Harper did not hit any towering home runs Sunday, but he singled twice with two outs and threw out a baserunner at second base to help lift the Nationals over the Phillies, 4-1.
Strasburg, who former Nationals manager Frank Robinson termed “The Savior” on the night of his debut in 2010, has been dominant, down on his luck and disabled. Now, with a 6.50 ERA, he’s just disappointing.
Bryce Harper drove in two runs, Gio Gonzalez allowed only one over 6 1/3 innings and Washington topped Philadelphia, 4-1.
Strasburg has experienced success at every level for most of his baseball career. Now he is facing a prolonged slump for the first time in the big leagues. “It’s a test for me,” he said, “and I’m going to look at it that way.”
Strasburg couldn’t pitch out of the fourth inning Saturday afternoon, while Cole Hamels was in complete control. Washington’s six-game surge came to an end with an 8-1 loss to Philadelphia.
After going 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA as a starter last season, Roark will make his first start of 2015 on Monday in place of Doug Fister, who landed on the disabled list late last week.
Scherzer allowed just one run over eight innings, then sprinted home from first base on a double to score the go-ahead run in sixth inning. Washington won its sixth consecutive game, 2-1.
Scherzer only allowed one run and four hits over eight sparkling innings as Washington downed Philadelphia, 2-1, to win its sixth consecutive game.
Smith pitched with a mixture of rosin and sunscreen on his right forearm Thursday night. He plans to appeal the suspension.
With Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list, Roark is in line to start either Monday or Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.
Janssen missed the first 41 games of the season with rotator cuff tendinitis in his right shoulder. He filled a spot vacated by Sammy Solis, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.
Bryce Harper has long since grown accustomed to the towering home runs, the frequent trots around the bases, the hordes of reporters waiting at his locker after every game.