Harper, LaRoche riding hot streaks at the plate

Harper, LaRoche riding hot streaks at the plate

Harper, LaRoche riding hot streaks at the plate
WASHINGTON -- Nationals sluggers Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche continued to swing hot bats in a 9-1 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday night.

Harper, 19, hit two home runs, his second career multi-homer game. Since 1918, the only players younger than Harper to twice hit two homers in a game were Mel Ott and Ken Griffey Jr.

In the third inning, with the Cubs' Chris Volstad on the mound, Harper smoked a home run over the left-center-field wall. With one out in the sixth and Michael Bowden on the mound, Harper hit a mammoth shot that landed in the second deck in right field. Harper also had two walks.

In his last 10 games, Harper is 13-for-37 (.351) with five home runs and 10 RBIs to raise his batting average to .259, with 17 home runs and 47 RBIs.

"I feel good up there. I try to go up there and have good ABs and look for one pitch I could drive," Harper said. "I really try to get it. It's nice to have everyone around me hitting. I think when one person hits, everybody hits."

LaRoche had three hits, including a two-run home run, and three RBIs on Wednesday. In his last 10 games, LaRoche is 15-for-37 (.405) with four home runs and seven RBIs.

LaRoche is on pace to post the best power numbers of his career. Entering Thursday's game against the Cubs, LaRoche has 28 home runs and 90 RBIs.

"It's not done yet," LaRoche said."We still have a lot of ball left. You really don't look at individual stuff -- to be honest -- until the season is over. You have a group goal here. ... When the season is over, I'm going to sit back and dissect the season, reflect on it a little bit. Use that for some motivation next year."

The Nationals and LaRoche have a mutual option for next year that is worth $10 million. LaRoche said the sides have not talked about the option recently. LaRoche continues to say that he wants to stay with Washington past this season.

"I would love working something out to stay here," LaRoche said. "I bounced all over the place for nine years. ... I love what we have working here. The [Nationals] are set up for the long haul."