Bryce Harper started this afternoon's matchup with Julio Teheran and the Braves 11 for 25 career vs the right-hander (.440/.533/.1.040) with three doubles and four home runs off Atlanta's starter.
One of the four home runs came in his first 2016 at bat, when he took Teheran deep to right in Turner Field on Opening Day.
He also started the day one home run shy of 100 home runs in the majors.
Harper grounded out in his first at bat against the Braves' starter today, but when he stepped in for the second time there was no where to put him after Washington loaded the bases with two down and the Nationals' defending NL MVP did not disappoint, sending an absolute bomb of a home run out to right field for HR No. 100 of his major league career.
With that, Harper joined fairly exclusive company in the franchise history, alongside Ryan Zimmerman (200) and Ian Desmond (110) as the only Nationals (2005-present) to hit 100 home runs in a Nationals uniform.
As the Nationals noted on Twitter, Harper is the eighth-youngest player to reach the 100 HR mark:
At 23 years, 181 days old, @Bharper3407 is the 8th-youngest player in MLB history to hit 100 HR. #100HarperHomers pic.twitter.com/gG86qzeZ8n— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 14, 2016
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 14, 2016
GRAND SLAM STYLE!
Congrats, @Bharper3407! #100HarperHomers pic.twitter.com/kezOXyqpKw
The only players in major league history to reach 100 home runs quicker than Harper?
- Mel Ott (22 years, 132 days)
- Tony Conigliaro (22 years, 197 days)
- Eddie Matthews (22 years, 292 days)
- Alex Rodriguez (23 years, 16 days)
- Andruw Jones (23 years, 62 days)
- Miguel Cabrera (23 years, 127 days)
- Johnny Bench (23 years, 161 days).