Bryce Harper led off Friday night, and led the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-6 victory with two home runs that totaled 876 feet in distance. Less than 24 hours later, Harper will lead off again for Gabe Kapler’s squad, and the Phillies hope that Friday night was the start of a a long-awaited power streak for the six-time All-Star.
Saturday afternoon, just a half game out of the second Wild Card spot in the National League, the Phillies will look to clinch at least a series split in their four-game weekend series in San Francisco.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this afternoon’s Phillies-Giants tilt:
- Bryce Harper, right field
- Rhys Hoskins, first base
- Corey Dickerson, left field
- Jean Segura, shortstop
- J.T. Relamuto, catcher
- Cesar Hernandez, second base
- Scott Kingery, third base
- Adam Haseley, center field
- Vince Velasquez, pitcher
To Be Announced
Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Matchup
- Vince Velasquez (4-6, 4.23 ERA and 5.25 FIP) vs. Jeff Samardzija (8-9, 3.70 ERA and 4.43 FIP)
- In a 5-1 loss to the Giants on July 31 at Citizens Bank Park, Velasquez tossed five innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits.
- In 11 starts at Oracle Park in 2019, Samardzija has a 3.57 ERA.
Pregame Phillies Nuggets
- Bryce Harper is hitting .273 with 16 home runs and 59 RBIs in Phillies victories in 2019. 16 of his 22 home runs in 2019 have come in Phillies victories.
- Even after going 0-4 Friday night, Buster Posey is hitting .358 in 190 career regular season at-bats against the Phillies.
- Corey Dickerson went 3-5 with an RBI triple in Friday evening’s Phillies victory. In his first 21 at-bats as a Phillie, the 30-year-old has eight hits.
- Oracle Park
- 4:05 p.m. ET
- NBC Sports Philadelphia, FS1
- SportsRadio 94 WIP
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