After a slow start for the Washington Nationals (14-15), maybe today is a turning point for my dream World Series match-up between the Washington Nationals and the Detroit Tigers as the Nationals have won four of their last five games.  My favorite player, the 22-year old Bryce Harper, had an unbelievable game and became the youngest player with 3 home runs and 5 RBIs in a game since Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers accomplished that feat on April 17, 1955 (csnwashington.com) and led the Nationals to a 7-5 win over the Miami Marlins.  Harper hit the 3 home runs in his first 3 at-bats and this was his sixth game of multi home runs in his career.  Harper’s power along with seven strong innings by Max Scherzer, who struck out 10, was an illustration of the power and pitching expected from this team and why many experts at the beginning of the season selected the Nationals to win the World Series this year.

Harper’s first home run of the day was a solo shot to left field in the 2nd inning:

In his second at-bat in the third inning, Harper hit a 2-run home run to the upper deck in right field:

In his third at-bat in the fifth inning, Harper hit another solo home run to the upper deck in right field and moved into 2nd place in the National League with 8 home runs:

With Harper’s increased discipline at the plate (leads the Major Leagues with 26 walks), his great power and solid defense this year, the young Bryce Harper appears ready for a greater leadership role on the team and a regular on the nightly roundup of sports highlights.