Threshers Recap – 4/15/2019

Clearwater (3-9) beat Florida, 6-0.

Clearwater found a winning formula Monday night.  Julian Garcia and a couple relievers shut out the Fire Frogs and Nick Maton fired the offense to propel the Threshers to victory.

Garcia (1-1, 2.79) tossed six innings of 2-hit ball.  He walked 3 and struck out seven in 90 pitches, 55 strikes.  Luis Carrasco (5.19) went two, hitless innings, walking 3 and striking out two.  Connor Brogdon (1.23) struck out the side in a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Threshers scored early.  They pushed a run across in the first on Jhailyn Ortiz’ RBI single.  The stretched their lead in the second on Nick Maton’s 3-run HR (2).  They added 2 insurance runs in the ninth on Maton’s 2-run triple.

Maton, Matt Vierling, Jake Scheiner, and Daniel Brito had 2-hit games

(Sorry for the brevity in this and the other recaps.  I had an accident and my left index finger is bandaged and useless, except for hitting extra keys.  My normal hunt-and-peck has become hunt-peck, hunt-peck, hunt-peck, backspace, hunt-peck, hunt-peck, hunt-peck, mouse back to block and delete a single character, hunt-peck, repeat… I’m up to about 80% efficiency.  And now my grandkids are here for a two-week visit.)

  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.61)
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz went 1-4 with an RBI
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.275) went 1-4 with a run scored, RBI, BB
  • #17 Kyle Young (0-2, 2.70)
  • #18 Nick Maton (.225) went 2-5 with a run scored, 5 RBI, triple, HR (2)
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.107) went 0-4 with 4 K
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.138) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, BB 

Lehigh Valley (8-3) lost to Scranton, 6-5 in ten innings.

JoJo Romero (10.13) lasted four innings and gave up 5 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.  The big blow was a grand slam HR in the second inning.  Austin Davis pitched two scoreless innings allowing one hit and a walk, and striking out three.  Edgar Garcia (3.38) struck out one in a clean inning.  Yacksel Rios (2.25) gave up a hit and struck out one in two innings.  James Pazos (0-1, 3.00) gave up the walk off, winning run after two, one-out intentional walks.

The IronPigs jumped out to a lead with 4 runs in the second inning on 2-run doubles by  Malquin Canelo and Phil Gosselin.  They tied the game on Mitch Walding’s RBI single in the ninth inning.

Gosselin and Jan Hernandez had 3-hits each.  Canelo had two.

  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 0.75)
  • #7 JoJo Romero (0-1, 10.13) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
  • #10 Ranger Suarez (1-0, 8.00)
  • #16 Cole Irvin (0-0, 1.64)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (0-1, 3.38) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Reading (5-4) lost to Portland, 9-2.

David Parkinson (1-1, 4.50) lasted five innings and gave up 5 runs (4 ER) on 5 hits and 4 walks.  He struck out two.  J.D. Hammer (1.80) pitched two innings and gave up 4 runs (1 ER) on 6 hits, striking out four.  Kyle Dohy (1.29) walked one and struck out three in two scoreless innings.

The Phils scored a run in the second on Darick Hall’s RBI single, and a run in the sixth on Josh Stephen’s RBI double.

Mickey Moniak, Darick Hall, and Josh Stephen (.313) had 2 hits each.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (0-0, 3.60)
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.156) went 1-4 with a run scored, BB
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.278) went 2-4 with a BB, SB
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.069) went 0-5
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera
  • #21 David Parkinson (1-1, 4.50) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 1.29) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.200) went 0-3 with a run scored, 2 BB
  • #29 Connor Seabold

Lakewood (3-9) lost to West Virginia, 5-4 in eleven innings.

Jack Perkins (2.53) threw four shutout innings , allowing one hit and 2 walks.  He struck out seven.  Gilmael Troya (2.25) struck out one in one inning.  Tyler McKay (6.30) pitched 2.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out four.  Tyler Carr (1-0, 1.35) stranded two runners in the ninth, but took the loss in OT.

Lakewood scored first on Ben Pelletier’s solo HR (1) in the fourth inning.  They scored a run in the sixth on a wild pitch.  In OT, they scored a run in the tenth on a throwing error on a steal attempt, and a run in the eleventh on Alec Bohm’s RBI double.

Alec Bohm had a 2-hit game.

Nineteen BlueClaws struck out, Yerwin Trejo went 0-4 with 4 K.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.310) went 2-5 with a run scored, double, RBI, SB (2)
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.195) went 0-3 with a BB, SB 
  • #8 Francisco Morales (4.91)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.273) went 1-5
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (6.00)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (0-1, 9.00)

Unassigned Prospects

  • #27 Starlyn Castillo
  • #30 Manuel Silva

Williamsport begins its 2019 season on June 14th.

GCL Phillies East begins its 2019 season  on June 24th.

GCL Phillies West begins its 2019 season on June 24th.

DSL Phillies Red begins its 2019 season on June 2nd.

DSL Phillies White begins its 2019 season on June 2nd.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of March 31st.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
4/15/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Drew Anderson from Lehigh Valley
4/15/2019 – Phillies placed RHP David Robertson on the 10-day IL. Elbow soreness
4/15/2019 – LHP Ethan Lindow assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood 
4/15/2019 – RHP Tyler McKay assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport 
4/14/2019 – LHP Kyle Young assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/14/2019 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/13/2019 – RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Williamsport from Lehigh Valley
4/13/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Edubray Ramos
4/12/2019 – LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/12/2019 – RHP Tyler McKay assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/12/2019 – RHP Dominic Pipkin assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/12/2019 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/12/2019 – OF Jhailyn Ortiz assigned to Clearwater
4/12/2019 – RHP Victor Santos assigned to Lakewood
4/12/2019 – LF Ben Pelletier assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/12/2019 – Clearwater placed CF Jesus Alastre on the 7-day injured list
4/12/2019 – RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
4/12/2019 – SS Raul Rivas assigned to Reading
4/12/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Victor Arano from Lehigh Valley
4/11/2019 – RHP Spencer Howard assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/11/2019 – Phillies optioned RHP Edubray Ramos to Lehigh Valley
4/11/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Yacksel Rios from the 7-day IL
4/11/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Tyler Viza on the 7-day IL. Right foot turf toe
4/10/2019 –  Phillies sent CF Roman Quinn on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
4/9/2019 – Reading placed 3B Jose Antequera on the 7-day IL
4/9/2019 – Reading placed RHP Trevor Bettencourt on the 7-day IL
4/9/2019 – RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Reading
4/9/2019 – RHP Tom Eshelman assigned to Reading
4/9/2019 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/9/2019 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Williamsport
4/8/2019 – RHP James McArthur assigned to Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Kevin Gowdy assigned to Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Victor Santos assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood

31 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 4/15/2019

  1. Bohm picking it up, how does he look at 3B? Moniak still hitting, and Vierling still looks good. JoJo struggling, I expect much more from him.

    1. I’m willing to give all pitchers in the Northeast a pass early in the season. The weather on some nights (definitely last night) is brutal.

    2. Last night Romero just threw way too many pitches that just weren’t close. That said it was very windy and even the Railriders play by play guys said that on a normal night that grand slam would likely have been 30 feet shy of the wall and that’s an exact quote as I’m watching the game now. Also wasn’t helped earlier before the grand slam when Canelo had what looked like a routine double play but sailed the ball badly. Either that or he was trying to hit someone at the concession stand as it looked like it was 10 ten feet over Tomscha’s head.

  2. Dohy being Dohy his stuff is filthy….he has a bit josh hader in him!

    Haseley had such a fine year last year I would really like to know why he is struggling to start this year. Maybe he just needs the weather to warm up.

    1. For all the players who don’t fare well in inclement weather, I have two words – extra layers. Might come in handy if they ever get to play meaningful baseball in October, especially in the northeast. I don’t deny the impact of cold windy nights like last night but you would think that if by only dumb luck we might have one player on the farm dominating? In any kind of weather?

      1. I agree the excuse of weather always troubles me. The weather is the same for both teams

        But I know for a fact that some guys just don’t like to play in cold weather. I know I didn’t.

        1. I’m sure it’s tough for the pitchers that spent their entire life in say the Dominican Republic or Venezuela’s tropic climate. But we’ll see how things go when the warmer weather hits in May.

      2. 8mark … the extra layers won’t help you grip the baseball. That’s the problem for the pitchers.

        1. That’s a valid point, Hinkie. It’s 1019. You would think the team or league would provide or allow for some type of hand warming device to be placed safely behind the mound.

    2. Haseley started slowly last year as well. He was hitting .225 in Clearwater through April 15 last year. I’m confident he’ll pick it up.

      Moniak’s start is incredibly encouraging considering how he began last season.

      Through April 15, 2018: .175/.214/.225
      Through April 15, 2019: .278/.350/.528

  3. Jim, how has Vierling looked defensively? I seem to remember scouting reports that liked Vierling’s bat but didn’t like his abilities in the field. Does he look the part out there?

  4. I hope the Phillies are aggressive with Dohy, I think he could play in the bigs very soon. I’d much rather see him be the next reliever called up than a guy whos been around and we know like Rios, Pazos, ect

      1. I don’t need Kyle to get through 5 outings without walking anyone if he has a 16.7 K/9

        But 5.1 BB/9 has to be cut in half. I’m not looking to rush this kid along either. I’d like to see him get a few months with the Pigs and then get a further evaluation on him.

  5. Moniak’s year, so far, is very encouraging. He’s showing a nice hit tool, much improved plate discipline and a good amount of power. It seems like he’s been around forever, but he’s 20 and won’t be 21 until next month. If he continues to develop this year, he’s right on schedule. And, when I’ve seen him hit, he looks much stronger now and has a smooth, even swing.

    1. Agreed, he looks much stronger and more confident. He homered last week, it was a shot. Meanwhile Haseley is struggling big time and Listi is taking the Chris Davis route.

      1. Good to hear Moniak’s hr was “a shot” vs a little dink over the wall. I’m looking for video footage of his hr and Bohm’s first. I haven’t seen any footage of Bohm’s hitting since he started his little hot streak.

  6. Jan Hernandez looks like a break-out player this year, steadily improving over the last three years. Vierling looks great. He seems to hit wherever he plays. Maton is picking it up and showing a lot of power. They are playing in the same weather as everyone else.

    1. Reading just got back from trips to Portland Maine and New Hampshire, I watched most of those games and many were around 35 degrees.

  7. Should Pivetta fail to get through 5 innings, how imminent is Eickhoff’s return to the rotation? Jerad was called up while Anderson heads back to Lehigh.

    1. 8mark….do not understand the Phillies did not give Enyel a call!
      Though SSS for both:
      Eickhof has a WHIP of 1.8…..for only 5 innings pitched so far.
      At least Enyel has pitched 12 innings of plus ball.

      1. Romus, could come down to major league experience. Let’s face it, Eickhoff knows how to pitch and has toughness along with it. They may project DLS as a long man/swing starter in the long term. Clearly the latter has better stuff, but we all know that doesn’t necessarily translate at the highest level.

  8. Someone to keep an eye on…RHP Jack Perkins….his k/9 is exceptional and was a plus last year at Stetson and very good later at Williamsport.
    Phillies scout Buddy Hernandez had him on his radar and got him inked after being the 11th round selection.
    At Stetson he was the ’ No. 2 starter, with 106 strikeouts in 103.2 innings. The 6-‘4″, 218-pounder matched a season-high with 13 Ks vs Okle State in a regional last year .
    Phillies may have found another later round gem.

    1. Romus, I might be showing my age but didn’t Jack Perkins host some wildlife series on TV? Or was it Biography on A&E? Old guy now, if he’s still around.

        1. Omg i looked up that show, it was in 1958, wow how old r you. Romus tell me about the kid from south carolina stokes

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