The Nationals and Giants game had already been delayed for several hours due to rain, so Nationals fans were already a little annoyed. Harper slipped on a wet base after on and off again sprinkles of rain.
Haper stayed on the ground in serious pain, and had to be helped off the field. Major League Baseball, not the Nationals, decided if and when the game would be played because the Giants don't return to Washington this season.
But they're just 5-9 in the playoffs and still haven't won a postseason series since the 1981 National League Division Series, when they were the Montreal Expos (the only postseason series win in franchise history). Harper clutched his left knee in agony as trainers came out to assist.
Harper required assistance off the field after he slipped on the top of first base awkwardly while trying to beat out an infield grounder during his first at-bat of the game. He struck out five batters, walked one and surrendered five base hits, including a solo home run by second baseman Joe Panik in the first inning. Forget the part where the Nationals haven't even won a postseason series since 1981, when they were the Expos, and how losing Harper was going to make that a much more hard hill to climb.
The Nationals announced Sunday that Harper avoided structural damage in his injured left knee, but he will be out indefinitely because of a significant bone bruise. A bruise! Maybe Harper will be back out there in another week or two! .
RHP A.J Cole (1-2, 5.63 ERA) starts the day game of a split-doubleheader for the Nationals against Giants RHP Chris Stratton (0-2, 6.63).
The Nationals are 45-43 when Harper is on the DL. "He's definitely one of those guys that you can't replace on a team". "I'm very optimistic that he'll be at least fine shortly". The team placed Harper on the 10-day disabled list with a hyperextended left knee. He was able to do that, as Melancon allowed one hit and had one strikeout against his most recent team in the eighth inning, his first work since June 27.