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 (35–41) were swept in a 2-game series by the Rochester Red Wings, 8–7. The Pigs tied the game with 5 runs in B 7, 6–6. Red Wings scored 2 in T9, LV countered with 1 . . . Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comes to town, 7:05 tonight.
Pitching: Five pitchers combined to give up 15 hits and strike out 15 . . . Jose Taveras, 2–2–2–2–1–2, hit batter . . . Tom Windle, 1–3–2–2–2–3, balk . . . Luke Leftwich, 2–4–1–1–1–1, HR . . . Austin Davis, 2–3–1–1–0–4 . . . LP: Kyle Dohy (1–4), 2–3–2–1–0–5, 3 wild pitches.
All-Stars: C Deivi Grullon and LHR Austin Davis have been selected to play in the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 10 in El Paso. The game will pit the International League vs. the Pacific Coast League.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (5–5) scored 2 in the 4th and 4 in the 8th in defeating the Portland Sea Dogs, 6–1, before 6,410 at FirstEnergy Stadium . . . Series continues at 7:10 tonight.
Pitching: Four different pitchers gave up the 1 run on 10 hits, 0 walks while striking out 10 . . . WP: JoJo Romero (2–3, 4–5 overall), 5–5–1–0–0–5 . . . Jonathan Hennigan, 2–3–0–0–0–0 . . . Jakob Hernandez, 1–2–0–0–0–3 . . . Addison Russ, 1–0–0–0–0–2.
Hitting: 3B Alec Bohm, 2–3, walk, 2 runs, 2-run HR in B4; defensively, a throwing error, started two 5–4–3 double plays and made 4 fine defensive players. Playing at 3 levels this season: 68 games, .331, 20 doubles, 9 homers, 42 RBI . . . Top 3 in Reading’s batting order are #1 selections, CF Adam Haseley (2017), Bohm (2018), RF Mickey Moniak (2016). A fourth, got in the game, LF Cornelius Randolph (2015), 1–1, 2 RBI.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (7–3) edged the Flying Tigers in Lakeland, 2–1, in 11 innings after losing, 2–1, on a 9th-inning walk-off the night before. Win gave Threshers a 2–1 series win . . . 6-game road trip continues at 6:30 tonight in St. Lucie in battle of second-half division leaders.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (2–6) lost their 4th straight game, this one 9–8 to visiting Greensboro. The Grasshoppers took a commanding lead with 6 runs in T6 and then hung on as the Claws rallied with 5 in B9. Game ended on a strikeout with the tying run on second base . . . Game two is 7:05 tonight.
Hitting: RF Carlos De La Cuz, 2–5, run, 3 RBI . . . DH Seth Lancaster, 3–5, RBI; hitting .438 in his 4 games with Claws . . . SS-2B Jonathan Guzman, 2–5, 2 runs, double, stolen base (23) . . . LF Yerwin Trejo, 2–5, run, RBI, double, 2 stolen bases (14).
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (2–11) losing streak reached 9 games, 1–0, in Auburn . . . 6-game road trip continues at 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.
Pitching: Carlos Francisco started and pitched well, 4–2–0–0–1–0 . . . Third pitcher was charged with the loss, Tom Sutera (0–2), 3–5–1–0–0–4; unearned run came on a throwing error by 1B D.J. Stewart with 2 out.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**West (2–2) dropped a 7–2 decision to the Blue Jays at Carpenter Complex. Visitors last 4 innings: 2–2–2–1 . . . Spencer Howard made a rehab assignment starts, 3–1–0–0–1–5; 24 pitches, 20 strikes; off to a 1–1 start in 4 starts for Clearwater when he went on the IL with a sore shoulder, May 5 . . . Five pitched followed with LH Austin Crowson getting the loss in his pro debut, .2–3–2–1–0–1 . . . LF Juan Smith, 2–3, run, double, HR (#1), RBI. DH Andrick Nava, 2–4, run . . . Not scheduled today.
**East (1–3) were shut out by the Tigers West in Lakeland on 5 hits. Second straight scoreless game . . . RH Victor Vargas started, 3–2–0–0–1–3. RH Jamie Sara lost (0–1), a rough pro debut, .1–4–5–5–1–1 . . . CF Jevi Hernandez, 3–4, double, stolen base . . . 12 noon game today vs. Yankees East in Tampa.