Harper and Strickland trade blows as Nats-Giants game descends into brawl

  • San Francisco pitcher hits Washington star with 98mph fastball
  • Strickland has to be dragged off field by three team-mates

At the weekend, Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper told Little Leaguers it is not OK to lose. He displayed that competitive spirit again on Monday as his brawl with San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland led to the benches clearing.

Strickland hit Harper with an errant 98mph pitch in the eighth inning. The outfielder waved his bat at Strickland, strode towards the mound and threw his helmet at his opponent. Both men weigh in at over 200lbs, putting them comfortably in the heavyweight division and they traded – mostly missed – blows until their team-mates intervened. Asked what he thought when he saw Harper approaching him, Strickland replied “It’s go time.”

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