Pennant Fever: Phillies make baseball fun once more in Philly

Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper, right, is congratulated in the dugout by Alec Bohm soon after

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper, right, is congratulated in the dugout by Alec Bohm after Harper hit a solo home run off New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper, right, is congratulated in the dugout by Alec Bohm soon after Harper hit a solo household operate off New York Mets starting up pitcher Taijuan Walker through the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photograph/Derik Hamilton)

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Look at Bryce Harper, Aaron Nola and the rest of these Phillies, out here building Philly — hey, don’t forget the days when Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard made postseason enjoy the norm? — a baseball town again.

Only the rain slowed the Phillies on Tuesday night time as they took an 8-video game profitable streak into the get started of a three-game sequence towards the reigning World Series winner Los Angeles Dodgers.

Which is right, for fans who may well bear in mind Philadelphia as a staff slumbering all over .500 most of the time, major baseball series have returned: The Phillies, who haven’t manufactured the playoffs considering that 2011, direct the NL East.

Their scoreless video game versus the Dodgers was in a rain hold off in the bottom of the fourth.

The profitable streak coming off Sunday’s retired jersey ceremony for the late Roy Halladay — which returned so several stars from their 2007-2011 postseason heyday — designed a buzz in Philly and served fill the stands a little bit a lot more than common on Tuesday night time.

“You noticed the passion of the admirers and how energized they get,” supervisor Joe Girardi reported several hours ahead of a rain delay. “It was a wonderful weekend. With everything, the ceremonies that we experienced, the relevance of the collection, the way we played, those people are the factors you look ahead to.”

Max Scherzer vs. Nola gave the sport some juice.

Boy, did they deliver.

Nola fanned Trea Turner to start the game, then Max Muncy and Will Smith. He relied on his breaking stuff and struck out the side once more in the 3rd for 7 strikeouts — all swinging — in excess of the to start with 3 innings.

Scherzer, who was nevertheless in DC when he not long ago feuded with Girardi more than sticky things, was just as sharp. He struck out Harper, a surging MVP candidate, in the fourth for his sixth strikeout. Jean Segura singled and then the rain fell, in a hurry.

There was not a sprinkle in the sky a single second and the floodgates opened the upcoming, sending the groups scurrying off the discipline and the grounds crew likely on it at an Allyson Felix pace with the tarp.

Minus the rain, this a single experienced a postseason come to feel.

Harper, the cornerstone suitable fielder, reported Sunday the system was basic for their rise to 1st.

“Good baseball,” he stated. “We’re just completely ready to play every working day. Not that we weren’t ahead of. But it’s time to go. It’s time to gain ballgames and perform perfectly.”

Take into account, on Aug. 1, the Phillies had been in third position and 4½ video games behind the Mets for first position in the NL East. The eight-recreation streak, which includes a weekend sweep above New York, put the Phillies alone in to start with in the division and two online games up on Atlanta.

The successful streak is the longest since they won 9 straight from July 29 – Aug. 6, 2011. The Phillies lead the majors direct the majors with 185 runs scored since July 1 and have hit the most house runs in that span with 54, coming into Tuesday.

Around the very last 8 online games, Harper is 11 for 30 (.367) with 11 runs, five doubles, four homers, seven RBIs and a 1.390 OPS.

“We’ve bought a while to go, though,” he explained. “We’ve got to remain with it, stay locked in, continue to keep carrying out the issues we’re accomplishing the proper way.”

Hold it up, and that baseball bandwagon filling up in Philly just may well roll into October.