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 (51–53) pounded out 19 hits in cruising to an 11–3 win over the Norfolk Tide at Coca-Cola Park . . . Won series, 2–1 . . . Pawtucket Red Sox in town to start a 2-game series at 7:05 tonight.
Hitting: Seven players had 2 or more hits, 6 drove in a run . . . RF Ali Castillo extended hitting streak to 11 games, 4–5, walk, 2 runs, double, HR (5), 3 RBI . . . SS Malquin Canelo, 4–5, 2 runs, RBI . . . 2B Phil Gosselin, 2–4, 2 walks, double, 2 runs, HR (5), 3 RBI . . . 1B Matt McBride, 2–4, 2 runs, HR (9), 2 RBI . . . C Deivy Grullo, 3B Austin Listi, DH, Rob Brantly, each had 2 hits.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (23–16) scored 3 runs with 2 out in T9 for a big 9–8 comeback win over the Fisher Cats in New Hampshire . . . Victory increased division lead to 4 games with a little over a month to play . . . Open a 3-game series in Bowie at 7:05 tonight . . .
Hitting: Trailing, 8–6, in T9, CF Mickey Moniak doubled to right with 1 out, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on an infield ground out by 3B Alec Bohm. 1B Darick Hall unloaded his 19th home run to tie. RF Josh Stephen followed with a triple and scored the winning run when DH Austin Bossart chopped a single over the third baseman’s head . . . Bossart, 1–4, run, double, RBI . . . Moniak, 2–5, 2 runs, double 23, HR (7), 2 RBI . . . LF Luke Williams, 2–5, run, double (22), 2 RBI . . . Stephen, 2–4, walk, 2 runs, double (20), triple (5) . . . SS Arquimedes Gamboa, 1–1, 4 walks . . . C Henri Lartigue, 1–4, walk, run, HR (7), RBI.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (19–21) took 3 of 4 from first-place Charlotte (South Division) with a 2–1 pitching gem at Spectrum Field . . . League-wide day off today . . . Start of a 3-game series at the Florida Fire Frogs, 6 p.m. Tuesday . . . Threshers are in third place, 3 games behind Dunedin, winners of first half.
Pitching: Three hurlers combined on a 5-hitter and 11 strikeouts . . . WP: Alejandro Requena (7–8), 5.2–4–1–1–2–6 . . . Austin Ross, 1.1–0–0–0–0–3, got out of a bases-loaded jam in B6 . . . SV: Tyler Carr (4), 2–1–0–0–0–2.
Hitting: 3B Madison Stokes singled in a first-inning run and SS Nick Maton’s sacrifice fly plated the other run in B3 . . . Stokes second straight 2–4 game, included is 18th double . . . CF Simon Muzziotti, 3–4, run, 17th double . . . 2B Dan Brito, 1–2, run, twice hit by a pitch, twice caught stealing and once picked off first.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (15–20) won third in a row over the Greenville Drive, 4–1, at FirstEnergy Park . . . Tied, 1–1, Claws won game with 3 in B5 . . . Lakewood goes for a series sweep at 11:05 this morning.
Hitting: Offense struck out 13 times, collected 10 hits and stole 5 bases . . . 3B McCarthy Tatum, 2–4, triple, RBI . . . CF Malvin Matos, 2–3, walk, 2 runs, stolen base; 17–37 (.459) since July 10 . . . LF Yerwin Trejo, 1–3, run, 3 RBI, 3 stolen bases (21–22–23
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (14–28) had 4-game winning streak end in Batavia, 5–4. Took series, 2–1, from the division-leading Muckdogs . . . Day off today . . . Open 3-game series in Connecticut before returning home.
Hitting: 3B Kendall Simmons, 1–3, 2 runs, HR (4), RBI . . . LF D.J. Stewart, 2–4, run, double . . . C-1B Juan Aparicio, 1–4, RBI double; league-leader in batting average (.374), slugging (.570) and OPS (1.016) . . . Hot-hitting Logan O’Hoppe (.462 in 10-game hitting streak) did not play.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**Phillies West (15–9) and Phillies East (12–10) had a league-wide day off . . . Two teams meet again in the Clearwater City Series, 12 noon today at Carpenter Complex . . . Standings: (1) Phillies West, (2) Tigers West, .5 game behind, (3) Phillies East, 2 games out.