With a liner to right field, Rhys Hoskins was official. The former Sacramento State slugger had his first hit in the majors.
“You dream about that moment for a long, long time,” Hoskins told The Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday after the Philadelphia Phillies’ 6-2 loss to the visiting New York Mets. “And I was happy to do it in that situation, too.”
Hoskins smacked a 2-2 offering from Mets right Chris Flexen over a leaping Dominic Smith at first to load the bases in the fifth inning.
He also recorded his first big-league RBI with a first-inning fielder’s choice that scored Cesar Hernandez. Hoskins was initially called out at first base as part of a double play, but that was overturned after a review.
The Phillies first baseman/outfielder was 1 for 4 on Sunday and is 1 for 13 in four games since being called up Thursday from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he led the International League 29 home runs and 91 RBIs in 115 games with the IronPigs.
“I think he started to press a little bit, and he was anxious to get that hit,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin told MLB.com. “So I think the monkey is off his back now. Everybody was happy to see that on the bench.”
Despite the .077 average, he’s been on base in three games, drawing walks in each contest except Saturday’s victory.
Hoskins was the second former Hornet to be called up in less than a week. Five days prior, J.D. Davis made his debut with the Houston Astros. Davis had a fifth-inning single in his second major-league at-bat during a 4-3 loss to the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 5.