Box Score Recap – 8/23/2017

Here is the box score recap.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB..

Lehigh Valley fell short and lost to Syracuse, 5-4.  Dylan Cozens (.215) showed signs of life with 2 hits, a double, and 2 RBI.

Reading lost to Bowie, 7-3.  Jake Waguespack (1-2, 5.09) gave up 4 runs on 7 hits in six innings.  He struck out six. Ranfi Casimiro (3.83) gave up a run on 3 hits in one inning of work.  Garrett Cleavinger (6.43) gave up the final 2 runs on a HR in his one inning.  Jiandido Tromp (.291) had 3 hits and 2 RBI.

Clearwater lost and fell further out of the North Division playoff race.  A 98 minute rain delay in the bottom of the first inning, knocked starter JoJo Romero out of the game. When the game resumed, Aaron Brown (0-1, 2.25) was on the mound.   He lasted 2.2 innings and gave up his first 3 runs as a Threshers’ pitcher.  Blake Quinn (4.56) added 3 runs in 3.1 innings and that was enough to beat Clearwater.  J.D. Hammer (0.71) struck out 3 in two innings.

The Threshers kept it close with a run in the third on a force out, a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Emmanuel Marrero, and 2 runs in the fifth on two-out RBI singles by Edgar Cabral and Austin Bossart.  The Threshers were hampered by their inability to come up with the key hit as they went 3-12 with RISP.

Lakewood broke out with 14 runs on 18 hits in a blow out win over Hagerstown.  Adam Haseley (.273) had 4 hits, scored 3 runs, and doubled.  Darick Hall (.274) also had 4 hits and 3 runs scored to go along with 2 HR (26) and 7 RBI (93), both are single season records for the BlueClaws.  Seven RBI ties the Claws single-game record.

Williamsport swept a double header from Auburn with a couple shutouts, 2-0 and 3-0.

Game One:  Andrew Brown (3-4, 3.40) threw six, 4-hit innings with 5 K.  Luis Ramiez (2.16) earned his 9th save.  The Crosscutters scored their two runs in the sixth inning.  Josh Stephen singled and Jhailyn Ortiz hit a ground rule double to set the table for Greg Pickett’s RBI single and Yahir Gurrola’s SF.

Game Two:  Spencer Howard (1-1, 4.94) threw five, 1-hit innings with 6 K.  Randy Alcantara (2.31) earned his 4th save.  The Crosscutters scored their 3 runs in the fourth inning.  Cole Stobbe hit a solo HR (8) and Malvin Matos hit a 2-run HR (3) after Nerluis Martinez walked.

The GCL Phillies lost to the GCL Pirates, but the GCL Blue Jays also lost.  So the Phillies still have a one-game lead in the division.  The Phillies pitchers had a difficult afternoon.  Ethan Lindow (2-2, 2.88) gave up an unearned run in the first inning, but was touched for 4 earned runs in the next two innings.  Ben Brown (3.60) gave up 3 runs in one inning of work.  Alberto Tirado made a rehab appearance on a 20-pitch count.  He struck out one, walked two, and got a double play ball on his 18th pitch.  He threw more balls than strikes. Sati Santa Cruz (5.63) gave up a towering solo HR over the right center field fence.  And Denny Martinez walked 3 and struck out 3 in two innings.  Phillies pitchers issued ten BB.

The Phillies trailed 8-0 before scoring a run in the fourth inning on a Quincy Nieporte RBI single following a Mitch Walding double.  They scored their second run on a fifth inning balk.  They added another run in the sixth on a Kipp Moore RBI single.  They got close with a three-spot in the seventh.  Jack Holmes opened the inning with a double and Walding, Edwin Rodriguez, and Kevin Markham followed with RBI doubles.  A Walding lead off triple and run scoring ground out closed out the scoring in the ninth.


  • 8/23 – Phillies optioned RHP Nick Pivetta to Lehigh Valley
  • 8/23 – Phillies optioned CF Cameron Perkins to Lehigh Valley
  • 8/23 – Phillies recalled RHP Drew Anderson from Lehigh Valley
  • 8/23 – Reading sent RHP Alberto Tirado on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies
  • 8/22 – Phillies placed RHP Zach Eflin on the 10-Day DL. Right shoulder strain
  • 8/22 – Phillies placed RHP Vince Velasquez on the 60-Day DL. Right middle finger
  • 8/22 – Phillies recalled Nick Pivetta from Lehigh Valley
  • 8/22 – Phillies recalled Yacksel Rios from Lehigh Valley
  • 8/22 – Reading sent 3B Mitch Walding on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies
  • 8/22 – Lehigh Valley activated SS Matt Williams from the temp. inactive list
  • 8/22 – RHP Drew Anderson assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 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.

57 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/23/2017

  1. Congrats to Darick Hall, who became the BlueClaws single-season home run and RBI leader!

    1. 2nd that. Pretty cool considering all the power guys we’ve had through there over the years.

  2. I saw Jo Jo Romero pitch last week in Clearwater and came away impressed. He pitching was good with mid 90’s fastball. But he has one of the best pickoff moves I have seen in a long time. He is a legit prospect

    1. Did Jo Jo only pitch one inning because of a rain delay? Hope it wasn’t for injury reasons?

  3. Kingery extended his impressive hitting streak in his final AB.

    Impressive game by Hall and Haseley. Still shocked that Hall hasn’t been called up to Clearwater. Does he double jump to reading next year? Imagine that bat with the “Reading effect”!

    1. Hall not being called up to CLW is pretty strange. Since CLW is using Wilson Garcia at 1B and he doesn’t look like a long term candidate for 1B in the organization, the question is why haven’t they promoted Hall? Let’s list possible reasons: 1st: He wasn’t considered a good prospect and were waiting for the negative side to show up. 2nd: They got caught up in the season he was having and just let the opportunity pass. 3rd: If they moved him earlier, there might not have been a single win for LKW from that point on.

      None of these reason make much sense especially since Garcia was his only competition, if he moved to CLW. I don’t know why. I was contemplating him getting the call in early August. It didn’t happen. Maybe letting him try for the HR and RBI records in LKW, might have been their reason. It’s not a sound one but it’s a reason. All the really good pitchers got the promotion call to CLW so why didn’t Hall get the call too? Inquiring minds want to know.

      He might double jump to Reading. He’ll certainly going to CLW until Martin melts down again in AA. He’ll be on a very short leash, if he starts AA poorly next year. Right now, I’d put Hall way ahead of Martin but I’m assuming Martin’s HRs this year will give him a little time next year to prove himself.

      1. maybe they just want Hall to break the HR and RBi record. I expect him to be promoted to CLW soon.

        Q might finish it out in GCL and try to see if the GCL team can win the league. Pickett just came back from injury so he might finish it out in WIL. So nothing really is pushing the 1B pipe line up that’s why the Hall’s promotion is slower than expected.

      2. I’ve seen Kyle Martin twice this week and there’s a lot of swing and miss there. Missed his best recent outing Tuesday.

    2. I don’t know, I think Hall is doing just fine in Lakewood. He’s having a really good season but his plate discipline is fair and his batting average is fine, but nothing extraordinary – he is now just finally getting to the point where he is dominating at low A ball and the season is almost over so whether he is promoted or not is just not a big deal. He is still in his age 21 season and next year he’ll be in his age 22 season at Clearwater – which means he’s ahead of the game. Let’s allow him to work on his game and not rush him too much. Believe me, if he dominates at Clearwater next year, he’ll be up to Reading before you know it.

      1. With his arm, like to see him get a few games in the corners out in the OF.
        Did pitch over 175 innings in two years with Cochise.
        Why wait, and then have to give him a crash course in 2019 or 2020 if he makes it to the doorstep.

        1. So you’re advocating trying him in the outfield? I don’t know much about him as an athlete so I can’t comment on whether or not it is a good idea. But if it’s a good idea I’m sure the Phillies will be the last ones to recognize this.

          1. Hah….correct, they will probably wait until the last moment if that day should come
            I surely would hope they have the foresight to realize if Hoskins is the real deal long term…then Hall will either be trade chip material or…..whatever?
            Hall has at least two or three more FILs scheduled, along with some winter ball seasons on tap….have him give it a go in those instances.
            Not sure what his leg speed is….but the 172 innings pitched at Cochise in those two years and the additional 97 innings last year at DBU indicates his arm is plenty strong for at least LF.

            1. Hall will be more valuable if his arm can handle the RF chore. I expect Ortiz to move to LF or 1B eventually. A corner quad of 1B Hoskins – RF Hall – LF Ortiz and possibly 3B of Machado, Mous or a regenerated Franco will provide power outage in CBP. Put Kingery or JPC on top of them then it will be like the old Phillies again.

            2. I don’t believe anybody that has seen Hall play would say he could play the OF. He is a big lumbering guy that is a 1B only type. Sure they could stick him in LF like Hoskins and say he is a LF but saying it doesn’t make it so. The Phillies don’t have a real 1B between Hoskins and Hall so keep Hall at 1B.

  4. Since Hoskins is still a rookie, can I mention him here? Just a little fun with small sample size …

    Hoskins is outslugging Mike Trout

    and even better

    Hoskins’ slugging (.729) is higher than Tommy Joseph’s OPS (.722)

    1. Ranfi Casimiro LOL funny name.

      Does anybody have an scouting report on Darrick Hall?

      And given Adam Haseley’s success in the organization does anybody think this is a better drafting strategy in stead of HS kids?

      1. I’m assuming you’re asking the last question because of the struggles of MM? For the record, Mike Trout was drafted out of HS.

        HS players are usually more raw (physically and mentally) just because of the age. However, the teams have more time to develop this raw player, and mold them to any way they see fit.

        College players are a more finished product, but the wear and tear from college can be significant at times. At this point, you’re pretty much tinkering with their development, instead of overhauling it.

        1. Halsely as a 19 yo freshman in the ACC: .250/.355/.322

          Moniak, 19, against professional players in full season ball: .237/.287/.336

          MM is a kid who has been challenged and needs time to develop.

            1. Not sure anyone has called him a bust. They’ve mostly rightly pointed out how overmatched he’s been this year.

        2. Last season Moniak hit .284 with a .340 OBP in the GCL. He started this season, not yet 19 years old, in Lakewood and was doing okay for a while, then started to fade. He’s the youngest player on the Lakewood roster. If he had been transferred to Williamsport when the season opened there, he probably would be doing much better and we wouldn’t have all this angst about his future.

          1. There’s definitely some truth to your comments. It will be interesting to see next year how he, Haseley and Randolph progress.

    2. Maybe Hoskins batting approach will influence others on the Major League roster? He had a number of impressive @ bats, regardless of result…

      1. If they all follow Hoskins’ approach at the plate, they will win a lot of games and will not end up with anything close to the top draft pick. However, somehow I don’t think that we have to worry too much about that happening.

  5. Also I’m happy with Jahylin Ortiz’s development, I really hope his athleticism holds up, his hit tool as well.

  6. I was front and center in believing that Nick Williams was going to get a rough welcome to the big leagues. I felt very strongly that he would at the very most be a 4th/5th OF in the majors, but more likely crash and burn worse than Domonic Brown. I’m still unsure of his long term success as I think pitchers will adjust and he will suffer some big struggles either over the next 5 weeks or possibly early next season. Having said that, seeing the way he is already working on his approach and apparently taking coaching, I’m starting to believe he has the mental capacity and willingness to learn and get better and make the necessary adjustments to be an everyday player. The bat speed he possesses is well above average. Seeing him turn on that 97 mph fastball on the inside corner and hitting a laser to dead center 430 ft convinced me that he has every ounce of talent he needs to be a strong major league OFer.

    1. Yes, Nick Williams is obviously working as hard as possible to improve his overall game, especially his plate discipline. The work and effort is noticeable.

      What’s been disappointing thus far are his fielding stats which are really fairly bad – noticeably bad and appear to swallow up most of the gains he has made with the bat. We are in SSS territory with all of this, but it’s not a good development. Still, his work at the bat make him an appealing trade commodity that is a very good development.

      1. He’s definitely dicey in the field. I don’t his range is that great, he has taken false steps, and his arm strength and accuracy are average.

    2. Buddy – like you, I was/am skeptical of Wiliams. But, I have to say I have been impressed with his athleticism, pure bat speed, hustle to first base, and seeming willingness to work some walks. As of this morning he had 13 or 14 walks in 145+ AB’s which isn’t world beating but from his minor league records one thought he walked about once in every 100 AB. He also sprays the ball around as well and is not afraid to punch the ball to the opposite field. I think he is a more skilled player than D Brown in almost all respects – for what that is worth.

  7. Went to the Lakewood-Hagerstown game last night. Here are a few observations:

    – There is a lot to like about the top of the Lakewood lineup, even with Moniak not playing.
    – Brito had a really solid single up the middle for his only hit and was very smooth around second base. Has a very loose and easy swing but you can tell his approach isn’t refined yet. If he tightens that up he could be a very exciting prospect.
    -Surprised by how compact and powerful Gamboa’s bat was. More power in his bat then I figured and he ran well. Didn’t get many chances in the field to see his ability. Was a pleasant surprise and could be a rising prospect if he puts it all together.
    -Haseley simply outclassed the Hagerstown pitching on this night, though he struggled with pitches down in the zone. I saw a comp somewhere to Brett Gardner and I can see it. Missed his double but he pulled a nice single to right then went over the shortstops head for a single later in the game. He had 3 hits, not 4 as it was reported. David Martinelli actually filled in later as the game got out of hand.
    Haseley also made a nice running catch and ended up bumping up against the centerfield fence to end an inning.
    -Hall crushed, and I mean it, two long homers to right field and two solid singles to right. I know some question his ability to make it through the higher levels, but the ball does jump off his bat. Can see him challenging for Reading in the next year. Hopefully he doesn’t plateau because of his plate discipline
    -I know he hasn’t been great, but Luke Williams, among the rest of the guys, put the ball in play hard three times, two of which were hits. He also showed excellent speed. Can’t see how he stays at third with his size though. Maybe second base?
    -The pitching wasn’t anything to write home about, as I missed Medina, Falter and Fanti. Carrasco was effectively wild though Hagerstown didn’t have Soto like the last time I went.
    -Don’t know how Hagerstown only was charged with two errors. They also had a wild pitch that got a run home (and the throw from the catcher to the pitcher was over his head too). They also overthrew a cutoff that went over the catchers head, botched a routine double play with a bounced throw to first and the catcher dropped a throw from the outfield on Brito’s sac fly that had Williams by several feet. Not a crisp game to say the least.

    Finally, I have quietly watched as commenters went back and forth on whether young minor leaguers wear down and how could a baseball player be tired. All they do is play one game a day.

    I have moved into the camp of saying Moniak and others are absolutely gassed at this point and that certainly is playing a factor (though not all of it certainly). He absolutely looks like a kid just out of high school and I am willing to be concerned but optimistic that he can find his stroke next year. Maybe not 1.1 level, but a productive major league swing.

    That being said, Moniak, Haseley and every other player took the time to sign numerous autographs and interact with fans, including my 9-year old son. It was pretty awesome. Kudos to them.

    1. Thanks for the report, cool that your son was able to get their autographs.

      I don’t know what to make of MM, it’s a touchy subject, and while the whole wearing down or not I can’t say but as someone that knows way more about hockey I’ll just add that it’s well known that most college players will hit a wall in their first pro season as they adjust from playing around 30-40+ games a year in the NCAA to 80-100 in the AHL/ECHL. Not saying it has anything to do with MM since it’s a different sport, but if you lack strength and aren’t used to having to grind it out every day I can see how it could impact you. Granted there likely are other issues that are in play, I can’t say as I’ve only seen a little of MM on I really didn’t take much notice of him, the few times I saw Haseley he was very impressive, but in small sample sizes I’m not trying to predict anything, just hope they all pan out to be the best they can be and the Phillies get back to being a playoff team again some day.

      Though it does make me wonder about the scouting. Clearly Sal and his team are doing a great job signing the LA kids and I shudder to think where we would be without him but now that they have changed up the head scout, it’s going to be interesting to see how it goes for him.

  8. Arky Gamboa with another solid night a the plate. This kid is really turning it on the past two weeks. Exciting stuff – hope to get to Lakewood before the season is over.

  9. Hey Jim, it seems like you’ve had a chance to see Aaron Brown on the mound since his conversion – do you where his velocity has been sitting? Any secondary offerings? Sorry if you’ve already posted about it.

    1. He has been throwing his fastball 89-92 MPH, sitting 89-91. He also throws a slider, curve ball, and occasional change up. He doesn’t feel his curve ball is back to its pre-draft level, and he says he plans to work on fastball command during the off season.

  10. Rhys Hoskins is unreal. I get scared of hot starts like this because pitchers will make adjustments, but in this case, I’m going to remain excited because his plate discipline and approach is so good that I think he will absolutely adjust and I’m very high on him being the Phils cleanup hitter for the next 8+ years. I think he might be a 280 avg 360 obp 35 HR kind of guy year in and year out.

    Phils now really need to address 3B and the starting rotation.

    1. Yes, I think someone used Anthony Rizzo as a comp for his expected performance – that’s a pretty good comp, I think.

      When J.P. and Kingery come up and we get Altherr and and Odubel humming too, it’s going to be something to behold. For the first time, you can really see something coming together here. It’s not that far off, at least on offense. A lot like 2005-06.

      1. The great thing is if 2 of 3 OFers pan out (Altherr, Odubel, Williams) they can still try to add a big time free agent OF to the mix. In the IF, if JPC and Kingery prove to be the real deal, and Cesar and Freddy keep improving, they’ll be able to move someone to 3B and still have a trade chip.

        Not sure it will happen, but if they could flip one or two of Joseph, Rupp, and Franco along with a Lively or Eflin plus an A ball prospect for a TOR guy that would be great.

        1. I’ll give it to you straight up, the trade won’t happen. If the Phillies want a TOR pitcher, they either wait for Sixto or sign him in FA (like Max Sherzer) and shell out the money.

          1. I don’t know why people think that you can trade 3 B level prospects and a couple of C level major leaguers to get a TOR guy. It won’t work and, in any event, you’re much better served waiting it out and shelling out the money.

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