Ervin’s walk-off HR a crusher
CINCINNATI — Bryce Harper walked slowly across the outfield and into the Phillies’ dugout.
Try as he might, he couldn’t save another game for the Phillies.
Harper made a leaping attempt at the right-field wall, but Phillip Ervin’s drive sailed over his outstretched glove and into the seats in the 11th inning to give the Cincinnati Reds a 4-3 victory over the Phillies on Thursday at Great American Ball Park.
Ervin’s blast ended a 3-hour, 36-minute marathon and doomed the Phillies to an unsatisfying split of a four-game series with one of the worst teams in the National League after taking the first two games earlier in the week.
With the loss, the Phillies slipped three games behind the Chicago Cubs in the chase for the NL’s second wild-card berth. The Cubs played Thursday night and can extend the margin to four games with 23 remaining.
“Obviously, it’s a super disappointing loss,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “Our path to success is going to be through our offense and having big innings, and we weren’t able to do that in these games.”
Said catcher J.T. Realmuto: “It’s definitely frustrating. We won the first two games ... we’re thinking maybe we can sweep the series. Everybody in the dugout felt the momentum. We put ourselves in position to win, but the offense didn’t get it done.”
“We’ve still got plenty of time, but we have to turn it around quickly.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Phillies reliever Jared Hughes reacts after a pitch against Cincinnati on Thursday.