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Phillies Minor League Roundup - August 14, 2014

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Today's Probables: LHV: Greg Smith, REA: Ryan O'Sullivan, CLR: Jordan Guth, LWD: Matt Imhof, WIL: David Whitehead

Columbus 7, Lehigh Valley 4

Brad Lincoln - 2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 3 HR
Hector Neris - 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 4 K
Tyler Knigge - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, K, WP
Jeremy Horst - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R
Cesar Hernandez - 1 for 5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Freddy Galvis - 1 for 4, RBI, BB, K
Maikel Franco - 1 for 5, R, 2B, K
Leandro Castro - 0 for 3, BB
Cam Perkins - 0 for 4, RBI
Cameron Rupp - 1 for 4, R, 2 K

Brad Lincoln had his worst outing as a starter this season, while Hector Neris didn't fare much better. That is back-to-back outings for Neris in which he has given up earned runs. Tyler Henson, not featured, is the only Iron Pig with a multi-hit game. The offense left 8 runners on base in the game and were outhit 12-7. Maikel Franco since May 1 (92 games, 366 at bats) is slashing .262/.304/.426 with 10 HR and a .283 BABIP. You could say that is ultimately deflated by his horrible June or inflated by his monster May/July. I would  really like to see Franco finish the season strong, whether with Lehigh or the Phillies.

Reading 5, Harrisburg 2

Severino Gonzalez - 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, 6 GB, 2 FB
Kyle Simon - 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, K
Carlos Alonso - 1 for 3, R, BB
KC Serna - 3 for 4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, K
Kelly Dugan - 2 for 4, R, 2B, RBI, K
Aaron Altherr - 0 for 4
Peter Lavin - 0 for 2, R, BB, HBP

These are the starts you love to see from Sev. Threw 61 of his 96 pitches for strikes and was making guys swing and miss. Yes, this isn't necessarily the type of pitcher he is, but its encouraging nonetheless. In Kelly Dugan's last 45 games (156 at bats) he is slashing .321/.399/.449 with a 20% K-rate and 10% BB-rate. The power isn't quite there, but I'm willing to bet it is oblique related, stemming from his earlier season injury. I don't really think there is anything left for him to prove in AA. Time to let him see some tougher pitchers in Lehigh.

Dunedin 3, Clearwater 1

Mark Leiter - 6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 10 K, HR, 6 GB, 2 FB
Perci Garner - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, K
Roman Quinn - 1 for 4, K, SB
Brian Pointer - 0 for 2, 3 BB, K
Art Charles - 0 for 4, 3 K
Harold Martinez - 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, K
Gabriel Lino - 1 for 4, 2 K

Mark Leiter trying to replicate Mr. Gonzalez with his own 10 K performance, but unfortunately takes the loss anyway. Hold on to your butts, Perci Garner did not walk a batter last night. This is the first time this season (22 games prior to last night) he has not done so. Good job, Perci. Roman Quinn picked up his 26th stolen base, but was missing JP Crawford hitting behind him for the 2nd night in a row. No word on whether this is injury related, but something to keep an eye out on if JP isn't in the lineup again.

Lakewood 8, Hagerstown 0 (6 innings, completed early due to rain)

Ranfi Casimiro - 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 3 K, 6 GB, 3 FB, WP
Carlos Tocci - 1 for 2, 2 R, BB
Aaron Brown - 2 for 4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, K
Andrew Pullin - 2 for 4, 2B, RBI
Dylan Cozens - 1 for 3, RBI, BB, 2 K
Zach Green - 1 for 4, 3 RBI, K
Willians Astudillo - 0 for 4
Mitch Walding - 1 for 2, 2 R, HBP
Larry Greene - 1 for 3, K
Malquin Canelo - 2 for 2, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Look out! Ranfi has 4 quality starts in a row in which he has only given up 4 earned runs in 23 innings. He may have walked 11 in that span, but damnit I'm trying to stay positive on this gorgeous Friday morning. Aaron Brown makes his unlikely Lakewood debut in tune to a multi-hit game. Canelo hits his first homer of the season and 2nd of his career (Sept 1, 2013). Of course, everyone had a hit last night except the guy that went 4 for 4 with a walk the day prior. I'd like to think Willians gave them all the confidence boost.

Williamsport 9, Batavia 1

Ricardo Pinto - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4 GB, 6 FB
Scott Harris - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, K
Matt Hockenberry - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
Calvin Rayburn - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, K
Cord Sandberg - 2 for 4, R, 2 RBI, BB, CS, picked off
Jiandido Tromp - 1 for 5, R, 2 K
Wilson Garcia - 2 for 4, R, 2B, RBI
Rhys Hoskins - 0 for 3, R, BB, K
Wilmer Oberto - 3 for 4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, K
Deivi Grullon - 0 for 3, R, BB, K
Jan Hernandez - 2 for 4, 2 R, 3B, RBI, K
Robinson Torres - 1 for 4, 2 K
Emmanuel Marrero - 0 for 4

Ricardo Pinto has had a very interesting stateside debut. There is nothing flashy about any of his peripherals, but he is limiting his damage and also striking out a decent amount of batters. I'd be curious from MattW or someone else to hear more about his profile, because I can't find anything on him. The Crosscutters scored runs, limited opposing runs and won an actual game. It's been a tough season for Williamsport, especially as of late. Oberto is a guy who hasn't found a decent amount of playing time, but made the most of it last night with his first homer with Williamsport (4th overall across two levels).

GCL Phillies 8, GCL Pirates 7

Franklyn Kilome - 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, K, 1 GB, 5 FB
Seranthony Dominguez - 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 4 K, 6 GB, 0 FB, WP
Venn Biter - 2 for 3, 2 R, 2B, 3B, RBI, BB, K, SB
Tim Zier - 2 for 5, RBI, K, SB (fielding error)
Grenny Cumana - 0 for 5, RBI
Damek Tomscha - 0 for 5, K
Jesus Posso - 1 for 4, CS
Jose Pujols - 0 for 4, 2 K
Joel Fisher - 3 for 4, R, 2B
Gustavo Martinez - 1 for 3, 2 R, RBI, BB
William Cucias - 2 for 3, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI, BB

Early exit for Kilome, who had been fantastic leading up to this game. If there is one thing Seranthony Dominguez does well, aside from having an awesome name, is striking guys out. In his last 5 appearances (10.2 IP), he's only given up 10 hits, 0 earned runs, 4 walks and 9 strikeouts. Very "Bastardoian" numbers I would say. He still gives up way too many hits. The offense was aided by the Pirates defense, allowing 4 unearned runs over the course of the game. It was odd to see the GCL Phils win without a big game from Cumana, who seems to be their catalyst.