Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/30/2018

J.P. Crawford made a rehab start with the GCL Phillies East squad.  The big league shortstop led off and played short for the home team.  As so often seemingly happens, the ball found Crawford on the first play, a ground out to Crawford.  It was his only chance of the day.

Crawford was replaced after five innings (as planned) but had managed to get 5 at bats.  He struck out in the first inning, then walked in his next 4 at bats.  He had a particularly efficient line for a guy who didn’t put a ball in play – Crawford went 0-1 with 2 runs scored, 3 RBI, and 4 walks.

The Clearwater Threshers (53-50) had a scheduled day off.  They resume play Tuesday night at home in a three-game series against the Tamps Tarpons.  Probables are Alejandro Requena, Mauricio Llovera, and McKenzie Mills – unless Mills is promoted to Reading to take Kilome’s spot in Reading’s rotation, their rotation slots match up this week (Casimiro, Seabold, Kilome/Rivero), and Alexis Rivero could return to the bullpen.  Note that Clearwater’s starter for Thursday is TBD.  Hmm.  Then the Phillies could promote another Lakewood starter or maube one of the Threshers’ starters comes off the DL.  Bailey Falter seems most likely since he threw 60 rehab pitches last week.  Hmm, again.

Even with the heart of their offense now starting in Reading (Darick Hall, Austin Listi, and Adam Haseley), the Threshers remain competitive in the FSL North Division, second half race.  They are one game behind the Dunedin Blue Jays and a half game ahead of the Lakeland Tigers.  The teams are separated by wins as all three have 14 losses this half. Sunday’s cancellation could impact their division drive.  In an odd scheduling quirk, after this week’s home series with Tampa, the Threshers play just 6 of their remaining 30 games against division foes, the last seven on the road in south Florida.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3, 2.51) – placed on the 7-day DL on 4/15/18
  • #3 Adonis Medina (9-3, 4.64) – DNP
  • #6 Mickey Moniak (.249) –
  • #11 Arquimedes Gamboa (.227) –
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.222) –

GCP Phillies East (19-13) beat the Pirates, 23-3.  Domonic Pipkin got the start and went three innings.  He gave up one run on 2 hits and a walk.  One of the hits was a lead off HR in the third inning.  He struck out one.  Carlos Francisco (2-2, 6.26) took over with a huge lead and protected it.  He pitched three, scoreless innings, relinquishing one his, walked none, and struck out three.  He got the victory.  Junior Tejada (5.06) had a rough one-third of an inning, giving up 2 runs on one hit, a hit batter, and 3 walks.  Mark Potter (2.57) took over with the bases loaded and stranded all three runners,  He went 2.2 innings with no hits, walked none, and struck out three.

  • #25 Dominic Pipkin (0-1, 3.06) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

There were a lot of outstanding offensive stats.  I’m going to touch on a couple and include the box score lest I omit someone.

Nicolas Torres (.375) had 5 RBI.  His replacement, Edgar Made (.264) hit a HR (2) and had 4 RBI, yes it was a grand slam.  Jake Holmes (.340) hit 2 HR (4) and had 5 RBI.  The Phillies went 10-22 with RISP.  Eleven of the Phillies’ runs were unearned.  They drew 10 walks (and 2 HBP) but struck out just 5 times.  Ten different players had hits, 2 had 3-hit games, 3 had 2-hit games.  The only starter not to get a hit was Crawford (I covered his contributions above.)  Ironically, his replacement Logan Simmons didn’t have an at bat in two plated appearances, he went 0-0 with a run scored, walk, and was hit by a pitch.  The first position in the batting order went a combined 0-1 with 3 runs scored, 3 RBI. 5 BB, HBP, K.

GCL Phillies East
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
J.P. Crawford SS 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 4 1 .000
    Logan Simmons SS 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .173
Nicolas Torres 2B 5 2 2 1 0 0 5 0 0 .375
    Edgar Made 2B 2 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 1 .264
Juan Aparicio DH 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .365
    a- Jose Mercado PH-DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .196
Jake Holmes 3B 6 2 3 0 0 2 5 0 3 .340
Luke Miller 1B 6 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .259
Julio Francisco CF 6 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .317
Jack Conley C 3 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .375
    Mitchell Edwards C 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Jose Rivera LF 4 3 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 .289
James Smith RF 3 4 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 .214
Totals 45 23 17 5 0 3 21 10 5 .280
a-Popped out for Aparicio, J in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Francisco, J (3, Toribio); Conley (2, Gong); Torres (8, Machado); Miller, L (3, Machado); Edwards (2, Mielock).
HR: Holmes 2 (4, 4th inning off Machado, 2 on, 2 out; 5th inning off Mielock, 0 on, 1 out); Made, E (2, 8th inning off Harrer, 3 on, 2 out).
TB: Smith 2; Francisco, J 4; Edwards 2; Holmes 9; Made, E 4; Rivera 2; Miller, L 2; Torres 3; Aparicio, J; Conley 2.
RBI: Crawford, J 3 (3); Torres 5 (15); Aparicio, J (10); Holmes 5 (28); Smith 2 (11); Rivera (8); Made, E 4 (11).
2-out RBI: Crawford, J 2; Torres 2; Holmes 4; Rivera; Smith; Made, E 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Holmes; Miller, L; Torres 2; Made, E.
Team RISP: 10-for-22.
Team LOB: 10.

GCL Phillies West (17-16) dropped a pair of 3-0 games to the Tigers West.  These hurt, the Tigers West are a division foe.

Game One:  Ben Brown (3-1, 2.00) pitched a complete game but gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 4 hits (2 HR).  He walked none and struck out four.  They managed just 3 hits and 3 walks and went 0-7 with RISP.

  • #14 Luis Garcia (.372) – went 0-3 with a K

Game Two:  Jose Conopoima (2.30) pitched five innings and held the Tigers to no runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Adam Cox (0-2, 2.57) gave up 3 runs (2 ER) in one inning on 4 hits.  Michael Gomez (9.00) pitched a scoreless seventh.  The Phillies hitting woes continued as the were held to one hit.  Their team batting average dropped to .302. Corbin Williams stole his 11th base and had an outfield assist at home.

  • #14 Luis Garcia (.361) – went 0-3 with a K

Lehigh Valley (65-41) beat Buffalo, 2-0.  Tom Eshelman tossed seven, four-hit innings.  He walked one and struck out five.  He had a 77 Game Score.  Hector Neris (1.93) struck out two on one inning of work.  Pedro Beato (3.23) picked up his 27th save.  The IronPigs were held to 3 hits.  Fortunately, one was a 2-run HR (18) by Joey Meneses (.310) in the first inning.  The pitching staff made those runs hold up.

  • #8 Ranger Suarez (1-0, 0.57) – DNP
  • #9 Enyel De Los Santos (9-3, 2.51) – DNP
  • #10 Cole Irvin (9-3, 2.93) – DNP
  • #15 Roman Quinn (.296) – recalled by Phillies on 7/27/18
  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.248) – went 0-3 with a BB, 2 K
  • #21 Drew Anderson (7-3, 3.99) – DNP
  • #28 Tom Eshelman (1-9, 5.97) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Reading (49-57) no game scheduled.  

  • #4 Adam Haseley (.345) –
  • #5 JoJo Romero (7-6, 3.80) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/20/18
  • #10 Franklyn Kilome (4-6, 4.24) – traded to NYM for Asdrubel Cabrera
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (0-2, 3.68) –
  • #23 Cornelius Randolph (.235) –
  • #24 Connor Seabold (0-2, 6.98) – DNP

Lakewood (66-40) beat Delmarva, 7-4.  Julian Garcia (5-2, 3.00) pitched five innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out six.  Luis Ramirez (5.71) gave up a run on 3 hits and 2 walks. in 1.2 innings.  He struck out four.  Luis Carrasco (3.49) stranded 2 inherited runners but gave up a run on 3 hits in 2.1 innings.  He walked none and struck out three.

The BlueClaws scored a run in the third inning on a wild pitch.  They scored 4 runs in the sixth on Colby Fitch’s 2-run HR, a wild pitch, and Daniel Brito’s RBI single.  They added 2 insurance runs in the eighth on a wild pitch and Brito’s sac fly.  Colby Fitch (.255) went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (4), 2 RBI, and a walk.  Jose Antequera (.321) went 2-2 with a run scored, double, and 2 walks.  Simon Muzziotti had an outfield assist at second base.

  • #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.230) went 0-4 with a run scored, BB, 4 K
  • #12 Daniel Brito (.256) went 1-3 with 2 RBI, SF, BB, K, SB
  • #18 Kyle Young (3-3, 2.98) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/15/18
  • #19 Spencer Howard (6-7, 4.50) – DNP
  • #20 David Parkinson (8-1, 1.51) – DNP
  • #30 Nick Maton (.276) DNP

Williamsport (17-25) beat Mahoning Valley, 7-4.  Jhordany Mezquita had held the Scrappers to one run in 4.1 innings on 4 hits and a walk.  However, he had thrown 87 pitches and was relieved.  He had struck out 5 batters.  Rafael Carvajal (1-1, 1.50) pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, limiting the Scrappers to one hit and striking out five.  He was awarded the win.  Keylan Killgore (1.17) pitched two scoreless innings for his 5th save.

The Cutters opened the scoring with a run in the first inning on Edwin Rodriguez’ two-out, RBI double.  They broke a 1-1 tie with 3 runs in the eighth on Rodriguez’ 2-run triple and Jesus Henriquez’ sac fly.  Rafael Marchan (.315) went 2-4 with a run scored and 2 doubles. Madison Stokes (.368) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored.  Edwin Rodriguez (.365) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, triple, and 3 RBI.

  • #2 Alec Bohm (.192) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/14/18
  • #13 Francisco Morales – (3-2, 6.11) – DNP
  • #26 Kevin Gowdy – 60-day DL
  • #29 Jhordany Mezquita (1-0, 3.54) – 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, HBP, HR
  • #29 Colton Eastman (0-2, 6.00) –

DSL Phillies Red (21-28) beat the Rockies, 7-3.

DSL Phillies White (28-20) lost to the Cubs2, 14-2.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 30th.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
7/30/18–Philadelphia sent SS J.P. Crawford on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
7/28/18–Philadelphia activated 2B Asdrubal Cabrera.
7/28/18–Philadelphia optioned 2B Jesmuel Valentin to Lehigh Valley
7/28/18–C Rodolfo Duran assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/28/18–C Gregori Rivero assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood

12 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/30/2018

  1. 17 yo Cristian Hernandez of the DSL Red had a game score of 71 yesterday and he’s been pretty impressive YTD. 4 of his last 5 starts he’s given up no runs in 23 innings. The 5th start, in that progression, he gave up 3 runs over 5 innings. Over those 5 games, he’s pitched 28 innings and given up the 3 runs, 20 hits and 3 BBs, with 28 Ks. He has a 2.61 ERA on the season and a 1.08 WHIP. He’s listed at 6’3″ 180 lbs and has room to grow.

  2. Mezquita seems to have great stuff but questionable control and throws too many pitches; so he’ll fit in great in the big league rotation.

    Seriously, what goes on in the GCL? This is the second time in a week a team scored 20 runs and a bunch were unearned…I mean I see local high school games and even they don’t make that many errors.

    Meneses again….for the life of me I don’t get not giving him a shot. Even as a ph who starts once a week. Its not like hes a 22 year old prospect who will be stunted if he doesn’t play much for a month, he has power and can hit for average.

  3. I noticed Darick Hall seems to be in a bit of a power drought (and average). Is he being pitched around as he was hitting well when first called up to Reading or is a matter of normal struggles adjusting to better pitching?

  4. Is there a spot for Jake Holmes at any other level. He has 232 PA’s all at GCL over 2 seasons. He is 20 years old.

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