Box Score Recap – 5/12/2017

Lehigh Valley won in 12 innings on Dylan Cozens’ walk off home run.

Reading beat Portland, Carlos Tocci had 4 RBI.

Clearwater lost to Tampa, their 9th loss in 14 games after a 16-6 start.

Lakewood beat Greenville behind Adonis Medina’s 10 strike out performance..

Lehigh Valley (21-13) beat Buffalo, 5-4 in 12 innings.  For the second time in three games, Dylan Cozens won a game in extra innings with a lead off home run.

Mark Appel (5.50) turned in a quality start, 3 runs in 7.0 innings.  He allowed 4 hits and walked four.  He threw 64 strikes in 107 pitches.  Adam Morgan (6.57) was charged with a run in 1.2 innings.  Pat Venditte (0.00) inherited 3 base runners and allowed one to score in 1.1 innings.  Cesar Ramos (2-1, 2.53) earned the win with 2.0 shutout innings.

Roman Quinn, Dylan Cozens, and Pedro Florimon each had 3 of the IronPigs 11 hits. Cozens hit 2 HR (8) including his game winner.  He also had 3 RBIs (25).  With J.P. Crawford given the night off, Cameron Perkins (.264) batted second and went hitless but drew 3 walks.  Jorge Alfaro and Nick Williams went a combined 0-11 and struck out 4 times each.

The IronPigs played from behind all night after Buffalo scored 3 runs in the second inning. Cozens’ first HR put them on the board in the bottom of the second.  Florimon’s double in the seventh closed the gap to 3-2.  Jesse Valentin tied the game with an RBI single in the eighth.  After the Bisons went ahead in the top of the ninth, Cozens’ RBI single tied the game in the bottom of the inning, setting up his later heroics.

  • #1 Crawford (.155): DNP
  • #3 Alfaro (.315): 0-6 with 4 K
  • #4 Williams (.261): 0-5 with 4 K
  • #6 Quinn (.269): 3-6 with 2 K, SB (8)
  • #9 Cozens (.221): 3-6 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR (8), 3 RBI (25), K
  • #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): called up to Philadelphia
  • #13 Hoskins (.339): 0-3 with a run scored , 2 BB
  • #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.35): 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  • #20 Appel (2-2, 5.50): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
  • #25 Lively (4-1, 2.48): DNP
  • #30 Valentin (.229): 1-4 with an RBI (7), K

Reading (18-13) beat Portland, 12-4.

Brandon Leibrandt (3-1, 4.50) was the beneficiary of the offensive explosion.  He pitched 5.1 innings allowing one run on 5 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out six and picked off 2 base runners.  He threw 92 pitches, 59 strikes.

Yacksel Rios (1.69) struck out 3 in 1.2 innings.  Tom Windle faced 4 batters in the eighth, retiring none.  Alexis Rivero (1.74) allowed 2 inherited runners in the bases loaded nobody out situation to score, giving up a base hit to the first batter he faced.  On the play, Carlos Tocci picked up an outfield assist, getting the runner trying to reach third in a rundown.

Every starter except Jiandido tromp had at least one base hit.  Carlos Tocci, Andrew Pullin, Chace Numata (.244), Osmel Aguila (.242), and Angelo Mora (.178) had 2 hits each. Mora score 3 times, Malquin Canelo and Tocci twice each.  Mora hit his 2nd HR and had 3 RBI.  Tocci doubled twice and had 4 RBI (18).

  • #11 Kingery (.288): 1-5 with a run scored, triple (4), RBI (20), K
  • #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 doubles, 4 RBI (18), BB
  • #28 Canelo (.296): 1-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 BB
  • Pullin (.315): 2-4 with a run scored, RBI (24), BB
  • Tromp (.260): 0-5 with a run scored, 2 K

Clearwater (21-15) lost to Tampa, 11-5.

Blake Quinn (1-2, 5.08) was knocked around for 7 runs in 4.0 innings.  He allowed 8 hits and walked 1 while striking out three.  He gave up 4 home runs, and had a game score of four.

Ranfi Casimiro (5.14) and Jake Waguespack (4.02) each gave up 2 runs in relief.

Zach Coppola and Damek Tomscha had 3 hits apiece.  Mark Laird had two.  Emmanuel Marrero had the only XBH, a double.

Deivi Grullon picked up his 4th error on an errant pick off attempt.

After Wednesday morning’s game, Kirsten Karbach recorded the following interview with Joe Jordan, Director, Player Development.

  • # 5 Kilome (2-2, 3.68): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.184): 0-3 with a run scored, SF, RBI (15), BB
  • #27 Ed. Garcia (0-0, 3.07): DNP
  • #29 Pujols (.179): DNP

Lakewood (21-14) beat Greenville, 3-1.

Adonis Medina struck out 10 in 6.0 innings and earned his first win of the season.  He allowed one run on 3 hits and 3 walks. Harold Arauz (1.99) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings. Will Hibbs (0.00) struck out the side in the ninth while earning his third save.  Hibbs has pitched 18 innings in 10 appearances and has allowed just 5 hits and 8 walks, struck out 15, and gone 3 for 3 in save opportunities.

The BlueClaws overcame an early deficit with 3 runs in the middle innings.  Thy tied the game in the fifth inning on Brett Barbier’s RBI single.  They took the lead in the sixth when Daniel Brito led off with a walk and moved to third on Mickey Moniak’s single.  Darick Hall brought home the go ahead run with an RBI single and Moniak took third.  Henri Lartigue Brought him home with a sacrifice fly.

  • #2 Moniak (.279): 1-4 with a run scored, 2 K
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
  • #16 Medina (1-2, 2.03): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, 2 WP, HBP
  • #19 Brito (.279): 0-2 with a run scored, 2 BB, K
  • #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)

  • 5/12 – Phillies recalled RHP Luis Garcia from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 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.


45 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/12/2017

  1. I feel like every year we have a new LA kid to look out for . . . Medina showed over the past 2 years that he was going to be a good pitcher but his K rate was always on the lower side, which he’s picked up. Between Kilome, Sixto and Medina, you may be looking at 3 top 100 guys after this season is all said and done.

  2. Has DC figured something out? Even if he’s a 400+ AB platoon in the bigs, that would be HUGE.

    1. Here’s a stat: less than 20 percent K rate in the last 10 games; 43 percent before that.

    2. I hope he isn’t a platoon but damn I am impressed with how he has turned it on the few weeks
      He was hitting 150 and now he seems to be hitting grapefruits being lobbed from a plane

  3. Nice interview SD sounds good so does Irvin . Cozen just is starting to figure it out but Already has 8 hr 25 rbis wow. So of the relief pitchers need to be moved up. Old man Ultey ,7 for his last 10 …. 2 trip!es 1 double 5 rbis.

    1. Tim,

      My recollection isn’t sharp enough to provide details, but I was impressed in seeing Irvin start a couple weeks ago. I’ve got nine Thresher games lined up starting next month and hope to be a more detailed reporter then. (The last two games were with my wife and I don’t take notes then.)

      1. Ty he’s really looked good since he’s been drafted . I like lefties with 3 good to vg pitches with control and command .

  4. When I read above that Hoskins went 0 – 5 with 4 Ks, I was trying to come up with a narrative about how that happens to a guy who hasn’t shown much swing and miss ability (or should I call it disability). But then I went to the box score and he was actually 0 – 3 with 2 BBs. That sounds more Hoskin’ish.

    Cozens has hit in 7 straight. He’s hitting .420 over that stretch. He’s also only had 6 Ks and 2 BBs. A strong improvement plus 4 HRs and 8 RBIs.

    I was writing a post yesterday when the wife came in and said it was time to go on a long walk. So I never posted it. In the post, I was suggesting Canelo being moved up to #2 in the Reading batting order and move Pullin to #4. Today I read the box score and that’s exactly what they did. I don’t think it was hard to figure that move out. Canelo deserves to be moved up. Martin and some others can be moved down.

    Wilson Garcia’s on base streak is still alive and sits at 15 games. He’s also hit in 14 of the 15. He’s way, way, way, way under the radar. Thought I’d give him a shout out. He doesn’t get that many.

    1. Bellman your so romantic. Taking a moon light walk with your wife. I wish i could walk and do sports at the same time. But i cant. your my idol. Tonight if weather holds out get to see lhv. i want to see almost all of that lineup expecially crawford.

    2. Good to hear positive things on Grullon from the interview with Joe Jordan.
      He could be the best catcher in the system not named Alfaro.
      Though Henri Lartigue can not be sold short……SEC players do have some good pedigree.

    3. Bellman,

      Hoskins also hit a ball deep that stayed in the park. Wouldst that he was 1 for 3 with an extra base hit. But being on-base 40 percent of the time when he didn’t get a hit is, as you say, Hoskinish

  5. At a I would be concerned about Alfaro’s recent K surge. After checking the game logs I’m seeing a lot of called 3rd strikes. Since he needs to work the BBs better, that might be an indication that he’s working on it. Let’s hope. Otherwise his BABIP must be way up there.

    1. 8mark…correct on all counts…BB is his lowest in his career so far, K rate highest, and BABIP highest at .457, which is obviously not sustainable.

      1. Romus is his BABIP relate to his HICKSO or his IPHP I am confused.I let you know after tonights game what he is doing by watching him play

        1. rocco……yeah you got it…that HICKSO and IPHP can be peripherals that are hard to ignore.
          Its time….grab that umbrella and go for a walk down to CBP.

      2. Romus was that stat right last night on Alfaro? Walked 2 times all year and 1 was intentional.

        1. Jim…yes…..and looks like 3 HBP.
          I guess players don’t walk out of Colombia.

            1. rocco…..yeah it is a little too far:)
              ….but not for you roc, only a few miles up Broad to Colombia..

  6. Was atLV game last night although left after 8innings with grandson. Some takeaways.

    1. Appel pitched workmanlike game. 7 innings, 106 pitches. mostly at 93mph. Not many hard
    hit balls.
    2. Cozens with a blast against a LHP(Oberholtzer).
    3.Perkins played 1B. Has he ever before?
    4.Other odd defensive alignments. Cozens in RF,Wlliams in LF. Glad to see some flexibility.
    5.Venditte!!!. What else must he do to earn a promotion?
    6. Alfaro- awful game. Double play with bases loaded, 2out K with 2 men on Stranded at least 6 runners.
    7. Alfaro defense.Cannot stop balls in dirt. 5 hole. 1 passed ball and half dozen misses. This was not the first time I saw this. How is he rated defensively???

    1. TonyC – Cozens is by trade a RF and Williams mostly LF but with a good bit of CF also. The swap positions to gain versatility, but what your number 4 point is the normal positions for them.

  7. Tocci is still raking the ball and had 2 2Bs. I am getting very excited for him. GG defensive CF, and as we have said before, his hitting does not benefit from playing in Reading.

    1. matt14….plenty of quality prospect CFers and 2nd basemen in the system. Good choice for Matt Klentak down the road.

      1. Romus, do they do Defensive WAR in the minors? Or some other metric that would show who among Tocci, Altherr and Quinn is regarded as the best Defensive CF?

  8. Guys, it’s time to get excited about Cozens. He hit a game tieing single in the 9th and a walk off homer, his 2nd homer of the game, both off lefties, and 2nd walk off homer in 3 days. He’s hitting 390 in May and is 6-10 off lefties recently. He’s up to 221 overall already. Fingers crossed!
    Appel with two decent starts in a row means progress. Medina is a beast! Tocci still does enough to be intriguing….

  9. Yeah seeing Appel have 2 good starts in a row is great. Hopefully it is a trend going forward. Very small sample though.

    1. It really puts a damper on things when his “good starts” include 4 BBs and 2 Ks. Meanwhile Derek Fisher has a .974 OPS in the PCL with decent BB and K rates.

  10. With some good fortune I’m dreaming on the OF of Pavin Smith, Aaron Altherr and Dylan Cozens. Roman Quinn as a 4th OF. Hoskins, Kingery, Machado and (hopefully) Crawford on the IF. Alfaro behind the dish. Cash in Herrera, Cesar and Franco via trade route to restock the farm and acquire a TOR arm.

    1. I Wish i had your faith. Quinn imo is a run producing machine as a leadoff hitter. and still no respect for Cesar amazing

      1. Roc,
        I value Cesar greatly. He’s gonna get me a top arm. Kingery has done everything well at lower levels. He’ll get me squatta in the trade market. It’s a little different than the Thome-Howard scenario but Kingery will be in his age 25 season in ’19. Cesar will be sniffing 30. Only makes sense. It’s about value, not favoritism. Longterm however, I prefer the kid.

        1. I don’t want to rain on your parade, but Cesar is not going to get you a top arm. I think there are still doubts about what he’s doing now, and he’s already into arbitration.

          1. Agree with that….plus you need a buyer in theat supply and demand equation….there are not enough ….maybe LAA and Toronto…almost all the other teams, assuming yuo trade outside the NL_East, have their 2nd basemen already in place or waiting to come on board like Moncado of the ChiSox.

    2. Where your left hand power hitters .your corner fields are weak in defense . Let’s say you can get that line up together by 2020 3 yrs from now. There’s about 12 TOR in the majors now. You would need the youngest ones because you have a young team . Thor is out noway the Mets trade him in division. Degrom is 29 too old ,Lester 33 too old ,Keuchel 29 too old Sale noway the Sox can afford anyone.Kershaw 29 too old,Scherzer 32 oo old . There’s my pt you need a TOR who’s about 25 .

      1. Archer is 28, 29 in September ….he may be too old also.
        You have to get lucky with someone who is young and not yet proven.
        But the Phillies have that ‘youth and possible break-out’ now in ViVe, Eflin, Thompson and maybe Nola or Pivetta.

        1. Right but you wouldn’t have to trade Ceaser, Herrera ,Franco etc for our young pitchers my pt exactly. Romus plus you figure 8mark lineup is about 2020. So some of the LA arms with Anderson , Mickey Mo , Pullin , etc .

        2. Romus , I agree they do need one of those guys to break out but I’m not sure I’d include Thompson in that group, and I think Pivetta is high leverage reliever unless that third pitch comes along a lot, but then again they all need something to happen or they will end up as good players and not great

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