Box Score Recap – 7/30/2017

The Clearwater Threshers’ starting pitchers have been putting up some good numbers over the past few games.  They culminated in Harold Arauz’ seven-inning no-hitter against the Fort Myers Miracle.  He came within 2 outs of a perfect game.  His performance was as dominant as any I’ve seen over the last two seasons, and Arauz fastball barely reaches 89 MPH.  Arauz had Miracle batters flailing away at his array of off speed pitches.  Phuture Phillies readers can be happy that they recognized Arauz’ potential by rating him their 13th best prospect in their Readers’ Poll. (Written tongue cheek.)

Over the last six games –

  • Edgar Garcia:           6.2 IP,   5 H,   0 R,   0 ER,   1 BB,     5 K
  • S. Dominguez:        3.0 IP,   7 H,   1 R,   1 ER,   1 BB,     4 K (pitch limit)
  • Franklyn Kilome:   6.0 IP,   6 H,   3 R,   1 ER,   3 BB,     5 K
  • JoJo Romero:         7.0 IP,   1 H,   0 R,   0 ER,   2 BB,     5 K
  • Ranger Suarez:       4.0 IP,   1 H,   1 R,   1 ER,   0 BB,     6 K
  • Harold Arauz:          7.0 IP,   0 H,   0 R,   0 ER,   1 BB,   10 K
  • TOTAL                       33.2 IP, 20 H,   5 R,   3 ER,   8 BB,   35 K

Lehigh lost, Crawford hit his 10th HR.

Reading routed Hartford, HRs by Grullon (1), Martin (18), Sandberg (2).

Clearwater split a double header.

Lakewood lost on Sanchez Sunday (six-inning 2-hitter).

Williamsport 2-hit West Virginia, Julian Garcia tossed five no-hit innings.

Lehigh Valley (65-43)  lost to Durham, 8-2.

Bullpen game.  Cesar Ramos (3.75) gave up 1 run on 5 hits in 3.0 innings.  Alexis Rivero (0-1, 13.50) gave up 3 runs in 2.0 innings on 3 hits and 2 walks.  Joe DeNato (7.71) lasted 0-2 innings and gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks.  Colton Murray (6.12) struck out 3 in 2.1 innings.  And, Michael Mariot (4.43) pitched the final inning.

The IronPigs scored a couple runs on solo home runs by J.P Crawford (10) and Pedro Florimon (7).  Florimon (2.79) had a 2-hit game.

  • #4: Crawford (.225): went 1-3 with a run scored, HR (10), RBI (45), K, HBP
  • #5: Alfaro (.240): went 0-4 with 4 K
  • #8: Williams (.280):  31 days and 103 PA into the end of prospect status
  • #12: Quinn (.274): 7-Day DL
  • #11: Cozens (.225): DNP
  • #3: Kingery (.303): went 1-5 with 2 K, SB
  • #6: Hoskins (.281): went 0-3 with a BB, 2 K
  • #17: Pinto (5-3, 4.11):
  • #26: Lively (7-2, 2.50): (39 days/42.2 IP w/Phils) 
  • Pullin (.230): went 0-4 with 2 K
  • Eflin: (1-3, 4.10):
  • #29: Eshelman: (7-2, 2.14): 7-Day DL
  • Leibrandt: (4-0, 1.91):
  • Therrien: (0-0, 1.57):

Reading (57-48)  beat Hartford, 10-4.

Cole Irvin pitched 5.1 innings for the win, and Ranfi Casimiro (3.41) and Austin Davis pitched a shutout the rest of the way.

Reading piled on a lot of runs.  The scored 3 in the first on Angelo Mora’s 2-run double and Damek Tomscha’s RBI ground out.  They added one in the second on Drew Stankiewicz’ RBI ground out before scoring 4 in the third on Kyle Marin’s solo HR (18), Deivi Grullon’s 2-run HR (1), and Cord Sandberg’s solo HR (2).  With the game in hand, the added single runs in the eight and ninth on Zack Coppola’s RBI ground out and Grullon’s RBI double.

Five guys had 2-hit games – Stankiewicz (.313), Martin (.191), Mora (.296), Grullon (.167), and Sandberg (.208).  Grullon had 3 RBI, Mora had two (40).

  • #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 (.306): entered as a PH/RF and went 0-1
  • Tromp: (.294): went 0-5 with a K
  • Martin: (.191): went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, HR (18), RBI (53), BB, K
  • Walding: (.232): 7-day DL
  • Irvin: (5-1, 3.18): 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Taveras: (0-1, 3.97):
  • Davis: (3-2, 3.08): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • DeNato: (5-1, 1.09):
  • Watson: (3-5, 4.46):

Clearwater (57-50)  split a double header with, losing 4-0 and winning 2-0.

Game One:  Ranger Suarez took a hard loss.  He retired the first 12 Miracle batters he faced before giving up a single to the first batter in the fifth inning.  Three pitches later the umpire finally decided to put the tarp on.  He had struck out 6 before the delay.  His FB sat 92-93, and touched 94 MPH.  He threw 56 pitches, 37 strikes (66.1%, 70.8% before pitching in the heavier rain in the fifth), and 10 of 14 first pitch strikes (66.1%, 10 of 12 – 83.3% before the fifth).

After a 2-hour stoppage, the game resumed with J.D. Hammer on the mound, and “Can’t Touch This” blaring over the stadium speakers.  Hammer allowed the inherited runner to score, but pitched effectively over two innings.  His FB sat 95 MPH in his first inning before he recorded three 94s in his second inning.

Aaron Brown pitched 0.2 innings and looked bad compared to his appearance the night before.  When he missed, he missed high.  And, he missed a lot.  He was victimized by a fielding error by the shortstop so the 3 runs he gave up were unearned.  But he walked 3 batters and only threw 8 strikes among his 23 pitches.  His FB was a pedestrian 89-91 MPH. A big drop off from the 91-94 he threw Saturday night.

Luke Leftwich (3.10) got the final out on 2 pitches.

The Threshers managed just 3 hits.  And only had 2 scoring opportunities – Zach Green double with one out in the second inning but was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Jan Hernandez’ single, and Cornelius Randolph walked and stole second with one out in the fourth but was stranded.

Hernandez had an outfield assist (second base).

  • #14: Randolph (.254): went 0-2 with a BB, K
  • #16: Suarez: (1-2, 2.33): 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 55 pitches/37 strikes

Game Two:  Harold Arauz took a perfect game into the seventh inning.  He walked a batter with one out.  Arauz struck out 10 and threw 58 strikes among his 76 pitches (76.3%).  He threw 17 of 22 first pitch strikes (77.3%).  His FB sat 87-89 MPH.  He throws a CH and SL. They fall in a range 76-81 MPH, I can’t tell which is which.  Arauz says he does not throw a curve ball.  His pitches per inning were – 10, 6 , 13, 12, 13, 9, 13.  He started the seventh with a 3-pitch strike out, then a 5-pitch walk.

Zach Green went 2-3 and scored both runs.  He tripled and scored on Jose Pujols 2-out single in the second inning.  He scored an important insurance run in the sixth.  Green singled and moved to second on a wild pitch.  He scored on a bunt single by Austin Bossart, a bunt I would call a “slug” bunt.  Bossart “slugged” the ball in the area between the pitcher, first baseman, and second baseman.  It was hit hard enough to get it past the pitcher, the second baseman made the mistake pf charging the ball, and the first baseman was the player able to field the ball.  Bossart reached an uncovered first base, getting a hit rather than a sacrifice while Green waltzed home without a throw.

  • # 9: Kilome (5-4, 2.74):
  • #14: Randolph (.255): went 1-2 with a BB
  • #18: Romero (2-2, 2.95):
  • #28: Ed. Garcia (3-4, 3.82):
  • Arauz: (4-2. 2.03): 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 76 pitches/58 strikes
  • Singer: (5-2, 2.45): promoted to Reading
  • #16: Suarez: (1-2, 2.33):
  • Dominguez: (3-1, 2.57):

Lakewood (55-51) lost to Hickory, 4-3.

Sixto Sanchez tossed a 2-hitter over six innings and struck out five.  The bullpen didn’t play along however as Addison Russ blew the save allowing 2 runs (1 ER), and Will Hibbs (5-3, 2.08) lost the game giving up 2 runs in the ninth.

The BlueClaws took an early lead with single runs in the third and fourth innings on Mickey Moniak’s sacrifice fly and Raul Rivas’ RBI single.  They scored a run in the bottom of the ninth on Arquimedes Gamboa’s RBI single.

  • #1: Moniak (.258): went 1-3 with an RBI, BB, 2 K, SF
  • #2: Sanchez (5-3, 2.41): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • #10: Medina (4-6, 3.16):
  • #19: Brito (.236): went 2-4 with a BB, K
  • Gamboa: (.228): went 1-4 with an RBI, BB, 2 K, SB
  • Hall: (.264): went 0-4 with 3 K
  • Lartigue (.270): went 1-4 with a run scored, 2 K
  • Alastre: (.327) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, double, BB
  • Williams: (.223): DNP
  • (#9) Zoellner: 7-Day DL
  • Falter: (5-6, 3.10):
  • #30: Fanti: (7-2, 2.60):
  • Llovera (1-1, 2.05):
  • (#15) Al. Garcia: 7-Day DL
  • (#19) Russ: (0-1, 5.56): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Williamsport (21-16)  beat West Virginia, 4-1.

Julian Garcia threw five no-hit innings while striking out eleven.  David Parkinson struck out four in three innings, and Connor Brogdon earned his first save.

The Crosscutters scored one run in the third on Greg Pickett’s RBI single and 3 runs in the fourth on Malvin Matos’ 2-run HR (1) and Adam Haseley’s RBI single.  Garcia and the bullpen made these runs hold up.

Three Cutters were hit by a pitched ball.  Cutters’ pitchers hit none.

  • #13: Gowdy:
  • #15: Stobbe: (.189): went 0-4 with a BB, K
  • #21: Ortiz: (.298): went 1-4 with a K, HBP
  • Pickett: (.330): went 2-4 with an RBI, BB, K
  • Stephen: (.257): DNP
  • #7: (#1) Haseley: (.253): went 2-4 with an RBI, BB, K, SB
  • (#4) Scheiner: (.261): went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, double, 2 K, HBP, SB
  • (#6) Guthrie:
  • (#7) Maton: (.286): went 1-5 with a K
  • (#13) Fitch: (.389): DNP
  • (#17) Listi: (.293): went 1-3 with a run scored, HBP, SB
  • (#22) Mims: (.273): DNP
  • (#25) Azuaje: (.231): DNP
  • Young: (5-0, 1.35):
  • #22: (#2) Howard: (0-1, 6.52):
  • Stewart: (3-1, 3.34):
  • J. Garcia: (3-2, 3.38): 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 11 K
  • Carrasco: (2-0, 2.08):
  • Brown: (2-3, 3.48):
  • (#3) Seabold: (1-0, 0.00):
  • (#10) Brogdon: (1-0, 3.60): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • (#12) Parkinson: (0-0, 4.09): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
  • (#14) Warren: (0-0. 4.82):
  • (#16) Dohy: (1-0, 3.12):
  • (#18) Jones: (0-2, 5.63): 

GCL Phillies (17-10) no games scheduled on Sundays.

  • Muzziotti: (.286):
  • Guzman: (.304):
  • Pelletier: (.266):
  • Gonzalez: (.258):
  • Marchan: (.231):
  • Bocio: (.286):
  • (#11) Holmes: (.162):
  • (#24) Markham: (.115):
  • (#26) Nieporte: (.339):
  • (#27) Gurrola: (.322):
  • (#31) Mayer: (.222):
  • (#39) Stewart: (.100):
  • Jimenez: (1-0, 3.10):
  • 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.


35 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/30/2017

    1. I’d love to hear more about how much Sixto has been using his slider and changeup and how effective they have been.

      1. He hasn’t been throwing a slider this year as far as I can tell- unless you consider his slurvy curve to be a slider. He throws it hard, but it doesn’t look like a great pitch. Slurves tend to be a bit easier for a hitter to read than a standard curve or slider. He usually has good arm action with his change, but the action (and location) varies from pretty good to not-so-good.

  1. Greg Pickett is doing pretty well this year in Wmsprt. He was an 8th round pick in 2015 from a Colorado HS. In 2015, there wasn’t much special when he hit .179/.289/.286. His expected power was his calling card but he didn’t show much of it in his 1st year. In 2016, he got hurt and missed the entire year. My thought was that we had seen the last of Pickett. This year, at age 20, he’s been very solid. His .330/.384/.446 has been tremendous. It’s only in 30 games so short season statements apply. He and Ortiz must be really fun to watch.

  2. Does anyone know what is going on with El Garcia? Jim very carefully includes him every wrtieup so we can see the growing stint (16 games?) since he has been eligible to play after his suspension but hasn’t played.

    1. Jim posted a few weeks ago he was at the Complex in Clearwater.
      Perhaps getting carefully stretched out. Not even sure he is still there.

  3. Balls were flying out of the donut field Sunday afternoon. The announced sellout crowd of 6,850 (there were blocks of empty seats) keep coming even if the Yard Goats play very average baseball. The place is exciting and vibrant. There is even a petting zoo on the concourse behind the CF batter’s eye with….goats, of course.

    Cole Irvin struggled quite a bit but showed flashes of what may someday come to be at CBP. He took a 3 run lead into the bottom of the first and immediately got into trouble. Finding his footing early, his FB was 85-89. After giving up a tying 3-run HR, he got angry and started throwing 94-95. It definitely woke him up.

    Irvin settled down the next couple of innings but the Goats were still hitting him around. In the third inning, he allowed singles to the 3 and 4 hitters (again). He started mixing in his off speed stuff and with a lot of guile proceeded to strike out the next three batters. Missing from minor league pitchers’ ability is breaking pitches. Not Cole Irvin.

    When it got to the fifth inning, Irvin needed to face the 2-3-4 hitters who were a collective 5-6 against him. He got them one two three which was a great sign. He tired in the sixth giving up a lead off HR but would have finished the inning had the 2B not botched a DP inning ending DP. He left the game with just under 100 pitches.

    Irvin’s FB was consistent at 89-92. What makes him a possible for the Phillies rotation is his assortment of stellar breaking balls and his mound presence. He is also a great athlete and a very good hitter. I really think that this kid has a chance to be a productive MLB pitcher. I also think that the Phils should consider Angelo Mora as their super sub in a couple of years. This kid is good!

    1. @ciada…so what you say is when Irvin got mad, he served up his opponents some high Goat cheese! 🙂
      In his interview with Jay Floyd he did mention his out pitches, “…. my out pitch is my change up. I can throw it in any count. All my pitches I can throw in any count, but change up, slider, curve ball, those are my out pitches….”
      So you got to see them up close. Good report.



  5. Most of us realize that Bossart is an exceptional receiver. Problem is, he doesn’t hit much. He was a pretty good hitter last season in the lower level but he hasn’t done much at all this year with the bat.

    1. I’ve been studying prospective catchers for a long time. I think it is a very rare occurrence to have one who’s receiving and hit tool come along at the same time. It’s been my unscientific confirmation that you get one or the other.

      I’m curious though who is underrating Austin Joe Jordan or us here at PP?

    2. That’s not true regarding his hitting. He hit better in 2016 in Clearwater (.340), than he did at Williamsport in 2015 (.333) and Lakewood in 2016 (.263). This year’s BA is lower at .234 after an abysmal June at the plate. However, he’s picked it up lately and has a modest 7 game hit streak. I think one bad month at the plate in your pro career is to be expected. Does he hit moonshot HRs… no. I’ll take a superior defensive catcher that bats his weight or higher any day.

          1. Yeah…Mensa Bossart.
            Though I think he could be a Tuffy eventual once he reaches the majors.

    1. I’m not buying this as realistic. To match what the Yankees could offer you are talking at least Kingery or Sanchez plus a lot of other big prospect names. I’m not wiling to give up either of those two for a guy who will be a free agent after 2019. Sorry, VV, Alfaro, and Kilome will not get this trade done.

      1. Yankees said they won’t include any top prospects, so whether that is crap or not I don’t know

        1. Billy Beane wants either Torres or Frazier in return as part of the overall package….so far the Yanks are balking.

      2. I don’t know whether you are thinking this or not, but I do NOT want the Phillies to trade for Sonny Gray (or anyone at all this deadline). And, even if I did, I could never understand giving up any sort of top prospects for someone who has struggled so much

        1. I am with you on this.
          Gray does have two more years control, but he does not strike me as a TOR pitcher.
          Plus 5’10” pitchers …just not sure long term !
          Anyway, Brewers pitching coach was the pitching coach at Vandy so there is that bond….and looks like Brewers are going to offer Brinson for him

  6. The Phillies have plenty of major league ready starters who can go to the A’s. They can throw in Alfaro and a couple other pieces to entice Oakland.

    1. I understand the Phillies have resources to make trades, but why would they want to give up many talented prospects or players for someone who has struggled for 2 years, as well as Gray being someone that seems all but guaranteed to be going to the Yankees in the next 5 hours

      1. Not to veer off topic but it’s going to be impossible for all of these guys to play for the Phillies. In the outfield alone: Williams/Herrera/Altherr with Cozens, Quinn, Pullin, and Tocci in AAA. Haseley is on a fast track and Randolph should be in AA next year with Moniak in Clearwater.

        1. Right now, it’s Herrera, Altherr, Williams. Other than Herrera (who has a track record of success) , it’s still an audition for Altherr and Williams. If they continue their success, they will be the starters for 2018. If not, then Cozens and maybe Quinn can make some noise during ST. Otherwise, it’s bench roles.

          Randolph and Haseley are at least 2 years away, and Moniak is probably 3 years away. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

  7. Family (with friends) is in Spring Lake shore over the weekend so I have the chance to drop by First Energy and watch the Claws game (my 2nd time this year, but 1st time to see Sxto putch). Just note that when I watch a baseball game – it’s 50% watching and 50% socialization and I have to leave after 7 innings to go back to Spring Lake shore. I’m sharing some observation(s) with you all:

    On Sixto – his fastball is just explosive and his pitching motion looks fluid. I’m sitting in Section 101 (near RF and the bullpen guys) and I can cleary hear the sound from the catchers mitt from Sixto’s FB. Sixto is hitting high 90s easy and carried over the velocity thru the 6th inning where he is hitting 98-99mph with easy delivery. I’m not watching the gun all the time, but I saw the gun (I have pictures of hit) at least hit 100 mph twice (3rd, 4th inning). Sixto also throws some CU (90-91) and few slurves (84-85).

    On Mickey – Moniak looks better at the plate the 1st time I watched him in May. Yesterday, I saw shades of Tocci physically, defensively and at the plate. Moniak covers a lot of ground easy and looks smooth in the OF. At the plate, he looks like Tocci when Tocci is still struggling in A-Ball. Mickey is still young and he looks like to develop more power than Tocci. So if Moniak becomes Tocci with more power, that’s still a valuable piece for the Phils.

    On Arquimedes Gamboa – he was injured the last time so it’s my 1st time to see him in person. Gamboa made some sloppy plays, but he looks natural in SS. Gamboa also appears to have a bigger upper body than I expected, so there might be some power potential there.

    On Darick Hall – Hall was completely dominated and bedazzled by Kyle Cody. Bad day for him, but he’ll bounce back (he looks good the 1st time I saw him).

    On Henri Hartigue – he looks good on the plate. Can he still catch? If Lartigue can be an above average offensive catcher if he can still play C.

    On Raul Rivas – prototypical LA INF who play solid D and looks good at the plate. Can be a prototypical UTIL in the majors.

    On Dan Brito – I like Brito so I will not say anything so I don’t sound bias. Nothing I can say about Brito that nobody knows.

    I sit in Section 101 where you can literally touch the bullpen guys. LWD pen looks like a baskteball team with the Kelzer, Hibbs, Hallead towering on the sideline. Gustavo Armas (not wearing his eyeglass) looks like Dev Patel.

    1. I was section 115 row 1, and I got to see Kyle Cody warm up. He is a big man, but was still very surprised that he really had success in K’s vs a lefthanded lineup. Sixto looked like he was just tossing to Rivero, only for the scoreboard to read 99-100 mph.

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