There is widespread agreement on one topic the day after a bench-clearing brawl that led to a six-game suspension for Giants reliever Hunter Strickland and a four-game ban for Washington slugger Bryce Harper. Whatever beef might exist is about a long-held grudge by Strickland three years after Harper homered off him twice in the playoffs and not between the teams as a whole. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy called the fastball that Strickland threw at Harper in the eighth inning Monday “a personal thing” and said he talked to his reliever privately about his actions.

Washington manager Dusty Baker said there is no need for the Nationals to retaliate against the Giants because he believes Strickland was acting on his own. Strickland hit Harper in the hip with a pitch in the eighth inning and the Washington slugger charged the mound, wildly firing his helmet before trading punches to the head with Strickland during the Nationals’ 3-0 win Monday at San Francisco. MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre’s explanation of the disciplinary decisions said Strickland intentionally hit “Harper with a pitch, inciting the bench-clearing incident and fighting” while Harper’s suspension came “for charging the mound, throwing his helmet and fighting.”

Each also was fined an undisclosed amount. Major League Baseball said both players planned to appeal, so they were eligible to play in Tuesday night’s game between the clubs. Baseball senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. typically hears player appeals. Harper was booed loudly before every at-bat Tuesday. He finished the night 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and left eight men on base, the most in a game in his career, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Nationals won 6-3.

The bad blood stems from a pair of home runs Harper hit off Strickland in the 2014 playoffs, when the Giants went on to capture their third World Series championship in five years. After the first homer, Strickland said he wasn’t afraid of Harper. After the second, Harper stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.

Washington led 2-0 with two outs in the eighth and none on when Strickland drilled Harper on the first pitch — a 98 mph fastball. Harper immediately pointed his bat at Strickland, yelled at him and took off. Harper flung his helmet and they began throwing punches, with the 6-foot-4 Strickland clocking Harper in the face. They then broke apart for a moment before squaring off again. Harper punched Strickland in the head as the benches and bullpens emptied. Giants teammates Michael Morse and Jeff Samardzija collided hard as they tried to get between the two fighters, and Harper said it could have been more serious if that hadn’t happened.

Morse got the worst of the collision and was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list Tuesday after he began feeling unwell during batting practice and subsequently flunked the concussion protocol. Bochy said putting him on the DL was a “no-brainer.” One player who didn’t join Monday’s fray was Posey, who stood behind the plate and watched as Harper rushed the mound and then stayed to the edges of the fight. While much was made on social media about Posey’s inaction, Strickland said there was no need for Posey to explain himself.

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