PHILADELPHIA – After crashing into a home run above the batter's eye and heading for Ashburn Alley on Saturday's victory, Bryce Harper stood on his locker postgame and said, "This is not how far, how many."
Harper supported the spell on Sunday, drilling another home run without hesitation into the field directly
PHILADELPHIA – After beating a home run above the batter's eye and heading for Ashburn Alley on Saturday's win,
Harper supported the spell on Sunday, drilling another run home into the direct field in the Phillies 7-5 victory to complete three matches against the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park.
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This one landed in the Phillies bullpen, traveling 404 feet projected, according to Statcast. It was not moonshot as high as 466 feet from Saturday, but it could be said to be bigger in terms of its impact.
With one and one out, and the game tied to 5 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Harper jumped the 3-1 slider from the Rockies reliever & # 39; Mike Dunn.
"He has the ability to go beyond the game," said the Phillies manager, Gabe Kapler. "When he went up, he was very charming and very charismatic. The work he did to get back to where he got today was important. It didn't happen by accident. He did a lot of work into it."
Two-run forward Homer came in only three batters after
"J.T. fought me hard enough about giving him a day off today," Kapler said. "He doesn't like that. He wants to play today. I just think it's a bit ironic because he came with a homer of two big runs for us. I joked with him after the match, I'm glad I heard it." . "
As for Harper, six of the nine home runs this season have come in the sixth or slower inning, although each of the first five came with the Phillies already holding the advantage. That included a three-time shot from Dunn on April 20 in Colorado that helped the Phillies get rid of the game.
Two Harper home runs in a few days matched the total of the 24 previous matches combined. This is also the first time he has hosted a back-to-back match since hitting one of three direct contests from March 30 to April 2, the Phillies' second, third and fourth matches of the season.
Sunday's home run has an exit speed of 106.2 mph, according to Statcast. Harper now has at least one batted ball with an exit speed of more than 100 mph in five straight matches.
"I just have to keep going, that's all," Harper said. "On certain days, it can be different – you can get 0-for-4 or 4-for-4. It's just that you have to maintain the same mindset, keep on getting better, keep on going. I have been very lucky, my friends have backs me, and to have a city that supports me. Just try to go there and play my best baseball. "
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So Harper is finally getting closer?
"It's not something that is & # 39; – He was there, "Kapler said." I thought of the home run he pressed into the center [Saturday] was a turning point and when he began to feel more like Bryce. "
The Phillies certainly hopes that is the case, especially with the club set to start a 13-match fight against the National League national team at the Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals and Dodgers, starting with a seven-match trip through Chicago and Milwaukee this week.
"When he's the best version of himself, it makes everyone feel confident," Kapler said. "The pride is of course transmitted to his team-mates, and to be honest, it spread to everyone at the baseball stadium today. He has the ability to inspire 45,000 people, and he does it today."
Paul Casella is a reporter / editor for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella.