Rhys Hoskins boarded his first team charter Sunday night as the Phillies traveled to the West Coast for a seven-game road trip. And the Phillies rookie made that flight a bit easier by collecting his first hit with a single in the fifth inning of Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Mets.
Hoskins poked a single over the reach of Mets first baseman Dominic Smith to load the bases with no outs to continue a rally that Odubel Herrera would short-circuit with a base-running error.
"You dream about that moment for a long, long time," Hoskins said of his first hit. "And I was happy to do it in that situation, too."
Hoskins recorded his first RBI in the first inning on a fielder's choice when he beat out a double play. He initially was called out but a video review ruled him safe.
"I was up 2-0 and ended up swinging at a ball," Hoskins said. "A productive out, at least — but that's a situation, especially in the top of the first when they scored a couple of runs, you want to do some damage with the ball. I wasn't able to do that, but I got the job done."
The road trip will be sweet for Hoskins as it ends with a four-game series in San Francisco against the Giants, the team he grew up cheering for as a kid in Sacramento. He played first base on Sunday but will primarily spend his time in left field, where has looked fine since moving there last week before being promoted.
Hoskins walked on Sunday and has walked in three of his first four games as he displays the plate discipline that helped him move through the minor leagues. He was hitless in his first 12 at-bats but was making strong contact. Hoskins hit a few balls to the warning track and smoked line drives right at outfielders.
"You try to control the controllables. You hear that all the time," Hoskins said. "There's not much you can do once the ball leaves the bat, so I thought I was having good at-bats for the most part. Some things weren't going my way, and these guys are pretty good up here, so it's a combination of that."