ATLANTA -- Rhys Hoskins sought redemption in the 10th inning Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.He had struck out three times and grounded into a double play in his first four plate appearances in a 5-1 victory in 10 innings over the Braves. His third strikeout ended the eighth and left
ATLANTA -- Rhys Hoskins sought redemption in the 10th inning Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.
He had struck out three times and grounded into a double play in his first four plate appearances in a 5-1 victory in 10 innings over the Braves. His third strikeout ended the eighth and left him frustrated. Hoskins had been ahead in the count, 3-0, before losing the at-bat and swinging through strike three. He chucked his bat toward the Phillies' dugout. He tossed his helmet. He dropped into a crouch and slowly removed his batting gloves. He had seen enough.
"I think I learned from an early age that you have to want that fifth at-bat," Hoskins said. "Somehow, the baseball gods always seem to put that guy into a situation to try and win the game."
Hoskins won the game. He ripped a 2-2 pitch to the right-field wall in the 10th inning to score two runs to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead.
"That's the good thing about baseball," teammate Scott Kingery said. "You can do that and then you can go up and be the hero. It's just a good at-bat by a good player. I mean, you just kind of felt like he was going to come up big for us in that situation."
Hoskins is developing that reputation. He is becoming the guy that no pitcher wants to face with the game on the line.
Especially when that guy is due for a hit.
Hoskins got his shot at redemption because Kingery worked a four-pitch walk to start the 10th and stole second base to put himself in scoring position. Cesar Hernandez then dropped a perfect bunt up the third-base line to put runners at the corners. But after Braves right-hander Jose Ramirez struck out Carlos Santana swinging and got Odubel Herrera to pop out in foul territory, Hoskins stepped into the batter's box.
Ramirez worked Hoskins away in the first four pitches of the at-bat. His fifth pitch was a fastball on the outer half, and Hoskins struck that pitch at 102.8 mph over Braves right fielder Nick Markakis' head.
"He's just a strong-minded individual," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said about Hoskins. "There are so many guys who fold in that situation. Across the league, you can point to them. The night starts off bad, they're 0-for-3, they've punched out several times, and 'boom.' They're just licked mentally. He just has a different level of grind. He's just very, very strong mentally."
Ramirez then walked Aaron Altherr and allowed a double to Maikel Franco to turn a low-scoring game into a comfortable four-run lead.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta allowed one run in five innings as Kapler used six relievers to record the final 18 outs of the game. Hoby Milner, Yacksel Rios, Adam Morgan, Luis Garcia, Hector Neris and Andrew Hutchison allowed three hits and four walks in five scoreless innings. They struck out three.
"It wasn't exactly the same way the last outing was, but in 3-2 counts he was able to attack and throw strikes," Kapler said about Pivetta. "He didn't walk anybody. He got the opposition to put the ball in play. It really grinded a good win for us. He put us in a position to win that game by grinding. Really happy for Nick and the grit that he showed tonight."
Entering the game, the Phillies grounded into just six double plays in their first 15 contests. Naturally, they grounded into double plays to end the second, third, fifth and seventh innings. The Phillies had two runners on base in each of those innings.
HE SAID IT
"We had good information on the pitcher with times, move, pickoff move, that kind of stuff. You've got to get that runner in scoring position somehow. We had good information. I felt confident." -- Kingery, on stealing second base in the 10th inning
Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez (1-1, 3.52 ERA) faces Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 3.31 ERA) in Wednesday night's series finale against the Braves at SunTrust Park at 7:35 p.m. ET. Velasquez's last two starts have been encouraging. He has allowed eight hits, two runs and two walks in 12 1/3 innings with 13 strikeouts as he works to solidify his spot in the rotation.
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.