Bryce Harper Carried Off Field After Suffering Left Knee Injury Vs. Giants

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 14, 2017

On a sunny day in the nation's capital the rookie had by far the best outing of his big league career, striking out 10 to lead the Giants to a 4-2 win over the Nationals. Giants manager Bruce Bochy realizes the situation Stratton faced.

Manager Dusty Baker said after the game that everybody had the same reaction.

Edwin Jackson, the Washington starter and victor, said, "You hope for the best".

Harper's injury came when he tripped on first base and fell to the ground in obvious pain.

On Saturday, he consistently shut down Cubs threats while scattering five hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. "He kept us in the game there", Bochy said.

Justin Upton drilled a walk-off, two-run homer with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Detroit a comeback victory that snapped Minnesota's six-game winning streak.

Zimmerman had an RBI double and Daniel Murphy drove in a run with a single after Harper, the third batter for the Nationals, left the game. Strickland, apparently still displeased that Harper yelled at him after hitting a home run in the 2014 NLDS, threw a fastball to the hip, Harper charged the mound and fists flew as the rest of the Giants - including catcher Buster Posey initially held back as if behind invisible ropes. It's insane but it's definitely great to see him up in spirit and walking around and know that he won't be significantly out for a period of time or just hurt period. With a split doubleheader looming Sunday, the last thing these teams wanted was to start Saturday's game and lose both starting pitchers to a lengthy delay after two or three innings. The 2015 NL MVP is 10-for-28 with two homers, seven RBIs and six runs scored in his last seven contests, but went 0-for-8 with four strikeouts during Washington's three-game sweep of San Francisco. Baker said Bochy was the first one to call him when he was sacked by Cincinnati, and Baker called in April when Bochy had a heart procedure.

"I think (starter Jeff Samardzija) said he tried to extend the knee a little bit and try to catch the corner of the bag, and I think he might've slipped on the top", Jones said.

Replacing Harper on the roster: Michael Taylor, who came off the disabled list.

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