Philadelphia Phillies rookie Rhys Hoskins became the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to hit 10 home runs in 20 or fewer games, per ESPN Stats & Information, after homering against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.
The Phillies still have the worst record in baseball, surely. He has left the Cubs' erudite manager, Joe Maddon, joking that Hoskins is "going to the Hall of Fame next week". They hope to identify some position players around whom they can build, as well as some young relief pitching that can be used to help out late in games.
"That's the part that tells me he can sustain, not necessarily this pace, but he can sustain because he doesn't strike out", Maddon said.
Phillies rookie Rhys Hoskins is off to a historic start in the truest sense of the phrase. If I was a betting man, I'd say ultimately William Contreras is the Braves "catcher of the future!"
Watching Hoskins, Williams said, makes him "feel like a kid in Little League again". He was in a year-long home run race with teammate Dylan Cozens, whose lack of contact has kept him in Triple-A this season.
Hoskins first flashed the leather.
But Hoskins snagged Javier Baez's sinking liner and threw to Cesar Hernandez at second to double off Rizzo, who had been running with the pitch. On the day he allowed two earned runs, one unearned, walked four and struck out five.
Anthony Rizzo led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a Tommy La Stella single to center field.
Hoskins dropped the ball while transferring it out of his glove, but third base umpire Jerry Layne ruled right away it was a catch. "Without question, anytime something like that happens, it kind of gets everybody's energy up".
Given his mission, Hoskins took to the plate in the third inning against Marlins starter Justin Nicolino, and on the eighth pitch of an at-bat that had begun with two strikes, Hoskins golfed a Nicolino pitch into the upper deck in left field for a three-run homer in what became an 8-0 Phillies victory at Citizens Bank Park. "I think I saw everything, and I think the more that at-bat went on, the more comfortable I got".
The triple play was the first by the Phils since August 7, 2016, at San Diego.