Box Score Recap – 4/13/2018

Lehigh Valley continued hitting, Reading came out of their off day without their bats, Clearwater found a way to lose again, and Lakewood lost late at home.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Lehigh Valley (4-3) beat Louisville, 9-5.  

Tom Eshelman gave up a couple of solo HR in the first inning (one to Tyler Goeddel) then held the Bats to just one more run (another solo HR) as he pitched into the seventh inning.  He threw 70% strikes and struck out eight.  He walked two, one was intentional.

Tom Windle entered in the seventh with two out and two on.  He stranded both runners. Zac Curtis pitched the eighth and gave up two runs.  Pedro Beato pitched a 1-2-3 ninth in a non-save situation.

Dylan Cozens, Jesse Valentin, and Andrew Pullin led the offense.  Cozens hit his first two HR of rhe season and drove in three runs.  Valentin had three hits and an RBI.  Pullin had two hits including a triple and three RBI.

  • #9 Enyel De Los Santos (1.80):
  • #10 Dylan Cozens: went 3-5 with 3 runs scored, 2 HR, 3 RBI, SB
  • #11 Roman Quinn: went 1-5 with a run scored, triple
  • #22 Tom Eshelman (1-1, 5.40): 6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 3 HR
  • #24 Drew Anderson: placed on the 7-day DL, right forearm strain
  • Cole Irvin (3.60):
  • Zach Eflin (2-0, 1.64):
  • Jake Thompson (0.00):
  • Brandon Leibrandt (1-0, 0.0):
  • Andrew Pullin: went 2-4 with run scored, triple, 3 RBI
  • Jesse Valentin: went 3-4 with a run scored, double, RBI
  • Mitch Walding: went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, BB

Reading (3-5)  Lost to Richmond, 3-1.

JoJo Romero gave up all three runs on four hits and 3 walks in 5.0 innings.  Edgar Garcia struggled through 2.0 innings, but gave up no runs on a hit and four walks.

Luke Leftwich pitched well again, two strike outs in a 1-2-3 inning.  In four appearances, Leftwich has thrown five, no-hit innings.  He walked one batter and struck out eight.  Of the 73 pitches he has thrown, 50 were strikes (68.5%).

Reading scored their run in the eighth on Austin Bossart’s first HR.  They managed just four other hits, all singles.  Malquin Canelo had two hits.

  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (4.50):
  • #13 Cornelius Randolph: went 0-4
  • #15 Ranger Suarez (9.00):
  • #16 JoJo Romero (0-2, 8.00): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (0.00): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 1 BB, WP
  • #30 Seranthony Dominguez (1-1, 3.60):
  • Damek Tomscha: went 0-4
  • Cord Sandberg: went 0-1 as a pinch hitter
  • Jiandido Tromp: went 1-4

Clearwater (1-8) lost to Bradenton, 4-3 in ten innings.

McKenzie Mills had a great outing.  He pitched six innings, the most by any Threshers’ starter this season.  He allowed on run on six hits, walked none, and struck out four. Mills threw 61 strikes among his 85 pitches (70.9%).

Mills FB was 88-93 mph.  It sat 89-91 and touched 93 just once.  I expected more velocity from the guy.  I’ve been told that he’ll improve to 92-94 mph when the temps gets really hot.  We’ll see.  He threw a lot of off speed pitches (50 FB, 36 CB/CH).  The action on his pitches was deceiving in the press box.  I learned afterwards, that his CH is slower than his CB.  That being the case, his CB is 77-82 mph and his CH is 72-75 mph.  Even as I type this it seems wrong, but it does explain the action on his pitches.

Mills left trailing 1-0 when Alexis Rivero (4.50) entered in the seventh.  As has been happening a lot lately, Rivero gave up a run in his 2.0 innings.  Jeff Singer (0-2, 7.20) entered in the ninth of a tie game.  He gave up a run in the ninth, and one in the tenth after the Threshers tied the game in the bottom of the ninth.

All three Threshers runs came on HR.  Darick Hall and Austin Listi went back to back in the seventh to tie the game.  Hall homered in the ninth with one out to tie the game again.  Hall had three hits.

The Threshers looked like they hadn’t taken PFPs all spring.  Bradenton uses the bunt in its offensive repertoire.  They bunted for sacrifice twice and for base hits twice.  On the base hits and one of the sacrifices, you would have thought that the Threshers had never seen a bunt.

On the flip side, Raul Rivas tried to bunt for a base hit again and failed to get it down. Later, when the Threshers needed a sacrifice, he bunted into a force at third.  (You might remember that he choked on two safety squeeze attempts in the ninth inning earlier this week.)  Coach Williams may have been better served in the tenth if he had used Kevin Markham as a pinch hitter for Rivas rather than as a pinch runner for Jose Pujols (who began the inning on second base).

Mickey Moniak had an outfield assist (home).

  • #1 Mickey Moniak: went 1-5 
  • #6 Adam Haseley: went 1-4
  • #8 Adonis Medina (1-1, 5.63):
  • #17 Jose Gomez: DNP
  • #23 McKenzie Mills (0-1, 4.5): 6.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
  • Arquimedes Gamboa: went 1-4
  • Darick Hall: went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR, 2 RBI
  • Edgar Cabral: DNP
  • Austin Listi: went 1-4 with a run scored, HR, RBI
  • Luke Williams: went 0-3 with a BB
  • Henri Lartigue: went 0-3
  • Conner Seabold (0-1, 5.23):
  • Alejandro Requena (0-0, 4.50):
  • Bailey Falter (2.45):

Lakewood (4-5) lost to Delmarva, 5-1.

Spencer Howard had a strong outing.  He pitched 5.0 innings, allowed a run on four hits, walked none, and struck out six.  He threw 65.1% strikes.  He left with the score tied.

Julian Garcia (0-1, 7.71) earned the loss.  He gave up two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings. Zach Warren relieved and stranded two runners.  He gave up a two-run HR in the ninth, but struck out six of the seven outs he recorded.

The BlueClaws scored their lone run in the fifth.  Quincy Nieporte led off with a doublwe and scored on Nick Maton’s two-out double.

Maton and Brito had two hits apiece.

Jhailyn Ortiz threw out a runner at home.

  • #14 Cole Stobbe: went 0-3
  • #18 Daniel Brito: went 2-4
  • #20 Jhailyn Ortiz: went 0-4
  • #21 Spencer Howard (0-1, 2.25): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, WP
  • Simon Muzziotti: went 1-4 with a double
  • Quincy Nieporte: went 1-4 with a run scored, double
  • Jake Scheiner: went 1-4
  • Nick Maton: went 2-3 with a double, RBI
  • Josh Stephen: went 0-3
  • Dalton Guthrie: DNP
  • Colby Fitch: DNP
  • Ramon Rosso (1.86):
  • Will Stewart (2-2, 0.00):
  • Kyle Dohy (0.00):
  • David Parkinson (1-0, 0.00):

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.  I identified 90 players today.  There are easily another half dozen or more who I could not.  They are likely young guys from the DSL (mostly pitchers) who were brought stateside for a look see.  I’ll post the “official” roster after I identify a few more.

Heard that Tommy Hunter is going to throw at the Complex tomorrow, and that Kapler would be in attendance.  Don’t know if that means sim innings against live batters or as the starter in the 10:00 AM XST game.


29 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/13/2018

  1. Spencer Howard (8 IP, 13 K, 1 BB and throwing 95-96) sure looks like a top 10 prospect to me. Look forward to his promotion to Clearwater in June (at the latest).

      1. Continuing in the tradition of great Phillies second round draft picks. I am all in on Howard and if I’m going to rip Johnny A for his first round picks (and I have!), I also have to give him credit for Scotty K and Howard. Pretty decent kick save.

    1. The velocity reports are encouraging. Iirc, most scouting reports on him at draft time said that his fastball was more of a low-90s offering, but the Phillies described it as being higher. Looks like the team got that one right.

      I should say that, as a college guy/2nd round pick, he should be dominating Lakewood. Hopefully he forces himself to Clearwater sooner rather than later.

  2. Valentin seems to be fitting into the Jack-of-all-Trades scenario. He’s played 2B, SS, 3B and LF this year in LHV. Canelo, who’s knocking on the door asking to come up to AAA, has played mostly SS but had 1 game at 2B. Valentin is honing his super-sub skills, while Canelo is honing his hitting skills (.417/.440/.708). Valentin is 23 until May and Canelo will be 23 through September.

    1. I love Valentin. He has developed real power over the last few years. I honestly think his ceiling might be as a first division regular. I think he could actually be that good. I’m eager to see how he does over his first 200 PAs this year.

  3. It may not be likely, but man, wouldn’t it be a nice development if Cozens rolled on from last night’s game. 5 ABs, no Ks. 2 bombs. Stole a base, gunned down a runner. Even as a big league platoon later on this season if and when a trade is made, or if an injury opens up a spot. Having him as a left handed pinch hit option off the bench would be must see TV.

    But yeah, what if….

    1. It would be nice if Cozens became a legitimate lefty platoon power threat. You could move Nick Williams (move as in trade0 and play Cozens and Alterr in right and generally move Altherr around. Altherr is in a bad slump, but he’s a good player. I am not a believer in Williams – defense is not that good and doesn’t walk enough or do anything else quite well enough to make up for the bad defense. I might be wrong, but I don’t think so.

      1. I just saw tape from last night’s game. Cozens’ second home run was a BOMB – like a 450+ foot homer that he destroyed. The first homer was a screaming liner that was out only because he hit it so hard. And Cozens was very patient at the plate. There’s no reason to give up on this guy – not yet anyway. And he’s still not 24 – he has development time left and it would surprise me if he doesn’t end up in the majors somewhere – although how good he becomes is, frankly, unclear. His outcome is anywhere between a Khris or Chris (!) Davis and a AAAA player – a very wide range of outcomes in my view. But his kind of power doesn’t grow on trees and he will always draw his fair share of walks. He’s an intriguing long term option.

        1. fortunately, with the ABs needed by the current players in philly, there is no need to rush anyone below in the minors. Cozens can play the entire year at AAA and work on contact.

  4. Though early and SSS, but after 34 PAs, Darick Hall has 4 HRs and leads the FSL in that category, first in SLG% at .710 and fourth in OPS at 1.
    Keeps this up, should be in Reading by July 1st.

    1. Okay, let’s see how he’s doing after about 30 or 40 games – but certainly, he is off to a great start. The hope for Hall, I guess, is that he does well enough to replace Santana in a few years.

      1. As Murray says…..he appears to be a legitimate hitter.
        Good bloodlines, knows the mechanics of hitting and combine that with 240 lbs of muscle, he has all the hallmarks of eventually reaching the majors…..whether or not he produces at the same level of production is anyone’s guess.
        Is he the next Matt Rizz., could be, or the next Ryan Howard?
        If I had to put my money down…I am leaning Ryan Howard.

    2. For those who have not seen Hall, let me just say that he looks like a hitter and he can really hit. If he can manage lefties better, he will continue up the ladder.

      1. Frank……yes, that is good sign for Kyle Martin.
        He hit well in the SEC when he played there….also he is a 4-year college guy, so like Darin Ruf, he has to force his hand to get to the next levels.

    1. Fun fact. Spencer’s first no hitter was in Pony ball where he struck out 21 of the 22 batters he faced (1BB). Oh wait you said Jim…..
      Also he hit 97 last night.

  5. It’s still very early but some initial observations – Moniak and Haseley don’t look special, Ortiz looks overmatched at Lwood, Singer and Rivero were both sent down to Cwater but both look lost, we have plenty of “good” pitching but not enough “elite” pitching, it’s been cold up north and we have lots of warm weather players who might struggle in cold weather, we can all dream on Cozens on a night like last night but he’s actually hitting close to 300 so dream on.

  6. Wasn’t sure where to put this, has anyone heard what’s going on with the Lakewood games not being on This was supposed to be their first year of streaming home games so I thought maybe it was just a technical issue but now the games aren’t even listed with the watch icon. I contacted but sometimes they take days and was hoping to watch today’s game.

  7. Hall with yet another HR tonight.
    That is five in 35 PAs..
    He is trying to do his own ‘Rhys Lightning’ imitation it appears.

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