Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper is in the midst of perhaps another National League MVP season. But wet field conditions after a three-hour delay may have derailed that on Saturday night vs. the Giants.
In the bottom of the first inning, Bryce Harper hit a ground ball to first base and sprinted to the bag, racing past starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. But, when Harper hit first base, his left leg slipped on the bag, causing his knee to shoot straight back.
Harper flew in the air and appeared to be in agony as he hit the ground while clutching onto the front of his knee.
Friday's Giants game vs. the Nationals in Washington D.C. was postponed due to weather. Saturday's game was scheduled for 4:05 p.m. PT, but first pitch did not happen until 7:05 p.m. PT due to more inclement weather.
The five-time All-Star is batting .326 with a .419 on-base percentage and .614 slugging percentage to go with his 29 home runs in 106 games played.
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Barry Bonds was back in left field Friday at AT&T Park. Calm down, he was in blue jeans not a Giants jersey.
Before the Giants take on the Phillies, Bonds casual caught fly balls back at the spot he used to roam for San Francisco. On Twitter he wrote, "I think I still got it. What do you guys think?"
Known for his legendary power as baseball's all-time home runs leader, Bonds is also one of the best defensive outfielders the game has ever seen. Bonds won eight Gold Glove awards in his career, five of them coming with the Giants.
Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente are the all-time leaders of Gold Glove awards among outfielders with 12 each.
The Giants have used 13 players in left field this season. Perhaps they could use one more in Bonds.
The Giants scored early and hung on to beat the Phillies on Thursday night. One night later, Bruce Bochy is going with the same eight.
Philadelphia Phillies (43-76)
1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Tommy Joseph (R) 1B
7. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Zach Eflin (R) P
San Francisco Giants (49-74)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Matt Moore (L) P