Harper smashed a ball to deep midfield in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s 6-4 defeat for the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. He thought he had chopped his 16th homer of the season. But the ball hit a little more than halfway up the wall, just outside Washington midfielder Víctor Robles.
The ball kicked back in the grass in the middle and Harper shifted to high gear. He drove around the bases and scored for the first home run in the park in his career.
“I probably definitely hit one at a younger age, just because of the big fields and the like,” Harper said. “Hitting someone who was pretty cool. I was pretty happy and pretty fired up in that situation.
“I saw Robles jump and the ball hit the wall, kind of flew pretty high up. So when I saw it, I tried to run as fast as I could. I saw Dusty [Wathan] waved at me and came to the plate. Pretty cool. ”
It was the Phillies’ first home run since Scott Kingery on September 10, 2019 against Atlanta.
Andrew McCutchen followed with a towering solo home run to the left field to cut the nationals lead to 6-4. It was the third time the Phils hit back-to-back homers (of any kind) this season.
It was the first time the Phillies hit back-to-back home runs in a game where one of them was a homer inside the park since the sixth inning against the Rockies on April 21, 2008 at Coors Field. Jayson Werth hit a homer inside the park followed by a solo shot from Chase Utley.
It was also the first time a team hit back-to-back home runs, with one of them being a homer inside the park since September 18, 2017 at Citizens Bank Park. Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hit a leadoff inside the park homer in the first and Justin Turner followed with a solo shot.