Box Score Recap – 5/30/2017

Lehigh Valley scored a run in five different innings but fell short.  Cameron Perkins was proficient at the top of the order again.

Reading lost in 11 innings on a 2-run HR served up by Miguel Nunez.

Clearwater lost in regulation.  Randolph had 2 more hits.

Lakewood scored in 6 different innings and won behind Ranger Suarez.  Trevor Bettencourt struck out 5 in 1.2 innings.  Mickey Moniak homered.

Lehigh Valley (35-16) lost to Indianapolis, 8-5.

Jake Thompson (2-5, 5.82) gave up 7 runs in 5.1 innings on 9 hits and a walk.  He was victimized by 3 errors that led to 3 unearned runs.  He struck out five batters.  Pat Venditte (0.67) gave up his second run of the season in 1.2 innings.  Casey Fien struck out 2 in one inning of work.

Cameron Perkins started in center and led off. He went 3-5 with a run scored, double, HR (5), and RBI (17).  J.P Crawford, Dylan Cozens, and Pedro Florimon had 2 hits each.  Florimon hit his 2nd HR.

  • #1 Crawford (.208): 2-4 with a run scored, double, RBI (19), BB
  • #3 Alfaro (.286): 0-5 with 3 K
  • #4 Williams (.282): 1-3 with a BB, K
  • #6 Quinn (.274): DNP
  • #9 Cozens (.239): 2-5 with a run scored, triple
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): DNP
  • #13 Hoskins (.314): 1-4 with 2 RBI (40), K
  • #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.53): DNP
  • #20 Appel (3-2, 6.75): DNP
  • #25 Lively (6-1, 2.40): DNP
  • #30 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL

Reading (24-23) lost to Portland, 4-2 in 11 innings.

Drew Anderson pitched well, but a balk helped Portland score 2 runs in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly and a fielding  error by Malquin Canelo.  Anderson gave up 2 runs (1 ER) in 7.0 innings on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out eight.  Austin Davis (1.08) pitched a scoreless inning.  Jesen Therrien (1.26) pitched two clean innings.  And, Miguel Nunez (0-4, 3.15) gave up a two-out, two-run HR to accept the loss.

The Phils scored first on a bases loaded walk by Jiandido Tromp and an RBI force out by Angelo Mora.

Scott Kingery, Carlos Tocci, and Andrew Pullin had 2 hits each.  Daniel Nava was assigned to Reading for rehab and went 1-4 with a run scored as DH.  He was pinch hit for in the 11th inning.

  • #11 Kingery (.316): 2-5 with a run scored
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (3-2, 4.59): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
  • #23: Arano: was activated from the  DL
  • #24 Tocci (.310): 2-5 with a K
  • #28 Canelo (.254): 0-4 with 2 K
  • Pullin (.326): 2-5 with a K
  • Tromp (.241): 0-4 with an RBI, BB, 2 K

Clearwater (28-24) lost to Florida, 4-1.

Cole Irvin (3-6, 3.18) pitched 6.0 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  Luke Leftwich (3.54) pitched 2.0 scoreless innings.  Matt Hockenberry (3.86) gave up a couple runs in the ninth.

Cornelius Randolph and Deivi Grullon had 2 hits each of the team’s 6 hits.  Damek Tomscha walked twice.

The Threshers had base runners in all but one inning, but couldn’t really mount much offense.  The Threshers best scoring chance was thwarted by a jackass home plate umpire who ruled interference on Herlis Rodriguez as he ran to second on a ball chopped to the second baseman.  The base umpire, who had the play maybe 15 feet in front of him was over-ruled by the home plate umpire who believed he had a better view from 80 feet away. Manager Shawn Williams was ejected arguing the ridiculous ruling.

This was the Threshers first home game in a week and a half.  Some things stood out –

  1. Randolph has been asked to sacrifice on a few occasions.  Well, with the lead off batter on and the #9 hitter coming up in a one-run game, the Threshers didn’t sacrifice.
  2. Grenny Cumana was picked off and caught stealing.  It was his 6th caught stealing in 13 attempts.  Why?  Time for a red light for the not so swift infielder?
  3. The Fire Frogs pitcher challenged Jose Pujols rather than try to trick him.  I think he threw 2 sliders and the rest fast balls.  He struck Pujols out twice swinging at 94 MPH fast balls.
  4. I don’t mean to pick on Pujols, but I’ve heard how strong his arm is.  Twice on throws he hesitated and took an extra crow hop before releasing the ball.  The first time didn’t matter as the runner didn’t attempt to score.  But the throw was well up the third base line.  The second time, the runner did challenge and the ball sailed high and wide on the first base side.  A good throw without the extra hop would have had the runner.
  5. Pujols was lifted for a pinch hitter in the 9th inning.

Irvin wasn’t as sharp as I’ve seen him this season.  Both runs scored on sacrifice flies as the Fire Frogs played small ball to score off Irvin.  His FB was 88-92 MPH, and sat at the upper end of the range – 44 of his 58 FB were 91-92 MPH.  All 5 of his strike outs came swinging. He got batters on 91, 80, 86. 84, and 84 MPH pitches (FB, CB, SL, SL, SL).  Irvin threw 85 pitches, 53 strikes (62.4%).

  • # 5 Kilome (3-2, 3.02): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.216): 2-4
  • #27 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.68): DNP
  • #29 Pujols (.189): 0-3 with 2 K

Lakewood (31-21) beat Greensboro, 7-3.

Ranger Suarez (4-1, 1.95) pitched six, one-run innings.  He held the Grasshoppers to 2 its but walked four.  He struck out four.  Tyler Hallead (3.18) gave up 2 runs in 0.1 innings. Trevor Bettencourt (0.51) came in with the bases loaded and allowed an inherited runner to score, but struck out 5 in 1.2 innings of work.  Jonathan Hennigan (5.06) pitched a clean final inning.

The BlueClaws scored in six of nine innings.  Eight starters had a hit, Brett Barbier (.282) and Cord Sandberg (.276) had 2 each.  Mickey Moniak hit a home run (2).  Moniak, Barbier, and Daniel Brito scored twice each.  Henri Lartigue had 2 RBI.

  • #2 Moniak (.282): 1-5 with 2 runs scored, HR (2), RBI (22), BB
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
  • #16 Medina (1-4, 2.98): DNP
  • #19 Brito (.249): 1-3 with 2 runs scored, 3 BB, K
  • #26 Romero (3-1, 2.32): 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)

  • 5/30 – Phillies sent OF Daniel Nava on a rehab assignment to Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 5/30 – RF Aaron Brown assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 5/30 – Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Victor Arano from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 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.

70 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/30/2017

    1. Let’s expound on this a little. Crawford has averaged 2 hits a game over his last 4 games. That’s because he’s had 2 hits in all 4. He’s added 5 BBs over those 4 games. He has 2 doubles and a HR with 5 RBIs. Since May 15, he’s hitting .330 and he had a little funk last week where he went 0 for 16. Excitement can grow a little bit around here.

      1. apparently negativity just hangs around and doesn’t wan or wax,
        Ok how about raising his average a good 50 points this last month.
        You can choose your numbers and I’ll choose mine I’m not saying he is gonna be the MVP but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel and I’m pretty sure it’s a good major leaguer.

      2. Let’s take a similar look at ‘C’ Randolph. Since May 13, he’s hitting .300, which spans 13 games. In that time frame, he’s been no hit 4 times — never more than 2 games in a row. He’s had a dbl, tpl, HR and 10 RBIs in that stretch. He’s not a BB machine, like Crawford, but he’s settled down quite a bit as a hitter. If I had to do my top 30 right now, I’d say he dropped into the 20s but his trend is upward.

        1. Bellman, I appreciate the breakdown! C and JP finally living up to their hype. This will light a bit of a fire but where are the JP bashers? They have seemed to gone quiet! And how about Cozens! After that terrible April, he’s lit May on fire!

          1. I was quick to jump on the daily Crawford is terrible posts when he was hitting .150 and I’ll say the same now that he’s started to hit. Just let the guy play and see what it looks like at the end of the year.

            There is no reason to “poke the bear”..

            1. Speaking of admitting things, I’m almost ready to say I think Kingery is gonna be a great player, AAA will be a test but honestly I think he will adjust little quicker the Crawford, because his overall strength

            1. Doesn’t seem like he is “poking the bear”….just stating that there are some who bashed JP and now they have disappeared. guy84 – I agree with you

          2. Is it bashing to express concern over Crawford’s failure at AAA last year and horrible first month and a half this year? If so, I am guilty as charged. That being said, I would suggest that most were simply expecting more from a top 5 prospect in all of baseball.
            The guy is still only hitting .216 for the year so let’s check back in July 1 and hopefully the upward trend continues. No one loves the Phils more than I do and no one wants Crawford to be a stud shortstop more than I do. Still hoping…

  1. Victor Arano returning to field action is significant. His development becomes all the more urgent with the mess we have on the mound these days. He could be a back end of the bullpen guy by year’s end.

    1. Remember hearing how he could be a huge bullpen piece. Glad to see he’s back

  2. Tom Eshelman goes tonight for the Iron Pigs. He too becomes a more prominent figure because a-the big league club may need him sooner than later, and b-the Giles trade is looking more and more like a disaster if nobody we acquired turns into a contributing piece. And even Eshelman looks like little more than a #5 starter. VV’s future in the bullpen is looking more and more likelier, and that’s if he can come back. His injury history doesn’t give us much hope.

  3. Reading could really use some offensive help. The daily report seems to be Kingery, Pullin, and Tocci had 2 hits and they scored 2 runs.

    1. I only see two guys who might help in reading. Coppola is one and maybe Rodriquez

      1. rocco…what about catcher Bossart to spell Rickles or Numata….not sure either of them are long term answers. Bossart does have some upside.

  4. I’ve seen Pujols throw from deep RF and hit the catcher on the fly with a strike (runner was safe but a lot closer than most would ever be) The arm is legit and he was my pick last year for breakout. But when one strikes out half of their plate appearances that will not cut it.

      1. Yeah , those pesky 24 bombs last year are keeping him in the lineup , well at least a few days a week anyway

    1. I think Perkins is consistently dependable and reliable. He isn’t flashy or spectacular, but if you are building a team there is a lot to be said for someone you can depend on.

      1. With the dreck the big team is running out there I’d say give him a shot he is approaching 30

  5. Kingery needs to be promoted today. They wait too long, and let Kingery be part of a winning team that looks like it will be solidly in the AAA post season. No need to delay. There is movement that is warranted throughout the system.

    1. Agreed. Franco, Herrera, Ty Kelly can all go down. Bring up Quinn, Williams and Perkins. Kingery and Pullin to Lehigh as well. MOVE!!! DO SOMETHING!!!

      1. Wrong place, but …

        1. I guess he does have one, and apparently the Phils are discussing it. I think it would be a dramatic overreaction. If he’s struggling to adjust to adjustments make by big league pitchers, then it’s big league pitching he needs to face every day.

          1. Marcell Ozuna if I’m not mistaken was sent back to AAA in his age 24 season after pretty much playing his entire age 23 season in the MLB.

    2. No need to delay, perhaps, but also no need to rush. I’d give Kingery another month at AA and take it from there.

      1. May I ask why?

        He’s hitting .316/.392/.668 with 16 bombs. He’s played 83 games at the AA level. He was promoted after playing 94 games at Clearwater last year where he slashed .293/.360/.411. If the 90-95 or even 100 game point is their cutoff for promoting him he should be hitting that in a week or so. I’d like to see him moved up on June 1st. I want him to be in the line up with the other upper level guys. They need to keep winning together.

        1. IronPigs return from “western” road trip on Monday, Reading off day as they return from Akron. I think it might be then. Only thing is, Reading is going to get harder to watch… #Club222 Oh, Flores can go back down to AA to make room.

  6. I think I’m only going to minor league games the rest of the year. Can’t do it with the big club. Hopefully some of these guys move up a level in July.

  7. Is there any thought of trying Aaron Brown as a pitcher? He does not seem to be much of a prospect as an outfielder. He cannot crack the Reading lineup in a league where he is older than average.

    I see lots of bullpen games lately. The system seems like it needs another pitcher, especially one who is left-handed.

  8. Moniak’s stat lines from 2016 and this year are insanely similar.

    Virtually identical # of ABs, Hits, HRs, 3Bs, 2Bs, BBs, OPS.

    1. Considering his age and that he’s two levels higher I’d say that’s a pretty good line so far. Would like to see some more pop as he matures and either cutting down some Ks or bumping up the Ws. Otherwise he looks to be doing fine and if he keeps it up could move through the minors at a good pace.

  9. Ricardo Pinto gets the call for the game today. Hopefully Nola goes deep into the game and he’s not needed but congrats all the same!

      1. I don’t have the link for it but Lawrence wrote a good article about Therrien as well this morning.

    1. It’s almost impossible to overstate just how great Kingery has been this year in Reading. In my view, he’s our number 1 prospect and, in saying, this I don’t mean disrespect to our other fine prospects. Kingery has done everything extraordinarily well this year – at a star level. Playing a key defensive position, he has led his league not only in OPS and homers, but also in runs scored. Kingery is a run scoring machine. He has scored 49 runs! The next highest total is 31. And his defense is said to be excellent.

      This guys plays the game well and with a sense of urgency and high baseball intelligence. I believe he is going to be a big league star and I have no qualms about listing him as our best prospect.

      1. Also does well on the bases. Not the fastest runner like Quinn, but fast enough and a smart runner. He’s doing everything at a high level right now.

  10. I have officially hit a low point. I cannot remember when our pitching was this bad in all my years of watching the Phillies. They can’t get anybody out!

    1. I stand corrected, I don’t want to see those 4 guys put on a Phillies uniform ever again.

    1. rocco…..well he was compared to a pitcher like Mike Leake when he was drafted
      Probably a good 3rd-or-4th rotation guy.

      1. Do you draft a guy with the 7th pick who is projected to be a back end guy??

        1. You have to look at risk vs reward. Nola was an advanced pitcher who was extremely likely to reach the bigs. A lot of players don’t even get a sniff. Nola wasn’t a #1, he was more a #3, perhaps a #2, and there’s still value in that. A #3 pitcher these days can easily make $15M per year.

        2. All the other pitchers after him are not developing rapidly….Hoffman was injured at the time so not sure how that would have went over
          I do wish they would have taken a chance with Conforto or Trea Turner however.
          But it is spilt milk now.

          1. You need to understand that, in that draft, the people doing the drafting did not, in my view, draft for BPA. They drafted in a futile attempt to turn things around quickly and save their jobs. Much of the draft was a waste, but Nola was only a slight reach at 7 in my view. I still think he’s going to be a good pitcher, but it might not happen as quickly as we would like.

          2. Don’t play the hindsight game, Nola was a legitimate, good pick for the Phillies.

            As a side note, also in that draft was Touki Toussaint, the pitcher that the Braves famously traded for. 4 years in, and he may not get out of the Florida state league.

  11. If the Phillies sustain another pitching injury, it’s going to get real ugly.

    1. The three who have not had their MLB shot so far are Lively, Appel and short-timer to AAA ball, Eshelman, in the rotation.
      What will it hurt to start to bring them up incrementally and let them give it a try?
      Perhaps it would give the allusion of tanking, which would be repulsive to MLB and the Commissioner

      1. Lively will get his shot this weekend.

        Appel is probably 3 more good starts and an injury away from getting a call up.

        Eshelman is NOT on the 40 man roster so he’s not coming up.

        1. Right forgot, Eshelman would have to be added……now there are af ew who could be dropped….but relievers are a scarcity and you do need to keep them on the 40

    2. You know what, in the end, we need to see what these young guys can do. But man, a lot of these guys are getting ripped, it’s not fun to watch.

      1. Pinto couldn’t get guys out at AAA – what made people think he was going to get major league hitters out? I don’t know why Venditte was not called up – he could at least hang in there.

        1. Pinto was on the 40 man roster (and Venditte was not), that’s why he got called up. It’s not uncommon to do this when you’re in a 40 man roster crunch. The Jays brought up a AA guy for a few days and the Cardinals brought up a high-A guy weeks ago.

          1. Phillies needed an extra reliever badly when VV went down early. Pinto got that call.

            I’m expecting Pivetta to take VV’s place in the rotation.

        2. Catch 4 clueless people . who thumb you down. They know nothing about this sport to think what you said is wrong. Must work for phillies.

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