In their two previous meetings, Bryce Harper took Hunter Strickland deep. Very deep, in fact.
So in their third encounter, Strickland made sure that Harper wouldn't have the chance to do it again.
In the top of the eighth inning of Monday's Nationals-Giants game, the San Francisco reliever went after Washington's best player on the first pitch and hit him in the thigh with a 98 MPH fastball.
Harper — without hesitation — responded by charging the mound and throwing his helmet at Strickland, and the two then squared off and exchanged punches.
Here is the wild video of the whole sequence:
Bryce Harper charges the mound after being hit by Hunter Strickland!!! pic.twitter.com/ahNpD6ogKV— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) May 29, 2017
Bryce Harper goes after Hunter Strickland after an HBP and then Mike Morse and Jeff Samardzija are collateral damage. pic.twitter.com/jton90huP5— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) May 29, 2017
Harper and Strickland were, of course, ejected after initiating one of the best MLB fights in recent memory. This was the pair's first time facing each other since Harper's two home runs in the 2014 NLDS, meaning Strickland's had a long time to get over No. 34's blasts but simply couldn't do it.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Dylan Bundy allowed two runs over seven innings in another strong start at Camden Yards, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-2 Monday to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Jonathan Schoop had two RBIs to help the Orioles end their longest skid since a nine-game drought in 2011. Baltimore took a 3-1 lead with two unearned runs in the third inning and held on to improve the AL's best home record to 16-7.
Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 17th home run for the first-place Yankees in this AL East matchup.
Bundy (6-3) gave up seven hits, struck out three and walked one. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA in six home starts this season.
Darren O'Day worked a perfect eighth and Brad Brach got three straight outs for his 10th save in 13 tries.
Yankees rookie Jordan Montgomery (2-4) allowed three runs, one earned, in 4 1-3 innings.