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05:30  15 august  2019
05:30  15 august  2019 Source:   nj.com

Bryce Harper homers twice, Phillies break out for 11 runs to rout Cubs in Charlie Manuel’s first game as hitting coach

Bryce Harper homers twice, Phillies break out for 11 runs to rout Cubs in Charlie Manuel’s first game as hitting coach J.T. Realmuto stepped on home plate, traded celebratory jabs to the gut with Rhys Hoskins and high-fived his other waiting teammates. And all around them, Citizens Bank Park rocked with a two-syllable chant that surely went straight through your television set and into your living room. "Char-lie! Char-lie!" The place hadn't been so loud since, well, since when? At least since the season's opening weekend when the Phillies, so full of hope and promise, swept three games from the Atlanta Braves. No, this felt even louder. This felt as loud as the days when Charlie Manuel was here in uniform and Cole Hamels stood atop the mound.

PHILADELPHIA - Charlie Manuel had been the Phillies’ hitting coach for only a couple hours and already the fans at Citizens Bank Park were chanting his name on Wednesday.

Hittin’ season: Phillies pound Cole Hamels, Cubs in Charlie Manuel’s return | Rapid reaction© AP Philadelphia Phillies hitting coach Charlie Manuel, right, shakes hands with manager Gabe Kapler before the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

The chants began rather loudly in the third inning when J.T. Realmuto’s grand slam gave the Phillies a shocking 10-0 lead over the Cubs, who sent the Phillies’ long-time ace to the mound for his first start in Philadelphia as a visiting player.

Phillies try to break out of funk by hiring legendary manager Charlie Manuel as hitting coach

Phillies try to break out of funk by hiring legendary manager Charlie Manuel as hitting coach The Philadelphia Phillies felt the need to do something drastic after plummeting in the standings. In order to stop their slide in the National League East, the Phillies decided to bring back legendary manager Charlie Manuel as a hitting coach, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. © Provided by Oath Inc. Charlie Manuel is back with the Phillies. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) The move comes as a surprise considering Manuel hasn’t been a coach or manager in the league since 2013. In that time, however, he’s remained around the game. The 75-year-old Manuel has served as a senior advisor to the general manager the past couple seasons.

The Phillies went on to win the game, 11-1.

BOX SCORE: PHILLIES 11, CUBS 1

Manuel, the Phillies manager from 2005-2013, had been a special assistant to the general manager before agreeing to replace the fired Mallee. The Phillies announced the change on Tuesday and Manuel returned to the field in uniform on Wednesday.

Hamels pitched for the Phillies from 2006-2015 and was a World Series MVP and three-time all-star before being traded to the Texas Rangers. He was dealt to the Cubs at last year’s deadline, but his turn in the rotation didn’t come up when they visited Philadelphia last year.

The left-hander lasted just two-plus innings Wednesday night and he allowed eight runs on nine hits and two walks. Hamels entered the game with a 6-3 record and 3.09 ERA.

MLB: Phillies go old school by bringing back 75-year-old Charlie Manuel

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Hamels wore the DPM patch on his jersey worm by all the Phillies, honoring long-time team president David Montgomery, who passed away earlier this season.

Rhys Hoskins led off the game with a single and two batters later Bryce Harper homered into the left-center field seats. Hamels barely survived the second inning, leaving the bases loaded after giving up two more runs - including an RBI single by the Phillies’ current ace, Aaron Nola.

Hamels came to the plate in the top of the third and received a standing ovation. Nola backed off the mound as Hamels acknowledged the crowd.

The first four batters reached base against Hamels in the bottom of the third, the last Adam Haseley who reached on a grounder to first when Hamels failed to cover the bag. Cubs manager Joe Maddon made the slow walk to the mound to pull his left-hander.

Three batters later, Realmuto snuck a line drive inside the left-field foul pole for a grand slam off Alec Mills that pushed the lead to 10-0 and started the “Charlie, Charlie, Charlie” chants.

Harper's grand slam in bottom of 9th lifts Phillies past Cubs

Harper's grand slam in bottom of 9th lifts Phillies past Cubs The Philadelphia Phillies rallied over the Chicago Cubs 7-5 Thursday night for a three-game sweep. Harper delivered his biggest hit yet in his first season with the Phillies, celebrating while running around the bases and then getting mobbed by teammates at the plate. BOX SCORE: PHILLIES 7, CUBS 5 Cubs starter Yu Darvish struck out 10, silencing Philadelphia's bats for seven innings a night after the Phillies scored 11 runs in former manager Charlie Manuel's debut as hitting coach.

Nola took it from there, allowing one run on a Kris Bryant homer, in seven innings. Harper added his second homer of the game and 24th of the season.

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