua.  The final pitcher of the day was a 13-year old from Mexico.  They both pitched beyond their years.

John Richy made a rehab start and threw two innings.  He allowed a single, the only hit the youngsters managed until the ninth inning.  He looked okay, but I thought he threw a large number of off speed pitches.  I checked and found out that he was charted at 86-87 with his cutter.  I may have misunderstood.  A Braves scout had him at 86-89 MPH.

Kyle Young pitched two innings. He struck out 4 and his FB topped out at 90 MPH.

Julian Garcia pitched two innings.  He struck out 4 and his FB was 87-91 MPH.

Sandro Rosario pitched two innings.  He struck out 2, hit a batter, and threw a wild pitch.

Anton Kuznetsov pitched one inning.  This was the first time I have seen him on a mound. He looks a little mechanical in his delivery.  He gave up the opponents second hit and moved him to second on a wild pitch.  He struck out two.  His FB was 85-86 MPH and he got one of his strike outs on a nice 74 MPH curve ball.

Joe DeNato pitched the tenth inning and struck out two.  His FB was at 87 MPH.

It was a little tough scoring when our guys batted.  The LA kids had trouble with the sun and lost a lot of balls in the air.  Come to think of it, I don’t recall any of them wearing sun glasses.

Cole Stobbe crushed a ball over the center fielder’s head and circled the bases when the fielder turned and ran the wrong way.  Stand out performances by –

  • Stobbe went 2-2, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB
  • Encarnacion went 3-5, R, 2 doubles
  • Stephen went 3-4, R, 2 RBI

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.


  • 4/18 – Phillies placed LF Howie Kendrick on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 16, 2017. Right abdominal strain.
  • 4/18 – Phillies placed RHP Clay Buchholz on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to April 15, 2017. Torn flexor tendon in right forearm.
  • 4/18 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Mark Leiter from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/18 – Phillies recalled RHP Zach Eflin from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/18 – LHP Wander Perez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 4/18 – Lakewood BlueClaws placed RHP Trevor Bettencourt on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 16, 2017.
  • 4/18 – LHP JoJo Romero assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.



47 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/18/2017

  1. I really cannot understand the concept of giving Nava playing time over Altherr or Quinn.

    Good to see JP get on base twice, let’s start a hot streak Mr Crawford

    1. I don’t mind Quinn playing everyday in Lehigh, but 100% agree with Altherr. He should be starting against every lefty at the very least.

    2. agreed, Altherr should get the majority of playing time. And with the occasional day off for Saunders and the rare off day for Herrera; Nava and Stassi should see at least a few more starts over the next 2 weeks.

    3. Mike,

      JP has gotten back his discipline, drawing more walks and striking out fewer times in the past several games. Unfortunately, he still looks weak at the plate and stuck out last night in a meaningful situation.

      I’ll feel better about him when he gets a couple of line-drive hits in two or three games.

  2. Was at the Pigs game. several takeaways:

    1.Columbus had a potent line-up: Kipnis on rehab, Collabello who played the last 2 yrs in Toronto and 3 former #1 picks.

    2. That was a good test for pitchers. Thompson was great. The run in the 4th scored on a “lead-off double” that Williams lost in the lights that dropped 5 ft in front of him. Then on consecutive batters Alfaro had passed balls on swinging strikes that were pitches at the knees which clanked off his glove. He was visably upset. In the 5th leadoff batter hit routine grounder to JP who threw slightly high and Hoskins dropped it for an error.Next batter hAD the only good contact on a HR to center. Jake had a ton of K’s and an impressive number of swing and misses. Only negatives were a walk in each of the first 3 innings and to my mind a lack of speed differential FB-90-91 and slider at 87mph.

    3. The triumvirate of Williams, Cozens, and Crawford REALLY cannot hit lefties. Perkins and Valentin and Alfaro all had good at bats.

    4. My highlight was watching the switch pitcher Venditte throw 2 innings. Have never seen anything like it. He has a funky delivery but switches sides effortlessly. 73-83MPH mostly but a ton of swing and misses. He should definitely be in Philly.

    1. It’s pretty depressing that Jake Thompson only throws his FB 90-91 MPH – not many guys can have long-term success in the big leagues doing that, even if they have decent breaking pitches. Fortunately, in the big league game, after a rough start, Eflin sat 92-94 MPH, touching 95, with his 4-seam FB and broke off some nice curves and 2-seam FBs. If he pitches like that he should be just fine.

      1. I’m with you – I’m not sure why everyone has so much love for Jake Thompson. He’s a #4 at absolute best and a competent #5.

    2. Tony,

      What are your thoughts about the inning where the umpire called out Alfaro and Hoskins on what appeared to be balls?

      Alfaro reacted visibly. I’ve seen him do that several times, and it might be wise for a catcher to be more diplomatic with the home plate umpire. Mild-mannered Hoskins slammed his helmet on the ground and got tossed. It was too bad to have your Three and Five hitters called out on strikes. Then, again, nobody was hitting and no guarantees anything good would have happened otherwise.

      1. I was sitting pretty low just off the plate toward 1st base. Ump was very inconsistent squeezing both pitchers. When Alfaro had a few called strikes he turned to ump and said something, probably to the effect of “you didn’t that pitch a strike when I caught it”. To give Alfaro and Hoskins their due they are disciplined at the plate. Neither offered at any bad pitches. Can’t say the same about Williams and Cozens. Both took close pitches and then swung at balls 2 ft out of the zone,

  3. Methinks that the overhype about the potency of the LV lineup has the kids pressing bigtime. As we all know, the game is all about adjustments (point, counterpoint). If the vaunted lefties cannot hit lefties, their careers will flame out as AAAAers or fifth wheels on a 25-man roster. So be it.

    1. ….and the “Pigs to the Bigs” tee shirt give away last night might be a bit presumptuous.

        1. If Alfaro, Hoskins and Quinn are up before September, I’ll be happy. Maybe Pivetta and one or two bullpen arms. I’m looking for Jake to get back on track. Last night wasn’t a bad start.

          1. Velocity seems to be going down faster than the titanic
            Sitting at 90 isn’t gonna work unless he has some amazing movement and pinpoint control

      1. Unfortunately Williams looks the same as when I saw him in August in LV. So definitely not small sample size for him. Outfield up for grabs and no one is stepping up. Someone has to seize the moment

          1. Something has to give with Pullin. I’m guessing Quinn replaces one Of Saunders/Kendrick at the deadline, and Pullin replaces Quinn. Although an injury or two would solve it faster.

      2. Possibly, but Williams and Crawford haven’t had any success in AAA dating back to last year. And Cozens had a big question mark on his hit tool entering the season.

        The sky isn’t falling, however everyone knows the prospect flameout potential.

  4. Phillies pitcher Anton Kuznetsov!
    ….thought I heard the same name in the Caps/Leafs game the other night.

    1. Romus, They sound alike, but the guy on the Caps/Leafs has two front teeth missing, that’s how you can tell them apart!

  5. Sandro Rosario hit a batter.
    Pitching against a bunch of 13/14 year olds.

    Wow. Hope the kid is ok.

    1. Yeah, Cole Stobbe hitting against a bunch of 13 and 14 year-olds. It hardly seems fair.

      1. @Catch, the starter was 13 and the last pitcher was 14, The rest were older. The position players were 16-17 with one 19. The other 4 pitchers 15, 15, 15, 18. And actually the most impressive pitcher was the 13 year old. I was standing next to their pitching coach behind the cage most of the game . He was particularly proud of the youngster, and rightly so. He recorded two strike outs.

  6. Good to hear that Thompson pitched much better this time out.
    I think it’s time to recognize what’s going on at Clearwater with their rotation. Dominguez, Irvin, Tirado, and Taveras have about 3 earned runs allowed COMBINED. That’s insane. Kilome has started the year fair but he’s a slug in that rotation so far. Quinn has actually been hit hard recently, he must feel awful. This is an exciting rotation and will be fun to follow them. The Reading rotation doesn’t really have much upside so the group at Cwater could overtake them mid season, depending on how the Lwood staff does.

  7. As long as we are talking early season disappointments, “C” is not flashing much of that lauded hit tool that we were told to expect when drafted. Any thoughts on his progress or lack thereof? I would not mind seeing some of that best stroke in the draft come to fruition. I do not view this as early season panic considering he has not been all that special since being drafted.

    1. This is just a thought, I don’t know if it reasonable. Randolph is wearing glasses for the first time. Due to an infection, he had to switch from contacts. He tried going back to contacts briefly during spring training, but very quickly was back to wearing glasses. So, maybe he is having trouble adjusting.

      He has pulled more balls early this season than in the past. It looks like his swing is the same, but he has a bigger leg kick early in the count. It looks like he goes back to his familiar step when he has two strikes.

      It is likely that he has been asked to sell out for more power this season. That is not the type of information that the player or management is going to divulge. We observers will come to such conclusions as we see more at bats.

  8. I see that Moniak was removed from today’s game. K’d 1st AB then BBd in 2nd but got nailed at the plate trying to score. Anybody have more info? Injury?

    Sixto pitched ok but threw 91 pitches in 4.2ip. 2 runs (1 unearned – 2 errors behind him in same inning), 4 Ks, 1 BB, 3 hits.

    1. ….so, anybody hear an update on why Moniak came out of the game today? If he got banged up, how bad?

  9. One of the good things about having a deep farm system is that some unheralded players will be better than expected.

    The other side of the coin is that some overhyped players will be worse.

    1. As currently constructed, with the exception of Moniak, nobody in the system will be better than an average major league ball player. It’s pretty depressing.

  10. Steven, it is good to have a deep system, but it is crucial to have that cream at the top, and the jury is still very much out on whether any of our guys gets there.

    1. Cesar Hernandez in 2012 was our #17 prospect and in 2013 #20. Maikel Franco was #9 and #5 in those years and then eventually our #1 prospect. Odubel Herrera was a rule 5 draft pick. Tonight the Mets intentionally walked Odubel to get to our cleanup hitter Maikel Franco who did nothing and sucks. Our best players are Cesar and Odubel. There are good players in our minor league system. Sometimes it is hard to predict who they will be. Phillies seem to do better with average prospects than highly rated ones.

      I think they are just waiting for JP to get so demoralized at AAA so that when they send him down to extended spring training to work on his problems that he will not have an ego.

  11. Does anyone know what happened to Tommy Bergjans. He was on the Clearwater Threshers Opening Day Roster and now he is not. No transactions either.

  12. Is it me, or is the overall phillies minor league system pretty depressing? We are light years away from competing at the big league level.

    1. Phillies number one picks not looking good . Randolph, Crawford, Nola . Moniak looks like an average prospect not worthy of the number one overall pick.

      1. So much negativity. Didn’t Utley struggle at some point in the minors? How did he work out? Dom Brown tore through the minors like you know what through a goose.

        What about guys like Alfaro, Hoskins and Kingsley at the higher levels?

        I’ll take where we are now vs. where we were when Amaro was in charge, and before the Hamels trade.

    2. I think you guys are on the wrong site. Readers here generally have fairly reasonable arguments to support their statements. There are other message boards available for people who just want to make random, negative statements.

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