Lehigh Valley and Reading saw their games postponed due to rain and wet grounds.
Clearwater beat Dunedin behind Sixto Sanchez. Austin Listi homered in the game.
Lakewood fell behind Kannapolis early but battled back to tie the game on HRs by Josh Stephen and Rodolfo Duran and eventually won in eleven innings.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Lehigh Valley (9-10) postponed, rain.
- #14 Enyel De Los Santos (1-0, 1.98):
- #15 Tom Eshelman (1-1, 5.29):
- #16 Roman Quinn (.297):
- #18 Dylan Cozens (.246):
- #24 Drew Anderson: 7-day DL, right forearm strain
- #25 Cole Irvin (0-1, 5.40):
Reading (8-12) postponed, wet grounds.
- #8 JoJo Romero (0-3, 7.20):
- #9 Franklyn Kilome (1-0, 3.68):
- #11 Ranger Suarez (1-1, 4.13):
- #12 Seranthony Dominguez (1-2, 2.08):
- #17 Cornelius Randolph (.159):
Clearwater (8-15) beat Dunedin, 2-1.
Sixto Sanchez was dominate in his seven inning appearance. He allowed one run on 4 hits and a walk and struck out two. Jeff Singer pitched the final two innings and earned the save.
Arquimedes Gamboa led the Threshers with 2 hits, but drove in their first run in the fifth inning on a ground out. Austin Listi provide some needed insurance with a solo HR (2) in the sixth.
I don’t have Sanchez velocity as I normally do because the stadium gun was not operating correctly. It spewed out the occasional reading but missed most pitches. It did show a few 98s, several 96s, and maybe a half dozen or more off speed pitches from 81-91 mph.
Josh Donaldson faced Sanchez three times. Sanchez won. Donaldson lifted a routine fly ball to center that Adam Haseley was easily able to drift back under for an out. Sanchez buckled Donaldson’s knees twice in his next at bat before he grounded the third pitch weakly to second. In his third at bat, Donaldson popped out to Sanchez.
Don’t be alarmed by the low strike out count. After the first couple innings, the Blue Jays were attacking pitches early in each at bat, as though they didn’t want to fall behind and face his devastating off speed stuff. Which is ironic, since it appeared that Sanchez was pitching backward anyway, using his off speed stuff to set up his off speed stuff. He used his fastball randomly and to devastating effect. This allowed him to pitch seven full innings and throw just 83 pitches, 53 for strikes (65.1%).
Sanchez wears #45, an homage to his favorite pitcher, Pedro Martinez. Last night, he displayed some of the moxie that Pedro was known for. He gestured after strike outs and big outs. He glared at batters. He chirped to the left fielder as he left for the club house after the eighth inning. He occasionally “danced” to the walk up music. (By dance I mean a noticeable shoulder shake or shimmy to the beat of the music.) And, he would tell the umpire when he was ready to start an inning, usually with 45-50 seconds still on the 2:15 second timer between innings.
He was thoroughly in charge last night. He is a very quick worker, ready to throw the next pitch as soon as he receives it from the catcher. And that’s another possible factor in his dominance. Edgar Cabral came off the DL and caught last night. And, finally, an example of his taking charge was evident on Donaldson’s pop up in his third at bat. As a lot of pitchers do, Sanchez points to the sky when a ball is hit in the air. This time he pointed up and drifted off the mound. The catcher and fielders closed in, but Sanchez decided to take the ball himself. I think it was the right decision as I don’t believe anyone else got there quick enough to make the play. Here are a couple of photos of the play I got from a friend.
On a more serious note, Sanchez deflected a ground ball with his pitching hand. They got an out on a ball that probably would have gone into center field otherwise. He was a little animated after the out was recorded, reaching down for some dirt, then for the rosin bag. Then, with his body shielding his hand from the view of the Dunedin bench, he he flexed his hand hands several times before returning to the mound. He retired the next batter on his second strike out, but then walked the following batter on four successive 96 mph FB off the inside of the plate to a LHB. But, then he retired 7 batters in a row before allowing a run in the seventh.
- #1 Sixto Sanchez (1-1, 3.71): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K
- #4 Adonis Medina (1-1, 5.63):
- #5 Mickey Moniak: went 0-4
- #6 Adam Haseley: 0-4
- #10 Arquimedes Gamboa: went 2-4 with an RBI
- #19 Jose Gomez: DNP
- #23 McKenzie Mills (0-1, 3.00):
- Darick Hall: went 1-4
- Austin Listi: went 1-4 with a run scored, HR, RBI
- Henri Lartigue: DNP
Lakewood (13-10) beat Kannapolis, 5-4 in eleven innings.
Connor Brogdon (4.15) gave up 3 runs in the first inning on 5 singles, then held the Intimidators to 2 hits over the next four innings. He struck out 5 batters including three in the first inning. Luis Carrasco (3.95) went three scoreless innings but allowed 2 hits and walked three. Randy Alcantara (3.97) pitched two innings and gave up an unearned run in the tenth. He allowed 2 hits and walked two. Addison Russ (3-0, 0.00) prevented the extra inning runner from scoring in the eleventh, struck out a batter, and got the win.
Josh Stephen started the BlueClaws comeback with a two-out, solo HR (3) in the fifth. The comeback was completed in the seventh when Danny Mayer singled and with two out, Rodolfo Duran hit a 2-run HR (1).
Trailing by one in the tenth, Duran successfully sacrificed Kevin Markham to third. With Stephen batting, Markham scored on a passed ball. Stephen went on to single in the at bat. In the eleventh, Kannapolis opted to walk Nick Maton with Dalton Guthrie starting the inning on second base. Quincy Nieporte moved the runners over on a ground out. After another intentional walk and a strike out, Guthrie scored on a wild pitch.
Maton, Mayer, and Stephen had 2 hits each. The rest of the BlueClaws had one.
Lakewood turned 3 double plays in regulation.
- #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.158): is on the 7-day DL
- #13 Daniel Brito (.164): went 0-5
- #22 Spencer Howard (2-1, 1.89):
- #30 Simon Muzziotti (.293): is on the 7-day DL (left index and middle fingers are splinted)
- Colby Fitch (.238): went 0-3 with 2 BB
- Nick Maton (.288): went 2-4 with a double, BB
- Josh Stephen (.250): went 2-4 with a run scored, HR, RBI
- Connor Brogdon (4.15): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
These prospects are in Philadelphia.
- #2 Scott Kingery: 81 of 130 career AB, 30 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
- #3 J.P. Crawford: >130 of 130 career AB, 30 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
- #27 Victor Arano: 22.2 of 50 innings, 30 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
And these guys are still in Clearwater.
- #20 Kyle Young: XST
- #21 Francisco Morales: XST
- #26 Luis Garcia: XST
- #28 J.D. Hammer: XST
- #29 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season
Nick Fanti pitched again today. He looks healthy, but it looks like he is still on a pitch count, and he appeared to tire toward the end of his appearance. But, his velocity looks like it’s almost all there and his off speed pitches seem like they’re coming along.
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.
4/28/18–Wilson Garcia assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater .
4/28/18–Clearwater activated C Edgar Cabral from the 7-day DL.
4/27/18–Tyler Gilbert transferred from Williamsport to Reading
4/27/18–Phillies recalled Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley
4/27/18–Phillies placed Ben Lively on the 10-day disabled list. Lower back strain
4/27/18–Lehigh Valley placed Logan Moore on the 7-day DL retro to 4/26/18. Right shin contusion
4/27/18–Danny Mayer assigned to Lakewood from Clearwater
4/27/18–Spencer Howard assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/27/18–Clearwater activated 2B Jose Antequera
4/27/18–Jhostyn Marin signed as an international FA; assigned to DSL Phillies Red
4/27/18–RHP Seranthony Dominguez assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
4/26/18–Austin Davis assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
4/26/18–Tyler Gilbert transferred from Reading to Williamsport
4/26/18–Lakewood placed Jhailyn Ortiz on the 7-day Disabled List
4/26/18–RHP Luis Carrasco assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
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 Valley
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 as of 4/25. I’ve got 326 players in the organization. It’s probably more.