Box Score Recap – 5/1/2017

Only two games last night.

Reading dropped the series opener against New Hampshire.

Clearwater banged 3 home runs to open their short, 4-game home stand against Jupiter.

Lehigh Valley (12-11) no game scheduled.

  • #1 Crawford (.145):
  • #3 Alfaro (.333):
  • #4 Williams (.276):
  • #6 Quinn (.262):
  • #9 Cozens (.136):
  • #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): called up to Philadelphia
  • #13 Hoskins (.338):
  • #17 Pinto (2-2, 3.14):
  • #20 Appel (1-2, 6.11):
  • #25 Lively (3-1, 2.25):
  • #30 Valentin (.246):

Reading (11-9) lost to New Hampshire, 1-0.  Brandon Liebrandy (2-1, 2.86) gave up 4 earned runs on 7 hits and a walk in 6.0 innings.  He struck out 4 and gave up 2 HR.  Yacksel Rios and Tom Windle pitched 3.o shut out innings in relief.  Kyle Martin, Jiandido Tromp, and Aaron Brown had 2 hits each.  Martin had the lone RBI.

  • #11 Kingery (.278): 1-4 with a run scored, K.
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (1-0, 8.59): DNP
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci (.301): 0-3 with a K
  • #28 Canelo (.245): 0-3
  • Pullin (.337): 1-4 with a double
  • Tromp (.281): 2-4 with a K

Clearwater (17-8) beat Jupiter, 7-3 behind a valiant effort from Seranthony Dominguez (3-0, 1.44).

Dominguez slogged through a 2-run, 31-pitch first inning.  He looked like he might be nibbling as he threw 16 balls to 15 strikes.  He pitched behind, only threw 3 of 7 first pitch strikes, and walked two.  He threw 24 FB in the inning, mostly 96-97 MPH, but touched 98 MPH the only 3 times he did for the night.

Dominguez relies primarily on his FB.  He spots his SL, and to a lesser extent his CH and CB.  He settled down after the first inning and kept the Hammerheads off balance with his full arsenal  Over the next 5.0 innings, Dominguez threw 69 pitches (12, 14, 12, 16, and 15).  In the second inning, all 12 pitches he threw were strikes.  He allowed just 4 more singles and recorded his 6 strike outs.

Dominguez line was 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 100 pitches, 62 strikes, 60 game score.  He threw 74 FB, 17 SL, 8 CH, 1 CB.

Of his 62 strikes, Dominguez induced 17 swings (27.4%), 14 called (22.6%), 14 fouls (22.6%), 6 base hits, and 11 outs including 7 ground balls (including a double play, 3 fly balls, and a liner back to the pitcher.  The DP was a nice 3-6-1 in the sixth inning.

He recorded 5 Ks swinging at pitches of 97, 97, 96, 82, and 83 MPH (3 FB, 2 CH).  His final K came looking by the last batter he faced at an 88 MPH SL.

Dominguez was sent out to pitch the 6th inning with a pitch total of 85.  He battled through the inning.  The DP really helped.  He struggled with the strike zone throwing only 8 of 15 pitches for strikes, and fell behind two of the three batters he faced.

Dominguez velocity also returned for a few pitches in the sixth.  His velo ran like this –

  • Velo    1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th    Tot
  •   98       3       0       0       0       0       0        3
  •   97       7       3       1       0       0       1     12
  •   96       9       3       0       3       1       3     19
  •   95       4       1       8       4       7       3     27
  •   94       0       1       0       1       5       3     10
  •   93       0       0       0             0       1        2
  •   92       0       0       0       1       0       0        1
  • Tot     23      8       9     10     13     11     74

Solo home runs by Emmanuel Marrero (3) and Mark Laird (1) and a double play ball by Damek Tomscha (.326) gave Dominguez the lead in the third inning.  The Threshers padded their lead in the fifth on Wilson Garcia’s RBI single and Deivi Grullon’s 3-run home run (3).

Garcia and Herlis Rodriguez (.329) had 2-hit games.  Every Threshers’ starter had at least one hit.  Jose Pujols and Cornelius Randolph had the night off.  Drew Stankiewicz (.306) has also crept above .300.

  • #5 Kilome (2-1, 2.28): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.203): DNP
  • #27 Ed. Garcia (0-0, 5.19): DNP
  • #29 Pujols (.181): DNP

Lakewood (13-12) no game scheduled.

  • #2 Moniak (.284):
  • #7 Sanchez (0-2, 2.79):
  • #16 Medina (0-2, 1.71):
  • #19 Brito (.327):
  • #26 Romero (0-1, 2.75):

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.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (and paper moves)

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Since it was such a short docket for our affiliates, I pulled this from one of the spreadsheets I keep.  This shows the effectiveness of the Clearwater Threshers starting rotation.  They are a large part why the Threshers are 17-8 so far this season.

DATE PLAYER RESULT IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
6-Apr Eflin (W, 1-0) 5.0 1 0 0 0 6 0 0.00
7-Apr Taveras 4.1 5 2 1 2 9 0 2.08
13-Apr Taveras (W, 1-0) 5.1 5 0 0 3 4 0 0.93
19-Apr Taveras (W,2-0) 7.0 6 1 1 1 4 0 1.08
26-Apr Taveras (W,3-0) 6.0 7 2 2 1 5 0 1.59
8-Apr Kilome 4.2 6 4 3 3 5 0 5.79
13-Apr Kilome (L, 0-1) 6.0 7 1 1 0 7 0 3.38
20-Apr Kilome (W,1-1) 6.0 4 1 1 2 5 1 2.70
27-Apr Kilome (W,2-1) 7.0 7 1 1 0 5 0 2.28
9-Apr Irvin (W, 1-0) 6.0 2 0 0 1 8 0 0.00
14-Apr Irvin (W, 2-0) 7.0 6 1 1 1 2 0 0.69
21-Apr Irvin (L,2-1) 7.0 8 3 1 1 7 0 0.90
28-Apr Irvin (W,3-1) 6.0 6 1 1 0 3 0 1.04
10-Apr Tirado (W, 1-0) 6.0 3 0 0 4 3 0 0.00
15-Apr Tirado 6.0 2 0 0 3 4 0 0.00
22-Apr Tirado 6.0 6 2 2 2 7 1 1.00
29-Apr Tirado (L,1-1) 4.2 6 4 4 3 5 1 2.38
11-Apr Quinn,B. 4.2 6 2 1 0 4 0 1.93
17-Apr Quinn,B. (L,0-1) 5.0 5 4 4 3 2 0 4.66
23-Apr Quinn,B. 6.0 4 0 0 2 6 0 2.87
30-Apr Quinn 3.2 6 1 1 3 3 1 2.79
12-Apr Dominguez (W, 1-0) 6.0 3 1 1 0 10 0 1.13
18-Apr Dominguez (W,2-0) 5.0 1 1 0 3 6 0 0.69
25-Apr Dominguez 6.0 4 1 1 2 5 1 0.95
1-May Dominguez (W,3-0) 6.0 6 2 2 2 6 0 1.44
14-3 142.1 122 35 29 42 131 5 2.21

The big surprise for me is how well the offense is performing.  Before the season started, I commented to people toward the end of spring training that the starting rotation would have to pitch well early in games to give the offense a chance to get untracked.  When Eflin pitched a five shutout innings in the opener, I snarkily remarked that Eflin provided the Threshers’ starters the blue print for getting a win.

I readily admit that I was wrong.  While they are only 8th in runs scored in a 12 team league, their .269/.324/.413/.737 slash ranks 4th/7th/2nd/3rd.  They lead the league with 26 HR (and that’s with zero from Jose Pujols).  They rank middle-of-the-pack in strike outs and have the second lowest walk total.  That may catch up with them, but right now, they’re hitting enough to support a pretty good rotation.

11 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/1/2017

  1. Tromp is a guy who keeps showing up in box scores as a good player. He shows some inconsistency and his Ks are pretty alarming — not like Pujols but pretty high– but let’s take a deeper look. Tromp is 23 in AA. He comes from Aruba, known more as a vacation spot than baseball paradise. He’s hitting .281/.324/.484 with a .808 OPS. The next stop is what do the splits look like. Home/away splits show he hits for a slightly higher average at home but he’s shown more slugging capability on the road. His left/right splits are the starkest. The righty swinger is hitting .500/.522/.727 against lefties. He’s hitting .167/.222/.357 against righties. He has nearly twice as many ABs against righties as lefties. He strikes out 40% of the time against righties but his 2 HRs are against righties too. If he hit against lefties everyday, he’d be a Hall of Famer but alas he’ll face far more righties. Learn to hit them and he could become a very good player. Don’t figure them out then AA is your last playing spot.

    1. I guess you have never watched the little league worlds series , where Aruba almost always shows up , and I believe won the whole thing not that long ago, so if the kids are playing it , I guess it has to be cool

  2. “C” Randolph just came back the other day after a brief suspension. Any reason he was missing from the lineup last night?

  3. Grullon with the rare Avg higher than OBP so far this year (.270 to .267). The 3 HRs are nice but the 0/20 BB/SO split is not. Was happy to see the power output but once I dug a little deeper it showed his peripherals are out of whack! Any firsthand accounts on his overall makeup Jim? Has his defense kept up with reports in previous years where Defense is what will get him to the Majors??

  4. A heads up to those with Milb.tv, Lakewood will be on tonight vs Charleston. The pitching for the series is listed as, Tues – Falter, Wed – Romero, Thru – Suarez. They are also showing the series this weekend vs Columbia so a good chance to catch several games.

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