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Madison Bumgarner denies throwing at Ryan Braun intentionally

Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner denied throwing at Ryan Braun intentionally despite hitting him with a pitch that led to benches clearing between the Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

Bumgarner threw two pitches high and/or inside on Braun in a row during the bottom of the sixth and then hit him with the third pitch. Players spilled out onto the field after Braun was hit, while Craig Counsell and Wade Miley were ejected from the game. The next batter was Jonathan Schoop, who hit a game-changing grand slam.

Counsell made it clear after the game that he thought Bumgarner hit Braun intentionally, while the Giants denied that, saying the pitcher was just trying to challenge a dangerous hitter inside.

Braun felt Bumgarner was throwing at him and thinks it had to do with a comment made after Braun’s second at-bat in the game.

Braun and the Brewers got the last laugh with a 6-3 win and have the second-best record in the NL.

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