Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/15/2021

Clearwater trounced the Mighty Mussels in a runaway victory.  Lehigh Valley held on for a win over the RailRiders.  Reading scored a handful of runs again but still lost their sixth game in a row.  They hope to avoid a 6-game, series sweep tomorrow.  And, Jersey Shore thumped the Wilmington Blue Rocks.


Clearwater (6-5) beat Fort Myers, 10-0.  The Threshers scored 5 times in the first inning and coasted.

In one of those oddities that Jayson Stark loves, the Threshers first three batters all reached base and stole second base without scoring a run.  Casey Martin led off with a single and stole second and went to third on a throwing error.  Luis Garcia walked and stole second.  Johan Rojas reached on a fielder’s choice where Martin was cut down at the plate and Garcia moved to tjhid.  Rojas then stole second.

DJ Stewart broke the scoring seal with a 2-run double.  Abrahan Gutierrez followed with an RBI single.  Baron Radcliff reached on an error, and Carlos De La Cruz was thrown out trying to advance to second on a single and fielding error while the fourth run of the inning scored.  Rixon Wingrove closed out the scoring with an RBI single.

The Threshers added a run in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk by Gutierrez.

They tacked on four runs in the ninth on RBI singles by Stewart, Gutierrez, De La Cruz and a sac fly by Wingrove.

Three pitchers shut down the Mussels on 5 hits, no walks, and 12 strikeouts.

  • Cristian Hernandez – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 6 K
  • Fernando Lozano – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 3 K
  • Tyler Butch – 2.0 IP, 3K

The three pitchers combined to throw 67% strikes in 124 pitches (83 strikes).

Stewart went 2-5 with 2 R, 3 RBI, double.

Gutierrez went 2-4 with 2 R, 3 RBI.

De La Cruz went 2-5 with 2 RBI.

Garcia went 1-3 with 2 R, 2 BB, double.

Martin stole 3 bases (7).  Garcia (3) and Rojas (4) each stole a base.  Martin and Radcliff each walked twice.


Lehigh Valley (7-4) beat Scranton, 5-4.  The IronPigs opened up a 5-run lead and held on over the final five innings.

Lehigh scored 2 runs in the first on CJ Chatham’s 2-run single in the first inning.  They added a run in the third on a ground out.  And, they added 2 more runs in the fourth on Travis Jankowski’s single.

Adonis Medina started and was the beneficiary of the quick start.  He was also the means of Scranton’s rally, giving up three runs in the fourth and fifth innings.  Archie Bradley gave up a run in the sixth in what may be his last rehab appearance.  Bryan Mitchell and Neftali Feliz held down the last three innings allowing just one base runner on a walk.

Luke Williams went 2-4 with 2 R, triple.

Chatham went 2-4 with 2 RBI.

Cornelius Randolph went 2-4 with a R, double.

Jankowski (3) and Williams (2) stole bases.

  • Medina – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, WP
  • Bradley – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Mitchell – 2.0 IP, 1 BB
  • Feliz – 1.0 IP, 1 K

Reading (2-9) lost to Bowie, 7-5, their 6th consecutive loss.

Ethan Lindow was lifted after a 36-pitch first inning where he gave up 2 runs, walked 3, and struck out three.  The Phils scored 3 times in the second.  The only hit was Daniel Brito’s leadoff double.  They loaded the bases and scored on a fielder’s choice/throwing error and a bases-loaded walk.

Braden Zarbniskey pitched two scoreless innings and handed the reins off to Julian Garcia.

The Phils extended their lead to 3 runs in the sixth on Josh Stephen’s RBI double and Matt Vierling’s sac fly.

Garcia pitched well for three innings before imploding in the seventh when he gave up 3 runs.  He was relieved by Joel Cesar who was responsible for allowing 2 inherited runners to score plus two additional runs.

The Phils had 5 hits.  Colby Fitch went 1-1 with 4 walks.  Stephen had 2 RBI.  The team had 10 walks and 2 hit batters.

  • Lindow – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Zarbniskey – 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 K, WP
  • Garcia – 3.1 IP, 3H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, WP
  • Cesar – 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, blown save and loss

Jersey Shore(4-7) beat Wilmington, 11-3, administering a thorough butt-kicking and hopefully exorcised some demons as they ended a 6-game losing streak.

The BlueClaws scored first on a sacrifice fly of the bat of Logan O’Hoppe.  It was his 7th RBI this season, tied for the team lead.  Wilmington took the lead in the bottom of the inning on a 2-out, 2-run HR off Ben Brown.  But, the Claws tied the game in the second on a double play.

The BlueClaws battered the Blue Rocks in the third inning, plating 7 runs.  The inning started with one of Bryson Stott’s 3 walks.  Bunt and infield singles by Hunter Markwardt and O’Hoppe loaded the bases.  Jhailyn Ortiz’ 2-run single to left brought home the go-ahead runs.  RBI singles by Rudy Rott and Jonathan Guzman scored 2 more runs.  A throwing error on a fly out allowed the fifth run of the inning to score.  Nate Fassnacht and Stott walked to load the bases.  And, Markwardt brought home 2 more runs on a single to right.

Ben Brown had retired the Rocks in order in the second and third innings.  He retired a batter in the fourth but loaded the bases and left after 62 pitches.  Mike Adams relieved and needed one pitch to induce an inning-ending double play, stranding three base runners.

Tyler McKay entered and pitched the next four innings.  He gave up a run in the seventh. Billy Sullivan mopped up in the ninth.  The BlueClaws scored single runs in the seventh and eighth on solo HRs by Greenwalt (1) and Stott (3).

Markwardt went 3-5 with a run scored, 2 RBI, HR (1).

O’Hoppe went 2-3 with a run scored, RBI, BB, SF.

Rott went 2-5 with a run scored, RBI, double.

Guzman went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, RBI, BB.

O’Hoppe and Ortiz lead the team with 7 RBI.  Stott leads with 3 of the team’s 6 tHR.  Ortiz leads with 10 hits.  O’Hoppe, Stot, and Rott have 8 each.  Stott has the team lead in walks and runs.  Guzman has 5 SB, Rott and Stott 2 each.

In the three games since his promotion from Clearwater, Hunter Markwardt is hitting .538 and OPSing 1.230.  He has 6 RBI on a team where the co-leaders have 7 each.

  • Ben Brown – 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
  • Adams – 0.2 IP
  • McKay – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K
  • Sullivan – 1.0 IP, 1 K

The four pitchers combined to throw  69% strikes (78/113) and walked just 2 batters.


GCL Phillies East and GCL Phillies West (runs 6/28 thru 9/12)


DSL Phillies Red and DSL Phillies White (starts 7/12 thru 10/2)


Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.


The rosters and lists are up to date as of May 15th … there are 303 players in the org


Today’s Transactions in bold text.

5/15/2021 – RHP Braden Zarbnisky assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
5/14/2021 – Phillies activated C J.T. Realmuto from the 10-day IL
5/14/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Enyel De Los Santos to Lehigh Valley
5/14/2021 – Reading placed C Rodolfo Duran on the 7-day IL, left hamstring strain
5/13/2021 – Phillies placed C J.T. Realmuto on the 10-day IL
5/13/2021 – Phillies recalled C Rafael Marchan from Lehigh
5/13/2021 – Reading placed 1B Matt Kroon on the 7-day IL, right shoulder contusion
5/13/2021 – OF Hunter Hearn assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
5/13/2021 – OF Hunter Markwardt assigned to Jersey Shore from Clearwater
5/13/2021 – RF Carlos De La Cruz assigned to Clearwater from Extended Spring
5/13/2021 – RHP Carlos A Francisco assigned to Clearwater from Extended Spring

8 thoughts on “Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/15/2021

  1. Markwardt is interesting. He was 13th round choice from Oklahoma Christian. He’s listed at 6’1″ 185. He hasn’t shown much power but he has some speed. He hit 4 HRs in his 4 years oif college and zero in 102 pro ABs. He gets on base at a very good clip. He’s a CF’er, so that’s a plus. Like I said, he has a total of 102 ABs. Not enough to glean anything but a step in the right direction. Pitchers will adjust to him and let’s see how he adapts to that.

    1. He did not homer in yesterday’s game though. I’m guessing he’s a top of the order singles hitter but I have no idea if he has speed or whether he has a decent glove. Corner OF only?

  2. Hope at some point soon…maybe before end of June,…Gutiérrez gets promoted to Jersey Shore and O”Hoppe starts doing well and gets a call up to Reading.

  3. Any thoughts on De La Cruz? Saw him in ST and remember that he is very tall and looks athletic.

  4. After that brutal sh*t show I just witnessed by the AA Reading, DFA every pitcher and promote all the Hi-A and Clearwater pitchers… What could be worse? You give up five runs in the bottom of the 9th to lose 14-12!!! Reading HAS zero pitching talent… I believe I read from Jim’s blog that Erik Miller is headed up to Reading once he’s off the IL down in ST to give them at least one MLB level pitcher.. Morales???? Good Lord…

    1. Don’t give up on Lindow or Glogoski. They have talent and will come around. Both are legit prospects.

      1. Lindow and Glogowski will determine their own path. If they perform, they will get opportunities. If they don’t, somebody is going to take their opportunities. Simple as that.

      2. Nor Morales…he has some control issues, but his stuff is plus.
        But who knows….he may be having the beginnings of an UCL issue.

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