Box Score Recap – 4/10/2018

Lehigh Valley couldn’t hold onto a one run lead and lost.

Reading couldn’t hold onto a one run lead and lost in extras.

Clearwater couldn’t hold onto a two run lead and lost in ten.

Lakewood fell behind early and lost the first game of a double header.

Lakewood opened up a two touchdown lead and won game two.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Lehigh Valley (1-3) lost to Scranton, 5-2.  Lehigh had a 2-1 lead in the sixth, but …

Enyel De Los Santos pitched seven one-run innings, striking out seven.  Tyler Viza allowed the tying run in the sixth and left after walking a batter with one out in the seventh.  Tom Windle came in and gave up the HR that made Viza the loser.

Roman Quinn had a run scoring single in the third.  Dylan Cozens had a SF in the sixth.  Quinn had a two-hit game, but also got picked off first.  Quinn also walked twice as did Logan Moore. 

Cody Asche went 0-5 with 4 K.

  • #9 Enyel De Los Santos (1.80): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
  • #10 Dylan Cozens (.091) went 0-3 with an RBI, SF
  • #11 Roman Quinn (.333): went 2-3 with a run scored, RBI, 2 BB
  • #22 Tom Eshelman (0-1, 7.20):
  • #24 Drew Anderson:
  • Cole Irvin (3.60):
  • Zach Eflin (1-0, 1.80):
  • Andrew Pullin (.091): went 0-4
  • Jesse Valentin: DNP
  • Mitch Walding (.154): went 0-3 with a BB

Reading (2-4) lost to Portland, 7-5 in thirteen.  They had a 3-2 lead in the 8th, but …

Ranger Suarez gave up 2 runs in six innings and struck out six.  Tyler Gilbert struck out three in the seventh but left after putting two batters on base in the eighth.  Seth McGarry got a double play, but a soft single brought in the tying run.  He went on to pitch three innings.

The game ended regulation in a tie, so the new tie breaking rules were in play. Portland started the tenth with a runner on second.  The IronPigs cut the runner down at third, but went on to allow a run to score anyway.  However, they went on to retie the score in the bottom of the inning.

Edgar Garcia managed to avoid allowing the runner to score in both the eleventh and twelfth innings.  Garrett Cleavinger wasn’t so fortunate.  A walk, wild pitch, and a walk loaded the bases.  Cleavinger got two strike outs, but then walked in the go ahead run.  He then forced in two more runs with a hit batter and another walk. The Pigs could only make up one of those runs and lost.

Lehigh took the lead in the sixth with three runs.  Two walks and a single loaded the bases with one out.  A wild pitch brought in their first run.  A two out, Zach Green single brought in two more.

They tied the score in the tenth on Damek Tomscha’s sac fly.

They scored their last run on an Austin Bossart RBI single.

Kyle Martin went 1-3 and drew 3 walks.

Jiandido Tromp had an outfield assist at second.

Zach Coppola stole his second base.

  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (4.50):
  • #13 Cornelius Randolph (.238): went 0-5 with a BB
  • #15 Ranger Suarez (9.00): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K 
  • #16 Jojo Romero (0-1):
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (0.00): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
  • #30 Seranthony Dominguez (1-1, 4.50):
  • Damek Tomscha (.222): went 0-3 with a run scored, RBI, BB, SF, HBP
  • Cord Sandberg: DNP
  • Jiandido Tromp (.111): went 1-5 with 2 runs scored, BB

Clearwater (1-5) lost to Jupiter, 5-4 in ten. They had a 3-1 lead in the ninth, but …

Mauricio Llovera pitched five innings of shutout ball.  He allowed four hits and walked three and struck out four.  Jake Hernandez pitched in trouble for 1.2 innings and was lifted with a run in and the bases loaded in the seventh.  Alexis Rivero got the third out on a three-pitch strike out.  Rivero went on to pitch the eighth and ninth.  He was in control with two outs and a runner on second when it hit the fan.  A wild pitch, double, and single later and the game was tied.  Jeff Singer had the honor of beginning the tenth with a runner on second base per the new tie-breaking rules.  A lead off triple and a single put the Threshers two down and headed for another loss.

The Threshers scored two runs in the first inning.  Kevin Markham led off with a single.  Arquimedes Gamboa doubled to bring him home.  Adam Haseley singled to put runners on the corners with nobody out.  A rally killing double play allowed Gamboa to score.

Raul Rivas hit a HR in the third.  Ironically, he tried to bunt his way on and failed a couple pitches before his HR.  I only mention this now because his bunting ability plays an important part in the story later.

As has become their recent pattern, the Threshers’ bats fell silent after forging an early lead.  Their inability to tack on runs is as much to blame as the poor relief pitching they’ve received this season.

After blowing the lead in the top of the ninth, the Threshers had runners on the corners with one out.  Jose Pujols had singled and taken third on Luke Williams’ hit-and-run single.  Rivas came to the plate and fouled off TWO safety squeeze attempts before hitting into a fielder’s choice.  The irony here is that Coach Shawn Williams ran the bunting station on Ashburn Field during spring training.  Every player in camp passed through that station at least once a day for 20 minutes for over a week.  I watched several sessions.  It wasn’t as boring as I expected. Not getting the bunt down wasn’t the reason they lost, but when a guy who thinks he can bunt for a hit earlier in the game can’t get a bunt down in two chances, well …

Llovera on the other hand looked pretty good for a while.  He breezed through the first three innings in 44 pitches (33 strikes) while giving up just two singles and firing 9 of 11 first pitch strikes.  After the third he seemed to run out of gas.  He threw just 21 strikes in 40 pitches, and 3 first pitch strikes to 10 batters.  He walked three batters in the fourth and fifth, leading off both innings this way.

In all, Llovera threw 84 pitches (54 strikes) and 12 of 21 first pitch strikes.  His FB was 92-95 mph touching 96 0nce.  He sat 93-94 mph.He got the opposing batters to swing and miss on 20 % of his strikes.

  • #1 Mickey Moniak: DNP
  • #6 Adam Haseley: went 1-4
  • #8 Adonis Medina:
  • #17 Jose Gomez: DNP
  • #23 McKenzie Mills: (0-1, 9.00) –
  • Arquimedes Gamboa: went 1-5 with a run scored, double, RBI
  • Darick Hall: went 0-4 with a BB
  • Edgar Cabral: DNP
  • Austin Listi: DNP
  • Luke Williams: went 1-2 with 2 BB
  • Henri Lartigue: went 1-3 with a BB
  • 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 (2-4) split a double header, losing 8-5 and winning 15-2.

Game One: Connor Brogdon got rocked for 5 runs in 1.1 innings.  Randy Alcantara gave up 3 more in 3.0 innings.  Luis Ramirez mopped up the final 1.2 innings.

Daniel Brito had 2 hits and 2 RBI.  Cole Stobbe hit a 3-run HR.

  • #14 Cole Stobbe: went 1-4 with a run scored, HR, 3 RBI
  • #18 Daniel Brito: went 2-4 with 2 RBI
  • #20 Jhailyn Ortiz: went 0-2 with a run scored and 2 BB
  • Simon Muzziotti: went 1-4
  • Quincy Nieporte: went 0-4
  • Jake Scheiner: went 0-3 with a run scored and a BB
  • Josh Stephen: went 0-2 with a BB
  • Dalton Guthrie: went 0-2 with 2 runs scored and a BB

Game Two: David Parkinson went 5.0 shutout innings.  He allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out nine.  Pitched the final two innings and gave up 2 meaningless runs in the seventh.

The BlueClaws scored early and had put the game away by the third inning.  Simon Muzziotti and Josh Stephen had 3 hits each.  Colby Fitch, Cole Stobbe, and Nick Maton had 2 hits each.  Stephen scored 3 runs.  Everybody scored at least once.  Fitch hit a HR and had 5 RBI.  Muzziotti had 3 RBI.  Maton had a HR, and he and Stobbe had 2 RBI each.  Stephen had the only other RBI.

  • #14 Cole Stobbe: went 2-5, with 2 runs scored, double, 2 RBI
  • #18 Daniel Brito: went 0-3 with a run scored, 2 BB
  • #20 Jhailyn Ortiz: went 1-4 with a run scored , BB
  • #21 Spencer Howard (0-1, 3.00):
  • Simon Muzziotti: went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, 3 RBI
  • Quincy Nieporte: went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, double
  • Malvin Matos: DNP
  • Jake Scheiner: DNP
  • Nick Maton: went 2-4 with a run scored, double, HR, 2 RBI
  • Josh Stephen: went 3-4 with 3 runs scored, double, RBI
  • Dalton Guthrie: DNP
  • Colby Fitch: went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, HR, 5 RBI (grand slam)
  • Will Stewart:
  • Kyle Dohy:
  • David Parkinson (1-0, 0.00): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 BB

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


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.  Tuesday’s activities were moved indoors due to heavy morning rains.

52 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/10/2018

  1. Jhailyn Ortiz finally got his first hit in the nightcap. 1 for 20 in the early going. Everyone is playing under the same conditions, but let’s hope some of our young bats and arms warm up with the temperatures.

    1. This very well could be the year of the pitcher and not the hitter in the system.
      Almost every top 15 Readers Poll hitting prospect, in the minors, is flailing to start the 2018 season. And the pitchers are holding their own…and Sixto is in abeyance waiting for his chance.

  2. the first week of the minor league season as well as end of last yr has given me the following impression:
    ( and yes, I understand its early, small sample size, give guys time to improve etc)

    Dylan cozens is essentially a nonprospect at this pt unless he magically improves his contact percentage
    there’s a good chance moniak, Randolph ( because as a LF only, his offense has to be elite) will be busts
    the system is very light due to graduations on impact bats
    the system has so many arms that can help at the major league level, I have no idea how they are all going to get a fair opportunity to show what they can do in philly
    Quinn could really help the major league team as a 4th OF if there was a spot for him.
    the organization is struggling to identify true hit tools in high school players but has a good job with college players, ( kingery, Hoskins)

    I’m leaning more and more toward the best college bat in the coming draft

    1. Didn’t the Phillies draft the best college bat available last year in the 1st round?

      1. I think that was Pavin Smith and we went before our pick but Pavin in case you were wondering is slashing 118/313/436 OPS

  3. Two of my favorite prospects are going in opposite directions. I don’t know if it’s the weight loss or what, but Jake Hernandez is having a rough start in Clearwater. SSS (just two games), he’s still recording strike outs (4 in 3.2 IP), but his WHIP (2.73) is a mess.
    OTOH, Colby Fitch (my sleeper prospect) hit a grand slam, and knocked in five runs. He needs more PT.

    1. Pretty aggressive jump for Hernandez going from GCL directly to Clearwater. Not surprising that he might struggle somewhat. Hopefully he is a quick learner.

      1. Sorry to tell you this, but Hernandez’s stuff is not that good. I think even after he adjusts he’s going to have a very hard time of it in Reading.

  4. Hey guys, I was able to add the Reading, Clearwater and Lakewood icons on my home screen to short cut (so I can follow live GAMEDAY box scores) BUT I haven’t been able to do the same with Lehigh’s link below. Any helpful tips?

  5. Is this the longest recovery from the flu ever? Sixto seems to have had the effects of the flu for 2 months. If this was the Sixers, I would really be worried.

    1. I think at this point they just want to hold him back so to limit his innings this year, like it or not.

      1. what this does mean for sixto is his arrival in philly will probably be delayed by a year due to his loss of and late developmental time this year

        1. he threw 95 innings last year; how much were they going to jump that by this year anyway?

    2. Gelb reported on opening day that Sanchez was 10 days to 2 weeks behind opening day. We are at 7 days since opening day. Sanchez is throwing in the complex. They expect him to pitch 130-140 innings this season.

  6. The eternal optimist in me doesn’t want to look for more than a few seconds at any of the hitting stats until about 100 PA’s 🙂

    Great reports as usual Jimmy

    1. agreed
      I’d feel better though if they had solid years last year and were just off to slow starts this year

  7. I was curious to see how the box scores reflected the extra inning runners. Here’s an oddity: with this rule, a pitcher’s perfect game might not be a no/no, and could be a loss!

    1. Yes, that was a very promising trade. Guys who throw 95-97 with decent breaking pitches aren’t easy to find. I loved that trade from the moment it was made.

      1. Rosso – no doubt another Sal Agostinelli find. You see how Sal performs year after year and you really wonder why he isn’t running the whole amateur scouting show (the answer, I think in part, is that he’s so valuable with LA prospects that they don’t want to move him – but gosh, I want a Sal equivalent running scouting in the USA). I am amazed by him.

        By the way, somehow, with all our fine young LA pitching prospects, I missed Rosso. But the stats say he was dominating in the lower minors last year. Any scouting reports on this guy?

            1. Good question…I have him at this Nov 2018 to be eligible to be added to the 40.
              The rule being were 19 or older on the June 5 preceding his signing July 2015 with the Dodgers…..and his 4th Rule 5 draft upcoming, which will be this November….he will be eligible
              And oddly he just missed the cut-off by four days based on his birth certificate date… is dated 4 days after the June 5th cut-off date …..DOB June 9, 1996.
              Now exemptions have been made in the past based on MLB punitive actions against certain teams….Muzziotti got the extra year and I assume Abrahan Gutierrez should also get it.
              But as it stands I see it as Nov 2018.

            2. He was Rule 5 eligible the minute he signed with the Phillies. So he was Rule 5 eligible this past offseason. The years to eligibility are superseded when a player signs a second pro contract (this is why Edubray Ramos was rushed after his time in Williamsport). Muzziotti and Gutierrez had their first contracts voided, so they are not instantly eligible, but I am not sure when they are eligible.

        1. Like his stateside draft compatriots, Sal has missed with some high profile bats though. Encarnacion and Pujols come to mind. Not knocking Sal, he mostly done a stellar job, just pointing out that even he is not infallible.

  8. It’s hilarious that people are throwing out the “bust” label after a week of the season. If Moniak and Haseley had started out hot, would they be future Hall of Famers?

    Give it until the end of April at least.

    1. Zach Green starting off hitting the ball hard — when he hits it. Nine K’s in 22 AB’s. Maybe this will be the year he puts it together.

      Is David Parkinson for real? Don’t know anything about him other than stat lines last year at WMPT were good and his good outing yesterday.

      Muzziottii starting to show some life at bat and on the bases.

    2. I think everyone posting understands the caveat that its early. I think the concern is that we’ve seen no signs this yr or last of elite hit tools they were supposed to have

    1. Man….most all the pitchers in the system are racking up K/9s at an outstanding rate.
      What did the Phillies feed them this off-season….coconut oil!

      1. curious if Ks are up throughout the minor like in the majors given the emphasis on launch angle and lifting the ball has led to increased Ks in majors

        1. Glad to see Ortiz getting the wood now.
          And that could be the reason the Ks are so far up……players are going for the long ball and more lift.

  9. just curious, does the pitcher get charged with an earned run if the runner who starts out the extra inning on second, scores? i’d assume it would be handled like another pitcher put him there.

    1. I believe the system is set up that he does not count as an earned run for the pitcher with the idea being that the pitcher isn’t “responsible” for him being on base..

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