Bryce Harper was 1 for 1 with two walks and two runs scored through six innings tonight and the Washington Nationals were up 6-0 on the Los Angeles Dodgers after four and a half when LA catcher A.J. Ellis lined to right field. Harper, who's out there with Jayson Werth on the DL, started in, then broke back and tracked the ball to the wall, but just as he realized he wouldn't get it he turned and ran face first into the wall, knocking himself down and maybe out and opening a cut on his neck. The Nats' 20-year-old outfielder appeared to argue with the team's trainer and manager Davey Johnson that he could remain in the game, but the Nationals' right fielder was lifted and appeared a bit dazed as he headed into the clubhouse.
Roger Bernadina took over for Washington in right field. Jordan Zimmermann gave up a run in the bottom of the inning, but the Nationals took a five-run lead into the sixth.
• Here's how it will read in the post game:
"After sitting through a 39 pitch inning by Dodgers' right-hander Javy Guerra, Nationals' starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up what ended up being a triple on a fly to right by Los Angeles' catcher A.J. Ellis that right fielder Bryce Harper tracked to the wall, watching it intently over his shoulder. Harper turned around too late, just in time to run into the fenced scoreboard/wall in Dodger Stadium face first, full-steam and he looked like he knocked himself out or at least knocked the wind out and somehow cut his neck which bled as he stood and steadied himself with the help of the Nats' trainer and under the watchful eye of Nats' skipper Davey Johnson. Harper left the game, under his own power though he looked a little dazed. 'Dazed at least,' as Vin Scully put it. Ellis scored on a Skip Schumaker groundout in the next at bat to make it 6-1 Nats, but Zimmermann retired the next two batters in order to complete a 14-pitch inning at 59 overall."
Nationals lead 6-1 in the 6th. We'll update on Harper when the Nationals do...
• No embed codes yet, but here's a link to the video: