Turner had been struggling for much of the season, but he showed signs of breaking out on Friday night when he was given a standing ovation before each of his four at-bats. On Saturday, he delivered on the support of the fans, hitting a towering homer off Royals reliever Joel Payamps to give the Phillies a 6-5 lead.
“It was awesome,” Turner said of the ovations. “It’s something that I’ve never really experienced before, and it was really cool to see the fans come out and support us like that.”
The homer was Turner’s 11th of the season, and it came at a crucial time for the Phillies. They had been trailing 5-3 before Turner’s blast, and they were in danger of dropping their third straight game. But Turner’s homer sparked a five-run rally, and the Phillies held on for the win.
“It was a big moment for us,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “We needed that win, and Trea came up with a big hit.”
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The win was a much-needed one for the Phillies, who have been struggling of late. They entered Saturday’s game with a 43-50 record, and they were in danger of falling out of playoff contention. But the win over the Royals gave them a bit of a boost, and they will look to build on it in their next game on Sunday.
Turner’s homer was the highlight of the game, but there were other notable performances as well. Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer. The Phillies’ bullpen also did a solid job, pitching four scoreless innings in relief of starter Zach Wheeler.
The win was a big one for the Phillies, and it was made even sweeter by Turner’s homer. The fans in Philadelphia have been patient with Turner, and they were rewarded for their support on Saturday night.