Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had himself a day on Sunday afternoon against the Phillies. The 2015 NL MVP smashed a two-run home run off of Jerad Eickhoff in the third inning, breaking a 1-1 tie. Later, in the bottom of the ninth with his Nationals trailing by one run with runners on first and second base and two outs, Harper struck a Joaquin Benoit fastball to straightaway center field for a walk-off three-run homer.
Harper is now hitting a cool .333/.455/.644 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 55 plate appearances so far this season.
Marlins shortstop J.T. Riddle picked a great time to hit his first major league home run. In the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon, the Marlins and Mets were tied 2-2 in what had already to that point been a great game. The Marlins had been working on a combined no-hitter and Giancarlo Stanton was hit by a line drive hit by teammate Marcell Ozuna.
Riddle stole the show, though, blasting a walk-off two-run homer off of interim closer Addison Reed, sending the Marlins home happy.
After Sunday’s performance, Riddle is hitting .182/.182/.455 with the home run and two RBI in 12 plate appearances. Riddle entered the season rated as the Marlins’ 12th-best prospect according to MLB Pipeline.
The Orioles placed closer Zach Britton on the 10-day disabled list due to tightness in his left forearm, MLB.com’s Dhiren Mahiban reports. Reliever Stefan Crichton has been called up from Triple-A Norfolk in a corresponding move.
Manager Buck Showalter said Britton suffered the injury during Friday’s appearance against the Blue Jays during which he gave up a run on three hits. He still registered his save, his fifth in as many opportunities this season and his 54th consecutively, dating back to the end of the 2015 season.
While Britton is out, Brad Brach will likely get the chance to close out games. Brach has yet to allow a run in six innings of work this season.