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 (55–59) dropped a 6–4 decision to Louisville but took the series from the Bats, 2–1. All 6 runs came in T6 . . . Charlotte Knights visit Coca-Cola Park, 7:05 tonight.
Hitting: Out-hit the Bats, 11–9, but left 14 runners on base . . . 1B Logan Morrison, 4–4, walk, 2 doubles . . . 2B Ali Castillo, 2–4 . . . LF Nick Williams, 1–5, run, HR (7), RBI . . . 3B Maikel Franco, 0–4, walk, 2 strikeouts.
Pitching: Starter Enyel De Los Santos was charged with the loss (5–6), 5.1–5–5–5–3–4, wild pitch . . . Tyler Gilbert, .2–1–1–1–0–2, wild pitch, hit batter . . . Kyle Dohy, 2–3–0–0–0–4 . . . Tom Windle, 1–0–0–0–0–3.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (30–19) had their 6-game winning streak halted by the Hartford Yard Goats, 6–4, before 7,157 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium. Lone loss in 6-game homestand . . . Six-game road trip begins at 7:10 tonight in Altoona . . . Lead over second-place Portland is 5 games.
Hitting: Out-hit Hartford, 10–8, but left 12 runners on base . . . 1B-3B Alec Bohm, 3–4, walk, RBI . . . LF Josh Stephen, 2–4, walk, run, double, HR (9), RBI . . . 3B-LF Luke Williams, 1–2, 2 walks, run, RBI, stolen base (21) . . . SS Arquimedes Gamboa, 2–5, RBI.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (22–27) were rained out in West Palm Beach. 4 p.m. doubleheader tonight (7-inning games).
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (19–24) were blanked by the West Virginia Power, 3–0, before 7,785 at FirstEnergy Park. WP Ryne Inman became first pitcher to toss a 9-inning complete game vs. the Claws since 2015 . . . Second game of the series, 7:05 tonight.
Hitting: Offense held to 3 hits, drew 0 walks, struck out 12 times.
Pitching: Starter Tom Sutera charged with loss (0–2, 1–5 overall), 5–3–2–1–1–3.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (20–31) lost a doubleheader (7-inning games) for second straight day, this time to the Black Bears in West Virginia. Four-game losing streak comes on the heels of a 6-game winning streak . . . 7:05 tonight for third game of four in WV.
Game #1: 8–2 decision. Cutters were the home team the result of a July 6 postponement in Williamsport . . . Offense held to 4 hits, 2–4 for Bryson Stott, including his 3rd home run . . . Starter Adam Leverett was the loser (1–2), 2.2–6–6–6–2–1, HR, wild pitch.
Game #2: 2–1 loss; each team held to 3 singles . . . CF Corbin Williams, 1–3, run, 25th stolen base, most in league . . . LP: Chris Micheles (0–1), 2–3–2–2–2–5. Junior Tejeda finished the game, 4–0–0–0–3–1.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
Phillies West (22–11). Not scheduled.
Phillies East (16–16). Lost to the Yankees East, 6–1, at Carpenter Complex . . . 2B Wilfredo Flores (2–4) and LF Luis Matos (2–4) led the 6-hit offense. Flores leads the GCL with a .400 average . . . Jonas De La Cruz, second rehab start, 1–0–0–0–2–0. Carlos Betancourt followed, 4–2–0–0–0–3. LP: Hunter Milam (2–3), 1.2–3–3–3–3–2.
Today: Phillies West travels to Tampa for a 12-noon game with Yankees West . . . Phillies East not schedule.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)