It was a scary scene in Houston during Game 2 of the ALCS when a foul ball off the bat of Michael Brantley screamed into the Astros dugout and struck a paramedic in the fifth inning.
News regarding the man’s condition was scarce throughout the night, but the Astros released a statement in the early hours of Monday morning that said the medic was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.
The company the medic works for, Harris County Emergency Corps, provided no further details.
Security guard in the Astros' dugout was hit by the ball pic.twitter.com/MnfAWdzqyn— #BusinessIsSuspended (@FTBeard11) October 14, 2019
Play on the field was halted after the liner hit the medic. Players for both the Astros and Yankees put their hands on their heads or over their mouths in concern as the medic eventually left the dugout with a towel pressed against his head.
During the break in the action, Houston manager A.J. Hinch went onto the field to talk to Brantley, who didn’t share any details of the conversation.
"I'll keep that between us," Brantley said ( via the Houston Chronicle ). "I did appreciate it, though. My thoughts and prayers are with him and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
"I just want to give him a hug and talk to him, to be honest with you."
The Harris Cty Emergency Corps employee who was hit by a Michael Brantley foul ball n the #Astros dugout is n the hospital n stable condition according to a statement released by the HCEC thru the #Astros .Michael:”I just want to give him a hug & talk to him to be honest with you” pic.twitter.com/DopnFV1s1Q— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) October 14, 2019
The feeling inside Minute Maid Park was all too similar to an incident earlier this season when a 2-year-old girl was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Cubs outfielder Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. The Astros responded by extending their protective netting.
Houston won Monday’s Game 2 to tie the ACLS with New York at a game apiece. Game 3 is scheduled for 4:08 p.m. ET on Wednesday in New York.