2019 Postgame Recaps

Harper’s monster of a home run leads Phillies to victory

Bryce Harper launched the go-ahead home run in tonight’s ballgame. (Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

Bryce Harper and the workhorses of the Philadelphia Phillies (66-60) bullpen led the team to a 5-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox (67-61). Tonight’s victory marks the first time the Phillies have won a series against the Red Sox at Fenway since 1999.

The Red Sox struck first this time around. With a 2-0 count, Mookie Betts swung at a middle-of the-plate fastball, driving it off the Monster for a lead-off double. Rafael Devers followed up with another double to score Betts and give the Sox a 1-0 lead:

They would have to settle for only one run as Drew Smyly would throw 22 more pitches and strikeout both Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi and get Sam Travis to flyout to Adam Haseley in center for the final out of the inning.

The Red Sox added on another in the top of the second with another home run from Jackie Bradley Jr. It was a solo shot that could have been a two-run homer if Realmuto had not easily thrown out Marco Hernandez at second base during the previous pitch:

The Phillies finally got to work on offense in the fifth. Cesar Hernandez got it all started with a double down the right field line. He took third on a wild pitch and proceeded to home plate when the throw over got away from Devers. With Haseley on first and one man down, Harper would come to the plate and absolutely crush a hanging slider over the Wall for an opposite field two-run home run to give the Phillies a one run lead:

Another run came in during the top of the seventh for the Phillies. Hoskins began the inning working out another tough walk. He took second after a wild pitch from reliever Andrew Cashner. Both Harper and Realmuto were unable to bring Hoskins home, setting up Corey Dickerson with a man on second and two out. He came up huge, scorching a ball down the right field line for an RBI triple. Dickerson would come up big again in the ninth with an RBI single to give Neris a bigger cushion going into the ninth.

Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Matchup

Drew Smyly: 3.2 IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4SO

Rick Porcello: 5.0 IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB. 3SO

Both Smyly and Porcello didn’t have their best stuff in today’s game. It took Smyly 32 pitches to get through the bottom of the first, but fortunately, he was able to limit the Sox to just one run in that inning. While Smyly was nowhere near as good as his past numbers at Fenway suggest he could be, he was able to limit the damage in the innings he struggled in, which is all the Phillies could ask of him.

Phillies Nuggets Player(s) of the Game: The Bullpen

The Phillies bullpen turned in their best outing of the season. Jared Hughes, Ranger Suarez, Mike Morin, Jose Alvarez and Hector Neris combined to pitch five and a third scoreless innings, giving up only three hits and only one walk after Smyly had command and efficiency issues during his outing. If the Phillies relievers can consistently turn in the performance they had tonight, their playoff odds should rise considerably considering the starting staff besides Aaron Nola cannot be relied on to pitch well on a consistent basis. Honorable mentions go out to Harper for his two-run shot over the Green Monster.

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  1. Jeff Orbach

    August 22, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstadt was dreadful last night, even the Sox announcers were critical.

    The umps make the case for robot umps everytime they have a game like this.

  2. Ken Bland

    August 22, 2019 at 10:37 am

    It’s a lot more common in football that when schedules come out, pundits want to go months in advance, and project won-lost records for the season. But if you looked at the Phils schedule a way back when, and guessed at these 2 Red Sox games, you’d have been nuts to predict maybe even a split. And now, we can only hope that the drop of 2 of 3 to the blasé Padres isn’t sandwiched with a series loss to the upcoming Marlins. To say it’d be just like this club to do that would be a truism.

    But what’s right under our noses right now is a picture that makes for a surface view that the Phils are still in contention for a deuce card spot. Hell, even the home field wild card slot is within 2 games. And the organization’s quotes reflect belief they can get in. And you have to start somewhere.

    The negatives, if one chooses to count them are these. The aforementioned inconsistency mentioned in the path of losing to the Padres, sweeping the BoSox, and the at least reasonable chance they maintain form and lose the Marlin series. A string of games in September against plus .500 teams while the Mets have a ridiculous percentage of home games the rest of the way. Washington, for its part is scoring runs that makes an NBA all-star game look like competition among turtles.

    Say what you want about the Phils having no chance to go far if they get in. There’s no rational disagreement to be made with that. But for a team that at season’s start was seen by a good amount of folks as a heavy favorite to make it to the post season, the way things have gone, it’d be a tremendous story if they do. That’s going into the Miami series. Whether it’s even that rosy a picture afterwards should hardly be taken for granted. Drowning, and successfully grabbing at one breath of air is only a start.

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