The summer pass and the team’s better performance has led to a surge over the middle third of the year.
This is Bryce Harper, and he’s here to destroy the 3-2 curveball you kindly set on a tee. The Washington Nationals slugger showed no mercy on Saturday night, greeting the debuting Diamondbacks top pitching prospect with a monstrous home run that easily cleared the pool area at Chase Field and found a home deep in the second deck. Harper hit it so hard, and so far, that like Aaron Judge’s home run that nearly left Safeco Field entirely on Friday, there were no initial readings on Statcast.
Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg left Sunday's game in Arizona after only two innings with an apparent injury. There was no immediate word from the team as to the reason for his early departure.? Strasburg had noticeable problems with his command in the second inning, walking the No. 8 and 9 batters in the Arizona Diamondbacks' lineup. The Nationals scored four runs in the first inning off Robbie Ray and led 5-0 when Strasburg departed. Strasburg threw 51 pitches, 29 of them strikes, in his shortest outing of the season. He entered the game with a 10-3 record and a 3.21 ERA.?The 29-year-old Strasburg has an injury history, including undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010. The Nationals