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 (49–52) rallied for 2 in B9 to tie and won on a walk-off hit, 5–4, over the Toledo Mud Hens in 10 innings. Took the series, 2–1 . . . Three-game series with Norfolk Tides begins at 7:05 tonight at Coca-Cola Field.
Pitching: Damon Jones started, 3.2–4–4–4–4–3; all runs came in T4 . . . 6.1 scoreless innings by the bullpen — Tyler Gilbert, 2–3–0–0–0–1 . . . Austin Davis, 1.1–0–0–0–0–1 . . . J. D. Hammer, 1–1–0–0–0–0 . . . Edgar Garcia, 1–0–0–0–1–1 . . . WP: Connor Brogdon (1–0, 4–1 overall), 1–0–0–0–0–1, 9 pitches, 6 strikes.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (22–14) fell to the Fisher Cats in New Hampshire, 9–1. Damage came in a 7-run BS . . . Game 2 of the 5-game series, 7:05 tonight . . .
Hitting: RF Josh Stephen, 2–4, walk, run, 9th-inning HR (7) . . . 2B Jose Gomes, 3–4, including 2 doubles.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (17–20) came from behind with a 4-run B7 in defeating the Charlotte Stone Crabs, 5–3 . . . Game 2 of 4, 6:30 tonight at Spectrum Field.
Hitting: Scored the 4 runs on a single, 2 errors and double . . . 2B Dan Brito, 2–4, 2 runs, 2 doubles . . . C Nick Matera, 1–1, a 2-run double in B7 . . . SS Nick Maton (13) and LF Matt Vierling (18) also had doubles.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (12–20) lost series finale to Charleston RiverDogs, 4–3, before a packed house of 9,035 at FirstEnergy Park . . . Won series, 2–1 . . . 7:05 tonight vs. Greenville, start of a 4-game series.
Hitting: Offense held to 3 hits, 2 for CF Malvin Matos, including a double (13); fourth straight 2-hit game.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (12–27) iced the game with a 3-run B8, 6–2 over Auburn . . . Big crowd (2,506) was on hand as Montoursville (PA) native and Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Mussina was honored pre-game . . . 7:05 tonight in Batavia against the Muckdogs.
Hitting: C Logan O’Hoppe, 3–3, 2 runs, HR (5), 3 RBI, stolen base; last 12 games, 19 hits of which he has 12 extra-base hits (6 doubles, 2 triples, 4 HR), 13 RBI . . . SS Bryson Stott, 2–3, walk, double, 2 runs, RBI . . . RF Hunter Hearn, 2–4, double, RBI . . . C Juan Aparicio, 2–4, run; leads club with .360 average.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**Phillies West (15–7). Rained out Lakeland; rescheduled for Aug. 2 . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees East in Tampa.
**Phillies East (12–9). Rained out vs. Yankees West at Carpenter Complex. Ashburn Field outfield warning track was under water. Game scheduled for Aug. 2 . . . 12 noon today vs. Tigers East at Complex.
Lehigh Valley: LHR Kyle Dohy, assigned from Reading.
Reading: RHS Spencer Howard, assigned from Clearwater; RHR Luke Leftwich, activated from IL, assigned from Lehigh Valley
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)