Box Score Recap – 4/30/2017

Lehigh Valley lost, but J.P. Crawford has a modest 5-game hitting streak.

Reading managed just 5 hits and wasted a nice start by Shane Watson in a 1-0 loss.

Clearwater hit 3 HR as they dropped a one-run game.

Lakewood got a great start from Sixto Sanchez and Mickey Moniak drove home the first run in a 2-0 victory.

Lehigh Valley (12-11) lost to Toledo, 6-4.  The IronPigs staked Ricardo Pinto (2-2, 3.14) to a first inning lead, but he yielded four runs in the third inning and Adam Morgan (6.43) gave up two critical runs in the sixth that cemented the defeat.  Roman Quinn, Nick Williams, and Taylor Featherston had two-hit games.  J.P. Crawford, Dylan Cozens, Rhys Hoskins, and Wiliams had one RBI each.  Nick Williams hit his second HR.

  • #1 Crawford (.145): 1-4 with a run scored, BB, RBI, K
  • #3 Alfaro (.333): 0-3 with a BB, K, HBP
  • #4 Williams (.276): 2-4 with a run scored, double, HR, RBI
  • #6 Quinn (.262): 2-4 with a run scored, BB
  • #9 Cozens (.136): 0-4 with an RBI, 2 K
  • #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): called up to Philadelphia
  • #13 Hoskins (.338): 1-4 with an RBI
  • #17 Pinto (2-2, 3.14): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 80 pitches, 45 strikes
  • #20 Appel (1-2, 6.11): DNP
  • #25 Lively (3-1, 2.25): DNP
  • #30 Valentin (.246): 0-3

Reading (11-8) lost to Portland, 1-0.  Shane Watson (2-0, 3.72) shut out the Sea Dogs on four hits and two walks, striking out three.  Joe DeNato (1-1, 1.93) gave up two hits in a scoreless inning, but walked the lead off batter in the seventh and gave way to Alexis Rivero (2.57) who, of course, let the runner come around to score on a sacrifice, wild pitch, and single.  Rivero walked one and gave up four hits in 2.2 innings but was more vigilant when the runners on base were his responsibility.  The Phils were held to five hits, two by Jiandido Tromp (.267) who also walked.  Chace Numata had the only XBH, a double.

  • #11 Kingery (.279): DNP
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (1-0, 8.59): DNP
  • #23: Arano 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci (.314): 0-3 with a walk
  • #28 Canelo (.261): DNP
  • Pullin (.342): 0-4 with a K

Clearwater (16-8) lost to St. Lucie, 6-5.  It is the second series loss for the Threshers. Oddly enough, Clearwater entered both series (the FireFrogs were the other team) when the opponent was in last place in its division and had the worst record in the league.  Both teams are 10-14, tied for the second worst record in the league.  Oh well.

The wind was blowing out strong from right to left.  Both starters were chased before the end of the fourth inning.  The bull pens didn’t fare much better.  All pitchers who entered the game surrendered at least one run.  The Threshers’ Edgar Garcia can take solace that the run he gave up was unearned.

Blake Quinn (2.79) lasted the longer of the two starters – 3.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 80 pitches, 45 strikes, and one runner picked off first.  Edgar Garcia (2.70) gave up 2 hits and the unearned run in 1,1 innings.  Luke Leftwich (5.84, 3 BS) blew the save and gave up 2 earned runs on 5 hits and a walk in 2.0 innings.  He struck out four.  After the Threshers came back to tie in the top of the eighth, Jeff Singer (1-1, 2.53) took the loss on a two-out, 2-run home run after a walk.

The Threshers collected 11 hits.  Wilson Garcia (.276) and Drew Stankiewicz (.305) had three each, Mark Laird (.289) and Emmanuel Marrero (.269) two each.  Austin Bossart (.167) had the remaining hit, a double.  Wilson and Stankiewicz had 2 RBI each, Marrero one RBI.  And the trio each hit a HR – Garcia (1), Stankiewicz (1), and Marrero (2).  Stankiewicz’ was crushed through the wind to right.

Laird, Stankiewicz, and Marrero each stole a base as the Threshers were successful in 3 of 3 attempts.  Bossart threw out 3 of the 6 attempts by the Mets.

  • #5 Kilome (2-1, 2.28): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.203): 0-4 with a BB, 3 K
  • #27 Ed. Garcia (0-0, 5.19): 1,1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, WP
  • #29 Pujols (.181): 0-4 with 2 K

Lakewood (13-12) beat Kannapolis, 2-0 behind a great start by Sixto Sanchez.  He dueled the White Sox’ second round pick out of Oklahoma, Alec Hansen, and was edged in game score by the collegian, 72-70.  Sanchez and Harold Arauz (1-2, 2.41) held the Intimidators to 3 hits and walked none.  Hansen and his bullpen held the BlueClaws to 2 hits and 2 walks, but gave up an earned run and an unearned run.  Mickey Moniak drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly.  David Martinelli doubled in the second run.  Henri Lartigue had the other hit, and it figured in the first run.

  • #2 Moniak (.284): 0-3 with an RBI, SF
  • #7 Sanchez (0-2, 2.79): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 58 pitches, 41 strikes
  • #16 Medina (0-2, 1.71): DNP
  • #19 Brito (.327): 0-4
  • #26 Romero (0-1, 2.75): DNP

Williamsport (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 19th at State College.

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

GCL Phillies (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 26th v. Yankees West.

DSL Phillies (0-0) – first game on Saturday, June 3rd.

DSL Phillies2 (0-0) – first game on Saturday, June 3rd.


I’ve been under the weather and haven’t been out of the house since the 22nd.  I watched some baseball that morning, but missed  two Threshers’ games that weekend and couldn’t make the short trip to Tampa for the Yankees’ series.  I expect to be back at ball games tomorrow. These are the notes I have from the games that Saturday morning against the Blue Jays.

  • We were told by one of the coaches a month ago to watch Jose Jimenez when he comes over in the next group of Dominican Academy kids.  Well, he was on the mound and didn’t impress.  He pitched two innings, had an 88-90 MPH FB, gave up a couple runs and a HR.  The 19-year old pitched fairly well as a reliever on DSL2 last year.  He showed composure on the mound when things didn’t go his way.
  • The Russian kid, soon-to-be 19-year old Anton Kuznetsov, pitched again.  This time I got velo on him – FB 85-86 MPH.  He’s a LHP.  He looks very deliberate in his motion.  Like he learned it from a book or video.  Nothing wrong with it, but he does look a little different, not as fluid.  He doesn’t speak much English.  The Phillies hire a translator to come over 2-3 times a week.  How tough is that for a teenager.  Leave home and travel half way around the world to a country that was your cold war enemy with a part-time translator.  And if he begins his pro career in the DSL, how many Russian-speaking translators do you think are down there?
  • Jhailyn Ortiz hit a solo HR and a 2-run double.  (He was with Roly’s GCL group)
  • Gregori Rivero hit a HR.
  • Kevin Gowdy pitched for Pat Borders’ group.  He was the victim of two, 2-out rallies.  He got two outs then couldn’t get the third.  He gave up 2 unearned runs, walked four.  A fielding error and a throwing error by the catcher led to the 2 runs.
  • Julian Garcia pitched two innings.  He walked his first batter but then picked him off first.  then he struck out the next two batters.  He allowed an infield single that beat the shift in his second inning.  He also walked another batter but retired the side on two pop ups and a fly out.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Oh, as you might have guessed, cable wars is over.  My wife finally got us the same level of service for less than half the cost – a savings of more than $2,000/year.  So, I’m off the Hot Spot on my cell phone and back to using high-speed internet.  Whee!!!

Transactions (and paper moves and one release on 4/30)

  • 4/30 – Phillies optioned RHP Luis Garcia to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/30 – Phillies recalled RHP Nick Pivetta from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/30 – RHP Tyler Viza assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 4/30 – RHP Shane Watson assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 4/30 – RHP Blake Quinn assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 4/30 – RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 4/30 – RHP Mauricio Llovera assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 4/30 – Lakewood BlueClaws released RHP Kenny Koplove.
  • 4/29 – Felix Paulino assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 4/29 – Lakewood BlueClaws activated RHP Trevor Bettencourt from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 4/28 – RHP Mauricio Llovera assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 4/28 – RHP Harold Arauz assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 4/27 – 1B Darick Hall assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 4/27 – 1B Alex Wojciechowski assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 4/27 – Cole Irvin assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Phillies Ext. Spring Training.
  • 4/27 – Keudy Bocio assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 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.


14 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/30/2017

  1. General thoughts on minors so far this year:
    * JP sending out signals he might be turning corner. Has to do it this month.
    * Might have to take trip to lakewood to see Sixto pitch. Was touching 99 yesterday.
    * Randolph will be 20 next month. Lets go kid.

    1. That pitch had a ton of movement … I guess the 11 days between starts was worth the wait!

  2. LKW has the second lowest BA in the SAL. They are dead last in OBP, SLG and OPS. They’ve scored the least number of runs, are last in Triples and RBIs and tied for last in HRs. In fact, they are near the bottom in every offensive category except Ks. They are in the middle of the pack for that. For this team to be 1 game over .500 shows the strength of the pitching on this team.

    1. The Phillies pitching prospects in both the minors and majors are so far ahead of the hitting prospects in both quality and quantity that I don’t see how it can be argued against the Phillies taking the best hitting prospect available in the June draft. No comparison between the hitting and pitching prospects from top to bottom.

      1. You take the BPA unless it’s a toss-up. Drafting by need is not a good idea. If the next Clayton Kershaw is there, you take him unless he’s competing against the next Mike Trout.

    1. At Reading game Sunday. Disappointed that they gave Kingery a day off. Was 1st chance to see him . Several comments.

      1. Only batter that impressed was Tromp. Pullin had a bad day against the lefty.
      2. Don’t know what hitters approach was. Many 1-2 pitch outs. They left the Portland pitcher throw only 61 pitches thru 6 innings.
      3. Watson had a Velasquez game. LOt of swing and misses early. Then many foul balls. and strike 1 to only maybe every 4th batter. As a result, despite giving up no
      runs and only 5 hits, he was gassed by the 4th inning and gone after 5 with 100 pitches. Needs to be way more economical with pitch count.
      4. Denato very unimpressive. No velocity or control.
      5.Numata looked bad. Thought he was a defensive catcher. Portland was taking extra bases and bunting often. Many balls bounced away to advance runners.

  3. I’m going out on a limb and I’m gonna say JP hits 300 or dam close to it for the month of May.
    I know BA not the greatest stay at determining success but that is where I’m calling my shot.

    1. High .300s OBP will be an even better gauge of which direction he’s headed.

      1. I was thinking of adding in an OBP to my prediction, I guess we can go with yours of let’s say 380 for the month!

  4. Sixto’s peripherals are in line with what he did last year even if his record and ERA are not. He’s got roughly the same WHIP and his K/per 9, which was a rare, relatively weak spot, is very strong this year. And, of course, the scouting reports could hardly be much better.

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