On the day that it was announced that Bryce Harper signed a record-breaking arbitration contract of $21.625 million for next year, Bryce proved in baseball terms that he is worth every cent of that as he won another game for the Nats. Harper now has 5 career walk-off home runs going into only his 6th season. This walk-off is like deja vu all over again as Harper did this to Philadelphia less than a month ago to walk them off on a home run to centerfield.
The Washington Nationals were looking at a 4-0 deficit, and they chipped away to tie the game up on a 2-run home run by Trea Turner and a 2-run double by Ryan Zimmerman. The bullpen technically gave up no runs which kept the game tied for the heroics of Bryce Harper who crushed a 2-run home run to walk-off on the Phillies.
The starter, Tanner Roark, struggled with his control and velocity and left the game with 2 men on in the 5th inning and was charged with four earned run. The Nats bullpen covered 4 1/3 innings by Joe Blanton, Jacob Turner, Enny Romero, Kola Glover, and Shawn Kelley to keep the game tied.
Pinch-hitter extraordinaire Adam Lind led-off the 9th inning with a single to move his pinch-hitting domination to 7-12 with 3 home runs. With Lind on first base, it set up the heroics for Bryce Harper who crushed a low fastball in the middle of the plate over the centerfield wall for the walk-off home run and a 6-4 winner.
“You have to want to be the man in that situation, and you have to want to be up there in that situation,” Dusty Baker said about Bryce Harper. “He didn’t try to pull it and he hit it out to the biggest part of the ballpark.”