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Phillies Minor League Report: Zach Collier homers in fourth consecutive game

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Zach Collier. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Zach Collier. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Tuesday, August 5:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs settled for a series split with the Durham Bulls after an 8-5 loss at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.

Only five IronPigs recorded hits in the game, but all had multi-hit games. Shortstop Freddy Galvis led the way as he finished 4-for-5 with a two-run home run, a double, a stolen base and three runs scored.

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  • Lehigh Valley pieced together a start with the bullpen as righty Jeff Manship kicked things off by allowing two runs on four hits and two walks in two innings.

    Rghty Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez had the worst game of the five pitchers to appear in the loss. He was charged with three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks in an inning.

    Third baseman Cesar Hernandez (2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored) and first baseman Maikel Franco (2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a strikeout) had strong days at the plate.

    The IronPigs (54-64) have an off day on Wednesday.

    Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

    The Fightin Phils edged the Harrisburg Senators, 3-2, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.

    Left-handed starter Hoby Milner (7-5, 4.41 ERA) put his team in an early 2-0 hole in the first inning, but was still able to pick up the victory. Milner was charged with two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks in six innings.

    Reading cut the lead in half in the second when second baseman Albert Cartwright hit an RBI groundout to score left fielder Zach Collier, who drew a one-out walk.

    In the fourth, the Fightin Phils took a lead that would hold. Collier homered for the fourth consecutive game. It was a two-run blast and his seventh of the season. Collier now has five homers in his last four games.

    Righty Aaron Nola will make his double-A debut for the Fightin Phils (49-67) as the series continues on Wednesday.

    Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

    The Threshers were shut down by the Daytona Cubs, 3-1, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

    The offense was held to six hits in the loss, two from first baseman Art Charles (2-for-3 with a walk).

    The Threshers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as left fielder Brandon Short singled home second baseman Anthony Phillips with two outs.

    Right-handed starter Miguel Nunez tried to make the run hold up, delivering 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked three and struck out six.

    However, lefty Cody Forsythe was knocked around for a three-eighth to suffer the loss.

    The Threshers (19-26 in second half, 36-77 overall) have not announced a starter for Wednesday when the series will continue.

    Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

    The BlueClaws were rocked by the Asheville Tourists, 8-1, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.

    Left-handed starter Yoel Mecias (2-1, 1.80 ERA) was stuck with the loss as he surrendered two runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman over five innings.

    The offense was held to four hits in the loss, but avoiding a shutout with a run in the eighth. Two walks and an error set up third baseman Zach Green for an RBI groundout.

    First baseman Willians Astudillo (2-for-4) accounted for half of Lakewood's hits.

    The BlueClaws (18-27 in second half, 45-69 overall) have an off day on Wednesday.

    Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

    The Crosscutters (24-27) were idle on Tuesday.

    The team is currently in second place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney division, eight games behind the first-place State College Spikes.

    Righty Alejandro Arteaga (1-5, 4.71 ERA) gets the ball as Williamsport hosts the Hudson Valley Renegades for a three-game set, beginning Wednesday.

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