Box Score Recap – 4/14/2018

Lehigh Valley and Lakewood won.  Reading and Clearwater lost.  These Clearwater losses are getting tougher and tougher to watch.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Lehigh Valley (5-3) beat Louisville, 7-6.  

Cole Irvin gave up three runs in the second inning and was lifted after the fourth.  He had thrown 71 pitches (45 strikes) and given up six hits, two walks, and hit a batter. Ranfi Casimiro pitched two innings allowing both lead off hitters to reach base, but allowing only an unearned run.  Austin Davis pitched 1.2 innings without allowing a run.  Pedro Beato stranded two inherited runners, but gave up two runs in the ninth on his way to his third save.

The IronPigs came back from an early three run deficit, and built leads of 5-3 and 7-4. Mitch Walding hit his first HR, a solo shot in the second.  Dylan Cozens, Alexi Amarista, and Nick Rickles had two hits each.

Danny Ortiz had an outfield assist (at first).

  • #9 Enyel De Los Santos (1.80):
  • #10 Dylan Cozens: went 2-5 with an RBI, SB
  • #11 Roman Quinn: DNP
  • #22 Tom Eshelman (1-1, 5.40):
  • #24 Drew Anderson: placed on the 7-day DL, right forearm strain
  • Cole Irvin (5.00): 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HBP
  • Zach Eflin (2-0, 1.64):
  • Jake Thompson (0.00):
  • Brandon Leibrandt (1-0, 0.0):
  • Andrew Pullin: walked as a pinch hitter
  • Jesse Valentin: went 0-5
  • Mitch Walding: went 1-4 with a solo HR

Reading (3-6)  Lost to Richmond, 5-4.

Reading built a 4-2 lead through six, but couldn’t hold on.

Jake Waguespack started and gave up two runs in five innings on five hits and four walks.  He struck out six.Trevor Bettencourt pitched a shutout inning.  Seranthony Dominguez blew the save and earned the loss in two innings.  Two of the three runs he gave up were unearned.

Jiandido Tromp had two RBI hits, including a solo HR.  Deivi Grullon also had two hits and an RBI.

Jan Hernandez had an outfield assist (at first).

  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (4.50):
  • #13 Cornelius Randolph: went 0-4
  • #15 Ranger Suarez (9.00):
  • #16 JoJo Romero (0-2, 8.00):
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (0.00):
  • #30 Seranthony Dominguez (1-2, 3.86): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, WP
  • Damek Tomscha: went 1-4
  • Cord Sandberg: went 0-1 as a pinch hitter
  • Jiandido Tromp: went 2-4 with a run scored, double, HR, 2 RBI
  • Jake Waguespack (4.50): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, WP

Clearwater (1-9) lost to Bradenton, 9-5.

What a disappointing game.  Clearwater ran out to a 4-0 lead lead after two innings, only to see the starter give up the lead two innings later.

Darick Hall opened the second with a home ru that landed on the concourse behind the right field berm.  Astin Listi and Edgar Cabral singled, and Henri Lartigue jerked a foul ball to left that had home run distance.  Not to worry.  The pitcher served up a similar pitch and Lartigue corrected his trajectory into the Tiki Terrace (left field bleachers).

Alejandro Requena started out pitching well, so it seemed.  He threw 15 pitches (12 strikes) in the first and 14 (11 strikes) in the second, and had thrown 6 of 8 first pitch strikes.  But he had allowed both lead off hitters to reach base and had surrendered three hits including a double.  He was aided by a successful pick off play at second.

Requena gave back two runs in the third on a two-out, two-run HR.  He threw 19 pitches (only 10 strikes), but pitched behind to each batter throwing zero first pitch strikes to the five batters he faced in the inning.  He also threw his first two three ball counts, one before the HR.

Requena faced six batters in the fourth and once again couldn’t throw a first pitch strike. He threw 24 pitches (12 strikes), and two more three-ball counts.  He gave up a lead off HR to cut the lead to one run.  He hit a batter with a first pitch, 77 mph CB.  Hw gave up a run-scoring double, and wild pitched home a run.  He was bailed out by a caught stealing courtesy of catcher Henri Lartigue.

Requena finished with 72 pitches (45 strikes) and six of nineteen first pitch strikes.  He struck out one, walked one, and hit a batter.  His FB was 90-93, sitting 91-92, touching 93 mph four times.

Jake Hernandez struck out two in one inning, but was tagged for four runs.

Felix Paulino struck out five in 2.2 innings.  Aaron Brown mopped up the final 1.1 innings.

Adam Haseley knocked in a run in the fifth on a ground out.

Mickey Moniak has a four game hitting streak.

Sunday’s probable pitcher is still TBD.  I’m guessing the decision to start Sixto Sanchez will be a game time decision depending on the weather.

  • #1 Mickey Moniak: went 1-4 with a run scored
  • #6 Adam Haseley: went 1-4 with a double and RBI
  • #8 Adonis Medina (1-1, 5.63):
  • #17 Jose Gomez: went 0-4
  • #23 McKenzie Mills (0-1, 4.5):
  • Arquimedes Gamboa: went 1-4
  • Darick Hall: went 1-4 with a solo HR (5), RBI (9)
  • Edgar Cabral: went 1-4 with a run scored
  • Austin Listi: went 2-4 with a run scored
  • Luke Williams: went 0-3 with a BB
  • Henri Lartigue: went 1-4 with a 3-run HR
  • Conner Seabold (0-1, 5.23):
  • Alejandro Requena (0-1, 7.88): 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, WP
  • Bailey Falter (2.45):

Lakewood (5-5) beat Delmarva, 3-1.

Damon Jones was activated for the start and went 5.0 innings.  He allowed just one unearned run on three hits and three walks in 5.0 innings.  He threw 93 pitches (56 strikes) and struck out four.

Randy Alcantara allowed three base runners in 2.0 innings.  Luis Ramirez struck out two in one inning.  Addison Russ earned his first save with a perfect ninth.

Jake Scheiner had two hits including a solo HR in the first inning.  Josh Stephen had two hits including a go ahead, solo HR in the fifth.  He scored an insurance run on a throwing error after doubling in the seventh.  Nick Maton had three hits including two doubles.

  • #14 Cole Stobbe: DNP
  • #18 Daniel Brito: went 0-4
  • #20 Jhailyn Ortiz: DNP
  • #21 Spencer Howard (0-1, 2.25):
  • Simon Muzziotti: went 1-4 with a double
  • Quincy Nieporte: went 0-4
  • Jake Scheiner: went 2-4 with a run scored, HR, RBI
  • Nick Maton: went 3-4 with 2 doubles
  • Josh Stephen: went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, double, HR RBI
  • Dalton Guthrie: went 1-3
  • Colby Fitch: DNP
  • Ramon Rosso (1.86):
  • Will Stewart (2-2, 0.00):
  • Kyle Dohy (0.00):
  • David Parkinson (1-0, 0.00):
  • Damon Jones (1-1, 2.79): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

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.

Tommy Hunter pitched an extended inning against a team of former minor league players.  By extended, I mean that he retired the side in order, then pitched to and retired one more batter.  We see this a lot down here.  The practice allows a pitcher to face a live batter while getting in his work instead of having to throw for an extended time in the bullpen to get his pitches in.

Anyway, Hunter retired all four batters.  He threw 14 pitches.  His FB was 90-92 mph.  He threw 10 strikes/4 balls.  He struck out the first batter swinging, got a fly out to deep left, a pop up to second, and a ground out to short.

D.J. Stewart crushed a 2-run HR to left center in one of the games.

I watched RHP Andrew Brown pick a runner off base.

I watched Ben Brown throw for the second time since his bout with the flu.  He pitched a scoreless ninth, and got the win when they broke a tie with runs in the bottom of the ninth.

So, I saw Brown, Brown, and Brown pitch today.

14 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/14/2018

  1. Hall keeps hitting…..
    Maton is a guy to keep an eye on…
    Cozens is hitting 300
    What happened to all that good pitching we thought we had?

    1. And no strike outs for Cozens. Two straight days with no K’s as we rhymesters say. 10 ABs. And his third stolen base.

    2. Well, we’ve got some pretty good pitchers going today: De Los Santos, Kilome and (reportedly) Sixto across the top three levels. I’m looking for some good pitching lines today!

      I’m wondering about Young as well. Is he hurt? He should be with Lakewood this season, right?

    3. Murray, nothing has happened, that good pitching is still there. It’s beautiful and should make us all smile for the Phillies future!

      Yes, Romero has started slow and Medina had one bad start, but they are both fine and future pieces!
      Sixto starts today and was likely delayed simply for IP count.
      Kilome still has upside and hopefully he shows it this year, we’ll see.
      Spencer Howard is for real and will be a fast-mover (I’ll say he finishes ’18 at AA).
      Francisco Morales may have as high a ceiling as anyone and is in XST until short-season.
      Kyle Young also has good upside, but has some injury. Hopefully he’s pitching soon.
      Enyel De Los Santos, I’m liking what I see/hear so far.

      Add some of these to Nola and Pivetta (I’ve always been high on him) and we’ll soon have the strong, young pitching to match our strong, young hitting!

      Of course there’s more SPs but if these guys are Tiers 1 & 2, then everyone else is Tier 3 and below, IMO.

  2. Maton hitting. With power early , Austin Davis maybe with the Phillies at some point this yr.

  3. Okay, your basic rule of thumb should be, make that rules of thumb –
    1.) If a guy is physically in Clearwater and you think he should be some where else, he is hurt
    2.) if a guy is transferred to Williamsport, he is still with his team. The Williamsport roster is being used as a sort of taxi squad to extend rosters bryond 25 players
    3.) guys who ended the season on the DL and reported to Clearwater for periodic checkups are still in rehab: Mario Sanchez, Grant Dyer, Sutter McLoughlin, and Kevin Gowdy
    4.) guys who fall under #1 above include Sixto Sanchez (until he is activated today), Nick Fanti, Kyle Young, Elniery Garcia, Will Hibbs, Elniery Garcia, J.D. Hammer, …
    5.) guys who don’t fall under any category above: Alberto Tirado, Tim Berry, Jose Taveras (although I think he’s hurt), Gabriel Lino, …
    6.) and Will Middlebrooks who is rehabbing until sometime in July.

  4. Just another piece of evidence that nobody has a an eye for hitters like rocco (except maybe Charlie Manuel). rocco has been telling us that Josh Stephen has the sweetest swing in the organization since he was drafted in 2016. SSS, but Stephen is killing it so far in Lakewood .364/.440/.727, 2 HR !!!

    1. BTW … was giving some thought to this, and there is a lot of Joc Pederson’s profile in Josh Stepen: LH hitting OF’er, from California, drafted in the 11th round as a well above-slot prep player.

  5. This feels kind of weird posting Jim’s tweets here on Jim’s site, but here they go, anyway:

  6. Does anyone have velo readings on De Los Santos from today ?

    1. Started 92-93, was up to 95 pretty consistently when warm. Not terribly accurate Sunday, but weather and floating strike zone could have played a factor.

  7. What a bomb from Canelo to LF, man did he crush that one. Great start to the year for him.

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