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 shares with readers here at Phillies Nation, his “Minor League Report” pieces now also run with us all during the season as well.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division
**IronPigs (21–19) lost, 6–4, in Charlotte. Road trip ended 2–4 . . . LV’s runs were solo home runs, 1B Damek Tomscha (#4), DH Matt McBride (#4–5), 3B Ali Castillo (#2) who had the IronPigs other hit, a double . . . LP: Tyler Viza (0–3), 4.2–7–5–5–2–6, HR, 2 wild pitches . . . Day off today . . . Division-leading Syracuse Mets open a series at Coca-Cola Park Tuesday night. Pigs are in third place, 2 games behind the Mets. Phillie Phanatic will be there.
Reading, Eastern League East Division
**Fightin Phils (22–16) hung on for a 5–4 win over the Portland Sea Dogs who scored 3 in the top of the ninth and had the tying run on second base when the game ended with a strikeout. Sixth straight win moved Reading to within 1 game of first place . . . CF Mickey Moniak, 2–4, 2 runs. 1B Darick Hall, 1–3, walk, run, HR (#5), 3 RBI. 3B Luke Williams, 1–5, run, 1st AA HR, 2 RBI; his 2-run blast in the seventh inning turned out to be the winning margin . . . WP: Adonis Medina (1–2), 5–4–0–0–2–5, retired 13 of last 16 batters; threw only 66 pitches; first AA win. SV: Addison Russ (5), struck out the only hitter he faced. JD Hammer gave up the 3 ninth-inning runs, first he’s allowed since April 15 . . . Day off today. Begin 3-game series in Richmond on Tuesday night.
Reading Eagle writer Mike Drago’s nuggets: Fightins are 6 games over .500 for first time since August 29, 2017. First four-game home sweep since June 30-July 3, 2016 (Harrisburg).
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (20–22) lost to the Charlotte Stone Crabs, 9–3, who had 5 home runs among their 14 hits. Clearwater had 13 hits but left 13 runners on base. Homestand ended 4–3 . . . 3B Madison Stokes, 3–5, double, extended hitting streak to nine games. LF Matt Vierling, 2–5, RBI. DH Colby Fitch, 2–4, 2 RBI. CF Ben Aklinski, 2–3, walk, double. SS Nick Maton, 1–5, double, 2 RBI . . . LP: Damon Jones (1–3), 4.2–7–5–5–2–7, 3 HR; had allowed only 3 earned runs over 7 previous starts . . . 5:35 doubleheader (7-inning games) tonight in Daytona, first of 11 consecutive road games.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (14–28) lost a doubleheader to the Grasshoppers in Greensboro, both walk off losses in which they had a significant lead going into the last inning . . . Series finale, 12 noon today in Greensboro, Tyler McKay (1–2).
Game #1: The Hoppers scored 4 in their last at-bat, finale 3 coming on a walk-off home run by 1B Mason Martin; 8–7 final . . . DH Ben Pelletier, 3–5, 2 runs, RBI, double, HR (5), stolen base. 2B Jonathan Guzman, 2–4, 2 RBI. RF Carlos De La Cruz, 2–4, 2 runs . . . ND: Manny Silva, 3.2–4–4–4–4–1, wild pitch, hit batter. LP: Robinson Martinez (0–3) (BS 1).
Game #2: Martin hit a second walk-off homer, this one a 2-out, 3-run blast in the bottom the seventh producing a 6–5 win . . . 1B Mark Kroon, 2–3, run, walk, 2 stolen bases. LF Jimmy Smith, 1–3, run, HR (#1), 2 RBI . . . ND: Ethan Lindow, 4–4–3–2–0–4, hit batter. LP: Blake Bennett (0–1) (BS, 1).
**Dominican Summer League season opens June 2. Phillies will field two teams, Red and White.
**New York-Penn League (Williamsport Crosscutters) season opens June 14.
**Gulf Coast League season opens June 24 at Carpenter Complex. Phillies again will field two teams, East and West.