Box Score Recap – 6/22/2017

Lehigh Valley and Reading lost by identical 4-2 scores.

Clearwater started the second half with a win.

Lakewood and Williamsport were both shut out on 4 hits and 2 hits.

Lehigh Valley (48-25) lost to Rochester, 4-2.

Tom Eshelman (5-2, 2.08) gave up 4 runs on 9 hits and a walk in 6.0 innings.  He gave up the four runs in the first two innings and the IronPigs couldn’t make up the difference.  Colton Murray (3.71) and Pedro Beato (3.51) each pitched a scoreless inning.

The IronPigs collect 13 hits, but only 4 XBH (all doubles) and go 2-13 with runners in scoring position.  They score a run in the second inning on Nick William’s RBI double and a run in the seventh on J.P. Crawford’s RBI ground out.

  • #1 Crawford (.199): 2-5 with an RBI (27),  K
  • #3 Alfaro (.268): 1-4 with a double
  • #4 Williams (.275): 1-4 with a double, RBI (42)
  • #6 Quinn (.274): 7-day DL
  • #9 Cozens (.243): 1-5 with a K 
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): promoted to Phillies
  • #13 Hoskins (.302): 3-4 with a run scored, double
  • #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
  • Pullin: 1-4

Reading (40-28) lost to Akron, 4-2.

Drew Anderson (5-3, 3.68) gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 6.0 innings.  He struck out five.  He gave up all four runs on HRs in the fifth and sixth innings.  Ranfi Casimiro struck out four in 2.0 scoreless innings in his AA debut.  Shane Watson (5.54) pitched a scoreless inning.

The Phils scored in the first inning on Carlos Tocci’s RBI single and in the ninth on Jiandido Tromp’s solo HR (8).  Zack Coppola had a 2-hit game.

  • #11 Kingery (.302): 0-3 with a K, sacrifice
  • #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #21 Anderson (5-3, 3.68): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • #22: Arano (1.74): DNP
  • #23 Tocci (.300): 1-4 with an RBI (25)
  • #27 Canelo (.242): 1-3 with a double, K
  • Pullin (.308): promoted to AAA

Clearwater (39-32) beat Daytona. 9-2.

Jake Waguespack (4-2, 2.38) was lifted after 5.0 innings and 81 pitches.  He gave up 2 runs (only one was earned on my score card) on five hits and 2 walks.  He also picked a runner off first base.  Blake Quinn (4.81) and Luke Leftwich threw 2.0 scoreless innings each.

Emmanuel Marrero had 3 hits.  Mark Laird and Wilson Garcia had 2 hhits each.  Garcia (6) and Cord Sandberg (1) hit home runs.  Garcia had 4 RBI, Sandberg two.  Derek Campbell came off the DL and started at second.  He went 1-1 with 2 runs scored, 2 BB, and a HBP.

The Threshers scored in the first inning on Garcia’s RBI single.  They added 3 more on Garcia’s 3-run HR in the third.  They tacked on two more in the fifth on 2 wild pitches.  And they tacked on 3 more in the eighth on a throwing error and Sandberg’s 2-run HR.

This was the Threshers’ 71st game of the season and the first meeting between the north division rivals this season.  I had looked forward to this series so I could see Nick Senzel, the Reds 2016 first round pick.  Alas, Senzel was promoted to AA Pensacola today.  Dang. How do you not face a division rival in the first 70 games of a season that is broken into two 70-game halves.  Friggin’ schedulers.

  • # 5 Kilome (4-2, 2.53): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.227): 1-4 with a run scored, 2 K
  • #26 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.20): DNP
  • #28 Pujols (.181): 1-3 with a run scored, double, BB, K
  • #30 Seranthony Dominguez (3-0, 2.02): rehabbing a shoulder injury in XST

Lakewood (40-31) lost to Delmarva, 6-0.

Bailey Falter (3-4, 3.43) gave up 3 runs on 9 hits in 4.0 innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  Ismael Cabrera (3.38) pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two but allowing 2 base runners.  Felix Paulino (6.65) pitched 2.0 innings and dug a deeper hole with 3 more runs on 4 hits and a walk.  Case brown (4.50) mopped up with 2 strike outs in a scoreless inning.

The BlueClaws were held to four hits – singles by Daniel Brito and Mickey Moniak, and doubles by Darick Hall and Carlos Duran.

  • #2 Moniak (.270): 1-4 with a K
  • #7 Sanchez (2-2, 2.98): DNP
  • #15 Medina (2-5, 3.13): DNP
  • #18 Brito (.235): 1-4 with a K
  • #25 Romero (5-1, 2.01): DNP

Williamsport (1-3) – lost to West Virginia, 3-1.  They were no-hit for five innings by a pitcher named scooter who struck out 10 ‘Cutters.  The next pitcher, Pasquale, no-hit them for two more innings, striking out 4 more.

Julian Garcia (0-1, 1,80) gave up 1 run on 3 hits and a walk in 5.0 innings.  He struck out seven, striking out the side in the first inning.  Jake Kelzer (3.00) pitched 3.0 innings and gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 3 hits.  Tyler Frowirth struck out one in his 1-2-3, 11-pitch inning.

The Crosscutters were stymied by a pitcher whose FB was 88-90 MPH.  They didn’t get a base runner until the first baseman dropped a third out throw in the fifth inning.  The next batter was HBP but nothing came of this “threat”.   They didn’t get their next base runner until another HBP with one out in the eighth.  Rodolfo Duran followed with their first hit, a single.  Another HBP loaded the bases, and a fielder’s choice on Raul Rivas’ ground ball provided their only run.  Greg Pickett doubled to lead off the ninth but was stranded.

In all, Williamsport batters struck out 16 times.  They went down in order on strike outs in the second, fourth, and sixth innings.  The three outs in the fifth inning when they got their first base runners were also recorded on strike outs.  Ouch!

Juan Luis picked up an outfield assist (second base)

  • #14 Stobbe : 0-4 with 3 K
  • #20 Ortiz : 0-4 with 4 K
  • Stephen : 0-3 with a BB, K
  • Pickett : 1-4  with a double, 2 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):

  • 6/22 – LF Andrew Pullin assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 6/22 – LHP Joey DeNato assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 6/22 – RF Herlis Rodriguez assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers
  • 6/22 – 2B Drew Stankiewicz assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers
  • 6/22 – RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers
  • 6/22 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 6/22 – Clearwater Threshers activated 2B Derek Campbell from the 7-day disabled list
  • 6/22 – RHP Will Hibbs assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws
  • 6/22 – LHP Bailey Falter assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Phillies Ext. Spring Training
  • 6/21 – Phillies announced the signings of Adam Haseley, Spencer Howard, Jake Scheiner, Nick Maton, Jack Zoellner, and Connor Brogdon.
  • 6/21 – Clearwater Threshers placed 3B Damek Tomscha on the 7-day disabled list
  • 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.

43 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/22/2017

  1. Crawford is again pushing toward .200. In his last 4 games, he’s hitting .300 and has racked up 6 RBIs. He’s had 6 Ks and zero BBs. Could it be a more aggressive approach to see if it changes anything? Stay tuned….

    Hoskins is breaking out of his little slump. In his last 4 games, he’s hitting .540 and has a couple of HRs and RBIs. His BBs are still coming and he’s keeping his Ks low.

    Waguespack, who was solid as a reliever, has shown some spark as a starter. He’s had 5 starts and has won 3 of them (lost none). He has a 1.50 ERA and a .88 WHIP in those 5 starts. He has 20 Ks and only 5 BBs in his 24 innings as a starter and has given up 16 hits. He had not started any games before this year. Seems to set well with him.

    Blake Quinn, who was flipped with Waguespack going from stater to reliever, is handling the transition pretty well. He has a 2.08 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP as a reliever. He’s given up only 3 hits in 8 2/3 innings but he’s also given up 7 BBs. Sometimes that transition to reliever allows you to throw harder but also can mess with your control. If he adjusts his control, he could become a solid reliever.

    1. It’s sad and there is no bigger Crawford supporter than me but we are happy that he is almost above the Mendoza line and it’s nearly July.
      However I fully believe that next season he will be much better and yes I am saying he will repeat AAA

      1. Yeah, he might. I was watching the game a little last night and he looked a bit bigger and stronger, but I don’t know if that’s just a TV perception.

        1. He absolutely needs to get stronger from what I’ve seen. Hopefully your perception is reality

    2. Not much of a transition for Quinn. He appeared in 10 games last year at Williamsport, exclusively in relief where he was very good, 1.03 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 26.1 innings. The situation is actually opposite of what you post. He had trouble making the transition to starter this year.

  2. Congrats to all the guys who moved up a rung yesterday. Hibbs was the most deserving I think but Pullin will now be very visible. Same with DeNato, who could pitch his way to the majors quickly as a lefty.

  3. The pitcher for the Akron Rubber Ducks (Pannone) is one nice southpaw. He was really tough on the Fightin’s last night. Tromp on a home run binge lately and Zack getting his hits. Fightin’s will be a different team when Kingery moves up, but that is the price of development.

    1. Yeah, once Kingery gets moved up, I’m not sure where Reading’s runs will come from. Pullin has been solid with the bat and deserves the promotion. There have been reports that his defense is less than average but as long as he keeps working on it his bat will have to carry him.

      1. I a thinking of when we traded Montanez for Garry Maddox.It allowed us to play a bad left fielder like luzinski in left. Maybe we do the same now

        1. Mets had Daniel Murphy in their system…a good bat no field guy…same skill set as Pullin, but maybe slightly better skill level at the plate. In the field probably the same level of skill.
          I do not see any problem with Pullin defensively in LF……almost all teams get a defensive oriented CFer first, and if they can hit it is icing on the cake.

          1. I was alluding to the reports that they kept him in AA because he needs to work on fielding. Right now, Pullin’s quite a ways down the depth chart for the Major Leagues. I’m not saying he won’t have at least a cup of coffee in the Majors but he needs work at AAA first.

        2. If he keeps hitting do you think it’s more likely he’s part of a trade to an AL team where he can also DH?

          1. Something may have to give soon….Pullin, Williams, Cozens, Quinn all close to ready….Herrera and Altherr there already…getting pretty crowded.
            Will be interested to see what Klentak does.

  4. What’s with all the K’s in Williamsport? I didn’t realize the pitching was throwing 88-90. I know it’s a young league, but without doing any in depth research it seems as though fro AAA on down our guys strike out entirely too much.

    1. I wasnt at game but the pitcher who they faced was 23 yr old college kid with 3 yrs pro experience

      1. Yes, the starter was 23 and the first reliever was 25! Cmon people how badly do we want to win?

    2. It’s a young lineup that had 5 teenagers in it last night. They’re trying to do too much, especially in the middle of the lineup with Ortiz, Pickett and Stobbe. The pitcher last night was center cutting the plate with 88-90 and minimal movement and everyone in the lineup was swinging through it because they’re trying to hit the ball 900 feet. The last few nights have been good teachers for such a young group. First it was an older guy who pitched backwards with a ton of breaking balls on Tuesday, then last night they were overswinging against a guy making his first start since 2015. Pat Borders is a firm believer that the players have to learn for themselves how to adjust to things like this and you can only give them the guidance. You can’t force people to change. And he’s right. He said some people will make the adjustment today, and for some it may take a year.

        1. Actually, it’s more like a day or two – he was pretty good last year and started the week with two homers.

        2. I’m not calling him a bust. My comment was a bit tongue in cheek, but 9 strikeouts in 15 at bats is a lot. A whole lot.

        3. 3 games into a new year and I can just tell he sucks.
          Cmon people !
          Shades of your crazy !

    3. Ks are what you get with power hitters. Williamsport has its share with Stobbe, Ortiz, Pickett, Encarnacion. Unfortunately they all seem to be in slump to start the season with a lot of Ks. It’s been frustrating to watch.

    1. We are still learning about Pivetta’s upside. If he can continue to throw 94-96 MPH well commanded FBs and can get his pretty decent breaking pitches over the plate, well, friends, we could have a legit. 2 or 3 starter on our hands. I love watching him pitch – love watching a good power pitcher work – there’s little like that.

  5. Are the Phillies bringing anyone up from LHV to pitch in Eickoff’s spot or will it be a “bullpen game”?

    Don’t understand why they are sticking with Fein and Ramos. If they send Ramos down, he can pitch almost every day.

    If they DFA Fein, Beato can take the spot on the forty and there wouldn’t be any worries about giving up Ramos’ spot.

    1. Most likely Leiter will get the starts for Eickhoff. As for Fien and Ramos, I agree with you, Ramos needs to go down and relax and find his magic.

  6. Unfortunately very little offense from Lwood or Cwater and nothing to move up. We’ll see if Herlis plays and helps at Reading.

    1. Once Kingery goes, there is going to be very little offensive production between Reading and Lakewood, with a bright spot here and there (MM, Brito). I do like the young group at Williamsport.

      The pitching is spread a little more evenly, with Lehigh, Clearwater and Lakewood as bright spots.

      1. I saw Lakewood last night for the first time this year on a night when the bats took the night off. Delmarva lit up Baily Falter in his debut. There was not a bleeder or seeing-eye hit in the bunch. They were squaring up on everything.

      2. I think Tromp and Heris Rod playing everything day in Reading is going to be interesting.

  7. Too soon to give up on Williamsport yet. Season has just started. Keep in mind that in a league where the average is 21 we only had one 21 year old position player start last night and only one 20 year old (J. Garcia, the pitcher is 22). Next week the dynamic will change with an influx of draftees and some of the current players moving up or down, or out.

  8. Almost forgot to report, Rodolfo Duran was HBP, nailed in the leg pretty hard last night. He limped down to first and darn near fell running to second on the subsequent single by Guzman. Had trouble after that coming up out of his crouch. I don’t know why they didn’t take him out with two other catchers on the bench.

  9. I don’t think bringing Leiter back up to start is a good move. I think they are just giving the game away. The DBacks bash the ball and Leiter just tends to lay the ball in there.

    What do they have to lose by giving Appel a shot? He’s already on the forty and it would give him a chance to see what the light looks like at the end of the tunnel.

    1. Well the results were pretty good for Leiter. 6 shutout innings, he doesn’t have dominating stuff, but tonight he kept them off balance.

  10. Was the move of Stankiewicz to Reading a promotion or just a temporary fill in? If a promo it would mean Kingery is about to move up to LHV

    1. Bob S, I wouldn’t read too much into the Stankiewicz promotion. He’s a shortstop converted into a utility man. Used mostly at 2B he also has quite a few games at SS and 3B, and has even played 1B and OF. Besides, even after all these promotions Reading is still one man short on the 25 roster. I don’t l;ook for Kingery in LV until after the Eastern League All-Star game. (Hope I’m wrong though.)

  11. Reading currently under rain delay, but Rodriquez didn’t take long to make his prescence known with a HR.

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