KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Right fielder Bryce Harper continues to show the Nationals what the future will be like when he is placed on the 25-man roster.
During Washington's 6-5 loss to the Astros on Thursday night, Harper replaced Jeff Frazier in the bottom of the seventh inning. Astros first baseman Matt Downs hit a deep fly to right with two outs, and Harper was able to make a nice running catch to end the inning.
"[Center fielder Rick] Ankiel was yelling, 'Wall, wall, wall. You got room, you got room, you got room,'" Harper said. "To have Ankiel coming from center field helping me out was huge. It got a little scary near the wall."
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Harper hit a soft liner off right-hander Ross Wolf in the eighth that dropped in front of left fielder J.B. Shuck. Harper, running hard out of the batter's box, ended up with a double.
"I saw [Shuck] going after the ball pretty slow," Harper said. "My game is to come out of the box hard and think [about a triple]. I came hard out of the box, I saw it and I went."
However, it was Harper's error in the ninth inning that allowed Houston to win the game. With a runner on first and one out, Brian Dopirak doubled down the right-field line. It looked like Jimmy Paredes was going to stop at third base, but Harper's throw to the infield was wide, allowing Paredes to score and end the game.
"I threw a little bit right, and it got me," Harper said.