Finally, minor league baseball. Our guys all opened at home. They split 2-2. Clearwater got some promising pitching, but a 6-run inning and some shoddy outfield play hurt. Lehigh Valley got some solid pitching and an overtime win on Scott Kingery’s 2-run base hit. Reading lost big but got HRs from Gamboa, Miller, and Guthrie. Jersey Shore got a stellar start from Ben Brown, some solid relief, and excellent run support provided by Jhailyn Ortiz and Logan O’Hoppe.
Clearwater (0-1) lost to the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 8-2.
This was a nice game for three innings. Gunner Mayer was dealin’ in a 1-2-3 first inning.
Casey Martin worked a two-out walk in the bottom of the inning and stole second.
Mayer caught a bad break in the second when RF Corbin Williams dropped a one-out fly ball. The ball must have hit the palm of his glove as it entered and popped out. A single brought the unearned run home. The next batter reached on a hit-by-pitch that barely nicked his jersey. Mayer bore down and struck out the next two batters on 8 pitches, 7 of them strikes.
Abrahan Gutierrez singled sharply to lead off the second but was wiped out on a double play.
Mayer breezed through the third with a strikeout, walk, and double play.
Johan Rojas started the action in the third with a two-out double to center. Luis Garcia singled him home to tie the game. He took second on a wild pitch and scored on Martin’s double to right-center. DJ Stewart walked but the rally would end on the next batter. Garcia’s single was a ground ball that he aimed through a gaping hole where the second baseman would have been but for the shift. Martin’s double also looked aimed at the vast space in right-center due to a shift.
And, that’s when the game turned from enjoyable to a chore.
The fourth started innocently when Mayer nicked another batter, this one on a 1-2 count. Innocence ended with the next batter. He launched a ball to right field that should have been caught. Williams broke in a couple steps and then retreated awkwardly and slowly before he sped up too late. Mayer threw a wild pitch on the next pitch to allow a run to score. The next batter crushed a 3-0 pitch deep onto the RF berm for a 4-2 lead.
Mayer was mercifully relieved by Tyler Adams. But, there was no mercy for the fans after Adams recorded the first out with a strikeout. He walked a batter, hit a batter, and walked two more, forcing in a run. His night was over after 24 pitches, 7 strikes.
Carlo Reyes entered the bases-loaded situation. He gave up a sac fly to left then reloaded the bases with a walk. He brought in another run with a wild pitch before getting a deep fly ball to end the inning.
In all, three pitchers threw 49 pitches in the fourth inning, 20 strikes, 29 balls, hit 2 batters, walked 4 batters, 3 wild pitches, 6 runs, 2 hits.
The Threshers were retired quickly on 12 pitches.
The second half of the piggyback, Christian Hernandez, started the fifth with the Threshers trailing 7-2. He gave up a leadoff single that was erased by catcher Abrahan Gutierrez on a failed steal attempt. Hernandez threw 5 more pitches, all strikes to record two strikeouts.
Williams led off the fifth with a double down the leftfield line. Then he got thrown out trying to steal third as Johan Rojas struck out. To add insult to injury, Garcia doubled and Martin walked later in the scoreless inning. The third out was a towering blast by Stewart that was caught against the CF wall. The steal attempt trailing 7-2 was a mistake. Can’t get thrown out in that situation.
In the sixth, Hernandez hit a batter (I think we got four of them) with two out and gave up a single before getting the third out – a great catch by Rojas, leaping against the centerfield wall.
Ben Pelletier was stranded after a one-out double.
Hernandez opened the seventh with a walk, single, strikeout, bases-loading single. He gave way to Gabriel Yanez who ended the threat with two strikeouts.
Yanez continued with a one-hit eight that included 2 strikeouts.
Stewart singled with one out, Pelletier walked with two out. Nada.
JP Woodward pitched the ninth. A one-out walk and two singles loaded the bases. A run-scoring force out on a softly hit ball to short allowed the walked batter to score. A ground out ended the inning.
Rojas got a two-out single after a couple of weak outs. Final 8-2.
There was no stadium gun to display pitch velocity. My stadium contact was surprised but had no answer. I wondered if it was a level thing. We were High-A in 2019. Did they post pitch velo in Lakewood and Williamsport in 2019? Anyone remember?
Without the stadium gun, it’s impossible to gauge pitcher velocity. So, in spite of that, Mayer looked to be throwing hard. I hesitate to suggest that circumstances got under his skin. I had seen Adams in 2019 Instructs. I knew then that he was a hard thrower, but with directional problems. I had heard that Reyes, Yanez, and especially Hernandez were hard throwers. They lived up to their billing. I heard nothing about Woodward, and have to admit that my attention lapsed at the end. So, I will offer nothing, rather than speculate on what I think I may have seen.
There is no pitch clock. The ABS worked well. Only noticed a couple pauses on strike calls. No noticeable delays. The batters seem unaffected, no discussions with the umpire. Catchers are still framing for the ABS. Sillies. I wonder if the pitchers are affected by the new system. That hadn’t occurred to me until I started this paragraph.
Piggyback continues with –
- 5/5 – Abel/Castaneda
- 5/6 – Segovia/Vargas
- 5/7 – Castillo/Marcano
- 5/8 – Jordi Martinez/Rodolfo Sanchez
- 5/9 – Mayer/Hernandez (again)
- 5/10 – Monday, off day
Lehigh Valley (1-0) defeated the Rochester Red Wings 6-5 in 11 innings on Scott Kingery’s two-out, two-run triple.
Adonis Medina (0-0, 9.00) started and pitched 3.0 innings. He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits, a walk, and struck out two. Ramon Rosso (0-0, 0.00) pitched a one-walk inning, facing the minimum. Christopher Sanchez (0-0, 0.00) pitched 2.0 innings striking out two and facing the minimum. Mauricio Llovera (0-0, 0.00) pitched a perfect inning striking out one. David Paulino (0-0, 0.00) pitched to the end of regulation, going two, one-hit innings striking out two.
Rafael Marchan (2-4, R, BB) singled and Travis Jankowski (1-4, R, BB)walked with one out in the second inning. Luke Williams’ (2-5, R, 2 RBI) two-run double scored both and gave the IronPigs the lead. In the fifth inning, Jean Segura and Ronald Torreyes singled with one out. Cornelius Randolph (0-2, 2 R) pinch ran for Segura. Austin Listi’s single drove in Randolph and tied the game.
Segura and Torreyes were playing in a rehab situation to get ready to return to the Phillies. They each got 3 at bats with Segura getting 2 hits and Torreyes one.
The bullpen shut down the Red Wings and the game went into overtime with the score tied 3-3. JD Hammer (0-0, 0.00) came in for the tenth inning and allowed the ghost runner to score on a two-out single.
After a wild pitch moved the ghost runner to third, CJ Chatham (0-1, RBI) lofted a sac fly to tie the score in the bottom half of the inning. An error on the catch allowed Chatham to reach second. The Wings escaped further damage with an intentional walk, double play, and a ten-pitch strikeout on a 1-2 pitch.
Jeff Singer (1-0, 0.00) pitched the eleventh. The leadoff batter reached on a fielder’s choice that left runners on first and second. A single gave the Wings the lead. A sac bunt moved both runners into scoring position. An intentional walk set up a double-play situation. Singer got a strikeout and force out to escape any more damage.
Trailing by a run, Luke Williams singled with two out to put runners on the corners. Scott Kingery (1-1, 2 RBI) came through with a first-pitch triple to left that provided the walk-off victory. Kingery entered the game as part of a double switch in the top of the eleventh inning.
Williams also had an outfield assist at the plate.
Reading (0-1) lost to the Erie SeaWolves, 12-4,
Reading took an early lead on Arquimedes Gamboa’s (1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, HR) solo HR in the first inning. They tied the game on Luke Miller’s (1-4, R, RBI, HR) solo HR in the third. They took a short-lived lead on Dalton Guthrie’s (1-4, R, RBI, HR) solo HR in the fourth. After the game was out of control, Reading added a run in the eighth when Gamboa walked, advanced on a passed ball, and scored on Matt Vierling’s (3-4, RBI) RBI single.
Ethan Lindow (0-0, 6.00) started and pitched 3.0 innings. He gave up2 runs on 2 hits, a walk, and 4 strikeouts. Ethan Evanko (0-0, 0.00) pitched a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout. Julian Garcia (0-1, BS, 16.20) got rocked for 6 runs in 1.2 innings on 6 hits, a walk, and 2 strikeouts. Only 3 of the runs were earned. Austin Ross (0-0, 6.75) relieved. stranded 2 inherited runners, and gave up one run in 1.1 innings on one hit, one walk, and a strikeout. Andrew Brown (0-0, 13.50) pitched the final 2.0 innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, and a strikeout.
In addition to his 3 hits, Vierling had an outfield assist.
Jersey Shore( 1-0) beat the Hudson Valley Renegades, 6-2.
Ben Brown (0-0, 0.00) got the start and one-hit the Renegades for 4.0 innings. He walked one and struck out six. Tyler McKay (0-0, 9.00) followed with a busy inning that surrendered the game’s first run on 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Braden Zarbniskey (1-0, 0.00) scooped the win with two, one-hit innings. He walked 2 and struck out two. Dominic Pipkin (0-0, 4.50) pitched the final 2.0 innings and gave up a run on a solo HR with two out in the ninth. He walked one and struck out three.
The BlueClaws answered the Renegades run in the fifth with 4 of their own in the bottom of the inning. Jhailyn Ortiz’ (2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI) 2-run single scored Jonathan Guzman (0-3, 2 R, 2 BB) and Bryson Stott (0-3, R, BB). Logan O’Hoppe (2-4, R, 3 RBI) followed with a 2-run HR. They added 2 more runs in the seventh on Ortiz’ RBI single that scored Guzman and O’Hoppe’s RBI double that plated Ortiz.
Jersey Shore only collected 5 hits -Ortiz and O’Hoppe had 2 each and Rudy Rott (1-2, 2 BB)had the other. Rott also stole a base (he’s a big guy, really) and Guzman nabbed two. Eighteen Claws struck out. Three guys went 0-11 with 11 Ks. Ouch!
And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –
It’s a little too early to start this. I have to get back in the swing of things. My game ran late. I’ve combined the MLB Top 30 and our Reader Top 30 with a bunch of players I want to track and have 60 or more. Over eighty when the Complex league starts. So gimme about a week to talk myself out of doing so many. (Question. Is that an appropriate use of “the” before MLB in the fourth sentence? I think it is!)
GCL Phillies East and GCL Phillies West (runs 6/28 thru 9/12)
DSL Phillies Red and DSL Phillies White (starts 5/30)
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
The rosters and lists are up to date as of May 2nd … there are 303 players in the org
- organization’s rosters (5/2)
- organization’s injury list (5/2)
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list (5/2)
5/04/2021 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Enyel De Los Santos from Lehigh Valley
5/04/2021 – Phillies sent SS Ronald Torreyes on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
5/04/2021 – Phillies sent SS Jean Segura on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
5/03/2021 – Phillies optioned INF Scott Kingery to the Training Site
5/03/2021 – Phillies recalled LHP Cristopher Sanchez from Training Site
5/03/2021 – LHP Jose Alvarado roster status changed by Phillies
4/29/2021 – Phillies Organization released RHP Jaylen Eichler