Box Score Recap – 8/11/2017

Another rough night for the organization.  Lakewood got the only win with an eighth inning rally.

Lehigh Valley had a brief lead but Cody Asche put an end to that.

Reading lost in a walk off.

Clearwater offered little support to Sixto.

The GCL Phillies rallied from 9-0 to lose by one.

And, Williamsport was rained out.

Lehigh Valley (68-51)  lost to Charlotte, 5-2.

Jose Taveras gave up his first runs as an IronPig.  He gave up 3 runs in six innings, walked three, and struck out two.  He gave up 2 HR, the second a two-run shot to Cody Asche.  Joe DeNato (7.45) gave up 2 runs on a HR in his one inning.  Alexis Rivero (6.43) finished up with two shutout innings.

The IronPigs line up looks anemic now that it’s missing Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, and Rhys Hoskins.  They were able to collect 7 hits against the Knights.  Their only 2 runs gave them a short-lived lead in the fourth inning on J.P. Crawford’s RBI double and Brock Stassi’s SF.

  • #3: Kingery (.302: went 2-4 with a run scored
  • #4: Crawford (.236): went 1-4 with a run scored, double, RBI (51), 2 K
  • #5: Alfaro (.241): promoted to Philadelphia
  • #6: Hoskins (.284): promoted to Philadelphia
  • #8: Williams (.280):  has exceeded the 130 PA limitation for prospect status
  • #11: Cozens (.220): went 0-3 with a K
  • #12: Quinn (.274): 7-Day DL
  • #17: Pinto (5-3, 4.11):
  • #28: Lively (7-3, 2.62): (39 days/42.2 IP w/Phils) 
  • Pullin (.239): went 1-3 with a double, K
  • Eflin (1-3, 4.10): promoted to Philadelphia
  • #31: Eshelman (8-3, 2.78): 
  • Leibrandt (4-1, 3.14): 
  • Therrien (0-0, 1.57): promoted to Philadelphia
  • Taveras (1-0, 0.00):

Reading (60-56)  lost to Richmond, 5-4 in a walk off.

Cole Irvin gave up 3 runs in seven innings.  Austin Davis pitched a scoreless eighth.  But, Victor Arano couldn’t hold onto a one-run lead, giving up a two-out walk and a two-out, two-run HR.

Coed Sandberg (.284) had 3 hits, his third HR, 2 RBI, and a stolen base.  Chace Numata (.246) and Damek Tomscha (.286) had 2 hits apiece.

Reading took an early lead on Damek Tomscha’s RBI ground out in the second.  They stretched their lead to three with 2 runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Cord Sandberg and Angelo Mora.  Sandberg’s lead off HR in the seventh broke a tie giving the Phils the lead they carried into the ninth.

  • #21: El. Garcia (2.25): 
  • #25: Anderson (8-4, 3.72):
  • #29: Arano (1-2, 4.03): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • #26: Tocci (.312): went 0-5 with 2 K
  • Tromp (.286): went 1-3 with a run scored, double, BB, K
  • Martin (.198): went 1-5 with a K
  • Walding (.232): 7-day DL
  • Irvin (5-2, 4.47): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
  • Taveras (0-1, 3.97): promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • Davis (3-2, 2.95): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • DeNato (5-1, 1.09): promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • Watson (3-5, 4.50): 

Clearwater (61-57)  lost to Lakeland, 3-2.

Sixto Sanchez made his Clearwater home debut in front of a score of scouts.  He didn’t disappoint.  Though the outcome wasn’t what was expected, the recently turned 19-year old put on a display.  He charged through the Lakeland line up, retiring the 12 batters in the first four innings on 42 pitches.  He had struck out two, touched 100 MPH four times, and had begun getting a lot of swing and miss at his off speed offerings.

Photo courtesy of the Clearwater Threshers

However, baseball games last more than four innings, and it is a game of adjustments.  The middle of the Lakeland order adjusted in the fifth inning.  After a pop up to shallow center field, the first chink in Sanchez’ armor appeared as he threw his first 3-ball count and walked the batter.  He stalked behind the mound in a way that I thought he was upset with himself.  (Maybe the umpire, but I thought the 2-2 and 3-2 pitches were clearly out of the strike zone.)

Sanchez next pitch was lined into left field for a single, the hardest hit ball off Sanchez up to that point.  He quickly fell behind the next batter 3-0 then served up a hard, one hopper that looked like it went through our third baseman for a triple to the left field wall.  Two batters later, that runner scored on an infield hit to short.  (Jose Gomez went deeeep into the hole, gloved a hard hit grounder, and lofted a strong jump-throw to first.  Close play, a taller first baseman would have had the runner, a better first baseman would have caught the ball.)

Sanchez got the final out of the fifth inning on some 98 MPH gas.  He gave up a ground ball single in the sixth with two out, but retired the last batter he would face on a strike out at 99 MPH.

Here’s a break down of Sanchez’ evening –

  • 7-pitch first inning – 97 CS, 98 CS, 99 3U, 99 CS, 98 pop 1B, 98 CS, 83 DP
  • 11-pitch second inning – 8 FB (95-100), 3 off speed
  • 11-pitch third inning – 5 FB (97-100), 5 off speed, 1st K swinging at 100
  • 13-pitch inning – 5 FB (97-100), 8 off speed, 2nd K swinging at 90
  • also in the four his first non K swings and misses at 87, 89, 87, 97
  • thru 4 innings – 42 pitches, 29 strikes, 10 of 13 FPS, 4th ended on a caught stealing
  • 23-pitch 5th inning – 13 FB (94-99), 10 off speed, 3rd K swinging at 98
  • 12-pitch 6th inning – 11 FB (93-99), 1 off speed, 4th K swinging at 99
  • 77 total pitches, 52 strikes (67.5%), 17 of 24 FPS (70.8%)
  • 49 FB, 28 off speed
  • 49 FB – 29 strikes, 20 balls
  • 28 off speed, – 23 strikes, 5 balls
  • 8 swings and misses – 100 K, 87, 89, 90 K, 97, 97, 98 K, 99 K
  • 13 called strikes – 8 FB, 5 off speed
  • 13 foul balls – 9 FB, 4 off speed
  • 6 base hits – 3 FB (2 singles, triple), 3 off speed (3 singles)
  • 12 balls put in play for outs – 5 FB, 7 off speed
  • None of these 12 outs was hit hard
  • The only hard hit balls were the LD single, GB triple, and the infield single
  • FB sat 98-99, 100 (4X), 99 (11X), 98 (14X), 97 (7X), 96 (4X), 95 (6X), 94 (2X), 93 (1X)
  • As the rotation stands, next start Thursday v. St. Lucie Mets (and Tim Tebow)

It’s apparent to me that Sanchez’ game plan is to establish the FB early and increase his use of off speed pitches as the game progresses.  He appears to have done that well as he was more effective with his off speed stuff.  Tonight’s was a good outcome.  He’s learning that he can’t rely on his fastball as the batters he faces become more advanced.  He’s learning to use his off speed pitches and to trust them.  I see now that he needed the challenge of Advanced A.

Luke Leftwich (3.07) struck out 4 in two scoreless innings.  Seth McGarry (1.75) struck out 2 in one scoreless inning.

Clearwater’s anemic offense came into the game having scored 2 runs in 37 innings.  They managed to give Sanchez a one run lead in the fourth inning on Zach Green’s RBI single. They closed to within one run in the seventh inning on Green’s solo HR (5).

Zach Green went 3-4 with a HR (5) and 2 RBI.  Cornelius Randolph singled and scored.

Lakewood (61-57) beat Delmarva, 5-4.

Lakewood rallied with 3 runs in the eighth inning to overcome the Shorebirds’4-run sixth.

Gustavo Armas (5.31) had kept Delmarva off the board until that sixth inning.  He gave up 6 hits, walked none, and struck out four.  Ismael Cabrera (8-5, 3.67) got the win with two shutout innings.  Will Hibbs (1.81) earned his 14th save.

Every BlueClaw had at least one hit, Raul Rivas (.293) had two.

The BlueClaws scored a run in the first on Austin Listi’s SF.  They scored another run in the fourth on Henri Lartigue’s 8th HR of the season.  And, when trailing by 2 runs, they scored 3 runs in the eighth on Darick Hall’s lead off HR (23), and RBI singles by Raul Rivas and Jesus Alastre.

  • #1: Moniak (.250): went 1-5 with a double, K
  • #2: Sanchez (5-3, 2.41): promoted to Clearwater
  • #10: Medina (4-7, 3.14):
  • #20: Brito (.237): went 1-5 with a run scored, 2 Kdouble
  • Gamboa (.231): went 1-5 with a K
  • Hall (.269): went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (23), RBI (81), K, HBP
  • Lartigue (.268): went 1-3 with a run scored, HR (8), RBI (42), K
  • Alastre (.320) went 1-4, with an RBI, K, SB
  • Williams (.223): DNP
  • (#9) Zoellner: 7-Day DL, (rehabbing in Clearwater)
  • (#13) Fitch (.364): went 1-3, with 2 BB
  • (#17) Listi (.229) went 1-3 with a run scored, RBI, BB
  • Falter (6-6, 3.21):
  • #32: Fanti (7-2, 2.76):
  • Llovera (1-2, 2.55):
  • (#15) Al. Garcia: 7-Day DL (still in Clearwater)
  • (#19) Russ (0-1, 4.11): 
  • Requena (9-4, 2.74):

Williamsport (24-22)  postponed, rain.

GCL Phillies (25-15) lost to the GCL Tigers West, 9-8.

A rocky, seven-run fifth inning buried the Phillies and a six-run rally in the eighth fell short.

Jose Jimenez gave up 9 hits and a walk that led to 7 runs (5 earned).  He left with one out in the fifth inning and the bases loaded.  Bailey Cummings and struggled to get two outs.  He walked one and gave up 2 hits that allowed all 3 inherited runners to score as well as 2 additional runs.  Robinson Martinez (3.68) tossed 3 shutout innings.  Jakob Hernandez pitched the final inning and struck out one while allowing his first base runner on the first hit he has allowed in 5 appearances this summer.

The Phillies managed just seven hits but drew 10 walks.  After the Tigers opened up a 9-0 lead, they scored 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth on 2 walks and a fielding error before Quincy Nieporte’s SF and another walk before Edwin Rodriguez’ HBP forced in a run.

The Phillies scored 6 runs in the eighth on bases-loaded wild pitch, Yahir Gurrola’s bases-loaded RBI single, Nieporte’s bases-loaded RBI single, Keudy Bocio’s RBI ground out, Edwin Rodriguez’ RBI ground out, and Lenin Rodriguez’ RBI single.

Quincy Nieporte and Lenin Rodriguez had 2 hits each.

Kevin Markham picked up an outfield assist (third base).

Jakob Hernandez picked a runner off first base.

Jack Zoellner went 0-1 before being replaced at third base by D.J. Stewart at the start of the fourth inning.

Jimenez sported a FB at 87-91, an 83-84 CH, and a mid 70s CB.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.


  • 8/11 – Phillies placed RHP Vince Velasquez on the 10-Day DL. Right middle finger injury
  • 8/11 – Phillies recalled 3B Ty Kelly from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 8/11 – Reading placed 3B Harold Martinez on the 7-Day DL. Right hip flexor strain
  • 8/11 – 2B Derek Campbell assigned to Reading from Clearwater
  • 8/11 – Carlos Duran assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
  • 8/11 – RHP Connor Seabold assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
  • 8/10 – Phillies optioned CF Cameron Perkins to Lehigh Valley
  • 8/10 – Phillies selected the contract of 1B Rhys Hoskins from Lehigh Valley
  • 8/10 – Lakewood BlueClaws activated C Henri Lartigue from the 7-Day DL
  • 8/10 – Lakewood BlueClaws placed LHP Jonathan Hennigan on the 7-Day DL retroactive to August 9, 2017
  • 8/9 – Reading Fightin Phils activated LHP Elniery Garcia from the restricted list
  • 8/9 – RHP Ramon Rosso assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies
  • 8/8 – Phillies recalled RHP Zach Eflin from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 8/8 – Reading Fightin Phils activated C Chace Numata from the 7-day disabled list
  • 8/8 – C Austin Bossart assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 8/8 – Clearwater Threshers placed RHP Edgar Garcia on the 7-day disabled list
  • 8/8 – Clearwater Threshers placed 3B Jose Antequera on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 7, 2017
  • 8/8 – Lakewood BlueClaws placed CF Carlos Duran on the temporarily inactive list
  • 8/8 – Luis Carrasco assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 8/8 – RHP Mauricio Llovera assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 8/8 – RHP Alejandro Requena assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws
  • 8/8 – Elniery Garcia issued #8 on the Reading roster, although on rehab assignment still listed as on Restricted List
  • 8/7 – Phillies placed C Andrew Knapp on the 10-Day DL retroactive to August 4, 2017. Bruised right hand
  • 8/7 – Reading Fightin Phils placed RHP Alberto Tirado on the 7-Day DL retroactive to August 5, 2017. Right shoulder strain
  • 8/7 – Clearwater Threshers activated SS Jose Gomez from the 7-day disabled list
  • 8/7 – CF Carlos Duran assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Clearwater Threshers
  • 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.

21 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/11/2017

  1. Cord Sandberg should get a shout out today. In his last 10 games, he’s hitting .419. He’s hit 2 HRs and has 6 RBIs. @ Reading he’s hitting .284/.308/.473/.781. He’s played at 3 levels this year and has done a very good job at each. The former 3rd round pick is a good defender who is putting it all together this year.

    1. Now he (not cozens) is someone you can say was a legit 2 sport guy where he def wasn’t 110% all baseball. I believe he was committed to Miss State as a QB, I could however be wrong. I concur tho, I’ve noticed that he’s been picking it up lately and doing a little bit of everything. What are the grades on his D and speed? Anyone? Does he have enough speed that he can steal 15-20 a year? I feel like that might be a reach tho

      1. I saw him with Lakewood last year, he looked the part as he had good speed and defense, a nice swing but for whatever reason couldn’t put it all together. I do recall him being a QB at the time of the draft.

        1. To be fair Mississippi State did fine without Cord, they had Dak Prescott and they also did really well in the years Cord would have been on the team . . . may not have been a starting QB, could have been why he decided to sign.

    2. really important Cord got hot at this time because it was starting to look like he would pursue football next year if things didn’t start turning around. Been one of my favorites to watch.

  2. Sixto Sanchez is definetely a future Luis Severino. Hope is remains healthy.
    Bats keep worrying me massively.

  3. Sixto had 4 shutout innings before he was hit around a little. This wS a nice bounce back from his last start. Irvin pitched ok again although not great. major league pitcher?? Taveras pitched ok also. Is he a major league pitcher? I’m very disappointed by Cozens who has somehow slipped backwards recently. We need more hitters to step up.

  4. Was at the Clearwooder game yesterday, Sixto doesn’t get credit for his start in the box score. Sloppy play by Green not being able to field a ball right at him lead to the 3 run inning. Otherwise I agree with the write up, great stuff to watch.

  5. Suarez and Arauz have a shot to get the Pitcher of the Week award. If they deliver today and tomorrow, either one could be named Pitcher of the Week

  6. I wonder if stats tell you what I just saw in first inning of iron pigs game. Herlis rodrquez made a great catch on a bullet to dead center field. Then next batter hit a line bullet to left but right at outfielder. so it shows no hits. but Thompson is like hitting against larry bowa in batting practice. J P UP NOW, Grounder to first for Crawford.

    1. ….. measure pitchers?
      Ideally, be able to judge them without the defence clouding the issue. We certainly shouldn’t involve bats, so wins and losses are outs. We must build upon the things that the pitcher is solely responsible for: strikeouts (mostly), walks, HBP, and home runs. After these are taken into account, we can start looking at batted balls – third generation data gives us some insight into how difficult a ball is to field, although it’s not as accurate as we’d like. Anyway, my belief is that if a pitcher gives up a drive that’s an out 90% of the time with an average defence, we should give him 0.9 of an out. Credit for the quality of the defence should probably go to the actual defenders rather than the pitcher. Actually doing this is non-trivial, but it’s the direction we should be steering our statistics.

      1. Watching game last night. announcer said that Last year the hard hit balls off Thompson were caught, this year they are hits. Watching Cozens I couldn’t see anything to tell me why he isn’t hitting. his swing looks good, the first at bat the ump called him out on a strike that was funny. the ball almost hit the ground I just cant figure out what he is doing to not make contact. Volstead was a good test for the kids like Crawford and kingery. not great velo but knows how to pitch. keeps batters off balance at this level.

        1. Crawford looks so much more determined…whether it is at the plate or in the field directing and communicating with Kingery and Florimon last night.
          Like he is the captain of the ship.

      1. Everyone was so quick to sit Joseph! You can’t just hand someone a starting job without them proving themselves. I love Hoskins but he’s gotta prove himself before taking over 1B!

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