Manager Matt Williams made a much bigger mistake than Bryce Harper — if you even call what Harper did a mistake — by benching his young star after he didn't hustle to first base on a ground ball back to the pitcher Saturday afternoon. Williams lectured Harper and removed him in the sixth inning, leaving the Washington Nationals short one of their most potent bats during a ninth-inning rally.
The Nats fell 4-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals, but the outcome might have been different had Harper been given a chance to redeem himself in his team's last at-bat. Instead, Kevin Frandsen hit, and made an out. No offense to Frandsen, but the Nats lost something in the exchange there.
Williams gave little indication that he had second thoughts, or learned any lessons himself, by the time he spoke to reporters.
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