After failing to beat the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Phillies put an absolute beatdown on them in Thursday’s game. Aaron Nola went 7.0 strong innings, and rookie outfielder Darick Hall‘s off to a great start with two homers in only his second big league game.
The Phillies offense went absolutely berserk in this one, as every member of the starting lineup notched at least one base hit. They started off hot by putting up seven runs in the second inning, and piled on four more in the third. They’d score one more in the fourth and two more in the eighth to make it a final score of 14-4.
Aaron Nola wasn’t quite as dominant as he usually is, allowing four runs, but he still provided 7.0 innings and punched out eight Braves batters. Jeurys Familia worked around two base hits for a scoreless eighth, and 30-year-old rookie Mark Appel pitched a perfect ninth to finish things off.
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Home runs are the story of the night, as Nick Castellanos, Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins and Darick Hall each went yard. Hall’s two homers came in his second game in the majors. His first dinger came in the fourth inning off of reliever Jesús Cruz, and his second came in the eighth against position player Mike Ford. It’s certainly a night to remember for the 26-year-old, as it caps off a meteoric rise to the big leagues this year. If Hall’s production tonight is any indicator of what he can do for the Phillies moving forward, it’ll go a long way towards easing the blow of losing Bryce Harper indefinitely.