Former Virginia Baseball star Phil Gosselin is off to a hot start in the coronavirus-shortened 2020 MLB season. Gosselin, now with the Philadelphia Phillies, is in his seventh season of pro ball action after making his debut in 2013 with the Braves. His contract was selected by the Phillies for the 40-man roster on July 24th, and he got the starting nod on July 25th for Philadelphia’s second game against the Florida Marlins.
Gosselin batted in the eight spot for the Phillies, and had himself a day. He started with a walk in the bottom of the second inning and got his first hit in the fourth. In the sixth, Gosselin went yard for the first time, breaking a 1-1 tie:
OH MY GOSSELIN.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) July 25, 2020
A two-run shot from Phil Gosselin and the Phillies are back on top, 3-1. pic.twitter.com/dZit24IKq4
But he wasn’t done. His second homer came in the bottom of the eighth inning in the form of a solo shot that gave the Phillies a commanding 7-1 lead:
He finished the game 3-for-3 with three RBI and a walk, and then followed it up on Sunday with a 1-for-3 performance with one single and one run scored.
Through the two games he has seen action in so far this season, Gosselin is 4-for-6 with three runs scored, two home runs, and three RBI. He’s batting .667 with two walks and only one strikeout. Not too shabby.
Gosselin has been battling since being drafted in 2010, and he’s starting to hit his stride. Last season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, he hit .314 with 20 doubles and eight HR in 78 games.
He’s also not the only Wahoo on the Phillies as former Cavalier Adam Haseley is also off to a great start for the 2020 season. Haseley, in his second season in the MLB (both with the Phillies), is also 4-for-6 at the plate with one RBI. Two of his four hits have been doubles, and his one RBI scored — you guessed it — Gosselin.
Things are up in the air going forward for the Phillies, however, as the Marlins are dealing with an outbreak of the coronavirus within the clubhouse. The Marlins reported 10 new cases (adding to the four previous cases) on Monday, causing them to cancel their home-opener against the Baltimore Orioles. That number has jumped once again, totaling 17 positive cases in the last five days.
The latest round of testing from the Miami Marlins found four new coronavirus positives, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN. That brings the total over the last five days to 17. @Ken_Rosenthal first reported the newest COVID-19 cases.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2020
The Phillies, who as mentioned played the Marlins to open the season, had to postpone their scheduled game against the Yankees as they wait for their own test results.