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McCarthy delivers first MLB hits

Scranton High School graduate Jake McCarthy picked up the first two hits of his Major League Baseball career Sunday in Philadelphia while his Arizona Diamondbacks were dropping a 7-4 decision to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

McCarthy, who made his debut Friday night, went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. He played right field and batted eighth.

Through the first three game series, McCarthy is 2-for-8 (.250). He started in center field and batted seventh Friday, then went 0-for-1 coming off the bench Saturday.

McCarthy hit a bloop double down the right-field line in top of the second inning to drive in a run and cut the Philadelphia lead to 2-1. He singled through the right side with two out in the eighth and came in to score Arizona’s second run of the inning, cutting the deficit to 5-4.

The 24-year-old, who was selected with the 39th overall pick of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft out of the University of Virginia, also produced defensively. He caught a flyball and threw out Bryce Harper at the plate for a double play to end the seventh inning.

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