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Did Marlins-Giants beanball exchange end with Buster Posey plunking?

Sporting News logo Sporting News 6/21/2018 Tom Gatto

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Bruce Bochy, center, is angry with Dan Straily, background left. © (Getty Images) Bruce Bochy, center, is angry with Dan Straily, background left. Either the Giants-Marlins beanball battle is over, or the Giants ought to get one more shot. It depends on how you do the math.

The equation, working from most recent incident to most distant:

— Marlins pitcher Dan Straily drilled Giants catcher Buster Posey in his left arm in the bottom of the second inning Tuesday in San Francisco. Straily and manager Don Mattingly were ejected.

— Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez drilled Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson in his left hip in the top of the inning. The umpires then warned both benches (that's why Straily and Mattingly were tossed). Giants TV broadcasters thought they saw Mattingly maybe warning Posey of retaliation.

"Nope, didn't happen," Mattingly told reporters, per the Miami Herald. "Nothing toward Posey. I know I heard it when I came in those guys were saying I said something about ‘You're next.’ I would not say that."

"He didn't," Posey told reporters, per the Herald. "Even if he did, you know I won't talk about it."

— Brinson jawed with Giants closer Hunter Strickland on Monday night after Brinson bat-flipped and celebrated a game-tying single in the ninth inning. Earlier, a Strickland pitch had wandered into the vicinity of Brinson's head. Strickland later punched a door in anger, broke his pitching hand and had surgery Tuesday. He'll be out for six to eight weeks.

MORE: Strickland apologizes for 'stupid decision' to punch door

— Giants infielder Kelby Tomlinson was hit by a Caleb Smith pitch earlier Monday.

— Giants third baseman Evan Longoria suffered a broken hand last week when he was hit by a Straily fastball in Miami. Longoria also had surgery Tuesday and will miss upwards of two months.

Either it's 3-1 in "favor" of the Marlins, if your memory is long enough (Giants manager Bruce Bochy referenced Longoria and Tomlinson in his postgame comments Tuesday, per the San Francisco Chronicle), or it's 1-1, Posey for Brinson.

If the Giants want to avenge Posey (and Longoria and Tomlinson), they'll have an opportunity Wednesday in a matinee at AT&T Park, in the teams' final meeting of the season.

The umpires will be on high alert for shenanigans, of course, and it would not be surprising to see them warn both teams before the game.

That would make it nigh impossible for Giants starter Derek Holland to take action. He's not going to risk an early ejection and tax a struggling Giants bullpen, which is without Strickland, who got ticked off at Brinson, who was ticked at Strickland . . .

How many outrages is that? It's tough to keep an accurate count.

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