Washington fell behind after starting pitcher Tanner Roark gave up three runs in the fourth inning. The Phillies added another run in the fifth before the Nationals scored four Cheap UK Basketball Jerseys runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The game then went scoreless until the ninth inning when Harper sent a moonshot into another stratosphere.
The Nationals and Bryce Harper came to terms Saturday on a one-year extension of the right fielder’s contract, under which he will make $21.65 million in 2018. The extension marks the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player in MLB history.
The Nationals (23-12) appear to have a solid grasp on the NL East, even though it’s only mid-March.
In other words, again, players view a sacrifice fly as an intentional act — just like a sac bunt.
“When there is a guy on third with less than two out, I know I want to get the ball in the air. A base hit would be great, don’t get me wrong, but I want to get the run in,” said the Phillies’ Cameron Rupp. “I don’t understand why it wouldn’t count the same as a sac bunt. … I think it does need to be changed, 100 percent.”
In all, I spoke to an even dozen current and former ballplayers — Hall of Famer Tim Raines (76 career sac flies), Jerry Hairston Jr. (35 career sac flies) and Phillies slugger Tommy Joseph (six sac flies in 2016) also among them — and the jury is in: There is no reason that the sacrifice fly should be held against a player’s on-base percentage.