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Rhys Hoskins Spotlight
For the fans, by the fans!
09/22/2017 1:19 AM ET
Sydney Blue Sox fans have been struck by #RhysLightning - 2015/16 ABL season import player Rhys Hoskins was called up to the Philadelphia Phillies in August, and we have loved seeing him breaking rookie Home Run records left, right and centre!
We reached out to some of our fans to share updates on Hoskins progress - it has been great to see our fans enjoying seeing one of our own playing in the Big Show!

10th August to 20th August Hoskins Review

- by Blue Sox fan Steve Merrill

August 10 to 20. Phillies v Mets then @ Padres then @ Giants.


Rhys Hoskins debuted in "The Show" on Thursday August 10 2017 (Friday 11/8 AEST) at home Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia against the New York Mets. Playing in LF and batting 7th in the line up - On the mound to pitch for the Mets against Rhys was Jacob De Grom 12 - 5 at the time (no easy match up for your MLB debut) Hoskins first real action in the ball game was watching a 3 run shot sail over his head clubbed by Wilmer Flores, he ended the inning by making his first catch in the outfield to get Travis d'Arnaud. His first AB came in the bottom of the 2nd with two outs with a runner on base - he subsequently struck out to deGrom. After grounding into an inning ending DP in the 5th he came up again the 8th and got on base for the first time with a walk against relief pitcher Erik Goeddel. The game ended with Philles going down 10 - 0. 


Hoskins 2nd game saw a closer game with the Phillies going down 7 - 6, with Rhys going 0/4 with one walk and his first run. He was batted in by first baseman Tommy Joseph in the bottom of the 1st. Game three for Hoskins went hitless again again 0/4 but it was better news result wise with Aaron Nola getting the win for the Philles over Steven Matz of the Mets. Game four in the bigs was another firsts for Hoskins - His debut at 1B and his first hit. It came in the bottom of the first after originally being called out at first the Phillies correctly challenged and it was overturned for an RBI base hit off Mets P Chris Flexen. 




So after his first series (4 games against the Mets at home) he was batting 0.077 with an OPS of 0.327. 


What happened when the Phillies went on the road was amazing and really got me and the rest of the Blue Sox faithful texting, messaging and continually saying "Did you see that?" "He's done it again" & "Amazing". 


With Travis Wood pitching for the Padres in the top of the 4th with the bases empty - it started, the most remarkable HR stretch and record breaking streak. HR number one for Rhys Hoskins (Fly ball to deep left field GONE)


Rhys Hoskins first and second HR:


Even the way he handled silent treatment from his teammates after smacking his first career homer showed his polish. Hoskins walked up and down the dugout, high-fiving the air while all the guys sat stone-faced.


It took Hoskins five games to get that first one and only two more at-bats to go deep again in the same game in San Diego in front of about 30 family and friends. That started his historic run.



Hoskins on multi homer game:


Hoskins hit 5 HR's after his first 3 series (v Mets, @Padres and @Giants) AVG was up to .237 with an OPS of 1.015 and up to third in the line up. He was most definitely on his way and we had only just started to shake our heads in what he was doing - little did we know this was just the start of an amazing ride that is far from ending and long may it continue.


Experts are saying he swings at a low percentage of pitches and makes contact on a high percentage of his swings. He hits fastballs, he hits off-speed stuff, he hits everything. He pulls the ball and goes the opposite way.


Not bad for a guy who never really wowed scouts. A fifth-round pick out of Sacramento State in 2014, Hoskins hit well at every level in the minors. 


All he does is rake.


Hoskins earned both the Triple-A International League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards after batting .284 with 29 home runs and 91 RBI at Lehigh Valley this season. But his path to Philadelphia was blocked at first base by Tommy Joseph, who has had a so-so season. Hoskins eventually moved to left field for a crash course before getting called up.


Though he has proven he can handle the outfield, the team says Hoskins' future is at first. 


22nd August to 2nd September Hoskins Review

- by Blue Sox member Emilio Seballos

Hoskins entered the series with the Marlins on August 22nd, with a .237 batting average and 5 HRs since his call-up on August 10th. Over the next eleven days he captured the attention of the country with a flash of the lumber that has seen him launch 7 HRs, including bombs in 5 consecutive games and raising his batting average to a healthy .304.


During this stretch, Hoskins has written his entry into MLB history as the fastest to ever hit 11 career home runs. He was also the quickest to record 10 homers.


As a result of these magnificent feats, he was named NL Rookie of the month for August.


4th September to 12th September Hoskins Review

- by Blue Sox fan Cameron Hickson

So as we said goodbye to the month of August, Rhys finished his first 22 games in the big leagues with a batting average of .304 with 25 RBI's, 11HR's and a Slugging Percentage of .747

This brings us to my three series playing the Mets at Citi Field in Flushing Meadows , Queens, New York … Then onto National Park in Southeast D.C to take on Washington and then back home to face the fish from Florida ( Miami)..

Game 1 @METS 4th September -- Mets 11 Phillies 7

The Phillies never really got into this game Mark Leiter got lit up early and hit out of the game after only 3.1 innings and the Phillies were chasing their tales ever after.. The Mets got 10 runs inside of 4 innings and that was that. The Phillies tried hard with 4 runs in the 6th and a couple more in the top of the 9th but the Mets were too good. Hoskins went 1 for 3 with 2 walks and a strikeout for the night.

Game 2 @Mets 5th September -- Mets 1 Philles 9

Was almost a complete reversal of Game 1, this time Mets Pitcher Jacob DeGrom gave up 9 runs (3 in the 2nd and 6 in the 4th) before being replaced and from there on in the Mets were in trouble. The Phillies starter Ben Lively did the rest pitching 7 innings only giving up 1 run on 4 hits. Hoskins went 2 for 3 with 2 walks and scored a run when Pitcher Ben Lively Launched his 2nd HR of the season this time a 3 run shot.

Game 3 @Mets 6th September -- Mets 6 Phillies 3 (final after 6)

This game was rain interrupted and called after 6 innings. The Mets jumped out to an early lead plating 3 in the 1st, 1 in the 2nd, 3rd and 5th. The Phillies fought back with 3 of their own in the 6th before the fickle New York weather decide to end the Phillies comeback. Hoskins went 0 for 3 on the night with 1 strikeout…

Game 1 @Nationals 7th September -- Nationals 4 Phillies 3

A back and forth encounter with the National League East division leading Washington Nationals saw the Nationals lead early, before the Phillies plated runs in the 3rd, 4th and 5th to lead by 2 going into the bottom of the 6th.Unfortunately for Phillies fans Adam Morgan blew the save opportunity and the Nationals were able to score 3 in the bottom of the 6th to go on to hang on to that lead to win the game 4-3. Hoskins had a tough night put going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts...

Game 2 @ Nationals 8th September -- National 11 Phillies 10

Ina frenzied and crazy game of baseball the Phillies fans must have been left wondering what they had to do to beat the Nationals. They scored 3 runs in the top of the first yet after 4 innings trailed 7-3. After 6 innings that score became 10-4 thanks to an inside the park Home Run to Michael Taylor and it looked like another long night for the Phillies. Until the top of the 7th when with 2 runners on Rhys Hoskins launched a 91mph sinker into the stands for HR number 13 in his career and the Philles had hope. Not to be outdone Maikel Franco launched his own 2 run homer in the top of the 9th but it was not enough as the Nationals hung on to win. Hoskins went 2 for 4 with 3 runs and 3 RBI's for the night.


Game 3 @Nationals 9th September -- Nationals 4 Philles 5

Washington started well taking the lead in the 1st… Then our man Rhys Hoskins stepped up in the 2nd and hit an 87mph slider into the left centerfield stands for homer number 14 on the season. His homer buddy Maikel Franco 2 batters later did likewise and the Phillies were in front. They added 3 more in the top of the 4th and hung on for dear life as the Nationals continued to threaten but the Philles Bullpen stood strong to record a W.. Hoskins went 1 for 2 with 3 walks, a run scored on his solo bomb and 2 RBI's for the night. Rhys also had his first Major League stolen base tonight. Watch his bomb here:

Game 4 @Nationals 10th September -- Nationals3 Phillies 2

It was the game that clinched the National League East Title for the National who were playing +.600 baseball this year. It was a real pitchers battle. Lively for the Philles was very good going the complete game only giving up 6 hits and 3 runs with 7ks... But not as good as Strasburg who pitched 8 complete only giving up 2 hits 0 runs and chalking up 10ks. The Philles again gave the Nationals a scare in the ninth when they scored 2 but the Nationals held on and clenched the division. No surprise with Strasburg's numbers that Hoskins had a quiet night 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts.

Game 1 vs Marlins 12th September - Marlins 8 Phillies 9 (in 15)

What a great game from two teams that are not in postseason contention. This game had it all. Both teams were stretched to breaking point in this game and used most of their bullpens. The Marlins lead 7-2 after 6 innings and it looked like the Phillies might drop another one. Up stepped Rhys Hoskins and launched a slider into the upper tier of the grandstand to start a Philles comeback. The added 3 more in the 8th and when the bottom of the 9th rolled around The Phillies (down by 1) had runners on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out. The Phillies thought they had a walk off single to Hyun Soo Kim when Williams scored from 3rd and it appeared that Hernandez scored from 2nd.. The Philles celebrated only to have the safe at home decision overturned by video referral. This left the game tied at 7 and into extras. Ozuna Homered to lead of the 10th for the Marlins and things looked grim for the home team. But with 2 down in the bottom of the 10th and in the last chance saloon Rhys Hoskins steps up and puts a jolt into one to dead straight away centre field fto tie the game at 8 his first multi home run game of his career. Things went quiet with both bullpens being used extensively until Nick Williams hit a game winning double in the Bottom of the 15th and the Phillies finally had their walk off win. A good night out for Rhys Hoskins he was 2 for 6 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored on those 2 bombs.. Watch them here


Game 2 Vs Marlins 13th September - Marlins 1 Phillies 8

A comprehensive win for the Philles leading from the get go and only allowing the Marlins 4 hits all night long. For us Blue Sox fans watching Rhys Hoskins go around the highlight was definitely in the bottom of the 5th innings when Mr Hoskins stepped up with1 on and nobody out and launch an inside pitch into the stand in left field. Home Run no.17 for number 17…Hoskins went 2 for 2 with 1 walk 3 RBI's and 2 runs scored.

Watch No.17's 17th here:


Game 3 vs Marlins 14th September - Marlins 0 Phillies 10

Another comprehensive win for the Phillies and this one was over after 2 innings. In the bottom of the 1st some poor and wild pitch gifted the Philles a couple of early runs but in the bottom of the 2nd the Phillies went BOOM!!...Home runs to Alfaro and Galvin (2 run) and of course No.18 for RHYS HOSKINS ( 2 run This time to the opposite field). All of a sudden it was 9-0 and the Phillies did the job to finish off the victory. Hoskins had another night out going 1 for 2 with 2 walks 2RBI's and a run scored. Watch home run No.18 for our ex Blue Sox right here;


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