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 (47–48) finished with a split of the 4-game series in Gwinnett when the Stripers cruised to an 11–2 win behind Mike Foltynewicz. Pedro Florimon hit a grand slam and drove in 5 for the winners . . . Long road trip continues at 7:05 tonight in Norfolk. It is the only visit to Norfolk this season.
Hitting: 2B Phil Gosselin, 3–5, run, RBI . . . RF Ali Castillo, 2–4, walk . . . 1B Logan Morrison, 2–3, walk, RBI . . . LF Austin Listi, 0–3, walk, ending 15-game hitting streak; hitting .351 this month; 17 RBI in 16 games.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (18–9) were victims of rain again. Game with New Hampshire was suspended with Reading at-bat in B1, 1 run in, runners on first and third no out. It will be completed starting at 5:15 tonight with a 7-inning game to follow.
ANOTHER DH: Since Wednesday’s postponed game was the Fightins last one in Binghamton this season, the game will now be played in Reading as part of a 5:15 doubleheader (7-inning games) on July 23. Fightins will be the home team in each game.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (14–15) game in Bradenton was postponed because of wet grounds . . . Weekend series in St. Lucie starts at 6:30 tonight.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (9–17) were handed a 7–2 loss to Kannapolis in Intimidators Stadium . . . 7 o’clock tonight in Kannapolis.
Pitching: Starter Jhordany Mezquita was charged with the loss (2–7), 3.1–6–3–3–1–2
Hitting: 1B McCarthy Tatum had 2 of Lakewood’s 3 hits.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (9–23) split a pair against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at BB&T Ballpark . . . Series finale vs. Scrappers, 7:00 tonight.
Game #1: 8–1 victory . . . C Logan O’Hoppe, 2–3, 2 runs, double, HR (4), 3 RBI. RF Hunter Hearn, 2–3, run, HR (#2), RBI. SS Bryson Stott, 1–2, walk, 2 runs. CF Corbin Williams, league-leading 17th stolen base . . . Adam Cox, second of 3 pitchers, picked up first pro win (1–1), 2.2–0–0–0–0–3.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**Phillies West (14–4) dropped 8–5 decision to Yankees East at Carpenter Complex . . . RF Keaton Greenwalt, 1–5, 2 runs, HR (#2), RBI. 1B Rixon Wingrove, 2–5, including 7th double. CF Johan Rojas, 1–4, triple, 2 RBI, hit by pitch; replaced by pinch runner Luis Rojas (Yankees used a pitcher Adonny Rojas) . . . LP: Nicoly Pina (0–1), .2–2–3–3–1–1 . . . 12 noon today vs. Tigers West in Lakeland.
Phillies East (9–8) had a suspended game loss and a win in Lakeland against the Tigers East . . . Blue Jays at 12 noon today at Carpenter Complex.
Suspended game (July 2 game was halted by rain, 8–8, after 12 ½ innings): 9–8 loss. Tigers East had a courtesy runner on 2B to start B13; game ended on 2 pitches, an infield out and walk-off single.
Regular game: Three-run T9 produced a 6–3 win . . . CF Jevi Hernandez, 3–5, 2 runs, double, RBI. SS Brayan Gonzalez, 2–4, walk, 2 RBI, stolen base. 2B Curtis Mead, 2–3, 2 walks, run, triple, RBI . . . Jose Ulloa, fifth pitcher, won his first pro game, 3–1–0–0–0–2.