Box Score Recap – 5/8/2017

Lehigh Valley shut out Rochester behind Tom Eshelman’s debut.

Reading won behind Drew Anderson’s 5-inning perfect game bid.

Clearwater won behind Jose Taveras’ quality performance.

Lakewood lost despite some fine pitching after the first inning.

Lehigh Valley (17-13) shut out Rochester, 9-0.

Tom Eshelman (1-0, 0.00) made his AAA debut and tossed eight shutout innings.  He held the Red Wings to 4 hits and a walk while striking out 6 batters.  Adam Morgan (6.97) pitched a one-hit ninth inning.

Every starter had at least one hit.  Roman Quinn, Jorge Alfaro, Rhys Hoskins, and Ty Kelly contributed 2 hits apiece.  Alfaro and Kelly scored twice each.  Kelly hit his first HR.  Williams had 2 of the IronPigs 5 RBI, 4 runs scored on throwing errors.

  • #1 Crawford (.153): 1-5 with a run scored
  • #3 Alfaro (.326): 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, RBI (14), 2 K, HBP
  • #4 Williams (.278): 1-3 with a run scored, 2 RBI (10), K, SF
  • #6 Quinn (.257): 2-5 with a double, RBI (8), K
  • #9 Cozens (.175): 1-4 with a run scored, K, SB (1)
  • #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): called up to Philadelphia
  • #13 Hoskins (.343): 2-4 with a run scored, K
  • #17 Pinto (2-3, 4.83): DNP
  • #20 Appel (2-2, 5.93):DNP
  • #25 Lively (3-1, 2.79): DNP
  • #30 Valentin (.238): 1-4

Reading (16-11) beat Bowie, 2-1.

Drew Anderson pitched 7.0, one-run innings.  He retired the first 15 batters before allowing a lead off single and one-out single in the sixth inning.  He lost his shutout bid on a two-out solo home run in the seventh inning.  it is interesting to note that Anderson struck out the side in the sixth, and retired the batter he faced after the HR on a strike out.

Anderson (3-0, 5.53) allowed just the one run on 3 hits.  He walked none and struck out ten.  He threw 101 pitches, 70 strikes.  Yacksel Rios (2.04) and Jessen Therrien (1.53) each retired 3 batters in the final two innings.  Therrien recorded his 6th save.

Mitch Walding (.163) provided the first run with his 4th HR in the second inning.  Carlos Tocci had 3 hits and drove in the eventual deciding run in the seventh inning.  Aaron Brown (.250) added two hits.  Scott Kingery stole his 7th base.

  • #11 Kingery (.287): 0-3 with a run scored, BB, K, SB (7)
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (3-0, 5.53): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 1 HR, 101 pitches, 70 strikes
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci (.323): 3-4 with an RBI (14), K
  • #28 Canelo (.262): 0-3
  • Pullin (.299): 1-3 with a BB, K
  • Tromp (.280): 1-3 with a BB

Clearwater (20-12) beat Charlotte, 2-1.

Jose Taveras (4-1, 1.70) had another fine start.  He gave up one run in 7.0 innings on 6 hits and 2 walks.  He only struck out 4, but he kept the Stone Crabs off balance most of the night.  His FB sat 90-92, touching 93 MPH through six innings.  In the fifth inning, one pitch spiked to 100 MPH.  In the seventh, the stadium gun went crazy registering a half dozen pitches at 100 or better as well as several pitches around 70 MPH.  So, I’m going to forego presenting the usual pitch data since it is questionable at best.

Taveras did thwart Charlotte all evening.  He recorded his first two strike outs in a 1-2-3 first inning.  He retired the side in order again in the second inning on 2 routine fly balls to center and a come backer to the mound.  He continued retiring batters until the Stone Crabs got their first base runner with two out in the third.

Taveras experienced his only difficulty in the 23-pitch third inning.  After getting the first two outs, a single, walk, and double produced the game’s first run.  He ended the inning with a strike out.

Taveras continued his strong outing, avoiding any real trouble with key at bats – a double play after a lead off single, a strike out after a successful hit and run, and weak contact when needed.

The Threshers only managed two hits of their own.  However, one was a two-run double by Wilson Garcia after two of their 5 walks.  Taveras made those two runs stand up.

Jeff Singer (1.72) pitched two one-hit innings to close out the victory and earn his 7th save.

  • # 5 Kilome (2-1, 2.51): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.190): 0-3, with a BB, K
  • #27 Ed. Garcia (0-0, 3.55): DNP
  • #29 Pujols (.174): 0-3 with a K

Lakewood (19-13) lost to Columbia, 5-1.

Bailey Falter (1-2, 4.50) pitched well after a 3-run first inning where he allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, and a 3-run HR.  He gave up another hit and walk in the second inning, but then retired 13 men in a row through the end of the sixth inning.  Mauricio Llovera (1.23) gave up 2 unearned runs.  Ismael Cabrera pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The BlueClaws bats were quieted.  They only managed 4 hits – 3 singles (Mickey Moniak, Brett Barbier, and Luke Williams) and a double by Henri Lartigue.  Barbier scored their only run, Lartigue their only RBI.  Twelve BlueClaws struck out –  Lartigue, Darick Hall, and Cord Sandberg three times each.

  • #2 Moniak (.282): 1-4 with a K
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
  • #16 Medina (0-2, 2.16): DNP
  • #19 Brito (.285): 0-4 with a K
  • #26 Romero (1-1, 2.92): 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.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (and paper moves)

The Gwinnett Braves released Ryan Howard on 5/8/2017.

  • 5/8 – RHP Tom Eshelman assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 5/8 – LHP Wander Perez assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

 

20 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/8/2017

  1. I’ve read a few comments on this site about Jesen Therrien. I thought they were far too glowing to be taken seriously but I pulled up his stats and I’m impressed. The 24 y/o Canadian has been in 13 games and a total of 17 2/3 innings. He has 27 Ks and 3 BBs and 6 saves in 6 opportunities. He’s only given up 6 hits and 1 HR. I know that 24 is a little long in the tooth but Canadians usually take a little more time to catch up to the players that play nearly year round. He should get bumped up by July and then we’ll get to see if he’s ready for the big leagues.

    SAL pitchers might have figured Danny Brito out. In his last 5 games, he’s 1 for 22. In his last 10 games, he’s hitting .182. The 19 y/o has to make adjustments to what the pitchers have figured out. He’ll do it. It’s all part of the learning curve.

  2. Looks like Brito’s going through a little slump. Hopefully he bounces back.

  3. Great game for Drew Anderson! His best game pitched this season. JDT and Rios are the heart of REA bullpen. I like JDT over Rios because of his better pitch mix — both are going to make it interesting come November. I’m not sure if there’s spot to protect both of them.

  4. What is everyone’s thoughts on the first month of the MiLB season? Kind of surprised that the pitching is ahead of the pitching in the Phillies system. Honestly thought it might be the other way around.

    Looking for the LHV team to break out soon. Thoughts?

    1. Hop on over to the May 8th weekly Phillies thread. You’ll find plenty of answers there.

    2. I guess that you meant that the pitching is ahead of the hitting. Isn’t that usually the case in the early season, especially in the Northeast because of weather conditions?

  5. Hoskins looks like he can play. He has hit well at every level, and I am looking forward to another 8 weeks of this and then, maybe, a promotion. Tocci has hit really well at Reading and is a Gold Glove CF. His hit tool is not one that is helped by playing at Reading, so it is a very good sign for him. Overall, very disappointed in the lack of success for LHV, and excited about the SP at the lower levels.

    1. Well the IronPigs have won 4 in a row and are in a virtual tie for first place having won more games than any other team in the division. So there’s that. But it hasn’t always been pretty.

      I don’t think Tocci has been helped by Reading stadium at all. If he had 5 HR then yes, but smaller outfield is likely costing him doubles and triples–thing I’ve been impressed with the most is that he’s a really good base runner. High baseball IQ as advertised, I guess.

  6. Carlos. Tocci.

    The clock is starting to wind down for Cord Sandberg. I am curious to see if he pursues college football again, as he was once a highly touted QB prospect.

  7. Brito is obviously in a terrible slump but this actually could help him in the long run. Hopefully he’ll work himself out of the slump and learn some things that will help him later on. Congrats to Eshelman on a great AAA debut. He certainly earned himself another start or two. With Thompson and Pivetta in the majors now, plus Eflin who will be staying there, Eshelman could stay at LHV. Nola should get a start or two shortly and that will impact other moves. As for AA, who will get Eshelman’s starts there? Dominguez? Richy healthy? Anderson has certainly been trending up so let’s hope he can back this excellent start up with another good start next time. I agree with others that Therrien is pitching great and is close to a promotion but so is Singer. Those moves could happen simultaneously. We’re still a few weeks away from promotions but several guys are earning them.

  8. Brito is obviously in a terrible slump but this actually could help him in the long run. Hopefully he’ll work himself out of the slump and learn some things that will help him later on. Congrats to Eshelman on a great AAA debut. He certainly earned himself another start or two. With Thompson and Pivetta in the majors now, plus Eflin who will be staying there, Eshelman could stay at LHV. Nola should get a start or two shortly and that will impact other moves. As for AA, who will get Eshelman’s starts there? Dominguez? Richy healthy? Anderson has certainly been trending up so let’s hope he can back this excellent start up with another good start next time. I agree with others that Therrien is pitching great and is close to a promotion but so is Singer. Those moves could happen simultaneously. We’re still a few weeks away from promotions but several guys are earning them.

  9. I posted this on the May 8 Weekly. What is the difference between Eshelman and Alec Asher? Aren’t they pretty much the same?

    1. No, they are not the same. Asher is kind of a junkballer – more of sinker guy. Eshelman has more upside – he has 80 FB command.

  10. Some of Lehigh’s prospects like Cozens are trending toward better K/bb ratio as they’ve begun the new month. Overall offense is improving. Controlling the strike zone remains the standard by which promotions will be given. Alfaro may be an exception regarding his almost non-existent BB rate. If he can be more selective, that should improve.

  11. Reading needs a starter to replace Eshelman and has no starter for tomorrow. Clearwater’s scheduled starter for tomorrow is Irvin. They wouldn’t bump him up so soon would they?

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