Limited action Monday night. Very little action in the Threshers’ second game against Tampa where they were no-hit through the seven innings of regulation, and won in the shootout.
The Clearwater Threshers (59-52) swept Tampa, 4-3 and 1-0, both in eight innings.
Game One: Mauricio Llovera gave up 3 runs (2 ER) in the first inning on a fielding error, single, and 2 doubles. But he settled down and retired 17 batters in order through the completion of the sixth inning. He struck out seven. Addison Russ grabbed the win with two, no-run, no-hit innings. He walked one, struck out two, and survived the OT runner. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/6/2018
The Clearwater Threshers (57-52) lost to Bradenton, 3-2 in ten innings. Alejandro Requena gave up 1 run on 4 hits in five innings. He loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning and held the Marauders to one run on a double play. He walked 2 and struck out four. Trevor Bettencourt pitched a clean inning. Jonathan Hennigan pitched two, two-hit innings. Jake Hernandez pitched a scoreless ninth, but allowed the OT runner to score the tying run as well as the winning run. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/5/2018
The Phillies had a good week. After extending their losing streak to four games with an extra inning loss to the Boston Red Sox, they bounced back with a win against the Sox, splitting the 2-game series, and swept a 4-game series from the Miami Marlins. Their pitching staff held the “best team in baseball” to 3 runs in 21.1 innings. And the Phillies outscored the Marlins 23-9.
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The Clearwater Threshers (57-51) shut out Bradenton, 1-0 on 2 hits. Jerad Eickhoff retired 6 batters in two rehab innings, striking out two before turning the game over to David Parkinson who tosses seven 2-hit innings. He walked two and struck out seven. He threw 74.7% strikes (56/75). Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/4/2018
With about 4 weeks left in minor league seasons, the Phillies started a chain of promotions that looked like dominoes falling. Twenty-year old 3B Jake Holmes (.353) was promoted from the GCL to Williamsport, 22-year old SS Madison Stokes (.338) from Williamsport to Lakewood, 20-year old Daniel Brito (.252) from Lakewood to Clearwater, 22-year old Jose Pujols (.301, 18 HR) from Clearwater to Reading, 24-year old Jiandido Tromp (.228) from Reading to Lehigh Valley, and the release of 31-year old Adron Chambers (.278) from Lehigh Valley. The biggest surprise to me is that J.P. Crawford went on a road trip with the Threshers. I would have expected the SS to continue his rehab at Lehigh Valley.
The Clearwater Threshers (56-51) rallied to beat Bradenton 9-6. Adonis Medina and Blake Quinn buried the Threshers early with a 6-0 deficit after three innings. Medina faced 6 batters and gave up 5 runs before recording an out, and that out was picking the runner off first base. He would give up 3 more base hits before being relieved after the second inning. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/3/2018
The Clearwater Threshers (55-51) beat Tampa, 2-0. J.P. Crawford started at third base and went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk before being replaced by Jose Gomez. Ramon Rosso tossed a six inning two-hitter walking one and striking out seven. Jake Hernandez struck out 3 in 1.2 innings. Addison Ross picked up his seventh save. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/2/2018
Recaps for an indefinite period will be a little sketchy. We have guests, a favorite niece and two favorite grandchildren. A favorite daughter arrives this weekend. I find I have little time to do the write up and can’t stay up as late as usual to expand on them. When they all depart toward the end of next week, we are traveling north for a visit that culminates at CBP for the Phantasy Camp reunion game on August 18th against the Mets. The grandkids are pre-teens and my back is already sore after just one day. I opted to go to dinner with the family and missed Crawford’s initial rehab with the Threshers. SMH. I imagine I’ll have more time when I’m in the Paoli area in two weeks. In the mean time, I’m sorry for the expected drop off in content.
The Clearwater Threshers (54-51) lost to Tampa, 5-2. J.P. Crawford went 0-3 with 2 strike outs before being replaced by Jose Gomez. McKenzie Mills gave up 3 runs in five innings on 4 hits and 5 walks with 6 strike outs. Grant Dyer gave up the other 2 runs in one inning of work. The Tarpons were successful on 6 of 7 steal attempts. Five came against Mills. Their one CS was on a pickoff. The offense managed just 4 hits. Pujols and Moniak doubled, Rivas and Cabral singled. Pujols and Rivas had the RBIs. Markham had an outfield assist. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/1/2018
The Clearwater Threshers (54-50) beat Tampa, 4-2. Mauricio Llovera (the guy everyone wants to move to the bullpen) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning when a lead off walk helped derail his evening. Llovera (4-7, 4.40) pitched 6.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 1 hit and 2 walks. He struck out a career high 10 Tarpons. Jonathan Hennigan (0.00) allowed an inherited runner to score after a balk call, but settled down and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings. Addison Russ (2.70) struck out 2 in one inning and picked up his 6th save. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/31/2018
J.P. Crawford made a rehab start with the GCL Phillies East squad. The big league shortstop led off and played short for the home team. As so often seemingly happens, the ball found Crawford on the first play, a ground out to Crawford. It was his only chance of the day.
Crawford was replaced after five innings (as planned) but had managed to get 5 at bats. He struck out in the first inning, then walked in his next 4 at bats. He had a particularly efficient line for a guy who didn’t put a ball in play – Crawford went 0-1 with 2 runs scored, 3 RBI, and 4 walks.
The Clearwater Threshers (53-50) had a scheduled day off. They resume play Tuesday Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/30/2018
The Clearwater Threshers (53-50) lost the completion of Saturday’s suspended game, 4-2. The regularly scheduled game was cancelled.
Andrew Brown (2.25) pitched four one-run innings Saturday. He held the Tigers to 4 hits and a walk. He struck out two. Jose Pujols hit a solo HR (18) Saturday before the game was suspended with one out in the visitors’ fifth. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/29/2018