Box Score Recap – 6/9/2017 (including some XST)

Lehigh Valley couldn’t bounce back from an early 7-run hole.

Reading won behind Brandon Leibrandt’s seven shutout innings.

Clearwater was shut out on 5 hits.

Lakewood blew a late lead.

And some XST notes are included in the Williamsport section.

Lehigh Valley (41-20) lost to Scranton, 10-1.

Jake Thompson (2-6, 6.93) had a brutal game.  He threw 45 pitches to record two outs in the first inning.  He left having given up 7 runs on 7 hits and a walk.  Ricardo Pinto (4.88) took over and went 4.1 innings allowing just 2 hits and striking out four.  Jesen Therrien (1.29) pitched 3.0 innings and gave up a run.  Infielder Jorge Flores pitched the final inning and gave up 2 runs.

CF Cameron Perkins (.306) led off and went 3-4 with a double.  He also recorded an outfield assist (third base).  The rest of the team had 4 hits and 11 K.

(Thompson recorded a game score of one.  I’ve never seen a game score that low.  I think you get one for making it to the mound.)

  • #1 Crawford (.189): 0-4 with a K
  • #3 Alfaro (.258): DNP
  • #4 Williams (.278): 0-4 with 2 K
  • #6 Quinn (.274): Diagnosed with a UCL injury in his left elbow.
  • #9 Cozens (.239): 1-4 with 2 K
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): promoted to Phillies
  • #13 Hoskins (.306): 1-3 with a run scored, BB
  • #16 Pinto (3-3, 4.88): 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 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 (32-25) shut out Hartford, 1-0.

Brandon Leibrandt (5-2, 3.56) pitched 7.0 shutout innings allowing 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Joe DeNato (0.92) loaded the bases with one out.  Colton Murray (1.46) came in and saved the game, his third.  He struck out the first batter he faced for the second out.  Chace Numata picked off the runner at third to end the inning.  Murray struck out the side in the ninth.

Leibrandt figured in on the game’s only run with a sacrifice of Malquin Canelo (who singled) to second base before he scored on Jiandido Tromp’s RBI double.  The Phils had 2 other hits, both singles by Carlos Tocci and Numata.

The amazing Leibrandt picked 2 more runners off first base.  That’s 10 in 11 starts.  He has picked off 2 runners in a game 4 different times, and 8 in the last 6 games.

  • #11 Kingery (.304): 0-4 
  • #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #21 Anderson (4-2, 4.25): DNP
  • #22: Arano (2.08): DNP
  • #23 Tocci (.286): 1-3 with a triple
  • #27 Canelo (.255): 1-3 with a run scored
  • Pullin (.303): 0-2 with a HBP

Clearwater (34-27) lost to Jupiter, 2-0.

Edgar Garcia (1-2, 3.86) pitched 5.0 innings and allowed 1 run on a solo HR.  He gave up 4 total hits, 2 walks, and struck out seven.  Harold Arauz (2.16) gave up a run in 2.0 innings. Matt Hockenberry (3.52) pitched a scoreless, hitless inning with a strike out.

The Threshers had 5 hits and 11 strike outs.  Mark Laird (.264) and Cord Sandberg (.429) had 2 hits each. Laird stole his 7th base.  Sandberg’s double was the only XBH.

Herlis Rodriguez picked up an outfield assist, doubling a runner off first.

  • # 5 Kilome (3-2, 2.70): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.228): 0-3 with a BB, K
  • #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 (33-28) lost to Hagerstown, 8-7.

Nick Fanti (2.31) turned in a quality start.  He went 7.0 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out two and left with a 7-3 lead.  Trevor Bettencourt (2-1, 3.80) had a hard 0.2 innings.  He gave up 5 runs on 6 hits, a walk, and a wild pitch.  Tyler Hallead (3.24) came in to record the final out.

The BlueClaws had 12 hits, at least one by every starter.  Mickey Moniak, Arquimedes Gamboa, and David Martinelli had 2 hits each.  The ‘Claws only had 2 XBH, doubles by Moniak and Luke Williams.

Lakewood built its lead with 2 runs in the second on Williams’ 2-run double; with 2 runs in the third on Edgar Cabral’s sacrifice fly and Martinelli’s RBI single; and single runs in the fourth on Moniak’s RBI single, in the seventh on a fielding error on a ground ball by Henri Lartigue, and in the eighth on a Gamboa RBI-single.

Mickey Moniak had an outfield assist (second base).

  • #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.

Pat Borders took the team over to Dunedin for a night game at Mattick Complex.  By the seventh inning, the sun had sunk into the gulf and the teams played under the lights.

I could make a case for inclusion on the Williamsport for all of the guys who made the trip (18 position players and 7 pitchers).  However, I can also make a case for a couple of the position players who didn’t make the trip.

Rehab appearances were made by Derek Campbell who started at second base, Zach Green who was the DH, and Tom Windle who pitched an inning.  Campbell went 1-2 with an RBI single and a walk.  Green went 0-2 with 2 K, BB, and HBP.  Windle threw a perfect 8-pitch inning and was 91-94 with his FB on the few that he threw.

The Phillies lost 7-2.  Other than Windle the other pitchers were Luis Carrasco, Sandro Rosario, Oscar Marcelino, and Randy Alcantara.

Josh Stephen got the Phillies first hit in the third inning.  he drove a triple off the RF fence and scored on Campbell’s single.  Simon Muzziotti singled but was caught stealing in the fourth.  It was a costly mistake as Campbell walked and scored on Jhailyn Ortiz’ double to left later in the inning.  (FWIW, a lot of us thought Muzziotti was safe at second.)  In the fifth, Rafael Marchan singled and Caleb Eldridge walked.  Green walked in the seventh.  Eldrifge singled in the eighth.  And Green was HBP in the ninth.

Other guys who were present and got into the game were Greg Pickett, Cole Stobbe, Jonathan Guzman, Juan Luis, Jesus Henriquez, Malvin Matos, Luis Encarnacion, Alex Wojciechowski, Gregori Rivero, Brayan Gonzalez, and James Lovett.

Kyle Young and Will Stewart were charting.  Young pitches tomorrow, Stewart on Monday.

  • #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):

  • 6/9 – Phillies traded 3B Taylor Featherston to Tampa Bay Rays for cash
  • 6/9 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed LF Roman Quinn on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 8, 2017
  • 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

22 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/9/2017 (including some XST)

  1. Jim thanks for taking the time to chat during the game. It is always great getting your perspective of different prospects. Your update in XST may have been longer if I didn’t chat your ear off, but thanks again.

  2. 2017 to me was all about the prospects. Besides Hoskins at AAA and Kingery at AA it hasnt been too promising. The minors have great records but for one of the better minor league systems the prospects have been disappointing leading me to believe free agency will be a huge part of rebuild. Also it appears the rebuild will take longer than hoped for. Heres hoping that that in August im reading box scores and saying wow did these guys turn it on in the 2nd half.

    1. Eshellman, Perkins, Pullin, Lively, Sanchez, Moniak, Ortiz, Williams, Pinto, Thierren ……

      1. Your list doesnt do much…Perkins and Pullin…4th of at best…Micky Mo is doing ok…Pinto not putting up good numbers…really like Lively shouldve had shot sooner. Esh doing good…williams borderline…cant wait to see Sixto mive up…and therrien is having a great year but sorry if i dont get too excited for a rp…your list supports my point more than it discredits it

  3. Victor Santos, a 16 y/o playing on DSL Red, threw a 6 inning 3 hitter with 8 Ks and zero BBs. His first game was far from stellar. In 3 IP, 4 hits and 3 ERs with 3 BBs and a zero Ks. As a 16 y/o, he can get a pass for his 1st outing and now we can see where he goes from here. He’s listed at 6’1″ 191 so that’s pretty good size for a 16 y/o with some room and time to grow.

    Also Jose Tortelero, one of the Phil’s DSL bonus babies, hit a 3 run HR.

    1. I should have mentioned Santos was pitching in his 2nd game, with that very nice line.

    2. That’s interesting. Even though those teams are filled with teenagers, you still don’t see a lot of 16 year olds get significant playing time there. When Sixto Sanchez was in the DSL, he caught my eye largely because he pitched 25 innings at that age, which is a lot. Sixto started 2 games that year and appeared in 11, with one appearance going 5 innings. Santos has already had a 6 IP outing.

      There’s one other pitcher with a year 2000 birthday on that team, Jose, Conopoima, though he’s 17 now. He’s pitched 1 inning so far.

  4. Bettencourt has been hit hard for the last few appearances. I wonder if he is OK. He was allowed to pitch long after it was obvious he was having a bad night. He was the best reliever on the team.

  5. Taylor Featherstone.. traded for cash? Might be the move that sends Kingery to AAA.

    1. According to the roster on, LHV only has 22 active players on the roster. There are 11 pitchers, 2 catchers, 6 IF’ers (including 2 IB) and 3 OF’ers. I wouldn’t mind Kingery getting the call up and either Pullin or Tocci or both.

      1. Both the Pigs and Fightins are home this weekend. Relatively short drive from Reading to Lehigh for Jetpax in time for tonight’s game.

  6. Every morning before I go to work I check out Phuture Phillies (best site out there) and hope I see our big time prospects had great games the night before. It has been rough sledding lately and then I heard Jason Stark the other day say that Crawford has really plummeted in the eyes of many scouts. Some are saying he won’t even be as good as Galvis. I didn’t need to hear that.

  7. I can understand that Crawford has plummeted in the eyes of many scouts.. Seems like his “hit” tool just doesn’t get better.Yes, he walks,etc. but at some point he needs to hit better!
    So far their 1st round draft picks have a long way to go to become stars,they really need to have a good draft next week.
    We deserve better in Phillies country! Aren’t we the 4th largest market in baseball?

    1. I hate to say it but I have to agree. Our teams have won games but our individuals have not been great except for a for guys. Other teams have prospects hitting 340, while Moniak and Randolph crawl along and the LHV group have just been ok. Tough year actually.

  8. Looking forward to a good night with Eshelman, Anderson, Tavares and Romero pitching. And finally, tomorrow is sixto sanchez day!

  9. The Hamels trade that brought back quantity is not looking so hot right now – not only did they give up Hamels but also Diekman, ate salary, plus took on the injured pitcher (Harrison?). In exchange, they got 3 starting pitchers – one is gone, one is getting bombed in AAA, and one is likely to be a 4th starter type. An outfielder who’s AAA production isn’t bad but is unlikely to translate in the bigs, and a catching prospect who never walks. This has been a bad season to say the least.

  10. And maybe the biggest concern this year is that the FO has not appeared to make many good decisions at all and there are real questions about whether this is the right group to lead this organization

  11. I don’t want to say that I told you so but I told you so. Should have brought Kingery up before he started a slump at AA. He’s 1 for his last 14 and 4 for his last 29. Now he has to work his way out of this slump where he could have been in AAA on a real high. I know, “could’ve, would’ve, should’ve”.

    1. This makes absolutely no sense. You don’t think he would have had the same slump at AAA. Alternative is that he moves up to AAA and slumps which immediately appears that he’s not ready for the jump..

      Better to work his way out in an environment where he’s had success…

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