Box Score Recap – 5/9/2017

Lehigh Valley got a quality start from Ben Lively and won.

Reading came back from an early deficit only to lose late.

Clearwater couldn’t come back from an early deficit.

Lakewood had the night off.

Lehigh Valley (18-13) beat Rochester, 4-1.

Ben Lively (4-1, 2.48) picked up his fourth win.  He held Rochester to one run on 7 hits and a walk in 7.1 innings.  He was relieved after retiring the lead off batter in the eighth inning.  Adam Morgan (6.75) came in to record a strike out, but was yanked after a walk.  Pedro Beato struck out two while earning the 4-out save (7).

Roman Quinn and J.P. Crawford had 2 hits apiece.  Crawford, Cameron Perkins, and Rhys Hoskins each drove in a run.

  • #1 Crawford (.167): 2-4 with a run scored, RBI (7)
  • #3 Alfaro (.326): DNP
  • #4 Williams (.267): 0-4 with 2 K
  • #6 Quinn (.269): 2-3 with a run scored, BB, K
  • #9 Cozens (.178): 1-4 with 2 K
  • #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): called up to Philadelphia
  • #13 Hoskins (.330): 0-4 with an RBI (21), 2 K
  • #17 Pinto (2-3, 4.83): DNP
  • #20 Appel (2-2, 5.93):DNP
  • #25 Lively (4-1, 2.48): 7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 80 pitches, 56 strikes
  • #30 Valentin (.238): DNP

Reading (16-12) lost to Bowie, 7-6.

Tyler Viza (7.36) lasted 3.1 innings. He gave up 6 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits and 2 walks.  Alexis Rivero (1.93) allowed an inherited runner to score but shut the Baysox down for 2.2 innings.  Tom Windle (7.45) pitched a shutout inning.  Miguel Nunez (0-2, 2.03) went two innings and gave up the go ahead run on a solo home run in the ninth inning.

After falling behind 6-0, the Phils scored in the next four innings to forge a tie.  Andrew Pullin had 4 hits, Malquin Canelo had three.  Pullin stroked his 8th HR and had 3 RBI.  The Phils turned 3 double plays.

Pullin started the come back with a lead off solo HR in the fourth.  Carlos Tocci singled and scored on Chace Numata’s double.  Aaron Brown walked and Canelo double to begin the fifth and Pullin singled them both home.  A fielding error allowed the fifth run to score in the sixth inning.  Pullin scored the tying run in the seventh on Osmel Aguila’s RBI single.

  • #11 Kingery (.276): 0-4 with a BB, 3 K
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (3-0, 5.53): DNP
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci (.317): 1-5 with a run scored, K
  • #28 Canelo (.292): 3-4 with a run scored, double
  • Pullin (.321): 4-5 with 2 runs scored, double, HR (8), 3 RBI (23)
  • Tromp (.277): 0-1

Clearwater (20-13) lost to Charlotte, 6-2.

Franklyn Kilome saw his ERA climb by over a run from 2.51 to 3.68.  He couldn’t get out of a 42-pitch first inning.  Kilome faced 8 batters, ran 5 three-ball counts, began the game with a solo HR (on his first 3-ball count), walked 4 consecutive batters, struck out 2 batters, threw only 18 strikes (42.9%), and pitched behind all night (2 of 8 first pitch strikes).

When Kilome gave up a bases-loaded single to his eighth batter, the Threshers found themselves in a 4-0 hole.  Kilome’s fastball sat 94-95 MPH.  He touched 96 and 97 MPH.  He threw 33 FB (78.6%), 16 for strikes.

Luke Leftwich (5.21) allowed two runs to complete the early 6-0 hole.  Ranfi Casimiro (5.00) pitched 3.0 shutout innings.  Matt Hockenberry pitched 2.0 shutout innings.

The Threshers mounted very little offense.  Jose Pujols hit his second home run.  Drew Stankiewicz had an RBI single.  They had two other hits, both singles.  They did draw 5 walks, but couldn’t get the key hit.

  • # 5 Kilome (2-2, 3.68): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 42 pitches, 18 strikes
  • #10 Randolph (.184): 0-3, with a BB, K
  • #27 Ed. Garcia (0-0, 3.55): DNP
  • #29 Pujols (.177): 1-4 with a run scored, HR (2), RBI (10), 2 K

Lakewood (19-13) DNP.

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

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)

  • 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.


50 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/9/2017

  1. Multi-hit game of JPC–positive sign. What’s going on with Randolph?

    1. I think, with younger players like Randolph, you need to give them the entire year to see if they will turn the corner. That said, Randolph’s showing thus far has been beyond disappointing. Randolph’s calling card and really only significant strength (outside of his plate discipline, which is also iffy) is his hit tool. If he doesn’t have that he’s not much of a prospect. I’m no longer bullish on him – he is no longer in my top 10 and would probably barely make my top 20 – and dropping fast.

      JPC has a pretty long history of success in the minors and his plate discipline has continued to be excellent. I saw some of his ABs recently and he looks much less tentative at the plate.

      1. I think Randolph just isnt comfortable yet. Seen him 3 times this year and everytime he is wearing diffrent glasses or no glasses. Not sure if is comfortable at plate yet. Saying that when I did see him he hasnt look as bad at the plate as Pujouls has. C hit the ball hard everytime I saw him sometimes just right at people. Im sure Jim has seen him plenty and may have a better understanding of what is going on with his game.

        1. That’s good to know. As I said, I think we need to see a full year of young player like C before we begin drawing and possible conclusions, but his standing is uncertain right now.

    2. Randolph is still young for his level. I expect him to adjust and have not downgraded his hit tool.

  2. Man, when Kilome is off he is really off. It probably has to do with his size and problems repeating his delivery.

  3. Have to say it takes alot of patience to watch the younger players “mature” into possible ml regulars. There appears to be some real “downers” in JPC, Randolph, Pujols, Cozens, Williams, and even Kilome given his inconsistency. OTOH – the kid pitchers Sanchez, Taveras, Dominguez are reason for encouragement. It looks like it will be a roller coaster ride from here on out. That said, team looks to need more impact outfielders.

  4. All four minor league teams so far having winning records, collectively 75-51, .595
    That’s a good start for a developmental year. I’m especially encouraged by Lehigh who have been sluggish getting going but are now beginning to find their legs. The bats in particular.

  5. Lively just continues to win, it’s very interesting. He’ll have to get a shot at some point. My guess is they’ll swap Thompson and Lively soon.
    Kilome start very discouraging. JP, Quinn, Canelo, and Pullin very encouraging night.

    1. I’m not too concerned with Kilome’s bad start . But it does show that he needs to learn what to do when he doesn’t have it. He’s still in A ball so he has time to learn it. It does remind me a bit of Ethan Martin. He was another guy who he when he was off just got had no way to recover.

      1. I’ve been making the Ethan Martin comparison for some time now. Reliance on an overpowering fastball but locating it can be a problem, and little in the way of secondary pitches. Lets hope somebody can get through to Kilome and teach him to pitch. That being said, he IS off to the best start of his career, so there is hope.

        1. The one key difference between Martin and Kilome….Martin injured his shoulder at the tail end of 2013, the off season rest did not help and St 2014 he was shut down and when he came back he lost his 93/94 velo and some of his command.
          If Kilome can avoid the arm injuries he should progress fairly well up the rung.

      2. I am very concerned. he is almost 22 in low a and getting hit. Looks like three to four years away. That concerns me

        1. You’re talking about Kilome? He’s 21 in Hi-A with a 3.68 ERA. 30 strikeouts and 9 walks in 29 IP. That’s very concerning?

    1. They are, but Pullin has something to work on – his platoon splits are not good at all. He can get away with it while at AA, but AAA and the majors will expose that weakness in a big way unless he improves. I love the swing, but he has to at least become passable against lefties.

  6. I’m beginning to notice that the big club is simply going to have to spend $ to get the program back into the swing of things. Then patch with prospects here and there.

    1. I think they are looking to do the opposite – build with prospects and fill holes with free agents. If you build with free agents, you end up with an expensive team that gets old fast, like the 2011 Phillies. They are trying to avoid that routine again.

      Right now, they are in the middle of the build-with-prospects process and it is just starting to produce positive results. It’s sometimes frustrating because they are trying to sift through so many guys at the same time. That said, I think they are roughly on track with the team that should be in playoff contention either in 2018 or 2019.

    2. Well there lineup is good enough to win . There bp along with Mac can’t seem to
      Pull a pitcher that doesn’t have it. Benoit is 40 didn’t​ have it today he couldn’t his spots . What the hell can you teach a 40ty pitcher in that situation. I think the Phillies have out grown Mac very good man bty there was 5 balls 1Ibb in that ing. Just no reason they off tomorrow. This is the third team in a row that has Teed off on there bp.

  7. Looks like Mr. Quinn and Mr. Crawford are starting to get things in gear. I can see Quinn as the 1st position player call up of the LHV prospects. Will be really interesting. If it is me, it is Kendrick to 1B, Quinn to RF, Obie to LF and AA in CF. That my friends is a solid defensive outfield with a good blend of power and speed.

      1. Quinn has a rifle too – he was a shortstop and it wouldn’t surprise me if he could throw 95 MPH from the mound. He can really air it out.

      1. When the offense and pitching finally converge, then we’ll be in contention. In the meantime, hopefully Joseph, Rupp and Co can build their trade value. As much as I like Eickhoff, Velasquez, and Nola, we’ll be needing an ace BAD!!

        1. To dream the impossible dream. Not with this pitching staff. and lack of clutch hitters. and a bad manager

          1. rocco….there is that frequently over-used word again, ‘clutch’.
            What determines that meaning……RISP?….BA/OBP?….OPS+?…..WAR?
            I have to assume you probably think right now Franco is not a clutch hitter, especially hitting out of the 4hole?
            Cesar on the other hand, has been clutch all season so far..

            1. Without stats in front of me. I Look at a hitter in a different way then most on here. With two strikes does he shorten his swing to try to score the runner. Does he try to move a runner with less than two outs and two strike count, Can he bunt a guy along. lots of meaning for me to a clutch hitter, Franco at bat the other night when they won with bases loaded, was terrible. he was lost at the plate. and blanco was just as bad.

            2. Romus put in “Clutch” in Fangrahs search. Mr Clutch Galvis has 5 game winning Rbi’s .

    1. I would think they’d need to sign somebody to play RF with more power: JD Martinez, Bryce Harper, Cargo, whomever. I don’t see enough offense there on a contending team. There’s not enough firepower elsewhere to compensate.

  8. Who is the better defensive CF, Altherr or Quinn? I have always envisioned AA in RF and Quinn in CF. Quinn’s arm is very good, but Altherr has a gun.

    1. I would like to see Altherr in CF and Odubel in LF. Don’t think I’ve ever seen Odubel throw someone out at home. His arm is only slightly better than Revere.

    2. Altherr will be a stud IMO. Smooth as silk anywhere in the OF. He’s reached a maturation stage where yes he needs to keep improving but I think he’s found that happy place of confidence and owning his game. SSS perhaps, but the eye test says he’s a foundation piece. Good kid on top of everything else.

      1. He just hit another homer and, yes, since he’s honed his plate discipline and improved his hit tool, he’s doing everything extremely well. We will see what adjustments the league tries to make and whether he can keep up, but he’s looking like a core piece going forward. What a revelation.

      2. I’m ready to admit I was wrong about him. I had him pegged as a fourth outfielder but he’s been an absolute stud.

        He’s a reminder that development doesn’t occur linearly. He hasn’t truly broken out until his age 26 season. Guys like Williams, Crawford, Quinn, Cozens, etc are all so young. There’s plenty of time for them to adjust to AAA and eventually MLB pitching.

        1. It all started getting better when Altherr improved his plate discipline, which is not easy to do. Altherr really had a crummy 2014 in Reading as a 23 year-old. Most guys who fail at AA at that age never amount to anything. But Altherr was a different player beginning in 2015. I’ve told this story before but I went to Reading that spring, basically to watch Roman Quinn and left being blown away at how good of a ballplayer Aaron Altherr appeared to be – his overall skills stood out that much in a single game.

          1. As a teammate, Matt Stairs told J Werth to change his hands. As a coach ten yrs later, he does the same for another OF coming off a wrist injury.

            1. Dear Howie Kendrick – I don’t think you’re getting your job back.

  9. Saying that Randolph hasn’t looked as bad as Pujols is damning with faint praise. Randolph has a 28% K rate this year in 118 PAs. That is not a small sample size for K rate — it stabilizes at 60 PA. In fact, it stabilizes at a lower number of PA than any other offensive stat.

    OTOH, he HAS been unlucky. His BABIP is .227. So if we normalize his BABIP to .333, his BA would be .252. That’s a lot better. But he won’t succeed with a 28% K rate unless he develops much more power.

    Randolph turns 20 in 3 weeks. He’s 2.8 years younger than the average FSL player. Just for comparison, last year Tocci was 2.7 years younger than the average FSL player, he put up a mediocre OPS of .693 and was ranked by us at #26, which I thought was non-crazy ( I had him a half-dozen spots higher, but 26 was within the range of reasonableness).

    If Randolph doesn’t cut down his strikeouts, but his BABIP normalizes and he ends up with a .700-ish OPS, I’m not sure that even equates to as high as Tocci was ranked, given the defensive difference.

    1. Question….why do you have Randolph’s hypothetical BABIP normalizing at .333 when his last approx. 500PAs between the two other A levels, he averages somewhere around .352….or is .333 the league average for the FSL?

      1. No good reason, Romus. I was trying to be favorable to him. He hasn’t had enough PAs in his MiLB career for BABIP to stabilize, and .333 is actually a good bit above average (though, as yuo noted, below what he has achieved so far in his career). Here’s some background from Fangraphs:

        “The average BABIP for hitters is around .300. If you see any player that deviates from this average to an extreme, they’re likely due for regression, but the best hitters in the league are capable of sporting BABIPs in the .350 range while the worst hitters might hang around .260. Research indicates that you need about 800 balls in play before a hitter’s BABIP “stabilizes.””

  10. Tonight, Crawford in his 4th time up, down 0-2 in the count, worked his 2nd BB of the game. He may never win a batting title but the kid has a knack for getting on. 16 straight games.

    1. Something to consider – if JPC manages to hit .250 with an OBP well over .325 (since he’d still likely collect about 100 BBs), and Freddy gives you .250 and 15-20 HRs, who would you prefer?

      On this bad team, Freddy.
      On the team to come?

      1. Correction – if JP hit .250 (say 125 for 500 ABs, walked 100 times = .375 OBP

      2. ROMUS was this kid palka drafted by phillies? he plays for rochester tonight against lhv

  11. Cozens starting to breakout, monster shot to end it 113 mph off of the bat. Nola good rehab outing.

    1. Its good development. When Hoskins & Cozens get going their a handful. Cozens being 2 years younger than Hoskins should be given proper time to develop plate discipline. Now is the time for him to learn from Hoskins that not everything needs to leave the yard.

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