Box Score Recap – 5/21/2017

Lehigh Valley rallied late (again) and held on to win, again.

Reading rallied late but fell short.

Clearwater blew a spectacular start by Jose Taveras and lost in eleven.

Lakewood pulled away and held on to win.

Lehigh Valley (29-14) scored 3 runs in the ninth to overcome a 1-0 deficit and beat Syracuse, 3-2.

Ben Lively pitched 6 shutout innings.  He gave up 5 hits, walked none, and struck out nine.  Michael Mariot (2-2, 5.17) got the win with 2.0, one-run innings.  He struck out three.  Pat Venditte (0.39) earned his first save, but made it interesting with 3 hits and a run in the bottom of the ninth.

Lehigh’s only scoring threat came in the fifth inning when they loaded the bases on 3 consecutive singles to start the inning.  Syracuse escaped with a 1-2-3 DP of the bat of Lively.  The bases were re-loaded when Roman Quinn was HBP, but a fly out ended the inning.

The IronPigs tied the game on Nick Williams lead off HR (5) in the ninth.  Cameron Perkins followed with a base on balls and Taylor Featherston provided a two-run lead with his first home run.

  • #1 Crawford (.191): 0-3 with a BB
  • #3 Alfaro (.285): 0-4 with a K
  • #4 Williams (.259): 1-4 with a run scored, HR (5), RBI (16)
  • #6 Quinn (.276): 1-4
  • #9 Cozens (.212): DNP
  • #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): DNP
  • #13 Hoskins (.315): 0-3 with a BB
  • #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.85): DNP
  • #20 Appel (2-2, 6.69): DNP
  • #25 Lively (5-1, 2.79): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
  • #30 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL

Reading (23-15) rallied twice to tie but fell short in an 8-7 loss to New Hampshire.

Tyler Viza (6.94) gave up 5 runs in 5.2 innings on 6 hits and 2 walks.  Yacksel Rios (1-2, 2.81) gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and took the loss.  In between, Austin Davis (0.00) allowed 2 hits in 1.1 scoreless innings.

Scott Kingery had 4 hits, scored 4 runs, hit 2 HR, and had 2 RBI.  But he struck out once and didn’t steal any bases.  Slacker.  Malquin Canelo hit a HR and had 2 RBI.

  • #11 Kingery (.289): 4-5 with 4 runs scored, 2 HR (13), 2 RBI (27), K
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (3-1, 5.26): DNP
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci (.313): 1-4 with a run scored, double, RBI, BB
  • #28 Canelo (.311): 1-5 with a HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 K
  • Pullin (.333): 0-4 with a BB, K
  • Tromp (.259): DNP

Clearwater (24-20) lost to Lakeland in 11 innings.

Jose Taveras (2.36) pitched into the eighth inning and left with a 2-1 lead.  He pitched 7.2 innings, struck out 11 batters, and out dueled Tigers prospect and 2016 fourth round pick Kyle Funkhouser.  He took a one-hit shutout into the eighth inning, and according to the broadcast had a low pitch count.  He gave up a lead off home run in the eighth and was lifted after a two-out single.  Ranfi Casimiro (4.44) got the final out of the inning.  Jeff Singer (2.08) suffered his first blown save of the season when he gave up a HR in the bottom of the ninth.  Luke Leftwich (4.18) took the loss when he allowed an unearned run in the 11th.

Funkhouser was almost as efficient.  He struck out 10, walked none, but gave up 2 runs.

The Threshers scored first on Drew Stankiewicz solo HR (3) in the third inning.  Taveras made that run stand up until the eighth inning when the Threshers doubled their lead on Grenny Cumana’s RBI single.

  • # 5 Kilome (2-2, 3.98): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.191): DNP
  • #27 Ed. Garcia (1-0, 3.92): DNP
  • #29 Pujols (.196): 2-4 with a run scored, 2 K

Lakewood (24-19) opened up leads of 4-0 and 6-1 and coasted to a 6-3 victory over Hagerstown.

Lakewood scored 2 runs in the first inning on Mickey Moniak’s RBI triple and Darick Hall’s RBI single.  They added a run in the third on another Hall RBI single that plated Moniak after a double.  The BlueClaws scored another run in the fourth on David Martinelli’s RBI single.  After the Suns score a run, the ‘Claws scored two in the sixth on Edgar Cabral’s RBI double and Jose Antequera’s RBI single.

Felix Paulino (6.18) was only required to go 4.0 innings.  He shut out the Suns on 2 hits and 2 walks, and struck out four.  Zach Morris (6.23) gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in 1.0+ innings.  He faced 4 batters in the sixth and turned over a bases loaded nobody out situation to Trevor Bettencourt (2-0, 0.60) who got out with minimal damage on a strike out, sacrifice fly, sacrifice.  Bettencourt faced the minimum in 3.0 innings, struck out five, and got the win.  Will Hibbs (0.00) picked up his 6th save.

  • #2 Moniak (.274): 2-5 with 2 runs scored, double, triple, RBI
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
  • #16 Medina (1-2, 2.03): DNP
  • #19 Brito (.256): DNP
  • #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)

  • 5/21 – SS Jonathan Guzman assigned to Clearwater Threshers from DSL Phillies.
  • 5/21 – SS Emmanuel Marrero assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 5/21 – Phillies activated RHP Aaron Nola from the 10-day disabled list.
  • 5/21 – Phillies optioned Adam Morgan to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

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

  1. There are 3 catchers listed on the GCL roster. They are there because that’s where they ended 2016. The three are: Rudolfo Duran, Nerluis Martinez and Lenin Rodriguez. They were very good last year in the GCL. Rodriguez hit .340/.438/.453/.890. He had more BBs (9) than Ks (8). Duran is the youngest of the 3. He’s one month younger than Rodriguez. He hit .315/.346/.493/.839. Martinez hit .248/.322/.307/.629. He didn’t K a lot (12) but BBs quite a bit (11) in 115 or so PAs. With Rafael Marchan coming state-side and probably getting some significant ABs in the GCL, at least two of these guys will go to Wmsprt. They were a solid 1-2-3 punch in the catcher position last year. Two would play on most days with a constant rotation between them. Catcher will be a fun position to watch in the short-season teams.

    1. Another to watch in the DSL would be Juan Aparicio, an approx. half-million signee from last year.

  2. I know the Phillies do some roster manipulations and move players around, but I don’t understand why they would place Jonathan Guzman at Clearwater. Anyone?

    1. Maybe one of the Thresher’s middle infielders got dinged up and they need him for depth for a game or two.

    2. The transaction below the Guzman transaction shows that they sent Marrero down to XST, so they had an opening. Gamboa is rehabbing in XST, so there isn’t anyone in Lakewood to bring up. With Gamboa taking most of the reps in XST, Gamboa is freed up to sit on the bench on the road with the Threshers.

      1. Didn’t they do something like that with Grullon back in 2015 or maybe it was another young catcher…someone named Jesus Posse or something like that.???

        1. Peter, James and John were in Jesus’ posse, Romus. But I don’t think any of them were catchers at any professional level.

  3. At least there seems to be some real offensive talent in aa and aaa, hopefully the big club looks very different in September. Go jet pax!

  4. i know just joking about Kingery being a slacker, but the K was a somewhat strange called third strike, as the pitcher hadnt held the base runner on, who took off and was literally about 10 feet from second as the ball was being released- so Scott might have been distracted on that. I think all of Reid-Foley’s other K’s were on guys badly missing breaking pitches.
    and no chances for Kingery to steal due to Canelo homering, and a catcher on base in front of him, so his slacking is excused.
    Austin Davis did allow inherited runner to score, and an excellent play by Walding saved another inherited runner from scoring.

  5. Mickey Mo with a double And a triple there some power. I think we forget too he’s in Lakeland One of the worst places to hit.

  6. I was at most of the Reading game yesterday (it’s a bit of a haul from there back home, so I left at the end of the 8th, thus missing Scotty’s second homer). Here are some of my observations.

    1. Scott Kingery. I’m trying to figure out what this guy does not do well and I am at a loss. He is checking off all the boxes, but my biggest takeaway is that this guy is a winner. He is going to do anything he possibly can to beat you, whether it is bunting (perfectly, mind you) down the line or hitting the ball over the fence, or stealing a base or turning a great play (didn’t see that yesterday because he was the DH, but I know he’s a great fielder). I’m sorely tempted to list him as our # 1 prospect. The only others I would consider for that honor are Crawford, Moniak and Sixto (Hoskins, for me, is right after that group). If you are looking for a young player who you could envision driving and leading his team and hoisting a trophy, Scott Jetpax is that guy for me.

    2. Tyler Viza – throws 89-91, touches 92 and 93. Nothing special.

    3. Austin Davis – lefty who throws 93-94; intriguing.

    4. Rios – righty who was hit hard yesterday, but throws 95-96, touching 97. The arm is there.

    5. Canelo – had a good but not great game yesterday, but the talent pops in a big way. Smooth fielder with great range and speed. Short, quick twitch swing. May be the most underrated guy in the system now.

  7. I was at most of the Reading game yesterday (it’s a bit of a haul from there back home, so I left at the end of the 8th, thus missing Scotty’s second homer). Here are some of my observations.

    1. Scott Kingery. I’m trying to figure out what this guy does not do well and I am at a loss. He is checking off all the boxes, but my biggest takeaway is that this guy is a winner. He is going to do anything he possibly can to beat you, whether it is bunting (perfectly, mind you) down the line or hitting the ball over the fence, or stealing a base or turning a great play (didn’t see that yesterday because he was the DH, but I know he’s a great fielder). I’m sorely tempted to list him as our # 1 prospect. The only others I would consider for that honor are Crawford, Moniak and Sixto (Hoskins, for me, is right after that group). If you are looking for a young player who you could envision driving and leading his team and hoisting a trophy, Scott Jetpax is that guy for me.

    1. 2. Tyler Viza – throws 89-91, touches 92 and 93. Nothing special.

      3. Austin Davis – lefty who throws 93-94; intriguing.

      4. Rios – righty who was hit hard yesterday, but throws 95-96, touching 97. The arm is there.

      5. Canelo – had a good but not great game yesterday, but the talent pops in a big way. Smooth fielder with great range and speed. Short, quick twitch swing. May be the most underrated guy in the system now.

      1. Canelo is to me the most interesting guy. Cause i really, until this year never really heard his name

        1. Come on rocco….you never heard of Canelo!
          He use to hang on Broad and Snyder with Danny Zuko, Tony Figs’, Vinnie Barbarino, Luca Brasi and Betty Rizzo!
          You wit me now?

  8. Nice to see Canelo rebound this year. Reading’s ball park can do that for a lot of players whoever so we’ll see how he continues to progress.

    1. It didn’t help JP… Canelo was a prospect a year and a half ago and then cooled off. I’d say that with the year he’s having now, he’s a prospect again. He’s stuck at AA though until JP earns his way to the majors.
      Kingery does something impressive almost every day. I would love to see him and Pullin somehow join the LHV group because that is our future nucleus. And I love the way LHV comes back every game even though it’s different players every game. Williams had a couple big homers in the last week so let’s hope he’s finding his way. In September we could have a whole new team in Philly, with a LHV flavor.

      1. I’m not going to draw any dramatic conclusions about the Hamels trade until the year ends, but I can tell you that it’s not going well. Here’s the real question – if someone told you today that Texas could have its players back and we get Cole Hamels for the next 3 years, would you take that? I honestly might and this doesn’t account for the lost production of Hamels in his prime during two pennant chases – which was a big part of what Texas was buying – or taking on the beached whale Matt Harrison contract.

        Now, it’s still on the early side – Thompson and Alfaro could still develop and Eickhoff is a nice mid/back rotation piece – but it’s not trending well right now.

        1. Can’t fathom an argument for Hamels (love him) making our team better long term than the 4 guys we have in MLB/AAA. Unless you just assume a Hamels trade to someone else would have magically returned young MVPs.

        2. Can you compare Hamels and just Eickhoff since the trade?

          Hamels: 24-6, 3.38 ERA, 317 IP, 1.259 WHIP

          Eickhoff: 14.21, 3.61 ERA, 294 IP, 1.180 WHIP

          Cole Hamels is better, but even if it was a 1 for 1 trade, you could argue that the Phillies got the better deal (factoring in Eickhoff’s future performance). If Williams, Thompson, alfaro give you nothing else, still not terrible

          1. Yeah, I’m an Eickhoff fan, but I think looking at these stats in isolation is a bit deceiving.

          2. I look at their bWAR…Hamels 7.3 and Eickhoff @ 5.8.
            I know people do not like to use WAR for that reason, but it would appear the difference is not that great in overall productivity.

        3. Catch, I might disagree on “Alfaro could still develop.” It seems to me he’s developing just fine.

  9. It’s early yet Alfaro may be our 2nd best prospect . He’s a Catcher so they take time but he does look like a beast. Isn’t Hamels hurt now so can really tell what’s going to Happen with him. Alfaro and Eickhoff are the key in the produce above a mlb reg the Phillies win.

    1. I’m concerned about Alfaro. You can’t deny that all of the tools are there, but he MUST improve his plate discipline and if he doesn’t, he’s not going to be nearly the player he could be.

      1. Agree…..when comparing his entire body of minor league work to Gary Sanchez there is a distinct difference in approach at the plate…..Sanchez stood at 19% K rate and 8% BB rate vs Alfaro’s current 26% K rate and 5% BB rate. That would appear to be a fairly large gap between two power bat catchers.
        That plate discipline is definitely an issue.

      2. I’m not AS concerned about Alfaro as I’m sure the Phillies are really pushing his defensive development above his offensive development.

      3. I share your concerns about Alfaro. But the sadder thing is, nobody even talks about Nick Williams anymore. Is he still a top 10 prospect in this system?

        1. Not for me – I discounted him by the end of last year. At best, he’s probably around 15-20 for me. My bet is that he becomes a 4th or 5th outfielder. I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it.

          1. I’d probably put him 12-15 myself. I wanted to see if he could make improvements like Franco did the second time around AAA. Instead, it looks like stagnation.

  10. Kingery has a .284 BABIP on the year. I was very surprised to see that. When do you think it becomes time for AAA? July?

    1. Partly because HR’s don’t factor into BABIP. Singles hitters tend to have higher BABIP totals for that reason..

      1. I get that the statistic doesn’t, by definition, count homers, but this stat irks me because it, at some level, equates the best outcome possible – a homer – with an out. Kind of crazy.

        1. Does it equate the HR as an out or as a non-AB?
          BABIP = (H – HR)/(AB – K – HR + SF)

          1. It’s like the HR doesn’t exist. Same for strikeouts. Ironically, BABIP was created as a defensive metric but has become a much used (misused) offensive stat..

            1. Should clarify that Strikeouts actually are actually better than other outs since they are removed from part of the equation..

            2. Yeah, I think it’s misused too. I think it’s generally designed: (a) to show the quality of contact when a ball is put in play; and (b) to a lesser extent, to show when someone is hitting in bad luck (or overly good luck). But there are so many weird caveats to it – including that a horrible result (strikeout) and great result (homer) count the same – that it has limited utility.

            3. For what I have seen…league average BABIP is almost right around .300, so many people look at a player’s BABIP and if it is varied different from .300 they assume that player is either lucky or unlucky. Not sure that is the best way of looking at that….IMO as for hitters I would want to adjust expectations toward that player’s career average BABIP, rather than league average of around .300

            4. BABIP is one of the statistics that takes the longest amount of time to converge into a meaningful average. At least 2 years worth of data. And considering all the adjustments that go on within a single season, the only players who can claim a legitimately above average BABIP are high BA veterans like Joey Votto, or guys like Juan Pierre who leg out infield singles.

              As far as the minors go, unless it’s somebody like Quinn, or someone with a high LD%, I would be very skeptical of anyone who says they’ll have a higher than average BABIP.

              And that’s a reason we should be apprehensive of Alfaro. Cautious optimism.

  11. Jesse Valentin may be out for the season. When do we think that Kingery goes to AAA? June 15th is my guess.

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