Harper debuted a new stance during the game. He appeared to stand more upright at the plate. The stance seemed to help, as Harper ripped a line drive to right, singled up the middle and belted his third home run of the year.
Harper finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. He's hitting .260, with three home runs.
In the seventh inning, Harper stepped to the plate with no runners on. He clobbered a 90 mph sinker out to right field for the solo shot on the second pitch of the at-bat. Harper finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. The big fly was his second home run of the season.
"I think it's going to take a little time to get back into it. I'm trying to have good at-bats and not chase bad pitches," Harper said. "I'm trying to get in a groove again and trying to get going. With two months off, it's kind of tough trying to get back and do things."
Harper, however, is pleased with his progress, especially after hitting an opposite-field single Saturday against the Cubs.
"When I hit the ball the opposite side, that's huge," Harper said. "I can hit the ball to left pretty well and feel good about it. That's a good sign. We won the ballgame yesterday and that's the biggest thing. That's all I ever care about. I know my swing is going to come. It will get there. If we win a ballgame, it will be a lot easier to get going."
Matt Williams has explained the flip-flopping of
"I think it's a question of trying to create a little bit with Bryce at the top of the lineup, especially against a righty," Williams told the Washington Post. "We've faced three lefties the last three games. I wanted to give him some opportunity to drive runs in and the same holds true for Anthony in that regard. Bryce at the top of the lineup against the right-handed pitcher, he can create some stuff."
It remains to be seen if the switch becomes permanent against both righties and lefties.
The two haven't exactly had the smoothest transition this season. Williams benched Harper earlier in the year for not hustling, and Harper seemed to question Williams' lineup decisions on his first day back. Those issues appear to be overblown, as the two downplayed the problems.
"I got Bryce’s back in every way," Williams said. "That will not change. I want him to play every day, and I want him to play the way Bryce knows how to play."
Harper is hitting .287/.350/.415 over 94 at-bats.
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