Box Score Recap – 6/7/2017

Lehigh Valley swept their double header with some good pitching and home runs by Hoskins, Cozens, and Williams.

Reading split their double header, winning the second game behind a solid effort by Mario Sanchez.

Clearwater was not scheduled, but remains a half game in front of Daytona with 11 games to play.  In an odd scheduling quirk, the Threshers and Tortugas will not have faced each other at all in the first half.  Would have liked to have seen Nick Senzel.

Lakewood’s bats came alive late to seal their victory .

Roman Quinn has sustained the season-inhibiting injury that all were afraid might happen.  He was diagnosed with a UCL injury in his left elbow.  After getting a second opinion, we can anticipate his addition to the DL for the 6th time since his 2013 season.

Joely Rodriguez was reported to be DFA’d late last night.  A corresponding move can be expected tomorrow.  Pat Venditte?  Hoby Milner?  Pedro Beato?

Lehigh Valley (39-19) swept Buffalo, 2-1 and 6-3.

Game One:  Cesar Ramos (1.82) pitched 3.1 innings and was lifted after retiring the first batter in the fourth inning.  Michael Mariot (3.86) swooped in to grab the victory with 2.2 innings of no-hit work.  Pedro Beato picked up his 17th save.  They held the Bisons to 4 hits but combined to walk 5 batters.

The IronPigs only managed 4 hits of their own, but scored 2 runs in the first on 3 singles. Their first run scored on a fielding error.  The go ahead and eventual run came home on Rhys Hoskins RBI single.  They only got 3 walks and a single after the first inning.  The losing pitcher was Brett Oberholtzer who pitched a complete game.

Cameron Perkins (.298) went 1-2 with a run scored and a walk.

  • #3 Alfaro (.264): 0-2 with a walk, K
  • #4 Williams (.284): 0-3
  • #9 Cozens (.236): 1-3 with a K
  • #13 Hoskins (.302): 1-3 with an RBI (46)

Game Two:  Mark Leiter (2.70) pitched into the fifth inning before giving way to Hoby Milner (1-2, 1.88) after a two-out infield single.  Milner struck out 5 of the 7 batters he faced in 2.1 innings.  He picked off the only base runner he allowed.

Rhys Hoskins (14), Cozens (14), and Williams (12) hit solo HRs.  Hoskins drove in another run with a double in the fifth inning.  Hector Gomez also had a two-hit game.  Cameron Perkins (.291) suffered a golden sombrero, 0-4 with 4 K.

  • #1 Crawford (.197): 0-2 with a run scored, BB
  • #3 Alfaro (.264): DNP
  • #4 Williams (.284): 1-3 with a run scored, HR (12), RBI (37)
  • #6 Quinn (.274): Diagnosed with a UCL injury in his left elbow.
  • #9 Cozens (.238): 1-3 with a run scored, HR (14), RBI (43)
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): promoted to Phillies
  • #13 Hoskins (.307): 2-3 with a run scored, double, HR (14), 2 RBI (48)
  • #16 Pinto (3-3, 5.36): DNP
  • #19 Appel (4-2, 6.14): DNP
  • #24 Lively (6-1, 2.40): promoted to the Phillies
  • #29 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL

Reading (30-25) split with Bowie, losing 12-5 and winning 4-0.

Game One:  The Phils played from behind all game, closing to within 7-5 in the fifth, but that was as close as they got.  Tyler Viza (3-4, 6.23) was charged with 7 runs (6 ER) in 3.1 innings.  (Viza.  Charged.  Get it?)  He gave up 9 hits and 4 walks.  John Richy (6.85), recently bumped from the rotation in favor of Miguel Nunez, celebrated with 5 runs (4ER) on 8 hits in 3.1 innings.

Scott Kingery had 2 hits and an RBI.  Angelo Mora and Osmel Aguila each had 3 hits, 2 runs scored, a double, and an RBI.  They also each hit a HR – Mora (6), Aguila (3).  Zach Coppola went 0-1 with a sacrifice, 2 walks, and an outfield assist (home).

  • #11 Kingery (.315):  2-4 with a run scored, RBI (33)
  • #23 Tocci (.294): 1-4 with an RBI (21)
  • #27 Canelo (.257): 0-3 with a BB, K
  • Pullin (.316): 1-4 with a double, RBI (37)

Game Two:  Mario Sanchez (3-1, 3.10) pitched 6.0, 3-hit innings.  All the more impressive when you consider the Baysox entered the game with a league-leading .289 team batting average.  He walked one and struck out three. Hoby Milner pitched a no-hit seventh inning.

The Phils broke through on Mitch Walding’s 2-run HR (11) in the fourth inning.  Kyle Martin followed with his 10th HR.  Brock Stassi drove home the final run with an RBI single in the fifth inning.

  • #11 Kingery (.310):  0-3 with 2 K
  • #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #21 Anderson (4-2, 4.25): DNP
  • #22: Arano (0.00): DNP
  • #23 Tocci (.289): 0-3 with a K
  • #27 Canelo (.257): DNP
  • Pullin (.312): 0-3

Clearwater (33-26) no game scheduled.

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

Lakewood (33-26) scored 6 unearned runs in the seventh to rally past Kannapolis, 6-4.

Adonis Medina struck out 9 in 6.0 innings.  Unfortunately, he gave up 4 runs (3 ER) on 6 hits and a walk.  Casey Brown (1-0, 5.40) earned his first win with one inning of work.  Will Hibbs (0.00) notched his 8th save with his 18th consecutive inning (in 32 IP) without giving up a run.

The Blue Claws loaded the bases in the seventh inning on a walk, HBP, and infield single with one out.  A reliever came in and got two strike outs.  However, a passed ball on the second strike out allowed the ‘Claws first run to score and extended the inning.  A wild pitch brought home a second run.  A walk re-loaded the bases, and Raul Rivas tied the game with a 2-run single.  After another pitching change, Mickey Moniak broke the tie with a 2-run double.

  • #2 Moniak (.270): 1-4 with a double, 2 RBI (24)
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): rehabbing an unidentified injury in XST
  • #15 Medina (1-5, 3.54): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
  • #18 Brito (.235): 0-3 with a run scored, BB, K
  • #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

61 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/7/2017

  1. Zach Coppola is having a breakout season. He had a very good season last year but he’s hitting a new gear this year. He’s slashing .345/.419/.402 in 50 games between A+ and AA. He’s what I call a “bunter”. He hits singles and BBs a lot but he’s not going to hit many XBHs. He plays the OF very well. He has speed, although needs some work on stealing bases. I’m not calling for the 2nd coming of a Wade Boggs type of hitter but he’s catching my eye.

    1. Nice story and all but this type of player is essentially useless in MLB unless he hits .320 with a .400 OBP like wade boggs.

      he’s either a really bad starter or a bench OF with no pop at all….if he even progresses to the majors

      he’s ben revere without the base stealing ability. pretty unexciting to me

  2. the Joely move seemed long overdue.

    in that first Reading loss, 25 year old Bowie first baseman went 5-5 with 2 homers and 9rbi. not exactly Scooter Gennett, but impressive.
    i know the Phils don’t care about attendance in the minor league affiliates, but when you go on the Reading site, it’s basically “buy tickets and come see Scott Kingery”. they wouldnt mind the Phils waiting to promote him.

    1. The minor league affiliates sure care about attendance, though. Gotta ride their “prize horse” for as long as they have him.

  3. Joely Rodriguez is now a minor leaguer. He had a decent spring training. He is a left hander which the team was/is desperate for so he made the team. He couldn’t get anybody out in the minors but Mackanin liked him so he kept throwing him out there. It’s about time they made this move.

    1. He’s exhausted and was clearly overused. The guy needs a chance to rest his arm. Morgan could be next…
      Venditte? Beato? Milner? Add Therrien to that list too.

      1. Yeah, I wanted to add Therrien but wasn’t sure the Phillies would consider him after only a couple AAA appearances. I find it has been a little more difficult to predict what this front office would do than the last.

        1. They know the 4A guys are not the future, just a band aid. I don’t think Therrien is ready yet but he’s m sure he was discussed, he’s that good. He’ll be up later in the year. For now, it will be one of the 4A guys. Add Cesar Ramos into that mix too.

    2. Surprised they DFA him. Valentin is still on 40 man and he could be moved to 60 day DL as could Quinn if his 2nd opinion comes back bad and he needs surgery and is out for awhile.

      1. Yeah but that’s minor league DL. They would need to be promoted to majors then transferred to 69-day. I’m sure they’d like the salary, but the roster manipulations and service time considerations mean they probably won’t do it. If desperate for the 40-man spots though, they could.

  4. I was in attendance last night to get a good look at Medina. Here are some brief notes:

    -Medina tends to overthrow at times
    -When he misses with his fastball, he tends to miss up
    -Albeit, his fastball when located well had excellent movement
    -Albeit, Medina has a free and easy delivery that reminds me a lot of Ricardo Pinto
    -Medina gets better as the game goes on
    -There’s no doubt his slider is a far more advanced pitch than his change

    There was a lot to like with Medina. Throughout the night, his fastball was hovering consistently between 91-93 and a few times I believe he touched 95. The key for Medina is to stay focused on the mound. He gave up a no-doubt homer to Intimidator’s outfielder Micker Adolfo and on the very next pitch he drills the hitter with a heater. That stuff is a no-no. It’s all part of the growing process, I guess. Also, his change isn’t as sharp and that pitch should develop with time. It’s a decent change, but he can’t locate it worth a spit.

    Regardless, Medina will be a big leaguer down the road. Time will only tell, as to which capacity.

  5. Hoskins is heating up again, time to promote him. Nick Williams is looking legit, like his consistency.

    1. You can’t promote Hoskins until you move Joseph…Hoskins it’s safe to say is your long term solution at 1B but that doesn’t mean you relegate Joseph to the bench right now.

      1. Barring injury to either Joseph or Hoskins, something’s gotta give. As deliberate and conservative as the FO moves, probably late July.

        1. Hoskins, on the other hand, could be a Sep call-up….not necessarily a July call-up, especially if ToJo is not hurt or not traded.
          Plus he needs to be 40ed first before anything happens.

          1. Off the 40man by July 31 – Kendrick, Saunders, Hellickson, Neshek, Benoit, and probably 2 or 3 more. Not worried about the 40man with the upcoming turnover.

          2. We are now getting close to the point where the front office is going to have to start earning its money and making tough, strategic decisions.

            The first part of the rebuild was simple in concept. Get rid of veterans, get rid of salary, and acquire as many good, young prospects as possible and let them work their way up the system.

            Now, however, the team needs to sort through what it has and decide which young players to keep and which young players to trade away. So far in the rebuild, patience has been one of their calling cards. Often, it’s a good thing, but you can run into problems when you have two young players and the guy who is probably the lesser player is blocking the guy who is probably the better player (Joseph/Hoskins scenario). At some point (it may even be now), you are going to stunt the development of what is probably the better player in an effort to increase the value of the lesser player. It’s not an easy balancing act – we will see how they do.

            1. This is where the MacKlentak team will need to show their meddle.
              Cherington could not pull the trigger in Boston and Dombrowski was brought in to do it.
              I think Middleton is more forgiving and will let MacPhail and Klentak have a longer go of it.
              IMO, until end of season 2019…if there is no discernible progress….that is competing for at least a wild-card playoff berth in late August by then….then he will make a change

            2. You’re right and you could extend this same statement to the other teams in the city as well….

      2. If the team really wants to see both Joseph and Hoskins play, given that Hoskins was once an outfielder, I don’t see any problem with them moving Kendrick and Saunders by the end of July and allowing Hoskins to get some playing time in left just so they can see how his bat is playing. It’s not a long term solution, but with Altherr and Odubel in center and right, it would be fine for a couple of months and serve more important, long-term goals of the team. The Cubs did it with Schwarber – so I’m sure it could work with Hoskins.

        1. Hoskins has not played the OF since his freshmen year at Sac State, about five years ago. So he will need to have a little time to make that adjustment I would think. and that probably will not happen until after or end of the season …. maybe in September when the games are more for auditions purposes.

          1. Joseph is the better athlete and has a better arm I believe, so why not put him in the outfield.

            1. If that was an option they probably would’ve done it last year when Howard was in front of him.

            2. I think the Phillies did try that last year, and it got shut down pretty quickly. So you can imagine how poorly TJ was in the OF.

            3. They tried him in LF and 3B during his concussion rehab in 2015 in Clearwater. He played 3B during a GCL game and LF during either during a GCL game or during an intrasquad game. In both cases, the experiments ended quickly. He has only played 1B for the Phillies since then.

  6. I am very sympathetic towards Roman Quinn, and he probably will need TJ surgery. Just never can stay healthy. Williams probably gets a call after Kendricks gets traded, but that is a month or so away. Alfaro’s BA just keeps dropping and Kingery needs to be promoted. I agree that we probably won’t see Hoskins until September unless there is a Joseph injury. He deserves a shot but there is not a spot and I don’t see an in-season trade involving TJ.

    1. One of my concerns with this management team is that they sometimes overplay their hand. The blew the opportunity to trade Hellickson last year and I’m still trying to figure out what they were doing with Ryan Howard for the last year or two of his deal. I think they thought someone would make an offer for him, which is nutty.

      I can see them waiting around for a good offer for Tommy Joseph and not getting what they want it in season or even after the season and then having both guys head into spring training competing for a job. Here, I don’t think that would be a very productive scenario.

      I’m not saying they shouldn’t try to increase Tommy’s trade value for the next month or two, but they need to be realistic about his how other teams value him.

      1. I agree catch you’re not going to get a lot for TJ and your pool of teams who will be interested is probably limited. Today you’re probably looking at AL clubs

        KC might be interested in a young cost controlled 1B if they plan on losing Hosmer
        LAA-Could possibly use a RH 1B
        CHW-Might be getting calls for Abreu in which case TJ might be valuable to them
        Yankees-Carter has been pretty abysmal as the RH half of the 1B platoon
        The Jays-might be likely to want a RH platoon to Smoak
        Tigers have Miggy but he too may be a guy teams come calling for or at the very least his days playing 1B would be nearing an end.

        I think his value is static unless a team that views themselves in the race has their guy go down. TJ’s value lies in that he is 25 and cost controlled for the most part through 2023.

        1. DMAR, is Carter on a one year deal with NYY? I can see ToJo going north in a package with Hellickson(?) since the Yankees never have enough starting pitching. Just a thought.

          1. I plan to write in next week’s Open Discussion about the Phils anticipating the need for an AL team — a team that lost 3 players in last year’s Rule 5 — to manage its roster in anticipation of a similar situation this year. A timely multi-player trade would benefit the Yankees by giving a material return on players at risk of becoming Rule 5 casualties. And it would benefit the Phils by giving greater flexibility by acquiring prospects before December so that they can be managed with some flexibility on the team’s 40-man roster, a roster that doesn’t figure to be overly deep based on what is known currently..

            For trade balance, the Phils would have to offer more than personnel off its active roster but also 1-2 prospects not yet subject to the Rule 5. Coming back from NY would be players who could contribute to a re-build this year and going forward.

  7. Curious thing in Phil’s game last night – despite statistically what looked like a disastrous outing I was surprised to see Morgan throwing consistently 93 – 95 ! If not for some terrible luck he looked like he was throwing harder than he has in several years. Anyone else notice that ?

    1. I wasn’t watching, but heard the announcers discussing his velocity. It sounds like, coming out of the pen, he’s finally returned to his pre-surgery velocity. Maybe he can develop out of the pen – crazier things have happened than that.

    2. RU…I could not believe my eyes….he even went 96 to Kemp on a 1-2 count that flew past Knapp’s bare-hand side to the back stop. Where did that come from?

      1. I noticed that as well, that particular pitch tailed away from the batter like a screwball, but was moving along pretty good. I remember, I thought where did that come from?

  8. My issue with the McKlentak FO is the lack of creativity and boldness in their decision making. I hate the Braves but i have to admit that John Hart-John Coppolella are doing a better job in stockpiling talent despite of (probably) lower resources they have compared to the McKlentak duo. Even Johnny Almaraz is not a McKlentak product.

    1. KuKo…….pitching seems to be the direction they want to go. They loaded their system with pitching these last 2 years and of course Kevin Maitan for multi-mega dollars, signing….whereas Ruben signed Ortiz in ’15, who should really explode this month….fingers-crossed.
      Dave Stewart helped their cause also with that Miller trade and Swanson going their way.
      There is some luck…..but they did not sit still..

  9. KuKo and Romus, I am waiting for something bold from the MacKlentak duo. I don’t count trading Ken Giles. A 100 loss team does not need a closer. When the Braves got Toussaint for taking on bad $, that was bold. There are still some bad GMs around the league. Take advantage of one. The jury is still out on the talent of this Management crew.

  10. Just a friendly reminder, this is the minor league thread Jim asked us to keep clean of Major League discussions.

    1. Thanks. I was ready to flag/delete the Morgan discussion, but he’s really just a AAAA guy (at this point in time), bouncing back and forth between the Phillies and the IronPigs. So I decided to wait for a better example if/when it occurs.

      1. Off shoot discussion regarding ToJo/Hoskins understandably took on a life of its own. But you’re right to rein it in and redirect to the General Discussion thread….where is that again? (Just kidding)

  11. Roman Quinn, man, I can’t even with this kid…it’s a real shame but as a fan and prospect follower it is also getting to be old news. Definitely not fake news when it involves a Roman Quinn major injury. The exceptional quick twitch athlete that he is in such a small frame the muscles and tendons just cannot handle the explosiveness.

  12. If they promote Hoskins, they need to promote Cozens with him since they both like to homer in the same game. Can’t separate the bash brothers.

  13. Hoby Milner is an interesting possibility to replace Joely Rodriguez, as he is also left-handed but a much different type of pitcher. Saw him pitch last year at Reading. He threw a lot of off-speed pitches and never broke 90. Interestingly, either his velocity has improved or he has figured out how to strike out almost one batter per inning without much velocity. He has walked only one batter per 6 innings, so his control is good

  14. One of the Phillies bright young pitching prospects, Lakewood righthander Sixto Sánchez, is ready to return soon from injury, according to Joe Jordan, the Phillies director of player development.

    Sánchez hasn’t pitched since May 7 due to neck soreness. He has been in Florida rehabbing.

    “He looks good and should be ready to join Lakewood soon,” Jordan said.

    Sánchez, who turns 19 in July, is 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA in five starts. He has struck out 28 and walked just three in 241/3 innings.

  15. Jim Salisbury tweeted that Casey Fien might be called up today to replace Joely.
    (I expound on this comment in General Discussion since it’s primarily a major league topic)

    1. Matt, go to GD. Don’t want to break any rules. Anyway, it’s official. Fien it is.

  16. Jim where do the Blue Jays play XST games, went to see the Braves/Phils today but rain decided it was more important. Thanks

  17. Blue Jays XST games are at Englebart Recreation Complex, 1700 Solon Ave., Dunedin. The Ball fields are in the midst of a residential neighborhood, so don’t think you are in the wrong place as you get near the playing fields and are riding on a tree lined street flanked by many houses. Have fun at the game!

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