Box Score Recap – 6/20/2017

Lehigh Valley shut out Pawtucket, Jake Thompson went eight, six-hit innings.

Reading beat Akron, Tommy Bergjans threw a no-hitter through five innings.

Clearwater lost and now needs help to secure the first half division title.

Lakewood is on their All Star Break, the game and Nick Fanti’s start was rained out.

Williamsport lost their home opener, Cole Stobbe hit his second HR in as many games.

Lehigh Valley (47-24) shut out Pawtucket, 7-0.

Jake Thompson (3-7, 5.94) pitched eight shutout innings allowing 6 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out six, and threw 115 pitches, 73 strikes (63.5%).  He posted a game score of 78. John Richy completed the shutout with a one-hit ninth.

J.P. Crawford returned to action and had a hit and RBI.  Jorge Alfaro had a 3-hit game.

The IronPigs broke through with 2 runs in the fifth on a Pedro Florimon 2-run double. They picked up another run on Crawford’s RBI single in the seventh.  They broke the game open with 3 runs in the eighth on an error, and a 2-run double by Hector Gomez.  They tacked on a run in the ninth on Rhys Hoskins RBI single.

  • #1 Crawford (.194): 1-5 with an RBI (22), K
  • #3 Alfaro (.268): 3-4 with 2 runs scored, BB, K
  • #4 Williams (.279): 1-5 with a K
  • #6 Quinn (.274): 7-day DL
  • #9 Cozens (.245): 0-1 with a run scored, 3 BB, K 
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): promoted to Phillies
  • #13 Hoskins (.290): 1-5 with a run scored, RBI (55), 2 K
  • #16 Pinto (3-3, 4.59): DNP
  • #19 Appel (5-3, 5.05): DNP
  • #24 Lively (6-1, 2.40): promoted to the Phillies
  • #29 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL

Reading (39-27) beat Akron, 6-4.

Tommy Bergjans (1-0, 3.27) took a no-hitter into the sixth and finished with a 3-hitter and 2 runs.  He walked a batter and struck out seven. Shane Watson (5.66) lasted only 0.2 innings giving up 2 runs.  Austin Davis (1.66) pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings.  Victor Arano picked up his second save.

The Phils built a 6-0 lead with 2 runs in the first on Scott Kingery’s RBI double and Andrew Pullin’s sacrifice fly; 2 runs in the second on Malquin Canelo’s 2-run HR (3); Jiandido Tromp’s solo HR (6) in the fourth; and Mitch Walding’s solo HR (14) in the fifth.

  • #11 Kingery (.303): 1-4 with a run scored, double, RBI (40), SB (18)
  • #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #21 Anderson (5-2, 3.48): DNP
  • #22: Arano (1.74): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • #23 Tocci (.299): 1-3 with a BB
  • #27 Canelo (.233): 1-3 with a run scored, HR (3), 2 RBI (17)
  • Pullin (.309): 0-3 with a SF, RBI (44)

Clearwater (37-32) lost to Bradenton, 5-2.

Jose Taveras (5-3, 2.52) labored through 4.1 innings giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. Harold Arauz (1.54) threw 2.1 innings of shutout ball.  Tyler Gilbert (3.13) gave up a run in 2.0 innings.

The Threshers drew first blood on a Herlis Rodriguez RBI single in the first inning, but were held at bay until they scored a meaningless run in the ninth on Wilson Garcia’s SF.

The loss coupled with Tampa’s win over Florida put the Threshers on the verge of being eliminated from the first half division title.  With one game remaining, Clearwater need to win at Bradenton tomorrow and hope for a Tampa loss.  The resulting tie would give the Threshers the title since they hold the head-to-head tie-breaker.

Chances of a victory were lessened when Damek Tomscha and Cornelius Randolph had to leave the game with unspecified injuries.

  • # 5 Kilome (4-2, 2.53): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.230): 0-1 with a BB
  • #26 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.20): DNP
  • #28 Pujols (.178): 0-2
  • #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 (1-1) – lost to State College, 5-3.

Gustavo Armas (0-1) gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk in 4.0 innings. Justin Miller gave up 2 runs in 2.0 innings.  Orestes Melendez pitched 3.0 shutout innings and struck out three.

Raul Rivas, Cole Stobbe, and Rodolfo Duran had 2 hits each.  Rivas had 2 RBI.  Ten Crosscutters struck out.  Gregg Picket accounted for 3 of them.  That’s 6 in 9 at bats.  However he has a BABIP of 1.000.  Sustainable?

  • #14 Stobbe : 2-4 with a run scored, HR (2), RBI (2), 2 K
  • #20 Ortiz : 0-4 with a K
  • Stephen : DNP
  • Pickett : 1-4  with 3 K
  • Young (1-0, 0.00): DNP

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):

  • 6/20 – Phillies designated RHP Jeanmar Gomez for assignment
  • 6/20 – Phillies designated RF Michael Saunders for assignment
  • 6/20 – Phillies placed RHP Jerad Eickhoff on the 10-day DL. Upper back strain
  • 6/20 – Phillies selected the contract of CF Cameron Perkins from Lehigh Valley
  • 6/20 – Phillies selected the contract of LHP Hoby Milner from Lehigh Valley
  • 6/20 – Phillies recalled Brock Stassi from Lehigh
  • 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 XST.
  • 6/17 – DSL Phillies White activated RHP Carlos Francisco.
  • 6/14 – Phillies signed LHP Jhordany Mezquita.

44 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/20/2017

  1. I’d really like to see a more imposing roster in Lehigh. Osmel Aguila in LF doesn’t shiver my timbers. Let’s get Pullin there. I really hope minor league all star games don’t take precedent over the advancement of developing and deserving players as some are suggesting on this site. Even if only for a few weeks, I’d love to see

    C Alfaro
    1b Hoskins
    2b Kingery
    3b Walding
    SS Crawford
    LF Pullin
    CF Williams
    RF Cozens

    1. True but he’s got 14 HRs and was hitting a buck fifty earlier in the season so he’s been hitting of late. Gomez has done well but he’s pure AAAA. Wish we had better 3b options higher up in the pipeline.

      1. Missed a throw from the catcher last night that was pretty much on the money that should have nailed a runner stealing 3rd. Wonder about his defense? Plan to go up to night to see them.

  2. Painful Clearwater losss. Pujols regressing big time. I hope he recovers for the second half.
    Arauz 1.54 ERA is weird given average velo. Maybe his weak FB moves a ton or his mechanics is deceptive.

  3. Getting that Quinn-vibe from Randolph when it comes to staying on the field. Hope I’m wrong. Durability is huge for a developing prospect.

  4. I’m heading to the Cape to help my parents with some yard work and other grunt tasks. I’m hoping to get to a Cape Cod League game. I may be too pooped to peep after driving 3 hours and doing the yard work but, by mentioning it here, I might have to take the time to see a game. Wish me luck!

  5. Tocci had a really nice leaping catch at the wall last night that had double written all over it. His defense is superb.

  6. Alfaro with 3 bb’s, wow… Gotta go buy a lottery ticket now
    Thompson goes 115 pitches, looks like the org is taking a hard look at him and appel

    1. At some point, the kid gloves have to come off and it’s time to produce. The Phillies need to know whether or not they can stick as a starter.

      Funny thing though, it’s didn’t take too many Lehigh starts before the Phillies converted Pinto. And now Pinto is rolling which is a good sign.

  7. Jose Pujols has been a major disappointment after his power surge with Lakewood last year. Yes, he’s always been a strike out threat, but his 46.9% K rate this year is pathetic. Last year he hit 24 homers, with an ISO of .199. This year, he’s only hit 3 home runs with an ISO of .077. This is REALLY bad. I know this sounds crazy, but there might be hope in the second half. His BABIP is currently at .330. The average to best hitters will hover around .350. This tells me that although the strikeouts are still there, he’s still putting a decent amount of balls in play. The law of averages has to help him out at some point, right? For his sake, I hope so. Considering his walk rate has plummeted from 8.6% to 3.6%, it still shows very poor plate discipline and pitch recognition. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him released, or a demotion to Lakewood before the season is out.

    1. Before they release him…like to see them get him some work in on the mound in the FIL. Curious to see how that arm translates from 60-6. Obvious its degree of power from what it can do from the RF warning track.

    2. It’s way too early for him to be released. He could be dropped back to Lakewood however.

    3. Pujols is Rocco’s guy they spend pretty big coin on him and Encarnacion (by their standards at the time)

  8. I was disappointed to see Taveras come up small last night. Cwater needed that game and Taveras didn’t get it done. Irvin needs to win tonight, and then hope for a loss from the other team. It’s always good to apply a little pressure and then see how the kids do.

  9. 3 walks in 4 games from Alfaro after bottoming out. I have to think this is something he was told to work on if he wanted to get called up. Let’s hope it takes.

    I have to applaud the FO’s move to designate Saunders and Gomez. If they can’t be moved at the deadline and we have prospects that have earned the right to play you have to move on – even if you’re paying them a decent paycheck. Hopefully this starts a chain reaction that gets Pullin and Therrien/Davis up to LV. Get Kingery up there too.

  10. Arano, Pinto and Therien are progressing as relievers and hopefully Ed.Ramos regathers his electric stuff to help form a good bullpen in ’18.

      1. Looks like they used the money saved from the 2nd round pick to pay for Haseley…

          1. That could have been his leverage, but you would think he would not have taken that chance since one knee/arm injury and he falls in the 2018 draft.
            I would think his agent would have advised of that scenario.
            Perhaps the Phillies did not want a long drawn out negotiation over what amounts to maybe half million dollars, and wanted him in the system getting his minor league PAs as early as possible.

  11. Was at Williamsport last night. Stobbe looked good defensively at third and had a HR but also two strikeouts. Raul Rivas played exclusively at ss in 2015, and mostly at 3rd last year, but looked fairly comfortable at 2nd last night. Rodolfo Duran had a good game behind the plate and at the plate. Armas and Miller lacked control of their pitches last night. Luis Encarnacion was DH. He did not improve over the off season.

    1. Rivas has played most of the year at Lakewood and has done an admirable job, outhitting and outplaying Brito and Gamboa. Admittedly he is not the prospect those two are. Not sure why he is at Williamsport other than to get him a few ABs while Lakewood is on the all-star game break.

  12. BTW, BB&T Ballpark at Bowman Field looks great after 4 million dollars worth of renovations.
    The only thing left undone as of yet is to paint the numbers on the outfield fence. Interview with Pat Borders here: And TV report from WNEP 16 here:
    It was nice to see attendance top 2,400.

    1. Hard to believe Lamade Stadium….home of the Little League World Series holds capacity 40K(3300 seated) and Bowman is the smallest park in the NYPL with a max 2400.

      1. A bit over 2,500 actually Romus. Tuesday home opener was 2,426 with some empty seats. Average attendance has been around 1,900 the past few years so not much need for more seats. I’m afraid if attendance doesn’t increase in the next few years we may lose baseball in Williamsport. FYI Lamade Stadium only seats 3,300. They consider the hillside behind the outfield to be part of the stadium.

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