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.
Players of the Week (July 29-Aug. 4)
Player — 1B Rixon Wingrove, GCL Phillies West… The 19-year-old posted a .500/.625/1.000 slash line, going 9-for-18 with four doubles, one triple, one home run, seven RBI, five runs scored and five walks in six games. He entered play today leading the Gulf Coast League this season in RBI (30), slugging percentage (.588), hits (39), extra-base hits (19) and total bases (70). A native of Australia, he was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in April 2018.
Pitcher — LHP Kyle Dohy, Lehigh Valley… Dohy, 22, posted a 1.93 ERA (1 ER, 4.2 IP) with 10 strikeouts over three relief appearances. In 34 relief appearances with Lehigh Valley this year, he is averaging 14.21 SO/9.0 IP (70 SO, 44.1 IP). The California native was selected by the Phillies in the 16th round of the June 2017 draft.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division
**IronPigs (55–58) edged the Louisville Bats, 2–1, scoring the winning run in the B8 on a wild pitch . . . LV goes for series sweep, 7:05 tonight. Same teams meet for 3 in Louisville starting Tuesday.
Hitting: 1B Logan Morrison, 2–3, run-scoring double in B1 . . . Pigs had 4 other hits, 1–11 with RISP.
Pitching: Three hurlers combined to hold the Bats to one hit . . . Veteran Dan Straily turned in an impressive start, 7–1–1–0–1–7; retired first 11 batters . . . WP: J.D. Hammer (2–1), 1–0–0–0–0–1 . . . SV: Austin Davis (3), 1–0–0–0–1–1.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (20–18) won their sixth straight on a 3-run, walk-off homer by PH Josh Stephens with 2 out in B9, 8–5, over the Hartford Yard Goats. Longest winning streak since last August. Tenth win in their final at-bat . . . Fightins bid for a series sweep, 7:10 tonight . . . Lead over Portland increased to 6 games.
Hitting: All 8 runs came on 5 home runs . . . RF Mickey Moniak had his first 2-homer game, #8–9, 3 RBI. 3B Alec Bohm, #11 (18 overall), RBI. SS Arquimedes Gamboa, #1, RBI and Stephens, #8; went the opposite way over the left field fence on the first pitch he saw; second pinch-hit homer of the season.
EL Nuggets: Slugging percentage — Darick Hall is second (.500), Moniak, fourth (.460) . . . Extra-base hits — Hall, first (53), Moniak, second (45).
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (22–27) defeated Dunedin 3–1, in an afternoon game at Spectrum Field. Clearwater took the series, 2–1. Attendance was 183 in game in which the Blue Jays were the home team. Game included a 1:33 rain delay in T9 . . . Bus trip after the game for the other side of the state. Start of 4-game series in West Palm Beach, 6:30 tonight.
Hitting: C Nick Matera hit a 2-run HR (#1, 4 overall) in T2 which turned out to be the difference maker . . . 3B Madison Stokes, 2–4, RBI . . . SS Dalton Guthrie, 2–4, run . . . CF Simon Muzziotti, 1–4, run, stolen base (20).
Pitching: Starter Andrew Brown was the winner (3–6), 6–3–1–1–1–3; first win since May 9 . . . Tyler Carr, 1.1–1–0–0–1–1 . . . Zach Warren, .2–1–0–0–1–0 . . . SV: Michael Gomez (1, 2 overall), 1–0–0–0–0–2.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (19–24) enjoyed a day off following a 3–4 road trip to Augusta, GA and Asheville, NC . . . Begin 4-game homestand vs. the West Virginia Power at 7:05 tonight.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (20–31) lost a doubleheader (7-inning games) to the Batavia Muckdogs . . . Weekend series starts tonight vs. West Virginia Bears in Morgantown, WV, at 6:35.
Game #1: Six-game winning streak ended when the Batavia Muckdogs scored 6 times in T1 in a 6–3 decision over the Cutters . . 2B Kendall Simmons (8), 6 in last 11 games, and C Herbert Iser (2) hit solo homers in B2. SS Bryson Stott, 2–4 . . . Spencer Van Scoyoc (3–2) didn’t get out of the first inning; .2–3–6–4–2–0, wild pitch, hit batter.
Game #2: Same 6–3 as the Muckdogs broke a 2–2 tie with 4 in T7; 2 Williamsport errors accounted for 3 unearned runs in the game . . . Cutters held to 4 hits, 2 by 3B Jake Holmes . . . Alejandro Made, third of 4 pitchers, was the loser, 1.1–3–4–2–3–3, wild pitch.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
Phillies West (22–11). Defeated the Blue Jays, 6–3, in Dunedin, pounding out 15 hits (14 singles) . . . 3B Edgar Made, 3–5, 2 runs, stolen base. LF Tucker Maxvell, 2–5, 2 runs, 1st pro HR, RBI. Others with 2 hits, DH Andrick Nava, 1B Rixon Wingrove, CF Keaton Greenwalt, C Bruce Wang. Six different players drove in a run each . . . Aidan Anderson, 4th of 5 pitchers, credited with the win (2–0), 2–1–0–0–1–3.
Phillies East (16–15). Game vs. Tigers West at Carpenter Complex was postponed of wet grounds. Rescheduled for August 15.
Today: Phillies East vs. Yankees East, 12 noon, Carpenter Complex . . . Phillies West, not scheduled.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)