Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/6/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (41-41) lost to Charlotte, 6-4.  Mauricio Llovera (4.41) gave up 5 runs (3 ER) and 8 hits in 4.1 innings. He walked 3, struck out 3, and hit a batter.  Felix Paulino (3.68) pitched 2.1 innings and gave up a run on 3 hits and a walk.  Jake Hernandez (2.89) allowed one of two inherited runners to score but struck out two in 1.1 innings.  Addison Russ (3.38) pitched a scoreless inning.

The Threshers opened the scoring with a run in the third inning.  Raul Rivas walked and took second on an errant pick off attempt.  He scored on the Threshers’ first hit of the game, Luke Williams’ RBI single.  They scored 2 runs in the sixth when Jose Pujols and Mickey Moniak singled with two outs.  Pujols scored on 2 wild pitches and Moniak scored on a fielding error.  They scored again in the eighth on Kyle Martin’s RBI single.

Williams (.251) went 2-5 with an RBI.

Gabriel Lino picked a runner off first base.

It was a sloppy game.  Charlotte’s 5-run inning featured a fielding error that should have been ruled a fielding and trowing error, another fielding error, and a dropped fly ball ruled a base hit.

Llovera threw 92 pitches, 58 strikes.  He had several long innings and only lasted 4.1 innings.  His FB was 89-96 mph and sat 93-94 mph.  But, it lost velocity as he went deeper into the game.  He hit 96 mph 8 times, 6 times in the first and twice in the second.  By the third inning it was 93-94 mph.  In the fourth, 90-94 mph.  And in the fifth, 89-92 mph.  His 3 K came on different pitches, a 94 FB, 84 CH, and 78 CB.  He threw about 60% FB (57/92).

GCP Phillies East (8-5) beat the Tigers East, 5-3.  Jonas De La Cruz (1-0, 5.59) pitched five, 2-hit innings.  He allowed 2 runs (1 ER), walked a batter, and struck out three.  Mark Potter (0.00) pitched two scoreless innings.  Gabriel Yanez (7.27) got the save but gave up a run on 4 hits and a walk in two innings.

The Phillies scored 4 runs to open the scoring in the first inning on Edgar Made’s RBI single, Jake Holme’s sacrifice fly, and Greg Pickett’s 2-run HR (1).  They added a run in the seventh on Julio Francisco’s RBI single.

Julio Francisco (.306) went 2-4 with a run scored, triple, and RBI

Carlos Oropeza (.375) went 1-3 with a run scored.

Jake Holmes (.310) went 1-3 with a double, SF,  and RBI.

GCL Phillies West (9-6) lost to the GCL Braves, 4-3.  Jose Conopoima (0-1, 5.23) gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and a walk in four innings.  Adam Coz (2.84) pitched three, one-hit innings and struck out four.  Robinson Martinez (5.40) pitched a clean, rehab inning.  Blake Bennett (0.00) pitched a scoreless inning.

The Phillies scored 2 runs in the third inning on a ground out and Austin O’Brien’s sacrifice fly.  They closed to within one run with a run in the fourth on Logan O’Hoppe’s sacrifice fly.

Luis Garcia (.317) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.

Yerwin Trejo is hitting .333, Trent Bowles is hitting .268, Luis Rojas is hitting .300, Logan O’Hoppe is hitting .364, and Jesus Azuaje is hitting .400, and Corbin Williams is hitting .289 on a team that is hitting .298 collectively.

Lehigh Valley (50-36) beat Rochester, 7-6 in ten innings.  Cole Irvin (2.89) gave up 4 runs in five innings.  He walked none and struck out three.  He gave up 2 HRs.  Jake Thompson (4.54) struck out four in two innings, but blew the save.  Hector Neris pitched a clean inning.  Pedro Beato (4-2, 3.92) pitched two innings and picked up the win.

The IronPigs took a one-run lead with 2 runs in the first inning on Collin Cowgill’s 2-run HR (10).  They took another one-run lead with 3 runs in the fifth inning on Trevor Plouffe’s sacrifice fly, a throwing error, and Danny Ortiz; solo HR (9).

Ortiz (.206) and Ryan Goins (.400) had 2 hits each.

Reading (40-46) beat New Hampshire, 2-1.  JoJo Romero (4.06) pitched seven, one-run innings.  He gave up 5 hits and 4 walks, and struck out eight.  Aaron Brown (0.00) earned the win with one scoreless inning.  Jeff Singer (0.98) pitched a clean inning and earned his fifth save.

The Phils scored a run in the third inning on Cornelius Randolph RBI single.  They took the lead in the top of the ninth on Malquin Canelo’s RBI triple.

Austin Listi (.356), Austin Bossart (.310), and Canelo (.271) had 2 hits each.

Lakewood (50-34) beat Greensboro, 5-4.  Damon Jones (2.14) gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out five.  Luis Carrasco (3-0, 3.69) earned the win with two, 2-hit innings. Zach Warren (2.65) stranded 2 inherited runners and earned his fifth save. 

The BlueClaws opened the scoring with 2 runs in the first inning on a passed ball and Jhailyn Ortiz’ RBI single.  They scored a run in the fourth inning on Dalton Guthrie’s RBI single.  They scored a go ahead run in the eighth when Guthrie was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two out.  They added an important insurance run in the ninth on Nick Maton’s two-out, RBI double.

Matt Vierling (.316), Nick Maton (.259), Rodolfo Duran (.249), and Dalton Guthrie (.250) each had 2 hits.  Vierling (3) and Guthrie (3) stole bases.

Williamsport (8-12) beat West Virginia, 8-4.  Francisco Morales (2-0, 4.24) struck out 10 in five innings.  He also gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks.  Jose Jimenez (5.19) struck out four in two scoreless innings.  Keylan Killgore (4.50) struck out 2 in two innings on his way to his first professional save.

The Cutters opened the scoring with 3 runs in the third inning on a fielding error and Brayan Gonzalez’ 2-run single.  They took a two-run lead with 3 more runs in the sixth on Danny Mayer’s RBI double, Ben Aklinski’s RBI single, and Matt Kroon’s RBI double.  They tacked on insurance runs in the eighth and ninth on Jesus Henriquez’ bases loaded walk and Danny Mayer’s RBI single.

Danny Mayer (.304) went 3-5 with a run scored, double, and 2 RBI.

Ben Aklinski (.500) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.

Matt Kroon (.207) went 2-3 with a run scored, double, RBI, and walk.

Rafael Marchan, Jonathan Guzman, and Danny Mayer were all caught stealing.

The Bears were successful on 3 of 4 steal attempts against Morales/Marchan.

DSL Phillies Red (9-21) lost to the DSL Nationals, 9-8 in ten innings.

DSL Phillies White (16-13) beat Tigers1,  5-1.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of

Transactions (newest reported in bold text)
7/6/18–Philadelphia activated RHP Edubray Ramos from the 10-day DL.
7/6/18–RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
7/6/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Jake Thompson to Lehigh Valley
7/6/18–OF Ben Aklinski assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East
7/5/18–Philadelphia traded LHP Elniery Garcia to St. Louis for Future Considerations.
7/5/18–RHP Will Hibbs assigned to Reading from GCL Phillies East.
7/5/18–Reading activated 2B Emmanuel Marrero from the 7-day DL
7/5/18–Lakewood activated 3B Dalton Guthrie from the 7-day DL
7/5/18–C Gregori Rivero assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
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 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 6/30/2018. Quad strain
7/1/18–Lakewood placed Jesus Alastre on the 7-day DL, retro to 5/26/18. Side contusion
7/1/18–C Kevin Martir signed to a minor league contract; assigned to Williamsport

11 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/6/2018

  1. Vierling is certainly a pleasant surprise.
    Good size , RHB and good contact ability.
    At ND over his last two years..500 PAs approx…. batted 320/400/525..14%K rate and 11%BB rate..very good but not spectacular numbers as college goes.

    1. It’s guys like Vierling, Listi and Zach Green that could ease the pain from the disappointment of the Randolphs and Moniaks.

  2. JOJO ROMERO!

    Like for all prospects, I encouraged patience with Romero earlier in the season (posted 5/5).

    Over his last 10 starts he’s 6-2 with 8 QS. 63 IP, 2.71 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, .209 BA, 65/20 K/BB, as a 21-year-old!
    (Btw, his season-long Home/Road splits show he’s been extra strong outside of First Energy. 3.21/1.18, 53/21 K/BB. (Last 6 starts: 40 IP, 2.25/1.00, 40/11.)

    Remember, his April struggles were attributed not only to AA being a new, tough challenge, but also because his FB was slower than ’17.
    It was increasing entering May and has apparently gotten back to (and higher!) than where it was last year.
    Per Matt Winkelman’s offseason writeup, he’s a Lefty w/low 90s FB, touching 94/95.

    Per this article (which was before last night’s dominant performance), his FB is hitting 96!, and he’s maintaining 96 through his final inning! As a Lefty! (…with good secondaries, good Control, and good GB rate!)
    His coaches say he continues to evolve and improve! Clearly, he’s investing in himself and listening to his coaches. More good signs.
    I remain very excited for what this high-upside Lefty may add to the Phillies rotation some day!

    http://www.readingeagle.com/sports/article/fightin-phils-by-keeping-it-simple-romero-shows-fast-improvement

    1. JoJo’s April may have been what effects a lot of these southern-based and Latin arms once they hit the Northeast in April and coller climates for the first time in their careers..
      Happen to Kilome a few years ago in Lakewood.
      Gripping and the feel on the ball can be challenging
      There is a weather adjustment

    2. He’s turned things around and looks terrific. Unfortunately I think he might be the one who gets dealt in a deadline trade. Sixto and Medina are untouchable so that leaves JoJo and Kilome but Kilome hasn’t pitched well enough to headline a deal.

      1. Interesting point. If Romero was an RHP I’d agree he may be the one most at risk per your logic. But since he is an LHP, I’m not so sure. Plus JoJo is not on 40-man and doesn’t have to be after this year so another reason Phils will be hesitant to deal him. ….But alas, if we make a trade we’ll have to give up someone very good, so anything is possible.

  3. Juan Miranda, DSL White: eight appearances, six saves, 14 IPs, no runs, 20 Ks, 2 BBs

    19 years old 5′ 11″ 165 lb lefty

    Anybody know anything about him?

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