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 (53–58) had a day off . . . Resume play tonight at Coca-Cola Park vs. Louisville Bats, 7:05.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (28–18) also had a day off . . . Last 3 games of the current homestand begins at 7:05 tonight vs. the Hartford Yard Goats . . . Jimmy Rollins will be inducted into the Baseballtown Hall of Fame, pre-game . . . Hold 5-game lead over Portland in second-half division race.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (20–27) lost their fifth in row, 6–2, to the Dunedin Blue Jays at Spectrum Field. Attendance, 254; with their ballpark being renovated this summer, the Blue Jays were the home team . . . Game 2, 7 tonight; Threshers will be the home team.
Pitching: Jack Perkins made his first start for the Threshers, took the loss (0–1), 2–5–4–4–0–0.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (19–23) took game 3 of the 4-game series in Asheville, 4–2, over the Tourists . . . Series finale, 7:05 tonight.
Hitting: 2B Jonathan Guzman led the 13-hit attack, 3–5, run, HR (#3), RBI, stolen base (29); caught stealing home . . . 1B Cole Stobbe, 2–4, 2 runs, 2 HR (11–12), 2 RBI . . . C Abrahan Gutierrez, 2–4, RBI.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (20–29) won their sixth straight game, 9–3, over the visiting Batavia Muckdogs. Longest winning streak since 2016 . . . 10–2 in last 12 games . . . Game 2 of the 3-game series, 7:05 tonight.
Hitting: LF DJ Stewart, 2–3, walk, 2 doubles, run, 2 RBI, stolen base . . . DH Nate Fassnacht, 2–4, run, 2 RBI . . . 2B Kendall Simmons put the game out of reach with a 2-run HR (7) in B6; fifth HR in last 8 games; estimated 429 feet.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division) **Phillies West (21–11). Handed the Tigers West an 8–4 defeat at Tigertown in Lakeland. Victory increased PW’s lead over TW to 3 games . . . CF Keaton Greenwalt, 3–4, 3 runs, 3 doubles, 2 RBI. C Andrick Nava, 2–5, run. DH Jose Rivera, 1–3, 2 walks, run, 2 RBI . . . Five pitchers were used. WP: WP Austin Crowson (3–1), 3–2–1–1–0–2.
**Phillies East (16–15). No-hit the Blue Jays, 8–1, at Carpenter Complex, a combined effort by 5 pitchers. Starter Jonas De La Cruz, 1–0–0–0–0–0. Starlyn Castillo, 3–0–1–1–3–3, balk. WP: Engel Estevez (1–0), 3–0–0–0–1–1. Cam Beauchamp, 1–0–0–0–0–1 (pro debut). Brenden Bell, 1–0–0–0–1–1 . . . CF Marcus Lee Sang3–4, walk, run, 2 RBI, first pro home run. Guarner Dipre, 2–4, RBI, hit by pitch. 1B Micah Yonamine, 1–3, walk, run, 2 RBI.
Today: “Clearwater City Series” continues, Phillies West vs. Phillies East, 12 noon at Carpenter Complex.
**Clearwater, RHS Alejandro Requena, placed on IL.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)