By Sam Bush
If the Phillies are going to have any chance of catching the Cubs and making the wild card with 19 games to go, Bryce Harper has to catch fire.
And he was back in the starting line-up last night after injuring his right hand last Friday when he was hit by a pitch.
Harper was in his usual right-field spot and batted third, going 0-for-4 with one strikeout in the 7-2 loss.
Harper pinch-hit in Sunday’s game and contributed to the team’s 10-7 victory over the Mets.
So when the Mets intentionally walked Andrew Knapp to load the bases in the seventh inning, Harper battled Mets right-hander Tyler Bashlor for nine pitches before drawing a walk that sent Sean Rodriguez home for the 10th run of the game.
“I felt good in the cage and I let [Kapler] know that during the game,” Harper said. “If there was an opportunity to get some runs in, he would put me in.”