Box Score Recap – 7/2/2017

Lehigh Valley won behind Brandon Leibrandt’s pitching and home runs by Scott Kingery and J.P. Carwford.

Reading won in a walk off in ten innings.  Carlos Tocci forced extras with his first AA home run in the eighth inning.

Clearwater committed 5 errors while JoJo Romero struck out ten and allowed an unearned run.

Lakewood won.  Ranger Suarez and Trevor Bettencourt combined for a 4-hitter.

Williamsport lost.  Greg Pickett (.372) hit his second HR, this one to the opposite field.

The GCL Phillies do not play on Sundays.

Lehigh Valley (52-31) beat Rochester, 3-0.

Brandon Leibrandt (1-0, 2.45) pitched 5-hit, shutout ball for 6.0 innings.  He walked 2 and struck out four.  Michael Mariot (4.32), Jesen Therrien (2.16), and Pedro Beato (3.47) pitched a perfect three innings.  Beato notched his league-leading 23rd save.

Pedro Florimon (.303) went 3-3 with a run scored and a double.  Scott Kingery (.286) went 1-4 with a HR (4) and 2 RBI.  J.P. Crawford (.212) went 2-4 with a HR (3) and RBI.

Kingery hit a two-out, two-run HR (4) in the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie.  Crawford hit a solo HR (3) with one out in the eighth to pad the lead.

Reading (49-30) beat Richmond, 4-3 in 10 innings.

Drew Anderson (3.56) pitched 5.0 innings and gave up one run on 2 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out three and had thrown just 72 pitches when relieved.  John Richy (6.59) gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk in 1.1 innings.  Tom Windle stranded one inherited runner and pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, although he gave up 4 hits, walked 2, while striking out four.  Austin Davis (3-1, 2.63) picked up the win with a scoreless inning.

Kyle Martin’s 2-run HR (15) in the sixth inning gave the Phils a short-lived lead.  Carlos Tocci’s two-out, solo HR (1) tied the game in the bottom of the eighth.  The Phils walked off in the tenth when Malquin Canelo doubled and eventually scored on a fielding error.

Zack Coppola went 2-5 with his 9th SB in 14 attempts.  He also had an outfield assist (home).  Tyler Viza was used as a pinch hitter.

Clearwater (43-36) lost to Tampa, 3-0.

JoJo Romero (0-1, 0.00) had a great debut in Clearwater.  He gave up one unearned run in 6.1 innings on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out 10, threw 95 pitches, and had a game score of 75.  Blake Quinn (4.40) stranded the 2 runners he inherited.  But, in 2.2 innings he gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 2 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out three.

Wilson Garcia (.266) had 2 of the Threshers 6 hits, including a triple.  Cord Sandberg (.290) went 1-4.  Cornelius Randolph (.232) went 0-3 with a walk and 3 strike outs.  DH Luis Encarnacion (.333) made a bid to extend his cameo with the Threshers with another base hit.

The Threshers committed 5 errors.  Romero picked a runner off first base.

Lakewood (44-37) beat Hagerstown, 2-0.

Ranger Suarez and Trevor Bettencourt combined for a 4-hit shutout.  Suarez (6-2, 1.59) pitched 7.0 innings and gave up 3 hits and a walk while striking out five.  He needed just 83 pitches and had a game score of 79.  Bettencourt (3.62) earned his 6th save with 3 strike outs in 2.0 innings.

Darick Hall (.284) went 1-3 with a SF in the first inning and an RBI single in the eighth.  His 60 RBI lead the Sally, by 11.  Mickey Moniak (.273) went 2-4.  Luke Williams stole his 16th base.

Darick Hall also is second in the SAL with 14 HR (the leader has 16).  This and his high RBI total come after he missed almost 3 weeks back in April.  His .284/.347/.547/.894 slash is remarkably similar to the .282/.372/.518/.890 he posted in Williamsport in 2016.

Williamsport (6-7) lost to West Virginia, 4-2.

Gustavo Armas (0-3, 5.79) gave up 3 runs (2 ER) in 6.0 innings on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out five and threw 93 pitches.  Zach Warren (6.75) gave up 1 run on 3 hits in 2.0 innings.  Armas committed the error that led to the unearned run and threw 2 wild pitches.

The Cutters managed just 3 hits, all by 3 players.  Greg Pickett (.372), Jake Scheiner (.250), and Gregori Rivero (.286) had 2 hits each.  Scheiner scored in the second inning on a wild pitch.  Pickett hit a solo HR (2) in the eighth.

GCL Phillies (3-3) no game scheduled.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (and paper moves):

  • 7/1 – Phillies sent RHP Vince Velasquez on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 7/1 – Addison Russ assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters

48 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/2/2017

    1. Oh the sarcasm is sooooo funny, hang on while I stop laughing. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments, not criticize

  1. Is Ranger a junk baller? Romero and Tate were both dealing, Romero is 2 years younger while Tate was a top 5 pick couple years ago. Pickett gets a hit or k, his BABI has to be around .700.

    1. Suarez’ progression on his FB has been –

      9/2014 – 85-87 – reported by me at Instructs
      4/2015 – sat high 80s to 90, touched 91 – reported by me in GCL
      6/23/2016 – 89-92, touching 93 – reported by Mitch Rupert in WPT
      7/12/2016 – 88-91 – reported by Mitch Rupert in WPT
      7/2016 – 90-93 – WPT coach’s assessment as reported by Mitch Rupert

      Suarez developed and threw an 80-83 slider in 2016 also reported by Mitch Rupert.

    2. No, Suarez surprised me when I watched him pitch a few weeks ago. He hit 91 easy and touched 93. He’s a lefty with movement, that’s plenty fast. He’ll go to Clearwater as soon as a rotation spot opens there. Romero is the one I question. What’s he throw?

      1. I saw Romero in one start and he touched 95. He is not a soft tosser although not a flame thrower. I was really pleasantly surprised by Romero. He has a ton of movement and is a very fast worker. A shade below Jim Kaat as far as how quickly he works. I have seen Suarez twice (or maybe three times I have lost track) and he is way too good for the Sally League. They need to find a spot for him at Clearwater. I wouldn’t be surprised if Suarez is at Reading at this time next year.

      2. Murray, I did not see Romero’s Clearwater start, but there is this –

        7/11/2016 – FA, 91-93 – Mitch Rupert
        7/11/2016 – SL, 80-81 – Mitch Rupert
        3/25/2017 – FA, 88-92, touching 93 – Josh Norris
        4/19/2017 – FA. 91-93 – Brent Hershey
        4/19/2017 – CH, 80- 82 – Brent Hershey
        4/19/2017 – CB, 75-78 – Brent Hershey

  2. Wow Jo Jo Romero looks great for a 20 yr high A . Ranger needs to make the jump too.Hall also needs to be tested .Kingery who I loved since he’s been drafted needs maybe another month.

  3. Depending on the Int’l Lg Playoffs, IMO Hoskins, Alvarez, and Kingery won’t see the bigs until Sept. I don’t that they will trade ToJo at the trade deadline (personally I hope so—Hoskins brings a lot more to the plate than him,IMO) Tojo could provide a DH for a needy AL team, especialy. In such a trade, a MLB power hitter should bring back something of worthy value

    1. Tojo is heating up at the right time but I don’t know what he brings back as prospect wise, I’m thinking not a lot to be honest but if he keeps hitting maybe some desperate team will overpay

      1. I think you would maximize ToJo’s trade value by packaging him with another player (i.e. Neshek). The Phillies have no trade chip who alone will return significant value. That’s where MacKlentak must be creative.

            1. Roc, my comment was in response to my own previous one as well as PhillySF’s. Just trying to keep it from getting too far down and off topic…and I was just having fun with the BOLD font. Easy, cuz.

          1. Man, I took one for the team here. Jeez some of you people are brutal….Jim, can we ditch the thumbs?

            1. 8mark…..remember last year or two we had that big discussion on the thumbs up/down or the 5 star ratings. Jim has tried most all the alternatives that are out there..

  4. Let’s hope that Kingery is a big help for Crawford’s hitting!! So far, it may be working….

  5. Coppola now has 12 OF assists in 67 games this year. Teams continue to test his arm and are losing a lot more than winning those battles. OF assists are hard to gauge because great arms don’t get tested very often. If guys are unwilling to try to stretch a single into a double or try to score that extra run by steaming toward home. Some assists might even be because of great catchers blocking a guy from scoring, although the newish catcher blocking rules prevent some of that. Coppola was excellent in A+ at throwing runners out and it’s continued to AA. I love this sort of stuff because it could put Coppola in the running for 4th or 5th OF’er in the big leagues. I know. I know. No power severely restricts his value but a guy who can hit .300, steal a base, run balls down in the OF and throw guys out anytime they chose to run on his arm is pretty valuable.

    1. I think accuracy is just as important as arm strength when it comes to OF assists

    2. bellman,

      On the other hand, his caught-stealing rate is 37 percent and he has a tendency to get picked off.

  6. Comcast (courtesy of the Morning Call video) showed Kingery taking grounders at 3B before yesterday’s batting practice.

    Kingery with a bomb to LF for HR. JPC with a blast (383′) to RF for another HR.

  7. I can see Florimon unseating Blanco next year as the super utility player. Hitting well this year and seems to be a better reserve at shortstop than Whitey.

  8. Is there any chance that Rhys Hoskins can play Left Field? This would allow us to keep Joseph and Hoskins bat in the lineup.

    1. philabalt…last time was Sac State in 2012…approx 35 games.
      I am just not sure they are in a rush to do anymore Darin Ruf experiments.

    2. no. Just watch him in person. I am not joking when I say I thought he was playing on two new hips when I have seen him. He is pure 1b. I would even go as far as to say Tommy J would have better chance at OF than Hoskins.

  9. JoJo Romero pitched into 7th inning (6.1 ip) in his first Hi-A start, making it 4 of last 5 starts overall. He’s pretty much averaged 6 ip /start this year.
    In his 6.1 ip Clearwater debut he had 10 K and also 7:1 GB:FB. Overall, he has 89 K (vs 23 BB) in 83 ip and a 2.10 GO/AO on the season!
    He’s a 20-yr old Lefty with good control, 9K/9, and excellent GB tendencies, with FB 90-92, T94. He was pick 4.1 in ‘16 and FO paid him well overslot. There’s reason for some excitement here.

    Btw, Ranger Suarez’s 7 ip, 0 er, 3 h, 1bb, 5k was almost a statement, “what about me?!” for a promotion to Clearwater too. Overall 85 ip, 90k (vs 24 bb), and 1.93 GO/AO. He’s 21 and A Lefty too. Not as strong a FB though.

    Arguably our best LHP coming into the season, Elniery Garcia should return to AA in a week. If he can pick up where he left off it’ll be fun to track these Leftys in 2H!

    Also, have to cheer another strong start last night by Drew Anderson (RHP), one of my faves.

    1. Was just going to comment about how well some of these low level pitchers are. That’s not even including Kilome and Sixto. That’s VERY encouraging.

  10. These hit the transaction page this morning –
    Phillies traded RHP Tyler Frohwirth (WPT) to Baltimore and C James Lovett (GCL) to Seattle.
    No mention of the return.

    Frohwirth was our 31st round draft pick in 2016.
    Lovett was aigned to FA contract on March 28, 2017. I thought he was the PTBNL in the Seve Gonzalez trade with Miami.

    (personal aside: I really liked Frohwirth. As a person. He was the most approachable player when he was down here. And one of the few kids who could and did interact with both the American players and the LA players. Can definitely see a future as a coach for this young man when his playing career is over. I wish him the best of luck.)

      1. Good news. None of those kids had a future with the Phillies and without a second GCL team there are too many kids for the innings and ABs available.

        1. Yes, this would indicate that some of the reported signings where we don’t know the dollar amounts may have exceeded $300K or, hopefully, the Phillies will be signing additional picks for over $300K.

          1. I LOVE this news. Thanks, Jim. It’d be very hard to obtain this info without you. Plus, the personal insights are most appreciated.

    1. Romus, of course it’s a Phillies prospect so since it can’t be his own work to tweak his swing and we know it’s not the Reading ball park since the splits don’t show it, it must be the juiced ball. Obviously the writer hasn’t seen the kid play one inning.

      1. He should not write things like that or infer it at all….especially since the Commish last week put out the notice that the BALLS ARE NOT JUICED……and does not want to hear anymore talk on the matter about it anymore…of course that is a black -eye for baseball if it were the case.
        And this writer right on writes about it…..whoa.
        This writer will probably get some feedback I would think.

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