PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Patience is paying off for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Rhys Hoskins had three hits and drove in four runs, including Bryce Harper from first base on a single, and the Phillies beat the Minnesota Twins 10-4 on Friday night despite Jorge Polanco hitting for the cycle .
Philadelphia’s batters saw 192 pitches, 36 to Hoskins. The team is averaging 8.2 runs per game one week into the season.
“Guys taking professional at-bats is contagious,” Hoskins said.
Grinding out at-bats and wearing down pitchers has been a focal point for manager Gabe Kapler and offensive coaches.
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“The goal is to push pitch counts, attack strikes in the zone, be passive on balls outside the zone,” Kapler said.
Nick Pivetta (1-0) gave up four runs — three earned — and nine hits in five innings.
Polanco tripled in the first, singled in the third, hit a solo homer in the fifth and lined a double off Adam Morgan leading off the seventh to complete his first cycle. He added another single in the ninth for his first five-hit game.
“I feel really good at the plate, waited for my pitches in the zone and got my hits,” Polanco said.
The Phillies jumped ahead 5-0 in the first against Jake Odorizzi (0-1) and never looked back.
Only a fraction of the announced crowd of 28,021 turned out on a cold, rainy night to see the Phillies win for the fifth time in six games.
Harper, the $330 million man, was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts a night after spending his off day watching the Philadelphia 76ers lose to Milwaukee in a suite with Hoskins and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Harper walked in the seventh and hustled all the way home from first when Hoskins lined a 3-2 pitch to left with two outs and the bases loaded.
“That was indicative of a guy who is really heads-up.” Kapler said.
Jean Segura got things started for the Phillies with an RBI double and he scored on a single by Hoskins. Odorizzi exited after walking Cesar Hernandez to load the bases with two outs. Maikel Franco greeted Ryne Harper with a bloop double down the right-field line that drive in two runs. Another run scored on right fielder Jake Cave’s throwing error.
Max Kepler’s two-run homer in the third cut it to 5-2.
Polanco’s cycle was the 11th in team history. Michael Cuddyer had been the last Twins player to do it on May 22, 2009, against Milwaukee.
Odubel Herrera ripped a hard liner off first base umpire Jeff Nelson’s chest. Nelson calmly signaled foul and didn’t even rub it.
Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who leads the team with six RBIs, wasn’t in the lineup. He appeared in right field in only four games last year for Seattle.
Twins: OF Byron Buxton was out of the starting lineup for precautionary reasons for a second straight game after colliding with a wall on Tuesday. He pinch-ran and stole a base Wednesday.
Phillies: RHP Tommy Hunter (right forearm strain) received an injection and will not throw for at least two weeks. OF Roman Quinn (right oblique strain) was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk in a rehab game at Single-A Clearwater on Thursday. He didn’t play Friday. Kapler said Quinn could be activated next week.
RHP Michael Pineda (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his second start for the Twins on Saturday and RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 1.50) goes for the Phillies. Pineda is 1-1 in two starts vs. Philadelphia. Arrieta is 3-1 in five starts vs. Minnesota.
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