Bryce Harper taled the talk Friday night and walked the walk Saturday.
The Philadelphia Phillies went from the worst night of their season with the 11-2 pasting, to one of their better nights Saturday.
Zack Wheeler gave the team a strong performance with his 6 2/3 innings in which he only allowed 1 run on 4 hits with a pair of walks and striking out 8 Rockies.
Colrado starter, Kyle Freeland went 6 innings with 4 runs off 5 hits, 4 walks and three k’s in the Phils dominating 6-1 victory.
That is only a bit of the good news. With the win, Philadelphia improves to 72-70 and, more important, with the 6-4 Atlanta loss to Miami, the Phils cut their deficit to 3 1/2 games.
The Phils scored in avariety of ways which included Didi Gregorius working a bases loaded walk. Odubel Herrera pulled off the rarest of rare, a two run bunt double. Third basemen, Ryan McMahon was playing off the bag and Herrera drag bunted down the line. By the time the ball stopped rolling, it was in shallow left field and just like that, it was 3-0.
Didi Gregorius hit a laser to the seats in left to kick off the home run parade. Trevor Story crushed a majestic homer for the Rockies only tally, followed by Bamboo Brad Miller pinch hitting and crushing a shot to right that made it a 5-1 game.
Bryce Harper, who, as I wrote, was very critical of the team and his effort, Friday. Walked the walk and buried home run number 31 to close out the scoring.
Jose Alvarado, Hector Neris and Archie Bradley followed Wheeler and shut down the Rockies offense. Same teams play again Sunday and one is want to question, which Phillies team will we see?
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.