Box Score Recap – 6/10/2017

Lehigh Valley lost late when the bullpen imploded.

Reading won behind Drew Anderson’s seven shutout innings.

Clearwater was held to Drew Stankiewicz’ solo HR and wasted Jose Taveras’ quality start.

Lakewood blew another late lead and fell short with their rally.

Lehigh Valley (41-21) lost to Scranton, 11-4.

Tom Eshelman (4-1, 1.56) suffered his first loss.  He gave up 3 runs (2 ER) in 6.1 innings on 7 hits and a walk. He struck out six.  Hoby Milner (2.88) relieved and in addition to allowing an inherited runner to score, allowed 3 more to score in 1.0 inning.  Pat Venditte (2.41) allowed 2 inherited runners to score plus 5 more of his own.

Cameron Perkins (.311) went 2-4 with a walk.  J.P Crawford had 2 hits.  Dylan Cozens had 3 hits.  As a team, the IronPigs had 11 hits, but also struck out 14 times.

  • #1 Crawford (.194): 2-5 with a run scored, 2 K
  • #3 Alfaro (.257): 1-5 with a double and 4 K
  • #4 Williams (.278): 1-4 with a run scored, 2 K
  • #6 Quinn (.274): 7-day DL
  • #9 Cozens (.248): 3-5 with a double, 2 RBI (45), 2 K
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): promoted to Phillies
  • #13 Hoskins (.303): 0-2 with an RBI (49), 2 BB
  • #16 Pinto (3-3, 4.88): 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 (33-25) beat Hartford, 4-1.

The Phils pitchers held the yard goats to 4 hits.  Drew Anderson (5-2, 3.77) pitched 7.0 shutout innings.  He gave up 2 hits, 01 walk, and struck out three.  Austin Davis (1.20) gave up a run in 1.0 inning.  Alexis Rivero (2.78) earned his first save.

Andrew Pullin, Angelo Mora (.294), Chace Numata (.244), and Jiandido Tromp (.273) had 2 hits each.  Pullin provided the key hit with a 2-run triple.

  • #11 Kingery (.300): 0-3 with a run scored, BB, K 
  • #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #21 Anderson (5-2, 3.77): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • #22: Arano (2.08): DNP
  • #23 Tocci (.286): DNP
  • #27 Canelo (.255): DNP
  • Pullin (.307): 2-4 with a triple, 2 RBI (39), K

Clearwater (34-28) lost to Jupiter, 2-1.

Jose Taveras (2.17) pitched 6.0 solid innings giving up one run on 3 hits.  He walked none and struck out nine.  Tyler Gilbert (0-3, 3.15) pitched 2.0 innings and gave up the winning run on 2 hits and struck out three.

Drew Stankiewicz (.273) drove in the only run with his 5th HR.  Cornelius Randolph had 2 hits.

  • # 5 Kilome (3-2, 2.70): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.234): 2-4 with 3 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 (33-29) lost to Hagerstown, 9-7.

JoJo Romero (2.26) pitched 6.1 innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out six.  Will Hibbs (4-1, 1.10) blew his first save, lost his first game, and gave up his first runs of the season.  Jonathan Hennigan (5.20) gave up 2 runs in one inning.

The BlueClaws rallied but fell short.  They had 12 hits, 8 of them XBH.  But went 1-10 with runners in scoring position and struck out 12 times.  David Martinelli had 3 hits.  Arquimedes Gamboa and Edgar Cabral had 2 hits each.  Enmanuel Garcia hit his first HR.  Darick Hall hit his 8th.

  • #2 Moniak (.266): 0-4 with a BB, 2 K
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): rehabbing an unidentified injury in XST
  • #15 Medina (1-5, 3.54): DNP
  • #18 Brito (.236): 1-4 with a run scored, BB, 2 K
  • #25 Romero (4-1, 2.26): 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 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):

  • 6/10 – Jacob Waguespack assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater Threshers
  • 6/10 – Colton Murray assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 6/10 – Tommy Bergjans assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Phillies Ext. Spring Training
  • 6/10 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 6/10 – Ismael Cabrera assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws
  • 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

37 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/10/2017

  1. Drew Anderson is pitching pretty well of late. He had 4 starts in April and had a 8.59 ERA and a WHIP of 1.77. His first outing of the year was a 7 ER 3 inning debacle. In May he started 6 games and had a 2.88 ERA and a respectable 1.02 WHIP. In June he has 2 starts with a .69 ERA and a .46 WHIP. There is a lot to like here.

  2. Injury concerns will follow Anderson for the rest of his career after undergoing surgery, but he still has all the pieces to be a major-league starter. His fastball sits in the mid-90s, topping out at 97 at one point this season found this report on him. average secondary pitches but improving. Thats why they put him on 40, jordan said other teams were aware of him and them didnt want to lose him

  3. Love the chatter for Anderson. I really like this kid. He was pitching at home again yesterday. Now in his last 6 starts at Reading: 37 ip, 9 er, 21 h, 34/6 K/BB, with 2.19 era, 0.73 whip. For a hitters park, he’s got hitters struggling!
    Btw, his two April clunkers were vs POR (8 ip, 14 h, 11 er, 5/4 K/BB). He’s pitched twice vs POR since (14 ip, 4 h, 2 er, 15/2 K/BB). He’s adjusted to AA quickly, and he also adjusted to his one early season nemesis.

    Per Matt winkelman preseason:
    In 2016, first year post-TJ surgery, Drew “struck out more batters than ever before, while cutting his walks and not allowing a home run. Anderson’s statistics were not the only thing to improve, his fastball was topping out at 95, then 96, and then by the end of the year he was touching 97 and sitting more towards the mid-90s (91-95). His curveball has become his primary secondary pitch, and it flashed plus this year. He has shown feel for a changeup, but it needs work, and his slider is more a short cutter …a 4th offering.”

  4. Milner and Venditte have been really solid for us at LHV but facing a very difficult AAA Yankees lineup they got hit around. Not saying they can’t be useful on the next level but there’s a reason you don’t just DFA the entire MLB pen for them.

    It was a nice test for Eshelman. He did OK; I’ll be interested in how he looks against that team if he gets to face them again in a couple weeks.

    I’ve seen Anderson 3 times I think, and without checking my notes my impressions match the numbers and what’s been written above. He’s been better about commanding pitches and being around the strike zone without getting hit.

    I may get down to Reading to see the Tommy Bergjans debut today…

    1. Kram…..focused in on catcher Jorge Alfaro last night. he really needs more seasoning at LHV, both at the plate and behind the plate. His pass ball with Venditte pitching and the runner scoring from third was very disheartening, If he cannot catch them, or if he continues to lose focus, then he will have it difficult at the next level. At the plate, the last at bat, or the one before the last, a full count …he swings and misses on a ball low in the dirt away…..he was swinging one way or another.
      Two seemingly innocent plays that went very south for him
      It seems they were indicative of his career so far in the minors.

      1. Romus that has been the scouting report on him for the last two years. The phillies scouts suck to give away Hamels for the junk we got back. They didnt see this??

        1. Amaro’s scouting and drafting team had no regard for plate discipline, which is why they viewed the tools of Alfaro and Williams as being more important than their ability to draw walks and wait for good pitches to hit (which is why they drafted all of those tool shed players who weren’t good baseball players). As for the pitchers, they valued proximity to the majors and good breaking stuff over velocity and ceiling. Basically, on both the hitting side and the pitching side they were looking for the wrong things, in my opinion.

          1. And, because they were trying to use that trade to solve ALL of their problems, rather than a few of their problems, they valued jthe volume of players over the quality of players. We would have been much better off picking two A level prospects than 5 B level prospects. It’s a mistake teams make again and again and again in these trades. Let’s face it, he got schooled in that trade and I’m so glad he’s gone.

            1. AND they swallowed the Harrison contract and contributed toward the Hamels contract. The Rangers must be laughing to themselves, it was almost like getting Hamels for free.

            2. in reality, looks like brewers got a better return from Texas for 1 1/3 years of Lucroy and Jefferies.

            3. I really wanted Brinson. Mazara seemed a no go from the jump, but getting both Brinson n Williams was something I thought they absolutely needed to do. Thompson has always been meh.

      2. The Jorge Alfaro that we are seeing now would get abused by major league pitching – worse than Franco. He has no shot of being a starting major league catcher until he can lay off those pitches. Can he? I don’t know, but I’m doubtful at the very best.

        If one of the guys from the Hamels trade can become a front line starter, I’ll be disappointed but move on. But right now, it’s not looking good and I have a strong feeling that we are going to be listing that trade right along with the Schilling and second Lee trades as ones where we got hosed.\

        Nice parting gift by Amaro? Not so much.

        1. i Blame the scouts more than amaro. Amaro is given the info. How many times do you think he saw those kids.? What really irks me is how we trade one of the hardest things to find, a ace left hand pitcher proven winner. And dont get a top prospect amaze how Atlanta gets more in most trades then we have ever got.

          1. I dont know if i read it right but i think with us taking harrison contract, Hamels is costing them 12 million a year

          2. Yes, but you don’t need a scouting report to know a guy is not drawing his fair share of walks and, after 7 years as GM who is responsible for evaluating and judging his scouting staff? It’s the GM of course. Amaro was not helped by Montgomery and I think we can generally agree on that. But he also wasn’t doing a good job himself. He was profoundly incompetent at his job.

            1. catch i went thru this before there have been good hitters who didnt walk a lot. Yes he lives or dies with his scouts. Not saying he was a good gm either, just really think the scouting dept doesnt do a great job. Look up manny sanguillen. the guy hit 290 with a obp of 313.

            2. Catch, is Ruben Amaro your Moby Dick? You seem so fixated on criticizing every move that did not go 100% the Phillies way. Just let it go man and realize that Klentak is doing so great now either.

        2. That was not really an Amaro trade. Mc FAIL was right there in charge at the time. Amaro was half way down the plank when that trade was made.

      3. Right now I would say Logan Moore has a better chance for ML promotion if the need arises at catcher. The team can and would find a roster spot in some fashion for him. His bat is decent enough he could pass as a decent back up and his defense and arm is good to be an asset. I don’t know enough on game calling nor pitch framing to have an opinion on that but if it is better than average he would be a good addition to 40 man roster as 3rd catcher.

        Knapp has been acceptable at catcher so far. Nothing really great but nothing really bad either. He looks to be fairly solid early on.

      4. thats what I saw from Alfaro last summer. Was hoping for more plate discipline but we have to remember guys like him made it this far by swinging that bat so taking pitches & walks goes against their dna.

  5. PROSPECTS
    1. Rougned Odor, 2b
    2. Jorge Alfaro, c
    3. Michael Choice, of
    4. Nick Williams, of
    5. Joey Gallo, 3b
    6. Alex Gonzalez, rhp
    7. Luis Sardinas, ss
    8. Luke Jackson, rhp
    9. Travis Demeritte, ss/3b
    10. Ronald Guzman

    1. rocco…..interesting list from 2015……Odor is the only one who really has progressed to the majors and has dome well. Lewis Brinson was not yet in their top ten it appears.

  6. Saw a few innings of the LHV game on TV yesterday. The only guy who looked good in the time I watched was Alfaro, who roped a double to right-center. Of course, he struck out in his other four ABs. Eshelman was 87-89 on the tv gun and didn’t show any worthwhile secondary pitches. Per Brent Hershey’s twitter, he got a better feel for his changeup later in his start.

    Watching Pivetta in the majors, it seems clear that he’s not truly ready for that level but we don’t have other options. Inconsistent command/control and lack of a change-up are still issues. Also, does anyone know if he’s lowered his arm-slot recently? I thought he was more over-the-top in his delivery before. The slider seems like his go-to second pitch now, with his curveball being a bit slurvy.

    If Howie Kendrick shifts to 2B with Cesar out, I assume we’ll just get more of the Michael Saunders out-parade but at this point I wouldn’t be opposed to a Nick Williams promotion. Not because he’s ready, but because I wonder if it might spark his development which seems to be stuck in neutral in AAA.

      1. Probably true, and maybe the Phillies are seeing some progression that isn’t evident to outsiders. The issue for me is that he’s having success in AAA despite his obvious flaws. Maybe he’s just talented enough to overcome them at that level but I think those flaws would cause him to be exposed in the majors. Maybe seeing firsthand where he needs to improve would be the impetus for that improvement.

        1. I wonder too if you are pretty darn good coming up through AA then struggle some at AAA if you can kick start your development in the MLB more so than at AAA.

          We’ve talked about it so much how the pitching at AAA can be mediocre junk ballers and AAAA guys. Of course it stands to reason you should develop your patience at this level and be more selective.

          But I’m trying to make an argument for guys who have the talent getting better in the MLB since the advance scouting has to be much better and you would think you start to see more of the same pitchers and possibly more fastballs than you get at AAA.

  7. I see yesterday as a good example of the strength of the system.

    Eshelman, Anderson, Taveras, and Romero all notched a QS. Anderson and Taveras were dominant. And Romero (an LHP I’m excited about) had only given up 4 baserunners into the 7th. After a GO he gave up 2 singles (Hibbs imploded and both inherited runners scored). Romero, a GB machine, was at it again last night (8 GO, 3 FO, 1 LO …and 6 K). On the season, 66K in 63 ip, plus 2.20 GO/AO.

  8. The first Sixto Sanchez day in over a month is off to a great start … 4 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts and 44 total pitches

    1. Sixto is someone to be really excited about.

      Hopefully, Seranthony can make it back too – I’m very excited about him.

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