Harper went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI on Sunday against the Rockies. Harper recorded his first RBI by grounding out with the bases loaded in the second inning. However, the highlight of his afternoon came on a two-run homer in the sixth inning that broke a 5-5 tie. It was his ninth home run of the season and second in as many days. While he hadn't gone yard in nine contests prior to Saturday's blast, Harper has still maintained a strong .235/.371/.476 line across 202 plate appearances.
Harper went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Friday's win over the Rockies. Harper extended his team's lead to three in the fourth inning with a two-run double to right center. The 26-year-old has struggled to a .222 average through 44 games so far in 2019, though he's registered a base knock in each of his past three contests, perhaps indicating that he's getting ready to turn the corner.
Harper will start in right field and bat second Thursday against the Brewers. Harper has made all of his previous 42 starts this season as the No. 3 hitter, but he'll swap spots in the order with Jean Segura in the series finale. Manager Gabe Kapler likely decided to make the change in an effort to spark Harper, who has struck out in a career-worst 30.8 percent of his plate appearances this season. If Harper finds some initial success while batting between Andrew McCutchen and Segura, the big free-agent pickup could remain in that lineup spot on a permanent basis.
Harper is in the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers despite a sore knee. Harper said following Tuesday's game that he had a sore left knee after making a pair of sliding catches. The injury evidently isn't serious enough for him to miss any starts, so he'll keep his streak of starting every single game for the Phillies this season.
Harper said his left knee was a bit sore following Tuesday's loss to the Brewers, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Harper had a pair of sliding catches that took him into the wall down the right-field line during Tuesday's game, though he never actually exited the contest. The 26-year-old will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
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