Bryce Harper reached base in seven of eight plate appearances in the Nationals’ sweep of the doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs on Saturday in Washington, D.C., going 2 for 3 in 10-3 and 6-5 wins, with a home run, two RBIs, five walks, and three runs scored overall.
Harper, 25, has reached base in reached base in 22 of his last 33 plate appearances going back to the 1st of September, and in 14 games in a row going back to August 25th, over which he’s put up a .297/.526/.541 line with three doubles, two home runs, 19 walks, and 10 Ks in 57 PAs in that stretch.
His five walks against the Cubs left him with 110 total this season, and he’s now ranked first in the National League and second in the majors in walks, with his homer against the Cubs giving him 32 total (tied for 3rd in the NL), and he’s tied for fourth in runs scored (92), sixth in RBIs (91), fifth in OBP (.391), eighth in OPS (.899), and tenth in SLG (.508).
Since the All-Star Break, the Nationals’ center/right fielder is 51 for 155 (.329/.448/.594) with 14 doubles, nine home runs, 32 walks, and 45 Ks in 192 PAs.
Harper’s home run in the bottom of the seventh on Saturday night, ended up driving in the winning runs in what ended up a one-run win when the Nationals and Cubs finally wrapped the game up around 1:42 AM following a rain delay that made an already-long afternoon in the nation’s capital that much longer.
The two-run homer and the work the rest of the team did got the Nationals their first win in both ends of a doubleheader since 2015.
“I’m proud of the boys, all of them,” Davey Martinez said after the win in the second of two on Saturday night.
“They played through some awful weather and they battled for two games and then through the wee hours of the morning.”
There’s more bad weather in the forecast tonight in Philadelphia, and it looks like it’s going to be an issue all week.
We’ll see if they end up playing...