Box Score Recap – 5/10/2017

Lehigh Valley won and is in a virtual tie at the top of the International League North Division.

Reading won is a game back in the Eastern League Eastern Division.

Clearwater lost but remained a game ahead in first place in the Florida State League North Division.

Lakewood won and has a half game lead in the South Atlantic League Northern Division.

Aaron Nola threw a decent rehab for Lehigh, John Richy made his first start in 2017, Cole Irvin struggled a little in Florida, and JoJo Romero tossed a gem for Lakewood.

Lehigh Valley (19-13) beat Rochester, 2-1 in 11 innings.

The IronPigs won in a walk off when Dylan Cozens led off the 11th inning with his 6th HR.  Cozens also doubled, had 3 hits, and scored both runs.

Aaron Nola pitched 4.0 innings.  He allowed one run on 4 hits and struck out three.  Five relievers shut out the Red Wings on 2 hits over the next seven innings.  Michael Mariot got the win.

  • #1 Crawford (.162): 0-3 with 2 BB
  • #3 Alfaro (.320): 1-5 with 3 K
  • #4 Williams (.267): DNP
  • #6 Quinn (.257): 0-5 with 2 K
  • #9 Cozens (.196): 3-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, HR (6), RBI (21)
  • #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): called up to Philadelphia
  • #13 Hoskins (.327): 1-4 with a K
  • #17 Pinto (2-3, 4.83): DNP
  • #20 Appel (2-2, 5.93):DNP
  • #25 Lively (4-1, 2.48): DNP
  • #30 Valentin (.239): 1-4

Reading (17-12) beat Bowie, 4-3.

John Richy went 4.2 innings in his first appearance of the 2017 season.  He allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out three.  Mario Sanchez (1-0. 2.41) followed and got the win.  Yacksel Rios (1.83) pitched teo no-hit innings. Jesen Therrien (1.45) racked up his 7th save.

Carlos Tocci had a two-hit game.  Osmel Aguila and Jiandido Tromp had 2 RBI each.

  • #11 Kingery (.275): 1-4 with a run scored
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (3-0, 5.53): DNP
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci (.324): 2-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 K
  • #28 Canelo (.292): DNP
  • Pullin (.322): 1-3 with a run scored, K, HBP
  • Tromp (.276): 1-4 with a double, 2 RBI (12), K

Clearwater (20-14) lost to Charlotte, 6-3.

Cole Irvin (2-2, 1.70) suffered the loss.  He allowed four runs (one earned) on 9 hits and a walk.  He gave up a solo HR and struck out three.  He lasted 5.0 innings, threw 83 pitches, 59 strikes.

Irvin lumbered through the first inning – 15 pitches, two 7-pitch at bats.  He gave up a lead off HR in the second followed by two singles.  Some poor base running by the Stone Crabs saved Irvin from more damage.  He rebounded with a 7-pitch, 7 strike third inning.

Irvin almost escaped trouble again in the fourth.  He induced a ground ball to short with two on and two out, but Emmanuel Marrero couldn’t handle the exchange from glove to throwing hand and 3 unearned runs scored before Irvin could get out of the inning.

Irvin loaded the bases again in the fifth with three, one-out singles and escaped again.

Irvin’s fastball sat 89-91 MPH.  He threw about 62% FB.  He threw 16 of 24 first pitch strikes (66.6%).

The Threshers scored first.  Cornelius Randolph RBI double over the center fielder’s head plated Zach Coppola in the first inning.  Randolph scored later in the inning on a fielding error.

After falling behind, the Threshers pulled within one run on a Grenny Cumana single.

The last Threshers’ scoring threat was squashed when Jose Pujols was picked off first with two on and one out in the sixth.  Austin Davis allowed the Crabs to tack on two runs in the eighth and the game was essentially out of reach.

Edgar Garcia threw two shut out innings and Jake Waguespack threw one.

  • # 5 Kilome (2-2, 3.68): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.187): 1-4 with a run scored, double, RBI, K
  • #27 Ed. Garcia (0-0, 3.07): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • #29 Pujols (.179): 1-4 with K

Lakewood (20-13) beat Greenville, 3-0.

JoJo Romero (2-1, 2.20) pitched 8.0, one-hit innings.  He walked 3 and struck out eight.  Trevor Bettencourt (1.08) picked up his third save with 3 strike outs in the ninth.

Darick Hall (.260) went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Cord Sandberg doubled and Mickey Moniak singled.

  • #2 Moniak (.281): 1-4 with a K
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
  • #16 Medina (0-2, 2.16): DNP
  • #19 Brito (.285): DNP
  • #26 Romero (2-1, 2.20): 8.0 IP, 1 H. 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 93 pitches, 58 strikes

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.

The Phillies saw their first roster casualty in a few weeks when the Lakewood BlueClaws released 3B Danny Zardon.

Transactions (and paper moves)

  • 5/10 – Lakewood BlueClaws released 3B Danny Zardon.
  • 5/10 – SS Raul Rivas assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from GCL Phillies.
  • 5/10 – Tyler Viza assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 5/10 – Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP John Richy from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 5/10 – Phillies optioned RHP Jake Thompson to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/9 – Austin Davis assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 5/9 – Jose Taveras assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 5/9 – Wander Perez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 5/9 – Phillies placed RHP Jeanmar Gomez on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to May 6, 2017. Right elbow impingement.
  • 5/9 – Phillies sent RHP Aaron Nola on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/9 – RHP Casey Fien assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/9 – Seattle Mariners traded RHP Casey Fien to Philadelphia Phillies for cash.
  • 5/9 – Phillies recalled Ty Kelly from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 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.


56 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/10/2017

  1. Jo Jo Romero has been pretty stingy in his last 5 outings. He started the year with a 4 inning 4 ER outing but since he’s been stellar. In his last 28 2/3 innings, he’s given up a total of 14 hits and 4 ERs. His ERA over that stretch is 1.28. He also has 31 Ks over the stretch but also has 13 BBs. I’d like to see him cut the BBs down a little but nothing else needs to change.

    LKW 3rd basemen have been pretty bad this year. Releasing Zardon wasn’t unforseen but Luke Williams has been twice as bad. The differences are age and draft position. Zardon is 22 and was a 17th round draft choice last year. Williams is 20 and a former 3rd rounder. Williams has shown little ability to hit anything more than singles and with a triple slash of .147/.209/.167. shown no ability at all. Maybe releasing Zardon will light a fire under Williams.

  2. Cozens is slowly finding his way, I love those walk off bombs. He just has so much power potential.
    Thompson back to LHV, who will go up?

    1. I’m a big Cozens fan no matter what happens with him in baseball the young man has carried himself very well given the stories that hung over him at the draft. By all accounts he has been a terrific citizen on and off the field.

    2. Who will go up?
      Perhaps Lively.
      He may make it to the mound this time.
      If so, better call the folks and get them to the game for his MLB debut.

      1. Nope, he just pitched so he’s not a candidate. On the 40 are Garcia and Appel, to add a 40 spot would allow Venditte or Mariot.

      1. FWIW I’m going to use Aaron Judge for context on Cozens because I saw a lot of AJ when he was in Trenton in 2015 and the discussion was always boom or bust and the boom people were citing his AA numbers then he gets called up that same year to AAA and the bust people were saying “see look I told you he wasn’t going to be anything special”

        AJ Trenton AA-Age 23 284/350/856 over 280 PA’s
        AJ Scranton AAA-Age 23 224/308/680 over 260 PA’s
        AJ Scranton Repeat Age 24 270/366/874 over 410 PA’s

        AA- Age 22 276/351/941 over 586 PA’s
        AAA- Age 23 after 126 PA’s 196/270/663
        AAA Repeat Age 24 ?/?/?

        1. just want to clarify, as I had to look it up to be sure. Your third “slash” figure is OPS and not slugging. I guess i’m just always used to the third one being slugging.

          1. Reversed math, in Cozens case his SLG should be .393
            OBP plus SLG will give you the OPS.
            OPS minus OBP gives you SLG

        2. Judge has started off red hot for the Yankees, but the last i looked he has a 30% K rate and was still hitting .330. Something will have to give if the K rate continues for him. It is hard to hit .330 with a 30% K rate. That is basically hitting .500 on balls in play?

          His success this season is far above his minor league numbers, I think he had 56 home runs in 1300 minor league ABs and 13 HR in 100 ABs this year. I will want to see a full season of results before I can “Judge” him. Could not resist.

          1. He is big and has a long swing , he is new and shiney so not much tape on what he does not do well, I think it will normalize and he will be a good player but I really doubt he hits 50 homers year after year.
            I remember Kevin Mass and Phil plantier had great starts and fizzled put it happens

      2. The walk rate with Dylan will end up being huge – as it is with Joey Gallo. He will need to fight off lefties well enough and get on base enough to allow his offensive game to flourish. He just needs a ton of at bats in AAA and needs to see a lot of lefties and guys who throw nasty breaking pitches. This is all part of the learning process. Dylan has enough upside to make him a very valuable player even if he is only a platoon outfielder. Dylan could hit 25-30 homers and have a .325-350 obp getting 450 plate appearances as a platoon guy – that would make him very valuable.

  3. Did I miss something with Luis garcia? Why did they send him down to begin with? He was pitching well. Doesn’t keeping him make more sense than pushing Thompson into a bullpen role? And at what point does Venditte get on the 40 man?

        1. It’s official – it was reported on CSN Philly. Contract through 2018 with option for 2019. It’s not a big deal.

      1. Sorry that is my speculation. But a reasonable possibility. Venditte has been lights out over 16 ip. Granted he may be a AAAA wonder but what have we to lose at this point?

  4. I’m not sure I like this Mack extension. I really don’t like the way he’s handled the bullpen in particular:
    1 – Jeanmar should not have been closer starting opening day.
    2 – He should have picked someone and gone with it, and stayed there.
    3 – I think he should have tried Adam Morgan more as a situational lefty rather than long man.
    4 – Use Neshek in more high leverage situations.

    1. agreed.
      but it could just be a courtesy extension- they can switch gears at any time and fire him (like trump/comey) without enough $ lost to make middleton lose any sleep.
      i certainly dont think he’s the manager for when it’s winning time.

          1. Trump / Comey
            Was what was being referred to,
            And honestly I come to this site for Phillies talk, and Phillies talk only so no politics please, it’s shoved down my throat all day. So this is were I get some respite

  5. JP with another bad game…

    Anyone wanna take a guess how far he falls in the mid-season top 100?

    I’m going with somewhere around 75.

      1. Oh nice – thanks for the update 8mark. I suppose it’s really all just a question of if he rebounds or finishes the year at this sort of level.

        Side note – was Rhys on the list?

      2. He’s actually got a 16 game on base streak. No he’s not tearing it up but he’s not regressing from April.

        1. Not tearing it up is an understatement, I think he’s slugging around .250 during this streak.

          It’s definitely a positive step but he needs to show way more IMO. We already know he can get on base.

          1. He certainly hasn’t driven the ball as the BA report points out. I posted on another thread (forgive me if I’m redundant) that if he can bat .250 (using 125 hits in 500 ABs as a scale) yet walks approx 100 times a season, his OBP would be roughly .375 making him a solid #2 hitter. Big question is how many XBHs can he accumulate. I sound like his apologist but I believe his maturity still at age 22 will pay off over the long haul. At worst he’ll be a bottom of the order guy who makes Web gem plays and scores runs. An off season strength program would accelerate his gap to gap development. Not sure if that’s been a mandate by the organization.

            1. Is he going to walk 100 times if he bats a weak .250 though?

              I don’t see him as the future #2 hole hitter on this team. I see that being Kingery with the leadoff hitter being some form of Quinn/Herrera/Moniak. I see JP as a 7/8 hitter until he can slug closer to .400.

              All I want/expect out of JP is a line like he put up in Reading 2017, somewhere around there: .265/.350/.400. With elite defense that is enough for me.

            2. For him to hit #2 for me, I’d need to see him have that .280+ batting average with a .380+ obp.

    1. Cannot agree with you there, 5 plate appearances, 2 BB, not so bad. Midseason is a long way off, given his age, I would think falls no more then 15-20.

  6. BA has their updated top 100 list

    13 MIckey Moniak
    19 JP Crawford
    32 Jorge Alfaro
    61 Sixto Sanchez
    88 Rhys Hoskins

    Behind paywall, there were words about Hoskins and Crawford

    Hoskins – At some point, you have to really consider a players track record. He is a high level performer throughout his career. Has been one of the best hitters in the minors this year. There is high bar for first basement, but he has the bat speed, plus power and patience to meet it

    Crawford – still young for the league. still controls the strike zone, but has not advanced as other high end SS prospects (Lindor, Correa, Seager) has struggled to drive the ball

    1. Chat question

      Richard (Roseville CA): Love BA and their chats .. But, I really don’t understand how you can have Mickey Moniak over a guy like Ronald Acuna ? Everything about Moniak so far spells solid player and everything about Acuna spells potential mega superstar … Yes, Acuna does strike out to much right now, but he has Moniak beat in every facet of the game excluding plate discipline and the power is not even close .. I guess BA is taking the wait and see approach before they put Acuna in the top 10 but there can’t be more than a handful of players in the minors with the talent of Acuna. Meanwhile Moniak looks very average every night. Acuna is two levels above Moniak as well and the numbers are not even close at all.

      Kyle Glaser: You’re underselling Moniak. Moniak is every bit as fast, every bit as good a defender in center, has better feel to hit. And don’t underestimate how much of a red flag Acuna’s 32 percent strikeout rate is. Acuna is explosive yes and occasionally electrifying, but Moniak has less holes in his game and matches his strengths with Acuna’s pretty well

      1. J (Philly): What kind of upside do you see for Rhys Hoskins?

        Kyle Glaser: I see a middle of the order first baseman who becomes a fan favorite in Philadelphia

        1. Joe (Philadelphia): What is the right move for JP Crawford? A return to Reading to improve his approach and find his swing or should the Phils continue to get him regular ABs in Lehigh?

          Kyle Glaser: Leave him in Lehigh at least a little longer to see if he can sort it out. If it’s still this bad by July, I make a move down

  7. Milner and Venditte are 40 man roster issues. They probably don’t drop a 40 man player for at least another month, maybe longer.

  8. No disagreement from me. There are others as well, but Morgan is the first one that comes to mind. I just think that they wait a bit.

    1. Pinto struggling again tonight. Any chance he’s dropped? I’m sure Morgan goes before him, no?

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