Philadelphia Phillies star first baseman Bryce Harper was shocked at the end of Game 7’s series ending loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“I know they’re hurting. We are too. But we will be back. It just devastates me. I let the city down. I need to come through in that moment,” is what Harper had to say after the Phillies oust from the postseason.
Harper didn’t have a good NLCS batting .217 with two homers and three RBI. He was 3-for-7 in the first two games, Phillies wins that had them up 2-0 in the best-of-seven, but he slumped to 2-for-16 with a solo homer and six strikeouts in the final five.
This is a far different result from last year’s historic NLCS for Harper, as he led the Phillies over the San Diego Padres and onto the World Series. Harper won the NLCS MVP Award and had his “Bedlam at the Bank” moment.
Last night, it looked like Harper was destined for 2022 all over again, when he hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning of Game 5 in the NLCS.
Harper had the count in his favor, at 2-and-1. He just knew that Diamondbacks reliever Kevin Ginkel was going to throw him a fastball, which he did.
Harper swung and sent it high and deep to left-center field. The baseball died short of the wall, in the glove of center fielder Alek Thomas.
Harper said at the end of the game that he just missed it. “He beat my barrel by a tenth of a second,” Harper said.
“Personally, I wish I could have done more,” Harper said. “I wish I could have just gone out there and had that big hit in that moment.”
Harper is a big time player and I believe he will have another big chance in the postseason and a chance to bring home a World Championship.
Right now, He is shocked, disappointed and devastated. Just like the entire Phillies fan base.
Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies. Photo courtesy of NJ.com