Hunter Strickland suspended 6 games, Bryce Harper 4

Harper, a star for the Washington Nationals, charged the mound and attacked Strickland after the San Francisco Giants pitcher plunked him with a pitch on Monday.

Harper and Strickland were both ejected, and are certain to face punishment from Major League Baseball. The sentences: Strickland has received a six-game suspension, Harper four games.

Washington led 2-0 with two outs in the eighth inning and none on when Strickland drilled Harper on the first pitch - a 98 miles per hour fastball.

The bad blood between Strickland and Harper dates back to the 2014 NLDS, when Harper belted two long homers off the reliever.

"It's part of the game, I guess", said Harper, who hadn't faced Strickland since he hit two home runs against the pitcher in the 2014 NL Division Series.

Harper then charged the mound and threw his helmet at Strickland inciting a benches-clearing brawl. Again, Harper's decision to charge the mound was inexcusable because baseball has to move beyond that, but at least it was understandable in the heat of the moment.

Not where some expected to find the Giants team leader with his pitcher, Hunter Strickland, exchanging head shots with Harper.

"Well I mean after it happened, I kind of saw Harper point", Posey said in the locker room, per KNBR.com. The game was rough right from the jump for the "Shark", when the Nationals scored two runs between a Ryan Zimmerman double that scored Trea Turner, and a single by Brian Murphy that got Zimmerman home.

Morse and Samardzija collided trying to break up the fight.

In spite of the anticipation that there would be some sort of retaliation from the Nats, Baker said the umpires didn't even warn the teams before as they usually would if the expectation was things could get ugly.

"You never want to get suspended or anything like, but sometimes you just got to go and get them and can't hesitate", Harper said, according to the AP. During the eighth inning, Strickland hit Harper with a pitch and then chaos ensured. The MLB should look to give this suspension out to Strickland, considering he did not go after Harper's head or anywhere else where his long-term health could be at stake.

"As I was going out there, your first reaction is you might get blindsided by one of their players coming in", Harper said. "Obviously, I got in a little too far". "I don't know why he did it or what he did it for".

Boston placed Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained wrist and activated Pablo Sandoval from the DL. That to me signifies that the team is fed up with Strickland.

  • Salvatore Jensen