Washington rookie Bryce Harper stole home in the first inning after being hit by Hamels, just the latest in an already growing list of accomplishments for the 19-year-old. Harper came up with two outs in the first and Hamels plunked him in the small of the back.
"I was trying to hit him. I'm not going to deny it," Hamels said. "That's something I grew up watching, that's kind of what happened, so I'm just trying to continue the old baseball because I think some people are kind of getting away from it. I remember when I was a rookie the strike zone was really, really small and you didn't say anything because that's the way baseball is. But I think unfortunately the league's protecting certain players and making it not that old-school, prestigious way of baseball."
Harper quickly shrugged off the sting, going from first to third on Werth's single to left. When Hamels made a pickoff throw to first, Harper broke for home and slid in under the tag.
"It's just, `Welcome to the big leagues," Hamel said. "And I think he kind of did that for me."
It was Harper's first stolen base in his eight-game major league career.