Harper, Strickland go at it as Nationals beat Giants
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.