Harper, Strick­land go at it as Na­tion­als beat Giants

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

An en­raged Bryce Harper charged the mound, fired his hel­met and traded punches with San Fran­cisco reliever Hunter Strick­land af­ter get­ting hit by a fast­ball, set­ting off a brawl in the Washington Na­tion­als’ 3-0 Na­tional League base­ball win over the Giants. Drilled in the right hip by a 98 m.p.h. heater on Strick­land’s first pitch in the eighth in­ning with two outs, none on and Washington ahead 2-0, Harper didn’t hes­i­tate. He pointed his bat at Strick­land, yelled at him and took off, rush­ing the mound. His eyes were wide as he flung his hel­met — it sailed wide of Strick­land — and they started swing­ing. The six-four Strick­land hit Harper in the face, then they broke apart be­fore squar­ing off again. Harper punched Strick­land in the head as the benches and bullpen emp­tied. Harper and Strick­land were both ejected.

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