Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Game 30 - Hoskins Stays Hot; Phils Acquire Phelps from Brewers

2020 Topps Utz #47
Phillies 8Nationals 6
Game 30 - Monday Night, August 31st in Philadelphia
Record - 15-15, Tied for 2nd Place, 3 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Rhys Hoskins and Jean Segura each drove in three runs and Spencer Howard earned his first career victory in this 8-6 win over the Nationals.

What It Means:  The Phillies have won six of their last seven games and they're suddenly back in the postseason picture.

What Happened:  Spencer Howard pitched five innings, allowing a pair of runs on 5 hits while striking out 4.  The bullpen struggled a little, with newcomers Heath Hembree and Brandon Workman surrendering three home runs between the two of them, but fortunately the Phillies offense didn't let up.

The Phillies had a 6-0 lead after four innings on solo home runs from Hoskins and Jay Bruce, a bases clearing double from Segura and an Alec Bohm sacrifice fly.  Hoskins secured two needed insurance runs with a two-run double in the seventh.

2014 Topps Heritage
High Numbers #H570
Featured Card:  I'm thrilled that Hoskins is on a hot streak, and his average is up to a respectable .260.  Over the team's last 7 games, he's hitting .379 with 5 home runs and 11 RBIs.

Transaction:  It was a busy day for the Phillies and the rest of MLB as yesterday was the delayed annual non-waiver trade deadline.  First, the Phillies activated Jay Bruce (of) and Ranger Suarez (lhp) from the injured list and placed Scott Kingery (inf) on the injured list with a back injury.  Deivy Grullon (c) and Reggie McClain (rhp) were designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.  The Phillies hope both clear waivers and return to Lehigh Valley.

Next, the Phillies completed its bullpen rehab, acquiring David Phelps from the Brewers for three players to be named later.  Phelps is expected to join the team in time for Tuesday night's game.  One of the game's most reliable relievers in recent years, Phelps had appeared in 12 games so far this season for the Brewers and has a 2.77 ERA.

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