Hoskins Grand Slam Lifts Phillies Over Mariners 4-2
The Phillies beat the Mariners 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon, ensuring a series victory for just the third time this season.
After the first three innings it seemed like the Phils may lay another offensive egg and find a way to lose yet another series. The Phillies were down one run when Rhys Hoskins stepped to the plate in the top of the 4th inning. Hoskins, came into the game slashing only .212/.303/.413 and whether justified or not, has taken the vast majority of the criticism coming from the fanbase.
Hitting a home run in the first two games wasn’t enough to silence the haters, but today Hoskins single handedly won the game for the Phils with one swing of the bat. Hoskins lined a 2-1 pitch from Seattle starter Logan Gilbert down the left field line, just squeaking past the foul pole.
It was the first grand slam of the season for Hoskins and his first since March 28, 2019 when he did it in a game against the Atlanta Braves.
Seattle Mariners starter Logan Gilbert entered the day with a 4-0 record and a sub-3 ERA, but got into trouble in the 4th inning and never recovered. He allowed a single to Alec Bohm and free passes to both Jean Segura and Bryce Harper to load the bases for Hoskins.
Phillies starter Bailey Falter, who was making just the second start of his young career, didn’t go the requisite 5 innings to record the win, but certainly pitched well enough to earn it. Falter allowed an RBI single to Julio Rodriguez that scored Adam Frazier, just one play after he was incorrectly called safe on a sliding play at second base.
Despite that terrible call, Falter would settle down and really helped himself out by not walking a single batter on the day.
Bailey Falter 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
The bullpen, which has been improving steadily since getting rocked early on in the season, tossed 4.1 innings, allowing only 3 hits.
Ty France managed to get an RBI single off Jose Alvarado in the bottom of the 7th inning, but Jeurys Familia was able to enter the game and end the inning on one pitch, forcing Rodriguez to fly out to center field.
Jean Segura got a hit in the 8th inning to extend his current hitting streak to nine games.
The Phillies won just their second series since taking two of three from the Athletics during the opening weekend of the season.
The real test begins tomorrow when the Phillies travel south to take on the Dodgers in a four game series in Los Angeles. Zack Wheeler will come off the Covid-IL to make the start tomorrow in the game which starts at 10:10 pm EST.
Phillies (14-17) Beat Mariners (14-18)
- Winning Pitcher: Seranthony Dominguez (2-1, 3.09)
- Losing Pitcher: Logan Gilbert (4-1, 2.13)
- Save: Corey Knebel (6)
Jean Segura clearly made the tag on Adam Frazier as he tried extending a single into a double, but the review booth didn’t agree and he was ruled safe
Julio Rodriguez drives in Adam Frazier from second after he was ruled safe by review the play before.
Rhys Hoskins comes alive after a tough game last night. Thats his first grand slam of the season.
Bailey Falter cruising though the 5th inning by registering his fourth strikeout.
The Phillies will head south on the I-5, landing Los Angeles where they will open up a four game series against the Dodgers.
Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.10) will toe the rubber facing off against Tyler Anderson (3-1, 2.78) with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 pm.
NBC Sports will carry the broadcast of the game.