Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper blasts playoff home run (Video)

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Bryce Harper absolutely obliterated this baseball

Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper scored the Nats’ first run of the postseason by absolutely crushing a home run off of right-hander Hunter Strickland:

“Killed” seems to be a euphemism here – Harper absolutely launches this thing, and seems to start a rally as the Nationals were down, 3-0, to the San Francisco Giants at the time of his home run.

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Two batters later, Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera followed Bryce Harper’s home run with one of his own, and while Cabrera’s home run wasn’t hit as far, Cabrera probably topped Harper in the ever-important bat flip category:

Strickland got the San Francisco Giants out of a sixth-inning jam, but has allowed both home runs this inning to the Nationals. Washington owns the best record in the National League, so they earned the right to host the Giants, who defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Wild Card game to advance to the NLDS against Washington.

Right-hander Jake Peavy started the game for the Giants, while Steven Strasburg started for the Nationals at home in Game One.

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