Phillies take over first! The Philadelphia Phillies have replaced the New York Mets as Division leaders with a 4-2 victory on Friday night. Newly acquired, Kyle Gibson and the surging, Bryce Harper were the main stories in the defeat of the rival Mets.
Gibson went 6 innings in which he allowed 1 earned run off 4 hits, 4 walks while striking out 3. Gibson also chipped in on the offense with an RBI single to give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead. Didi Gregorius started the party with a mammoth home-run but Dominic Smith countered with an RBI single that single to even the score. After Travis Jankowski tripled, Gibson sent a grounder in the hole to put the Phils up, 2-1. The white-hot, Bryce Harper crushed a two-run shot to get it to a three-run lead at 4-1.
The much-maligned, Phils bullpen was good on the night. With Hector Neris, who has shown much improvement in the past week, Archie Bradley and Ian Kennedy shut the door on the Mets with the only damage coming from a solo homer off the bat of Jonathan Villar who took Kennedy deep. While getting the job done, Kennedy has allowed three homers in his four appearances.
How hot is Bryce Harper? in the 21 games since the All-Star break, Harper has 4 homers, 12 doubles with a .388 average off of a 26 for 67 coupled with a .534 on-base percentage. Let’s say again because it feels so good. Phillies take over first.