Friday, September 12, 2014
That's Going To Leave A Mark
Apparently, the hitter turned into the pitch instead of trying to get out of the way because the hitter thought a different pitch was coming.
The hitter received several facial fractures, dental damage and cuts and bruises.
The next pitch to the next hitter hit the batter on the wrist, starting a bench clearing brawl.
But on the bright side, the Brewers won, 4-2.
From ESPN: For the first time in more than two weeks, the Milwaukee Brewers were able to win two games in a row.
Yet the only topic anyone was talking about was the beaning of Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton, hospitalized after getting hit by a fastball from Mike Fiers.
Stanton sustained multiple facial fractures, dental damage and cuts that needed stitches after being struck in a 4-2 loss to the Brewers.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Stanton, the major league RBI leader and a top candidate for the NL MVP award, likely was done for the season.
Fiers hit Reed Johnson in the hand with his next pitch, and that triggered a bench-clearing brawl.
Fiers said he did not want to get into what happened after Johnson was hit.
"It was heat of the moment stuff," Fiers said. "I just want to make sure that Stanton is OK. I just want to send my thoughts and prayers and everything to Stanton."
"You never think of throwing at somebody like that. Never in my life has that happened. I just feel very, very sad that I hit him. I'm sorry to their teammates, their fans, his family. It is just tough."
The Brewers gained some momentum in the playoff race after they lost 13 of 14 to fall out of the NL Central Lead. The Brewers are 1 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh for the second NL wild-card spot.
Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said Fiers was trying to get a fastball up to Stanton.
"(Fiers) gets a lot of (strikeouts) on fastballs up, and the ball just got away from him," he said. "You saw what happened. It was definitely a scary moment. You never wish that on anybody. It's just a freak accident."
Johnson said the injury was devastating to the Marlins.
"The reason it's a tough one is we've probably lost the MVP of the National League for the rest of the year," he said. "I've been around for a couple of those. I saw it with Marlon Byrd and Jason Heyward. It's obviously going to take time to get him back." http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=340911108