Phillies' Rhys Hoskins to hit cleanup on Friday

Ross Houston
August 12, 2017

"It's very frustrating", Velasquez said.

New York Mets rookie Amed Rosario lined his first major league home run off Phillies reliever Hector Neris in the top of the ninth to give New York a 7-6 win before 26,925 fans at Citizens Bank Park. Mets officials always insisted Smith's power would come even as he hit just 10 homers in his first three seasons in the minors.

Fantasy Impact A sigh of relief for DeGrom, the Mets and fantasy owners alike as the X-rays came back negative after he was caught by a Nick Williams line drive.

DeGrom gave up four hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out nine without a walk. "I have gained a little bit of weight back, but I was able to not get back to what it was a year ago and that was the main goal".

Much like Conforto, who has blossomed into a star this season, the Mets view Smith as somebody who does his best work using the entire field to hit.


NY entered Thursday averaging 2.4 runs in the losses while going 3-10 over its previous 13 contests, but the Mets belted four home runs and matched their offensive output from the last five games combined in a 10-0 rout in the opener.

"It's not affecting my elbow", Velasquez said.

Philadelphia's Odubel Herrera extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games with a first-inning double.

Conforto stayed hot and blew the game open in the seventh with an opposite-field, three-run homer off the foul pole in left.

Hoskins, meanwhile, had a.966 OPS and hit 29 homers at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. This was the first time the Phillies had played at home since Daulton died on Sunday of brain cancer.


Smith finished 1-for-3, collecting his first career hit on a single through the middle in the fourth inning before exiting as part of a double-switch in the sixth. A flag with Daulton's name and the No. 10 was raised above Ashburn Alley and No. 10 was stenciled in the dirt behind the catcher's box at home plate.

Dominic Smith's major league debut - and first career hit - were overshadowed Friday night by another heralded prospect's thunder.

"We're intrigued to see what kind of player he is", Collins said. The 24-year-old right-hander will face the Mets at home next. He was solid in two of those of those outings but failed to last past the fifth inning in the other two games. "With ... Bruce going to Cleveland, it's not a direct replacement". But where we stand right now, I'm clueless just as much as they are and just as much as you guys are.

The hamstring strain that Altherr suffered in Colorado was the second that he experienced in a month.

After making his debut from the seven-hole in yesterday's game, Hoskins will move up three spots to take on Mets' starter Seth Lugo. The shortstop had his best day as a pro, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored.


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