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 (34–38) lost, 10–9, in Columbus when the Clippers scored 3 in B9 for a walk-off victory . . . Road trip continues in Syracuse, 6:35 tonight.
Pitching: Drew Anderson started and exited early apparently with an injury, 1.1–1–1–1–1–0, wild pitch . . . Five pitchers followed with only Austin Davis and Fernando Salas pitching scoreless baseball, 2 innings each. LP: Yacksel Rios (1–3) BS, 2) fanned 1st 2 batters in B9 and then was tagged for 3 runs on 3 hits, and a walk.
Hitting: Pigs had 11 hits but struck out 15 times . . . Trailing, 7–0, after four innings, LV scored 6 runs in T5 . . . Three homers continued the rally: LF Lane Adams (12), tied the game in T8 and RF Nick Williams (#1) and 1B Austin Listi (2, 9 overall) went back-to-back with two out in T9 to take the lead . . . Williams and Listi each had 2 hits as did CF Jan Hernandez (2–5), 2 RBI and C Rob Brantly (2–5), 2 RBI . . . Five errors cost the Pigs 3 unearned runs.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (3–3) also lost in walk-off fashion, a 2-run homer in B9 gave the Sea Dogs a 4–3 win in Portland . . . Fightins open a 3-game series in Trenton, 7 o’clock tonight.
Pitching: Damon Jones was impressive in his 2nd AA start, no decision, 6–2–0–0–2–7 . . . Jeff Singer (BS, 2), 1.2–2–2–2–1–1, HR . . . LP: Aaron Brown (2–3) .2–1–2–2–0–0, HR. With 1 out, Brown hit a batter who was down in the count, 0–2. Two pitches later Luke Tender hit his 2nd HR of the afternoon, setting off a celebration.
Hitting: 1B Alec Bohm hit his 1st AA home run (8th overall) in T6. Trailing, 2–1, in T8, CF Mickey Moniak homered to tie the game (#4). C Henri Lartigue’s 2nd hit of the afternoon drove in a run that gave Reading a 3–2 lead in T9.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (5–2) rallied from a 7–0 deficit but fell short, 7–5, against the visiting Daytona Tortugas . . . Clearwater scored 4 in the B8 and 1 in the B9, ending the game with a strikeout and 2 runners on base . . . Threshers won the series, 3–1 . . . League-wide day off today.
Pitching: Starter Colton Eastman took the loss (4–3), 6–6–4–4–2–8, 2 HR, wild pitch . . . Tommy Hunter pitched the 7th inning, 1–0–0–0–0–1 . . . The bullpen’s consecutive scoreless innings streak ended at 22.2 in T8.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (2–2) put up a 4-spot in B8 for a come-from-behind win over West Virginia, 7–4, and a split in the 4-game series to start the 2nd half . . . Claws travel to Salisbury, MD, for series with the Delmarva Shorebirds that starts at 7:05 tonight.
(Note — the BlueClaws played as the Medusas de Lakewood as part of MiLB’s Copa de la Diversion initiative).
Hitting: 3B Seth Lancaster, 2–3, double, 3 runs, 3 RBI, stolen base; won the game with a 2-run double . . . SS Luis Garcia, 2–3, 2 runs, double, 3 RBI . . . DH Hunter Stovall, 1–3, run, 2 RBI . . . CF Malvin Matos, 2–4, double.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinkney Division
**Crosscutters (2–8) lost their 6th in a row, 6–1, to the Batavia Muckdogs who won the game with a 5-run T8 . . . Six-game road trip starts tonight in Auburn, 7:00.
Hitting: 13 strikeouts by the offense . . . Five different Cutters had 1 hit each . . . CF Corbin Williams, 6th stolen base.
Gulf Coast League
Season opens today . . . Games are played 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.