Harper goes 3-for-5, hits first AFL home run

Bryce Harper played his fourth Arizona Fall League game on Saturday night. But for the first time, he stole the show.

Harper went 3-for-5, blasting his first professional home run in the second inning off the top of a party deck in right field. He added a double, drove in a pair of runs and helped the Scottsdale Scorpions to a 13-9 win over the Peoria Sagauros.

The 18-year-old is now 6-for-17 in four games in the league, counting three extra-base hits among the total of six. He played right field on Saturday and hit seventh, but Harper was one of the more integral parts of the Scorpions’ win. And he’ll certainly be the player everyone is talking about tomorrow.

Infielder Stephen Lombardozzi was back at shortstop, and continued to fare well at the plate, though he did make a throwing error. He went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a pair of runs. And reliever Cole Kimball pitched the ninth inning, striking out one and notching a scoreless inning despite giving up two hits.