The Angels led by as many as five runs, and they took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Philadelphia superstar Bryce Harper came to the plate with the bases loaded. And on a full count, Harper crushed a 426-foot grand slam into the second deck at Citizens Bank Park to tie the game.
Former Phillies star John Kruk — NBC Sports Philadelphia color commentator — immediately knew it was gone: “Yeah, baby!”
BRYCE HARPER GRAND SLAM FOR THE TIE pic.twitter.com/362Ji5bwmV
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) June 5, 2022
In the top of the ninth, the Angels got the lead back on an RBI single from Matt Duffy. While certainly a tough play, it was one that could’ve been made — or at least kept in the infield — by first baseman Rhys Hoskins and served as an example of the plays the Phillies’ defense has struggled to make this season.
— Bally Sports West (@BallySportWest) June 5, 2022
So it seemed like the Angels may still win after all, and especially after they maintained the lead with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Again, it was a full count. And again, the Phillies came through with a dinger.
Philadelphia rookie Bryson Stott cranked a 3-2 pitch over the right-field wall for a walk-off, three-run blast. It’s Stott’s second career home run over 95 plate appearances.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) June 5, 2022
The Angels, meanwhile, are freefalling. Sunday’s loss is the ELEVENTH STRAIGHT for the Angels.
Joe Maddon on if he's worried this streak will derail the season:
"Of course you're concerned. It was going so well. And it's almost like we turned the spigot off. It's hard to explain. 10 days ago we were on top of the world, and now we're paddling upstream."
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) June 5, 2022
This one surely hurts the most and must have some soul-searching going on in the Angels’ locker room. Incredibly, despite the 11-game losing streak, they’re still only one game under .500 at 27-28. But the Angels’ fan base surely has a “Here we go again” feeling for a team that last made the playoffs in 2014, despite three AL MVP award winners since then (Mike Trout twice, and Shohei Ohtani in 2021). The Angels haven’t even finished .500 or better since 2015.
The baseball world has had plenty to say about the Phillies’ walk-off victory:
The #Phillies scored 26 runs in Joe Girardi's final 6 games; they had a 1-5 record.
The Phillies have scored 26 runs since naming Rob Thomson manager. They are 3-0.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 5, 2022
Here is the thing about Bryce Harper, he has 9 more years on that contract, there is no one else employed by the Phillies organization that needs their young players to be good more than him. He is going to outlast everyone else.
— Matt Winkelman (@Matt_Winkelman) June 5, 2022
BRYCE HARPER HITS A GAME TYING GRAND SLAM.
BRYSON STOTT HITS A GAME WINNING WALK OFF HOME RUN.
— Matt (@matttadelphia) June 5, 2022
Absolute hall of fame level fist bump here from harper. gonna be used often in phillies 2022 world series video packages. pic.twitter.com/fmJdSePxZI
— Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) June 5, 2022
This little kids reaction is everything. Phillies sweep the Angels. pic.twitter.com/MN5bb0T3wP
— Crossing Broad (@CrossingBroad) June 5, 2022
Tired: The Angels season is over, they’ve lost 11 straight games and Mike Trout looks like he forgot how to hit
Wired: The Angels are currently in the third Wild Card spot on June 5
— Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) June 5, 2022
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 5, 2022
#Angels now have 11 losses in a row. Only 3 teams in #MLB history had an 11-game losing streak in a season they still made the playoffs: 2017 Dodgers, 1982 Braves, 1951 Giants. No team has lost more than 11 in a row and still made playoffs. @jaysonst
— David Benjamin Firstman (@Firstmanagram) June 5, 2022