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 (27–23) were shut out by the Red Sox, 4–0, in the final game of a three-game series in Pawtucket. The Sox won two . . . First time IronPigs have been blanked this season . . . Second-place IronPigs have a three-game weekend vs. the first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (28–20) in Moosic, PA . . . LV trails by two games.
Hitting: Kyle Hart, making his AAA debut for the Red Sox, tossed a complete game, allowed five hits, walked none and struck out 8 . . . Five different IronPigs had one hit each . . . SS Andrew Romine had the lone extra base hit, a double . . . CF Adam Haseley, in his second AAA game, 0–4, strikeout.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division
**Fightin Phils (28–20) and Erie Sea Wolves were suspended by rain. The game was scoreless in the top of the second inning and will be completed at a later date . . . Richmond Flying Squirrels come to town for a five-game series including a Saturday evening doubleheader (7-inning games) . . . Ramon Russo (3–1), will open the series, 6:45 tonight . . . Third-place Fightins are two games out of first place.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (27–25) took the rubber game of a three-game series in Charlotte, 10–2. Put the game away with a seven-run fourth inning, most runs in an inning this season. Ended 11-game road trip with an 8–3 record . . . First-place Dunedin Blue Jays (32–20) come to Spectrum Field for a three-game weekend series. Third-place Threshers are 4.5 games out of first, one game out of second.
Pitching: WP: Julian Garcia (4–3), 5–3–2–2–2–7, HR . . . Austin Ross, 2–1–0–0–0–4 . . . Zach Warren, 2–0–0–0–0–4 . . . 15 strikeouts boosted staff’s total to 517, most in the FSL . . . Ethan Evanko (3–3) in 6:30 series opener tonight vs. Dunedin.
Hitting: Threshers pounded out 15 hits; five different players had multiple hits . . . SS Nick Maton, 4–5, run, 2 RBI, double . . . LF Jhailyn Ortiz, 3–5, 2 runs, HR (7), 3 RBI; leads club in HR . . . 1B Matt Kroon, 2–5, 2 runs, 2 RBI . . . C Rodolfo Duran, 2–5, run, RBI . . . 3B Alec Bohm, 2–4, two runs, triple, walk; extended hitting streak to 10 games, (.333).
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (17–34) fell behind 10–4 but rallied before falling short, 11–10, in Greensboro. Third straight loss. Greensboro is 7–0 vs. Lakewood.
Pitching: Four pitchers allowed 15 hits . . . LP: Manny Silva (0–2), 2.1–7–7–7–1–0, HR, hit batter . . . Tyler McKay (1–3), 7:00 tonight in Greensboro.
Hitting: Five different BlueClaws had multiple hits, led by C Rafael Marchan, 3–5, run, double; lined out to shortstop to end the game with the tying run on second base . . . 3B Cole Stobbe, in five at-bats, three strikeouts, a solo HR in the sixth inning and a grand slam in the seventh . . . 1B Jake Holmes, 2–4, walk, run, 2 RBI, stolen base . . . 2B Luis Garcia, 2–4, walk, RBI, stolen base . . . DH Luke Miller, 2–5, run, double, RBI; ejected in the seventh inning . . . SS Jonathan Guzman, 2–6, run, RBI, stolen base; extended hitting streak to 12 games.
**Dominican Summer League season opens Sunday. 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.