Bryce Harper hit two more home runs, giving him five in his last two games


On Wednesday, Bryce Harper went on a rampage, blasting three home runs to help the Nationals edge the Marlins. The club enjoyed a day off on Thursday, but it didn’t cause Harper to lose any momentum. The 22-year-old hit another pair of home runs in Friday’s win against the Braves.

The first was a two-run blast to left-center off of Eric Stults in the sixth inning, giving the Nats a 3-2 lead. The second was a three-run shot to right field in the bottom of the eighth, pushing the lead to 7-2. Harper is now batting .284/.426/.627 with 10 home runs and 25 RBI. In the words of Larry David, that’s pret-tay, pret-tay, pret-tay, pret-tay good.

Here’s the second of his two homers on Friday:

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Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.