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A day after getting his first hit, former Sacramento State star breaks out

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins is ignored by teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the San Diego Padres in the fourth inning Monday in San Diego. He hit another three innings later.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins is ignored by teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the San Diego Padres in the fourth inning Monday in San Diego. He hit another three innings later. The Associated Press

On Sunday, former Sacramento State slugger Rhys Hoskins got his first hit in the major leagues.

One day later, he took it a few steps further – twice, to be exact.

The Philadelphia Phillies left fielder hit two home runs Monday in a 7-4 loss to the host San Diego Padres.

Hoskins led off the fourth inning with his first major league homer, smacking a 3-2 pitch from Travis Wood over the left-center field wall to put the Phillies up 2-1. He then pretended to slap fives with his teammates, who give the rookie the traditional silent treatment. After going up and down the dugout, he was the mobbed by fellow Phillies.

Three innings later, Hoskins went deep again. With one out in the seventh, Hoskins hit a 1-2 pitch from Craig Stammen to center, giving Philadelphia its fourth and final run of the game.

Hoskins is the first Phillies player to hit his first two career homers in the same game since Scott Rolen in 1996, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Hoskins finished the game 2 for 4 to increase his average to .176 in five 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.

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