Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/4/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (41-40) lost to Tampa, 5-1.  Bailey Falter (5-4, 3.39) lasted four innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  He was lifted after 77 pitches.  Blake Quinn (6.23) continued his dreary June/July with another clunker.  He has given up 16 ER in 11.1 innings in 8 appearances since the beginning of June.  Last night, he gave up 2 runs on 2 hits in 2.2 innings.  He did strike out three.  Kyle Dohy (2.57) allowed an inherited runner to score on a HR in 1.1 innings.

The Threshers scored just one run on Adam Haseley’s solo HR (4) in the sixth inning.

Haseley (.297) had a 2-hit game.

Mickey Moniak had an outfield assist at third base.

Cord Sandberg’s retirement may open a slot for one of Clearwater’s outfielders.  Without Sandberg, Reading has a need for an outfielder who can play center field.  That would seem to be Adam Haseley, unless Zack Coppola is ready to come off the DL.  I don’t know, just guessing.

GCP Phillies East (6-5) beat the GCL Blue Jays, 4-2.  Dominic Pipken (1.80) made his second appearance with three innings.  He held the Jays to a run on 4 hits.  He walked none and struck out two.  Alejandro Made (1-1, 5.06) struck out four in two innings and picked up his first win.  Taylor Lehman (2.25) pitched two scoreless innings.  Bailey Cummings (1.00) picked up his first save but gave up his first run in two, no-hit innings.

The Phillies tied the score in the first inning when they pulled off double steal.  Nicolas Torres stole second base while Julio Francisco stole home.  They took a 2-run lead with 2 runs in the third on Torres’ RBI double and a wild pitch.  When the Jays pulled within one run in the eighth, they came right back with a run in the bottom of the frame on Juan Aparicio’s RBI double.

Torres (.455) went 3-4 with a run scored, 2 doubles, an RBI, and a stolen base (2).

GCL Phillies West (8-5) lost to GCL Pirates, 13-5.  The Phillies fought back to tie the game in the seventh inning, only to surrender 8 runs in the bottom of the inning.  Victor Vargas (6.43) started and gave up the first 5 runs (3 ER) on 8 hits in four innings.  He walked none and struck out one.  Jaylen Smith (0.00) held the Pirates scoreless in two innings, but let one of 2 inherited runners score.  After the Phillies tied the game, Sati Santa Cruz (1-1, 7.20) faced 4 batters before being lifted with the bases loaded.  Leonel Aponte (7.94) came on and allowed all 3 inherited runners to score plus 4 more of his own.  He served up a grand slam and an inside the park HR.

Yerwin Trejo (.348) went 2-4 with a run scored, walk, and stolen base (7).

Abrahan Gutierrez (.286) had 2 RBI.

D.J. Stewart (.355) went 2-4 with 2 RBI.

Christian Valerio (.321) went 2-4 with a double.

Luis Rojas (.308)  went 1-3 with a run scored, walk, sacrifice, and 2 stolen bases.

As a team the Phillies West have a .305 batting average.

Lehigh Valley (48-36) lost to Syracuse, 9-2.  Jake Waguespack (0-5, 5.87) sailed into the fifth inning with a 2-0 lead and proceeded to give up 5 runs.  He had given up just one hit in his first four innings, and had faced the minimum due to a caught stealing.  But he finished with a line that included 4 hits and 2 walks in 4.1 innings (including a grand slam to Tuffy Gosewisch).  He left with a runner on base, and Hoby Milner let him score.  Milner (2.59) allowed 3 hits and a walk in 1,2 innings.  Ranfi Casimiro (3.94) gave up 3 runs in one inning.  And Tom Windle (3.63) gave up a run, too.

The Pigs took an early lead with 2 runs in the first inning on Mitch Walding’s RBI triple and Joey Meneses’ RBI ground out.  They managed just 2 hits the rest of the way.

Walding (.260) had a 2-hit game.  The IronPigs turned 3 double plays.

A transaction sent Nick Rickles to Reading leaving Logan Moore as the only catcher on the IronPigs roster with Matt McBride as their emergency catcher.  Grullon moving up?

Reading (38-46) beat New Hampshire, 5-3.  Tyler Viza (6.39) made the start and got nicked for 3 runs in the first inning, only one run was earned.  He threw 62 pitches in his three innings and held the Cats to one hit and one walk while striking out five.  Alexis Rivero (3-1, 3.21) pitched four shutout innings and got the win.  Edgar Garcia (2.79) struck out 3 in two, one-hit innings for his sixth save.

The Phils rallied from their early deficit with 2 runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Jan Hernandez and a sacrifice fly by Deivi Grullon.  They tied the game with a run in the seventh on Grullon’s second sac fly.  They took the lead in the eighth with 2 runs on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Zach Green.

Green (.296) and Hernandez (.295) each went 2-4 with a run scored, double, and RBI.  Hernandez stole his 6th base.

Jiandido Tromp had an outfield assist at second base.

Lakewood (49-33) lost to Greensboro, 4-3.  Kyle Young (2.98) only lasted 4.2 innings as he ran into a 6-run fifth inning.  He allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out six and left after 96 pitches with a runner on base.  Ismael Cabrera (0-1, 5.40) pitched two innings and gave up the winning run in the seventh.  He gave up a hit and walked three.  Zach Warren (2.50) retired the final four batters.

The Claws tied the game with 3 runs in the sixth inning on Jake Scheiner’s 2-run HR (9) and Jhailyn Orti’ solo HR (7).

Ortiz (.231) and Colby Fitch (.274) had 2 hits each.

Williamsport (7-11) lost to West Virginia, 7-5.  Jhordany Mezquita (3.00) gave up 4 runs on 8 hits in five innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  Randy Alcantara (1-1, 1.35) pitched 2.2 innings, leaving after two, 2-out walks in the eighth inning.  Tyler Carr gave up 2 hits that scored 3 runs and blew the save.

The Cutters tied the score with 2 runs in the third on Ben Pelletier’s HBP and Matt Kroon’s SF.  They crept back within a run with a run in the sixth on a passed ball.  They took the lead with 2 runs in the seventh on Brayan Gonzalez’ 2-run single.

Rafael Marchan (.315) went 3-4 with a run scored, walk, 2 stolen bases (7), and a pickoff at first base.

Jonathan Guzman (.259) and Brayan Gonzalez (.229) had 2 hits each.

Gonzalez (2) and Jesus Henriquez (1) had stolen bases.

Henriquez (at home) and Keudy Bocio (second base) had outfield assists.

Alec Bohm (.184) went 1-4 with a walk.

DSL Phillies Red (8-20) split with the DSL Angels, winning 4-3 and losing 6-4.

DSL Phillies White (14-13) split with the D-backs2, winning 5-4 and losing 11-3.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of

Transactions (newest reported in bold text)
7/4/18–C Nick Rickles assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
7/4/18–SS Madison Stokes assigned to GCL Phillies East from GCL Phillies West.
7/4/18–2B Brian Mims assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
7/4/18–Clearwater Threshers placed C Edgar Cabral on the 7-day DL retro to 7/3/2018
7/3/18–CF Cord Sandberg retired.
7/3/18–Philadelphia signed free agent 2B Ryan Goins to a minor league contract
7/3/18–Lehigh Valley released 2B Alexi Amarista.
7/3/18–2B Ryan Goins assigned to Lehigh Valley .
7/3/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading .
7/3/18–Lehigh Valley placed LHP Brandon Leibrandt on the 7-day DL retro to 7/1/2018.
7/3/18–Lakewood sent Robinson Martinez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West.
7/3/18–Lakewood sent IF Dalton Guthrie on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
7/3/18–LHP Keylan Killgore assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
7/2/18–LHP Joalbert Angulo (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–INF Alexeis Azuaje (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–RHP Eiberson Castellano (17) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–RHP Starlyn Castillo (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–OF Jeury Corona (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–C Victor Diaz (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–RHP Wilson Gherbaz (17) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–OF Reiberth Gil (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–LHP Neyker Ibarra (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–C Andrick Nava (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–INF Kervin Pichardo (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–RHP Jonathan Rivas (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–RHP Luis Vegas (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–C Javier Vina (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/2/18–LHP Aaron Brown assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/2/18–OF Matt Vierling assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/2/18–1B Edwin Rodriguez assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/2/18–Lakewood sent IF Dalton Guthrie on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West.
7/1/18–Philadelphia placed RHP Vince Velasquez on the 10-day DL. Right forearm contusion.
7/1/18–Philadelphia activated RHP Pat Neshek from the 10-day DL
7/1/18–Philadelphia optioned Zac Curtis to Lehigh Valley
7/1/18–Philadelphia recalled Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley
7/1/18–Brian Mims assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
7/1/18–Lakewood placed Quincy Nieporte on the 7-day DL, retro to 6/30/18. Quad strain
7/1/18–Lakewood placed Jesus Alastre on the 7-DL, retro to 5/26/18. Right side contusion
7/1/18–C Kevin Martir signed to a minor league contract; assigned to Williamsport
6/30/18–Philadelphia optioned Hector Neris to Lehigh Valley
6/30/18–Philadelphia recalled Mark Leiter Jr. from Lehigh Valley
6/30/18–Williamsport released LHP Orestes Melendez.
6/30/18–GCL Phillies West released LHP Denny Martinez.
6/29/18–2B Heiker Meneses assigned to Reading from Lehigh
6/29/18–RHP Tyler Viza assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
6/29/18–Reading placed LHP Elniery Garcia on the 7-day DL. Left turf toe.
6/29/18–Reading placed E. Marrero on the 7-DL, retro to 6/28/18, Left shin contusion
6/29/18–Lakewood sent 1B Greg Pickett on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
6/29/18–LHP Keylan Killgore assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/29/18–LHP Ethan Evanko assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/29/18–DSL Phillies Red placed RHP Joan Hernandez on the 60-day disabled list.
6/29/18–LHP Michael Guzman assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
6/29/18–Philadelphia signed LHP Keylan Killgore.

32 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/4/2018

  1. Lakewood could have some trouble winning games, at least for a while. Rosso has moved up and a couple of their best relievers went with him. The team hitting stats are pretty bad. The pitching stats have been exceptional. As pitchers move up, the hitting will be further exposed as a weak spot. If you can’t score runs, you can’t win games. No hitters can be lost because of lack of hitting by your own team. In the 2nd half, through 13 games, they are still tied for the lead in their division but I expect that to change soon.

    But LKW’s loss is CLW’s gain. CLW can pitch and can hit. That could be a winning formula. Usually is but not always.

  2. Cristian Hernandez, a 17 yo with DSL Rad, had a great outing yesterday. He went 7 innings giving up 2 hit and had 7 Ks. His game score was 85. He didn’t get the decision because all the runs for both teams were scored after the 7th inning. He was a top signing last year and was hitting on all cylinders yesterday.

    1. I don’t think he’s scholarship eligible due to playing professional baseball but the Phillies will pick up the tab like they did with Ricky Williams.

    1. So we count 38 at bats in Williamsport, but not the 12 in gcl?

      His k rate is fine, and that’s the only thing you can count on this early. So chill, please.

    2. He has also played a full season of college ball where others are just starting. Maybe he is adjusting to the longer season so relax and not so judgmental about such a small sample size.

  3. Jose Pujols continues to improve. K rate 18 percent last 10 games. OPS approaching 900.

    Maybe a time for several promotions: Hernandez and Green to AAA, Haseley and Pujols to AA, Scheiner to A+

  4. OF help is going to be essential if the Phillies are going to compete seriously in the next two-three years. Herrera is driving people crazy. What if the Phillies are in the playoffs and he goes on a cold streak. You never know. Can Haseley play CF? Can Pujols and Listi give us punch in the corner OF positions. I agree, time to send Haseley and Pujols to AA. Let’s see what we have.

    1. I’d love to see them make a move for a quality young controllable RF I just cant think of who would be a target that is really and upgrade and still young and controllable

      1. Clint Frazier of the Yankees…..now what pitcher do you have to give it for him…Pivetta, Eflin or Velasquez?

          1. Yankees probably do not want or need Cozens ..they still have Billy McKinney in SWB…who probably is a bit better.
            I am sure Irvin would be attractive…..probably Enyel DLS.
            But they need a MLB SP down the stretch now.

  5. Is Nicolas Torres the Phillies Madrigal ? I know it’s a long shot but Torres has plus plus speed and he hit so far at a high rate.
    Pipkin looked good again.

    1. Torres was signed for $665K in 2016 and ranked 45th in that international class.
      So he does have some pedigree behind him and the Phillies’ scouts were high on him….in fact Morales and Bray Gonzo. were rated just above him according to Phillies scouts for that J2 signing period.
      Catcher Juan Aparacio was the fourth rated Phillies signee.

  6. Zach Green killing it in New Hampshire tonight. No Reading home field effect. His season .300, 16 HRs, 52 rbi. Up to Lehigh soon, I would assume.

    1. With Walding, Tomscha and Menses in Lehigh, there isn’t really a spot for Green. While a promotion seems appropriate, keep in mind he is 800 ABs behind guys in his draft class due to his injuries, so keeping him in the line up daily is probably their main focus.

      1. Walding, Tomscha and Meneses are hardly the 2nd coming of Schmidt, Morgan and Rose. Let’s push the kid along.

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