Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs Have a Bench Clearing Brawl

Stephanie De LanceyContributor IFebruary 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 19:  Manager Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals stands in the dugout before his team's game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on August 19, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Cubs seemed to take out their frustration on the Washington Nationals tonight. Tonight's game didn't look any different than usual until the bottom of the fifth inning when the cameras suddenly cut to the Cubs dugout where Bo Porter, the Nationals' third base coach, was seen arguing with Jaime Quirk, the Cubs bench coach.

There is only speculation about what started the shouting match. However, the Nats were well on their way to beating the Cubs again for the sweep of the series. Ian Desmond had just stolen second and then moved to third when Porter situation happened.

As Porter and Quirk were arguing both the benches and bull pens cleared, but all seemed to settle down quickly. Oddly, the umpires decided to toss Jaime Quirk but not Bo Porter. 

Fast forward to the bottom of the sixth inning. Bryce Harper was leading off. Lendy Castillo, on the first pitch of the inning, appeared to blatantly throw at Harper. Watching replay shows Steve Clevenger, the cubs catcher, making no attempt to move to catch the pitch. 

Harper was understandably not pleased. The benches and bullpens proceeded to clear again. This time things were more heated but no punches were thrown. 

It seemed as though everything would settle down, but then the never ending saga continued when Anthony Rizzo was seen pushing a Nats player back towards the bullpen. This time everyone met in the middle of the field and it seemed like Ian Desmond may have thrown a punch, however, only Clevenger was ejected. The umpires huddled and both benches were thoroughly warned.

A whole inning and almost an hour later it finally seems as though everything has calmed down for good as the Nats look to sweep the Cubs with one of their best offensive series of the season.