Box Score Recap – 7/16/2017

Lehigh Valley held on to beat Rochester, 4-3. Dylan Cozens hit his 22nd HR.

Reading lost to Binghamton, 7-5. Poor defense and “Bad Albert” were contributing factors.

Clearwater crushed Daytona, 13-4.

Lakewood lost to Charleston, 2-1 on a two-out, two-run HR by Blake Rutherford in the 9th.

Williamsport beat Lowell, 6-5 in 10 innings on Cole Stobbe’s walk off HR (6).

The GCL Phillies do not play on Sundays.

Lehigh Valley (57-37)  Brandon Leibrandt (3-0, 2.05) gave up 1 run on 2 hits and 3 walks in 5.0 innings.  He struck out 3 and picked a runner off first base.  Yacksel Rios (3.00) gave up a solo HR in 2.0 innings but struck out four.  Edubray Ramos (2.08) gave up a run in 1.0 inning.  Pedro Beato (3.05) picked up his 26th save with a scoreless ninth.

The IronPigs scored 2 runs in the third inning on J.P. Crawford’s RBI triple and Rhys Hoskins’ RBI single.  They added 2 runs in the fifth on Dylan Cozens’ 2-run HR (22).

Crawford (.218) went 2-4 with a double, triple, and RBI 36).  Hoskins (.288) went 2-3 with a HBP and RBI (68).  Cozens (.239) went 1-4 with a HR (22) and 2 RBI (59).  Hoskins added a stolen base (3).

Reading (51-40)  Tommy Bergjans (1-3, 5.08) gave up a first inning, solo HR then saw porous defense add 3 unearned runs to the Ponies’ tally sheet.

In the second inning a wild pitch and passed ball led to the Ponies’ second run.  In the fourth, led directly to one run scoring and set up a second run on a SF.  Enter Alberto Tirado (10.38).  He struggled, going – BB, BB, K, HBP, 2-run double, BB, BB with the bases loaded.

Alexis Rivero (4.15) came in and stranded three base runners.  However, he created his own trouble the next inning and was lifted without retiring another batter.  Tom Windle (5.26) came in and stranded two inherited runners and retired the final 6 batters.

The Phils scored 2 runs in the first on an RBI single by Jiandido Tromp and a Kyle Martin ground out.  They score one run in the fifth on a Tromp ground out.  And 2 runs in the seventh on a Walding RBI single and a Tromp SF.

Carlos Tocci (.307) went 4-5 with 2 runs scored.  Angelo Mora (.285) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a walk.  Walding (.241) went 2-3 with 2 walks and an RBI.

Clearwater (50-42)  benefited from 6 Tortugas error,d 13 free passes. a hit batter and 2 wild pitches.  They only recorded 7 RBI among their 13 runs.

Jose Taveras (6-4, 2.38) gave up 2 runs in 7.0 innings on 6 hits.  He walked none and struck out six.  Matt Hockenberry (5.40) pitched a scoreless eighth.  Tyler Gilbert (2.86) gave up 2 meaningless runs in the ninth.

Cesar Hernandez made his fourth rehab start and got his first hit in his final at bat of the game, an infield single to second.  Prior to that he had walked SIX times in the game.

The Threshers scored 2 runs in the second inning on a fielding error and a bases loaded walk to Cornelius Randolph.  They scored 3 runs in the fifth on Jay Hernandez’ RBI single, and a fielding error.  They scored 6 runs in the seventh on Mark Laird’s RBI single, Deivi Grullon’s single and error,  another error, and Hernandez’ RBI triple.  They tacked on single runs in the eighth and ninth on Wilson Garcia’s SF and Cesar Hernandez’ RBI single.

Grullon (.264) went 3-6 with a double and RBI.  Jan Hernandez (.220) went 3-5 with a double, triple, 2 RBI, and walk.  Mark Laird (.278) went 2-6 with an RBI and walk.  Cornelius Randolph (.257) went 1-4 with an RBI and 2 walks.

Lakewood (50-43)  Will Hibbs (5-2, 1.36) blew his second save with a two-out, two-run HR in the top of the ninth.  David Martinelli’s HR (6) had given the BlueClaws a one-run lead.

Adonis Medina (3.32) pitched 6.0 innings and allowed just 3 hits.  He walked none and struck out seven.  He threw 50 strikes in 70 pitches (64.9%).  Jake Kelzer (0.00) threw 2.0, 2-hit innings.  And Hibbs went 1.0 inning with 2 runs on 2 hits.

Martinelli’s 6th HR gave the ‘Claws a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning.  They managed only 3 total hits.  Martinelli (.240) went 1-4.  Arquimedes Gamboa (.233) went 1-3 with a sacrifice. Mickey Moniak (.268) went 1-3 and was hit by a pitch.

Moniak had an outfield assist (second base).

Williamsport (14-10)  Cole Stobbe (.215) had a great game.  He went 3-5 with a game winning home run (6), 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.

Will Stewart (4.07) pitched into the sixth inning on 76 pitches.  He went 5.1 innings and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  He left with runners on first and second. Both scored when reliever, Zach Warren (5.68) let both inherited runners to score on a bases loaded walk and an RBI single.  He compounded this with another run in the seventh and even though he struck out 3 in 1.2 innings, he turned a tie game into a 3-run deficit. Still, he was in line to get the win when the Crosscutters rallied in the bottom of the seventh.  Luis Ramirez (2.19) came in and was unable to hold the lead, blowing his first save in the top of the ninth.  Kyle Dohy (9.00) pitched a perfect tenth and got his first professional win.

The Crosscutters scored a run in the sixth on Austin Listi’s RBI single.  A four-run seventh propelled them into the lead on Colby Fitch’s RBI force out, Cole Stobbe’s RBI single, and Josh Stephen’s 2-run triple.  That set the stage for Stobbe’s lead off, walk off in the tenth.

Greg Pickett (.342) went 2-5.  Colby Fitch (.429) went 2-5 with an RBI.  Adam Haseley (.327) went 0-3 with a walk and was hit by a pitch.  Malvin Matos (3) and Nick Maton (2) stole bases. The Crosscutters committed 2 errors but turned 3 double plays.

GCL Phillies (11-6)  no game scheduled.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

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38 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/16/2017

  1. A lot of odd things in the CLW game. First, CLW scored 13 runs. Cesar was on base all 7 of his ABs from the leadoff spot and only scored 1 run. The team only had 7 RBIs on their 13 runs. CLW left 16 runners on base. And lastly, there was only 1 HR in the game and that came from an opponent. It must have been a very odd game to watch.

    1. Just so everyone knows the “C” referred to here is Cesar Hernandez, not Cornelius Randolph who is the player we typically refer to here as “C.” Cornelius also walked twice and, like J.P. Crawford, is tearing it up in July. Now, the biggest red flag for Cornelius is his strikeout rate, the other stuff seems to be coming along, especially the OBP, which is now going through the roof.

        1. Well, it’s a red flag of sorts because it suggests he may have trouble adjusting to superior pitching and because, for a guy with his hitting profile, putting balls in play is a big deal. That said, most of the other recent signs are extremely encouraging.

      1. I feel a lot better about our farm system when our recent first round picks are killing it, as opposed to them struggling to reach the mendoza line.

        Randolph is striking out still, but he’s also walking much more lately. 11 BBs and 9 Ks in his last ten games; I’ll take that. If he can hit something like this for the rest of the season I’ll be willing to forget about his first half.

  2. That constant humming noise you hear, it’s not mosquitoes or hummingbirds, it’s the Carlos Tocci doubters that just can’t buy into MLB quality defense and a steady bat at each level he plays.

    1. It’s good that he plays well – it will add to his trade value and allow them to use him as a chip to sweeten a deal. He has some ability, but he’s still Doug Glanville.

    2. Why are we revisiting this every year? What’s the best case scenario here? He’s a 4th or 5th OF? He’s slugging .404 at Reading. He has to be behind Cozens, Pullin, Quinn. He’s not going to leapfrog those guys unless he’s goes wild at Reading, which he’s not doing. If he’s getting a shot, it won’t be with the Phillies.

      1. Agreed – it’s good he’s playing well, but let’s not delude ourselves into thinking he’s something that he’s not.

      2. Eh, I’d still take him over Pullin I think. I would like to know why he’s so terrible at stealing bases though.

        1. Why are almost all of the Phillies major and minor leaguers horrible on the bases? I’ve never seen a major league team make as many dumb mistakes on base as this Phillies team – so apparently, they didn’t learn how to run properly in the minors.

  3. Why is Bergjians pitching ?
    Are we really that short on arms to move up to AA that the org felt the need to trade for him ?

    1. Can you even name the starters for Reading? Yes, we’re short on arms. And as a note, not all the starters have to be superstars.

      1. There is also the issue that most of the pitchers in the system are not ready to log 150 innings, regardless of what level they are at. Every system needs guys to fill out rotations and take up innings..

        As Guru noted, not all minor league players are superstars. I would go one step further and say that not all minor league players are prospects. Some are there simply to fill up roster spots..

  4. I guess at this point there is not much of a need to keep Tirado on the forty man roster for next season. He is on it, isn’t he?

    1. No chance he’s on the 40 man after this season. I could see him removed from it before the season is over actually, dependent on the moves that get made.

    1. Yes, that’s why there’s always continued optimism with him. His plate discipline is elite and, over time, that should allow his other tools to play well, including his power, which appears to be on the rise.

    1. Wow!!!! Pitches were a little high but he’s not a flamethrower, so hopefully, it’s no big deal. Man, what a performance.

      1. And he was one out away from another no hitter in May (was pulled after 8 2/3 – gave up no hits in that game either).

    2. very nice!
      Is Fanti anything to get excited about? Interested to hear his scouting report aside what I can see in his stat line.

      1. Scouting report is that of a crafty lefty without great velocity. But because he’s a lefty, he’s worth watching.

    1. A few thoughts.

      First, Reading and the EL inflate hitting statistics – by quite a lot, so you have to have reasonable expectations of a decline when a guy is promoted from there (and which is what makes Hoskins’ season all the more impressive).

      Second, he’s played 20 games – can we not call a guy a bust after less than 3 weeks?

      1. May have differing thoughts of a flop. Flop to me means he has struggled so far, but I did not call him a bust.

  5. From the box score looks like 2 total hits both by lartigue including a HR, and 3 total base runners as Fanti was a BB from a perfect game. Those am start times usually see the pitchers dominating.

  6. Interested in the Lakewood series since the opposing CF is Rutherford who was also mentioned as a possible #1 overall pick as a HS CF like Moniak.. Rutherford ended up going #18 to the Yankees.

    Looking at the 2 of them, their numbers are very similar. Rutherford OPS is .740 and Moniak is .706. Both with the same # of SB… Moniak is almost exact 1 year younger…

    1. I believe it was KLaw who commented on both of them, something to the effect, mentioning they are still trying to find their way in their respective organizations.
      But as you mention…Moniak is that year younger which can be a difference maker in the long run as to development.

    1. The major league balls must be juiced! :).
      The minor league balls must be just plain reusable
      This however, bodes well with the future MLB Phillies like Cozens, Hoskins and Kingery.
      It will be bombs away at the Bank next year.

  7. If Fanti walks that last guy instead of gets the fly out, he’s probably out of the game. He was at 113 pitches. It would probably have been another 8 2/3 partial no hitter.

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      He did it! @BlueClaws

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      Nick Fanti of the @BlueClaws (from my hometown too) has thrown 7 no-hit innings today vs Charleston

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