Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hoskins takes a bad route and floodgates open; Phillies fall 8-4

Philadelphia prospect Rhys Hoskins
Rhys Hoskins is playing out of position purely so the Philadelphia Phillies can benefit from his bat in the middle of the lineup., so it's tough to blame him for a first inning miscue in left field that propelled the Padres to a three-run inning on Tuesday night en route to an 8-4 victory at Petco Park.

Yangervis Solarte drilled a Mark Leiter Jr. pitch to the gap with two outs and a runner on first. Hoskins pursued but took a poor route as the ball sailed over his outstretched glove allowing the Padres to take an early lead. The inning then spiraled out of control as Wil Myers worked a walk before Cory Spangenberg roped a two-run double to the gap to drive in a pair of runs.

“He looks sure-handed out there,” Mackanin said of Hoskins. “It’s just one of those tough plays that you have to be out there quite a while to know how to read it. It’s understandable.”

Hoskins launched a two-run homer in the final frame, his third in two nights, but it was too little too late. Jorge Alfaro also hit a homer in the contest, a two-run blast in the fifth, for the first major league homer of his career.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” Alfaro said. “I don’t know, I felt like I was dreaming running the bases. I didn’t feel like that before. It feels like the hard work paid off, you know? I don’t know how to describe the feeling. It feels really nice, really good.”

Padres rookie right-hander Dinelson Lamet took a no-hitter into the fifth inning with Alfaro's homer the first hit of the night for the Phillies.

Leiter had an off night, throwing just four more strikes than balls while allowing eight runs - four earned - over five innings.

“You have to just keep going and try to make the next pitch to get the next guy,” Leiter said. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the next guy. It cost us a couple of runs. I have to be better. I have to find a way to get that out.”

Leiter's next scheduled start is Sunday against San Francisco.

The Phillies close out their visit in San Diego on Wednesday with a matinee against the Padres. Nick Pivetta is scheduled to start the finale. The Padres counter with Clayton Richard.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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