Hunter Strickland suspended 6 games, Bryce Harper 4, after Nationals, Giants brawl

Posted May 31, 2017

The Nationals will hopefully continue to play good baseball regardless of the Bryce Harper consequences. In a hurry, too.

Harper charged the mound Monday at AT&T Park, sparking a huge brawl between the Nationals and San Francisco Giants.

Bryce said if Strickland had a problem with the way things went down in '14, he could've talked to him during BP.

Major League Baseball suspended Harper four games and Strickland six games, fining each player, for their roles in igniting the brawl. "That's going to suck if I get hit again". Harper took the beaning personally, by yelling something at Strickland and proceeding to charge the mound.

Completely uncalled for. Harper will probably get suspended, because thats how these things work. I could tell the way Buster Posey reacted that he had nothing to do with it. It was reported Posey is "forbidden" to get in any fights by the Giants' front office but the "gods" say that's no excuse.

Last month, it was Orioles third baseman Manny Machado who dodged several malicious fastballs from Red Sox pitchers, but managed to hold his temper until he got in front of the television cameras after Boston ace Chris Sale took a shot at his oft-injured knees. "So it was a little unsafe to get in there sometimes". Harper punched Strickland in the head as the benches and bullpens joined in.

"I just think a lot of their guys were shocked", Harper said.

"I'm OK, but why is that news?" "I don't want to get involved in any of it".

During the top of the 8th inning in yesterday's game in San Francisco, Giants reliever Hunter Strickland had come on to pitch with his team down 2-0.

No injuries were reported in either clubhouse. Harper should have hit him between the eyes with his helmet or bat. That being the case, you could hardly blame the men in blue if, in the absence of Harper's hysterics, Strickland had gotten off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

"It just wasn't relevant". But this happened three years ago.

"Bryce and Hunter went out there, they were a few punches, they landed one apiece, I believe". Those players, forever, will be known as World Series champions in the Bay Area. Cody Allen gave up Khris Davis' solo homer and two singles in the ninth, but struck out Trevor Plouffe and recorded his 14th save. Harper's is considerably more recent.

The incident might not come as a surprise to some, considering that Harper got the best of Strickland in the 2014 playoffs, hitting two home runs in that matchup.

After the first homer, Strickland said he wasn't afraid of Harper.

I didn't expect him to whiff on this one. "Obviously I'd rather miss in than over the plate".

"He chose to come out, that's what he made a decision to do".

Bumgarner has been involved in several skirmishes with the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig a few times; past year the pair got into it after the inning ended and Posey approached the outskirts of the scrum. "After that's settled, I'll take the consequences". I was pretty fired up, to be honest. Manager Bruce Bochy admitted as much later when he said, "It looks bad". When a guy stares at you, it's just a straight out challenge.

"A baseball's a weapon, and to be able to use that to his advantage, what do you want to do in that situation?"

"We're not here to brawl", Nationals manager Dusty Baker told reporters.

"We were ahead 2-0, two outs and nobody on base". He's not a punching bag, he's human with emotions. "I don't know why he did it or what he did it for, but I guess it happens".

However, Harper's teammates did not hesitate to rush to his defense when the fight broke out.

"Completely uncalled for", Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy said. "But I think anytime you're dealing with a position player's wrist, a hitter's wrist, that's always cause for concern". "I thought it was awesome. You're just not going to".

Koda Glover pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his sixth save in seven tries.

Ryan Zimmerman hit his 14th homer, off Matt Moore (2-6). Harper also hit a blast off Strickland in Game 1 of the same series.