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 (48–51) scored 2 runs in B8 on back-to-back wild pitches for a 5–3 win over the Toledo Mud Hens in the first home game since July 7. Win ended a 5-game losing streak . . . Game 2 of the 3-game series at 7:05 tonight.
Hitting: RF Ali Castillo, 2–3, walk, double, 2 runs, RBI, stolen base . . . CF Jan Hernandez, 3–3, walk, run . . . SS Malquin Canelo, 2–3, run, double . . . 1B Austin Listi, 1–3, run, double, hit by pitch; has hits in 19 of last 20 games.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half] ‘
**Fightin Phils (21–13) split a doubleheader against the Binghamton Rubble Ponies, winning the second game on a walk-off home run . . . Win ended a season-high 4-game losing streak . . . Series ends at 11:35 this morning . . . First-place Fightins have 4.5 game lead over Binghamton and Portland.
Game #1: 2–1 loss . . . Lone run was a monster homer by Darick Hall (#17) that landed on the roof above the pool in right field. Reading had 4 other hits, including a double by reliever Aaron Brown . . . Connor Seabold was tagged with the loss in his AA debut, 4–4–2–1–3–4; Brown finished the game, 3–1–0–0–0–2.
Game #2: 8–6 win . . . LF Cornelius Randolph capped a perfect game with a 2-run, walk-off homer (#6) in B7; 3–3, walk, 3 runs, 3 RBI; 2B Luke Williams, 1–3, walk, triple, 2 RBI . . . No decision for starter Tyler Viza, 5–11–6–5–0–2, HR; WP: Addison Russ (2–5), 1–1–0–0–0–0.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (16–19) split a doubleheader with the Bradenton Marauders . . . Series finale at 12 noon today at Spectrum Field.
Game #1: 2–1 win ended a 5-game losing streak at home . . . LF Madison Stokes, 2–4, 2 runs, double, HR (10). HR came in B4 and broke a 1–1 tie; CF Simon Muzziotti, 1–2, RBI, stolen base (16) . . . WP: Julian Garcia (7–6), 6–3–1–1–1–5, HR; SV: Tyler Carr (2), 1–0–0–0–0–1.
Game #2: 4–1 loss . . . Offense produced 6 singles and 2 doubles; 2B Stokes, 2–3, double (16) . . . LP: Alejandro Requena (6–8), 5–7–4–4–2–6, 2 HR.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (11–19) opened a homestand with an 8–6 win over the Charleston RiverDogs. Game featured 5 lead changes and included a 51-minute rain delay in B7 . . . Same 2 teams at 7:05 tonight.
Hitting: Claws won the game with 3 in B7, an inning that included 5 walks and 4 wild pitches . . . 2B Cole Stobbe, 1–3, walk, 2 runs, HR (10), 2 RBI . . . Malvin Matos, 2–2, 2 walks, 2 runs, RBI, stolen base . . . SS Luis Garcia, 3–4, run.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (10–26) were rained out . . . 5:05 doubleheader (7-inning games) tonight against the Auburn Doubledays.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**Phillies West (15–6) plays at Yankees West in Tampa, 12 noon today.
**Phillies East (12–9) were unable to play because of the saturated fields at Carpenter Complex from overnight rain . . . Day off today.
Reading: RHP Tyler Viza, assigned from Lehigh Valley.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)