"I'd do the same thing," he said. "It's not fun to lose, not fun to watch when you're playing that way. (I was) 0-for-4 with two punchies. I'm probably thinking the same thing walking back to the dugout."
In addition to going 0-for-4 in the batter's box against the Tigers, Harper committed an error when he misplayed a routine fly ball from Niko Goodrum in the top of the eighth.
Harper's first full month in Philadelphia has been erratic. He is hitting a respectable .240/.388/.490 with six homers and is tied with teammate Andrew McCutchen for the NL lead with 23 walks.
Most players would be happy to have an OPS of .878 through 29 games, but Harper has the second-largest contract in MLB history. That is going to put a larger spotlight on everything he does, for better and for worse.
It's still very early and Harper's track record suggests things will improve as the season goes on. The Phillies are leading the NL East at 16-13 despite not having their best player on top form.