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Bryce Harper mashes grand slam, continues dominance of helpless Braves pitcher

Bryce Harper mashes grand slam, continues dominance of helpless Braves pitcher

With the Capitals and Wizards both engaged in playoff battles, DC sports fans could be forgiven for not devoting much time to the Nationals on Wednesday night.

Those who did, though, were rewarded with an impressive showing by Bryce Harper. 

Against the Braves, Harper racked up a stat line in two innings that many major leaguers would call a solid week. First came this solo blast off of starter Julio Teheran:

But the Nats superstar apparently didn't like the feeling of hitting a home run and running the bases alone. So in the next frame, he decided to launch a grand slam, too:

Those two dingers were just the latest dingers that Harper has hit off of the hopeless and helpless Atlanta pitcher:

Because I'm a very honest journalist, I'll admit that I was fixated on the two postseason affairs that were happening at the same time as Harper's destruction of Teheran. Luckily, my mom sent me a text after Harper's second homer to let me know what was going down:

Congratulations to Bryce Harper for his excellent evening, and congratulations to my mom for making it into a blog, even if she still isn't totally sure what a blog is. 


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Bryce Harper named National League Player of the Week

Bryce Harper named National League Player of the Week

If you've understandably been caught up with the Capitals and Wizards in their respective playoff series, you might not be aware of just how hot Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is right now. Fresh off a three-game sweep of the rival Mets in New York, Harper was named National League Player of the Week. 

For the whole week, Harper hit .550 (11-for-20) with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven walks and 10 runs scored. 

He is now leading all of baseball in batting average (.400), he's tied for second in homers (7), and he's alone in second in RBI (20). He's also amassed a blistering 1.340 OPS through the team's first 18 games. 

Harper's biggest game of the past week came in Atlanta when he went yard twice, with his second homer being a grand slam. He finished the game 4-for-4 with two homers, one double, five RBI, one walk and four runs scored. 

With Harper's injuries from last season behind him (even though he won't completely admit to being hurt), the Nationals' right fielder is back to, or even better than, his 2015 form that ended with his first career MVP award. During that season Harper took home player of the week honors three times. 

The Nationals as a team have the best record in baseball at 13-5, and already have a three-game lead in the NL East. 

Related: MLB Power Rankings

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Charlie Blackmon hits 2-run homer, Rockies beat Nationals 8-4


Charlie Blackmon hits 2-run homer, Rockies beat Nationals 8-4

DENVER (AP) -- Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run homer in the seventh, Colorado's lights-out bullpen threw three-plus scoreless innings and the Colorado Rockies beat Washington 8-4 on Monday night, ending the Nationals' seven-game winning streak.

Trailing 4-3, Blackmon lined a hanging slider from lefty Enny Romero (1-1) into the right-field stands. It was Blackmon's sixth homer of the season and followed a pinch-hit double from Pat Valaika -- his first hit of the season.

The Rockies' relievers came through once again after starter Tyler Anderson wore down. Carlos Estevez (2-0) got four outs and Adam Ottavino threw an effective eighth. Greg Holland pitched the ninth in a non-save situation after the Rockies added three insurance runs in the eighth. He got pinch-hitter Bryce Harper to ground out to end the game.

The Rockies' bullpen is now 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA, which is tops in the NL.