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Rhys Hoskins had an RBI double in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

Hoskins hasn't homered in his last nine games -- the horror -- but he's now got three doubles and seven RBI in his last five contests. Through 43 games, the 24-year-old has 18 homers, 46 RBI and 34 runs scored to go with a .284/.412/.696 line.
Sep 23 - 10:58 PM

Henderson Alvarez threw five scoreless innings but settled for a no-decision Saturday against the Braves.

Alvarez scattered five hits and three walks in his second start of the season, a marked improvement from his debut in which he allowed four runs in a loss to the A's. The right-hander is still rounding into form after missing two and a half years due to shoulder troubles, but he could be an interesting free agent case this winter if he's able to finish strong. Alvarez has one more start to show what he's got, facing off with the Mets on Friday.
Sep 23 - 10:43 PM

Ben Lively took the loss Friday against the Braves after being tagged for six runs over five innings.

Lively put himself in an early hole by giving up five runs in the first inning. He gave up hits to each of the first six batters he faced. Lively gave up eight hits — including a two-run homer to Kurt Suzuki — and a pair of walks in the loss. The 25-year-old hasn’t missed many bats (51 strikeouts in 82 2/3 innings), but he’s been on a nice run recently and he has positioned himself favorably for a rotation spot depending on what the Phillies do this winter.
Sep 23 - 12:12 AM

Nick Williams finished 2-for-3 with two RBI in Friday’s loss to the Braves.

Williams provided all of the offense for the Phillies on Friday with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and an RBI single in the sixth. The 24-year-old rookie has knocked in 52 runs in just 75 games while batting .289/.338/.482 with 11 homers. His production isn’t quite on the level of Rhys Hoskins, but he’s looking like another important building block for Philadelphia.
Sep 23 - 12:10 AM

Cesar Hernandez reached base in four out of his five plate appearances Friday against the Braves.

Hernandez went 1-for-2 with three walks. He doubled to begin the fourth inning — the first hit of the night off Sean Newcomb — before later scoring on a sacrifice fly from Nick Williams. The 27-year-old hasn’t done much category-wise this month, but he continues to hit for average and get on base at the top of the Phillies’ lineup. He’s batting .292/.367/.420 over 121 games.
Sep 23 - 12:09 AM

Mark Leiter allowed three runs -- one earned -- in six innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Dodgers.

It's Leiter's first quality start in four tries this month. His ability to strike out major league hitters -- 79 in 86 1/3 innings so far -- has been a nice surprise, but it's only resulted in a 4.69 ERA to date. He has two more starts to try to put himself in position to at least be a leading contender for open spots in next year's rotation.
Sep 21 - 5:45 PM

Cesar Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored Thursday against the Dodgers.

Hernandez hasn't homered in a month, but he's batting .319 with 10 walks and 15 runs scored in 82 plate appearances in September. The double today was his 25th of the year. He had just 14 during his breakthrough season in 2016.
Sep 21 - 5:40 PM

Jesen Therrien underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery earlier this week.

The typical recovery range for Tommy John surgery is 12-18 months, so Therrien can probably be ruled out through the entire 2018 season. The 24-year-old right-hander posted promising numbers this summer in the minor leagues, though he struggled in 15 appearances with the Phillies.
Sep 21 - 11:16 AM

Aaron Altherr went 3-for-4 with a clutch home run and game-winning base hit as his team beat the Dodgers 7-5 on Wednesday.

He drilled a game-tying, two-run homer off reliever Ross Stripling in the seventh inning, then drove in the winning runs with a single in the bottom of the eighth. The outfielder has missed a couple months' worth of games with hamstring issues this year but has been very good when able to play. He has a .281/.351/.539 triple slash with 19 home runs and 60 RBI in 97 games.
Sep 21 - 1:21 AM

Hector Neris struck out one batter in a clean ninth inning to earn a save against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

He retired the side in order while protecting a two-run lead against the struggling Dodgers. It was his 23rd save against three blown chances. He has a 3.18 ERA with 77 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings.
Sep 21 - 1:14 AM

Tommy Joseph went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

He cracked an RBI double in the second inning, then popped a solo homer off reliever Ross Stripling to give his team a lead in the seventh. Joseph has been a bit of a disappointment in his second season, seeing a dropoff in both his contact and power skills. He has a .239/.288/.436 slash line with 22 homers and 68 RBI in 135 games. He may not be granted a roster slot next year with Rhys Hoskins looking like the future at first base for the Phillies.
Sep 21 - 1:10 AM

Jake Thompson allowed one run in five innings in Wednesday's no-decision effort against the Dodgers.

A solo home run by Chris Taylor supplied the only damage Thompson gave up in the contest. He registered three strikeouts, three walks and three hits while throwing 91 pitches. The 23-year-old has a 4.14 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 20 walks in 41 1/3 innings in the majors this year. He had a 5.25 ERA in 22 starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Sep 21 - 1:03 AM

Aaron Nola limited the Dodgers to two runs over seven innings in Tuesday’s 6-2 win.

The home run ball has been a bit of an issue for Nola lately, and he did serve up a solo shot to Yasmani Grandal. He was mostly excellent in this one, though, permitting just five hits and two walks while fanning eight hitters. He’s mostly been hit-or-miss for the last month, but Nola has put up two straight superb showings. He gets the Braves in Atlanta on Sunday.
Sep 19 - 11:47 PM

Rhys Hoskins reached base three times and drove in four runs in the Phillies' win over the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Hoskins plated a run with a single in the sixth, but he provided the big blow in the seventh. After Pedro Baez walked Odubel Herrera to force in a run and tie the game with two outs, Hoskins then cleared the bases with a two-bagger. The stud rookie has now driven in 43 runs in his first 39 games with the Phillies.
Sep 19 - 11:41 PM

Aaron Altherr popped a solo home run Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Altherr's longball off of Brock Stewart in the eighth inning extended the Phillies' lead to four, and that wound up being the final margin. The young outfielder has gone deep in consecutive games and now has 18 bombs on the season.
Sep 19 - 11:36 PM


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