Phillies Triple-A Shutout Pirates, 2-0

Hoskins Notches RBI In Phillies Triple-A Win

By Eric Hall / Lehigh Valley IronPigs | March 16, 2017 9:19 AM

After the first two days of Triple-A Spring Training, the IronPigs hold a record of 2-0 with their most recent victory coming Wednesday afternoon with a 2-0 victory over the Indianapolis Indians.

The 'Pigs scored runs in the sixth and eighth innings thanks to the bats of Rhys Hoskins (1-for-3, 2B, RBI) and Jorge Flores (1-for-1, 2B, RBI).

Hoskins, ranked as the Phillies No. 6 prospect by Baseball America, spent his 2016 campaign with the Reading Fightin Phills of the Double-A Eastern League. It was there that the Sacramento, Calif., native hit .281 with 38 home runs and 116 RBI in 135 games with the Reading club. He split the Paul Owens Award, as the best players in Phillies minor league system, with fellow Reading teammate Dylan Cozens.

Cozens and Harold Martinez each scored to notch the teams two runs in the contest.

Five IronPigs pitchers combined for the shutout as Tyler Viza started on the mound going three innings surrendering just two hits while striking out a pair. Viza spent most of the 2016 season with Reading, however had an impressive stay in nine starts with the High-A Clearwater Threshers. With the Threshers, the Phoenix native went 6-2 with a 2.54 ERA in 49.2 innings striking out 55 batters.

Miguel Nunez (1.2 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K's), Tom Windle (1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 K), Joey DeNato (2 IP, 0 H, 2 BB) and Wander Perez (1.0 IP, H, 3 K's) all combined to preserve the shutout of the Indians.

The 'Pigs will be back in action Thursday afternoon in Dunedin, Fl., as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bison. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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