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 (44–45) edged the Red Wings, 7–6, in Rochester on the strength of 3 home runs. Rochester had 3 errors. Home plate umpire Alex Tosi tossed 3, 1 being an Iron Pig (Jan Hernandez) . . . 6:05 tonight for same teams at Frontier Field.
Pitching: No decision for starter Tyler Viza, 6–3–3–3–1–6, 2 HR . . . Connor Brogdon, 1.2–2–2–2–1–1 . . . WP: Kyle Dohy (4–4), .2–0–1–1–4–1 . . . SV: Edubray Ramos (6), .2–0–0–0–0–0; retired the last 2 batters with the bases loaded, soft liner to SS, fly to CF.
Hitting: C Matt McBride’s 2-run HR in T9 (#8) broke a 5–5 tie . . . LF Jan Hernandez hit a solo HR in T6 (10) and was ejected 2 innings later . . . 3B Austin Listi got the offense started with a 3-run HR in T1 (#7 in AAA, 14 overall); homers in consecutive games; hit .325 in 10 AAA games in June; this month, .343 in 10 games; began season hitting .081 in April in AA ball.
Transaction: RHR Josh Martin, released.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (14–8) were blanked by the Trenton Thunder, 3–0, before 7,114 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium, ending a 4-game winning streak . . . Series continues at 6:45 tonight . . . Fightins lead division in second half, 5 games ahead of Hartford.
Hitting: Held to 5 singles, 2 for Mickey Moniak who is hitting .299 since May 1.
Transaction: INF-OF Grenny Cumana, placed on Injured List (hamstring).
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (14–10) and Florida Fire Frogs were rained out. Two 7-inning games today starting at 5 p.m. at Spectrum Field . . . Trail first-half champion Dunedin Blue Jays by 3 games in second half. 9–4 road record this half, 5–6 at home.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (7–13) dropped a 4–2 decision to the Hagerstown Suns at FirstEnergy Park . . . Game 2 of 3-game set, 7:05 tonight.
Pitching: Starter Tyler McKay (3–5) was the loser, 3.1–5–3–2–1–0, hit batter.
Hitting: Offense held to 4 hits . . . CF Carlos De La Cruz, 2-run HR in B1 (#2).
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (8–19) got shutout pitching from 3 hurlers, 3–0, over the Vermont Lake Monsters at BB&T Ballpark . . . On the road in Aberdeen, MD, 6:05 tonight.
Pitching: Leonel Aponte started, 4–2–0–0–0–3 . . . WP: Rafael Carvajal (1–2), 3–2–0–0–0–5 . . . SV: Omar Maldonado (#2), 2–3–0–0–0–1, hit batter; pitched out of a 1-out, bases-loaded jam in T9 on a strikeout and fly ball to end the game.
Hitting: C Logan O’Hoppe, 2–4, 2 runs, HR (#3), RBI . . . Seven other hitters had a hit each . . . Cutters stole 5 bases, 2 by league-leader CF Corbin Williams, 15–16; 8 steals in last 5 games . . . RF Hunter Hearn threw out 2 runners at home plate, 4 in the last 9 days.
CF Corbin Williams, 2–3, walk, double, 2 runs, 2 steals (13–14, most in NYP); In B5, Williams drew a walk, stole 2nd and 3rd and scored on a ground out to SS with the infield in . . . 1B DJ Stewart, 2–4, run, double . . . SS Nicolas Torres, 2–4 . . . 3B Jake Holmes, 1–3, 2 RBI . . . C Logan O’Hoppe, 2–3, double.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**Phillies West (11–3) had its 9-game winning streak end by Phillies East (6–5) at Carpenter Complex, 5–1. Winners get treated for breakfast at Lenny’s by the losers? Probably not.
Phillies East: SS Bryson Stott led a 9-hit attack, 3–4, run, triple, 2 RBI; batting .800 after 2 pro games. 2B Wilfredo Flores, 2–3, walk, 2 runs, stolen base; batting .417 after 9 pro games . . . Five pitchers held West to 6 hits. WP: Juan Geraldo (1–0), 2–0–0–0–0–5 . . . Travel to Lakeland for 10 a.m. game today vs. Tigers West.
Phillies West: Offense led by Keaton Greenwalt, 3–4; CF Johan Rojas, 2–5, run, double, stolen base; 1B Rixon Wingrove, 1–4, double; .327 average after 14 games . . . 10 a.m. host to Blue Jays at Carpenter Complex.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)