(WASHINGTON) — Bryce Harper followed his first multi-homer game on Wednesday with a solo shot on Thursday in the Nationals 8-1 victory over the Cardinals (71-60). As phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg’s innings limit continues to grow closer to an end, the Nationals (79-51) continue to win.
Getting in on the home run action was Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth who rounded the bases for the first time since May.
“Bryce is a totally different animal,” Werth said. “He’s a special player. He’s 19. It’s unbelievable. When I was 19, I don’t know if I would have been ready for all this. I’m just glad he stayed in the game tonight.”
“I was swinging the bat good. I just haven’t hit any balls that go over the fence,” Werth said. “But it was nice to do that. It’s a lot easier when you don’t have to sprint around the bases.”
Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson (8-9) struck out 10 in eight innings to pick up the victory.
Before the game, Nationals manager Davey Johnson addressed the Strasburg innings count saying he is “probably…two or three” starts to go before the plug is pulled.
Strasburg has thrown 150 and 1/3 of his projected 160-180 innings count set by team officials.
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Billy Hallowell, Deseret News
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