The Phillies’ participants in the Arizona Fall League were announced Thursday. Five players were selected from Reading – RHP Tyler Viza, RHP Luke Leftwich, RHP Seth McGarry, 1B Darick Hall, and RF Austin Listi; and three players from Clearwater – RHP Sixto Sanchez, SS Arquimedes Gamboa, and 3B Luke Williams.
Each of five organizations that make up the Scottsdale Scorpions (Phillies, Reds, Astros, Mets, and Giants) is required to send a minimum of seven players including a minimum of four pitchers (preferably one capable of starting and three relievers) and three position players. Additional position players can be assigned to a team’s “taxi squad” and can play no more than two games a week. An international players is eligible only if that player is not on the reserve list of a Winter League club from the player’s home country. I assume the Phillies have worked something out with the Cardenales de Lara regarding Gamboa. Players are paid for this additional baseball season (out of a separate fund managed by the MLB). The Threshers’ pitching coach Aaron Fultz is assigned to the team. I’m glad of that with Sixto coming off a long stint on the DL to participate.
The Clearwater Threshers (75-59) lost to Jupiter, 4-3 in 10 innings. The Threshers scored in the top of the shootout inning when Arquimedes Gamboa stroked a two-out, RBI single to take the lead. But, Jake Hernandez (3-3, 2.84) gave up 2 runs on a single, sac fly, and two-out, RBI double to absorb the loss.
Alejandro Requena (3.60) pitched six, solid innings. He held the Hammerheads to 2 runs on five hits. He walked 2 and struck out four. Alberto Tirado (2.32) pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, and Grant Dyer (4.94) survived 3 hits in the eighth and ninth.
The Threshers opened the scoring with a run in the fourth inning on Edgar Cabral’s RBI single. After Requena gave up single runs in the fifth and sixth, the Threshers tied the game in the seventh on a wild pitch.
Daniel Brito (.253) had 2 hits including a double. Gamboa (.219) had 2 hits and an RBI. Raul Rivas (.242) had 2 hits and 2 runs scored. Kyle Martin (.196) had a double and scored the Threshers’ first run. Grenny Cumana (.289) had a triple that didn’t figure in the scoring.
Mickey Moniak has been held out of recent games as a precaution after tweaking his knee loosening his arm before the last game in which he played. The next day was a scheduled day off. Had the race been tighter, he would have played the past two games. But since they had the luxury of resting him, they did. (Thank you, MM. See you Tuesday.)
- #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3, 2.51) – placed on the 7-day DL in June, 2018
- #3 Adonis Medina (10-4, 4.12)
- #6 Mickey Moniak (.262) DNP
- #12 Daniel Brito (.253) went 2-5 with a double, K
- #11 Arquimedes Gamboa (.219) went 2-5 with an RBI
- #17 Jose Gomez (.218) went 0-4 with 3 K
- #20 David Parkinson (3-0, 1.24) –
The following is speculation on my part.
The Threshers playoff rotation will depend on how the regular season plays out. Scheduled starters for the three game series at Fort Myers are Mauricio Llovera (Friday), Bailey Falter (Saturday), and Ramon Rosso (Sunday). Monday is an off day, so the Threshers can come back with David Parkinson or Adonis Medina (because of the off day) for the series opener at Spectrum Field. It is Parkinson’s turn, he’s pitching really well, and Fort Myers hasn’t faced him this season. Medina wouldn’t be going on short rest (because of the off day), he’s pitching well, and he won the division clincher. It’s a nice decision to have. I probably lean toward Parkinson. But whomever the Threshers’ do pick, the other guy gets to pitch the next day in Daytons. (win-win).
Alejandro Requena would then be available for game three on Thursday in Daytona, unless they opted to go with hard-throwing Mauricio Llovera. Once again, the off day gives them that flexibility.
When the Threshers advance to the Championship best-of-five series, the first two games will be hosted by the South Division winner on Friday and Saturday. They return to Spectrum Field for as many of the remaining games as are needed on Sunday thru Tuesday.
There are no scheduled days off. So, depending on whether game three was needed against Daytona and who pitched, the rotation after game two could look like Requena (game 3 v. Daytona), Llovera, Falter, and Rosso (games 1-3 v. South Division), and Parkinson and Medina available for games 4 and 5, or Medina and Parkinson depending on who got the nod in game one against Daytona.
Lehigh Valley (81-55) beat Pawtucket, 5-4. The game featured five lead changes. Jerad Eickhoff (2.41) had another 3-run outing. This time he lasted five innings and gave up 6 hits, 4 walks, and hit a batter while striking out just two. The big righty is expected to come off the DL when major league rosters expand on Saturday. We’ll see. Edgar Garcia (4.91) tossed two perfect innings. Yacksel Rios (3.97) faced two batters in the eighth, walking one and hitting the other. Pedro Beato (8-4, 3.14) pitched two innings. He let one of two inherited runners score, blew the save, and picked up the win.
The IronPigs scored in five different innings, culminating with the go ahead run in the top of the ninth. Dylan Cozens (.246) had 3 hits and 2 RBI. J.P. Crawford (.227) had 2 hits and a sacrifice in the ninth. Pedro Florimon (.214) had 2 hits and an RBI.
- #8 Ranger Suarez (2-0, 2.91) –
- #9 Enyel De Los Santos (10-5, 2.63) –
- #10 Cole Irvin (13-4, 2.67) –
- #15 Roman Quinn (.296) – recalled by Phillies on 7/27/2018
- #16 Dylan Cozens (.246) went 3-4 with a run scored, 2 RBI, BB
- #21 Drew Anderson (8-4, 3.75) –
- #28 Tom Eshelman (2-13, 5.83) –
Reading (64-69) game was suspended due to rain with the Phils leading Richmond, 1-0. Connor Seabold had pitched three shutout innings allowing 2 hits and a walk, and striking out two. They scored their run on a wild pitch. Jose Pujols (.278) had 2 hits in two at bats including a double. Malquin Canelo (.259) had doubled and scored on the wild pitch after Drew Stankiewicz (.209) had moved him over to third with a single.
Cornelius Randolph missed his sixth consecutive game. I have been unable to find out why.
- #4 Adam Haseley (.316) Temporarily Inactive List
- #5 JoJo Romero (7-6, 3.80) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/20/18
- #22 Kyle Dohy (2-4, 6.30) –
- #23 Cornelius Randolph (.244) DNP
- #24 Connor Seabold (1-4, 4.67) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Lakewood (85-49) dropped a six-spot on Greensboro in the ninth and won, 11-3. The victory clinched the Second-Half Division Title and set a franchise record with their 85th win. Note: winning both halves in the SAL has been six times, but the 2010 BlueClaws were the only team to accomplish this AND win the league title. Challenge accepted.
Andrew Brown (6-3, 2.10) pitched seven, four-hit innings allowing an unearned run, walking two, and striking out four. Luis Ramirez (4.91) gave up 2 runs in one inning. Zach Warren (1.98) pitched a perfect ninth.
Matt Vierling (.289) had 2 hits, 2 runs scored, and an RBI. Simon Muzziotti (.260) had 4 hits, an RBI, and his 18th stolen base. Jake Scheiner (.300) had 2 hits and 2 RBI. Madison Stokes had 3 hits, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI. Dalton Guthrie hit a 3-run HR (5).
- #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.226) went 0-5 with 3 K
- #12 Daniel Brito (.252) promoted to Clearwater, August 3rd.
- #18 Kyle Young (3-3, 2.98) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/15/18
- #19 Spencer Howard (9-8, 3.79) –
- #20 David Parkinson (8-1, 1.51) – promoted to Clearwater on 8/2/18
- #30 Nick Maton (.259) went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, BB, 2 K
Williamsport (31-41) won Wednesday’s suspended game against Mahoning Valley, 7-2; but lost the second game, 5-1.
Game One: Colton Eastman (3.00) had tossed three, three-hit innings giving up a solo HR and striking out five before the game was halted. Tyler Carr (3-2, 2.42) tossed three, three-hit, shutout innings for the win. Randy Alcantara (2.25) pitched the final three innings giving up one run.
Ben Pelletier (.276) had 2 hits and 4 RBI. Alec Bohm (.215) had a 2-run single. Keudy Bocio (.210) had 2 hits, 2 runs scored, and an RBI. Jake Holmes (.250) had a sacrifice, 2 walks, and a HBP. Jonathan Guzman (.220) had 2 hits and 2 runs scored.
- #2 Alec Bohm (.215) went 1-4 with 2 RBI, BB, K
- #29 Colton Eastman (0-2, 3.00) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Game Two: Juan Escorcia (1-4, 3.29) was charged with 3 runs on 2 hits and 5 walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out six. After the Cutters took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth, Escorcia got two quick outs, but before he could complete the shutdown inning, he gave up a double and then walked the bases loaded. Blake Bennet entered allowed all three inherited runners to score on a walk and 2-run double. He went on to give up 2 more runs.
The Cutters were held to 3 hits – singles by Jake Holmes (.253) and Jesus Henriquez (.216), and a double by Brayan Gonzalez (.200). Their only run scored on a throwing error. Ben Pelletier had an outfield assist at second base.
- #2 Alec Bohm (.215) DNP
- #13 Francisco Morales (4-4, 5.36) –
- #26 Kevin Gowdy – 60-day DL
- #29 Jhordany Mezquita (1-0, 3.60) – DNP.
- #29 Colton Eastman (0-2, 3.00) –
The GCL Phillies East finished in first place in the GCL North Division with a 30-24 record. They lost a one-game semifinal on the road against the Palm Beach Cardinals.
- #25 Dominic Pipkin (1-2, 3.64) made 10 appearances, 8 starts. In limited action, he pitched 29.2 innings. In a SSS, he posted a 1.180 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 5.5 K/9.
The GCL Phillies West finished in second place in the GCL Northwest Division with a 30-24 (.556) record.
- #14 Luis Garcia finished the season with a league best .369 AVG. His .433 OBP placed third, his .488 SLG placed 13th, and his .921 OPS placed seventh. These were not only team leading but also the best of both Phillies GCL entries. Garcia’s 33 runs scored were fourth in the league following team mate Yerwin Trejo’s 40. He led the league with 62 hits. Placed second with 32 RBI. Trejo’s 23 stolen bases led the league, Garcia had 12.
The DSL Phillies Red finished the season 31-40 (.437) in fifth place in the DSL South Division.
The DSL Phillies White finished the season 39-33 (.542) in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 30th.
8/28/18–Philadelphia designated RHP Mark Leiter Jr. for assignment.
8/28/18–Philadelphia optioned C Andrew Knapp to Lehigh Valley
8/28/18–New York Mets traded RF Jose Bautista to Philadelphia for Player To Be Named Later or cash
8/28/18–Lehigh Valley activated RHP Ben Lively from the 7-day DL
8/28/18–Lakewood placed LHP Will Stewart on the 7-day DL. Left shin contusion.
8/28/18–RHP James McArthur assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/28/18–Lakewood sent LHP Kyle Young on a rehab assignment to Williamsport
8/27/18–Philadelphia sent SS Pedro Florimon on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
8/27/18–Philadelphia traded 1B Jack Zoellner to Baltimore for Future Considerations
8/27/18–Lehigh Valley placed Jesse Valentin on the 7-day DL. Right hamstring strain.
8/27/18–Lehigh Valley activated C Nick Rickles from the 7-day DL
8/27/18–RHP Blake Quinn assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/27/18–RHP Will Hibbs assigned to Reading from Williamsport
8/27/18–RHP Eric White assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
8/25/18–Philadelphia sent RHP Jose Taveras outright to Reading