Box Score Recap – 8/14/2017

Very little action yesterday.  The GCL Phillies swept a double header.  Clearwater hosted the St. Lucie Mets.  They were the perfect hosts as they gave the visitors a big 9-0 lead that included an 8-run fourth inning.  

Tim Tebow celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday.  He looked over-matched against Seranthony Dominguez’ fastball in his first at bat, a soft roller to third on a 97 MPH FB.  He fell behind 0-2 in his second at bat, but drew a walk when the umpire missed a strike on the 0-2 pitch and maybe one later in the count.  He lofted a soft liner later in the inning off a reliever for a 2-run single.  He grounded back to the pitcher in the sixth, walked again in the seventh, and struck out against J.D. Hammer in the ninth

The attendance was 5543, the third largest crowd of the season, the largest that didn’t offer fire works afterward.  It was the largest on a Monday by over 1000.  The crowd was definitely pro-Mets and pro-Tebow.  He plays the outfield like a punt returner.  He tracked back to the fence to make a catch taking an interesting rout to the ball.  I remarked to my broadcast partner that he looked like he was fielding a punt.  On a few balls that dropped in front of him, he tended to pull up to avoid expected contact.  I got the impression he would like to call for a fair catch.

In case you missed the reference above, I did color on the radio broadcast after the game got out of hand.  And I may have predicted Pujols’ HR, depending how you interpret my on-air comment.

Lehigh Valley (69-52)  no game scheduled.

Reading (62-57)  no game scheduled.

Clearwater (61-59)  lost to St. Lucie, 12-7.  An 8-run fourth inning settled the issue early.

Seranthony Dominguez took the mound against the St. Lucie Mets.  He pitched very well in the first three innings, but had a disturbing pattern of getting two outs then extending the inning.  He gave up a two-out HR in the first inning that just cleared the right center field fence that got a little boost from a 6 MPH tail wind.

Dominguez ran into all sorts of trouble in a 36-pitch fourth inning and only retired two batters.  Aside from the HR, most balls that the Mets put in play were not that hard hit. They led off the fourth with a flare just over the first baseman.  The runner was nailed trying to stretch the hit into a double, Carlos Duran’s second outfield assist of the game.

Dominguez then ran 3-ball counts on the next four batters that resulted in a double and three walks.  An RBI single and his fourth strike out ended his evening.  He exited the game having given up 3 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks and the bases loaded.  He was eventually charged with 3 more runs as Blake Quinn (4.34) put out the fire with a gallon of gasoline. The worst part of which was the soft liner to center by Tim Tebow that scored 2 runs.  Tyler Gilbert (3.44) gave up 3 runs in one inning before Luke Leftwich (3.03) , Seth McGarry, and J.D. Hammer (1.29) each tossed a shutout inning.

Clearwater broke the shutout on Wilson Garcia’s 12th HR in the fourth inning. They made the score respectable with 6 runs in the eighth on Garcia’s RBI single, Edgar Cabral’s 2-run double, and Jose Pujols’ “rally-killing”, 3-run HR (6) to right field.

Wilson Garcia (.275) went 4-4 with a run scored, HR (12), and 2 RBI.  Cornelius Randolph chipped in with 3 hits.

Dominguez threw 61 FB that ranged from 94-98 MPH.  It sat 96-97 most of the night –

  • 98 mph –       4
  • 97 mph –    21
  • 96 mph –    23
  • 95 mph –    11
  • 94 mph –       2

Dominguez recently cracked the MLB top 30.  However, take the scouting write-up with a grain of salt.  While it states that his FB has topped out at 97-98, it limits his FB at 93-94 as a starter.  As you can see above and in all my previous reports on Dominguez, his FB sits in a much higher range.  He also sports a SL, CH, and CB.  I’m assuming they were referring to his SL when they said breaking ball since he throws his CB sparingly.  I guess the point is don’t accept scouting reports as gospel.

Lakewood (62-58) no game scheduled.

Williamsport (25-24)  no game scheduled.

GCL Phillies (27-16)  swept a double header from the GCL Yankees West, 12-0 and 3-1.

Game One was the completion of a suspended game from July 19th.  It was suspended after the top of the second with the Phillies leading 4-0 on a 2-run double by Edwin Rodriguez and a 2-run triple by Kevin Markham.  Ethan Lindow had struck out the side in the first inning.

The game continued today with Robinson Martinez (2.92) on the mound.  He pitched three scoreless innings, walking 3 and striking out two.  Ben Brown tossed two scoreless allowing one hit and striking out two.  Rafale Carvajal also threw two scoreless innings. Justin Miller finished up with another scoreless inning.

The Phillies lead held up until the sixth inning when they began building on it with 2 runs on a throwing error and Brayan Gonzalez’ SF.  They added added 5 runs in the seventh on a fielding error, Jake Holmes’ RBI single, a balk, Ben Pelletier’s RBI single, and a Brayan Gonzalez ground out.  They tacked on one more run in the ninth on a Pelletier SF.

  • Pelletier (.339): went 2-4 with a run scored, 2 RBI
  • Gonzalez (.290): went 1-3 with a run scored 2 RBI, K
  • Bocio (.286): went 0-1
  • (#11) Holmes (.224): went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, double, RBI
  • (#24) Markham (.174): went 1-5 with a run scored, triple, 2 RBI
  • (#26) Nieporte (.307): went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, 1 K
  • (#27) Gurrola (.347): went 0-4 with a run scored, 2 K
  • (#39) Stewart (.150): entered as a PH and went 0-0 with a BB
  • (#5) Lindow (1-1, 1.80): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Carvajal (2-2, 2.30): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Miller (1-2, 6.75): 1.0, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB
  • (#33) B. Brown (0-0, 1.50): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Game Two:  Manuel Silva pitched five innings of one-run ball.  He gave up 3 hits, walked three, and struck out four.  Oscar Marcelino (1.69) walked four in two innings of relief and got his second save.

The Phillies scored in the first inning on Quincy Nieporte’s RBI single.  They broke a tie with 2 runs in the sixth on Yahir Gurrola’s 2-run double.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

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49 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/14/2017

  1. Among the GCL batting leaders, Gurrola is 4th in BA and Pelletier is 5th. Gurrola is 3rd in OBP. Neiporte is 2nd in Slg% and 5th in OPS. Neiporte is also tied for 4th in doubles. Muzziotti is 1st in Triples. As a team, they are 1st in BA, Slg% and OPS and 4th in OBP. They are also 1st in Hits, Runs scored and RBIs, They are tied for 3rd in HRs. This is well rounded team. They have some good hitters, some power guys and some guys who can knock guys in. Solid performance from LA guys and combined with guys taken in the draft. There’s probably not 1 stand-above-all-others guy but they are well rounded.

    1. He hasn’t exhausted his rookie eligibility so as far as I’m concerned, he’s fair game. I think that’s how this site has always operated anyway.

      Too bad it was a west coast game; I had to settle for highlights. Hopefully we see a lot more of that from Rhys.

    2. He’s still a prospect and a part of the Phillies future teams… I believe that qualifies him to be in our discussion

      1. I never said he was tired. I believe that was your speculation. I’ve been saying all along that he is hitting just fine. That’s because I actually see him play in person rather than just read about him and look at box scores.

        1. You have zero reading comprehension. I said he was doing fine and was going thru a mini-slump (1-14 at the time). You and others were speculating he was tired which is ridiculous and excuse making for a 21 year old kid that I am sure would have none of it.

          You selectively read what you want as I have posted I have seen Haseley five times this year and like him a lot. I intend to see him for a sixth time Saturday night in Lakewood, weather permitting.

          1. No I was ‘wondering’ if he was tired from yesterday’s box score recap.
            Not physically, but the change of lifestyle from college life to professional everyday routine of ‘work’ and a mental drain that goes with it.
            Change and relocation can be stressful at times.

  2. 40/7

    I know many people want Crawford and Kingery up to start next season if not right now. I am okay with both starting next year in Lehigh, especially Kingery. Why? 40/7 that is Kingery’s K/BB in AAA. It is actually surprisingly similar to his numbers in AA last year- 36/5. If Kingery can get his K/BB numbers closer to what he did in AA this year by May/June then you bring him up.

    1. Yes, agreed and good point. It’s the one weakness in his game and it’s good for him to address that in the minors before he is recalled. He’ll never walk like Crawford does but it would be good for him to improve those percentages.

    2. Aron – i don’t agree with that. You have to look it up also in a bigger picture rather than focusing on small one. Kingery has been consistently at 2.3 – 2.4 KK/BB rate since he turn pro. Kingery made a jump in OPS (probably around 17% increase) which resulted to about 12% increase in KK/BB rate (from 2.3/2.4 to 2.6).

      Also, you only looked at Kingery’s KK/BB after he was promoted to AA – 36/5, but you failed to consider that when Kingery started in AA (after making the adjustments) his KK/BB in AA – 51/28 and that includes an increase in total OPS.

      At 1,200+ AB, Kingery’s overall KK/BB is 2.46 which is closed to his year-to-year average. To me, this is not really a big concern. Kingery will struggle after a promotion (which is normal) but showed that he will the necessary adjustment, thus, bringing him back close to where he should be.

      1. I most definitely did not fail to consider Kingery’s 51/28 K/BB rate this year in AA. I explicitly stated that he needs to return to a semblance of that by May/June of next year to warrant a promotion. I even pointed out he made such an adjustment between last year and this year in AA. I’d like to see him do the same in AAA.

        1. i do agree with you that Kingery-JPC should start in AAA and come up together mid-2018. both Kingery-JPC will have their struggles, but i don’t see any regression in their physical abilities. Both can be at least an average hitter but a plus defender when they play in the big leagues.

    3. I’m also ok with both starting in AAA next year, but for different reasons. Crawford needs a bit more work on fielding. At this point Galvis the the better SS and hitter, so Crawford would ride the pine when he needs to play every day. For Kingery it’s a 40-man numbers thing. Too many players to protect and Kingery doesn’t need to be one of them, so not now. Next year? Well there’s that matter of playing time again unless Cesar is traded.

      1. Crawford would be Top 10 in OPS for SS in MLB. I would take him over Galvis any day of the week. Top 10 in Homers. Top 8 in RBIs. Top 4 in OBP. He blows Glavis out of the water in almost every category.

        I know you didn’t call him a bust, but just wondering where all his naysayers have been recently?

        1. And I should add that Crawford will probably end up with the same or better BA than Galvis this season. i get that I am not comparing apples to apples with AAA vs MLB, but just making a point that Crawford’s plate discipline and offensive numbers are better than Galvis’ peak.

        2. Why do people think 2 months of stats in AAA will immediately translate into MLB performance? I am in no way a naysayer on Crawford. while by June I was concerned about his lack of authoritative contact I realized that 1. He was promoted too soon from AA and 2. he still had excellent batting eye. I think he will be an upgrade over Galvis. But I am okay with him starting next year in AAA so that he can show more than just a couple of months of success.

          In the end I would love to see the Phillies trade Cesar and Galvis to fill holes on the roster (or convert Galvis to a utility infielder (albeit an expensive one with his likely Arb number next year)). I am just not certain we will get the return that some people think we are going to get.

          1. Yet people said he wouldn’t be good in MLB and was a bust from judging his bad April and bad stretch from last year? LOL

            1. Oh My God people over react on the internet? You won’t find a post on this site or any other where I said he was a bust. But in the defense of those people, by June there was about a year of less than encouraging performance from Crawford (not just a bad April and a bad stretch from last year). Also there were some professional evaluators that had worrisome things to say as well. Professional evaluators can be wrong and over re-act, as well.

          2. Would you do Galvis/Franco/Pivetta to the Jays for Josh Donaldson? With Tulo down again I have to believe there is something you can do with the Jays.

            The Jays aren’t going to extend JD so they might as well get something for him now.

            1. DMAR….you do realize thought he is entering his age32 season in ’18, he is also arb eligible for the first time…..so get ready to talk some money since he does become a FA in 2019..

            2. no. Not enamored with JD. He would just be a stopgap, not the answer for the 2019 onward time period of contending

            3. i agree with Romus here. Donaldson will be looking for that one massive payday and possible a team in WIN-NOW mode is the one who will give him his paycheck.

              I’ve been emphasizing TIMELINE (to contend) in my proposed roster moves and I don’t see Donaldson fit in that timeline.

      2. Freddy has hit well for stretches before and then gone back to being terrible, so I don’t think we can say he’s a better hitter than Crawford.

        I think JP needs his chance in the majors if he finishes the year strong.

        1. You can never reach any definite conclusion as to what a prospect will do or how an existing major league player will continue to develop. What I think you can say, with a fair degree of assurance, is that the odds are that J.P. Crawford will develop into a significantly better offensive player than Freddy Galvis.

  3. Mezquita with another fine pitching effort today.
    He could be another young superb LHP in the system…27 innings ..WHIP 0.86 and SO/9 @ 9.6

  4. Looks like Lakewood solved the what do we do with Moniak and Haseley dilemma. One DHs and one plays Cf.

    1. I think we all suggested that a month ago. Where does everyone think Moniak goes in ’18? Start at Lakewood again? Still so young

    2. Speaking of Lakewood … Just one game , but Bailey Falter out-pitched Dylan Cease tonight.
      Falter 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 K Game Score 69
      Cease 5.1 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K Game Score 58

      1. This is a real disappointment, a downer for sure. I hope he rebounds quickly and returns on schedule, no set backs. What a shame.

  5. Like I said yesterday, our first 3 picks in 2016, all big $ signings, have had a miserable year. Moniak by far the best of the bunch. 0-4 tonight with 3 ks. I know it’s just one year but I’m not sure this first year could have gone much worse for them.

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