By Michael Marzzacco
The Nationals defeated the Giants 3-0 in the series opener on Memorial Day but not without taking a throwing a couple of punches, literally. Tanner Roark pitched excellent, Ryan Zimmerman went yard, and Bryce Harper went ham.
Roark went seven innings striking out six to get the win.
TAN-NER RO-ARK! 👏-👏-👏👏👏
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 30, 2017
Zimmerman put the Nats up 1-0 in the second for his 14th home run of the season.
You’re going to want to turn your volume on for this one. pic.twitter.com/0KbxlwL90W
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 29, 2017
In the bottom of that inning Brandon Crawford ht a ball to deep left field near the wall but Jayson Werth snagged the extra-base hit away with a big catch.
In the sixth the Nats went up 2-0 on an RBI double by Daniel Murphy to the big wall in right field that scored Zimmerman.
In the eighth, Hunter Strickland came into the game and faced Bryce Harper. The two of them had a little bit of history with each other.
In their first meeting since that 2014 NLDS, Strickland hit Harper intentionally right on his right leg. Then the following events happened…
Harper v. Strickland pic.twitter.com/jNgfTlSmXj
— Morgan Bagg (@MorganBagg) May 29, 2017
Bryce Harper charges the mound after being hit by Hunter Strickland!!! pic.twitter.com/ahNpD6ogKV
— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) May 29, 2017
— Holden Kushner (@Holdenradio) May 29, 2017
The internet had a little fun with it.
— Anthony (@anthonypane28) May 30, 2017
Both players were ejected and baseball was resumed. Brian Goodwin came in to replace Harper at his spot on first base. The Nats retaliated with a single by Ryan Zimmerman. Murphy drove home Goodwin with a base hit into center field. The Nats would take the opener 3-0.