Monthly Archives: July 2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/21/2018

Lots of rain outs today, so here’s some random stats.  Among qualifying players, Luis Garcia (PHW) is ranked fourth with his .375 AVG.  Jake Holmes (PHE) is eighth with his .337 AVG. Abrahan Gutierrez (PHW) is ninth with his .333 AVG.Corbin Williams (PHW) cracks the top twenty with his .313 AVG. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/21/2018

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. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/20/2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/19/2018

Made my first trip to the Complex in over a week.  Kyle Young is in town.  Sixto Sanchez was walking around.  Spoke briefly with Dickie Noles, Joe Jordan, Sal Agostinelli, and Charley. Saw Alec Bohm walking around carrying a bat.  He did not have a boot on his foot and seemed to be walking well.  I didn’t recognize him at first.  He was back in the club house before I realized who he was.  Also spent some time talking to the father and uncle of one of our new pitchers.  Nice people for Pirates and Orioles fans.  😉 Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/19/2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/18/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (47-47) beat Daytona, 5-2.  This would be the organization’s only stateside win today.  Mauricio Llovera (3-7, 4.14) Pitched six innings and held the Tortugas to one run a solo HR in the sixth.  He gave up 4 hits, walked none, and struck out five.  He threw 82 pitches, 52 strikes.  Alberto Tirado (1.80) brought back memories with a no-run, no-hit, 2 strike out, 3-walk inning as only he can – BB, BB, K, K looking, BB, F9, on 25 pitches, 10 strikes.  Jake “Jakob with a K” Hernandez had 3 Ks in two innings.  But, he did give up a solo HR to that Taylor Trammel guy.  (The Futures Game MVP.) Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/18/2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/17/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (46-47) beat Daytona, 5-1.  Felix Paulino (1-3, 3.18) pitched six, one-run innings on six hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Blake Quinn (5.31) pitched two, scoreless innings.  And, Addison Russ (3.09) struck out two in one inning.

The Threshers overcame an early 1-run lead on Mickey Moniak’s 2-run HR in the fourth inning.   Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/17/2018

Lakewood Game Report, July 16 Game 2

PITCHING:

Will Stewart started and was able to limit the damage but was hit pretty hard.  He gave up 8 hits and a walk in 5 innings.  He sat at 92-94 topping out at 96 (stadium gun).  Off-speed pitches were in the 84-86 range.  Here is the batter by batter log:

  • 5-3 Chopper/Single right inside the third base bag (wide open area due to the shift put on the lefty batter)/Flyout to CF/Hard Ground Single past Nieporte at 1B/Lined RBI single into RF/4-3 Chopper
  • Hard Single to CF/4-3 groundout- close to 1B so runner moved to 2nd/4-3 groundout- nice sliding play by Brito/6-3- nice play by Antequera, charged behind the mound and threw on the run
  • Infield single- Nieporte dove and didn’t come up with the ball which was a mistake because due to the shift the ball went right to Brito who threw to Stewart covering first, but the runner beat it. Had Nieporte let the ball go, it was an easy out/Hard ground single up the middle/ 5-4 FC/ Two swinging K’s- Nice work by Stewart to pitch out of the jam.
  • Routine 6-3/Swinging bunt single that the catcher (Fitch) airmailed into RF (good back-up by Ortiz kept runner at 1st)/6-3 ground double play (stepped on 2nd, threw to 1st)
  • 6-3 Groundout/Swinging K/5 pitch walk/Line single into LF/4-3 Groundout.

Luis Cedeno came in and got blown up for 5 runs over 1 1/3.  He did hit 97 on the gun.  Ismael Cabrera came on in the 7th and retired the only 2 batters he faced to finish the game.

HITTING:

It was night and day (ironic since game 2 started at 7 after game 1 started at 5) on offense.  The Claws put up 11 hits and scored 12 runs.  It was the Daniel Brito show who led off and went 4-4 with 3 singles each followed by a steal of 2nd and a double.

Brito: 4-4, Infield single (2nd baseman made a diving stop but threw wide), stole second/Served a single into LF, stole second, Bloop Single over the second baseman’s head, stole second/Lined RBI Double to RC

Vierling:  Was excited to see him for the first time, but he did not have a good game, 2 K’s, popout, easy 6-3 groundout

Maton:  1-3 with a BB (lined triple into RC gap), Hard hit groundout to 1B, swinging K

Oriz:  Great game! 2-4, Reached on an error by 3B /2-Run Homer- bounced off the top of the metal fence above the LC wall and caromed into the berm/Flyout to CF/Drilled a Double over the LF head that one-hopped the wall

Scheniner:  1-2, Walk/Swinging K/4 pitch Walk/2 run opposite field Double into RC gap

Fitch:  1-3, Swinging K/ Line single into right/Walk/Swinging K

Nieporte:  1-3, 2 run double into RC/Swinging K/Walk/6-3 (Deep in the hole- called out on a bang bang play at 1st)

Stephen:  1-3, Worked a walk from a 1-2 count/Ripped a liner into RC that was caught by CF/Unassisted RBI Groundout to 1B after stepping on the bag, he threw home late and a run scored/Ripped an RBI double down the RF line

 

Antequera:  0-2, two 6-3’s, 5 pitch walk/Sac Fly to Medium RF

Game Report- July 16, Lakewood Game 1

PITCHING:
Gustavo Armas started for the Claws and completed all 7 innings.  The game was scoreless all the way until the top of the 7th when Armas gave up a 4 pitch walk followed by a 2 run homer.  Gustavo was able to retire the next hitter and finish the game.  His fastball was 91-92 and topped out at 93 (based on the stadium gun).  His off-speed stuff varied from high 70’s to low 80’s.  He did an excellent job of mixing his pitches and had impressive control (76 strikes on 99 pitches).  One interested thing that I noticed was that every pitch he threw that was less than 80 mph resulted in either a swinging strike, a foul ball, or an easy out.  Obviously he threw first pitch strikes to most of the hitters since he threw such a high percentage of strikes (19 of 26 by my unofficial count)  Here is a log of each batter he faced:

  • Weak 4-3 groundout/Hard hit 4-3 groundout/Swinging K on off-speed pitch (almost in the dirt)
  • High, Deep Flyout to LF/Swinging K (83 mph- changeup, I believe)/Swinging K (Full Count, 83 mph)
  • Popout to SS/Swinging K (81 mph)/Lineout to deep LF
  • 6-3 groundout (1st pitch)/Bloop single to RF over the shift/4-6 FC (nice diving play by Guthrie, the ball rolled out of his glove but he grabbed it and flipped backhand from the ground to get the force)/Lazy Flyout to CF (77 mph)
  • Hard Double off the LF Wall/Popout to SS/1-3 comebacker/Weak 4-3 groundout (78 mph)
  • Routine 5-3 groundout/1-3 comebacker/Bloop Single over SS/6-3 hard groundout
  • Looking K (78mph- 9 pitch AB: 8 strikes, 1 ball)/6-3 (One hop)/BB (4 pitches)/ 2-Run HR/6-3 (low liner that Maton dropped, he threw wide to first but Nieporte tagged the runner).

 

HITTING:

I tracked every AB for everyone but the Claws only managed 3 hits in the game so I will spare you the specific details of all the easy outs we made.

Muzzioti: (0-3, 3 groundouts (1 was a DP))

Scheiner:  (0-3, 2 6-3’s and a K)

Maton: (0-2, 2 easy outs and a HBP)

Ortiz: 1-3 (K on foul tip, F-7, Hard Double down LF line)

Nieporte: (0-3, Swinging K,  after a long foul that may have been a HR, Hard lineout to LF, High Flyout ot LF)

Stephen:  (0-3,2 4-3’s and a swinging K (tried to check))

Rivero: (1-3, Broken Bat oppo single to RF, looking K, Lazy popout to Left-center)

Guthrie:  0-1 (4-6 FC, BB)

Antequera:  (1-2, hit and run single into the hole between SS and 3B, popout to 1B)

Ortiz’s double came in the bottom of the 7th but he was left stranded and the Claws lost 2-0.  Game 2 report will follow later- have to leave the hotel to get to the 11:00 game this morning.

 

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/16/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (45-47) beat Daytona, 6-2.  Alejandro Requena (2-2, 4.50) pitched six solid innings allowing one run on 5 hits.  He walked one and struck out eight. Grant Dyer (6.75) gave up a run in two innings.  Addison Russ (.338) struck out 2 in one inning of work.

The Threshers scored a first inning run on Henri Lartigue’s solo HR (6).  They pounded their way into a lead in a 5-run fifth on Luke Williams’ 3-run HR (9) and Jose Pujols 2-run HR (13).   Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/16/2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/15/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (44-47) beat the Florida Fire Frogs, 5-3.  Ranfi Casimiro started and gave up 2 runs in a season high four innings.  Albert Tirado (1-0, 1.89) gave up a run in three innings and earned the win.  Jake Hernandez followed with two scoreless innings and earned his first save. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/15/2018