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 (29-30) slipped under .500 for the first time since opening day with a 9-2 loss at Buffalo . . . Fifth loss in last six games . . . Weekend series against the Bisons ends at 1:05 this afternoon, Cole Irvin (2-0).
Pitching: LP-Tyler Viza (0-5), 1.2-7-6-6-2-2 . . . Luke Leftwich, 3-2-0-0-0-6 . . . Josh Tols, 2.1-0-0-0-1-3 . . . Josh Martin, .2-2-3-3-3-1, HR . . . Kyle Dohy, .1-0-0-0-1-1.
Hitting: 1B Damek Tomscha, 2-4, two runs, two RBI, two home runs (6-7) . . . RF Jan Hernandez, 3-4, double . . . CF Malquin Canelo, 2-4.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division
**Fightin Phils (33-25) were out-hit, 15-5, and out-scored, 6-1, by the visiting Harrisburg Senators before a crowd of 8,534 . . . Rubber game is 5:15 this evening, David Parkinson (5-3) . . . Fightins are in fourth place but only one game out of first.
Pitching: LP-JoJo Romero (0-3, 2-5 overall), 5-11-6-6-1-4, HR . . . Jonathan Hennigan, 2-2-0-0-1-1 . . . Garrett Cleavinger, 2-2-0-0-1-4.
Hitting: CF Mickey Moniak, 2-4 . . . 1B Darick Hall, 2-4, double (14) . . . SS Arquimedes Gamboa, 1-4.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (34-28) defeated host Daytona, 3-2, despite being out-hit, 11-4 . . . Third straight win . . . Series finale, 5:35 this evening, Alejandro Requena (4-3) . . . Trail first-place Dunedin by 4.5 games with 5 games left in the first half.
Pitching: WP-Colton Eastman (3-2, 4-4 overall), 5.2-7-2-1-0-8, HR, balk; lowered ERA to 2.27 . . . Kyle Arjona, 2.1-2-0-0-0-1 . . . SV: Grant Dyer (3), 1-1-0-0-0-1, hit batter; struck out the last batter with runners on first and second . . . 622 strike outs by the staff lead the FSL.
Hitting: All three runs came in the sixth and were unearned, two singles, two errors, walk, sacrifice fly . . . LF Simon Muzziotti, 2-4, walk, run . . . 3B Alec Bohm, 1-5, run.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (23-39) were shut out by the visiting Greensboro Grasshoppers, 4-0 . . . Rubber game of the five-game series, 1:05 this afternoon, Manuel Silva (0-1).
Pitching: LP-James McArthur (0-4), 4.2-3-3-3-3-3, HR . . . Oscar Marcelino, .1-0-0-0-0-0 . . . Kyle Gowdy, 3.2-4-1-1-0-2 . . . Mark Potter, .1-0-0-0-0-0.
Hitting: Held to five singles by two Greensboro pitchers in being shut out for the sixth time . . . SS Jonathan Guzman, 3-4; third straight multi-hit games; 19-year-old is hitting .352 in last 10 games, boosting average to .270; included are five multi hit games and five stolen bases; leads organization with 19 steals.
Transaction: C Abrahan Gutierrez activated from injured list.
**New York-Penn League (Williamsport Crosscutters) season opens Friday, 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)