Box Score Recap – 6/6/2017

Clearwater beat Charlotte behind Alberto Tirado’s seven-inning, one-walk outing.

Lakewood lost a 2-1 decision in a 16 inning game.

Lehigh Valley and Reading were rained out, double headers tomorrow.

Lehigh Valley (37-19) postponed, rain.  Double header tomorrow, Cesar Ramos (4-1, 1.72 ERA) and Mark Leiter (0-0, 1.69 ERA) are the scheduled starters.

  • #1 Crawford (.199):
  • #3 Alfaro (.267):
  • #4 Williams (.288):
  • #6 Quinn (.274):
  • #9 Cozens (.235): 1-5
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): promoted to Phillies
  • #13 Hoskins (.301):
  • #16 Pinto (3-3, 5.36):
  • #19 Appel (4-2, 6.14):
  • #24 Lively (6-1, 2.40): promoted to the Phillies
  • #29 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL

Reading (29-24) postponed, rain.  Double header tomorrow, Tyler Viza (3-3, 5.59 ERA) and Mario Sanchez, M (2-1, 3.63 ERA) are the scheduled starters.  (Note: Miguel Nunez is replacing John Richy in the rotation for Thursday’s game.)

  • #11 Kingery (.311):
  • #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #21 Anderson (4-2, 4.25):
  • #22: Arano (0.00):
  • #23 Tocci (.295):
  • #27 Canelo (.262):
  • Pullin (.317):

Clearwater (33-26) beat Charlotte, 6-1.

Alberto Tirado (4-3, 4.06) faced a Snow Crab line up that included two major league rehabbers, Peter Bourjo and Wilson Ramos.  The young right hander seemed unfazed as he had one of his best games of the season.  Tirado had pretty good control and lasted a season high 7.0 innings.  He needed just 85 pitches (54 strikes, 63.5%).

Tirado gave up just one run on a Bourjos HR (his only hit in 12 at bats during the series). He held the Stone Crabs to 5 hits, and walked one while striking out six.  Tirado didn’t run a 3-ball count until the sixth inning.  It was his only 3-ball count and led to his only base on balls.

Tirado didn’t exceed 15 pitches in any of his seven innings.  He had one inning where he required just 6 pitches.  Tirado’s fastball ran from 89-95 MPH, it sat 93-95 MPH.  He touched 97 MPH once on a pitch to Ramos after Bourjos home run that Ramos drove to right center for a double.  Most of Tirado’s strike outs came on his slider, only one was via fastball (94). He struck out the side in the seventh inning.  He got 6 swings and misses in the inning, three on his strike outs, all sliders.  On the night he got 13 S&M.

Tirado had a slight scare in the fourth.  With two out and a runner on first, the batter lifted a ball into the right center field gap.  Herlis Rodriguez played it smartly off the wall, and immediately fired the ball to Grenny Cumana who relayed to Deivi Grullon who tagged the runner out by such a wide margin that he didn’t even bother to slide.

Blake Quinn (5.35) pitched one inning of one-hit ball.  Ranfi Casimiro (3.94) pitched a 1-2-3 inning in his first action in ten days.

The Threshers faced a rehabbing pitcher for the second consecutive night.  Jumbo Diaz started for the Crabs and survived a lead off single by Mark Laird.  Charlotte turned the ball over to a knuckleballer after the first inning, and he had the Threshers off balance his first time through the line up.

In the fourth inning, Cornelius Randolph drew a two-out walk, followed by Deivi Grullon’s home run (5) down the left field line.  Grenny Cumana reached on his second hit of the game and Cord Sandberg got his first hit since his return from Lakewood on Monday. Emmanuel Marrero brought them home with a towering triple off the top of the Wawa sign in right field.

Two innings later, Grullon and Cumana drove the knuckler from the game with lead off singles.  Sandberg successfully sacrificed them into scoring position, and Mark Laird drove them in with a two-out single.

The Threshers banged out 12 hits.  Grullon and Cumana had 3 hits each.  Sandberg and Mark Laird had 2 hits each.

  • # 5 Kilome (3-2, 2.70): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.225): 0-3 with a run scored, BB
  • #26 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.20): DNP
  • #28 Pujols (.179): DNP
  • #30 Seranthony Dominguez (3-0, 2.02): rehabbing a shoulder injury in XST

Lakewood (32-26) lost to Kannapolis, 2-1 in 16 innings.

Ranger Suarez celebrated his selection to the SAL All Star team with a 7.0 inning two-hitter. He walked one and struck out nine while keeping the Intimidators off the board.  Trevor Bettencourt (1.74) blew his second save of the season in his two innings.  Mauricio Llovera (2.30) pitched 1.2 innings and was lifted with a runner on second.  Jonathan Hennigan (4.73) stayed in the game for 3.1 innings and struck out six.  The only base runner reached on an error.  Ismael Cabrera (4-4, 3.49) pitched two innings, but suffered the loss when he walked the lead off runner in the 16th inning and he came around to score.

The BlueClaws managed only 8 hits in the 16-inning game and batting averages suffered. Except for recently promoted Enmanuel Garcia who went 3-6 with 2 doubles.  He also scored their only run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning.

In all, 40 batters struck out – 22 intimidators and 18 BlueClaws.

  • #2 Moniak (.270): 1-7 with a K
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): rehabbing an unidentified injury in XST
  • #15 Medina (1-5, 3.42): DNP
  • #18 Brito (.238): used as pinch runner for Edgar Cabral in the 14th inning.
  • #25 Romero (4-1, 2.04): DNP

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):

  • 6/6 – RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 6/6 – RHP Tyler Frohwirth assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers
  • 6/6 – LF Enmanuel Garcia assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 6/5 – Phillies optioned 1B Brock Stassi to Reading Fightin Phils
  • 6/5 – Phillies recalled RHP Nick Pivetta from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 6/5 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 6/5 – LF Cord Sandberg assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 6/4 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Zach Eflin on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 3, 2017

60 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/6/2017

  1. ” He needed just 85 pitches (44 strikes, 63.5%)”

    Math quibble. This doesn’t compute..

    1. it was 54 strikes.
      this appears to be the first time Tirado ever pitched more than 6 innings. He had a couple 6 inning performances last year where he walked zero and 1.

    2. It was actually 54 strikes. A slipped digit or in my world I’d call it fat fingers.

    3. Jim goes above and beyond to get us there articles and stats. It’s OK to make the occasional mistake, so not really sure he deserved to be called out on his mistake. If I am misreading your comment, I apologize.

      1. Believe me, I have nothing but praise for Jim for running an informative, fact-based site. Saying it’s first class doesn’t do him justice. In the case of Tirado, everything about this outing was of interest. I raised the point gently and it got a quick pleasant response. It’s all good.

    4. @flea, the math was right, the typing was off. Thanks for catching it, I corrected the article. This happens when I forget I’m not a typist, try to use more than 2 fingers, and try to type while reading my notes rather than my norm of watching the keyboard and glancing at the screen.

  2. Enmanuel Garcia’s presence in Lakewood may signal a Cord Sandberg move to Clearwater. He has earned it with his performance.

  3. If you picked Deivi Grullon as your breakout prospect this year … congratulations !!! You picked a winner.

    1. not seeing this … his average (.287) is certainly higher than it’s ever been, but his K rate (25.7) and BABIP (.350) are at their highest levels as well while his walk rate (1.8%) is at its lowest level of his minor league career.

      I just don’t see anything to get excited about or to call him a breakout player.

    2. Hinkie,

      I had Deivi as my sleeper. Does that count?

      C Randolph as my breakout. Have fingers crossed on that one.

  4. Is it just me or have the Phillie farm teams been playing an inordinate number of extra inning games? It sure seems that way. When your past the 10th inning, the team asks the pitcher to go until his arm falls off and then they’ll bring in the next sacrificial lamb. If your team scores in those extra innings, great. Yo win the game. If you lose the game, sorry about that but let’s move on. At some point it’s not about winning or losing, it’s about surviving and figuring out who you’ll have available to pitch tomorrow or the next day.

    1. bellman…have to agree…do not see any sense in minor leagues going so far into extra innings…..IMO, after 12 call it a tie….or suspend it to another day and pick up where you left off.

  5. Mike Drago with the Reading Eagle tweeted that Aaron Brown has gone back to pitching after four years as a position player. I wish the young man all the best.

    1. I’ve seen some posters discuss how it could be a good move for him. Glad to see him make the leap. Now if only Pujols would follow..

      1. guy84….agree …unfortunately, been calling for it for awhile….perhaps in FIL they could try it.
        Can just imagine the velo he could generate with his arm and height.
        Develop one 55 breaking pitch he could be an ideal late-inning reliever.

          1. if i remember at the time it seemed like a majority of teams saw him as a pitcher. 2014 is a good example of the varied outcomes with draft picks-
            in between Nola and Hoskins in round 5, imhof career over with injury, Brown converting, and Chris Oliver traded and out of baseball after 2015.

    2. I was suggesting this move in spring training, he lost another half season. Oh well, he must think he can regain his pitching form quickly. Good luck to him.

        1. 8mark…don’t knock the Schmitter….use to be fav of mine at the games….concession stand sat right at the bottom of the long escalator in LF concourse….now gone for good.

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      Weight: 165 lbs
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  6. Anyone going to the Blue Claws tonight? I’ll be there to get a good look at Adonis Medina!

  7. Numbers don’t lie: Cam Perkins leads the International League with a .404 on-base percentage. He’s hit .400 in his last 15 games with a .505 OBP.

      1. Once Kendrick is moved, whoever has the better numbers (Perkins or Williams) will get moved up. Hopefully, they both have nothing left to prove at Lehigh.

        1. I have a hard time seeing them calling Perkins up. Nick Williams has spent a year and a half at AAA, they need to see what they have in him at the MLB level.

          Even if they decide Williams isn’t ready, if he’s healthy they need to see Quinn too. Perkins could be a good bench option though if they decide to DFA Saunders.

          1. If Perkins has a .900 OPS and Williams has an .800 OPS when Kendrick gets traded, you know who’s getting called up. But maybe they both get called up (with Saunders getting cut) and they platoon RF. I don’t have a problem with that either.

            1. It should be Williams he’s three years younger and they need to start getting some of these OF up here to see what they have/who may be a keeper/who is expendable.

    1. Perkins seems like the guy who shows up to work everyday and quietly gets more done than anybody else but without the fanfare. Can’t see why he wouldn’t be a good 4th OF in the show.

    2. I wonder how good Perkins’ OF defense actually is. He’s been playing some CF.

      He’s having his best season, but is a reminder that sometimes getting an opportunity is as much about finding yourself in the right situation as it is about ability. He’s pretty much surrounded by other OFs that are younger and thought to have more upside. He’s not on the 40-man roster. There isn’t really a need on the ML team’s bench for a right-handed hitting OF right now. If he batted LH, he may have been poised to take Stassi’s former role, if not Saunders’.

      Hopefully he keeps putting up numbers in AAA. If he does, he should eventually get a shot somewhere, if not in Philly.

    1. great article! Has the occasional control issues, however, he should get challenged and moved to Reading. No reason why he can’t contribute next year or 2019 IMO.

      1. I think he could use more time in Clearwater. The jump from high A ball to hitting happy AA Reading and the Eastern League is a really big one for pitchers – it’s almost like jumping two levels. He hasn’t dominated so much thus far that I would rush him. Let’s see where he is in the middle of July. There’s no reason to rush him.

    2. There’s no doubt Kilome will see a late-season promotion to Reading at the rate he’s been throwing. There’s no need to rush him, but if all the developmental hurdles are fulfilled, why not see what he can do for 3-4 starts

      1. They’re definitely going to have to shuffle some guys around.

        AAA is obviously down 3 guys between call-ups/injury
        AA is pretty weak behind Drew Anderson

        and in low A there’s a few guys who look ready for the challenge of A+ (Saurez, Romero, and Fanti).

    3. As a bit of a side issue: Kilome’s comments about the importance of learning English are interesting in the context of the dustup Mike Schmidt has stirred over Odubel’s lack of English skills.

  8. Deivi Grullon (21 yo) is always been a defense 1st catcher but it is nice to see him improving his offensive output for the last couple of years at it will increase his ceiling and value as a prospect. although it looks like that Grullon is sacrificing a higher K rate to improve his Ave and SLG.

    Grullon’s defensive ability is already MLB ready as a backup, if he can keep up the current offensive phase while improving his OBP he will climb up again in the prospect ladder.

  9. While Grullon is having an outstanding half season, clearly Kingery is the “breakout” guy in the Phillies organization. Anyone who predicted he would be leading the system, much less the entire minor leagues, in home runs is wasting his time posting predictions on phuturephillies, he should be helping the US government plot their defense strategy against an increasingly hostile world.

    1. Just curious as to what you would use to argue that Grullon is having an outstanding season. I think it’s just more of the same as to what he’s done previously.

      1. Tom,

        Grullon, as you know, always has been a strong defensive prospect but a weak hitter. However, mid-last year he began to hit better, and that has continued to the present, so he’s showing some sustainability.

        His career OPS was 623 going into last year. In 2016 he achieved 695 OPS. This year, he’s at 729, which I think a number of people would say is acceptable for a strong defensive catcher

        His ISO is a career-high .144 this year His wRC+ is a career-high 107 besting his career high of last year, which was 101.

        And he’s achieving this better performance at his highest level yet in the organization.

        Some of it might be attributed to physical development as he is hitting with more power. If that’s the case, it’s another indicator of sustainability.

        Now, Grullon does have question marks. His 358 BABIP is clearly high and could come down to earth, bringing the other metrics down with it. His K and BB rates have not improved and are actually somewhat below his career average. His 226 batting average with runners in scoring position isn’t inspiring,

        However, overall, it looks like Grullon has improved. Whether that’s a break-out improvement can be debated. It will be interesting to revisit Grullon’s performance after the season.

        1. Thanks … I agree with your points. I guess I was looking at the K and BB rates and really high BABIP. I hope he does sustain, but I do have my doubts, especially as he moves up the ladder.

          1. Drives me nuts with the constant misuse of BABIP as an indicator that a player is way above/below where they “should be”. Since Grullon is hitting for more average while also increasing his strikeout rate it’s to be expected that his BABIP would be increased since the strikeouts aren’t counted while the base hits are. Based on those two things, his BABIP should be higher.

            Look at the career BABIP #’s for Ichiro vs. Albert Pujols. Ichiro’s has several BABIP seasons at .400 because he hit for high average with little power but higher than expected K rates. Pujols won MVP awards in seasons where his BABIP was under .300 because he hit so many homeruns without striking out. BABIP was actually created as a defensive metric..

            1. BABIP only works when you compare them against other metrics and you also need a large sample size to gauge offensive effectiveness. Personally, I like GPA and SecA as more efficient methods to show production

        2. It’s debatable whether he’s really improved as a hitter. 3 walks in 167 ABs is a recipe for failure at higher levels. I know he’s good at defense and it’s nice to see some more power and perhaps an improved hit tool. But, like Alfaro, until he draws a respectable share of walks, his future as a hitter is seriously in doubt.

  10. Nice to read that Kilome is working on his English as much as he is working on his secondary pitches. It would be really great if he can be a TOR pitcher in Philly.

    Got to see a post game interview on YES with Luis Severino. He had just pitched seven innings of two run ball. Clippard served up a homer to lose the game.

    Was very impressed how Severino handled himself in the interview. As a 22 year-old Latin, he had a very good mastery of the English language. Good for him.

  11. Eflin has no apparent damage to his elbow. He’ll start throwing again next week.

    Quinn has UCL issue in his non-throwing shoulder. He’ll get a 2nd opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Here we go….

    1. 8mark…..elbow not shoulder for the UCL.
      If it is TJ that is required, have it now and and he will be back playing in winter ball and for sure in the spring.
      Knapp had it on his throwing arm in Oct ’13 and was playing again by May/June ’14…first as a DH then in June behind the plate. It is not as long as a pitcher would have to take for a return. Matt Weiters also had it and it wasn’t that long before he started catching agin and it was on his trwoing arm also.
      But as for Quinn and another DL stint…….will like to see how the Phillies think long term now with Roman..

      1. Hate to state the obvious but the Phillies cannot count on Quinn going forward as anything more than a part-time 4th (at best) or 5th OF type. As they say in football, you can’t make the club if you are in the tub. The only way it seems to be able to keep Quinn healthy for an entire year is as a part-time player and even that may not do it.

      2. Roman Quinn is still young enough so he’ll remain on the 40 man roster. But he’s losing his chance to be a starter for the Phillies.

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