After winning just 87 games during the regular season and sneaking in as the third NL Wild Card team, the Phillies took out the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card Series and beat the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS, unseating them as defending World Series Champions.
Now, here they are in the NLCS, up a game on the San Diego Padres and with a chance to return home up 2-0.
Entering Game 2, Harper has homered in each of his last three postseason games, including one last night that proved to be the difference in the game.
Harper is the second player in Phillies history to accomplish this feat in a single postseason, joining Gary Matthews, who did it back in 1983.
Bryce Harper is the second player in Phillies history to homer in three straight games in a single postseason (Gary Matthews in 1983 NLCS). pic.twitter.com/qbOwq2Ee12
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 19, 2022
Harper Matches Phillies Legend
This is some cool history to be a part of.
Harper is obviously the heart and soul of this Phillies team and is carrying them with his bat.
It was also Harper’s fourth home run of the postseason, with his first coming in St. Louis during the Wild Card Series.
But right now, Harper is swinging a hot bat and is the guy that the Phillies are leaning on their lineup.
In addition to his four home runs this October, the Phillies’ designated hitter is hitting .407 and has driven in seven.
We’ll see if he can keep it up Game 2, but for now, tying a franchise legend for some history will do just fine.