Box Score Recap – 7/7/2017

Lehigh Valley won – pitching by Leibrandt, offense by Cozens and Rodriguez.

Reading dropped a double header.

Clearwater lost by ten.

Lakewood wasted a nice start by Llovera.

Williamsport got a great start from Kyle Young and HR by Haseley (1) and Ortiz.

The GCL Phillies won, Mezquita made his debut and Pelletier hit his first HR.

Lehigh Valley (54-34) beat Scranton, 4-1.

Brandon Leibrandt (2-0, 2.12) gave up a solo HR in six, 1-hit innings.  He walked none and struck out six.  Jesen Therrien struck out 2 in two innings and Pedro Beato notched his 24th save.

Dylan Cozens (.242) hit 2 solo HR (21), scored 3 runs, walked once and had 2 RBI (56).  Herlis Rodriguez (.273) hit his first AAA home run.  Hector Gomez (.253) had 2 hits and an RBI.

Reading (50-35) lost both games of a double header against Portland, 7-1  and 9-6.

John Richy (1-3, 7.16) gave up 5 runs in four innings in game one on 8 hits and 4 walks.  Alberto Tirado (6.00) gave up 2 runs in two innings on 5 hits and a walk.  The Phils had 3 hits, all doubles by Tocci, Tromp, and Numata who also had their lone RBI.

In game two, Alexis Rivero (3-2, 4.38( gave up 7 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 2.1 innings. Austin Davis pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, and Tom Windle gave up 2 runs in two innings.

Every Phil had a hit, Tromp had two.  Kyle Martin hit a 3-run HR (16).  Sandberg and Stankiewicz each had an RBI.

Clearwater (45-39) lost to Dunedin, 12-2.

Franklyn Kilome (4-4, 2.76)  pitched six innings and gave up 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks.  He only struck out 3 and threw 85 pitches.  And that’s about all the good that happened last night.  You may notice that the Blue Jays’ reliever got a two-inning save in a 12-2 win. That’s because the bullpen turned a tight 3-2 game into a rout.  Blake Quinn gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks in one inning.  Matt Hockenberry traded 6 runs for one out, Luke Leftwich gave up a run on hit and a walk in 0.2 innings.

Kilome wasn’t as sharp as he has been.  He pitched behind a little, throwing 16 of 26 first pitch strikes (61.5%).  He ran five, 3-ball counts.  He only got 2 swings-and-misses in his first five innings (64 pitches).  They came back-to-back on hiis only strike out in those innings.  He did get 4 S&M in the sixth, and his other 2 K.  His Fb sat 94-96 on the stadium gun, touching 97 MPH once.  His change and slider were slower than usual (tonight 80-84, usually 84-86) and some of them ended in the dirt.  His curve looked good he got a couple misses and a couple called strikes with it.

Wilson Garcia, Emmanuel Marrero, and Jay Hernandez had 2 hits each.  Garcia and Hernandez had the RBIs.    Randolph had 2 walks.

Their base running was suspect.  Their fielding was atrocious.  How they were charged with only 2 errors is beyond me.  Grullon’s pickoff is a joke.  He missed a pitch in the dirt that would have been a wild pitch except that it bounded up the third base line in foul territory.  The runner on second returned to base and the runner on first got hung up.  He had trouble with a lot of pitches that were in the dirt.  He missed a low and away fastball outright that was ruled a wild pitch.  I had to change my passed ball ruling on my score sheet.  Not a fun game to watch.  Thank god that Vlad and Beau aren’t here yet.

Lakewood (46-40) lost to Greensboro, 8-5.

Mauricio Llovera (2.11) pitched five innings and gave up 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out seven.  It got ugly after that as Hallead and Hennigan gave up 7 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 3.0 innings.  Hennigan blew his third save and took the loss.

Darick Hall hit his 16th HR and had 3 RBI (66).  Juan Luis hit his 2nd HR and an outfield assist.  Edgar Cabral had 2 hits.  Mickey Moniak (.268) went 1-4 with a walk.

Williamsport (9-9) beat Mahoning Valley, 7-3.

Kyle Young.  That’s all, Kyle Young.  He pitched five innings and gave up one hit and no walks.  He struck out a career high 11 batters.  He raised his record to 3-0- and has an ERA of 1.47.  Young was limited to 66 pitches and threw 47 strikes (71.2%).

David Parkinson, Kyle Dohy, and Damon Jones made their pro debuts.  Parkinson and Jones gave up a run in their first appearances.  Dohy struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 inning.  Zach Warren gave up a run in the ninth.

Adam Hasely (.467) went 3-4 with a HR (1) and 2 RBI.  Josh Stephen (.273) had 2 doubles. Jhailyn Ortiz (.292) went 2-4 with a HR (3), 2 RBI, and SB (2).  Luis Encarnacion got onto the field for the second time this season and committed his second error.

GCL Phillies (7-4) beat the GCL Tigers East, 4-3.

Jhordany Mezquita made his debut and walked 2 in two hitless innings.  He struck out three.  Victor Sobil gave up 3 runs (1 ER)  in three innings on 4 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out five. Robinson Martinez and Rafael Carvajal pitched 2 scoreless innings each.  Carvajal got the win.

Ben Pelletier (.265) went 3-3 with a HR (1), 3 RBI, and a walk.  He had an RBI single in the first inning and a 2-run HR in the fourth.  Jonathan Guzman (.314) went 2-5.   The Phillies scored the go ahead run in the top of the ninth on a couple errors.  Guzman also committed a couple errors.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (and paper moves):

  • 7/7 – DSL Phillies Red placed LHP Yefferson Mercedes on the 7-day disabled list
  • 7/7 – DSL Phillies Red activated LHP Luis Suarez
  • 7/6 – Phillies sent RHP Vince Velasquez on a rehab assignment to Reading.
  • 7/5 – Phillies signed RHP Connor Seabold.
  • 7/5 – Phillies signed LHP Damon Jones.
  • 7/5 – Phillies signed LHP Kyle Dohy.
  • 7/5 – Phillies signed LHP David Parkinson.
  • 7/5 – Clearwater sent 3B Damek Tomscha on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies
  • 7/5 – Lakewood BlueClaws placed 3B Jack Zoellner on the 7-day disabled list.
  • 7/5 – RHP Jake Kelzer assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport.
  • 7/5 – RHP Spencer Howard assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/5 – RHP Connor Seabold assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/5 – LHP David Parkinson assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/5 – LHP Damon Jones assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/5 – LHP Kyle Dohy assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 7/4 – Phillies sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Reading Phils.
  • 7/4 – Phillies signed RHP Alex Garcia.
  • 7/4 – Phillies signed SS Jake Holmes.
  • 7/4 – Phillies signed 1B Quincy Nieporte.
  • 7/4 – 3B Harold Martinez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Phils.
  • 7/4 – RF Herlis Rodriguez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Phils.
  • 7/4 – Alberto Tirado assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 7/4 – Cord Sandberg assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 7/4 – Ranger Suarez assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 7/4 – Carlos Duran assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 7/4 – Jose Antequera assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 7/4 – Lakewood BlueClaws released LF Enmanuel Garcia.
  • 7/4 – SS Raul Rivas assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/4 – 3B Jack Zoellner assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 7/4 – RF Juan Luis assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/4 – RF Jesus Alastre assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/4 – Luis Encarnacion assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 7/4 – Kevin Gowdy assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 7/4 – IF Jesus Azuaje assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 7/4 – C Colby Fitch assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/4 – RHP Alex Garcia assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • 7/4 – 1B Quincy Nieporte assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • 7/4 – SS Jake Holmes assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • 7/3 – Clearwater placed 2B Derek Campbell on the 7-day DL retroactive to 6/30/17
  • 7/3 – Phillies traded IF James Lovett to Seattle
  • 7/3 – Clearwater Threshers activated SS Zach Green from the 7-day DL
  • 7/3 – Clearwater placed 2B Derek Campbell on the 7-day DL retroactive to 6/30/17
  • 7/2 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Alejandro Made to a minor league contract.
  • 7/2 – Phillies signed free agent SS Luis Garcia to a minor league contract
  • 7/2 – Phillies traded RHP Tyler Frohwirth to Miami
  • 7/1 – Phillies sent RHP Vince Velasquez on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
  • 7/1 – Addison Russ assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • The organization’s rosters are up to date.

51 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/7/2017

  1. Haseley man I think the Phillies might have a player same with Ortiz and Hall. Liebrandt Pitching good AAA ,Heris Rod making a 2 level jump this yr . He still hitting , 1 wish Cozens could hit for a higher avg . Pelletier finally breaking out nice for an 18 yr old.

  2. I was one who wasn’t impressed with the Haseley pick however I’ve been nothing but impressed with what he’s done so far. Moniak, not so much but he’s young and has time to adjust. As far as Kyle Martin goes, I’ve been singing his praises since they picked him up and still think he’s going to be the steal of that draft class.

    Surprised that Kilome wasn’t in BA top 100, I know he was ranked in the top 100 by one publication, just don’t remember which one.

    1. Just out of curiosity why weren’t you impressed with the pick? By most accounts by scouts he had the best hit tool in the draft. Maybe not enough flash? Or the dreaded “5” tool moniker?

  3. I like to see how pitchers react after giving up a HR. I like to see them live to see if they drop their head, walk around the mound and/or start to murmur to themselves. I didn’t get to see Leibrandt’s reaction after giving up his 1st hit which was also a HR in the 5th inning yesterday. But the log shows that he retired the next 6 hitters with 2 Ks, 3 GOs and FO. I think he is a guy who doesn’t rattle easily and knows the most important pitch is the next one. That thinking can lead to a very successful career. His father, Charlie, had a very successful 14 year career and I remember him being similar.

  4. Phillies could have sleeper in Canadian Ben Pelletier.
    Still very young and size is ideal.

    1. OH Canada. glorious and free , Ben Pettetier we rely on thee. With glorious reports on ben we rely on thee Oh Ben we Stand on guard for thee.

        1. Romus you see Cozens homerun last night? Looked like a breaking ball on outside of plate, he bombed it to left field. I would go just to see these kids moon shots. But strikeouts one of three at bats

          1. rocco…missed it. I wonder of Cozens will have Aaron Judge type power in the majors? Judge was also a high K guy in the IL.

      1. No. Just impressed with the number of Ks in so few pitches. Reports are he doesn’t throw hard, but has deception. That and his height probably make it appear much faster than it is

  5. What do we have in Kyle Young? If I remember correctly he was drafted last year as a HS kid.

    1. Young has decent to good stuff with average speed (for now) and good control for a tall pitcher. He has had only limited work so far so it is early on in career. Give him some time and we may see increase in speed. He has potential to be a better starter than average.

    2. According to Mitch Rupert … Young was throwing 88-90 last night. I read the Phillies feel like he can eventually throw in the mid 90’s as he fills out his 6′ 11″ frame. If Young eventually throws 95 at maturity, it would probably feel like 100 MPH to hitters because of his height. As a LHP, he’s quite a bit of upside. Hopefully, he reaches it. I put Young at the Phillies #30 prospect on my own personal list in the Open Discussion Thread earlier this week.

      1. Once he is able to show he can repeat his mechanics and maintain adequate command in the zone , perhaps the Phillies will let him drop down a little lower from the side like Randy Johnson did and what Chris Sale is currently doing, and really have his velo explode. They did it with jake Diekman and it proved beneficial for him.

        1. I imagine being that tall he shortens the distance from mound to plate just a bit. So a fastball at 90 could be equivalent of 91-92. The fact that his control is good for such a tall pitcher is even more impressive.

  6. Jorge Alfaro took a Golden Sombrero with four strikeouts in four ABs. His batting average is down to .252.

      1. That was my thought. They probably want both to play CF every day so something has to give. Haseley to Clearwater seems to make the most sense.

        1. Haseley is projected to be a fast mover by some experts during pre-draft analysis. So a jump of level is not out of question unless they see Moniak is ready and deserving a promotion. I sense it will be Haseley jumping to Clearwater. I would think they will give him at least 6 weeks at current level before that.

          1. Ummmmm no way is Moniak ready for clearwater.

            Hasely should be in Clearwater yesterday

  7. With the influx of draftees Williamsport is playing much better than they did the first two weeks. I agree with Bob D. Haseley should jump to A+ Clearwater if they don’t want him on the same team as Moniak. J. Ortiz – Papi Jr.? I hope Williamsport fans enjoy the next couple years. If attendance continues as poor as it’s been this team will be elsewhere when their contract runs out. Very disheartening after all the facility improvements and all the good players coming through.

      1. Roccm, Williamsport is one of the smallest markets in the New York-Penn League, stadium seats 2,500 and they routinely draw between 1,500-2,000 a night. It’s just the nature of the market. It’s hard to believe they once had a AA team in here a few decades ago.

        But the Crosscutters aren’t going anywhere, and neither are the Phillies, especially with the stadium upgrades. The Crosscutters signed a 4-year lease with the city last year to continue to use Bowman Field (which is owned by the city of Williamsport) and Joe Jordan has routinely told me and the Crosscutters that they’re very happy with their affiliation here.

        The new owner, Peter Freund, and his group have been a tremendous asset to the team. He’s got plenty of money and he’s invested it into the stadium to help make it what it’s become and help keep things profitable for the Cutters.

        1. This is the the first year of the 4-year contract Mitch. This is not Freund’s first minor league rodeo. He is used to success. Very little of his money has gone into the stadium. It’s mostly grants and MLB kicked in because of the Pirates/Cards game. League average attendance is 3,000 per game. Williamsport is about 1,750. They last broke the 1,800 ceiling in 2011. 11th or 12th out of 14 teams for the past 5 years. The routine draw is more like 900 to 1,200 weekdays and 1,200 to 1,900 on weekends. Twelve plus years ago avg attendance was over 2,000. Stadium improvements and the happiness of the Phillies are non-considerations if the ownership isn’t making money. 3 more years.

    1. My understanding that there was talk in 2014 or 2015, that Campbell Field on the Delaware riverfront, home to the former Camden Riversharks, may have been a destination for the Williamsport franchise if a move was ever going to happen.

      1. Yes, I remember reading about that but Williamsport made some sort of deal with upgrades to stadium etc to keep them.

        1. Phillies normally do not move their affiliates around much….however when is their contract up?

          1. Yes Romus, but the Phillies don’t own the franchise. They sign a player development contract with the owners, a group headed by Peter Freund, who in turn have a contract with the city to rent the ballpark. This is the first year of the 4-year contract with the city.

        2. You are correct Bob. The owners were ready to move the franchise. Stadium upgrades, especially the new seating and the premium-priced RF deck were done as a way for the franchise to make more money. An increase in attendance because of the more attractive stadium was also expected but that hasn’t materialized.

      1. or Guthrie, or Gamboa, or Jon Guzman, or Jose Tortolero , or last week sign Luis Garcia…….or maybe even JP Crawford.

  8. Greg Pickett must be hurt or something. This is the third straight game he has been out of the starting lineup.

    1. Tweaked something the other day in his legs during extra fielding work. Took BP today and said he felt good, I’m thinking there’s a good chance he’s in the lineup tomorrow

      1. Thanks, Mitch. I’ll be up from the Jersey Shore next weekend (weather permitting) and he is one of the main kids I want to see.

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