Here’s Dodger Stadium in all it’s glory. This is a series I really wanted to try to be at for my first trip to LA; but my wife shot that down because we move into a new home next week and we’re having our second child in about two months. Timing just isn’t good. Oh well.
So, I watched a lot of this one on television. No Vin Scully for the viewers, Scully wasn’t feeling well so Charlie Steiner and Orel Hersheiser took the reigns for a game.
In the first inning, Bryce Harper hits a rapier laser the other way to left field off Scott Kazmir. This would give the Nationals a 1-0 lead which eventually grew to 2-0. I was actually tired and went to bed.
But when you go to sleep on Dodger Stadium, you chance missing the magic.
It’s been a rough past 45 days for Bryce Harper. But, whatever. We’re only trying to live in the present. In the Nationals 8-5 win over the Padres on Thursday night, Harper started the weekend off a little early with his 14th bomb of the season off off-brand Erik Johnson.
For a pitcher’s park, Harper doesn’t mind going yard at Petco which isn’t far from his birthplace. He likes hitting out west! It was his fourth career home run at Petco.
Harper now has 111 career home runs. Let’s hope this is the start of something big. Baseball is better when he’s hot.
It’s hard to believe the Nationals tallied three home runs and 13 total runs were scored in this game. That’s not very Petco at all.
On Adam Wainwright’s 77th pitch of the night, Bryce Harper clubbed a towering home run off that lawn in center in Washington for his 13th home run of the season. It just looked like your casual 90 MPH fastball close to down the heart of the plate:
Now the victory for the Nationals is that teams are slowly forgetting to pitch around Bryce Harper. He wasn’t walked last night, and wasn’t walked today. And what is going to follow is he’s going to go on another tear; and teams will start walking him like it’s going out of style again. This will probably happen his entire career in these patterns.
That, or the Cardinals are just going to subscribe to doing things differently then every other team in Major League Baseball.
May of 2016 is just a month that Bryce Harper won’t miss. It’s the month he’s been pitched around more than any month in his career, and it’s taken him from being white hot to actually struggling.
When he collected with this Mike Leake pitch on Thursday night, it was as if the baseball was screaming and angry flying all the way to the facing of the upper deck at Nationals Park. And it’s always fun to see Mike Leake get knocked around like this:
Bryce Harper had not homered in about ten days. Teams are going through this little fad of pitching around him, because his only protection in the lineup serves to be Daniel Murphy. With all due respect to Murphy, when that is the case; you’re going to see some stretches like this.
But the Marlins seem stubborn about going into the belly of the beast. When Harper gets this outside pitch and yanks it into the seats in right field, it’s his 11th home run of the season. Barraclough is completely destroyed when he realized what he’s done.
The Nationals won this game 5-3 with this home run being the only difference. He is the ultimate weapon in a baseball game.
On Sunday in Chicago, Harper was walked six times and hit by a pitch. He went 0 for 0 and reached base seven times. Has that ever happened in the history of baseball? Even to Barry Bonds?
The Cubs made the decision that win or lose, they weren’t going to let Bryce Harper beat them. And it’s hard to argue with the results – even if you’re a fan who bought a ticket this weekend in Chi-town to see Harper swing the bat. The Cubbies went out and swept the Nationals in four games, including today’s extra-inning 4-3 win on a Javier Baez walk off home run.
The home run was Harper’s 10th of the season. He’s had a knack for homering in Stephen Strasburg starts this season, and Strasburg improved to 5-0 in his own right with yet another quality start. The Nationals were clearly out for revenge after Jonathan Papelbon blew a save in embarrassing fashion last night. The only thing keeping the Nationals from sweeps is their cancer of a closer!
It’s kind of nice seeing the Royals get knocked around like this.
Yesterday the legend of Bryce Harper continued to take shape. He had the day off yesterday, and was called upon by his skipper Dusty Baker to pinch-hit in the ninth inning with the Nationals trailing 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins and without much hope. And a note real quick, it’s dawned on me that Dusty Baker might just be the perfect manager to bring out the most in Bryce Harper.
I mean, if Harper can put up the numbers that he did in 2015 playing for a total dick like Matt Williams; just imagine what he’s going to do playing for Ol’ Dusty! It’s like pairing a guy with all the talent in the world in ring with a great mouthpiece manager in wrestling. But it’s even more dynamic than that.
So back to the no-hope thing. Harper enters the game and gets into a battle with Kevin Jepsen he will assuredly win. Jepsen is no match for the hottest hitter on the planet. And Harper hits his most dramatic home run possibly ever.
The Nationals went on to play SIXTEEN innings and win in magical fashion on a Chris Heisey walk-off home run. The box score is something to marvel at.
On a wild day in baseball where a lot of bonus baseball was played, this one was possibly the one talked about most. This game began when my daughter went down for her nap, and didn’t end until after she was in bed. Baseball is neat like that.
You have to give Koehler credit. He’s nothing if not stubborn. Yesterday, he tried to sneak another fastball past Harper, and it is locked-in Harper we have to thank for a nice look at the forage in centerfield at Marlins Park.
Bryce Harper is truly an every night, human highlight reel. It seems like this was the moment when I noticed a lot of chatter of Bryce Harper passing up Mike Trout. I don’t know about all that, but it was just over a week ago that Bryce Harper had no grand slams. He now has two. This one iced out the Marlins in Miami.
It was his seventh home run of the young season. The Nationals won the game 7-0, and Stephen Strasburg sparkled. This one came off poor lefty one out man who didn’t get the out, Chris Narveson!
This was to be the statement comeback game of the year so far in 2016 for the Nationals. This was supposed to be where they overcame the deficit and won the game on the back of the best player in baseball, after he homered on a rocket to right center on a full count pitch to put the Nationals ahead 2-1 in the top of the ninth. The Nats were going to steal this one on getaway day, after Bryce Harper’s sixth home run. That would be the headline.
That is, until their bad ju-ju closer Jonathan Papelbon would enter the game and blow it in the bottom of the ninth.
Bryce Harper baptized not-for-long closer Jeanmar Gomez with a home run in the ninth inning, for his sixth of the year. It was the fourth straight game he had homered and I don’t even know how many straight at Citizens Bank Park, a streak that will ride into the next time he plays at this park.
The Nationals lost the game 3-2 and went to 9-2 instead of a shiny 10-1. But Bryce Harper is proving he’s the most difficult out since Barry Bonds.
I will never understand for the life of me why the Nationals felt the need to retain this slug. He is a true POS. He will rear his ugly head again in a big, much more costly spot. You watch.
Bryce Harper homered for the third straight game on Saturday evening. Before we had time to live our life and get the post live on our site, he hit another one Sunday. We simply cannot keep up right now. We say it every day. But we won’t complain. We LOVE Bryce Harper home runs.
This came off promising young Phillies starter Aaron Nola. At least, he was promising until he was de-pants’d by this bomb. Who knows what could happen now. This was Bryce Harper’s 10th career home run at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark.
This was bomb number five on the season. If they don’t start walking him, he’s going to hit 50+. And spoiler alert, he gets one again on Sunday if you’re one of those read-ahead type folks. We’ll be doing another one of these tomorrow.
Bryce Harper is hitting them at such a pace, we cannot keep up. And there’s another one of these posts already coming tomorrow.
The Nationals won on Jackie Robinson Day 9-1. Bryce Harper honored the man who wore 42 by slugging his fourth home run of the season off Brett Oberholtzer – who is hardly the sexiest pitcher Harper has hit one off of.
Here’s Harper ‘shooting a cripple’ as they say:
And man, does Harper love hitting in Philadelphia. This was the ninth career home run he’s hit in Philly. He sees the ball extremely well there.
The Nationals are off and running to an 8-1 start. Harper had three hits total on the day. He’s the closest thing to Barry Bonds we’ve seen since Bonds himself.
You knew after having this decal on his bat knob (how awesome is Bryce Harper for using an emoji on a damn bat), that he wouldn’t be stuck on 99 career home runs for long. He was simply waiting on one of his old rivals; Julio Teheran, to bring out the very best in him.
It was Harper’s fifth career home run off Julio Teheran. He has now hit five off Teheran and five off Tom Koehler, the most against any pitcher in baseball.
Here is Harper’s 100th regular season homer, in grand fashion:
And it seems like just yesterday that we started doing these posts when Harper launched his first one back in 2012 against the San Diego Padres at Nats Park. MLB.com was nice enough to put a video together of every one of Bryce Harper’s home runs.
The Nationals won this game 7-2 behind seven-plus strong innings from Stephen Strasburg.
With many players, it’s hard to say if they’ll hit hundreds more. With Harper, you know we’re going to be doing about 400 more of these posts, which is astounding.