07/21 18:30 CDT Fan walks to plate, Hoskins HR in 11th lifts Phils over Bucs
Fan walks to plate, Hoskins HR in 11th lifts Phils over Bucs
By WES CROSBY
PITTSBURGH (AP) --- Phillies manager Gabe Kapler spotted a man strolling over
to the third base umpire and figured it was a member of the PNC Park grounds
crew. After all, there had been a rain delay a little earlier.
Kapler soon realized he was wrong.
Especially when the man, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and carrying a cellphone,
turned away and casually walked toward home plate to approach Philadelphia
hitter Brad Miller for a handshake.
Long after a fan just made his way onto the field in the sixth inning before
being apprehended, the Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Sunday on Rhys
Hoskins' home run in the 11th inning.
Still, Kapler couldn't comprehend what had happened.
"Everyone was just like, 'Hey, what's that guy doing?'" he said. "But nobody
felt threatened until he started to get close to the umpire and he's in like
street clothes. It was crazy. It was really bizarre."
Moments after Bryce Harper argued a called third strike and Hoskins spiked his
bat after being hit by a pitch, Miller backed away while being approached in
the batter's box by the sauntering fan.
The man kept walking before being handcuffed by security personnel at the top
of the steps to the Phillies dugout and led away. Miller then grounded into an
inning-ending double play.
Hoskins hit his 21st home run, and his second in 17 games since June 29,
connecting off Chris Stratton (1-3).
"Sometimes you just need to be reminded that you can do it," Hoskins said. "You
still can do it. I barreled a ball right at a guy early in the game. It just
doesn't feel the same when it doesn't get the job done. Hopefully, it's big."
The drive came right after Harper again seemed displeased with plate umpire Ben
May when striking out looking to start the inning. After a being called out on
a slider at the top of the zone, Harper crouched in the box for several seconds
before flicking dirt and returning to the dugout.
Phillies reliever Ranger Surez (3-0) got Starling Marte to ground out to end
the 10th, stranding Adam Frazier at third, and worked around a hit in the 11th.
Drew Smyly made his first start with the Phillies, allowing one run and four
hits in six innings. He also struck out.
The 30-year-old lefty was 1-5 with an 8.42 ERA in nine starts and four relief
appearances this year for Texas, which released him on June 25. Smyly signed a
minor league contract with Milwaukee on July 1, went 1-0 with a 4.97 ERA in
three starts for Triple-A San Antonio, then on Thursday exercised his right to
"It's definitely a great one to start off on and just try to build off of it,"
Smyly said. "It was a lot of fun just being out there with a new group of guys
with a fresh start. ... Just going to try to roll with it."
Pirates starter Dario Agrazal allowed one run on three hits with five
strikeouts in six innings. The 24-year-old rookie has given up a combined eight
runs (seven earned) in 28 innings through his first five starts.
"Just maintaining the attack," Agrazal said. "The mentality of attacking,
locking in on pitches and on hitting the zone, and maintaining my mentality was
continuous and consistent."
Melky Cabrera put the Pirates ahead 1-0 in the first with an RBI single. The
Phillies tied it in the fourth when Csar Hernndez came out of a 25-minute
rain delay and singled home Harper.
Pittsburgh has scored 25 runs in nine games since the All-Star break.
"Overall, though, (we're) not getting a string of hits," Pirates manager Clint
Hurdle said. "The consecutive good at-bats. Some extra-base hits. A home run
here and there. None of that's really happening."
Phillies: RHP Fernando Salas was designated for assignment to open a roster
spot for Smyly. Salas (0-0, 6.75) allowed two runs on eight hits in 2 2/3
innings across three appearances for Philadelphia this season. RHP Nick Pivetta
moved to the bullpen to make room for Smyly in the rotation.
Phillies: SS Jean Segura left after the top of the fourth inning because of
heel soreness. He was 0 for 2 before Scott Kingery moved from center field to
replace Segura at shortstop.
Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (8-2, 3.77) starts at Detroit on Tuesday. Since last
losing in a 2-1 defeat against Miami on June 21, Nola is 2-0 in five starts
while allowing seven runs (six earned) in 32 2/3 innings.
Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (3-3, 5.17) could start against St. Louis on
Monday if well enough after being scratched from his last projected start on
Saturday because of flu-like symptoms.
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