Clearwater (13-21) lost to Lakeland, 5-3 in ten innings.
Clearwater’s Mauricio Llovera pitched two different games tonight. For the first three innings, he kept the Daytona Tortugas off balance with a mid-nineties fastball and an unhittable slider. His only base runner reached on an infield bleeder in the no man’s land between the mound and first base that he failed to field cleanly.
Llovera had six strike outs in the first three inning, no hits, no walks. The three outs not recorded via strike out were two ground outs and a pop up to shallow right field.
And then Daytona changed their hitting strategy. Batters started jumping Llovera’s fastball. He needed just eight pitches in the fourth, but faced four batters who whacked the crap out of his pitches. The Tortugas got their first hit on a ground single to left (off a 95 mph fastball). In fact three of the four balls put into play during the inning were off fastballs.
Things worsened in the fifth inning. Daytona broke their scoring drought when they hit Llovera’s first pitch over the right field wall, a 94 mph fastball. The next two batters saw a total of five pitches and punished fastballs to put runners on second and third (off 95 and 93 mph fastballs).
Llovera responded with a four-pitch strike out for the first out. But, now a Daytona team that had fouled off six pitches in the first four innings, extended at bats by fouling off seven pitches in the fifth. A seven-pitch at bat ended in a bases loading infield single on yet another fastball (91 mph).
Llovera forced in the second run of the inning in a six-pitch at bat. He got the second out of the inning with his eighth and final strike out culminating a seven-pitch at bat, and his thirtieth pitch of the inning. He proceeded to walk the next batter on four pitches. He was relieved with the game tied and the bases loaded.
Daytona seemed to take his slider out of the game. In the first three innings, they took seven fastballs for strikes. In the fourth and fifth, they took just one for a called strike as they attacked the fastball early in their at bats. All five of their hits came off fastballs. His fastball was 91-96 mph and sat 94-95 mph. Llovera finished with a line of 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 82 pitches, 55 strikes (67.1%), 17 of 22 FPS (77.3%).
Anyway, Jake Hernandez (3.32) came into the game and got an inning-ending pop up. He would go on to pitch three more innings, striking out five, allowing two hits. One of the hits was a line drive off his thigh with two outs in the eighth. He remained in the game and struck out his last batter. This season, Hernandez has stranded ten of the eleven runners he has inherited. He is third on the team with 29 strike outs behind two starters who have faced more batters in more innings. He is also the league leader among relievers in K/9. All this with a fastball that runs 88-90 and a curve ball that sits 80-81.
Aaron Brown (4.58) pitched the final two innings. His fastball got up to 96 mph and sat 95-96. He struck out five in two innings, but fell victim to the tie-braking scenario that puts a runner on second to start the tenth. Brown struck out the first batter who tried to bunt the runner over to third. But a line drive single to center plated the go ahead run. The batter went to second on Adam Haseley’s throw to the plate. A second run scored on a chop to first baseman Darick Hall behind the bag. The batter beat Brown to the bag on a close play, and the base runner scored from second on the play.
The Threshers gave Llovera an early lead. They scored a run in the first when Adam Haseley walked and stole second. He scored on Austin Listi’s double off the left field wall. They added two runs in the third. Haseley lined a one-out single to right and took second on a wild pitch. Austin Listi singled off the shortstop’s glove and the Threshers had runners on the corners. Darick Hall (.289) brought home a run on a ground out to the second baseman with Listi taking second. Mickey Moniak drove an RBI single through the right side to score Listi. But that was all the offense the Threshers could mount.
Listi (.382) and Haseley (.250) had two hits each. Moniak had the only other hit. Listi had the only XBH, a double.
The once homer happy Threshers haven’t hit one since May 1st, a nine game drought. They still have a piece of the league lead (27) in the category that they once led by a substantial margin (+8).
Hernandez and Brown each picked a runner off first base.
- #1 Sixto Sanchez (1-2 4.71):
- #3 Adonis Medina (3-2, 4.55):
- #4 Mickey Moniak: went 1-4 with an RBI
- #5 Adam Haseley: went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, BB
- #9 Arquimedes Gamboa: went 0-5 with
- #18 Jose Gomez: DNP
- #22 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 5.00):
- #30 Connor Seabold (4.73):
- Bailey Falter (3-0, 2.28):
In other action –
First place Lehigh Valley (18-14) walked off against Buffalo, 6-5. Tom Eshelman gave up all five runs and blew two, two-run leads. The bullpen held the Bisons off the board the rest of the way. Joe DeNato (0.00) pitched 1.1 scoreless in his first action of the season. Austin Davis (3.00) struck out four in 1.2 innings, and not allowing a runner to reach base. Tom Windle (2-1, 3.57) pitched a scoreless ninth and got the win.
The IronPigs took an ealy lead on Mitch Walding’s 2-run HR (5) in the first inning and Joey Meneses’ solo shot (3) in the second. After Buffalo tied the score, The ‘Pigs restored their two-run lead in the fourth on Logan Moore’s 2-run double.
Moore also walked to start the ninth. Roman Quinn entered as a pinch runner and stole second base (12). He took third on a fly out to center, and scored on Dean Anna’s sacrifice fly to right.
Eshelman picked a runner off first base.
- #11 Seranthony Dominguez (1-0, 0.00): promoted to Philadelphia 5/7/2018
- #13 Enyel De Los Santos (4-0, 0.84):
- #14 Tom Eshelman (1-3, 6.87): 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
- #15 Roman Quinn (.289): entered as a pinch runner, scored the winning run
- #17 Dylan Cozens (.259): 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 Altoona, 5-4. Franklyn Kilome suffered his first loss. He gave up all five runs in his five innings on six hits and two walks. He struck out six. Tyler Viza (6.35) struck out three in two, 2-hit innings. Tyler Gilbert (2.76) struck out four and walked one in two, no-hit innings.
The Phils tied the game with a run in the third on Malquin Canelo’s sacrifice fly. They scored 3 runs in the sixth to pull within a run on Jan Hernandez’ RBI double and Cornelius Randolph’s 2-run single. But that was a close as they would get.
Randolph had 2 of the Phils’ 4 hits. Hernandez and Zach Coppola had the other two.
Coppola stole 3 bases (10).
- #7 JoJo Romero (0-4, 6.68):
- #8 Franklyn Kilome (1-1, 5.74): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, WP, HBP
- #10 Ranger Suarez (1-1, 4.25):
- #12 Seranthony Dominguez (1-2, 2.08): promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #16 Cornelius Randolph (.196): went 2-4 with 2 RBI
Lakewood (18-15) held on to beat Charlestown, 2-1. Spencer Howard pitched six, three-hit innings. He walked just one and struck out seven.
Julian Garcia (5.14) gave up a run in 1.0 inning. He allowed 2 hits and a walk.
Jonathan Hennigan (1.59) allowed a hit in 1.0 scoreless inning.
Kyle Dohy (1.02) earned his 4th save allowing a hit and striking out two in 1.0 inning.
The BlueClaws got their runs on Jake Scheiner’s solo HR (4) in the third inning and Gregori Rivero’s solo HR (2) in the fourth.
Rivero (.286) had 2 hits. Scheiner (.273) had the team’s only walk. Daniel Brito, Rodolfo Duran, and Josh Stephen had the other three hits.
- #6 Jhailyn Ortiz (.158): is on the 7-day DL (shoulder, in Clearwater)
- #12 Daniel Brito (.196): went 1-4.
- #21 Spencer Howard (3-2, 2.89): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
- #29 Simon Muzziotti (.293): is on the 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
These prospects are in Philadelphia.
- #2 Scott Kingery: 112 of 130 career AB, 2f 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
- #26 Victor Arano: 22.2 of 50 innings, 42 of 45 days (currently on the 10-day DL)
- #11 Seranthony Dominguez: 3.0 of 50 IP, 4 of 45 days with Phillies (6/20)
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
My notes from today.
- Grant Dyer pitched live batting practice in the morning. Of the batters, I recognized Cole Stobbe taking some swings. Dyer looked promising, but no timetable for return.
- Jose Taveras pitched five innings in the “GCL” game. He was “typical Taveras”, he didn’t touch 90 mph, but handled the young Pirates batters with his change up. When he got hit, it didn’t affect him, he just went after the next batter. I think he gave up one run. I’m not sure because I was watching …
- Kyle Young five solid innings against the Pirates equivalent of a Williamsport team. He allowed no runs and just two weak hits – one a bleeder that eluded the first and second baseman on the right side and the other a topped, swinging bunt that traveled about 15 feet down the third base line. There was lots of weak contact. His wing span comes in handy as he stabbed at 2-3 balls headed up the middle for easy put outs at first. He walked a batter (I think) and struck out at least four. Afterward he said he is ready to report to Lakewood, but if the “Jordan Rules” still apply, he’ll have to go five again in another start. And, who gets bumped out of the Lakewood rotation to make room? Damon Jones IS on the TIL, the “T” stands for Temporary. Good problem to have.
- In the GCL game, catcher Abrahan Gutierrez crushed a HR well over the left field fence. The Pirates left fielder did his pitcher a “solid” by doing a courtesy jog back toward the fence like he had a chance. NOT!
- Jonathan Guzman is a revelation at shortstop. He made a couple plays to his right with leaping throws back to first to get runners. One when he was shifted to the second base side of the bag and still managed to cover ground back to the normal shortstop position to make the play. Some eye opening plays today.
- Nerluis Martinez was at first base, again. Don’t know if it is just an extended look to get him some at bats in the liner up, just the normal playing of a catcher at first for depth, or they need him there because Greg Pickett hasn’t been seen at the Complex for a few days. Hmm.
- Jhordany Mezquita threw an inning in the Kyle Young game. He looked very good in this short appearance. He was excellent in the GCL last season, and is likely headed to Williamsport, I would hope as a starter.
- Word is circulating that Jerad Eickhoff is scheduled to start a rehab game Monday in Clearwater.
- Kevin Gowdy is still a ways from throwing off a mound.
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.
5/10/18–Phillies activated Ben Lively from the 10-day DL
5/10/18–Phillies optioned RHP Ben Lively to Lehigh Valley
5/10/18–Phillies optioned LHP Zac Curtis to Lehigh Valley
5/10/18–Phillies recalled RHP Jake Thompson from Lehigh
5/10/18–Sutter McLaughlin retired from Williamsport
5/10/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/9/18–RHP Tommy Bergjans assigned to Clearwater
5/9/18–Reading placed RHP Trevor Bettencourt on the 7-day DL retroactive 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
5/6/18–Phillies sent RHP Mark Leiter Jr. on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
5/6/18–David Parkinson assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
5/6/18–Lakewood placed LHP Damon Jones on the temporarily inactive list
5/5/18–Erick Heredia released from DSL Phililies Red
5/5/18–Jorbin Romero released from DSL Phililies Red
5/5/18–Melvin Nunez released from DSL Phillies White
5/5/18–Ramiro Soto released from DSL Phillies White
The rosters and lists are up to date as of 5/10. I’ve got 325 players in the organization.
- The organization’s rosters
- The organization’s injury list
- The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list
And, finally, a personal message to any Phillies’ employees who read these recaps and make it this deep into this reacp. I see what you did with your new home pages for your affiliates. I understand the “cookie cutter” set up of each. But, are these the final versions? Where are the potential pitching match ups for upcoming games? Where is there a place where I can ask this question on the site? Or any question? But, mostly, where are the upcoming pitching match ups?