Box Score Recap – 6/4/2017

Lehigh Valley gave up single runs in the eighth and ninth and lost their third game in the last four.

Reading held on to win their fifth game in the last six.  Drew Anderson picked up his 4th win with a quality start.

Clearwater was rained out, two seven-inning games in a double header on Monday.

Lakewood and JoJo Romero won via shutout supported by home runs by Darick Hall (7) and Dave Martinelli (3).

Lehigh Valley (37-19) lost to Louisville, 5-4.

Jake Thompson (5.73) pitched well until a lead off home run in the fifth inning.  He struggled through the rest of the inning allowing two more runs, then was lifted with one out in the sixth after two walks.  Ricardo Pinto (5.36) retired all 4 batters he faced in 1.1 innings.  Pat Venditte (1.20) retired the 3 batters he faced in 1.0 inning.  Casey Fien (2.00) blew the save opportunity in his 0.1 inning with a run on 3 consecutive hits, and Hoby Milner (2.08) suffered the loss with a bases loaded single in the ninth.

Lehigh Valley managed just 5 hits.  Cameron Perkins led off again and went 0-3 but drew a pair of walks.  In the eighth inning, Rhys Hoskins had a 2-run double, and Hector Gomez had a 2-run double.  Nick Williams was thrown out trying to score from first on the play.

  • #1 Crawford (.193): 0-3 with a run scored, BB
  • #3 Alfaro (.267): 0-4 with a K
  • #4 Williams (.280): 1-3 with a BB, K
  • #6 Quinn (.274): DNP
  • #9 Cozens (.236): entered as PH and went 0-1  with a K
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): DNP
  • #13 Hoskins (.302): 1-3 with a run scored, 2 RBI (43), BB
  • #16 Pinto (3-3, 5.36): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • #19 Appel (4-2, 6.14): DNP
  • #24 Lively (6-1, 2.40): promoted to the Phillies
  • #29 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL

Reading (29-24) beat Akron, 4-3.

Drew Anderson pitched 6.0 innings and gave up just one run on 3 hits.  He struck out five. Austin Davis (0.69) gave up 2 unearned runs in 1.2 innings.  Colton Murray (1.86) earned his second save with 1.1 scoreless innings.

Angelo Mora had a three hit game.  His 3-run double gave the Phils the lead in the seventh inning.  Mitch Walding’s RBI single brought home an insurance run that became the eventual winning run.

Catcher Nick Rickles picked a runner off second base.

  • #11 Kingery (.311): 0-2 with a sacrifice, HBP
  • #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #21 Anderson (4-2, 4.25): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • #22: Arano (0.00): DNP
  • #23 Tocci (.295): DNP
  • #27 Canelo (.262): 0-3 with a run scored, BB, K
  • Pullin (.317): 1-4 with a double
  • Tromp (.266): promoted to AAA

Clearwater (32-24) rained out.

  • # 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 (32-25) beat Asheville, 8-0.

JoJo Romero shut out the Tourists for 7.0 innings on 5 hits.  He walked none and struck out seven.  Will Hibbs struck out 3 in 2.0 innings of relief.

Eight BlueClaws had at least one hit.  Daniel Brito, Cord Sandberg (.268), Luke Williams (.191), and Carlos Duran (.237) had 2 hits each.

Lakewood didn’t break through until the fifth inning on Duran’s RBI single.  They added another run in the sixth Sandberg’s RBI single.  They tacked on 2 more in the seventh on David Martinelli’s 2-run HR (3).  Darrick Hall provided the final margin with a grand slam home run (7)  in the ninth.

Cord Sandberg picked up an outfield assist (second base).

  • #2 Moniak (.275): DNP
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): rehabbing an unidentified injury in XST
  • #15 Medina (1-5, 3.42): DNP
  • #18 Brito (.238): 2-4 with a run scored, double, BB
  • #25 Romero (4-1, 2.04): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER. 0 BB, 7 K

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

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

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

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (and paper moves):

  • 6/4 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Zach Eflin on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 3, 2017
  • 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 – DSL Phillies Red placed RHP Gregorix Mateo on the restricted list.
  • 6/2 – 2B Leandro Medina assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – RHP Santy Prada assigned to DSL Phillies White from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/2 – RHP Alexis Araujo assigned to DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – SS Jose Tortolero assigned to DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – LHP Alfredo Benitez assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – 2B Nicolas Torres assigned to DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – RF Alexito Feliz assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – Julio Francisco assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – RHP Aldemar Rivas assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – Wilberson Liendo assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – RHP Ruben Aponte assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – C Juan Aparicio assigned to DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – C Juan Mendez assigned to DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – OF Rusbel Vasquez assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – C Ronaldo Gonzalez assigned to DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – RHP Jonas De La Cruz assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – RHP Ramon Rosso assigned to DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – LHP Anderson Parra assigned to DSL Phillies White.
  • 6/2 – RHP Ramiro Soto assigned to DSL Phillies White from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/2 – SS Yeremy Nunez assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – RHP Jean Carlos Valdez assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – RHP Yorbys Tabares assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – RHP Carlos Salazar assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – RHP Luis Pacheco assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – DSL Phillies White activated RHP Melvin Nunez.
  • 6/2 – RHP Yeison Sanchez assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – RHP Sandro Rosario assigned to GCL Phillies from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – LHP Anton Kuznetsov assigned to GCL Phillies from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – LHP Manuel Silva assigned to GCL Phillies from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – CF Simon Muzziotti assigned to GCL Phillies from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – RHP Robinson Martinez assigned to GCL Phillies from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 6/2 – RHP Oscar Marcelino assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from DSL Phillies Red.
  • 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 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.

23 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/4/2017

  1. Another really solid start from Romero . . . a lot of the young arms at the lower level putting up solid numbers . . .

    Low A – Lakewood

    Romero – 2.32 ERA 9.5/K9

    Fanti – 2.10 ERA .89 WHIP 10.2 K/9

    Medina – 3.42 ERA 10.3 K/9

    Sanchez – 3.70 ERA .90 WHIP 10.4 K/9

    Suarez – 1.95 ERA 1.02 WHIP 10.7 K/9

    Hi A – Clearwater

    Dominquez – 2.02 ERA WHIP 1.00 11.4 K/9

    Irvin – 3.18 ERA

    Kilome – 3.02 ERA 8.4 K/9

    Just wish more of these arms were seen as TOR types . . . to my knowledge only Kilome and Sanchez are seen as potential 2-3’s.

    1. Depending on his health, Seranthony has that kind of potential too. Medina and Romero have ceilings that are difficult to peg at this point.

    2. Drew Anderson and Seranthony will be solid #3s. I love pitchers with very good control of their FB and a potential plus breaking ball — both Anderson and Serathony have both with FB trending towards easy mid-90s and CB showing plus potential. Those 2 pitches alone can put both as a solid high leverage pitchers. The key is always been the development of a CH which both Anderson and Seranthony will have ample time to develop.

  2. Time to move Kingery up and re-energize the rest of the Pigs lineup. Except for Williams, seems everyone is either dinged or slumping.

  3. I was actually hoping for a few more June 1 promotions as plenty have earned it. Time will tell.
    LHV has certainly cooled off with Quinn and Cozens both sidelined and Alfaro ice cold, plus Lively and now Pivetta in Philly and Eflin now on DL. Eshelman is their ace now, with Thompson and Appel up and down, who would have guessed that?
    I sure would like to see what Kingery can do in LHV. Soon hopefully…. and why is Hibbs still at Lakewood?

    1. Maybe they’re waiting for Hibbs to give up a run first :). Actually I’m with you on that one, he should be in Clearwater already. He’s not a youngster and the only knock I see is that he walks a few too many batters.

    2. In the past mostly all moves were made a few weeks after the draft, at also around the all-star break…though notice Reading and LHV (July10th) and Clearwater’s (June 16th) all-star breaks are a month apart…not sure it has always been that way.

  4. Was at the PIGS game, few thoughts…

    Jake Thompson — underwhelming, fb sat at 89-90 , few times at 92, off-speed stuff wasn’t working in first 3 innings finally got the changeup working in the fourth.
    Pinto– his stuff was electric, FB was 95-97 and he was putting it wherever he wanted.

    Alfaro — nothing new, cannon for an arm, absolutely NO PLATE DISCIPLINE — late in game the Bats relief pitcher is struggling, gives up single to leadoff hitter, then walks Perkins and JPC on 8 straight pitches. What does Alfaro do, flailing swing at ball low and outside, next gets handcuffed on an inside pitch — hits a dribbler foul down third base line, next pitch low and outside and another flailing whiff for strike three. He was impressive to the crowd when he broke his bat over his knee ala Bo Jackson after his at bat. He did hit a couple hard but right at the SS each time.

    Pretty uneventful game except the Pigs mgr came out to argue three different BANG BANG plays because JPCs sick range, and all smooth, the whole team seemed lethargic.
    JPC has excellent plate discipline, realm works the count, so does Hoskins ( doesn’t swing at bad pitches).
    Nick Williams and jpc are super smooth in the field.

    1. Steve,

      Good report. Thanks. I watched some of the game on MiLB. Got to admit I’m getting a little impatient with Alfaro’s lack of plate discipline.

    2. Thanks Steve, Alfaro’s BA has really suffered and never walking hurts him a lot. Any talk about how long Quinn is out? Jake has been a big disappointment to me so far, I always liked him.

    3. Are there any theories on what’s caused Jake Thompson’s stuff to decline so quickly? He wasn’t striking a ton of guys out in Reading when he came over but I don’t remember there being reports of him sitting 89-92 like he is now.

      Is it lack of conditioning? A mechanical adjustment that needs to be made? He’s been the biggest disappointment of that trade so far.

  5. Maximo De La Rosa first game in the DSL with two hits on Saturday.
    At 6’2″, 205 lbs, he has nice size for a 17-year old Latin OFer since most of his teammates are all in the 5’11’….165/175 lb range.

  6. Drew Anderson in April: 14.2 ip, 14 er (8.59 era, 1.77 whip). And since: 40.1 ip, 12 er (2.68 era, 0.94 whip), with 39/9 K/BB.
    After promotion in 2H’16 to CLW he made just 8 starts (dominant), and jumped to AA to start ’17. He’s adjusted quickly. We talk a lot about skewed hitting stats at REA, so consider these ERA splits…. 3.57 home, 6.14 road. And in his last 5 starts at home: 30 ip, 9 er, 19 h, 31/5 K/BB, 2.70 era, 0.80 whip!

    Some analysts raised eyebrows at picking JoJo Romero at 4.1, and then paying him well over-slot. But so far the Phillies look smart. A 20 yr-old, LHP, who can top in mid 90s, has incredible GB tendencies!, and 60 K’s in 57 IP, along with a 2.04 ERA at Lakewood, deserves attention among the many other great young SPs across our A levels. I’d like to see what he can do at CLW in 2H.

    1. I like what you shared about Anderson.

      Didn’t realize that Romero could hit 95, thought he was a soft tosser … good to hear as well.

      1. Tom, I believe I’ve read of Romero’s top FB speed in a couple places, but here’s one from Matt Winkelman’s preseason prospect ranking. He had Romero #30. He notes Romero topped out 94 mph last year, which was his age-19-year so there *could* even be uptick of velo to come, or maybe just more consistently.)

        Also, btw, Drew Anderson is written up at #26 on the same page.

        http://philliesminorthoughts.com/2017-top-50-phillies-prospects-25-30/

    2. Drew Anderson is my breakout player (for pitching) this year and I’m high on him than most of us here and I view him as Phils version of Jacob de Grom. I post Anderson’s stats for May in the earlier threads to show that he is trending upward and his overall stats is masked by a poor April.

      I like to see Anderson and Seranthony as part of the pitching stuff when the Phils loaded for contention in 2019 but we might see them as part of the pen if the Phils decides to sign proven pitchers to anchor the rotation.

      I’m not a fan of JoJo’s drafting as I prefer the Phils to draft Funkhouser at 4.107 in 2016 draft. I see JoJo more as a reliever than a starter, but I’m glad that he is really pitching well. Phils need LH pitching badly.

  7. Blink of an eye and Jorge Alfaro is hitting .267. Batting average is obviously not the end-all be-all for a player’s ability at the plate, but with Alfaro’s K:BB ratio it was only a matter of time before the streaky side came out and the BABIP plummeted.

    1. I’ve been a big Alfaro guy since he came over in the Hamels deals and his success would make it at least a decent trade. However, we’re in pretty good shape at catcher with Knapp and Bossart as “plans B” should Alfaro fall short of our hopes. Rafael Marchan is another guy whose daily line I’ll be checking this summer. I’m hoping he’s assigned to the GCL but haven’t seen anything definitive.

    2. I don’t think it’s that he’s streaky. I think the pitchers in AAA have learned that you don’t have to throw a strike to get him to swing at a pitch. If he doesn’t change his ways, major league pitchers are going to eat him alive.

  8. Maximo De La Rosa with two more hits this morning.
    This guy may be a real find.
    He was at first base today for the Red team.

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