Phillies Nation is honored to have Larry Shenk among the ranks of our regular contributors.
“The Baron” is the former Philadelphia Phillies head of community relations, a role in which he served the organization for more than four decades. Larry is also a 2018 inductee to the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.
In addition to the Phillies alumni and history work which Larry has been sharing with readers here at Phillies Nation, his “Minor League Report” pieces will now also run with us all during the season as well.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division
**IronPigs (8–2) and Red Wings game at Frontier Field in Rochester turned into a wild west shootout. LV won, 20–18, in 10 innings, hitting a club-record nine home runs (old record, five). Rochester hit five. Weather: wind 23 mph out to left. Seven homers were hit to left, left-center.
Ten different players, five on each team, homered. Ten pitchers were used in the 3:55 slugfest. Only two didn’t give up a home run. Each pitcher contributed to the 43 total hits.
Rochester starting pitcher, Chase De Jong, and manager, Joel Skinner, were ejected by the home plate umpire in the fourth inning.
Trailing, 17–16 starting the top of the ninth, RF Jan Hernandez hit his second homer of the game to send the game into extra innings. The Pigs scored three in the top of the 10th (on second homer by Sean Rodriquez) and the Red Wings came back with one run. Win was the fourth straight for LV.
The LV home run parade:
Hernandez, third and ninth innings, #3–4. 5 RBI.
LF Dylan Cozens, fifth and sixth innings, #3–4. 3 RBI.
DH Andrew Romine, back-to-back with Cozens twice, #2–3. 4 RBI.
3B Mitch Walding, third inning, #3. 1 RBI.
2B-1B Rodriguez, fifth (solo) and 10th innings (2 on), #1–2. 5 RBI.
SS Malquin Canelo led the hit parade with three singles and a double. 1 RBI.
ND: Ranger Suarez, 4–12–10–8–0–3, 3 HR. W (1–0)/BS (1), Josh Martin, 2–4–3–3–1–2, 2 HR. SV: Edubray Ramos (#1), 1–1–1–0–1–1.
Series concludes at 1:05 this afternoon, JoJo Romero (0–1).
Transaction: RHR Alexis Rivero, assigned to extended spring training.
Reading, Eastern League East Division
**Fightin Phils (5–2) won their delayed home opener (rained out on Friday), 5–1, over the Richmond Flying Squirrels before, 6,738 . . . WP: Ramon Rosso (2–0), 5.1–6–0–0–0–7; 10.1 scoreless innings over first two starts. Reading hurlers fanned 13, two each by relievers Luke Leftwich, Kyle Dohy, Addison Russ . . . RF Mickey Moniak, 1–4, run, stolen base, assist (third base). 2B Luke Williams, 2–4, double, run, RBI, stolen base. 1B Darick Hall, 1–4, double, 2 RBI . . . Adonis Medina (0–0), 2:15 this afternoon in series finale.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (2–8) lost, 3–0, to Fort Myers Miracle, getting only four singles. Threshers are hitting .194 as a team. Loss was third in a row, sixth of last seven. . . LP: Kyle Young (0–2), 6–4–1–1–0–10; second double-digit strikeout game of career . . . 1 this afternoon vs. Fort Myers.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (3–7) lost, 7–5, as the Delmarva Shorebirds scored seven runs with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning: two walks, two doubles, two hit batters and a walk-off grand slam by 3B JC Encarnacion. Three Lakewood pitchers combined on a no-hitter through eight innings. Loss was fourth in a row . . . ND: Kevin Gowdy, 4–0–0–0–3–7; walked first three batters and then retired 12 in a row; his second start after missing 2017–2018 following Tommy John surgery. LP: Robinson Martinez (0–1) . . . CF Malvin Matos, 2–4, 2 runs, RBI, stolen base. RF Ben Pelletier, 2–4, RBI. C Abrahan Gutierrez, 2–4. SS Luis Garcia, 2–4, RBI. LF Carlos De La Cruz, 1–3, run, 2 RBI, 2 stolen bases . . . Colton Eastman (0–1), 2:05 this afternoon in Salisbury, MD.