Bill Ladson

Teammates admire Harper's feat

Sound of HRs evidence of raw power

Teammates admire Harper's feat

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals came away impressed after watching right fielder Bryce Harper hit three home runs and knock in five runs in a 7-5 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park.

"Three home runs is a pretty big achievement," teammate Tanner Roark said.

Right-hander Max Scherzer, who was the beneficiary of those three homers, didn't see Harper go yard, but he didn't need to. Scherzer was in the tunnel trying to cool off when he heard the homers come off Harper's bat.

"But I definitely heard all three. When I heard it, I just looked at the security guard and said, 'See ya. It's in the upper deck.' I didn't have to watch it," Scherzer said.

Manager Matt Williams is not surprised that Harper was able to have a great game Wednesday. The skipper pointed out that Harper is more patient at the plate and works himself into hitter's counts.

"He seeing the ball well by his number of walks this season, we know that. He got some pitches to hit today," Williams said. "His patience is key. So if he could be patient enough, then he can work himself into counts, he can drive baseballs. That's an important part of his game."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.