Harper hits home run in first hit with Phillies

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Bryce Harper went hitless in his Philadelphia Phillies debut on Thursday afternoon. Two days later, he would not go hitless again against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday afternoon.

The slugger hit a home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. According to StatCast, the home run went 465 feet, as the Phillies improved their lead to 7-4.

Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper stands in the dugout before the game with the Atlanta Braves
Bryce Harper stands in the dugout before the game with the Atlanta Braves (Getty Images)

Harper hit the long ball on a 92 mph four-seam fastball. The home run came on a 1-1 count. All three pitches that he saw on the at-bat were four-seam fastballs.

He hit the home run off of Braves pitcher Jesse Biddle. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa. In addition, he was the Phillies first-round draft pick in the 2010 MLB Draft.

Harper used Nick Williams’ bat during the at-bat.

Following the home run, Harper received a curtain call from the Phillies fans.

In February, Harper, the prized free agent of the 2018-19 off-season, signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies. It is the largest free agent deal in MLB history.

The Phillies had three home runs through the eighth inning against the Braves. J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run 434-foot home run to center field in the fifth inning that also scored Rhys Hoskins.

Maikel Franco also hit a two-run 401-foot home run to left field in the fourth inning. César Hernández also scored on Franco’s long ball.

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