Bryce Harper homers, Nats beat Padres 8-5 but lose another catcher

Somehow, after a day of rain, the Washington Nationals got in their game against the San Diego Padres last night. It was an eventful one:

Bryce Harper hit his first major league home run:

Sandy Leon made his major league debut at catcher. It lasted 4 innings — Chase Headley took him out at home plate (MLB video). A high ankle sprain is the official diagnosis (CSN Washington), he’s headed to the DL.

Ross Detwiler wasn’t sharp and had his worst outing of the season. He gave up 5 runs, 4 earned, in 5 innings.

Ian Desmond went 3 for 5.

Ryan Zimmerman
walked 3 times.

Craig Stammen had two big innings out of the bullpen to earn the win. Maybe he should close for a while?

Homers off the bench — Chad Tracy and Xavier Nady. Chaditude and Nadyitude!

Henry Rodriguez loaded the bases and had to be bailed out by Sean Burnett, who earned the save. Manager Davey Johnson says H-Rod is still the closer…

Did you know the Padres almost moved to D.C. in 1973?

A good, but costly, bounce-back win. Let’s try to focus on Harper’s homer and not all the Spinal Tap drummers that died the tendency for terrible injuries to Nats catchers.

FURTHER READING

Nationals vs. Padres: Bryce Harper’s first home run helps Washington overcome Sandy Leon’s injuryThe Post

Nats win an emotional ballgameCSN Washington

Nats’ Bryce Harper hits homer, Sandy Leon injured during Padres gameThe Wash. Times


Bullpen shaky in Padres’ loss to Nationals
San Diego Union-Tribune


Facing Strasburg not just another game for Padres
San Diego Union-Tribune

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