At 3:00 PM this afternoon, I made the mistake of deciding on my lead for the Recap. Seven hours later, I had to rethink that decision. Because, in roughly a 24-hour period, I got to watch four walk off victories.
As I reported here yesterday, the GCL Phillies won on Jake Holmes. RBI single in the ninth inning and the Threshers won on Jan Hernandez’ 2-run HR in the ninth inning.
Today, they did it again. The GCL Phillies won on Yahir Gurrola’s RBI single in the tenth inning and the Threshers won on Derek Campbell’s RBI single in the ninth. These were the only affiliates wins as Lehigh Valley and Reading were outscored and Lakewood and Williamsport were trounced.
Lehigh Valley (64-42) lost to Durham, 5-1.
Lehigh Valley took an early lead on Jorge Alfaro’s solo HR (7) in the second inning. But that was all they could manage as they went 0-9 with runners in scoring position and were picked off first base twice.
Ben Lively was locked in a duel with the Bulls’ Brent Honeywell when he was struck by a batted ball. He was helped off the field with a leg injury. Yacksel Rios came in and of course allowed the inherited runner to score. Michael Mariot put the game out of easy reach with 2 more runs.
- #4: Crawford (.227): went 0-3 with a BB
- #5: Alfaro (.244): went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (7), RBI (42), K
- #8: Williams (.280): 27 days and 89 PA into the end of prospect status
- #12: Quinn (.274): 7-Day DL
- #11: Cozens (.225): went 0-3 with 3 K, HBP
- #3: Kingery (.286): went 2-5 with 2 K
- #6: Hoskins (.283): went 0-3 with a BB
- #17: Pinto (4-3, 4.31):
- #26: Lively (7-2, 2.50): (39 days/42.2 IP w/Phils) 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- Pullin (.238): went 2-4 with 2 doubles, K
- Eflin: (1-3, 4.60):
- #29: Eshelman: (7-2, 2.14): 7-Day DL
- Leibrandt: (4-0, 1.91):
- Therrien: (0-0, 1.57):
Reading (55-48) lost to Hartford, 7-4.
Tommy Bergjans (1-4, 6.88) got pasted in three innings. He gave up 5 runs on 8 hits, walking none and striking out four. He fell victim to the long ball as 4 of the 5 runs scored on the 3 home runs he gave up. Shane Watson (4.46) pitched 2.2 scoreless innings and Tom Windle (5.40) came in to strand 2 inherited runners. He gave up 2 more runs though on an eighth inning HR.
The Phils closed to within a run on an errant pickoff throw in the fourth and Damek Tomscha’s first AA home run, and RBI singles by Kyle Martin and Angelo Mora in the fifth. They went 2-10 with RISP.
Cord Sandberg had 2 hits batting lead off. Jiandido Tromp and Martin also had 2 hits.
- #20: El. Garcia: Restricted List, 80-Game suspension was over after game #87.
- #23: Anderson (7-4, 3.76):
- #27: Arano (0-0, 4.50):
- #24: Tocci (.308): went 1-5
- Martin: (.186): went 2-3 with an RBI, BB, K
- Walding: (.232): 7-day DL
- Irvin: (4-1, 2.70):
- Taveras: (0-1, 3.97):
- Davis: (3-2, 3.25):
- DeNato: (5-1, 1.09):
- Watson: (3-5, 4.46): 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Clearwater (55-49) beat Daytona, 4-3, on Derek Campbell’s RBI single in the ninth inning.
The Threshers had to rally from behind in the ninth. They had kept pace early with single runs in the second and third innings on Derek Campbell’s solo HR (1) and Cotnelius Randolph’s RBI double. With one out in the ninth, Emmanuel Marrero singled. He advanced to third on a wild pitch that the catcher couldn’t locate. He scored the tying run on Randolph’s second RBI double, setting the stage for Campbell’s walk off single.
The Threshers banged out 12 hits with Campbell (.235) accounting for 3 of them. Grenny Cumana (.250) also had 3 hits. The Threshers also stole 4 bases – Cumana had 2 (15), Duran (4), and Pujols (1).
Franklin Kilome started and flashed brilliance during a couple innings. Unfortunately, he pitched more than a couple. He began with a 21-pitch first inning where he threw just 1 first pitch strike to four batters and 11 strikes v. 10 balls. He ran three 3-ball counts in the first inning alone.
Some guy wearing a Kilome suit pitched an 8-pitch second inning throwing 7 strikes. He started the third with a 3-pitch strike out/wild pitch, but the runner reached first when the catcher threw the ball down the RF line. He got quickly ahead of the next batter then gave up a base hit. A sac fly and single later in the inning gave the Tortugas a 2-1 lead.
First inning Franlyn showed up in the fourth. He walked the lead off batter on 4 pitches. And then walked the next batter on a 3-2 pitch. A fly ball and DP got him out of an inning where he threw 15 pitches and only 6 strikes.
Good Franklyn came out for the fifth. He retired the side in order on 13 pitches and 11 strikes. But then, in the sixth, Kilome opened with another walk and 2 singles resulting in a run. He escaped without further damage but threw as many strikes as balls in the inning.
Kilome’s FB sat 92-95. He touched 97 once and 96 twice. His velo was all over the place – he threw at least one pitch from 78 to 97, and one at 76. By my more accurate count, he threw 91 pitches, 57 strikes (62.3%); 17 of 26 first pitch strikes (65.4%); and six 3-ball counts.
Blake Quinn (4-2, 3.75) got the win. He tossed 3.0 shut out innings. He allowed no hits, walked a batter, and struck out two.
- # 9: Kilome (5-4, 2.74): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
- #14: Randolph (.258): went 2-4 with a run scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI (43), BB, K
- #18: Romero (2-2, 2.95):
- #28: Ed. Garcia (3-4, 3.82):
- Arauz: (3-2. 2.38):
- Singer: (5-2, 2.45):
- 16: Suarez: (1-1, 2.35):
- Dominguez: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Lakewood (54-50) lost to Hickory, 14-0.
Just an all around ugly outcome. All four pitchers gave up runs. Gregori Rivero (2) and Darick Hall (1) accounted for all 3 Lakewood hits. The defense committed 2 errors. I’m going to pass on commenting any further.
- #1: Moniak (.258): went 0-4 with a K
- #2: Sanchez (5-3, 2.64):
- #10: Medina (4-6, 3.16):
- #19: Brito (.233): went 0-4 with a K
- Gamboa: (.230): DNP
- Hall: (.268): went 1-4 with a double and a K
- Lartigue (.267): went 0-4
- Alastre: (.333) DNP
- Williams: (.223): went 0-2 with a BB
- (#9) Zoellner: 7-Day DL
- Falter: (4-6, 3.35):
- #30: Fanti: (7-2, 2.60):
- Llovera (1-1, 2.05):
- (#15) Al. Garcia: 7-Day DL
- (#19) Russ: (0-1, 5.79):
Williamsport (19-16) lost to Mahoning Valley, 12-2.
Another ugly box score. Connor Seabold and Kyle Dohy pitched well in relief. Jhailyin Ortiz had 2 of the Cutters 4 hits and his 6th HR. Rodolfo Duran and Malvin Matos had the other 2 hits. Greg Pickett drew 3 walks.
- #13: Gowdy:
- #15: Stobbe: (.202): DNP
- #21: Ortiz: (.289): went 2-3 with a run scored, HR (6), RBI (21), BB
- Pickett: (.317): went 0-1 with 3 BB, K
- Stephen: (.257): went 0-2 with 2 BB, K
- #7: (#1) Haseley: (.250): DNP
- (#4) Scheiner: (.262): went 0-4 with a K
- (#6) Guthrie:
- (#7) Maton: (.301): went 0-4 with an RBI, K, SF
- (#13) Fitch: (.389): DNP
- (#17) Listi: (.299): went 0-3 with a BB, 2 K
- (#22) Mims: (.320): DNP
- (#25) Azuaje: (.231): DNP
- Young: (5-0, 1.35):
- #22: (#2) Howard: (0-1, 6.52): 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
- Stewart: (2-1, 3.60):
- J. Garcia: (2-2, 4.00):
- Carrasco: (2-0, 2.08):
- Brown: (2-3, 3.48):
- (#3) Seabold: (1-0, 0.00): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- (#10) Brogdon: (1-0, 3.86):
- (#12) Parkinson: (0-0, 4.50):
- (#14) Warren: (0-0. 4.82):
- (#16) Dohy: (1-0, 3.12): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- (#18) Jones: (0-2, 5.63):
GCL Phillies (17-10) beat the GCL Yankees West, 2-1 on Yahir Gurrola’s RBI single.
Our pitchers were very good. They held the Yankees to 3 hits in 10 innings and walked just two. Ramon Rosso, promoted mid-season from the DSL, pitched five shutout innings. Jose Jimenez gave up an unearned run aided by an errant pickoff throw. Oscar Marcelino earned his second win with 2 scoreless innings.
Ramos’ full line was 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. His FB was 91-94, touching 95 MPH the first couple innings. By the fourth it was 89-92, touching 93 MPH. He keeps the ball down and targets both sides of the zone. Any movement seemed to be downward although he had an intermittent tail on some pitches. His off speed stuff had a nice bite, sometimes. Probably still a work in progress. Five of his 8 K were called strikes. Those were mostly on the inside corner.
The Phillies took an early lead on Quincy Nieporte’s RBI single in the first inning. That run held up until the seventh when the Yankees tied the game. Regulation ended in a 1-1 tie, and I got to see the new extra innings rule in person. (This was going to be today’s lead.)
With a runner on second, the Phillies went into their “no-bunts” defense. So, the batter swings away twice and fails to make contact. With the batter down 0-2, the defense backed off and the Marcelino hit the batter. The “no-bunts” defense is back on and Marcelino insists on painting the corner until he walks the batter. Bases loaded, nobody out. Great. Now, the defense is playing up to cut down the runner at the plate. So, the batter hits a soft liner that the second baseman is able to snag and then double the runner off first. Next guy strikes out facing a very wide strike zone, inning over.
Now, the Phillies come to bat, runner on second, and the Yankees’ version of the “no-bunts” defense. Ben Pelletier fails to get a bunt down on the first 2 pitches but does chop a ball over the mound with 2 strikes. The fielder muffed the play and we had runners on the corners. (The runner, Gunnar Bruhner was going to make third anyway, the play only cost the Yankees an out, which didn’t matter because …) Yahir dropped a ball over the drawn-in infield and the game was over.
Gurrola and Jesus Henriquez had 2 hits each of the Phillies 6 total.
Now for the “lead” which is essentially an opinion. I can not express strongly enough that I do not like the placing of a runner on second base in extra innings. It is not baseball. It changes a baseball game to a bunting game. It’s a travesty to see a game decided this way. I’m sure it will appeal to a lot of people, much the same as it’s cousins (penalty kicks in futball and a shoot out in hockey) appeal to fans in other sports. I accept that it is a test in the GCL, but I don’t accept the reasoning that it is to the benefit of pitchers to avoid injury. The pitchers at the end of GCL games are only throwing one or two innings as it is. Their rosters are overflowing with extra pitchers. You want to protect arms? Expand the active roster on game days to the full complement of 35 players. Or better yet, allow tie games at the lowest levels. I can’t believe they will ever actually expand this to the major leagues.
- Muzziotti: (.286): went 0-4
- Guzman: (.304): went 1-3 with a run scored, BB
- Pelletier: (.266): went 0-4 with 2 K
- Gonzalez: (.258): DNP
- Marchan: (.231): 0-4 with a K
- Bocio: (.286): DNP
- (#11) Holmes: (.162): DNP
- (#24) Markham: (.115): DNP
- (#26) Nieporte: (.339): went 1-4 with an RBI (9), 2 K
- (#27) Gurrola: (.322): went 2-3 with an RBI (10), BB, K
- (#31) Mayer: (.222): went 0-3
- (#39) Stewart: (.100): went 0-3 with 2 K
- Jimenez: (1-0, 3.10): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Rosario: (1-1, 3.43):
- Silva: (3-0, 4.13):
- Morales: (1-2, 4.58):
- Sobil: (1-1, 4.24):
- (#8) Mezquita: (0-0, 0.71):
- (#5) Lindow: (0-1, 3.00):
- Kuznetsov: (2-0, 0.00):
- Carvajal: (2-1, 2.25):
- Miller: (1-2, 7.71):
- (#21) Hernandez: (0-0, 0.00):
- (#29) Cummings:
- (#32) Santa Cruz: (1-1, 6.23):
- (#33) B. Brown: (0-0, 0.00):
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 7/28 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Jesen Therrien from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 7/28 – RHP Wilberson Liendo assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White
- 7/27 – SS Jose Gomez assigned to Clearwater Threshers
- 7/27 – RHP J.D. Hammer assigned to Clearwater Threshers
- 7/27 – RHP Alejandro Requena assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws
- 7/27 – LHP Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Phils
- 7/27 – Reading placed C Greg Brodzinski on the 7-day DL. Right shin contusion
- 7/27 -Reading placed C Chace Numata on the 7-day DL retro to 7/26/17. Concussion
- 7/27 – C Deivi Grullon assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers
- 7/27 – LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers
- 7/27 – C Edgar Cabral assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws
- 7/27 – LHP Aaron Brown assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies
- 7/27 – LHP Bailey Falter assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport
- 7/27 – Ramon Rosso assigned to GCL Phillies from DSL Phillies White
- 7/26 – Phillies traded RHP Pat Neshek to Colorado Rockies for RHP Alejandro Requena, RHP J.D. Hammer, and SS Jose Gomez
- 7/26 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Edubray Ramos on the 7-day DL retro to 7/24/17. Blister on right index finger
- 7/26 – Phillies activated RF Aaron Altherr from the 10-day disabled list.
- 7/26 – Phillies placed Daniel Nava on the 10-day DL retro to 7/23/17. Left ham. strain
- 7/26 – Reading Fightin Phils activated C Greg Brodzinski from the 7-day disabled list
- 7/26 – Reading Phils placed 3B Mitch Walding on the 7-day disabled list. Ear fracture
- 7/26 – RHP Alejandro Made assigned to DSL Phillies Red
- 7/26 – RHP Leonel Aponte assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red
- 7/25 – Reading Phils activated SS Jorge Flores from the temporarily inactive list
- 7/25 – Juan Aparicio assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White
- 7/25 – Phillies optioned Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 7/25 – Phillies recalled Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 7/25 – Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Reading Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 7/25 – LHP Joey DeNato assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Phils
- 7/25 – Clearwater Threshers placed CF Mark Laird on the 7-day DL; concussion
- 7/25 – Clearwater Threshers activated RF Jose Pujols from the 7-day disabled list
- 7/24 – Clearwater sent RF Jose Pujols on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies
- The organization’s rosters are up to date.
- The organization’s injury list is as up to date as I can make it.
- The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list is as accurate as I can make it based on the information I was able to find.