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THIS IS ANOTHER HUGE PIECE OF HARPER HISTORY ( READ WHAT DETWILER SAYS AT THE BOTTOM!)
HIS 1ST MAJOR LEAGUE WALK OFF EVER DONE IN MAGICAL FASHION IN THE 12TH INNING
I REMEMBER LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY
SIGNED BY DAVEY THIS IS JUST ANOTHER PIECE THAT WILL CLIMB IN VALUE WHILE THIS 22 YR OLD CONTINUES TO RACK UP RECORDS .....
AMAZING HARPER AMAZIN INDEED
Harper earned his firstwalkoffhit on June 5, 2012 with an RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning against theNew York Mets.Bryce Harper's single in 12th pushes Nats past Mets
You might think 19-year-oldBryce Harperwould savor the moment after his first game-winning hit with two outs to give his team an extra-inning win.
Instead, after lifting theWashington Nationalsto a 7-6 win against theNew York Metsin 12 innings Tuesday night, Harper was upset with his line in the box score.
"I'm happy to get the W, of course. I'm happy to get that walk-off hit, but I don't like going 2 for 7," Harper said. "I don't like striking out twice in one game, either."
He then said the game-winner would mitigate his disappointment.
"To get that moment at the end, that wipes everything away," Harper said.
Harper's single ended a back-and-forth game that saw the Mets rally from a 3-0 early deficit to take leads in the top of the eighth, 10th and 12th innings -- only to have the Nationals tie the game in the bottom of the frame each time.
Scott Hairstonhit a solo homer in the top of the 12th to give New York a 6-5 lead, but the Nationals rallied whenMichael Morseled off with his second double of the game.Ian Desmondfollowed with another double for his third RBI.
RelieverElvin Ramirez(0-1) walked two batters to load the bases, and a fielder's choice byXavier Nadyleft the bases loaded with two outs for Harper, who lined an 0-2 pitch to left field. The ball fell just in front of a divingVinny Rottino.
"He's a man-child," Morse said of Harper. "This guy's unbelievable. He's really learning this game. Every day, I think he's taking something in. ... When he plays like he plays, it's fun to watch and it's good to have him on our side."
The Nationals are alone atop the National League East, a game ahead of Miami -- which lost to Atlanta -- and 1 1/2 games ahead of the Mets.
Both managers emptied their bullpens as the game wore on. Ramirez, the Mets' sixth pitcher, was making his second major league appearance.Ross Detwiler(4-3) pitched the final two innings as the Nationals' eighth.
"It would have been very easy for this team, for the hitters, to just say, 'OK, we'll just go get them tomorrow,'" Detwiler said. "But we weathered the storm, we came back out there and fought."
Hairston also gave the Mets the lead in the 10th when he led off with a single and later scored on a wild pitch byHenry Rodriguez-- Rodriguez's ninth in 21 innings this season. The Nationals tied it in the bottom of the inning, thanks to two errors by shortstopJordany Valdespin-- including a grounder by Desmond that bounced off his glove, allowingRyan Zimmermanto score -- and a wild pitch byBobby Parnell.
The Mets fell behind 3-0 after five innings and started their comeback with solo home runs byDavid Wrightand Valdespin in the sixth.Andres Torreshit a two-run double in the eighth to give New York a 4-3 lead.
Desmond tied the game at 4 with a run-scoring single in the eighth to set up extra innings.
Valdespin led off the sixth with a pinch-hit home run into the Nationals' bullpen in right field. It was the rookie's second pinch-hit homer this season. Wright added another solo homer with two outs, barely clearing the wall in left-center field. It was Wright's 736th career run scored, setting a Mets franchise record.
"The toughest part is the way we fought back," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "You're down three. We fight back. We get the lead. We lose the lead, get the lead, lose the lead, we get the lead and then we lose the game. That's very tough. The guys played very well."
According to the Nationals, Harper is the first teenager to have a game-ending hit sinceGary Sheffielddid it for the Brewers on Sept. 9, 1988.
"I don't think of him as a 19-year-old kid, but that's exactly what he is," Detwiler said. "He's going to be around for a long time, so it's awesome to see him learn and really grow as a player right now. You know he's going to be in the same position he's in now in 10, 15 years. It's pretty cool to see the beginning of it."
Bryce HarperHarper with the Washington NationalsWashington Nationals – No. 34OutfielderBorn:October 16, 1992(age22)
Las debutApril 28,2012for theWashington NationalsCareer statistics
(through April 15, 2015)Batting average.271Hits363Home runs57Runs batted in151Runs213Teams
- Washington highlights and awards
- 2×MLB All-Star(2012,2013)
- NL Rookie of the Year(2012)
- Golden Spikes Award(2010)
- Home Run Derbyparticipant (2013)
- Home Run DerbyFinalist (2013)
Bryce Aron Max Harper(born October 16, 1992) is theWashington NationalsofMajor League Baseball. Harper was selected by the Nationals with the first overall pick in the2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He stands at 6 feet 3inches and weighs 225lbs.
Harper won the 2010Golden Spikes Award, awarded annually to the into the 2012 season, baseball prospect-watchers, includingBaseball America,MLB.com, andBaseball Prospectusroutinely ranked Harper as a top-3 prospect. He made his MLB debut with the Nationals on April 28, 2012. Harper was selected for the2012 All-Star Game, becoming the youngest position player to ever be selected.He has been touted as a "five-tool player".He has been chosen as the No. 2 corner outfielder in the MLB by professional baseball analytics.