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Alec Bohm goes 446 feet to center for his first homer as a Phillie

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In his 10th game as a Phillie, rookie Alec Bohm went deep for the first time as a major-leaguer.

Bohm blasted a hanging, 77 mph curveball from Braves right-hander Josh Tomlin 446 feet to center field for a solo shot. Tomlin threw Bohm back-to-back curves and Bohm made him pay on the second. He was all smiles rounding the bases.

He also got some props from Freddie Freeman, who was mic'd up.

Bohm has gotten off to a strong offensive start. He's 10 for 31 (.323) with four extra-base hits, four RBI and a .432 on-base percentage.

"We really think he's gonna hit," manager Joe Girardi said during an in-game interview on the national broadcast. "He's young and he's a work in progress. He uses the whole field. He hits the ball extremely well to right-center and to left-center. We think he's gonna be here a long time."

He was not expected to be a strong defender at the hot corner and so far he has not been. Bohm has committed four errors in 25 defensive chances and another miscue that could have been ruled an error. On Sunday night, Marcell Ozuna hit a ball down the third base line that Bohm couldn't glove. It was initially ruled an RBI single because the hop was slightly difficult, but it was changed to an E5. It was a play that good defensive third basemen make.

But Bohm is here to hit and hit he has. He is an aggressive hitter who has power, plate coverage and a good idea of the strike zone.

 

The Phillies jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Braves in the top of the third inning Sunday night on a two-run shot from Rhys Hoskins and a solo homer from Didi Gregorius. It was Hoskins' second and Gregorius' fourth. The Braves came back to score three in the bottom of the inning.

The Phillies have been completely unable to hold leads lately. They've led in every game of their five-game losing streak, losing games after leading 7-0, 4-0, 2-0, 2-0 and 1-0. They are 6-10 when scoring first this season.