WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper blasted one of the longest home runs he’s ever hit at Nationals Park, and his 20th of the season, in the first inning of Washington’s 8-1 win over the Dodgers Wednesday evening.
Harper crushed the 3-1 Bud Norris fastball an estimated 451 feet, according to Statcast, roughly 13 rows into the third deck in right field, though the ball, which was still carrying at an upward angle, would have gone further if not for hitting a seat.
The ball launched off Harper’s bat at a velocity of 112.7 MPH, his second-hardest-hit-ball put into play this season, per MLB.com, to give Washington an early 2-0 lead. It was also his longest home run of the season, and his second longest in the past two years.
Harper has now hit 20-plus home runs in four consecutive seasons, becoming only the 12th player in MLB history to record as many consecutive 20-plus home run seasons prior to his 24th birthday.