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 (33–37) were squashed in Columbus, 14–0. The Clippers are 4–0 vs. LV, scoring 39 runs . . . June record now 6–13 . . . Game 2 of the weekend series, 7:15 tonight.
Pitching: Pigs used 7 pitchers, the 7th being infielder Ali Castillo, the only one not to give up a run . . . Enyel De Los Santos was the scheduled starter but he’s going to Philly to start on Sunday against Miami . . . Alexis Rivero was the emergency starter and loser (2–3), .1–3–5–5–0–0, 2 HR, 2 hit batters.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (2–2) tied the game with a run in T8 and won it by scoring 3 in T10, 11–8 in Portland . . . Each team had a 6-run 3rd inning . . . Game 2 6 o’clock tonight.
Pitching: No decision for starter JoJo Romero, 4–10–8–7–0–2, HR, hit batter . . . Seth McGarry, in his return from AAA, 4–2–0–0–1–3 . . . WP: Jonathan Hennigan (1–1), 2–0–0–0–0–1; 3 fly balls in a 5-pitch 10th inning.
Hitting: Won it in the 10th: Luke Williams, courtesy runner at 2B, 2B Raul Rivas triple, DH Josh Stephen triple, 1B Darick Hall single; his 2-out single in T8 tied the game . . . SS Jose Gomez, 2–5, 2 RBI . . . Hall, 2–5, walk, run, 2 RBI; 12 RBI in last 6 games; 51 RBI leads league . . . Stephen, 2–6, 2 runs, double, triple, stolen base . . . CF Grenny Cumana, 2–6, run, RBI . . . 3B Alec Bohm in AA debut, 0–5, walk, run, strikeout.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (4–1), wearing their alternate Beach Dlogs uniforms, edged the visiting Daytona Tortugas, 3–2 . . . Series continues at 6:30 tonight.
Pitching: WP: Ethan Evanko (4–2, 6–2 overall), 6–7–2–2–0–6, HR; 1.74 ERA in Clearwater . . . Zach Warren, 1.1–0–0–0–3–2 . . . SV: Grant Dyer (5), 1.2–1–0–0–0–1; 14 pitches, 12 strikes; lowered ERA to 0.57; has given up 2 earned runs in 31.1 innings, April 6 and April 16 . . . Bullpen has a consecutive scoreless inning streak of 17.2 innings.
Hitting: Held to 8 singles . . . SS Nick Maton, 2–3, 2 walks, RBI, stolen base . . . 2B Dalton Guthrie, 2–3, walk, RBI . . . 3B Dan Brito, 2–4, run, stolen base . . . Game ended when RF Jhailyn Ortiz made a diving catch with the tying run on first base.
Roster Move: INF Luke Miller, assigned from Lakewood.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (1–1) gave up only 2 singles but lost to visiting West Virginia, 1–0, in 10 innings before a crowd of 7,017 . . . Loss ended 6-game winning streak . . . Game 2 of weekend series, 7:05 tonight.
Hitting: Claws had 3 singles and a double . . . Four different players had 1 hit each.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinkney Division
**Crosscutters (2–6) lost their 4th in a row, 3–1, to the visiting Batavia Muckdogs . . . Series continues at 7:05 tonight.
Pitching: Starter Tom Sutera was the loser (0–1), 4–2–1–1–0–3, HR
Hitting: Cutters had 5 singles and 1 double and struck out 14 times . . . Five different players had 1 hit.
Roster Moves: INF Connor Litton, OF Julio Francisco, released . . . 2019 draftees assigned from EXT, IF Nate Fassnacht (8th round), 1B Rudy Rott (9th), 3B McCarthy Tatum (10th), OF Hunter Markwardt (13th), OF Tucker Maxwell (22nd), OF Hunter Hearn (26th).
Gulf Coast League
Season opens Monday afternoon . . . Phillies again will field two teams, East and West . . . Games begin at 12 noon (10 a.m. on Saturdays). League-wide day off every Sunday.
**East: Tigers East, 12 noon at Carpenter Complex.
**West: travels to Tampa to play Yankees East, 12 noon.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)