Friday, August 25, 2017

2017 Topps Pro Debut #133 Rhys Hoskins

Marlins 9, Phillies 8
Game 126 - Thursday Afternoon, August 24th in Philadelphia
Record - 46-80, 5th place

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies couldn't hold a five-run lead as the Marlins came back to win the series finale, 9-8.

What It Means:  It doesn't get any easier for the Phillies as the Central division leading Cubs come to town for a three-game set beginning Friday night.

What Happened:  Luis Garcia, who has been more reliable of late, allowed the decisive winning run in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly.  The two teams' home run derby continued as the Phillies hit two more - Rhys Hoskins (8) and Tommy Joseph (19) - while the Marlins hit four.  One of the Marlins' home runs came from Giancarlo Stanton who hit his 47th of the season.

Featured Card:  At this point, I'm practically giddy about Hoskins who became only the third player in Major League history to hit at least eight home runs within his first 50 at-bats.  The other players to accomplish the feat were Trey Mancini (2016 and 2017 with the Orioles) and Carlos Delgado (1994 with the Blue Jays).

Transaction:  Before the game, Jake Thompson was recalled from the IronPigs and got the start. Reliever Ricardo Pinto was sent down.

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