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 (42–44) are on a 3-day All-Star break . . . Season resumes Thursday night in Rochester . . . Next home game won’t be until July 23, Toledo.
AAA All-Star Game: Wednesday night in El Paso, International League vs. Pacific Coast League. Austin Davis is on the IL roster. C Deivy Grullon was also selected but will miss the game as he’s on the IL with a fractured toe. Injury also kept him out of the Home Run Derby.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (14–7) are on 3-day All-Star Game break . . . Fightins take a 3-game winning streak into their next game, Thursday night vs. the visiting Trenton Thunder . .
AA All-Star Game: Wednesday night in Richmond, Eastern Division vs. Western Division.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (12–9) lost, 7–2, to visiting Palm Beach. The Cardinals scored 6 runs over last 3 innings . . . Fifth straight loss at home . . . Second game of 4-game series vs. Palm Beach 7 o’clock tonight.
Pitching: 22-year-old Spencer Howard, #5 on MLB.com’s Phillies prospect list, was activated from the Injured List (shoulder strain) and made 1st appearance since April 23, no decision as a starter, 4–1–0–0–0–7; fanned first 4 batters; 40 strikes, 16 balls . . . Andrew Brown, 3–6–2–2–1–2 . . . LP: Keylan Killgore (1–2), 1–4–4–4–0–2, HR; had given up 1 run since May 17; had allowed 8 total runs in 53.2 pro innings . . . Luis Carrasco, 1–2–1–1–0–1, wild pitch, hit batter.
Hitting: C Rodolfo Duran, 2–4, run, HR (4), RBI . . . RF Jhailyn Ortiz, 1–4, run, HR (14), RBI; matches Reading’s Darick Hall for most HR in Phillies minor leagues . . . 2B Dan Brito, 2–3, walk; trifecta on the bases, stolen base (5), caught stealing, picked off 1B.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (6–11) were not scheduled . . . 7:05 tonight vs. the Hickory Crawdads at home.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (5–18) split a doubleheader (7-inning games) against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in Niles, OH . . . Series finale, 7:05 tonight . . . Back home 7:05 Wednesday vs. Vermont.
Game #1: lost 4–0 . . . Each team had 4 hits . . . All 4 runs were unearned as the Cutters made 5 errors . . . LP: Jake Kinney (1–1), 2nd of 4 pitchers, 1.1–3–3–0–1–2 . . . 2B Nicolas Torres, 2 of the 4 singles; stolen base (5).
Game #2: won, 3–0 . . . Each team had 5 hits, all singles for Cutters . . . Starter: Junior Tejeda, 4–1–0–0–0–5; WP: Alejandro Made (1–1), 2–2–0–0–0–1; SV: Albertus Barber (1), 1–2–0–0–0–2 . . . LF Hunter Markwardt, RBI single in T6, 2nd run scores on an error on the play; 3rd run on a double steal, Markwardt (5) second and CF Corbin Williams (9) home.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**West (9–2) pushed across a run in T7 for an 8–7 win over the Yankees West in Tampa . . . CF Johan Rojas (Dominican Republic), 3–5, RBI, double, stolen base; hitting .341. 1B Rixon Wingrove (Australia), 3–5, run, RBI, double; hitting .310. DH Bruce Wang (China), 2–3, walk, run, RBI . . . 6 pitchers worked in the game. WP: Aidan Anderson (McNeese State) (1–0). SV: Nicoly Pina (DR) (1) . . . At Tigers East in Lakeland, 12 noon today.
**East (4–5) were not scheduled . . . Host Yankees West, 12 noon today at Carpenter Complex.