Dusty Bakers Nationals try to salvage the finale of the three-game set with the Mets after dropping the first two in Nats Park. Bryce Harper went 17 for 29 (.586/.684/1.103) with six doubles and three home runs over the first nine games of Washingtons ten-game road trip through Atlanta, New York and Colorado and he homered in the finale of the four-game set in Coors Field. Bryce is fine.
Shoulder injuries don’t have to be damning for hitters. Look at the 469-foot home run Hanley Ramirez decimated Saturday in a 7-4 loss to the Cubs. Yes, he’s gotten off to a slow start. Through 19 games played, he has two long balls. But he had just one homer through the same number of games in 2016. He’s hitting .250 now. A year ago at this point, he was hitting .266. “Last year, Hanley started slow,” hitting coach Chili Davis said prior to the Cubs series. “I watched him, work, and work, and work, and work, and you know, he didn’t abandon what he was working on. He didn’t abandon it, he stuck with it and he perfect ed it. And when he perfected it, he went off. He’s still working. “Timing, consistency
Orioles affiliates played five games on Saturday and won four of them. Thats pretty good! Even better, some prospects who matter did well. Norfolk Tides 4, Syracuse (Walgreens) 3In what may be against the rules for an Orioles affiliate, the Tides drew