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Phillies Minor League Report: Zach Collier adds two more home runs in Reading's win

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

Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Friday, Aug. 8:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs earned a 2-1 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

After seven scoreless innings, the teams broke through in the eighth.

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  • The IronPigs scored first on shortstop Freddy Galvis' two-run double.

    Righty Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez would surrender a run in the bottom half of the frame, but that's all the pitching staff would allow.

    Lehigh Valley pieced together a game with its bullpen as Jeremy Horst (three innings), Phillippe Aumont (two) and Tyler Knigge (two) had scoreless outings.

    Right-handed closer Luis Garcia (0.75 ERA) notched his 19th save of the season.

    Third baseman Maikel Franco (2-for-4) had the IronPigs' only multi-hit game.

    The IronPigs (56-64) hand the ball to righty Brad Lincoln (5-8, 4.93 ERA) as the series continues Saturday.

    Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

    Left fielder Zach Collier hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to lift the Fightin Phils over the Altoona Curve, 3-2, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.

    The Fightin Phils have now won five consecutive games.

    It was Collier's second homer of the game as he had a solo shot in the fifth. Collier now has eight home runs in his last seven games.

    Right-handed starter Ryan O'Sullivan had a strong seven-inning outing. O'Sullivan gave up five hits, walked three and allowed two runs.

    Trailing 2-1 in the ninth, center fielder Aaron Altherr hit a solo home run to send the game to extra innings.

    The Fightin Phils (52-67) will send southpaw Adam Loewen (2-4, 3.45 ERA) to the mound as the series continues Saturday.

    Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

    The Threshers held on to beat the Daytona Cubs, 8-7, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

    Four solo home runs powered the offense in the victory, including two from shortstop J.P. Crawford (3-for-4 with a stolen base and a strikeout).

    Second baseman Angelo Mora and right fielder Brian Pointer (3-for-4) also went deep.

    Right-handed starter Jordan Guth didn't factor in the decision as a six-run seventh inning gave the Threshers the lead after he was removed. Guth allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings.

    Leading 8-2 in the ninth, righty Lee Ridenhour came in and was rocked for five runs in just 2/3 innings. Fortunately righty Ulises Joaquin came to the rescue and got the final out and notched his fourth save.

    The Threshers (21-27 in second half, 38-78 overall) will now face the Brevard County Manatees for a four-game series. The teams are scheduled for a doubleheader on Saturday.

    Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

    The BlueClaws split a doubleheader with the Delmarva Shorebirds at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.

    In the first game, the BlueClaws were doubled up, 4-2.

    Right-handed starter Yacksel Rios (5-1, 3.35 ERA) suffered the loss as he gave up two runs over five innings.

    Righty Will Morris also gave up a pair of runs that doomed Lakewood.

    Trailing 4-0 in the sixth, third baseman Mitch Walding prevented a shutout with a two-run single.

    The BlueClaws recovered in the second game and romped to an 11-1 win.

    Walding continued his hot hitting and powered the offense with a five-RBI game, bolstered by his grand slam in the fourth inning.

    Right-handed starter Ranfi Casimiro (3-9, 5.38 ERA) benefitted from the offense and earned the win. He allowed a run on six hits while striking out seven in five innings.

    The BlueClaws (19-29 in second half, 46-71 overall) continue the series on Saturday as lefty Matt Imhof (0-1, 4.15 ERA) toes the rubber.

    Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

    The Crosscutters edged the Hudson Valley Renegades, 4-3, at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

    First baseman Rhys Hoskins lifted the offense in the victory. He went 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, three runs scored and two RBI.

    Right-handed starter Ricardo Pinto had a strong outing as he was charged with two runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out six over six innings. He didn't factor in the decision.

    The Crosscutters (25-29) hit the road again for a three-game set with the Lowell Spinners. Righty David Whitehead (3-3, 2.72 ERA) takes his turn in the rotation in the opener on Saturday.

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