UPDATE: Emergency brain surgery was performed on Angel pitcher Matt Shoemaker in a Seattle hospital Sunday night and has been declared a success. Shoemaker was struck in the head with a line drive during a game between the Angels and Seattle Mariners. The pitcher is expected to make a full recovery and be available in 2017.
By Pete Zarustica
The victory by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over the Seattle Mariners Sunday night at Safeco Field was one part tragedy and one part triumph. The Angels came away with a 4-2 win, but saw starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker struck in the head with a line drive that almost certainly ended his season.
It happened in the second inning as Kyle Seager smacked the ball right at Shoemaker, hitting him in the head. The Angel pitcher fell to his knees and medical personnel rushed to the mound. He suffered a small skull fracture and a hematoma and will spend the night in a Seattle hospital.
“He was conscious the whole time,” Scioscia said. “Those guys did a great job just to assess and evaluate him. There was blood coming out of his nose. There were some things that they had to address. And that’s the scary part. Hopefully we can understand exactly what’s going on with him through the night. … Hopefully we’ll just keeping getting good news about his recovery.”
The game went on and the Halos won it, taking two of three from the Mariners and posting their ninth win in 11 games. They are now 61-75, still fourth in the American League West, with the Mariners in third at 69-67.
Albert Pujols continued on his home run streak, hitting his 29th of the season and number 589 of his career. C.J. Cron hit his 15th of year. Pujols had three hits, two RBIs and scored a run. Jett Bandy was 3-for-4.
The win went to Deolis Guerra (3-0), the first of six pitchers to come out of the Halo bullpen after Shoemaker’s injury. Andrew Bailey picked up his first save, throwing a perfect inning.
Next up for the Angels is a series starting Monday in Oakland with Jered Weaver (10-11) making the start for the Orange County team.