Saturday, August 26, 2017

2017 Chachi #56 Rhys Hoskins HL

Phillies 7, Cubs 1
Game 127 - Friday Night, August 25th in Philadelphia
Record - 47-80, 5th place, 30 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Rhys Hoskins homered again and Cesar Hernandez added a three-run triple as the Phillies downed the first place Cubs, 7-1.

What It Means:  This was the first game in the three-game Players' Weekend series against the Cubs. Both teams (along with the other 28 Major League teams) wore youth baseball-inspired jerseys featuring bright colors, secondary or new logos on the hats and nicknames on the backs.  Given the chaos and confusion in our country these days, it's hard for me to get too worked up about these uniforms and my initial reaction has been - sure, why not?

What Happened:  The Phils scored six runs in the first two frames off Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana.  Jerad Eickhoff battled through five innings and the recently reliable Adam Morgan pitched two innings of scoreless relief.

Featured Card:  Hoskins earns the rare 2017 Chachi Highlight card for hitting his 9th home run in just 54 at-bats, becoming the quickest player since 1900 to have that many home runs in that few at-bats.  He's also the first player since at least 1913 to have nine home runs in his first 16 games.

On a baseball card related note, Hoskins has been granted three different Topps Now cards this week.

Transaction:  After his start on Thursday, Jake Thompson was sent down to the IronPigs and Daniel Nava was activated from the disabled list.

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