Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (9/18/2022)

Here are today’s results.

Lehigh Valley (73-66) lost the Rochester Red Wings, 12-2.  The IronPigs continued their march toward the offseason.  They lost five games of the six-game series against a second-division team and are 5-10 for the month.  They are in fourth place, 5.5 games out of first, with an elimination number of five with nine games left in the season.

Eight pitchers gave up 12 runs on 22 hits and 4 walks in eight innings.  Jack Perkins (14.85) lasted one inning giving up 4 runs.  Bubby Rossman 5.79) lasted 1.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits.  Brian Marconi (2.79) stranded 2 inherited runners and went 1.1 innings allowing a hit and a walk.  Ofreidy Gomez (8.86) pitched a scoreless inning allowing 2 hits.  Vinny Nittoli (3.75) gave up 3 runs in 0.2 innings.  Francisco Morales (9.58) stranded 2 base runners but then put the next 2 runners on base to start the next inning.  Braden Ogle (5.61) allowed 2 inherited runners to score and finished one inning with a walk and a hit.  Griff McGarry (6.00) pitched an inning and gave up a run on a solo HR.

The IronPigs scored a run in the fourth inning on a ground out.  They scored another run in the ninth on a solo HR by Jorge Bonifacio.

Reading (61-77, 32-37) beat the Altoona Curve, 9-8.  Lindow (4.20) gave up 2 runs in three innings.  Schulze gave up 2 runs in one inning.  Lehman gave up one run in two innings.  Adam Leverett (5-8, 5.54) walked two in a scoreless inning.  Sullivan gave up 3 runs in 0.2 innings.  Matt Seelinger (3.47) picked up his 2nd save stranding 2 inherited runners and pitching 1.1 hitless innings with a walk and K.

The Phils took the lead with 3 runs in the third inning on an RBI double by Carlos De La Cruz, an RBI triple by Johan Rojas, and an RBI single by Jhailyn Ortiz.  They stretched their lead to seven with 6 runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Herbert Iser, an RBI double by De La Cruz, a fielder’s choice, a 2-run single y Aldrem Corredor, and an RBI double by Kevin Vicuna.  Then they held on for dear life as the Curve rallied and fell short.

Iser (.278) went 3-5 with an RBI.  Vicuna (.272) went 2-5 with a double and RBI.  Corredor (.244) went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Ortiz (.237) went with a walk and RBI.  De La Cruz (.278) went 2-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.

The Phils finished the second half in 4th place, 5 games under .500.  They were slightly improved over their first half when they finished in fifth place, 11 games under .500.

The Affiliate Scoreboard

Arizona Fall League

RHP Cristian Hernandez has been aded to the Phillies contingent headed to the AFL.  He joins Carlos De La Cruz (listed as an infielder), outfielders Jhailyn Ortiz and Johan Rojas, LHP Taylor Lehman, RHP Francisco Morales, and RHP Brett Schulze, and Clearwater hitting coach, Jake Elmore.



9 thoughts on “Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (9/18/2022)

  1. Good story this year with De La Cruz…his bat has come around.
    Not sure what the Phillies long-term intentions are with him..1B or OF…but he has shown this season that he can swing the bat and also hit with some pop.
    Next season will be an exciting time to see how he progresses.

    1. Having De La Cruz playing in the infield is curious. The Phillies already have Vierling/Guthrie/Maton who can play IF/OF.

      If De La Cruz plays more 1B instead of the other positions, that might signify something…

        1. He is, but he needs a position to play on the Phillies. Schwarber has 3 more years, Marsh is pre-arbitration, Harper has 9 more years, Castellanos has 4 more years. Before anybody mentions it, it’s too early for the Phillies to consider eating salary to move Schwarber or Castellanos.

          Thet leaves 1B. I believe that Rhys will walk after 2023 unless he gets traded. Darick Hall has been a team player and is waiting for 1B. I guess De La Cruz could be in play here also.

          Carlos De La Cruz should start at Lehigh for 2023. If he performs, he’s a candiate for the 4th OF job, currently occupied by Matt Vierling.

          In ST, Matt Vierling better be looking over his shoulder. You figure Guthrie and Maton will be gunning for his job. And De La Cruz (and Rojas) is not too far behind.

      1. Yep…..whatever they do with him, at 6’8″…he does make a good target for the infielders and a rather long stretch.

        At the plate he will need to work on his high swing and miss rate.

  2. The group that the Phillies are sending to the AFL is not a stellar group; hope at least 1 can improve their stock. Wondering if any one of them will get significant playing time?

    1. Rojas is a top prospect….in the past there was usually only one or two top prospects sent.
      –O’Hoppe and Stott last year
      –Spencer Howard in a prior year

      And when it comes to young pitchers it is a decision based on innings pitched earlier in the year…so you do see more reliever types going.

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