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 (28–25) scored the winning run in the ninth inning without a hit, 6–5, over first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . Victory avoided a three-game SWB sweep and moved the second-place IronPigs to within three games of SWB . . . Road trip started in Pawtucket. After three games there and three in SWB Pigs are back to Pawtucket for two games starting at 6:05 tonight, Tyler Viza (0–4). LV then heads home for two games against Pawtucket. (Fact, not fiction).
Pitching: ND for starter, Tom Eshelman, 6–6–2–2–2–5; retired 15 of the first 20 batters . . . Luke Leftwich (BS, 1), 1.1–3–3–3–1–1, HR . . . WP: Tom Windle (4–0), .2–2–0–0–0–1 . . . SV: Seth McGarry, 1–0–0–0–0–1, wild pitch, hit batter.
Hitting: Every batter in the lineup had a hit . . . With the bases loaded in the ninth inning, CF Andrew Romine drew a walk forcing in the winning run. His walk was the fourth of the inning . . . RF Lance Adams, 2–3, two runs, two walks, stolen base . . . LF Adam Haseley, 2–4, two RBI, double . . . Romine, 1–3, walk two RBI . . . 3B Mitch Walding, seventh HR.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division
**Fightin Phils (31–21) won their third straight over the visiting Richmond Flying Squirrels, 5–2 . . . Fourth straight series win . . . First time 10 at .500 . . . Second-place Fightins are one game behind first-place Trenton . . . Series with Richmond ends with a 9:45 game this morning, David Parkinson (5–2). It will be his ninth start, third vs. Richmond.
Pitching: Four pitchers combined to four-hit Richmond . . . The four hits came of starter JoJo Romero, 4.2–4–2–2–0–1, balk; ejected by the home plate umpire in the fifth inning . . . The bullpen took over and tossed four hitless, scoreless innings . . . WP: Jeff Singer (3–0), 1–0–0–0–2–2 . . . Garrett Cleavinger, 1–0–0–0–2–2 . . . SV: Jakob Hernandez, 2–0–0–0–2–3.
Hitting: Every player in the starting lineup had a hit, except Romero . . . LF Josh Stephen, 2–2, two walks, run, HR (#4), two RBI . . . C Henri Lartigue, 1–3, two RBI . . . SS Arquimedes Gamboa, 2–4, walk; hitting .306 in last 10 games . . . CF Mickey Moniak, 2–5, stolen base (7)
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (29–27) was unable to hold a 4–1 lead after six innings against the first-place Dunedin Blue Jays who won in 10 innings, 5–4 . . . Loss dropped fourth-place Clearwater 5.5 games behind in the first half with 11 games remaining . . . Jupiter Hammerheads follow for a four-game series which opens at 7 tonight. Threshers recently swept a four-game series in Jupiter. (Florida city, not the planet).
Pitching: Four pitchers were tagged for 10 hits, six walks and four wild pitches. Twelve strikeouts boosted the staff’s total to 552, most in the FSL . . . ND: Colton Eastman, 6.1–7–2–2–2–8, HR . . . LP: Grant Dyer (1–2).
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (18–37) were edged by Greensboro, 4–3, despite getting more hits, 7–5. Winning run came in B7 . . . Lakewood returns home to take on the Hagerstown Suns, 7:05 tonight, Kevin Gowdy (0–3).
Hitting: LF Malvin Matos, 2–4, run, two RBI, HR (#4) . . . CF Yerwin Trejo ended the game with a pop up to second base with the tying run on second base . . . Jonathan Guzman’s hitting streak ended at 13 games.
**New York-Penn League (Williamsport Crosscutters) season opens June 14.
**Gulf Coast League season opens June 24 at Carpenter Complex. Phillies again will field two teams, East and West.
Additional note: the Phillies are fielding two teams (red and white) in the Dominican Summer League, which opened play this past weekend.