Hoskins shows ASG flair in setting Phils mark
Slugger fastest in franchise history to reach 30 career homers with decisive 3-run blast
PHILADELPHIA -- Rhys Hoskins made a little history Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, while continuing to make a push for his first All-Star appearance.
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He became the fastest player in Phillies history to hit 30 career home runs, when he hit a two-out, three-run home run to right field in the second inning of a 3-0 victory over the Yankees. The homer came in Hoskins' 119th Major League game. Chuck Klein needed 132 games to reach that mark, while Ryan Howard did it in 134.
"My first thought was, 'Wow,'" Hoskins said. "Anytime you get mentioned in a sentence with either of those guys, or anyone of their caliber, it's pretty humbling. So definitely a cool thing."
Hoskins' homer -- an opposite-field shot off a 1-2 slider from Yankees starter Luis Cessa -- gave the Phillies their first lead in the three-game series, helping them avoid a sweep. Eleven of Hoskins' 12 homers this season have given the Phillies the lead. The other tied the game. His 11 go-ahead homers are the second-most by a Phillies player before July 1 since at least 1974.
Howard had 12 go-ahead homers before July 1, 2006, when he won the National League MVP Award.
Hoskins and Howard hung out together Tuesday at an event for Howard's sports tech capital firm.
"Obviously a great dude," Hoskins said. "He knows his stuff."
Any advice from Big Piece?
"Just be yourself," Hoskins said. "He said, 'Just be yourself and you'll be just fine, in a game, after the game, and especially in the city.'"
Hoskins entered the night hitting .302 (19-for-63) with five doubles, five homers, 15 RBIs and a 1.011 OPS in 17 games since breaking his jaw May 28, when he fouled a ball off his face at Dodger Stadium. That stretch includes a pinch-hit double May 29, when physicians initially cleared Hoskins to play. He landed on the 10-day DL on May 30.
Hoskins had been 0-for-8 in the Yankees series before singling in the first inning of his two-hit game.