Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper hit a milestone home run on Wednesday, becoming the 158th player in MLB history to reach 300 career homers. The two-run shot in the eighth inning gave the Phillies a brief lead over the Los Angeles Angels, but they eventually lost 10-8.
Harper’s historic homer
Harper’s 300th home run came off Angels reliever Matt Moore, who left a fastball over the middle of the plate. Harper crushed it to right-center field, sending the crowd at Citizens Bank Park into a frenzy. He received a standing ovation from the fans and his teammates as he rounded the bases.
The homer was Harper’s 15th of the season and his 10th in August. He has been on a tear this month, hitting .333 with a 1.154 OPS and homering in three straight games for the second time. He also became the fourth-youngest active player to reach 300 homers, behind only Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton and Manny Machado.
A rare feat for a Phillie
Harper is only the fifth player in Phillies history to hit 300 career homers, joining Mike Schmidt, Ryan Howard, Del Ennis and Chuck Klein. He is also the first Phillie to hit his 300th homer with the team since Howard did it in 2012.
Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019, after spending his first seven seasons with the Washington Nationals. He won the NL MVP award in 2015 and has made seven All-Star appearances. He is hitting .308/.402/.503 this year with 25 doubles, one triple, 55 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
A tough loss for the Phillies
Despite Harper’s heroics, the Phillies could not hold on to their lead and fell to the Angels in the series finale. The Angels scored three runs in the ninth inning off closer Ian Kennedy, who blew his second save in three days. Shohei Ohtani hit a go-ahead double and scored on a single by Jared Walsh.
The loss dropped the Phillies to 74-58, 13 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. They are also four games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the second wild-card spot. The Phillies have lost four of their last five games and will face the Miami Marlins next.