Box Score Recap – 4/9/2018

Three games, two losses, one postponement.

Here is the box score recap.  And, here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Lehigh Valley (1-2) lost to Scranton, 5-3.  Enyel De Los Santos starts Tuesday.

Cole Irvin started and pitched 5.0 innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk, and struck out ten.  Ranfi Casimiro gave up a run in his one inning.  Austin Davis took the loss after the IronPigs came back to tie by giving up 2 runs on 4 hits in 1.1 innings.  Zac Curtis got the final two outs and stranded two inherited runners.

The Pigs started their come back with a run in the sixth.  Dylan Cozens hit a ground rule double.  He later scored on Joey Meneses’ RBI single.  They completed their comeback on Danny Ortiz’ game-tying, 2-run HR in the seventh.  But they couldn’t overcome Scranton.

Ortiz (.375) went 3-5 with a run scored, HR, 2 RBI.

Meneses (.250) went 2-4 with an RBI.

Alex Amarista (.286) went 1-3 with a run scored and a walk.

Collin Cowgill (.286) went 1-3.

Cody Asche (.235) played third base, led of, and went 1-3 with a run scored, BB for Scranton.

  • #9 Enyel De Los Santos:
  • #10 Dylan Cozens: (.125) went 1-4 with a run scored, double, and BB
  • #11 Roman Quinn: DNP
  • #22 Tom Eshelman: (0-1, 7.20)
  • #24 Drew Anderson:
  • Cole Irvin: (3.60) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 10 K, HR
  • Zach Eflin: (1-0, 1.80)
  • Andrew Pullin: (.1430 went 0-3with a BB
  • Jesse Valentin: (.000) went 0-5
  • Mitch Walding: (.200) went 0-3with a BB

Reading (2-3) beat Portland, 6-5.  Ranger Suarez starts Tuesday.

Franklyn Kilome made his first start of the season.  He allowed 3 runs in the first two innings, but settled down to retire the final seven batters he faced in 4.0 innings.  He retired five of the final seven on strike outs.  He struck out eight in the game, two in each inning.

Garrett Cleavinger came on in the fifth inning and started single, single, wild pitch, 2-run single.  He then retired six batters in a row.He turned the reins over to Seranthony Dominguez who retired all 6 batters he faced, 3 by strike out.  He was awarded the victory.  Luke Leftwich struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.

The Phils scored a run in the first on Jiandido Tromp’s double and Damek Tomscha’s RBI single.  They scored two runs in the second on Jan Hernandez’ infield single, Deivi Grullon’s RBI double, Zach Coppola’s single, and Malquin Canelo’s RBI single.

They went ahead for good in the fourth on Brandon Bednar’s triple, Zach Coppola’s RBI single, Malquin Canelo’s RBI triple, and Damek Tomscha’s RBI double.

The Phils had 13 hits.  Canelo, Tomscha, Zach Green, Hernandez, and Zach Coppola had two-hit game.  They had six extra base hits – 4 doubles (Tromp, Tomscha, Green, Grullon) and 2 triples (Canelo and Bednar).

Coppola had a stolen base.

Tromp had an outfield assist (at home).

  • #7 Franklyn Kilome: (4.50) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
  • #13 Cornelius Randolph: DNP
  • #15 Ranger Suarez: 
  • #16 Jojo Romero: (0-1) –
  • #29 Edgar Garcia:
  • #30 Seranthony Dominguez: (1-1, 4.50) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Damek Tomscha: went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI
  • Cord Sandberg: DNP
  • Jiandido Tromp: went 1-4 with a run scored, double

Clearwater (1-4) lost to Jupiter, 9-4.  TBD starts Tuesday.

Bailey Falter made his first start of the season.  He pitched 3.2 innings and left with the bases loaded and a one run lead.  Ismael Cabrera relieved and the tying run scored on a passed ball.  Cabrera was left to labor though a 4-run, 36-pitch fifth inning.  He was also allowed to pitch the sixth inning.  Blake Quinn pitched 2.0 scoreless innings allowing a hit, walk, and striking out two.  Jeff Singer pitched the ninth and struck out two, but gave up three runs on two HR.

Falter’s fastball was 88-92 mph.  It sat 90-91, touching 92 three times.  He threw 80 pitches, 44 strikes, in his 3.2 innings.  He pitched from behind most of the night, throwing a first pitch strike to only 5 of seventeen batters.  He ran six, three-ball counts that resulted in his 3 walks, a hit batter, a pop up, and ground out.

Still, Falter managed to be effective.  Even though he threw 48 pitches in his first three innings and only threw 3 first pitch strikes to his first eleven batters, Falter had pitched three no-hit, scoreless innings.  He came within one pitch of escaping the fourth with his shutout intact.  But, with the bases loaded and two out, he hit the batter on a 3-2 pitch on the hand (nub of the bat, maybe) and forced in a run.  It was his 32nd pitch of the inning, and last of the night.

Cabrera threw 55 pitches in relief.  his FB sat 92-93, touching 94 mph.  It had faded to 90 mph when he was taken long for the 3-run HR that gave Jupiter a 4-run lead.

The Threshers took an early lead in the second inning on solo HRs by Edgar Cabral and Jose Pujols.  They rallied briefly in the sixth with 2 runs.  Luke Williams singled and Austin Listi doubled before Edgar Cabral’s 2-run single.

The Threshers defense was off.  They committed 3 errors and a passed ball.

  • #1 Mickey Moniak: went 0-4
  • #6 Adam Haseley: went 0-4
  • #8 Adonis Medina:
  • #17 Jose Gomez: went 0-4
  • #23 McKenzie Mills: (0-1, 9.00) –
  • Arquimedes Gamboa: DNP
  • Darick Hall: DNP
  • Edgar Cabral: (.500) went 3-4 with a run scored, HR (2), and 3 RBI
  • Austin Listi: (.455) – went 2-4 with a run scored, double
  • Luke Williams: went 1-4 with a run scored
  • Henri Lartigue: went 0-3
  • Conner Seabold:
  • Alejandro Requena: (0-0, 4.50) –
  • Bailey Falter: (2.45) – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Lakewood (1-3) postponed due to wet grounds.  Double header Tuesday.  Connor Brogdon and David Parkinson will start against West Virginia.

  • #14 Cole Stobbe:
  • #18 Daniel Brito: went
  • #20 Jhailyn Ortiz: went
  • #21 Spencer Howard: (0-1, 3.00) –
  • Simon Muzziotti: went
  • Quincy Nieporte: went
  • Malvin Matos: went
  • Jake Scheiner:
  • Nick Maton: went
  • Josh Stephen: went
  • Dalton Guthrie: went
  • Will Stewart:
  • Kyle Dohy:

These prospects aren’t on any official rosters, yet.  Or they are with the big club. Prospect rankings are from MLB.

  • #2 Sixto Sanchez: expected to debut for Clearwater when healthy
  • #3 Scott Kingery: with Phillies
  • #4 J.P. Crawford: with Phillies (89 career AB)
  • #5 Jorge Alfaro: exceeded 130 AB, no longer has prospect status
  • #28 Victor Arano: with Phillies
  • #12 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season
  • #19 Elniery Garcia: not on a roster
  • #25 Luis Garcia: not on a roster
  • #26 Abrahan Gutierrez: not on a roster
  • #27 Eliezer Alvarez: traded to Texas

XST

There are over 90 players at the Complex.  The Phillies aren’t providing a list of which players are in camp.  XST games started Monday.  There were three at the Complex, two against the Yankees and one against a traveling team.

I watched the game on Ashburn.  The roster looked like a GCL squad, although Nelson Prada was coaching.  The line up –

  • 8 J. Francisco
  • 6 L. Garcia
  • DH Rojas
  • 2 Gutierrez/Oropeza
  • 7 Gurrola
  • 5 Stewart
  • 9 De La Cruz
  • 3 E. Rodriguez
  • 4 Torres
  • DH Araujo

The pitchers were V. Vargas, C. Betancourt, J. Conopoima, L. Aponte, and B. Brown. They combined to allow just one run.  It was Brown’s first time on a mound in a game since being sidelined by the flu during spring training.

De La Cruz threw out a runner at third.  Garcia committed a throwing error, and had a couple other shaky throws.  Stewart picked up three assists in second and six in the game.

They had 5 hits, I remember four – Stewart (double), Francisco, and Rodriguez (2 singles).  De La Cruz drew two walks.

The game on Schmidt was managed by Roly de Armas.  His squad included a lot of guys I expect to see on the Williamsport roster (or higher in a couple cases) –

  1. Morales, Miller, An. Brown, Marcelino, Hallead
  2. Marchan
  3. Pickett
  4. Gonzalez
  5. Holmes
  6. Guzman
  7. Pelletier
  8. Bocio
  9. Mayer
  10. Henriquez (DH)
  11. N. Martinez (DH)

There was a game on the back field against a traveling group of former players who are hoping to catch a team’s eye.  I didn’t bother to walk back, bu I was told that the line up included guys like – Lino, Cumana, Antequera, Mims, O’Brien, Tirado …

27 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/9/2018

  1. That Wsport lineup looks like it will be fun to follow.
    Good to see Dominguez bounce back. Kilome pitched fair but the 8 Ks give hope. Falter really struggled with his control, is that normal for him? Quinn seems to have improved since last year, great sign. Every game Moniak and Haseley go hitless together is an awful feeling. Certainly not the start to the minor league season I was hoping for.

      1. I can’t understand why they promoted him. Again, I’m not there everyday the way they are so I don’t see how he performs in practice, but, as a general matter, why would you take a guy who struggled like heck in low A ball and promote him to high A ball? This kid needs a confidence booster as much as anything so even if he was ready for high A, why not let him dominate at a lower level for a while and promote him after a month and a half?

        Anyway, I think this year will tell us if this kid might have a future. Usually players who end up becoming major leaguers will, at the very least, flash some type of promising power, hit tool, or plate discipline in the lower minors (and, to be frank, most who become major leaguers make quick work of A ball). But, so far, nada. I am going to try to withhold even a preliminary judgment until mid-May or so, but his performance has been so bad that it screams out “judge me!”

        1. I am going to hold off on the strong critiquing until June much like you. And totally agree with you, we are not in the war room or paid to evaluate talent, but something that stands out is how the Phillies organization constantly misses on High School picks taken in the 1-5 rounds. And you’re going to miss more than you hit in on in baseball but the list of misses, outside of Cole Hamels, Jroll and a few others (Lieberthal, etc.) is unheard of! Look at guys on the club now like Nola, Kingery, Knapp…college drafted players who are more grind than flash. More work ethic than loud tools. Stick with the college route unless there’s some sort of generational freak that falls into your lap!

          1. For reasons that are difficult to explain, the Phillies have seemingly always been unable to draft good HS hitters in the first round. The failures are almost too numerous to mention but they have one thing in common – a focus on raw tools over apparent baseball aptitude. If a guy can’t turn around a 97 MPH FB or fight off a good curve, he’s essentially will never be a viable a ML hitter and I think it’s awfully hard to tell what a HS hitter can do in that regard.

            I will say this – if none of Moniak, Randolph and Haseley (all of whom were top 10 picks and one of whom was 1/1) become first division players, that is a profound failure and one which rightfully should leave JA’s job in jeopardy and, if it turns out he wanted someone else and the group think in the front office forced those picks (which, with the Phillies, is possible), those front office meddlers should be pushed aside.

            They always seem to do better in the second round – Schmidt, Rolen, Rollins, Quinn and Kingery (the crown jewel thus far of the JA drafts) were all second round picks, as were Larry Hisle, Randy Wolf (yup, I know, a pitcher) and Andy Knapp. It also bears noting that Spencer Howard, who I think has a chance to be special, was a second round pick.

            1. at least the Reds were nice enough not to bring up Senzel to replace injured Suarez for the current series, so the announcers wouldnt have to mention he was #2 pick after Moniak was drafted.

        2. Guessing the only reason to send him to Clearwater was to keep him in FLA vs. sending him to the cold weather but I agree it would be better to let him start in Low-A and let him have some success vs. the level jump.

          Also putting him at Clearwater with Hasely creates additional unneeded pressures on both of them since they will be compared to each other…

  2. Things that are important when evaluating a minor leaguer:
    1. Reports on velocity/stuff
    2. Age for level
    3. Strikeout rate
    4. Walk rate
    5. Nothing else.

    To that end, I love the performance of both Cole Irvin and Kilome.

    Any reports on velo? I saw reports on Twitter that Kilome’s curve was nasty. Cole must have had something serious going on too. 10ks in 5 IP at AAA is legit.

    1. Irvin is legit. Going to be a legit #5, ceiling #4, floor lefty pen option for Phils for a while. Also, *on cue*, a college drafted player!

    2. I may put stuff up later on Kilome. 93-97 first inning. Looked like he was working on ? Change 84-85 which was really nasty sometimes, but also very inconsistent. Curve 80 is devastating. He wasn’t using it much early but then later was just uncorking them one after the other. Sea Dogs not a great hitting team it should be noted.

      Some kind of injury/issue with Kilome—trainer came out. He stayed in but was then 92-94 and wild high/arm for a couple batters. Got it under control with curves then came back 94 with better location.

        1. Not often, mostly because I want to be careful not to say/use scouting words because I’m not a scout and have no desire to be one. Also, with IronPigs my seats aren’t always conducive to making close observations. But I am always making observations–you may see some of them there or I may just chime in here where it seems appropriate. I do have a media credential as well, so if I hear stuff directly from players or coaches I will post that. Soon, I’ll have up video interview I did with Irvin where I asked him about pitch selection during cold weather games. Some stuff also on Twitter @Kram207

          1. Thanks kram…looking forward to reading your coverage on the Noise.
            And go Phantoms…prospects .Radcliffe and Laberge also may play this weekend in a few mop up games before the playoffs start..

  3. It was interesting watching Irvin. He is a Cliff Lee-style pitcher (I am NOT saying he’s another Cliff Lee – but his look on the mound, pitch mix and even mound posture are reminiscent of Lee). He has a nice mix of pitches, especially what seems to be a good cutter, that dives under the bats of right-handed hitters and a decent curve. There were no MPH readings so I could not say how fast he was throwing his FB, but I would guess 89-92 – that’s just a guess.

    Also watched part of Kilome’s start and, boy, we better put him back on our radar. The stuff was pretty electric. Again, I don’t have access to radar readings, but the FB looked like it was sitting in the 93-95 MPH range with great movement and his curveball is a plus pitch with a killer, 12-6 version that is almost impossible to hit and finishes out of the zone and a one that breaks a little less that he throws for strikes. We had concerns about his ability to miss bats earlier in his career, but it looks like he’s doing that now.

    1. Hey, I guess the 93-95 was a good guess! But the stuff was truly top shelf and, man, this guy is built to pitch hard deep into games. He is a huge man who generates great velocity with a full wind-up (which I love) and a lot of push from his legs.

      1. I have a picture of him and I which truly shows how big he is. It sounds like he needs the change up to click to become a legit starter. Two elite pitches will get him a seat in the pen next to Dominguez. Not bad either.

        1. Yeah, my guess is that is why Kilome was using the change (I suppose it could have been a slider, but it looked like a change to me) so much early in the game, sometimes in pitch sequencing that didn’t make sense to me. It looked great at times–getting both called strikes as well as swing-and-miss. But, it also missed badly at times and got hit a little. Plenty of work to be done, but it’s all there if he can put it together–part of why I was sitting out in the snow last night to watch the game.

          One other note: Saw Kilome out charting pitches at least once over the weekend, wearing just a long-sleeve T-Shirt. Getting acclimated to the local climate perhaps?

          1. Yes minor leaguers are almost always working on something that doesn’t always do them favors in the boxscore. This is why I don’t believe even things like k-rate and BB-rate numbers are all that important in the low minors.

            One of my favorite anecdotes about such things was from when coaches were requiring Roy Oswalt to throw a certain number of changeups per game. Oswalt would go out and throw change ups at the beginning of the game until he got to the number and start throwing heat again. I can’t imagine that was a move that endeared him to the coaching staff, but it does make me laugh.

      2. Catch – saw him in ST vs. the Pirates in Bradenton about 2 weeks ago and the gun there had him regulary 93-95 on his fast ball. So from what I saw of him, I would say you guessed right.

  4. This year at the major and minor league level is about seeing what we have before we make a big push in free agency. I’m a little surprised thru the first few minor league games how little hitting we have in system after the graduations to the big league club

    1. Does look sparse from the prospect perspective….slow starts I hope for most will only be a temporary thing.
      Overall starting pitching however is encouraging…. even without Sixto having taken the mound yet.

      1. for sure
        so many pitchers who can ultimately contribute at big league level.
        hope a few can become top of rotation starters in the end. atleast “2”s.

          1. UPDATE … De Los Santos K’ed Asche three times, and even Tyler Viza has struck him out once. Four K’s for the former Phillie tonight.

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