Box Score Recap – 6/3/2017

Lehigh Valley won behind Mark Appel’s six innings and Jiandido Tromp’s 2 RBI.

Reading won on the strength of Nick Rickles 2 HR and 5 RBI.

Clearwater was paced by Jose Taveras’ 88-pitch, 9-inning, complete game.

Lakewood lost in a match up between Nick Fanti and Riley Pint.  Neither starter figured in the decision.

Lehigh Valley (37-18) beat Louisville, 5-3.

Mark Appel earned his 4th win.  He held the Bats to 2 runs (1 ER) on 4 hits and 4 walks.  He struck out three.  The bullpen held the Bats to 1 run over the last three innings – Casey Fien (1.04) 1 run in 1.0 inning, Hoby Milner (1.69) and Pedro Beato (1.71) each tossed a scoreless inning.  Beato notched his 16th save.  Milner picked a runner off first base.

Jiandido Tromp stroked 2 hits in his AAA debut and had 2 RBI.  Cameron Perkins (.289) led off and went 1-3 with 2 walks.  The IronPigs took the lead in the sixth inning with 4 runs on a throwing error, RBI single by Taylor Featherston, and 2-run single by Tromp.  They added a run in the eighth on a Dylan Cozens bases loaded walk.

  • #1 Crawford (.196): 1-5 with a run scored, K
  • #3 Alfaro (.279): 0-5 with a run scored, K
  • #4 Williams (.279): 0-3 with 2 runs scored, K, SB (5)
  • #6 Quinn (.274): DNP
  • #9 Cozens (.237): entered as PH and went 0-0 with an RBI (42), BB
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): DNP
  • #13 Hoskins (.302): 0-5 with 2 K
  • #16 Pinto (3-3, 5.53): DNP
  • #19 Appel (4-2, 6.14): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
  • #24 Lively (6-1, 2.40): promoted to the Phillies
  • #29 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL

Reading (28-24) beat Akron, 5-1.

Brandon Leibrandt (4-2, 4.02) held the Ducks to one run on 7 hits and 3 walks in 6.2 innings.  He struck out four.  Victor Arano (0.00) pitched 1.1 innings.  Colton Murray (2.16) struck out 2 in 1.0 inning.

Catcher provided the offense with 2 HR and 5 RBI.  Scott Kingery batted third and Andrew Pullin batted clean up.

  • #11 Kingery (.314): 1-4
  • #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #21 Anderson (3-2, 4.59): DNP
  • #22: Arano (0.00): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • #23 Tocci (.295): 0-4 with a BB
  • #27 Canelo (.268): 1-3 with a BB, 2 K
  • Pullin (.319): 1-4 with 2 K
  • Tromp (.266): promoted to AAA

Clearwater (32-24) beat Charlotte, 3-2 in 1 hour and 49 minutes.

Jose Taveras tossed a complete game and threw just 88 pitches, 64 strikes (72.7%).  He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked none, and struck out two.  His only two mistakes came on 2 first-pitch home runs by Brandon Lowe.

Taveras, who was selected for the FSL North All Star Team, ran two three-ball counts during the game.  Both resulted in outs (4-3, and K looking by Lowe).  Taveras threw first pitch strikes to 23 of 31 batters (74.2%).

Taveras had 5 innings of less than ten pitches.  His pitch count by inning was –

  • 14, 8, 7
  • 16, 7, 11
  • 7, 11, 7

After throwing 62.5% strikes in the fourth inning (10/16), Taveras finished the game more accurate over the final 5 innings – 71.4% (5/7), 72.7% (8/11), 71.4% (5/7), 81.8% (9/11), and 100% (7/7).

Taveras got stronger, too, late in the game.  He moves the ball around and varies speeds. His fastball sat 91-92 MPH, touching higher 3 times.  He reached 93 MPH for the first time in the fourth inning.  He started the eighth inning with 6 straight fastballs at 92 (F9), 91 (called strike), 92 (F7), 92 (called strike), 94 (called strike) and 93 (foul ball).  After the 0-2 foul ball, catcher Austin Bossart mixed up his signals to keep batters off balance the rest of the way.

Taveras recorded 15 ground ball outs, 8 fly outs, 1 line out, 1 foul pop, as well as 2 Ks.  The strike outs came swinging at a pitch of 92 MPH and looking at a pitch of 83 MPH.

Taveras only induced 3 swings and misses.  The Stone Crabs took 17 strikes and fouled 16 off.  Of the 28 balls they put in play, 6 were hits and 22 became 24 outs (2 DP).  I can’t remember a lower S&M count than the three Taveras recorded, especially in a 9-inning appearance.

The Threshers made the most of their 4 hits.  Wilson Garcia tied the game in the second inning on his solo HR (4) to right center field.  The re-tied the game and took the lead with 2 unearned runs in the fourth inning.  Garcia beat the shift when the second baseman couldn’t cleanly field his ground ball in short right field.  Cornelius Randolph pushed Garcia to third with a towering double over the center fielder’s head.  Garcia scored the tying run when the shortstop whiffed on Grenny Cumana’s ground ball. Randolph moved up to third.  He scored on a perfect safety squeeze executed by Austin Bossart.

Randolph had 2 hits, and Bossart (.286) had the other base hit.  In another odd in-game occurence, ninth batter Emmanuel Marrero made the last out in all 3 of his at bats.  That meant that Herlis Rodriguez was a true lead off hitter in all four of his at bats.  The odd thing was that Rodriguez, Mark Laird, and Damek Tomscha went down in order all four times they batted in the same inning.  Jose Pujols batted sixth (behind Randolph) and struck out twice on off-speed pitches of 81 and 82 MPH.

Peter Bourjos went 0-4 with a strike out against Taveras.

  • # 5 Kilome (3-2, 3.02): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.239): 2-3 with a run scored, double
  • #26 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.20): DNP
  • #28 Pujols (.185): 0-3 with 2 K
  • #30 Seranthony Dominguez (3-0, 2.02): rehabbing an unidentified injury in XST

Lakewood (31-25) lost to Asheville, 10-7.

Nick Fanti (2.10) started and fell victim to 3 HR in the third inning.  He gave up 5 runs (4 ER) on 7 hits in 4.0 innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  The unearned run scored in the first inning on a steal of third where a missed catch error allowed the runner to score. Fanti was lifted after the fourth inning and replaced by Ismael Cabrera (4-3, 3.42).  The BlueClaws had retaken the lead, but Cabrera gave up 4 runs (3 ER) on 5 hits and no walks in 2.0 innings.  Tyler Hallead (3.38) gave up 2 runs in 2.0 innings on 3 hits and struck out two.

The Tourists starter was Riley Pint, the Kansas prep school pitcher who was under consideration as the 1:1 in 2016.  He was selected in the first round by Colorado at 1:4.  He has mixed results in his two seasons but had a favorable result last night and has been challenged out of high school, pitching at Grand Junction in the Pioneer league in 2016.

The BlueClaws managed to score 2 runs on 5 hits off Pint, but picked on the bullpen after he left the game.  Luke Williams and David Martinelli had 2 hits each.  Martinelli and Cord Sandberg had 2 RBI each.

The difference in the game was Asheville’s home runs.  The ‘Claws had 10 hits and 2 walks, but only managed 3 extra base hits, all doubles.  Every starter but Henri Lartigue had at least one hit.  The three Lakewood pitchers issued zero walks.

  • #2 Moniak (.275): 1-5 with a run scored, 3 K
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): rehabbing an unidentified injury in XST
  • #15 Medina (1-5, 3.42): DNP
  • #18 Brito (.233): DNP
  • #25 Romero (3-1, 2.32): DNP

Williamsport (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 19th at State College.

Only one XST game.  The line up was heavy with GCL players.  Josh Stephen, Cole Stobbe, Jhailyn, and others took BP during the game on a back field.  Jake Kelzer pitched a scoreless inning.  Justin Miller was set to enter the game in the seventh inning, but heavy rain washed out the remainder of the game.  The Phillies were ahead of the Blue Jays by 3 runs.

  • #8 Gowdy
  • #14 Stobbe
  • #20 Ortiz

GCL Phillies (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 26th v. Yankees West.

The DSL games were at 1030 AM.  They don’t rush to post there results.  I’m not going to hold up publishing waiting for their scores.  I may just drop them from the daily recap, and just report on them sporadically.  Note the new naming structure, colors v numbers.

DSL Phillies Red (0-0) – first game on Saturday, June 3rd.

DSL Phillies White (0-0) – first game on Saturday, June 3rd.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (and paper moves):  With the DSL season starting this weekend, expect to see some movement from XST in Clearwater to the DSL rosters later this week.  

  • 6/3 – Phillies recalled LHP Adam Morgan from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 6/3 – Phillies recalled RHP Ben Lively from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 6/3 – Phillies optioned RHP Mark Leiter to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 6/3 – Phillies placed RHP Joaquin Benoit on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 1, 2017. Left knee sprain.
  • 6/3 – LHP Hoby Milner assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 6/3 – LF Jiandido Tromp assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 6/2 – Phillies activated LF Daniel Nava from the 10-day disabled list.
  • 6/2 – Phillies optioned RHP Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 6/2 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Ramon Rosso to a minor league contract
  • 6/2 – Phillies signed free agent C Ronaldo Gonzalez to a minor league contract
  • 6/2 – LHP Hoby Milner assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 6/2 – RHP Jesen Therrien assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 6/2 – RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 6/2 – RHP Yacksel Rios assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 6/2 – RF Zachary Coppola assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 6/2 – LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 6/2 – Clearwater Threshers activated RHP Edgar Garcia.
  • 6/2 – LHP Gabriel Yanez assigned to DSL Phillies Red from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/2 – RHP Victor Santos assigned to DSL Phillies Red from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/2 – LHP Yefferson Mercedes assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – RHP Victor Santos assigned to DSL Phillies Red from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/2 – LHP Gabriel Yanez assigned to DSL Phillies Red from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/2 – RHP Dalvin Rosario assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – SS Edgar Made assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – RHP Jorbin Romero assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – RHP Jeison Blanco assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – LHP Junior Tejada assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – RHP Antonio Canizales assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – RHP Alessandro Ciarla assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – RHP Abdallah Aris assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – RHP Leonel Aponte assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – C Carlos Oropeza assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – LHP Gustavo Ferrer assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – SS Christian Valerio assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – SS Luiggi Mujica assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – SS Frailin Serra assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – C Luis Rojas assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – 3B Enny Rondon assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – OF Jevi Hernandez assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – OF Luis Matos assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – DSL Phillies White placed RHP Melvin Nunez on the 60-day disabled list.
  • 6/2 – DSL Phillies White placed RHP Derwuin Marchan on the 60-day disabled list.
  • 6/2 – RHP Carlos Francisco assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – RHP Osvaldo Arauz assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/1 – SS Chandler Hall retired
  • 5/26 – DSL Phillies Red released C Ismael Rosado
  • 5/20 – DSL Phillies Red released C Luis Liriano
  • 5/20 – DSL Phillies Red released DH Rony Noboa
  • 5/20 – DSL Phillies Red released LF Jose Estrada
  • 4/30 – 3B Leonardo Colagrossi retired
  • 3/26 – DSL Phillies Red released RHP Yeral Gomez
  • 6/1 – SS Emmanuel Marrero assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Phillies Ext. Spring Training
  • 6/1 – RHP Tyler Frohwirth assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 6/1 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers
  • 6/1 – LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers
  • 5/31 – Phillies placed RHP Vince Velasquez on the 10-day disabled list. Right flexor strain.
  • 5/31 – Phillies recalled RHP Ricardo Pinto from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 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.

32 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/3/2017

  1. They picked Tromp over Pullin for the call up to LHV? There are only 2 reasons I can see for doing this. First is they wanted/needed a righty swinger in LHV. Tromp hits lefties like batting practice. He’s hitting .380/.405//.676 against them. Pullin is a more normal .256/.344/.415 against lefties. Second, they needed a guy who can play multiple OF positions. Pullin is strictly a LF’er. Last year, he did play a little RF but they wouldn’t dare play him in CF. Tromp has played all 3 OF positions equally and pretty darn well. It might also be very temporary so disrupting a large part of Reading offense for a few games might be on their minds.

    Personally, I made the arguments above but I don’t think they are valid. Pullin deserved the bump up and should feel very slighted.

    1. I wondered why myself but you really did have a decent argument going with yourself, but I will say I thought it would be Tocci , him needing to be protected on the 4man while having such a much improved year and being such a great defensive player, but I guess Pullin will need to be protected aswell
      There will be some issues with thy going forward I’d say

    2. I can see the defensive flexibility with Tromp and the right handed bat since Williams, and Cozens are both lefties.

    3. I don’t imagine that Tromp is there permanently, I think it’s just because Cozens is banged up. As you said, Tromp can play RF and Pullin is limited to left.

      Tromp could be an under-the-radar guy to keep an eye on though. It’s pretty impressive that he would even be considered for a promotion to AAA at this point, since when the 2016 season started it looked like he might get dropped from the organization having never even adjusted to the pitching in a full-season league.

    4. I would rephrase your second argument that the Phils’ want Pullin’s promotions to be permanent, not temporary; for his sake more than that of Reading. Just to stress a point on which we would all agree that the purpose of minor league ball is player development rather than team success below the MLB level.

  2. Nick Rickles — must be the grandson of Don? — played a joke on Akron yesterday hitting 2 HRs in a game. In most years, that might have been his season total. I never understood why they traded for him except that he must be a very good defensive catcher. If you’re trying to help your pitching staff, he might be the guy to help them.

  3. Hoskins down to .302 after spending the first six weeks around .340. Talk of him getting called up mid-June may have been premature. Maybe just a cyclical slump. Not like he’s projected to be a .300 hitter in the bigs anyway.

    Good to see ‘C’ rebound with a 2-hit game after taking the collar the night before.

    And Tromp? Yeah I had to rub my eyes to make sure I was reading the correct box score. By biggest concern was not seeing Cozens in the lineup after he left early the previous game. Then he walked in a run as a PH late.

    Quinn on the DL? Who’d a thunk?

  4. I keep saying Bossart is the best game caller in the system. I hope one day someone look at the pitchers stats when he catches.
    He is a truly Chooz calling game.

    1. He also usually has the highest BA in the org. Which is hard to maintain by only playing 1 or 2 times a week. Somebody needs to give him a shot as the number 1 guy.

      1. I pulled some career batting stats on all the catchers in the org (low A and up). Here are their career BA, OPS and BA against top 20 prospects according to MLBfarm.com:

        Alfaro: .266/.756/.270
        Moore: .224/.615/.185
        Numata: .258/.660/.240
        Rickles: .244/.649/.243
        Grullon: .243/.640/.228
        Bossart: .304/.752/.299
        Cabral: .243/.649/.167
        Lartique: .232/.626/.277

        Somebody promote that man.

  5. My guess is that they won’t do it until after the FSL all-star game, but with one of Reading’s rotation spots being held by Mario Sanchez right now, I could see Taveras getting promoted pretty soon. He seems like a guy that won’t really be challenged until the AA level and he’s 23 years old.

  6. I think Appel has to be getting a bit miffed (with himself) seeing all of these guys passing him to get their cup of coffee in the majors. Eflin, Thompson, Pivetta, now Lively and even Pinto and Leiter (as RP). Maybe this will be something to get him more motivated to make it to The Show.

    1. That’s on Mark, he needs to make it happen. No one is going to give him that shot if doesn’t deserve it.

        1. Well he could be back later in the year…..and the silver lining for Brock….he got his 43 days in the majors…..if MLB players play 43 days in the majors they earn a minimum $34K annual pension plan. And he will get lifetime healthcare coverage

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