In his non-reaction, Buster Posey was right

Nick Sanchez
June 1, 2017

Called up from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day and immediately plugged into the leadoff spot, Calixte got his first two major league hits Tuesday, including a double that drove in two of the Giants' three runs.

Both players were ejected from the game.

Washington led 2-0 with two outs in the eighth inning and none on when Strickland drilled Harper on the first pitch - a 98 miles per hour fastball. Strickland was given a six-game suspension and undisclosed fine for "intentionally hitting Harper with a pitch, inciting the incident and fighting".

A fight broke out with two outs in the top of the eighth inning when Giants right-hander Hunter Strickland plunked Harper on the right hip with a fastball.

Harper charged Strickland after being hit with the first pitch of the at-bat, throwing his helmet.

Harper attempted to throw his helmet at Strickland, but missed by what seemed to be a mile. Again, Harper's decision to charge the mound was inexcusable because baseball has to move beyond that, but at least it was understandable in the heat of the moment.

The motives of Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper were clear.

A familiar face was in the lineup for the first time this season on Monday night out at the Globe in Arlington.

Albert Pujols hit his 599th career homer during the Los Angeles Angels' nine-run third inning in a 9-3 victory over struggling Bartolo Colon and the Atlanta Braves.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker had no doubt about Strickland's intent. This was not the case on Memorial Day, with a full benches-clearing brawl breaking out during the Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants game involving one of the MLB's elite players, Bryce Harper. "If anybody should get suspended, I think it should be their pitcher ... not [Harper]". "I don't think anybody is right or wrong", Arrieta said on 670 The Score.

"I'm obviously not thrilled about it", Strickland said.

"I know Willson (Contreras) would probably beat whoever charges the mound to the mound, but I'll tell him and Miggy (Montero), 'Hey, give me 10, 15 seconds to get some work in and then come out and see me'".

The Nationals did just that, beating the Giants 6-3 in the second game in AT&T. "Like I said, most teams I've had we don't start anything, but we don't take nothing".

One of the most interesting aspects of the brawl between the Nats and the Giants was the fact that Giants catcher Buster Posey didn't try to stop, or interfere with Harper as he ran out to fight his pitcher.

“You cant really worry about what Major League Baseball is going to do because you dont really know, ” Harper said.

Harper said he didn't go to the plate expecting any animosity from Strickland. But what makes this problem even more hard, is that he's really good. "I don't know why he did it or what he did it for, but I guess it happens". "I thought it was awesome". From where I sit, 100 percent of the blame for what happened Monday is down to Strickland.

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