Box Score Recap – 6/13/2017

Lehigh Valley rallied to win behind a stingy bullpen and a power surge led by four home runs and 6 doubles.

Reading shut down the opposition and won despite a couple ninth inning runs.

Clearwater scored a quick run and won the suspended game was restarted and won when rain brought it to an early end.

Lakewood scored early to support Medina’s shutout bid.

Lehigh Valley (43-21) scored in each of the first 6 innings to overcome a first inning deficit and beat Buffalo, 9-7.

Mark Leiter (6.92) got knocked around in the first inning and saw his ERA jump from 2.70 to almost 7.00.  But, the bullpen held the Bisons to one hit over the last six innings.  Colton Murray (2-0, 3.00) got the win with 4 strike outs in 2.0 innings.  Pat Venditte (2.29) struck out 2 in 1.2 innings.  Jesen Therrien (1.08) struck out 2 in 1.1 innings.  And, Pedro Beato (1.78) picked up his 20th save with 2 strike outs in 1.0 inning.

The IronPigs pounded their way back into the game with 10 XBH among their 16 hits, including 4 home runs.  Hector Gomez (.273) had 2 HR (7) and 3 RBI.  Jorge Alfaro had 3 hits, 2 RBI, and a HR (4).  Brock Stassi hit his first HR.  In all, every IronPig collected a hit and 6 players had multi-hit games.  Cameron Perkins and Jorge Flores had 2 doubles each. Pedro Florimon and Stassi also had 2 hits each.  The offensive outburst occurred with Dylan Cozens, Rhys Hoskins, and Nick Williams adding just one hit each.

  • #1 Crawford (.194): DNP
  • #3 Alfaro (.266): 3-5 with a run scored, double, HR (4), 2 RBI (29)
  • #4 Williams (.280): 1-5 with a run scored, RBI (40), K
  • #6 Quinn (.274): 7-day DL
  • #9 Cozens (.252): 1-4 with a runs scored, BB
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): promoted to Phillies
  • #13 Hoskins (.295): 1-5 with a double
  • #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 (35-25) beat Bowie, 4-2.

Mario Sanchez (4-1, 2.66) pitched 6.2 scoreless innings giving up 6 hits and no walks.  Austin Davis (1.10) was perfect for 1.1 innings.  Alexis Rivero (3.24) made it interesting giving up 2 runs in the ninth.

Andrew Pullin got things started with a solo HR (13) in the first.  Kyle Martin increased the lead with a 2-run HR (12) in the third.  The Phils tacked on a run in the eighth on Chace Numata’s RBI single.  Pullin led the attack with 4 hits, Carlos Tocci added two.

  • #11 Kingery (.300): 0-5
  • #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #21 Anderson (5-2, 3.77): DNP
  • #22: Arano (1.42): DNP
  • #23 Tocci (.289): 2-4 with a double
  • #27 Canelo (.244): 0-4 with a K
  • Pullin (.315): 4-5 with 2 runs scored, HR (13), RBI (40), K

Clearwater (35-29) picked up their suspended game in the bottom of the third with no score and play was again stopped by rain after the fifth inning.  The game was called with the Threshers leading 1-0 over Lakeland.  The second game will be made up Wednesday.

As sharp as Cole Irvin looked before the game was suspended Monday night, Blake Quinn looked the opposite.  Where Irvin threw 29 pitches in three innings, Quinn labored through a 30-pitch fourth inning.  Where Irvin allowed just one base runner on a single, Quinn battled himself as well as the Tigers allowing a single, 3 walks, and hitting a batter. To his credit, Quinn battled and did not allow a run.

When the game resumed, Emmanuel Marrero drew a lead off walk.  Herlis Rodriguez sacrificed him over to second.  A wild pitch allowed him to move over to third.  And Damek Tomscha brought him home with an RBI double in his first game back after missing a week.

  • # 5 Kilome (3-2, 2.60): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.228): 0-2
  • #26 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.20): DNP
  • #28 Pujols (.186): 1-2 with a K
  • #30 Seranthony Dominguez (3-0, 2.02): rehabbing a shoulder injury in XST

Lakewood (35-30) beat Delmarva, 3-0.

Adonis Medina (2-5, 3.13) pitched 7.0, 3-hit innings.  He walked 2 and struck out twelve. Will Hibbs (1.04) pitched 2.0 clean innings.

The BlueClaws scored two runs in the first on RBI doubles by Darick Hall and Henri Lartigue.  They added a run in the fifth on Carlos Duran’s RBI triple.  Raul Rivas (.261) and David Martinelli (.215) had 2-hit games.  Martinelli also reached on a walk.

  • #2 Moniak (.261): 0-4 with a K
  • #7 Sanchez (2-2, 3.07): DNP
  • #15 Medina (2-5, 3.13: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 K
  • #18 Brito (.236): 1-4
  • #25 Romero (4-1, 2.26): 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):

  • 6/13 – Phillies traded LHP Joely Rodriguez to Texas Rangers for Player To Be Named Later
  • 6/13 – OF Osmel Aguila assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 6/13 – LHP Tom Windle assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 6/13 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 6/11 – Phillies activated RHP Joaquin Benoit from the 10-day disabled list.
  • 6/11 – Phillies placed 2B Cesar Hernandez on the 10-day disabled list. Strained left oblique
  • 6/11 – RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 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

26 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/13/2017

  1. Adonis Medina may have as high a ceiling as Franklyn Kilome. Neither has shown a consistency yet. Because of his height and build, Kilome’s mechanics aren’t as easy to repeat. That may pose bigger issues once he advances on up. I think Medina will likely be more of a K machine as well. These kids have to miss bats if they’re going to make it in the show.

    1. Median is definitely showing this year he has some swing and miss stuff.
      I believe he has 87 k in 67 innings which is not to shabby .

    1. Perhaps Perkins will follow the Nava route to the majors.
      Turns 27 in September….and over approx. 2300 minor league PAs has a slash line of .283/.337/.757…..not great but get more familiar with first base, and could be a useful 25th guy with his above average all field OF defense

  2. Seriously. why the hell not give Perkins a shot, he has been a member of the organization for 6+ years, the big club is 21 games below .500 before June 15th.

    1. I’m impressed with Perkins – he appears to have genuinely improved.

      I think they are now trying to improve Kendrick and Nava’s trade value (I think they pretty much have given up on Saunders – as they should) so he might come up at the middle or end of July.

      The outfield situation is so crowded and he’s like the 5th or 6th option, so when he comes up, he’s going to have to hit the ground running if he wants to stay in the majors. But he’s improved a lot as a hitter – if he can add just a touch more power he becomes really interesting.

      1. kendrick and Nava are who they are and everybody knows there value provided they aren’t hurt. And really there value is low.
        Are people even going to the games anymore, Id say there is more value in playing some exciting youth and getting people to buy overpriced beer and hotdogs. Rather than trying to squeeze an extra sack of donuts out those two guys trade value

      2. If he can perform when called upon, as he has at AAA he will be a good addition. I don’t see him as an everyday player, but I like his attitude, mindset and versatility. He would be ideal if he had more power as you have said. If we could have someone who could hit a lowly single when called upon (where is Greg Gross) we wouldn’t be in so many losing efforts. Certainly could perform no worse than some on our roster.

    2. I think Perkins will get his shot after Nava and Kendrick are traded, and Saunders DFAd. Of course, in the the meantime, he’ll need to keep his OPS as close to .900 as possible.

  3. What kind of stuff does Medina have? I saw that he only had 34 Ks last year at Williamsport and walks too many as now, but his Ks are way up this season.

    1. Matt Winkelman had Medina ranked #9 in his preseason ranking. This is an excerpt from his write-up….
      “…Medina was dominant, …[but] this is where things get puzzling, because Medina should be getting strikeouts. Like Sixto Sanchez and Franklyn Kilome, he has a heavy sinking fastball. His sits 91-94, but he showed that he can touch up to 97. Medina mixes in both a curveball and changeup that show above average to plus potential. At the New York-Penn League, he unveiled a slider with plus potential, including late bite. Medina has more polish and feel for pitching than the average 19 year old, and he has the easy repeatable delivery to throw good strikes. He just did not miss bats this season. It was short season ball, so there is no reason yet to have concern. In 2015 Kilome had a similarly concerning strikeout drop, before coming out this year and missing more bats than ever before.”

      So his K’s being way up this year are not unexpected and are a very good sign! It likely means he is leveraging both his FB and his offspeed pitches well. He is one of our big upside SPs for sure. (I would love to see a fresh scouting report at midseason on Medina and several other top pitching prospects.)

      1. I saw every one of Medina’s home starts last year. I agree 100% with Wink. Medina was dominant except for that pesky Ks per Inning stat. His numbers were much better in the DSL and GCL. This year is back to normal. The reason for the dropoff could be anything from game calling to new environment to plain bad luck. I like this kid a lot.

  4. Cataldi just had Pete on. Pressed him on bringing Kingery up from AA. Cited Knoblach being brought up straight from AA in ’91 by the Twins. The GM? Andy MacPhail. He told Pete to mention that when he talks to Klentak today.

  5. Kingery needs to be at Lehigh asap,then called up in September.Saunders needs to be realised asap and then give Perkins a shot.

    They seem to be “slow as a turtle” with making moves,high time for them to admit that Saunders won’t work out in Philly.

    Why not?

    1. Agreed. They need to know when to take their losses and turn the page – something they just couldn’t manage to do with Ryan Howard.

      I think the odds of Michael Saunders turning things around and creating positive trade value are less than 10% at this point and perhaps even less than 5%, but that long shot risk comes at a price – namely, not playing younger players.

      Honestly, I think they probably have turned the page with him and will be playing Nava for the next 4-6 weeks to try to improve his trade value. Kendrick is not a good second baseman anymore, but he can play there and some outfield to improve his trade value too – he needs the at bats.

      I get they are trying to be careful, which is understandable, but they are now becoming indecisive, which is not helpful.

      1. AI I’ll tell I’ll tell you what, they better watch themselves with Middleton. He doesn’t mind waiting for a while and doesn’t mind spending money to get an advantage. But he’s nobody’s fool and you better believe he is watching their decision-making very carefully. He is going to want some good answers as to why so much money and playing time was wasted on guys like Buchholz and Saunders and he’s going to demand that his people generally make the right calls on moves like that. And the people drafting players, like Almaraz, will also be under scrutiny to show that they are producing good returns in the draft. The guys he drafts better produce or he will be on his way out in not too long.

      2. You say that, meanwhile Saunders started last night against Price, a lefty. Makes no sense. I think Kendrick and Nava will get traded and it helps KK’s value that he shows he can still play 2B. He’s playing great and can definitely help someone. I expect Williams, Perkins, and Stassi to be up in July after trades.

        1. And Pullin and Kingery to LHV. Kingery won’t be up to majors this year unless they trade Cesar and his injury has ruined trade opportunities, for now.

  6. Medina was fabulous last night and Hibbs bounced back to form after his first bad outing.
    It was so great knowing that LHV had a chance to come back after trailing 7-3, it’s a trait I hope some of them can carry with them in the future. Therrien continues to do the job as does Beato. Beato and Venditte probably have earned a cup of coffee at some point later this year.
    FYI – Moniak was back in the lineup yesterday even though he did nothing. Martinelli just keeps hitting. How good can Pullin become? He really deserves his promotion too.

  7. At the lhv game:

    Alfaro was patient at the plate, but had a little trouble receiving the wild bullpen pitchers. Gunned down a would be base stealer with a perfect strong throw.

    Cozens and Hoskins had few hits, but hit the ball hard almost every at bat.

    Therien and murray had good fastballs, but were pretty wild, and several of their ks were the hitters getting themselves out.

    Venditte had good control and was a treat to watch, but his stuff was visibly behind the other 2 bullpen arms.

    No gun readings. For some reason they gave 2b Flores Quinn’s number (2) which confused the big screen.

    And never leave a lhv game early, as you can see.

  8. .@cperkins22 now leads the IL in AVG (.310) in addition to OBP (.408). He’s hit in 17 of L22 (.397-2-8; 29-73, 8 2B, 12 BB, 14 R) @IronPigs

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