“Hard to believe, Harry” was a favorite quip by the Richie Ashburn in response to a Harry Kalas comment while doing Phillies play-by-play. It was a classic Phillies commentary by these two great Phillies announcers. If they were alive today, I am certain “Whitey” would have had a similar response to what is happening in the Phillies minor league system.
While the Phillies lost again yesterday and have now lost 14 of 18, the minor league system moves on with players putting up some amazing numbers. But none greater than Ben Lively’s 10-0 record after 13 starts combined at Reading and Lehigh Valley or Dylan Cozens who has hit 19 home runs for Reading to lead all of minor league baseball.
Lively was an underrated pitcher that the Phillies acquired from the Reds for Marlon Byrd back in January of 2015. Byrd is now suspended from baseball for performance enhancing drugs for the second time.
Lively was dominating last night in Allentown pitching a one-hitter over seven inning against the Durham Bulls. Over 79 innings between Double-A Reading and the IronPigs, he has a 1.94 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. Read HERE.
Not to be outdone, Reading’s corner outfielder Dylan Cozens went deep for the 18th and 19th time last night in Baseball Town to lead all of minor league baseball in home runs.
Giving protection for Cozens in the Reading lineup is Rhys Hoskins who homered for the 16th time last night. He is tied for third in minor league homer runs. Watch the video of Cozens and Hoskins home runs from last night, HERE.
Including the major league level, Cozens trails only Mark Tombo of the Orioles who has 20 homers. He is tied with Nolan Arenado of the Rockies who also has 19 homers.
While the Phillies at the major league level were shutout yesterday 8-0 by the Washington Nationals, Lehigh Valley won its game 16-1 and Reading won 12-8 against Altoona to outscore their opponents 28-9.
As Richie Ashburn would have said “Hard to Believe”.