OOTP 21: May 14, 2020 – Phillies 12, Dodgers 6 – #ShouldOf signed Bryce Harper

Getting offensive support from Bryce Harper, the Philadelphia Phillies topped the Los Angeles Dodgers, 12-6. Harper slugged 2 home runs, scored 3 times and drove in 3 for the Phillies. Philadelphia reliever Jose Alvarez picked up the win, upping his record to 1-0.

Harper shows exactly why the Dodgers should have signed him last offseason. Alas, they didn’t and he made them pay — especially for that (reported) bullshit contract they offered him.

Philadelphia took a 6-4 lead on Harper’s 14th home run of the season. The 2-run home run, which he hit off Pedro Baez in the bottom of the sixth, propelled Philadelphia to the win.

Harper told the Philadelphia Chronicle Inquirer: “Sometimes the big stage is not big enough for me.”

Baez was tagged with the loss, but Clayton Kershaw didn’t do much to help. He lasted just five innings and gave up four runs — all via the home run. This simulation is a bit too real sometimes. Edubray Ramos, in a bit of a homecoming, gave up three runs in 1 1/3 innings. Brusdar Graterol had an interesting outing, as he walked four Phillies’ hitters but gave up just one run.

On offense, the Dodgers got started quickly. They put up a 4-spot, capped by Chris Taylor‘s 2-run dong. And despite four hits from Will Smith and a 3-for-4 game from Cody Bellinger, they couldn’t overcome a subpar pitching night.

The Dodgers fall to 24-18 on the season. They travel to Kansas City for a 3-game interleague set. David Price takes on Mike Montgomery at Kauffman Stadium.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.