There were only two games last night.
Clearwater blew an early lead, rallied to tie, but lost playing out the new tie-breaker. Lakewood won behind six, two-hit, shutout innings from Spencer Howard.
I spent the day watching parts of the three games at the Complex and the Threshers game in Dunedin as a night cap. I arrived home tired. So,here’s a condensed version of the Box Score Report. This does not bode well for the start of the GCL season.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Lehigh Valley (8-10) Off day.
Reading (8-12) Off day.
Clearwater (7-14) lost to Dunedin, 10-9 in 10 innings.
McKenzie Mills had an odd evening. He only lasted 4.0 innings but threw just 59 pitches, 43 for strikes (72.9%). He threw 17 of 20 first pitch strikes (85%). He gave up 5 runs on 7 hits and a walk, but only one run was earned. He also struck out five.
His pitches were lumped into 3 bunches: 32 FB (89-93 mph), 20 CH/SL (77-80 mph), and 7 CB (70-73 mph). His FB sat 91 mph. His CB snapped off real nice. And, he he got a lot of swing and miss at the low end of his CH/SL range.
Four bullpen arms didn’t fare well, although Aaron Brown managed two scoreless innings. There was a lot of squawking from the Threshers dugout all night. They received a warning early in the game, but Coach Williams was ejected for a comment in the ninth. The complaints were not unfounded. The home plate umpire was incompetent. It’s not that he was calling low pitches strikes or missing high strikes (which he was), it’s that he was inconsistent. He did not call the same strike zone for both teams. He reminded me of Derek Jeter. If you watch Dan Le Batard’s afternoon show, you know the correct pronunciation of Jeter.
The Threshers jumped out to a 3-run lead in the first on an RBI single by Darick Hall and a 2-run double by Raul Rivas. The second baseman had fouled a pitch off his ankle but finished the at bat. After he limped into second, he was replaced and several more defensive dominoes also changed position. They picked up a run in the fourth on a throwing error on an infield single by Jose Gomez.
They rallied to tie the game with 5 runs in the eighth on Hall’s RBI double, Mickey Moniak’s RBI double, Gomez’ RBI single, and Arquimedes Gamboa’s 2-run single.
Twice during the inning, the Dunedin manager made pitching changes that I jokingly made fun of. In both cases we had favorable results. At the start of the inning he brought in a LHP to face Hall and Moniak. I loudly noted that he was dissing Henri Lartigue, the right-handed lead off hitter. Lartigue responded with a single that started the rally. Later, the manager brought in another LHP to face Adam Haseley although he had to face Gamboa first. I loudly noted that Gamboa was being dissed. He responded with a two-run single to tie the game. I don’t really believe that my comments and those of my companions affected the game. But, we were sitting right next to the Threshers’ on deck circle. Maybe we did?
We saw the Threshers successfully try an “oh shit and run”. In the third inning, Darick Hall walked. With Mickey Moniak batting he took off for second. Somebody exclaimed, “oh shit”. Hall was safe. Hence the birth of a new baseball play, the “oh …” mentioned above. Hall said after the game that it was his first steal since his junior year in college.
- #5 Mickey Moniak: went 1-5 with a run scored, double, RBI
- #6 Adam Haseley: 2-5 with a run scored
- #19 Jose Gomez: went 2-5 with a run scored, RBI
- #23 McKenzie Mills (0-1, 3.00): 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
- #10 Arquimedes Gamboa: went 1-5 with a run scored, 2 RBI, BB
- Darick Hall: went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, double, 2 RBI, BB
- Austin Listi: went 1-3 with a run scored, BB
- Luke Williams: went 0-5 with a run scored
- Henri Lartigue: went 1-4 with a run scored, BB
Lakewood (12-9) beat Hagerstown, 6-0.
Spencer Howard struck out seven in six innings. He allowed just 2 walks and a walk. Julian Garcia struck out 2 in two, one-hit innings. Jonathan Hennigan complied the combined shutout with a one-walk ninth.
Lakewood scored 2 runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Quincy Nieporte and Rofolfo Duran. They added 2 more in the sixth on Jakle Scheiner’s RBI double and Duran’s sacrifice fly.
- #22 Spencer Howard (2-1, 1.89): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
- Colby Fitch (.265): went 1-4 with a double
- Dalton Guthrie (.182): went 0-4
- Nick Maton (.297): went 2-3 with two runns scored, double
- Quincy Nieporte (.188): went 1-4 with a run scored, RBI
- Jake Scheiner (.258): went 2-4 with a run scored, double, RBI
- Josh Stephen (.234): went 0-3
These prospects are in Philadelphia.
- #2 Scott Kingery: 76 of 130 career AB, 28 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
- #3 J.P. Crawford: 130 of 130 career AB, 28 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
- #27 Victor Arano: 21.2 of 50 innings, 28 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
Just a couple observations. Ethan Lindow pitched well. Edgar Cabral caught nine innings. Kyle Young threw two innings during the intrasquad game on Wednesday, and expects to pitch three innings Monday in Tampa.
There are over 90 players at the Complex. The Phillies have provided a roster that includes 80 players in extended spring training.
Link to Phillies GCL schedule.
4/25/18–Signed Nathaniel Bido as an international FA; assigned to DSL Phillies Red
4/25/18–LHP Austin Davis assigned to Reading from Lehigh
4/25/18–3B Trevor Plouffe assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/24/18–Voided contract of Felix Neguis with DSL Phillies Red
4/24/18–RHP Luis Carrasco assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/24/18–RHP Ramon Rosso assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/23/18–Trevor Plouffe signed to a minor league contract; assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/23/18–3B Heiker Meneses assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
4/23/18–RHP Tyler Viza assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
4/23/18–Jose Antequera assigned to Williamsport from Reading
4/23/18–Jacob Waguespack added to Lehigh Valley active roster
4/23/18–Hoby Milner added to Lehigh Valley active roster
I’ve brought the rosters and lists up to date. I’ve got 325 players in the organization. It’s probably more.