Box Score Recap – 5/29/2017

Lehigh Valley won again, Mark Appel pitched five shutout innings.

Reading ended its losing streak with a victory.  Scott Kingery homered and Colton Murray struck out five in 2.2 innings of relief.

Lakewood pounded out 11 runs and 14 hits in a win.  Henri Lartigue hit his first HR.

Lehigh Valley (35-15) beat Louisville, 3-1.

Mark Appel had his best outing in 3 weeks with 5.0 shutout innings against the Bats.  He allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter while striking out two.  He threw just 69 pitches, 41 for strikes (59.4%).  Adam Morgan (5.28) pitched 2.0 scoreless innings.  Pedro Beato (1.78) picked up his 15th save with 2.0, one-run innings.  The run was the first surrendered by the IronPigs bullpen in 20.1 innings and the first by Beato in his last 15 appearances.

Lehigh Valley opened the scoring in the bottom of the first on Jorge Alfaro’s RBI double. They added another run in the third inning on Daniel Nava’s RBI single.  And, they tacked on an insurance run in the seventh inning on Dylan Cozens’ RBI single.

Cameron Perkins (.286) started in center field and went 2-4 from the top of the order, doubled, and scored a run.  Alfaro had 3 hits, a double, and RBI.  Cozens had 2 hits and an RBI.

Daniel Nava reported for a rehab assignment and bumped Nick Williams out of the starting line up.  Nava went 2-2 with a run scored, double, RBI, and walk.  He was replaced by Williams on the field at the start of the seventh inning.

  • #1 Crawford (.201): DNP
  • #3 Alfaro (.295): 3-4 with a double, RBI (25)
  • #4 Williams (.281): 0-1 with a run scored
  • #6 Quinn (.274): DNP
  • #9 Cozens (.234): 2-4 with an RBI (38), 2 K
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): DNP
  • #13 Hoskins (.315): 0-4 with a K
  • #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.53): DNP
  • #20 Appel (3-2, 6.75): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • #25 Lively (6-1, 2.40): DNP
  • #30 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL

Reading (23-22) beat New Hampshire,4-2.  The Phils built and lost an early lead, but went back in fron in the seventh inning and rode Colton Murray to victory.

Brandon Leibrandt (4.40) pitched 5.2 innings and gave up the 2 runs in the fifth that cost him the win.  He allowed 8 hits and 3 walks while striking out five.  The 11 base runners were uncharacteristic for Leibrandt, but he picked a runner off first, something that is almost expected during his starts.  Joe DeNato (3-1, 1.10) pitched 0.2 innings and got the win.  he was lifted after a lead off walk and sacrifice put the tying run in scoring position in the seventh inning.  Colton Murray (2.84) ended the threat and allowed one hit the rest of the way.  He struck out 5 in 2.2 innings and earned his first save.

The Phils opened the game with 2 runs in the top of the first.  Scott Kingery led off with a home run (16) to left.  The Phillies loaded the bases on a HBP by Carlos Tocci and walks by Andrew Pullin and Kyle Martin.  Tocci scored on Osmel Aguila’s sacrifice fly to center. Angelo Mora reloaded the bases with a single to right, but the Phillies couldn’t take any further advantage of the scoring opportunity.

Reading took the lead for good with a run in the seventh inning.  Kingery greeted a new pitcher with a lead off double.  He was sacrificed to third by Tocci, and scored on Pullin’s sacrifice fly to center.

The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth on Mitch Walding’s one-out, RBI double after Mora walked.  After a Chace Nymata single and a strike out for the second out in the inning, the Fisher Cats intentionally walked Kingery to load the bases.  Respect.

  • #11 Kingery (.313): 3-4 with 2 runs scored, double, HR (16), RBI (30), BB, K
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (3-2, 5.14): DNP
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci (.307): 0-2 with a run scored, K
  • #28 Canelo (.262): DNP
  • Pullin (.324): 0-2 with an RBI (35), 2 BB, 2 K
  • Tromp (.248): DNP

Clearwater (28-23) scheduled off after a long road trip.  Cole Irvin starts tomorrow in their first home game since May 20th.

  • # 5 Kilome (3-2, 3.02):
  • #10 Randolph (.209):
  • #27 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.68):
  • #29 Pujols (.192):

Lakewood (30-21) beat Greensboro, 11-5.

JoJo Romero notched his third win.  He pitched 5.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and a walk.  He struck out eight.  Mauricio Llovera (1.48) walked two in 2.2 scoreless innings.  Casey Brown (8.10) gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in the ninth.

Every Lakewood starter had at least one hit.  Brett Barbier had 3.  Darick Hall, Henri Lartigue, and Carlos Duran had 2 hits each.  The first seven batters in the BlueClaws line up had at least one RBI.  Lartigue had 3.  Daniel Brito and Mickey Moniak had 2 each.  Brito hit his 4th HR, Lartigue hit his first.

The BlueClaws started slowly, scoring single runs in the second and third innings on Cord Sandberg’s sacrifice fly and Raul Rivas’ RBI single.

Lakewood broke the game open with 6 runs in the fifth inning on Moniak’s 2-run triple, Hall’s RBI single, and Lartigue’s 3-run HR (1).  They put up another crooked number in the sixth on Brito’s 2-run HR and Barbier’s RBI single.

  • #2 Moniak (.285): 1-5 with a run scored, triple, 2 RBI (21), K
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
  • #16 Medina (1-4, 2.98): DNP
  • #19 Brito (.247): 1-5 with 2 runs scored, HR (4), 2 RBI (13), K
  • #26 Romero (3-1, 2.32): 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

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)

  • 5/29 – Phillies activated LF Howie Kendrick.
  • 5/29 – Phillies sent LF Daniel Nava on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/29 – Phillies optioned RHP Zach Eflin to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/28 – RHP Franklyn Kilome assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Phillies Ext. Spring Training.
  • 5/28 – RHP Edgar Garcia assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.

37 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/29/2017

    1. I agree. He should be in AAA. Obviously he’ll get there at some point this year but there’s nobody blocking him. Can’t imagine what they want him to work on in AA that he can’t in AAA.

  1. AAA Lineup by June 15:
    1 Quinn CF
    2 Kingery 2B
    3 Cozens RF
    4 Hoskins 1B
    5 N Williams LF
    6 Alfaro C
    7 Crawford SS
    8 Franco 3B
    9 Herrera DH

    1. I’ll take that lineup at CBP now, although Altherr would be RF with Cozens DH instead of Herrera. Of course I jest but it won’t be long.

      I get that Joseph has been ‘hot’ recently with walk off hits and all that, but does anyone really think MLB clubs don’t already know what he is? Streaky bat with serious power. .250 avg and low OBP. Adequate defensively. Point being, we should see Hoskins once TJ is traded.

      Sending Franco and Herrera to AAA would IMO have the biggest positive impact on this club’s rebuild. I say shake that tree and see what fruit falls.

      1. 8mark…you cannot just send Franco to AAA….he will have to clear waivers after being DFAed. That probably will not happen.
        Herrera on the other hand, is in his last option year and he could be sent down…two games on the bench is not going to ‘clear his head’…not sure what is in there anyway,

  2. If Hoskins is kept at Lehigh Valley past June 15, the Phils will have lost the Super Two/early arbitration justification for keeping him down.
    Phils’ seem to have a clear commitment to showcase Kendrick for trade purposes currently. It’s the only commitment I can get a clear sense for.

      1. rococo,

        Hoskins could have been 2 for 4 last night. He got robbed on a hard hit, tailing away drive to left field by an absolutely spectacular play by the left fielder.

        One thing I like about Hoskins is that he seems as steady as can be and not susceptible to being in a funk, at least mentally. On the other hand, who would have thought that bat-flipping Odubel would be slinking slump-shouldered back to the dugout after every at bat?

      2. last night he was robbed by circus catches at 2B and LF. Hitting the ball very hard into bad luck. Not worried a bit.

    1. I would doubt they care about that, I think it’s a matter of the guy blocking him putting up an OPS of over 1.000.

      There’s no reason to rush Hoskins up. If he doesn’t come up until July/August it’s not going to hurt his development any.

  3. Kingery and Pullin are 1-2 in the Eastern League in wOBA, and are the only two players in the league with an OPS greater than 1. Pullin is crazy under the radar right now: He’s the same age as Kingery, is slashing .328/.394/.610 with 11 HR.

    Reading Effect, you say? 8 of Pullin’s 11 HR have come on the road, where he is OPS’ng more than 300 points higher than he is at home (1.177 vs. .789).

    1. I like Pullin a lot, but he has issues that Kingery does not have. Pullin, like many lefties, struggles with deceptive left-handed pitching. As he moves up the ladder, this weakness will be exploited unless he can learn to adjust. But he has a nice, tight swing with a lot of power and his plate discipline is fine.

      Kingery, in my view, is tremendous and I think these skills are going to play at higher levels.

        1. He can, but I have watched many of the games on Milb.TV – he truly struggles against decent left-handed pitchers. It’s a real issue for him.

          1. Yeah….but not unusual for the majority of all LHBs in AA/AAA.
            I wonder how he would comp splits vs LHPs with Williams and Cozens.

            1. Romus – Cozens .203 against LHP, Williams .263, and Pullin .246. Pullin crushes RHP, Williams .289, & Cozens .255.

              They all have their flaws – Williams lack of BB, Cozens SO & against LHP, & Pullin against LHP. But even .246 isn’t all that bad if you are hitting for a high average as Pullin has done.

              I’m really encouraged by all 3. Williams may never be a big BB machine, however, if he is hitting for power and close to .300, the IBB will help a lot.

            2. Thanks guy84.
              So there is some pluses and minus’ with Pullins overall batting makeup.
              There is a minor league stat site somewhere that I think breaks down each leagues splits overall for all LHBs and RHBs vs different side arms.
              I just cannot seem to find it yet.

          2. He struggles against off speed pitching in general. I’ve been saying that he will be tested in AAA more than more are bc of the better off speed pitches he will see. Should be interesting.

      1. I don’t think Pullin has a problem with left handed pitchers. He batted .320 against left handed pitchers in 2016 in 46 games. I believe his problem is with Beeks who has the 2nd best ERA in the Eastern League. Reading in general has a problem with Beeks who they face tonight for the 5th time. The team is 9/75 ABs. This pitcher has just dominated them.

        1. Well, that may have been his problem yesterday but I’ve watched struggle against many left-handers. I’m not saying he can’t fight his way through it or that I don’t like him as a prospect (I do!), but it is an issue for him now at some level.

        2. MikeS….looks like Pullin is 0-12 vs Beeks alone in the 4 games so far. Take Beeks out of the equation and Pullin splits hover around .260 vs LHPs.
          Beeks has his number for sure.

          1. Beeks has been pretty tough. Pullin Will need to figure that out. However, Pullin has been pretty tough himself on others. He wont face Beeks every night 🙂

            1. Not too tough for Jetpax. 2 hits. Time for some roster maneuvers with Valentin and now Velasquez likely out for the season.

  4. Was at LHV on Sunday night for 14-2 drubbing. It was like a little league game, Wathan just kept waving people home. Still great hitting and fielding. JP looked good at the plate and even better in the field. Featherston looked poor in the field. Pivetta was too good for the opposition, without trying too hard either. He needs to be challenged by MLB hitters in order to develop more. Left field is a joke at Coca-Cola Park though, so short, low wall, Cozens’ HR there was a pop-up.

    1. Yea, the “Pigpen” carves a big chuck out of left field. Rest of the dimensions are legit…

      1. LF line 323 ft.
        RF line 325 ft.
        CF 400 ft.
        Perhaps a Green Monster needs to invade the field..

        1. It’s interesting. If you look back at the overall numbers before the PigPen was added, LF at CCP played absolutely bigger than its dimensions–way less HR than league average. The IronPigs had to get the OK from both MiLB as well as the Phillies to make that change. Starting last year the whole park was playing smaller (better players?) which was even noted by Dave Brundage –just balls carrying more. Only other thing other than player quality I can think of is some kind of change in air currents–but can’t explain it without too many degrees of separation for it to be plausible.

  5. So Franco is 3 for 7 against tonight’s LHP for Miami and he gets benched? Mackanin I just don’t know…..

    1. You must have forget he is a genius who “earned” a contract extension with moves like this that only he can understand.

    2. Was watching the game, they mentioned that Franco wasn’t feeling well so he got the night off.

  6. Just got word that VV’s injury was a right elbow flexor strain, which obviously doesn’t sound good. That means Pivetta might be back sooner rather than later.

  7. Crawford tonight 4-1-2-1, double, bb, .208, goodbye Mendoza line! And he’s driving the ball. Can’t wait to see what his June slash line will look like.

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