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Bryce Harper does something Derek Jeter never did

Jun 16, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

Bryce Harper

But only after Derek Jeter almost did it himself.

Bryce Harper went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts Saturday as the Nationals lost to the Yankees 5-3 in 14 innings.

With two outs and the tying run on base in the 14th, Harper grounded out to end the game, his worst to date as a major leaguer.

It was almost Jeter’s worst game as well. The future Hall of Famer singled into the hole between short and third in the top of the 14th to avoid what would have been his first 0-for-7 ever. He also committed an error in the game.

The game went into extra innings after home plate umpire Ted Barrett botched a call in the eighth, denying the Nationals’ their fourth run even though Tyler Moore touched home plate well ahead of Russell Martin‘s tag.

Mark Teixeira had the big hit for the Yankees, driving in both runs in the 14th with his double. Freddy Garcia, making his first appearance in 11 days and just his second since May 21, recorded the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Rafael Soriano got the save despite a shaky bottom of the 14th.

  1. bleedgreen - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Who is Brett Harper?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      Whoops… damn headlines get me all of the time.

      Oh, and Brett Harper has 24 homers in the Mexican League this year. And, no, he’s not related.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        Brett Lawrie on the other hand was 2 for 5 as the Jays beat the Phillies in 10. Cliff Lee coughed up a 5 to 2 lead and remains win-less this season.

    • jdocker - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      “Brett Harper has 24 homers in the Mexican League this year. And, no, he’s not related.”

      To be fair, I’m pretty sure Derek Jeter never did that either :)

  2. djpostl - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    He related to Bryce Harper?

  3. mybrunoblog - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Harper can’t throw the clown question line today at reporters who ask him ” hey Bryce, have you eve gone 0 for 7 before?”

    • yahmule - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      Especially since he refused to speak to the media after the game.

      • mybrunoblog - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM

        Did he really? That is some weak shit.

  4. randygnyc - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    The Yankees won a game they clearly didn’t deserve. The missed call at home plate was terrible. The win is their 8th in a row and 18 of their last 22. The Yankees pitching staff has been the best in MLB during the month of June with a team era of 2.14. A Yankee win tomorrow would be a rare road trip sweep. As the Yankees separate themselves from the chaff in the AL, they finally proved they can win a game without the benefit of a home run. The last team in baseball to do it this year. If the Yankees can improve they’re horrific offense with RISP (today 2-18), they’ll run away with the division.

    • Gonzo - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      Which goes to show that hitting homers helps win games.

    • djpostl - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      True but 3 of the Nats first 4 hits (including the one that generated their only two runs prior to the 8th) came off broken bats while the Yanks were lining the ball over the place in the form of “at ’em balls” & upper deck shots going foul by a few rows of seats.

      The homeplate umps’ strikezone was a damn joke to boot, especially that rally killing called third strike on Tex that would have hit a right handed batter in the ass.

      The Baseball God’s giveth & taketh away and in the end the team that squared up on more stuff today got the “w”.

    • tomtravis76 - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      MLB needs instant replay. What is wrong with getting the call right? It takes very little time to have a 4th ump review plays and be dialed in with the homeplate ump to get the correct call. It is stupid to have the home viewers see that the umps are not getting the job done. MLB has to embrace technology for the growth of the game. Talk about being able to fix games, the umps never overturn anything, they just use the its the way I saw it.

  5. jdilla313 - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Huh. never heard of brett harper. That would be amazing if was as good as bryce harper.

    • obpedmypants - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      Huh. never heard that comment before. That would be amazing if people would read comments before posting them.

  6. randygnyc - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    I’ve said it before, but as far as cliff lee and Roy Halliday are concerned, I’m certain they’re second guessing their decisions to sign for Philly. The money would be similar, anywhere. They signed figuring they’d be winning there. The ring being the impetus. Now that they’re aging, along with the ball club, enduring season altering injuries and a window that is closing rapidly, if it remains open at all, I wonder if they consider their decisions a mistake. History will be that ultimate arbiter. And that will only be determined if they win a world series championship.

    • Gonzo - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      Thanks for your input, Randy.

      /said no one.

    • djpostl - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Wonder when the fire sale in Philly starts lol.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jun 17, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      I didn’t see CLiff Leee or Roy Halladay mentioned in the article. Thanks for correcting that glaring omisssion.

  7. mudhead123 - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Thanks for your input Randy

    / says me

  8. watermelon1 - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    If the Nata want to pull a Orioles-type move… Keep putting guys like brad lidge and mike Gonzalez on the mound and they
    Will pitch you right out of the playoff picture.

  9. randygnyc - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Wait a sec. Harper left the stadium after refusing to speak to reporters? Is this true?

  10. thenoblebard93 - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Clown outing bro

  11. chill1184 - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    People seem to forget that Harper is still a rookie, stuff like this does happen.

  12. randygnyc - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    I agree that call was shameful. Sure, today my favorite team benefitted from the blown call, but I’d rather the call be correct. If that means losing today, so be it. It would be comforting to know that whenever feasible, the right call would be made. That’s only possible with technology and replay.

  13. djm426 - Jun 17, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    Yea,a world series,national league pennant,5 straight divisional titles n playing in front of a sell out crowd every night…philadelphia is such a bad place to play

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      It is this season, so far. Cliff Lee winless in mid-June! Something’s gone terribly wrong in Philly.

  14. natstowngreg - Jun 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Giancarlo Stanton and Omar Infante went 0-7 for the Fish. It happens, though rarely.

  15. sparky1002 - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Inspite of the missed run at home it was one exciting game of two well matched ballclubs going tit for tat. A game I spent cursing and cheering for the game we love so well. There will be more, the Yankees guarantee it!

  16. wlschneider09 - Jun 17, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Perhaps the most ominous fact was brought up in the Washington Post this morning, the Yanks pounded Harper with low and away sliders and he couldn’t lay off. Hence the eternal arms race for young hitters begins: the Yankees found a hole in Harper’s swing and exploited it. Other teams are sure to follow suit. How long before Harper adjusts, this will be perhaps the best indicator of his future success, much more so than his first 100 abs.

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