Clearwater (0-2) blew a middle inning lead and lost to the Dunedin Blue Jays, 7-3.
Damon Jones came out firing. He struck out 8 batters in 3.0 innings. His FB sat 92-94 and touched 95 twice in the first inning. His slider was deceptive and he used his CB to keep hitters off balance. Problem was he “Aumontian” with his control. He threw 74 pitches, just 37 for strikes (50%). The Jays stacked their line up with right-handed bats, and took pitches. Jones pitched from behind a lot, only 5 of 13 first pitch strikes. He missed a lot with his FB. Usually up and away. I mean up and away in that the catcher had to come out of his crouch to catch the pitches.
Still, through his 3.0 innings, Jones gave up just one unearned run on an errant throw on a double steal, zero hits, 4 walks, and struck out eight. The only ball put into play was a lead off 3-1 in the third inning. His line – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 8 K.
Jones’ only clean inning was the 16-pitch first inning where he struck out he side. He struck out one batter looking with a 93 mph FB. He book-ended that with swinging strike outs at his CB and SL.
Jones threw 36 pitches in the second inning. He walked 3 and struck out three. He ran 5 full counts (8 on the night). He followed that with a 22-pitch third inning, recording another walk and 2 more strike outs.
Of his 37 strikes, Jones induced 15 swings and misses (40.5%), got 10 called strikes, 11 foul balls, and just the one ball in play on the ground out to first.
Luis Carrasco was next and breezed through his first two innings. After a lead off single in the sixth, he lost the strike zone and walked two batters to load the bases with nobody out. He went deep in the count to the next batter before getting a strike out. A ground ball to third almost got him out of the inning, but the Threshers couldn’t turn the 5-4-3 DP quick enough to get the speedy batter. A double to left center put the Jays ahead for good and ended Carrasco’s night.
Carrasco threw some heat. His FB sat 92-95 and touched 96 mph. He was missing closer than Jones, but a miss is a miss. His line – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
Connor Brogdon pitched 2.1 innings. He gave up 2 hits and a walk while striking out four. His FB was solidly in the mid 90s, a lot of 95s and 96s.
Zach Warren gave up 3 runs in the ninth on 2 hits and 3 walks. He struck out three. He opened the inning with a walk that scored on a triple. A single brought in the second run with one out. Warren’s live arm cost him an additional run. He wild pitched the runner to second, and a strike out wild pitch put runners on the corners with still just one out. Two walks forced in the third run.
The Threshers collected just 5 hits and drew just one walk. Matt Vierling provided the only offense in the first four innings with a two-out single in the first and a one-out, solo HR in the fourth.
Their bats came alive briefly in the fifth Ben Aklinski doubled and Nick Maton walked before Simon Muzziotti’s two-out, 2-run double. They held the lead briefly. Then went quietly. Their only base runner the rest of the way was Colby Fitch who singled with two out in the sixth. The final ten Threshers were retired in order – 4 strike outs, 3 pop ups, 2 ground outs and a fly out.
Matt Vierling had 2 of the Threshers 5 hits and also stole a base. Muzziotti, Fitch, and Aklinski had the other hits. Cabral went 0-4 with 4 K. Jose Gomez went 0-3 with 3 K.
Edgar Cabral threw out 1 of 3 base stealers.
- #5 Spencer Howard (0-1, 6.23) –
- #12 Simon Muzziotti – went 1-4 with a double, 2 RBI
- #17 Kyle Young
- #18 Nick Maton – went 0-2 with a run scored, BB
- #19 Rodolfo Duran
- #20 Daniel Brito – went 0-4 with 3 K
Lehigh Valley (0-1) postponed
- #6 Enyel De Los Santos
- #7 JoJo Romero
- #10 Ranger Suarez
- #16 Cole Irvin (0-0, 3.60)
- #28 Edgar Garcia (0-1, 9.00)
Reading (2-0) rallied to beat Portland, 6-5, in 10 innings. Home runs by former first round picks, Mickey Moniak and Cornelius Randolph, on the road in 39 degree weather at the start of the game.
Adonis Medina held the Sea Dogs to 3 runs on 6 hits in 5.0 innings. He walked none and struck out four. His defense committed 2 errors behind him in the fourth that allowed 2 unearned runs to score. Medina threw 60 strikes among his 85 pitches (70.6%).
Aaron Brown pitched 2.0 innings and gave up one run on 3 hits. He also walked none and struck out three. Brown also threw a high percentage of strikes, 23 of 33 pitches (69.7%).
Kyle Dohy pitched the final 3.0 innings. he allowed one hit and one unearned run (the extra inning guy who starts on second base). He completed an accurate night by Phils’ pitchers by also walking none and struck out five.
The Phils scored first on Mickey Moniak’s solo HR in the first inning. After a two-out double by Darick Hall in the first inning, the Phils went meekly through the seventh inning, collecting just three base runners when Adam Haseley reached on a fielding error in the third, Arguimedes Gamboa walked to lead off the fifth, and Luke Williams walked in the seventh.
The Phils finally pulled to within a run in the eighth on some timely hitting. Josh Stephen led off with a double. He scored on Moniak’s RBI double. Austin Listi walked. Moniak advanced to third on a fly out. Cornelius Randolph walked to load the bases, and a run scored when Williams was hit by a pitched ball.
The Phils tied the game in the ninth when Austin Bossart led off with a walk. Pinch runner, Ali Castillo, advanced to third on Stephen’s single to right field. Moniak walked to load the bases with one out. And Listi lifted a sac fly to left.
Darick Hall began the tenth inning on second base. Randolph drove a HR to right center field to give the Phils a 2-run cushion. Williams followed with a single, took second on a wild pitch, and advanced to third on a fly out. But the Phils couldn’t convert the opportunity.
The Sea Dogs opened their tenth with a single to put runners on the corners. Kyle Dohy struck out the next 2 batters, but a wild pitch palted one run and moved the tying run to second. A ground out to second ended the inning and the game.
Moniak and Stephen each had 2 hits. Six different Phils drew a walk. The Phils committed three errors. Bossart notched a caught stealing.
- #2 Adonis Medina (0-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K,
- #3 Adam Haseley went 0-5
- #9 Mickey Moniak went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, double, HR, 2 RBI, BB
- #13 Arquimedes Gamboa went 0-4 with a BB
- #15 Mauricio Llovera
- #21 David Parkinson
- #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 0.00) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
- #25 Cornelius Randolph – went 0-4
- #29 Connor Seabold
Lakewood (0-2) lost to Hickory, 7-1, on three hits.
Jack Perkins (2.25) pitched 4.0 innings, gave up 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks, and struck out seven. Oscar Marcelino (0-1, 54.00) gave up 2 runs in 0.1 innings on 1 hit and 2 walks. Robinson Martinez (0.00) stranded an inherited runner in 0.2 innings. Tyler McKay (9.82) pitched 3.2 innings and gave up 4 runs on 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 hit batsmen. Ethan Evanko got the last out on 3 pitches.
Jonathan Guzman singled, Malvin Matos singled, Rafael Marchan doubled and scored Lakewood’s only run on an error and gave the BlueClaws their only lead in the third inning. Cole Stobbe drew the Claws only walk.
The Crawdads successfully stole 5 bases.
- #1 Alec Bohm – went 0-2
- #4 Luis Garcia – went 0-2 with a sac
- #8 Francisco Morales
- #14 Rafael Marchan – went 1-3 with a run scored
- #23 Dominic Pipkin
- #24 Kevin Gowdy
- #26 Jhordany Mezquita
- #11 Jhailyn Ortiz
- #27 Starlyn Castillo
- #30 Manuel Silva
Williamsport finished the 2018 season 32-44 (.421) tied for last place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
- Last season’s #2 prospect, Alec Bohm saw limited action due to a knee injury he suffered when he was struck by a pitched ball on July 9th. The 22-year old lost valuable development time and wasn’t activated again until August 20th. He was hitting .192 when he went down. He finished the season 14-55 (.255).
- Last season’s #13 prospect, Francisco Morales (4-5, 5.27), was young for the league, yet he managed a 10.9 K/9. However, he also posted a 5.3 BB9.
- Last season’s #25 prospect, Kevin Gowdy, spent the 2018 season on the DL, rehabbing from TJ surgery.
- Last season’s #26 prospect, Jhordany Mezquita (1-0, 3.60), made 9 starts striking out 41 in 35.0 innings.
- Last season’s #28 prospect, Colton Eastman (0-2, 3.00), made 8 starts on an innings count. He struck out 23 in 18 innings.
The GCL Phillies East finished the 2018 season 30-24 (.556) in first place in the GCL North Division. They lost a one-game semifinal on the road against the Palm Beach Cardinals.
- Last season’s #24 prospect, 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.
- Second baseman Nicolas Torres was selected to the Post Season GCL All Star Team. He slashed .302/340/.396/.736 and committed just 3 errors in 270.1 innings (.977).
- Catcher Juan Aparicio was selected to the Post Season GCL All Star Team. He slashed .339/.378/.518/.896, committed 2 errors in 118.1 innings (.983), and threw out 5 of 20 base stealers (25%).
The GCL Phillies West finished the 2018 season 30-24 (.556) in second place in the GCL Northwest Division.
- Last season’s #14 prospect, Luis Garcia, finished the season with a league best .369 AVG and third best .433 OBP.
- Shortstop Luis Garcia was selected to the Post Season GCL All Star Team. He slashed .369/.433/.488/.921. He committed 5 errors in 353.2 innings (.969).
The DSL Phillies Red finished the 2018 season 31-40 (.437) in fifth place in the DSL South Division.
The DSL Phillies White finished the 2018 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 March 31st.
4/4/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed 3B Gift Ngoepe on the 7-day IL. Left shin contusion
4/4/2019 – Reading placed RHP Connor Seabold on the 7-day IL
4/4/2019 – LHP Garrett Cleavinger assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/4/2019 – 1B Kyle Martin assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/4/2019 – Clearwater placed RF Danny Mayer on the restricted list
4/4/2019 – Philadelphia sent CF Roman Quinn on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
4/4/2019 – LHP Nick Fanti assigned to Clearwater
4/4/2019 – RHP Tyler Hallead assigned to Clearwater from GCL Phillies East
4/4/2019 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – GCL Phillies West released RHP Antonio Canizales
In case you haven’t heard, the Phillies reinstated my media credentials for Threshers games. A lot of support from you and my friends swayed their decision, I believe. At the very least, I think they decided that Phuture Phillies is not just a blog run by a guy in his garage for his own benefit. I’m sure your e-mails were instrumental. I received a call from a very senior person at the Phillies. I’m greatly touched that she would take the time to call me personally. I’m embarrassed by the social media whirlwind I seem to have been a part of, but appreciate all your support. I understand my wife was a first time commenter yesterday. I’ll have to find it and check it for language. See if it meets PP standards. Haha.
Back to baseball. Infielder Bradley Haslam is in XST. The young man is here on leave from the Air Force. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent on May 4, 2018. After graduation from the Air Force Academy in 2017, he was required to serve a two-year commitment. His commitment is up in a couple months. I expect to see him back at the Complex this summer. I spoke to him briefly and thanked him for his service.