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Phillies Minor League Roundup - July 17, 2014

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Today's Probables: LHV: Sean O'Sullivan, REA: Severino Gonzalez, CLR: Miguel Nunez, LWD: Ranfi Casimiro, WIL: Chris Oliver

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse 13, Lehigh Valley 0

Barry Enright - 3.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, BB, 2 K, HR
Phillippe Aumont - 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP
Tyler Knigge - 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, BB, K
Jeremy Horst - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, K
Leandro Castro - 1 for 4
Tyler Henson - 0 for 2, BB, K
Maikel Franco - 0 for 4, K
Darin Ruf - 1 for 4, 2 K
Sebastian Valle - 0 for 3, K

I wanted to incorporate Bender's Christmas speech from Breakfast Club into this recap, but it got too dark. Instead I'll just say this game was a downright embarrassment. Barry Enright is a very bad pitcher, Aumont fell into old habits and Knigge just seems to have lost it. The only guy really worth a damn on the whole team went 0 for 4. Granted there was a long layoff with the Future's Game and All-Star Break, but Franco is only 1 for 13 in his last 3 games. I have faith that Franco can turn it around and the months of May and early July show that. Patience sometimes isn't a virtue I have all the time.

Reading 4, New Britain 1

Chris Bootcheck - 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 5 GB, 5 FB, WP
Nefi Ogando - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K
Carlos Alonso - 0 for 4, 2 K, HBP
Peter Lavin - 1 for 4, HR, 2 K
Kelly Dugan - 1 for 3, R, 2B, BB
Aaron Altherr - 1 for 4, 2B
Brock Stassi - 1 for 3, 2 R, HR, BB
KC Serna - 1 for 1
Zach Collier - 1 for 3, RBI, K, HBP, CS

After two rough starts with Reading, Bootcheck settles in and throws a 1-hitter. Nefi Ogando seems to be turning a corner recently and has a nice 5.1 inning scoreless streak. That MAG fella is making easy work of AA hitters. I'd be very inclined to give him some work against seasoned AAA hitters soon. Peter Lavin hits his 5th HR with Reading and 11th overall this season. Kelly Dugan is proving that all he has to do is be healthy and he finds ways to produce in the lineup. I hope that we see him reunited with his fellow Bash Brother in Lehigh before the end of the season. KC Serna left this game with an injury.

Bradenton 7, Clearwater 2 (Game 1 of doubleheader, 7 innings)

Colin Kleven - 5 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 ER, BB, 5 K, 9 GB, 1 FB
Kevin Walter - 1 IP 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, K
Roman Quinn - 0 for 3
Freddy Galvis - 1 for 3, R, K (throwing error)
JP Crawford - 1 for 3, R (fielding error)
Reid Brignac - 0 for 2, BB, K
Brian Pointer - 1 for 3, RBI
Carlos Ruiz - 0 for 3, K

That dastardly Freddy Galvis commits a costly error in the 4th inning as Kleven gives up 4 hits in the inning to break the game wide open. Roman Quinn in a 19 at bat hitless streak. This game saw a rehabbing Chooch and Brignac taking the field. Chooch caught all 7 innings.

Clearwater 7, Bradenton 4 (Game 2 of doubleheader, makeup of 7/16 ppd)

Jeb Stefan - 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, HR, 4 GB, 5 FB
Cody Forsythe - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, K
Ulises Joaquin - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, K
Roman Quinn - 3 for 4, R, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI, K, CS, picked off
JP Crawford - 0 for 4
Brian Pointer - 0 for 3
Harold Martinez - 2 for 3, R, 2B
Gabriel Lino - 1 for 3, R, K

Jeb Stefan picks up win #6 in a mostly average outing. Forsythe hasn't given up a walk in 10 innings he's pitched for the Threshers and has only surrendered 3 hits and 1 earned run (solo HR). He belongs in Reading at this point. Roman Quinn breaks out of his scoreless drought in a big way, driving in 5 runs and falling a HR short of the cycle. Is Harold Martinez turning it around? .333/.405/.636 in his last 10 games.

Lakewood 4, Hickory 3

Yacksel Rios - 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR, 3 GB, 5 FB, WP
Joey Denato - 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K, 1 GB, 4 FB
Aaron Baker - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, K
Carlos Tocci - 0 for 5, K
Andrew Pullin - 1 for 3, R, BB
Andrew Knapp - 0 for 3, R, BB, K
Dylan Cozens - 2 for 3, R, BB, K, SB
Zach Green - 2 for 4, 2 RBI
Willians Astudillo - 1 for 4, HR
Mitch Walding - 0 for 4, K
Larry Greene - 0 for 4, 3 K
Malquin Canelo - 0 for 4, K

Rios left the game with a no-decision and the recently promoted Denato gets his first Lakewood win. On the season so far, Denato has pitched 16.2 innings and has given up 12 hits, 4 earned runs and 6 walks, while striking out 20. Cozens' hot streak continues and he steals his 17th base in the process. By stealing that base and with Zach Green at the plate, Cozens would score the eventual winning run on a fielding error.

Staten Island 5, Williamsport 4

Brandon Leibrandt - 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 7 K, 1 GB, 4 FB
Nathan Thornhill - 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, HR
Cord Sandberg - 0 for 4, 2 K
Jiandido Tromp - 0 for 4, 3 K
Aaron Brown - 0 for 3, BB, 2 K, SB
Derek Campbell - 0 for 2, 2 K, 2 HBP
Deivi Grullon - 1 for 4, R, 2B, K
Rhys Hoskins - 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI, K, CS
Jan Hernandez - 1 for 4, R, 2B, 3 K
Drew Stankiewicz - 2 for 4, R, K, SB
Emmanuel Marrero - 3 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI, CS

Leibrandt makes his Williamsport debut after a few appearances with the GCL Phils. He left the game with the lead, but Thornhill would give up 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th to surrender the lead. As mentioned yesterday, Sandberg and Tromp are in some pretty dissmal slumps. I haven't seen any reports, but I wonder what each is doing differently or if most of these teams are seeing these guys the second time around. 2014 draftee Rhys Hoskins is finally starting to heat up, batting .316/.366/.526 in his last 10 games. The HR yesterday was his 2nd of the season. Aaron Brown steals his 7th base and that Marrero kid just keeps hitting.

GCL Phillies 4, GCL Astros 1 (Game 1 of doubleheader)

Nic Hanson - 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 4 K, 6 GB, 1 FB
Jared Fisher - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, K (pickoff error)
Austin Davis - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, K (throwing error)
Venn Biter - 0 for 3, 3 K
Clete Thomas - 1 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K
Wil Nieves - 2 for 3, 2 R, 2B, HBP
Damek Tomscha - 1 for 3, 2B, RBI, 2 K, HBP
Jose Pujols - 1 for 4, K
Carlos Duran - 1 for 2, BB, SB
Luis Encarnacion - 0 for 2, BB, 2 K
Grenny Cumana - 2 for 2, R, 2B, BB

Nic Hanson making a rehab start after a long layoff. He pitches extremely well and should eventually make his way back to the Clearwater rotation as the season unfolds. Venn Biter, despite the killer name, is an anchor at the top of the lineup this season and in general, batting .133 through 45 at bats. Grenny Cumana is the good luck charm to the lineup and the diminutive one just doesn't stop hitting.

GCL Astros 3, GCL Phillies 2 (Game 2 of doubleheader, makeup of 7/16 ppd)

Franklyn Kilome - 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, BB, 3 K, 3 GB, 2 FB, WP (pickoff error)
Denton Keys - 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 4 GB, 0 FB
Seranthony Dominguez - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, K (pickoff error)
Venn Biter - 0 for 4
Tommy Joseph - 0 for 4, K
Jose Pujols - 2 for 4, 2 HR, K
Gustavo Martinez - 0 for 4, K (outfield assist, home)
Trey Williams - 1 for 3, BB, 2 K
Grenny Cumana - 2 for 2, 2B, BB
Jake Sweaney - 0 for 2, BB, K

Denton Keys comes on in relief and dominates. He as either been on or off all season now, but would be more encouraged with outings such as this. Jose Pujols breaks out and shows that monster raw power by blasting HR's 2 and 3 of the season. According to Matt Winks via twitter, both were opposite field shots. Grenny Cumana with identical lines for each game and is batting .413/.451/.587 on the season through 46 at bats.