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 (10–3) swept a doubleheader (7-inning games) at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by the same 5–3 score. In doing so, they became the first team in the league with double digit wins . . . Enyel De Los Santos (2–0), 7:05 tonight vs. Rochester, his third start against the Red Wings.
Game #1: WP: Cole Irvin (1–0), 6.2–10–3–1–0–1, 25 first-pitch strikes, 13 fly ball outs, 71 strikes, 23 balls. SV: Edubray Ramos (2), .1–0–0–0–0–1; strikeout with two runners on base, three pitches — slider, slider, fast ball looking . . . C Deivy Grullon, 2–3, run, 3 RBI, HR (2). LF Lane Adams, 1–4, run, RBI, HR (2).
Game #2: ND: Tyler Viza, 3–3–2–2–0–1, HR. WP: Tom Windle (1–0). SV: Edgar Garcia (#1), strikeout with bases-loaded to end game, slider, fast ball, slider, slider . . . LV scored all runs in the fourth inning on a three-run blast by CF Jan Hernandez (5) and two-run homer by LF Lane Adams (3).
Reading, Eastern League East Division
**Fightin Phils (6–5) led, 7–1, after two innings but wound up losing in 10 innings against the Portland Sea Dogs, 11–7 . . . ND: Mauricio Llovera, 5.1–4–3–3–3–8. LP: Aaron Brown (0–2) . . . 1B Darick Hall, 2–4, run, 3 RBI, HR (#1). RF Cornelius Randolph, 1–4, run, 3 RBI, HR (#3) . . . DH Austin Listi’s third-inning double ended an 0–25 streak at the start of the season . . . Tom Eshelman (0–0), 6:35 tonight at Harrisburg Senators.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (4–10) lost, 5–2, at Florida when the bullpen gave up five seventh-inning runs after the Fire Frogs were no-hit for six innings . . . ND: Damon Jones, 6–0–0–0–3–7, 76 pitches; lowered ERA to 0.64; 23 strikeouts in just 14 innings this season. LP: Luis Carrasco (0–2), 0–3–3–3–3–0, 13 pitches; Connor Brogdon, 2–3–2–2–1–3 . . . 3B Madison Stokes, two of Clearwater’s five hits including third home run . . . Alejandro Requena (1–0), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa Tarpons at Spectrum Field.
Clearwater pitching staff leads FSL in strikeouts (166); hitters have most homers (12) despite a .207 average.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (3–11) lost eighth in a row, 7–1, in West Virginia, getting 13 hits in the three-game sweep . . . LP: Francisco Morales (0–1), 3.1–5–5–5–3–6, HR . . . C Abrahan Gutierrez, 2–4; hitting .417 . . . Kevin Gowdy (0–0), 6:35 tonight at home vs. Lexington Legends.