June 1st. We played four games and split, 2 wind and 2 losses. The wins came from the top and bottom of the organizational ladder. Clearwater won in extra innings in a game that showcased some fine pitching from both teams. Lehigh Valley won against its arch-rival. Reading lost, again, their fourth consecutive loss. As did Jersey Shore, also their fourth consecutive loss.
Clearwater (12-13) beat Daytona, 2-1 in ten. Daytona is not a spring training site. There is no ABS System installed.
Clearwater scored first with a run in the second inning on Luis Garcia’stwo-out, RBI single. That run held up until the Tortugas tied the game in the seventh. They took the lead in the tenth on Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI single. They won when Tyler Burch was able to prevent the ghost runner from scoring.
Jordi Martinez pitched four, one-hit innings. He walked one and struck out five on 57 pitches. Rodolfo Sanchez followed with 3.1, one-run innings. He allowed just one hit, one walk, and threw a wild pitch. He struck out five. JP Woodward snagged the win with 1.2, one-hit innings. Tyler Burch got his second save, walking one and striking out two. A fielding error and wild pitch helped to load the bases for Burch with one out.
The Threshers’ pitchers limited the Tortugas to 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 12.
The Threshers had 6 hits. Garcia, Casey Martin, and Guttierrez had all 6 each going 2-4. Garcia had an RBI and was hit by a pitch. Martin and Gutierrez each walked. All three struck out once. The rest of the Threshers went 0-23 with 3 walks and 10 strikeouts. Nicolas Torres scored both runs, reaching on a fielding error in the second inning and as the ghost runner in the tenth.
With Bryson Stott’s promotion from Jersey Shore to Reading, I guess there will be speculation on who will be promoted from Clearwater to Jersey Shore. The only candidates are 20-year-old Luis Garcia and 22-year-old Casey Martin. Garcia is in his third professional season and is experiencing some success after a disappointing 2019 in Lakewood. Martin has just completed his first month as a professional.
Their numbers are similar.
- Garcia – 25 G, 95 AB, 16 R, 22 H, 7 D, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 15 BB, 31 K, 4 SB, 0 CS
- Martin – 25 G, 99 AB, 14 R, 24 H, 8 D, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 11 BB, 22 K, 8 SB, 1 CS
- Garcia – .232/.348/.368/.716
- Martin – .242/.327/.354/.681
- Garcia – 116 PA, 3 HBP, 1 SAC, 2 SF, 0.61 GA/GO, 35 TB, .313 BABIP, .137 ISO
- Martin – 113 PA, 2 HBP, 0 SAC, 1 SF, 0.64 GA/GO, 35 TB, .299 BABIP, .111 ISO
I’ve always been conservative when it comes to promoting prospects, especially when it means leaving Clearwater. Maybe the Phillies wait and see if Chris Cornelius is ready to come off the Jersey Shore IL. Or maybe they postpone promoting one of the “Clearwater Two” until Kendall Simmons is ready to be activated which could happen any day. Or maybe somebody gets demoted. We’ll see. Personally, I don’t think either gets bumped up until Simmons is ready. (Or Guarner Dipre, or Wilfredo Flores, or Christian Valerio, or Jamari Baylor, or Juan Herrera, or Wilson Valdez, or Uziel Viloria, or Alexeis Azuaje, or …)
Lehigh Valley (14-11) beat Scranton, 5-2.
Lehigh Valley jumped out to a quick lead against their rivals with a 4-run first inning on RBI singles by CJ Chatham, Rafael Marchan, Ruben Tejada, and a throwing error. They scored a single run in the sixth on a wild pitch.
Scott Kingery made a rehab start and went 1-3 with a run scored and a double in five innings. Tejada went 3-4 with an RBI. Darick Hall went 2-3 with 2 doubles and a walk.
Cristopher Sanchez pitched 3.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks, but not before setting a new IronPigs’ record for consecutive hitless innings (10.0) previously held by Pat Venditte (9.0, 2017). Sanchez struck out seven. Bryan Mitchell stranded two inherited runners, pitched 1.1 no-hit innings, issuing 2 walks, and striking out one. Mauricio Llovera pitched 1.2 one-hit innings, walking two, and striking out one. Neftali Feliz stranded 2 inherited runners, pitched 1.1 one-walk innings, and struck out two. JD Hammer withstood a walk and base hit in the ninth to record his first save.
Reading (4-21) lost to Somerset, 6-1. Bryson Stott made his Double-A debut and walked in 4 plate appearances. If it weren’t for Stott’s arrival, I would have been tempted to skip giving detailed Reading recaps for a while.
The Phils scored in the third inning on Daniel Brito’s RBI single. Brito (.259/.669) went 2-4 with an RBI. The Phils combined to strike out 15 times.
Kyle Glogoski gave up 5 runs in 3.0 innings. He gave up 5 hits, 3 walks, and struck out four. He was tagged for 4 HRs. Jonathan Hennigan pitched two innings and gave up a run on 3hits and 2 walks. He struck out two. Braden Zarbniskey pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two. Tyler Carr pitched a one-hit inning.
Jersey Shore (9-15) lost at home to Brooklyn, 11-5. And thus begins their post-Bryson Stott era.
Jersey Shore scored 5 runs on 6 hits, three came on two HRs by Vito Friscia.
The BlueClaws scored twice in the second inning on the first of Friscis’s HRs, a 2-run blast, pulling within 3-2. They closed within 6-4 with 2 runs in the sixth on a balk with Friscia batting and his second HR (2). Trailing 10-4, they scored a single run in the eighth on Rudy Rott’s RBI single. Friscia (.282/.947) had himself a day – 2-3 with 2 runs scored, 3 RBI, and a walk.
BlueClaws’ pitching gave up 4 HRs. Josh Hendrickson started and pitched four innings. He gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out four and gave up two HRs. Mike Adams pitched 0,1 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits. He struck out one. Andrew Brown came in and stranded 2 inherited runners. He pitched 0.2 innings, issued a walk, and struck out two. Jonathan Hughes pitched three innings and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. He struck out five and gave up a HR. Manuel Silva pitched the final inning and gave up a run on a solo HR. He struck out one.
Piggyback partners Hendrickson and Hughes threw 65 and 58 pitches respectively.
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 June 1st … there are 305 players in the org
- organization’s rosters (6/1)
- organization’s injury list (6/1)
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list (6/1)
6/01/2021 – LF Hunter Hearn assigned to Jersey Shore from Reading
6/01/2021 – SS Bryson Stott assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
6/01/2021 – Clearwater activated LHP J.P. Woodward from the TIL
6/01/2021 – RHP Leonel Aponte assigned to GCL East from Clearwater
5/30/2021 – RHP Leonel Aponte assigned to Clearwater from Phillies Organization