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 (53–57) continued to pound the ball in 11–8 win over Scranton in PNC Park. LV turned 4 double plays . . . Teams wrap up the series, 1:05 this afternoon.
Hitting: Eight different players had hits, 6 different players drove in runs . . .
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (27–18) used a 5-run B5 as a spring board to a 7–2 win over the Altoona Curve before 8,275 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium . . . Series finale at 5:15 this evening . . . Winners of 3 in a row, the Fightins maintain a 4-game leader over Portland, winners of 5 straight.
Hitting: 3B Alec Bohm, wearing #23 had a big game on birthday #23, 3–4, 2 runs (HR 9, 16 overall), 3 RBI . . . C Jack Conley, 1–3, walk, run, HR (#1), RBI; 1st AA hit. Conley’s HR started the 5-run inning; Bohm’s 3-run homer ended it. In between, CF Mickey Moniak singled in a run.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (20–25) led 5–1 after 3 innings but the Tampa Tarpons battled back for a 12–5 win at Spectrum Field . . . Two teams end series at 1 this afternoon.
Hitting: DH Matt Vierling led a 7-hit attack, 2–4, run, RBI, stolen base (20), one of 3 steals.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (18–22) had 13 hits in pinning a 10–6 loss on the Tourists in Asheville . . . Eighth win in last 11 games . . . Game 2 of the 4-game series, 2:05 this afternoon.
Hitting: CF Malvin Matos was the star of the game, 2–3, walk, 3 runs, HR (6–7), 5 RBI, stolen bases (12–13) . . . DH McCarthy Tatum, 2–5, 2 runs, RBI, stolen base . . . C Abrahan Gutierrez, 2–4, walk, 2 runs, RBI . . . 2B Luis Garcia, 2–5, run, RBI.
Pitching: Starter Taylor Lehman was winner (1–0, 1–1 overall), 5–4–2–2–2–4.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (18–29) extended their winning streak to 4 games by scoring 3 in B8 in defeating the Brooklyn Cyclones, 4–3 . . . 8–2 in last 10 games . . . Series finale, 5:05 this evening.
Hitting: RF Hunter Hearn and C Herbert Iser each were 2–3, run; Iser had a double . . . SS Bryson Stott, 1–3, RBI, walk, stolen base . . . CF Corbin Williams stole his 23rd base, most in the league. Wiliamsport leads the NYPL with 30 . . . CF Johan Rojas is tied for the league lead with 4 triples (15 games).
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**Phillies West (20–11). Carpenter Complex this morning — Won a suspended game, lost regular game.
Suspended game (completion of game from July 26, Phillies up 7–1 T4 when game halted by rain): 15–7 win . . . 3B Edgar Made, 3–5, run, HR, 3 RBI. DH Andrick Nava, 2–5, 2 runs, HR, 2 RBI. CF Keaton Greenwalt, 2–3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, double . . . Austin Crowson, second of four pitchers, credited with the win (2–1).
Regular game: 4–0 loss . . . Offense held to 3 singles . . . LF Jose Pujols, who had been on rehab, played in first game this season, 0–2 . . . LP: Brandon Ramey (0–2), 2.1=3–3–3–2–4, 2 hit batters. Riley Wilson finished the game, 3–0–0–0–0–3.
Phillies East (14–14). Played 2 games in Lakeland against Tigers East.
Game #1: Tigers East scored 3 in B7 for a 3–2 walk-off win (7-inning game) . . . CF Marcus Lee Sang, 3–3, run, triple. LF Jose Cedeno, 2–3 . . . Victor Vargas started, 4–4–0–0–0–2. LP: Carlos Francisco (.2–4–3–2–1–2, wild pitch).
Game #2 (Phillies were the home team from a July 26 postponement in Clearwater): 7–3 win as SS Jose Tortolero hit a grand in B6 to break a 3–3 tie (7-inning game); HR #2 this summer. C Micah Yonamine, 2–2, walk, 2 runs . . . Starter Juan Geraldo, 3–1–0–0–1–2. WP: Maikel Garrido (2–1), 1.2–1–0–0–1–2.
Today: League-wide day off
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)