PHOENIX – Bryce Harper spent the entire weekend squeezing pitches into every corner of Chase Field without showing anything for it. Finally, he started one more than the park tonight, or his newly installed humidor might be included.
With a go-ahead on a 3-0 throw by Zack Godley in the top of the third, Harper sent a 448-foot home run soaring to the back of the right-wing field stand, just a few rows in front of a bright red truck the hall can be seen.
It came in the last game of a series in which Harper and several other teammates have established the kind of contact that is normally used to homeruns leads, but could not find the seats Here's the most hitter-friendly Chase Field, a theory that stood in the clubhouse visitors all weekend: the humidor used here to keep baseball from getting too dry in the desert ( Similar to Coors for years) Field in Denver) has a dramatic effect.
The Nats jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, thanks to the two guys beating Harper in the lineup. Trea Turner performed the game with a walk, then stole the second and then met Howie Kendrick 's RBI single to right center
Had the lead, Jeremy Hellickson went straight to work and picked up where he left off in San Diego earlier this week when he made a perfect play in the seventh inning. Hellickson retired the first seven Arizona batters he faced tonight, only needing 15 pitches to complete his first two innings.
The Diamondbacks came on the board in the bottom of the third though, when Ketel Marte singled out and scored on David Peraltas
Update: They opened the roof here after the fourth inning, and the Nats took advantage immediately the warmer air by crushing two solo homeruns. Turner was first and rolled a ball in the left bullpen. Mark Reynolds who met here as Diamondback's several homers, followed with his first as National. In the middle of sixth position, Davey Martinez took the lead 4: 1, and then decided to go with the numbers and pull Hellickson, twice beating his opponent's line-up. Hellickson, who has only played 61 games, will not be happy about it, but that's how the Nats treat him. Sammy Solís takes sixth place
Update II: Things have taken a dramatic turn here and not the positive from the Nats point of view. Although Solís and Trevor Gott came together to survive the sixth unscathed, Brandon Kintzler could not survive seventh place. The right-handed went three runs in four matches, with Daniel Descalso offering two-two-doubles at 4-4. After Hellickson retired 15 out of 18 batters, Nats relievers retired only five of the first 11 batters they faced. That's not good, especially if the starter was pulled after only 61 pitches.
Update III: This just became "The Mark Reynolds Game." Two innings, having made his first homer as National, veteran Slugger blew up his second homer as a national player, this was a two-run shot to deep left center of Archie Bradley to give his new team a 6-4 lead over his old team to give that to the bottom of the eighth.
Update IV: Ball Game. Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle combined to record the last seven outs for the Nationals and achieve a 6-4 victory. Behind Reynolds & # 39; two big explosions, the Nats complete a four-game run of the Diamondbacks and return home after a 6-1 win away to the West Coast – best six games over .500.