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‘He’s an alien. He’s not human.’ Sacramento’s Rhys Hoskins continues record HR binge

Rhys Hoskins (17) celebrates his three-run home run with Odubel Herrera, left, during a Sept. 8 game against the Washington Nationals.
Rhys Hoskins (17) celebrates his three-run home run with Odubel Herrera, left, during a Sept. 8 game against the Washington Nationals. Associated Press

Sacramento’s Rhys Hoskins continues his out-of-this world home run binge for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Hoskins smacked two more homers Tuesday night in the Phillies’ 9-8 win in 15 innings over the Miami Marlins. That’s 16 home runs for Hoskins in 32 big-league games, a major-league record. His second homer of the game came in the bottom of the 10th inning to tie the game at 8-8.

“He’s an alien,” teammate Nick Williams told the Philadelphia Inquirer after the game. “He’s not human. It’s not real. It’s crazy.”

“This guy is unbelievable,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said about Hoskins to the Inquirer. “What a bonus he’s been to our lineup.”

The Phillies outfielder/first baseman – a Jesuit High School graduate who played three years at Sacramento State – was named the National League Rookie of the Month for August. He finished August hitting .304 with 11 home runs, 25 RBIs and 19 runs scored to become the first Phillies player since Maikel Franco in June 2015 to win the honor.

Hoskins led the International League with 29 home runs as a member of the Triple-A Lehigh Valley WarPigs before being called up Aug. 10.

According to the Inquirer, Hoskins has a chance at leading the Phillies in home runs. The current leader is Tommy Joseph, at 21, with Franco at 20.

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