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 (32–33) lost, 13–6, to Columbus before a sellout crowd of 10,100. The Clippers drilled three homers in a nine-run first inning and added three more long balls later in the game . . . Game two, 6:35 tonight.
Pitching: Starter Tyler Viza was the loser (0–6), 0, 6–6–6–1–0, 3 HR, wild pitch . . . Josh Toll, one of five hurlers, is the only one who didn’t give up a run, 3–0–0–0–0–5.
Hitting: Pigs offense included 13 singles, one double and 12 runners left on base . . . 2-hit games included RF Ali Castillo, C Deivy Grullon, CF Jan Hernandez, DH Rob Brantly, 1B Damek Tomscha, SS Malquin Canelo . . . Grullon and 1B Jose Anteguero, 2 RBI each . . . Castillo has five consecutive two-hit games; hitting .350 in last 10.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division
**Fightin Phils (37–27) pinned a 3–1 loss on the Senators in Harrisburg and moved into a first-place tie . . . With three games left in the first half: Trenton .581, Reading .578 . . . Game two, 6:00 tonight.
Pitching: Four pitchers held the Senators to four singles . . . Starter JoJo Romero turned in his best performance to pick up the win (1–3, 3–5 overall), 7–3–0–0–1–8; retired 13 in a row at one point . . . Jakob Hernandez, 1–0–0–0–1–2; 10 consecutive scoreless innings . . . Connor Brogdon, .2–1–1–0–2–2 . . . SV: Jeff Singer (1), .1–0–0–0–0–1; big strikeout to end the game with runners on second and third.
Hitting: C Austin Bossart, 2–4, double, RBI . . . 2B Raul Rivas, 2–4, RBI . . . CF Roman Quinn, first rehab game in AA, 0–4, RBI, hit by pitch . . . RF Mickey Moniak, 1–4, walk, run, career-high seventh triple; leads EL in triples.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (36–30) have six players on the North squad for tonight’s All-Star Game in Jupiter, RHR Grant Dyer, LHS Damon Jones, 3B Alec Bohm, SS Nick Maton and OFs Simón Muzziotti and Matt Vierling . . . Second half starts Monday night in Bradenton.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (27–41) pulled out a dramatic 7–6 win in 11 innings in Asheville . . . Tied the game with a four-run T9; each team scored in the 10th. Claws won the game with two in the 11th . . . Won previous game, 4–3, scoring three runs in T9; prior to that, the Claws were 0–31 when trailing after eight . . . Third straight win . . . 6:05 tonight in Asheville.
Hitting: Offense had nine hits and drew nine walks . . . RF Luke Miller 2–6, run, RBI, HR (#3) in T9 . . . 1B Jake Holmes cleared the bases with a double to left-center to tie the game in T9 . . . SS Jonathan (sacrifice fly) and C Rafael Marchan (single) drove in the two 11th-inning runs . . . 2B Luis Garcia, 2–6.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinkney Division
**Crosscutters (0–1) lost the season opener, 4–3, to the visiting State College Spikes . . . Cutters had a runner on third with one out in B9 but couldn’t score . . .Five different players committed seven errors that contributed to two unearned runs . . . 7:05 tonight in State College.
Pitching: Starter Gustavo Armas was the loser, 3–4–3–1–1–1, wild pitch.
Gulf Coast League
**Season opens June 24 at Carpenter Complex . . . Phillies again will field two teams, East and West.