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 (25–20) broke a 5–5 tie on 1B Matt McBride’s 2-run HR in the sixth inning, added an insurance run in the seventh in handing Buffalo an 8–5 loss before a sellout crowd of 10,100; second straight sellout. Trail first-place SWB by .5 . . . McBride has hit 5 homers and driven in 15 runs in a 6-game hitting streak; hitting .342 in last 10 games. C Deivy Grullon, 3–4, 2 runs,4 RBI, 2 doubles (11), HR (8); hitting .359 which is third in IL. RF Ali Castillo, 3–4, run, RBI, double. DH Lane Adams, 1–4, run, RBI, HR (10) . . . ND: Ranger Suarez, making his first start since April 26, 3.2–6–5–5–2–3, HR, 2 hit batters. WP: Austin Davis (2–0). SV: Yacksel Rios (5) . . . Nick Pivetta (4–1), scheduled for 6:35 tonight vs. Buffalo.
LHS Ranger Suarez, activated from IL. LHR Josh Tols, added to roster.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division
**Fightin Phils (25–18) pushed across a run in the top of the ninth for a 2–1 win over the Senators in Harrisburg. Reading is third, 1.5 games out of first place . . . 1B Darick Hall was hit by a pitch to start the ninth. Two outs later, C Austin Bossart’s looping single to RF scored Hall who was running on the pitch. LF Josh Stephen, 2–4, lone player with multiple hits. CF Mickey Moniak, 1–4, fifth-inning RBI double (11); extended hitting streak to 10 games (.381), raising his average 40 points; leads EL with 5 triples . . . ND: Ramon Rosso, 7–3–1–1–1–4, HR; 7-inning outing is Reading’s longest this season; had first pro hit and run. WP: Jakob Hernandez (3–0). SV: Addison Russ (6) . . . 4:30 doubleheader (7-inning games) today in Harrisburg. Adonis Medina (1–2) will start the first game. TBD for second game.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (25–24) posted a 4–2 win over the Hammerheads in Jupiter, their third straight win. Clearwater won the game by scoring three times with two out in the sixth. . . . RF Danny Mayer, 2–3, run, walk, 2 RBI, HR (3). RF Jhailyn Ortiz, 1–3, walk, run, HR (6), 2 RBI. CF Jake Scheiner, 2–4, double, stolen base. 1B Matt Kroon, 2–4, double, run . . . WP: Damon Jones (2–3), 5.2–5–1–0–2–10, hit batter; career-high in strikeouts; leads FSL with 69 strikeouts (45.2 IP); staff leads league with 470 strikeotuts. SV: Tyler Ross (2) . . . Colton Eastman (1–2) in 1 p.m. series finale today.
LHR Jonathan Hennigan, LHS Damon Jones, SS Nick Maton, CF Simon Muzzitio, OF Mat Vierling have been named to the North squad for the FSL All-Star game, June 15, in Jupiter.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (16–32) defeated visiting Kannapolis, 3–2, on a walk-off passed ball in the 10th inning. Fourth straight one-run win at home. Last two have been walk-offs . . . 3B Jake Holmes began the 10th as the courtesy runner at second base, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on the passed ball one out later. . . 1B Luke Miller, 2–4, RBI, stolen base. C Rafael Marchan, 2–4, walk . . . ND: Kyle Glogoski, a 20-year-old RHP from New Zealand, 5–2–0–0–0–11; career-high in strikeouts; retired the first 12 batters; lowered ERA to 0.55. WP: Ismael Cabrera (1–0), just activated pre-game . . . Dominic Pipkin (2–1), 1 this afternoon vs. Kannapolis.
**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.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com)