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Phillies 6, Mets 0: Rhys Hoskins gets his revenge as Phillies end ugly road trip on a high note

Phillies 6, Mets 0: Rhys Hoskins gets his revenge as Phillies end ugly road trip on a high note

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NEW YORK — It was a forgettable road trip but the Phillies ended it on a positive note, beating the Mets, 6-0, in Wednesday's series finale at Citi Field.

Oh, and Rhys Hoskins got his revenge.

A night after Mets reliever Jacob Rhame threw two fastballs at Hoskins' head in the span of five pitches, Hoskins faced him again and this time homered to left field.

It had to feel amazing for Hoskins, who circled the bases as slowly as you will ever see (see story)

Vince Velasquez pitched well again, even if he lasted only five innings.

The Phils scored their first run in the first inning when J.T. Realmuto and Bryce Harper hit back-to-back doubles. 

They were quiet until the eighth when they broke things open against Robert Gsellman. Hoskins led off with a triple and Maikel Franco followed with an RBI single. Phil Gosselin drove in a run with a pinch-hit RBI single to center, before Roman Quinn added the third run of the inning with a safety squeeze. Quinn exited a few minutes later with an apparent injury.

For all of the Phillies' recent offensive issues, they have thrived with a runner on third and less than two outs, hitting .500 (21 for 42) to lead the majors.

The win makes the Phillies 13-11, same as the Mets. The Phils have already played 17 games against the NL East and gone 10-7.

Vinny Velo making strides

While continuing to receive little credit from the fan base, Velasquez continues to do his job.

Wednesday night was Velasquez's fourth start of the season and in all four, he's kept the Phillies in the game and limited damage. In this one, 97 pitches forced a five-and-dive, but Velasquez did not allow a run over those five innings.

He stranded the bases loaded in a 27-pitch first inning and stranded two runners in scoring position in the third.

The three biggest at-bats of Velasquez's night all came against the dangerous Wilson Ramos. In the first two ABs, Velasquez struck Ramos out swinging with a high fastball. In the third, Velasquez induced a groundout to second base on his final pitch of the night.

Through four starts, Velasquez has a 1.99 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and a .195 opponents' batting average.

His next start lines up for April 30 against the Tigers, one of the worst offensive teams in baseball.

Quinn can't catch a break

Even the perfectly executed safety squeeze Quinn laid down in the eighth inning ended badly.

Quinn, who is just 3 for 25 with 14 strikeouts, exited the game later in the eighth with a groin strain.

Injuries have unfortunately defined Quinn's career to this point. More on the severity in a bit.

Robertson nearing a return?

Key reliever David Robertson will be reevaluated when the Phillies come home, potentially as early as Thursday (see story). He's feeling good but a throwing program will be determined after that check-up. From there, a minor-league rehab outing or two could be in line before he returns from a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right arm.

Up next

The Phillies begin a nine-game homestand Thursday night at 7:05 against Miami. They have a four-game series with the Marlins, an off day, two with the Tigers, another off day, then three with the Nationals.

Pitching matchups for the Marlins series:

Thursday night at 7:05 — Aaron Nola (2-0, 6.84) vs. LHP Caleb Smith (2-0, 2.35)

Friday night at 7:05 — Jerad Eickhoff (0-1, 3.60) vs. Jose Urena (1-3, 5.74)

Saturday night at 6:05 — Jake Arrieta (3-2, 2.65) vs. Trevor Richards (0-3, 3.72)

Sunday afternoon at 1:05 — Zach Eflin (2-2, 3.68) vs. LHP Pablo Lopez (1-3, 5.85)

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Sources: Phillies to interview Buck Showalter on Monday

Sources: Phillies to interview Buck Showalter on Monday

The Phillies are quickly getting into their interview process for a new manager.

According to multiple sources, Buck Showalter will interview for the position on Monday. The meeting between Showalter and Phillies officials will take place in the metropolitan New York area, where Showalter is currently working as an analyst for the YES Network.

It is believed that Phillies officials will also speak with Joe Girardi while they are in the New York area on Monday. Girardi lives in that area.

Veteran skipper Dusty Baker is also on the Phillies' list of candidates, the Chicago Tribune reported Sunday. A source confirmed that and said Baker would interview with the Phillies later this week.

At a news conference on Friday, Phillies officials would not definitively say what they were looking for in their new manager, but it is believed that they would prefer to hire someone with big-league managerial experience and that has made Girardi and Showalter the presumed frontrunners.

Girardi managed the Yankees from 2008 to 2017. His Yankees team beat the Phillies in the 2009 World Series, prompting Phillies owner John Middleton to famously say, "I want my bleeping trophy back."

Showalter has managed the Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. He is a three-time American League manager of the year and has ties to several people in the Phillies front office, including club president Andy MacPhail, general manager Matt Klentak and assistant general manager Ned Rice. MacPhail led the Orioles baseball operations during part of Showalter's time in Baltimore and Klentak and Rice both worked in the front office. Rice, in fact, worked closely with Showalter during their time in Baltimore.

The Phillies fired Gabe Kapler last week and are one of eight teams with a managerial opening.

At Friday's news conference, MacPhail said Klentak would lead the search for a new Phillies skipper. 

"I don't think there's a relationship more important in a baseball organization than the manager and GM," MacPhail said. "If those two aren't simpatico, you really have issues. I believe it's John's and my goal that Matt go out and start the search. At the end, he's going to have to have the approval of John and I, just like with Gabe. John or I could have vetoed Gabe; we chose not to. But I can't imagine us hiring somebody that Matt is not fully on board with. John and I will have some influence on the guys that fit that criteria who we think might be the best fit, but it's got to emanate from the GM."

Showalter managed the Orioles though 2018 and is eager to manage again. Sources say he is intrigued by the Phillies job and has done homework on the roster.

Girardi interviewed with the Chicago Cubs last week and the New York Mets plan to interview him this week. He will manage somewhere in 2020.

Baker has 22 years of big-league managerial experience and is a three-time NL manager of the year. He last managed the Washington Nationals in 2017 and led that club to 97 wins and the NL East title.



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Source: Phillies set to interview Dusty Baker, one of Bryce Harper's former managers

Source: Phillies set to interview Dusty Baker, one of Bryce Harper's former managers

The Phillies will interview Dusty Baker for their managerial opening later this week, a source confirmed. The news was first reported Sunday by the Chicago Tribune.

Baker, 70, is currently a special advisor to the CEO for the San Francisco Giants.

He has 22 years of managerial experience and is almost universally well-liked. He's a player's manager who is 227 games over .500 in his career. He managed Bryce Harper in 2016 and 2017; the Nationals won 95 and 97 games those years but Baker's contract was not renewed after a pair of NLDS losses. It was a surprising move.

Baker is one of several prominent veteran managers on the market. Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon and Buck Showalter are also prime candidates to claim one of the eight available jobs. Maddon has been linked heavily to the Angels, while Girardi has been linked heavily to the Mets.

The Phillies will interview Showalter Monday in the New York area, according to multiple sources.

At Friday's press conference, Phillies GM Matt Klentak spoke of the organization's desire to have its next manager believe in their core baseball principles. It will likely be a manager who utilizes more of a blend of data and gut-feel. Baker has more than two decades of big-league experience and this would be the most analytically-driven organization he's ever been a part of. The fit is still worth exploring.

It makes sense for the Phillies to cast a wide net in their search. Managing partner John Middleton referenced Craig Counsell on Friday as the kind of high-quality manager whose value can be uncovered during this sort of process.

For more on other potential Phillies managerial candidates, look here.

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