WASHINGTON -- In this day and age, maybe it figures that a good ol' fashioned baseball brawl would take place in the Twitterverse instead of on the diamond.
The official Twitter feeds of the Braves and Nationals mixed it up a bit Tuesday night, shortly after players from both teams spilled out of the dugouts and bullpens -- but no punches were thrown -- when Atlanta's Julio Teheran hit Washington's Bryce Harper with a pitch in the fifth inning.
In Harper's prior at-bat, he homered off Teheran.
After getting hit, Harper barked at Teheran and pointed at him.
Tweaking Harper's famous retort to a reporter, "That's a clown question, bro," the Braves tweeted:
Clown move bro
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 7, 2013
The Nationals replied:
@Braves Which part, giving up the home run, or drilling the 20-year-old on the first pitch his next time up?
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 7, 2013
The Braves got the last laugh though, earning a 2-1 win over the Nationals for their 12th straight victory while upping their lead in the NL East to 14½ games.
After the game, Teheran insisted he didn't mean to plunk Harper two innings after the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year drove a shot to the deepest part of Nationals Park for his 17th homer.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said "it definitely wasn't on purpose."
Harper and everyone else connected to the Nationals was sure it was.
"It's part of the game and it's something, I guess, he's got to do," Harper said, his hands on his hips. Then, asked whether he was surprised Teheran hit him, Harper offered this nugget: "Uh, I hit that ball pretty far off him. So no, not really."
And Washington manager Davey Johnson observed: "You file it for future reference."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.