Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was hit in the face by a pitch from the Milwaukee Brewers' Mike Fiers in the fifth inning of the Marlins' 4-2 loss on Sept. 11. Stanton suffered a facial laceration.
Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton was hit in the face by a pitch from the Milwaukee Brewers' Mike Fiers in the fifth inning of Miami's 4-2 loss on Sept. 11.
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According to MLB.com's Jim Hoehn, Stanton suffered a facial laceration. He lay motionless on the field before being wheeled off on a gurney:
"Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton suffered a facial laceration after being hit in the face by a pitch from Brewers starter Mike Fiers in the fifth inning on Thursday night.
"Stanton lay motionless on the field at home plate for several minutes as he was attended to by medical personnel. He was placed on a gurney and taken from the field on an ambulance cart. Stanton underwent X-rays and a CT scan at a local hospital, the Marlins announced before the end of their 4-2 loss to the Brewers.
"'He was bleeding heavily out of his mouth,' Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
"Stanton, whose 37 homers and 105 RBIs are both tops in the National League, came to the plate with runners on first and third with two outs and the Marlins trailing, 4-0. The second pitch from Fiers ran up and in, striking Stanton in the face as he turned into the pitch.
"The home-plate umpire ruled that Stanton swung, so pinch hitter Reed Johnson came up to complete the at-bat with an 0-2 count. Fiers' first pitch to Johnson hit him on the right hand as he was swinging, resulting in an inning-ending strikeout.
"The benches cleared after the second incident, with Redmond and third baseman Casey McGehee ejected.
"Warnings were issued, and in the sixth inning, Marlins reliever Anthony DeSclafani was ejected after hitting Carlos Gomez in the left elbow. As acting manager, Marlins bench coach Rob Leary was automatically ejected along with DiSclafani."
For his part, The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer described the incident as "chilling":
"In a scene so chilling it caused fans at Miller Park to squirm and turn their heads, blood poured from the mouth and face of Giancarlo Stanton as he lay on the field after being struck in the face by a pitch in the fifth inning of the Milwaukee Brewers' 4-2 win.
"The Marlins' star slugger was lifted onto a stretcher and taken away in an open-sided ambulance as shocked fans and players looked on in hushed silence. The Marlins reported that Stanton sustained a facial laceration and was taken to a local hospital for X-rays and a CT scan.
"The 88-mph fastball thrown by Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers was anything but a glancing blow, as it appeared to strike Stanton flush on the left side of his face. There was so much blood that the grounds crew brought out scrapers to remove it from the batter's box before play resumed...
"...Stanton's father, who was seated in the front row next to the Marlins' dugout, was brought onto the field to see his son, saying a few words to him before he was carted away.
"Fiers appeared to be visibly shaken, squatting and looking on from near the mound as medical personnel tended to Stanton. Marlins players looked on from the dugout, speechless."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt spoke with Fiers to get his take on the issue:
"It's very tough. I've never in my life experienced anything like that. It was very hard for me to take in everything at the moment and come back and throw another pitch.
"I just want to send my thoughts and prayers to Giancarlo Stanton. I would never think of throwing at somebody like that. Never in my life has something like that happened. I'm very sad that it hit them. I'm very sorry to their teammates, their fans, his family. It's just tough.
"'A lot of tempers were flaring. For them to think that it was intentional is beyond me, and something I would never do. It was heat-of-the-moment stuff. I just want to make sure that Stanton's OK. I understand their feelings and everything they were thinking. They've got to respect their teammate and and back him up.'"
The 25-year-old Stanton, a National League MVP candidate, leads the NL with 37 homers and 105 RBIs through Sept. 11, per ESPN stats.
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