"See it and hit," Harper said, per MLB.com. "Plain and simple. Just trying to see and hit the ball, and I wasn't really thinking too much. He'd get 1-2 and throw a heater over. He was a little sneaky in the first three at-bats for those three guys. I was just guessing heater, and I guessed right and connected."
The solo home run came in the second inning off pitcher Sean O'Sullivan. The home run was Harper's lone hit in two at-bats during the game. He walked and struck out once during the contest.
Over his last 14 games, Harper is 24 for 46 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI. During that time, he has raised his average from .265 to .336.
In a strange sequence of events, umpire Marvin Hudson told Harper to get back into the batter's box following a called strike. Harper said something in return to Hudson, who then tossed Harper from the game.
Williams then ran onto the field to argue with Hudson, who subsequently tossed him as well. Williams then kicked some dirt onto the plate.
Harper was fired up after the game when asked about the ejection.
"I don't think 40,000 people paid to watch him ump tonight," he said, via CSN Washington's Chase Hughes.
Harper's at-bat was finished by
This is the second time in a week both Harper and Williams have been ejected from a game. The previous time was against the Diamondbacks on May 13.
The homer was Harper's 10th in the month of May and his National League-leading 15th of the season.
Harper hit his MLB-leading 14th homer in the seventh inning, already surpassing his home run total from last season. He finished just a double short of the cycle and improved his slash line to .338/.476/.729.
"I think [Harper] is just playing," manager Matt Williams said to MLB.com. "He is understanding the strike zone. He is taking a walk when it's offered to him. When he gets guys in scoring position, he is aggressive and waiting for a good pitch to hit. That's the difference for any hitter. Somebody that has his ability, it makes a huge difference."
During the month of May, Harper is hitting .418 with nine homers and 22 RBIs, leading fans at San Diego's Petco Park to chant "MVP!"
It's been no secret this season that
“I’m extremely happy with the way he’s been playing,” said first base and outfield coach Tony Tarasco. “He’s getting more and more comfortable.”
Harper had switched positions (left field to right field) this season with Jayson Werth.
“I feel great,” Harper said. “It’s a lot easier than left. Everybody talks about right being easy. I don’t know if it’s easy, but it’s a lot better than left. Left was so hard."
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