You can consider Dylan Cozens officially hot. The 21-year old outfielder homered for the third straight game Thursday night as the Reading Fightin' Phils won their fourth straight game, shutting out Trenton 3-0. Pitcher Ricardo Pinto (1-1) handled the bulk of the pitching duties for Reading, keeping the Thunder hitless through the first six innings before giving up a leadoff single to Tyler Austin in the bottom of the seventh. Until that point, Pinto had retired 17 of the 20 batters that he faced on the night.
Pinto went on to allow just two hits and two walks over seven innings, striking out five batters, to collect the win, his first at the Double-A level. Hoby Milner, who has been impressive since joining Reading on April 29, pitched the final two innings to record the first save of his career. Milner, 25, has thrown nine shutout innings for Reading over six relief appearances.
As for Cozens, not only was his home run his third in as many games, but he has now homered in five of the last six games and now leads the Eastern League with 10 home runs on the season. Cozens' career-high is 16 home runs, which he set as a member of the Lakewood BlueClaws in 2014.
Reading took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, when Rhys Hoskins doubled and Jake Fox drew a walk. Angelo Mora then bunted the runners over and Aaron Brown grounded out to allow one run to score. Jesmuel Valentin followed with an RBI single to drive in Fox with the second run of the game.
Lehigh Valley 2
WP: Alec Asher (3-0), LP: Jarrett Grube, SV: Edward Mujica (9)
HR: LV - Nick Williams (3); COL - Ronny Rodriguez (2)
Lehigh Valley snaps a three-game losing skid with the win.
West Virginia 4
WP: Jacob Waguespack (3-0), LP: Jonathan Brubaker (2-3), SV: Luis Morales (1)
HR: LKW - Jan Hernandez (3); WV - none
Wilson Garcia extended his hitting streak to 12 games. First time this season Lakewood has won three straight games.
Clearwater - SS Jose Angequera sent to extended camp. OF Samuel Hiciano reassigned from extended camp to Clearwater.