Box Score Recap – 5/20/2017

Lehigh Valley rallied in the ninth to tie and won on Nick Williams’ solo HR in the tenth.

Reading’s one-run rally in the ninth wasn’t nearly enough in a blowout loss.

Clearwater won the continuation of the suspended game with a ninth inning rally, and then won the night cap.

Lakewood won with a ninth inning rally.

Lehigh Valley (28-14) scored twice in the ninth inning to extend the game into extra innings, and won on a Nick WIlliams lead off HR (4) in the tenth inning.

Tom Eshelman (0.78) pitched 8.0 solid innings.  He gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 6 hits and a walk.  He struck out four.  He threw only 90 pitches, 65 strikes (72.2%) in those eight innings.  Cesar Ramos (3-1, 2.13) pitched one, one-hit, scoreless inning and got the win.  Pedro Beato (1.69) did the same and picked up his 13th save.

Eshelman also had a 2-hit game and is batting 1.000 this season (2-2).  J.P. Crawford, Cameron Perkins (.269), and Pedro Florimon (.345) also had 2-hit games.  The IronPigs scored a run in the fourth on a fielding error on a ground ball put in play by Crawford.  Eshelman had kept the inning alive with a 2-out single earlier in the inning.  The bats remained silent until the ninth when the IronPigs tied the game on RBI singles by Crawford and Perkins.  That set the stage for Williams game winning shot in the tenth.

  • #1 Crawford (.196): 2-4 with an RBI (13), BB
  • #3 Alfaro (.293): DNP
  • #4 Williams (.259): 1-5 with a run scored, HR (4), RBI (15), 2 K
  • #6 Quinn (.277): 1-4 with a run scored, BB, K
  • #9 Cozens (.212): DNP
  • #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): DNP
  • #13 Hoskins (.322): 0-5
  • #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.85): DNP
  • #20 Appel (2-2, 6.69): DNP
  • #25 Lively (5-1, 3.19): DNP
  • #30 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL

Reading (23-14) lost to New Hampshire, 9-1.

Drew Anderson suffered his first loss.  He lasted 3.0 innings giving up 5 runs on 9 hits.  He struck out 2 and walked none.  Joe DeNato (1.32) pitched 3.0 scoreless innings.  Mario Hollands (4.15) gave up 3 runs in 2.0 innings.  Alexis Rivero (2.38) finished by giving up a solo HR in his one inning.

Malquin Canelo had a 2-hit game and prevented the shutout with a two-out, RBI single in the ninth inning.

DeNato picked a runner off first base.

  • #11 Kingery (.272): 0-4  with a BB
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (3-1, 5.26): 3.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci (.315): 0-5
  • #28 Canelo (.316): 2-5 with an RBI
  • Pullin (.342): 1-3 with a BB, K
  • Tromp (.259): 1-4

Clearwater (24-19) won 2 games against Lakeland, 6-5 and 5-1.

Game one was the resumption of Friday night’s suspended game.  The Threshers trailed 3-0 in the top of the third with one out and runners on the corners.  Blake Quinn (5.58) was replaced with Harold Arauz (1.23) who struck out the next two batters on 7 pitches.  Arauz pitched 3.2 innings, striking out five.  He gave up one run on a solo HR.  Jake Waguespack (3.38) pitched the final 3.0 innings, striking out four.  He also gave up a run on a solo HR.

The Threshers had pulled within 4-1 in the sixth inning on Damek Tomscha’s RBI single.  They closed to 5-3 with two runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Emmanuel Marrero and an RBI ground out by Mark Laird.  The Threshers walked off in the ninth with 3 runs on Mark Laird’s RBI single and Cornelius Randolph’s game-winning, 2-run single.

Pujols started the rallies in the seventh and ninth innings with base hits.  He also recorded an outfield asist Friday before the game was suspended.

  • #10 Randolph (.188): 1-5 with 2 RBI
  • #29 Pujols (.184): 2-4 with 2 runs scored, K

In game two, the Threshers started reliever Edgar Garcia (3.92), as originally planned.  Garcia did not disappoint with 4.0 innings of 1-run ball.  He gave up 5 hits, but walked none and struck out six.  Matt Hockenberry (1-0, 0-0) picked up the win with 2 scoreless innings, striking out three.  Jeff Singer pitched the final inning in a non-save situation and retired the Tigers in order.  Tyler Frohwirth had been activated for the game from XST but wasn’t needed.

The Threshers scored early and built a 4-1 lead.  Zach Coppola (.333), who had 4 hits, singled to start the home first.  He scored on Mark Laird’s RBI double.  Laird scored on Damek Tomscha’s RBI single.  Coppola had an RBI single in the second inning, as did Randolph.  The Threshers tacked on a run in the sixth on Coppola’s 4th hit, and RBI single.

I charted Arauz in the first game.  I was surprised that his fastball only sat 85-87 MPH.  He touched 88 MPH 3 times in the fourth inning (his second) but never after that.  However, he gets an inordinate amount of weak contact.  of the six outs on balls in play, 4 were pop ups and one was a come backer to him on the mound.  The sixth was a fly ball to right.  But when he got hit hard, he got hit hard.  When he fell behind a batter 2-0, he laid an 86 MPH FB in the zone and the batter crushed it into the bullpen.

A similar pitch occurred Friday.  Blake Quinn ran a full count to a batter and tossed a 92 MPH cookie over the plate that cleared the LF wall.  I reacted to the pitch as it sailed toward the plate.  It looked like it was aimed just to get it over the plate.

As a team, the Threshers pitching staff leads the FSL in HR allowed.

Jose Pujols plays a reasonably good right field.  He charges balls well and gets to balls laterally better than I had expected.  Zach Coppola played RF in the second game.  He made four catches on fly balls for outs.  All four were balls that were dying as they cleared the infield and Coppola made sliding catches as he charged in to catch them.

Emmanuel Marrero was replaced after scoring a run in the second inning.  He had an inauspicious inning.  With runners on first and second and nobody out, he was asked to lay down a sacrifice bunt.  He got the bunt down but put it in the worst possible place, hard back to the pitcher.  The lead runner was forced at third.  Later, and this is why I think he was pulled, he was on second with two out.  Randolph lifted a fly ball to shallow center that fell in for a single.  Coach Williams was waving the slow moving Marrero home, yet he seemed to slow as he made the turn.  The play at the plate was much closer than it should have been.  I guess due diligence would require me to suggest an injury on the play.  But, it appeared to me that he expected the ball to be caught and he never got the jump from his secondary lead that he should have with two outs and a runner behind him.

  • # 5 Kilome (2-2, 3.98): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.191): 1-3 with an RBI, K
  • #27 Ed. Garcia (1-0, 3.92): 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • #29 Pujols (.187): 1-3 with 2 K

Lakewood (23-19) rallied for four runs in the ninth to beat Hagerstown, 4-3.

Bailey Falter (3.89) pitched well.  He gave up one run on 4 hits and 2 walks in 6.0 innings.  He struck out 3 and threw 90 pitches, 62 strikes (68.9%).  Mauricio Llovera (1.96) pitched an inning and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits.  Ismael Cabrera (3-2, 1.53) struck out 2 and walked one in 1.0 inning but also stranded 2 inherited runners, and earned the win.  Will Hibbs (0.00) picked up his 4th save with a scoreless ninth.  That’s 12 appearances and 21.2 innings without allowing a run for Hibbs (4-0).

The BlueClaws entered the ninth trailing 3-0.  With two outs, RBI singles by Brett Barbier, Darick Hall, Henri Lartigue, and Cord Sandberg put the BlueClaws in the lead.

Cord Sandberg (.287) went 2-4 with a triple.

Carlos Duran had on outfield assist (3rd base).

  • #2 Moniak (.274): entered as a pinch runner for DH Darick Hall in the ninth inning and scored the eventual winning run
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
  • #16 Medina (1-2, 2.03): DNP
  • #19 Brito (.256): 0-4 with a K
  • #26 Romero (2-1, 2.11): 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)

  • 5/20 – RHP Blake Quinn assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 5/20 – RHP Tyler Frohwirth assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies.
  • 5/19 – Phillies recalled Adam Morgan from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/19 – Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 5/18 – Phillies optioned RHP Nick Pivetta to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/16 – Reading Fightin Phils activated 3B Harold Martinez from the 7-day DL.
  • 5/16 – Austin Davis assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 5/16 – Harold Arauz assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 5/16 – Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 5/16 – Tyler Hallead assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 5/16 – Tom Windle assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 5/15 – Seranthony Dominguez assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers
  • 5/15 – Jose Taveras assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 5/15 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs released LHP Wander Perez (0-0, 5.63).
  • 5/15 – Phillies optioned Ben Lively to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/14 – Phillies recalled Ben Lively from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

42 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/20/2017

  1. Just so I can feel more comfortable with Crawford, he’s hit in 6 straight games.and is hitting .400 over them. He’s hitting .300 in his last 10 games. He’s nearing a .200 BA and his OBP is now .315.

    Eshelman has had 3 outings in LHV. He’s gone 8 innings twice and 7 innings in the other game. In his entire pro career, he only has two 8 innings outings – both in LHV. He’s doing everything right. As AAA hitters adjust to him, let’s see how he changes things.

    Jan Hernandez is in a funk. He’s hitting .108 in his last 10 and .070 in his last 8 games. He has 18 Ks in his last 10 games. He started out so well this season but it appears the A+ pitchers have discovered all the holes in his swing and it looks like they can drive a tractor trailer through them.

    Jim’s observations of Arauz are not fitting of a 13th best prospect in our top 30. We all know there was ballot stuffing from Panama. He was in my top 30 but in the #25 spot. He’ll be effective in the lower levels of the organization but when A+ hitters see him a second time, that will be his test.

    1. I certainly hope that is the case. He was reassigned to XST and SS Jonathan Guzman was brought up for the trip to Lakeland Sunday.

  2. Yesterday was a day for remarkable comebacks from our minor league teams, especially Lakewood with four straight single against a pitcher who blew away good hitters in the 8th inning. I feel for Jan Hernandez. His year began well, but he has struggled in May. I hope he can figure out how he is missing the pitches. I recall two players from the past bthat were great at sqaring up the bat to the pitch — Jackie Robinson and Raul Ibanez. I saw Raul play with Seattle before he came to the Phillies and Robinson when he visited Shibe Park. Robinson could go for a high pitch and bring his arms up to his eyes to get maximum hit potential on every swing. Ibanez could bend on low balls and hit any ball that was sinking. Many players speak of it and I am sure they try to do it, but lack the consistency to be great hitters.

    1. The recent comeback wins, especially those by Lehigh Valley, are very encouraging. These kids are learning to win which is an invaluable experience in development. Of course the skills have to rise to the surface as well but the core of Crawford, Hoskins, Cozens, Quinn, (Williams?) and Alfaro at the big league threshold together should count for something when they’re up together, perhaps with Wathan as skipper by then. It’s well documented how much each has struggled along the way. That adversity should serve them well as they continue on.

    2. Puddinhead…..dang you must be older than me if you saw Jackie Robinson play!

      1. wow Jackie Robinson that was 1947 i believe? So Puddinghead must have been born i the early 1930. I thought you were the oldest romus. but damm he is almost 100

      2. Correct Romus. In 1950, nwhen the Phillies won the pennant, children, accompanied by an adult, could enter free. My father would take 7 or 8 of us kids to Saturday afternoon games. I saw a lot of teams including the Dodgers. I saw my first game in 1947. Ken Heinzelman pitched against the Reds. Try 1942 Roccom. My mother, on the other hand was an As fan. I watched mid-week Lady’s Day doubleheaders and saw Di Maggio, Williams, Satchell Page with the ’54 Indians. My father played in the Industrial League with American engineering. My childhood was steeped in baseball. I admired aggressive hitting like Robinson’s.

  3. JP and Cozens are both turning around their seasons, as hoped. Another two hit game and JP will be over 200 for good. I agree that I had no idea that Arauz only threw 87, that is no prospect. Speaking of which, how hard is Eshelman throwing? It’s nice to see a pitcher in the organization throw 7+ innings three starts in a row. Can he teach Vinnie? The cumulative record for our 4 teams continues to go up. Amazing win loss records. As hoped!

  4. When all is said and done, Eshelman, in the long run, could be the best asset obtained in the Giles trade.

    1. Velasquez may eventually become the pitcher we all hope he would. Problem is, it might not be here. Even at 24, he’s got quite a bit of maturing to do. He may need a fresh voice to listen to as well. Bring Doc in for a tutorial bullpen session. I realize there’s protocol in not meddling with the present coaching staff but dammit, this kid’s got too much stuff to let him flounder.

      1. I agree. This year is causing me to seriously question Bob McClure’s competency for that job. I realize he’s not sitting there with a staff full of Clayton Kershaws, but I’m not seeing the progress I would expect. I don’t he’s nearly as good of a pitching coach as Rich Dubee was.

      2. I hope you all are correct.
        Perhaps, he could be sent down to LHV for a spell of 2/3 starts to try to get his head in order, since last night he claimed he was ‘clueless’ at this point. On Nov’ 14, the Astros added Velasquez to their 40-man roster so this is his third and last option… the Phillies could try that.
        Heck if Roy Halladay could be sent down to re-group, why not ViVe!
        The other aspect that lends itself to his future as a starter….is the 2011 TJ surgery.
        He has pitched over 500 innings since the surgery so his shelf life is approaching, where pitcher’s, not named Strasburg, velo fall . His command was never outstanding and his control was always around the 3BB/9 range from his minor league days and his MLB experience so far. His pitch count is already too high per start, but his innings are conserved since he is removed earlier in most games…not sure if that is a good way to measure his long-term durability however.
        He turns 25 in a few weeks so he has time on his side, well at least I think the Phillies will give him this year and parts of the start next year to show progression, at least before they decide if there will be changes.

        1. What was the name of that book Holiday read and said it changed him. Jamie Moyer is another good one.

    2. Yes, it was a very well conceived and executed trade. Velasquez needs time and needs someone to help him with the mental aspect of the game. What he suffers from sounds exactly like what Harvey Dorfman helped Roy Halladay with. This team is awash with analytics and other specialists, so where’s the sports psychologist to help a guy like Velasquez? It’s so clear that he needs this. Sometimes these sports franchises just puzzle me with their failure to grasp the obvious.

      1. From that trade, it looks like Eshelman and hopefully Velasquez will be the only two parts of it to materialize into Phillies assets.
        I am not confident in Appel, unless they make him a reliever and he can produce there.
        Giles, on the other hand, may be closing for the Astros in the playoffs.
        And Jon Arauz is still a long ways off and after his suspension is completed, he will need to get his act back on track.
        Eshelman could turn out be the ‘Eickhoff’ of that trade

        1. Yes, but they traded a relief pitcher to get these guys. If Velasquez and Eshelman both turn into mid-rotation starters, it was a very good trade. If either turn into a solid 2, that alone would make it a good trade.

          1. Agree……but still comes down to results…if Giles wins them the WS ring as their closer, aka Lidge style…..the scales of the trade shift to one side.
            I hope both of them turn into rotation pitchers that produce.
            But if you look back at what people were saying 13 months ago….the Phillies and Matt Klentak completely got the better of the deal., especially after VV 16K performance.

          2. If even one of them becomes a #3 starter it will have been a worthwhile trade. If Velasquez can do that and Eshelman can be a back-end starter, which is probably his ceiling, that’s a win. Unless Jon Arauz becomes a stud or something. It looks like Appel and Harold Arauz won’t amount to ML pitchers.

            If we get a mid-rotation starter and the Astros get a closer who nails down the final out of a WS, then it will be a trade that both sides “win”.

  5. This recent performance from JP means a few things:
    1) He is a real, true, strong prospect.
    2) His character, which has been praised in the past, is an absolute strength.
    3) He is better today having dealt with this slump than if he hadn’t had this opportunity.

    The fascinating thing will be how the organization deals with the plethora of infielders. By later this year, the Phils might have two SSs and two 1Bs and by next year 2 2Bs. By August of this year, the three best infielders (minus 1B) might be Cesar, JP, and Freddy, with Franco being 4th. I think Franco will stick at third for now and Galvis will ultimately be the odd man out. Picking between Cesar and Kingery and TJ and Hoskins will be critical decisions the FO must get right.

    1. I don’t know that you can say he’s outta his season long slump Bc of a handful of games . . .

  6. Eshelman and Aruaz are both command guys. Eshelman fb tops at 89-90. Arauz at 88. It’d be interesting to find out about Arauz secondary pitches. Maybe they both have some Marcos Estrada or Eickhoff potential.

  7. Romus, I agree and wrote similar recently.  VV needs some intervention and it’s perfectly okay. He’s 24 with tons of talent. Like so many young potential stud pitchers he needs time and good coaching. Unlike teams in win-now mode we have time and should be wise to consider any move to improve his chances to reach his potential. One step back for a month (?) may he his best chance for major growth by next year! I believe in this kid and would keep him as rotation target over bullpen for a long time.

    All, we’ve got to show more patience overall.   The trajectory of stars is almost never straight and fast.  It just isn’t.  For many to have been so hard on JP earlier was simply impatience and fear for the worst.  I understand Phillies history has jaded us but I’m an optimist and believe we’ll be back on top!

    A person’s character is often best defined by how they respond after a failure or poor choice. Similarly, we’ll learn much from how prospects recover/adjust from poor stretches. At AAA, we’ll see how JP, DC, JT, NW fare as they each try to overcome poor starts. Etc.

    Btw, I love that Pivetta got a taste of the majors and didn’t crumble. I still like his upside, including rotation.

    Prediction: Nola is back and is going to lead the staff from here on out

    1. Nola looked like a pitcher with an idea of what he was doing. If he can keep the injury bug away, he should be a solid #3 with a ceiling of a #2.

      Knapp had a nice game behind the plate. Good quick release to nail the runner attempting to steal 2b. Too bad we can’t see him start more often than twice a week.

  8. Yesterday, someone mentioned that it was a bad move to “give” Asher to the Orioles. Mackanin and McClure did not like Asher one bit. They’d rather keep their boys intact in a terrible bullpen rather than pitch Asher. They’d even rather keep sending Morgan out there. Finally, if they are not going to use Gomez for anything, why are they keeping him? Is it because he’s making 4+ mill in salary? He’s just using up one more space on the 40 man roster.

    1. ciada… for the Asher deal…I am disturbed that the MKlentak did not get back , something equivalent to what the WSox got for a 22-year LHP in A ball….who will not help them for another 2/3 years.
      The O’s do not spend on Latin international players right now….so they have unused ‘surplus’ money …the WSox got $750K yesterday in that trade….my goodness…..that is one gem of a Latin player that can be signed.
      The Phillies traded Asher at end of March for a player to be named later or a small pile of cash. …I sure hope the player is a prospect of some note or the pile of cash is enough to sway an international signing also of some note.
      Surely MKlentak wull get something of value, especially if Asher benefits the Os in the pennant drive in the AL-East. So far he is on pace as a reliever to be a 3WAR player.

  9. What about what’s going on with Gomez? Nola pitching great today and they can’t get him a couple of runs. These guys are playing soooo poorly!

    1. He’s on a run lately, having a real good year so far. Think he will make it to LV this year?

        1. good question; dont know but Sandberg only hit 11 his year in Reading (though he was a shorstop), juan samuel also hit 11, but only in 47 games, and Dave Doster his 21 in 1995.

    2. Saw him hit the 2 Friday night. Walk off almost turned into a drive off. My wife, son and I were finalists for the trip to Pittsburgh right after the Reading game but we didn’t get chosen. Go Scotty!!!

  10. took my son to Reading today- obviously a big day at the plate for Kingery, who was DH’ing- led off the game with a smash down third base line that was stopped but he beat out the deep off balance throw from the third baseman (sean reid-foley then grooved a fastball down the middle to Canelo, who hit a line drive bomb).
    Kingery’s other non-homer was a bunt in the 5th that ended up stopping dead right on the third baseline, after Reid-Foley had managed to walk Joel Fisher to lead off the inning. My son had gotten Tocci’s autograph before the game, so i was telling him about his pros and cons oft discussed on this. My son predicted home run, which i told him was highly doubtful, then Tocci put one off the wall. Tocci also hit a rope to dead center but was robbed on a nice catch on the warning track.
    Viza did not impress against a very weak New Hampshire lineup.

  11. If his power remains, Kingery may wind up at 3b. He made himself into an excellent 2b. Why not 3b? It’s not like we have a future stud at 3b. Kid’s a ballplayer! Head to toe!

  12. I love Kingery I’ ve been on him a very long time. Lol Franco 24 way to long to worry. Kingery just has to keep on hitting and playing GG Defense.

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