Harper hits bro­ken-bat homer

The Maui News - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK (AP) — In a star­tling dis­play, Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als slug­ger Bryce Harper broke his bat into two pieces, yet still hit a long home run Mon­day night in an 8-6 win over the New York Mets.

Harper’s bat shat­tered just above his hands, and the bar­rel he­li­coptered into the high, pro­tec­tive net­ting be­hind home plate on the first base side.

The ball sailed far over the wall in right cen­ter at Citi Field. Harper hit his ma­jor league-lead­ing eighth home run, a solo shot in the first in­ning on a 95 mph fast­ball from Ja­cob deGrom. Stat­cast pro­jected the homer at 406 feet.

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