Nats beat Giants 3-1; Harper injures knee on wet bag from rain before ball game

August 13, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper grabs his knee after he was injured running to first during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, August 12, 2017

The good news for the Washington Nationals on Saturday is that they continued their winning ways with a 3-1 verdict over visiting San Francisco.

The bad news is that Nationals’ star Bryce Harper suffered a knee injury. After a long rain delay, Harper hyperextended his left knee while stepping on a wet first base bag.

Washington manager Dusty Baker said Harper would undergo an MRI on Sunday. After the game, Harper was limping, but able to walk. Harper was hitting .327 with 29 home runs and 87 runs batted in playing in 105 games this season.

Harper was running out a ground ball to the right side of the infield in the first inning when the injury occurred. He was trying to avoid contact with San Francisco first baseman Ryder Jones.

The game started after 10 p.m. EDT following a three-hour rain delay. The rain continued when Harper was injured. Because this is the Giants’ final scheduled visit to D.C, this season, MLB had the final call on whether or not to play the game.

Friday’s series opener was rained out and rescheduled for Sunday as part of a day-night doubleheader. With the Nationals leading the NL East by 14 ½ games and the Giants in the NL West basement, the games have no impact on the pennant race. The games could, however, have an effect on who gets home field advantage in the playoffs.

The Nationals got their offense in the game from RBI doubles by Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Lind, and an RBI single by Daniel Murphy, all off Giants starter Jeff Samardzija (7-12).

Washington right-hander Edwin Jackson (3-2) gave up one earned run on five hits and struck out five in six innings. Then, the Nationals got to show off their overhauled bullpen, as Brandon Kintzler, and ex-A’s Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle, shut down the Giants over the last three innings.

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