Rhys Hopkins hits 17th homer in 33rd game as Phillies beat Marlins


Philadelphia rookie Rhys Hoskins continued his record home run pace, connecting on his 17th in just his 33rd major league game, the Phillies’ 8-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.

Hoskins, who was called up to the Phillies on Aug. 10, is the fastest player in major league history to get to 17 career homers. The record was 42 games by Wally Berger, an outfielder for the Boston Braves in 1930.

The latest home run came in the fifth inning, when Hopkins hit a fastball from Dan Straily into the left field bleachers for a two-run homer that gave the Phillies some breathing room.

Aaron Nola kept the Marlins off balance, mixing a slow change-up with a fastball to strike out a career-high 11 in seven innings. Nola’s only mistake of the night was a solo home run allowed to Miami’s Christian Yelich in the third inning.

Nola and reliever Adam Morgan managed to keep Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins slugger who has not homered since hitting his major league-leading 54th last Saturday in Atlanta, to an 0-for-3 night with one walk.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sport

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