By Matt McCoy
A very frightening moment on Wednesday night in Arizona when hard throwing Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Salvador Perez.
Chapman suffered fractures above the nose and left eye. The 26-year old delivered a 99 mph fastball which Perez laced back up the middle. Chapman never lost consciousness. He is hospitalized Thursday morning and is undergoing tests. The game was in the sixth inning and was halted after the incident.
I've posted two videos. The first is on YouTube, recorded by a fan sitting near field level. It is very quick, lasting only seven seconds and you can immediately hear the crowd gasp.
The other video is from the press box and is from mlb.com and it includes the Reds network radio call from Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley. Brennaman, as usual was excellent. You can hear in the call of the incident and in comments by both Brennaman and Brantly immediately afterward how frightening the situation was. Chilling stuff. Here's hoping Chapman is OK and is back quickly.
If you want to hear a little more of the radio call with Brennaman and Brantley, the audio is here: