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 (52–56) were blanked by the Buffalo Bisons, 6–0, in final game of a 10-game homestand (5–5) . . . 7:05 tonight in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Hitting: Pigs went from 20 hits on Wednesday to singles by six different players.
Pitching: Dan Straily made his LV debut, charged with a loss (4–1), 5–7–6–6–1–6, a pair of 3-run homers (fourth-fifth innings) . . . Kyle Dohy, 2–1–0–0–0–5 . . . Fernando Salas, 1–0–0–0–1–0 . . . Tom Windle, 1–0–0–0–0–0.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (25–18) had a day off . . . Home tonight vs. Altoona Curve, 7:10. Spencer Howard scheduled to start . . . Reading has a 4-game lead over Portland in the division’s second-half race.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (20–23) split a 11 a.m. doubleheader (7-inning games) against the Florida Fire Frogs in Kissimmee . . . Back home tonight to face the Tampa Tarpons, 6:30 game time.
Game #1: Went extra innings, tied 2–2 after 7 innings . . . DH Dalton Guthrie’s single in T9 drove in the winning run, 3–2 . . . LF Simon Muzziotti, 3–4, run, double. C Rafael Marchan, 2–4, double, RBI . . . Tyler Arjona made his first pro start, 4–4–2–0–1–0. Shutout relief rest of the way from Zach Warren, WP: Tyler Carr (2–1), SV: Austin Ross (3)
Game #2: Blanked on 3 singles, 6–0; fourth time Florida has shut out Clearwater in the last month . . . LP: Andrew Brown (2–6), 5–7–4–4–2–5.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (17–21) edged the GreenJackets, 4–3, on a 2-run HR in T9 in Augusta. Since June 13, Lakewood has won 4 games in which they trailed going into the ninth inning. Fifth win in last 6 games . . . Series ends at 7:05 tonight.
Pitching: Claws used 2 pitchers, piggyback pals, lefties Ethan Lindow and Manuel Silva. Lindow started this time, 5–5–3–3–0–5; 54 strikes, 14 balls; only second time since May 23 that he’s allowed more than 2 earned runs . . . WP: Silva (4–4), 4–1–0–0–1–4.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (16–29) won their sixth game in last 8, 2–1, in Connecticut giving them a series win, 2–1. Road trip ended 4–2 . . . Bus ride (5-plus hours) home after the game. Open weekend series vs. the Brooklyn Cyclones, 7:05 tonight.
Hitting: 2B Kendall Simmons hit his 6th homer, a monster blast into the trees beyond the left field wall. It came in T3 and turned out to be the decisive run. Five-game hitting streak, 8–17, 4 homers . . . 3B DJ Stewart singled in the first run in T2.
Pitching: Three hurlers combined on a 6-hitter . . . Chris Micheles started, 4–3–0–0–1–2 . . . WP: Spencer Van Scoyoc (3–1), 3–1–1–0–1–2 . . . SV: Brett Schulze, 2–2–0–0–2–2. Tigers had bases loaded with 1 out in B9. Schulze then induced a 6–4–3 game-ending double play on a 3–2 pitch, a dramatic way to record his first pro save.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**Phillies West (17–10). Defeated the Yankees West, 9–5, at Carpenter Complex . . . 1B Rixon Wingrove, 3–3, walk, 2 runs, HR (5), 2 RBI. CF Keaton Greenwalt, 3–5, run, double, HR (4), 3 RBI . . . Eduar Segovia started, 4–1–0–0–0–6, hit batter. Dylan Castaneda followed and picked up first pro win, 1.1, 2–4–3–3–2, HR . . . Today: Tigers East, 12 noon, at Carpenter Complex.
Phillies East (13–11). Had day of . . . Today: Yankees East in Tampa, 12 noon.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)