Washington Nationals Rapid Reaction: Bryce Harper continues to lead Nats to greatness

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May 17, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a three run home run during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday afternoon was a great finish to a great road trip for outfielder Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals. The 22-year-old slugger once again led his team to a victory over the Padres, and the Nationals secured yet another series victory, a 5-2 road trip and a 22-17 record—which is just a half game behind the Mets for first place in the NL East.

Yesterday’s victory was a lot like many of the wins the team has had in recent days; the Nationals fell behind early, came back to tie it in the middle innings, and quickly ran away with it by the sixth inning.

In the end, the Nationals overcame an early 0-2 deficit and pounded the Padres, 10-5, thanks in large part to a dominant performance by Harper, an encouraging start from Stephen Strasburg, and the suddenly reliable Danny Espinosa. While there were many heroes in yesterday’s game, there’s no doubt that those three led the charge and helped the Nationals rout San Diego.

For a full breakdown of what happened in yesterday’s game, checkout our recap here. For now, lets take a look at how the three players mentioned above helped bring the Nationals another step closer to first place.

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