Hoskins, 24, also became the first player in history with nine homers in his first 16 games. Actually all that production has come in the last 12 games because Hoskins did not have a homer nor an RBI in his first three games in the big leagues.
Hoskins is taking his early success in stride. He's now riding an eight-game hitting streak during which he's batting.400 with seven homers and 18 RBIs. He smacked 29 dingers and drove in 91 runs at Triple-A this year before his promotion to the bigs.
Lackey boasted a 3.06 ERA in the second half before getting roughed up for six runs and nine hits in five innings Tuesday at Cincinnati.
Rizzo's landed in the Phillies' bullpen 424 feet from center, six feet shorter than his first one, and gave him 30 homers for the season. He finds himself firmly entrenched in the middle of the order alongside fellow rookie prospect Nick Williams and first baseman Tommy Joseph, along with other key young pieces such as Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis. "You're not seeing the four and five straight fastballs". Maikel Franco, 3B 7.
Braves 5, Rockies 2 • Julio Teheran won at home for the first time in four months, Matt Kemp and Kurt Suzuki hit home runs and Atlanta Braves beat Chad Bettis and Colorado.
Cameron Rupp will get the start behind the plate today for the Phils.
Indians 4, Royals 0 • Rookie Ryan Merritt pitched a career-high 6 2/3 innings and host Cleveland recorded its AL-leading 13th shutout in a win over Kansas City.
Pitchers with better command miss their spots left often and are around the plate more.
As for the Phillies, they're going with RHP Ben Lively on Saturday. They have the worst record in baseball this year, three games back of the White Sox. Pivetta is 1-3 with a 5.65 ERA in eight home starts.
Jerad Eickhoff allowed four runs (all earned) in 4.2 innings against the giants on Saturday, snapping a streak of five consecutive starts going at least 5.0 innings and allowing three or fewer runs.