Zach Wheeler pitched a gem last night in a 2-1 Phillies win. Hoskins collected homers 7 and 8 on the season with Zach Wheeler dominating through 8. Neris picked up the save but it wasn’t a scary one.
Phillies Recap – Wheelers Gem
Wheeler had a very savvy fielding play. Pitcher Adam Wainwright was at the plate with a man on in the 6th, a bunt was in order.
Wainwright was overmatched by a 96 MPH pitch and popped it up. Wheeler alertly let it drop and turned it into a double play.
Hoskins hit his first the next inning and duplicated the feat in the ninth for the winning margin. Wainwright went 9 innings, allowing the two Hoskins homers along with four other Phillies hits while striking out 8.
Wheeler started the ninth but left after walking the lead off batter. Wheeler’s line was quite impressive, 8 innings of one hit ball, walking three and striking out nine. A welcome sign for Phillies fans.
Hector Neris picked up the slack with a scoreless ninth but put a scare into everyone when the tying run was on second, Nolan Arenado clubbed a ball that went 335 feet that, when it left the bat, looked and sounded like a homer. Odubel Herrera, who was activated earlier in the day, started in Center Field and recorded the final out with a catch at the warning track.
Hoskins takes over the home run lead in the major leagues highlighted by hitting six in his last six games.
Wainwright and Wheeler are the first two pitchers each go eight innings in the same game.
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