Box Score Recap – 7/8/2017

Lehigh Valley couldn’t manufacture many runs with two of their stars in Miami.

Reading ended a five game losing streak.

Clearwater won with six shutout innings from JoJo Romero.

Lakewood got three perfect innings from Felix Paulino.

Williamsport debuted two more newly signed pitchers.

Lehigh Valley (54-35) lost to Scranton, 8-1.

Cesar Ramos gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in 4 innings.  Pat Venditte gave up a run in 1.2 innings.  Michael Mariot gave up 3 runs in 1.1 inning.  Colton Murray struck out two in one inning.

The short-handed IronPigs mustered little offense with Scott Kingery and Rhys Hoskins on the Temporary Inactive List for the Futures Game.  Andrew Pullin hit a solo HR (2) but the “Pigs could only muster 3 more hits, all singles.  Crawford walked twice, Alfaro and Cozens once each.  The IronPigs struck out 12 times.

Reading (51-35) beat Portland, 4-3.

Cole Irvin won his third game.  He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks in eight innings.  He struck out seven.  Victor Arano earned his fifth save, striking out 2 in one inning.  He gave up a run on a solo HR.

Cord Sandberg had 2 RBI on a force out and an RBI single.  Jiandido Tromp had 2 hits. Mitch Walding had an RBI single.

Clearwater (46-39) beat Dunedin, 3-0.

JoJo Romero made his second start and has yet to allow an earned run.  He went six innings and gave up 1 hit and 3 walks.  He struck out nine. Tyler ZGilbert struck out 5 in two innings.  Jeff Singer allowed 2 hits, struck out 2, and earned his 17th save in one inning.

Cornelius Randolph had 2 hits, a double, a walk, and an RBI.  Emmanuel Marrero and Jose Pujols had sacrifice flies.  Mark Laird had 2 hits and a double.

Romero posted a line of 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP.  His one one of the more interesting games I charted this season.  Romero threw first pitch strikes to 17 of 22 batters (77.3%), but only threw 58.3% strikes (56/96).  He struck out nine but walked 3 and was extended to seven 3-ball counts.  He averaged 4.36 pitches per AB.

Of the 56 strikes Romero threw, he induced 18 swings and misses (32.1%).  He kept batters off balance and threw 17 called strikes (30.4%).  The Blue Jays put nine balls in play – a ground single thru the 5/6 hole, and error by Marrero on a soft liner, 5 ground balls that caused 6 outs, and 2 soft fly ball outs.  No one made solid contact on any of his pitches.

Romero must throw several types of pitches, including multiple fastballs.  I don’t know how best to break down his pitches, so I’ll just list them all.  Notice that he reached double digits on pitches of 93, 87, and 80 MPH –

  • Inn.     1     2     3     4     5     6     Tot
  • 94 –       0     0     1     1     2     1        5
  • 93 –       2     0     2     3     1     2      10
  • 92 –       1     2     3     0     1     1        8
  • 91 –       1     0     2     0     1     1        5
  • 90 –       0     1     1     0     1     0        3
  • 89 –       1     0     2     1     0     0        4
  • 88 –       1     1     2     4     0     0        8
  • 87 –       2     5     4     2     1     0      14
  • 86 –       1     2     0     0     0     2        5
  • 85 –       2     0     0     0     1     0        3
  • 84 –       0     0     0     0     0     0        0
  • 83 –       0     0     1     0     1     0        2
  • 82 –       1     1     0     0     1     1        4
  • 81 –       0     0     5     2     0     2        9
  • 80 –       3     2     3     2     1     1      12
  • 79 –       1     0     0     1     0     1        3
  • 78 –       0     0     0     0     0     0        0
  • 77 –       1     0     0     0     0     0        1
  • sub    17   14  26  16   11   12    96
  • tot              31  57  73   84   96

Looks like a curve ball, slider, and change up and 2 fastballs – a four-seamer and a 2-seamer, or a four-seamer and a cutter.  When he missed, he seemed to miss up a lot. When the umpire missed it was often on his glove side of the strike zone, regardless of the handedness of the batter.

And finally, Romero got S&M on a variety of velo –

85, 87, 88, 80, 80K, 87, 86, 92K, 81, 87, 83K, 79, 94K, 93K, 91, 87, 80, and 82 MPH.

His 4 backward Ks came on – 93, 92, 82, and 86 MPH.

Lakewood (47-40) beat Greensboro, 4-3.

Felix Paulino retired all 9 batters he faced in three scoreless innings.  Ismael Cabrera gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 3 in 2.0 innings.  Casey Brown earned his 2nd win allowing 1 run on 2 hits in 2.2 innings.  Trevor Bettencourt gave up 2 hits and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings while earning his 8th save.

Darick Hall hits his 17th HR.  Henri Lartigue hit a 2-run HR (5).

Williamsport (10-9) beat Mahoning Valley, 6-1.

Spencer Howard made his professional debut and gave up 1 run on 2 hits in two innings. He walked 2 and struck out four.  Jhon Nunez was awarded the win after just one, one-hit inning.  Connor Seabold walked one in two innings and struck out three.  Gustavo got the four inning save on 3 hits and 8 strike outs.

Shortstop Nick Maton had 3 hits and an RBI from the lead off position.  Josh Stephen stroked another double.  Jake Scheiner had 2 hits and scored 2 runs.  Jhailyn Otiz had 2 doubles and 3 RBI.

GCL Phillies (7-4) postponed, rain.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (and paper moves):

  • 7/9 – Phillies optioned Ben Lively to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 7/8 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed 1B Rhys Hoskins on the temporarily inactive list
  • 7/8 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed 2B Scott Kingery on the temporarily inactive list
  • 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 – 7/8/2017

    1. Last years draft looking pretty solid! Irvin 3-0 in 2A and doing better than Puk, Jojo dealing all year over two levels. Mickey doing just fine, Hall producing, Kyle young dealing, bettancourt dealing, stobbe a little slow out of the gate but showing power. If we can get Gowdy going……. wow!!!! Even Martinelli breaking from the cocoon. I like it

      1. Bettancourt is dealing ??????? 17 HITS in last 14 innings with a 5.70 era. and he is 22 in Lakewood. Is this the same guy who is dealing>> or is there another one with the same name

        1. Geez, for a late round pick he is doing fine. Are we always looking for the negative? Great strikeout numbers and one year from TJ. He’s not my second cousin or anything, just like his body of work first year out

            1. Sometimes negative and honesty are interchangeable, but yeah negative more times than not I would agree, but to say someone is dealing shouldn’t that mean they are pitching well not just for there draft slot well

      2. About the 2016 draft … don’t forget about Grant Dyer (8th round) and Julian Garcia (10th round). Dyer has been hurt this year, but he was dominant last season out of the pen in both Williamsport and Lakewood. In two seasons at Williamsport, Garcia is at 48 IP, 35 H, 27 BB, 64 K.

        1. Julian Garcia interests me from videos looks like a good pitcher.
          Damek Tomscha, I know he is 25 in GCL but he seems to hit good with a good eye and OB%. Does anyone know if he projects as a 3rd baseman that could make the majors? IDK much about him.

        2. Yes completely agree, those two are also positives to in what could be an awfully productive draft. The impact is anybody’s guess but lots of potential pieces at the least imo

        3. That sounds all well and good phillysf but we all know the later the draft the “less” of a prospect it usually is, my point being it’s nice to see any of the later drafts performing some, maybe we have a ML piece. Bettancourt K numbers are awfully good

    2. Bryan,

      Thanks for the link. Interesting comment about Bossart who’s been getting compliments as a catcher.

      Good to see Randolph sustaining his hot streak.

      Notice that Mickey Mo had a home run this afternoon.

  1. Irvin and Romero both look very good so far. Since I said Randolph was a bust he’s hit 350, I guess I should have said it sooner.
    Ortiz has me very excited, I really think this kid could be special.
    Hall just keeps hitting. Get this man to Clearwater

    1. Is Darick Hall the next big bat Ryan Howard coming down the road?
      But…. who can actually play an adequate first base.

      1. I don’t really get all the Darick Hall love. Strikes out way more than he walks and is a little old for Lakewood. Dude was a 14th round pick so the odds are he’ll just help out the minor league teams for a few years before moving on.

            1. Striking out is one thing. Striking out while not walking that much is another. Clearly he has power but to make it as a 1B he needs to have the hit tool as well.

            2. Hall leads the SALLy in HRs, and RBIs and third in SLG percentage, and fifth in OPS…so he seems to be holding his own, though the 25% K and low 7% BB rate would appear to be negatives.

            3. When Ryan Howard was at LKW,…he had a 25% krate, same as Hall, but walked at a 12% clip, 5 percentage points higher than Hall…. Hall otoh, will easily surpass Howard in HRs before the season is over, actually probably will surpass Howard in another week or two, and Hall’s OPS should be higher at this pace over a full season…

  2. Fanti had his sunday pasta. great game today. ALL ITALIANS SAY FANTI FANTI. phillies rough up the ss we just signed brother today not nice

          1. Romus one of the things I never see out of this organization is what the Yankees did with a piitcher today. 25th round draft choice moved up in 4 yrs to triple a .Hs kid/. if he played for phillies he would be in Clearwater,

            1. Try Kyle Kendrick. Drafted in 7th round in 2003, started 20 games for Phillies big club in 2007.

            2. Or Cole Hamels, Or Gavin Floyd, or Jon Pettibone who was in AAA in year 4…

              If anything, the Phillies history of success in drafting HS pitching is rather dismal which is probably why they don’t advance very quickly…

  3. Nice showing by Hoskins in the futures game with a couple of nice at-bats..

    Not much activity for Kingery who only got 1 at-bat against pitchers throwing 100.

  4. 8-4 lead for Williamsport going into the top of the ninth. Draft choice Kyle Dohy doing his best to give the game away. Now 8-7.

  5. 8-7 win. Williamsport moves into 3rd place at 11-9. Will tie State College for 2nd place if SC loses tonight (losing 8-3 right now).

  6. aside from being faster than everyone else, can someone put hoskins’s bat speed in perspective? what is considered elite?

  7. Mlb was promoting a app called Blast that timed the bat speed of p!ayers. It’s all over tweeter it’s not accurate . Nothing to with Hoskins or player that was timed .

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