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 (15–5) posted 7–2 win over the Buffalo Bisons. Lead division by 2.5 games over Syracuse . . . WP: Ranger Suarez (2–1), 6.1–3–2–2–2–7, HR, hit batter . . . RF Lane Adams, 2–4, HR (5), 3 RBI. C Deivy Grullon, 2–5, double, 3 RBI. DH Andrew Romine, 3–5, 2 runs. 2B Gift Ngoepe, 1–3, walk, run, HR (1) . . . Four IronPigs were hit by a pitch; two left the game, CF Jan Hernandez (hand), SS Malquin Canelo (head) . . . JoJo Romero (1–2), 6:35 tonight vs. Buffalo.
Reading, Eastern League East Division
**Fightin Phils (10–7) were rained out vs. New Hampshire . . . Tom Eshelman (0–1), 6:15 tonight vs. Fisher Cats. Reading is tied for second, .012 out of first place.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (9–13) defeated the Tarpons, 5–3, in Tampa before 719 fans . . . WP: Kyle Young (1–3), 6–4–1–1–0–6; for season, 1 walk, 25 strikeouts in 21 innings. SV: Jonathan Hennigan (4), 8 scoreless innings to start the season . . . LF Matt Vierling, 2–4, HR (3), 3 RBI; homer came in a 4-run third inning. 2B Dalton Guthrie, 2–5, walk. CF Simone Muzziotti, 2–4, run . . . Game 3 in the series, 6:30 tonight in Tampa.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (7–15) lost, 6–2, to the Hickory Crawdads . . . LP: Tyler McKay (0–2), 2–7–3–3–0–2, HR, wild pitch; Ben Brown, 6 strikeouts in 3 innings; Ethan Evanko, 3 in 2 innings . . . 1B Alec Bohm, 2–4, lifting average to .373. 2B Jonathan Guzman, 2–4. 3B Cole Stobbe, 1–4, walk, run, HR (1), RBI . . . Jhordany Mezquita (1–2), 5 p.m. today in Hickory.
Nearly every day, the players have mid-afternoon workouts on the field. Different on Thursday, developmental meetings with infielders to watch video on three specific plays (relay alignment on double to RF corner, slow roller to show player that has the best angle to make the play and pre-pitch timing).
LARRY SHENK IS AUTHOR/EDITOR OF THE PHILLIES.COM ALUMNI SECTION AND PROVIDES REGULAR MINOR LEAGUE REPORT PIECES FROM HIS PHILLIES INSIDER BLOG. PHILLIES INSIDER PIECES RE-PRINTED AT PHILLIES NATION BY PERMISSION OF LARRY SHENK. PHILLIES ALUMNI PIECES WITH HIS PERMISSION ALONG WITH APPROVAL FROM MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES.
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