Some more solid pitching from Enyel De Los Santos and Will Stewart in wins for Lehigh Valley and Lakewood. Nick Rickles (2 solo shots) and Quincy Nieporte (solo) hit home runs for their teams.
Romero pitched well for Reading but an early 3-run inning was too much for the Phils to overcome.
Clearwater was buried early and fell short in their come back bid.
Mark Leiter pitched again and got 5 outs on 5 K.
And, there’s a Roman Quinn update.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Lehigh Valley (17-14) beat Pawtucket, 3-0, and remained in first place in the IL North.
The IronPigs held the Sox to two hits. Enyel De Los Santos pitched seven innings allowing a first inning single, walking two, and striking out six. He threw 108 pitches (72 strikes, 66.7%).
Hoby Milner (2.25) pitched a perfect eighth. Pedro Beato (2.45) allowed the game’s second hit in the ninth while earning his tenth save.
Lehigh Valley scored single runs in the second, sixth, and eighth innings. Nick Rickles hit solo HRs in the second and eighth, Andrew Pullin drew a bases loaded walk in the sixth.
Rickles (.314) had 3 hits and a walk to go along with his first two HR of the season.
Injury update (from Tom Housenick of The Morning Call):
Roman Quinn didn’t start for a third consecutive game because of a ligament injury on his right (throwing) hand. The outfielder, who turns 25 on Monday, is day to day, according to manager Gary Jones.
“We could have played him, but we’re trying to get it right so he doesn’t end up missing lengthy time,” Jones said. “Bottom line: He could go, but we don’t want him to miss couple of weeks.
“It’s getting better. We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”
- #11 Seranthony Dominguez (1-0, 0.00): promoted to Philadelphia 5/7/2018
- #13 Enyel De Los Santos (4-0, 0.84): 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
- #14 Tom Eshelman (1-3, 7.11):
- #15 Roman Quinn (.289): DNP
- #17 Dylan Cozens (.267): went 0-3 with a BB
- #23 Drew Anderson: 7-day DL, right forearm strain
- #24 Cole Irvin (2-1, 3.86):
Reading (11-18) lost to Trenton, 3-1.
JoJo Romero had one bad inning, but it was enough to lead to his fourth loss. He gave up three runs in the second inning on three hits and two walks. He was more effective in his other five innings allowing just one hit and two walks. He struck out seven. He threw 100 pitches, 60 strikes.
Luke Leftwich (3.00) pitched two innings, walking one and striking out one.
Reading’s only run came on Zach Green’s (.304) solo HR (6) in the sixth.
Jan Hernandez (.347) went 2-2 with a walk. Cord Sandberg (.279) started in CF, lead off, and went 1-4.
- #7 JoJo Romero (0-4, 6.68): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K
- #8 Franklyn Kilome (1-0, 4.98):
- #10 Ranger Suarez (1-1, 4.25):
- #12 Seranthony Dominguez (1-2, 2.08): promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #16 Cornelius Randolph (.182): DNP
Clearwater (13-20) lost to Lakeland, 6-5.
McKenzie Mills struggled to find the strike zone last night. When he did, he was hit hard. Mills lasted a little over an inning, facing six batters in the second without recording an out. He was charged with six runs on six hits and four walks. He threw 50 pitches and left two runners on base.
Felix Paulino (4.22) entered and allowed one of two inherited runners to score. He has now allowed 50% of his inherited runners to score (4 of 8). He allowed three hits and a walk in three innings. Alberto Tirado gave up two hits and a walk before completing a scoreless inning. The inning ended with Jose Pujols throwing out a runner at the plate. Tommy Bergjans made his initial appearance since his call up and retired the side in order.
Mark Leiter pitched 1.2 innings. He was scheduled to pitch two, but a foul ball-extended at bat got his pitch count up. Blake Quinn came in to get the final out. Leiter struck out five and issued a walk. He got three of his Ks with his splitter, one with a four-seamer, and one with a FB he took a little off of.
The Threshers scored a run in the fifth on Arquimedes Gamboa’s RBI single. And, another in the seventh on Darick Hall’s RBI double. They added three in the ninth on Edgar Cabral’s two-run double and Jose Pujols’ RBI single. But, they fell short.
The Threshers loaded the bases on three different occasions. Once with one out, once with nobody out, and once with two out. They went 0-6 with zero runs scored in those instances.
Gamboa had 3 hits. Austin Listi also had 3 hits. Pujols had two.
- #1 Sixto Sanchez (1-2 4.71):
- #3 Adonis Medina (3-2, 4.55):
- #4 Mickey Moniak: went 0-3 with a run scored, BB, HBP
- #5 Adam Haseley: went 0-4 with a run scored, BB
- #9 Arquimedes Gamboa: went 3-5 with a run scored, RBI
- #18 Jose Gomez: went 0-4 with a BB
- #22 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 5.00): 1.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, K
- #30 Connor Seabold (4.73):
- Bailey Falter (3-0, 2.28):
Lakewood (17-15) beat Charlestown, 2-0.
Will Stewart (4-0, 1.46) scattered six hits over eight innings. He walked one and struck out six. He needed 82 pitches and threw 60 strikes (73.2%). The twenty-year old is having a great start to the season.
Addison Russ (1.08) earned his fourth save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Colby Fitch tripled and scored on Kevin Markham’s sacrifice fly in the second inning. Quincy Nieporte had 2 hits and hit his second HR in the fifth to close out the scoring.
Markham had an outfield assist, and the BlueClaws turned two double plays.
- #6 Jhailyn Ortiz (.158): is on the 7-day DL (shoulder, in Clearwater)
- #12 Daniel Brito (.194): went 1-4.
- #21 Spencer Howard (2-2, 3.68):
- #29 Simon Muzziotti (.293): is on the 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
These prospects are in Philadelphia.
- #2 Scott Kingery: 109 of 130 career AB, 41 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
- #26 Victor Arano: 22.2 of 50 innings, 41 of 45 days (currently on the 10-day DL)
And these guys are still in Clearwater.
- #19 Kyle Young: XST
- #20 Francisco Morales: XST
- #25 Luis Garcia: XST
- #27 J.D. Hammer: XST
- #28 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season
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.
Edgar Garcia: This is for the follower who requested information on Edgar Garcia. I watched Garcia as he struggled with the two roles the Phillies tasked him with in 2017. He started the season in the bullpen, and after about ten appearances, they converted him back to starter. He didn’t really flourish in either role. But, he showed encouraging signs.
Garcia entered the 2017 season with the best slider in the organization as voted on by Baseball America. He was 20-years old at the time. As a starter in 2017, I saw his fastball top out at 95 mph and touch 96 mph.
This season Garcia has been very effective in a reliever’s role. I haven’t seen him since spring training. I would surmise that his slider is effective and that his fastball has ticked up in a relief role. It appears that they are easing him into higher leverage situations, as he has had only one save opportunity and has converted it.
And, this excerpt from a friend who was able to go to the Complex today
5/9/18 : Camp Day in XST
Today was a camp day at Carpenter Complex meaning no outside opposing team was on hand but rather an intrasquad contest took place. The highlight of the game was watching LHP Nick Fanti go five innings, the twenty one year old has been sidelined with a back strain since the beginning of regular spring training. Nick threw very well today, used all his pitches and rendered just one run on three hits, two of the hits fall into the “not hard hit category” as one was a bloop single to center and the other a bunt down the third base line. The only hard hit ball off of Nick came off the bat of nineteen year old third baseman DJ Stewart who smoked a double over the center fielders head to score the only run against Fanti.
Nick’s got swing and miss stuff despite not pitching with upper level velocity. Today there were multiple hitters who swung over or around his fastball (sits 90-91 mph), curve, and change up. To date in his career he’s struck out 206 batters in 189 IP and has a win-loss record of 17-3. If he hadn’t been injured he seemed destined to open the season at High A Clearwater after going 9-2 in 120 IP at Lakewood last summer. With his extended outing today he looks ready to join a rotation somewhere, it’s good to see him back on the bump.
Other Impressions from today :
I mentioned DJ Stewart, he’s a good looking player in his own right, today he made a couple nice plays at third base and impressed with his bat speed, that’s something I’ve seen improvement on since last fall. This young man has a big frame to build on at 6’2” 205 and doesn’t appear to have an ounce of fat ( Kapler like build).
Three other youngsters stood out.
Brayan Gonzalez tripled down the left field line but what impressed me most was his burst of speed out of the box, the ball was laced down the line and the left fielder was on it quickly and Gonzales still made it to third relatively easily. He’s an 18 year old second baseman who spent a full season in the GCL last summer.
Sixteen year old catcher Cesar Rodriquez was billed by Baseball America as a hit first guy but today he impressed with his defense, he blocked the ball well on pitches in the dirt and made an excellent play at the plate on a throw to the first base side to catch and tag out the runner. He’s not a big fella but hey he’s sixteen, plenty of time to grow yet.
Lastly every time I see 17 year old Alfonso Puello throw he’s even more impressive, the ball comes out of his hand with big pop, it’s easy to envision him developing into a big time power pitcher. The young man has a big frame and thick body, he’s built. Today even though he gave up a few hits he showed a developing hook that had late break and a fast ball that rode high with movement.
5/9/18–RHP Tommy Bergjans assigned to Clearwater
5/9/18–Reading placed RHP Trevor Bettencourt on the 7-day DL retro to 5/8/18
5/9/18–RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Reading from Clearwater
5/9/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/9/18–LHP Joey DeNato assigned to Lehigh Valley
5/8/18–INF Guarner Dipre signed as an international FA; assigned to DSL Phillies Red
5/8/18–INF Wilfredo Flores signed as an international FA; assigned to DSL Phillies Red
5/7/18–Phillies placed LHP Adam Morgan on the 10-day DL, back strain
5/7/18–Phillies recalled RHP Seranthony Dominguez from Lehigh Valley
5/7/18–Lehigh Valley activated 2B Alexi Amarista from the 7-day DL
5/618–Phillies sent RHP Mark Leiter Jr. on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
5/618–David Parkinson assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
5/618–Lakewood placed LHP Damon Jones on the temporarily inactive list
5/518–Erick Heredia released from DSL Phililies Red
5/518–Jorbin Romero released from DSL Phililies Red
5/518–Melvin Nunez released from DSL Phillies White
5/518–Ramiro Soto released from DSL Phillies White
The rosters and lists are up to date as of 5/9. I’ve got 325 players in the organization.