Six games, six losses. Reading and Jersey Shore both were swept in doubleheaders. Lehigh Valley got blown out. Clearwater just lost, again.
I went to the Complex to watch a scrimmage and picked up an XST roster. There are 64 players on the roster. Twenty-three are injured or at some point during a rehab. One was dispatched to St. Lucie to be activated for Saturday’s Threshers’ game. And, another player suffered an injury during the game and had to be helped into the clubhouse. That leaves 39 healthy bodies for the Complex league – 26 pitchers, 5 catchers, 7 infielders (including Kingery and Corredor), and 3 outfielders. I think it is very unlikely that the Phillies could field two Complex League teams this summer.
Jean Cabrera, Eiberson Castellano, Estibenzon Jimenez, Wilson Valdez, and Jayden Estanista got at least two innings work each. They played the equivalent of 9 half innings. Today we had umpires and at one point, he invoked the two pickoff attempts limit and called a balk on the third throw over when it did not result in an out. First time I’ve seen that.
Cabrera looked good in his two innings. The others had their moments -getting hit a little but recovering. Even Castellano who gave up 3 runs to his first 3 batters actually pitched stronger over his three innings.
Catchers Freddy Francisco, Herbert Iser, and Jackie Pertruz provided the muscle with HRs. Scott Kingery singled and scored. Erik Brito made a great defensive play look easy, charging a soft tapper to second where he had to charge and throw to first across his body from the infield grass. The game ended on an infield single that went off the first baseman’s glove toward Brito who fired home to nab a runner trying to score from second. The standard 3-4-2.
Aidan Anderson was the pitcher who was called up to the Threshers. 2021 IFA top prospect catcher Rickardo Perez was the player who left injured. He collapsed on a swinging strike three. He writhed in pain and could be heard in distress. The trainer came out and after a few minutes, Perez left the field with assistance but putting limited pressure on his leg. We debated the severity until we saw him leave after the game on crutches with one of those soft, elastic sleeves providing support. We’re hoping that since they treated him in the clubhouse that he’ll be fine in a few days.
Clearwater (1-7) lost to St. Lucie, 5-4. link
Andrew Painter opened with four, no-hit innings. He walked two and struck out seven. Jared Wetherbee gave up 4 runs in one inning on 4 walks and one hit. Malik Binns gave up one run in 1.2 innings on a hit and 2 walks. Buddy Hayward pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.
The Threshers scored 2 runs in the third on an RBI single by Odubel Herrera and a force out by Lee Hao Yu. They scored twice in the eighth on RBI doubles by Kendall Simmons and Felix Reyes.
Jadiel Sanchez threw a runner out at third base. Herrera went 2-3. Reyes (.286) also had two hits.
Lehigh Valley (4-7) lost to Worcester, 13-1. link
This game was over early, and often.
Reading (3-6) dropped two to Akron, 11-0 and 2-1 in eight. link
Game One: Josh Hendrickson got four outs, and gave up seven runs on 6 hits and a walk. Julian Garcia stranded an inherited runner and gave up one run on two hits. He struck out three. Mike Adams pitched two innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. Bubby Rossman pitched a scoreless inning.
The Fightin Phils got one hit as there’s a drive into deep left field by Castellanos …
Game Two: The Phils went with a bullpen game, so needless to say the bullpen let themselves down. Seriously, they pitched well as a group. The game headed to an extra inning after Braden Zarbnisky, Zach Warren, Francisco Morales, and Brian Marconi combined to throw seven scoreless, 3-hit, one-walk innings. McKinley blew the save and lost the game recording just one out while giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks.
The Phils took the lead in the top of the eighth when the “unearned runner” scored on Colby Fitch’s SF. Jonathan Guzman stole a base, Kevin Vicuna was caught. Jordan Ockimey had 2 of the team’s 3 hits and had the only hit in game one going 3-5 with a walk in the DH.
Jersey Shore (1-7) dropped two to Brooklyn, 4-1 and 6-1. link
Game One: Jersey Shore pulled ahead in the top of the sixth, but couldn’t hold on. The BlueClaws scored their first run on McCarthy Tatum’s solo HR in the third inning. They took the lead in the sixth on a wild pitch and Luis Garcia’s RBI single. Tatum (.316) had a two[hit game.
Ben Brown went two innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks. J.P. Woodward, Dominic Pipken, and Tyler McKay each tossed a scoreless inning. Andrew Schultz gave up two runs in one inning.
Jared Carr had an outfield assist at home from LF. Nicolas Torres stole a base. Woodward picked off a runner.
Game Two: Mick Abel went three innings and gave up 2 runs on a hit and a walk. He struck out four but hit 3 batters. Jhordany Mezquita gave up 3 runs in two innings on 2 hits and 3 walks. Jonathan Hughes pitched an inning and gave up a run.
The BlueClaws scored their lone run in the second inning on DJ Stewart’s solo HR. Ethan Wilson (.310) had 2 hits. He also stole his eighth base.
Rosters and Stuff
Not up to date, yet.
4/15/2022 – Phillies sent LHP Jeff Singer outright to Lehigh Valley
4/15/2022 – Reading activated LHP Nick Lackney
4/15/2022 – Jersey Shore activated RHP Jonathan Hughes
4/14/2022 – Phillies signed IFA C Angel Mata to an MiLB contract