Obviously Bryce Harper didn't give up the game-tying home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the 9th, or set up the disappointing end to the game in the 10th with an errant throw, but his 8th inning ejection last night certainly didn't help the cause - especially when Scott Hairston ended up batting in his spot in the 10th with two-on and one out. Hairston whiffed. And so, Ian Desmond called out Harper after the game:
"We gotta have our three-hole hitter in the game right there. As simple as that. The person that hits three-hole is usually your best hitter. One of your best hitters. Usually the best. And there’ s no doubt that his skill set is there. But you cannot [get ejected] in a one-run ballgame.
We need that game. That’s the game you have to stay in no matter what. Sometimes you gotta bite your tongue. We all get bad calls called against us. I didn’t look at the replays or anything like that. You gotta stay in the game. You have to. For your team."
(Ian Desmond, via Washington Post, 7/14/2013)
(Screencap via FOX/MLB.com)