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Coming off of an extra-innings loss to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was determined to redeem himself following a ninth-inning outfield miscue that would ultimately cost Washington the game.Following five scoreless innings between both teams on Wednesday, Harper approached the plate in the top of the sixth-inning and slugged a solo home run to left field off of Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, opening up the game and giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead.An RBI single by Giants catcher Buster Posey in the bottom of the eighth-inning would even the game at 1-1. Neither team would be able to score in the ninth-inning, pushing the game into extra-innings for the second straight game.With one out in the top of the tenth-inning, Ian Desmond singled to right field, scoring Bryce Harper and putting the Nationals ahead 2-1.Nationals closer Rafael Soriano would pitch a scoreless bottom of the tenth, earning his 13th save of the season and securing a 2-1 victory for Washington.The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Nationals and brought them above the .500 mark to a 24-23 record, where they sit second in the NL East standings behind the Atlanta Braves.
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So what happened on that deep fly ball by Gregor Blanco that went over Bryce Harper's head in the 9th inning that turned into a game-tying triple? Harper appeared to flinch as he approached the wall and misplayed the ball (see video here).
Turns out Harper was thinking about running into another wall:
"I don’t want to hit the frickin’ wall full-on. Of course...
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Nats' rising star Bryce Harper.
First, there was his embarrassing face-plant into the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium. Harper tried to track down a drive off the bat of A.J. Ellis but failed to remember the important part of the term "warning track."
Take a look for yourself.
OK, so maybe it's wise for him not to do...
Even when I’m not trying to pay attention to Bryce Harper, he finds a way to capture my focus. Last night, I was seeing off a friend on the east side of Portland, and if I’d been thinking about any sport, it was hockey, since these are the days of the NHL playoffs. A TV was being projected onto one of the walls of the bar, and at first it was showing a minor-league hockey game...
So Rafael Soriano took the opportunity to rip Bryce Harper last night for his miscue in the 9th inning on Gregor Blanco's game-tying triple. Via USA Today Sports:
"With two outs and the tying run at first, you have to play the
outfield so the ball doesn't go over your head,'' Soriano said in
"It may not have been a catch-able ball...
Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano questioned Bryce Harper's defensive positioning on a game-tying triple that tied the game in the ninth inning that ultimately led to a loss.
Sure many women flock to Bryce Harper as the heartthrob of the Washington Nationals, but it’s actually their pitching coach, Steve McCatty who sends all the ladies into a tizzy. All the female fervor over McCatty reached it’s hunky pinnacle in 1984 when he was featured in a Playgirl pictorial. Next stop Beefcake City.
This tantalizing photo has all of the early 80′s sexuality...
One of three things happens when a good team starts to lose. 1. The team rallies behind a leader who portrays a greater poise. 2. The manager makes minor adjustments in the lineup to make sure the team is running on all cylinders. 3. Frustration sets in and fingers start to be pointed, in either the direction of another player or at the player himself. The latter took place after...
Several Washington Nationals players wore a T-shirt around the clubhouse on Tuesday with a photo of pitching coach Steve McCatty from a Playgirl photo shoot he did in the early 1980s. Right-hander Dan Haren had the shirts made, which said
Now we completely expect the hapless Kansas City Royals to make blunders on the field, but we expect a little bit of professionalism during their broadcast. Fox Sports Kansas City made one of the most egregious and blatant errors of sports graphics of all-time on Thursday night. During the Royals and Los Angeles Angels game the broadcast team asked the question; “Which Young Player...
We all know who Bryce Harper is – the guy will literally run into a wall for attention and then blame it on playing stupid hard. And we all know that Miguel Cabrera is crushing high-AAA pitching on a daily basis. There is another guy, though, that should be garnering way more attention than he currently is – Mike Trout.
Last night, Mike Trout did his best pre-Kim Basinger...
Davey Johnson says he's giving up his razor until the Washington Nationals find their bats.
The manager apologized for his scraggly appearance before Friday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, but he said it had a purpose.
''If my facial hair looks bad,'' he said, ''I decided I wouldn't shave until we started hitting.''
Bochy talks about the progress of Bryce Harper as a hitter, the Nationals studly defense, and an unselfish performance turned in by Marco Scutaro.