Box Score Recap – 8/26/2017

Here is the box score recap.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Lehigh Valley shut out Pawtucket, 3-0.  Tom Eshelman (9-3, 2.37) pitched seven, 4-hit innings, walked none, and struck out four.  Michael Mariot (4.53) pitched a scoreless inning.  And Pedro Beato (2.81) picked up his 29th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.  Cameron Perkins (.286) homered (7) in the first inning following a J.P. Crawford walk.  The runs held up until the IronPigs tacked on an insurance run in the ninth on Brock Stassi’s (.267) SF. Perkins had 2 of the ‘Pigs 3 hits, Angelo Mora  (.257) had the other hit.  Crawford walked and scored twice. Perkins (3) and Crawford (5) stole one base each.  Dylan Cozens (.217) struck out twice.

Reading was dumped by Harrisburg, 4-2.  Franklyn Kilome (1-2, 2.42) suffered the loss allowing 3 runs (only 2 ER) in six innings on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Garrett Cleavinger s(6.18) truck out 3 in two scoreless innings.  Shane Watson (4.16) gave up an unearned run in one inning.  The Phils scored single runs in the third and ninth innings on Mitch Walding’s RBI double and Christian Marrero’s (1) solo HR.  Marrero had 3 hits. Jiandido Tromp and and Walding had 2 hits each.

Clearwater postponed, inclement weather again.  Sixto Day pushed back another day to Sunday as part of a double header in Lakeland.  Ranger Suarez in game two.

Lakewood blew a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning and lost to Kannapolis, 7-2.  Felix Paulino (4.88) allowed one run in seven innings on 4 hits, zero walks, and 9 strike outs.  Addison Russ (1-2, 3.65) blew his third savwe of the season giving up 6 rusn on 5 hits and striking out two in one inning.  Only two of the runs were earned.  Every starter except Luke Williams (.222) had a hit.  All hits were singles except Adam Haseley’s (.250) double.  Haseley also walked twice, as did Williams.  The BlueClaws scored their two runs in the third inning on two-out, RBI singles by Austin Listi and Gregori Rivero.  Williams stole his 27th base.

Williamsport lost to State College, 3-1.  The Crosscutters managed just two hits and scored their only run on a wild pitch.  Julian Garcia (3-4, 3.57) gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in five innings.  He walked 3 and struck out eight.  Randy Alcantara (2.37) gave up a run in three innings.  Josh Stephen (.249) and Jake Scheiner (.234) had the only two hist, both singles. Malvin Matos threw a runner out at home plate.

The GCL Phillies opened up a 3.0 game lead with a convincing 5-1 victory over the GCL Blue Jays.  The teams enter division play for the final 6 games of the season, and will meet in a home-and-home series next week end.  (I’m not sure what the tie-breaker rules are, but the Phillies have a 7-1 edge head-to-head with the Jays.)  This should be a tough week as even the 4th place Tigers West are still eligible to win the division

Francisco Morales (2-2, 3.47) started and was on his way to a dominant start when he hit the third batter in the head with 2-outs and an 0-2 count.  The player was tended to while standing in foul territory and the decision was finally made to remove him from the game. He walked off under his own power.  After the 7-minute delay, catcher Lenin Rodriguez called for 2 inside pitches which were called strikes as the Blue Jay batter flinched. Rodriguez and Morales went outside and the batter stroked a single to the outfield.  The same pattern was followed with the next batter and the result was a run scoring single.

Those were the only hits Morales allowed.  The only other base runner was a hit batter in the third inning.  Morales final line was 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, HBP, WP.  His fastball was 91-95 MPH.  He got a lot of strikes on the inside corner against nervous right-handed batters, but also painted the outside corner, almost at will.  He looked real sharp today.

Ben Brown (3.00) and Rafael Carvajal (2.28) each pitched two, one-hit innings to polish off the Jays.

After the Jays took a 1-0 nothing lead in the first inning, the Phillies scored single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings, and 2 runs in the fifth.  Ben Pelletier (.337) doubled and scored on Lenin Rodriguez’ (.250) double in the second.  Keudy Bocio (.282) walked in the third, stole second (5), moved to third on a ground out, and scored on a balk.  Quincy Nieporte (.310) crushed a lead off HR (5) in the fourth.  And, in the fifth, Dalton Guthrie (.214) sacrificed Jesus Henriquez (single) and Bocio (HBP) before Nieporte brought them home with a two-out, two-run single.

Nieporte ahd 3 RBI.  Nieporte and Pelletier had 2 hits each.


  • 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.

18 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/26/2017

  1. Morales seems to be for real. A 17 yo performing pretty well in the GCL. Mid-90’s heat at his age is pretty impressive. He has a high number of BBs and hit batsmen but that will be what he has to work on. Not sure yet where he’ll go in the top 30 but he should be higher than Ortiz was in his 1st year. That was #15 last year for those checking their scorecards. Ortiz was #11 on my list so that could make Morales top 10 material.

    1. Should have said low to mid 90’s fastball. Sorry about that. I woke up to 50 degree weather this morning and I’m not used to it yet. It’s only August….

        1. Anyway, 50 degree days in August is one reason why I don’t live in Connecticut any longer, as nice as Connecticut can be.

          1. Nothing wrong at all with morning temps in the fifties, as the highs will climb a very pleasant 75 degrees or so with modest humidity. It’s another gorgeous late-summer day here in upstate New York. Certainly much more pleasant than the few days I spent in Columbia, SC, last week, where one didn’t want to be outside.

            1. Guys,

              I’m always impressed with how many Phillies Phans on this site live far away from the City of Brotherly Love.

              It’s understandable for us migrants to Florida as we age and move down to Check Out City. But the number in New England, upstate New York, California, Colorado, etc., is impressive. It goes to show that this site a a home away from our former home.

      1. One solution is to not wake up so early on the weekends. As a fellow northeast resident, I know I don’t wake up early.

        1. When I worked, I got up at 4am and was at my desk by 5. Now I can sleep all the way to 5am before I have to get up. I go for a long walk at 6am or so… snow boots and winter parka, if needed.

  2. Kingery’s hit streak ended. He had a nice run. Eshelman pitched very well. He’s not on the 40 yet, he’d be in Philly if he was. I’m sure he’s causing the Phils to do some rethinking of that.
    Morales, at 17, has to get everyone excited. I’d sure like to see GCL fight it’s way to the playoffs. Kilome pitched ok, not great, after his last start which had been his best. Looking forward to Sanchez and Suarez doubleheader. I really want the opponent knowing it will be a long day.

    1. No doubt!! Would love to be in Clearwater today for that double header…

      Nice games by Haseley, Pelletier, JPC, doing all the little things right…

  3. Other than Morales, who looks like a real deal GCL prospect? Just curious what you guys are seeing down there. Thanks!

    1. Checking the box score, through 4.2, Sixto has walked FIVE. 48 pitches, 24 strikes. Down 3-1. I guess some days are better than others…. Hopefully, Ranger pitches well later today.

    2. In the field Ben Pelletier looks great. Simon Muzziotti, and Keudy Bocio are also potential prospects. There are many pitchers. I’ll start with Manuel Silva, who is 6-0. Jhordany Mesquita has performed very well. Ethan Lindow (minus his last start) has been very good. There are other pitchers who have been outstanding in relief including Anton Kuznetsov, Oscar Marcelino, Jakob Hernandez, and Rafael Carvahal. I did not include Yahir Gurrola, a speedy outfielder who has been promoted to Williamsport and Quincy Neaporte, who is fairy old for this level, but has hit well.

  4. Sixto has not fared well since his promotion. Sometimes these kids need to be challenge. He will be just fine.
    Taveras with another excellent start. He needs more love.

      1. I was just curious if they’d keep him around another year since they gave him so much money.

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