Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (8/5/2021)

Lehigh Valley lost a game that went back and forth.  Reading won big.  Jersey Shore lost big.  And, Clearwater returned to action and won with a young lineup.  The FCL Phillies were cancelled yet again.  And the DSL teams split.

Lehigh Valley (36-42) lost to Buffalo, 9-7.  Mark Appel (5.40) pitched 4.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.  Jeff Singer (4.50) stranded one inherited runner and pitched 1.1 innings allowing a hit and a walk and striking out two.  Braeden Ogle (3.21) blew a save opportunity in the seventh allowing one run on a hit and a walk and striking out two in one inning.  Braden Zarbnisky (1-1, 8.22) also blew a save and took the loss going 1.2 innings and allowing 5 runs (3 ER) on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Mike Adams (1.23) stranded two inherited runners allowed a walk and got one out on a strikeout.

The IronPigs scored 2 runs in the first inning Mickey Moniak’s RBI triple and Matt Vierling’s RBI single.  They scored a run in the fourth on Darick Hall’s RBI double.  They added a run in the fifth on Moniak’s RBI double.  They took their last lead in the seventh on Charlie Tilson’s RBI single.  They scored a couple runs in the ninth on Nick Maton’s RBI triple and Moniak’s sac fly.

Tilson went 2-4 with a double and a walk.  Maton went 1-2 with a sac, triple, 2 walks, and an RBI.  Moniak went 2-3 with a double, triple, walk, SF, and 3 RBI.  Vierling went 3-5 with an RBI.

Reading (32-49) beat Richmond, 9-2.  James McArthur (4.93) tossed a solid 4.1 innings with no runs, 4 hits, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts.  Austin Ross (7-2, 5.72) got the win with 1.2 clean innings.  Aneurys Zabala pitched two innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits while striking out three.  Tyler Carr (5.72) struck out the side in the ninth.

Reading scored twice in the second inning on a missed catch error by the Squirrels’ first baseman.  They scored twice again in the third on RBI singles by Josh Stephen and Luke Miller.  They added three runs in the fourth on Stephen’s 2-run single and a wild pitch.  They tacked on single runs in the fifth and seventh on an RBI triple and a force out by Bryson Stott.

Arquimedes Gamboa (.230) went 2-6 with a double.  Jhailyn Ortiz (.368) went 3-5 with a double.  Bryson Stott (.258) went3-5 with a double, triple, and 2 RBI.  Josh Stephen (.196) went 2-4 with a walk and 2 RBI.  Luke Miller (.221) went 2-5 with an RBI.

Jersey Shore (37-44) lost to Aberdeen, 8-3.  Dominic Pipkin (4-3, 4.97) lasted 1.2 innings and gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks,  He struck out four, though.  Tom Sutera (4.61) came in to strand 3 inherited base runners and pitch 3.1 one-hit innings with 2 strikeouts.  Mark Potter (9.64) pitched two, one-hit innings with 2 strikeouts.  Erubiel Armenta (8.44) pitched 0.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts.  Jonas De La Cruz (22.50) entered to strand 3 inherited runners and pitched 1.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk.

The BlueClaws took a brief lead with 2 runs in the first inning on McCarthy Tatum’s RBI single and DJ Stewart’s RBI double.  They scored a run in the eighth on Vito Friscia’a RBI double.

Clearwater (38-37) beat Bradenton, 6-3.  Rain delayed the start of the first game of a doubleheader, one game was postponed and the other was played a full nine innings.

This was the Threshers’ first game since sweeping a doubleheader on July 29th.  After a bunch of COVID-related cancellations and the assignment of a lot of players to the IL, a lineup made up of several emergency callups whipped the Marauders.

The Threshers lineup consisted of recently demoted SS Casey Martin, C Arturo DeFreitas playing in his second Low-A game, 2B Nicolas Torres, 1B Juan Aparicio, DH Wilfredo Flores playing in his first Low-A game, RF Felix Reyes playing in his first Low-A game, CF Carlos De La Cruz who is playing his first Low-A game after being demoted to the FCL and not performing well there, 3B Kervin Pichardo playing in his fifth Low-A game, and LF Junior Ortega playing in his first Low-A game.  SP Fernando Lozano was making his sixth start and 17th appearance, RP Gabriel Cotto playing in his first Low-A game, and RP Victor Lopez making his second Low-A appearance.

Not a lot of experience against a Bradenton team sporting a 46-32 record.  So, of course, the Threshers held the Marauders to 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out twelve.  Lozano (2.60) went 3.2 innings and gave up 2 runs(1 ER) on 2 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts.  Cotto (1-0, 2.08), who has been pitching well in the FCL, got the win pitching four innings and giving up one run on one hit and 2 walks, and striking out six.  Lopez (0.00) picked up his first save with two strikeouts in one clean inning.

The Threshers tied the game with a run in the third inning on a wild pitch.  They took the lead with 4 runs in the sixth on an RBI double by  Aparicio, a game-tying RBI single by Flores, and a go-ahead 2-run double by De La Cruz.  They tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on De La Cruz’ solo HR (2).

The heart of the Threshers (Aparicio, Flores, Reyes, and CDLC) order went 8-16, each player went 2-4 with a run scored.  Aparicio and Flores each had an RBI.  CDLC had 3 RBI.  Martin (.261) went 1-4.

FCL Phillies (10-6) game cancelled.

DSL Phillies Red (7-9) lost to the DSL Rockies, 5-4.

DSL Phillies White (10-6) beat the DSL Rangers2, 5-0.

The Affiliate Scoreboard, the FCL Scoreboard, and the DSL Scoreboard.

Rosters and Stuff


8/05/2021 – Reading placed 1B Brock Stassi on the 7-day IL, back strain

20 thoughts on “Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (8/5/2021)

  1. When Moniak was on fire in July he was an XBH machine! Let’s hope he’s already back in the groove after a 2B & 3B last night! I’d consider it a great sign that he had truly turned another corner if he was able to perform like that again after getting completely disrupted for a week.

    Last year his OPS was nearly identical from both sides of the plate. This year he’s killing Righties (.877) but not Lefties (.614). His 3B was against an LHP last night. Interestingly he has just 4 XBH on the year vs Lefties, including 0 doubles and 3 triples!

    1. He has been near the top of league leaders in triples in most all his stops thru the minors…so he can drive the ball to the wall and beat the throw into third.

  2. Seems like Jersey Shore has 2 pitchers going in opposite directions; Euribel Armenta is not handling high A well but Tom Sutera’ stock is rising. Any thoughts on these 2 and can Armenta turn it back?

    1. Lots of pitchers go up a level and get hit initially as they realize their location is key and straight fastballs get hit. Let’s give him a bit more time to adjust.

  3. Jhaylin Ortiz continues to rake at AA, .368 , 1.033…

    Nice game for Stott, a HR short of the cycle

    1. Ortiz could be up with the Phillies by the second half of 2022.
      I guess they will push the CF gig with him…he did lose 20 plus lbs from last year, and he was always pretty athletic for a bigger guy.
      I had envisioned him as their starting LF with Moniak, Haseley or even Muzziotti manning CF.

      1. Muzzioti is the forgotten man. Missing two seasons in a row could kill his career. I can’t believe he’s still not stateside. I wonder if there’s more to the story.
        It really is interesting that they’re keeping Ortiz in CF. It’s actually easier to play CF than the corners, assuming you have the speed to get to the alleys and enough arm. I never thought he’d be a CF though. As for him being in Philly next year, that’s certainly best case but if he keeps playing like he has been for the last two months, he’s got a chance. Moniak is also showing the best version of himself too and if he can keep this up, who knows with him too. Fingers crossed on both.

        1. Agree about CF. Played it in little league and high school. The entire field is right in front of you. With enough speed (or long strides like Garry Maddox) and decent arm it is probably the easiest position on the diamond. Playing RF always felt like the field was tilted. The trick to playing LF was which way to turn on balls over your head.

          1. Isn’t it a hoot that RF has the stigma of putting your worst fielder there in little league. Most of your hitters are righthanded and most swing late. Need a good arm in RF for long throws and also an occasional play at first.

            1. Playing RF is awesome because you get to throw guys out going 1st to 3rd. Changes the whole inning. Runners don’t try it on balls to LF unless they’re really fast or 2 outs. Hard to throw guys out from CF

  4. Pipkin was having a great start through June but he’s hit a wall in July. Hopefully it’s just a dead arm period or his mechanics are a bit out of whack.

      1. Agree…now in AA ball….he could get scooped up by a team like the Orioles or DBacks in the Rule 5

  5. Does anyone know what as happened to Cornelius Randolph? He was starting to look like he was turning a corner at the beginning of the season, went on the 7 day IL and has since dropped off the face of the earth

    1. It sounded like he needed shoulder surgery. Such a shame after that start. Will be an interesting 40 decision.

  6. If Stott, Ortiz and Moniak all could turn out to be everyday players; it will offset the lack of other prospects in the system. Maybe we get lucky and beat the odds? After all we are overdue.

    Right now all three are showing strong at LHV and Reading.

    It is amazing what Moniak did in July compared to his June production. Has there been any reports of a different approach being used?

    1. I don’t agree that Stott has looked great. He has looked okay and the reports about his SS play don’t give me confidence that he can stay there. Stott needs to get hot and hit 300 with some power the rest of the way.

      1. Agree. Ho-hum numbers in Reading and hasn’t separated himself from the pack of other prospects in the 2-10 range in the system. A pack that includes a pitcher with an ERA over 7 vying for that #2 spot.

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