Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland Punch Away, Nats-Giants Fight

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper hits San Francisco Giants Hunter Strickland in the face after being hit with a pitch in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday

On October 3, 2014, during Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants, Bryce Harper stepped in in against Hunter Strickland. Go back to yesterday's boxing match between Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland, and notice how Buster Posey had no desire to step out from behind the plate and protect his pitcher.

After pointing a finger toward Strickland and dropping the bat, Harper sprinted toward the mound, removed his helmet and awkwardly flung it well to the side of Strickland, who turned away briefly before squaring up with the Nationals star.

Undeterred, Bryce Harper gathered and fired another right hand at Hunter Strickland, this one appearing to make contact with both the player's head and his Memorial Day Commemorative Cap from New Era-available now for $39.99 at your team's store and the MLB Shop, support the troops by buying consumer goods, kids-the bill of which bent considerably in absorbing the blow. Strickland was so infuriated he needed to be restrained by teammates and physically carried off the field as he was taken away to the Giants clubhouse.

It was the first meeting between the two men since the 2014 playoffs, when Harper blasted Strickland for two consecutive home runs. "I mean, that's the prime time to hit somebody if you're going to hit them, it looked like it was intentional to me", he said.

Baker said he would be disappointed if Harper were suspended.

"I can't get there as quick as I used to".

Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer? Like elephants, baseball players never forget, and a perceived slight dating back three years, can be the catalyst for a fight.

With his own manager saying the pitch looked bad, it is hard to agree with Strickland's explanation for the pitch. "I don't know why he's still thinking about it".

Harper and Strickland were both ejected after their incident and both will nearly certainly serve suspensions, but Harper is not necessarily at fault.

No one got in Harper's way as he rushed the mound.

The Nationals went on to win the game 3-0.

"It's go time", Strickland said, characterizing his thoughts once seeing Harper run at him. 'He didn't come up and in toward my face like some guys do, so I respect him on that level.' Strickland said he missed his spot. Was he still thinking about those 2014 home runs? "I don't know why he did it or what he did it for". "He's taken advantage of that, so I went inside".

Often, any batter who's looking to charge the mound has to fend off the catcher first, or at least beat him to the pitcher if he hopes to get a clean shot in. Obviously, I got in a little too far.' 'He made a decision to come out, that's what he chose to do.

"You had two guys that probably don't care for each other much", Bochy continued.

Ryan Zimmerman, who's gotten off to a hot start this season, knocked a homer to left field with no one on in the 2nd inning. 'You can't assume what other people are thinking or what other people are going to do, ' he said.

Nationals closer Koda Glover worked a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two, for his sixth save.

Moore pitched brilliantly for most of the game, but allowed a solo home run and an RBI double. Nationals starter Tanner Roark hit Christian Arroyo in the bottom of the seventh inning. Before the game, the Nationals reinstated INF Stephen Drew (strained right hamstring) from the disabled list and demoted LHP Matt Grace to Triple-A Syracuse.

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