You know that old saying “a picture is worth a 1,00o words”. You can tell the winner and the loser just from the expressions and body language here. Wish it were reversed.
Listen to the Rockies TV voice, “Yohan Flande out-pitches Max Scherzer” which only seems true in the stats, or could he have been more accurate to say “Nats batters look lost at the plate and make Flande look good”?
Michael A. Taylor tied the game at 2-2 with 1 swing of the bat and the Nats would require more offense and shutdown pitching to win the final game in Colorado which they didn’t get. Nats won the series—didn’t get the much needed sweep.
Michael A. Taylor didn’t want to celebrate that HR in his post-game interview which is by far the longest in the MLB this year, and in fact is longer than any HR that was hit in this year’s HR Derby.
The reason Michael A. was so withdrawn is possibly because with 2 men on in the 9th he ended the game on a swing & miss fastball from John Axford in what turned out to be a 3-2 loss.
In case you missed the video of the
493 492.8 foot HR measured courtesy of Statcast with a Bob Carpenter trademark “See You Later”, here it is:
The Nats offense was 4 hits and a bunch of walks, 2 nice hits from Bryce Harper, 1 from Rendon and Taylor’s HR.
The bat Michael A Taylor used for the HR is his favorite Chandler maple bat. Earlier this year we went to the Chandler Bat factory in Pennsylvania and got to swing Bryce Harper’s premium model prototype bat. Quite the experience.