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 (47–49) led 7–0 after their first 3 innings but wound up losing, 9–7, to the Tide in Norfolk. Two errors paved the way for 5 unearned runs . . . Series continues at 7:05 tonight.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (20–9) won 2 games from New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Extended winning streak to season-high 5 games . . . Two teams meet again at 6:45 tonight . . . Reading has a 5.5 game lead over second-place Hartford.
Suspended game (Thursday night, rains came in B1, Fightins had a run in and runners on 1st and 3rd and no out): 6–4 win . . . 3B Luke Williams, 5–5, run, 3 doubles, RBI. 1B Darick Hall, 3–5, run, HR (16), 2 RBI. DH Austin Bossart, 1–2, 2 walks, run, HR (7), RBI; fourth HR of the week . . . WP: Colton Eastman, his AA debut (1–0), 5–4–4–1–3–9, hit batter. SV: Addison Russ (15), 1–0–0–0–0–0.
7-inning Game: 3–1 win . . . Combined 2-hitter by Gustavo Armas (AA debut), 4–1–0–0–2–2; WP: Garrett Cleavinger (2–0), 2–1–1–1–1–4; SV: Jonathan Hennigan (#2), 1–0–0–0–0–3 . . . LF Josh Stephen, 2–3, double (16), 2 RBI . . .RF Luke Williams, 1–4.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (14–16) fell to the Mets in St. Lucie, 4–2, their seventh straight loss . . . 7:05 again tonight in St. Lucie.
Hitting: CF Simon Muzziotti, 3–5, run, stolen base (15); has hit in 7 straight games and reached base in 12 straight.
Postponed game in Bradenton on Thursday will be played in Clearwater as part of a 7-inning doubleheader on Monday, 5:30. Threshers will be the home team for both games. Clearwater’s last game in Bradenton was Thursday.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (10–17) put up a 5-run T3 and hung on for a 9–6 win over the Intimidators in Kannapolis . . . Game 3 of the series, 7 tonight.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (9–24) were shut out on 4 hits, 7–0, by the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at BB&T Ballpark . . . 7:05 tonight in State College.
Pitching: Starter Tyler Burch was the loser (1–1), .2–2–2–2–2–2, HR.
Hitting: CF Johan Rojas, making his Williamsport debut 1–3, double, stolen base . . . C Logan O’Hoppe had a double giving him 7 extra base hits in last 7 games.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**Phillies West (14–5) lost to the Tigers West in Lakeland, 5–2 . . . Phillies had 4 hits, single, double, triple, home run. LF Jadiel Sanchez homered in B6, first pro hit . . . Eduar Segovia gave up 3 runs in B1 and was saddled with the loss (1–2) . . . West leads the division by 1.5 games.
Phillies East (9–8)
Suspended game (July 11 vs. Blue Jays in Dunedin, game halted after ½ inning by rain. Phillies scored 1 in T1): Final, 3–2, win in 8-inning game. Blue Jays tied game, 1–1, in B7 sending it into extra innings. Phils scored 2, TOR 1 in 8th . . . Final out was a force play at 3B with runners on 1st and 2nd.
7-inning game: 1–0 win on combined 1-hitter by Gabriel Yanez, 4–1–0–0–1–1 and WP Hunter Milam (2–1), 3–0–0–0–2–2 . . . 3B Curtis Mead drove in the lone run in T4 with one of 3 singles for the winners. Time of Game: 1:41.
Clearwater City Series: West plays East, 10 a.m. today at Carpenter Complex.
Lehigh Valley: RHP Seth McGarry, assigned from Reading.
Reading: RHPs Colton Eastman, Gustavo Armas, assigned from Clearwater.
Clearwater: RHP Michael Gomez, assigned from Lakewood; RHS Alejandro Requena, assigned from Reading.
Lakewood: RHP Albertus Barber, assigned from Williamsport.
Williamsport: CF Johan Rojas, assigned from GCL.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)