Five Takeaways From Giants' 6-3 Loss to Nats

During the eighth inning of the game between the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants, Strickland hit Harper in the hip with a 98 miles per hour fastball.

Both players have been fined an undisclosed amount but have signalled their intention to appeal.

"Hopefully both sides just go about it and play the game and not really worry about things that happened in the past", Harper said.

Tuesday, ESPN "Pardon the Interruption" co-host Michael Wilbon reacted strongly to Monday's fight between San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper after Strickland hit him with a 98 miles per hour fastball. The sentences: Strickland has received a six-game suspension, Harper four games.

Almost three years after the 2014 postseason, when Harper hit two homers off Strickland, the Giants' pitcher made it clear he's still not over it.

In this Friday, May 19, 2017, photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper sits in the dugout in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.

There have been several theories floated: 1) Posey let Harper go because he thought Strickland was in the wrong; 2) Strickland, who has a history with Harper, wanted to fight him and told Posey to stand down (a source told this to Fox Sports); 3) He simply spaced.

It's also possible that Harper will fight the suspension and seek at least a reduction from four games.

Harper has only one career hit - a three-run home run - against Cain in 10 at-bats. "You can't hesitate. You either go to first base or go after him, and I made a decision to go after him".

In that second matchup, which came back in Game 4 of the 2014 NLDS, Harper launched a game-tying home run in the seventh inning off of Strickland.

"I don't think retaliation is the key in this situation", he said, again, according to MASN's Mark Zuckerman.

"That's the unfortunate thing about these brawls you have", Bochy said about the injury.

"I think probably only Martin Luther King or Gandhi would have turned the other cheek and not done something reactionary". If he did have a problem, he could've talked to me in BP about it and [said]: "'I didn't like the way you went about it.' But that's not human nature, I guess". Very thankful for Mikey Mo.”. In most instances where the star player of one team is intentionally hit, the other team will target the star player of the pitcher's team. “We as a whole group and team, we stick together. “Buster was definitely shocked and not looking for that to happen.”. After Washington won the game in walk-off fashion, Harper returned to the field to celebrate with his teammates and to curse out the umpire.

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