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 (24–19) scored 3 times in the ninth for a come-from-behind walk-off win, 6–5, over the Syracuse Mets enabling LV to sweep the 3-game series and grab hold of first place again . . . CF Grenny Cumana, at 5-foot-5 the smallest player on the field, got the biggest hit, a game-winning, 2-run double. 1B Matt McBride’s second hit of the game drove in the first ninth-inning run. C Deivy Grullon, 3–4, walk; hitting .361. Other 2-hit games, in addition to Cumana and McBride, SS Malquin Canelo, RF Nick Williams (1 RBI) and LF Lane Adams . . . With the scheduled starter, Drew Anderson, getting called up to the majors, reliever Alexis Rivero was the emergency starter for the second time, 3–3–1–1–1–3. WP: Kyle Dohy (1–1) . . . Tyler Viza (0–3), 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo Bisons.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division
**Fightin Phils (24–17) won their second straight in Richmond, 6–1, to take the series, 2–1; pitching staff allowed just 2 runs in the pair of wins. Reading is in third place, 1.5 games out of first. First time the Fightins are 7 games over .500 this season . . . WP: Bailey Falter (4–2), 6–3–0–0–2–8; also a force on offense, 2–3, run . . . RF Mickey Moniak, 2–4, walk, 2 runs, 2 RBI, stolen base (10); fifth multi-hit game in the last 7 games; hitting .375 in last 10. 3B Austin Listi, 1–3, run, double, RBI . . . Mauricio Llovera (2–0), 7 tonight against the Western Division first-place Senators in Harrisburg.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (23–24) opened a 4-game series against the Hammerheads in Jupiter with a 4–1 win. 5 of their 11 hits were doubles. Clearwater is in third place, 4 games out of first . . . 2B Dan Brito, 2–3, walk, run, 2 RBI, double. CF Matt Vierling, 2–5, RBI, stolen base (11). C Rodolfo Duran, 2–4. 1B Madison Stokes, 2–5. 3B Alec Bohm, 1–5, run, RBI, double (16 overall) . . . WP: Julian Garcia (3–3), 7–4–1–1–0–5, HR; retired 12 consecutive batters at one point; longest outing on the staff this season. SV: Tyler Carr (1), 2–1–0–0–0–1 . . . Ethan Evanko (1–0, 3–0 overall), 10:30 this morning in Jupiter. Will Stewart (1–4), who went to the Marlins in the Realmuto deal, will start for Jupiter.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (15–31) after a 2–1 walk-off loss at Delmarva on Wednesday night, got blown out by the Shorebirds, 14–0. The 14 runs came on 8 hits and 11 walks. Club record for most walks in a game is 12 . . . LP: Kevin Gowdy (0–2), did not retire a batter as he gave up 4 runs on 6 walks . . . Lakewood was held to 2 singles, one each for 1B Jake Holmes and 2B Jonathan Guzman . . . 4-game series and 9-game road trip ends at 7:05 tonight, Ethan Lindow (1–1).
**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.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com)