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) gave up three more home runs in losing, 9–1, to Columbus. The Clippers have scored 22 runs and hit nine home runs in winning the first two games of the three-game series . . . Loss dropped Pigs under .500 for third time this season . . . Series and homestand concludes at 1:35 this afternoon, Enyel De Los Santos (3–2).
Pitching: LV used four pitchers and each allowed a run or more . . . LP: Alexis Rivero in a starting role, 4–4–1–1–1–5 . . . Jose Taveras, up from Reading, 1.2–6–4–4–0–1, two HR, hit batter . . . John Curtiss, 1.1–2–3–3–1–3, HR . . . Kyle Dohy, 2–1–1–1–0–3, two hit batters.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division
**Fightin Phils (37–28) were shut out on four singles by Harrisburg, 3–0, by ex-Phils minor leaguer, Mario Sanchez . . . Three-team battle for first half title with two games to play: Trenton (36–27, .571), Reading and Hartford (37–28, .569) . . . Series finale in Harrisburg, 1 this afternoon.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (36–30) begin second half Monday night in Bradenton.
South won, 2–0, holding the North to three singles . . . Threshers had six players on the North squad . . . Neither RHR Grant Dyer or LHP Damon Jones got in the game . . . Starters included CF Simon Muzziotti (0–1), LF Matt Vierling (0–4) and SS Nick Maton (0–1) . . . 3B Alec Bohm entered the game as a defensive replacement (0–2).
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (28–41) won fourth in a row, 4–1, in Asheville ; 7–3 in last 10 games . . . 4–2 road trip ends at 2 this afternoon in Asheville, the end of the first half.
Pitching: Starter Ethan Lindow was the winner (3–2), 5–1–0–0–0–3; retired first 10 batters before allowing a single; lowered ERA to 2.67, WHIP to 1.05; has allowed one earned run in last three starts, 13.1 innings . . . Piggy-back starter Manuel Silva, 3–3–2–2–0–5, HR, wild pitch . . . SV: Mark Potter (3), 1–0–0–0–0–1.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (1–1) scored one in the 8th and two in the 9th for a 5–4 come-from-behind win in State College. Winning run scored on a two-out wild pitch. Four State College errors contributed to three unearned runs . . . 5:05 tonight vs. visiting West Virginia Black Bears.
Pitching: Five pitchers allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out 16 . . . Bullpen tossed seven shutout innings . . . Starter — Carlos Francisco, 2–5–4–4–1–2 . . . Piggy-back starter Tom Sutera, 3–1–0–0–0–6 . . . WP: Anton Kuznetsov (1–0) . . . SV: Blake Bennett (1).
Gulf Coast League
**Season opens June 24 at Carpenter Complex . . . Phillies again will field two teams, East and West.