Rhys Hoskins gets into argument with fan, apologizes

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In the bottom of the sixth inning of Monday’s game against the Yankees, Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins struck out on a 2-2 David Robertson curve that bounced in the dirt. Hoskins didn’t appear to be totally aware of the situation, as he didn’t immediately run to first base. Catcher Austin Romine retrieved the ball and threw to first base to complete the strikeout.

On his way back to the dugout, Hoskins received some criticism from the fans behind the Phillies’ dugout. The NBC Sports Philadelphia cameras captured Hoskins jawing back before descending down the dugout steps. After placing his helmet down, Hoskins came back up the steps to continue arguing with a fan. He appeared to say, “You go hit.”

The Phillies went on to lose 4-2 to the Yankees. After the game, Hoskins apologized for his conduct with the fan, saying he was frustrated in the moment. Per Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic, Hoskins said, “It shouldn’t happen, it can’t happen.” He added, “I was in the wrong.” Hoskins also said he couldn’t remember what words were said between him and the fan.

Hoskins, who went 0-for-4 on the night, is batting .252/.373/.470 with 11 home runs, 43 RBI, and 41 runs scored in 285 plate appearances this season.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.