Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/19/2021

Our affiliates went 3 for 4 last night (got it right this time).  Clearwater dropped a dreary decision to Dunedin.  Lehigh Valley got solid pitching and a lot of offense while trouncing Syracuse.  Reading won for the first time in a while, beating Akron.  And, Jersey Shore two-hit Winston-Salem after one-hitting them in the series opener.


Clearwater (7-7) lost to Dunedin, 5-1.

The Threshers’ bats were silenced by the Blue Jays and the Threshers’ pitchers seemed to find ways to gift a couple runs. But, when you don’t score, …

Starlyn Castillo started and breezed through the first inning.  He struck out the side in the second but gave up a leadoff walk that turned into the first run of the game when followed by a double.  Castillo stranded a one-out double with 2 more strikeouts.  He finished –

  • Castillo – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 61 pitches, 40 strikes

Tyler Adams entered the game at the beginning of the fourth.  He gave up 2 quick runs and was saved further damage when a caught stealing ended the inning.  His line –

  • Adams – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, HBP, 19 pitches, 11 strikes

Rafael Marcano entered as the back-end of the piggyback.  He held the Jays to one run and two hits but allowed a lot of base runners.  A two-out walk came around to score.  His line –

  • Marcano – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, Balk,52 pitches, 23 strikes

Aiden Anderson with one out and one on in the seventh.  He stranded the runner, but the next inning gave up the final run on back-to-back doubles.

  • Anderson – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 29 pitches, 19 strikes

Carlos Francisco pitched the ninth.  He got 2 ground balls to Wingrove at first and a pop-up to Rixon to complete his frame.

  • Francisco – 1.0 IP, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 14 pitches, 8 strikes

The offense seemed lethargic.  Few balls reached the outfield.  They managed 4 hits, 4 walks, and one batter reached on an error.  Three of those 9 base runners were cut down on the base paths.  They scored their lone run in the eighth on Carlos De La Cruz‘ sac fly.  But, they needed a single and 4 of their walks in the inning to manufacture that one run.

Casey Martin went 2-4 with a run scored. Martin and Luis Garcia were cut down stealing.  Abrahan Gutierrez was thrown out trying to record a double on a ball he hit off the wall.  Matt Joyce had the only extra base hit, a double.

Among the many plays at first base, was one I don’t recall ever seeing.  A 1, unassisted.  Garcia chopped a ball in the area between the mound and first base.  The first baseman was playing deep.  The pitcher bounced off the mound to field the ball and decided to race Garcia to the bag rather than try and time a flip to the bag.  It really wasn’t really a race, he beat Garcia by a stride and a half.  I’m sure it has happened before.  I’m sure I probably saw such a play in little league or one of my softball leagues.  It just struck me that it is an unusually rare type of play.


Lehigh Valley (9-5) beat Syracuse, 16-1.

Strong pitching that held the Mets to one unearned run and an offensive attack that pounded out 20 hits allowed the IronPigs to coast to victory.

Five pitchers combined to hold the Mets to a meaningless run on 7 hits and 3 walks.

  • David Parkinson – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K
  • Ethan Evanko – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K
  • Ramon Rosso – 1.0 IP, 1 K
  • Jeff Singer – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K
  • JD Hammer – 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 K

The IronPigs broke open a scoreless game with 7 runs in the third inning.  Mickey Moniak started the onslaught innocently enough with a bases-loaded, RBI single with nobody out.  CJ Chatham followed with a 2-run double.  Darick Hall made the first out with a run-scoring ground out.  RBI doubles by Austin Listi and Cornelius Randolph, and an RBI single by Edgar Cabral closed out the scoring.

They added 3 runs in the fourth on Moniak’s solo HR (1) and Randolph’s 2-run double.  They tacked on single runs in the sixth and eighth on hits by Randolph – an RBI double and a solo HR (2).

And, they violated the unwritten rules by scoring 4 more runs in the ninth on a ground out, Ruben Tejada RBI single, and a Hall 2-run HR (2).

Every position player who got into the game had a hit.

Luke Williams (.345) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, BB.  Ryan Cordell (.217) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, BB, double  Moniak (.171) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, 3 RBI, BB, HR (1). Chatham (.250) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, double.  Hall (.098) went 1-6 with a run scored, 3 RBI, HR (2).  Listi (.250) went 4-6 with 2 runs scored, RBI, double.  Randolph (.350/.995) went 5-5 with 2 runs scored, 5 RBI, 3 doubles, HR (2).  Cabral (.280) went 1-5 with an RBI.


Reading (3-11) beat Akron, 8-4, snapping their 8-game losing streak.

The Phils offense perked up enough to put 8 runs on the board while the pitching staff held the Ducks to 4 runs only 2 earned.

Reading used 5 pitchers.

  • Kyle Glogoski – 3.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Brenden Zarbniskey – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER
  • Tyler Carr – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Zach Warren – 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Jake Hernandez – 1 H, 1 K

Zarbniskey earned his first professional win.  Carr and Warren earned saves.

Reading overcame an early Ducks lead with 4 runs in the third inning on Daniel Brito’s 2-run triple and Josh Stephen’s 2-run double.  They scored a run in the fourth on Dalton Guthrie’s RBI double.  After the Ducks closed within one run, they scored a run in the eighth on Luke Miller’s solo HR (4).  They tacked on 2 runs in the ninth on McCarthy Tatum’s 2-run HR (4).

Arquimedes Gamboa (.224) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored.  Guthrie (.200) went 2-3 with a run scored, RBI, 2 walks, double.  Brito (.231) went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, 1 BB, SB,  triple.  Tatum (.182) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, HR (4).  Stephen (.139) went 1-4 with 2 RBI, double.  Miller (.229) went 1-3 with a run scored, RBI, BB, HR (4).


Jersey Shore(6-8) beat Winston-Salem, 4-1.  They held the Dash to two hits one night after one-hitting them.

Four BlueClaws’ pitchers combined to hold the Dash to one run on 2 hits, 4 walks, and a hit batter.  A fifth-inning run without the benefit of a hit cut Jersey Shore’s lead to 2-1.  But, the staff continued to pitch well down the stretch.  They struck out 14 batters.

  • Adam Leverett – 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Blake Brown – 1.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP
  • Jhordany Mezquita – 3.0 IP, 2 BB, 6 K. WP
  • Victor Santos – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K

The BlueClaws scored in the first inning on a force out.  Bryson Stott doubled the lead with an RBI double in the third inning.  The Claws scored 2 more runs in the seventh inning on Chris Cornelius‘ sac fly and Huner Markwardt’s RBI single.

Stott (.286) went 2-4 with a run scored, RBI, double.  Markwardt (.400) went 1-4 with an RBI.


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 19th … there are 303 players in the org


Today’s Transactions in bold text.  None for today, but a few for Tuesday that didn’t post until the 19th.

5/18/2021 – Reading transferred LHP Nick Fanti from the 7-day IL to the 60-day IL
5/18/2021 – Jersey Shore transferred RHP Albertus Barber from the 7-day IL to the 60-day IL
5/18/2021 – Clearwater transferred LHP Jordan Fowler from the 7-day IL to the 60-day IL
5/18/2021 – C Juan Aparicio assigned to Clearwater from Extended Spring
5/18/2021 – Phillies activated SS Ronald Torreyes
5/18/2021 – Phillies placed SS Scott Kingery on the 7-day IL, concussion
5/18/2021 – Phillies placed LHP JoJo Romero on the 60-day IL, left elbow sprain
5/18/2021 – Phillies placed SS Didi Gregorius on the 10-day IL, right elbow impingement
5/18/2021 – Phillies sent RF Matt Joyce on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
5/18/2021 – Phillies activated RHP Archie Bradley
5/18/2021 – 2B Ruben Tejada assigned to Lehigh Valley
5/18/2021 – C Chris Burke assigned to GCL East from Clearwater
5/18/2021 – SS Sal Gozzo assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/18/2021 – RHP Mark Potter assigned to Jersey Shore from Reading

15 thoughts on “Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/19/2021

  1. It’s funny, I mentioned yesterday that Randolph had started to hit well and then he really went off last night with a 5-5 with a homer and 3 doubles. His avg is suddenly 350. It would be a heck of a pleasant surprise if he put it all together this year.
    Has anyone watched Leveritt? Is he a prospect? He’s now thrown 9+ shutout innings with 2 hits allowed over 3 games. Very impressive
    If Martin and Stott keep hitting they could both go up a level in June sometime.

    1. Besides also Martin and Stott…Abrahan Gutierrez looks to be on track for a mid-season promo also, and possible that Logan O’Hoppe is moved up to Reading.

      1. Agreed, I could see catcher movement as well. I saw that Aparicio just got sent to Clearwater also which is good.

        1. Burke’s assignment at the start of the season was out of necessity. As players in XST get healthy we should see a few more assignments like Aparicio.

      1. Darn, that’s what I was afraid of. A guy with stuff who gets outs in A ball but it won’t translate as he goes to higher levels.

  2. Cornelius Randolph had a day to remember and he’s currently slashing .350/.600/.995 in 11 games at Lehigh.

    Glass half empty: This is his 6th year in the system and he hasn’t posted an OPS above .750 since 2015.

    Glass half full: He’ll be turning 24 in 2 weeks so age wise, he’s still somewhat age appropriate. Stranger things have happened, and as some people like to say, development is not linear. He might get an opportunity in ST if he keeps this up.

    1. Understand, Ruben was going to take Ian Happ at 10……but Theo beat him to the punch at 9……so hoping Cornelius does finally emerge

        1. Ruben’s people kept saying Cornelius, Cornelius, they liked his bat….just like George Steinbrenner’s people like ken Phelps, Ken Phelps

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