Gabe Kapler and the Phillies Are Getting Ready for a Fight Over Mets' Head-Hunting

April 24, 2019 - 12:10 pm

PHILADELPHIA (94WIP) -- With two outs and nobody on in the ninth inning of a game the New York Mets were leading 9-0 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night, reliever Jacob Rhame decided to throw at Rhys Hoskins' head twice. Hoskins was visibly upset after the second pitch. 

"Certainly looked like it was intentional," a ticked-off Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told the 94WIP Morning Show on Wednesday. "Everybody can draw their own conclusions. From our perspective, it didn't seem like there was any way that ball could have just gotten away from Jacob Rhame."

Will there be any retaliation from the Phils? 

"I think that we have to get together as a group," Kapler said. "We have to decide how to handle the situation. Those are matters that are handled internally, we don't talk about those publicly. I know that it's something that would be nice to kind of have out on a show like today, but not gonna happen. There's no chance."

Hoskins was asked after the game whether he thought it was intentional.

"I would think so, but I understand baseball," Hoskins said. "They got hit a couple of times yesterday. He didn't miss up and in or out and up to a lefty the rest of the inning. I'll let you decide"

"I'm just trying to work inside," Rhame said after the game. "Historically I've left a lot of balls over the plate, guys have been diving. So I've got to try and get better at my game too."

The Phillies have lost three straight and five of their last six games. They'll play at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET for the final game of the three-game set before returning home for nine straight.