April 16, 2024

Bryce Harper hits three home runs as Phillies defeat Reds

PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper homered for his first three hits of the season, together with a grand slam, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-4 on Tuesday evening.

Brandon Marsh additionally related for Philadelphia, which bounced again properly after dropping the collection opener Monday. Spencer Turnbull struck out seven in 5 efficient innings.

“It felt good going up there and hitting three homers,” Harper mentioned. “It was really cool. But obviously I thought Spencer threw the ball really well. … It was just really good from the pitching side.”

Harper went 0-for-11 with a stroll whereas enjoying in three of the Phillies’ first 4 video games, however he broke out in an enormous method towards the Reds.

The two-time National League MVP hit a solo shot within the first and fourth innings towards Graham Ashcraft. He capped Philadelphia’s five-run seventh towards Brent Suter along with his seventh profession grand slam, a 422-foot drive to right-center.

It was Harper’s second profession three-homer recreation and his twenty sixth multihomer recreation general. He completed with a career-best six RBIs.

“He had a great night that’s for sure,” Reds supervisor David Bell mentioned. “That’s the story. It’s never about just one player, but he had a great game. He absolutely beat us tonight.”

It was the primary time a Phillies participant hit three home runs in a recreation at Citizens Bank Park since Jayson Werth on May 16, 2008, towards Toronto.

“He had a really good day,” mentioned Turnbull, who made his Phillies debut. “It was awesome to see. It’s really fun to see guys get hot — especially like that. I’m sure I’ll always remember that part.”

Playing in chilly and wet situations, the groups mixed for 5 errors, together with two by Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz. Cincinnati additionally had a wild pitch, and the Phillies had a handed ball.

Ashcraft (0-1) was charged with three runs, two earned, and 4 hits in his first begin of the season.

Spencer Steer had three hits for the Reds, together with an RBI single within the ninth. He hit a grand slam within the tenth inning of Cincinnati’s 6-3 victory Monday evening.

Turnbull (1-0) allowed an unearned run and three hits. The right-hander was thrust into the rotation when Taijuan Walker was positioned on the injured checklist with a shoulder damage on the finish of spring coaching.

Ricardo Pinto pitched 4 innings for his first profession save in his first huge league look since 2019. He allowed three runs, two earned, and 5 hits.

Pinto was added to the roster when the Phillies designated right-hander Connor Brogdon for project earlier than the win. Brogdon was a key piece of the staff’s bullpen when it made to the 2022 World Series, however he allowed six runs in his first three appearances this yr.

Pinto did not arrive on the ballpark till the fourth inning. The Phillies could not get him a flight from Rochester, the place he was with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, so he needed to make an eight-hour drive.

“He got stuck in traffic,” supervisor Rob Thomson mentioned. “But that’s a baseball player. It’s like American Legion.”

Pinto, 30, mentioned he at all times knew he’d make it again to the foremost leagues someday as a result of he is extra mature now than he was 5 years in the past.

“I never gave up on this,” Pinto mentioned by an interpreter. “I feel that I’m mentally in a better position than I was before. I did not have that maturity on the mound.”