Harper finished the night 3 for 5 with the two homers, a double and four RBIs. As for participating in next week’s Home Run Derby, Harper said, “No chance.”
Scherzer, who struck out at least 12 batters in a game for the third time this season, pleaded with Nationals manager Dusty Baker to go out for the eighth inning, but Baker patted his ace on the back and shook his hand before turning things over to the Nats bullpen.
Just like the Astros in the American League, the Nationals bullpen is a weakness, and reliever Enny Romero allowed a pair of runs in the eighth, including a home run by Tommy Pham.
With All-Stars like Harper and Scherzer, as well as Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman, the Nats should run away with the National League East – they hold a 7 1/2 game lead over the Braves after the first weekend of July.
But if the Nats hope to make a deep run in Cheap Queensland Jerseys October, they’ll likely have to add a reliable arm or two in the bullpen.
Voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.
As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:
— Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
— Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
— Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.