All-Star Injured; Molina Bails Out Giants

By Rick Lambert/AP
|  Saturday, Aug 15, 2009  |  Updated 7:00 PM PDT
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Mets All-Star David Wright was taken to a local hospital after getting hit in the head by a 94mph Matt Cain fastball.  Results of a ct scan were negative and Wright was diagnosed with a concussion.  Wright will stay overnight in the hospital for observation.

The latest trend continued for the two Giants aces as this time it was Cain who couldn't get win number thirteen.  Cain threw well (7 IP, 3 ER and 2 K's) but the bullpen gave up a three run lead in the eigth and closer Brian Wilson had to pitch 2.2 innings to get the win.

Bengie Molina bailed out the Giants bullpen with a leadoff homer to left center in the 10th.  San Francisco held on to win 5-4.

Mercilessly booed after plunking Wright, Cain tipped his cap as he left the field with the Giants leading 4-2 in the eighth and runners on first and second. Jeremy Affeldt gave up an RBI single to Fernando Tatis, who replaced Wright as a pinch runner and remained in the game, and Wilson gave up Gary Sheffield's tying sacrifice fly.

 

The Giants scored three runs on four straight hits off Santana in the sixth, including an RBI double by Molina, when things turned testy in the seventh.

 

After getting the second out of the inning, Santana threw his next pitch behind the back of Sandoval, earning both benches an immediate warning from plate umpire Brian O'Nara. Two pitches later, Sandoval gave San Francisco a 4-1 lead with a drive off the facing of the second deck in left field.

 

"I was surprised," Sandoval said of being thrown at. "I calmed down myself. [Molina] said that's part of the game."

 

Santana then hit Molina in the elbow, and Bochy argued that Santana should be automatically ejected. Manuel removed him for reliever Shawn Green while Bochy argued.

 

"He didn't think it was intentional," Bochy said of O'Nara's explanation. "That's his call."

 

The tension started when Cain's 0-2 pitch with none out in the fourth hit Wright just above the brim of the helmet, sending it flying as Wright fell to the ground. A mainstay in a lineup ravaged by injuries, Wright lay motionless face-down for over a minute as a trainer tended to him and the crowd of 39,652 watched in stunned silence.

 

Trainers eventually helped him onto his back and one leaned in close to Wright, talking to the third baseman. Wright sat up as a trainer shone a light in his eyes, and walked off the field with some assistance to a loud ovation.

The rubber match of the series is on Sunday, matching Jonathan Sanchez against Mike Pelfrey.

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