MLB August 26 National League recap: Bryce Harper contributes on his return to play


PHILADELPHIA – Bryce Harper returned to the Philadelphia Phillies’ batting role for Friday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after a 52-game absence with a broken left thumb. And he wasted no time in making his presence felt.

In his first outing since being hit by a pitch from San Diego Padres’ Blake Snell on June 25, Harper showed up with the bases all busy in the first inning and hit a single to right field good for two points against Bryse Wilson (2-8), giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead.

After one inning, the Phillies were already up 4-0 as they find themselves in the midst of a winning streak after completing a four-game home series sweep against the Cincinnati Reds.

Harper was held in all three of his other plate appearances, but the Phillies still went on to win 7-4.

Rhys Hoskins hit a single, a double and scored a run for the Phillies.

In the loss, Bryan Reynolds, Ben Gamel and Rodolfo Castro homered for the Pirates (47-78), who have lost six straight and 12 of their last 14.

Sent to the mound in place of injured Zack Wheeler, Phillies starter Bailey Falter (2-3) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings. He had six strikeouts and walked zero.

Brad Hand picked up a fifth save.

During Harper’s absence, the Phillies went 32-20 and entered Friday’s game ranked second in the hunt for the fourth ace in the National League.

Named most valuable player to his team in the National League last season, Harper had a .318 batting average with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 64 games in 2022 before facing the Pirates.

In two fitness games with Lehigh Valley, the Phillies’ AAA-level farm club on Tuesday and Wednesday, Harper had five hits on eight at-bats, including two home runs and two doubles. He also scored six points.

The Phillies had planned to keep Harper with their AAA roster until Saturday. His return to the Major Leagues was brought forward after he hit a double to win his team on Wednesday night.

Elsewhere in the National League

Dodgers 10 – Marlins 6 (10 innings)

THE D : The Dodgers scored five runs in the 10th. Mookie Betts was 4-for-6 with two homers, three runs, four RBIs and a stolen base.

MIA : Charles Leblanc, used as a pinch hitter in the 9th with the point of victory in the 3rd, could not play the heroes.

Reds 7 – Nationals 3

NIC : The Reds ended a four-game losing streak.

WAS : Luke Voit hit his 17th homer of the season.

Rockies 6 – Mets 7

COLLAR : The Rockies took a 6-4 lead in the 8th, but lost their 3rd straight game.

NYM : Pete Alonso produced the point of victory in 9th. He leads the National with 105 RBIs, tied with Paul Goldschmidt.

Cubs 4 – Brewers 3 (10 innings)

HCC : Ian Happ hit two two-run homers. His 2nd long ball made the difference in the 10th.

MIL : Freddy Peralta was called out of the game after going six innings without a hit.

Braves 11 – Cardinals 4

ATL : William Contreras hit four hits and drove in three runs in addition to crossing home plate twice.

STL : Tyler O’Neill hit his 9th homer of the season.



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