Harper homers, heard “MVP!” singing when the Phillies beat the Braves
The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA – Bryce Harper returned to the second deck on the center-right court for his first blow with Philadelphia and celebrated with a firm curtain call, highlighting the 8-6 Phillies victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
Hitless has more than five bats this season after signing a $ 330 million, 13-year contract, Harper destroyed a Jesse Biddle fastball 465 feet with two digits coming out in seventh. Fans gave Harper a round of applause and shouted “MVP! MVP!”
After getting a tall toddler in the dugout, Harper climbed out to call the curtain, throwing both fists into the air and shouting, “Let’s go!”
Maikel Franco and J.T. Realm went away to Philadelphia, which also launched three homers in Thursday’s 10-4 opening season win over the Braves.
Harper – wearing bright blue cleats instead of the striking green Phanatic nails he wore on the opening day – unfurled a powerful left hand swing that made Citizens Bank Park shake like in 2008, the last time the franchise won the World Series.
Before his homer, Harper was without a hit just like any other red clothed fan – another Phillies bat cheerleader
Harper greets Franco after his homer with an elaborate celebration outside the dugout, they both taunt shooting arrows and arrows. They did the same funny celebration when Harper went away.
Harper has had a unique celebration with many of his teammates. He simulated a basketball layup with outfielders Andrew McCutchen and Odubel Herrera after both won. On Thursday, Harper is a basket. On Saturday, he mocked into McCutchen’s arms.
In addition to the strength on the plate – not to mention the box office and merchandise store – Harper has brought much-needed energy to the Phillies, who hopes to end the seven-year post-season drought.
The club’s start wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.
Adam Morgan (1-0) faced one bat in the fifth inning.
Dansby Swanson and Charlie Culberson went home, and Freddie Freeman scored four shots and drove two for the Braves.
The game is tied in 4 in the fifth when Realmuto marches a two-run homer to the center-left of Wes Parsons (0-1).
Franco made a two-run shot from the foul pole in the fourth. He was the sixth player in franchise history to become a homer in each of the team’s first two matches, joining Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Chuck Klein, plus Ryan Howard, Scott Rolen and Danny Litwhiler.
The Phillies starter, Nick Pivetta, allows four runs and eight hits in the 4/3/3 round.
Atlanta Atlanta Bryse Wilson, 20-year-old rookie started her second career, giving up four times and five hits in 3 rounds.
Atlanta: Ender Inciarte fouled the ball hard from his right foot in the seventh innings but it didn’t matter.
Philadelphia: Relief of right-hand man Tommy Hunter (right flexor strain) feels pain during rehabilitation in Florida on Thursday. The anticipated return mid-April is likely to be pushed back as a result.
Both teams complete a three-night Sunday night series with Philadelphia RHP Jake Arrieta RHP Kyle Wright’s rookie Braves opponent.
NEW YORK – Brandon Hyde won his first victory as manager of the Baltimore Orioles when an aggressive catcher of Jesus Sucre on the base to score a green light, then added three RBI late to beat the New York Yankees 5-3 on Saturday.
Baltimore uses reliever Nate Karns as the opening act in his first major league appearance since May 2017, and the 31-year-old right-hand player goes into a jam-filled jam, coming out once. But Miguel Andujar played with a 1-2-3 doubles game, and Karns scored a goalless goal.
WASHINGTON – JD Davis delivered two consecutive two-run singles and rookie Pete Alonso contributed three hits and two RBIs when the new York Mets improved to 2-0 with an 11-8 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.
Like a shout “Come on, Mets!” or “Where is Harper?” coming from groups of New York fans in the stands, the Nationals fell 0-2 without former slugger Bryce Harper.
MINNEAPOLIS – Greg Allen made a leap of sacrifice at the top of the ninth inning, then the Cleveland medalist Brad Hand escaped the bottleneck and Indians held Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Saturday.
Three-time AL Central India champions posted their first win of the season and handed new twin managers Rocco Baldelli his first defeat. The teams were combined with only six hits, four by Indians.
SOX PUTIH 6
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jorge Soler got three shots and three RBIs, Alex Gordon scored three runs despite not getting hit and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 8-6 on a wet, cold and windy Saturday.
Billy Hamilton got three shots and scored twice for the fast Royals, with a 2-0 start for the first time since the season they won the World Series in 2015.
BLUE JAYS 3
TORONTO – Aaron Sanchez and four busters joined to make Toronto’s second direct throw, leading the Blue Jays over the Detroit Tigers 3-0.
The Blue Jays threw only three shutouts all last season, the second least in the majors. Detroit last with two.
The Tigers were beaten 18 leading MLB times in 2018. They have scored in just one of 28 innings so far this season.