Bryce Harper ties Philadelphia HR record, keeps going deep

By Jeff Neiburg, The Sports Xchange  |  April 18, 2016 at 8:32 AM
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PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper wishes his bit of homer history would have occurred in a winning effort, but he certainly won't argue the company.

Harper hit a towering home run in the top of the 10th inning Sunday afternoon to give him homers in six consecutive games at Citizens Bank Park and hand the Washington Nationals a 2-1 lead they would later blow. The Philadelphia Phillies rallied for a 3-2 win in 10 innings.

Harper, who homered in each of his past four games overall and now has six homers and 15 RBIs on the year, joined Ernie Banks as the only two players to hit home runs in Philadelphia in six straight games.

"I just love playing here," Harper said. "I see the ball really well here. It's a great place to play, great park to play in.

"It's awesome, definitely a pleasure to even be in the same sentence as Ernie Banks. But at the end of the day, you want to win ballgames."

His team is doing plenty of that, and Harper is a big -- perhaps the biggest -- reason why. The Nationals, off to their best start in franchise history, are 9-2, the best record in baseball.

The 23-year-old outfielder raised his batting average to a stellar .359 to go with a .458 on-base percentage. His 1.356 OPS ranks first in the majors.

"This is what I heard about him," manager Dusty Baker said. "And I'd seen it a few times on TV. But what he's doing is MVP star stuff. I've been fortunate to have some great players, played with them and played for me. He's certainly making his mark."

"MVP star stuff" isn't something different for Harper, who won the award as the NL's unanimous MVP in 2015. With Harper coming into his prime, the Nationals, who added talent in the offseason, could be set for a successful season.

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