All four Affiliates won last night. Second time that has happened this season. Before I go into the recaps, though, let me mention one thing I forgot in yesterday’s “ramble”. It’s probably a big reason for some of the perceived hitting problems. I didn’t think it should be, so I’ve overlooked it. But, after further thought, let me offer it up for you to consider.
The Phillies have made a huge organizational investment in new ways to augment development. During the past few years, it seemed that they’ve spent most of their focus on the pitchers. This off season, they contracted with Driveline Baseball to work with their batters.
Driveline provides data-driven performance training. They offer customized hitting programs, and these may also be part of the working relationship. Driveline is a highly respected group within the baseball industry. Now, I don’t know how involved Driveline gets with individual instruction with our players. I don’t know if they just provide the data or also suggest hitting programs. We still have batting coaches. I don’t know if Driveline works thru the coaches or directly with the players. But, this is new to all the players within the organization.
I would think that any player who sought out Driveline, and had to pay for the program, would be very open to any and all data and suggestions to a personal program from Driveline. However, in a group environment with the bill footed by the organization, I would also expect that professional players who’ve reached a certain level of proficiency at their craft, might not be open to accepting this new type of advice.
I think this may be why hitting throughout the organization is lagging. Some guys are accepting this with open arms, and some can’t be bothered. That’s not to say that the guys hitting well today have accepted the new program or that those not hitting have resisted. But, it’s one more thing for us to consider when we wonder what’s going on.
Among the few transactions is the very disheartening news that Ben Brown has gone onto the 7-day injured list.
Clearwater (19-20) beat Lakeland, 7-6, in eleven innings.
Andrew Brown (7.16) had an uneven start. He lasted 4.2 innings, allowed 3 hits and 4 walks, gave up 4 runs (3 ER), struck out two, and threw 96 pitches (58 strikes, 60.4%). He was very inconsistent. After an 8-pitch first inning, Brown threw 26, 30, and 21 pitches during the next three innings. I was surprised when he was sent out for the fifth. He reached five, 3-ball counts. He also walked two guys after starting them off 0-2. His FB sat 91-92 mph and touched 93 four times in the first inning.
Luis Cedeno (2.70) struck out four in 2.1 efficient innings. Jonathan Hennigan (2.37) gave up a run in two innings. Zach Warren (1-0, 2.93) pitched the two OT innings and allowed one unearned run to cross the plate.
The Threshers pulled to within a run in a 3-run seventh on Jhailyn Ortiz’ 3-run HR (3), his second HR in as many nights. They tied the game with 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth on Daniel Brito’s 2-run double. They tied and won the game in the eleventh on RBI singles by Daniel Brito and Alec Bohm.
This was the first game in a while where the Threshers didn’t have double-digit hits. They made the most of the 6 they managed along with the 7 walks they drew.
Daniel Brito had the only two-hit game. He also had 3 RBI (as did Ortiz who also scored 3 runs).
QB Blake Bortles brother plays for Lakeland, as does Roger Clemens’ son.
- #1 Alec Bohm (.313) went 1-4 with an RBI, 2 BB
- #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL, shoulder soreness
- #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.170) went 1-4 with 3 runs scored, HR (3), 3 RBI, BB
- #12 Simon Muzziotti (.288) went 0-5 with a BB
- #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL, TJ surgery
- #18 Nick Maton (.316)
- #19 Rodolfo Duran (.188)
- #20 Daniel Brito (.242)went 2-5 with a run scored, double, 3 RBI
Lehigh Valley (20-17) beat Durham, 7-5, thus putting an end to their 8-game losing streak.
Nick Pivetta (3-1, 3.09) had a nice outing. He went seven innings and held the Bulls to one run on 3 hits and 4 walks. He struck out eleven. Luke Leftwich (11.57) gave up 2 runs in one inning. Josh Martin (5.85) gave up 2 runs in 0.1 inning. Yacksel Rios (6.06) stranded one of two inherited runners for the save (sac fly, ground out).
The IronPigs jumped out to an early lead with a 5-run second inning on 2-run doubles by Damek Tomscha and Gift Ngoepe, and an RBI single by Ali Castillo. The added much needed insurance runs in the seventh on an a sac bunt by Malquin Canelo and in the eighth on an RBI double by Deivi Grullon.
Shane Robinson (.320), Andrew Romine (.311), and Deivi Grullon (.346) had 2 hits each.
- #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 2.37)
- #7 JoJo Romero (2-2, 9.64)
- #10 Ranger Suarez (2-1, 5.64)
- #16 Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.25) promoted to Phillies on May 12th
- #22 Kyle Dohy (0-1, 11.88)
- #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) promoted to the Phillies on June 6th
Reading (19-16) beat Portland, 7-2.
Mauricio Llovera pitched five innings and gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. He struck out seven. Garrett Cleavinger (5.23) pitched two clean innings with 2 strike outs. Connor Brogdon (6.23) pitched one clean inning. And, Addison Russ (2.20) struck out the side in the ninth.
The Phils took the lead with a 4-run third inning on a fielding error, 2-run triple by Mickey Moniak, and RBI double by Adam Haseley. They salted the game away with 3 runs in the eighth on an RBI single by Austin Listi and a 2-run double by Arquimedes Gamboa.
Four Phils had 2-hit games – Moniak, Haseley, Listi, (.153) and Gamboa. After a horrendous start to the season, Austin Listi is batting .283 in his last 14 games (13-46).
Cody Asche plays for Portland.
And, there was this interesting tweet regarding Kingery’s speed/recovery.
- #2 Adonis Medina (0-2, 5.46)
- #3 Adam Haseley (.232) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, RBI, SB (4)
- #9 Mickey Moniak (.227) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, triple, 2 RBI
- #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.123) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, 2 RBI
- #15 Mauricio Llovera (2-0, 4.06) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
- #21 David Parkinson (3-2, 3.69)
- #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #25 Cornelius Randolph (.233) went 0-4
- #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL
Lakewood (14-24) walked off against Hagerstown, 4-3.
Dominic Pipkin pitched five 3-hit innings. He was charged with 2 unearned runs, walked one, and struck out one. Jhordany Mezquita gave up one run in four innings on 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out five. This is the first time this seasonI’ve seen a piggyback work they way I would have expected. One starting pitcher pitches 4 or 5 innings, and the second starting pitcher pitches the remaining 5 or 4 innings. (I would also accept 4-4-1, with the one being the closer.)
It was kind of a weird game in that 6 of the seven runs were scored in the first and ninth innings. Hagerstown took a 2-0 lead (on 2 unearned runs) in the top of the first inning. Lakewood got one run back in the bottom half on Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI single. The game puttered along until the BlueClaws tied the game on a double play.
The Suns took a one-run lead in the top of the ninth. The BlueClaws tied the game on Hunter Stovall’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. They walked off on a wild pitch.
Ben Pelletier (.202) went 3-4 with a double and run scored.
- #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
- #4 Luis Garcia (.189) went 0-3 with a BB
- #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 6.26)
- #14 Rafael Marchan (.315)
- #23 Dominic Pipkin (1-1, 4.13) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 3.60)
- #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-3, 4.88) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
- #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 14th (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