Lehigh Valley was shut out as Hoby Milner’s 19.1 scoreless inning streak came to an end.
Reading pounded out a win with 5 HR including Scott Kingery’s 17th.
Clearwater took over first place in the division behind Wilson Garcia’s grand slam.
Lakewood couldn’t protect a 4-1 lead and lost, but Will Hibbs extended his scoreless string to 28 innings in 16 appearances.
Lots of diverse stuff here. I had a busy day.
Here’s an introspective look at pace of play and the pitch clock. It has some very good statistical arguments that provide some insight into the possible future of pitch clocks.
Lehigh Valley (36-17) was shut out by Indianapolis, 5-0.
Hoby Milner (0-1, 1.77) suffered the loss. He gave up his first runs of the season in a 4-run sixth inning on 5 hits. Cesar Ramos (1.72) started and pitched 3.0, one-hit innings w/3 K. Adam Morgan (4.67) followed with 2.0, one-hit innings and 4 K. Michael Mariot (4.35) gave up a run in 2.0 innings.
Cameron Perkins (.290) went 1-3 from the lead off position and started in center field. Roman Quinn is day-to-day with a sore arm (“Roman Quinn has a sore arm suffered while stealing 3rd on Sunday. He is day-to-day, according to sources close to the team.” Thank you Kram209.) Hector Gomez (.216) provided most of the offense going 3-4 with a double.
- #1 Crawford (.200): 0-4 with 2 K
- #3 Alfaro (.282): 0-4 with 2 K
- #4 Williams (.279): 1-4 with 2 K
- #6 Quinn (.274): DNP
- #9 Cozens (.239): 0-4 with a K
- #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): DNP
- #13 Hoskins (.315): 1-4 with a double
- #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.53): DNP
- #20 Appel (3-2, 6.75): DNP
- #25 Lively (6-1, 2.40): DNP
- #30 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL
Reading (27-23) blew a 6-1 lead but roared back to beat Portland, 14-6.
Mario Sanchez (3.63) faced 5 batters in the fifth inning and they all scored. His line included 4.0 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3 HR. Miguel Nunez (2.63) entered and allowed two inherited runners to score before buckling down to prevent his runners from scoring. Colton Murray struck out 2 in his one inning.
Scott Kingery went 4-4 with his 17 HR, 12th double, and 13th stolen base. Angelo Mora (.258) had 3 hits, a HR (5), and 4 RBI (21). Five guys had 2 hits – Carlos Tocci, Andrew Pullin, Kyle Martin (.188), Jiandido Tromp, and Mitch Walding (.196). The other two starters collected one hit each – Chace Numata (.236) and Malquin Canelo (.265).
Martin hit his 9th HR and had 2 RBI (28). Walding hit 2 HR (8) and picked up 4 RBI (22). Every starter had at least one hit and every starter scored at least one run. Kingery’s batting average jumped 14 points.
- #11 Kingery (.323): 4-4 with 2 runs scored, double, HR (17), 2 RBI (32), BB, SB !13)
- #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List, 80-Game suspension
- #22 Anderson (3-2, 4.59): DNP
- #23: Arano (0.00): DNP
- #24 Tocci (.308): 2-5 with a run scored, K
- #28 Canelo (.265): 1-4 with a run scored, double, 2 K
- Pullin (.325): 2-5 with a run scored
- Tromp (.260): 2-5 with a run scored, 2 K
Clearwater (30-24) pulled away from Florida in a 4-run third inning and won, 7-3. The Threshers took over sole possession of first place in the tight North Division.
Seven Threshers were selected for the North Division All Star Team.
Jake Waguespack (2.97) pitched 4.0 solid innings. A very small strike zone (for both starting pitchers) brought him to a career-high 80 pitches and an earlier than anticipated exit from the game. Did well to only give up one run on 4 hits, 1 walk and a hit batter. He struck out six. He threw about 85% fastballs. He features a cutter that works well with his higher velocity fastball. Waguespack’s fastball sat 94-95 MPH. (50% of ALL his pitches were at 94-95 MPH. He touched 96 and 97 MPH seven times. Five of his six Ks came swinging at 91, 90, 92, 90, and 95 MPH pitches.He also got a K looking at a 94 MPH pitch. He threw first pitch strikes to 50% of the batters he faced, but even with a tight strike zone, he threw 63.8% strikes (51/80).
Blake Quinn (2-2, 5.50) got the win. He gave up a run and struck out 2 in two innings. His FB ran 90-94 MPH. He got his Ks swinging at pitches at 85 and 86 MPH.
Tyler Gilbert (2.81) got the 3.0 inning save (2). He gave up a run and struck out 3 batters. His FB ran 91-93 MPH. His Ks came swinging at pitches at 92, 93, and 83 MPH.
Damek Tomscha (.305) hit a solo HR (7) in the first inning. Cornelius Randolph was on base all 4 times he batted on 3 singles and an intentional walk. He scored in the second inning on Emmanuel Marrero’s (.287) RBI single. In the third inning, Randolph was intentional walked to load the bases after a wild pitch during his AB. Wilson Garcia was supposed to hit into an inning-ending double play, but ruined the Frogs plan when he jumped on the first pitch and drove a grand slam HR (3) over the right field fence. The Threshers tacked on an additional run in the eighth when Drew Stankiewicz (.285) tripled to the gap in right center and scored on Herlis Rodriguez’ (.300) RBI single.
Here’s a video interview of Cornelius Randolph by Kirsten Karbach. It’s short but revealing.
- # 5 Kilome (3-2, 3.02): DNP
- #10 Randolph (.237): 3-3 with 2 runs scored, BB
- #27 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.68): DNP
- #29 Pujols (.189): DNP
After watching the XST game at the Complex, I was permitted to enter the stadium early to watch the Threshers batting practice. I observed the following:
- It’s the same as during ST- couple of bunts the first round, trot around the bases the second round, try to clear the fence during the last round.
- Bossart, Grullon, Garcia, and Coppola were in the first group. All but Grullon have an exaggerated leg lift, even Coppola. Nobody cleared the fence, although Garcia tried to on most swings.
- Cumana, Hernandez, Marrero, Rodriguez, and Stankiewicz made up the second group. Cumana was the first to hit a HR. Hernandez hit a couple of bombs. Most of these guys have a small to medium step into the pitcher but no exaggerated leg lift. All of Rodriguez’ swings were line drive swings, no attempt to elevate for home runs.
- Tomscha, Laird, Randolph, and Pujols made up the third group. For a big guy, Tomscha doesn’t take a big lift and step like other power hitters. He just takes a small step as he shifts his weight. Laird also takes a small step but he starts from an unusually wide stance. He hit the most HRs during BP. Randolph looked like the Randolph I remember from his GCL days. Not much of a step, just weight shift and very quiet hands. He hit balls from the LF line to right center field. Until the last round when he jerked a couple balls over the right field fence (Over the “d” of world champions for those familiar with Spectrum Field). Pujols has an exaggerated leg lift but only hit one ball out to the left center field berm. I lost most of his high fly balls in the gray sky above, but saw them land in the outfield and on the warning track. I was disappointed because I had been told that he puts on a show during BP. Maybe he was down since he was out of the line up for the fourth time in the last five games.
- One difference is a bunting station close to the stands by the dugout. A player I didn’t recognize put balls in an automatic pitching machine and batters would practice taking several bunts before starting BP.
- Rodriguez took the drill one-handed. He held the barrel of his bat with his left hand (he’s left-handed) about 6-8 inches below the top of the bat. And hit one after another pitched ball squarely on the exposed barrel. He called his last two bunts to the “first base” side. I’d be worried about mashing my fingers.
Lakewood (31-23) lost to Asheville, 8-5.
Bailey Falter (2-3, 3.88) pitched into the sixth inning and absorbed the loss. He gave up 5 runs on 11 hits and a walk in 5.2 innings. He struck out 2 and gave up 2 HRs. Mauricio Llovera (2.45) relieved and stranded 2 inherited runners, but gave up 3 runs the following inning. Will Hibbs (0.00) struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 eighth inning. Five of Asheville’s eight runs scored on the 3 home runs they hit.
Mickey Moniak, Henri Lartigue (.254), and David Martinelli (.158) had 2-hit games. Lartigue hit a 2-run HR (2) and Martinelli hit a solo HR (2). Moniak (12) hit 2 of the BlueClaws 5 doubles.
- #2 Moniak (.283): 2-5 with 2 doubles, 2 K
- #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP (Sanchez pitched 3.0 innings in XST)
- #16 Medina (1-5, 3.42): DNP
- #19 Brito (.238): 0-5 with a K
- #26 Romero (3-1, 2.32): DNP
Williamsport (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 19th at State College.
- #8 Gowdy
- #15 Stobbe
- #21 Ortiz
GCL Phillies (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 26th v. Yankees West.
DSL Phillies (0-0) – first game on Saturday, June 3rd.
DSL Phillies2 (0-0) – first game on Saturday, June 3rd.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Transactions (and paper moves): With the DSL season starting this weekend, expect to see some movement from XST in Clearwater to the DSL rosters later this week.
When the Rookie Leagues start, Sutter McLaughlin will probably be added to the DL of one of the teams. He underwent shoulder surgery last week and will be out for the season.
Emmanuel Marrero returned to the Threshers. He suffered a slight groin injury, and is better now. (Slight? Groin?)
- 6/1 – SS Emmanuel Marrero assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Phillies Ext. Spring Training
- 6/1 – RHP Tyler Frohwirth assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters
- 6/1 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers
- 6/1 – LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers
- 5/31 – Phillies placed RHP Vince Velasquez on the 10-day disabled list. Right flexor strain.
- 5/31 – Phillies recalled RHP Ricardo Pinto from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/30 – Phillies sent OF Daniel Nava on a rehab assignment to Reading Fightin Phils.
- 5/30 – RF Aaron Brown assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Reading Fightin Phils.
- 5/30 – Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Victor Arano from the 7-day disabled list.
- 5/29 – Phillies activated LF Howie Kendrick.
- 5/29 – Phillies sent LF Daniel Nava on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/29 – Phillies optioned RHP Zach Eflin to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/28 – RHP Franklyn Kilome assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Phillies Ext. Spring Training.
- 5/28 – RHP Edgar Garcia assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.