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 (27–22) split a doubleheader (7-inning games) vs. the Red Sox in Pawtucket . . . Series ends at 11 this morning, Ranger Suarez (2–1) . . . In Scranton for the weekend. The second-place Pigs trail first-place SWB by 1.5 games.
Game #1: 7–3 loss as the Red Sox scored four in the fourth and three in the sixth . . . ND: Cole Irvin, 3–1–0–0–0–1, lifted after 10 batters, 34 pitches (25 strikes); multiple reports claim his brief outing was planned in case the Phillies need him . . . LP: Luke Leftwich (0–1), 2.1–2–5–4–3–2, grand slam HR, wild pitch, hit batter . . . Kyle Dohy, .2–0–3–0–3–0 . . . C Rob Brantly, 2–3, run . . . LF Damek Tomscha, 1–2, walk, run, HR (5), 2 RBI.
Game #2: 3–1 win . . . LF Adam Haseley made his AAA debut, 3–4, run, 2 doubles, 2 RBI; doubled in a run in the first inning and scored; doubled in a run in the second inning; singled in his third at-bat; a left-handed hitter, all three hits came of lefties . . . SS Andrew Romine, 2–4, RBI, stolen base . . . DH Lane Adams, 1–4, 2 runs, double . . . LV held the Red Sox to four hits. ND Tyler Viza, 4–2–1–1–3–2 . . . WP: Tom Windle (3–0), 1–1–0–0–0–1 . . . SV: Austin Davis (2), 1.1–1–0–0–1–2.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division
**Fightin Phils (28–20) were blanked by the Erie Sea Wolves, 3–0; fourth time they’ve been shut out . . . Mauricio Llovera (2–1), 6:45 tonight vs. Erie . . . Third-place Fightins are 1.5 games out of first place.
Hitting: RH Alex Faedo, one of Detroit’s elite pitchers on the Erie staff, held the Fightins to two hits; walked two and struck out a career-high 12 . . . LF Josh Stephens had the first hit, a two-out double in the fifth inning. 3B Jose Gomez singled to start the sixth.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (26–25) scored a run in the ninth for a 3–2 win over the Stone Crabs in Charlotte; seventh win in last 9 games . . . Rubber game of the series is 6:30 tonight, Ethan Evanko (3–3) . . . Weekend series at home vs. the first-place Dunedin Blue Jays starts on Friday night. Clearwater is in third place, 4.5 games out of first in the FSL’s first half.
Hitting: RF Danny Mayer’s two-out double scored C Colby Fitch with the winning run. Fitch singled to set up the dramatic ending, one of three hits. He drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly and the second with another single . . . Mayer also had a single and a walk . . . 3B Alec Bohm, 1–4, extending his hitting streak to nine games.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (17–33) were not scheduled as it was a travel day to Greensboro, NC. Four-game series begins at 7 tonight, Manny Silva (0–1).
**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.