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 (22–19) unleashed a 16-hit attack in putting away the first-place Syracuse Mets, 9–3. Win moved second-place LV to within 1 game of first place . . . 1B Matt McBride’s grand slam keyed a 5-run eighth inning that iced the outcome. He also singled, drove in 5; the homer was #5, 4 coming in last 3 games. RF Lane Adams, 3–5, run. C Deivy Grullon, 2–5, run, 2 RBI. Others with 2 hits: CF Shane Robinson, SS Malquin Canelo, 2B Ali Castillo. 3B Mitch Walding, 1–4, 2 runs, HR (#4), RBI . . . WP: Nick Pivetta (4–1), 5–4–3–3–4–5, hit batter; allowed a first-inning run and 2 in the fifth; 98 pitches, 54 strikes . . . Home plate umpire was John Bacon . . . Tom Eshelman (0–3), 7:05 tonight vs. Syracuse.
RHR JD Hammer, promoted from Reading.
Reading, Eastern League East Division
**Fightin Phils (22–17) fell to the Flying Squirrels, 8–4, in Richmond, ending a 4-game winning streak. Reading had the bases loaded in the ninth but 3B Austin Listi was retired on a fly ball to the warning track in left field . . . JoJo Romero, making his first AA start since being sent down from AAA Lehigh Valley, was roughed up for 5 first-inning runs; 4.1–5–6–6–5–6, wild pitch . . . Reading out-hit Richmond, 11–8, with a double, 3 triples, HR; left 10 runners on base . . . CF Mickey Moniak, 2–5, run, RBI. SS Arquimedes Gamboa, 2–3, walk, triple, RBI. 1B Darick Hall, solo HR in fourth inning, #6; estimated at 410 feet . . . David Parkinson, 3–2, 6:35 tonight in Richmond.
LHR Jonathan Hennigan, promoted from Clearwater.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (22–23) edged the Tortugas, 2–1, in Daytona . . . SF by RF Jhailyn Ortiz plated a fourth-inning run. Decisive run came on a homer in the fifth by CF Simon Muzziotti, #2. DH Alec Bohm, 2–4, run. SS Nick Maton, 2–4, double. 1B Madison Stokes, 1–4, extended hitting streak to 11 games . . . WP: Alejandro Requena (3–2), 6–2–1–1–2–3, HR. SV: Keylan Kilgore (2), 1–0–0–0–0–0 . . . 7:05 series finale tonight in Daytona.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (15–29) scored single runs in the fifth through the eighth innings for a 4–2 win over the host Delmarva Shorebirds; 5-game losing streak ended. 12 hits were the most for Lakewood since May 2 . . . 1B Mark Kroon, 2–5, 2 RBI, broke a 2–2 tie with a seventh-inning double. CF Malvin Matos, 2–3, run, walk double, RBI. 3B Jake Holmes, 2–3. 2B Luis Garcia, 1–4, run, double, hit by pitch; hitting .294 in last 10 games . . . ND: Jhordany Mezquita, 5–4–2–2–3–4, HR, wild pitch. WP: Dominic Pipkin (2–1), 3–1–0–0–2–2, hit batter. SV: Mark Potter (#1), 1–0–0–0–1–2; struck out the last 2 batters for his first professional save . . . The Blue Claws played a 12 noon game on Monday in Greensboro, a 7:05 night game in Salisbury, MD, yesterday and now a 10:35 morning game today in Salisbury, Francisco Morales (0–3).
**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.