Samardzija knocked out early, Giants fall to Nats

Posted June 01, 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.

Harper and Strickland were both ejected, and are certain to face punishment from Major League Baseball.

This flashpoint came in their first matchup since then - with two outs in the eighth inning, none on and Washington ahead 2-0, Strickland hit Harper with the first pitch, a 98 miles per hour fastball.

MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torres explanation of the disciplinary decisions said Strickland intentionally hit “Harper with a pitch, inciting the bench-clearing incident and fighting” while Harpers suspension came “for charging the mound, throwing his helmet and fighting.”.

Harper was suspended for four games for charging the mound after Strickland plunked him with a fastball to the ribs.

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Strickland threw at Harper in retaliation for two home runs that the Washington slugger hit off him in the 2014 playoffs. The art of throwing a helmet also took a hit, given that Bryce Harper stood directly in front of Strickland and yet, somehow, threw his helmet perpendicular to him.

Harper charged the mound in Monday's game after being hit by Strickland.

Strickland isn't going to be getting in the batter's box any time soon. 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".

So why did Hunter Strickland appear to go rogue and hit Bryce Harper on his own - without, apparently, the support of his San Francisco Giants teammates? "I don't think anybody is right or wrong", Arrieta said on 670 The Score.

"To go inside", Strickland said of his intentions.

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"That was three years ago, a thousand days I guess you could say", Harper told reporters.

After the first homer, Strickland said he wasnt afraid of Harper. "I'm kind of thankful that Mikey Mo and Samardzija collided because Samardzija saw blood a little bit I thought".

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

"My head was on a swivel, as quick as I could to not get taken out by somebody on their team or anything like that", he said. The Giants played without INF/OF Eduardo Nunez, who underwent tests Monday for a possible concussion sustained Sunday in a win over Atlanta. However, the most severe consequences may have come for Giants' outfielder Mike Morse, who was hit heavily with teammate Jeff Samardzija in the ensuing bench-clearing brawl. I can't believe that Buster is that naïve to think something wasn't going to happen when Harper and Strickland started jawing at each other. His style has made him a polarizing figure in the game, with veterans more likely to take issue with it.

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