Bryce Harper did what he does last night, and what he does is crush home runs. In the very first inning against the home-standing Arizona Diamondbacks, the 24-year-old gave the Washington Nationals a 1-0 lead after hitting a colossal 467-foot home run which landed in Chase Field’s concourse.
Harper’s 25th dinger of the season came at the expense of Anthony Banda who was making his big league debut. Welcome to the bigs, Anthony!
Banda did settle down after that, but the Nationals rode the moon shot to a 4-3 win.
“We had pretty good at-bats,” Harper said. “That’s a young guy out there that throws the ball really hard, has good stuff, has good command. He’s going to be really good in the next couple years for sure. So just we got him this time and got a few runs up there and won the ballgame.”
Harper also extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
“It was a great atmosphere,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “Unfortunately, we just came up on the wrong end of things. Anthony Banda had a tremendous outing against a very offensive team. I felt like he was making pitches, doing his job, being consistent with his execution.”
The Nationals wrap up a 9-game road trip in Zona this afternoon with Stephen Strasburg on the hill. D-Backs send out lefty Robbie Ray.