Phillies: Bryce Harper’s top five offensive moments of 2019

Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 16: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after hitting a walk-off two run double in the ninth inning to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-8 in a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 16, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 16: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after hitting a walk-off two run double in the ninth inning to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-8 in a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 16, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

2. July 16 (Walk-off double versus Dodgers)

The Phillies were 1-3 after the All-Star break heading into this one and got embarrassed the night before to the Dodgers at home, 16-2. This game started off in the Phillies favor, leading 6-1 after two which included home runs from Scott Kingery and Brad Miller.

Despite up comfortably early, pitcher Vince Velasquez started to struggle. In fact, he failed to make it out of the fifth, allowing five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. The Phillies still led after five, but the margin was a single run.

After Jose Alvarez, Juan Nicasio and Adam Morgan shut down the Dodgers over the next three, the Phillies took a 6-5 advantage into the ninth. The generally reliable Hector Neris was all over the place, giving up the lead after allowing three earned runs.

The task was daunting to avoid their fourth loss in five games against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. Andrew Knapp led off with a double, followed by a single by Cesar Hernandez. After an RBI single by Kingery, Philly trailed, 8-7. Harper came up and turned a very probably defeat into a great victory after driving a line drive to center field that fell for a double, scoring two.

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The win improved the Phillies to 49-46 for the season, and they would kick off a run where they won 8 of 12 games.