The organization went oh-fer on Sunday. Ben Lively pitched well for the IronPigs. Each affiliate had one player knock a home run – LHV: Stassi (2), REA: Stankiewicz (1), CLR: W. Garcia (9), LAK: Hall (19), and WPT: Listi (2). Carlos Tocci had 5 RBI in a losing cause.
The Phillies had a good week going 4-2, winning 2 series, and 5 of their last 7 games. They continue to have the have the worst record in baseball with a 34-62 record and a .354 PCT. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of July 23rd
Lehigh Valley cruised, Brandon Leibrandt won his 4th consecutive game, the Bash Brothers bashed.
Reading was defeated in a rain-shortened game..
Clearwater won as Harold Arauz bailed out starter Franklyn Kilome.
Lakewood won behind Adonis Medina’s gem, Darick Hall added an RBI to his league-leading 72.
Williamsport won, Connor Brogdon earned his first professional win.
The GCL Phillies split a double header. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/22/2017
Here’s another article from John Yarusinsky. John sent it to me soon after he watched Sixto Sanchez pitch against the Rome Braves on July 12th. I was hesitant to publish it. I didn’t want to fan the flames of “Sixto-mania”. But, it’s and introspective look at a remarkable young pitcher who turns nineteen next week (July 29th). Enjoy. Continue reading Under the Microscope: Sixto Sanchez, by John Yarusinsky
Lehigh Valley lost as Rhys Hoskins hit his 21st home run, Scott Kingery his fifth.
Reading won as Jose Taveras made his AA debut but didn’t figure in the decision.
Clearwater lost as Seranthony Dominguez made his long-awaited return.
Lakewood lost but Darick Hall picked up his league-leading 71st RBI.
Williamsport won, Connor Seabold notched his first professional win.
The GCL Phillies were postponed due to heavy morning rain. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/21/2017
Lehigh Valley crushed Durham in front of a lot of scouts.
Reading and Cole Irvin prevailed, Mitch Walding homered, as did rehabbing Howie Kendrick. Jose Taveras was promoted from Clearwater.
Clearwater wasted a fine pitching effort by Edgar Garcia.
Lakewood split a double header.
Williamsport won with Kyle Young on the mound. Colby Fitch hit his first professional home run.
The GCL Phillies couldn’t hold onto a 4-run lead. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/20/2017
Lehigh Valley won, Zach Eflin pitched well, Dylan Cozens got his 60th RBI.
Reading lost, Carlos Tocci raised his average to .310..
Clearwater and Lakewood were shut out.
Williamsport won by ten, Jake Scheiner had 4 RBI, Nick Maton had 4 hits.
Francisco Morales started a home game, and Ben Brown made his professional debut for the GCL Phillies. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/19/2017
Two straight late inning, come from behind wins for Lehigh Valley, who have now won three straight games to start their seven game road trip through the South. The ‘Pigs conclude their series with Gwinnett tonight, before heading to Durham for a four game series against the Bulls over the weekend. Currently sitting at 59-37, the ‘Pigs are 1.5 games behind division leading Scranton and hold a 4.5 game lead over Rochester in the wildcard standings.
News and Notes: Tom Eshelman has made 12 AAA starts and 10 of them have been “quality starts”. Since April 18th, Eshelman is a combined 10-2 with a 2.27ERA in 15 starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley with a walk rate of just 1.1 per 9 IP.
—JP Crawford has now homered in 6 of his last 14 games (48AB) and has more homers than he did in all of 2016. Crawford has reached base on 15 of his 16 games in July, hitting .286 over that time period.
–After walking just 4 times in his first 50 games, C Jorge Alfaro has walked 12 times in the last 25 games. That said, his average is down under .250. Over the last 18 games, Alfaro is hitting just .165.
—Dylan Cozens is hitting .295 at Coca Cola Park and .180 on the road.
—Rhys Hoskins has hit his first extended rough patch of the season, hitting just .160 (8-50) thus far in July.
—2B Scott Kingery is hitting a combined .320 in his last 30 games (AA/AAA). Kingery is the only player in all of baseball with 20HR and 20SB already this season.
–Over his last 10 starts (AA/AAA), P Brandon Leibrandt is a combined 6-1 with a 1.82ERA. He has won all of his AAA starts and 6 striaght starts combining AA and AAA.
–With his save on Tuesday night, Pedro Beato has taken over the record for saves in a single season for LV, with his 27th, passing Scott Mathieson. Beato is unscored upon in his last 9 games, which have included 5SV.
–RP Colton Murray is really struggling having been scored upon in 4 of his last 5 outings (12.70ERA) without recording a strikeout.
–Since May 25th, RP Yacksel Rios is a combined 0-0 with a 1.17ERA and a SV in 9G between Reading and Lehigh Valley
–After an outstanding start to the season, RP Pat Venditte has an ERA over 6 in his last 21 appearances.
Probables: Wed: Eflin, Thur: Thompson, Fri: Leibrandt; Sat: Eshelman
‘Pigs leaders: Hitting, Dylan Cozens is 5th in AB(340),10th in SLG(.479), is 4th in RBI(59), leads the league homers (22), strikeouts (125) and is 7th in runs(55)Rhys Hoskins leads the league in runs (63),RBI(68), SLG(.550), is 5th in BB(48), 7th in OBP(.376)is 3rd in HR(20), 7th in hits (92); JP Crawford is 7th in triples (4) and is 2nd in BB(52); Nick Williams is 7th in HR (15) and 5th in SLG (.511); ; Jorge Alfaro is 9th in strikeouts(96); Pitching: Pat Venditte is 7th in wins(8), 7th in games (35); Jake Thompson leads the league in losses (11); Tom Eshelman is 3rd in ERA (2.14) and leads the league in WHIP (0.95); Pedro Beato leads the league in games(41), saves(27); Mark Appel is 2nd in walks (53)
Transactions: Comings: Harold Martinez (from Reading); P Mark Leiter (from Philadelphia), OF Herlis Rodriguez (from Reading), P Zach Eflin (activated from the DL), P Ben Lively (from Philadelphia), P Yacksel Rios (from Reading); Goings: P Mark Peterson (Released), P Mark Appel (Placed on DL), INF Jorge Flores (to Reading), OF Nick Williams (promoted to Philadelphia)
Ranger Suarez made his second start since his promotion to the Threshers. He faced the Dunedin Blue Jays in both starts. This familiarity did not help the Blue Jays. Nor did the addition of top prospects Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero Jr. in the interim.
Suarez has held the Jays scoreless in ten innings. He has given up 8 hits, walked three, and struck out 17. The 21-year old lefty was particularly effective last night in Clearwater’s victory. More below. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/18/2017
Lakewood’s Nick Fanti no-hit Charleston and Henri Lartigue provided all the offense with his seventh HR.
Lehigh Valley beat Gwinnett with a 5-run ninth. J.P. Crawford hit his eighth home run.
Reading rushed out to a ten-run lead over New Hampshire.
The GCL Phillies rallied in the ninth only to let the game slip away in the bottom of the inning.
Clearwater and Williamsport were rained out.
Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/17/2017