Box Score Recap – 4/16/2018

Lehigh Valley wore down an opponent, Reading shut out an opponent, and Lakewood was one-hit and wasted some good pitching from its staff.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Lehigh Valley (6-4) beat Norfolk, 7-3.

Jake Thompson Thompson pitched 3.0 innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits.  He walked 2 and struck out two.  Tyler Viza contributed 2.2 innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits.  He walked 2 and struck out three.  Austin Davis pitched 2.0 innings.  He hit a batter and struck out three.  Pedro Beato pitched the final 1.1 innings and struck out 2 of the 4 batters he faced.

Dean Anna had 3 hits.  Mitch Walding had 2 hits, a HR, and 3 RBI.  Dylan Cozens hit a 3-run HR.

Andrew Pullin doubled in the second with two out and scored on 2 wild pitches to tie the game.  Walding homered after a Cozens lead off walk to take the lead in the fourth inning.  Walding untied the game again in the fifth with an RBI single.  Cozens provided some insurance with his 2-out, 3-run HR in the sixth.

  • #14 Enyel De Los Santos (0-0, 1.80):
  • #15 Tom Eshelman (1-1, 5.40):
  • #16 Roman Quinn (.310): DNP
  • #18 Dylan Cozens (.286): went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, BB, HR (3), 3 RBI (8)
  • #24 Drew Anderson: 7-day DL, right forearm strain
  • #25 Cole Irvin (0-0, 5.00):
  • Andrew Pullin (.167): went 1-3 with a run scored, double, BB
  • Jesse Valentin (.200): went 1-4 with a run scored, double, BB
  • Mitch Walding (.342): went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (2), 3 RBI (5) 
  • Zach Eflin (2-0, 1.64):
  • Jake Thompson ( 0-0, 2.84): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR
  • Austin Davis (0-1, 2.57): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, HBP, WP
  • Brandon Leibrandt (1-0, 0.00):

Reading (4-7) beat Harrisburg, 6-0.

Ranger Suarez pitched 8.0 shutout innings.  He scattered 6 hits, walked none,  and struck out ten.  He needed just 99 pitches (69 strikes, 69.7%). 

Garrett Cleavinger struck out two in 0.2 innings but loaded the bases with a single, HBP, and BB.  Luke Leftwich was called on to get the last out, a strike out.

Damek Tomscha drove in the Phils’ first two runs with a double in the third.  He plated Ranger Suarez and Zack Coppola who had both singled to start the inning. (Note: the scorer recorded Suarez’ single as a line drive to center. And, also reported that Suarez went first to third on Coppola’s single to right.)

Kyle Martin provided insurance in the fifth with a grand slam after Coppola singled and Canelo and Tomscha walked to load the bases.  It was Martin’s second HR this season.

  • #9 Franklyn Kilome (0-0, 3.86):
  • #17 Cornelius Randolph (.194): went 0-3 with a BB
  • #11 Ranger Suarez (1-1, 4.76): 8.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
  • #8 JoJo Romero (0-2, 8.00):
  • Edgar Garcia (0-0, 0.00):
  • #12 Seranthony Dominguez (1-2, 3.86):
  • Damek Tomscha (.308): went 2-3 with a run scored, double, 2 RBI
  • Cord Sandberg (.250): went 0-1 as a pinch hitter
  • Jiandido Tromp (.188): went 1-4
  • Harold Arauz (1-0, 3.27):
  • Jake Waguespack (4.50):
  • Seth McGarry (0-1, 1.29):

Clearwater (2-9) no game scheduled.

  • #5 Mickey Moniak: went
  • #1 Sixto Sanchez: 
  • #6 Adam Haseley: went
  • #4 Adonis Medina (1-1, 5.63):
  • #19 Jose Gomez: went
  • #23 McKenzie Mills (0-1, 4.5):
  • #10 Arquimedes Gamboa: went
  • Darick Hall: went
  • Edgar Cabral: went
  • Austin Listi: DNP
  • Luke Williams: DNP
  • Henri Lartigue: DNP
  • Conner Seabold (0-1, 5.23):
  • Alejandro Requena (0-1, 7.88):
  • Bailey Falter (2.45):

Lakewood (5-6) lost to Greensboro, 1-0.

Lakewood got some good pitching last night.  Connor Brogdon pitched 5.0 shutout innings.  He allowed 2 hits, walked none, and struck out six.  Zach Warren allowed one run in 2.1 innings.  He gave up one hit and a walk, and struck out three.  He left with one out and runners on first and second.  Luis Ramirez entered and walked the first batter (grr).  He then continued to allow one of the inherited runners to score.  Kyle Dohy pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Simon Muzziotti had the BlueClaws only base hit, a single in the seventh.  He was caught stealing.

Their only other base runners were Josh Stephen on a third inning walk and Daniel Brito on a fifth inning walk.

  • #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.091): went 0-3
  • #13 Daniel Brito (.188): went 0-2 with a walk
  • #22 Spencer Howard (0-1, 2.25):
  • #30 Simon Muzziotti (.293): went 1-3
  • Colby Fitch (.250): DNP
  • Dalton Guthrie (.250): DNP
  • Nick Maton (.313): went 0-4
  • Quincy Nieporte (.118): went 0-3
  • Jake Scheiner (.233): went 0-3
  • Josh Stephen (.333): went 0-2 with a walk
  • Cole Stobbe (.269):
  • Ramon Rosso (0-0, 1.86):
  • Will Stewart (2-2, 0.00):
  • David Parkinson (1-0, 0.00):
  • Damon Jones (1-1, 2.79):
  • Connor Brogdon (0-1, 7.11): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
  • Kyle Dohy (0-0, 0.00, 2 saves): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

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

  • #2 Scott Kingery: 50 of 130 career AB, 18 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
  • #3 J.P. Crawford: 106 of 130 career AB, 18 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
  • #20 Kyle Young: not on a roster
  • #21 Francisco Morales: not on a roster
  • #26 Luis Garcia: not on a roster
  • #27 Victor Arano: 16.0 of 50 innings, 18 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
  • #28 J.D. Hammer: not on a roster
  • #29 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season


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.  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.


52 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/16/2018

  1. Great line for Ranger. The Phillies really need one of him or Romero to develop (hopefully both) to add a strong lefty to the rotation sometime next year.

    1. Why do we need a lefty? Give me Scherzer, Strasburg, Syndegard, Darvish, and Otani, and I’ll take on you and your lefties….

      1. During the regular season it may not be a critical requirement, but In the last 20 years, a majority of all WS winning teams had one lefty in the top three of their rotation.

  2. Outstanding outing by Ranger. Hopefully he just needed a little higher temperature to get going and is now back on track. Jo Jo is next.
    Cozens continues to improve…. Walding too..
    Canelo seems to want a promotion….

  3. pleased to see cozens, lwalding, canelo hitting. I’m hoping they show enough to have real value in a mid season trade package

    1. A couple of thoughts on Cozens and Walding.

      1. It’s still early – let’s see if they continue to rake. I’m curious to see where they will be on May 15.

      2. There’s a lot you just can’t learn from a box score, as everyone knows. I saw the Cozens AB on MilbTV this morning and it was impressive. After being down 2 strikes, he worked a full count to a left reliever and then drilled a line drive over the right field fence. It was an impressive, battling at bat. The kind that makes major league executives take you seriously as a prospect. Nothing is really set in the Phillies’ big league outfield – if Cozens has a breakout year in AAA, he could end up being in the MLB right field rotation sooner rather than later. All possibilities are in play and nobody really knows what will happen – it just needs to play out.

      3. Walding is intriguing. I’m surprised that we are not hearing the poster with the name nobody wants to say who was waxing poetic about Walding when he was in .220 in A ball. But there’s something to this guy. First, he really has improved over the last few years. Second, while he’s at the end of the prospect development window and it seems like he’s been in the minors forever, he’s still just 25. Third, the power is real and he draws his fair share of walks. Fourth, he’s a great fielder. Fifth, his build and swing are impressive – when I was in ST a couple of years ago, he clearly stood out. So, while the Phillies are probably not expecting anything from him, if he has a breakout season he could find himself back on the radar, especially if Maikel Franco continues to be a sub-par option at third. As with right field, all options are in play for the Phillies at third base.

  4. I had such high hopes for Jake Thompson after the Cole trade. Bummer that he doesn’t seem to be anything more than a bullpen piece.

    Actually looking back at that trade now, it is kinda interesting. Looks like we got:
    – a mlb starting caliber catcher with potential to be an all star in his age 28/29 (ie peak) season.
    – a decent #4 starter.
    – a respectable 4th outfielder
    – a bullpen piece

    Alfaro makes the trade worth it. Getting a guy like him is so hard. He truly has elite tools and is a great athlete. He is putting it together and is a legit starting mlb catcher. And he has a lot of room still to improve.

    The rest are kinda roster fillers. But I still think it was a good trade.

    1. Nick Williams and Jared Eickhoff are roster fillers? I have them rated a bit higher than that….

      1. I can be sold on Eickhoff, but Nick can’t get PT over a guy hitting .077. He is a low ob%, high K rate, average power corner outfielder with average defense. That is a 4th outfielder profile.

        1. If Eickhoff can’t sit 91-93 MPH with his FB he is going to be a one-trick pony with his curve and will get battered pretty good, just as he did last year when his velocity was down.

        2. Alfaro has struck out in 43% of his plate appearances so far this year. I see Williams having a better chance to make enough improvements to stick than Alfaro.

            1. Exactly – and I think Alfaro also has more untapped potential than Williams. Alfaro is a guy who, as you noted, could turn it on suddenly at age 28 or 29 and become an instant star. He has that much raw talent and catchers often develop later as hitters.

            2. I realize that but Alfaro is also a much worse hitter right now. Both of them have to improve.

    2. Alf has all the tools….but a premium hit tool right now.
      Once the book is written on him thru the league, the pitchers will exploit his swing and miss tendencies with breaking pitches.
      It will come down to how he can make the necessary adjustments.

      1. One tool Alfaro doesn’t have is receiving (important for a catcher). I’d expect he gets better going forward, but he’s probably the worst blocking catcher I’ve ever seen and has to improve a lot there to stay at the position in the majors.

        1. Yes I will give you that….blocking can be an issue and he also .bangs up his left hand, thumb part, with improper catching techniques at times also.
          But his arm is plus-plus and pop up times are very good, so he has to fine tune his mechanics back there.
          Bottom line…..when the pitchers start to question whether or not they want him catching them….then it really becomes an issue…if they are happy, then it is okay.
          Arrieta had issues with Montero, and Giradri had to deal with Sanchez last year with the Yankees and some of the pitcher’s frustrations

    3. Alfaro has the tools to be a star no doubt – but not sure he has the plate discipline or hit tool to get him there. I love the person and the ability – but his ultimate outcome is entirely unclear at this point.

  5. Going to see Lakewood play in Delmarva this weekend. Hoping to Ortiz square up a few balls. (.093) albeit early is extremely ugly.

  6. I am not a Catching expert, by a long shot, but what I have heard is that Alfaro has shown improvement. Is that incorrect? He is quite a ways from being a complete package, but he does have great tools, and so I have been encouraged by reports that he has improved, although he still needs much more.

  7. I was curious to see how Brogden would bounce back after his first start. He was absolutely a strike throwing machine last night, so maybe his ckunker earlier could be chalked up to nerves.

    1. Walding looks like he is off to a great start. Just about every player in the phils organization should be looking over their shoulder – minus Hoskins,Kingery, Nola, and arrietta.

  8. I should probably know this,but why is Gowdy not expected to pitch this year? I know he had TJohn surgery last year, but I thought he’d be ready for the second half this year. Those in the know, fill me in. Also, what’s up with hammer not being assigned a team? Did I miss that he is hurt?

    If Cozens turns the corner on SO, and figures things out, that OF jam is going to worse that 76 at rush hour.

    1. He had the surgery in August, and the recovery time is typically a year. Even if he’s on schedule, by the time he’s ready to go, the minor league season will be over.

      1. Thanks for the info,
        To the others as well. I thought he hurt himself earlier in baseball season, but that gets me backup to speed. Hopefully he can fully recover, I was excited about him as a draft pick… before his arm snapped.

      1. … or … maybe Gowdy is more like Jesus Luzardo. They were two of the highest ranked HS arms for the 2016 draft. Luzardo had TJ a couple of months before the draft and fell to the third round. He’s now back and throwing as well (if not better) than before he was injured. He’s a top 100 prospect.

        1. No, maybe you’re right. It’s just that the first two rounds of that draft have been so frustrating.

          1. catch … I posted something in the draft discussion thread earlier today explaining why that 2016 draft can only be labeled TBD .

            1. Although I’m a big JoJo fan and, as you note, there is some serious depth in that draft.

            2. Yeah Moniak is a tough pill to swallow if he doesn’t pan out. It is mentally tough to accept a 1st round bust … especially at pick #1. He has time and we are pulling for him, i hope he can make the grade. Damn crapshoot of a mlb draft

            3. Yes, that’s a fair point. That was a tough draft. There was no Bryce Harper or Alex Rodriguez or Stephen Strasburg just sitting there at 1/1. Even Nick Senzel may not ending up being anything special.

            4. That whole first round of that draft have been disappointments to some degree.
              Picks all the way down to 55, 62, 64. and 66 all appear to become players at some point…Nolan Jones, Solak, Alonso and Bichette

            5. … and right on cue, I see this tweet from Eric Longenhagen:

            6. 8mark……..who can we offer! 🙂
              I have suspicions minds that you may be sub-consciously leaning Cesar or Doobie

            7. Romus, sub-conscious? I’m fully aware. 😃

              ….but all kidding aside, Cesar has shown me a lot. His confidence is off the charts right now.

              (Before we get demerits for posting in the wrong thread, let’s move this to open discussion. )

            8. I’ll offer Cesar and Neris for Mitchell White and Dustin May.


              absorb Kemp’s contract or combination as long as the Phils can get White.

  9. Looking for Eflin at home and Falter on the road in Charlotte, to come on strong with big pitching efforts tonight.

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