2019 Postgame Recaps

Phillies top Dodgers on Harper’s walk-off double



Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer in the 2nd before lacing the game-winning double in the 9th. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Phillies (49-46) were in good position to even their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (63-34) on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. It nearly looked like they were not going to be able to get it done, though.

Hector Neris couldn’t protect a one-run lead in the ninth, but the Phillies ended up finding a way to win with a rally in the bottom of the ninth. Yes, you read that correctly. The Phillies rallied to win. After one quick out, the Phillies got four straight hits to earn a win against the Dodgers.

Scott Kingery, Brad Miller and Bryce Harper all went deep in the win with Harper providing the game-winning hit. The Phillies are now 44-12 in games where they score four runs or more.

Let’s take a look at how things unfolded tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies struck first the same way they did on Monday. Scott Kingery hit a homer in the bottom half of the first to put the Phils up 1-0.

The lead didn’t last long though as Max Muncy smashed a monster home run to right field in the top of the 2nd to tie the game at 1-1. The Phillies got some separation in the bottom half of the inning.

J.T. Realmuto reached on a fielding error to start the inning and Brad Miller made Walker Buehler pay in the form of a two-run home run to right. This would make it a 3-1 ballgame.

Pitcher Vince Velasquez singled and two batters later, Scott Kingery drew a walk with two outs. Bryce Harper followed with a long, three-run home run to center field, making it a 6-1 game in the second inning.

Leading 6-1, the Phillies looked to be in good position early against the National League best Dodgers. Not so fast, though. In the fourth, Justin Turner reached on a fielding error by Brad Miller. Cody Bellinger followed with his 34th home run, a two-run shot, to cut the Phillies lead to 6-3. Two batters later, A.J. Pollack hit a solo homer to make it a 6-4 game. A Joc Pederson lead-off home run in the fifth made it a 6-5 game and Vince Velasquez was done after two more hitters.

Jose Alvarez was able to hold things down for the rest of the fifth and the entire sixth, striking out two. Juan Nicasio followed with 2/3 of an inning and two strikeouts. Adam Morgan pitched a scoreless end of the seventh and all of the eighth.

In the top of the ninth, rain delayed the game for a bit, but play resumed for closer Hector Neris. The inning didn’t start off well with Neris walking Max Muncy and allowing a single to A.J. Pollack. After a Corey Seager strikeout, pinch-hitter Matt Beaty put the Dodgers in the lead with a three-run home run to center, making it an 8-6 game.

Hector Neris would then hit David Freese with a pitch and get ejected. Gabe Kapler would also get ejected.

In the bottom half of the ninth, the Phillies rallied. Andrew Knapp got on base with a pinch-hit double and moved to third on a Cesar Hernandez single in the next at-bat. Scott Kingery hit a looper to center with one down and it scored Andrew Knapp to make it 8-7 with Bryce Harper due up. Harper laced a double to center that got past A.J. Pollack. The hit plated Hernandez and Kingery to win it for the Phillies.

Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance

Vince Velasquez started strong, but was unable to hold the Phillies’ five-run lead or make it through five innings. The right-hander pitched 4.2 innings, allowed five runs (four earned) while walking one and striking out seven. He also had a single.

Meanwhile, Walker Buehler didn’t look to have his best stuff in his first appearance since the All-Star Game. He ended up going six innings, allowing six runs (only two earned) while walking three and striking out seven.

Phillies Nuggets Player of the Game: Bryce Harper

The Phillies lost the lead in the top of the ninth, but their $330 million man brought things home in the bottom half of the inning. After hitting a three-run homer earlier in the game, Harper came through when it mattered most. With two men on and one down in the bottom of the ninth, Harper hit a game-winning two-run double to center.

Next Game

  • Wednesday, July 17th vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park
  • 7:20 p.m.
  • NBC Sports Philadelphia 
  • SportsRadio 94 WIP
8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. pamikeydc

    July 17, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Excellent game!

    Nicky Dubs gets called up now?? The injuries keep coming.

  2. Walt

    July 17, 2019 at 11:40 am

    For the past 5 yrs we have no closer. Someone like Lidge that comes in and has the mental make up to handle the pressure then closes the door. Neris is NOT that man. He is a good setup man for sure but other than that he is a liability. After spending 300 mil on Harper which was well worth it the Phils shy away from acquiring the last piece of the puzzle and now may not make the playoffs at all. Further you can actually watch the team deflate when they lead in 7,8,9 and the Pen allows runs to go ahead. Last nights heroics by Harper and Knapp were not the norm and that is not reality. When does Middleton kick the GM in the butt to find a closer? That is the million dollar question.

  3. Craig Glessner

    July 17, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    I think we need 3 new starters before we go looking for a closer. Maybe Pivetta or Eflin could be a closer I think they are running out of chances as starters.

    • Thiago Feliciano

      July 17, 2019 at 1:52 pm

      Pivetta or Eflin? Man, are u ok? Pivetta in majors is a BUST! Eflin with your 1st half will get ANOTHER YEAR in rotation.. We don’t say the same with VELASQUEZ! Velasquez can be a decent closer. He has THE appropriate stuff for the position.

  4. Phanatic

    July 17, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    It is hard to think of anything more unbecoming and distasteful than the Phillies running out onto the filed celebrating a cheap win off an injured pitcher who should have left the game after the first batter hit a line drive off the pitcher’s ankle.

    As the commenter above said quite rightly, late inning heroics by the likes of Knapp and Harper are not the norm.

    I have said since June this team is not likable from top management on down to the players on the field and I will continue to root against them day in and day out until there are serious organizational changes in attitude, culture and play.

    Here’s to another 16-2 Dodgers win tonight.

  5. Ken Bland

    July 17, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Elsewhere in the so called journalism field, or maybe more accurately the modern media output, CSN Philly reported that Gabe Kapler, admittedly pulling from context now, said he’s “no Fxxxing Dallas Green. Course he’s talking about Dallas’s style and personality, and giving the benefit of the doubt, probably meant Dallas no disrespect. I’m not qualified to pass judgement on Kapler as a person, but ranking public figure folks, Dallas is tied for number one with a small handful of people, so with vigor, and in concurrence with Kapler’s word choice, I would convincingly say fuck you Gabe Kapler.

  6. Phanatic

    July 17, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Just using the deceased’s name the way he did was highly disrespectful and shows the maturity of Gabe Kapler. He is very careful never to criticize a player but then he goes and uses Green’s name that way.

    I became a Phillies fan as a child under Dallas Green and have now left the Phillies under Gabe Kapler.

    I second Ken Bland’s sentiments.

    • Ken Bland

      July 17, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      maturity might not be the right word, I feel. Maybe it is, but I feel it speaks to his lack of leadership quality. We could beat this up and easily get to overkill status…it’s easily past the point where you either don’t believe in Kapler (how high can you count on the pct. scale?) or conversely care for the guys act.

      Additionally, (speaking of overkill), this is blatantly obvious to anyone’s similar way of thinking and the disgust/frustration with this franchises status and history (is it our fault we were raised in Philly, and therefore assigned Phillie fandom in our blood), but reaction on this blog included thrilling (writer) and great (“fan” for lack of a better word) to last night’s win. Okay, B9 was definitely a terrific inning, but the usual near collapse by the pen, and one shining beam in a sea of despair finds words like thrilling and great as a real stretch as you said in your own words above here. Long worded agreement. :).

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