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 (38–41) swept a 3-game series from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a 10–7 victory before another Coca-Cola Park sell out, 10,100 . . . Two 4-run innings (B4, B7) powered the offense . . . Three-game series in Buffalo begins tonight, 7:05.
Pitching: LV used 5 pitchers . . . Starter Roman Rosso, 3.2–5–4–4–2–1, 3 hit batters . . . Austin Davis, 2.1–0–0–0–1–3 . . . WP (BS 1): Edubray Ramos, 1–2–2–2–1–1, HR . . . Kyle Dohy, 1–0–0–0–1–1 . . . Yacksel Rios, 1–2–1–1–0–0.
Hitting: Offense had 10 hits, 10 walks and stranded 14 runners . . . C Deivy Grullon, 2–4, walk, run, double (15), HR (12), 3 RBI . . . SS Andrew Romine, 1–5, walk, run, 3 RBI, stolen base (15) . . . 2B Ali Castillo, 2–4, 2 runs, RBI . . . CF Adam Haseley, 2–5, walk, double . . . LF Jan Hernandez, 1–4, 2 walks, double, 2 runs, 2 RBI . . . DH Nick Williams, 1–5, walk, run, HR (2), RBI.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (8–5) won in dramatic fashion on C Austin Bossart’s 2-out, 2-strike, 2-run walk-off homer in B9. Final: 3–2, completing a 4-game sweep of the Portland Sea Dogs before 6,917 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium . . . New Hampshire begins a 4-game series in Reading at 7:10 tonight.
Hitting: LF Luke Williams worked a 2-out walk and stole second (16), setting the stage for Bossart’s 9th-inning heroics. The pair produced Reading’s first run on a Williams double and Bossart RBI single in B5 . . . 3B Alec Bohm, 1–4, double (2, 21 overall.)
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (10–3) completed a thrilling comeback with 2 home runs in their final at-bat (T 9) that produced a 5–3 win over the Mets in St. Lucie before 352 fans. The dramatic victory completed a 3-game sweep, ended a 5–1 road trip and finished June with an 18–7 record . . . Threshers return to Spectrum Field at 7 tonight to take on the Fort Myers Miracle.
Hitting: LF Jhailyn Ortiz hit the first pitch of the T9 over the left field wall (#13) to tie the game, 3–3. RF Matt Kroon won the game with a 2-run HR (#2) also to LF to put the Threshers on top, 5–3 . . . SS Nick Maton, 3–4, 2 runs, 9th inning double before Kroon’s long ball. Kroon also drove in a run on a sac fly . . . C Jack Conley, 2–4, RBI.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (3–8) got pounded by the visiting Greensboro Grasshoppers, 10–1. Game was decided early when the Hoppers scored 6 times in T2 . . . Delmarva Shorebirds come to town for a 3-game series that begins tonight at 7:05.
Pitching: Starter Dominic Pipkin (3–2) was the loser, 1.2–3–6–6–3–1, hit batter.
Hitting: Claws were held to 3 singles and a home run by 3B Seth Lancaster (#1).
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (3–13) lost in painful fashion when the West Virginia Black Bears scored 3 in B9 for a 3–2 walk-off win. An infield single drove in the winning run. It was WV’s second straight WO win over the Cutters . . . Back home tonight at 7:05 vs. Mahoning Valley.
Pitching: The Cutters went into the 9th with a 3-hit, 2–0 shutout thanks to the combined pitching of Rafael Carvajal, Jake Kinney and Luis Ramirez; retired 16 in a row at one point . . . LP: Anton Kuznetsov (1–1), allowed the 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits. He started the season with 4 scoreless innings in 3 appearances.
Hitting: Offense produced a single, 2 doubles and 1 stolen base. Cutters lead the NYP with 36 doubles and 33 steals.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
League-wide day off on Sunday.
**West (3–2) vs. Tigers East at Carpenter Complex, 12 noon.
**East (2–3) at Yankees West in Tampa, 12 noon.