We’re all in agreement that the ball is juiced, right? Like, no one is denying that anymore, after all the evidence that has been put forth. So, why haven’t the Phillies benefited? It’s been one of the mysteries of the season why the team couldn’t take advantage of the ball and their home ballpark to hit more dingers.
well, for one day, they did. On Sunday, the team rode four home runs to victory over the Braves, 9-4. Bryce Harper started the fun in the first inning by hitting a bomb into that little triangle in right-centerfield.
On the very first pitch he saw today...— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) July 28, 2019
Bryce Harper wasted no time sending this to the seats!
1-0, Phillies pic.twitter.com/8y2jEQskaM
Adam Haseley then decided to continue his recent good play by homering to centerfield that definitely felt juiced ball aided.
Against a divisional foe, #Phillies No. 4 prospect Adam Haseley launched his longest #MLB homer to date: a projected 411-foot solo shot to center with a 104.9 mph exit velocity.@Phillies updated Top 30: https://t.co/Xf2FfXvsk0 pic.twitter.com/WOH0kQ4W9W— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 28, 2019
Then in the fifth inning, after loading the bases with no one out and Harper and Rhys Hoskins failing to drive in anyone, J.T. Realmuto decided to wait until a 3-2 pitch to finally help this team open up the scoreboard.
Feeling pretty GRAND.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) July 28, 2019
Realmuto hits the slam, puts the Phillies up six. pic.twitter.com/qnjhkM57We
All the while, ace Aaron Nola was cruising. Then, the seventh inning happened, where the Braves put 4 on the board thanks to a three-run home run from Ender Inciarte and a solo shot from Johan Camargo. That’s all they would get though after Adam Morgan ended the threat by getting Freddie Freeman out with two men on and two outs. The Phillies would then answer in the bottom half with a two run home run from Rhys Hoskins,
Rhys Hoskins with 13 HRs and 29 RBIs in 7th inning or later this year— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) July 28, 2019
Only a few in baseball have more
and an RBI single from Haseley. That’s all the team would need as the bullpen, carried by newfound Andrew Miller-clone Nick Pivetta.
This team isn’t perfect, but their also not dead yet.