Bryce Harper continues to make an on-field impact at Nationals spring training. The 18-year-old outfielder played a key role in the Nationals' comeback 14-9 win over the Astros on Monday, smacking two doubles in the eighth inning and saving another run with a bullet throw from right field earlier in the game.
Harper played a role in the Nationals' nine-run eighth inning that turned a 8-4 deficit into a 13-8 lead. He smacked a double early in the inning, then drove in two runs later in the inning to increase the Nationals' lead. He also prevented the Astros from scoring earlier when his throw from right field was far enough to get to home plate. It sailed over catcher Jesus Flores' head, but Drew Storen was there to back it up and save the run.
For the whole spring training, Harper is hitting .308. Maybe the Nationals are impressed enough with him to give him a ... alright, never mind. The Nationals are now 5-3 in spring training, while the Astros dropped to 2-8.