'My city': Harper 0 for 4 in possibly last home Nats game

WASHINGTON (AP) More than 3 1/2 hours before the start of what many expect to be his last game at Nationals Park as a member of the Washington Nationals, Bryce Harper stood at his locker and let his eyes linger on that familiar white jersey with the curly red ''W'' on the front and his last name on the back.

Then Harper, who can become a free agent at season's end, put on his full uniform, right down to the stirrups - the only player ready that far ahead of Washington's 9-3 victory in its home finale against the Miami Marlins, which was stopped Wednesday after seven innings because of rain.

''I knew I wanted to get here and put the `uni' on right away, and just cherish that moment, if it's going to be the last time or not,'' the outfielder said beforehand. ''I can't really stand here and say it's going to be `farewell' or anything like that, because nobody knows. Nobody knows what this offseason holds.''

The storm arrived, naturally, as Harper stood in the on-deck circle while the last out of the seventh was recorded. That scrapped manager Dave Martinez's plan to remove Harper from his spot in right field during the top of the ninth, to allow spectators a chance to salute him.

Still, fans did get to greet him with signs, standing ovations and chants of ''Let's go, Harper!'' for each at-bat. He went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts.

''Just running out there, I wasn't really thinking about it being my last game or anything like that,'' he said afterward. ''My heart lies here.''

If this was, indeed, a ''goodbye'' to Harper, consider it also a ''welcome'' to someone the Nationals could count on to replace his outfield production, 21-year-old rookie Victor Robles. He delivered the first four-hit game of his nascent career, including a three-run homer and a two-run double, and stole a base, to boot.

''Harp has been a great help to me,'' Robles said through a translator. ''So I wish him all the best. Hopefully he's back. And if he's not, I wish him all the best. He's going to be missed if he's not.''

Harper's take on his fellow outfielder?

''Watching Robles, what he did today, that was a lot of fun,'' Harper said. ''Tried to enjoy that the best I could.''

The Nationals - 81-78 and, like the Marlins, missing the playoffs - close the season with a three-game series at Colorado.

''This is my home,'' said Harper, the only NL player with 100 RBIs, 100 runs and 100 walks in 2018. ''This is my city.''

The Nationals drafted him No. 1 overall at age 17 in 2010, then called him up to the majors at 19. He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2012, then a unanimous MVP selection in 2015.

A team that lost 100 games in a season twice before Harper came aboard won four NL East titles with the slugger (although never won a playoff series).

He sparked raucous celebrations at his home stadium when he won the Home Run Derby during All-Star weekend this July.

''It's like I'm standing here like a 35-year old, but I'm only 25. So it's the first time going through something like this, of course,'' Harper said.

Asked what it would take for him to return to Washington, he replied: ''I've got to know if I'm in'' the team's plans.

''Everybody knows what could possibly happen,'' he added. ''I could be out of here or I could be back.''

Needless to say, folks such as Martinez and Harper's teammates would prefer the latter.

''He wants to be back here. I know that,'' the rookie skipper said. ''We've got three games left. He's going to wear a Nationals uniform for three more games and hopefully for many, many years after that. So we'll see.''

Until it's been determined, Harper's 2019 destination will be the talk of baseball.

STAT LINES

In his first start in the majors, Washington RHP Kyle McGowin left because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand after walking the first two batters in the fifth inning. He gave up no runs and just one hit. Wander Suero (4-1) got the win with one inning of scoreless relief. Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen (6-12) went four innings, allowing four earned runs and seven hits.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman left after the second inning because his back tightened up.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Corey Oswalt (3-3, 6.08) starts Friday's series opener at the Mets.

Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (0-1, 4.09 ERA) pitches Friday at the Rockies.

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  • W: W. Suero (4-1)L: W. Chen (6-12)
  • HR: MIA - B. Anderson (11), WAS - V. Robles (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Anderson 3B41231000.273.356.400.7569.0
D. Dietrich 1B40200000.265.330.423.7532.0
P. O'Brien RF20000122.283.350.585.9350.0
R. Ortega LF30000014.238.293.277.570-0.5
C. Bostick 2B20000112.214.313.286.5980.5
C. Wallach C11000200.167.271.262.5333.0
W. Chen P10000010.150.150.175.325-0.5
c- M. Rojas PH-SS20100002.247.294.342.6351.0
M. Sierra CF10000010.194.228.209.436-0.5
d- L. Brinson PH-CF21000004.200.240.341.5801.0
  • a-struck out for Riddle in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Guerrero in the 7th
  • c-lined out for Chen in the 5th
  • d-lined out for Sierra in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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T. Turner SS30000203.270.344.410.7542.0
B. Harper RF40000025.244.391.494.886-1.0
A. Rendon 3B40000004.309.375.536.9110.0
J. Soto LF41200000.295.406.515.9214.0
R. Zimmerman 1B01000100.264.337.486.8242.0
M. Reynolds 1B21100101.251.332.492.8244.0
A. Sanchez 2B42300001.250.264.327.5915.0
S. Kieboom C32230102.227.321.319.6408.0
K. McGowin P21000003.000.000.000.0001.0
M. Grace P10000002.333.333.333.6670.0
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K. Glover P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - B. Anderson (11)
  • RBI - B. Anderson 3 (65)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Anderson 3 (28)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Realmuto 2 (2), R. Ortega 2 (2), C. Bostick 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - V. Robles (2), J. Soto (24), M. Reynolds (8)
  • HR - V. Robles (3)
  • RBI - V. Robles 5 (10), S. Kieboom 3 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - V. Robles 3 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, B. Harper, A. Rendon 2 (2), A. Sanchez, K. McGowin 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - V. Robles (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - P. O'Brien
  • DP - (O'Brien-Dietrich)
  • E - C. Wallach (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (L, 6-12)4.07543104.791.34-6.5
B. Graves1.04441115.401.59-5.5
T. Guerrero1.01000005.531.632.0
E. Hernandez1.00001105.211.452.5
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (L, 6-12)4.0
B. Graves1.0
T. Guerrero1.0
E. Hernandez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. McGowin4.01003402.700.9010.0
M. Grace1.02000102.871.141.5
W. Suero (W, 4-1)1.00000303.661.2411.5
J. Rodriguez1.02331115.711.54-2.5
PITCHERSIP
K. McGowin4.0
M. Grace1.0
W. Suero (W, 4-1)1.0
J. Rodriguez1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Graves
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 72-44, B. Graves 31-18, T. Guerrero 11-9, E. Hernandez 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 3-8, T. Guerrero 2-1, E. Hernandez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 22, B. Graves 8, T. Guerrero 4, E. Hernandez 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. McGowin 68-34, M. Grace 15-9, W. Suero 16-10, J. Rodriguez 26-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. McGowin 4-4, J. Rodriguez 2-0
  • Batters Faced - K. McGowin 16, M. Grace 5, W. Suero 3, J. Rodriguez 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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b- A. Dean PH10000012.217.272.368.640-0.5
E. Hernandez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Anderson 3B41231000.273.356.400.7569.0
D. Dietrich 1B40200000.265.330.423.7532.0
P. O'Brien RF20000122.283.350.585.9350.0
R. Ortega LF30000014.238.293.277.570-0.5
C. Bostick 2B20000112.214.313.286.5980.5
C. Wallach C11000200.167.271.262.5333.0
W. Chen P10000010.150.150.175.325-0.5
c- M. Rojas PH-SS20100002.247.294.342.6351.0
M. Sierra CF10000010.194.228.209.436-0.5
d- L. Brinson PH-CF21000004.200.240.341.5801.0
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  • a-struck out for Riddle in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Guerrero in the 7th
  • c-lined out for Chen in the 5th
  • d-lined out for Sierra in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
V. Robles CF51451001.275.321.529.85116.0
T. Turner SS30000203.270.344.410.7542.0
B. Harper RF40000025.244.391.494.886-1.0
A. Rendon 3B40000004.309.375.536.9110.0
J. Soto LF41200000.295.406.515.9214.0
R. Zimmerman 1B01000100.264.337.486.8242.0
M. Reynolds 1B21100101.251.332.492.8244.0
A. Sanchez 2B42300001.250.264.327.5915.0
S. Kieboom C32230102.227.321.319.6408.0
K. McGowin P21000003.000.000.000.0001.0
M. Grace P10000002.333.333.333.6670.0
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Rodriguez P0000-000.188.188.250.000-
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  • a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - B. Anderson (11)
  • RBI - B. Anderson 3 (65)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Anderson 3 (28)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Realmuto 2 (2), R. Ortega 2 (2), C. Bostick 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - V. Robles (2), J. Soto (24), M. Reynolds (8)
  • HR - V. Robles (3)
  • RBI - V. Robles 5 (10), S. Kieboom 3 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - V. Robles 3 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, B. Harper, A. Rendon 2 (2), A. Sanchez, K. McGowin 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - V. Robles (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - P. O'Brien
  • DP - (O'Brien-Dietrich)
  • E - C. Wallach (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (L, 6-12)4.07543104.791.34-6.5
B. Graves1.04441115.401.59-5.5
T. Guerrero1.01000005.531.632.0
E. Hernandez1.00001105.211.452.5
Total7.01298531---
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (L, 6-12)4.0
B. Graves1.0
T. Guerrero1.0
E. Hernandez1.0
Total7.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. McGowin4.01003402.700.9010.0
M. Grace1.02000102.871.141.5
W. Suero (W, 4-1)1.00000303.661.2411.5
J. Rodriguez1.02331115.711.54-2.5
Total7.0533491---
PITCHERSIP
K. McGowin4.0
M. Grace1.0
W. Suero (W, 4-1)1.0
J. Rodriguez1.0
Total7.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Graves
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 72-44, B. Graves 31-18, T. Guerrero 11-9, E. Hernandez 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 3-8, T. Guerrero 2-1, E. Hernandez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 22, B. Graves 8, T. Guerrero 4, E. Hernandez 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. McGowin 68-34, M. Grace 15-9, W. Suero 16-10, J. Rodriguez 26-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. McGowin 4-4, J. Rodriguez 2-0
  • Batters Faced - K. McGowin 16, M. Grace 5, W. Suero 3, J. Rodriguez 6
  • 7TH INNING
    Anderson homered to left, Wallach and Brinson scored39
  • 5TH INNING
    Robles homered to left center, Sanchez and Kieboom scored09
    Kieboom singled to left, Reynolds scored, Sanchez to second06
  • 2ND INNING
    Robles doubled to shallow right, Kieboom and McGowin scored05
    McGowin reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Sanchez scored, Kieboom to third on catcher Wallach throwing error03
    Kieboom singled to center, Soto and Zimmerman scored, Sanchez to third02
  • 8TH INNING
    • Koda Glover pitching
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jefry Rodriguez relieved Wander Suero
    • C. Wallach: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wallach walked
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rojas singled to left, Wallach to second
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson reached on fielder's choice to third, Wallach to third, Rojas out at second
    • Austin Dean hit for Tayron Guerrero
    • A. Dean: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dean struck out swinging
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Anderson homered to left, Wallach and Brinson scored
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Foul, Ball, Dietrich grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Elieser Hernandez pitching
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kieboom walked
    • Adam Eaton hit for Jefry Rodriguez
    • A. Eaton: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Robles popped out to shortstop
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Turner grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Kieboom out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Grace Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Anderson singled to center
    • D. Dietrich: Dietrich reached on an infield single to shortstop, Anderson to second
    • Wander Suero relieved Matt Grace
    • P. O'Brien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, O'Brien struck out on foul tip
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ortega struck out looking
    • C. Bostick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bostick struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tayron Guerrero relieved Brett Graves
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon fouled out to first
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soto doubled to left
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds grounded out to third
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. McGowin Pitching:
    • C. Bostick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bostick walked
    • C. Wallach: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wallach walked, Bostick to second
    • Matt Grace relieved Kyle McGowin
    • Miguel Rojas hit for Wei-Yin Chen
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Rojas lined out to center
    • Lewis Brinson hit for Magneuris Sierra
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brinson lined out to shortstop
    • J.T. Realmuto hit for JT Riddle
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brett Graves pitching
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Soto flied out to center
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds doubled to shallow left
    • A. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sanchez singled to right, Reynolds to third
    • S. Kieboom: Kieboom singled to left, Reynolds scored, Sanchez to second
    • M. Grace: Strike swinging, Grace flied out to left
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez to third, Kieboom to second on wild pitch, Robles homered to left center, Sanchez and Kieboom scored
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. McGowin Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Riddle flied out to left
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Anderson grounded out to third
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Dietrich singled to right
    • P. O'Brien: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, O'Brien walked, Dietrich to second
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ortega grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Robles singled to left
    • T. Turner: Pickoff attempt, Turner fouled out to first
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Strike (foul tip), Rendon flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Mark Reynolds at first base
    • C. Wallach: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wallach flied out to right
    • W. Chen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chen struck out swinging
    • M. Sierra: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Sierra struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soto lined out to center
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • A. Sanchez: Sanchez singled to right center, Reynolds to third
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Kieboom flied out to right
    • K. McGowin: McGowin grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. McGowin Pitching:
    • P. O'Brien: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, O'Brien struck out looking
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Ortega lined out to left
    • C. Bostick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bostick flied out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Soto reached on bunt single to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Zimmerman walked, Soto to second
    • A. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez singled to right, Soto to third, Zimmerman to second
    • S. Kieboom: Foul, Ball, Kieboom singled to center, Soto and Zimmerman scored, Sanchez to third
    • K. McGowin: Ball, Foul, McGowin reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Sanchez scored, Kieboom to third on catcher Wallach throwing error
    • V. Robles: Ball, Foul, Robles doubled to shallow right, Kieboom and McGowin scored
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
    • B. Harper: Foul, Harper flied out to left
    • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rendon lined out to right, Turner out at first
    • End of the 2nd (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. McGowin Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Riddle struck out looking
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Anderson grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Dietrich: Dietrich grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Robles singled to right center
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Turner lined out to shortstop
    • B. Harper: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Harper lined out to left
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Robles stole second, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)