Phillies Nation has been honored to have Larry Shenk join the ranks of our regular contributors in this 2019 season.
“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” appears on an almost daily basis during the season.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division
**IronPigs (47–47) dropped 6–3 decision in Gwinnett. A 3-run B6 decided the outcome . . . Series ends at 12:05 this afternoon.
Hitting: 2B Phil Gosselin 2–4, walk, run . . . RF Ali Castillo, 2–4 . . . 3B Austin Listi, 2–5, run, RBI, double (8, 15 overall); 15-game hitting streak; hitting .351 for LV; .382 in last 10 games (12 RBI).
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (18–9) pick up a W in a suspended game in Binghamton . . . Back home tonight against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at 7:10 . . . Hold 5.5 game lead over Trenton and Hartford.
Suspended game (Fightins led, 4–0, Tuesday when the rains came in B4): Won, 8–6 . . .
C Austin Bossart, 2–4, 2 runs, 2 HR (5–6), 4 RBI. LF Josh Stephen, 2–3, walk, 2 runs, HR (5), RBI. 1B Alec Bohm, 3–5, RBI. CF Mickey Moniak, 2–4, walk, run, RBI, 2 steals, assist (home plate) . . . WP: Aaron Brown (4–4). SV: Jeff Singer (2).
Regularly scheduled game (after completion of suspended game): rained out.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (14–15) dropped sixth straight on a walk-off grand slam by Bradenton’s Calvin Mitchell in B10, 7–3, in a morning game . . . Clearwater has scored just 13 runs in the losing streak . . . Series finale at 6:30 tonight.
Hitting: 29-inning consecutive scoreless streak ended when DH Jhailyn Ortiz homered in T4 (16) . . . Took 2–1 lead in T10 on a bases-loaded walk to CF Simon Muzziotti and a strike out-wild pitch . . . SS Dan Brito had Clearwater’s other 3 hits, singles.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (9–16) defeated Delmarva Shorebirds, 4–0, in a rain-shortened game in Salisbury. Game called after 1 out in B6 . . . Won series, 2–1 . . . 7 o’clock tonight in Kannapolis, 434 miles from Salisbury. Welcome to the minor leagues.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (8–22) were rained out at home against Mahoning Valley Scrappers . . . 5:05 p.m. doubleheader today (7-inning games).
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**Phillies West (14–3) coasted to a 14–5 win over the Tigers East at Carpenter Complex; banged out 18 hits and left 9 runners on base . . . Four players had 2 hits each, three had 3 hits each. 1B Rixon Wingrove, 3–4, walk, double triple, 2 runs, 6 RBI. 3B Edgar Made, 3–5, walk, 3 runs, 3 RBI. LF Keaton Greenwalt, 3–5, 2 RBI . . . Josh Hendrickson, second of 4 pitchers, was winner (1–0), 2–3–2–2–0–3, HR. SV: Aidan Anderson (#1), 2.1–1–0–0–2–2 . . . Home again at 12 noon today, Yankees East.
Phillies East (8–7) lost 7–3 to the Yankees West in Tampa when the home team scored 4 in B7 . . . 2B Wilfredo Flores, 2–4, stolen base (7); lifted average to league-leading .455 figure. 1B Vito Friscia, 1–3, walk, run, HR (2), RBI . . . Victor Vargas, first of 5 pitchers, tagged with loss (0–1), 3–3–2–2–1–1, HR . . . Travel to Lakeland for 12 noon game today with Tigers East.
LARRY SHENK IS AUTHOR/EDITOR OF THE PHILLIES.COM ALUMNI SECTION AND PROVIDES REGULAR MINOR LEAGUE REPORT PIECES FROM HIS PHILLIES INSIDER BLOG. PHILLIES INSIDER PIECES RE-PRINTED AT PHILLIES NATION BY PERMISSION OF LARRY SHENK. PHILLIES ALUMNI PIECES WITH HIS PERMISSION ALONG WITH APPROVAL FROM MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES.
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