MLB Game Recap - Chicago at Philadelphia
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

SEA
7
DET
2
F
LAD
7
MIA
13
F
CHC
5
PHI
7
F
CLE
19
NYY
5
F
STL
1
CIN
2
F
NYM
10
ATL
8
F
MIN
13
TEX
6
F
SF
7
ARI
0
F
HOU
6
OAK
7
F
CHW
7
LAA
8
F

August 15, 2019 7:05 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Chicago (64-57)

0

0

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

5

9

1

Philadelphia (63-58)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

7

10

1

W: Suarez (4-1)

L: Strop (2-5)

CHC - HR: Rizzo (22) , Schwarber (28)

PHI - HR: Harper (25)

Harper hits grand slam in 9th, Phillies rally past Cubs 7-5
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:09 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper knows everyone in the dugout and ballpark expects him to get clutch hits in moments just like this.

Boy, he crushed it.

Harper blasted a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning, capping a six-run rally that sent the Philadelphia Phillies over the Chicago Cubs 7-5 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.

Harper delivered his biggest hit yet in his first season after signing a $330 million, 13-year contract with the Phillies, celebrating while running around the bases and then getting mobbed by teammates at the plate.

"Before I went to the plate, I touched my heart and I was thinking to myself: Why am I not jittery? Why am I not excited? But that's just how I am," Harper said. "I go up there and each at-bat is the same. I don't think about bases loaded. I try to get a pitch I can drive and hopefully good things happen. I love those moments. I love those opportunities. I think it helped me a lot from a young age going through those emotions and having those opportunities at 8, 9, 10 years old in big-time games going to different states and cities playing for a lot of teams."

"I just love it. It's a lot of fun. These fans do expect that and I expect to do that for them on a nightly basis and if I don't, they'll let me know and I like that, too," he said.

Cubs starter Yu Darvish struck out 10, silencing Philadelphia's bats for seven innings a night after the Phillies scored 11 runs in former manager Charlie Manuel's debut as hitting coach.

But the Phillies rallied against Chicago's bullpen and moved within one game of the Cubs for the second wild-card spot in the NL.

Pinch-hitter Brad Miller chased Rowan Wick with an RBI single in the ninth that cut it to 5-2 and Roman Quinn greeted Pedro Strop with an RBI single to make it a two-run game. Strop (2-5) hit Rhys Hoskins to load the bases with one out.

Derek Holland entered to face Harper and got ahead 0-2 in the count. Harper fouled off a 2-2 pitch before launching his 25th homer way out to right.

"I think everyone who watches baseball expects him to do that every time he's up," Phillies starter Drew Smyly said. "He's fun to watch."

Harper has seven homers and 15 RBIs in the last 12 games.

Ranger Suarez (4-1) tossed two scoreless innings to earn the win.

Anthony Rizzo, batting leadoff after the original lineup had him in his usual cleanup spot, gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the third when he hit his 22nd homer.

Ian Happ led off the fourth with a triple and scored on David Bote's double. Albert Almora Jr. hit an RBI single with two outs, went to second on the throw home and advanced to third on shortstop Jean Segura's fielding error. Rizzo's single made it 4-0.

Kyle Schwarber slammed his 100th career homer and team-high 28th this season into the bushes in center field to put the Cubs ahead 5-0 in the fifth.

Corey Dickerson hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth off Wick, but right fielder Nicholas Castellanos threw out Hoskins trying to score from second on the play to end the inning.

"Darvish was outstanding but he was done," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of lifting his starter.

SMYLY'S STRUGGLES

Smyly gave up five runs in five innings. He has an 8.04 ERA in his last three starts after allowing one run in 13 innings in his first two starts for the team.

ROSTER MOVE

The Phillies claimed righty Jared Hughes off waivers from the Reds. Hughes will join the bullpen this weekend. He was 3-4 with one save and a 4.10 ERA for Cincinnati.

TRAINER'S ROOM

CUBS: SS Javier Baez was scratched from the lineup because of an illness. ... RHP Craig Kimbrel (right knee inflammation) felt fine after another bullpen session and is closer to returning. ... RHP Brandon Kintzler (right pectoral inflammation) is expected to return on Friday. ... OF Jason Heyward (left knee inflammation) wasn't in the lineup for the second straight game but entered the game in the ninth as a defensive replacement.

PHILLIES: RHP Edubray Ramos (shoulder) was moved to the 60-day injury list to make room on the 40-man roster for Hughes.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (8-9, 4.38 ERA) faces the Pirates in the start of a three game series that will conclude a 10-game road trip.

Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (4-7, 4.30 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series against the San Diego Padres.

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Pitchers of Record

Chicago IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
P. Strop (L, 2-5) 0 1 2 0 0 99.99 99.990
Philadelphia IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
R. Suarez (W, 4-1) 2 1 0 2 1 0.00 1.500

Batting Leaders

Chicago AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
N. Castellanos 3 2 0 0 0 2 3 0 2.8
A. Rizzo 5 2 1 1 2 0 5 0 2.0
Philadelphia AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
R. Quinn 2 2 2 0 1 0 3 0 3.0
B. Harper 4 1 1 1 4 0 4 1 1.8

Team Comparison

CHC PHI
At Bats 35 34
Hits 9 10
Batting Average .257 .294
On Base Percentage .350 .368
Slugging Percentage 0.543 0.471
Doubles 2 3
Triples 1 0
Home Runs 2 1
Total Bases 19 16
Walks 4 1
Strikeouts 8 11
Stolen Bases 0 2
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 8 6
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 3/8 4/15
Double Plays Fielded 0 0
Errors 1 1

2019 Regular Season - PHI Leads Series 5-2

Date Result Winner Loser
Mon May 20 PHI 5 @ CHC 4 H. Neris K. Ryan
Tue May 21 PHI 2 @ CHC 3 K. Ryan J. Nicasio
Wed May 22 PHI 4 @ CHC 8 T. Chatwood C. Irvin
Thu May 23 PHI 9 @ CHC 7 A. Nola J. Lester
Tue Aug 13 CHC 2 @ PHI 4 B. Parker K. Ryan
Wed Aug 14 CHC 1 @ PHI 11 A. Nola C. Hamels
Thu Aug 15 CHC 5 @ PHI 7 R. Suarez P. Strop

Game Information

Stadium: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 37,064
Game Time: 3:13
Weather: 79F, Partly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?