Harper was only 6-for-25 lifetime against Hand, his teammate on the Phillies last year. But one of those hits was a home run, and Harper did it again on a very high shot that dropped over the wall.
Just as he did after his first home run, Harper stared down Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia as he jogged between second and third. Arcia reportedly taunted Harper in the Braves locker room, chanting “Atta boy, Harper.” Apparently Harper took that personally, and the fans booed Arcia during introductions.
Center fielder Michael Harris II, who made the defensive play that ended Game 2, made a valiant effort to snag Harper’s second home run, nearly falling over the outfield wall.
It’s Harper’s fifth home run against the Braves in the last two postseasons. In seven games this year and last, Harper is 13-for-28 against Atlanta with five home runs and 10 RBI. He’s hitting .464 and slugging a ridiculous 1.179, with an on-base percentage of .531.
He’s gotten revenge against the Braves and more. The best part? When you hit the ball over the fence, it doesn’t matter how you run the bases.