The baseball world stood still for a few moments on Thursday night. No, we weren't watching another one of Giancarlo Stanton's home runs travel through gravity. Instead, we saw Stanton take an 88 mph fastball off the left side of his face from Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers in a terrifying scene at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Stanton sustained facial lacerations which required stitches, multiple fractures in his face and dental damage when he was struck by a pitch and bloodied in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Brewers. After being carted off the field and taken to a local hospital in Milwaukee fans and many people in and around the game began an outpouring of support for Stanton on social media. The most important thing is Stanton's health and well-being, so baseball is ultimately secondary here, but it's still a shame to see his season end this way. Stanton is batting .288 over 145 games and leads the National League with 37 home runs, 105 RBI, and a .950 OPS.
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Felix Hernandez was, well, Felix Hernandez again and when he’s like that the Mariners don’t lose very often, particularly to the Oakland Athletics. Hernandez tossed eight innings, allowing just one run on three hits and the Mariners got just enough offense against Jon Lester — back-to-back solo homers from Kyle Seager and Corey Hart — to pull out a 2-1 win. As a result, the Mariners took two of three from the wild-card leading A’s. Hernandez improved to 14-5 this season and is 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his last 11 starts at O.co Coliseum, dating to 2011. In his career, he’s 19-7 with a 2.35 ERA in 35 starts against the A’s. Hernandez’s lone mistake came in the fourth inning to Adam Dunn. He left a 3-2 fastball on the inside half of the plate. Dunn turned on it and belted a towering solo homer to right field. It was his second homer in three games since joining the A’s. King Felix will enjoy a two-start week next week, with the first coming Monday against the Astros.
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