With the Phillies in a free fall, losing 11 of their last 14, we must look around for a better future. And it was right before our eyes last night.
Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph went deep twice against the Nationals. He now has an amazing seven homers in only 65 at bats.
He is emerging as one of the most powerful hitters in major league baseball. Colorado’s Nolan Arenado leads the National League with 19 homers in 234 at bats. Watch a video of his two homers last night HERE.
Joseph’s 1.010 OPS trails only the Nationals’ Daniel Murphy who leads the National league with an 1.038 OPS.
Not to be out done last night, Reading’s Dylan Cozens, Rhys Hoskins and Jorge Alfaro all went deep in the same game for the second time in the last four games.
They went back to back to back in an 11-1 shellacking of Akron on June 7th.
Last night in the 9-2 win against Altoona, Cozens hit his league leading 17th of the season in the third inning immediately followed by Hoskins’ 15th homer. Alfaro went deep for his sixth of the season in the fourth inning. Watch the video HERE.
Cozens is now tied for the most home runs in all the minor leagues and Hoskins is tied for third. The full season minor league season is still just less than half over.
Last night for Reading Tyler Viza was brilliant on the mound in making his Eastern League debut after his call-up from Clearwater. We watched on must see MiLB-TV, the 21-year-old rely on his 95 mph fast ball and a sharp slider to induce nine ground ball outs. He pitched six innings giving up only a run on five hits, no walks and striking out three for his first AA win.
He was denied a shutout when left fielder Aaron Brown lost a high, lazy, fly ball in the twilight. The pop fly landed 15 feet in front of the warning track in left as Brown looked on helplessly.
Remember this date, June 10, 2016. That’s when Phillies stars of tomorrow, Joseph, Cozens, Hoskins, Alfaro and Viza put on shows to remember to give us all hope for a better Phillies future.