Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (5/19/2022)

Lehigh Valley lost a shootout on a walk-off in the ninth inning.  Reading battled back-and-forth before a blowout 7-run inning put their opponent away.  Jersey Shore one a one-run game.  Clearwater had the day off.


Clearwater (20-14) had an off day as the stadium was used for HS graduation.  However, they’ll pay for the day off with a doubleheader on Friday.


Lehigh Valley (21-18) lost to the Rochester Red Wings, 10-9.

James Marvel’s (11.78) streak of one decent start came to an end at one when he lasted just three innings and gave up 6 runs on 9 hits and a walk.  Jake Hernandez (6.43) pitched an inning and gave up a run on a solo HR.  Joe Gatto (4.86) went 1.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks.  Kyle Dohy (3.27) pitched 1.1 innings and allowed a hit and struck out two.  Damon Jones (1-0, 2.25) came off the IL to lose the game giving up a run on a hit and a walk in one inning plus.  After a 1-2-3 eighth, Jones went 4-pitch walk, stolen base, run-scoring double.

The scoring came quickly in this game.  The IronPigs scored 4 runs in the first inning on a solo HR by Matt Vierling, an RBI single by Yairo Munoz, an RBI triple by Nick Maton, and an RBI single by Edgar Cabral.  After Marvel gave up 4 runs, the IronPigs scored twice in the second on a ground out and an RBI single by Darick Hall.  Marvel gave up 2 more runs, and the IronPigs took the lead again with a run in the third on an RBI single by Dalton Guthrie.  Later, Hall hit a game-tying 2-run HR (14) in the ninth, but then Jones.

The IronPigs mounted a 15 hit attack in defeat.  Vierling (.241) went 2-4 with a walk, HR (1), and RBI.  Scott Kingery (DH) went 2-5 with a triple and RBI.  Hall(.276) went 2-5 with a HR and 3 RBI.  Yairo Munoz (.343) went 2-5 with an RBI.  Cabral (.200) went 2-5 with an RBI.  Guthrie (.263) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.

They hit 6-12 with RISP.  Guthrie and Andreoli had outfield assists.  They stole 4 of 5 bases – Kingery (1), Vierling 2 (6), and Andreoli (6).


Reading (17-19) beat the Somerset Patriots, 12-4.

Eric Miller (1.69) pitched two scoreless innings allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out four.  He threw 35 pitches (23 strikes, 65.7%).  Braeden Zarbnisky followed with two innings allowing one run on 2 hits and striking out three.  Ethan Evanko (5.79) pitched 1.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits allowing the Patriots to tie the game.  McKinley Moore (2-2, 6.00) stranded 2 inherited runners and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings allowing no hits and walking one.  He struck out three.  Billy Sullivan (3.46) mopped up with two scoreless innings allowing one hit, walking one, and striking out four.

The score see-sawed back and forth through the early innings.  The Phils took a lead with a run in the second inning on a throwing error.  They took the lead again with a run in the fourth on a force out.  They tied and took the lead again with 2 runs in the sixth on a 2-run HR (7) by Logan O’Hoppe.  They broke another tie with 7 runs in the eighth on an RBI single by Josh Ockimey, bases-loaded walks by Vito Friscia and Freylin Minyety, a 3-run double by Sal Gozzo, and a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Guzman.  Josh Ockimey tacked on another run in the ninth on a solo HR (6).

Aldrem Corredor (.268) went 2-4 with 3 runs scored, a double, and HBP.  Logan O’Hoppe (.290) went 3-4 with 3 runs scored, HR, HBP, and 2 RBI.  Ockimey (.248) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a walk, HR, and 2 RBI.


Jersey Shore (12-22) beat the Wilmington Blue Rocks, 5-4.

Cristian Hernandez (7.03) pitched five innings and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits and one walk.  Erubiel Armenta (2-1, 4.00) pitched one scoreless inning allowing a hit and a walk.  Tyler McKay (3.14) pitched two scoreless innings giving up 2 hits.  Jason Ruffcorn (3.95) pitched one scoreless inning allowing one hit and earning his 6th save.

The BlueClaws scored 2 runs in the first inning on a 2-run double by Nick Matera.  They fell behind but tied the game with 2 solo HRs in the sixth by Carlos De La Cruz (2) and DJ Stewart (3).  They took the lead in the seventh when De La Cruz reached on a fielding error with the bases loaded.

The BlueClaws were outhit 12-7.  Matera (.243) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, walk, and 2 RBI.  Johan Rohas stole his 21st base, Jared Carr his 2nd, and Stewart his 10th.  Rojas had two outfield assists, one at third and one at home.


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Transactions

5/19/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Damon Jones from the 7-day IL
5/19/2022 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Braeden Ogle on the 7-day IL
5/19/2022 – Jersey Shore placed RHP Victor Vargas on the 7-day IL retroactive to 5/18
5/18/2022 – Reading placed RHP Adam Leverett on the 7-day IL
5/18/2022 – Reading placed CF Simon Muzziotti on the 7-day IL

23 thoughts on “Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (5/19/2022)

  1. O’Hoppe is red hot! So nice to see him flashing power (5 hr in 5 g) after it was so lacking the first 5 weeks. (Plus only 2 of 7 hr at home.)

    Ortiz continues to show promise, however his 36.3% K% is his highest of his career (and by ~4%) and very concerning. His BB% is also at career high, 10.3%. He’s always been very streaky but seems to be little more consistent so far this year.

    Darrick Hall is en fuego!

      1. There is that tendency for Latin kids to start slow in the northeast in April, so will see if it holds up again. Whether it is the weather, or just a new promotion to a higher caliber of pitching in a new league, remains to be seen.

  2. Johann Rojas has disappointed however I’ll note again that he started very slow last year as well.

    2021 thru May: .200/.236/.305
    2022 to date: .192/.264/.246

    Also note though, in same early-season comparison he’s improved BB% (2.9% …up to 8.9%), SB (6 of 8 …up to 21 of 21).
    Plus, he has 3 Outfield Assusts in past 10 days. So he isn’t carrying hitting woes to the field.

    He got hot and then hotter with the weather in 2021. Here’s hoping his fire gets lit soon.

      1. I’m not. There’s a reason that Vierling is in the minor leagues and there’s no sample size proof he’s turned a corner. He has a lot of physical ability (I’m a believer in his skill set), but he has serious problems as hitter. As a hitter, Vierling was basically using 1/4 of the field – specifically, right field. This made him incredibly predictable for fielders to position themselves and it robbed him of most of his power. Vierling has to learn to drive the ball to all parts of the field and, hopefully, pull certain balls for added power. I would think, at the very least, Vierling would need a couple of months in the minors to implement these changes. I don’t want the same Vierling we had before – at that level of development, he was a horrible major league hitter – nowhere near the hitter Herrera is. Right now, I think it would be bad for the team, and Vierling, if he was promoted.

        1. Obviously, it’s certainly possible he could be ready in less than a couple of months – like if he went a tear for a month similar to the one Logan O’Hoppe is on now. But, otherwise, I’d like to see some substantive changes to suggest he’s improved. With Vierling, it won’t just be about stats – it will be about improving his ability to use all fields. What he was doing before won’t work in the majors.

  3. Also, at the very least, Quinn is the best defensive CF we currently have, and a late inning pinch running threat. That can provide help to the team, and I think Vierling needs more time in LHV, and he is not nearly as good defensively.

  4. It would probably be a good idea for Vierling to play the rest of the year at LHV. He’s not going to make a difference on the big club and this way he can work on thinks at AAA.

    I think it would also be smart to keep O’Hoppe in AA for the remainder of the year or maybe bump him up to LHV for the final 2-3 weeks to give him some exposure to AAA.

    Realmuto has a few years left on his contract so there’s no need to rush O’Hoppe. Ease him in level to level and make him the back up to Realmuto in JT’s last year.

    1. As far as I’m concerned, the last year of JT’s contract (and perhaps even the second-to-last year), playing time could be up for grabs. And, as everyone can now see, putting JT at first base (for more than a game or two here or there) is a complete non-starter. It hurts them at two positions and robs him of trade value.

      1. If JT’s last 2 years are an issue, it’ll be difficult to trade him somewhere without eating a substantial amount (at least 50% of his remaining contract).

        This is what I mean by Big market problems. Giving large contracts is great until they decline. Then you’re stuck with the remaining contract.

        1. Oh, yeah, they would almost certainly have to eat big portions of his contract, but if O’Hoppe is a better player by then, that’s what you do – just as they did with Howard when he displaced Thome.

          1. By the way, I’ve always been somewhat concerned about JT’s contract, although I said they should do it, but that it was close. That said, I do expect him to hit better this year and probably be fine next year too. Years 4 and 5 will likely be risky, but he’s a very good defensive catcher (about half his value), so that helps alleviate some of the hitting performance pain.

    1. Hinkie……….Somerset has O’Hoppe and the Reading Philies three more games this weekend. Even Ortiz is getting ready to light the fireworks.

  5. Thanks Romus, man I like the way O’Hoppe is built. He should line up well to succeed Realmuto.

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