Rhys Hoskins motivated by Braves’ intentional walk, raucous Phillies crowd in Game 3 win

PHILADELPHIA — It’s not as if Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins needed extra motivation, but when the Braves deliberately walked Kyle Schwarber just before Hoskins stepped on the plate in the third inning of Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Friday, his narrowed Just a little more focus.

“Yes, of course,” Hoskins said after the Phillies’ 9-1 win. “I am a human. I am a competitor. They obviously tell me something right away before I even step into the pits.”

The move told Hoskins that the Braves would rather face him than Kyle Schwarber, who was 0 for 17 in the series up to that point. One of the longest-serving Phillies made Atlanta pay when Hoskins jumped for a three-run home run on starter Spencer Strider’s first pitch, igniting a roaring crowd in Philadelphia.

Strider was returning from injury and had not pitched since September 18. After two solid innings on Friday, he was tiring.

“Originally we wanted him to be four,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker. “And then I thought if he could get out of that third, that would be it. But it didn’t happen.”

Phillies manager Rob Thomson said Strider’s things “went down a bit” in that fateful inning and his bats were ready. Hoskins lunged for a fastball, barely remembering his soon-to-be-viral racquet spike after smacking the ball into the left field stand.

“Actually, I didn’t know what I was doing until a few innings later,” Hoskins said. “It’s just something that came out, just raw. But god, it was fun.”

Right fielder Bryce Harper celebrated with a flip of his own.

“I threw my racquet at the same time as Rhys and my helmet,” Harper said. “I was really excited.”

A few moments later, Harper added to the chaos with his own long ball, a 2-run shot from reliever Dylan Lee. It helped put the game out of reach as the Phillies scored six goals in the inning. Citizens Bank Park raged.

“The crowd tonight was incredible,” said Harper. “Absolutely insane. Electric. Nothing I ever dreamed of. It was ‘whoa’, I’m getting the chills again because that was incredibly cool.”

You can understand the insane interest from fans considering the Phillies haven’t been in the postseason since 2011 and this year’s team hasn’t even set foot in their own stadium in three weeks. Philadelphia finished the regular season with a 10-game road trip and then went straight to St. Louis, where they defeated the Cardinals in the wild card round.

Two games followed in Atlanta before finally heading home to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five divisional series against the defending champions. Harper said the team always believed they would be in that position.

“I don’t think there is any doubt,” he said. “You take to the streets for 19, 20 days, you’ve never seen that before. For us to come back here and take away the home advantage from Atlanta… and come back here, win the first game here is huge.”

The Phillies can advance into the NLCS with a win in Game 4 on Saturday. Manager Rob Thomson announced that Noah Syndergaard will start for him. Charlie Morton gets the ball for Atlanta.

With the crowd being such a big part of Game 3, the players imagined what it might be like in a clinch situation on Saturday.

“We knew crowd was going to be a factor, a huge factor,” Hoskins said. “We heard about it. And as Bryce said, it exceeded expectations. I think it was a big part of the win because when things start snowing and they get louder then more good things happen and they will [even] volume up.

“So we’ll see if we can continue that tomorrow.”

Neither team has announced a starter for Game 5, which would be held in Atlanta on Sunday. That’s only possible if the Braves can extend the series with a win on Saturday.

“We have to go out and win one in a row,” Snitker said. “We have to do that.”

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34797262/rhys-hoskins-motivated-braves-intentional-walk-raucous-phillies-crowd-game-3-win Rhys Hoskins motivated by Braves’ intentional walk, raucous Phillies crowd in Game 3 win

Emma Bowman

USTimesPost.com is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@ustimespost.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button