It was like a home run derby. Only it was an actual game!
As the Post described Wednesday's game:
Less than an hour into the game, the supremacy was clear to everyone present, including the opposing manager who was ejected before the rout was one-third over. “This is by far the best team that we have played all year,” Cubs Manager Dale Sveum said after the Nationals’ 9-1 win that maintained a 7½-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the National League East standings. “That’s like an American League lineup, too, with guys that hit the ball a long way, grind at-bats out and take advantage of any mistake that’s thrown.”
The offense smashed six home runs, becoming just the third team since 1920 to hit at least that many in consecutive games.
Perhaps the most amazing thing in a game full of amazing things was Harper;s solo home run in the 6th inning. You knew the moment he hit the ball it was out of the park. And it went and went and went and went:
The second may have been the hardest-hit ball of the Nationals’ season. Against right-handed reliever Michael Bowden, Harper annihilated a first-pitch change-up. The ball zoomed with an unfamiliar trajectory. It was a line drive that was not straight, but rather upward, a linear graph.
The stadium stopped the ball when the missile reached the middle of the deck above the Nationals’ bullpen in right field.
|Harper rounds third.|
|Harper points to his parents who there to see the show he put on.|
Here are a few more pictures from this incredible night.
|This is Adam LaRoche's three run homer in the 3rd.|