Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Benches, bullpens clear when Nats pitch hits Mets SS Lindor

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The benches and bullpen were emptied as the Mets and Nationals faced each other after Francisco Lindor was hit by a pitch from Steve Sischek in the fifth inning on Friday night.

New York manager Buck Showalter led the charge after one of his batsmen sank for the fourth time in a span of 1 1/2 games to start the season.

Sischek was making his national debut after the Mets took a 4–3 lead and entered the relief of starter Josiah Grey. Lindor squared to a bunt, and Sischek’s second pitch was high and in and hit shortstop on the right jaw. Sischek was pulled out.

Showalter and several mates ran out of the visiting dugout on the third-base side and ran to the ground screaming as the umpires tried to get between him and National, who began leaving his dugout on the first-base side. Soon, relievers flowed from the bullpen just beyond the outfield fence.

Away from the pushing and jaw-dropping groups, National Right fielder Juan Soto went to check on Lindor, whose curly hair dyed blue when he plopped down. The pitch appeared to have caught a piece of the faceguard protruding from the end of his helmet.

Lindor pointed to his mouth as Showalter and a Mets trainer checked in on him.

The game was delayed by more than 10 minutes in total because, even after a near-perfect stampede, the umpires held lengthy talks with both Showalter and national manager Dave Martinez.

When Sischek was told he had to leave the game, he spread his arms as if saying, “Who, me?”

Left-hander Sean Doolittle was given time to warm up in the home bullpen before coming on to finish the top half of the innings.

Lindor’s bean followed three times that the Mets hit in New York’s 5-1 win on opening day on Thursday: James McCann twice and Pete Alonso, who was left with a bloody lower lip.

Showalter said there was some emotion in the Mets dugout after Friday’s game when Alonso was hit by Mason Thompson’s pitch in the ninth.

On Friday, Mets starter Max Scherzer hit Nationals first baseman Josh Bell in the second innings.

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