Hunter Strickland suspended 6 games, Bryce Harper 4

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Before the second of three with the Giants in San Francisco's AT&T Park, Washington Nationals' skipper Dusty Baker and Nats' slugger Bryce Harper downplayed the possibility there would be retaliation for Hunter Strickland's 98 miles per hour goal pitch during the eighth inning of Monday's series opener.

This afternoon Major League baseball announced Strickland will be suspended for six games for the incident, Harper for four.

So when Strickland drilled Harper on the upper thigh with a 98 miles per hour fastball in the eighth inning of Washington's 3-0 victory, inciting a brawl, it didn't take Baker long to make the connection.

In addition to the suspension, Harper was fined an undisclosed amount for "charging the mound, throwing his helmet and fighting", according to Torre.? Many reports pointed to the fact that Harper had hit two home runs off of Strickland previously and the Giants pitcher didn't like it.

San Francisco Giants right-hander Hunter Strickland spoke to reporters after the brawl with Washington Nationals player Bryce Harper on Monday, May 29. As Harper yelled and motioned at Strickland, Posey continued to stand behind home plate and chose to not enter the fray as the benches cleared.

Strickland hit Harper in the face before catching a punch to the head, as teammates rushed onto the field.

And then when Strickland's teammates are trying to get him off the field he's basically fighting them like a mad animal. 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. Harper also hit a blast off Strickland in Game 1 of the same series. They had not faced each other since Harper hit two home runs off Strickland in the 2014 NL playoffs.

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A former teammate on the Washington Nationals, Yankees reliever Tyler Cilppard found those words to be uniquely Harper.

"Well, I mean, after it happened, I kind of saw Harper's point", Posey told reporters. "It doesn't matter what I say or what I do, really, I just didn't think that the judges, whoever the judges were, have ever been in the situation".

"I'm obviously not thrilled about it", Strickland said. Buster Posey remains the mystery man in Monday's brawl between the Nationals and Giants. "I didn't put any limitations on this team", Hinch said.

"I thought he had good at-bats", Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. But what makes this problem even more hard, is that he's really good.

“You cant really worry about what Major League Baseball is going to do because you dont really know, ” Harper said. I'm not sure why, given the Giants had the last laugh since they won the World Series that year.

"I know Buster has our back as a group and a team."

The fight lasted less than one minute.