On The Mound
- Vince Velasquez lasted just one inning, allowing three runs.
- Velasquez left the game with numbness in his middle finger.
- Mark Leiter came on in relief, and allowed one run over five innings while striking out seven.
- Jesen Therrien was lit up for three runs in his only inning.
- Ricardo Pinto pitched a scoreless eighth.
- Luis Garcia gave up three more runs in the ninth.
At The Plate
- The offense was shutout, managing just four hits.
- Rhys Hoskins, just called up from the minor leagues, went 0-2 with a walk in his debut.
- Maikel Franco went 1-3 with a double, the team’s only extra-base hit.
- Odubel Herrera went 1-4 with a single.
- Nick Williams and Tommy Joseph each went 1-3 with singles.
- Cesar Hernandez went 0-4 at the top of the order.
- Freddy Galvis went 0-3.
- Cameron Rupp took an 0-3.
Rhys Hoskins’ debut was fairly uneventful.
I’m glad the young power bat is in the majors, but I’m puzzled at the route he took to get here. The Phillies seemingly at the last minute decided to convert the first baseman to a left fielder, giving him a couple starts in the outfield before thrusting him up the majors.
Why wasn’t Hoskins asked to play the outfield sooner? It’s just a bizarre way to handle the situation.
Even more puzzling is the fact that the Phillies would rather take at-bats away from either Aaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera, or Nick Williams in order to keep Tommy Joseph and his sub-.250 average in the everyday lineup. Altherr is still on the disabled list, so it isn’t an issue now, but neither of the three young outfielders should be losing playing time in favor of Joseph.