Hoskins breaks out and leads the Phillies to a 13-6 victory over the Giants. Rhys Hoskins was mired in a 2 for 40 slump but ended it with an exclamation point with a 3 for 6 night and a career-high 6 RBIs to lead the Phils to victory over the San Francisco Giants in a Saturday tilt.
The Bullpen Works…Today
In my last recap, I teased that any matchup between Joe Girardi and Gabe Kapler would result in whoever had a pitcher left would prevail. Philly used 6 pitchers. The Giants playing one up and used seven in what is making Major League Baseball hard to watch. Aaron Nola went only 2 1/3 innings surrendering 6 runs on 6 hits with three walks and a strikeout.
The bullpen, while effective was taxed and, for the most part, rendered out of service for the Sunday matchup. Ranger Suarez worked 2 1/3 innings with a hit, a walk, and 3 strikeouts. Connor Brogdon, Jose Alvarado, and Archie Bradley each went one inning with each recording a strikeout. David Hale finished up surrendering one hit in his one inning.
The always puzzling Gabe “Don’t Call Me Kaplan” Kapler asked the befuddled Girardi to hold his beer. Girardi tried to hand off to a reliever but Joe Hoerner or Jim Konstanty was nowhere to be found. Alex Wood labored thru three innings allowing 4 runs off 6 hits and a pair of walks but whiffed 4. Dominic Leone and Jimmy Shelly each went an inning and each picked up a strikeout. Jarlin Garcia got lit up with 2 hits and 2 runs in his 1/3 of an inning. Next up was Zack Litell who lasted 2/3 of an inning with one hit a walk and a strikeout.
Kapler spun the “Wheel of Relievers” wheel and it landed on Connor Menez who further got lit up with 6 hits and five runs in his two innings. Last but not least, Jose Alvarez pitched the final inning for the Giants. How did this all occur? A good question. So let’s see what transpired.
The resurgent Alec Bohm (3 for 4) started things with an RBI single before Mike Yastrzemski (3 for 4)… why do I know that name? Countered with a two-run homer making it 2-1. Hoskins (3 for 6) kicked off his career night with a two-run blast of his home to leapfrog the San Fran lead, 3-2.
Hoskins Breaks Out and More
LeMonte Wade Jr. quickly answered with a two-run double to flip the lead for the third time. Yastrzemski took center stage with an RBI single to push it to a 5-3 Gigantes edge. Bohm got it to 5-4 with The ‘Ronald’ Torreyes making it 6-5 with a two-run double. You had to know Phillie killer Brandon Belt would check-in and of course, he did with a solo homer to make it a 6-6 affair.
Torreyes (2 for 4) countered with a solo blast to make it a 7-6 Phillies edge. Philadelphia kept the pedal to the metal with a Hoskins double, an Odubel Herrera sac fly making it 9-6 followed by a three-run smash from Hoskins, and a Luke Williams RBI double to close the 13-6 game. Will the Sunday match-up be a battle of pitching attrition or will Juan Marichal and Jim Bunning toe the rubber in that one? Hoskins breaks out, can it continue?