Sport Bryce Harper crushes walk-off, three-run bomb to topple Phillies

00:30  17 april  2017
00:30  17 april  2017 Source:   Sporting News

Here are 12 wild facts on Phillies' monster 12-run first inning against Nationals

  Here are 12 wild facts on Phillies' monster 12-run first inning against Nationals Is it physically possible to have a bad year in one inning? Because it looks like Nationals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie attemptedto do it. The 13-year veteranThe 13-year veteran of five different teams gave up six hits, walked four and allowed 10 earned runs to come across the plate in the first inning of his first start of the season against the Phillies Saturday.

Bryce Harper has hit some impressive home runs in his MLB career, but he took that to another May 14: Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp holds on to the ball after a collision with Reds third May 9: Cubs infielder Javier Baez celebrates his walk - off home run in the 13th inning against the Nationals.

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Bryce Harper © (Getty Images) Bryce Harper

As it turns out, this Bryce Harper fellacan hit.

On Sunday, already with one homer on the day, launched a three-run tater off Joaquin Benoit on a two-out, full-count pitch with the Nationals trailing by one, giving Washington a 6-4 victory over Philadelphia.

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The homer by Harper is his fourth of the season, and it was a no-doubter:

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Harper is scorching-hot to start the season, hitting .333 with a 1.099 OPS and 13 RBI. It's still early, though — the 2015 NL MVP got off to a similar start in 2016.

He is coming off his worst season of his career, in which he hit .243 (but still slashed .373/.441/.814), but looks poised not to repeat it in 2017.

Phillies ready to give Hector Neris save opportunities .
The Phillies' closer situation may not seem like a huge deal under normal circumstances, but they are finally giving their best reliever a chance to shine. Since trading Ken Giles to the Astros in December 2015, Philadelphia has been struggling to find a consistent presence to close out games. April's follies alone have epitomized their desperation and cluelessness.Manager Pete Mackanin started this season with Jeanmar Gomez closing games. That, predictably did not work. Then, inexplicably, Mackanin turned to 39-year-old Joaquin Benoit, who ultimately served up a game-losing three-run home run to Bryce Harper.


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