Two games into this season, he has a sterling 1.98 ERA but the Phillies have lost both his starts. But it doesn't really compare to seeing his hair flowing in the wind as he races around the bases and slides home head first with the winning run.
It was Harper, who could be a star in the Phils' universe by the time 2019 rolls around thanks to a big free-agent contract, who sealed Philadelphia's fate Sunday, hitting a towering three-run home run beyond the center-field fence off closer Joaquin Benoit for a 6-4 Washington win before 29,774 fans.
In snapping a four-game losing streak, the Phillies (4-7) triggered Pete Mackanin's recently spotty sense of humor.
PHILLIES KEY TRENDS: The Phillies have dropped 12 of their last 15 road games, are 1-4 in their last five games overall, and are 2-5 in Eickhoff's last seven starts.
"It wasn't an easy decision but it was the right decision", Baker said. "I'm a touch off right now".
BRYCE HARPER'S HAIRHarper's home run hair flip has become a Nationals staple. "Nine games is not enough to know somebody", Washington manager Dusty Baker said Friday of Wieters. "It's been nearly everybody". Harper hit a three-run walkout home run.
"He's run against good guys making good pitches", said Matheny, who sat Peralta on Wednesday. "We're competing. A lot of it has to do with the pitching".
For the second time this weekend, Bryce Harper arrived at Nationals Park's home plate and was greeted by a mob of white uniforms while the home folks danced around him.
MARLINS 4, METS 2 Rookie J.T. Riddle hit a two-run home run against Addison Reed (0-1) with two outs in the ninth as Miami got the walk-off victory.
Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer and Pittsburgh scored six runs in the final two innings Sunday in a 6-1 victory to complete a three-game sweep of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. He also singled and doubled.
He isn't concerned by the Nationals' relief struggles. "I will be fine", said Roark. They did score two runs with one coming directly off the bat off Werth's replacement for the day, Chris Heisey. We believe in them.
It was his bunt single to lead off the fourth inning that short-circuited any or all premature thoughts of a ideal game for Washington Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark.
In the third, he got ahead of Anthony Rendon, 0-2, before giving up an infield hit.
Maikel Franco continues to disappoint.
"I am trying to see more pitches", Hernandez of his new leadoff role. On a one-ball, one-strike pitch to Daniel Nava, Gonzalez gave up a liner to left which eluded Jayson Werth and allowed Hernandez to score from first. Eaton struck out in the eighth as a pinch hitter. Mike Dunn struck out the two batters he faced in the eighth, Adam Ottavino got another out and Greg Holland pitched a ideal ninth for his seventh straight save this season.
"The story to me was Nola", Mackanin said. "Every time I talk to somebody about the Caps, they're always, 'Ah they'll lose'".
Nationals: SS Trea Turner (right hamstring strain) again participated in batting practice. Los Angeles starter Rich Hill (1-1) was activated from the disabled list before this start after missing time with a blister on his left middle finger, but he re-aggravated the blister and made it only three innings before leaving.
The Phillies have one - count 'em one - left-handed pitcher on their staff.
Phillies: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 0.90 ERA), who pitched five scoreless innings against Washington on Sunday, makes his second start in a row against the Nationals.
Winker, who got his first promotion to the majors on Friday, snapped a 4-4 tie with his pinch-hit double in the sixth off Carlos Torres (0-1). Mancini went three for five with two home runs and four RBIs.style="text-align: center;"