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 (52–57) dropped a 9–6 decision to the RailRiders in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Game included a 1:35 rain delay after 2 innings . . . 6:35 tonight at PNC Field.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (26–18) scored 2 in B8 for a 5–3 win over the Atlanta Curve at FirstEnergy Stadium. Start of game delayed by 1:33 by rain . . . 6:45 tonight for second game of the 3-game series . . . Lead over second-place Portland stays at 4 games.
Pitching: Spencer Howard made the start, 3.1–3–2–2–1–4, 73 pitches; singled in first-ever pro at-bat . . . WP: Jonathan Hennigan (3–3), 2.2–0–0–0–0–6 . . . SV: Jakob Hernandez (2), 2–1–1–0–0–2, wild pitch.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (20–24) were blanked for the second straight game, this time by the Tampa Tarpons, 2–0, at Spectrum Field . . . Middle game of the series, 6:30 tonight.
Pitching: Loser was starter James McArthur (0–1, 0–8 overall), 5–4–1–1–2–3, balk, hit batter.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (17–22) were defeated by the GreenJackets in Augusta, 13–7 . . . Trip continues tonight in Asheville, the start of a 4-game series, 6:05.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (17–29) opened a weekend series with their third straight win, 1–0 over the Brooklyn Cyclones. 7–2 in last 9 games . . . Series continues at 7:05 tonight.
Hitting: SS Bryson Stott, 2–4, including an infield single in B1. Took second on the throw and scored when C Logan O’Hoppe doubled off the left field wall . . . 2B Nicholas Torrez, 3–3.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**Phillies West (18–10). Swept a pair from the Tigers East at Carpenter Complex . . . Game #1: 13–4, featuring a 7-run B2. 3 hits each for 3B Edgar Made, DH Andrick Nava, 1B Rixon Wingrove. 3 RBI each for Nava and Wingrove. WP: Luis Pacheco (2–0), 4–2–0–0–2–1 . . . Game #2: 5–1. Tigers were the home team, the result of a July 25 postponement in Lakeland. Wingrove, 1–2, double, 2 RBI. 3B Jose Rivero, 2–3, double, 2 RBI. ND for starter Josh Hendrickson, 4–2–1–1–0–4. WP: Josh Gessner (1–0) . . . 3B for Tigers: Pedro Martinez Jr.
Phillies East (13–13). Lost a doubleheader to the Yankees East in Tampa, scoring 1 total run . . . Game #1: 4–1, 7 hits. 2B Wilfredo, 1–4, RBI; a double, lone extra base hit; .412 average leads league. Starter and loser, Carlos Betancourt (0–1), 3–3–2–2–4–3 . . . Game #2: 3–0. Phillies were the home team, the result of a July 25 postponement at Carpenter Complex. Held to 4 singles and a double. Starter and loser, Hunter Milam (2–2), 4–2–1–1–0–6.
Today: PW vs. Yankees East at the Complex, 10 a.m. . . . PE vs. Tigers East in Lakeland, 10 a.m. doubleheader.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)