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 (50–52) coasted to an 11–2 win over the Norfolk Tides before a Coca-Cola Park sellout (10,100) . . . Off to a 3–1 start in a 10-game homestand . . . Series continues at 6:35 tonight.
Hitting: 1–2 hitters in the lineup did a lot of the damage, 2B Phil Gosselin, 3–3, walk, 3 runs, 2 RBI, double, HR (5); RF Ali Castillo, 3–4, 3 RBI, double . . . LF Shane Robinson, 2–4, 3 runs . . . 1B Mitch Walding, 2–4, walk, double, 2 runs, RBI.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (22–15) lost, 5–1, to the New Hampshire when the Fisher Cats scored 4 in B7 . . . 5:05 doubleheader (7-inning games) tonight . . . Reading has a 3.5-game lead with 36 games remaining in the second half.
Pitching: Spencer Howard made his AA debut, fanned the first 3 hitters on 11 pitches (each strikeout came on a 98-mph fastball), 4.2–4–1–1–2–10, wild pitch, 82 pitches, 55 strikes . . . LP: Jonathan Hennigan (2–2), 2.1–4–4–4–2–1.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (18–20) scored twice in B8 to overtake the Charlotte Stone Crabs, 6–5. Second straight game in which the Threshers came from behind for a win . . . Another fireworks show after the 6:30 game tonight with Charlotte . . . Threshers trail first-place Dunedin by 3.5 games in second-half race.
Hitting: Back-to-back RBI singles by DH Madison Stokes and LF Matt Vierling produced the winning runs . . . SS Nick Maton, 2–4, run . . . 1B Mark Kroon, 2–2, walk, triple, run, stolen base . . . 3B Dalton Guthrie, 2–3.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (13–20) got a shutout from a pair of 20-year-old lefthanded starters who are used in a piggy-back rotation, 2–0, in the series opener vs. the Greenville Drive. Another big crowd at FirstEnergy Park, 6,668 . . . Game 2 of the series, 7:05 tonight.
Pitching: WP: Manuel Silva (3–4), 5–1–0–0–0–5, retired 15 of the 16 hitters he faced . . . SV: Ethan Lindow (2), 4–3–0–0–0–6; 37 strikes, 12 balls . . . Half of Silva’s 16 games have been starts. Lindow has started 12 out of 21 games (5–2, 2.40 ERA, 0.98 WHIP)
Hitting: Five different Claws had 2-hit games, C Rafael Marchan, CF Malvin Matos, 3B Seth Lancaster, DH Hunter Stoval (RBI), RF Yerwin Trejo (RBI) who also stole his 20th base . . . For Matos, his fourth straight 2-hit game; .433 in last 10 games.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (13–27) won third in a row, 5–3, over the first-place Muckdogs in Batavia in the start of a 6-game road trip. Winning streak is longest of season . . . Game 2, 7:05 tonight.
Pitching: Got shutout pitching from 3 of the 4 pitchers in the game . . . Starter Brett Schulze, 2–2–0–0–1–4, hit batter; hasn’t allowed a run in 10.2 pro innings . . . WP: Spencer Van Scoyoc (2–1), 1–0–0–0–3–1 . . . SV: Chris Micheles (1), 3.1–1–0–0–1–5, 2 hit batters; Wiliamsport debut.
Hitting: C Logan O’Hoppe continued his torrid hitting, 2–4, 2 runs, 2 doubles (10), 2 RBI; 16 hits in 9-game hitting streak (.457), 13 RBI; 5 multi-hit games in the streak; raised average from .174 to .269 . . . DH Herbert Iser, 2–4, run, double, RBI.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**Phillies West (15–7). Game in Tampa vs. Yankees East was suspended in T4 because of rain. Phillies are leading, 7–1. Will be completed Aug. 3 . . . Today: Tigers West at Carpenter Complex, 10 a.m.
**Phillies East (12–9). For the second straight day, unable to play because of the saturated fields at Carpenter Complex. This time a doubleheader vs. Tigers East. One game rescheduled for Aug. 3, the other Aug. 12 . . . Today: Blue Jays in Dunedin, 10 a.m.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)