Hoskins' trot highlights shutout win for Phillies in finale with Mets

Rhys Hoskins homered to help lift Phillies
There was no brawl, nor did the benches ever clear but the Phillies - and Rhys Hoskins in particular - got some revenge on Wednesday night in a 6-0 win over the Mets at Citi Field.

A night after he dodged a pair of fastballs near his head, Hoskins took righty Jacob Rhame deep in the ninth with a two-run homer. Hoskins then took nearly 35 seconds to trot around the bases, the slowest trek across in baseball since 2015 according to Statcast.

Oh yeah, Rhame was the pitcher that nearly clocked Hoskins twice the night before.

“Look, if a ball goes over your head the night before, the best way to … get back at the pitcher is by putting the ball in the seats,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters afterward. “It was worthy of him having that moment, taking it all in, soaking it all in. He deserved that. He earned it.”

It was an important win for the Phillies who collected just two wins on a seven-game road trip. The club now returns back to Citizens Bank Park and welcomes the Marlins for a four-game set through Sunday - as luck would have it, the Marlins have the fewest wins in the National League and have won just two of eight on the road all season.



Quinn injured
Roman Quinn sustained a strained right groin on Wednesday night while running the bases. He was lifted in the eighth inning.

“I ran out there and I couldn’t believe it,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “He worked so hard to get back. I really feel for Roman. It’s nothing he is doing. It’s just that his body is not responding. We keep thinking about different ways that we could keep him healthy and on the field. All he wants to do is get going and stay going.”

Velasquez impresses
Velasquez weaved himself around trouble all night and had just one perfect inning, but he stranded seven baserunners in his five innings, including five in scoring position. He surrendered three hits and three walks while striking out six.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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