This game started off with a bang as Bryce Harper did what Bryce Harper does to Tom Koehler as he smashed the 1st pitch from Koehler for his MLB leading 8th HR of the season in 15 games. It’s Bryce’s 6th career HR against Koehler which is the most against any pitcher that Harper has faced.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, Max Scherzer was tagged for a single by Ichiro Suzuki to leadoff the inning for the Marlins and Yelich doubled and Ozuna hit a 3 run HR to put the Marlins up for good as Scherzer would give up 2 more runs over 5 innings and take the loss in a 5-1 game. Scherzer said he knows what his issues were in this game as he wasn’t finishing his pitches. Scherzer says he knows what to do to correct it, and doesn’t need any other adjustments. Scherzer lives on swing & miss and wasn’t achieving much of that.
It seems the Nats took on a different personality after Scherzer gave up the 3 runs in the 1st inning and the Nats went flat. Only Ramos tallied a hit on the day to go with Bryce’s HR, and Daniel Murphy‘s hit streak came to an end.
The Nats head back to DC with an 11-4 record.
Now for some fun stats:
- Bryce Harper is on pace for 86 HRs this year
- Bryce Harper is on pace for 237 RBIs this year
- Bryce Harper is on pace to finish with 183 career HRs this year
- Bryce Harper is on pace to drive in his 100th RBI in the 69th game of the season on June 18th in San Diego vs. the Padres