After Ricky Nolasco struck him out in the fourth inning, Bryce Harper slammed his bat on the plate. A piece of it shattered and came close enough to catcher John Buck to make him flinch.

When Harper, 19, came up again in the sixth he apologized to Buck.

"I saw it hit and that's why I kind of jumped away," Buck said. "He told me he was really sorry, it was terrible. I told him, 'Don't worry about it. I did the same thing, but when I was your age it was a metal bat and I was in high school.' It's a learning experience for him. He's just having to do it in front of the eyes of the whole country and the world. I bet you he probably won't do that any more."