The Phillies Triple-A squad fell at the hands of the Yankees Triple-A team Saturday afternoon in Tampa by the score of 4-2.
Dylan Cozens and Scott Kingery each hit their first home runs of minor league spring training for the teams only runs on the evening. For Kingery, the home run notched his third home run of the spring after hitting two in big league camp.
Kingery, who resides in Tampa, hit .286 with the two home runs and also added three RBI in 10 games in major league camp. In 2016, the second baseman split time between High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading , spending the majority of the campaign with the Threshers. He hit .293 with three home runs and 28 RBI in 94 games with the High-A club, and was selected as a Florida State League midseason and postseason All-Star. In total, Kingery led all Phillies minor leaguers with 149 hits and 531 at-bats in his 2016 campaign.
On the hill for the Phillies Triple-A team were the likes of Mark Appel ( 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K), Mark Leiter (3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 K's) Wander Perez (1 IP, H, 2 K's) Alexis Rivero (1 IP, H) and Ulises Joaquin (1 IP, H, K).
Appel, the Houston native , is no stranger to the fans of the Lehigh Valley as he pitched in eight games for the IronPigs in 2016. He went 3-3 with a 4.46 ERA and struck out 34 batters in 38.1 IP in just his eight starts before missing the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur. The Stanford University product enters the 2017 campaign rated as the Phillies no. 22 prospect by both MLB Pipeline and Baseball America.
The Phillies Triple-A affiliate continues its spring play Sunday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates Triple-A team in Bradenton, Fl. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.