Threshers’ Recap (6/25/2021)

Clearwater was scheduled to play two games against Daytona Friday, and our Florida weather complied, shunting bad weather to either side of our area.  The first game was a pitchers’ battle with the Threshers coming out on top, 1-0.  The second game, after a short delay to make sure that lightning would not be a problem, also featured strong pitching in a 2-1 Threshers’ loss.  The Threshers are now 23-23 and in fourth place in their division.

Game One:  The Threshers scheduled piggyback was Fernando Lozano and Jordi Martinez.  It worked to perfection.  Lozano pitched four, two-hit innings, and Martinez followed with three, one-hit innings.

  • Lozano – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 49/36 pitches/strikes (73.5%)
  • Martinez – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 40/24 pitches/strikes (60.0%)

At different points in the game, Lozano retired 11 consecutive batters, Martinez retired 6 in a row.

The Threshers scored the game’s only run in the third inning on a force out.  After Baron Radcliff reached on a walk, and he and Edgar Made executed a successful hit-and-run, Yhoswar Garcia broke his bat on a ground ball to shortstop.  Radcliff scored on the futile attempt at an inning-ending double play.

There wasn’t much offense in the game.  Both teams managed just 3 hits and a walk.  Rixon Wingrove, Kendall Simmons, and Edgar Made each went 1-2.  Radcliff didn’t have an official at bat as he walked and was hit by a pitch (on a 3-0 count).  Johan Rojas, who reached on a 2-base error, was picked off second.

Game Two:  Christian Hernandez pitched five solid innings before turning the game over to Rodolfo Sanchez.

Hernandez gave up a 2-run HR to the third batter he faced.  Then, he retired 14 of the next 15 batters.  Sanchez pitched two, one-hit innings striking out four.

  • Hernandez – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 64/45 pitches/strikes (70.0%)
  • Sanchez – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 35/21 pitches/strikes (60.0%)

The Threshers scored their lone run on Luis Garcia’s RBI single.

The Threshers collected just 4 singles.  Y. Garcia, L. Garcia, and Rojas each went 1-3.  Nicolas Torres went 1-2.  They drew zero walks.

One game Saturday.  Mick Abel on the mound.

In other action:

Lehigh Valley (21-25) beat Scranton, 6-3.  Mark Appel got his first Triple-A win.  He pitched five scoreless innings allowing two hits and two walks.  Brady Lail allowed one of three inherited runners to score plus two of his own.  Dalton Guthrie went 2-4 with 3 RBI and a HR (1).  Edgar Cabral had an RBI triple.

Reading (18-28) beat Binghamton, 8-5.  A seven-run seventh inning carried the day.  Home runs by Jorge Bonifacio and Logan Landon and an RBI double by Luke Miller were the big blows.  And, in another example that wins as a statistic mean nothing, Aneury Zabala got the win after posting this – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP.

Jersey Shore (19-26) lost to Brooklyn, 7-2.  Logan O’Hoppe (.260) went 3-4 with 2 RBI and a HR (5).  Corbin Williams and Hunter Hearn each threw out runners at the plate.

FCL Phillies season starts Monday (6/28) and runs thru 9/12.

The roster on their FCL site is hopelessly inaccurate.  They are short position players and some of the guys listed will be going onto the IL.  The Phillies can only field one Complex team this season.  But, there is no limit to the roster size within the 180 state-side player limit for each organization.  FYI, as of the 2021 season, the following limits are in use:

Level Active Roster Player Restrictions
Triple-A 28 no restrictions
Double-A 28 no restrictions
High-A 30 No more than 2 players and one player-coach with 6 or more years of minor league experience
Low-A 30 No more than 2 players with 5 or more years of minor league experience
Complex no limit No more than 3 players with 4 or more years of minor league experience
Dominican 35 No players with 4 or more years of minor league experience

DSL Phillies Red and DSL Phillies White seasons run 7/12 thru 10/2.

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Recent Transactions

6/25/2021 – Phillies sent RF Matt Joyce on a rehab assignment to Clearwater (Note: Joyce was scratched from the Threshers lineup when the weather forecast was so dismal)
6/25/2021 – Phillies sent RHP Brandon Kintzler on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
6/25/2021 – Phillies recalled SS Nick Maton from Lehigh Valley
6/25/2021 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Neftali Feliz from Lehigh Valley
6/25/2021 – Phillies placed RHP Sam Coonrod on the 10-day IL, right forearm tendinitis
6/25/2021 – Phillies recalled RHP Enyel De Los Santos from Lehigh Valley
6/25/2021 – Phillies designated RHP David Hale for assignment
6/25/2021 – RHP Mike Adams assigned to Lehigh Valley from Jersey Shore
6/25/2021 – RHP Adam Leverett assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore

10 thoughts on “Threshers’ Recap (6/25/2021)

  1. Mark Appel might be a fantastic career story if he continues on this path. Might be a #4 in the Phillies rotation one day.

    1. It would make for a good story if he makes his way to the bigs for his debut as a 29-30 year old rookie. But asking him to stick in a ML rotation is a big stretch. Besides the fact that Falter and Sanchez are ahead of him, his numbers don’t dictate anything special. SO rate is just ok, walk rate is a little high. His numbers at Reading bear it out.

  2. Logan O’Hoppe…..looks like he is gearing up for a Reading promotion
    Month of June….84 PAs….BA of .294…OBP of .369

    1. His BA is way up from May but so are his strikeouts: 24 of them in those 84 PAs. It probably wouldn’t hurt him to stay in Hi-A a little while longer.

      1. Yeah, I can see him staying there thru July and being in Reading in August for their last 35/ 40 or so games thru mid-Sept….he will get to see about 125/150 PAs of AA pitching before next season.

  3. Interesting how baseball gives out rewards. In the Reading game last night, the guy who pitched the worst (Zabala) out of the four hurlers got credited for the win. And I know the rule: He was the pitcher when his team went ahead to stay. It’s like a reliever giving up two runs in the ninth inning and yet getting credited for a save.

  4. Nice to see Victor Santos do well in his AA debut. Dude’s 20, missed a year of development because of Covid and still got to Reading. I assume he doesn’t have great stuff because he’s a Phillies’ prospect but he’s got some time hone whatever his secondary stuff is.

    1. From an article about Santos

      He’s really impressive. I didn’t actually have a hole lot to do with him during spring training and I’ve just loved every second of him being around. Obviously, his work on the mound has been unbelievable. For such a young guy, his pitchability is crazy. He’s not necessarily running it up to 96, 97 miles an hour, but he’s just going out there and pitching. He’s landing three pitches for strikes every time he goes out there and he’s pitched in some big spots at the back end of games in some of those high leverage situations. He’s just been really reliable and he’s a guy that we know can compete in the zone with multiple pitches and it’s just really cool to see a guy that’s so young just go out and show no fear and embrace contact, and early contact at that, and then he’s obviously missing bats with just how good his stuff is. It’s just really cool to see him- he worked really, really hard last year, he’s in really good shape and just to see him have some success is really cool.

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