The first home run of Steve Lombardozzi’s major league career was a bomb.
Lombardozzi, a wiry 23-year-old, crushed a Tommy Hanson fastball off the back of the wall in the Nationals’ bullpen in right field, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead.
It was a cool moment for Lombardozzi, who came into the Nats’ dugout to a host of smiles and pats on the back from teammates and coaches.
Then Bryce Harper had to go and top it.
Harper absolutely demolished the first pitch he saw from Hanson, sending it at least a third of the way up the second deck in right and giving the Nats back-to-back homers for the third time this season. The previous two back-to-back home performances came from Jesus Flores and Stephen Strasburg (May 20) and Adam LaRoche and Xavier Nady (May 16).
Two rookies hitting no-doubt-about-it homers to lead off a game. Manager Davey Johnson must have a giant smile on his face right now.
The Nats now are up 2-0 over the Braves, and the party is on at Nats Park.