Blake Snell was rolling. He was efficient, plowing through the Philadelphia offense and commanding all of his pitches.
Then he hit Bryce Harper and everything started to unravel in a 4-2 loss to the Phillies.
Snell lost control of a 97 MPH fastball and drilled the reigning National League MVP in the hand. Harper suffered a fractured thumb and figures to miss several weeks. When he was leaving the field he turned and screamed at Snell, who signaled that the pitch was not intentional.
Injuring a fellow player can rattle anyone, and it sure seemed like Snell wasn't the same after that.
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He got through four shutout innings on just 45 pitches, but Snell fell apart in the 5th. He lost the command he'd had prior to hitting Harper, working his first 3-ball count of the game before giving up a home run to J.T. Realmuto. Philly followed with three more hits and a walk. By the time Snell got the third out he'd allowed three runs on 37 pitches.
The Padres tried to rally back in the bottom half. Jorge Alfaro ripped a 2-run double to centerfield off former Padres farmhand Zach Eflin to score CJ Abrams and Jake Cronenworth, cutting the lead to 3-2. Without Manny Machado, the bats didn't do any more damage.
The Padres try to salvage a series split on Sunday afternoon when Yu Darvish gets the ball against Kyle Gibson.
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