Down 6-2 in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, the Philadelphia Phillies weren’t about to quit.
The bases were loaded with two outs when Bryce Harper came to the dish.
On a 3-2 pitch from Angels’ closer Raisel Iglesias, Harper took a big swing and sent one into the second deck for a game-tying grand slam.
The Phillies would go on to win 9-7 on Bryson Stott‘s walk-off homer.
But Harper made some rare Phillies history with his big grand slam on Sunday.
MLB insider Jim Passon tweeted that Harper is just the third Phillies player in the live ball era to hit a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning or later.
You’ll take history any way you can get it.
Harper got his pitch and did not miss it, sparking a remarkable comeback.
Phillies to hit a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning or later in the Live Ball Era:
Jimmie Foxx – May 18, 1945 (bot8 vs STL)
Jim Command – July 11, 1954 (top8 @ BRO)
Bryce Harper – June 5, 2022 (bot8 vs LAA) https://t.co/bp7Ro7rbhI
— Jim Passon (@PassonJim) June 5, 2022
Bryce Going Yard
It’s never a surprise to see a guy like Harper in elite company, but to be just the third player in team history to have hit a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning or later is still an impressive feat.
To be down four runs and to tie a game on one swing shifts the momentum, and that gave the Phillies some extra life as they finished off a sweep over the reeling Angels, who have now lost 11 in a row.
You can always count on Harper to make some history and get clutch hits.
His swing is one of the sweetest the game has ever seen and when he puts a charge into one, you can bet it’s going to go a long way.
This one went into the second deck and sent the Phillies’ faithful into an absolute frenzy.