May 29, 2017Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper charged the mound after being hit by a pitch from Hunter Strickland and turned in the fail of the day. The slugger pointed his bat at Strickland, yelled at him and took off.
It took three large teammates to drag the agitated Strickland off the field after the fracas, which featured a brief toe-to-toe between the combatants, both landing glancing blows to each other's face.
The pitcher and hitter had not faced each other since Harper's second homer in Game 4 of a series the Giants won 3-1 en route to a World Series title. For the New York Mets, there could be an opportunity make up some ground in the NL East, where they now sit 8.5 games back of the first-place Nationals.
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Memorial Day boutThe Nationals and Giants were wearing Memorial Day caps and jerseys, so one person set Monday's fight to Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the United States of America".
Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged neither player will likely emerge covered in glory after the brawl. It's smart, but I think something else was at play here today. Strickland claimed Harper had beaten him on a couple pitches over the middle of the plate in previous at bats against him, so going inside was his best bet to get him out.
-- The biggest hit didn't come from Strickland or Harper. Tanner Roark (W, 5-2, 3.86 ERA) shut out the Giants through seven innings and the Nationals bested a stellar Matt Moore and the Giants 3-0 Monday afternoon. As expected, Strickland denied hitting Harper intentionally. "Let him go get his pitcher". When Strickland didn't back down, Harper flung his helmet at him - missing badly - and charged the mound. "So I'd rather miss in than over the plate".
"After it happened, I kind of saw Harper point".
"That's their decision and obviously I'll take whatever consequences come with it and we'll go from there", he said. 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. "I think if the Giants thought it was that egregious, Bryce would've gotten one the next season". Even if you're a mild mannered person, you're not going to take that.
Zimmerman hit a home run in the second inning and Daniel Murphy hit an RBI double off the bricks in the sixth.