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Phillies Minor League Report: Dylan Cozens' two homers carry BlueClaws to victory

Phillies prospect Dylan Cozens. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Phillies prospect Dylan Cozens. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Tuesday, July 15:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs (46-50) are on Day 2 of the all-star break. The International League All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday.

Lehigh Valley is in fifth place in the North Division, 11 games behind the first-place Syracuse Chiefs.

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  • The IronPigs' next six games will be played against the Chiefs, the first is set for Thursday.

    Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

    The Fightin Phils (38-55) are also on the all-star break. The Eastern League All-Star Game will be played on Wednesday.

    Reading is in last place in the Eastern Division, 23 games behind the first-place Portland Sea Dogs.

    The Fightin Phils resume the season on Thursday with the first of a five-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats.

    Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

    The Threshers (9-15 in second half, 26-66 overall) were idle on Tuesday.

    The team is in fifth place, 6 1/2 games back of the first-place Daytona Cubs.

    Currently on a five-game losing streak, Clearwater will hand the ball to righty Colin Kleven (3-7, 5.11 ERA) in the opener of a four-game series with the Bradenton Marauders.

    Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

    The BlueClaws blanked the Hickory Crawdads, 7-0, at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, N.C.

    Three Lakewood pitchers combined to throw a three-hitter.

    Left-handed starter Yoel Mecias (1-0, 0.00 ERA) picked up the win in his season debut with the BlueClaws. Mecias was charged for two hits, three walks and a hit batsman while striking out seven over five innings.

    The offense was fueled by right fielder Dylan Cozens (4-for-5 with two solo home runs and three RBI) and third baseman Mitch Walding (3-for-5 with three doubles, two RBI and a strikeout).

    Right-handed relievers Delvi Francisco and Daniel Child each threw two scoreless innings to preserve the victory.

    The BlueClaws (9-17 in second half, 36-59 overall) will turn to righty Jon Prosinski (3-2, 4.26 ERA) as the series continues Wednesday.

    Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

    The Crosscutters (17-14) had an off day on Tuesday.

    Williamsport sits in third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division, six games back of the first-place State College Spikes.

    The Crosscutters will face the Staten Island Yankees in a three-game set. Righty Mitch Gueller (3-1, 2.77 ERA) is slated to start the opener on Wednesday.

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