Phillies Walk it off on Rhys Hoskins RBI Single in 9th, Win Series Opener Over Marlins 3-2
The Phillies came from behind to beat the Marlins 3-2 on Monday night, scoring the tying run in the 8th inning and the winning run on a walk-off Rhys Hoskins single in the 9th.
Phillies (31-30) Beat Marlins (29-34)
- Winning Pitcher: Seranthony Dominguez (4-1, 1.54)
- Losing Pitcher: Anthony Bass (1-3, 2.25)
- Save: n/a
Rhys Hoskins notched his first career walk-off RBI, when he singled in the bottom of the 9th inning to score Matt Vierling, who had reached on a bloop single and then stolen second base. It was an impressive display of small ball by a team that is known more for its pure power, than for its finesse and base running. That’s two enormous at bats within a week for Vierling, who despite hitting just .196 is finding a way to positively impact ball games.
The Phillies have now won 10 of 11 games and picked up a huge win over a Miami Marlins team, that has had their number of the past two seasons. The Phils will need to improve upon their record against NL East foes, which despite the win still sits at a disappointing 7-14.
Both starting pitchers were outstanding tonight as Sandy Alcantara and Aaron Nola both were able to complete 7 innings while effectively stifling the opposing offenses.
Nola tossed 7 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks. On a hot evening in Philadelphia, Nola was able to keep the ball inside the ballpark, allowing only a pair of RBI doubles by Miguel Rojas in the 5th and 8th innings. In the process, Nola lowered his ERA to 3.45 and has now paired together two above average performances and the won his past four starts.
As for Sandy Alcantara, he was cruising most of the game, allowing only an RBI single to Bryce Harper in the third inning. Alcantara took the mound in the 8th inning despite already having thrown around 100 pitches and the top of the Phils lineup due up. Alcantara walked Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper in consecutive at bats, and was reluctantly removed from the game, giving way to Steven Okert, who gave up a Didi Gregorius RBI single on his first pitch.
Seranthony Dominguez lowered his ERA to an impressive 1.54 and picked up his fourth win of the season after throwing an impressive clean 8th inning. I have to believe that in the back of Rob Thomson’s mind, he knows that Dominguez and not Knebel should be the closer for this team. With Knebel day-to-day due to a tight right shoulder, Seranthony may finally get the opportunity to show he can handle the highest leverage situations.
The Phillies will look to secure an important series victory with Zach Eflin on the mound tomorrow night.
Bryce Harper puts the Phillies on the board with an RBI double in the 3rd inning off Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara.
Miguel Rojas with an RBI double in the 5th inning to tie the game.
Miguel Rojas puts the Marlins back on top with an RBI single off Aaron Nola. Miguel Rojas is approaching Philly Killer status.
Didi ties the game on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring Rhys Hoskins in the 8th inning.
After Matt Vierling got on base with a seeing eye single to left field, he picks up a huge steal of second base to get himself into scoring position.
After the huge steal by Matt Vierling, Rhys Hoskins scores him with an RBI single to left center field. Thats Rhys Hoskins first walk off hit in his career.
PHILLIES WIN 3-2!!
The Phillies take on the Marlins, Monday evening at Citizen Bank Park in the second game of a three game set.
Zach Eflin (2-4, 3.76) will toe the rubber facing off against Trevor Rogers (3-5 5.58), with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will have the broadcast of the game.
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