Nearly flawless in his last start, Matt Harvey took his lumps today, but on a positive note rebounded and regained control.
Harvey gave up a three-run homer to Washington’s Bryce Harper in the first inning, but rebounded to throw three scoreless innings and strike out six in an 8-5 loss.
Harvey settled down to retire 11 of the final 12 hitters against him; a very good sign for any pitcher let alone a young one after a rough start.
“I struggled there in the first inning, obviously. I think I came out a little too excited and needed to tone that down a little bit,’’ Harvey told reporters. “I made one bad pitch and it cost me three runs.’’
Harvey said he came out pumped in trying to atone for a three-homer rocking by the Nationals last year in spring training.