Hanley Ramirez had quite a night, eh? Three homers. Drew Pomeranz, not so much. But I guess you don’t need much of a night when you get that much run support and you’re facing what’s left of Matt Cain and the reeling Giants.
Jedd Gyorko of the Cardinals had three homers yesterday. One in the first game of the doubleheader, two in the second, so it doesn’t get as much press, but his day was still spiffy as heck.
In other news, Anthony Rizzo hit a couple of big flies himself. Tyler Naquin hit two for Cleveland. Leonys Martin hit two for the Mariners. Ryan Schimpf hit two for the Padres, splitting his up between games of the doubleheader like Gyorko did. Bryce Harper hit one but it was a long one. Josh Donaldson drove in three and hit his 24th homer. Chris Archer struck out 11 batters in six innings. Could he be auditioning for the Dodgers, who are suffering from Kershaw deficit disorder? Michael Pineda tossed six shutout innings against the Orioles, kind of messing up that whole Yankees fire sale plan. Which, dudes, when you see what the Mariners got in a trade for Mike Montgomery has to bug the heck out of the longer-term thinkers in the Yankees Universe.
Oh well. Today is a new day. They can always lose to Baltimore today. The scores:
Reds 6, Braves 3
Twins 4, Tigers 1
Cubs 6, Mets 2
Indians 11, Royals 4
Cardinals 4, Padres 2; Cardinals 3, Padres 2
Rays 11, Rockies 3
Astros 7, Athletics 0
Mariners 6, White Sox 5
Blue Jays 10, Diamondbacks 4
Red Sox 11, Giants 7
Yankees 5, Orioles 0
Nationals 8, Dodgers 1
Phillies 4, Marlins 1
Brewers 9, Pirates 5
Angels 7, Rangers 4
When the Phillies go on the road, and even sometimes at home, outfielder Bryce Harper is a magnet for hecklers. Fans have been chanting things like “overrated” at him. But it hasn’t really been working.
Last night, Harper was being booed and ridiculed by fans at Fenway Park according to MLB.com’s Jessica Camerato. Harper shut them up with a two-run home run in the fifth inning which gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead, the score by which they would eventually win. Manager Gabe Kapler said, “I thought it was really interesting. There were some hecklers. I don’t know if they were Red Sox [fans] or who they were, but they were on him pretty good up until that moment. That was a pretty explosive moment for the dugout celebration.”
It is not the only time Harper has been heckled only to homer shortly thereafter.
Last week, Harper was 0-for-3 in a game against the Cubs. On his way back to the dugout, a fan yelled, “$330 million, 0-for-3.” Per TMZ Sports, Harper responded, “Shut the f–k up, stupid!” He would go on to hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Two weeks ago in San Francisco, fans chanted “overrated” at Harper. He promptly hit one of his two home runs in the Phillies’ 9-6 victory.
Harper was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2009, when he was 17 years old. Tom Verducci compared him to LeBron James, a comparison that has stuck with Harper ever since. He was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2010 draft. He’s more than used to being in the spotlight and more than used to hearing a little criticism. He lets his haters be his motivators. Maybe his detractors should approach it from the opposite angle — try killing him with kindness. Yelling, “Bryce, you have great hair!” might get him to go on an 0-for-54 skid.