Posey avoids "big guys tumbling" in Nats-Giants brawl

Isaac Cain
May 31, 2017

The Giants were fortunate that Morse and pitcher Jeff Samardzija both said they were fine; they were first to get in between the two combatants - Morse coming from first base, Samardzija coming from the Giants dugout - and their heads forcefully collided.

Harper's eyes were wide as he flung his helmet - it wasn't close to Strickland - and they started swinging away.

Eventually, things cooled off, but not before players were dragged off the field by fellow teammates.

With over two years having elapsed since the 2014 NLDS, any bad blood between Strickland and Harper would've seemingly dissolved. Strickland had hit Harper when there were two outs and nobody on base.

On (poorly) throwing his helmet: "I was just trying to go after him, with the helmet or just myself".

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted after a hit by pitch.Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland's 98.

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"I wasn't sure what was going on, but I think (the Giants) were definitely shocked at the situation, shocked that he would so something like that three years later", Harper said.

"When somebody comes at you like that and throws a 98 miles per hour fastball where he did, I wasn't very happy with it and took it into my hands", he said.

INDIANS 5, ATHLETICS 3: Carlos Carrasco won his third straight decision, Edwin Encarnacion hit one of Cleveland's three solo home runs and the Indians defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-3 on Monday. But (Strickland) shouldn't have thrown those pitches that got hit out. "So obviously I'd rather miss in than over the plate". It's what's insane about our game when somebody takes a shot at you. "Like I said, I left the ball over the plate a couple of times to him and he's taken advantage of that". He has been around professional baseball for five decades and is aware some grudges last almost that long. Strickland is still caught up in the past (a past in which he became a World Series champion I might add), so if he can't even take the good that comes with the greatest achievement in the game, then my guess is that he's insufferable to be around when the team is losing like they have been this season.

After the game, Nationals manager Dusty Baker reacted to the punches.

Strickland, apparently still salty over Harper hitting two home runs off him in the 2014 NLDS (but claiming it had nothing to do with it) also connected with a first-pitch fastball, this one clocked at 98 miles per hour.

"It's so in the past that it's not even relevant anymore", he said. Washington logged eight hits and walked once with Ryan Zimmerman clubbing his 14th homer and scoring twice while Daniel Murphy went 2-4 and knocked in two runs. Nats starter Tanner Roark picked up the win with six hits and six strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. In fact, the pitcher Strickland had to be assisted off the field by 4 Giants players after being ejected along with Harper. 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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