Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

Strickland hit Harper with the first pitch, a 98 miles per hour fastball. 'So it was a little risky to get in there sometimes.' Harper's eyes were wide as he flung his helmet - it wasn't close to Strickland, it might've slipped, helmets are hard to throw accurately - and they started swinging away.

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

When the Nationals visited AT&T Park for the first time after the 2014 postseason series, Bryce Harper took to Instagram to compliment the city.

Strickland is going to face discipline for hitting Harper and could be subjected to a five-game suspension, but Harper's actions were much here and could be facing a suspension that keeps him out more than a week.

Their meeting on Monday was the first matchup between the two since that four-game series, and Strickland went into the at-bat with a plan.

"I agree. But I'm just saying, if you were to be technical about it, I don't think he was necessarily upset that he hit two bombs off him", Bickel said. "I don't think it's my place to judge the rules".

"I can see how (2014) stays in people's minds", he said. Samardzija comes off of a 5-1 loss at the Cubs with three runs given up on six hits including three homers in seven frames. "That's throwing at a spot where you can't get out of the way", Baker said.

The pitcher-hitter duo of Harper and Strickland hadn't faced each other since Harper bombed two home runs off Strickland in the 2014 NL playoffs.

As for Strickland, he told ESPN reporters that the wild throw was not on goal despite Giants manager Bruce Bochy admitting that the throw "looked bad". If you call semi-sanctioned fighting in a baseball game normal.

"It's go time", he said. Today's was the first of a three game set in San Francisco. "That's their decision and obviously I'll take whatever consequences come with it and we'll go from there". The protocol seems to be "Let them handle their business while taking stock of who's involved and who's escalating the situation" and then go from there. It's on his finger and he's able to look at it every single night.' Angry, Harper did at least appreciate there was no head-hunting.

The San Francisco Giants were pegged by many to be the best team in the National League East but that has not been the case yet. Strickland didn't go so far as to say the pitch was completely accidental, and brushed off the idea that maybe he should apologize to Harper. The Nationals also got 2B Daniel Murphy back after he didn't make any starts in the Padres series because of an illness.

Ryan Zimmerman hit his 14th homer, off Matt Moore (2-6) in the second.

METS 4, BREWERS 2 Rookie Robert Gsellman pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and had two RBI to lead NY past visiting Milwaukee.

ORIOLES 3, YANKEES 2 Dylan Bundy allowed two runs over seven innings and host Baltimore snapped a seven-game losing streak, defeating NY.

  • Arturo Norris