April 15, 2024

Phillies’ Bryce Harper notches second 3-homer game of career with grand slam vs. Reds

PHILADELPHIA — After his second homer but before his third of the night, Bryce Harper scorched a ball to center field. It was a sinking liner in the gap that Cincinnati Reds center fielder Will Benson snared like a snow cone. Harper ripped off his helmet and muttered a few angry words.

So, he hit a 422-foot grand slam in his fourth at-bat.

Harper entered Tuesday’s game 0-for-11 on the season with five strikeouts. He bashed three homers for only the second time in his career — and the first time in nine years. His six RBIs established a career-best. He did all this in mid-40s weather while wearing a ski mask on a night no one thought they’d play baseball at Citizens Bank Park.

In other words, Harper continued to add to his Philadelphia legend.

He was just the fifth Phillies player to hit three homers in a game this century. Brad Miller (2021), Jayson Werth (2008), Ryan Howard (2006) and Mike Lieberthal (2002) were the others.

Harper’s homers traveled 1,209 feet total. It was worth playing, after all.

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(Photo: Mitchell Leff / Getty Images)