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 (29-29) lost, 3-1, to the Bisons in Buffalo . . . Game two of the weekend series, 6:35 tonight, Tyler Viza (0-4) . . . Tied for second place, 4 games out.
Pitching: LP: Tom Eshelman (1-1, 1-4 overall), tossed a complete game, 8-10-3-3-1-5, home run. All three runs came in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer.
Hitting: Six different batters had one hit each . . . CF Nick Williams, 1-4 . . . 1B Matt McBride, the lone extra base hit, a double . . . DH Lane Adams (6) and SS Andrew Romaine (13) had stolen bases.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division
**Fightin Phils (33-24) powered their way to a 9-4 win over the Harrisburg Senators before 6,590 fans to open a weekend series at home. . . JoJo Romero (0-2, 2-4 overall), 6:45 tonight . . . Third place, 1/2 game behind Trenton and 1 game behind first-place Hartford. Ten games left in the first half.
Pitching: WP: Adonis Medina (4-2), 6-2-1-0-3-5; fourth straight win, at-bat, 1-1, walk, run, double, RBI. . . Aaron Brown, 0-1-3-2-3-0 . . . SV: Connor Brogdon (2), 3-2-0-0-1-4; 24 strikeouts in 14 innings, three walks, eight hits for Fightins . . . Defense turned four double plays.
Hitting: Half of their 12 hits went for extra bases . . . 3B Austin Listi, 3-4, run, RBI, home run (5) . . . 2B Luke Williams, 2-4, two runs, RBI, double, home run (3) . . . LF Josh Stephen, 2-5, run, RBI, double . . . SS Arquimedes Gamboa, 2-5, run, RBI, stolen base (11) . . . 1B Darick Hall, 1-3, walk, run, four RBI, home run (11); fifth inning grand slam went over the roof of the RF pool deck, estimated at 443 feet . . . Listi, Williams and Hall homered in the same game last night and Tuesday in Akron.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (33-28) opened a road trip with an 8-3 win over the Tortugas in Daytona . . . Game two of the series is 7:05 tonight . . . Clearwater trails first-place Dunedin by 4.5 games with six remaining in the first half.
Pitching: WP: Damon Jones (4-3), 5.2-7-2-2-2-8, 3 wild pitches; third straight win; 88 strikeouts in 58.1 innings are the most in the FSL . . . Luis Ramirez, 1.1-2-1-1-0-2, home run . . . Tyler Carr, 2-1-0-0-1-3 . . . 13 strikeouts boosted staff’s total to 612, most in the FSL.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (23-38) won a pair of 2-1 decisions over the Greensboro Grasshoppers . . . 5-1 on the homestand . . . Greensboro held a 10-1 edge over Lakewood before the DH . . . James McArthur (0-3), 7:05 tonight
Game #1: ND: Victor Santos, 4.2-6-1-1-0-4 . . . WP: Gilmael Troya (1-0), 1.2-1-0-0-3-1, hit batter . . . SV: Ismael Cabrera, .2-0-0-0-0-1; relieved with runners on second and third and one out in T7; threw 10 pitches to save the game . . . DH Luke Miller doubles in a run in the first inning to tie the score, 1-1 . . . Second run scored on a GIDP in the third . . . 2B Jonathan Guzman, 2-2, walk, run, two stolen bases (17-18).
Game #2: WP: Francisco Morales (1-3), 5-3-1-0-0-7 . . . SV: Rafi Gonell (1), 2-0-0-0-0-2 . . . RF Cole Stobbe, 2-2, walk, run, home run (6), RBI, stolen base; solo HR in the fifth tied the score . . . SS Jonathan Guzman, 2-3, RBI single that accounted for the second run in the same inning; stolen base (19) . . . DH Carlos De La Cruz, 2-3.
**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.