Box Score Recap – 9/5/2017

Here is the box score recap.  Lehigh Valley prepares for post-season play, while Williamsport plays the final games of the season.

And, the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Lehigh Valley had an off day and begins their post-season against Scranton.


Their playoff schedule is –

  1. Home: Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 7:05 p.m.
  2. Home: Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7:05 p.m.
  3. At Scranton: Friday, Sept. 8 at 6:35 p.m.
  4. At Scranton: Saturday, Sept. 9 at 6:35 p.m.
  5. At Scranton: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1:05 p.m.

Williamsport lost to West Virginia, 8-7 in 14 innings.

Will Stewart (4.18) gave up 3 runs (only 2 earned) in 3.2 innings on 6 hits and 3 walks,  He struck out six.  Randy Alcantara (2.23) entered with the bases loaded and stranded all three runners.  He pitched 2.1 innings and gave up a run on 2 hits while striking out five.  Orestes Melendez (6.29) faced 5 batters, retiring just one.  He gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 2 hits and a hit batter and struck out one.  Luis Ramirez (2.27) took over with the bases loaded and stranded two runners.  He blew his third save while giving up a run in 2.2 innings on one hit.  Kyle Dohy (3.60) allowed 7 base runners in three innings on 3 hits and 4 walks but didn’t give up a run.  Jhon Nunez (1-2, 4.76) gave up an unearned run on a hit and walk.

The Crosscutters scored a run in the first inning on Greg Pickett’s RBI double.  They took the lead with 4 runs in the fourth on a fielding error, Josh Stephen RBI single, and Yahir Gurrola’s 2-run single.  They tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh on Gurrola’s RBI single and Brian Mims’ RBI triple.

The Cutters took a one run lead into the bottom of the ninth, but Ramirez gave up a lead off HR to tie the game.  In the 14th, the Power scored without benefit of a base hit.  Nunez walked the lead off batter and he was sacrificed to second.  A passed ball got the runner to third, and he scored on a sacrifice fly.

Josh Stephen had 3 hits and an RBI.  Yahir Gurrola had 3 hits and 3 RBI.  Jake Schiener had 3 hits.  Malvin Matos had 2 hits.  Schiener stole his 5th base.  Rodolfo Duran committed his 13th passed ball.  Gurrola threw out a runner at home.  Stewart picked a runner off first.

The teams combined for 15 runs and 29 hits.  But they also combined to allow 7 unearned runs, walk 14 batters, commit 5 errors, hit 3 batters, throw 4 wild pitches, and strike out 15 times.


25 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 9/5/2017

  1. Let’s talk about some guys still playing this year. Gurrola is very interesting. He’s had 4 multi-hit games in his his last 5. He took a little time to find his stroke in Wmsprt after his promotion from the GCL. He can play all 3 OF positions and has 15 SBs in 21 attempts this year. If he played full season ball that could easily equate to 30 SBs or more. He’s known for his speed but at 6′ 190 lbs, he could develop some power as he moves up. He took a lot of BBs in the GCL but has only 1 in 23 games in Wmsprt. A guy with his speed has to work more BBs into his repertoire.

    Malvin Matos was a listed as a guy to watch in the GCL last year. He’s playing in Wmsprt this year. Although he’s good at getting on base (.340 OBP in 2017), he’s been a .250 hitter over his 3 year career. He seems to be an adequate OF’er who plays CF and RF. He has 6 assists this year and 2 Es. He’s stolen 4 bases but been thrown out 3 times. Not much of a threat to steal. He’s listed at 6’3″ 170 so he could become bigger and stronger so his power profile improves.

    Josh Steven has taken a step backward. His slash in 2017 is .240/.277/.358. He’s 19 yo and playing in A- so this is not an irregular occurrence. He has to get pickier about swinging at pitches and accept that BBs are a good thing. He’s not much of a threat to steal bases and has to improve in the field. He had 3 SBs this year but 3 CS. He has 6 E’s playing in LF and only 1 assist. At 6′ 185 he has a solid build and can probably pack on some muscle so his power profile improves. His 19 yo stats remind me of Cord Sandberg’s. Both were in Wmsprt for their 19 yo season. They hit similarly. Cord played all 3 OF positions and was a far better OF’er. Cord is still playing in the Phils organization but he hasn’t broken out yet. Not saying he won’t but Stephen looks a lot like him.

    1. Does anyone know the status of Jhailyn Ortiz? Nagging leg injury? Lit up the box score for a game 2 weeks ago after returning and then disappeared from the lineup. And will he play winter ball? (I’m sure they’re being careful with him but just curious if anyone has any particulars.)

      1. I do not think Ortiz is eligible to play winter league ball (LIDOM), yet.
        More then likely FIL ball for him..

  2. Also should note the progress of 14th round draft pick (and Vineland kid) Zach Warren. After a rocky start, the 6’5″ LHP has settled down and is on a roll at season’s end. Over his last 4 appearances, Zach has gone 11.2 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 14 K. For his first pro season: 31 IP, 38 K, 1.32 WHIP, OBA .239.

      1. Kilome and El Garcia are pitching in the playoffs for the Pigs…Eshelman, Liebrandt and Taveras are done for the season it appears.

          1. Hopefully the Pigs can extend the play-offs since looks like Kilome will pitch in the 5th game. Anderson is the opening day pitcher, then the lefty Gracia, then the former Miss Rebel pitcher Waguespack then the veteran Alvarez in game 4.

  3. –Trade Alert — RHP Juan Nicasio to the St. Louis Cardinals for INF Eliezer Alvarez who was ranked as their #10 prospect to start the season.

    1. Nice get…plus speed, good defensive 2nd baseman, also has to be added to the 40, Cardinals added him last year.

        1. He may have seen him…do not know.
          But a 50 field and 55 arm are average to good in my book, and certainly not poor….since he would be in CF by now if that were the case because a 55 arm does play in CF..
          And BP has his FRAA going up each year since his rookie league negative seasons….now sits at .9….which is a notch above average.

        2. EricD…..correction…..Eric L is correct on that front…BP does have him at a negative FRAA in AA ball this year in the Texas League.

          1. I wasn’t trying to say you were wrong or anything. It just always interests me when had a differing opionion than others.

    2. Lol, I am guessing that was exactly what the Pirates were trying to avoid when the pulled Nicasio back off of revocable waivers. Though it shouldn’t really matter to them as they are out of it at this point. I can’t believe the Pirates gave Huntington and Hurdle four more years after missing two consecutive playoffs.

        1. still a great trade. Happy to see “s” as he/she is a great source of transactional knowledge and brings a lot to conversations. I assume the same “s” as

    1. Yea which means a lot of the negative nancies will soon filter their garbage to this site. Let’s hope not.

    1. Saw that. I’m assuming those sent down are really paper transactions as Reading is done. They’re probably shut down for the season.

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