By CHRIS HOBBS
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former Bandys High star Hunter Harvey is off to a solid start this season, but was touched for a home run on Friday night in a home loss to Cleveland.
The Guardians won 6-4 and will continue the series on Saturday (4:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1:05 p.m.) at Nationals Park.
Harvey, 28 and starting his third season on a opening day roster — his second with the Washington Nationals — went 1 1 2.3 innings, giving up two hits, two runs (earned), walking two and striking out three.
He came in to a game attended by 21,637 in the sixth inning and gave up a solo home run to Josh Bell in the seventh inning. Bell hit a 98-mph fastball from Harvey more than 410 feet over the right-center field fence.
Reliever Carl Edwards Jr., who followed Harvey (fourth hold), later issued a game-tying bases loaded walk.
Harvey is 0-0 with an ERA of 3.52 in eight games this season and has seven strikeouts in 7 2/23 innings pitched.
After 72 pro games, he is 3-3 with a 2.93 ERA with 75 strikeouts in 70 2/32 innings.
Harvey is the son of two-time all-star reliever Bryan Harvey (California Angels and Florida Marlins) and was the No. 22 pick in the 2013 Major League Draft, chosen by the Baltimore Orioles.
He battled injuries while in the minor league system with the Orioles before reaching he big leagues and again being out with injuries.
When Baltimore placed Harvey on waivers in 2021, he was picked up by the San Francisco Giants but did not pitch in spring training.
After the Giants placed Hunter Harvey on waivers, he was picked up by the Nationals before the 2022 season began. He was sent to Triple AAA for a few days then recalled to Washington.
He got into 38 games last season for the Nats, going 2-1 with an ERA of 2.52. He pitched 39 1/3 innings with 12 walks and 45 strikeouts.
Harvey now has 17 holds (no saves) and Bell’s home run was the sixth hit against Harvey, who battled 286 batters.
After closing the series against Cleveland, the Nats are off on Monday before facing Baltimore on Tuesday and Wednesday night in Washiington.
FRIDAY’S BOX: https://www.mlb.com/gameday/guardians-vs-nationals/2023/04/14/718592/final/box
HUNTER HARVEY’S PRO CAREER: https://www.mlb.com/player/hunter-harvey-640451
NATIONALS 2023 SCHEDULE: https://www.mlb.com/nationals/schedule/2023-04