Phillies Take a Series in Grand Style

The Phillies take a series in grand style. The Philadelphia Phillies (14-17) are inching to the .500 mark with a 4-2 defeat of the Seattle Mariners (14-18). Following his hot and cold career record, Rhys Hoskins is in a groove with his third long ball of the series. Hoskins picked a grand way to tag his third. An absolute laser of a drive with the bases loaded propelled the Phils to the 4-2 victory.

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Bailey Falter was summoned from AAA for a spot start due to Zach Eflin and Zack Wheeler being unavailable. Falter did what was asked, and maybe even more 1 earned run, five hits, and four strikeouts on his 65 pitches. “Analytics Joe” Girardi yanked Falter one out shy of qualifying for the win.

“That was awesome, I just came here, I’ve got a job to do, and I’m glad I got that done. The guys got a W. [Catcher] Garrett Stubbs called a great game, and Rhys came in clutch with that grand slam. That’s all I needed to do pretty much to get the team going.” gushed Falter.

Another good sign for Philadelphia fans was the work from the bullpen. Seranthony Dominguez went 1 1/3 innings with one hit while fanning a pair to notch the win. Jose Alvarado, Jeurys Familia, and Corey Knebel finished out while shutting down the Seattle bats.

Another questionable call led to the Seattle run. Adam Frazier placed a ball just on the fair side of third base and decided to make it a double. A bang-bang play resulted in a review request from Philadelphia. The safe call was upheld, and two batters later, Julio Rodriguez knocked in Frazier with a single.

With Seattle starter Logan Gilbert cruising along, retiring the first ten batters while striking out the first five, Philly would get started by an Alec Bohm single, followed by a walk to Bryce Harper. Nick Castellanos flew out with Bohm taking third. Harper swiped second with Jean Segura getting the second walk of the inning. Rhys Hoskins came, who absolutely crushed a Gilbert pitch for Hoskins’s 2nd career Grand Slam and his third dinger of the series.

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How hot is Hoskins? He went 6 for 13 with the three homers and three singles in the series. Hoskins now has five homers and 15 RBI on the season. Jean Segura also had a break-out series with his 4 for 9 with two long balls while raising his average to .299. Joe Girardi commenting on Segura and Hoskins. “Jean was fantastic. We knew that both those guys were much better hitters than their numbers were showing, and it’s starting to show up.” Philly travels to Los Angeles for a weekend series. The Phillies take a series in grand style.

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.