Clearwater (17-19) beat Lakeland, 7-4. And, it wasn’t even that close. The Threshers moved into a tie for third place, 3.0 games behind rained out Dunedin.
Damon Jones (1-2, 0.76) who has allowed 3 ER (6 total runs) in 35.1 innings this season, finally got his first Clearwater victory. He held the Tigers to 4 singles (one an infield hit), an unearned run, one walk, and struck out a career-tying 9 batters. He threw 86 pitches, 56 strikes (65.1%). His fastball was virtually unhittable as the Tigers were late on most swings. His curve ball froze batters when they weren’t flailing weakly at it.
Jones left the game with a 7-1 lead. Austin Ross (4.50) followed with two, one-hit innings. He walked one and struck out three. Jonathan Hennigan (2.12) came on to pitch the ninth. He managed to get two outs and gave up 3 runs. Grant Dyer (0.98) got the final out with two pitches, a long drive into the RCF gap that Muzziotti ran down and caught as he crashed into the wall.
The Threshers mounted another double-digit hit attack. They score 7 runs on 15 hits. After the Tigers scored a first inning run, the Threshers bounced right back with a run in the first on Nick Maton’s RBI double. They took the lead with 2 runs in the second on an RBI double by Daniel Brito and an RBI single by Simon Muzziotti. They stretched their advantage in the fourth on a magestic, 2-run blast into the bullpen by Alec Bohm (2). They tacked on 2 more runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Colby Fitch and Edgar Cabral.
Six Threshers had multi-hit games – Maton had 3 hits and Muzziotti, Bohm, Madison Stokes (.287), Edgar Cabral (.246), and Brito had 2 hits each. The team went 7-16 with RISP.
Muzziotti was caught stealing for the 7th time in 14 attempts. Sad to say, it wasn’t even close.
Jones picked off a runner at first base. Cabral threw out a would be base stealer.
Jones battled through a 17-pitch first inning. After a lead off single, he appeared to have the runner picked off, but the throw seemed to catch Stokes flat-footed and traveled into foul territory as the runner moved up a base. Jones struck out the batter for the first out then walked the next batter on 4 pitches. The runner stole third on ball four. He looked to be out, Coach Malloy argued, but the call stood. The run came home on a force out at second. no real chance to get the double play. Then, Jones got his pick off to end the inning.
Jones didn’t look as sharp as he had in his last start, but he bounced back with a 1-2-3 second inning, striking out two.
Jones gave up a two-out single in the third and recorded 2 more strike outs.
Jones survived a lead off, infield single in the fourth. He sandwiched 2 pop ups around Cabral’s caught stealing.
Jones was strong again in the fifth, ground out and 2 more strike outs.
The sixth was a little scary. Jones had had thrown just 1 first pitch strike in the fifth and continued to pitch behind to all batters in the sixth. Still, he went strike out, single, full-count strike out, ground out to end his night on 86 pitches.
Jones got a lot of swing-and-miss strikes, 20 of his 56 strikes (35.7%). He got one in the first on a 95 mph heater for his first strike out. He got six in the second – 3 on FB and 3 on CB with Ks on 2 of his CB. He got 4 in the third – all on FB with one for a K. He only got 2 in the fourth – both on FB. The Tigers figured out how to avoid swinging and missing in the fifth. They took 6 pitches for called strikes – 5 of them on CB and 2 backward Ks. Jones finished with 7 S&M in the sixth – 4 FB (K), 2 CB (K), and an 88 mph off speed pitch. His other strike out came on looking at a FB in the third.
Jones threw 53 FB. He sat 94-95 mph for most of the game, and touched 96 mph several times in the early innings. Even at 93 mph, the Tigers couldn’t catch up to his FB. He made them look silly with his CB. Either they froze and took strikes, or they flailed miserably at pitches they were fooled on.
- #1 Alec Bohm (.314) went 2-5 with a run scored, HR (2), 2 RBI
- #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL, shoulder soreness
- #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.169) went 0-4 with a BB and 4 K
- #12 Simon Muzziotti (.301) went 2-5 with a run scored, double, RBI
- #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL
- #18 Nick Maton (.308) went 3-5 with a run scored, double, RBI
- #19 Rodolfo Duran (.164)
- #20 Daniel Brito (.215)went 2-2 with 2 runs scored, double, sac, RBI
Lehigh Valley (19-15) postponed.
- #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 2.37)
- #7 JoJo Romero (2-1, 9.00)
- #10 Ranger Suarez (2-1, 5.64)
- #16 Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.25)
- #22 Kyle Dohy (0-1, 15.63)
- #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) promoted to the Phillies on June 6th
Reading (17-14) postponed.
- #2 Adonis Medina (0-1, 5.40)
- #3 Adam Haseley (.228)
- #9 Mickey Moniak (.223)
- #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.100)
- #15 Mauricio Llovera (1-0, 4.15)
- #21 David Parkinson (2-2, 4.21)
- #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #25 Cornelius Randolph (.236)
- #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL
Lakewood (11-24) postponed.
- #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
- #4 Luis Garcia (.184)
- #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 6.26)
- #14 Rafael Marchan (.315)
- #23 Dominic Pipkin (1-1, 5.01)
- #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 3.60)
- #26 Jhordany Mezquita (1-3, 5.32)
- #30 Manuel Silva (2.61)
- #27 Starlyn Castillo
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 May 13th (and are pointing to current files).
5/13/2019 – Phillies sent 2B Scott Kingery on a rehab assignment to Lakewood
5/13/2019 – Phillies recalled Austin Davis from Lehigh Valley
5/12/2019 – Phillies selected the contract of LHP Cole Irvin from Lehigh Valley
5/11/2019 – San Francisco claimed CF Aaron Altherr off waivers from Phillies
5/11/2019 – Phillies recalled LHP Austin Davis from Lehigh Valley
5/11/2019 – Luis Cedeno assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
5/11/2019 – Luis Ramirez assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
5/11/2019 – Tom Windle assigned to Lehigh Valley from Williamsport