SAN FRANCISCO – Often when a batter charges the mound, the catcher is one of the first people to meet the two at the mound. That wasn’t the case during Monday’s benches clearing brawl.
In the 8th inning of Memorial Day’s game between the Giants and Nationals, Hunter Strickland threw a fastball in that nailed Bryce Harper on the hip. Harper charged the mound, throwing his helmet before the two started to throw punches.
Hunter Strickland drilled Bryce Harper and punched him in the face when Harper charger him pic.twitter.com/7QNliRl55K
— That Dude (@cjzer0) May 29, 2017
When Harper went after Strickland, Posey hung back. The catcher explained his reasoning after the game.
“Well I mean after it happened, I kind of saw Harper point,” Posey told reporters following the Nationals 3-0 win. “Next thing you know, he’s going out after him. Those are some big guys tumbling around on the ground.
“You see Mike Morse, is about as big as they come, and he was getting knocked around like a pinball. So…be a little dangerous
to get in there sometimes.”
Can’t say we blame him. Here’s more from the Monday’s game: