Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/27/2021

There were five games last night thanks to a doubleheader in Reading.  Our guys went 1-4.  Clearwater failed to score another ghost runner and lost a well-pitched game.  Lehigh Valley fell behind and never recovered.  Reading split and produced the organization’s only minor league win.  And, Jersey Shore rallied but couldn’t completely overcome an early, large deficit.  We had two slams last night.  One a game-winner and one in a losing cause.


Clearwater (9-12) lost to Jupiter, 2-1 in 10 innings. 

Cristian Hernandez pitched 4.1, shutout innings in 60 pitches on 3 hits and one walk.  He struck out two.  Brendan Bell got the final 2 outs in the inning on a single and double play.  Fernando Lozano pitched three innings and allowed the game-tying run on one hit and 3 walks and 3 wild pitches.  He struck out five.  He’s Hernandez’ piggyback partner and threw 53 pitches.  Tyler Adams pitched the final 1.1 innings.  He pitched into and out of trouble in the ninth but allowed the ghost runner to score in OT.  His line included 2 hits and 2 walks.

Clearwater scored first on Ben Pelletier’s solo HR in the third inning.

Johan Rojas and Luis Garcia both went 2-4 with a double.  Baron Radcliff stole his first base.


Lehigh Valley (13-8) lost to Worcester, 9-2.  Their 3-game winning streak came to an end.

Adonis Medina lasted 2.2 innings.  He gave 5 runs (1 ER) on 5 hits, 2 walks, and 2 wild pitches.  A fielding error cost the team 4 unnecessary runs.  He threw 28 pitches in the inning, but it’s just as likely that Medina was lifted for general ineffectiveness.  Medina gave up 3 consecutive run-scoring base hits after the play that would have been the third had there not been an error after he loaded the bases with nobody out.  I did not see this game, but I remember him “pulling a Hamels” when things didn’t go well behind him.  You can tolerate from a top major league pitcher.  Not so much from a career minor leaguer.  I repeat, I did not see this game.  But, I did form this impression when I watched him pitch when he was in Clearwater.

Ethan Evanko came in and stranded both base runners he inherited on a 3-pitch strikeout.  He pitched two innings, walking 2 and striking out one.  David Paulino also stranded 2 inherited base runners.  He pitched 2.1 innings giving up 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out four.  Mauricio Llovera lasted 0.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits, a hit batter, and a walk.  Neftali Feliz stranded both runners he inherited but made it interesting with a wild pitch before getting one out.  Catcher Jack Conley pitched the ninth inning and gave up a run on a hit and 2 walks.  He struck out a batter on a called third strike.

The IronPigs actually led with a run in the first inning.  Cornelius Randolph had singled and stole second.  He scored on Ryan Cordell’s RBI single.  They scored another run in the third on Mickey Moniak’s solo HR (3).

Moniak went 2-4 with his third HR.


Reading (4-17) split a doubleheader losing 4-3 then winning 6-4 to stop their losing streak at six games.

Game One:  Reading led early but fell behind in the fourth inning and that was that.

Taylor Lehman lasted 3.1 innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits (2 ER), a wild pitch, and 2 walks while striking out five.  Braden Zarbniskey entered and allowed both runners he inherited to score.  He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up the eventual game-winner on 2 hits, striking out two.  Tyler Carr pitched 2.1 innings and allowed one hit.

The Phils responded with 2 runs in the first inning on Jorge Bonifacio’s RBI double and a wild pitch.  They added to their lead on Bonifacio’s solo HR (1) in the third.

Bonifacio went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, and a HR (1).  Madison Stokes went 1-3 with a triple.

Game Two: Reading fell behind 4-0 and came back to win.

Mark Appel threw 66 pitches in three innings but just 37 strikes.  He gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.  Jonathan Hennigan pitched two innings and gave up one hit and a hit batter, striking out three.  Austin Ross struck out 2 in one inning and got the win.  Jake Hernandez pitched a perfect inning for the save.

The Phils started their comeback with 2 runs in the third inning on Jorge Bonifacio’s 2-run HR (2).  He followed that up with a grand slam (3) in the sixth.

Daniel Brito went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and a walk.  Bonifacio went 2-3 with a walk, 2 HR (3), and 6 RBI.


Jersey Shore (9-12) lost to Hudson Valley, 11-8.

Jersey Shore was crippled by the 7 runs they gave up in the first inning.  The team fought back but when they got close in the bullpen gave up runs in the eighth and ninth that thwarted their comebacks.

Tyler McKay couldn’t get out of the first inning.  He got two outs and gave up 7 runs (6 ER) on 4 hits and 3 walks.  Nick Lackney inherited 2 runners and one of them scored on a fielding error.  Lackney pitched two scoreless innings but gave up one hit and 3 walks.  He left with the bases loaded.  Mike Adams came in and stranded all three bases runners.  He went 1.1 innings with 2 strikeouts.  Victor Santos pitched three innings.  The BlueClaws had clawed back to trail 7-6 and then Vargas gave up one unearned run on his own throwing error in the seventh inning.  He gave up a total of 5 hits and struck out five.  The BlueClaws once again came within 8-7 but Riley Wilson gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in his only inning.  He struck out two.

McKay threw 32 pitches in the first inning.  His piggyback partner, Santos, threw 41 pitches (33 strikes).

The Blue Claws started their comeback with 2 runs in the second inning on Jonathan Guzman’s 2-run triple with nobody out.  They were unable to bring him home. Just like the Phillies.  They scored 4 runs in the fifth on Jhailyn Ortiz’ grand slam, his first homer of the season.  They trailed by one run at this point.  Ortiz brought them within one run again with a solo HR (2) in the eighth.  And, Ortiz was walked with the bases loaded and two out to force in a run in the ninth.

Ortiz went 3-4 with 3 runs scored, 6 RBI, one walk, and 2 HR (2).  He has raised his average to .256.  Vito Friscia (.273) went 2-5 with a run scored and a double.  Logan O’Hoppe went 0-2 with a run scored and 3 walks.


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 27th … there are 305 players in the org


Today’s Transactions in bold text.  None today.

5/26/2021 – Phillies placed SS Scott Kingery on the 10-day IL, concussion
5/26/2021 – Lehigh Valley placed 2B Luke Williams on the TIL, Olympic Team
5/26/2021 – Reading placed RHP Joel Cesar on the 7-day IL, right elbow strain
5/25/2021 – Phillies placed RF Bryce Harper on the 10-day IL, left forearm contusion
5/25/2021 – Phillies signed FA RF Jorge Bonifacio to an MiLB contract
5/25/2021 – Phillies activated CF Roman Quinn
5/25/2021 – Lehigh Valley transferred LHP Kyle Dohy to the Development List
5/25/2021 – OF Jorge Bonifacio assigned to Reading
5/25/2021 – LHP Nick Lackney assigned to Jersey Shore from Reading
5/25/2021 – RHP Aidan Anderson assigned to Jersey Shore from Clearwater
5/25/2021 – C Freddy Francisco assigned to Clearwater from GCL West

13 thoughts on “Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/27/2021

  1. On a bad night for the system, the 3 hits and 2 homers by Ortiz was the good news of the night. Let’s hope it’s the beginning of something big for him.

    1. Light may have went on for Ortiz.
      A power hitter like him would be great at CBP.
      I also think that is his 3rd or 4th grand slam in his minor league career now.

      1. Maybe . . . but – he’s had like one good game.

        Thinking maybe we should have spent $3.9 on Vladdy, Jr. rather than $4.2 million on Jhailyn.

        1. Re: Ortiz
          Not quite sure what is considered the criteria for a ‘good’ game,
          but I like to think, defense aside and only focusing on offense,
          any normal 9 inning/4 AB game with 2 or more hits , IMO, would be considered
          a ‘very good’ game.

          Ortiz has had 6 of these games of the first 21 he has played so far this season,
          (13 for 24 ABs)
          Now how about one hit a game?
          Maybe not a very good game, maybe an average offensive day,
          …though most players would like to get one hit per game for a whole season.
          And that would be a serviceable season’s worth of offense.
          Ortiz has had one hit per game in 7 of those 21 games ( 7 for 21 ABs).

          Now the flip-side….he is gone hitless in 8 games of the 21.(0 for 27).
          So what is his slash as it stands today….256/356/372…not great,
          but better than he has done in the past

  2. Reading is 4-17..At what point will the Phillies take a look at the AA coached to see if this can get turned around? I know the coaches have to play the games with the talent they have on hand and their primary objective is to develop talent for the big leagues and not necessarily wins and losses but this is embarrassing..

      1. Maybe in 2019 very good talent covered up coaching deficiencies? At some time very soon there has to be either a player shake-up or a coach or two fired…No matter how much the fans in Reading miss baseball from the year off their not going to come out and watch a team this bad…

        1. When was the last time a minor league coach got fired mid-season because of a team’s record? That’s not going to happen.

        2. Half the guys on the team weren’t even good in A-ball. I don’t think anyone could have expected them to be much better.

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