Rhys Hoskins was a Northern California guy — growing up in the Sacramento area and going to school nearby — until he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013.
In four games at AT&T Park against the San Francisco Giants this weekend, Hoskins went 5-for-13 with a pair of home runs.
In the series finale on Sunday, he took advantage of Kyle Crick for an eighth-inning shot that sealed the home team’s fate: It had blown another solid outing from Madison Bumgarner, losing to the worst team in baseball, 5-2.
The Giants ace navigated six innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out seven. Mark Melancon followed by throwing in a low-leverage situation, completing a scoreless seventh frame, despite allowing a pair of hits.
Then, with San Francisco clinging to a 2-1 advantage, Hunter Strickland entered the game.
The righty setup man struck out Freddy Galvis before allowing five-straight singles. When the damage was all told, the home team trailed by two runs.
“I thought it was a good day for Madison,” manager Bruce Bochy told reporters. “We had it lined up like we wanted as far as the bullpen. [Strickland] just had an off day making some mistakes.”
First-time left fielder Pedro Florimon played the hero for the Phillies. He was responsible for batting in the only run Bumgarner surrendered and also provided the single that put his team ahead against Strickland.
He also gunned down Buster Posey, who was attempting to score on a second-inning single by Brandon Crawford.
If Florimon had a day to remember, Posey had a game to forget. The veteran Giants catcher produced at the plate — going 2-for-3 — but showed discomfort after making a tag-out in the seventh. A couple innings later, facing Phillies closer Hector Neris, he was plunked with a fastball.
“I’m certain that he hit me on purpose,” Posey told reporters. “It’s just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat and he’s got good stuff. But I guess he didn’t feel like he could get me out.”
It worked out for Neris, who struck out Pablo Sandoval after hitting Posey. In the ninth, Neris allowed a leadoff single to Crawford and eventually allowed the winning run to come to the plate after Gorkys Hernandez slapped a single to right field. But Hunter Pence went into a fielder’s choice and Denard Span struck out losing to ensure a split series.
Bumgarner has now thrown nine quality starts, but San Francisco has won in just one of those contests.
The Giants will stay home for a three-game series, beginning today, against the Milwaukee Brewers.MLB