No winners again last night, although Lehigh Valley had a 6-run lead when the game was suspended after three innings. Read further at your own discretion.
Oh, wait. I read a comment in yesterday’s Recap that ticked me off. I’m sick and tired of the revisionist history concerning Nick Pivetta. He wasn’t very good here. He wasn’t good enough to hold onto his rotation spot. He’s one of the reasons the Phillies were always bringing in back-end starters who ultimately failed. He didn’t want to pitch out of the bullpen, and his attitude and results bore that out. He’s gone and nobody was sorry to see him go. Nobody. Stop lamenting his departure. The next person who mentions his name does so with the risk of getting banged. You are warned. Don’t waste time and keystrokes trying to defend your comments. That’ll probably get you banged too. The problem with the trade wasn’t that we got two aging relievers who then underperformed in return for a head case. The problem was that the owner wanted the two relievers even though the cost would include Connor Seabold. Even if the two relievers pitched lights out, the GM knew the price was too high for two rentals. But, the guy who signs the checks has the last say.
I’m also fed up with the whining and complaining about trades that involve low-level players. You can’t look at the stat lines and determine if a trade was good or bad back when it was made. None of you know what the circumstances were that brought about any trades. I’m tired of blanket statements without any evidence or supporting data. It makes me want to step away again for a while. This isn’t as much fun as it used to be.
Lehigh Valley (26-37) suspended in the top of the fourth inning with the IronPigs leading at Buffalo, 7-1. They’ll finish tomorrow. I think it’ll go the full nine, and the scheduled game will be shortened to seven. Spencer Howard (1.25) pitched three innings and allowed one run on 5 hits. He walked none. Tweets by Jay Floyd stated that he gave up 3 consecutive singles (and the run) to start the game then struck out the side. He was mostly 95 with a 96 and 97 in the first. Nothing higher than 94 in the third. Mickey Moniak (.239) was 2-2 with a double, HR (10), and 4 RBI. Cornelius Randolph is at the Complex. He’s been throwing but was cagey when asked if he has any pain when he throws. He says he’s ready to return. But, every guy rehabbing down here thinks he’s ready.
Reading (26-39) lost to Portland, 5-4. The Phils fell short after falling behind 5-1. Jack Perkins (2-1, 3.89) pitched five innings and gave up all five runs on nine hits. He walked none and struck out four. Daniel Brito (.292) went 2-4 with a HR (6). Bryson Stott (.248) went 2-4 with a double and RBI. Jorge Bonifacio went 1-3 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI. The rest of the lineup went 2-20 with 2 walks, and 15 of the team’s 16 strikeouts. SMH.
Jersey Shore (28-37) lost to Brooklyn, 6-1, again. Kevin Gowdy (3-5, 4.18) pitched four innings and gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on five hits and a walk. He struck out six. Manuel Silva gave up the other 3 runs (0 ER) in 1.2 innings. Casey Martin committed 3 errors, all fielding at second base. Matt Kroon returned to action and had a double. Logan O’Hoppe, Vito Friscia, and Jonathan Guzman had the team’s other 4 hits. Friscia also had the team’s only walk. Their only run scored in the eighth inning when the right fielder committed an error on Kroon’s double that let Keaton Greenwalt (HBP) score.
Clearwater (32-32) was embarrassed by Dunedin, 17-6. The Threshers actually had a lead once. A long delay due to lightning and heavy rain cost both teams their starting pitchers. Fernando Lozano (2.01) pitched a scoreless first inning. Recent callup Samuel Aldegheri pitched a clean ninth. In between, three pitchers got hammered. Baron Radcliff (.200) went 2-2 with 2 runs scored, a HR (7), 2 walks, a SF, and 4 RBI. Marcus Lee Sang (.278), Ben Pelletier (.212), and Nicolas Torres (.244) had 2 hits each.
FCL Phillies (8-6) got crushed by the FCL Yankees, 11-0. They were held to one hit, drew no walks, and struck out 13 times. Wilfredo Flores got the only hit. Nothing to see here. Don’t know why they only played seven innings. Well, six-and-a-half.
DSL Phillies Red (0-4) and DSL Phillies White (0-4) were scheduled to play each other. The game was canceled. So, neither team had a chance to get its first win.
7/17/2021 – Phillies signed #1 draft pick RHP Andrew Painter
7/17/2021 – Phillies signed #2 draft pick OF Ethan Wilson
7/17/2021 – Phillies signed #3 draft pick OF Jordan Viars
7/17/2021 – Phillies signed #4 draft pick RHP Micah Ottenbreit
7/17/2021 – Phillies signed #5 draft pick RHP Griff McGarry
7/17/2021 – Phillies signed #6 draft pick RHP Jose Pena
7/17/2021 – Phillies signed #7 draft pick RHP Christian McGowan
7/17/2021 – Phillies signed #8 draft pick RHP Jason Ruffcom
7/17/2021 – Phillies signed #9 draft pick OF Gavin Tonkel
7/17/2021 – Phillies signed #10 draft pick OF Logan Cerny
7/17/2021 – Phillies signed #11 draft pick LHP Andrew Baker
7/17/2021 – Phillies traded RHP Victor Santos to Boston Red Sox
7/17/2021 – Phillies activated RHP Connor Brogdon from the 10-day IL
7/17/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Mauricio Llovera to Lehigh Valley
7/17/2021 – Phillies optioned CF Matt Vierling to Lehigh Valley
7/17/2021 – RHP Adam Leverett assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
7/17/2021 – Jersey Shore activated RHP Noah Skirrow from the 7-day IL
7/17/2021 – Jersey Shore activated RHP Tyler McKay from the 7-day IL
7/17/2021 – LF Matt Kroon assigned to Jersey Shore from Reading
7/17/2021 – Jersey Shore released LF Hunter Hearn
7/17/2021 – LHP Samuel Aldegheri assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies