Minor League Report: Dylan Cozens with clutch homer, 10 Ks for Clearwater's Harold Arauz

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Dylan Cozens, shown here during spring training, hit his 27th home run of the season on Friday night. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer

Running through Friday’s results for the Phillies affiliates as the minor-league regular season enters its final weekend.

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE (AAA)

Lehigh Valley 5, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3: RF Dylan Cozens’ three-run homer punctuated a five-run seventh inning as the IronPigs (77-62) kept their faint playoff hopes alive.
1B Christian Marrero singled in J.P. Crawford and Cameron Perkins for Lehigh Valley’s first two runs. Crawford, playing shortstop, went 1-for-4 with a double.

RH Drew Anderson allowed two runs, one earned, in 6.2 innings, but did not figure in the decision. Michael Mariot (7-2, 4.42) got the final out in the top of the seventh for the win. Pedro Beato (2.68 ERA) recorded his 31st save.

The home run was Cozens’ 27th of the season and snapped an 0-for-21 drought that dropped his batting average to .209, the lowest it’s been since May 12.

The IronPigs kept pace with Rochester (79-60), which beat Pawtucket, 6-4. The Twins affiliate holds a two-game lead over Lehigh Valley with three games to go.
Lehigh Valley hosts SWB at 6:30 on Saturday and Sunday and 1:30 on Monday.

EASTERN LEAGUE (AA)

Trenton 3, Reading 2: Closer Jeff Singer (0-2, 6.00) gave up a walkoff double to Dante Bichette Jr. as the Fightin’ Phils fell to 70-67.

LH starter Cole Irvin (5-3, 4.06) gave up two runs in seven innings and 3B Mitch Walding (.235) doubled twice for Reading, which plays its final three games this weekend in Trenton.

FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE (A)

Dunedin 2, Clearwater 1: RH starter Harold Arauz (4-4, 2.03) matched a career high with 10 strikeouts, but gave up two runs in eight innings for the tough-luck loss.

The Threshers (28-38, second half) drew a crowd of 6,143 to set a team record for the season with 200,201.

Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette, brother of Friday’s Trenton hero Dante, homered in the first inning. Bichette happens.

SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE (A)

Lakewood 1, Kannapolis 0: LH starter Nick Fanti allowed just one hit in six innings to improve to 9-2, 2.54.

Fanti, picked in the 31st round in 2015, walked two and struck out seven as the BlueClaws (71-66) tossed their 21st shutout of the season.

C Gregori Rivero had two hits, including an RBI single after Austin Listi had tripled to lead off the bottom of the second.

LF Adam Haseley (.271) singled in four at-bats and CF Mickey Moniak (.237) went 0-for-2 with a walk.

Lakewood will close out the season with three more home games against Kannapolis. Saturday and Sunday are 7 o’clock starts. Monday’s first pitch is at 1:05.

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (A)

Batavia 5, Williamsport 0: RF Yahir Gurrola (.206) had three hits as the Crosscutters (33-35) were officially eliminated from postseason consideration.
Saturday’s game has been moved up three hours in anticipation of rain. Main gates open at 3 p.m. First pitch is 4:05.

GULF COAST LEAGUE (Rookie)

Blue Jays 5, Phillies 1: 3B Jesus Henriquez (.259) went 3-for-4 for the Phillies (35-22), which already clinched the Northwest Division and will play the Twins in a one-game semifinal on Sunday. The winner will advance to a best-of-3 against either the Nationals or Yankees beginning on Monday.