Kingery Singles Twice in MLB Debut

Scott Kingery had to wait an extra day to make his major league debut, but he made it a successful one with two singles against the Atlanta Braves in a 5-4 Phillies win in 11 innings.

Kingery looked a little uncomfortable in his first at-bat, striking out against righty Mike Foltynewicz, but came back to the plate in the fourth inning and grounded a 1-0 pitch sharply past Foltynewicz for his first base-hit in the majors. On what at first appeared to be a delayed steal, but was later ruled a wild pitch, Kingery advanced to second base and continued on to third when the throw by catcher Kurt Suzuki went into center field. Foltynewicz walked Andrew Knapp, who then stole second, but both runners were stranded when Nick Pivetta struck out swinging.

In the eighth inning, Kingery would single again, this time off reliever Peter Moylan on another sharp groundball back through the middle. Knapp then hit a groundball to first and Kingery was forced at second.

Kingery started the game at third base in place of Maikel Franco and played well defensively.

Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana both hit their first home runs of the season off Foltynewicz. Hoskins joined Kingery and Cesar Hernandez with two hits each in the game. Santana also delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th to score J.P. Crawford, who had singled and went to third on a base-hit by Hernandez.

Starter Nick Pivetta lasted just four innings, allowing three earned runs. The Phillies used eight relievers with Drew Hutchison pitching the final two innings to get the win.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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