Bryce Harper is a freak of nature.
Its been known for years that Harper can put any pitch basically anywhere in a major league ballpark and his defensive abilities are on the same level. Earlier this week, he busted open a ball just by hitting it foul! In his younger days, the now 24-year-old was willing to lay his whole body out on the line. He has slowly aged into a five-year veteran and the defensive plays are not as prevalent.
On Saturday, he reminded us of his Gold Glove abilities out in right and delivered a rocket to add to his career highlight reel.
Tied in the top of the ninth against the Texas Rangers, the Nationals bullpen was on the way to falling apart again at Nationals Park. Shin-Soo Choo had just hit a homer off of Koda Glover, and was followed by a single, walk, and a double. There were then runners on second and third and a 3-1 lead erased. No outs.
Harper momentarily saved the day, delivering a perfect ball into the catching glove of Jose Lobaton.
A throw recorded at 98.2 mph.
Originally the runner, Pete Kozma, was called safe at home. Upon further review, it was deemed that Kozma's foot did not reach the plate in time and Harper's throw did indeed get him out.
If this is not on the short list for defensive play of the year at the end of the season, someone needs to find a new job.
The double play got Washington (38-23) out of the inning but it was not enough to will the team to a victory. A three run home-run by Robinson Chirinos gave the Rangers the edge in the 11th, giving Texas (29-32) the 6-3 win.