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Phillies notes: Harper huge, but teammates’ errors in the 8th to blame in loss

PHILADELPHIA — You expect more than a 5-2 loss to the lowly San Diego Padres when Bryce Harper hits multiple home runs, and that made the sweaty setback uglier.

While Harper sent a couple of balls over the fence in their matinee Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park, it wasn’t enough to overcome the defensive misadventures handing the Padres three runs in the eighth inning.

Much as Alec Bohm has helped the Phillies with his bat, the third baseman ranking among the league leaders in RBI’s, he gave the Padres two extra outs in the fateful eighth.

Bohm committed his 11th error, tops on the team, shortly after letting a groundball from Manny Machado play him for an infield hit, and the Padres capitalized when Kyle Higashioka belted a two-out, three-run triple giving them a 5-1 advantage.

Higashioka’s liner to Phillies centerfielder Brandon Marsh, who attempted a diving catch, didn’t help either as the ball bounced past him.

“Down a run, two runs are scoring if it drops,” Marsh said. “I wouldn’t change a thing in that situation. It’s go-time. In my opinion it was the right decision to make.”

With four errors, Marsh is tied for second on the Phillies.

Harper has 17 home runs this season.

It was his 27th career multiple home run game for Harper, including the second this season. Interestingly the Phillies lost both multi-homer games this season and are 4-6 when Harper hits two or more homers.

Phillies manager Rob Thomson said Bohm was handcuffed on the play he was charged with an error, the ball screened by an advancing runner.

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It was a planned day off for Trea Turner, who was replaced at shortstop by Edmundo Sosa, who went 1-for-4.

Thompson said with the Phillies off Thursday it gave Turner two days rest and rehab as he comes off a lengthy hamstring injury.

That changed the batting order slightly as Bryson Stott batted second, between Kyle Schwarber and Harper.

“Everybody is a little bit tentative when they first come back from an injury,” Thomson said. “It’s probably smart. But he doesn’t need to.”

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Stott and Nick Castellanos went down swinging in the bottom of the eighth inning after Harper’s second homer inched the Phillies within 5-2.

Stott was 1-for-4 with a double, that coming off knuckleballer Matt Waldron, who allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out six over seven innings.

“He had command today and he kind of kept us off balance,” Stott said after explaining that Waldron throws five pitches. “He did a good job of mixing and matching and throwing his knuckleball when he needed to.”

The Phillies have a pitching machine that simulates all the popular pitches for batting practice but … you guessed it.

“Not so much the knuckleball,” Thomson said. “(Waldron) just kind of spotted it and kept us off balance.”

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The Diamondbacks, who eliminated the Phillies here last year in the NLCS, stop by for a three-game series starting Friday (6:40 p.m., Apple+).

That’s also Cole Hamels’ retirement night with a pre-game ceremony.

“It’s just another series,” Thomson said. “It’s a new year. We just have to keep winning series’s.”

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NOTES >> Luis Ortiz hurt his forearm coming out of his rehab Wednesday night. His rehab assignment has been transferred to Lehigh Valley (AAA) … Infielder Kody Clemens (back spasms) is close to returning the weekend per Thomson … Former Eagles pass rusher Hugh Douglas threw out the first pitch. Standing at the front of the mound, Douglas didn’t quite get it there without a bounce.

Source: Berkshire mont

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