Life-threatening injury to fan hit by bat at Fenway
A female fan suffered what police described as life-threatening injuries after being hit by a broken bat that flew into the crowd during Friday’s Major League Baseball game between Boston and Oakland.
The woman was carried out of the Fenway Park stands on a stretcher, bleeding from the head, after being struck by the bat of Oakland’s Brett Lawrie which broke when he hit the ball during the second inning.
Soon after, the game was delayed while the fan was tended to in the first few rows of seats between home plate and the third base dugout. She was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
“You try to keep her in your thoughts and, hopefully, every- thing’s all right and try to get back to the task at hand,” Lawrie said. “Hopefully everything’s OK and she’s doing all right.
“I’ve seen bats fly out of guys’ hands in( to) the stands and everyone’s OK, but when one breaks like that, has jagged edges on it, anything can happen.”
Alex Merlis said he was sitting in the row behind the woman when the incident happened.
“It was violent,” he said of the impact to her forehead and top of her head. “She bled a lot. A lot. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that.”
Merlis said the woman had been sitting with a small child and a man. After she was injured, the man was tending to her and other people were trying to console the distraught child, he said.
Concerned about a rash of fly- give the Rays a 1-0 win against Seattle.
Struggling Mariners closer Fernando Rodney (2-3) threw an inside fastball to Forsythe, who lifted it over the left-field wall. Rodney has allowed a run in nine of his past 13 appearances.
The Mariners have lost seven straight, all during this homestand, and have been outscored 28- 13, leaving 62 runners on base. They are hitting just .159 (10 of 63) with runners in scoring position.
Detroit pitcher Alex Wilson hit Avisail Garcia with a pitch when the bases were loaded in the 11th inning, handing the White Sox a 4-3 win and extending the Tigers’ losing skid to eight straight.
San Francisco ended its own losing skid — five games — with a 5-4 victory at Philadelphia, with Buster Posey hitting the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning.
Baltimore’s Matt Wieters, playing his first game in over a year ing broken bats and the danger they posed, Major League Baseball studied the issue in 2008 and implemented a series of changes to bat regulations for the following season.
Multi- piece bat failures are down about 50 percent since the beginning of the 2009 season, MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said.
“Our thoughts and concern, and certainly our prayers, go out to the woman that was struck with the bat, her and her family,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “A scary moment, certainly.
“All you can think about is a family, they come to a ballgame to hopefully get three hours of enjoyment, and unfortunately with how close our stands are to the field of action, an accident like this tonight is certainly disturbing.” after elbow surgery, had two hits and two RBIs to help the Orioles defeat Cleveland 5-2.
Milwaukee’s Adam Lind hit a three-run homer among his three hits and drove in six runs to lift the Brewers to a 10-5 victory over Minnesota.
San Diego’s Will Venable hit the first of his team’s three solo homers, taking advantage of Jon Moscot’s shaky debut, as the Padres pulled away to a 6-2 victory at Cincinnati in a rain-delayed game.
Boston beat Oakland 4-2 in a game that will be remembered for the debut of Athletics reliever Pat Venditte, who became the first pitcher in 20 years to throw with both arms in the same game, and a woman in the crowd suffering life-threatening injuries after being hit by a broken bat.
Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton hit a mammoth home run as the Marlins beat Colorado 6-2 on another rain-soaked night at Coors Field.
San Diego Padres’ Derek Norris hits a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Pedro Villarreal in the seventh inning of a baseball game on Friday, June 5.