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.