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Essentially the most spectacular show on the Oakland Coliseum final night time wasn’t Houston’s hitting barrage to win 9-1 over the Oakland A’s, however the Matrix-like strikes of Astros pitcher Collin McHugh to keep away from being struck within the face by a line drive.
Within the backside of the second inning, the A’s Kendrys Morales hit a come-backer instantly in direction of McHugh’s head. The pitcher was one way or the other in a position to contort his physique to keep away from the ball, which ended up being transformed for a traditional 4-Three double play.
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“I noticed the ball come off the bat however I used to be in a bizarre fielding place so I type of like whiffed on it with my glove after which by that point I used to be simply already falling over so it was like, I simply saved going and the ball simply saved monitoring,” McHugh was quoted by the Related Press. “It might have examined how robust my jaw is for positive. Fortunately we had been in a position to get a double play out of it. Routine, simply the way you draw it up. … I do not know if it will get a lot nearer than that.”
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McHugh did not escape the incident scot-free: He mentioned the ball grazed the ring finger on his pitching hand.