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Bryce Harper logs his first multi-homer game of 2014

Aug 31, 2014, 10:30 PM EST

The Nationals have been on a home run binge in Seattle against the Mariners. On Friday, against AL Cy Young candidate Felix Hernandez, they slugged six of them. Jayson Werth added another on Saturday, and the Nats clubbed three of them on Sunday.

Bryce Harper hit two of them, both solo shots off of Hisashi Iwakuma. It marked his first multi-homer game of 2014, the fifth of his career, and his first since April 20, 2013. The first of his two home runs on Sunday was a no-doubter that ricocheted off of the window of the stadium club at Safeco Field.

Harper finishes out the month of August with seven home runs after entering the month with all of three on the season. The surge comes only weeks after many speculated that Harper could have been demoted to Triple-A.

  1. goskinsvt - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Holy cow that went far.

  2. teejayss - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Harper=Beastmode… Nats>your team..dont u forget it

  3. joehahntpt - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    I really just want him to stay healthy next season. I’d love to see what happens with him in ~150 games…That would show the world what he is actually made of…

  4. lgwelsh1 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    A kick in the pants is what he needed, coming down a few pegs did wonders for this kid. Let’s see if he can keep it up.

    • jwbiii - Sep 1, 2014 at 1:10 AM

      Some, including me, might think that his July power outage was due to his April hand surgery. Does the mental/emotional weakness angle fit with his style of play?

      • recoveringcubsfan - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        Look at you, trying to find reasons for things. Let’s just agree that intangibles and speculation are more important than cause-effect. Also, he fails sometimes because God is with the other team.

  5. jdillydawg - Sep 1, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    But at least Ackley’s was the one that spared the M’s from getting swept. Not a pretty series for the M’s, but I’ll take what I can get at this point.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      Ackley certainly jumped all over Nats pitching in the series; I rather hoped the Nats would have beaten the Phillies in the series prior, then they could have lost to the M’s (because I’d like to see Seattle in the playoffs). Still hoping for you guys.

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:39 AM

    A couple of commenters on another Harper post on Saturday seemed to suggest that when Bryce homers, it isn’t actual production but merely an indication of his potential, however unrealized. I wonder how many he has to hit before it becomes actual production. Hmmm.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      For some, the answer is, it will never be actual production. He could hit 500 homers; The Narrative(tm) will still say, he underachieved. That happens when you’re hyped as The Next Great Thing, and expected to perform great feats on a regular basis.

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  8. lphboston - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Poor writing.
    “Many” did not speculate that Harper would be sent down. Only a few did.
    Matt Williams rightly called it nonsense.

    Really don’t like Harper in the 6 hole, but I think next year he moves to 3, especially against right-handers.

    Span (L)
    Rendon (R)
    Harper (L)
    Ryan Zimmerman (R) (1B)

    Not a bad 1-4

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