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 (36–41) scored single runs in the 7th (sacrifice fly) and 8th (error) innings in beating the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 4–3, before a sellout of 10,100 at Coca-Cola Park . . . Middle game of the series, 6:30 tonight.
Hitting: 1B Austin Listi accounted for the 1st 2 runs on solo homers in the 2nd and 5th innings (4–5, 11–12 overall). 2–3 boosted his AAA average to .406, 1.410 OPS in 8 games . . . SS Malquin Canelo, 2–3, run.
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 (6–5) won, 5–4, on a 2-run, walk-off single by 3B Alec Bohm in B10 against Portland before another big crowd (6,004) at FirstEnergy Stadium . . . The Sea Dogs scored once in top 10th but the Fightins came back: courtesy runner at 2B, BB, sac., I-BB and Bohm’s single to right center . . . Reading is 9–3 in extra-inning games . . . Game 3 of the 4-game series, 6:45 tonight.
Pitching: David Parkinson was the starter, 5.1–5–2–2–3–4, HR; picked off runner at 1B . . . Grant Dyer make his AA debut, (BS, 1), 1.2–1–1–0–0–3; fanned 1st 2 batters and charged with an unearned run in the next inning; last unearned run off him, April 16 in Clearwater . . . Jeff Singer, 2–0–0–0–1–1 . . . WP: Aaron Brown (3–4), 1–0–1–0–0–1.
Hitting: RF Grenna Cumana got Reading on the board with a 3-run homer in the 1st inning, 1st one since 9/4/18 at Clearwater . . . CF Mickey Moniak, 2–3, run, hit-by-pitch, double (19).
Transaction: RHR Grant Dyer, assigned from Clearwater.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (8–3) tied the game with 2 out in T9 (error) and won in T10 on a 2-out, bases-loaded, 2-run single to shallow CF by 1B Madison Stokes, 3–1, over the Mets in St. Luce before 986 fans at First Data Field . . . Middle game of the series 6:30 tonight.
Transaction: RHP Luis Carrasco, assigned from Lakewood.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (2–7) losing streak reached 5 straight when Greensboro scored 4 runs in T9, 5–2, before 6,651 fans at FirstEnergy Park. Three of the runs came on a bases-clearing double with 2 out. 12th lost in final at-bat . . . Game 3 of the 4-game series 7:05 tonight.
Pitching: Continuing using piggy-back starters, Ethan Lindow started (4–1–1–0–2–5) and was followed by Manny Silva (4–3–0–0–1–4) . . . Andrew Schultz, 6th round pick this month out of Tennessee, had a rough outing in his Lakewood debut as the losing pitcher, .1–1–4–4–3–0, wild pitch; retired the 1st batter . . . Gilmael Troya gave up the 3-run double in facing 2 hitters.
Hitting: Offense held to 4 singles and a double; single runs in B1 and B7 . . . DH Rafael, 2–3, hit-by-pitch . . . 1B Seth Lancaster had the double. Hitting .400 in 5 games at Lakewood since joining the club from Williamsport.
Transaction: RHR Andrew Schultz, assigned from GCL.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (3–11) ended their 9-game losing streak, 8–3, over the Black Bears in West Virginia before 2,512 fans at Monongalia County Ballpark . . . Previous win was 2nd game of a June 17 doubleheader against WV . . . Rubber game of the series 7:05 tonight.
Pitching: Five pitchers gave up 7 hits and 9 walks while fanning 10 . . . Omar Maldonado, 2nd hurler, was winner (1–0).
Hitting: Banged out 12 hits, struck out 12 times and left 12 runners on base . . . Big inning was a 5-run T2 . . . C Juan Aparicio, 3–5, triple, run, 3 RBI . . . CF Hunter Markwardt, 3–6, 3 runs, RBI, stolen base . . . SS Nate Fassnacht, 2–5, walk, 2 doubles, 2 runs . . . 3B McCarthy Tatum, 1–3, 2 walks, run, 2 RBI, double.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**West (2–2) was not scheduled . . . Host Yankees West, 10 a.m. today at Carpenter Field.
**East (2–3) crushed Yankees East in Tampa, 11–0 . . . Phils had 13 hits, drew 7 walks plus benefited from 2 hit batters, 3 errors, 2 balks, 5 wild pitches, 1 passed ball . . . Seven pitchers held NYE to 3 singles, while striking out 11 . . . Starter Rafael Marcano, 3–1–0–0–1–3 . . . WP: Carlos Francisco (1–0) . . . Top 3 in lineup: RF Jevi Hernandez, 3–5, walk, 2 runs, double, stolen base; 2B Jose Tortolero, 3–6, 2 runs; DH Cesar Rodriguez, 3–4, 2 walks, hit by pitch, double, 2 runs, 3 RBI . . . Not scheduled today.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)