Chris Iannetta hit an early home run, then got a bloody face from a quick ball hit and the Arizona Diamondbacks won the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-4 on Friday in the most recent episode of animosity between the two teams.
Reliever Johnny Barbato hit a 93-mph bolt to Ianneta apparently on his nose and mouth in the seventh inning. The player lay on the floor for several minutes with blood flowing from his face.
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Ianetta received assistance, got up and left the field with a gauze in the nose. He was taken to hospital for a preventive examination, said pilot Torey Lovullo.
“I was standing and walking, everything was OK,” Lovullo said.
“He was left with a broken lip and is in the hospital for further tests,” he added.
“At any moment you can have a blow to the head, at any moment you can have a blow in that part, no one is calm until they have made the diagnosis, so we are taking all precautions to ensure that is okay.”
In the ninth, Arizona reliever Tom Wilhelmsen hit Pittsburgh’s Chris Stewart on the leg. Stewart trotted to first base without incident.
In August 2014, Diamondbacks star Paul Goldschmidt was beaten by the Pirates’ Ernesto Frieri from Colombia and was left inactive for the remainder of the season with a fractured hand.
The next day, Pirates star Andrew McCutchen was hit in the back with a quick ball.
Last May, Arizona’s Jean Segura was hit in the face during a game in Pittsburgh, setting the stage for another round of retaliation.
Patrick Corbin (3-4) worked six innings and conceded four runs, two with Josh Bell’s home run.
Tyler Glasnow (1-3) only lasted two 1/3 innings on the mound. He earned seven runs and seven hits.
For the Pirates, Gregory Polanco 4-2, two RBIs. The Venezuelan Jose Osuna of 3-0, an annotated one.
For the Diamondbacks, the Venezuelan David Peralta of 5-3, two annotated, one produced. Cuban Yasmani Tomás of 5-1, one annotated, one towed.