Rhys Hoskins, Phillies literally lose by an inch with overturned home run

By , Audacy Sports

The only thing that could have saved Phillies fans' nights from the rage that stemmed from yet another bullpen loss — with Brandon Kintzler, Jose Alvarado, and David Hale combining to allow six runs in the eighth inning — would have been something miraculous. It could have been, for instance, a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth that effectively would have knotted the game and pushed it into extras.

And, for a moment, that was the case.

Evidently, the umpire crew did not feel as though the ball ever got over the fence, which the replay footage confirmed. After the game, Hoskins acknowledged that "they had clear evidence to turn it over," but he wasn't quite as understanding in the moment.

Coincidentally, Hoskins was mic'd up throughout the broadcast, but we (understandably) didn't get the feed for this particular incident. Who was mic'd up, however, was ESPN color commentator Alex Rodriguez, who several Twitter users remembered had a similar happening at Citizens Bank Park, though it happened to go his way.

According to the Citizens Bank Park ground rules, if the "ball strikes top of outfield fence or scoreboard and rebounds onto the playing field," it's ruled in play. Had it bounced into the stands, Hoskins would have had a dinger and the game would have been tied at eight. For A-Rod's home run, it rebounded off of a camera, with a trajectory that would have seemed to clear the top of the fence.

Hoskins' non-home run, combined with a bad mental lapse on the defensive side of the ball that allowed the Mets a free run, made it a pretty tough night for the Phils' first baseman. He told reporters after the game that "frustration is high," and with everything that went down on Sunday night, we can't exactly blame Hoskins for feeling that way.

Our friend Jomboy was on the scene with his usual breakdown of any controversial plays that occur, and you can check out his video for everything that went down.

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