by Cutter Hicks, Sports 1140 KHTK

MLB finally brought down the hammer on San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Strickland as they denied his appeal to lower his six-game suspension due to a bench-clearing brawl with Nationals’ Bryce Harper during their May 29 matchup.

Strickland plunked Harper in the hip with a 98 mph fastball. Harper then gestured at Strickland, threw his helmet and ran at the Giants pitcher before the two exchanged blows as benches cleared.

Harper already served his three-game suspension and, after a long wait, Strickland will finally begin serving his six-game timeout on Monday against the Braves.

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