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Phillies MLR 5/2/18: Dylan Cozens homers 3 times for Lehigh Valley

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Phillies Minor League Roundup for 5/2/18

Dylan Cozens
Dylan Cozens with the Clearwater Threshers in 2015
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Today’s Probables:

LHV: Brandon Leibrandt
CLR: McKenzie Mills
LWD: Spencer Howard (10:30am start on MiLB.tv)

Lehigh Valley 8, Syracuse 6

Cole Irvin - 7 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 12 GB, 3 FB
Mitch Walding - 1 for 3, R, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 K
Dylan Cozens - 3 for 4, 3 HR, 4 RBI, K
Andrew Pullin - 2 for 4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K

Your friendly reminder that Dylan Cozens can absolutely crush baseballs when given the opportunity. Overall he’s been much better than his 2017 season so far. He’s up to a .278/.385/.557 with 6 HR and 6 SB. Cozens of course has also struck out 35 times in 79 at-bats so there are still some glaring holes in his swing. Here are highlights of his bombs and some analysis from our old friend Matt Winkelman. Cole Irvin got lit up for all 5 of his runs in the first two innings, but then settled in to shutout the Chiefs in his final 5 innings of work. Andrew Pullin hit his first HR of the season, a two-run shot in the 8th that proved to be the difference in the end.

Reading 6, New Hampshire 5

Harold Arauz - 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 5 K, HR, 6 GB, 7 FB
Zach Coppola - 2 for 5, RBI, K
Cornelius Randolph - 0 for 4, 2 K
Damek Tomscha - 1 for 4, HR, K
Zach Green - 2 for 4, 2 HR, 2 K (pickoff error)
Deivi Grullon - 1 for 4, 2B, 2 K
Cord Sandberg - 1 for 4
Jan Hernandez - 2 for 4, 2 R, 2B, K (fielding error)
Malquin Canelo - 1 for 4, K

Reading wins this one by scoring 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning to take a 6-4 lead. Harold Arauz has been surprisingly serviceable in AA to my surprise. He has a 3.90 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 27.2 innings. The Fightin’s offense was firing on all cyclinders, highlighted by homeruns from Tomscha (4) and Zach Green (4 & 5). Flying under the radar offensively this early season has been leftfielder Jan Hernandez with his .339 batting average through 59 at-bats (yes, let’s ignore the poor power and strikeouts for now).

Clearwater 7, Lakeland 5

Adonis Medina - 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER, BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 8 GB, 3 FB
Arquimedes Gamboa - 1 for 3, R, BB, K
Adam Haseley - 1 for 4, R
Austin Listi - 1 for 2, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB, HBP
Darick Hall - 2 for 4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI (throwing error)
Mickey Moniak - 1 for 4, RBI
Edgar Cabral - 2 for 4, R, RBI, K
Jose Pujols - 2 for 4, K
Raul Rivas - 0 for 4
Jose Gomez - 0 for 3, RBI, K (fielding error)

Other than a messy 3-run 3rd inning, Adonis Medina settled in and was absolutely dominant. The overall season numbers aren’t great, but we’re still so early that I’m confident that we see these numbers shrink quickly. Darick Hall hit a 3-run HR in the 7th to give the Threshers their 7-5 lead. It was Hall’s 9th HR of the season which leads the Phillies organization.

Lakewood 5, Rome 2

Will Stewart - 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 13 GB, 2 FB
Daniel Brito - 2 for 4, R, 3 RBI, SB
Jake Scheiner - 1 for 4, HR, 2 RBI, K (fielding error)
Nick Maton - 1 for 3, BB, K, SB
Quincy Nieporte - 0 for 4, K
Colby Fitch - 0 for 2, 2 BB, K, CS
Danny Mayer - 1 for 4, K
Kevin Markham - 0 for 4, K
Gregori Rivero - 2 for 3, 2 R, 2B, BB
Josh Stephen - 1 for 4, picked off

Will Stewart is doing things folks. He’s 3-0 on the season with a 1.86 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and a 25:4 K/BB in 29 innings. The offense was effective, but not overwhelming with Jake Scheiner hitting a dinger (2) and Daniel Brito (3) and Nick Maton (2) swiping some bags. Lakewood is off to a 15-11 start thanks to some stellar starting pitching.