by: DAN GELSTON, Associated Press
Posted: Apr 21, 2021 / 5:43 PM CDT
Updated: April 21, 2021 / 5:43 pm CDT
Brad Miller (right) of Philadelphia Phillies celebrates Nick Maton’s goal with Mickey Moniak (left) during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Philadelphia on Wednesday April 21, 2021. (AP Photo / Chris Szagola)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Bryce Harper joined the game in one fell swoop, scoring the winning run with a hand brushing the plate. The Phillies bat was in the mix for two late rallies that saved them from a sweep.
“This is the most dangerous Bryce Harper you can find,” said starter Zach Eflin. “You can feel that the entire team is present. Everyone gets excited about it. “
Andrew Knapp hit the winning single in the ninth inning, Harper hit a solo homer in the seventh, and Philadelphia beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Wednesday.
Harper walked away from Wandy Peralta (2-1) to open the ninth and Brad Miller’s fourth goal of the game brought up two runners. Barely hit a one-off single to the left, and Harper hit Alex Dickerson’s throw, struck while standing and touched the plate with his fingertips to help the Phillies stave off a three-game battle against their former manager, Gabe Kapler, and the Giants .
Hector Neris (1-1) scored two goals with a goalless ninth goal.
In it, Ruf had a close homer with three runs in the seventh from Brandon Kintzler and the Giants took a 5-4 lead in the inning after left fielder Andrew McCutchen dropped a routine flyball due to a mistake with two outs. Dickerson drove for the lead in Mike Yastrzemski two batters later. Reputation, a former Phillie, had San Francisco’s seventh prize hit of the season and third homer, and apparently put the Giants in a position to drive home with a winning record on their trip.
“I thought we played some good baseball, and I think our offense on this series started to gel a little and show off the kind of firepower we have,” Kapler said. “I think there is a better baseball in us and I’ll never be satisfied if I go 3-3 on a road trip.”
Harper wasted little time tying the game, hitting a solo homer for the fourth time this season ahead of Camilo Doval.
Mickey Moniak made his first career home run for the Phillies five years after making him number 1 in the amateur draft. Moniak has just hit .067 since he was called up last week on Philadelphia’s latest attempt to keep production in midfield.
With Moniak, Phillies Center Fielders were 4 to 54 with no additional hits that season. Moniak finished that extra base skid when he took a 3-0 lead over Anthony DeSciafani in the second inning – to the delight of a young Phillies fan trying to eat the ball.
Moniak got the ball back and wanted to check whether there was actually a bite mark on the ball.
“Could definitely be and I honestly hope so,” said Moniak.
Moniak only had 13 record appearances in 13 games in 2020 and this season on Wednesday – and shuffled in the minors. Moniak won’t turn 23 until May and this week manager Joe Girardi gave him the chance to secure a spot in the middle. Roman Quinn and Adam Haseley both fought and even Moniak was dragged to seventh place for Scott Kingery.
Moniak gave the Phillies the boost they needed after losing 2-0 and 10-7 in their first two games.
“I think it’s a huge success, especially after we lost the game last night,” said manager Joe Girardi.
Eflin allowed a run in six innings for the Phillies. The game was paused by rain for 44 minutes and played in cold, stormy weather that was more in keeping with the old Candlestick Park. The weather had nothing to do with the slumped McCutchen hitting .164. Yastrzemski’s ball just popped out of McCuthen’s glove.
Eflin was ninth in the clubhouse and “ready to get ballistic” when the Phillies took the winning run.
Giants: Kapler said Solano had a strained right calf and will miss an indefinite amount of time. Shortstop Brandon Crawford also left the game with bottlenecks.
Phillies: 2B Jean Segura was put on the 10-day injured list after exiting Tuesday’s game with a right quad load to hit a throw. The Phillies also remembered Kingery and RHP Spencer Howard of the Lehigh Valley. RHP Ramón Rosso was selected as an option for the Lehigh Valley.
Giants: RHP Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 2.45 ERA) kicks off as the Giants return home Thursday for the start of a four-game series against the Marlins. Sanchez has allowed two runs or less in each of his first three starts. LHP Daniel Castano (0-0, 1.80 ERA) starts for the Marlins.
Phillies: Open a three-game series in Colorado on Friday. RHP Vince Velasquez (0-0, 9.00 ERA) starts for the Phillies.
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