Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/20/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (48-48) beat the Florida Fire Frogs, 4-2.  Ramon Rosso (1.99) gave up an unearned run in the first inning then shut the Frogs down.  He pitched 5.2 innings, gave up 5 hits and 4 walks, and struck out just one.  Jonathan Hennigan pitched a scoreless inning in his Threshers’ debut.  Jake “Jakob with a K” Hernandez (3-0, 2.73) struck out one in one, one-hit inning and got the win.  Addison Russ (3.55) gave up a run in the ninth but held on for his second save.

The Threshers broke thru in the eight inning on Jose Pujols (.291) grand slam HR (14).  He had entered the in the top of the inning as a defensive replacement for Roman Quinn.

Speaking of Quinn (.400) he went 1-3 and was picked off/ caught stealing after his third AB.

Mickey Moniak (.247) went 2-4 with a double.

The Threshers loaded the bases for Pujols with a lead off walk to Luke Williams, a single by Kyle Martin, a successful sacrifice by Jose Gomez, and a walk to Kevin Markham.  The Threshers re-loaded the bases after Pujols’ slam on Moniak’s single, Henri Lartigue’s walk, and Edgar Cabral’s HBP.  A strike out and line out ended the threat.

One more thing about Quinn.  He was assigned to Clearwater not sent on a rehab assignment according to the wording of the transaction.

GCP Phillies East (16-11) spit with the Pirates, winning 12-11 and losing 6-5 in a walk off.

Game One: Justin Miller pitched three scoreless innings, walking one and striking out five. Carlos Francisco gave up 5 runs in three innings.  Jake Kinney made his professional debut with a scoreless inning.  Junior Tejada gave up 6 runs (3 ER) in two-thirds of the eighth. Brian Auerbach got the win with two strike outs in 1.1 innings when the team rallied for 10 runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Carlos De La Cruz hit his first HR of the season in this game before it was suspended.  It became official today.  It was a two run shot back on Ashburn Field and stood as the only runs scored until the rally.

The Phillies scored 10 runs in the eighth when trailing 11-2 on Luke Miller’s RBI double (11-3), Nicolas Torres RBI single (11-4), Juan Aparicio’s 2-run double (11-6), Jack Conley’s one-out RBI single (11-7), Edgar Made’s two out RBI triple (11-8), Logan Simmon’s RBI two-out single (11-9), James Smith walkd, Luke Miller singled to load the bases, Nicolas Torres’ 2-run double (11-11), and the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.  Auerbach punctuated the win with his two strike outs for the final two outs in the game.

Torres went 3-5 with a double and 3 RBI.

Luke Miller went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, and RBI.

Juan Aparicio went 2-4with a double, 2 RBI, and a walk.

Game Two: Victor Santos (4.02) pitched six innings and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits.  He walked none and struck out two.  Taylor Lehman (0-1, 6.00) pitched 0.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  He blew his first save and suffered the loss.

The Phillies rallied to take a 5-3 lead with 4 runs in the fifth inning on James Smith’s 2-run HR (1) and RBI singles by Jake Holmes and Carlos Oropeza.  They added an insurance run in the seventh on Carlos De La Cruz 4th HR of the season.  So, he kinda hit his 1st and 4th HRs today.  Baseball.

Juan Aparicio (.380) 2-4 with a run scored.

James Smith (.207) went 2-4 with a 2-run HR (1).

Mitchell Warke-Edwards made his professional debut at DH and went 1-3 with a run scored, double, and walk.

Jake Holmes (.341) went 1-3 with an RBI and walk.

Carlos De La Cruz (.308) went 1-4 with his 4th HR.

Carlos Oropeza (.375) went 1-3 with an RBI and walk.

GCL Phillies West (14-11) postponed, rain.

Lehigh Valley (58-39) beat Toledo, 6-5 in ten innings.  Ranger Suarez (0.57) pitched six, 4-hit innings.  He walked one and struck out three.  Tyler Gilbert (1.59) got an out in the seventh, but left with 2 men on base.  Hector Neris (2.70) came in and stranded both inherited runners.  However, he started the eight and was lifted with one out, one run in (blowing the save), and two men on base.  Pedro Beato (6-2, 3.38) entered and failed to return the favor to Neris.  Beato allowed both inherited runners to score.  However, he pitched a scoreless ninth to get credit for a possible win.  Zac Curtis (3.11) came on for the overtime inning and could only get one out.  He left with 2 runs in and the bases loaded. The only batter he retired was on a sacrifice.  Jake Thompson (4.32) came in and got the first batter to ground into an game-ending double play for his second save.

The IronPigs scored a run in the first inning on an RBI single.  That run held up until the eighth.  But the Pigs tied the game in the ninth on Danny Espinosa’s sac fly and Dean Anna’s RBI single.  They went ahead by three in the shootout on RBI singles by Joey Meneses and Ryan Goins, and an RBI force out.

Meneses (.310) went 3-5 with a run scored, double, RBI.  Zach Green (.185) went 2-4.

Reading (45-53) split with Altoona, losing 10-8 and winning 7-4.  

Game One: Connor Seabold (8.74) lasted 3.2 innings and gave up 8 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks.  Edgar Garcia (3.09) struck out 4 in two innings.  The Phils had fought back within one run by this time.  Luis Garcia (0-1, 27.00) came in as part of a double switch and retired the final batter of the sixth inning.  The Phils tied the score and the changes were vindicated.  Until Garcia gave up 2 solo HRs in the seventh.  Another double switch and Jeff Singer (3.42) got the final two outs.

The Phils battled all night.  They scored 2 runs in the third inning on a ground out and Cornelius Randolph’s two-out, RBI double.  The scored 2 more in the fourth on Drew Stankiewicz’ two-out, 2-run double.  They scored 3 runs in the fifth to creep within one run on Adam Haseley’s solo HR (3), and Damek Tomscha’s 2-run HR (11).  And they tied the game in the sixth on Haseley’s two-out, RBI single.

Haseley (.346) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, HR (3), 2 RBI.

Stankiewicz (.203) went 2-2 with a run scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI.

Tomscha (.315) had 2 RBI and hit his 11th HR.

Game Two: Ranfi Casimiro (4-2, 5.18) went five innings and held the Curve to one unearned run on one hit and 5 walks.  He struck out five.  Seth McGarry (3.61) gave up 3 runs in two innings.

The Phils responded to an early run with 5 in the third inning on Damek Tomscha’s 3-run triple and Deivi Grullon’s 2-run HR (14).  They added 2 runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Cornelius Randolph and Darick Hall.

Randolph (.224) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, RBI.

Tomscha (.316) had 3 RBI and his first triple.

Grullon (.284) hit his 14th HR and drove in 2 runs.

Lakewood (58-38) lost to Hagerstown, 14-2.  Damon Jones (7-4, 3.10) gave up 8 runs in the first inning.  The bull pen took over and fared little better.  It didn’t matter as the Suns held them to one earned run.  Simon Muzziotti (.272) went 2-4 with a double.  Jake Scheiner had the only RBI on a sac fly.  the BlueClaws went 0-9 with RISP.  Their other run scored on a balk.

Williamsport (12-20) lost to West Virginia, 8-1.  Manuel Silva (0-2, 2.86) gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks in 4.2 innings.  He struck out four.  Rafael Carvajal (1.08) struck out two in 1.1 innings.  Austin Ross (9.00) gave up 4 runs in 1.1 innings.  Abdallah Aris (3.14) stranded three runners but gave up a run the next inning.  

The Cutters scored a first inning run when Ben Aklinski scored from third when Rafael Marchan was caught stealing second (What?!?)  Madison Stokes was also caught stealing in the inning.

Marchan (.314) went 2-4.  Ben Pelletier (.272) went 2-4.  Seth Lancaster (.227) went 2-4. Madison Stokes (.361) went 1-1 with 3 walks.  Keudy Bocio had an outfield assist at home.

DSL Phillies Red (15-26) beat the Angels, 8-6.

DSL Phillies White (24-15) beat the D-backs2, 5-0.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 18th.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
7/20/18–Philadelphia sent RHP Luis Garcia on a rehab assignment to Reading
7/20/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Enyel De Los Santos to Lehigh Valley
7/20/18–Philadelphia recalled 3B Mitch Walding from Lehigh Valley
7/20/18–Reading activated 2B Drew Stankiewicz from the 7-day DL
7/20/18–Lakewood sent Robinson Martinez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West.
7/20/18–RHP Luis Ramirez assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/20/18–1B Edwin Rodriguez assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
7/20/18–LHP Will Stewart assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
7/20/18–RHP Jake Kinney assigned to GCL Phillies East.
7/19/18–Philadelphia signed free agent RHP Tyler Fallwell to a minor league contract.
7/19/18–CF Roman Quinn assigned to Clearwater from Lehigh Valley
7/19/18–C Gabriel Lino assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/19/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/19/18–LHP Jonathan Hennigan assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
7/19/18–RHP Tyler Fallwell assigned to Lakewood
7/19/18–C Mitchell Warke-Edwards assigned to GCL Phillies East.
7/19/18–C Freddy Barreto assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.
7/16/18–Philadelphia Phillies signed RHP Jake Kinney.
7/18/18–RHP Cristofer Cruz assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red
7/18/18–C Freddy Barreto assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies White (?)
7/17/18–Lakewood sent Robinson Martinez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
7/17/18–Christopher Duran assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White
7/16/18–Lakewood released 1B Greg Pickett.
7/15/18–Philadelphia placed Zach Eflin on the 10-day DL retro to 7/12/18. Blister.
7/15/18–Philadelphia traded LHP Hoby Milner to Tampa Bay for cash.
7/15/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Enyel De Los Santos from Lehigh Valley
7/15/18–Lakewood placed LHP Kyle Young on the 7-day DL
7/15/18–1B Maximo De La Rosa roster status changed by DSL Phillies Red.
7/15/18–DSL Phillies Red placed C Ryan Asencio on the 60-day DL
7/15/18–SS Albert Jerez assigned to DSL Phillies White.
7/15/18–RHP Jhostyn Marin assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.

25 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/20/2018

  1. ‘C’ Randolph, after 3 miserable months, is hitting very well in July. His .367/.465/.483 with a .948 OPS has been what we, around here, would like to see. He was averaging over 20 Ks a month for the 1st 3 months but only has 7 in July. His BBs have also increased in July. The HRs he showed last year haven’t been around much this year but at least he’s showing an ability to hit in his last 17 games. Let’s hope the Phils, former 1st round draft choice, figured something out.

    1. Good to see. Moniak has also put together a few good games. Season stats are less important at this age. Most important is how they finish at a level.

      1. Actually, all three of our much-bemoaned Number One picks are enjoying a mid-summer revival.

        The concern was that hit-toolsey Haseley and Moniak weren’t walking, but they have six BBs each in their past 10 games. SSS for sure but for Haseley it’s in his first 10 games in AA, and for Mickey Mo it compares to just 7 BBs in his previous 265 plate appearances.

        Haseley in showing some power at AA: 3 home runs and 2 doubles in his first 34 PAs.

        1. Better way to look at it, three homes runs and two doubles in Haseley’s first nine AA hits.

    2. Shades of last year as he hit poorly in April and May with the Threshers, then had a good June and excellent July before sinking back in August.

    3. He played very well at the end of last year as well. Maybe just a longer adjustment period for him than others.

  2. Some good tweets from last night

  3. Looks like the ’15’/’16/’17 first round picks are realizing their potential at their respective levels..

  4. Ranger Suarez looks so good, I’m not sure what his ceiling is but it’s certainly as a rotation piece.

    1. sort of seems like pre improvements Nola out of college. Could be a solid #2 starter?

  5. The one guy I liked to see challenged early on and maybe forced-fed a little more than the usual, is OFer Carlos De La Cruz.
    Like for him to get a taste of another level and to see how he would do in the NYPL before the summer is out.

      1. Yeah I think he’s at the perfect spot. As for his teammate Jake Holmes, I’d like to know what’s keeping him in the GCL.

          1. You mean by Bohm who hasn’t played in almost two weeks and doesn’t seem to be on the verge of returning?

  6. They’ve been so crazy with the roster juggling this season it’s hard to tell the real ones from the “balls in the air” sometimes. C Gabe Lino to Reading caught my eye though. He hasn’t been officially added yet, but keep a watch on that one to see if a catcher cascade is going to start.

  7. Does anyone remember when had the minor league leader boards. Where you could click a major stat like avg or era and it would list top 5 from all affiliates. Can that be found anywhere else? Thx!

  8. Would like to see Jake Scheiner at Clearwater. He has played all over the field so he can find plenty of AB’s there. 1B, 2B, 3B, LF. Martin, Gomez and Rivas haven’t set the world on fire.

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