When the Phillies despatched JoJo Romero to the Cardinals for infielder Edmundo Sosa on the commerce deadline final season, it didn’t appear to be a stop-the-presses merchandise.
“Initially, it was the protection,” admitted supervisor Rob Thomson after the Phils got here again to beat the last-place Rockies, 4-3, Friday night time at a sold-out Residents Financial institution Park.
Thomson added, although, that hitting coach Kevin Lengthy noticed one thing in Sosa that intrigued him. “Some stuff that may be capable of assist him together with his offense,” the supervisor famous.
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After driving within the successful run with a two-out single in opposition to Colorado reliever Brad Hand within the backside of the eighth, Sosa is now batting .343. He additionally helped take successful away from Kris Bryant with some nifty glovework within the third after which went excessive within the air to snag C.J. Cron’s line drive within the ninth, serving to snuff the Rockies’ hopes of rallying in opposition to Jose Alvarez.
“He’s gotten higher on the plate,” Thomson mentioned. “He’s staying again. He’s not chasing as a lot as he did when he first acquired right here. He’s preserving his head nonetheless. And he’s changing into an offensive drive.”
His decisive hit Friday night time was a sinking line drive that Rockies left fielder Jurickson Profar got here up simply in need of catching with a determined lunge.
Stated Sosa, by means of interpreter Diego Ettedgui: “It feels actually good to contribute. I assumed he was going to catch it. Profar is a really athletic participant. He’s identified for making performs like that.”
He at all times thought he might hit. “Within the offseason, I skilled actually laborious. I put within the work right here with Kevin. I am going to the cage. I do know I’ve a fairly good protection however folks must know that Edmundo Sosa additionally has a bat.
“From Day 1 (Lengthy), has taken numerous curiosity in serving to me. He’s put within the work with me and I’ve discovered rather a lot from him.”
When requested about Sosa, Thomson virtually at all times mentions his intangibles, particularly the vitality he brings. “He’s flying across the subject. He has numerous enjoyable when he’s taking part in. He’s a quiet man however, when he’s on the sphere, he’s electrical,” he mentioned.
Defined Sosa: “The way in which I discovered how one can play baseball in Panama is the way in which I play. You’ve acquired to carry vitality day by day. You’ve acquired to assist your crew, pump them up. Give your one hundred pc each single day. In order that’s the way in which I play.”