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 (33–36) ended a 6-game losing streak with a 9–4 win in Toledo . . . 8-game road trip continues at 7:15 tonight against the Clippers in Columbus, Enyel De Los Santos (3–3).
Pitching: Starter Tyler Viza picked up the win (1–6), 5–5–4–4–1–5, HR . . . Solid bullpen followed — Luke Leftwich, 1–0–0–0–0–3, Kyle Dohy, 1–0–0–0–0–2, Tyler Gilbert, 1–2–1–1–0–1, Yacksel Rios, 1–0–0–0–0–1.
Hitting: SS Malquin Canelo led a 14-hit attack, 4–5, double (17), 4 runs . . . DH Andrew Romine, 2–4, walk, run, HR (4), 4 RBI . . . LF Jan Hernandez, 2–5, 3 runs, RBI . . . RF Ali Castillo, 2–5, run, HR (3), RBI . . . 2B Phil Gosselin, 2–4, walk.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (1–2) lost a pair to Akron . . . Fightins begin a 6-game road trip at 7:00 tonight in Portland, JoJo Romero (1–2, 3–5 overall).
Suspended game: 1–1 after 7, the game from the night before was suspended by rain . . . RubberDucks won, 3–2, scoring 2 in T8 while Fightins came back with 1 . . . LP: Addison Russ (1–4), 1–2–2–1–0–1 . . . 1B Darick Hall, 2–3, walk, run, double (17), RBI.
Game #2: Riding 4 home runs, Akron won the regularly-scheduled game, 12–6 . . . Adonis Medina’s 5-game winning streak ended (5–3), 3–7–6–6–2–0, 2 HR . . . DH Cornelius Randolph, 3–4, run, RBI . . . 3B Luke Williams, 2–4, run, HR (4), 2 RBI . . . CF Mickey Moniak, 2–4, walk, run.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (3–1;) used a 6-run 7th inning to pull out a 9–4 win over the Daytona Tortugas at Spectrum Field . . . Game two tonight at 6:30, Ethan Evanko (3–2, 5–2 overall).
Hitting: LF Jhailyn Ortiz delivered the big blow in the big 7th inning, a grand slam; 11th homer; 4 HR and 9 RBI in last 3 games . . . RF Matt Vierling, 3–4, run, double, stolen base (14) . . . 2B Dalton Guthrie, 2–3, walk, double, run, RBI . . . 1B Danny Mayer, 2–5, run.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (1–0;) started the second half with a 5–4, walk-off win in 10 innings over the West Virginia Power . . . Victory is 6th straight as the Claws ended the first half with wins in their final 5 games . . . Victor Santos (3–6), 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.
Pitching: Gilmael Troya, fourth Lakewood pitcher, won (2–0), 3–1–0–0–0–3, hit batter.
Hitting: SS Jonathan Guzman, 2–4, run; started 10th inning as the courtesy runner on 2nd base; stole third base and scored winning run on a sacrifice fly by DH Abrahan Gutierrez . . . Trailing, 3–0, the Claws took a 4–3 lead on a grand slam by 2B Luis Garcia in the 3rd inning, his 3rd HR.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinkney Division
**Crosscutters (2–5) lost a doubleheader at State College . . . Home tonight vs. the Batavia Muckdogs, 7:05.
Game #1: 7–4 loss . . . Starter and loser, Rafael Carvajal (0–1), 2.2–7–6–6–2–4 . . . Cutters held to 4 hits.
Game #2: 7–6 loss on a 2-out, 3-run homer by DH Dariel Gomez in the bottom of the 7th off Blake Bennett (0–1) (BS, 1); all 3 runs were unearned as the result of a fielding error by 1B Connor Litton to start the inning . . . 3B Edgar Made, 1–3, HR (1), 2 RBI . . . DH Juan Aparicio, 2–3, 2 runs (double, triple) . . . Litton, 2–3, RBI, stolen base.
Gulf Coast League
Season opens Monday afternoon . . . Phillies again will field two teams, East and West.
**East: hosts Tigers East, 12 noon.
**West: travels to Tampa to play Yankees East, 12 noon.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com)