Box Score Recap – 8/25/2017

Here is the box score recap.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB..

Lehigh Valley beat Pawtucket, 4-3.  Henderson Alvarez made his first start and got knocked around a little – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K, WP.  Cesar Ramos (5-4, 3.90) picked up the win with one shut out inning.  Ricardo Pinto (3.86) pitched two shut out innings.  Pedro Beato (2.86) earned his 28th save with one shutout inning.  The IronPigs came back from the early deficit.  Dylan Cozens (.219) hit a HR (26), and had 2 RBI (71).  Scott Kingery (.305) extended his hitting streak to 23 games.  J.P. Crawford (.242) had a hit and 2 walks.

Reading rode a 3-run HR by Deivi Grullon (4) in the fifth inning to a 3-1 victory over Harrisburg.  Elniery Garcia (2-0, 1.40) gave up a runon 5 hits and 6 walks in 5.1 innings. Ranfi Casimiro (3.67) inherited a bases loaded situation and limited the damage to a single run.  He struck out 3 in 1.2 innings.  Jeff Singer (4.22) pitched two shutout innings for his 2nd save.  Garcia picked 2 runners off first base.  Damek Tomscha (.323) and Grullon (.242) had 2 hits each.  Coppola stole his 28th base.  Former Phillies farm hand, Jimmy Cordero had one of his best outings for the Senators, retiring the only batter he faced.  Looks like we dodged a bullet with Cordero – 6.75 ERA, 38 G, 46.2 IP, 35 BB, 36 K.

Clearwater postponed, inclement weather.  Sixto Day pushed back to Saturday as part of a double header in Lakeland.  Harold Arauz in game two.

Lakewood beat Kannapolis, 4-3.  Nick Fanti (8-2, 2.68) went 5.2 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and a career-high 4 walks.  He struck out six.  Tyler Hallead (4.86) stranded a runner but gave up a run of his own in 0.2 innings.  Will Hibbs (1.95) stranded 2 runners, struck out four, and pitched 2.2 shutout innings while earning his 17th save.  Jesus Alastre (.317) had 3 hits, 2 doubles, and an RBI.  Raul Rivas (.287) had 2 hits and an RBI.  Our pitchers held Blake Rutherford and Jake Burger to 0-9 with a walk.

Williamsport was shut out by State College.  They managed just 2 singles by Cole Stobbe (2.04) and Josh Stephen (.249).  Kyle Young (5-2, 3.06) suffered the loss giving up 2 runs in 5.2 innings on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out four.  Zach Warren (4.01) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings.

The GCL Phillies came back to tie the Blue Jays in the eighth inning and won the game in the penalty kick phase in the tenth inning, 3-2.  With the victory, the Phillies extended their lead to 2.0 games over the Jays with 7 games remaining.

Sandro Rosario (4.30) allowed 2 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in five innings.  He threw his FB 90-94, and sat 91-93 MPH.  Jakob Hernandez (0.90) pitched two scoreless innings, and had to contend with leadoff base runners in both innings.  His FB was 87-89, sitting 88-89 MPH.  Oscar Marcelino (4-1, 1.75) pitched two scoreless innings and got the win.  Anton Kuznetsov (0.37) survived the inning starting with a runner placed on second base and earned his 4th save.  Trailing by a run, the Blue Jays played for the win and hit away rather than bunt and got a soft line drive just over the second baseman to put runners on the corners with nobody out.  AK47 got a shallow fly out to left, a strike out looking, and a come backer to preserve the win.

Our guys didn’t get many hits.  Dalton Guthrie laced a one-out double that one-hopped off the left field fence in the first inning but was stranded.  The Phillies went down in order until Ben Pelletier crushed a fly ball to the fence in deep center field that became a lead off double when the fielder crashed into the fence and couldn’t hold onto the ball.  But the Phillies couldn’t get a productive out and missed an opportunity to score.  Kevin Markham led off the sixth with an infield single but only got as far as second base.

It didn’t look good as we started the eighth inning.  Jake Holmes was hit by a pitch with one out.  Kevin Markham drew a walk from a 1-2 count.  And Jonathan Guzman walked with 2 outs.  Rafael Marchan lined a single to right to drive in the game-tying runs with the Phillies fourth and final hit.

In the tenth, Jesus Henriquez entered the game as a runner for Jack Zoellner who was required by rule to start the inning on second base.  Jake Holmes successfully sacrificed Henriquez to third.  Markham was intentionally walked (4 fingers, no pitches!).  And Keudy Bocio lifted a sacrifice fly to right to score the go-ahead run.

Our pitchers were victimized by the defense.  The game ended with the Jays having 10 hits and the Phillies 3 errors.  By the time I started the Recap, that had been changed to 11 hits and 2 errors.  Interesting to me since I had charged the Phillies with 6 errors on my score sheet.  But, I am notoriously pitcher friendly when I score.


  • 8/25 – Phillies activated LF Daniel Nava
  • 8/25 – Phillies optioned RHP Jake Thompson to Lehigh Valley
  • 8/25 – RHP Tommy Bergjans assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
  • 8/25 – RHP Henderson Alvarez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 8/25 – Reading placed LHP Austin Davis on the 7-Day DL retroactive to August 24, 2017. Left elbow strain
  • 8/24 – Phillies optioned RHP Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley
  • 8/24 – Phillies recalled RHP Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley
  • 8/24 – Reading activated 3B Mitch Walding from the 7-Day DL
  • 8/24 – RHP Mauricio Llovera assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
  • 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 signed free agent RHP Henderson Alvarez to a minor league contract
  • 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.

31 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/25/2017

  1. Can’t help but wonder what Alvarez’s velocity was. When healthy, I think he can run it up there into the high 90’s. Historically, that’s where he’s been most successful. Sure would be nice to find a serviceable arm, or better, from a reclamation attempt. We’re due!

  2. I know this is a prospect site but i’m assuming I can mention something about Nick Williams since he only recently lost his prospect status .. .. .. He really struggled on Friday night however one of his AB stuck out to me. He fell behind 0-2 and then worked the count to 3-2 while fouling off a few pitches (even tho there was at least 1 ball 4 in there) before he eventually struck out. I know it isn’t the result anyone wanted to see, including Williams however, it was nice to see him work to the full count and fight off some pitches after falling behind 0-2

    1. The key to Williams being a productive corner OF is his walk rate. He has always been a high strikeout guy. And he has decent power. If he can maintain his 7.5% walk rate or somehow get it up a bit, then he is a .350+ ob% guy with 20 homer power and good defense. If his ob% drops to below .320, then he is not a major league regular.

      1. Agreed.

        I will mention that CF play has left a little to be desired. I’d much prefer him to play a corner outfield spot.

        1. Helped by batting 8th (like Rupp has been this year too). Lots of #8 hitters get walks before the pitcher’s spot comes up.

  3. Cozens figure something out? Kingery just keeps going, this time at 3B, while JP played 2b

      1. The big red flag with Cozens is still the strikeouts, and there’s no indication those will be cut down. With JP, even when his batting average was will South of .200, he still had the ridiculous plate discipline.

        Here’s a question though: suppose Hoskins and Williams are the real deal and the Phils end up with a potent lineup. Could Cozens be a productive MLB player if he bats sixth or seventh in the lineup where he could hit .215 with 30 homers and 200ks?

        I say yes. He could be our Kingman/Deer/Dunne.


        1. If Cozens were doing that, he wouldn’t be better than Herrera or Altherr, probably. If he hits .215 then his OBP is going to be bad.

        2. Evaluation of Cozens for major league readiness is actually straightforward. when he raises his walk rate and lowers his k rate, he has a chance to be successful. As strange as it seems, the homeruns at AAA are almost meaningless as a predictor.

    1. When they fill out the lineup card at LHV do they pull names out of a hat or do they use a bingo wheel?

  4. Hall deserves to be bumped up. Idc about a silly HR record and surely he doesn’t either

    Cozens is Cozens again!
    Kingery extends hit streak

    Phuture is bright

    1. TrollU……I really thought he would be moved up 3 weeks ago….now there is 10 games left with a double-header scheduled for today. Might as well leave him there and finish up at LKW .
      Now have to see where the organization wants him to go for winter ball, if they do send him…after I assume some FIL time.
      Hopefully it is the AFL, that would be great for him.

      1. I’m a little perplexed as to why they haven’t. Maybe it’s because they usually promote yearly. Who knows. I’m on my couch for a reason lol

    2. I assume from a developmental standpoint, Hall hasn’t moved up because of his walk, k rate. Control of strike zone is a big marker for this front office. Also, given the Hoskins situation, they probably don’t feel any urgency to move a first baseman thru the system unlike SP help which is an urgency

      1. Hall has a rather strange metric past.
        His first two years at Cochise his slash line was plus….BA/OBP that is, and peripherals were very good…..but little HR power for a guy his size, but he also pitched, so that may have played a factor.
        Then when he got to DBU, his coach decided to alter his swing a little and the size and strength produced the HRs….but his BA/OBP line declined a bit.
        And he still pitched at DBU.
        Anyway… his history, he is not stranger to bettering himself when it comes to the hit tool and the discipline required to do that..

        1. What is dbu? is that a new stat? Cochise was a indian chief I thought, romus not one race did I hit today at Saratoga.

          1. rocco…..hah….Always Dreamin faded fast.
            Did not think West Coast would hold for the duration
            Sorry you struck out.
            DBU…Dallas Baptist University

  5. Kudos to v1again for your article on Rhys Hoskins earlier.You were the Only person that predicted that he would be a star! NO ONE else,( sportswriters,etc.) went out on a limb like you did,he wasn’t even top 50 on any lists.
    Now..he’s only played a small amount of games and will have slumps,etc. but so far..he’s done what no other player ever did in the HISTORY of the game!

    1. Thanks. Still a long way to go but amazing start.

      He just checks all of the boxes that I use to evaluate minor leaguers. Very rare to see huge power with low k rate and high walk rate and no handed splits.

  6. Cozens may well be our version of Joey Gallo. Frustrating at times but stretches where he just hits bomb after bomb.

  7. I saw somebody posted as Harry S. the other day. Just want to let you all know that is not me. Regarding the 1B position, Kyle Martin, the regular 1B at Reading is batting an anemic .191. Wilson Garcia at Clearwater is hitting .268, albeit with little power. So…why not move both Garcia and Hall up a notch to finish the season?

    1. Garcia is org filler and should not be the reason Hall is still in Lakewood. He is a below average fielding first baseman. I know he has a high Fld%, but that’s because he has no range. He can’t go left, can’t go right. Too short to help fielders on throws.

  8. Does anybody know the rating of Kingery’s arm? Seems like we’re trying guys at 3B. Can Kingery stick, allow us to keep Cesar and maybe move Galvis?

      1. JP is best suited for SS, Kingery best suited for 2B, Hernandez best suited for 2B but can play a passable 3B, and Galvis best suited for SS but can play anywhere. That being said it is best for the Phils management to pick who they want a 2B and SS long term starting next year and trade the others while their value remains high. Then go out and find a 3B who they want long term – unless Franco comes around. My preference is to let Kingery and JP play their natural positions. 3B in majors may be in limbo over the next year.

        1. If it is the Phillies intent to go after Machado for 3b (after 2018) then who plays there in 2018 is not necessarily all that important. I agree with you assessment of the players, but the Phillies are not going to be contenders next year. If Franco can’t produce (which at this point is a reasonable expectation) you trade either Galvis or Hernandez, depending on what i being offered, and keep the other to deal with the last infield position. You don’t trade both until Machado (or somebody else for 3b) signs on.

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