Clearwater Threshers(15-21) beat the Daytona Tortugas, 7-1, and took the series from the division’s first place team. The Threshers received great pitching again tonight. This time Bailey Falter held the turtles at bay.
Falter throws a fastball, change up, and curve ball. His curve is his out pitch. It is very good. It is his favorite pitch. Tonight, he used all of his pitches effectively, keeping the Daytona batters off balance, and striking out a career high 11 batters.
Falter was perfect through the first three innings. He had thrown 31 strikes in 40 pitches and struck out seven. He began by relying on his fastball and spotting his curve and change up. As the game progressed, Falter and catcher Edgar Cabral mixed his pitches well. He pitched “backwards” to some batters, starting them off with slow stuff.
He finally gave up a hit to the lead off batter in the fourth. I remember thinking Daytona is a good team, what will they be like the second time through the line up. I didn’t have time to conjecture bad scenarios as Falter got the next batters on a three-pitch strike out, a first=-pitch ground out, and an inning-ending strike out.
After four innings, Falter was at 52 pitches, 40 strikes, and nine Ks. When Daytona changed their strategy and went after Falter early in the count, he retired them in oreder in the fifth inning on seven pitches. A nine-pitch sixth inning brought real hopes of a complete game. (Not really, I new the Threshers’ game plan and realized that Falter was on a short string the following inning).
Falter started the seventh inning having thrown 68 pitches and 51 strikes. He had tied his career high of ten strike outs that he set back in Williamsport. But then, the Threshers defense did what Daytona couldn’t do, get Falter out of the game.
The Tortugas lead off hitter in the seventh sent a ground ball back through the box. Shortstop Jose Gomez fielded the ball (looked like he bobbled or couldn’t get the ball out of his glove cleanly), took an extra crow hop, and fired high to first. Six foot tall Austin Listin (and not 6’4 Darick Hall) made the leaping catch and just missed on a sweep tag. The runner was ruled safe (correctly) and the batter was awarded a hit (incorrectly, IMO). The next batter lofted a fly ball to left. Adam Haseley moved to his right and drifted back toward the warning track. He settled under the ball and it clanked off his glove. Two-base error.
With runners on second and third, a ground ball to short brought the first out but allowed a run to score. Good baseball, get the sure out, but a heck of a combination of plays to lose a shutout. Falter struck out the next batter with a nasty curve and recorded his career high eleventh strike out. He was at 85 pitches, 62 strikes, and was lifted in favor of a reliever – the rehabbing Mark Leiter.
Leiter finished the final 2.1 innings. He ended the seventh with a strike out, gave up a harmless two-out single in the eighth, and finished with a flourish and 2 more Ks to end the ninth. Leiter throws a lot of different pitches. I think his strike outs, all swinging, came on sliders. You be the judge – 87, 85, and 85 mph.
The Threshers’ offense beat up on another good Daytona pitcher. On Friday night, they had almost doubled Ryan Olson’s season total of 8 ER by scoring 7 against him and saddling him with his first loss. His ERA rose to 3.46 from the 2.06 with which he entered the game. On Saturday, they beat another formerly undefeated Daytona pitcher in Wennington Romero, while matching his season total of 2 walks entering the game with two of their own.
The Threshers pretty much settled the issue with a 6-run second inning. Henri Lartigue and Mickey Moniak opened the inning with singles. Edgar Cabral lined a single to left that would have loaded the bases, but the left fielder bobbled the ball and Lartigue scored. Jose Pujols followed with a bases loading single, his fifth consecutive hit over two games. Luke Williams reached on a fielding error that scored two runs. Jose Antequera sacrificed the runners into scoring position. After a Jose Gomez pop up, Adam Haseley ground a two-run single to right. Haseley stole second base without a throw. His aggressiveness paid off when Austin Listi ground an RBI single to left.
The offense went quiet for a few innings, almost like they just wanted to get Falter back out to the mound so he could stay in his rhythm. Silly, I know, but they were retired rather quickly until Antequera’s RBI single in the sixth inning. Edgar Cabral had singled with one out and Pujols had walked with two out. A pitching change after Antequera’s base hit extended the inning.
The Threshers drew four walks – Cabral, Pujols, Williams, and Antequera. They only struck out once, and that didn’t occur until the second out in the eighth inning. Their nine hits were all singles. Surprisingly, the Threshers mounted all this offense with two of their better players sitting out, Darick Hall and Arquimedes Gamboa.
Falter by the numbers –
- 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K
- 85 pitches/62 strikes (72.9%)
- 12 of 23 first pitch strikes (69.6%)
- Zero 3-ball counts (23 batters)
- Eight 2-ball counts (23 batters)
- FB 88-91 mph, sat 89-91 mph
- (more FB – 10 at 91, 27 at 90, 16 at 89, 2 at 88 (1 in the 5th, 1 in the 7th)
- last 91 mph FB was the strike out to end the fourth
- threw 11 CH, ran 82-85 mph
- threw 19 CB ran 73-76 mph, sat 75-76 (only 1 at 73 in the 2nd)
- Of 62 strikes, 16 were swing and miss (25.8%)
- 16 S&M were on 8 FB, 1 CH, 7 CB
- there were 18 called strikes (29.0%)
- 18 called strikes were on 14 FB, 1 CH, 3 CB
- there were 16 foul balls (25.8%), only 2 in his final 3 innings
- The double (90), “single” (89), and 2-base error (90) came off FB
- pitches per inning were – 13, 14, 13, 12, 7, 9, 17
- strikes per inning were – 10, 12, 9, 9, 5, 6, 11
- averaged one ball per batter (23 balls, 23 batters faced)
- of his 11 strike outs – 9 swinging, 2 looking
- 9 swinging came on pitches at 89, 76, 75, 75, 90, 91, 91, 90, 75
- that’s 5 FB and 4 CB
- 2 looking came on 90 and 89 mph FB
- Game score of 84
Mark Leiter threw 36 pitches to get 7 outs, allowing one two-out single. He struck out three and threw 23 strikes (63.9%). In the 7th and 8th innings he threw 4 of 5 first pitch strikes. He started each batter in the ninth with a ball, but still recorded two of his three Ks in the inning. He throws a number of pitches. It’s safe to say his FB sat 91-92 mph. And that he threw 5 CB at 73-74 mph. But other than that, I can’t say.
- #1 Sixto Sanchez (2-2 , 3.58):
- #3 Adonis Medina (3-2, 4.55):
- #4 Mickey Moniak: went 1-4 with a run scored
- #5 Adam Haseley: went 2-4 with a run scored, 2 RBI
- #9 Arquimedes Gamboa: DNP
- #18 Jose Gomez: went 0-4
- #22 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 5.00):
- #30 Connor Seabold (4.73):
- Bailey Falter (3-0, 2.28): 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K
Clearwater is off Sunday, the whole league is off for Mother’s Day. Jerad Eickhoff is rumored to be starting Monday, with Connor Seabold piggybacking.
In other action –
First place Lehigh Valley (20-14) shutout Buffalo, 1-0, on a three-hitter by Cole Irvin, Hoby Milner, and Pedro Beato.
Irvin held the Bisons to 2 hits and 3 walks in seven innings. He struck out eight and had a game score of 80. Milner (2.00) pitched the eighth and allowed a single and recorded a strike out. Beato (2.30) struck out a batter in the ninth and notched his 11th save.
The IronPigs offense consisted of 3 singles and a walk. They scored the game’s only run in the sixth inning. Alexi Amarista led off with a single. H scored when the first baseman missed a throw from the catcher on a ball put in play by Dean Anna. Good thing, the Bisons’ pitchers retired the next 9 batters in a row, and struck out 12 batters total.
Anna and Joey Meneses had the other two hits. Dylan Cozens sat out.
- #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):
- #15 Roman Quinn (.289): DNP
- #17 Dylan Cozens (.250): DNP
- #23 Drew Anderson: 7-day DL, right forearm strain
- #24 Cole Irvin (3-1, 3.21): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
Reading (12-19) postponed, rain.
- #7 JoJo Romero (0-4, 6.68):
- #8 Franklyn Kilome (1-1, 5.74):
- #10 Ranger Suarez (1-1, 4.25):
- #12 Seranthony Dominguez (1-2, 2.08): promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #16 Cornelius Randolph (.191):
Lakewood (19-16) lost to the West Virginia Power, 4-2. They outscored them over the final eight innings, but couldn’t overcome a three run first inning.
Connor Brogdon (1-2, 3.95) pitched five innings. He allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out five. Brogdon was touched for all 3 runs in the first inning where he allowed 4 hits, 2 doubles. He held the Power to a single and walk over the next four innings.
Luis Carrasco allowed a run on 4 hits in three innings. He walked none and struck out two. Luis Ramirez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with a strike out.
The BlueClaws scored a run in the fifth inning on Quincy Nieporte’s lead off, solo HR and a run in the ninth on Nick Maton’s RBI ground out. They did get the tying runs on the corners with two out, but couldn’t get them home.
Nieporte had 3 hits. Daniel Brito had 2 hits. Lakewood had seven total.
- #6 Jhailyn Ortiz (.158): is on the 7-day DL (shoulder, in Clearwater)
- #12 Daniel Brito (.202): went 2-4 with a double
- #21 Spencer Howard (3-2, 2.89):
- #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: 116 of 130 career AB, 43 46 days with Phillies (May 13th)
- #26 Victor Arano: 22.2 of 50 innings, 43 of 46 days (currently on the 10-day DL)
- #11 Seranthony Dominguez: 3.0 of 50 IP, 6 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
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.
5/12/18–RHP Tommy Bergjans assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
5/12/18–Clearwater activated LHP Jeff Singer from the 7-day DL
5/12/18–Reading placed Ranger Suarez on the 7-day DL retro to 5/10, right hamstring
5/12/18–RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/11/18–RHP Randy Alcantara assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
5/11/18–Lakewood activated LHP Damon Jones from the temporarily inactive list
5/11/18–LHP Joey DeNato assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
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 5/12 I’ve got 325 players in the organization.
- The organization’s rosters
- The organization’s injury list
- The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list