Box Score Recap – 6/8/2017

Lehigh Valley broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth and held on to win.  Pat Venditte got his 6th win.

Reading walked off with a come-from-behind win in the ninth on Kyle Martin’s 11th HR.

Clearwater won on Jake Waguespack’s pitching and HRs by Cornelius Randolph (6), Jan Hernandez (9), and Herlis Rodriguez (7).

Lakewood lost when they gave up 4 runs in the eighth ining of a tie game.

Joely Rodriguez was DFA’d, and the newest Phillie is … Casey Fien.

Lehigh Valley (41-19) beat Scranton, 3-2.

Mark Appel (5.65) held Scranton to 1 run in 6.0 innings on 6 hits and struck out five.  However, he also walked five.  Pat Venditte (6-0, 1.13) pitched 2.0 innings to earn the win.  Pedro Beato (1.91) notched his 18th save.

Cameron Perkins (.296) went 2-4, stole a base (1), led off, and played center field.  Brock Stassi had 2 hits, scored a run, played left field, and had an outfield assist (home).

Note:  Since June 3rd, whenever Dylan Cozens has reached base, he has been lifted for a pinch runner, and he hasn’t played the field –

  • June 3rd – walked as a PH in the 8th, Tom Eshelman came in as PR
  • June 4th – struck out as PH in the 9th
  • June 5th – 1-5 as DH, singled in the 8th, Hoby Milner came in as PR
  • June 6th – rain out
  • June 7th, game one – 1-3 as DH, single in the 6th, Jorge Flores came in as PR
  • June 7th, game two – 1-3 as DH, HR in the 4th, finished 7-inning game
  • June 8th – 1-3 as DH, singled in the 8th, Michael Mariot came in as PR

Dylan Cozens last played the field on June 2nd.  He went 0-2 (K in the first, reached on E3F in the 4th), played the field in the bottom of the fourth inning, and was replaced in the bottom of the fifth inning by Hector Gomez in the batting order and in LF by Taylor Featherston. Does anybody know what happened, if anything,  to Cozens in the June 2nd game?

  • #1 Crawford (.193): 0-4 with an RBI (21)
  • #3 Alfaro (.258): 0-4 with a K
  • #4 Williams (.284): 1-4 with an RBI (38), 2 K
  • #6 Quinn (.274): Diagnosed with a UCL injury in his left elbow.
  • #9 Cozens (.239): 1-3 with a BB, K
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): promoted to Phillies
  • #13 Hoskins (.306): 1-4 with a run scored, K
  • #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 (31-25) rallied to beat Bowie on Kyle Martin’s walk off, 2-run HR (11), 4-3.

Miguel Nunez (2.86) started and pitched 4.1 innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks.  Alexis Rivero (2.87) allowed 1 of 2 inherited runners to score. in 1.2 innings.  Victor Arano (2.08) gave up a run in 2.0 innings.  And Austin Davis (1-0, 0.64) struck out 2 in 1.0 inning to earn his first AA victory.

Besides Martin, Angelo Mora (.289) was an offensive star with 2 hits, an RBI (26), and SB (3).  The rest of the team shared 3 hits including Mitch Walding’s double.  Zach Coppola recorded an outfield assist (third base).

  • #11 Kingery (.309): 1-4 with a run scored
  • #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #21 Anderson (4-2, 4.25): DNP
  • #22: Arano (2.08): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, WP
  • #23 Tocci (.285): 0-3
  • #27 Canelo (.253): 0-2 with an RBI (15)
  • Pullin (.306): 0-4 with a run scored, K

Clearwater (34-26) held on to beat Jupiter, 7-4.

Jake Waguespack (3-2, 2.55) pitched 5.0, shutout innings and held Jupiter to 2 hits and a walk.  Luke Leftwich (4.24) gave back half the 6-run lead on 2 HR in 2.0 innings while striking out three.  Jeff Singer (1.67) picked up his 12th save with  2.0 innings of one-run ball and struck out three.

Cornelius Randolph put the Threshers on the board first with a 2-run HR (6) in the first inning.  Jan Hernandez added a solo HR (9) in the fourth.  They tacked on 2 runs in the sixth on Emmanuel Marrero’s 2-run double, and 1 run in the seventh on Randolph’s RBI single.  After Jupiter closed within 6-4, Herlis Rodriguez hit a solo HR (7) in the ninth.

Randolph had 2 hits and 3 RBI.  Grenny Cumana (.298) and Cord Sandberg (.364) also had 2 hits each.

  • # 5 Kilome (3-2, 2.70): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.232): 2-3 with a run scored, HR (6), 3 RBI (28), 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 (33-27) lost to Kannapolis, 5-1.

Bailey Falter (3.50) pitched 5.1 innings of shutout ball before being lifted in the sixth inning after a ground out and a walk (also 98 pitches).  Felix Paulino (1-6, 6.48) relieved and gave up 5 runs in the remaining 3.2 innings. on 7 hits and a walk.  He didn’t actually record an out when he entered the game in the sixth inning.  The inherited runner was thrown out trying to steal second by Edgar Cabral and the only batter he faced in the inning singled and was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double by Enmanuel Garcia.

The BlueClaws managed 5 base hits and 5 walks.  They scored on Luke Williams’ (.199) game-tying, HR (1) in the seventh inning.  Edgar Cabral (.237) and Henri Lartigue (.255) each doubled.

  • #2 Moniak (.267): 0-2 with a BB, HBP
  • #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 (.236): 1-3 with a BB
  • #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):

  • 6/8 – Phillies designated LHP Joely Rodriguez for assignment
  • 6/8 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Casey Fien from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 6/7 – LF Jiandido Tromp assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 6/7 – 1B Brock Stassi assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 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 – 6/8/2017

  1. Dylan cozens has a strained hip flexor.
    Not sure when it happened.
    I am a season ticket holder for lv iron pigs.

    1. If this was the NHL, that would be a “lower body injury”, right? Amazing how injury reports are classified information in the minors. Thanks for the update, Steve. Are you safe from any retribution for revealing this? Hope they don’t revoke your season tix.

      1. The hip flexor, as well as Roman’s elbow, were clarified once the team returned from their “western” road trip and the beat reporters had a chance to ask. It’s mostly about availability and folks who care enough to ask. I thought everyone had heard or I would have posted it. Always reach out if you want to know something.

        Hockey is a completely different animal. If this were the phantoms we’d get “dealing with an issue” right now and not even “lower body” until later.

    1. Really encouraged by Randolph.

      Small sample size but so far he’s slashing .292./.370/.458 in June through 28 plate appearances. Over the last 21 games he’s hitting .303/.345/.434. He’s definitely rebounded from an awful April. Hope he continues to build on his recent success.

  2. Since I said Appel should be moved to the pen, 4 games ago, he has pitched 17 innings giving up 2 ERs. That’s a 1.06 ERA. But it hasn’t been great. He’s BB’ed 11 over those innings and K’ed 10. He’s taunting the baseball gods and gotten away with it over the 3 games. I’m not sure they will let him get away with it much longer. Since a lot of relievers are starting games lately, they need the 5 or 6 innings Appel can give them… for now.

    1. Agree. He’s due for a dud about now it seems; he’s putting a LOT of guys on base.

      But then, so many base runners means plenty of practice working out if the stretch. Didn’t seem to be a tremendous problem last night in and of itself.

      Further notes: FB was up to 95 more than a few times last night, and pretty consistently 93-94 even out of the stretch. It’s the best I’ve seen it this season. Even some missed were around the plate and really close. Early on it seemed to me that his preferred secondary was the slider and that he didn’t have a good feel for it at all. Several missed the zone by a lot. Second time through the order I think he started using the change and was getting some decent swing and miss on it. Third time through I was watching on the monitors and saw some curves which looked decent. Many of the hits were soft liners and slaps. Stassi didn’t look great in LF and could have maybe saved him a hit or two–but did get the throw to the plate for a lucky out.

      FWIW, that was a tough Yankees AAA lineup. Also, sun and shade pattern early in the game may have disrupted hitters for both teams.

  3. Luke Williams has very quietly crept up on the .200 BA mark. He’s at .199 right now but he was at .160 ten games ago. I was ready to throw him on the release pile but the former 3rd round pick is still only 20.

      1. Really no surprise you don’t like him.
        You are my doom and gloom monitor for this site.
        Just kidding you often bring me back to earth when I get to excited

  4. Maximo De La Rosa looks like a guy to keep an eye on in the DSL. He’s 17 and playing on the Red team. He’s hit in all 4 of his teams games with 3 of them being multi-hit games. He’s listed at 6’2″ 205 so he’s a pretty big kid who could get bigger. He’s hitting .500/.500/.643/1.143. Like I said, someone to watch.

    1. If he can keep up this pace, or anything close to it, like to see the Phillies move him stateside to the GCL some time by August. He is another relatively low cost signee….$150K, and could be another gem in the making.

        1. rocco….LOL.
          You like Cesar…remember, you always debate people who wan to trade him…and he was a low cost signee. Herrera was only $175K by the Rangers. Freddy and Franco are not top guys but good return on their initial investment. Then there was Chooch. There is some silver linings there.
          But lets give these last 5 years a chance to materialize with the higher dollar guys who signed.

          1. I’d like to do a ranking on LA signs in the majors by OPS and include their sign figure (position players of course)

            then do one for pitchers

            1. Yes…that would be interesting to see.
              Ask Winkelman to do it.
              He has access to multi stats sites that can be filtered for that particular subject.

          2. Franco was a low cost signing and isn’t all that bad either. I think unfortunately mr rocco has fallen victim to the Negadelphia Syndrome 🙂

            1. I just think we should have been spending more. By your comments your happy with two championship in 130 yrs plus. If you dont care about winning then you can be mr positive. This team is a cash cow and should be spending everywhere they can to improve and young latin talent is key. Half of many rosters are latins.

            2. rocco…two championships in 130 years….did you have to bring that up.
              Heck the Philly A’s under Conni Mack had five and they left town in ’54.

            3. I care about winning, just no point of complaining. don’t follow the team or prospects if you have a problem with what they are doing. Sorry to get off topic but I am come here for the generally positive conversations that people have about prospects. From seeing people complain about the current Phillies team and what they are not doing, it makes the general experience of coming here an unenjoyable one.

      1. Romus, I don’t think there is much likelihood of such a move. I can’t remember the Phillies ever promoting a player from the DSL to the GCL during the season.

        1. Jim…..thanks.
          I was not sure if they ever did that sort of thing.
          And with the new academy and all of its amenities for training……everything in Boca Chico is there for the youngsters already, along with the educational aspects they will need.

  5. Jesen Therrien got some push last night by Mackanin who raved about the reliever’s Lidge-like slider. At 24, he’s been with the organization since ’11. ‘Bout time he got a look since he’s been lights out so far in Reading and now Lehigh. Guys like him and Arano could be huge to a very volatile bullpen later this season. Not that it’ll matter much by then, but….

    Come on, August 1st!

    1. Milner, Therrien, Arano, Austin Davis, and Yacksel Rios are all in AA/AAA who could end up in Philly by years end or early next year. They have decent upside where they could be viewed as upgrades over several bullpen arms. Add them to Neris and Ramos and a few free agent additions during offseason hopefully they will have a much better bullpen formed for next year

        1. I would agree to an extent. I think in most cases (and I don’t want to venture too far off topic) but I think most MLB teams have weak middle relievers. There’s few elite bullpens top to bottom like the Orioles. Most will get exposed if they have starters going 5 innings over the course of a Major League season (for obvious reasons you can get away with it in a short playoff series).

          That being said, the guys the Phillies have at the back end have been pretty inconsistent. I don’t think that’s on the starters as in an ideal world Ramos, Neshak (who’s been phenomenal), and Neris would be pitching regularly regardless of how deep the starters go.

          I’m really looking forward to seeing how these relief prospects develop. If you can develop a deep bullpen it’ll allow the Phillies to sneak in some 1 run wins and that’ll expedite the rebuild. That’s why I don’t mind if they convert guys like Jake Thompson sooner.

          Look at the Orioles. They have an okay rotation, their rotation throughout their run hasn’t been great. It’s been on the strength of their bullpen and offense that they’ve been contenders. If we can build a solid bullpen out of Therrin/Pinto/Neris/Ramos/Milner/Arano/Thompson/Appel (these last two as long guys/mop-up guys potentially) I think they could be fairly good next year.

  6. Fien talked glowingly about the LHV bats and how opposing pitchers react.
    Stassi and Tromp switching places sure makes sense.
    Lively may not be coming back to LHV. I guess there was a reason he won all those games in AAA… I’m just saying…
    Majors comment – last night’s game showed the difference between bad CF defense and great CF defense if you watched the game. Inciarte is fun to watch. Oh well….

      1. Yeah remember that….it was a numbers game, that they later said that prevented them from keeping him for the whole year as a Rule 5, Charlie preferred veterans it seem anyway, …..Ruben’s crew did have a little luck with Rule 5 guys.

        1. I shouldn’t be commenting on this mis-placed Phillies discussion, but remember that the same day they claimed Inciarte in the Rule 5 draft, the Phillies traded Phillies RHP Vance Worley and Reading RHP Trevor May to the Twins for Ben Revere. (12/6/2012)

      2. If Cholly kept Inciarte then they don’t need to pick Doobie anymore.

        or…..

        They can have both if McKlentak is just nosy enough (like Sam Hinkie) to smell that ARI is having a yard sale. They already made the Hellboy trade, they should just push further — consider the Bronson Arroyo (and get Toussaint) and throw in another prospect to get Inciarte (since ARI is hell bent to let him go).

        The revised trade proposal should be:

        Sam McWilliams, Josh Taylor, Oliver Williams, another prospect (which the Phils should be able to give as ARI doesn’t seem to care whoever) + 2015 J2 Bonus slot

        for

        Hellboy, Arroyo (and his contract + Toussaint as freebie), Inciarte + 2015 J2 Bonus slot

          1. Hey romus the kid Washington took Kieboom is doing really good.2017 HAG SAL A(Full) 29 111 21 37 65 10 0 6 20 10 1 25 2 1 .333 .398 .586 .984 1.38

            1. Nice start for thompson. They all throw the same cant break a egg and dont have control of strike zone. what did the scouts see in him,

      3. I mean really is there anything special about Inciarte. He’s a nice player but not like he is an MVP or anything.

        1. I don’t really get the complaints. Inciarte hadn’t played a game above A+ and spent the entire 2013 season at AA. It’s not a guarantee he would’ve developed into the player he is today had he stayed here. They obviously thought he had a bright future or they would not have taken him in the rule 5. We also don’t know, but I’m sure they attempted to acquire him outright from the Diamondbacks so they could send him to the minors.

          Besides, it’s fairly easy to find guys like him. Case in point: Odubel Herrera. I don’t think an MLB outfield of Herrera/Inciarte/Altherr would be the difference between us being where we are and a .500 team.

        2. Check out Eatons War last year, I’m fairly positive He is top 5 or so in his position. And would pretty much start for any team not named the Angels

  7. Crawford falling back in to a mini funk. It’s a positive that he is continuously getting on base. Still have very high hopes for him. Hopefully Cozens heals as he could be in line for a late season promotion once rosters expand. Although, I could see most of them staying in AAA to endure the playoff run,

    1. After the draft I hope he gets to spend some (extended) time with Charlie Manuel. It’s obvious from his approach that his issues are with timing/mechanics and there’s nobody better than Charlie at teaching hitting in this system. They have plenty of time to try new things with him to get him going. Realistically he could spend another full season at AAA (nothing wrong with that, look at how it’s benefitted Gallo).

    2. I would think Williams would come up the minute Kendrick is traded to play left field every day for the Phillies. Beyond that, if Joseph is hitting they’re not going to bench him for Hoskins so it is a real possibility we don’t see a lot of these guys until September baring injuries.

      1. Nothing wrong with Crawford staying in AAA for some of next year, I agree. Unfortunately there’s people who will label him as a bust because he needed an extra year. Can’t wait to see what Williams can do at the ML level. Yea, he doesn’t walk a ton…so what? He’s got pop and has an OBP over .300

    1. He’s 25 in AA and is hitting barely above .200. His career average in .238. Walding is going to need a breakout year to stay on the radar. He was paid a lot of money and really hasn’t lived up to the expectations. I hope it works out for him.

        1. He’s striking out 1/3 of the time and the power surge is coming in Reading, which is a notorious hitters’ park. Nothing to see here…

          1. that’s what people said about Hoskins and Cozens, small park in Reading,…. WRONG tearing up AAA as well. Walding’s home runs aren’t cheap ones.

  8. Taylor Featherston acquired by Tampa for cash or PTBNL (I think). Opening for Scott Kingery in Lehigh? (TF was primarily playing 2b in Valentin’s absence.)

    1. They still have multiple other utility guys but it sure does beg the question. If the Phils did this move just to help Featherston reach the majors again, that’s very cool. It’s always nice to see the 4A guys get a cup of coffee.

      1. Rumor has it for now he will be added to Rays ML roster right away
        But it could be an opening for Kingery promotion.

    1. Flores and Florimon are both primarily shortstops, as is Hector Gomez (also on the roster). Gomez can/has played 3rd. Florimon is playing 3rd now. Flores is backup SS. I’m with Bob D – expecting a Kingery promotion.

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