Philadelphia Phillies Slugger Bryce Harper Undergoes Succesful Tommy John Surgery

The Philadelphia Phillies announced designated hitter Bryce Harper underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Wednesday in Los Angeles with Dr. Neal ElAttrache.  The team expects to have Harper back in the lineup as a designated hitter by the 2023 All-Star break and back in right field by the end of the season.

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World Series Game 3: Phillies Blast Astros into Orbit, Win 7-0

The Philadelphia Phillies used the long ball —five of them to be exact— en route to a 7-0 shellacking of the Houston Astros in World Series Game 3. The win gives the Fightin’s a 2-1 series lead and puts them two wins away from a World Championship.

Bryce Harper got the party started for the Phillies in the bottom of the 1st inning depositing a Lance McCullers Jr., pitch deep into the right field seats for a 2-run home run. From there the hit parade was on.

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World Series Game 3: Lance McCullers Jr. vs. Noah Syndergaard

Postponed due to rain. Game 3 will now take place Tuesday, November 1.

The Houston Astros scored 5-runs against Philadelphia Phillies starter Zack Wheeler to take Game 2 by a score of 5-2. The ‘Stros win tied the World Series at one game a piece. The series now shifts to Philadelphia for the next three.

The Phillies will send Noah Syndergaard to the mound against Houston’s Lance McCullers Jr. First pitch is set for 8:03 PM/Eastern however weather could be an issue on Monday night.

  • Date: October 31, 2022
  • Where: Citizens Bank Park —Philadelphia, PA
  • When: 8:03 PM/Eastern
  • TV: Fox, Fox Sports App —with Joe Davis and John Smoltz
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP and the Phillies Radio Network — with Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen, and Tom McCarthy
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Three Phillies Selected as Silver Slugger Finalists

Three Philadelphia Phillies have been selected as finalists for the Louisville Silver Slugger Award, Major League Baseball announced on Thursday.  Outfielder Kyle Schwarber, catcher J.T. Realmuto, and designated Bryce Harper are the Phils that made the cut.  

The Silver Slugger Award is decided by four voters from each team, the manager and three coaches.  The criteria for the award is a combination of offensive statistics and the “general impression of the players’ offensive value.” 

Let’s start with the returning winners, Harper and Realmuto have both won the award twice.  Harper in 2015 as a member of the Washington Nationals and last season with the Phillies. Realmuto won the award in back-to-back years, 2018 and 2019.  Both players have some stiff competition to beat to earn the hardware.  

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2022 World Series Game 1: Aaron Nola vs. Justin Verlander

It’s hard to believe, but here we are talkin’ Philadelphia Phillies baseball at the end of October. Fans are hanging on every pitch and every at-bat of the Fightin’s quest to bring home a third baseball World Championship.  But in their way will be the two-time, reigning and defending American League Champion Houston Astros.  

The Phillies will send Aaron Nola to the mound to take on the Astros’ Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the 2022 World Series. First pitch is set for 8:03 PM/Eastern on Fox Sports. 

  • Date: October 28, 2022
  • Where: MinuteMaid Park — Houston, Texas
  • When: 8:03 PM/Eastern
  • TV: Fox, Fox Sports App – with Joe Davis and John Smoltz
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP and the Phillies Radio Network – with Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen, and Tom McCarthy 

Pitching Matchup

Aaron Nola (2-1, 3.12 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (1-0, 6.30 ERA)

Nola’s Last Outing– 10/19/22 at San Diego (NLCS Game 2), Loss, 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 6 K, 1.10 WHP

Verlander’s Last Outing– 10/19/22 at New York-AL (ALCS Game 3), Win, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 1 BB, 11 K, 1.50 WHIP

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NLCS Game 5: Phillies Win the NL Pennant! Return to the World Series For First Time Since 2009

Let the chaos begin at Cottman and Frankford!

The Philadelphia Phillies have won the National League Pennant and are going back to the World Series for the first time in 13-years.

The 2022 Phillies —who fired their manager and lost their superstar in June—overcame multiple deficits this postseason, and once again overcame the odds on Sunday afternoon. The Fightin’s defeated the San Diego Padres 4-3 on an 8th inning Bryce Harper home run to clinch their first NL Pennant since 2009.

(Try to) Climb those poles Philadelphia! Safely, of course!

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NLCS Game 4: Phillies Shock the Padres 10-6, One Win Away from the NL Pennant

The Philadelphia Phillies overcame multiple deficits –including 4-runs before even batting– to defeat the San Diego Padres 10-6 on Saturday night to take a 3-to-1 series lead.  The Phillies can clinch their first trip to the World Series since 2009 with a win on Sunday afternoon in South Philly.  

Now, about that recap.  If you had the following on your Postseason bingo card you can collect your prize money:

  • Both starters don’t make it out of the 1st inning
  • A combined 7-runs are scored in the 1st inning
  • 13 total pitchers
  • Six home runs
  • 3.1 shutdown innings from Connor Brogdon and Andrew Bellatti
  • Two homers from Rhys Hoskins
  • Three shutdown innings from Noah Syndergaard and David Robertson

If you want a full, traditional recap you can read it here.

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NLCS Game 2: Aaron Nola Blows a 4-Run Lead, Series Tied One Game Each

The San Diego Padres scored eight unanswered runs —including five in the 5th— to blowout the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 in NLCS Game 2. The series will shift to Philadelphia tied at one win apiece.

The Phillies took the lead early with four runs in the 2nd inning against Padres starter Blake Snell.

Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos, and Alec Bohm singled back-to-back-to-back to start the inning. Bohm’s single scored Harper to open the scoring. A series of outfield gaffs by the Padres allowed Matt Vierling and Edmundo Sosa to reach and drive in a run each. Kyle Schwarber added a run with an RBI groundout before Rhys Hoskins flew out to end the inning.

Just like that the Phillies were up 4-0 with one of their top pitchers on the mound.

However, Nola wasn’t as effective as he had been the past month or so. Nola immediately allowed the Padres to get back in the game. He allowed back-to-back homers to Brandon Drury and Josh Bell, respectively.

Nola completely unraveled in the 5th allowing four runs to score and coughing up the lead. Ha-Seong Kim led off the inning with a single and scored on a beautifully executed hit-and-run with Austin Nola at the plate. Juan Soto followed with a double to right to tie the ball game at 4-4. Nola struck out Manny Machado for the second out of the inning. The Phils’ starter was lifted for Brand Hand to face lefty Jake Cronenworth, whom he promplty hit. Hand then allowed back-to-back singles to Drury and Bell to extend the Padres lead to 7-4.

Just like that the damage was done.

The Padres added an insurance run on 7th inning home run by Machado to make it 8-4.

Hoskins led off the 8th with a solo home run to bring the Phils within three at 8-5, but the Padres pen was too much. Josh Hader shut the Phils down in the 9th to close out the win for San Diego.