Box Score Recap – 4/26/2017

Abbreviated Box Score Report

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Lehigh Valley lost to Columbus, 3-1.  Rhys Hoskins provided the offense with his 5th HR.  In a bullpen game, Cesar Ramos started and tossed a four-inning one-hitter and Wander Perez closed out the game with two one-hit innings.  Unfortunately, the weak link was Adam Morgan in the middle two innings.  Hoskins had two of the IronPigs’ five hits. 

On a side note, J.P. Crawford cracked .100 with his 6th base hit.  If he gets 14 hits in his next 40 AB, he’ll surpass the Mendoza line.  He’s in the unenviable position where any one-hit game will raise his batting average.

Reading beat Harrisburg, 4-2.  Tom Eshelman pitched and hit the Phils to victory.  He collected his first professional hit on a 3-run HR to take the lead in the fifth inning.  His pitching line was 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.  Mario Sanchez, Tom Windle, and Jesen Therrien mopped up with Therrien striking out two while earning his second save. Aaron Brown added a solo HR, his first of the season.

Clearwater mastered Tampa, 7-5.  The Threshers scored early and Jose Taveras (3-0, 1.59) cruised to 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.  The Threshers kept tacking on runs and withstood the 3 runs surrendered by Edgar Garcia.  Jeff Singer picked up the 4-out save, his fifth.  Herlis Rodriguez (.364) had 4 hits, his 4th HR, and 4 RBI.  Emmanuel Marrero (.267) had 3 hits.  Mark Laird (.306), Damek Tomscha (.306), and Zach Coppola (.321) had 2 hits each.  Tomscha added two RBI.

The Threshers entered the game tied for the best ERA in all of the minor leagues.  The 14-6 Threshers have opened up a 3-game lead over second place Daytona.  Their magic number is 48.

Lakewood split a double header with Delmarva behind stellar pitching, losing 2-1 and winning 5-0.

JoJo Romero (0-1, 2.75) took the loss in the first game.  He pitched all six innings, his line – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, WP.  He threw 96 pitches, 69 for strikes.  The BlueClaws only managed 3 hits of their own.  Cord Sandberg raised his average to .320.  Note: the game started at 10:35 AM.

In game 2, Ranger Suarez (1-0, 0.81) also 2-hit the Shorebirds, 5-0.  Suarez also tossed a complete game.  His line – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K.  He benefitted from a 10-hit attack.  Brito, Moniak, and Wojciechowski had 2-hit games.  In fact, every starter but Luke Wiliams got a hit.  David Martinelli had 2 RBI.  Sandberg, Danny Zardon, and Antequera had one each.

Hard to believe that in 21 starts Lakewood’s starting pitchers only have a 2-6 record as good as they’ve pitched.  Suarez (4 GS, 1-0, 0.81); Romero (4 GS, 0-1, 2.75); Medina (3 GS, 0-1, 1.06); Fanti (3 GS, 1-0, 1.15); Sanchez (3 GS, 0-2, 3.77); Falter (3 GS, 0-1, 4.85); and Paulino (1 GS, 0-1, 9.00 – one 4-inning, 4 ER start).

Transactions (and paper moves)

  • 4/26 – RHP Harold Arauz assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 4/26 – LHP Ranger Suarez assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 4/26 – Reading Fightin Phils activated SS Jorge Flores from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 4/26 – RHP Shane Watson assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 4/25 – RHP Blake Quinn assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 4/25 – 2B Keudy Bocio assigned to Clearwater Threshers from DSL Phillies.
  • 4/24 – RHP Seranthony Dominguez assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 4/24 – Phillies placed RHP Aaron Nola on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to April 21, 2017. Lower back strain.


41 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/26/2017

  1. HRod needs Reading so does Taveras . Lakewood pitchers are great impressive Mickey Mo too Hoskins too. I think three 4 lelfies at Lakewood on there rotation.

  2. Ranger Suarez is 21 y/o (thru August 25) but he’s in his 6th season with the Phillies organization. He’s practically unhittable (12 hits in 22 IP) in LKW. Opponents are hitting .162 against him. He also has 30 Ks to 7 BBs. Here’s a guy screaming for promotion. The other side of this is who would he replace in CLW? Let’s see: Taveres (NO!), Dominguez (No!), Tirado or Kilome (No! and No!), Blake Quinn (possibly but he hasn’t done anything wrong to justify demotion.) Reading starters are still getting their feet under themselves. Eshelman, Watson, Viza, Leibrandt and Anderson all have ML possibilities penciled on the back of their jerseys. Moving a guy from Reading to LKW so that a CLW starter could move up Reading and Suarez could pitch in CLW, doesn’t sound feasible right now. It’s actually a great problem to have… for the organization. Someone will get hurt or fail and the next guy is waiting in line.

  3. Lakewood offense had primarily been Brito, Moniak and Sandberg. Arms have been stellar. Let’s get some thump in that lineup. Would like to know the progress of Stobbe and Ortiz. Are they Williamsport bound?

    1. Stobbe is for sure. Ortiz maybe. They keep switching him between managers down here. He’s only 18. Another season (or half-season) in the GCL wouldn’t be surprising.

      Lakewood will get a boost when Darick Hall and Arquimedez Gamboa return from the DL.

  4. Has it been reported on here whats happened with Randolph? Seems he’s been out for a few games?

    1. Jim P mentioned something about a bench clearing skirmish a few days ago. Don’t know the particulars. It would be nice if Randolph could play athe least a few days in a row every now and then. Always seems to be some interruption in his development.

      1. I don’t know what to make of your comment. Until the suspension, Randolph had played in 16 of 17 games. He played 11 games in 10 days to start the season. He had an off day on the 16th when the whole league was off for Easter, and an off day on the 20th when the manager played Coppola-Laird-Pujols in the outfield.

    2. @Tommy, Randolph and Jan Hernandez were ejected in the 11th inning of the game Saturday night. Words passed between Hernandez and the player who homered in the top of the inning after a solo HR.

      Hernandez went out to coach first base in the bottom of the inning. Note that the guy who hit the HR plays first base and the coaching box is in front of the visitors’ dugout. The discussion escalated and both benches cleared. Two players from each team were ejected. The ejections carried a three-game suspension. Both Randolph and Hernandez are eligible tonight.

  5. Eshelman wins the game and hits a 3-run HR. Jo Jo Romero pitched very well in losing effort.

    1. A night like that for a pitcher always makes me think about Richie Ashburn – pitcher hater! Never thought they should get upset at a lack of run support … “just throw a shutout and hit a homerun.”

      Memories …

  6. JoJo Romero seems to be throwing really well early in the season. This is a pleasant surprise.

  7. If the scouts turn out to be right on Rhys and I turn out to be wrong…then I will be completely dumbfounded. I have been one of his top cheerleaders for the past 3 years. I think he is an exceptional prospect. I can’t see how he isn’t a big impact player. His stat line is pristine at every level. No red flags.

    1. When he was tearing up Aussie land down under a few winters ago I mentioned he reminds me of a Paul Goldschmidt-type ….got reprimanded on the site.
      But his hit tool is exceptional thru-out his entire minor league career.

      1. I always thought goldy was a good comp
        No prospect list will have them and yet hopefully one turns out like the other

        1. Goldy has a better hit tool and is a better athlete (he stole 32 bases last year and only got caught 5 times). If he turns out to be 85% of what Goldy is, we will be ahead of the game.

          1. I was looking at their equivalent level minor league metrics and trying to draw a similar projection. Actually Hoskins may have a better hit tool when it comes to metric peripherals….his K rate is almost 5% lower than Goldy’s was for their entire respective minor league careers to date, while their BB rate favors Goldy buy approx. 3%…but both in double digits.

    2. Agreed.

      While we still need to see how he would fare against major league pitching (if you have a weakness, sooner or later, major league pitchers and scouts will find it and consistently exploit it – I have no idea if Hoskins has any holes in his swing), you really couldn’t have asked for much more from him in terms of consistent performance and progress. And you can’t say enough about his adjustment to this new level. It is a big step from cozy, AA Reading, to veteran-laden, spacious, AAA Lehigh Valley (just ask Dylan Cozens). For him to progress a level and substantially improve this quickly is, as you say, exceptional, assuming he continues to hit.

      If he continues to hit like this, he is going to force their hand sooner rather than later. I think the pressure will mount if, for some reason, the team remains in the playoff hunt. If that happens, there will be good reason to try him out and see if they can forego the expense of buying a bat in the trade market because that bat is sitting right in front of them. By contrast, if the team falls out of contention, he may be stuck in the minors a bit longer while the team tries to move players at before the trade deadline and clears up 40-man roster issues.

    3. Which scouts? A lot of scouts say that he has a fantastic bat, but that it’s hard to crack a major league team when your only option is first base.

    4. you can include me on being wrong on Rhys. I watched him several times last year and was unimpressed each time. Moved around like he had hip replacements. Glad he is proving us wrong.

  8. Wonderful article today in Baseball Prospectus about Phillies prospects written by Jarrett Seidler. The thrust of the article is how much he likes Brito after seeing him – he clearly stands out “as a quality future major leaguer.” Also has good things to say about Gamboa, Mickey Mo, and a number of others. Talks about leaving Brito at 2B but says his bat is really the impressive skill – power to come.

      1. I think whoever it was reads the screen upside down and thought they were giving a thumbs up!

      2. It’s those Cesar peeps, Romus. They won’t acknowledge that there’s another 2b in the organization, let alone three.

  9. Hoskins not being on the 40 man roster means, imo, that he will not be called up until August when rosters expand or someone is traded at the deadline. Four full months in LHV will do him well.

    Most on this site fell that Altherr should play daily. That being the case, I see the Phillies putting Kendrick at first if Joseph continues to struggle. The team is committed to Kendrick and Saunders.

    1. Committed to Kendricks and Saunders for at least for 3 more months…from there who knows what may happen.
      Perhaps they may become wanted bats by a team in contention.

        1. Tim…seriously, if they are contenders with this team…..what will they want to buy?
          A closer?

          1. 2 more relievers 1 more power Bat . There the hottest team in baseball there won 8 of there last 9 . Last yr there Outfield had a .ops of .548 you think it’s improved. The Mets are free falling ,the Marlins don’t have a rotation ,the are the Braces.

          2. One word Middleton he see’s this team improve he will get after it . If the Phillies are still in wild card by the All star break he will buy.w Ho are the Content eds your talking about _ not Toronto, Kc , the Mets ,Sf are all hurting bad.have you noticed Mac starting to use the bp more in better situational areas like today.

  10. Hoskins goes deep again today … he’s the energizer bunny, just keeps going and going and …

  11. hoskins was also robbed of a double by a leaping catch at the left-field wall and hit a double off the left-center wall that missed going out by inches. even without the extra home runs today, he now leads the league in hr, slugging, ops and total bases. … going and going and …

  12. JPC with a 2 game hitting streak. And still drawing walks. Stealing 2 bases in last couple days. I see an oncoming train….or is it a light at the end of the tunnel? Oh no, that’s when you die. It’s all good.

    1. at this point is mostly mental. Too talented for this. Just needs to relax and start getting walks again and build off of that.

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