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 (15–6) lost, 8–5, to Buffalo when the Bisons scored three in the top of the sixth inning . . . ND: JoJo Romero, 4.1–6–5–4–5–4, wild pitch, hit batter. LP: Josh Martin (1–1) . . . DH Rob Brantly, 3–4, run. 1B Damek Tomscha, 2–3, walk. CF Shane Robinson, 2–4, walk, run. C Deivy Grullon, 1–4, run, HR (4), 2 RBI; hitting .370. RF Lane Adams, 1–4, walk, run, HR (6), 2 RBI; third HR in last 4 games . . . Nick Pivetta (1–0), 1:35 this afternoon vs. Buffalo . . . 1st-place Pigs host 2nd-place Syracuse Mets in 4-game series starting on Monday night.
Reading, Eastern League East Division
**Fightin Phils (10–8) lost, 8–5, to New Hampshire, ending a 4-game winning streak . . . LP: Tom Eshelman (0–2), 3.1–7–7–5–1–5, HR, wild pitch. Luke Leftwich fanned the side in his 1 inning; for the season, 11.2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, 18 strikeouts. Five Reading pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts . . . RF Adam Haseley, 1–2, 2 runs, HR (#2), 2 RBI, hit by pitch. 3B Ali Castillo, 1–2, 2 walks, run, HR (#1), 2 RBI. Reading had only 2 other hits . . . Ramon Rosso (2–0), 2:15 this afternoon vs. the Fisher Cats.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (10–13) trailed, 3–0, after two innings but came back for a 6–3, 10-inning win over the Tarpons in Tampa thanks to brilliant work by the bullpen. ND: Andrew Brown, 3–5–3–3–2–2. Grant Dyer, Connor Brogdon, Seth McGrath, Austin Ross combined for 7 hitless, scoreless innings, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts; at one point they retired 17 consecutive batters . . . 3B Nick Maton, 2–4, walk, run, 2 RBI, stolen base (#5). 2B Jose Gomez, 2–4, walk, 2 RBI; 8-game hitting streak (.429). C Edgar Cabral, 2–3, 2 walks, run, game-winning RBI . . . Julian Garcia (1–2), 1 this afternoon in Tampa.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (8–15) collected 12 hits in winning, 4–1, over the Crawdads in Hickory . . . ND: Jhordany Mezquita, 4–3–1–1–2–2, HR. WP: Dominic Pipkin (1–1), 4–0–0–0–1–4 . . . 2 hits each: RF Ben Pelletier, SS Luis Garcia, RF Carlos De La Cruz (both doubles), 1B Jake Holmes. DH Alec Bohm hit a 2-run HR in the eighth (#3) . . . Francisco Morales (0–1), 3 this afternoon in Hickory. Lakewood is 4–2 going into the final game of the 7-game road trip.