Box Score Recap – 6/19/2017

Lehigh Valley won behind Mark Appel’s season’s best performance.

Clearwater moved one game closer to securing the FSL first half division title.

Williamsport won their opener behind Kyle Young’s five shutout innings.

Reading and Lakewood were scheduled off.

Lehigh Valley (46-24) shut out Pawtucket, 5-0.

Mark Appel (5-3, 5.05) pitched into the ninth inning (8.1 innings) and allowed 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out eight.  He threw 119 pitches, 79 strikes (66.4%).  Ricardo Pinto (4.59) got the final 2 outs, striking out one-time major league catcher Blake Swihart, the first batter he faced.

The IronPigs scored all their runs on fly balls.  Cameron Perkins led off the game with a solo HR (6).  Rhys Hoskins led off the second with his first of 2 HRs on the day.  Still a close game in the seventh, Hoskins led off with his second HR (17).  The IronPigs continued to hit and after 3 consecutive singles loaded the bases, Angelo Mora and Perkins came through with sacrifice flies.

Hoskins and Nick Williams had 2 hits each.

Appel’s line was much better after 8.0 innings (4 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 102 pitches, 70 strikes, 68.6%). He began the ninth with a 7-pitch walk, 5-pitch strike out, and 5-pitch single before being relieved.  Among the 17 pitches were 9 strikes.  He finished with a game score of 82.

  • #1 Crawford (.194): DNP (groin, possible return Monday)
  • #3 Alfaro (.259): 0-4 with a K
  • #4 Williams (.280): 2-4 with a run scored, K
  • #6 Quinn (.274): 7-day DL
  • #9 Cozens (.246): 0-4 with a K 
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): promoted to Phillies
  • #13 Hoskins (.292): 2-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR (17), 2 RBI (54), BB
  • #16 Pinto (3-3, 4.59): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • #19 Appel (5-3, 5.05): 8.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
  • #24 Lively (6-1, 2.40): promoted to the Phillies
  • #29 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL

Reading (38-27) no game scheduled.

  • #11 Kingery (.304):
  • #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #21 Anderson (5-2, 3.48): DNP
  • #22: Arano (1.23): DNP
  • #23 Tocci (.298):
  • #27 Canelo (.232):
  • Pullin (.313):

Clearwater (37-31) beat Bradenton, 3-1, and eliminated the Marauders from contention for the south division title.  At the same time their victory pushed Daytona to the verge of elimination for the north division title.  The Threshers remain tied with Tampa but hold the head-to-head tie-breaker over the Yankees farm team.

Franklyn Kilome (4-2, 2.53) battled the Marauders for 5.0 innings and kept the Threshers in the game even though he struggled with his location for most of the game.  He limited Bradenton to one tun on 5 hits.  He walked 2 and struck out four.  Ranfi Casimiro (3.16) proved a steadying factor as he pitched 3.0 innings allowing two, two-out hits and striking out six.  Jeff Singer nailed down his 13th save with 2 strike outs in the ninth.

The Threshers scratched out single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings.  Emmanuel Marrero brought home the game’s first run with an RBI single.  Damek Tomscha’s RBI single following Mark Laird’s lead off double accounted for their second run.  After the Marauders closed within a run in the top of the fourth, Mark Laird’s RBI single restored the Threshers’ 2-run lead in the bottom of the inning.

The Threshers had 10 hits, 4 walks. and limited their strike outs to six.  Laird, Tomscha, and Marrero had 2 hits each.  Herlis Rodriguez went 1-2 with 2 walks.  Cornelius Randolph stole his 2nd base.  Laird’s RBI single was a successful safety squeeze that the Marauders had no play on and not only scored Drew Stankiewicz from third but surrendered first base to Laird without a throw to either base.  #speed killz

Kilome’s FB was 93-96 MPH, and sat 94-95 all through the game.  He hit 97 MPH 7 times in the first three innings and 93 MPH 9 times in the last two innings.  He hammered away with 26 FB at 95 MPH, and 13 at 94 MPH.

Kilome only got 5 swing and misses, 4 on his strike outs (84, 95, 85, and 95) and one other at a 95 MPH FB.  He threw 85 pitches, 50 strikes (58.8%).  He only threw 10 of 21 first pitch strikes (47.6%), and reached four, three-ball counts – 2 in each of his problem innings.

Kilome started the game with a 5-pitch K.  But a bunt single, wild pitch, and a walk had him in trouble 12 pitches into the game.  Kilome induced a 5-4-3 double play, but it took nine pitches to get that result.  He then retired the Marauders in order the next two innings on a total of 25 pitches (16 strikes).

A pair of singles leading off the fourth gave Bradenton another scoring chance.  A wild pitch moved the runners up a base.  This proved important when Kilome struck out the batter and got what would have been an easy double play ball to the shortstop near the second base bag.  However, because of the wild pitch, a run scored.  Kilome got another ground out to end the inning on the next pitch (14 in all for the inning/60 for the game).

The fifth inning was a 25-pitch inning for Kilome.  He got the first out on a flare to a charging Randolph.  Then a single and a bunt single put the tying runs on base.  A passed ball during another at bat with a deep count moved the runners into scoring position.  Kilome completed that at bat with a soft liner to a leaping Marrero for the second out.  A six-pitch walk loaded the bases.  Kilome abandoned his change and slider and threw 6 of 7 FB during the last at bat that resulted in a swinging K at a 95 MPH FB.  The other pitch in the AB was a CB.

By my count, Kilome threw 59 FB, 24 CH/SL (there’s no velocity distinction on these two pitches as he throws them) and 2 CB.  Of his 35 balls, 15 came on his 24 CH/SL including the 2 wild pitches and the passed ball.  Many of them bounced before they reached home plate.  But he hung in there and gave his team a chance to win.

  • # 5 Kilome (4-2, 2.53): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • #10 Randolph (.231): 1-3 with a BB, 2 K
  • #26 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.20): DNP
  • #28 Pujols (.180): DNP
  • #30 Seranthony Dominguez (3-0, 2.02): rehabbing a shoulder injury in XST

Lakewood (40-30) no game scheduled.

  • #2 Moniak (.270):
  • #7 Sanchez (2-2, 2.98):
  • #15 Medina (2-5, 3.13):
  • #18 Brito (.235):
  • #25 Romero (5-1, 2.01):

Williamsport (1-0) – beat State College, 9-2.

The season opener was the NY-Penn debut for 10 of the 12 players who made appearances in the game, and of the two veterans, Rodolfo Duran only had 9 AB with the Crosscutters last season.

Kyle Young (1-0, 0-0) displayed the poise and talent that I have alluded to all spring.  He pitched 5.0, scoreless innings allowing 2 hits, 1 walk, and struck out six.  Andrew Brown gave up 2 runs in 2.0 innings but didn’t walk a batter and struck out four.  Luis Ramirez closed out the final 2.0 innings on one hit.

Williamsport scored first on Cole Stobbe’s lead off HR (1) in the second inning.  They carved out a crooked number in the third on Jhailyn Ortiz’ RBI double over the right fielder’s head, and Greg Pickett’s 2-run HR (1).  They tacked on a run in the sixth on Pickett’s RBI single.  They broke the game open with 4 runs in the eighth on Josh Stephen’s lead off triple, 2 walks, Jesus Henriquez, 2-run double, Duran’s SF, and Juan Luis’ RBI single.

Ortiz had a busy game going 1-2 with an RBI double, 3 walks, and 3 runs scored.  Pickett had 2 hits including his first HR, and 3 RBI, but also struck out 3 times.  Stobbe had one hit (his first HR) but walked and scored twice.  The 17-year old Henriquez had 2 RBI.  And the veteran Luis had 2 hits.

Stobbe’s HR was measured at 428 feet.  Pickett’s HR,  404 feet with exit velo of 93.5 MPH.

Here are some game tweets by Mitch Rupert –

The pick off came after a Guzman throwing error.

I told you guys that he had range to his left and right!

Due to the motion and low velocity, Young calls this pitch a “slurve”.

Throwing error by Stobbe.

Very “un-Hamels-like”, not allowing those errors to rattle him. (too soon?)

It’s been awhile, but I’e see and heard arguments over how many players have to bat in an inning in order for the team to batted around, 9 or 10.  For as long as I can remember it has been the nine Mitch states above.  But, recently, I’ve heard people argue that the tenth batter has to come to the plate in order for the team to have batted around.  They’re probably “flat-earthers”, too.

  • #14 Stobbe : 1-3 with 2 runs scored, HR (1), RBI, BB, K
  • #20 Ortiz : 1-2 with 3 runs scored, double, RBI, 3 BB
  • Stephen : 1-5 with a run scored, triple
  • Pickett : 2-5 with a run scored, HR (1), 3 RBI, 3 K
  • Young (1-0, 0.00): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 68 pitches, 42 strikes (61.8%)

GCL Phillies (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 26th v. Yankees West.

  • #8 Gowdy

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (and paper moves):

  • 6/19 – Clearwater Threshers placed Alberto Tirado on the temporarily inactive list.
  • 6/19 – 3B Jan Hernandez assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Phillies XST.
  • 6/19 – Raul Rivas assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws
  • 6/19 – Will Stewart assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/19 – Kyle Young assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/19 – Jhon Nunez assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/19 – Justin Miller assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/19 – Cole Stobbe assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/19 – IF Greg Pickett assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/19 – Luis Carrasco assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/19 – Josh Stephen assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/19 – Jhailyn Ortiz assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/19 – Rodolfo Duran assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/19 – Malvin Matos assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/19 – Randy Alcantara assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/19 – Andrew Brown assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/19 – Gregori Rivero assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Phillies XST.
  • 6/19 – 2B Jesus Henriquez assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 6/19 – C James Lovett assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 6/19 – LHP Orestes Melendez assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 6/19 – RHP Gustavo Armas assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 6/19 – Oscar Marcelino assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 6/19 – Aaron Brown assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 6/19 – Sutter McLoughlin assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 6/19 – Sutter McLoughlin assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 6/19 _ Aaron Brown assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 6/19 – LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to GCL Phillies
  • 6/19 – Bailey Falter assigned to Phillies XST from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 6/18 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Michael Mariot on the 7-day disabled list. Lower back strain
  • 6/18 – RHP John Richy assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 6/18 – C Greg Brodzinski assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Phillies Ext. Spring Training.
  • 6/17 – DSL Phillies White activated RHP Carlos Francisco.
  • 6/14 – Phillies signed LHP Jhordany Mezquita.

52 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/19/2017

  1. Not to be picky, but Henriques is 19 and played 2 season in LA before Wmsprt. Guzman, the SS, is 17 through mid-August. The position players are all pretty young on this team Encarnacion is the oldest @ 19 y/o. Oops, James Lovett, a catcher signed out of the Marlin’s organization, is 23. He was probably signed to help Duran and Rivero transition upward. When the 2017 draftees get placed, they’ll be the elder statesmen.

  2. Appel has 4 very good to great outings in his last 5. If he could pitch regularly like he did last night, he’d be in Philly by the weekend. But alas, last night’s outing is more the anomaly and not the norm. He’ll stay in the rotation until he reverts to his mean. Hopefully, that never comes, says the optimist. Like the guy who jumps off a 30 story building and is heard going by the 5th floor saying, “So far so good.”

        1. I think when you are 26-years old, in three weeks, they may expect a pitcher to be fully developed and able to get to that number, or there abouts, on one or two occasions. He may have also told the pitching coach is was not tired and wanted to get that CG….Eshelman already has two in just 8 games…maybe Appel wants one.

          1. Eshelman usually throws under 100 pitches because he is so efficient. In one game he threw 112, which is probably about as far as I’d go with a pitcher, although Eshelman is not a max effort guy, so it concerns me a little less about him.

            But 119? Not a good idea. Why take the risk? Again, the major league Phillies have not, in recent years, allowed their young starters to get anywhere near that type of pitch count, which tells you what THEY think about the risk. So why do that with your minor leaguers? It makes no sense.

            1. It was Lundquist’s decision. I am sure Appel pleaded with him. You know the whole scenario, been played out many times in the past.
              If next start he comes up with a sore arm….then .
              I remember Ryne Sandberg let a 35-year old Cliff Lee throw six out of his last seven games of 100/110 plus pitches in April/May of .’14….that was all she wrote.

      1. He was getting stronger as the game was wearing on–was already over 100 but I’m sure he talked his way into starting the ninth. Pinto was all ready to go though when trouble started. He’s not a really young guy, a pitcher who was having a great game, I’m glad Dusty gave him an opportunity to close it out. Check out his GO/FO in the game– 13:1

        1. He really was cruising into the late game. Was at 89 pitches after 7 and at 102 going into the 9th inning. I was surprised they let him go into the 9th just from a success angle. The Phillies also like to let their minor leaguers experience success. He walked the first batter of the 9th on 7 pitches, and I guess they probably could have pulled him then, but then he struck out the next batter. At the point they gave him one batter to try and get the double play. He almost struck out Craig but he went the other way on a 2-2 pitch and that was it.

          I think it is also important to remember that Appel is not particularly young (he will 26 in less than a month). He is also a big bodied guy who can handle workloads. His previous two outings had been 110 and 107 pitches, both in 6 or less innings. The Phillies are not just monitoring pitch count, they are monitoring strain and effort as well as how those pitches are spread (119 over 8+ innings is much different than 119 over 7). I suspect they might give him an extra day of rest if they can or at least limit his workload next time out.

          In the end they thought he wasn’t in danger and wanted to reward him with the opportunity to finish out the shutout.

      2. Absolutely – what the hell are they thinking? There is zero chance they would let him throw that many pitches in a big league game (they always lift these young pitchers before they hit 110 pitches), which is actually meaningful, so why haven’t they instructed their minor league managers to do the same?

        It’s not so much this instance (which is troubling) – it reflects poorly on the organization as a whole in that either: (a) they have no pitch limit plan in place in AAA (hard to believe); (b) they have pitch limit in place but that limit is 120 pitches (very bad idea in my opinion); (c) they haven’t effectively communicated a more restrictive pitch limit plan to their AAA managers; or (d) the manager ignored instructions on pitch limit. None of these possibilities is acceptable. There is never a reason for a minor league starter to throw almost 120 pitches – it reflects very poorly on this organization.

        1. It amazes me, in this day and age, that people on this site think this is a phantom concern. Virtually no major league teams allow their young pitchers routinely to throw more than 100 or 105 pitches and typically don’t ever let them throw over 110 and for good reason.

          When you do this, you risk shoulder and other injuries. If you’ve followed baseball long enough you should know that shoulder injuries are career jeopardizing or changing events. When I hear that a pitcher has a serious shoulder injury, I basically write him off in my mind – it’s usually over for that guy.

          1. I don’t agree with that line of thinking…bringing pitchers along at a snails pace and putting them on a pitch count instead of letting them build their arm strength with throwing even in between starts. I think back to hearing Maddox, Glavine and that staff talking about it. Throwing 120-140 pitches, Guys did it not too long ago. I hear the argument that they didn’t throw as many sliders, etc. I’m not buying it. To me this has been mostly agent driven. Hard to believe Nolan Ryan threw 164 pitches at 42 years old.

            1. Sign of the times:
              Pitch counts for the minors….now also innings pitched for the majors.
              200 innings use to be the norm …or what was a goal for the starters.
              Last year 15 pitchers reached that mark…with Cole just getting in at 200.2
              In 2006, 49 pitchers reached that mark.
              Now, 180 is the old 200.

        2. I love one you get all fired up Catch. Usually it is me. Obviously you make perfect sense but with Appel and like the others said given his history and age I would have let him go too.

          As long as he was telling his manager he was fine and felt strong. There is a difference. Had they done that with Sixto then hell yeah go ballistic.

    1. Very possible he is trending better as a pitcher. He has walked several each of those last 5 games but the results have improved especially when compared to early season.

  3. Great night for the org last night! LHV,(keep fingers crossed for Appel), Clearwater, and Williamsport (fine start) all winners. Best of all, the Phillies didn’t lose.

  4. Ortiz looking like future RF Stobbe looking like future 3rd baseman.Singer look better then most of Phillies Bp.

    1. A breakout season for Ortiz would be huge. Especially if he shows the plate discipline he did last night. Down 0-2 on one walk.

        1. It’s hard to believe this is Ortiz’s 18 year-old season. It’s not unusual to see enormous jumps in performance between ages 17 and 19, especially with high ceiling players like Ortiz. They broke the bank for him, so he comes with quite the pedigree. Very excited about him.

      1. No, bak425 – nearly 2 years of hearing and reading shared observations (many by Jim P in Clearwater) on this site. Ortiz didn’t just drop out of the sky last night.

  5. Really excited to see Williamsport get started and for Stobbe and Picket to get some ABs. Could be a really interesting season for this team.

  6. I’ve been screaming Kyle Young for the past year now . . . hopefully the kid can have a solid year . . . don’t be shocked if it takes him longer then most, at his size repeating his delivery can take time but love the first start. Nice to see Ortiz draw the walks as well.

  7. Nice to see Hoskins have a great game and Nick Williams is definitely trending upwards. Nice write up on Appel on last nights game and a good reminder that he is less than a year removed from surgery.

  8. I’m really hoping that Ortiz cuts down on the K rate. There’s potential for some serious pop in his bat

    1. When it comes to Ortiz I think conditioning is going to be key. He was phenomenal at the start of GCL last year then seemed to wear down. Curious to know if anyone that had been around him quite a bit last year has noticed any big difference in his physique this season.

      1. DMAR, the Williamsport site has him at 6’3″, 215. That’s a pretty good frame if the weight is distributed right. He’s 18 so let’s add at least another inch and some muscle to bring him to 225-230 lbs by the time he’s full grown. That’s a nice specimen. I also think it was a great idea to challenge him early by playing him in RF instead of the big immobile lunk default position at either 1b or LF. He’s shown considerable mobility and agility thus far.

        1. 8mark…not bad for a kid that when he signed back in July ’15, he was reported one time to be at 250 plus lbs.

      2. DMAR, to be honest, he didn’t look any different than he did last year. Remember that all of the negative reports on his size came from people who had never seen him in person, and were just commenting on what they saw in the media.

        I felt that his production dropped off last year because the pitchers had adjusted and he hadn’t re-adjusted. more breaking balls less fast balls.

        And, I always remarked about his range in RF for a big guy. Recently, I reiterated that he moves well left and right, but needs work charging balls. And he has a strong arm. Here’s a clip from last night –

          1. I’m 6-1 and he’s taller than me. But like Jim said, he really does move well. Not just well for his size, he’s light on his feet. There’s still a ton of room for him to drop some weight if that’s what they want him to do. But I’ve been very impressed through the first couple days how well he moves.

            1. Yeah…if does lose any weight, hopefully he doesn’t lose any power.
              MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reported back in ’15 when he signed he was athletic and did run well for his size.

      1. Chris Carter is not cutting it the way the Yankees would have hoped….maybe dangle ToJo in front of Brian Cashman!
        Then there is also the Rangers and the Mariners……though Danny Valencia seems to be picking it up for the Mariners.

  9. Clearwater is playing with something at stake right now as they’re playing for the first half crown. They have no offense most nights and the starting pitching has been outstanding. They went into the big final three game series with Kilome, Taveras, and Irvin lined up to pitch. That’s pretty good. Kilome pitched very well with the added pressure and now we’ll see how Taveras does. They need a sweep.

      1. only negative i see here is with Perkins and Milner being 26, some folks can again trot out their “the phillies don’t call anyone up until they are x years old” line.

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