Last night, I was at the Round Rock - Iowa game at the Dell Diamond, helping Farmstros tweet his 2,000th syllables in the Quest for 3,000. Here's some of my notes from what happened:
- First off, starting pitcher Josh Banks was hit by a line drive in the face. While Banks went down, he was able to walk off the field on his own power. After the game, Round Rock manager Marc Bombard said Banks had been taken to the hospital, but was incredibly lucky. The ball did not cause a concussion, nor did it fracture any bone or break any teeth. At the time of my talk with Bombard, Banks was waiting at the hospital for a plastic surgeon to sew up his mouth inside and out. Needless to say, he was incredibly lucky.
- Two other player nearly took out Round Rock pitcher. Yorman Bazardo was able to make a great play on a comebacker that could have been dangerous had he not gotten his glove on it. Roy Corcoran was not so lucky in the ninth inning, when a hard hit ball ricocheted off his kneecap. The ball rolled to the first baseman, who tagged the base for the third out. Corcoran was in a lot of pain after the play, but walked off the field and told Bombard that he was okay. Bombard said after the game that that was good, but Corcoran probably won't be able to walk Sunday because of the swelling. For a team already suffering through injuries in the bullpen, like Sergio Perez, it was not an ideal outcome.