Nationals-Cubs Brawl Video: Tempers Flare In Nation's Capital

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 05: Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum argues with home plate umpire Larry Vanover after being thrown out in the fifth inning during a game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 5, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Cubs and Nationals were involved in a pair of bench-clearing incidents on Thursday.

In an apparent overflow of frustrations in the nation's capital, the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs have gotten into a pair of on-field incidents during Thursday night's game. The Nationals are currently leading as they look to complete a four-game sweep over the reeling Cubbies.

The initial conflict began when Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk and Nationals third base coach Bo Porter entered into an argument, ultimately leading to a bench-clearing dispute between the two teams. The umpires eventually cleared things up and ejected Quirk from the game before letting play continue.

That didn't last too long before things boiled over again, though, after Cubs pitcher Lendy Castillo came close to hitting Bryce Harper with a pitch:

And here is a GIF of Harper being very, very angry:

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During that incident, Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger threw punches at different Nationals players, leading to his ejection. Welington Castillo was brought in to take over for Clevenger, the only player ejected. Currently in the seventh inning, the Nationals are leading 9-2.

For more on this series, check out Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue and Washington Nationals blog Federal Baseball. Follow Baseball Nation for all your up-to-date MLB news and analysis.

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