Playoff Recap – 9/5/2019

The Reading Phils wasted another excellent pitching performance by a starting pitcher.  A night after Spencer Howard held the Trenton Thunder to one run and two infield hits in seven innings (and striking out twelve), David Parkinson shut out the Thunder on three hits in seven innings.  But, whereas the Phils’ bull pen couldn’t preserve a 3-1 lead Wednesday, it was the offense that was deficient Thursday, getting shutout through ten innings.

The Philsy fell behind two games to none in their divisional playoff series.  They now go to Trenton for the remainder of the 5-game series.  To make things even more difficult, the Yankees are sending two rehabbing pitchers to the mound Friday night, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances.

Both pitchers were scheduled to pitch for AAA Scranton in Durham, but hurricane Dorian changed the Yankees’ plans.  Severino is making his second rehab appearance and is expected to throw about 55 pitches.  Betances is expected to throw one inning.

The Phils faced rehabbing Jordan Montgomery in game one and scored twice against him.

Reading (42-31, 80-59)  lost to Trenton, 3-0 in ten innings.  

David Parkinson tossed seven quality innings in game two.  He held the Thunder scoreless and allowed just 3 hits and one walk.  He struck out five.  With two on and two out in the first inning, Parkinson retired fifteen batters in a row.  He didn’t allow a base runner until a single with two out in the sixth inning.

Jake Hernandez pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out two.  Addison Russ survived a two-out double in the ninth.  But, unraveled in the tenth.  Extra inings in the playoffs are real baseball, no OT runner placed on second base.  Russ gave up a lead off HR to start the frame.  A walk, double, and single ended Russ’ night and put the Phils in a 2-0 hole.

Jonathan Hennigan came in with runners on the corners and nobody out.  A fielder’s choice/throwing error made the score 3-0.  But, a double play and fly out ended the inning.

The Phils produced 5 hits and 2 walks on offense.  Mickey Moniak had the team’s only XBH, a double.  The team went 1-9 with RISP and that hit saw a runner cut down at the plate.

The Phils had the only scoring threat in regulation.  Luke Williams walked with one out.  Moniak reached on a fielding error pushing Williams to second.  Alec Bohm singled on a soft line drive to center and Williams was thrown out trying to score.  They still had Moniak in scoring position, but Darick Hall struck out to end the threat.

Here’s the Reading box score from MiLB.

And this is how Reading’s MLB Top Thirty did –

  • #1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B: went 1-3 with a BB
  • #4. Spencer Howard, RHP: DNP
  • #8. Mickey Moniak, OF: 1-5 with a double
  • #14. Nick Maton, SS/2B: went 0-3 with a HBP
  • #15. Mauricio Llovera, RHP: placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
  • #18. David Parkinson, LHP: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • #22. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS: went 0-4
  • #28. Cornelius Randolph, OF: went 1-4
  • #30. Connor Seabold, RHP: DNP

Clearwater (32-38, 68-68)  Finished the second half in fourth place.  Finished the first half in second place.  Finished the season with the second best overall record in the division.

Lehigh Valley (66-74) Finished in fifth place, 9.5 games back.  They started out well and hit well all season.  But, they never really survived the constant flow of players back and forth with the big leagues, especially the pitchers.

Lakewood (29-39, 58-80) Finished in last place, 12.5 games back.  They finished in a virtual tie for last place in the first half, .002 ahead of the other team.  They had the worst overall record in their division.

Williamsport (32-43) Finished in fifth place, 8.5 games behind the first place team.

GCL Phillies East (21-27)  Finished in fifth place, 12.0 games behind the GCL Phillies West.

GCL Phillies West (31-15)  Finished first in their division.

DSL Phillies Red (38-25, .603)  Finished third, 4.5 games back.

DSL Phillies White (41-30, .577)  Finished second, 3.5 games back.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty finished the regular season –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B: 270PA, 38R, 64H, 26XBH(14HR), 42RBI, 10.4%BB, 14.1%K, .269/.344/.500/.844
  2. Medina: (7-7, 4.94) 105.2IP, 41BB, 82K, 1.363WHIP, 3.5BB9, 7.0K9, 2.00K/BB
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.274): 182PA, 27R, 43H, 15 XBH(5 HR), 24RBI, 12.1%BB, 21.4%K, .274/.370/.446/.816
  4. Spencer Howard: (1-0, 2.35), 30.2 IP, 9BB, 38K, .946WHIP, 2.6BB9, 11.2K9, 4.22K/BB
  5. Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.188): 524PA, 36R, 87H, 21XBH(4HR), 36RBI, 8.4%BB, 25.2%K .186/.261/.255/.516
  6. Morales: (1-8, 3.82), 96.2IP, 46BB, 129K, 1.324WHIP, 4.3BB9, 12.0K9, 2.80K/BB
  7. De Los Santos: (5-7, 4.40), 94.0IP, 35BB, 83K, 1.234WHIP, 3.4BB9, 7.9K9, 2.37K/BB
  8. Mickey Moniak: 504PA, 63R, 117H, 52XBH(11HR), 67RBI, 15/18SB, 6.5%BB, 22.0%K, .252/.303/.439/.741
  9. Erik Miller, LHP: (1-0, 1.50), 36.0IP, 15BB, 52K, 1.111WHIP, 3.8BB9, 13.0K9, 3.47K/BB
  10. JoJo Romero, LHP: (3-5, 6.88), 53.2IP, 35BB, 40K, 1.919WHIP, 5.9BB9, 6.7K9, 1.14K/BB
  11. Muzziotti: 465PA, 52R, 122H, 27XBH, 28RBI, 6.9%BB, 12.9%K, 21SB(63.6%), .287/.337/.372/.709
  12. Jhailyn Ortiz: 478PA, 57R, 86H, 37XBH(19HR), 65RBI, 7.5%BB, 31.2%K, .200/.272/.381/.653
  13. Rafael Marchan: 86PA, 6R, 18H, 4 XBH, 6BB, 8K, .231/.291/.282/.573
  14. Nick Maton: 384PA, 35R, 93H, 22XBH(5HR), 45RBI, 10.7%BB, 18.5%K, .276/.358/.380/.738
  15. Mauricio Llovera: (3-4, 4.55), 65.1IP, 28BB, 72K, 1.347WHIP, 3.9BB9, 9.9K9, 2.57K/BB
  16. Cole Irvin: (6-1, 3.94), 93.2IP, 14BB, 65K, 1.356WHIP, 1.3BB9, 6.2K9, 4.64K/BB
  17. Rodolfo Duran: 245PA, 25R, 56H, 17XBH(6HR), 23RBI, 4.1%BB, 21.6%K, .240/.273/.369/.643
  18. Parkinson, LHP: (10-9, 4.08), 119.0IP, 39BB, 118K, 1.227WHIP, 2.9BB9, 8.9K9, 3.03K/BB
  19. Deivy Grullon: 457PA, 55R, 115H, 45XBH(21HR), 77RBI, 9.6%BB, 29.1K%, .283/.354/.496/.851
  20. Damon Jones, LHP: (0-1, 6.62): 34.0IP, 26BB, 33K, 1.559WHIP, 6.9BB9, 8.7K9, 1.27K/BB
  21. Kyle Young: (1-3, 4.29), 21.0IP, 1BB, 25K, 1.048WHIP, 0.4BB9, 10.7K9, 25.00K/BB
  22. Arquimedes Gamboa: 421PA, 35R, 18XBH(5HR), 28RBI, 21/8SB, 14.0BB9, 26.6K9, .188/.305/.270/.574
  23. Daniel Brito: 379PA, 37R, 83H, 19XBH(4HR), 32RBI, 5.8%BB, 19.3%K, .243/.296/.325/.621
  24. Kyle Dohy, LHP: (6-5, 6.19), 56.2IP, 54BB, 83K, 1.959WHIP, 8.6BB9, 13.2K9, 1.54K/BB
  25. Dominic Pipkin: (3-4, 5.15), 71.2IP, 45BB, 44K, 1.619WHIP, 5.7BB9, 5.5K9, 0.98K/BB
  26. Kevin Gowdy: (0-6, 4.68), 77.0IP, 51BB, 53K, 1.740WHIP, 6.0BB9, 6.2K/9, 1.04K/BB
  27. Jamari Baylor: 12PA, 4R, 3H, 2XBH, 0RBI, 1BB, 2K, .273/.333/.455/.788
  28. Cornelius Randolph: 389PA, 42R, 86H, 29XBH(15HR), 44RBI, 9.5%BB, 26.2%K .247/.324/.399/.723
  29. Victor Santos: (5-10, 4.02), 105.1IP, 18BB, 89K, 1.177WHIP, 1.5BB9, 7.6K9, 4.94K/BB
  30. Connor Seabold: (3-1, 2.25), 40.0IP, 10BB, 36K, 1.125WHIP, 2.3BB9, 8.1K9, 3.60K/BB

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of September 5th … 398 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
9/5/19 – Phillies recalled 3B Maikel Franco from Lehigh Valley
9/3/19 – Phillies recalled RHP Nick Pivetta from Lehigh Valley
9/3/19 – Phillies recalled LF Jose Pirela from Lehigh Valley
9/2/19 – Phillies released RHP Drew Anderson
9/2/19 – Phillies sent RHP Edubray Ramos on a rehab assignment to Reading
9/2/19 – Phillies recalled LF Nick Williams from Lehigh Valley
9/2/19 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP JoJo Romero from the TIL
9/1/19 – Phillies selected the contract of INF Phil Gosselin from Lehigh Valley
9/1/19 – Phillies selected the contract of C Deivy Grullon from Lehigh Valley
9/1/19 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Nick Vincent from Lehigh Valley
9/1/19 – Phillies recalled LHP Cole Irvin from Lehigh Valley
9/1/19 – Phillies activated OF Jay Bruce from the 10-day IL
9/1/19 – Phillies transferred LHP Adam Morgan from the 10- to the 60-day IL
9/1/19 – Phillies placed RHP Jerad Eickhoff on the 60-day IL, finger
9/1/19 – Phillies designated RHP Drew Anderson for assignment
9/1/19 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Kyle Dohy from the TIL
9/1/19 – Lehigh Valley activated C Matt McBride from the 7-day IL
9/1/19 – SS Raul Rivas assigned to Lehigh Valley from Clearwater
9/1/19 – Jose Antequera assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading

14 thoughts on “Playoff Recap – 9/5/2019

  1. Frustration reigns supreme. I don’t know the Phillies minor league playoff successes but it never seems like they win playoff games. Is it me or are they really lousy in playoff series? The last 5 years, at least, they’ve had a number of teams vying for league championships but they never produce one. Or so it seems. Please someone talk me off the ledge. I think, at the very least, the minor league playoff games are important. Winning a playoff series anywhere or anytime is important. My thought is always, “Okay we got here. Now let’s win the whole F$#@ing thing.” Paraphrased from the movie Major Leagues.

    1. Mostly play-off losses to the Yankees no less…be it the Railriders, Thunder or whatever they call themselves in the GCL.
      The Claws lost to the Rome Braves and Fried and the bunch a few years ago.

    1. The minor leagues are literally that little brother to the majors that doesn’t get the perks, privileges or preferences. It’s all about development (except perhaps for the Phillies) and not about winning (especially for the Phillies). For the local fans and players on these teams, it’s unfortunate. Beyond the localities, few people care.

  2. Reading’s lineup has 5 left handed hitters plus 2 automatic outs. Meanwhile Trenton is throwing mostly all lefties against them with sub 2.00 eras. That combination won’t result in too many base runners or runs. It is however great to see Howard and Parkinson step up the way they did. Medina gets his chance tonight. It’s an important start for him if he wants to show that he’s legit. His 4 plus era two years in a row has everyone souring on him, this game could show his upside.

    1. A very good observation. I went to the splits of the guys in the starting lineup and Bohm, Randolph, Maton and Stephen hit .218, .187, .125 and .189 respectively against them. Hall and Moniak are the only ones who hits lefties satisfactorily (.254 and .252 respectively). Williams, a righty, actually hits southpaws a little worse that righties. Gamboa and Latrigue are automatic outs. Then throw very good pitchers against them and it’s a recipe for disaster. I would just hope that some of these guys would bear down and give the Reading pitchers a helping hand. Howard and Parkinson did their jobs.

      I agree on Medina. He keeps dropping in my top 30 poll. He has the stuff to be a very good pitcher and possibly great pitcher. He also seems to never age. I swear he’s been 22 for 5 years but he’s hit the wall in Reading. This game could put him back in the running for #1 and he has to figure things out soon so he can continue to advance.

      1. At least Bohm’s career minor league splits (176 PAs) vs LHP is very respectable….in the mid 280s for a BA…..and into the 360s for OBP.

        1. Bohm actually got a big hit last night but Williams had to make sure it wasn’t caught and that was enough to cause him to be out st the plate on a nice throw. They would have won 1-0. So close…

          1. In 12 days from now… a lot of the Reading players will be in Arizona playing their first AFL game….Bohm, Moniak, Stephen, Howard and Maton.

        1. Yeah, maybe next year’s Players Weekend we’ll see Quinn with the nickname ‘REHAB’ on his back…if he’s not on the IL.

  3. So much for Medina stepping up. I’m definitely lowering him out of my top 20. Congrats Reading on a nice season. See you in spring training. And some of you in the AFL.

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