What do major league pitchers Bryan Morris, Carlos Torres, Cody Martin, Joaquin Benoit and Edubral Cabrera all have in common?
They are the five pitchers who have surrendered walk-off home runs hit by Washington Nationals’ slugger Bryce Harper, who collected his fifth career game-winning home run last night in the nation’s capital.
It was Harper’s second of the year against the Phillies.
He took a center-cut 0-1 fastball from Cabrera to deep center field, some 438 ft from home, bouncing it off the green wall behind the outfield fence for his 11th home run of the season overall.
The fact that it came just hours after he agreed on a record-setting 1-year/$21.625M deal for 2018 only added to the excitement in D.C.
“Nobody can say he ain’t worth the money,” Nats’ skipper Dusty Baker told reporters after the 6-4 win in Nationals Park.
Harper told MASN’s Dan Kolko that he dedicated the latest walk-off winner to his mother on this holiday weekend.
“Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there,” Harper said. “I know how hard you guys work and I know how hard my mom works, so that’s for her.”
Harper ended his 32nd game of the season with a .368/.493/.726 line, nine doubles, 11 home runs and 209 wRC+ in 146 plate appearances, over which he’s been worth an NL best 2.5 fWAR.
For his efforts in the Nationals’ win, Harper got the Topps NOW treatment again...
[ed. note - “Harper hit his 12th home run in his first at bat today.”]
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