Box Score Recap – 8/30/2017

Here is the box score recap.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Lehigh Valley beat Syracuse, 7-4, behind a 15-hit attack.  The top five guys in the line up had 11 hits.  Pitcher Henerson Alvarez had two.  His pinch hitter added another hit.

Alvarez (1-0, 3.75) pitched seven innings.  He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk.  He struck out three.  He needed just 79 pitches.  Cesar Ramos (3.87) pitched one inning and gave up a solo HR.  Pedro Beato (2.75) pitched the final inning and got his 30th save.

The IronPigs scored 3 runs in the third on RBI singles by Scott Kingery, J.P. Crawford, and Angelo Mora.  they scored 2 runs in the sixth on Alverez’ 2-run single.  And 2 more runs in the eighth on Andrew Pullin’s RBI double and Carlos Tocci’s RBI single.

Alvarez had 2 hits, doubled and scored the games’s first run, and had 2 RBI.  Mora (.280) had 4 hits.  Kingery (.300), Perkins (.291), and Stassi (.256) had 2 hits each.  Poor Dylan Cozens (.212) struck out 4 time and hit into a double play.  Tocci entered as a PH and had a hit and RBI.

Reading lost to New Hampshire, 8-2.  Elniery Garcia (2-1, 1.75) was a victim of himself, his defense and Ranfi Casimiro.  Garcia gave up 5 runs (2 ER) in 6.1 innings on 4 hits  He didn’t help himself, issuing 4 walks.  His defense committed 3 errors that lead to 3 unearned runs. And, Casimiro allowed both inherited runners to score, the first one on the first of 2 wild pitches.  Casimiro (3.53) gave up 2 runs in 0.2 innings, and Garrett Cleavinger (6.11) gave up a run in two innings.

The Phils scored first with 2 runs in the second inning on a bases loaded walk to Deivi Grullon and a Drew Stankiewicz RBI single.  Zack Coppola (.255), Grullon (.237), and Christian Marrero (.400) had 2 hits each.  The Phils collected ten, all singles.

Clearwater lost to Charlotte, 6-4.  Seranthony Dominguez (4-4, 3.67) was staked to a 3-0 lead, but couldn’t get out of a 41-pitch first inning.  He gave up a lead off double but seemed to have the inning well in hand after striking out the next two batters.  But, 3 consecutive walks and a grand slam HR brought his day to an early end.  Luke Leftwich (2.70) gave up a run in 3.1 innings while striking out four.  Blake Quinn (4.38) pitched two scoreless innings.  J.D. Hammer (0.66) and Seth McGarry (2.06) closed out the game with one perfect inning each.

The Threshers scored 3 runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Darick Hall and Edgar Cabral’s 2-run single.  They scored a run in the fourth on a ground out.  Cornelius Randolph (.248) had their only XBH, a triple.  Cabral had 3 hits (.316).  Hall picked up his 4th RBI in 3 games.

Lakewood dropped a double header, 3-2 and 2-0.

Game One:  Luis Carrasco (1-3, 4.43) gave up 2 runs on a first inning HR.  He pitched five innings allowing 4 hits and a walk.  Tyler Hallead (4.85) gave up a slol HR in two innings and struck out four.  The BlueClaws scored their 2 runs in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Arquimedes Gamboa and Mickey Moniak.  In fact, they were being no-hit through the first five innings.  They only managed four hits in the game, Jesus Alastre and Adam Haseley also singled earlier in the sixth and scored on Gamboa’s and Moniak’s hits.

Game Two:  Bailey Falter (8-7, 2.99) pitched 5.1 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits and a walk.  He struck out seven.  Addison Russ (3.76) struck out 3 in 1.2 innings, but gave up a run on 2 hits and a walk.  The BlueClaws managed just 2 hits – a double by Haseley and a single by Moniak.

Williamsport lost to Auburn in 11 innings.  Will Stewart (4.13) pitched six innings and gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out seven.  Zach Warren (3.58) walked 2 and struck out five in three innings.  Luis Ramirez (1-3, 2.17) gave up a run on 3 hits in two innings.

The Cutters came from behind to score single runs in the seventh and eighth innings on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Nick Maton.  Luis Encarnacion, Josh Stephen, and Maton had 2 hits each.

The GCL Phillies clinched first place in their division and the corresponding playoff berth with a 3-0 win over the GCL Yankees West.  Now they must turn their attention to maintaining their slight lead for the best overall record in the league.  Doing so gives them a slightly easier first round game.  And home field advantage in both rounds.

Jhordany Mezquita (3-0, 0.72) pitched five shutout innings.  He held the Yankees to four hits, walked none, and struck out one.  His FB was 89-94.  It started out sitting 92-93, but was sitting 90-91 by the fifth inning.  (It was very hot and humid today.)  He threw 78 pitches.  Alberto Tirado gave up a walk and hit in a 16-pitch inning.  He benefited from a caught stealing, but I swear I heard the home plate umpire call interference on the batter. Tirado was recorded at 93-98, but I only saw 92-93 on the Yankees gun.  Victor Sobil (3.09) struck out three in two innings.  Anton Kuznetsov (0.36) struck out two in the ninth as he picked up his fifth save.

The Phillies scored a run in the third inning when Keudy Bocio walked, stole second, and advanced on a wild pitch.  He scored on a fielding error.  Quincy Nieporte crushed an RBI double to right center field to score Jonathan Guzman from first in the sixth.  In the seventh, Kevin Markham doubled with two out and scored on Keudy Bocio’s RBI double.

Bocio also picked up an outfield assist, doubling a runner off second base after catching a line drive to center.

The Phillies hold a slim lead over two of the other division leaders for the overall best record.

  • Phillies             35-20     .636     3 games remaining
  • Nationals        33-20     .623     3 games remaining
  • Twins                33-22     .600     5 games remaining
  • Yankees E.      31-26     .544     3 games remaining

The best record hosts the worst record among the division winners in a one-game playoff. The second best record hosts the third best record.

The winners meet in a best-of-three.   The team with the better record chooses whether it wants to host game one or games two and three.  (Last year, the Phillies chose to start on the road and host games two and three  They lost in three games.)

Interesting story.  I was sitting next to Jake Holmes’ father and grandfather in the shade at Roberts Field.  A gentleman on the other side of the Misters Holmes, commented on a play in the first inning where our center fielder made a good catch coming in on a ball.  The gentleman pointed out that the fielder broke back a couple steps first.  I butted in to defend Bocio stating that 2 weeks ago he was still playing third base.  The gentleman acknowledged that and brought up how the Marlins had placed a 19-year old infielder in the outfield during the playoffs and won a world championship (Miguel Cabrera).  We talked back and forth for a bit, then I apologetically told him that I always tend to defend “our” players.  He asked me which one I liked.  I thought for a couple seconds and said, “All of them”.  He grinned and said, “You know, good answer, me too”.  I thought he might have been a player’s parent, but he looked a little familiar.  I asked him if he was with the organization.  He said he was.  So, I got up and went over to where he was sitting to introduce myself as a writer for Phuture Phillies.  I never miss a chance to do that with Phillies org guys.  But, we continued talking about players as I started listing all the players I specifically liked.  Eventually, I introduced myself, and he did the same.  Johnny Almarez.

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27 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/30/2017

  1. As predicted, promoting Hall to CLW has left LKW with very little run scoring ability. Haseley and Moniak have to prove their worth and drag this team across the finish line. There’s nothing to win for but get your hits and prove to the team your true worth… and have some fun doing it.

    1. A feather in Jim’s cap for sure. On the other hand, you can talk to anybody if you’re friendly enough. I talked to John Middleton, Monday night at Williamsport. He was there with Joe Jordan. I’ve met Mr. Jordan several times. Unfortunately they didn’t share any team secrets with me to impart to you folks. 🙂

    2. Awesome. The closest I’ve gotten to anyone like that in the front office is walking past their designated parking spaces at the complex. Good for you!

      I bet he is a fan, though silent, of the site.

      1. I bet he is too. Mr. Middleton even signed an autograph for a girl. He and Jordan sat in the stands (no luxury boxes at Bowman). I said hello to RAJ once at ST. I must have forgotten to turn off my superpower of invisibility.

        1. Met RAJ a few years ago in Williamsport. He wore a hat and sunglasses as if people would​n’t recognize him. Signed a couple cards for me. Asked him how he’s doing he just shook his head sighed and said “I’ve got a lot of work to do.”

  2. Haha. Great story Jim, and talk about a great opportunity to talk about prospects!

    On another note: Dylan Cozens – ouch, that’s a tough night.

  3. On the other hand….Johnny Almarez might have been thinking…..”who is this guy with the wide brim hat, did Andy hire someone new to help evaluate the prospects?”

    1. All kidding aside, I would have to seriously consider Jim Peyton as a scouting coordinator or something what with his wealth of experience and networking.

  4. Jim, crazy story meeting Johnny A. That team sure has his imprint on it. Go GCL, our only playoff team. Let’s see how these guys do under playoff pressure. So far, so good. Jhordany really has been impressive so far. Also, Hammer is really nailing things down.

    1. Yeah, The Hammer is coming up really big! The hope is that one or two of the guys we got at the trade deadline will end up becoming contributors on the big league team or good trade pieces. Hammer Time!

  5. That’s a cool story…

    One guy who’s been really impressive the last month is Arquimedes Gamboa. He’s actually having a better year at Lakewood than Daniel Brito at roughly the same age (exactly four months older). From his splits, it looks like he struggles from the right side still, but it’s nice to see him holding his own as one of the younger players in the league.

    Scouting report from Eric Longenhagen before the season, when he was ranked by him as our #28 prospect:

    “Gamboa is pure projection. He’s well-built, athletic, a plus runner with a plus arm, who shows raw but promising footwork and actions that, with polish, fit at shortstop. He swing is visually pleasing from both sides of the plate during batting practice, with a smooth, casual weight transfer and glimpses of impact bat speed. During games, he stiffens up and the tools don’t play. Yet. The risk here is extreme, but shortstops with potentially competent, well-rounded bats don’t exactly grow on trees, and if he starts to hit he’ll displace many of the names ahead of him on this list”

    1. Funny how he’s ended up with better numbers than Brito and Moniak, after they both got off to good starts while Gamboa struggled and got hurt. He’s done a pretty nice job controlling the strike zone; a good sign for a glove-first SS.

  6. Does anyone know the plan for J.P. and the other call ups? Will it be this weekend or will they play out the string at Lehigh Valley first?

    1. I can see Crawford rotating between ss, 3b, and 2b as Pete gives the veterans days off except of course for Freddy.

      Outfield will be Altherr, Herrera and Williams with Hoskins in LF in games ToJo plays 1b.

      Knapp will rotate with Alfaro and Rupp, the latter of which should see less and less time than the first two. Knapp or Alfaro might get a game or two at 1b as well.

      I wish there were some young arms to bring up. Instead we’ll get Alvarez in for Eickhoff and Nicasio in late innings to take some innings off a tired Neris and co. Let’s hope they stay healthy.

      ….this should probably go in Open Discussion, sorry. But I’m not about to re-type it over again. Jim, feel free to move this there? (It was, however, in response to Joel’s question?)

      1. The Phillies do have young arms. They are either ineffective or injured. Make no mistake, the Phillies had enviable starting depth at Lehigh when the season started. Most other teams are scraping the barrel looking for pitching i.e. the Blue Jays who have started an incredible 14 different starters.

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