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The most improbable home run in recent Phillies memory

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In one of the wildest moments of the Phillies' season, 21-year-old catcher Rafael Marchan, who had zero home runs in 850 career plate appearances as a professional baseball player, hit a three-run jack to right field to tie the game against the Blue Jays.

Marchan is a defensive-minded catching prospect who is here because J.T. Realmuto is dealing with an injury in his quad/hip area. He wasn't even supposed to be here in 2020 and yet here he is, starting high-pressure games for a team fighting to make the playoffs.

This was wholly unexpected. It led to a memorable home run call — "2020 is crazy!" — from Phillies play-by-play man Tom McCarthy.

Phillies manager Joe Girardi, a former catcher, let his backstop be after the homer but gave him a big hug after the game.

Bryce Harper, who tied the game late with a two-run double, was excited for Marchan.

"This year he probably thought he wasn't going to get an opportunity," Harper said. "Not because he's not good or anything like that but solely because of the catchers we do have. We have the best catcher in baseball and a very good backup in Andrew Knapp who's been swinging it as well.

"Huge moment, huge opportunity for him to tie the game in that moment. I mean, come on now. Very happy for him."

A few pitches before Marchan's game-tying blast, rookie Mickey Moniak laced a single to right field for his first major-league hit. In the span of two batters, the Phillies had a first hit and first homer.

 

Marchan's homer erased a three-run deficit and helped the Phillies to their first doubleheader sweep since 2012.