PHILADELPHIA – Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was furious when Rhys Hoskins was hit in the shoulder on the first pitch following Bryce Harper’s home run in the seventh inning Sunday night.
Harper hit a homer off Atlanta Braves reliever Shane Carle leading off the inning in the Phillies’ 5-1 win, completing a three-game sweep to start the season.
“It really pisses me off when balls go underneath Rhys Hoskins’ chin,” Kapler said after the game. “Really bugs me … He’s one of our leaders. He is in many ways the heartbeat of our club, and it really bothers me when that happens.”.
Carle hit Hoskins on an 0-and-1 pitch, and was ejected without a warning. Hoskins got up and yelled some expletives at Carle. It was the third time in two games that Hoskins was either hit, or nearly hit.
Hoskins wears a protective extension on his helmet after he got hit in the face with a pitch last season, breaking his jaw.
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“I think anyone would (be upset),” Hoskins said. “I mean, I hit the ground three times in three days, and that’s never fun, especially after the episode I had last year. I think that’s always something that’s going to be in the back in my head. I’m not happy about it, to say the least.”.
Hoskins wouldn’t go so far as to say Carle threw at him intentionally. But it’s possible that the Braves were upset after Harper’s home run and the elaborate handshakes and high fives that ensued between Harper and his teammates.
Of course, it’s also possible the Braves were upset that the Phillies won all three games of the series, scoring a total of 23 runs.
Hoskins, of course, had a simple solution:.
“Don’t give up the homer, then,” Hoskins said.
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