New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso is struck in the back of the head by 86mph pitch, causing the benches to clear in loss to the Angels
- Alonso was struck by a 86-mph-curveball that he failed to duck out the way of
- Chase Silseth was also struck in the head by an errant throw in the fourth inning
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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso left Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels after getting hit by a pitch leading off the eighth inning of LA’s 5-3 win.
Reliever Jose Soriano’s first pitch of the inning which was an 86-mph-curveball hit Alonso near the back of the neck and base of the skull as he tried to duck out the way.
Alonso briefly remained on the ground and manager Buck Showalter ran out to check on him. The Mets currently lead the National League, and rank second in the majors, with 84 hit by pitches.
After getting up, Alonso exchanged words with Angels catcher Logan O´Hoppe, which caused the benches to clear as a precaution before Alonso was removed for a pinch runner after making his way to first base.
Alonso ranks third in the majors with 39 home runs and needs one more homer for his third season with 40 or more. He has been hit a major league-leading 17 times. The 28-year-old slugger also currently has a .222 batting average.
Mets slugger Pete Alonso departed the game against the Angels after being hit by a pitch
After Alonso was struck in the back of the neck by the pitch both teams’ benches cleared
He was listed as having a ‘neck injury’ following the incident. Earlier this season Alonso missed time with a wrist injury after being hit by a pitch.
Alonso was not the only player to leave the contest injured either.
Angels starting pitcher Chase Silseth left the game after getting hit by an errant throw in the fourth inning.
Met’s infielders Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil led off the fourth with consecutive singles – the Mets´ first hits of the game. After retiring Alonso on a hard-lit liner to short, Silseth threw a first-pitch strike to Daniel Vogelbach. McNeil ran on the play, but Lindor did not.
O´Hoppe threw back to first, which caused Lindor to break for third.
Los Angeles first baseman Trey Cabbage threw back across the diamond to try and get Lindor.
Angels starting pitcher Chase Silseth also left the game early after picking up an injury
However, Silseth began to run towards third and Cabbage´s throw hit Silseth in the side of the head and caromed to the Angels´ on-deck circle, allowing Lindor to score.
Silseth initially took a few steps towards third before grabbing his head with his glove and dropping to his knees and eventually onto his stomach on the edge of the grass.
He was down on the ground for several minutes and was checked on by Los Angeles manager Phil Nevin and members of the training staff. He left the field under his own power with support on each side.
Silseth was making his seventh start of the season.