Phillies’ Explosive Offense Has Them Poised for Potentially Shocking Sweep – NBC Boston

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There isn’t a more focused hitter in baseball right now than Bryce Harper, who continues to drive the Phillies to wins in the West.

Harper doubled in the first inning and smashed a three-run homer in the third on Saturday night off Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias, a 20-game winner last season who entered with a 2.10 ERA.

The Phillies won the game, 8-3, to claim their third straight victory at Dodger Stadium. They are 5-1 on their seven-game road trip after going 1-4 in last week’s homestand. This is their first series victory at Dodger Stadium since 2014 and they are six runs shy of a road team record in a four-game series at Chavez Ravine.

“We’re on fire. Doing this at Dodger Stadium, I’m shocked, I’m shocked,” a white-hot Jean Segura told the Phillies’ broadcast team in a postgame interview. “Guys are really swinging the bats.”

Harper in his last nine games is 17 for 36 (.472) with five home runs, seven doubles, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored. His 24 extra-base hits are five more than anyone in the majors this season. His seven extra-base hits in the last three nights are the most by an away player on a three-game losing streak at Dodger Stadium. Harper even bunted his way on board in his final at-bat. The play was ruled an error by Dodgers reliever Reyes Moronta, but he could easily have scored a hit and may be changed to one after further review.

No time is ideal for Harper to sit out, but he’ll get a PRP injection into his injured right elbow on Sunday and that will keep him out of the lineup on Sunday and probably Tuesday. The Phils have Monday off before hosting the Padres for three.

Segura led off the scoring with a three-run homer in the first inning, capitalizing on Justin Turner’s two-out error. In the fourth, Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins dug deeper when Urias gave up a career-low four homers.

The Phillies’ offense has gone haywire in Los Angeles, an unexpected development given the Dodgers’ 2.26 team ERA entering the series. The Dodgers had allowed more than five runs once all season before facing the Phillies, who scored 9, 12 and 8 for 29 runs and 37 hits in the first three games. It’s hard to imagine the lineup feeling more secure than it does now.

Ranger Suarez (4-1, 3.72 ERA) put in an impressive performance, lasting seven innings. He gave up a leadoff home run to Mookie Betts and gave up two runs in the fourth, but got out of a jam on second and third and one out, retiring Hanser Alberto, Austin Barnes and all the Dodgers the rest of the way. Suárez finished his night scoring 11 in a row.

Getting distance from Suarez was important Saturday night because the Phillies’ bullpen, particularly the back end, has been taxed. Getting a strong seven from Suarez, manager Joe Girardi was able to use only Seranthony Dominguez in the eighth and Connor Brogdon in the ninth.

The victory puts the Phillies 17-17. They’re at .500 for the first time since they were 10-10 and haven’t been above it since they were 3-2. They’ll be looking to make a serious statement on Sunday afternoon at 4:10 when they hope to finish a four-game sweep behind Aaron Nola. The Dodgers had not named a starter by the end of Saturday’s game.





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