Phillies, Giants benches clear after sequence of close pitches nearly hit Phillies’ Bryce Harper

Emotions reached a boiling point during Wednesday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants.

The Phillies came into the game with the best record in the major leagues, but in one at-bat, Bryce Harper, one of the Phillies’ best players, was hit by two fastballs and visibly shaken.

After Giants pitcher Kyle Harrison threw consecutive fastballs high and inside, players emerged from their dugouts.


San Francisco, California, USA, May 29, 2024: San Francisco Giants third base coach Matt Williams (9) checks on Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper (right) after he was nearly hit by a high, tight pitch during the bottom of the fourth inning at Oracle Park. (D. Ross Cameron – USA TODAY Sports)

Harper’s bat was hit by the second pitch, which landed in the foul zone, but the seven-time All-Star expressed his dissatisfaction with Harrison’s pitching choice.

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No fistfights broke out during the chaos and no players were ejected from the game after the benches emptied.

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Harper stayed close to home plate at Oracle Park to avoid the dust, and later said he wasn’t upset about the pitch, he just didn’t want to get hit.

“He didn’t mean any harm,” Harper said after the game. “I just didn’t want to get punched in the face again, that’s all. Getting punched in the face is no fun, that’s all.”

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Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Bryce Harper falls backwards to avoid a foul ball hitting the handle of his bat during the top of the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California on May 29, 2024. (Tearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Harrison also said he had no intention of hitting Harper and just wanted to record the out.

“I wanted to do it again. You know why I didn’t,” Harrison said, via NBC Sports Giants. “We’re trying to get guys out and that’s a spot where I thought I could get him out. I might have leaked a little too much.” [far] Really, just focusing on the baseball side of things and trying to execute.”

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The Phillies ultimately won 6-1, earning their league-high 39th win of the season.

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