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Braves Plunk Harper Two More Times

The Atlanta Braves hit Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper two more times in Friday night’s 3-2 extra inning win over the Nationals.   The Braves also buzzed Harper inside on his final at bat.

In the last series the two teams played on August 6, Julio Teheran hit Harper.  Harper had homered earlier in the game and done a “cadillac trot” around the bases.  Evidently Teheran took offense to Harper admiring his home run ’cause Teheran hit Harper on the first pitch of his next at bat.

Besides the three times the Braves have hit Harper, he has been hit only two other times this season.  He was hit by pitches only twice last season in 597 at bats.

In Friday night’s game, Braves rookie Alex Wood hit Harper in the fourth inning with a curveball.  In the eight inning, Braves left-handed reliever Luis Avilan plunked Harper in the left arm with a fastball.

When asked about how the Nationals will handle this situation, Jason Werth was evasive.

“You know, that’s one of those things we take care of in-house,”  Werth said. “That’s just part of the game. I’m not going to speak publicly about it.”

The Braves and Nationals battle two more times this weekend.  Nationals fireballer Stephen Strasburg will be on the hill against Braves ace Mike Minor Saturday night and Gio Gonzalez opposes Julio Teheran on Sunday afternoon.  Should be an interesting weekend in Atlanta.