Bryce Harper may not be having a fairy-tale season after signing a $300-plus million contract, but he had a flair for the dramatic this evening. The Phillies were down 5-1 to the Cubs entering the bottom of the ninth after a gem of a game from Yu Darvish.
The Phillies got two runs in and loaded the bases for Harper, who swiftly turned a Derek Holland pitch into a towering moonshot. This game had big implications in both the NL Central and Wild Card races. In the central the Cubs are tied for the lead with the Cardinals with both teams having a one-game lead over the Brewers, and this brought the Phillies to one-game behind the Cubs for the second Wild Card spot.