Rhys Hoskins batters spikes after three-run homer

Rhys Hoskins absolutely opened the floodgates for the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday afternoon.

Maintaining a 1-0 lead in Game 3 of the NLDS against the NL East pennant-winning Atlanta Braves, Hoskins took the lead late in the third with one out and runners at first and second. Rookie pitcher Spencer Strider made the mistake of throwing a fastball to the middle of home plate.

Hoskins made him pay.

He absolutely smashed it to left center for a three-run homer — the first playoff dinger of his career — that opened up Philadelphia’s lead in Game 3. The series was tied at one game apiece going into the Friday game.

To add insult to injury, Hoskins delivered an absolutely filthy bat-tip to top it all off.

Here’s a different angle to the emphatic slam.

Philadelphia finished the regular season with an 87-75 record, good for just a third-place finish in the NL East. The Phillies clinched the last Wild Card spot over the Milwaukee Brewers by just one game, and qualified for the NLDS with a two-game road sweep against NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Hoskins’ shot put his team in good position to take a one-game lead in this best-of-five series.

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