Maybe this is the moment.
Rhys Hoskins talked Monday afternoon following a bad Phillies loss to end the month of May. He explained why he believed the Phils’ offense, which has been a disappointment through two months, can change. Something is going to happen, he said. Some big moment is going to happen and everything is going to click. The Phillies clicked in Tuesday night’s 17-3 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Maybe will lead to something. Or maybe it was just a one-game outburst.
Time will tell, but the Phillies had not scored more than three runs in a game since May 24 in Miami. It was a six-game stretch in which they scored a combined 13 runs.
Then they hit seven home runs on Tuesday.
Ronald Torreyes got things started with a solo shot down the left-field line in the third inning to cut the Reds’ lead to 2-1. It was Torreyes’ first home run since July 30, 2017, a span of 1,402 days and 288 plate appearances. Odúbel Herrera followed two batters later with a solo homer to center field to tie the game.
Alec Bohm’s two-out single to left in the fourth scored J.T. Realmuto to make it 3-2. It was Bohm’s first RBI since the sixth inning on May 21 against the Red Sox. Bohm was 1-for-25 with five walks and eight strikeouts between RBI hits.
Andrew McCutchen, Herrera and Hoskins each homered in the sixth to give the Phillies a seven-run lead. McCutchen hit a three-run homer to left field in the eighth inning to give them a 10-run lead. Matt Joyce hit a grand slam against Reds bench player Alex Blandino in the ninth. It was the first time the Phils scored 17 runs in a game since July 6, 2018, in Pittsburgh.
Aaron Nola allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks in five-plus innings to earn the win. He picked up the 1,000th strikeout of his career in the fifth.