Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/18/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (47-47) beat Daytona, 5-2.  This would be the organization’s only stateside win today.  Mauricio Llovera (3-7, 4.14) Pitched six innings and held the Tortugas to one run a solo HR in the sixth.  He gave up 4 hits, walked none, and struck out five.  He threw 82 pitches, 52 strikes.  Alberto Tirado (1.80) brought back memories with a no-run, no-hit, 2 strike out, 3-walk inning as only he can – BB, BB, K, K looking, BB, F9, on 25 pitches, 10 strikes.  Jake “Jakob with a K” Hernandez had 3 Ks in two innings.  But, he did give up a solo HR to that Taylor Trammel guy.  (The Futures Game MVP.) Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/18/2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/17/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (46-47) beat Daytona, 5-1.  Felix Paulino (1-3, 3.18) pitched six, one-run innings on six hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Blake Quinn (5.31) pitched two, scoreless innings.  And, Addison Russ (3.09) struck out two in one inning.

The Threshers overcame an early 1-run lead on Mickey Moniak’s 2-run HR in the fourth inning.   Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/17/2018

Lakewood Game Report, July 16 Game 2


Will Stewart started and was able to limit the damage but was hit pretty hard.  He gave up 8 hits and a walk in 5 innings.  He sat at 92-94 topping out at 96 (stadium gun).  Off-speed pitches were in the 84-86 range.  Here is the batter by batter log:

  • 5-3 Chopper/Single right inside the third base bag (wide open area due to the shift put on the lefty batter)/Flyout to CF/Hard Ground Single past Nieporte at 1B/Lined RBI single into RF/4-3 Chopper
  • Hard Single to CF/4-3 groundout- close to 1B so runner moved to 2nd/4-3 groundout- nice sliding play by Brito/6-3- nice play by Antequera, charged behind the mound and threw on the run
  • Infield single- Nieporte dove and didn’t come up with the ball which was a mistake because due to the shift the ball went right to Brito who threw to Stewart covering first, but the runner beat it. Had Nieporte let the ball go, it was an easy out/Hard ground single up the middle/ 5-4 FC/ Two swinging K’s- Nice work by Stewart to pitch out of the jam.
  • Routine 6-3/Swinging bunt single that the catcher (Fitch) airmailed into RF (good back-up by Ortiz kept runner at 1st)/6-3 ground double play (stepped on 2nd, threw to 1st)
  • 6-3 Groundout/Swinging K/5 pitch walk/Line single into LF/4-3 Groundout.

Luis Cedeno came in and got blown up for 5 runs over 1 1/3.  He did hit 97 on the gun.  Ismael Cabrera came on in the 7th and retired the only 2 batters he faced to finish the game.


It was night and day (ironic since game 2 started at 7 after game 1 started at 5) on offense.  The Claws put up 11 hits and scored 12 runs.  It was the Daniel Brito show who led off and went 4-4 with 3 singles each followed by a steal of 2nd and a double.

Brito: 4-4, Infield single (2nd baseman made a diving stop but threw wide), stole second/Served a single into LF, stole second, Bloop Single over the second baseman’s head, stole second/Lined RBI Double to RC

Vierling:  Was excited to see him for the first time, but he did not have a good game, 2 K’s, popout, easy 6-3 groundout

Maton:  1-3 with a BB (lined triple into RC gap), Hard hit groundout to 1B, swinging K

Oriz:  Great game! 2-4, Reached on an error by 3B /2-Run Homer- bounced off the top of the metal fence above the LC wall and caromed into the berm/Flyout to CF/Drilled a Double over the LF head that one-hopped the wall

Scheniner:  1-2, Walk/Swinging K/4 pitch Walk/2 run opposite field Double into RC gap

Fitch:  1-3, Swinging K/ Line single into right/Walk/Swinging K

Nieporte:  1-3, 2 run double into RC/Swinging K/Walk/6-3 (Deep in the hole- called out on a bang bang play at 1st)

Stephen:  1-3, Worked a walk from a 1-2 count/Ripped a liner into RC that was caught by CF/Unassisted RBI Groundout to 1B after stepping on the bag, he threw home late and a run scored/Ripped an RBI double down the RF line


Antequera:  0-2, two 6-3’s, 5 pitch walk/Sac Fly to Medium RF

Game Report- July 16, Lakewood Game 1

Gustavo Armas started for the Claws and completed all 7 innings.  The game was scoreless all the way until the top of the 7th when Armas gave up a 4 pitch walk followed by a 2 run homer.  Gustavo was able to retire the next hitter and finish the game.  His fastball was 91-92 and topped out at 93 (based on the stadium gun).  His off-speed stuff varied from high 70’s to low 80’s.  He did an excellent job of mixing his pitches and had impressive control (76 strikes on 99 pitches).  One interested thing that I noticed was that every pitch he threw that was less than 80 mph resulted in either a swinging strike, a foul ball, or an easy out.  Obviously he threw first pitch strikes to most of the hitters since he threw such a high percentage of strikes (19 of 26 by my unofficial count)  Here is a log of each batter he faced:

  • Weak 4-3 groundout/Hard hit 4-3 groundout/Swinging K on off-speed pitch (almost in the dirt)
  • High, Deep Flyout to LF/Swinging K (83 mph- changeup, I believe)/Swinging K (Full Count, 83 mph)
  • Popout to SS/Swinging K (81 mph)/Lineout to deep LF
  • 6-3 groundout (1st pitch)/Bloop single to RF over the shift/4-6 FC (nice diving play by Guthrie, the ball rolled out of his glove but he grabbed it and flipped backhand from the ground to get the force)/Lazy Flyout to CF (77 mph)
  • Hard Double off the LF Wall/Popout to SS/1-3 comebacker/Weak 4-3 groundout (78 mph)
  • Routine 5-3 groundout/1-3 comebacker/Bloop Single over SS/6-3 hard groundout
  • Looking K (78mph- 9 pitch AB: 8 strikes, 1 ball)/6-3 (One hop)/BB (4 pitches)/ 2-Run HR/6-3 (low liner that Maton dropped, he threw wide to first but Nieporte tagged the runner).



I tracked every AB for everyone but the Claws only managed 3 hits in the game so I will spare you the specific details of all the easy outs we made.

Muzzioti: (0-3, 3 groundouts (1 was a DP))

Scheiner:  (0-3, 2 6-3’s and a K)

Maton: (0-2, 2 easy outs and a HBP)

Ortiz: 1-3 (K on foul tip, F-7, Hard Double down LF line)

Nieporte: (0-3, Swinging K,  after a long foul that may have been a HR, Hard lineout to LF, High Flyout ot LF)

Stephen:  (0-3,2 4-3’s and a swinging K (tried to check))

Rivero: (1-3, Broken Bat oppo single to RF, looking K, Lazy popout to Left-center)

Guthrie:  0-1 (4-6 FC, BB)

Antequera:  (1-2, hit and run single into the hole between SS and 3B, popout to 1B)

Ortiz’s double came in the bottom of the 7th but he was left stranded and the Claws lost 2-0.  Game 2 report will follow later- have to leave the hotel to get to the 11:00 game this morning.


Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/16/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (45-47) beat Daytona, 6-2.  Alejandro Requena (2-2, 4.50) pitched six solid innings allowing one run on 5 hits.  He walked one and struck out eight. Grant Dyer (6.75) gave up a run in two innings.  Addison Russ (.338) struck out 2 in one inning of work.

The Threshers scored a first inning run on Henri Lartigue’s solo HR (6).  They pounded their way into a lead in a 5-run fifth on Luke Williams’ 3-run HR (9) and Jose Pujols 2-run HR (13).   Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/16/2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/15/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (44-47) beat the Florida Fire Frogs, 5-3.  Ranfi Casimiro started and gave up 2 runs in a season high four innings.  Albert Tirado (1-0, 1.89) gave up a run in three innings and earned the win.  Jake Hernandez followed with two scoreless innings and earned his first save. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/15/2018

Open Discussion: Week of July 8, 2018

The Phillies limped into the All Star break with a disappointing 6-5 record on after an 11-game road trip against the Pirates (.495), Mets (.415), Orioles (.289), and Marlins (.418). They enter the break with a 53-42 (.558) record, the third best record in the National League, behind Chicago (.591) and Milwaukee (.561),  and a half-game lead over the equally surprising Atlanta Braves (52-42, .553).

The Phillies offensive liabilities were on display in Miami –

  • 8 hits (2 XBH) in their 2-0 win, 1-4 with RISP, 2 runners cut down by outfielders
  • 8 hits (1 XBH) in a 2-0 loss, 0-5 with RISP
  • just 4 hits in their 10-5 loss although they did hit 3-6 with RISP

Defense and intangibles also played a part –

  • committed 2 errors, 2 passed balls v. picking off 2 Marlins, and an outfield assist
  • 1 of 3 base stealers thrown out v. zero attempts of their own
  • threw 1 wild pitch and hit 3 batters
  • pitchers issued 6 walks and struck out 15 Marlins
  • batters drew 9 walks and struck out 27 times

Among some random league best team stats –

  • lead the league with 4.03 pitches per AB, above league average (Dodgers are only other team above 4 at 4.02)
  • fifth best stolen base efficiency (72.2%), but among the lowest number of attempts
  • Second best number of walks drawn (366)
  • 6th best ERA (3.85)
  • 3rd most saves (29)
  • 5th fewest hits allowed (772)
  • 7th fewest runs allowed (393)
  • 5th fewest ER allowed (362)
  • 3rd fewest HR (94)
  • 2nd fewest walks (.281)
  • 3rd most K (854)
  • tied for 7th with a .242 AVG against
  • tied for 3rd lowest WHIP (1.24)
  • fewest number of pitches thrown
  • tied for 4th with 8 shut outs
  • 3rd most base stealers thrown out (23), their 38% CS rate is right in the middle 8th

And the bad news –

  • 11th with 411 runs scored
  • 14th with 745 hits
  • 13th with 144 doubles
  • tied for 10th with 16 triples
  • 7th with 104 HR
  • 2nd most SO with 903
  • 12th with .236 AVG
  • 7th with .319 OBP
  • 12th with .390 SLG
  • 11th with .709 OBS
  • 2nd most WP (48)
  • 2nd most SB against (59)
  • 2nd most errors (70)
  • 2nd worst fielding percentage (.980)
  • league leading 13 passed balls


  • Odubel Herrera leads the team with a .275 AVG.  Cesar Hernandez (.270) and Maikel Franco (.269) are the only other active players over .260.
  • Herrera leads the team with 16 HR.  Hoskins and Santana have 14 each, Franco 13.
  • Hoskins leads the team with 21 doubles, Kingery 18
  • Hernandez leads the team with 63 runs scored, Santana 53
  • Hoskins leads the team with 56 RBI, Herrera and Santana 52, Franco 47
  • Santana leads the team with 74 walks, Hernandez 61, Hoskins 51
  • Hoskins and Alfaro lead the team with 93 strike outs, Franco has just 41
  • Hernandez leads the team with 14 SB (in 16 att), Kingery 8 (10 att)
  • Hernandez .378 OBP leads the team
  • Herrera’s .460 SLG leads the team, Franco .459, Hoskins .456
  • Hoskins’ .819 OPS leads the team, Herrera .787, Franco .776

The Phillies only All Star is a very deserving Aaron Nola.  He leads the team with 12 wins, leads starters with a 2.30 ERA, 129 IP, 131 strike outs, 0.98 WHIP.

Zach Eflin has come off the DL and won 7 games in 12 starts with a second best 3.15 ERA.

Seranthony Dominguez has come up from the farm and stabilized the back end of the bullpen with 9 saves and a 1.60 ERA.  He has 43 K in 33.2 IP and a .139 AVG, 0.65 WHIP.


Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/14/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (43-47) lost to the Florida Fire Frogs, 11-3.  Ramon Rosso (2-1, 2.65) gave up 4 runs on 10 hits in six innings.  He walked none and struck out six.  Will Hibbs had a rough 0.1 inning.  He hit 2 batters, walked one, and gave up 3 hits.  Addison Russ (2.79) allowed both of his inherited runners to score and gave up an unearned run. Gabriel Lino pitched the final inning and kept the Frogs off the board. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/14/2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/13/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (43-46) lost to the Florida Fire Frogs, 5-2.  McKenzie Mills (3.66) went seven innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out eight.  Grant Dyer (0-1, 7.11) had a forgettable one third of an inning, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  Bake Quinn (5.59) stranded 3 inherited runners in 0.2 inning. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/13/2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/12/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (43-44) lost to Dunedin, 3-0.  Mauricio Llovera (2-7, 4.35), pitching in place of recently DL-ed Bailey Falter, gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in five innings.  He walked two and struck out four.  Alberto Tirado (1.69) pitched around 3 hits and a walk in two scoreless innings.  Will Hibbs (5.93) pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/12/2018