Hoskins ripped his 15th and 16th home runs of the season in the Phillies' 9-8 victory over the Marlins in 15 innings at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night. He became the fastest player on record to hit 16 home runs, hitting that mark in just 32 career games. Wally Berger held the previous mark, hitting 16 homers in his first 41 games in 1930.
"He's an alien," said Williams, whose walkoff double in the 15th won it. "He's not human. That's not real. That's crazy. And I'm hitting behind him, too, and I'm just constantly watching him and I'm like, 'Oh, my God.'"
"That guy is pretty good himself, too, so I guess we can be alien friends," Hoskins said.
Hoskins' 34 RBIs are tied for third in a player's first 32 games. Ted Williams had 36 RBIs in his first 32 games in 1939. Albert Pujols had 35 RBIs in his first 32 games in 2001.
Williams and Pujols, then Hoskins.
Not a bad list to be on, huh?
Hoskins crushed a solo homer into the second deck in left field in the seventh inning against Marlins right-hander Dustin McGowan. The ball left Hoskins' bat at 106.2 mph and traveled a projected 431 feet, according to Statcast™.
Hoskins then hit a two-out solo homer to center field in the 10th to tie the game, 8-8. It left his bat at 103 mph and traveled 413 feet.
"My biggest disappointment was that Hoskins didn't hit his third home run to win the game," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin joked. "That kind of disappointed me."
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.