MLB — 29 April 2012
Matt Kemp’s Walk-Off Homerun Spoils Bryce Harper’s Debut

The Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper made his Major League debut yesterday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Much was made about whether or not he was ready for primetime. But he fit in just nicely yesterday.

Harper went 1 – 3 with an RBI and looked like he belonged. His first Major League hit came in his second at-bat and was a frozen rope double over Matt Kemp’s head in center. Harper really wanted to leg out the triple, but he wisely applied the breaks. He also added a sacrifice fly to left later in the game for his first RBI.

It was a close game throughout and it went to extras tied at 2. If Washington pulled it out, the story would be about Harper. But they didn’t, since Matt Kemp hit a solo walk-off homerun in the 10th to seal the deal for L.A. They might as well give Kemp the MVP trophy right now as to avoid the nonsense that transpired last year (*cough* Ryan Braun).

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