From Left Field: Bryce Harper charges the mound, incites brawl

Bryce Harper, a right fielder for the Washington Nationals, stormed the mound to fight Monday after being hit in his hip by a pitch from Hunter Strickland, a relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.

And I hate to keep agreeing with Harper, but he was right on point with what he said after the game on Monday. Strickland received a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine.

Strickland apparently plunked Harper for hitting two home runs during the 2014 NLDS, a series in which the Giants beat the Nationals.

"If you got something wrong with a guy, go see him", Jake Arrieta said.

When the suspensions are carried out, the two players will not be paid for the games that they miss. So Monday, in the first time he faced Harper since giving up the two moon shots, and on his first pitch, he assaulted Harper with a baseball, which anyone familiar with the games knows has the approximate density of a rock. Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy described it as "completely uncalled for", while radio host and former Nats general manager Jim Bowden called Strickland a "thug" who should be forced to sit out "15 or 20 games".

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Whatever beef might exist is about a long-held grudge by Strickland three years after Harper homered off him twice in the playoffs and not between the teams as a whole. 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.

Washington RHP Max Scherzer (5-3, 2.77 ERA) starts the series finale Wednesday against RHP Matt Cain (3-3, 4.45) in a rematch of Game 4 of the 2012 World Series when Scherzer was with Detroit.

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You're not going to hold on to a pick in 2019 and not acquire a player who can unlock another level and bring Cleveland a title. Thomas said at the team's practice facility Friday that the swelling must go down before there is a decision on how to rehab.

“Its just insane that it even happened yesterday after three years to do that, ” Harper said.

"I'm not thrilled about (the suspension), but it's their call."

When Strickland didn't back down, Harper flung his helmet at him - missing badly - and charged the mound.

"You never want to get suspended or anything like that, " Harper said. Harper should have hit him between the eyes with his helmet or bat.

-- Orlando Calixte hit a single up the middle in the first, getting his first big league hit.

Baker did, however, like that the Nationals as a team responded with the win, knocking Giants' starter Jeff Samardzija out after just four innings in which the right-hander got up to 100 pitches.

In my opinion Strickland is a cancer for this team. Goodness knows in my 12-year college umpiring career I was at three games where punches were actually thrown. Heck, I'm surprised there wasn't even more damage.

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