'Horrifying scene' as pitcher struck in the face

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Once Chris Bassitt went down, the rest of the game became a secondary interest for the Oakland Athletics.

Bassitt was carted disconnected the tract aft helium was struck connected the broadside of his caput by a enactment drive, casting a shadiness implicit the A's 9-0 nonaccomplishment to José Abreu and the Chicago White Sox.

With 2 connected basal and nary outs successful the 2nd inning, Bassitt threw an 143 km/h chopped fastball that Brian Goodwin drove up the middle. Bassitt went down connected the mound close aft helium was hit, holding his head, and his teammates rapidly waved to the dugout for assistance.

Chris Bassitt of the Oakland Athletics lies connected the crushed aft being deed successful the look by a enactment thrust successful the 2nd inning disconnected the bat of Brian Goodwin of the Chicago White Sox. (Getty)

As players connected each broadside looked on, Bassitt was attended to by an Oakland trainer and different unit earlier helium was helped into a cart portion holding a towel to his face. A's centre fielder Starling Marte had his hands connected his caput arsenic the right-hander was driven by him.

"Bass is conscious. He was the full time," manager Bob Melvin said. "We don't deliberation the oculus is simply a occupation astatine this point. It felt similar it was beneath it. He's got immoderate cuts. They had to bash immoderate stitches. He's successful a scan and we'll cognize much astir imaginable fractures oregon immoderate tomorrow, oregon aboriginal tonight."

Catcher Sean Murphy calls for assistance aft Chris Bassitt of the Oakland Athletics was deed successful the look by a enactment thrust disconnected the bat of Brian Goodwin of the Chicago White Sox. (Getty)

Melvin took nary questions during his postgame Zoom league with the media, and the A's made nary players available.

Abreu and Jake Lamb each deed a three-run homer for AL Central-leading Chicago, which improved to 11-11 against the AL West this year. Andrew Vaughn had 2 hits and 2 RBIs.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa called Bassitt "the No. 1 concern."

"Certainly anticipation that helium caught a interruption and he's OK," La Russa said.

Lamb, who played with Bassitt past twelvemonth successful Oakland, said it was hard to ore aft the play.

Chris Bassitt of the Oakland Athletics leaves the tract aft helium was deed successful the look by a enactment thrust disconnected the bat of Brian Goodwin of the Chicago White Sox. (Getty)

"It's a batch much than shot astatine that point," Lamb said. "It's a friend, it's an aged teammate. Any clip you get deed successful the caput similar that, it's a precise scary situation."

Reynaldo López (2-0) pitched 5 innings of one-hit shot successful his 3rd commencement since helium was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte past month. The right-hander has a 1.08 ERA successful 11 appearances wide aft helium struggled past season.

Oakland's nonaccomplishment and the New York Yankees' doubleheader expanse against the Red Sox created a crowded representation astatine the apical of the AL wild-card standings. The A's and Yankees are 68-52, followed by the Red Sox with a 69-53 record.

After Bassitt (12-4) near the game, Burch Smith surrendered Vaughn's two-run azygous earlier Lamb deed a thrust to centre for his sixth homer.

Abreu connected against Smith successful the fourth, conscionable clearing the partition successful left. With his 25th homer, the reigning AL MVP moved into a necktie with Boston slugger Rafael Devers for the large league pb with 89 RBIs.

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