Sep 11, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is carted off the field after getting hit by a pitch in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
In a wild top of the 5th inning Giancarlo Stanton had to be carted off in an ambulance after being hit in the face by Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers. With 2 outs in the inning, Stanton came up to bat with runners on the corners. In a 0-1 count, Fiers threw a pitch that appeared to get away from him and tailed towards Giancarlo’s head. Stanton tried to check his swing while protecting himself and the ball appeared to strike him flush under his eye.
Stanton immediately crumpled into a heap as trainers, managers, and even players rushed to his side. Stanton was never even rolled off of his left hip as he lay there with a towel clutched to his face. Fiers immediate reaction seemed to be of horror. He immediately threw his hands up and bent over at the waist with his hands covering his head.
After a lengthy break for doctors to tend to Stanton, they resumed play, but rather than awarding Stanton’s substitute first base, home plate umpire Jeff Kellog ruled that Stanton swung at the pitch and Reed Johnson had to bat with an 0-2 count.
Then even more craziness ensued. Fier’s very next pitch was at the same place toward Johnson’s head. Reed was able to move his face but the ball clearly struck his hand.
The Marlins bench immediately began shouting at Fier’s who began yelling back at the bench. This brought Garrett Jones leading the charge out of the dugout followed by the rest of the bench.
Once the players were separated, incredulously, Reed Johnson was called out as the umpire ruled that he offered at the ball when it hit him. Multiple replays showed this to be an embarrassingly bad call. Once Kellog ruled Johnson out. McGehee was immediately tossed for screaming at the umpires, Mike Redmond quickly followed suit with an ejection as well.
Both benches were warned, in essence preventing the Marlins from answering back and that is where we currently stand. We will keep you updated with Giancarlo’s injury as well as any fall out from this game tonight.