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Hoskins’ big night carries Phillies over Rockies

Final Score: Phillies 7, Rockies

On a night when their ace did not have his best stuff, the Phillies needed a lift from their offense. They got it from Rhys Hoskins.

Aaron Nola battled through seven innings, Hoskins hit two home runs and the Phillies evened up the series against the Colorado Rockies at one win apiece.

Rhys Hoskins remains a key part of the Phillies lineup. (Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire)

It was a much-needed win for the Phillies, who cannot afford to drop another series on the road. They improve to 10-10 on the season, and sit tied for first place in the National League East.

Top Plays

  • Raimel Tapia led off the bottom of the first with a double and came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Trevor Story that gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
  • The Phillies struck back in the top of the third. Nola led off the inning with a single, and Rhys Hoskins hit a home run to center field to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.
  • The Phillies added onto their lead from there. After Bryce Harper walked and J.T. Realmuto singled, Didi Gregorius singled to extend their lead to 3-1.
  • Alec Bohm followed with a sacrifice fly that gave the Phillies a 4-1 lead.
  • After some quiet innings, the Rockies came alive in the bottom of the fifth. After Elias Diaz and Alan Trejo had back-to-back hits, Diaz scored on a groundout by Tapia. Ryan McMahon followed with a two-run home run that tied the game.
  • The game did not remain tied for long, though. After Nick Maton doubled and Roman Quinn walked, the Phillies momentum was stopped when Nola was unable to move the runners and Quinn got thrown out trying to steal third base. But Andrew McCutchen walked and Hoskins gave the Phillies a 7-4 lead with his second home run of the night.
  • The Rockies added one back in the bottom of the eighth against Phillies reliever Connor Brogdon, when Tapia walked, reached third on a single by Story, and scored on a groundout by Charlie Blackmon.
  • Hector Neris closed out the ninth inning in the win.

Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance

Aaron Nola: 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 101 pitches

Nola was not nearly as sharp as he was in his brilliant outing last Sunday, but he certainly pitched well enough to give the Phillies the win. He was ultimately able to give seven much needed innings, and earned the win in this one. Nola now has a 2.84 ERA on the season.

Antonio Senzatela: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 88 pitches

The Phillies got to Senzatela in the third inning, but the righthander battled throughout the rest of his start. He now has a 5.76 ERA on the season.

Phillies Nuggets Player of the Game: Rhys Hoskins

Hoskins has been streaky this season, but appeared to be coming alive after a home run in Friday’s game. He was big for the Phillies on Saturday, driving in five of their seven runs. Since the middle of the 2020 season, he has been great in the middle of the order.

Ticket IQ Next Game

  • Sunday, April 25 vs. Colorado Rockies at 3:10 pm ET
  • Coors Field
  • NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • 94 WIP


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