Minor League Report: Scott Kingery keeps on hitting; Dylan Cozens in a funk

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Iron Pigs 2B Scott Kingery, left, is hitting .300 at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. (Bradley C Bower / Staff)

Recapping Thursday’s games for the Phillies’ minor-league affiliates.

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE (AAA)

Lehigh Valley 6, Norfolk 1: 2B Scott Kingery had two more hits and RHP Jose Taveras pitched six shutout innings as the IronPigs picked up a much-needed victory.

Kingery went 2-for-5, scored twice and extended his hitting streak to 15 games. A 2015 second-round pick, Kingery has hit safely in 31 of his last 32 games and is hitting an even .300 since being promoted to AAA in late June.

Taveras gave up just one hit and two walks in his six innings of work. In four starts at AAA, he’s 2-1 with a 1.17 ERA.

SS J.P. Crawford (.239) went 2-for-4, but RF Dylan Cozens was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. He’s 1-for-17 over his last five games with eight Ks.

The IronPigs (70-54) entered the game having lost 11 of 13 and they had gone 24 consecutive innings against Norfolk without scoring a run. The victory, coupled with a Rochester loss, pulled Lehigh Valley to within one game of Rochester for the IL wild-card.

The ‘Pigs start a three-game series at Charlotte on Friday before hosting Syracuse for four beginning on Monday. RHP Jake Thompson (5-12 ,5.13) is slated to start Friday for Lehigh Valley.

[Breen: Big opportunity at Lehigh Valley for Tocci]

 

EASTERN LEAGUE (AA)

Bowie 3, Reading 0: The Fightins managed just four puny singles, two by 3B Damek Tomscha in the loss.

LHP Cole Irvin gave up three runs in eight innings, including a pair of solo home runs to C Austin Wynns, to fall to 5-3, 4.34 ERA. South Jersey native LHP Jeff Singer (5.87) pitched a scoreless ninth with a pair of strikeouts.

Tomscha, a 17th-round pick in 2014, has an 11-game hitting streak and multiple hits in eight of those games. He was hitting .240 on Aug. 6. He’s now at .337. Impressive.
Reading (63-59) starts a six-game road trip Friday night in Hartford. RHP Jacob Waguespack (1-0, 4.50) will start for the Phils.

 

[Reading’s Elniery Garcia back on track after PED suspension]

 

FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE (A)

St. Lucie 6, Clearwater 4: C Austin Bossart went 2-for-3 with three RBI for Clearwater (62-62).

 

SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE (A)

Kannapolis 7, Lakewood 0: The BlueClaws managed just one hit – a single by 2B Daniel Brito to lead off the bottom of the first — and dropped to 23-30.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (A)

Williamsport 9, Auburn 8: RF Yahir Gurrola hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run ninth inning as the Crosscutters (26-25) rallied for the dramatic victory.
SS Nick Maton hit a two-run homer in the ninth to set up Gurrola’s heroics.
LHP Damon Jones pitched three scoreless innings to earn the unlikely win. RHP Luis Ramirez closed it out for his eighth save.

 

GULF COAST LEAGUE (Rookie)

Phillies 9, Blue Jays 2: DH Jake Holmes went 3-for-5 and scored twice and 1B Quincy Nieporte and RF Ben Pelletier each had three RBI for the Phils (30-16), which have won five in a row. They hold a two-game lead over the Jays in the GCL Northwest Division.