Even through his recent struggles, Bryce Harper is a player hard to ignore.
On Wednesday night against the Miami Marlins, the 19-year-old rookie recorded the first multi-home run game of his career and then proceeded to get ejected in the ninth inning.
Entering tonight's ballgame, Harper had amassed a .248 average, with 12 HR and 37 RBI.
After striking out in his first at-bat, the Nationals center fielder stepped in the box again in the top of the fourth. On a 1-1 count with Jayson Werth standing on first, Harper sent one to the second row in right field to put Washington up two to nothing.
The long ball was his 13th of the season.
Harper came up to the plate again the very next inning and absolutely unloaded on a Jacob Turner fastball, sending it to the upper deck in right. With the mammoth shot, Harper collected his 14th homer of the year and his first game with more than one HR.
Like most things he has done this season, Harper added his name to a very short list of people to accomplish something at such a young age. With the two-home run game, he became the 10th youngest player of all time to record a multi-homer game.
His 14 homers for the season puts him at fourth most of all time by a teenager.
As if all that wasn't enough excitement for the night, Harper had one more trick up his sleeve. In his final trip to the plate, Werth on first again, Harper sent a 0-2 grounder to first to start a 3-6-3 double play.
Disgusted with himself, and perhaps a missed called by first base umpire C.B. Bucknor, Harper fired his helmet into the ground. Bucknor took that as offensive and tossed the teen without a second thought for Harper's first major league ejection.
When the dust and tempers had settled, the Nats' came out on top, winning the game 8-4. Harper's big night brought his season totals to a .250 average, with 14 HR and 40 RBI.
Though his struggles are obvious, one things is for certain: Bryce Harper is always fun to watch.
*Stats are from ESPN.com.
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