WASHINGTON — The Nationals lacked just enough firepower to complete their comeback against the Rockies on Wednesday. That’s not to say Bryce Harper didn’t do his part.
With Washington trailing by five runs in the fifth inning, Harper launched a two-run homer which sailed over the bullpen and landed just above Jackie Robinson’s retired jersey in right-center field, an entire 461 feet from the point of impact, according to Statcast.
It was Harper’s first home run in nearly a month, his last coming on July 20 against the Dodgers, and his 21st on the season.
Harper, who was hitting .233 before missing five games due to neck stiffness, appears to finally be heating up. Since returning to the Nationals’ lineup Sunday, Harper has gone 6-for-13 (.462) with a home run, three doubles, five walks and five RBI.
Harper’s homer was the longest by a National in 2016, longer than the 455-foot Wilson Ramos homer at Nats Park on July 24.