Box Score Recap – 5/11/2017

Lehigh Valley’s bats came alive in a 15-hit, 10-run attack against Buffalo.

Reading was shut out by Portland.

Clearwater shut out Tampa, their fourth shutout of the season..

Lakewood blew a couple leads before bowing to Greenville.

Lehigh Valley (20-13) beat Buffalo, 10-7.

Five IronPigs had multi-hit games.  Rhys Hoskins had four; Jorge Alfaro had three; and Dylan Cozens, Nick Williams, and Hector Gomez had two each.  Nobody homered, but Hoskins doubled, tripled, and drove in 5 runs.  After building an 8-3 lead, the IronPigs saw their lead melt away to a single run.  Hoskins and Williams picked up key RBIs in the eighth to provide the final margin.

Ricardo Pinto scrambled through 5.1 innings.  He allowed 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out four.  Colton Murray (5.19) and Hoby Milner (0.00) allowed inherited runners to score.  Pedro Beato (2.20) earned his eighth save.

  • #1 Crawford (.155): 0-5 with 2 runs scored
  • #3 Alfaro (.333): 3-5 with 3 runs scored, a double, K
  • #4 Williams (.274): 2-5 with 2 RBI (12), 2 K
  • #6 Quinn (.257): DNP
  • #9 Cozens (.207): 2-4 with 2 runs scored, an RBI (22), BB, K
  • #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): called up to Philadelphia
  • #13 Hoskins (.348): 4-5 with a run scored, double, triple, 5 RBI (26)
  • #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.35): 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  • #20 Appel (2-2, 5.93):DNP
  • #25 Lively (4-1, 2.48): DNP
  • #30 Valentin (.228): 0-4 with a BB

Reading (17-13) lost to Portland, 5-0.

Shane Watson (2-2, 4.76) gave up 3 runs in 6.0 innings on 10 hits (1 HR).  He recorded neither a walk nor a strike out, but threw a wild pitch.  Mario Hollands (3.60) gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk in 2.0 innings, and also launched a wild pitch.  Joe DeNato (1.50) struck out two in one inning of relief.

The Phils collected just seven hits.  Scott Kingery had three, Chace Numata had two.  Kingery and Jiandido Tromp had the only XBH, doubles.  Carlos Tocci went hitless but drew three walks.

  • #11 Kingery (.275): 3-4 with a double, BB
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (3-0, 5.53): DNP
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci (.318): 0-2 with 3 BB
  • #28 Canelo (.294): 1-3 with a BB, K
  • Pullin (.308): 0-5 with a K
  • Tromp (.275): 1-4 with a double, 2 K

Clearwater (21-14) beat Tampa, 2-0.  The Threshers scored in each of the first two innings and their pitchers made the two runs stand up.

Cornelius Randolph reached on a one-out triple in the first inning and scored on Damek Tomscha’s (.322) RBI single (19).  In the second inning, Grenny Cumana (.260) reached on a two-out HBP.  He advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Zach Coppola’s (.293) RBI single.

Alberto Tirado started and pitched like Alberto Tirado.  Five innings, 79 pitches, 39 strikes (49.6%).  He gave up 4 hits and 5 walks while striking out three.  His GO/FO ratio was 7:2.  He also picked a runner off first.

The bull pen combined to throw four shutout innings.  Matt Hockenberry (0.00) struck out three in teo, 2-hit innings.  Austin Davis (2.01) tossed a one-hit, one-K inning.  And Jeff Singer (1.62) picked up his 8th save with a clean, one-K inning.

Jan Hernandez committed his 10th error.  The Threshers turned four double plays.

  • # 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 (20-14) lost to Greenville, 6-5.

The BlueClaws provided starter Ranger Suarez (2.06) leads of 4-0 and 5-3, but he couldn’t maintain the lead.  Ismael Cabrera (2-1, 1.13) gave up a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning.  Felix Paulino (6.20) pitched a two strike out ninth inning.

Darick Hall (.273) had 2 hits and 2 RBI.  Henri Lartigue (.293) went 4-4 with a double and RBI.  Mickey Moniak (.280) doubled, walked, and scored a run.

  • #2 Moniak (.280): 1-4 with a run scored, double, BB, 2 K
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
  • #16 Medina (0-2, 2.16): DNP
  • #19 Brito (.284):1-4 with a run scored, BB, 2 K, SB (7)
  • #26 Romero (2-1, 2.20): 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)

  • 5/11 – LHP Zach Morris assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Phillies Ext. Spring Training.
  • 5/11 – RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 5/11 – Phillies optioned RHP Jake Thompson to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 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.


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

  1. If a starter has to be sent down to Reading from LHV, it should be Pinto. He started the year with 3 very nice outings. He gave up 3 ERs in 18 innings. His 4th outing was effective but he gave up 3 runs in 5.1 innings. Since then he’s been terrible. In his last 3 outings, he’s given up 16 runs in 13+ innings. BBs have been increasing and Ks have dropped. Eshelman showed he should stay for at least one more outing.

    1. My question who gets called up for bullpen help in big leagues? Appel? Pinto? Milner or Vendetti or both? I guess Appel and Pinto if they get moved to pen it would take a bit of time, plus its only a month into season so its to early to pull the plug on them as starters – I would wait till June at least

      1. Understand the need for starters at AAA….but Phillies should waste no more time with Appel as a starter and start developing him as a reliever in the same mode as they did with Ryan Madson a 10/11 years ago. Concentrate on his 2 best pitches and work with his stretch issues.

        1. I think Appel has more to work on than that. I would leave him in the rotation to work out issues with 2-sm/4-sm, command and control, and his delivery. If he’s a reliever he’s not going to be ready to help the Phillies anytime soon, anyway, And they need to figure out what they have with him this season.

          If there’s a guy to help in the relief corps it’s probably Pinto. The fast ball can be electric and the change can be devastating–just need to get finer control which may never come as a starter long-term. Some innings last night he did very well. Others not so much. I’d send him to the pen before I’d send him to Reading.

      2. Phillies will let Appel pitch himself out of being starter and so far he is showing some resiliency. They won’t move him to pen anytime soon.

    2. I agree with you Bellman, last night at least, he was leaving the CB up in the zone where the hitters got a real good look at it.

  2. I saw pinto pitch once. I Thought he had a great chance to be real good. But hasnt yet been that kid i saw that day. Who the hell is this kid who pitched last night. 12 round choice of boston and is lights out Beeks

    1. Isn’t Beeks the guy who stole the crop report in the movie Trading Places?

    2. He’s 4 and 0 against Reading his 0 earned runs. My friend just tweeted me that crazy stats against Reading.

    3. rocco….here is his Sox scouting report on his FB….he is not a tall guy under 6′ but throws hard:
      “………91-93 mph, tops out at 95 mph with life. Also throws a two-seamer at 87-89 mph that shows late, arm-side run in on lefties. FBl velocity could play up in short stints, but velocity tends to drop as he works deeper into games. Solid control of pitch, but command needs refinement. Potential above-average offering”
      …he turns 24 in a few months and was a SEC pitcher for three years, so he does have some experience on his side..

  3. Derek Fisher in the HOU organization is hitting .325/.390/.563 in AAA with 7 HRs and 20 RBIs. The reason I mention him is because he was originally mentioned in the Kenny Giles trade. There were some changes at the consummation of that trade with Appel (at least I think it was Appel) and Harold Arauz being added and Jonathan Arauz going to HOU. Fisher is rated the 6th prospect in the HOU organization according to some guy named Jimmy Price. Jonathan, who is on suspension for using banned substances, is rated the 15th best prospect by the same guy.

    1. I recently read in a BA Q&A where Fisher is considered by most insiders as a complimentary piece and will not be a first division regular.

  4. Alfaro, Cozens, and Hoskins hitting line last night in the middle of the order causes me to dream on for the future…. also good to see Williams with 2 hits and Kingery get 3 hits. Yes I agree that Pinto looks less and less like someone who can help.

    1. Alfaro also gunned down TWO base stealers last night. Love this kid. Pudge 2.0!!

    2. Murray, did you see the game last night? I don’t mean that in a negative way. I didn’t think Nick looked all that good. He looked lost and swung a lot at balls out of the strike zone. He did have one good hit, the other a que ball that died in the infield grass in no mans land between the 2B and the pitcher that he legged out. I thought his demeanor was one of no confidence. I think he has a long way to go yet.

    3. I’m a big fan of Williams, but despite the two hits in the box score, he has had some very, very poor at-bats over the last couple games that he played–even making me suspect that’s why he had the night off two nights ago. He’s expanding the zone too much and his head is flying out like crazy. Hopefully things come back in line or else I’d order a refresher course with Stairs on an off-day or something. On the good side: One hit came because he hustled like crazy down the line.

      A guy who is having some good at-bats is Cozens. He’s see a lot of pitches against leftys and trying hard not to chase. Last night he fisted one the other way rather than trying to pull it for a homer. I’m not a huge fan of Cozens the player–but I like what I’ve seen in the last couple games.

      And in case anyone was wondering: Taylor Featherston is not an outfielder. At all.

  5. Hoskins at the plate is a virtual well-oiled hitting machine with a plus rating across the board thru-out his minor league career of almost 1600 PAs.
    Though he may not be fleet a foot, he did pick up only his second triple last night in his last 182 games, and still kept his OPS well above the .900 mark during that time period.

    1. Can’t believe I had to scroll most of the way through the comments for someone to start talking about Hoskins. I gotta say – my favorite prospects in baseball are the slugging first basement. Give me a .290/.380/.580 first basemen any day of the fucking week.

      I’m not a fan of small ball what-so-ever and this post steroid era of baseball has been painful for me as a fan.

    1. Altherr needs to play everyday, if Cozens can prove that too then he should play everyday aswell
      If they both end up a platoon split it means neither developed into a major league regular and that isn’t a good thing

    2. A few months ago I would have agreed. Despite the SSS, Altherr changed his swing and has since produced. The league will adjust, sure. But all his other skills are in place. His big test will be laying off junk out of the zone.

      Cozens, yes. A platoon candidate with a fourth OF.

      Coming to a ball park near you later this summer – PIGS TO THE BIGS!!

      1. As DMAR put it quite well yesterday.
        Altherr could be one of those Joey Batista/.Josh Donaldson type late bloomers.

        And yes PIGS TO THE BIGS coming soon, along with BARK IN THE PARK.

        1. Altherr has a great swing, and one with great bat speed and contact. Add in good speed, great defense, strong arm, and good baseball knowledge he has potential to be one of the better outfielders in baseball.

          1. Hah…….dogs roaming the park trying to find the closest fire-hydrant with the shortest lines.

  6. Cozens has been hitting good recently. He has started out slow every time he has moved up a level. He will be up around .270 before you know it. I see him hitting around .270 for the next 10 years in Philly.

  7. JP is really starting to worry me. Even though it is still early, he is .100 points away from a mediocre .255. He was, once upon a time, the top rated prospect, but so was Dom Brown. Could he get sent back to Reading?

    1. I know this is gonna sound bad but not all prospects pan out, some who are can’t miss , in fact miss, and some who were never given a shot end up world beaters
      So I will be ok if JP is just a below average player, but then someone like Hoskins ends up like Paul Goldschimdt

    2. You answered your own concern. He’s very young for the level, it’s only been a month, and has never been a slugger. Relax

      1. It hasn’t only been a month – come on… 450+ at bats… why does everyone just throw out the fact that he was shit last year too.

    3. He won’t be sent to Reading. If it gets to the point that things need to be re-set, either physically or mentally, then they’ll likely take him to Clearwater and have him work with the staff down there, out of the spotlights, to get things cleaned up. He just came off a streak of 16 games where he had been on-base. He did get nicked up making a tag last night, so that might be something to watch, as well.

  8. Danny: Does Sixto Sanchez have more potential than anyone in the Phillies organization? What is that potential?

    Keith Law: It’s a 70 fastball with control, but secondary stuff isn’t there now. I know some folks would say a guy with that kind of velocity and a good delivery has a #1 ceiling but I would take less velo and a better breaking ball or changeup.

    1. Pitchers seldom become aces at the amateur or minor league level. Sixto may very well turn out to be very special but we’ll need to go get an ace via FA or trade. Unlike the occasional position player like Trout or Harper, arms don’t develop quickly. Add to that their fragility. Doubt we’ll acquire a top line starter before ’18/’19 off season. Hopefully we’ll see Sixto by the ’20 season. I actually like Medina more than Kilome who’s been inconsistent with his mechanics from what I read.

    2. I read Keith Law’s comments on Sixth Sanchez in his chat yesterday. 70 fastball with exceptional control is fantastic for an 18 year old. I’d bet he develops secondary pitches as he matures. You have to remember he was playing SS just two or three years ago. If Sanchez was available in this year’s rule 4 draft, he’d easily be a top 10 pick.

      1. Hinkie, any more mock drafts with Pavin going 1-8? Keith Law doesn’t think we’d take him if he were still on the board.

      1. Nice find, Romus. I like our chances simply because there is no consensus among all the sources. Perfect Game has McKay dropping to Rays at 1-3. Lots of volatility throughout. I think it behooves the Phillies to offer him overslot in this case however.

  9. I know this will get many thumbs down but this rebuild is a bust. Outside of AA, Rhys, and Alfaro, the Phils have a wide variety of replacement level guys. Jeremy, Aaron, Jered, Jake, Ben, and Ricky are 4th starters at best. Pivetta, Appell, and VV are relievers at best. The bullpen sucks and AAA doesn’t offer much hope. JP, Nick, TJ, Franco, Galvis, and Rupp are second division guys at best. This “rebuild” will only work if they nail free agency. The Phils are clearly 4th in a 4 horse race in town as it relates to future potential.

    1. Agree 100 percent. How is boston signing the number 2 latin prospect??? We have enough money to blow up that latin market. spend the money now. i am not getting any younger

  10. Cozens rope to left against a lefty, I think he’s out of the funk. Good abs yesterday, too.

      1. Not to mention his single to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Nick another tough night earning the golden sombrero. Valentin injured and removed from the game, couldn’t tell if it was his back or shoulder. Rough night for Alfaro w/2 pbs and 3 ks. Also roughed up in his last ab with 2 foul balls off of the shins that left him limping noticebly. One guy who I think is turning in a good job is Perkins.

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