A look at Bryce Harper and MLB's other four-walk, four-run performances
Bryce Harper led the Nationals with four runs scored in Thursday night's 15-1 win over the Braves, and yet he technically never had an at-bat. See, Harper scored all of his runs after drawing a walk -- he even threw in an RBI in the second inning for good measure when he walked with the bases loaded.
That's 0-for-0, 4 BBs, 4 R and 1 RBI. And did we mention Harper left the game in the sixth?
Fun fact: No one's ever done that in at least the past 100 years.
But, people have come close. A handful of history's other great performances that featured zero at-bats and four trips to first base:
1. Rickey Henderson, July 29, 1989: 0-for-0, 4 BBs, 4 R, 5 SB
Henderson's A's lost to the Mariners 14-6, but the outfielder scored four of his team's runs on walks. What's more: He had FIVE stolen bases. Henderson took second base four times and third base once against a second-year Randy Johnson. So Henderson took first base four times on walks, and then worked his way around on his own accord. Basically, he was just taking and taking from the Mariners all game.
2. Joe Morgan, July 27, 1973: 0-for-0, 4 BBs, 4 R
History's other four-walk, four-run game courtesy of Morgan in a Reds' 12-2 win, which came, coincidently, also against the Braves.
3. Larry Doby, Sept. 19, 1951: 0-for-0, 5 BBs, 4 R
Hall of Famer and seven-time All-Star Larry Dobby took a base on balls all five times he was at the plate during an Indians' 15-2 win at Fenway Park, accounting for nearly half of Cleveland's 13 walks that game. Thirteen!
And one that only had three walks and three runs, but still should kind of count:
4. Derek Jeter, Sept. 12, 2006: 0-for-0, 3 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
Nearly nine years ago, the Yankees beat the Rays, 12-4, in a game during which Jeter reached base four times without ever recording a hit. He was walked three times by the Rays -- including once with the bases full to give him an RBI. He was also hit by a pitch once, culminating in a trio of runs.