Philadelphia Phillies center hitter Bryce Harper (31) celebrated his birthday with a great performance.
Philadelphia won 5-3 at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 1 of the 2023 Major League National League Championship Series (NLCS) held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on the 17th (Korean time). With this, Philadelphia succeeded in taking the lead.안전놀이터
The power of the batting line was enormous. He boasted a hot hitting feeling. They defeated Arizona with three home runs.
In fact, Philadelphia’s batting lineup has set many records until it reached the Championship Series and Division Series. The start was against Atlanta on the 12th. At that time, Nick Castellanos, Bryce Harper, Tray Turner, and Brandon Marsh drew a total of six arches, tying the record for the most home runs in a single postseason game in Major League history. In particular, on this day, Harper hit multiple shots and became the player who hit the most home runs in the National League Division Series.
A record was also recorded in the game on the 13th. This time, Castellanos hit two home runs, becoming the first player in Major League history to hit multiple home runs in two consecutive postseason games.
Even in the Championship Series, Philadelphia’s batting lineup was still hot. In particular, Harper, who started as first baseman 3 times that day, celebrated his birthday with a great performance with 2 hits in 3 at-bats, including a home run, 2 RBI, 2 runs, and 1 walk.
Harper, who appeared in the bottom of the first inning with the team leading 1-0 and with no runners on base and one out, targeted Arizona starter Jack Gallen’s first pitch 93.3 mph (approximately 150 km) four-seamer and crossed the right-center wall. The batted ball, which flew at 109.4 miles (about 176 km), became a home run with a distance of 420 feet (about 128 m). October 16th local time is also Harper’s birthday. Harper celebrated his 31st birthday with a home run.
Harper showed his presence in the second at-bat as well. Harper, who came to the plate in the bottom of the 3rd inning with the team ahead 3-0 with one out and 2nd base, hit Galen’s first pitch cutter at 94.1 miles (approximately 151 km) and delivered a timely hit to the right field. In his third at-bat as the leadoff hitter in the fifth inning, he walked and got on base, completing the three-on-base game. Harper, who reached second base due to a pitcher’s wild pitch, also succeeded in hitting home when JT Realmuto hit a timely hit. The score is 5-0. In the last at-bat in the bottom of the 7th inning, the game ended with a fly ball to third base.
After the game, Harper was happy and said, “It’s an incredible day,” and then revealed the story behind the ceremony, saying, “I thought it was right to do the ceremony by stepping on home plate. I thought about it as I rounded third base.” As Harper came in after hitting a home run in his first at-bat, he extended his right index finger to make a ‘1’ and extended the three fingers of his left hand to make a ‘3’. It meant celebrating his own 31st birthday.
According to CBS Sports, Harper played in his first postseason game on his birthday. Before reaching the World Series last year, Harper had not played since Oct. 13. He played in October last season, but no game was played on his birthday.