PHILADELPHIA – After driving a homerun over the eye of the attacker and Ashburn Alley on Saturday's win, Bryce Harper stood by his locker postgame and said, "It's not how long, it's like many."
Harper supported this mantra on Sunday and drilled another doubtless home run to the direct midfield.
PHILADELPHIA – After chasing a homerun on the bat's eye and on Ashburn Alley on Saturday's victory,
Harper confirmed this mantra on Sunday and drilled another unequivocal home run to direct midfield in a 7-5 Phillies win to end it. A 3-game sweep against the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park.
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This one landed in the Phillies Bullpen with a projected distance of 400 meters, Statcast said. It was not Saturday's 466-foot moon shot, but it was probably bigger in terms of its impact.
With one on and one off and the game ending in five in the sixth inning, Harper jumped all "He has the ability to outdo the game," said Phillies manager Gabe Kapler. "When he's up, he's just so captivating and so charismatic, the work he's doing to get back to where he was today is remarkable, it does not happen by accident, he puts in a lot of work."
The two-run homer only came after three fights
"J.T has been arguing pretty hard for me to give him a day off today," Kapler said. "He did not like it, he wanted to play today, I find it ironic that he came up with this great Homer from two runs and I joked with him after the game that I'm glad I've listened to him."
As far as Harper is concerned, six of his nine home runs this season were in the sixth inning or later, although each of the top five was already in the lead with the Phillies. This includes a three-shot against Dunn on April 20 in Colorado, which helped the Phillies save the game.
Harper's two home runs in as many days as his previous 24 games combined. It's also the first time he has faced each other in a direct duel since completing one of three direct competitions between March 30 and April 2, the second, third and fourth games of the season.
The home run on Sunday had an output speed of 106.2 miles per hour, according to Statcast. Meanwhile, Harper has at least one beaten ball with an exit speed of over 100 mph in five consecutive games.
"On a certain day, it could be different – you can be 0 for 4 or 4 for 4. But you just have to keep the same attitude, get better and better, keep going, I'm very fortunate, guys." I have my back and a city that has my back. I'm just trying to go out and play my best baseball.
– Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) May 19, 2019
So Harper is finally getting closer?
Close – he's here, "said Kapler," I think the homer he hit in midfield [Saturday] was the turning point and the moment when he felt more like Bryce. "
The Phillies are I certainly hope this is the case, especially if the club is going to compete against the National League greats Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals and Dodgers this week with a trip through Chicago and Milwaukee with seven games.
"If it's the best version of itself, everyone in the lineup is confident," Kapler said. "This boast certainly rubs off on his team-mate, and frankly, she's rubbing herself out of everyone in the stadium today, having the ability to thrill 45,000 people, and he did that today."
Paul Casella is a reporter / editor for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella.