Rhys Hoskins survives scare, experiences euphoria after Bryce Harper’s thrilling performance

Jim Salisbury

Rhys Hoskins believes he will be OK after taking a 94-mph fastball off his right hand during the Phillies' euphoric ninth inning Thursday night.

"I told the doctor I have so much adrenaline right now, I don't feel a lot," he said. "I think it will probably be fine."

Hoskins was one of five straight Phillies to reach base in the bottom of the ninth inning, setting up Bryce Harper to complete a six-run rally with the dramatic grand slam that gave the Phillies a 7-5 win and a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs.

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Hoskins was on first base after being hit by a Pedro Strop fastball when Harper came up.

He could sense something big.

"You could feel it," he said. "The crowd was way into it. Just the way the inning was going. It started with an error and then pass the baton, pass the baton, pass the baton. We've seen him come up in big situations before so we liked our chances, for sure."

The three-game sweep left the Phillies just a game back in the NL wild-card race.

Maybe this will be the moment that ignites this club.

"That's a good team over there," Hoskins said of the Cubs. "Those guys can play. They have a really tough lineup. (Yu) Darvish was outstanding tonight, (Jose) Quintana was really good (on Tuesday). We came out with victories in some tough games that we haven't gotten victories in."

Hoskins looked around the giddy clubhouse.

"It just feels different," he said. "A little extra swagger in here. A little extra confidence."

Hoskins had an X-ray on his right hand after the game. He planned to consult with the team's medical staff and grab an ice pack before he left the ballpark.

"I'm glad it didn't hit my wrist," he said. "I think it will be OK."

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