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Phillies Minor League Report: Dylan Cozens homers twice during Lakewood loss

(Michael Keating/AP)
(Michael Keating/AP)

Here's a rundown of how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Friday, May 23:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs’ pitching staff allowed 17 hits during a 7-3 loss to the Toledo Mud Hens Friday at Coca-Cola Field in Allentown.

Ten of the 17 hits came off starter Brad Lincoln, who also allowed five runs during his five innings of work. Lincoln was dealt the loss, which dropped his record to 1-2 on the season.

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  • The Mud Hens had eight members of the lineup record at least one hit, including four from center fielder Ezequiel Carrera (4-for-5).

    The IronPigs posted a productive outing from the plate with nine hits of their own, but went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.

    The IronPigs also had eight members of the lineup record at least one hit, but the leader was third baseman Tyler Henson with only two. Designated hitter Jim Murphy (1-for-3) provided the lone extra-base hit for Lehigh Valley.

    After dropping the first two to the Mud Hens, the IronPigs will try to bounce back during Game 3 at 6:35 p.m. Saturday. Chris Bootcheck is scheduled to start on the mound for Lehigh Valley.

    Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

    It took 12 innings for the Fightin Phils and the Akron RubberDucks to finally plate some runs, but Fightin Phils managed to come out on top by way of a 2-1 Friday win at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio.

    With the win, the Fightin Phils improved to 16-1 in one-run contests this season.

    Pitching was the order of the evening as neither team could plate a run through nine innings of action.

    Shortstop Edgar Duran finally broke the scoreless tie with a solo home run during the top of the 12th inning. Later in the inning, Brock Stassi drove in the game’s second run with an RBI-single that plated Anthony Phillips, who doubled earlier in the frame.

    Duran’s home run capped off a stellar game, as he finished 4-for-5 from the plate and accounted for half of the team’s hits. His homer was his first of the season. Stassi was a major contributor as well, going 2-for-3.

    A couple of walks allowed the RubberDucks to plate their lone run during the bottom half of the inning, but Nefi Ogando managed to hold off Akron and secure his fifth save of the season in the process.

    The Fightin Phils used five pitchers Friday with Tyler Knigge receiving credit for the victory after tossing two scoreless innings and allowing three hits. Starter Hoby Milner also allowed only three hits after 6 1/3 innings on the mound.

    Neither team did anything special from the plate, combining for 17 hits and leaving a combined 21 batters stranded. The Fightin Phils and the RubberDucks also went a combined 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

    The Fightin Phils will try to score runs a little earlier when they face the RubberDucks again at 6:35 p.m. Saturday. Perci Garner (4-2, 3.57 ERA) will take the mound for Reading.

    Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

    The Threshers’ miserable season continued after a 6-2 loss to the St. Lucie Mets Friday at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

    With the win, St. Lucie completed a four-game sweep of the Threshers and handed them their seventh loss in a row overall.

    The Threshers recorded seven hits Friday. Six of those hits came from third baseman KC Serna, center fielder Peter Lavin and left fielder Chris Swauger. All three finished the game 2-for-4. First baseman Art Charles accounted for the only other Clearwater hit.

    Starting pitcher Jeb Stefan put forth a solid effort, allowing three runs on three hits during five innings of work. Relief pitcher Kevin Walter a bit rougher of a go, allowing three runs on six hits in only 2 1/3.

    After being swept by the Mets, the Thresher look to finally get back in the win column at 5:05 p.m. Saturday, when they begin a four-game series against the Dayton Cubs at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Dayton Beach, Fla.

    Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

    Despite two home runs from right fielder Dylan Cozens, and 14 hits as a team, the BlueClaws fell to the West Virginia Power 8-6 Friday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W. Va.

    The BlueClaws trailed the Power, 8-3, heading into the top of the eighth inning. Cozens then bashed his sixth and seventh homers of the season for his only two hits of the night during the eight and ninth innings.

    Two runs was as close as the BlueClaws would get, however, as West Virginia pitcher Brett McKinney shut the door to earn his second save of the season.

    Joining Cozens in the home run department was left fielder Samuel Hiciano, who hit one during the fourth inning. Hiciano led the team in hits with three.

    First baseman Wilmer Oberto, shortstop J.P. Crawford and center fielder Carlos Tocci also recorded multiple hits during the contest.

    While the offense was rolling on all cylinders, the pitching struggled, especially starter Alejandro Arteaga.

    Arteaga lasted only 3 2/3 where he gave up six runs on 11 hits. His ERA ballooned to 9.23 on the season as result and his record dropped to 3-6 after taking the loss.

    After two wild games to open the series, the BlueClaws will look to take another from the Power at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Drew Anderson (2-3, 4.10 ERA) will get the ball Lakewood.

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