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 (26–21) blanked Buffalo, 5–0, to earn a split in the 4-game series with the Bisons. Homestand ended 5–2 . . . Wacky 8-day, 9-game road trip begins with a 4:05 doubleheader (7-inning games) this evening in Pawtucket. After 2 more games there, trip takes them to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for 3 and then back to Pawtucket for 2 more. LV returns home on June 5 for a 2-game series with — would you believe — Pawtucket . . . Pigs trail SWB by 1/2 game.
Pitching: Tom Eshelman turned in his best outing in a long while, holding Buffalo to 4 singles, 7–4–0–0–1–7. Now 1–0 in AAA after 0–3 start in AA . . . Austin Davis finished the shutout, 2–1–0–0–0–3 . . . Cole Irvin (2–0) and TDB in tonight’s DH.
Hitting: Bottom 5 in the order had an RBI each, 1B Andrew Romine, 3B Mitch Walding, 2B Ali Castillo, C Rob Brantly and SS Malquin Canelo . . . Castillo was 3–4, Brantly 2–3 (including 2nd HR), Canelo, 2–4, double . . . RF Nick Williams batted second in the order, 1–3, hit by pitch, run.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division
**Fightin Phils (27–19) were edged by the host Harrisburg Senators, 4–3. Road trip ended 5–3 . . . 8-game homestand begins at 6:45 tonight against the Erie Sea Wolves . . . Fightins are in third place, 1 game out of first place.
Pitching: LP: JoJo Romero (0–2), 6.2–6–4–4–0–5, HR, wild pitch; had a shutout until the sixth inning; his second start in AA. Began season in AAA, 2–2 before returning to Reading . . . Jakob Hernandez finished the game, 1.1–0–0–0–1–1 . . . David Parkinson (4–2) tonight.
Hitting: Reading out-hit Harrisburg, 8–6; 2 doubles, 6 singles . . . Romero, 1–2, run, double . . . RF Adam Haseley, 2–4, RBI, double . . . LF Cornelius Randolph, 2–4 . . . CF Mickey Moniak, 1–4, run; hitting .316 in May following a .195 April.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (26–24) had a league-wide day off. Last leg of an 11-game road trip begins at 6:30 tonight in Port Charlotte. Clearwater is 6–2 on the trip (Daytona, Jupiter). Road record, 15–12; home 11–12 . . . Threshers are riding a 4-game winning streak, 7–3 in last 10 games . . . They are in third place, 3.5 games out of first place.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (17–32) saw their modest 2-game winning streak end, 4–1, by Kannapolis . . . 4-game series ends at 6:35 tonight followed by a bus ride to Greensboro, NC, where the BlueClaws played on May 17–20.
Hitting: Lakewood was held to 2 hits by a trio of Kannapolis hurlers . . . DH Jonathan Guzman singled, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, second 10-gamer of the season . . . SS Luis Garcia had the other hit, his first triple.
**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.