Hunter Strickland suspended 6 games, Bryce Harper 4

Saturday, 03 Jun, 2017

In a hurry, too. And when something like that happens versus continuing to chirp and talk about it, why don't you go out there and see somebody?

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland was suspended six games and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper received a four-game suspension on Tuesday for their parts in a bench-clearing brawl the day before at AT&T Park in San Francisco. "I always tell my hitters, 'Either go to first or go to the mound if you're challenged like that'". Harper's job is to hit home runs really far against Strickland.

Strickland hit Harper in the hip with a pitch and the Washington slugger charged the mound, hurling his helmet at the pitcher and trading punches to the head with Strickland during the Nationals' 3-0 win over the Giants.

While Harper's helmet throw was well wide, he did land a punch on Strickland (and vice versa). You never know. Their whole team's out there, and my team's coming behind me.

Posey addressed his hesitance to join the fight after the game. "So...be a little risky to get in there sometimes". For what it's worth, Strickland is also appealing his suspension, despite outlining his incentive to plunk Harper in talking to the media on Monday. Harper then intends to throw his batting helmet at Strickland.

"I'm obviously not thrilled about it", Strickland said.

Posey declined to elaborate beyond his postgame comments Monday, when he said he didn't try to break up the fight because "there's some big guys tumbling around on the ground" and "it'd be a little risky to get in there sometimes".

"I'm OK, but why is that news?" "We're trying to get that down".

Harper later expressed incredulity that Strickland could still be nursing a grudge.

No injuries were reported in either clubhouse. Another reason is the two home runs Harper hit off Strickland in the 2014 MLB Playoffs.

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

"It just wasn't relevant". "But it doesn't matter what I say or what I do. I don't know why he did it or what he did it for". He's got a World Series ring.

Angry, Harper did at least appreciate there was no head-hunting.

"I left the ball over the plate a couple of times to him", he said. I'm going with a bat. As an athlete, if I'm getting my butt beaten, it's because it's my fault.

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

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. Any brawls like this will come with consequences.

Holliday went deep in the first inning and again in the third, his 22nd career multihomer game.

Posey declined to enter the fracas, instead remaining around its edges and watching as the players scuffled in "a pretty good pile", as Giants manager Bruce Bochy called it.

"It looks bad, it does", he said. Or maybe they were just surprised that Harper and the Nationals fought back. The two exchanged blows as the Giants and Nationals rushed the field. He's not a punching bag, he's human with emotions. "Next thing you know, he's going out after him".

"They're still going to come off the bench, " Girardi said. "I think that has to be something more than the players" association might get together with and educate among each other. "History is history, some people hold it longer than others".

Samardzija lost to the Chicago Cubs in his last turn when he allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings.