Rhys Hoskins has provided a ray of sunshine in what has been an otherwise dark and dreary season for the Philadelphia Phillies. With four homers highlighting his five-game hitting streak, Hoskins looks to continue his positive influence on Thursday afternoon as the Phillies vie for a split of their four-game series against the visiting Miami Marlins.
Hoskins belted a three-run shot to highlight a five-run third inning and added a two-run double in the sixth in Wednesday’s 8-0 rout. The 24-year-old improved to 7-for-18 with 11 RBIs and six runs scored during his hitting streak for the majors-worst Phillies, who have won three of five overall and are a relatively respectable 5-6 versus the Marlins this season. Miami had been giving the scoreboard operator a workout with 19 runs on 27 hits in Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep and 64 runs total during a 9-2 stretch before mustering all of two hits in Wednesday’s shutout. Right-hander Vance Worley will face his former team for the fifth time in his career for the Marlins, who reside 5 1/2 games behind Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the National League.
TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, FSN Florida (Miami), CSN Philadelphia
PITCHING MATCHUP: Marlins RH Vance Worley (2-3, 4.82 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Jake Thompson (1-1, 4.20)
Worley continued his sizzling pitching in August on Saturday, but suffered his first loss since registering back-to-back setbacks in late May. The 29-year-old allowed two runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings of an 8-1 defeat at the New York Mets, dropping to 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA this month (22 1/3 innings). Worley will receive his third look at his former team this season, recording a pair of no-decisions despite yielding three runs on seven hits in four innings.
Thompson is expected to be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make Thursday’s start with Philadelphia in the midst of playing six games in a five-day stretch due to Tuesday’s doubleheader. The 23-year-old was shredded in his last outing with the Phillies on Aug. 2, surrendering seven runs on nine hits - including three homers - in a 7-0 shellacking at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Thompson will be making his 16th career appearance and 13th start on Thursday, albeit his first versus Miami.
1. Miami SS Miguel Rojas, who had one of his team’s two hits on Wednesday, has hit safely in 12 of his last 15 contests in which he recorded an official plate appearance.
2. Philadelphia SS Pedro Florimon is 6-for-14 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs during his four-game hitting streak.
3. Marlins 3B Derek Dietrich’s disastrous series continued as he struck out twice on Wednesday to increase his total to eight in the series and 12 over his last six games.
PREDICTION: Marlins 8, Phillies 2