Bryce Harper worked the count full and hit a towering 407 foot homer into the upper deck in Nationals Park, impressing his manager/bench coach. Jayson Werth worked the count full and walked with one down in the bottom of the seventh inning last night, setting Bryce Harper up with a runner on in what was a 3-1 game as Harper stepped to the plate against San Diego Padres reliever Kirby Yates. Harper took a mid-90s fastball inside, 3-1, fouled off a 94 mph heater, 3-2, fouled off a backdoor slider, then unloaded on a full-count slider, sending it into the upper deck in right field for a two-run home run that put the Washington Nationals up by four, 5-1.
Stephen Strasburg tossed seven scoreless innings on the mound, striking out 15 Padres batters in a 3-0 Nationals win. Stephen Strasburg set a new career high strikeout total (15) with one last strikeout in the top of the seventh, completing seven scoreless on the mound on 108 pitches this afternoon in a 3-0 win over the San Diego Padres. Strasburg dominated the overmatched NL West club, limiting the Padres to three hits and one walk, and scoring a run himself on a play at the plate in the Nationals half of the third.
The Cleveland Indians and Frank Robinson made history four decades ago when he became the first African-American manager in the major leagues. They celebrated again on Saturday when they unveiled a statue of Robinson before their game against Kansas City. “It's such a great day here,” he said in a speech during the ceremony. “I didn't think I would see this day. I never thought I would be here to see something like this.” The Indians hired Robinson following the 1974 season and he made his debut on April 8, 1975. Still active as a player, he made the day even more memorable by hitting a home run in his first at-bat. The statue shows Robinson holding the lineup card with the Indians' batting order