Threshers Recap – 8/26/2019

Reading won and maintained their 3.5 game lead over Trenton who also won.  Their magic number is one.  Both teams have seven games remaining.  They finish the season with 4 games in Trenton.  Hartford won but was eliminated.

The GCL Phillies West swept a double header while second place Tigers West also won.  The Phillies have a 5.0 game lead with five games remaining.  Their magic number is one.

The Clearwater Threshers playoff aspirations hang wholly on the Dunedin Blue Jays ability to win the second half.  Dunedin (35-30, .538) won while the Threshers beat Lakeland (36-31, .537).  Dunedin moved back into first place by .001.   Lakeland (65-67) leads Clearwater (65-68) by 0.5 games for the best overall record.  They play each other the next three nights in Clearwater.  Playoff aspirations by teams with losing records.  Yay!

Clearwater (29-38, 65-68)  beat Lakeland, 5-1.

Clearwater kept their playoff hopes alive.  Rehabbing Edubray Ramos opened and pitched a scoreless inning.  Andrew Brown (5-7, 6.17) had a quality performance with six, one-run innings.  He gave up 4 hits, walked none, and struck out five.  Zach Warren (3.36) struck out two in two scoreless innings, allowing no hits and walking one.

The Threshers scored 4 runs in the third inning on Jhailyn Ortiz’ 2-run double, Matt Vierling’s RBI single, and Rafael Marchan’s sac fly.  They added an insurance run in the fifth on Madison Stokes’ RBI double.

Lehigh Valley (62-70)  dropped two games to Syracuse, 8-2 and 3-1. 

Game One:  JoJo Romero (3-4, 7.35) pitched an inning before a lengthy rain delay.  He gave up a run on one hit, a HBP, and a walk.  Seth McGarry (6.42) pitched four innings and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks.  JD Hammer (12.83) pitched a scoreless, 2-hit inning.  Kyle Dohy (6.49) gave up 4 runs in two-thirds of an inning.  He walked four.  Josh Tols (5.34) stranded 2 inherited runners and pitched 2.1 scoreless innings.

The IronPigs scored a run in the fourth on Shane Robinson’s RBI single and a run in the eighth on Ali Castillo’s solo HR (6).  Jose Pirela (.297) had 3 hits.

Game Two:  Dan Straily (4-4, 3.97) pitched five innings.  He gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks.  Connor Brogdon (3.49) tossed a scoreless inning.

The IronPigs took a brief lead on Phil Gosselin’s sac fly in the second inning.

Just an FYI, when the Phillies acquired him, I heard that catcher Nick Hundley signed a two-year minor league contract.  That would be an interesting turn of events for next year’s Lehigh Valley roster.  Or, the 40-man roster?  Or possibly, JT’s back up?  As Arsenio would say, “Things that make you go ‘Hmm?'”.

Reading (38-27, 77-55)  beat Bowie, 4-2. 

Connor Seabold (2-1, 2.18) threw seven quality innings.  He allowed a run on 3 hits, walked one, and struck out six.  Aaron Brown (3.96) pitched a scoreless inning.  Addison Russ (2.65) gave up a solo HR while picking up his 20th save.

The Phils tied the game with a run in the first inning on Cornelius Randolph’s RBI single.  They took the lead in the fourth on Randolph’s 2-run HR (9).  They added an insurance run in the seventh on Jose Gomez’ RBI single.

Randolph and Alec Bohm each had 2 of the Phils’ seven hits.  Luke Williams stole his 26th base.

Lakewood (27-34, 56-75)  beat Delmarva, 5-4.

Jhordany Mezquita (4-7, 4.09) pitched five shutout innings.  He allowed 2 hits and struck out four.  Rafi Gonell (4.44) went 2.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits.  He walked none and struck out two.  Mark Potter stranded and inherited runner and pitched 1.1 one-run innings, striking out two, and earning his 9th save.

The BlueClaws scored 2 runs in the second inning on Carlos De La Cruz’ 2-run HR (7).  They added 3 in the third on a throwing error when Malvin Matos stole third and De La Cruz’ 2-run single.

Matos (.249), Cole Stobbe (.205), and De La Cruz (.226) had 2 hits each.

Williamsport (28-40)  lost to Batavia, 10-0.

Chris Micheles (9-3, 6.92) gave up 5 runs in 1/3 of an inning.  Anton Kuznetsov (2.10) stranded 3 inherited runners and pitched 2.2 no-hit innings.  Adam Leverett (5.04) gave up 4 runs in 1.2 innings.  Jake Kinney (2.86) stranded 2 inherited runners and pitched 3.1, one-run innings, striking out three.

Rudy Rott (.235) went 2-4.

GCL Phillies East (21-25)  no game scheduled.

GCL Phillies West (31-14)  swept a DH on the road v. Yankees West, 8-0 and 7-2.

Game One:  Eduar Segovia (2.43) pitched 3.2 scoreless innings allowing one hit.  He walked one and struck out eight.  Fernando Lozano (5-0, 2.03) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of two hit ball.  He walked none and struck out four.  Nicoly Pina (3.57) pitched a scoreless inning allowing no hits, 3 walks, and striking out one.

The Phillies scored a run in the second inning on Jose Rivera’s sac fly.  They scored 2 in the third on Andrick Nava’s RBI single and a ground out.  They added a run in the fourth on Luis Rojas’ sac fly.  And, they tacked on 4 insurance runs in the fifth on Nava’s RBI single and Freddy Francisco’s 3-run HR (1).

Edgar Made (.329) went 4-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, and a stolen base (15).  Keaton Greenwalt (.258) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, and a triple.  Andrick Nava (.316) went 2-4 with a run scored and 2 RBI.  Freddy Francisco (.259) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, a HR (1), and 3 RBI.

Game Two:  Jaylen Smith (3.38) pitched 2.1 innings.  He gave up one run on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out two.  Juan Miranda (3-1, 3.67) stranded an inherited runner and pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless ball.  He allowed no hits, walked two and struck out four.  Riley Wilson (3.20) pitched 0.2 innings and gave up a run on a hit, HBP, and a walk, striking out one.  Connor Hinchliffe (1.82) stranded two inherited runners and pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless ball.  He walked one, struck out one, and picked up his first save.

The Phillies took the lead with 3 runs in the fourth inning on Christian Valerio’s 3-run HR (1).  They added 3 runs in the fifth on Andrick Nava’s RBI single, Keaton Greenwalt’s RBI double, and Bruce Wang’s sac fly.  They tacked on an insurance run in the sixth on Edgar Made’s RBI single.

Edgar Made (.335) went 2-3 with a run scored, double, and RBI.  Keaton Greenwalt (.265) went 2-3 with a run scored, double, and RBI.  Tucker Maxwell (.246) went 2-3 with a run scored and double.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.269): went 2-4 with a run scored, double
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-7, 4.97): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.286): DNP
  4. Spencer Howard, RHP (1-0, 2.52): DNP
  5. Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.189): went 1-3 with a run scored
  6. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-7, 3.74): DNP
  7. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-6, 3.97): DNP
  8. Mickey Moniak, OF (.256): DNP
  9. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 3.38): DNP
  10. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-4, 7.35):  1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  11. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.286): went 1-4 with a run scored, BB
  12. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.198): went 1-4 with a run scored, double, 2 RBI
  13. Rafael Marchan, C (.217): went 1-2 with an RBI, BB
  14. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.256): went 1-4
  15. Mauricio Llovera, RHP (3-4, 4.55): placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
  16. Cole Irvin, LHP (6-10,3.94): DNP
  17. Rodolfo Duran, C (.240): placed on the 7-day IL on 7/26, knee
  18. David Parkinson, LHP (10-8, 3.59): DNP
  19. Deivy Grullon, C (.279): went 0-4
  20. Damon Jones, LHP (0-1, 8.69): DNP
  21. Kyle Young, LHP (1-3, 4.29): placed on the 7-day IL on 5/1
  22. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS (.189): went 0-3 with a run scored
  23. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.240): went 0-3 with a BB
  24. Kyle Dohy, LHP (6-5, 6.49): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB
  25. Dominic Pipkin, RHP (3-4, 5.15): DNP
  26. Kevin Gowdy, RHP (0-6, 4.93): DNP
  27. Jamari Baylor, SS (3-11, .273): DNP
  28. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.245): went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (9), 3 RBI
  29. Victor Santos, RHP (5-9, 3.81): DNP
  30. Connor Seabold, RHP (2-1, 2.18): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

DSL Phillies Red (38-25, .603)  Season completed.  Finished third, 4.5 games back.  Ended the season with a 2-8 run that squashed their playoff hopes.  An 18-14 home record didn’t help.  They were 20-11 on the road, and the eight best overall record in the DSL among 45 teams.

DSL Phillies White (41-30, .577)  Season Completed.  Finished second, 3.5 games back.  Went 2-3  down the stretch.  Their 18-18 home record didn’t help.  They were 23-12 on the road, and had the tenth best overall record in the DSL among 45 teams.

The secret DSL playoff procedures have been unmasked.  Only the six division winners qualified.  The two teams with the best records draw byes.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 26th … there are 400 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/26/19 – Phillies activated RF Bryce Harper from the paternity list
8/26/19 – Phillies sent RHP Edubray Ramos on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
8/26/19 – Phillies optioned 3B Maikel Franco to Lehigh Valley
8/26/19 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Jose Taveras on the TIL
8/26/19 – RHP Seth McGarry assigned to Lehigh Valley from Clearwater
8/26/19 – RHP Rafi Gonell assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/26/19 – Lakewood placed RHP Dominic Pipkin on the 7-day IL retro to 8/22, shoulder inflammation
8/26/19 – Lehigh Valley activated Nick Williams from the TIL
8/26/19 – Clearwater activated Omar Maldonado
8/25/19 – RHP Omar Maldonado assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
8/25/19 – Lakewood activated RHP Gilmael Troya from the 7-day IL

18 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/26/2019

  1. Edgar Made raking at GCL. Not a bad showing for a DH: just 6-7. Anyone have a scouting report on him?

  2. I’ve been keeping an eye on Made for a while. He is doing well in the GCL but he is 19 yo and he started the year in Wmsprt and they moved him back to the GCL. He hit .174/.174/.304 in A- but it was in 6 games so nothing to glean from that. If the Phils believe in him, they’ll need to double jump him to LKW to start next year. He plays mostly 2B and 3B and hasn’t distinguished himself as particularly good at either. He’s definitely a guy to keep an eye on but if you have a lazy eye, that’s the one I’d use to keep on him.

    1. New rules for the AFL this season, probably test run….”MLB players” can now go, i .e. Haseley may qualify.
      Not sure Phillies will do that……but I’d send JoJo as a another pitcher.

      1. Anybody know what happened to Damon Jones?. He seemed to just be getting used to MLB ball and then …..

        1. Looks like BBs have been his issue
          Really only one terrible start in AAA which inflated his ERA and has been dropping ever since that start

        2. He missed the one start so far (last pitched 18 August) based on a five- man rotation….they may be resting him since he is close to his max innings for a season.
          He will be due another start ..maybe vs Syracuse…..let’s see if that comes about.

      2. Interesting rule change. I don’t see them sending Haseley or Quinn. JoJo is a good thought. I could see them sending other pitchers back from injury. Is Llovera due back? Let’s focus on Reading’s playoff run first. I would like to see this team do well in the playoffs and then see their stars bring that fire to Philly in 2020/2021.

        1. Quinn did go five years ago
          With the MLB ball they will be using…Phillies could send guys like Medina/LLovera/ and even JoJo, to get a little more feel.
          Typically starters usually only pitch 6/7 games and maybe a total of 25 innings.
          But they can do plenty of bullpen sessions working with Aaron Fultz and getting a feel for the ball.
          However, my gut feeling….MLB will ditch this new manufacturing of the current ball, and go back to the old way…too many star pitchers have complained this year.

  3. That stinks for Pipkin. Assuming that IL trip will end his season. Hopefully it isn’t too serious and he’s good to go for next year.

  4. Another pitcher going down. Pipkin shoulder, Howard shoulder, Llovera and Falter forearm. Anyone concerned about New Pitching direction .

    Bettencourt and Falter went to PR past season
    for innings now Bettencourt TJ
    Leftwich plus 14 additional?

    After seeing Rule 5 Discussion and clarity plus salaries anyone besides me believe what we are paying for 40 man NON-PERFORMING Players?

    1. Pitchers going down with injuries isn’t unique to the Phillies system. The reason teams try to build as much pitching depth in their systems as possible is specifically because the attrition rate is so high..

  5. Hey guys do you remember Rhys Hoskins struggling in in the minors like this? I remember quite an steady consistent player.

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