Bryce Harper hit his fifth home run of the postseason, a two-run homer in the eighth inning that turned Citizens Bank Park into a madhouse, and the $330 million American slugger powered the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. the San Diego Padres. and in the World Series for the first time since 2009.
Rhys Hoskins also hit a two-run homer to fuel Philadelphia’s unlikely run for the NL pennant and a shot at its first World Series championship since 2008.
Harper has made the monumental feat of hitting a baseball look so easy in the postseason and easily delivered the biggest hit in the Phillies’ four-year career.
JT Realmuto started the inning with a single by reliever Robert Suarez and Harper lined a 2-2, 98 mph sinker into the left field seats as another packed crowd of 45,485 fans rocked the stadium.
“I knew he was going to come with his heater,” the two-time NL MVP said during a television interview. “I just tried to swing the best I could and I was able to do some damage with it.”
Lefty Harper hit a right — The Padres had lefty closer Josh Hader warming up in the bullpen, but didn’t bring him in.
Harper, who turned 30 last week, is hitting 439 (18-for-41) with six doubles, five home runs, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored in 11 postseason games. He has batted in 10 straight and has reached base in 11 in a row.
And the feared designated hitter can keep those streaks alive when he plays in his first World Series.
“To a degree, it’s getting overlooked because of who he is and the star that he is,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said before the game. “He’s a guy who is a huge star who gives himself away. I can’t say enough about that.”
Thomson, of Sarnia, Ontario, led Philadelphia to a 65-46 record in the regular season after replacing Joe Girardi in June, propelling the club to its first playoff berth since 2011.
The 59-year-old is the first Canadian-born manager to lead an MLB team to the postseason.
Thomson is the first full-time Canadian coach since George Gibson of London, Ontario, managed the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1934. Toronto’s Arthur Irwin, who managed five teams between 1889 and 1899, is the only other Canadian to have served as full time coach. manager.
Thomson had been the Phillies’ bench coach since 2018 before being promoted to interim manager on June 3. On October 10, the interim title was taken from him.
Steal. Thomson. What a story. 👏
Philly, get ready.
Harper, Hoskins & Crew are coming for a most unlikely World Series championship.
Houston had a 3-0 lead over the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. Game 4 is underway in New York. The Fall Classic will kick off Friday night at the home of the American League champion.
Philadelphia finished third in the NL East with a record of 87-75, 14 complete games behind Atlanta, which won 101 this season, and was the last major league club to make the 12-team playoffs.
After sweeping NL Central champion St. Louis 2-0 in the new round of MLB wild cards, the Phillies needed just four games to eliminate Atlanta, the defending World Series champions.
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