NEW YORK — This was shear power by Bryce Harper.
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.
As Harper rounded the bases, first-base coach Tim Bogar picked up the few inches of lumber left in the former NL MVP’s batting gloves and handed it to a bat boy.
On his way back to the dugout, Harper playfully pulled up his sleeve to show his biceps.
Harper also had a two-run single during a six-run eighth inning. He finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, and the Nationals won 8-6.