ATLANTA -- Bryce Harper motioned for the baseball as he rounded second base in the sixth inning Wednesday night at SunTrust Park.
Fortunately for him, the Braves fan who caught his solo home run to left field tossed the ball back onto the field. He probably did not realize that it was Harper’s 1,000th career hit and 200th career home run, making Harper the first player in baseball history to have two milestone hits in the same at-bat.
“I was very lucky that they like me out there,” Harper said following a 9-2 loss to the Braves.
Harper said that the loss would not spoil his milestone moments.
“No, I’ll enjoy it,” he said. “Of course, they beat us, and that’s part of the game. I’m excited about it. It’s a pretty cool moment. Of course it’s not where I want to end up, not where I want to be. I’ve got a lot of goals and dreams that I want to accomplish and this is just part of it.”
Harper’s homer came on a first-pitch fastball from Braves right-hander Bryse Wilson. He hit the ball a projected 396 feet, according to Statcast. The ball left his bat at 110.6 mph.