Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 6/4/2021

The guys won all four of today’s regularly scheduled games, but they lost the suspended game in which they led when weather interrupted.  Clearwater scored double digits with some help from their opponent in their win.  Lehigh Valley won behind a 2-home run, 5 RBI night by Mickey Moniak, and a solid start from Bailey Falter.  Reading won behind a 6-RBI night by Luke Miller, and 16 strikeouts by their pitchers.  (Billy Sullivan had himself a night.)  And, Jersey Shore won with 4 solo HRs after their come-from-ahead loss in the suspended game. 

Clearwater (14-14)  beat Daytona, 10-4.  Daytona is not a spring training site.  There is no ABS System installed.

The Threshers put this one out of reach early with the help of 5 errors by the Tortugas.  They scored all their runs in the first three innings.  They scored 2 runs in the first on Rixon Wingrove’s 2-run double.  They scored 3 times in the second on Nicolas Torres’ RBI single, a fielding error, and a force out.  They tacked on 5 runs in the third on a wild pitch, a 2-run fielding error, and Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI single and another error.

Everybody had a hit.  Wingrove, Juan Aparicio, and Kendall Simmons had 2 hits each.  Wingrove had a double and 2 RBI.  Simmons doubled and scored a run.  Aparicio scored a run.  Baron Radcliff went 1-2 with 3 more walks.

Victor Vargas pitched 3.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks.  Alejandro Made pitched 1.2 innings, stranded one of two inherited runners and balked in the other, and got the win.  Eduar Segovia pitched 3.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk.  He reached his 60-pitch limit and gave way to Carlos Francisco who retired the final out on 2 pitches.

Lehigh Valley (15-13) beat Scranton, 5-4.  Lehigh Valley held on at the end to secure the win.

Mickey Moniak homered twice and provided all the IronPigs runs.  He hit a 3-run blast in the sixth to take the lead and hit a 2-run shot to provide some necessary insurance runs.  He went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR (5), and 5 RBI (20).  Adam Haseley went 1-4 with a run scored.

Bailey Falter (2-0, 1.91) got the win.  He pitched five innings and allowed one run on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out six.  Mauricio Llovera pitched two innings and gave up a run on 2 hits.  Enyel De Los Santos pitched one clean inning.  And, Neftali Feliz got the save in spite of the 2-run HR he allowed in the one inning he pitched.

Reading (5-22) beat Somerset, 8-3.  Reading pulled ahead in the fourth inning, allowed the Patriots to tie, then jumped back in front and tacked on.

Reading scored 3 runs to take the lead in the fourth on Luke Miller’s 3-run HR (6).  They retook the lead in the fifth with 2 runs on ArquimedesGamboa’s 2-run double.  They added a run in the eighth on Miller’s RBI double and tacked on 2 more in the ninth on Miller’s 2-run single.

Miller went 3-5 with a run scored, 6 RBI, double, HR (6).  Daniel Brito went 2-6.  Madison Stokes went 3-5 with 2 runs scored.  Gamboa went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, 2 walks, double.

James McArthur pitched four innings and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits, and struck out six.  Austin Ross pitched two hitless innings.  Brian Marconi pitched one, one-hit inning.  Both struck out two.  Billy Sullivan pitched the final two innings and picked up his first save with six strikeouts. Yes, struck out all 6 batters he faced.

Jersey Shore (11-16) lost the suspended game which they were leading, 6-4, and won the seven-inning game, 5-4.

Suspended Game: Dominic Pipkin went three innings and gave up one run on 3 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out four and gave up a solo HR.

The BlueClaws scored 2 runs in the second inning on a wild pitch and Nate Fassnacht’s RBI single.  They scored a run in the third on ColeStobbe’s RBI single.  Logan O’Hoppe went 2-2 with a run scored and double.  Stobbe went 2-2 with a run scored and RBI.  O’Hoppe, Stobbe, Keaton Greenwallt, and Fassnacht each stole a base.

After the game resumed, the BlueClaws were outscored 5-1.

O’Hoppe finished 3-5 with 2 runs scored, double.  Stobbe finished 4-4 with a run scored, RBI, and 2 doubles.  Vito Friscia went 2-4 with an RBI, walk, and double.  Friscia added a stolen base to the previous day’s four.

Jack Perkins pitched four innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  Aidan Anderson pitched two innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk.

The BlueClaws scored a run in the ninth on a double by O’Hoppe followed by Friscia’s two-out RBI double.

Game Two:  This was a seven-inning game.

The BlueClaws limited Brooklyn to 2 hits in the nightcap.  However, they gave up 3 unearned runs in the first inning on a single mixed in with a hit batter, a fielding error, a passed ball, and a sac fly.  Tyler McKay was the victim and limited the Cyclones to one hit, 3 walks, a hit batter, and 2 strikeouts.  Nick Lackney came in and prevented an inherited runner from scoring, but walked two before getting two outs.  Victor Santos gave up a solo HR in one inning.  Aneury Zabala struck out three in two, scoreless innings.

The BlueClaws fought back and tied the game twice.  They scored a run in the second inning on Jhailyn Ortiz’ solo HR (4) and two runs in the fourth on solo HRs by Logan O’Hoppe (3) and Herbert Iser (3) to tie the game at 3 runs apiece.  They tied the game in the fifth on Hunter Markwardt’s solo HR (1).  They went ahead in the sixth on an RBI forceout by Markwardt.

 Iser went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, and HR (3).  O’Hoppe and Ortiz went 1-2 with a run scored, RBI, HR (O’Hoppe’s 3rd, Ortiz’ 4th).

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 4th … there are 305 players in the org

Today’s Transactions – None, but here are yesterday’s, again.

6/03/2021 – Phillies sent CF Adam Haseley on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
6/03/2021 – SS Kendall Simmons assigned to Clearwater from Phillies XST
6/01/2021 – Phillies sent SS Scott Kingery on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
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

16 thoughts on “Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 6/4/2021

  1. Falter continues pitching very well and Sullivan has just been amazing. Has anyone had eyes on Sullivan? Is he getting his Ks on off speed pitches? Also, good to see Simmons with a couple of hits and Ortiz and O’hoppe with homers.

    1. If Sullivan keeps on pitching like this, there’s a legitimate chance he ends the year at Lehigh. He could be in ST in 2022 looking for an opportunity. Note that Sullivan signed with the Phillies, his favorite team, over the Dodgers.

      Falter has been carving up AAA. His last 5 starts: 24.1 inn, 2 ER (both on HRs), 5 walks, 36 SOs.

    2. Murray … I was (and still am) amazed Billy Sullivan didn’t return to Delaware after the pandemic ended his bid to return from TJ in 2020. I was floored when he signed as an UDFA (for 20-thousand dollars) last summer.
      I’ve been following Sullivan since Johnny Almaraz had him visit CBP, and throw a BP session before the 2017 draft. I was disappointed when he didn’t sign after the Phillies picked him (28th round).
      At Delaware, he threw FB (upper 90s), SL & CH. I haven’t seen him at Jersey Shore or at Reading, but I’m guessing he’s using those same three pitches. The key for him is throwing strikes. He’s battled with his control from time to time in the past. So far … so good: 14 K/1 BB in his last 10.1 IP.

  2. I hope the Phillies leave Moniak alone. Stop bringing him up and down. Let him know he is playing the year at LV. Work on his game and gain confidence. Like a lot of the minor leaguers I really want to see him prove a lot of people wrong.

  3. Observations from afar.
    AAA pitching seems to Heavy on the Offspeed ie: Change, Backdoor Cutter and Sinker.
    With Spin rate being Topic in latest discussions is this being stressed in the Development of Pitchers?

    Example: Watched
    AAA Scranton/Wills, D García, 21YO over 70% of his 92 pitch’s

    Reminds me of Youth Leagues. If you a had offspeed kids could dominate.

    Romus, Murray, Hinkle you guys have an eye on the pulse of the game your thoughts????

    1. Harvey…speed still kills.
      Pitchers with the higher velo, and command, have the advantage at the MLB level.
      Lefties do not need mid-90s and above as much, but RHPs certainly could use it.

    2. This season, there has been a clear focus on more off speed and less fastball. You could see it in the way the Marlins were pitching us, and in the way Sherzer pitched yesterday. More sliders and changeups, and less fastballs. Don’t get me wrong, you can still dominate with an elite fastball. But the other pitchers are throwing more off speed than ever before.

    3. Pitchers today are all about speed and then movement off of it. AAA pitchers typically have one or the other, either a good FB they can’t control or good off speed stuff without a good FB. There is a considerable difference to major league pitching.

  4. Thank you Sir (Romus)

    Randolph sore elbow
    Chatum broken hand

    AAA down to 2 bench both catchers?


  5. Luke Williams with another big game yesterday with a big homer and a big double. He’s been their best player. Go figure!! Plus he just won the best defender in our system for May, with no errors although he played all over.
    If USA beats Venuzeula tonight, they would qualify for the July Olympics. I assume Luke will be back to LHV soon.

    1. He was motivated by rocco’s posts in 2019.
      He probably said enough is enough with this guy from south Philly.
      i will make him eat crow meatballs…

  6. Casey Martin and Abrahan Gutierrez have their hitting shoes on tonight….each with two hits in their first two plate appearances.

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