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 (50–53) fell to the Norfolk Tides, 4–1, before another Coca-Cola Park sellout (10,100) . . . Four-game ends at 1:35 this afternoon.
Hitting: Offense held to 5 hits. C Rob Brantly, triple, home run (4).
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (23–16) and Fisher Cats split a doubleheader (7-inning games) at New Hampshire . . . Five-game series ends at 1:35 this afternoon . . . Reading has 3-game lead over Binghamton in second half.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (18–21) lost to Charlotte, 6–3, when the Stone Crabs broke a tie with a 3-run T9 . . . Four-game series concludes at 1 this afternoon . . . Trail Dunedin by 3 games in second-half race.
Hitting: 3B Madison Stokes led a 6-hit offense, 2–4, double (17), RBI.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (14–20) defeated the Greenville Drive for the second straight night, 5–3, fourth win in last 5 games. FirstEnergy Park attendance: 6,629 . . . Game 3 of the 4-game series, 1:05 this afternoon.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (14–27) shut out the first-place Batavia Muckdogs, 7–0, for their fourth straight win . . . Series concludes in Batavia, 5:05 tonight.
Hitting: C Juan Aparicio, 3–4, 2 runs, double, triple, 2 RBI; lifted average to .375; tied for league lead . . . 1B Rudy Rott, 3–4, 2 RBI . . . DH Logan O’Hoppe, 2–4, double (11), run, RBI; extended hitting streak to 10 games (.462), 18 hits (7 doubles), 14 RBI; average raised from .178 to .278 . . . 2B Kendall Simmons, 2–4, run, HR (3) , RBI . . . CF Corbin Williams, 2–5, 2 RBI, 22nd stolen base, most in league.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**Phillies West (15–9). Lost a doubleheader to Tigers West at Carpenter Complex . . . Game #1: 6–5. Four pitchers gave up only 6 hits but walked 5. 3B Edgar Made, 3–4, double, triple, run, RBI; CF Keaton Greenwalt, 2–2, 2 RBI . . . Game #2: 2–0. TW had 2 hits, PW, four . . . Today: league-wide day off.
**Phillies East (12–10). Edged by the Blue Jays in Dunedin . . . Best of 5 pitchers — Hunter Milam, 2.2–0–0–0–2–5 . . . Offense had 3 doubles and 1 triple. CF Marcus Lee Sang, 2-run triple in T3 . . . Today: league-wide day of.
Lehigh Valley: OF Jan Hernandez, placed on Injured List.
Reading: RHS Julian Garcia, assigned from Clearwater. OF Cornelius Randolph, placed on IL.
Lakeland: RHP Tom Sutera, assigned from Williamsport.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)