Harper entered Monday night's contest against the New York Mets with a.300/.479/.740 line with an MLB-leading seven home runs, 20 walks (against only 11 strikeouts) and an OPS of 1.219. Unfortunately for deGrom, it didn't matter.
Bryce Harper watches the flight of his broken bat home run. Harper, a product of Las Vegas High School and the College of Southern Nevada, hit his major league-leading eighth home run, a solo shot in the first inning on a 95 miles per hour fastball from Jacob deGrom. He's on another level right now and clearly, it's getting noticed.
Facing Jacob deGrom with two outs in the first inning, Bryce swung hard on an inside baseball, shattering his bat and leaving himself with only a handle in his hands.
Rockies 6, Pirates 2 • Trevor Story drilled a three-run home run to help Colorado keep its road surge going.
Hellickson has scattered six hits and allowed only two runs.
Nationals: 3B Anthony Rendon (bruised left big toe) is still sore after fouling a ball off his foot Friday. The slugger was hitting just.190, striking out 26 times in 58 at-bats. Cespedes flied out as a pinch hitter. Story later added a single for just his second multihit game of the season, boosting his batting average from.177 to.200. He grounded out as a pinch hitter. He's kidded that he likes the Latin food in the clubhouse, the planes that fly overhead and the ballpark's features, but says there's no real secret to his success at the Mets' home. Over the weekend, he was one for 15 with 10 strikeouts against Washington.
The Nats (7-9) are looking to make up ground on the Mets, who are off to a red-hot 13-2 start.