Box Score Recap – 5/14/2017

Lehigh swept a double header, quality starts by Tom Eshelman and Jake Thompson, home runs by Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins.

Reading got a quality start from Drew Anderson in a one run victory.

Lakewood dropped a game late on a couple home runs despite a solid seven innings by Bailey Falter.

Lehigh Valley (23-13) swept a double header from Buffalo, 7-2 and 1-0.

In game one, Tom Eshelman pitched a complete game.  Had it not been for a two-out fielding error, he would have pitched a shutout.  As it was, he went 7.0 innings and 94 pitches, 64 strikes.  He allowed 2 unearned runs on 5 hits (3 after the error) and 1 walk.  He struck out two.

Rhys Hoskins (9) and Dylan Cozens (9) homered.  Hoskins, Taylor Featherston (.300), and Logan Moore (.300) had 2-hit games.  Hoskins had 2 RBI (28) and Cozens had three (28).

  • #4 Williams (.261): 0-3 with 2 K
  • #6 Quinn (.270): 1-3 with a run scored, K
  • #9 Cozens (.224): 1-3 with a run scored, HR (9), RBI (28), K
  • #13 Hoskins (.350): 2-2 with 2 runs scored, HR (9), RBI (28), BB

In game two, Jake Thompson (2-3, 5.46) pitched 5.0 innings and combined with two relievers for a shutout.  Thompson allowed 2 hits, walked one, and struck out four. Michael Mariot (4.26) pitched one, scoreless inning.  Pedro Beato (2.08) picked up his 9th save.

Nick Williams had 2 of the IronPigs 5 hits.  He doubled and scored their only run on Cameron Perkins (.261) RBI single (11).

  • #1 Crawford (.150): 0-3 with a K
  • #3 Alfaro (.307): 0-3
  • #4 Williams (.265): 2-3 with a run scored, double
  • #6 Quinn (.272): 1-3
  • #9 Cozens (.220): 0-2 with a BB
  • #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): called up to Philadelphia
  • #13 Hoskins (.345): 0-2 with a BB, 2 K
  • #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.35): DNP
  • #20 Appel (2-2, 5.50): DNP
  • #25 Lively (4-1, 2.48): called up to Philadelphia
  • #30 Valentin (.229): DNP

Reading (19-13) beat Portland, 2-1.

Drew Anderson (4.67) pitched 7.0 innings and allowed one hit, a solo HR.  He walked none and struck out seven.  Jesen Therrien (1-1, 1.31) struck out three in 2.0 innings and picked up the victory.

Andrew Pullin had 3 hits.  Malquin Canelo and Chace Numata (.255) had two each.  Reading scored first on Scott Kingery’s 8th HR.  The Phils pulled ahead on Pullins RBI single (25) in the eighth inning.  Carlos Tocci had a hit and 2 walks.

  • #11 Kingery (.287): 1-4 with a run scored, HR (8), RBI (21)
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (3-0, 4.67): 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 94 pitches, 67 strikes
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci (.327): 1-2 with 2 BB, SB
  • #28 Canelo (.307): 2-4 with a run scored, SB
  • Pullin (.328): 3-4 with an RBI (25), K
  • Tromp (.260): DNP

Clearwater (22-15) no game scheduled.

  • # 5 Kilome (2-2, 3.68):
  • #10 Randolph (.195):
  • #27 Ed. Garcia (1-0, 3.45):
  • #29 Pujols (.179):

Lakewood (21-15) lost to Columbia, 5-3.

Bailey Falter (4.35) gave up 3 runs on 6 hits in 7.0 innings.  He walked none and struck out seven.  Zach Morris (2-2, 4.61) entered a tie game and took the loss after allowing 2 solo HRs.  Jonathan Hennigan (3.07) struck out one in one inning of relief.

Daniel Brito, Luke Williams (.155), and Edgar Cabral (.219) had 2 hits each.  Wiliams had 2 doubles.  The BlueClaws scored 3 runs in the fourth to tie the game on a fielder’s choice by Williams and a single by Cabral.  A Tim Tebow error helped set up the first two runs.  Falter struck out Tebow twice.

  • #2 Moniak (.278): 1-4 with a K
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
  • #16 Medina (1-2, 2.03): DNP
  • #19 Brito (.286): 2-4 with a double, 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)

  • 5/14 – Phillies recalled Ben Lively from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/13 – RHP Tyler Viza assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 5/13 – SS Jorge Flores assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 5/13 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed 2B Jesmuel Valentin on the 7-day disabled list. Left shoulder strain.
  • 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.


21 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/14/2017

  1. Let’s look at game scores this morning. Anderson had a 78. Thompson had a 68. Eshelman with a 66 and Falter with a 62. All are pretty good game scores. Eshelman would have had a 78, if Florimon had fielded the 7th inning grounder cleanly. For a pitcher, coulda, woulda shoulda doesn’t matter. Your job is to get whoever your pitching to out. If your SS messes one up then it’s your job to get the next guy. It’s tougher in the 7th inning than in the 2nd but it’s still the pitchers job to get the guy standing in the batters box out.

    Sad news about former ML umpire Steve Palermo dying.

  2. LHV started the year slowly, after we all expected them to be dynamite this year but, are now sitting with a team record 9 game winning streak and are 10 games over 500 and are the youngest team in the league. Cozens and Hoskins are sitting with 9/28, among the leaders of the league. LHV is becoming the team we expected except for JP not hitting. Williams is grinding and improving and words can’t cover the May version of Cozens, he’s that good (469 ft homer yesterday after two recent walk off homers). Time to dream…,.

  3. Carlos Tocci has to be my surprise player of the year so far. I was starting to worry about Cozens but man he can be exciting.

    1. Agree on Tocci. He has really stepped up his hitting game. He seems to be making good contact, Good K and walk rates and great .408 OBP. Still not hitting for power, but has 7 XBH. It would be nice if he stole some more bases. At this point, we would all probably be happy if a guy like Randolph were having a start to the year like this once he hits Reading. Tocci has certainly kept himself in the prospect discussion.

  4. Does anyone know anything about Logan Moore’s game calling and/or pitch framing abilities? As a former pitcher I will take Moe Berg over a guy who hits .240/.290/.310 (my best guess for Alfaro) but is sub-par behind the plate any day. Moore is thought of very highly behind the plate, but then again so was Rupp when he was in the minors. Now if Alfaro develops into Mike Piazza that changes the calculus a little bit.

  5. Worries and criticism about Carlos Tocci are all over blown. LHV will be the tell tale sign on his ability soon enough. Now Nick Williams on the other hand, let the criticism begin. Nothing about his offensive approach has changed enough to continue to warrant high hopes (cheers HK). I have also found it mind numbing that with all the video breakdown, personal instruction from high level hitting instructors and rovers, and even mental approach professionals, that guys like NIck Williams either refuse (highly doubt it, but ya never know) or just simply do not have the capability to make proper changes in their approach. The physical/technical portion of the swing itself or seeing the baseball better is definitely an easier route for most players to take advice on than mentally altering how you can provide a quality at-bat and slash line.

      1. Franco’s been much more disciplined this year, he’s just not making great contact. He’s 24. An approach change for either guy isn’t going to take place over night.

  6. J.P. now @ .597 OPS in 119 AAA games. Contact & power have regressed bigly over past 2.5 years as competition has gotten better.

    1. This is interesting. Can anyone remember a #1 prospect for the Phil’s flaming out so much once he hit AAA, because I do not? Is this a mental talent issue, a physical issue (undisclosed injury)? I remember Larry Bowa as a rookie with the Phil’s, he looked like a Little Leaguer at the plate, but boy did he make himself into an excellent hitter. JP is not driving the ball at all. Those of you who saw him in lower minors and in LV, what has changed?

  7. Also Alfaro’s .BA is dropping fast. And, I know that is not the bottom line on a hitter, bu he Ks way too much and never walks. Also happy for Drew Anderson’s performance.

    1. Clearly he’s in a slump but I think he’s trying to be more selective per his coaching. A lot of his K’s are called 3rd strikes. Not overly concerned. Part of the learning curve IMO.

    2. Spot on. Guys that have unbalanced K/BB ratio’s that lean heavier on the K rate will see averages and OBP take extreme drops. High BABIP % doesn’t last forever.

  8. It will be good when Nola comes back. Then the rotation will be back to Hellickson, Eickoff, Eflin, Velasquez, and Nola. Pivetta, who is far from being ready for MLB, will go back to AAA and join Appel, Thompson, Eshelman, and Lively (Is he still on the MLB roster?). Not a lefty in sight, unfortunately.

    1. By the middle of next season could have both Cole Irvin and Elniery Garcia at AAA. Point well taken on LHP, though.

  9. Article today talked about the Phils already letting teams know they will listen on Hellickson, although that is far from breaking news. But, the point about trades starting earlier, like mid-June, is a good one. There will be quite a few SPs on the market, and the Phils have to trade him or lose him for nothing. I don’t think that is their plan.

  10. For here or the Open Discussion, I’d be shocked to see Hellickson moved anywhere for anything. Signing Hellickson for ’16 was a ‘buy low, sell high’ move. Extending him the QO made that inoperative. Get used to seeing Hellickson for the entire year.

    1. There is absolutely no point in keeping Hellickson here UNLESS HIS CONTRACT IS EXTENDED. Otherwise he’ll be traded even if he’s part of a package.

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