Box Score Recap – 9/7/2017

Lehigh Valley rallied from a four run deficit to tie their playoff game against Scranton.  They walked off with a victory in twelve innings and a 1-0 lead in the series.

Williamsport closed out their season with a victory over State College and finished their campaign with a .500 record.

Lehigh Valley trailed 5-1 after five innings.  But a four-run sixth inning tied the game, and their bullpen kept them in the game until Carlos Tocci’s RBI single with the bases loaded in the twelfth inning propelled them to a first round victory.

Drew Anderson started and pitched six innings.  He gave up 5 runs on 9 hits.  He walked one and struck out six.  Errors by Scott Kingery and Andrew Pullin led to two unearned runs among the five charged to Anderson.

Cesar Ramos retired the three batter he faced in his one inning.  Joe DeNato retired the two batters he faced in the eighth.  Michael Mariot retired the one batter he faced in relief of DeNato.  Pedro Beato issued a two-out walk in one inning.  Victor Arano navigated around a single, wild pitch and a walk in the second of his two innings.  Pat Venditte got the win but had to work around a lead off hit batter in the top of the twelfth.

Trailing 3-0 in the third inning, the IronPigs got one run back when Carlos Tocci led off with a double and scored on Scott Kingery’s RBI single.  After Scranton tacked on two more runs, the IronPigs stormed back to tie the contest in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Mitch Walding, Angelo Mora, and Dylan Cozens, and a sacrifice fly by Andrew Pullin.

The IronPigs had base runners in four of the next five innings, and had runners in scoring position in two of those innings.  But, they didn’t convert until the twelfth when Mora and Cozens walked with one-out.  After a wild pitch, Herlis Rodriguez was intentionally walked. This set the table for Tocci’s heroic at bat.

Kingery had 3 hits, a run scored, and an RBI.  Tocci had 3 hits, a run scored, a double, and an RBI.  Mora had 2 hits, 2 runs scored, and an RBI.  Logan Moore threw out a base stealer.

This is the fifth win for the IronPigs over the Railriders in the past week.  The IronPigs had to sweep a four-game series from Scranton just to qualify for the playoffs.

The results and remaining playoff schedule are –

  1. Lehigh Valley 6, Scranton 5 in 12 innings
  2. Home: Friday, Sept. 8, at 7:05 p.m.  Elniery Garcia
  3. At Scranton: Saturday, Sept. 9 at 6:35 p.m.  Henderson Alvarez
  4. At Scranton: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 6:35 p.m.  Waguespack
  5. At Scranton: Monday, Sept. 11 at 1:05 p.m.  Kilome

Williamsport beat State College, 6-1.  Julian Garcia (4-5, 3.90) one-hit the Spikes for five innings.  He walked three and struck out six.  Damon Jones (4.85) gave up a run on 2 hits and 2 walks in two innings.  Zach Warren pitched two scoreless innings allowing one hit and 2 walks.  He and Jones each struck out two batters.

The Crosscutters built heir lead with a run in the second inning on a Nerluis Martinez ground out, two in the fourth on a Malvin Matos ground out and a wild pitch, and two in the sixth on Jake Scheiner’s 2-run HR (4).  After the Spikes scored a run in the bottom of the seventh, the Cutters came right back and restored their 5-run lead with a run in the eighth on Brian Mims’ RBI single.

Jake Scheiner (.250) ended the season with a bang.  He had 3 hits, 2 runs scored, a double, HR (4), and 2 RBI.  Josh Stephen had a two-hit game.  Greg Pickett went 1-2 with 3 runs scored and 2 walks.

The Crosscutters swept the 2-game series to finish the season 37-37.

The affiliate scoreboard.


  • 9/6 – Phillies traded RHP Juan Nicasio to St. Louis Cardinals for 2B Eliezer Alvarez
  • 9/6 – Phillies optioned 2B Eliezer Alvarez to Lehigh Valley
  • 9/6 – RHP Tom Eshelman assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
  • 9/6 – RHP Victor Arano assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 9/6 – SS Malquin Canelo assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 9/6 – RHP Franklyn Kilome assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 9/6 – LHP Elniery Garcia assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 9/6 – 3B Mitch Walding assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 9/6 – RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 9/6 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
  • 9/6 – LHP Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
  • 9/6 – RHP Colton Murray assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
  • 9/6 – RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
  • 9/6 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Mark Appel from the 7-Day DL
  • 9/5 – Phillies placed CF Pedro Florimon on the 60-Day DL. Right ankle dislocation
  • 9/5 – Phillies selected the contract of SS J.P. Crawford from Lehigh Valley
  • 9/4 – Philadelphia Phillies activated RF Aaron Altherr
  • 9/4 – CF Odubel Herrera assigned to Philadelphia Phillies
  • 9/3 – Phillies sent 1B Brock Stassi outright to Lehigh Valley
  • 9/3 – Phillies recalled RHP Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley
  • 9/3 – Phillies recalled CF Cameron Perkins from Lehigh Valley
  • 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.

46 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 9/7/2017

  1. Walding’s “single” just missed being a HR, he crushed it the RF made a great catch just before that so Stassi held up just in case.

    1. Garcia’s been very inconsistent giving up 4 or 5 runs in a game every 3rd outing or so and intermittently he throws a real gem. He is consistent about K’ing guys though. He has 82 in 60 IP. He’s played 2 seasons in Wmsprt so he either moves up or move him to the pen. I think he should move up. Challenge him next year and then you’ll know what you have; otherwise, move him to the pen where he can become a big strike out pitcher.

      1. He started 2016 in williamsports bp (started 4 games) that’s why I was wondering. Seems more like a future reliever to me.

  2. The IL teams stats are interesting. Scranton was firs in BA. LHV was 2nd from the bottom. LHV was middle of the pack in runs scored, BBs and OBP. Scranton leads the league in most every offensive category. The only category LHV came close in was HRs. They were 2nd to Scranton. So on the hitting side, Scranton was #1 and LHV was an afterthought.

    On the pitching side, Scranton was #1 in ERA, WHIP and Wins. LHV was 6th in ERA, 5th in WHIP and 4th in Wins. LHV had more Saves, more CGs and shut outs. Scranton even has more Ks and less BBs than LHV. Scranton also wins the pitching side of the equation.

    This should be a cake walk by Scranton but in a short series, we all know anything can happen. Bucky Dent might just be in the house in a critical game and adios amigo. And that’s why they play the games.

    1. Have to give LHV credit…losing Williams, Hoskins, Alfaro and now JPC from their lineup and still marching on with success.

        1. Thats true….but losing Wade, Fowler and Frazier from their lineup would , IMO, be a notch below to the Pigs loses as far as production and games/PAs. then they added Cave, McKinney, Andujar and Solano almost a half season ago….whereas the Phuillies decided to juggle their lineup at LHV and also the starting pitching staff.

  3. Hopefully the winning culture from Lehigh (and Reading last year) carries over as these players graduate to the Bigs

  4. Tocci just gets hits no matter the level a unicorn if ever one existed in baseball. Interested to see what they do with Pickett next season LKW to start and CLW to finish hopefully.

    But then you have Nieporte and Hall both college guys who performed very well. Hall to REA and Nieporte double jumped to CLW?

    Big Ben Pelletier is my GCL player of the year posting an OPS of 835. Those canadians bloom late!

    1. Nieport to Clearwater would be a triple jump since he played in the GCL this year. He probably goes to Williamsport, maybe Lakewood as a bench guy.

      1. I don’t think they view much of a difference between GCL and WPT in terms of levels they are both short seasons with WPT generally getting the older college drafts of that year.

        Nieporte is 23 so I don’t think they will keep him sitting around until June but we’ll see.

        Hall’s placement will certainly effect it. Hall is only 22 and Pickett is basically 21 come Oct.

        1. I think there is a big difference between a league with more experienced college players vs one with mostly 18-20 year olds. Just that they sent Nieport there and didn’t move him tells me that, next year, he’ll go wherever they need a warm body.

  5. Looks like Kingery and Eshelman took the PO honors of best hitter and pitcher…

    In jimmy’s poll I voted Kingery and Sixto not sure how you pass up Sixto’s performance this year but c’est la viw

  6. Kingery with 3 hits in his first playoff game. Any doubters? He’ll be starting in Philly in April.
    Tocci continues to find a way to get hits. They’ll have to add him to the 40.

    1. You can envision a number of scenarios under which Kingery becomes one of the 20 or 30 best position players in the majors. I think he’s going to be that good and, just wait until you folks who haven’t seen him play watch him on TV or in person. He’s worth the price of admission to be sure.

      1. Looking forward to it. Sounds like the fans are going to fall in love with this kid.

        3 hits is another good sign. The lights got a little brighter and he stepped up… lol minus the era.

        Pullin, Tocci, and Kingery making noise for the 40 man roster.

        Looking forward to seeing Kilome pitch in the playoffs at AAA, hopefully it happens one way or the other

      2. Love Kingery going forward as future 2nd basemen. He has that “it” factor , it seems. Just unfortunate because Hernandez is a really good player too.

  7. Murray and catch, I am a big Kingery supporter, and think he is a terrific prospect, but I don’t think the brass is ready to start him in April. I have a strong feeling that they will take their time. If someone overpays for Cesar, he may move this Winter, but I don’t find Klentak to be very aggressive, an “out of the box” thinker, or much of a risk taker. The slow and steady approach is to keep Klentak at LHV for at least half a season and play Cesar. I disagree with that whole philosophy, but have not seen anything resembling a fast forwarding of this rebuild.

    1. I hear you but I just think Kingery has performed so well that he’s ready to move up. Joe Jordan told me last year that he thought Kingery was their future 2b and that was before his monster season. I don’t want to be looking for scraps midseason for Cesar. Trade him, along with Joseph and Rupp, this winter and let’s move forward with Kingery and JP in the middle with Galvis as the duper sub. Kingery has shown me enough. Tocci will get his 40 spot and we’ll see if he can hit AAA pitching next year. Pullin is a question mark, as is Tromp who had a fine year.

      1. I am with you, without question. I am not sure what Cesar brings, and I like him and respect how he has grown his game, but Kingery seems to have, besides his overall talent, that smart baseball mind.

        1. Kingery and Hoskins are as mature as Utley. These guys are amazing and will form the core of the next great Phillies team and, by the way, J.P. Crawford is right up there with those guys. He has a very mature and intelligent approach to the game and his athleticism is special. Like Freddy, he could a standout fielder at any left side infield position – although, ultimately, he really needs to be at short.

        1. Yes.
          Here is the rule:
          MLB RULE 55: Sometimes called a “Six-Year Minor League Free-Agent,”………..
          an unsigned minor league player is automatically declared a free-agent at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series if the player has had his first contract renewed six times and has spent all or any part of at least seven separate seasons on a minor league roster (including all or parts of any season spent on Optional Assignment to the minors), and/or if the player has been previously released or non-tendered in his career and his present contract (known as a “second contract” even if it’s his third or fourth minor league contract) has expired. …………….Note that a player who ordinarily would have been declared a Rule 55 minor league free-agent is NOT eligible to be a free-agent if the player is either added to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) or agrees to a minor league successor contract with his previous club by 5:00 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series. (The deadline is 5:00 PM Eastern on October 15th if the World Series is canceled
          …Tocci was signed under his first contract in July, 2011, renewed first time in 2012 ans sixth time this past season. So he gets added to the 40 or is a free agent by MLB Rule 5.5

      2. I keep Galvin at SS, put Crawford at 3rd, and demote Franco to the bench. I used to be a huge Franco supporter, but his last two seasons have changed my mind. I hope I am wrong about Franco. Freddy is too good defensively to move him away from SS or put him on the bench. Crawford could be an all star third baseman. Kingery needs another few months in AAA to work on strike zone issues.

    2. I agree. if hernandez is not traded in the office for a good return, Kingery will start the year in LV.

      1. Kingery could still benefit from another 150 ABs in the minors, just as Hoskins benefitted from the extra at bats. To be the star I think he can become, Kingery needs to work on his plate discipline a little. If I were the Phillies, I’d seriously think about delaying his promotion until early May next year. And for those complaining about delayed promotions, just look at how well Hoskins and Williams are doing. We should be celebrating how they handled these prospects. I love that the Phillies get these guys ready to play and excel immediately in the majors. It’s one of the things they are doing right.

  8. Who would be a good comp for Tocci? He looks good, and I haven’t seen if he has filled out or is he still skinny AF?

    1. Doug Glanville has been mentioned in the past.
      I say maybe if the Phillies are lucky, over some time, Garry Maddux .
      Alex Rios also had minor league metrics that showed little ISO but a feel for contact.

    2. With no power and without base stealing ability he doesn’t profile as a starter. However if he can hit 300, take some walks, and play golf glove level defense he’ll find a job in the majors.

      1. Tocci profiles as an excellent 4th OF with his skill set, terrific defense and lack of power or speed. My hunch is that Tocci ultimately gets included in a trade package for pitching help.

      1. Fighterflea…I wonder how many people even know who Geno Cimoli was? I do because he was one of my dad’s best friends growing up and my dad used to tell me all about his talents. Not a bad outfielder, played with the \Dodgers and Pirates and if I recall correctly, was a member of the 1960 World Champion Buccos, the team that got outscored by the Yankees about 1000-20 but kept winning the close games while the Yankees won 16-3, 10-0 and 12-0.

        Mickey Mantle said this was the only series he ever lost were he was absolutely sure he lost to an inferior team.

        1. Cal,

          I vividly remember Geno Cimoli in the clubhouse, soaked with champagne, declaring that the Yankees scored all the runs and set all the records, but the Bucs won the games. One of the greatest WS-winning locker room interviews of all time.

  9. I think this is the most crucial offseason we have had in a long time. IMO its time to move on from Cesar, Freddy, and to a lesser extent Joseph and Rupp. Crawford and Kingery need to play everyday at SS and 2B, as well as Hoskins every day at 1B. We need to sign 2 SPs, and I would prefer at least 1 of them to be someone for multiple years. Alfaro will be up on the roster as well splitting time with Knapp. Alther, Herrera, and Williams in the(R-L). As bad as Franco has been we have to give him 1 more year to show improvement. With the 2 FA SP we sign and then Nola, that leaves 2 open SP spots. Let Lively, Eflin, Thompson, VV, Eichof, etc see who can fill those spots.

    1. Eagleye,

      Agree. Love Freddy and Caesar and Tommy and Rupp, but the fact is we aren’t going to win a championship with them as the core. So let’s move on to guys who do appear to be championship caliber like Hoskins and JP.

    2. I agree 99%. I prefer Williams in left and Altherr in right. Other than that nitpick, you are spot on.

  10. Jim and other PP Florida fans, get the hell out of dodge. Irma is a freaking nightmare. I know because I worked in the insurance industry and had to link up with our CAT teams. Irma will make Andrew look like a walk in the park. Please, for your sake and for ours… move along little doggies.

    1. Yes, Godspeed to our friends in Florida – get your loved ones and pets out of there and ride out the storm in safety. Please – we need you!!!

  11. Jim is hopefully taking care of his safety.
    LHV lost last night 4-2 with little offense, other than Mora with 3 hits, and Elniery Garcia got hit around a little. Series is tied 1-1 with games 3-5 at Scranton. Alvarez is set to pitch game 3.

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