Harper went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Monday's win over the Marlins. That gives the 25-year-old 100 RBI on the season, the first time he's reached that mark in his career in what seems like his last season as a Nat. Harper's .245 batting average on the year is disappointing, but he's already set a new career high with 126 walks, and he's one run shy of 100 for the season to go along with 34 homers and 12 steals.
Harper walked in all five of his plate appearances Tuesday against the Marlins. He failed to contribute any other counting stats. He leads the majors in walks with 123. Even with that in mind, it's impressive that this wasn't the first time this season that Harper has walked five times -- his career high is six in a game, back on May 6, 2016 against the Cubs.
Harper went 1-for-1 with three walks, a two-run home run and a second run scored in a 6-5 win over the Cubs during the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. As is Cubs manager Joe Maddon's tendency, Harper got worked around for most of the night, but the one time he got a hittable pitch, he made no mistake, crushing his 32nd homer of the year to straightaway center field off lefty Justin Wilson in the seventh inning and providing what proved to be the winning runs. Harper has a .329/.448/.594 slash line through 46 games since the All-Star break, pushing his OPS on the year up to .899.
Harper went 1-for-2 with a run, three RBI, three walks, a homer and a walkoff sacrifice fly in Monday's win over the Cardinals. Harper was the hero in the ninth inning, hitting a game-tying two-run shot off Bud Norris to send the game to extra innings. He was the hero again in the 10th, sending the fans home happy with a one-out sacrifice fly off Chasen Shreve. Harper is hitting .319/.420/.574 with eight home runs in 141 at-bats in the second half.
Harper (illness) is starting in center field and batting third against the Brewers on Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Harper was held out of Wednesday's lineup due to a minor illness, though he was able to enter the game as a pinch hitter. As expected, he will be back in the starting nine for the beginning of a three-game set versus Milwaukee. During 27 games in August, he's slashed .337/.409/.582 with five home runs and 20 RBI.
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